Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Imperial Skies - Austria-Hungarian Fleet - Budapest Class Light Battleship

The next and final ship for Doug's Austria-Hungarian fleet is a Budapest Class Light Battleship.


I took a few progress pictures so you can see how these come together without watching the video.






The fleet has turned out very nice in my opinion.  Using the Imperial Skies rules, this fleet totals 510 points.


This fleet is a great example that you don't need a complicated paint scheme to make a decent looking fleet.  Just spend some time putting some paint on the models and in no time at all you will have a fleet ready for action.



You can step up the detail and shading or you can even go for a more simple paint job.

Paints Used:
Army Painter
    Greenskin
    Matt Black
    Deep Blue
Vallejo Game Color
    Scorpy Green
Vallejo Model Color
    Tan Earth
    Sky Blue
    Flat Red
Games Workshop/Citadel
    Agrax Earthshade

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Round of Fire - Play Through 1

Round of Fire is a game that is currently in development.  I have been given the opportunity to help a little with play testing the game.

The game does not have a specific period or genre attached to it, so you can play the game with lots of different models: Old West, Pulp, WW2, Sci-Fi, etc.  I'm not sure how well it would work with a fantasy setting, but you never know.

After a read through of the rules, I generally like what I see.  There are some interesting mechanics and I was very interested in the activation mechanic.



Each unit has a token on the turn wheel.  When a unit activates, it progresses on the turn wheel a number of "steps" based upon the action it has taken.  A walk (moving 2 grid spaces) costs 3 steps for most units, while a run (moving 3 grid spaces) costs 5 steps for most units.  Shooting costs 3 steps for an Elite fireteam, but costs 5 steps for a Regular fireteam.



I like how this sounded and found it to work well in the game as well.  I liked the idea that if you are taking quick actions, or are well trained, you can act more often than a team that is doing a more complicated/lengthy action.



The game also allows for use of suppressing fire to push units along the activation wheel.  With this action you can delay an enemy unit's activation.  This adds some interesting tactical choices and means that sometimes you will be shooting at another unit without the chance of killing anyone, but it still has a useful purpose.



After playing the game, I am not impressed with the combat mechanic.  It seems to be more complicated than it needs to be, but this is just my first game.  Your fire is based on the weapon you are equipped with the range to the target and if there is any cover.  That is straight forward enough, but then target gets a save and that is where the process starts to break down.  The target gets to roll 1 die for each hit made on them, but then can add dice for their toughness value as well as dice for their armor, but then the Armor Penetration of the weapon reduced the dice added from the armor.  A 5+ on each dice is needed to shrug off the hit.  In my game, almost every model had the same weapon (aside from a few machine guns, that didn't get to fired much) so it wasn't that difficult to keep track of this, but if you have a wide variety of equipment (and the game has a pretty wide variety of equipment available) this could become much more cumbersome.  If the models doesn't save from the hits, then they are wounded.  However, you have to calculate of how wounded they are so you can see their status from the fire.  When a model is knocked out, he can be killed, bleeding, or unconcious.  So know you take 3 die and add dice based on the models toughness, but you reduce that pool based on any excess wounds received by the model.  So if he failed to save 2 wounds and only had 1 wound to start with, he has taken 1 excess wound so reduced his dice pool by one.  You roll those dice and based on how many successes you get, you determine the level of injury.



These different levels affect the victory points for different factions (which is interesting and adds some character and variation to the different factions) but adds another level of rolling to each round of combat.

I'm not sure how to simplify the process and I will try to think of something to offer to the designers, but at this point, it just feels cumbersome and I would like to see a more streamlined process.

Overall, I did enjoy the game and think there are some very cool things going on in these rules.  I look forward to trying out the different factions to see how they work and using a bigger variety of troops and specialists.

The Reticulans took command of this battle field.  They eliminated all but one model of the Earth Alliance forces and managed to take control of most of the objectives.  They did all this with only the loss of a few soldiers.  The Earth Alliance will need to rethink their troop selection and equipment before the next engagement.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cold War Era in 6mm - Assembling Hedgerows

I wanted to add more terrain to my collection and was looking for something that I could easily put together and that would work in several different game periods.



So I broke out some clump foliage, tongue depressors, and flock.  A little work and ta-da, I've got a small collection of hedgerows.  


These can be used along roads, around fields, around houses, and where ever you think they would be appropriate.


These aren't really all that fancy, but they will be effective and I am please with how they turned out.


An added bonus is that these will also work with my 15mm gaming.  Terrain that works with multiple projects is always a good thing.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Imperial Skies - Austria-Hungarian Fleet - Prinz Eugen Class Destroyer

The next ship for Doug's Austria-Hungarian fleet is a Prinz Eugen Class Destroyer.


I've used the same paint scheme on this as I have all the other ships for this fleet and they are starting to look like a nice group of ships.



I have one more ship in my queue for this fleet and it will be complete.

Paints Used:
Army Painter
   Greenskin
   Matt Black
   Deep Blue
Vallejo Game Color
   Scorpy Green
Vallejo Model Color
   Tan Earth
   Sky Blue
   Flat Red
Games Workshop/Citadel
   Agrax Earthshade

Imperial Skies - Austria-Hungarian Fleet - Huszar Class Destroyers

Next up for Doug's fleet are a couple of Huszar Class Destroyers.  These are painted the same colors as the Danube class ships.


There isn't really anything fancy about the paint job, but I think they look good.



Paints Used:
Army Painter
   Greenskin
   Matt Black
   Deep Blue
Vallejo Game Color
   Scorpy Green
Vallejo Model Color
   Tan Earth
   Sky Blue
   Flat Red
Games Workshop/Citadel
   Agrax Earthshade

I've got a few more ships to paint for this fleet and will share them as I finish them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Imperial Skies - Austria-Hungarian Fleet - Dunabe Class Patrol Nefs

I am painting an Austria-Hungarian aeronef fleet for my friend Doug for use with Imperial Skies.  I'm trying to paint these to match the paint scheme found at Brigade Model's website for this fleet.



There really isn't anything too complicated about this paint job, but the great things about these models is that you don't need a complicated paint job to make them look nice.


I hull and super-structure is a basic green with some drybrushing to brighten it up.  I painted the guns and smoke stacks black and the deck boards tan.  A little detail on the tail fins and some paint on the windows and these are pretty much done.


Paints Used:
Army Painter
   Greenskin
   Matt Black
   Deep Blue
Vallejo Game Color
   Scorpy Green
Vallejo Model Color
   Tan Earth
   Sky Blue
   Flat Red
Games Workshop/Citadel
   Agrax Earthshade


I will share more videos as I continue to work on this fleet.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cold War in 6mm - Painting US M113 Transports

Next up for my 6mm Cold War project is US transports for my infantry.  

These are models from Heroics and Ros and while not as detailed as GHQs models, these aren't bad for the price.

I've used the same paint job on these as I've used on my US M1A2 tanks.  It is a pretty simple paint job, but it looks nice in my opinion.



There was a fair amount of flash on the back of these models that needed to be cleaned up, but once that was done, I primed them white and added a base coat of Vallejo Model Color US Dark Green.  Once that was dry, I washed them with Games Workshop Agrax Earthshade and then dry brushed with them with the US Dark Green that I lightened up with some white.



I based these on 40mm x 20mm metal bases flocked to match the rest of my force.



I'm working on the infantry that will be riding around in these models.