Mar 29, 2015

More Zvezda 1/100 fighting vehicles

Parts of the latest mad money spending, eight Zvezda vehicles, 50/50 for the Germans and the Russians.

Mar 26, 2015

Veudeni heavy cruiser, 2nd commerce steamer and playtesting

With these vessels the small fleet is done for a while - I have run out of motivation as it happens, and focused on other projects instead. Building these ships is a lot of fun and rewarding, but takes time and effort, like I predicted when delving into the Age of Sail project (which is still not yet finished and will probably require a different approach).
Anyway, we have a commerce steamer and a scaled-up armored or heavy cruiser to join the fleets. Both were done the traditional way from scratch, balsa wood and plasticard.

Mar 23, 2015

Chitonet Qlain, the Holy Order

Painted some time ago, these are 1/72 Zvezda figures, a 300pt warband for Song of Blades and Heroes. The setup is quite uniform with six heavy infantry, a mounted commander and a female knight(?), originally Jeanne d'Arc from the Italeri HYW French set.

Mar 20, 2015

Bag the Hun playtest

So we played a little modded version of Bag the Hun. A group of Stukas and an escort fighter pair supported the ground attack on a Ruslander relief force. The Reds came about led by Ivan Protkov, an ace of the Karelian Invasion flying an Airacobra. They had two pairs of planes including the very flat Ratas on the left upper corner.
Some dogfighting inbound, Ivan jumped his burning plane, his partner shot down a Stuka whose crew also managed to bail out: the German fighters sent one Rata escaping towards a friendly base and shot down another.

From a referee's point of view this is an interesting and exciting game with plenty of luck factor. The players did not like it because they had to think ahead instead of just tailgating someone and rolling dice until they were dead. During a turn you may not know when is your turn to shoot or move: the enemy may make a loop and get right behind your tail before you get a shot, and then probably you get to shoot before moving - this turn order calls for precise planning for every possible outcome of the turn (card) order.  

We used the Inter Arma air rules previously, which were pretty good if aircraft had a supportive role and the focus was on ground operations. But with a little tweaking Bag the Hun could be preferred. For example, to have the height advantage, fighter groups may be flying on two different heights (the leader of the Rotte at combat height and his wingman one degree above to hold superiority). As the height increments are very broad I've given up allowing the players to dive attack: they may gain height during the previous turn and dive on the target's tail when they can. Then there's the simplified ground bombing/strafing that would be incredibly easy to just swith over to IA's 'roll to hit' version.

Mar 19, 2015

Technical trouble

There's some malheur with my laptop, in the meantime I'm using a pair of old ones. This will not change my blogging or hobby schedule, in fact, after a few days of studying I will be sort of free until the end of the Easter holiday - this includes some 15mm sci-fi fun and the promised siege of Pyotyograd. The laptop will be taken to the great craftsmen of the mountains who will work hard to make it spin again.

Mar 17, 2015

Back to Jazygia (?)

 So I have received some money after all, and I'm planning to buy some 1/72 modern figures and play the long awaited (perhaps even forgotten?) modern Jazygia 1996 conflict. The possible rules are:

Force on Force
AK47 Republic
Chain of Command

or a homemade mixture of the three, probably named Force of Chains Republic (inspired by the relation between Jazygia calling itself one and its actual political agenda) and I am open to recommendations.

Why not the original 6mm? I have actually sworn a solemn oath that if I start a new period/project (whatever you call it) it will be in 6mm OR SMALLER, but allegedly there are a bunch of Revell (Esci rebox) Vietcongs in a hobby store in town and they are dirt cheap... Giving them a Jazygian look (a.k.a. a huge mustache) is also very easy. In other words, there are cheap AK-toting figures in the neighborhood and I want them.
The key to this plan is that there should actually be a stock of the fellows. Then I could buy some vehicles and the Jazygian army would be ready to roll (and invade innocent neighbors). A T-72, some other old Soviet armor, a truck, a BTR and it's all done.

About long waits, here is the Jazygian national anthem. I'm afraid I am quite bad with the harmonica, but you certainly wouldn't want to listen to the guitar version. It's just not Balkanic enough if it's not a harmonica or accordion. And on topic of that, the nation of Jazygia would be incredibly grateful for a proper accordion cover. Imagine that some Jazygian soldier is playing this by the campfire after many, many rounds of the local 'kumis', which is, in this modern world, an expression used by the good people for everything that has over 20% alcohol and is not made of goats.

Other purchases of the month will still be centered around the Eastern Front 'Wild East' campaign and include mostly early war armor, centered around the huge event of the siege of Pyotyograd. 
I also bought a Hasslefree figure because I'm a little bit bored of small scale stuff, and will probably finish two armies for the 15mm sci-fi project. 

Mar 14, 2015

WW2 1/144 aircraft

Four Luftwaffe planes and a lonely Soviet Airacobra.

Mar 10, 2015

15mm ground targets, fences and ruins

The WW2 campaign is rolling on, and here's some neat stuff to bomb to pieces. First a cruiser/destroyer (depending on scale) and two 152mm howitzers.

Mar 6, 2015

Bureaucracy + plans for March

Venting off a bit here.
I am allowed to receive a sum directly from the university because there are three 'children' (or rather, non-wage earners) in my family. I have to apply for this allowance by filling a form online and adding various bits of IDs and official papers. 
It turns out when deciding about my application, somebody f.ked up really bad and I have to appeal the decision to have a chance of seeing that money. (Footnote, it's required to do this every half-term, and I upload and fill the same bulls.t every half-term and there has never been a single bit of trouble.)
The sum I receive is usually spent on various living conditions such as food, urban transport tickets and dorm rent. It's quite fundamental in order to get my finances right. By the time the office that reviews and decides over my appeal, I will have to pay two months of dorm rent and unfortunatley I was quite expecting this money to arrive in time and bought some models and paints (in the grand scheme the money I spent on those wouldn't matter one bit about the rent). 
I can and will get help from my parents and I'm also thinking about making money out of my stamp collection, but this is a really s.t situation that could have been avoided, had someone whose job it had been paid attention.

This crosses most of my plans for March but I'll keep doing what I can hobby-wise and pray for a decision in my favor.
We will kick off the WW2 Eastern front campaign, for which I am building various scratch items (including Soviet heavy artillery and a ship for Rudel to sink) and a bunch of planes. So it will mostly be gaming and less painty stuff.