Saturday, 7 July 2018

A Landing Pad for Star Wars Legion

Along with the other bits of scenery I bought for Star Wars Legion, I got a landing pad terrain piece from TTCombat. The first thing that attracted me was the price, a large scenery piece for less than a tenner! However, in it's original form it's a little basic. The laser cut decoration is great and it really goes together very well, but I felt it needed a little more...

A TTCombat Landing Pad unpainted with Stormtroopers

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Terrain and Scenery for Star Wars Legion

As we have been playing a few tester games of Star Wars Legion, I thought I needed some large scale sci-fi terrain and scatter scenery. The first was some scratch built cargo crates for use as barricades. Dean had given me some small wooden blocks that he had picked up cheap in The Works. I literally just stuck some embossed Plasticard on the outside, added some edging and that was it! A very simple but effective job and I will be making some more of these in the future.

Stormtroopers huddle around cargo boxes

Sunday, 1 July 2018

I Am Your Father... A Star Wars Legion AAR

Dean and Ninjasaurus called over and we had another game of Star Wars Legion. This time, we doubled the size of the table, added heavy weapons to the squads and added in character specific command cards. 

Luke Skywalker and a small band of Rebels held a landing pad in the centre of the table (there will be a future post about this landing pad specifically), complete with barricades, with an AT-RT reinforcement arriving in turn three. Whilst the Imperials were led by Darth Vader and General Veers, along with two squads of Stormtroopers and speederbikes. The scene was set for a classic confrontation. Here are a few photos from the game:

Rebel troopers and Luke Skywalker prepare to defend a landing pad

Thursday, 28 June 2018

7th Brigade, 7th Division and Reserve Corps all Finished!

The last unit for the Anglo-Allied reserve Corps is the 7th Brigade of 7th Division. This unit was made up of the 2/25th (King's Own Borderers), 2/37th (North Hampshire) and 2/78th (Highlanders) and was commanded by Major-General Kenneth MacKenzie.

The reserve Brigade of the Anglo-Allied Army in 1815

Monday, 25 June 2018

Dantooine, They're on Dantooine, A Star Wars Legion AAR

Having completed the figures form the core box of Star Wars Legion, I've been eager to try out the game properly. On Sunday Ninjasaurus Rex and I met up to fight an introductory game, using the basic elements of two squads of five Stormtroopers and five Rebels, with the Rebel AT-RT and two Imperial 74-Z Scoutbikes, with Luke Skywalker and General Veers as commanders. It was a meeting engagement with the winner being the one who survived after six turns!

Stormtroopers take positions in the defences

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Maximum Firepower

I recently treated myself to the General Veers Commander expansion for Star Wars Legion. It's expensive, but as Maximillian Veers is my favourite character from the Star Wars films, I couldn't really go without one.

Monday, 18 June 2018

4th Hanoverian Brigade, 6th Division in 6mm

This is the penultimate brigade for the the Allied Reserve Corps for the seemingly endless 100 Days Campaign project. It's the 4th Hanoverian Brigade, who were attached to the 6th Division and commanded by Colonel C. Best.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Ex-Joan of Arc, an Operation Nightingale Excavation at Bullecourt in France

I have just returned from two weeks in France, where I have been working at Bullecourt south of Arras, for a second time exploring the archaeological remains of the Battle of Bullecourt which took place in April 1917. The excavation was an Operation Nightingale project and was supported by Breaking Ground Heritage, with wounded, injured and sick veterans as the participants. Last year, we found the remains of the Mark II Tank 796, commanded by Lieutenant Skinner. The tank 796 made it as far as the German Hindenburg Line before being disabled, whilst supporting the Australian attack on the defended village.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Final Units for Rommel in 3mm

I have been working towards finishing the Germans for Rommel for the 3mm project that I have also been working on (along with everything else!). 

The first units I finished was the supporting artillery for the 3rd Panzer Divisions, 57th and 161st Infantry Divisions.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Into the Valley of Death

This weekend, I met up with Ninjasaurus Rex for a game of Cross Fire of Irony, the modern/near future rules he has been writing for about a decade. Maybe one day he will publish them on his blog, but until then you'll have to take my word for it that they are a heavy reworking of the Cross Fire World War 2 rules.
There isn't much left from the original rule set really, just a couple of mechanics n moving and firing. 

He wanted to try them out and as he had recently completed some work on Soviet and Afghan figures we thought we'd have a bash at a small skirmish in the 1980s Soviet/Afghan war. It was also a chance to use his excellent terrain:

Friday, 25 May 2018

TK421, Why Aren't You At Your Post?

As you may know, recently I bought a copy of the core box of Star Wars Legion. It comes with some figures to get you started, a force (excuse the pun) of Stormtroopers and a force of Rebels. So I set to work painting them.
There are 14 Stormtrooper infantry figures and they were very easy to paint, with the use of white spray paint... Here they all are:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

3mm Panzer Fours and 3mm Painting Guide

I have now painted a few 3mm tanks at this point, so I thought I'd show you how I do it. There are a few more tutorials online already, but this is my version and may help someone.

I wanted to add a unit of Panzer IVs to the 3rd Panzer Division and this consists of three bases each of 5 tanks. In 1943 3rd Panzer had 22 Panzer IVs on paper, so 15 is a close enough number, counting for vehicles in repair or support away from the front line. 

The first thing to do is Superglue the tanks to coffee stirrers. I always grab loads of these from cafes and restaurants as they are always really useful, like in this case. The Superglue may seem extreme, but it easily snaps off when you come to take the tanks off the sticks at the end of the painting session.

Friday, 18 May 2018

10th Brigade, 6th Division in 6mm

Another British unit that I was able to finish over the long Bank Holiday weekend recently was the 10th Brigade of the British 6th Division. This was one half of a mixed British/Hanoverian Division (the 4th Hanoverian) and was commanded by Major-General Sir John Lambert.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

5th Hanoverian Brigade, 5th Division in 6mm

I've been making steady progress with my 100 Days Campaign in 6mm, and given the recent Bank Holiday weekend, I was able to knock out a couple of Allied units. Including the 5th Hanoverian Brigade of 5th Division, under Colonel von Vinke.