Jun 30, 2015


Had a quick read through the Blücher rule set by Sam Mustafa. As most of my readers know I like Maurice very much, and although at the core it is a very different set, Blücher seems just as good. 
But the most important thing about it is that while it was written for larger scale Napoeonic engagements, the underlying mechanisms make it equally good to play pitched battles in the 17th century. Instead of larger formations, one unit or card would represent one regiment or smaller brigade. The characteristics aid in building armies that reflect their historical counterparts.
Below is a Swedish regiment of foot, fancied after the cards shown in the book - I'm cloning a bunch of other units as well. This makes it easy to carry whole armies in a very small space. I'm going to print them on some thicker matte paper, with national colours on the back and put them into card sleeves and I'm good to go.

A 'corps' and unit ID can be written on top along with an indicator that the unit is prepared (although, I imagine, a fancy marker would improve the looks).
For some change, a Swedish foot unit for example has artillery attached while a Spanish old tercio is more agile and can shoot and move in the same turn. In fact, the simple and elegant system allows for basically any period to be played where pitched battles took place.

And I believe I can just halve Lasalle units (those I painted and those I will) to create Napoleonic units for Blücher. 

Jun 27, 2015

Proxy Armies

This is a Thirty Years War Spanish army made of wooden sticks. Four large infantry formations, eight groups of cavalry, two commanders and four cannon. It can be expanded later, and also used as a mercenary force in any theatre. 
The 'figures' are closest to 6mm. Infantry units have 75 sticks on five stands while cavalry 20 on two. The 'shot' stands have 12 sticks on them, the large pike blocks 24 pikemen plus command, including the regimental standard. Doing the maths, this means 300 infantry and 160 cavalry.

Jun 24, 2015

15mm Sci-Fi: Finally Fighting

While we played with Lego models before, this was the first outing for my 15mm sci-fi forces. We fought two battles: one, a Stalingrad-type game that was a bloody win for the Darwinists against the Rebels with Orc weaponry (the DU had one artillery unit remaining on the entire table).

Jun 20, 2015

Purchase history - June

I spent almost nothing in May. This month I finally received the money the uni sort of owed me. I'm pretty sure they miscalculated the sum but if I appealed again I would have probably seen it only in August.

So the list goes as follows:
1/72 figures: Imex Pilgrims, Italeri Indians for the pirate project. The pilgrims can be used as civilians throughout the 17-18th century, so they are pretty useful. The Indians can also be used to be just that, in my current plans they are Savage Enemies for the pirates. 
Mars copy of the Revell TYW Swedish cavalry, some issues with quality and copyright law as they are just that, straight up copies (crappily moulded), but a) they are available b) cost half of a Revell box that was last made in the 80s and the same sets circulate the market since then.

15mm: back to World War Two with Battlefront figures and tanks. I'm starting a new force, and this will be British. I have scratchbuilt some Maxims and mortars for the Red Army. So the list is:
One infantry platoon of 40 figs
A pair of Fireflies
I would like to expand on this in the near future.

The next month the funds will be cut, so I'm back to scratchbuilding - a TYW/ECW army and more pre-dreads in the first round. I'm close to declare July the Official Save Your Wargaming Purse Month.

Jun 16, 2015

15mm Sci-Fi: Medium mechas

Put together this pair of scratchbuilt mechas. They're very menacing. One is Beta and has a death's head on its shoulder armor, the other is Lambda and has a very threatening blue flower.
They serve in the Darwinist Union's land forces. A medium mecha is very useful in Easy Sci-Fi because it has good firepower, defense and two or three hit points. Its hindrances are its low mobility and firing range. The Union uses them as support for their heavy mechs.

Anybody who can identify three or more parts (other than plasticard) wins two Internets. The little circular things on top are especially risky, so I can tell they're made of wood.

During the last week I was pretty much dead with a swollen throat that first infested my lungs, causing a bronchitis then my left ear, so now I'm eating antibiotics that could purge all of the bugs on an elephant. The exams continue. See you soon.

Jun 13, 2015

6mm GNW Swedish infantry

Four units of Varangians/Swedes for Maurice, in my standard 32-men composition. What I changed was the layout of figures per base as I included grenadiers on the flanks and split the command strip between two bases to have the flag more to the centre of the unit.
So while a standard ImagiNation infantry unit looks like this:

M M M M   M M M M   M M M M   M M M M
M M M M   M M M M   C  C  C  C   M M M M

the Swedes look like this:

G G M M   M M M M   M M M M   M M G G 
G G M M   M M C  C    C C  M M    M M G G 

(Grenadiers, Musketeers and Command, respectively). The Baccus GNW Grenadier pack is half strength, 12 strips = 48 figures compared to the 24 strips = 96 figures of the musketeers; I've cut up one strip for each flank of the main body. These grenadier figures were problematic, though, because they bend and break way too easily, something I rarely experienced with Baccus stuff before.

Anyway, painting was just the usual: grey primer, a very quick run with the basic colors, a dark brown shade made of black glaze and burnt umber, then a highlight on the blues. A single highlight of the main color (with a much brighter tone) improves the look of the units vastly.

The flags were taken from this site, printed then painted over.

I think the next units will have karpus hats but I'm not sure about pikes. Maurice has rules for them, well, some won't hurt.

Jun 10, 2015

My Little Pre-Dread': Funnels Are Magic

I think I made reference in the original balsa build posts that the large ships are not suitable to fleet actions. Even with half a dozen ships, things become complicated, like the requirement of a 10x10 meter playing area. The solution is scaling everything down.

This is the Jackewlinese North Fleet's main battle force, three cruisers and four battleships.

The hulls are made of plasticard, the other bits of match sticks, kebab sticks of two different girth, and broom bristles. A ship takes about 10 minutes to build.

This Rhealla-class ship is 1/3 to the original, so about 1/1800 scale. The simplicity allows me to mass produce these, so expect more, even some larger scale battles like NotTsushima.

Jun 7, 2015

Continued Pirate Adventures

The ketch, the figures and a large boat are all finished.

Jun 4, 2015

Pirate ketch WIP

Put some work to the wee ship between exams. 

Gluing the sides to the base. The base is plasticard with a cardboard deck over it. The sides are also cardboard. Because they are hollowed, I used pieces of PVA-soaked paper to cover the edges.