Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Pirates of the Black Atlantic

I recently added more figures to my growing Judge Dredd project, they are more from the Derby Wargames show batch. I really cleaned up with that haul! These four are Pirates of the Black Atlantic (well, it's not like wargamers to stick racial stereotypes, is it?) led by Pappa John:

This is a really well sculpted figure and the proportions are all correct with great deal. There's a great deal of personality in it.

Next up is Miss Kitty, another lovely figure. I am not sure who produces these or if they even come from the same company, but they are excellent.

And showing her cheeky side.

This guy is great figure as well, a typical Black Atlantic Pirate armed with a spit gun. I like the combat fatigues the chap is wearing.

I did a very basic camo scheme on his t-shirt, it's just a few different browns, black and white in stripes and dots.

And finally Voodoo Pete, the details on this figure are very catching, the chicken leg Voodoo stick, for example!

This guy will probably have some form of Psi abilities for the Judge Dredd game.

And finally is a figure by Ninjasaurus Rex, he painted the figure and I finished the base off. He has achieved a far subtler shading than I could ever do. It's just a shame it takes him so long to paint figures...

So that five more figures added, I have about another twelve from the Derby batch along with the ones I picked up from the Warlord sale, so there's still some work to do!

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Rumble in the Jungle - Judge Dredd AAR

Last week, with a bit of spare time to kill I decided to try out the Judge Dredd rules by Mongoose Publishing. Having been painting the figures for a while now, I thought it would be a good idea to see how the rules played out...

I set up some scenery from my 15mm World War Two collection, which is why it looks undersized to the figures. It was a basic engagement in the Jungle, the ruined area of Mega-City One dominated by Apes. A street Judge and two Cadets had been sent into the area to clear out a hive of Ape Liberation Front members. It was the Cadet's first time on the streets and part of their training. 

Facing the Judges were six Apes of the ALF, two armed with Spit Pistols and four armed with Spit Guns. The point total was:

1 x Street Judge @ 150
2 x Cadets @ 75 each
Total 300pts

2 x Spit Pistol armed Apes @ 55 each
4 x Spit Gun armed Apes @ 75 each
Total  410pts

So the Judges were outgunned from the start and the set up looked like this, with the Apes split into three fire teams.

I sent one Cadet off to the Judges' left flank, whilst the other Cadet and Street Judge went right. Meanwhile, the Apes used cover to get into a better position for firing.

The Cadet on the left worked her way behind cover to face off against the Apes on that flank.

The Apes opened fire with their Spit Guns and the unfortunate Cadet was cut down even taking cover!

In the middle of the street the Street Judge was similarly put out of action by the two Apes in the middle building.

And although the final Cadet had reached cover, he was taken out by the Apes!

First game over and the Judges had barely fired a single shot! I reset the board and gave it another try. This time the three Judges stuck close together to move into cover.

The apes similarly bunched together on their left flank as the Judges worked their way forward.

Initially the Apes' firing was accurate and a Cadet went down.

But, using Stumm Gas, the Street Judge was able to incapacitate three of the Apes!

Relying on the better ammunition in their Lawgivers, the Judge and Cadet used heatseekers to whittle down two more Apes!

The final Ape failed a willpower test and fled from the scene, well, with five of his team mates down and two Judges to face, it was probably the wisest decision.

The two games took no longer than an hour from beginning to end and both had a satisfactory conclusion. The second one, more so, as the Judges made more of the cover and their weapons to bring the Apes down. 

The rules are pretty simple, after the first few shots they are easy enough to hold in your head and run pretty smoothly. The only thing I am aware of happening is games becoming like a Western style shoot-out, which I would prefer not to happen. The Judges are not allowed to fire first and either must try to arrest a perp or be shot at before they can fire. This makes a nice rule, but I need to have a think about how to set scenarios based on the day-to-day life of a Street Judge. I see this as more like roleplaying than wargaming, but how to get that balance may prove tricky. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Two Riders Were Approaching

You may recall that a while ago Warlord had a 50% sale on their Judge Dredd lines. Well, I was fortunate enough to get to the website before a DDOS attack took it out for the afternoon, and I bought quite a few bits and pieces for my latest Dredd project. One of the sets I got on the cheap were two judges on Lawmaster motorcycles and I recently had the chance to paint them.

The first is a male street judge:

The colour scheme was pretty simple, but being such big beasts they still took a while to paint.

The detail is nice and sharp and there wasn't much mould flash on the models.

The second was a female judge waving her Lawgiver around like she just don't care.

The figures came in two parts, legs and torso, so I painted the bikes, attached the legs and then the torso so that I could bend the handlebars to fit their hands.

Both were painted in the comic-book style rather than with 'true' metallic colours. I also mounted them on bases of plasticard to give them some stability.

So, with Old Joe himself, that gives me three Lawmasters, not bad at about five pounds each!

Three is enough for my needs as I would only be using them for skirmishes on the streets, and it makes a nice little street patrol.

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

15mm Soviet SU-152s

The other Zvezda kits I picked up at the Derby World Wargames was three SU-152s. I wasn't aware that Zvezda had produced these, so it was a nice surprise to see them. They were easy to build as well, having only a few parts each.

They are nice chunky models with lots of details that are sharp. I put stowage on the rear plates to round out the builds. The stowage came from various sources.

As with all my Russian tanks I painted them in my usual minimum way, most Soviet vehicles didn't have recognition markings, so neither do mine. One has been marked with a patriotic slogan to mark it out as the commander's vehicle.

As another addition to my 15mm Late War Soviets, these 152s will be very useful for knocking on Hitler's door in Berlin...

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

2mm Urbanisation

I have not been consistent with my painting output recently, flipping from one scale to another, but I am just trying to tidy up some projects and get stuff out of the way. That s why I recently finished off the last of the Brigade Models' 2mm houses for my Blücher games.

It is another village square, this time with no church. I was using up the last of the buildings for this tile and there are no ecclesiastical ones left.

So that brings my final total of bases to four (plus the two farmhouses), which when put together look like this.

As three tiles equals a city, I have enough for two towns, four villages or one city, easily enough for most games. And should I need more, I know where to get them from now!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Big Boys Come Out To Play

Back at the Derby World Wargames show, I picked up some Soviet tank-destroyers from Plastic Soldier Company's stand. They are some of the new Zvezda 1/100 kits and I got two SU-100s and three SU-152s. Last weekend, I was able to paint the SU-100s in between 2mm buildings and 28mm Judge Dredd things! Here they are:

As with Zvezda's kits these are nice but require a little bit of construction. They are snap together so it's pretty simple really, but I was left with a few gaps here and there. It's not massively noticeable, but a slight bug-bear.

I also find the plastic of these kits to be very soft and the small bits to hold the pieces on the sprues are usually in what I would consider the wrong place, which makes cleaning them up a bit of a task.

Having said that, they are very nice little kits, they paint very well and the detail is very crisp and clear. With the expansion of the range and low prices, Zvezda are a great alternative for the 15mm market.

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Friday, 11 November 2016


Langemark German Cemetery

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
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