Sunday, November 26, 2017

Developing The Portable Wargame

When I was home last September I met up with my old friends Paul "Shotgun" Smith and Ross Mac. Ross came prepared for a two day visit providing all the troops, terrain and rules to play. You can read about our marvelous adventures on his blog, Battlegame of the Month. The link will bring you to his write-up titled The Wood of Tears.

The 2nd day was an introduction to The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery. I have been toying with a Manchurian campaign for a while and have blogged about it a few time on the troops I've assembled. The latest being 14 Japanese trucks won on an ebay auction. I have them based and have stocked 4 of them with bags of rice. The rest will be troop carriers or artillery limbers.

 Bob's The Portable Wargame stuck me as the way to go. So I've started to collect my materials. I purchased a hex mat from Hotz. I purchase 3 inch lazer-cut hexes from an ebay store and have begun preparing my terrain. Not much to show but it is a beginning.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 7th Edition

I like the ring of the 7th edition. It became my favorite version of the WRG ancients rules. This is the first year I took part in the Challenge and I aimed for 500 points. I fell short. I received a grand total of 304 points, which is just 60%, so a passing grade in my book. My main personal aim for the challenge was to get me painting. I've pretty much have experienced a 2 year drought and though I did not reach my goal, I now have minis on my work table and will continue to produce. I want to thank Curt and his minions who made the challenge possible.

After my first entry, instead of reposting my humble efforts on this blog, I decided to add one link at the end. I finished with some 25mm Ancient Romans, which was always my goto army for the various WRG Ancients, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th editions. Somehow it seems fitting to end on this note. I look forward to next year's challenge.

My humble efforts in the great Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 7th Edition,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

There Be Undead Dragons

My first submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is a 15mm Undead Dragon to go with my HOTTs Undead Army. It is my first completed work in about two years. I have found it difficult to find time to paint, especially during the day, with the full benefits of natural sunlight. My eyesight is not what it used to be.

The figure is by Reaper Miniatures and is listed as 03644 Skeletal Dragon. I had to hand drill the holes in order to properly glue the wings, but other than that the figure was easy to assemble. The paint job itself was a  black wash over Vallejo  Dark Sand as bone. The figure is mounted on a 40mm x 60mm base covered by Liquitex Black Lava texture gel. I think it provides a nice, simple field for the Undead.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Hoard of the Thing

Since picking up this dragon last May at Cangames, I've been perplexed on how to display it as a Hordes of the Things element. Due to the length of the figure I decided upon a 60 mm x 120 mm base. Believe me the base is 60 mm wide. I wanted to show the dragon, Smaug-like slithering across it's hoard of gold and gems.

Dragon Defending It's Hoard

I picked up a package of 6 different tubes of glitter from the local Bureau en Gros (Staples outside Quebec) and prepared a mix of predominately gold glitter with some red, green and blue mixed in as gems. The photo doesn't do justice to the effect.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Joseph Lappin: The end of an era.

This post was a long time coming and was a hard one to write. Joseph Lappin was a true friend, and a long time gaming buddy. I met Joseph sometime in the fall or winter of 1972 and have been gaming with him ever since. I was blessed to include him in my circle of friends. 

Halifax gamers cira 1984. Joseph wearing the hat
Joseph passed away after a brief illness on November 18. It is difficult to sum up the life of a man, especially in a blog devoted to war gaming.  Joseph is missed by Susan, his wife of almost 30 years and their 3 children as well as by his friends and colleagues. His death was a shock to us all.

Family and life take priority over our little hobby. One of the ways Joesph tried to cope was to have an annual game at some point over the Christmas holidays.  This tradition has been an on-going event for over 20 years. 

WRG 7th Ed Game 1990, Persians vs Vikings (Joseph and I)

The event varied over the years. At times we have played miniatures, and at other times a board game such as Britannia, Merchant of Venus, or Kingmaker was featured. The event included high school buddies, long time wargamers, or family members. It became something that I looked forward to, on my trips home to Halifax. 

Multi-player HOTT Game Christmas 2003

Joseph and Susan, always made me welcome and often I hung up my hat and make use of their guest room. When I stayed with the family, Joseph and I always ended up having an evening of miniature games between the two of us. Favorites included quick games of DBA, HOTT, Blitzkrieg or Cold War Commander.  

Cold War Commander Christmas 2008

DBM Game Christmas 2000; Roman Civil War (Joseph and I)
HOTT Amy Choices Christmas 2007
Joseph: Christmas 2007 HOTT Games

In recent years, the event settled into a routine of some favour of multi-player boardgame. For a number of years, we played Twilight Imperium. In 2011, the game was played by Joseph and his son Andrew, Paul Smith and his son Stuart, Mike Haynes and myself. I didn't get to Halifax in either 2012 or 2013. In 2013, Twilight Imperium was replaced by War of the Ring, which was the game on tap for Christmas 2014. 

Twilight Imperium Game 2011 Robert, Stuart (background), Paul, Andrew and Joseph

Unfortunately, Joseph would not be a participant. Susan, informed Mike, Paul and I that Andrew wanted to host the game in place of his father. I knew that it would be a difficult session, and Mike, Paul and I had more that a few Skype conversations over our feelings about the planned game. 

Andrew and Mike ponder their move: Lord of the Rings

None the less, we decided to move forward, and I for one, am glad that we did. I do not know if next year, there will be a game involving us, at the Lappin residence, but this year there was one last event, played to honour the memory of a good friend.