Sunday, 30 October 2016

Fiasco, Leeds, 2016

On Sunday, Ninjasaurus Rex and I took a drive out to Fiasco in Leeds, hosted by the Leeds Wargames Club. I have been aware of Fiasco for years, but have never been despite Leeds only being less than an hour away and at the Armouries which is easy to get to. With the death of Triples, we have been forced to seek a little further afield than usual to get our convention fixes (The Joy of Six being an exceptional exception). I was pleasantly surprised to see how well attended and busy Fiasco was, there was a mass of traders and plenty of games. A lot of the games seemed to be fantasy and science fiction orientated, but I was happy to see a lot of historical stuff being played as well. Below is a photo dump of some pictures I took, it's not every game there, just the ones that took my interest.

And finally there was a massive game of Jutland, being played for the centenary. It certainly looked impressive!

We only spent an hour or so there, but it was worth the trip out. I didn't intend on buying much as my lead pile is pretty high at the moment, but I did walk away with some Early War Miniatures shell craters, something I have been meaning to buy for a while. 

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte in 2mm

Along with the other Blücher terrain that I have been making recently I decided that no 100 Days Campaign is complete without the addition of, surely, the two most famous farms in Belgium; Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte. As with my other Blücher terrain these are 2mm in scale, and are from Irregular Miniatures. Now, Irregular have a vast range, and some of their stuff is hit and miss. However, I saw pictures of these buildings on the internet and with the price being a few pounds I decided to give them a punt. 

The service was quick and the buildings arrived and looked pretty good in the flesh. At this scale it's hard to get them wrong though. Anyway, I set about making the terrain tiles. I figures that the two farms were so pivotal in the Battle of Waterloo that they should both be classed as villages in their own right and should be based on a village sized base. 

The first up was Hougoumont, here viewed from the direction of the French attack:

The actual surroundings of the farm are quite extensive and are bigger than the base would allow me to model, so I telescoped them down as much as possible to fit on the main features. These include the formal gardens, orchard and wood that the French attack progressed through. Research for the layout came mainly from Mark Adkin's The Waterloo Companion, and Charles Grant's Waterloo (Wargaming in History). Both of which differed slightly on the detail, but gave me a good idea of the layout of the farm and surrounds.

The other farm on the field of Waterloo was La Haye Sainte. Previously I had already made a 6mm sized La Haye Sainte, but this was too big for the Blücher urban tiles so I went for 2mm again. This is it looking from the south along the Brussels road.

You can see the famous sandpit, defended by the 95th Rifles, and although the buildings are not laid out perfectly compared to the real farm, they look good enough for my purposes.

So there you have it, two more urban bases, both of which will take an infantry base to garrison and function just as they did in the real battle. 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

A Teeny Tiny Town in Belgium

I have just completed two more urban bases for Blücher, using the remaining buildings that I bought from Brigade Models. In Blucher, one base represents a village, two together, a town and three, a city. So this gives me enough base to make a combination of urban areas. 

The first one has a few houses and shops clustered around a largish cathedral, this will probably be mainly used for cities:

As you can see, I have not gone to town on the detail, literally just painted the buildings and inkwashed them. They are 2mm scale, so look fine from wargaming distance.

The second base also has a church as its central aspect, as most towns and villages do. Cities usually have multiple places of worship, so this works as well when all the bases are together.

The walls and fences around the houses were made with cut up coffee stirrers that I took from various cafes. I also added clump foliage to represent trees and bushes.

And here is the city, three bases put together to form a large urban spread.

As Blücher is abstract anyway, the 2mm houses should work well with the 6mm figures! But that is for another day, so thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Freeze Punk!

Here are another few figures from my Derby World Wargames haul, all for the Judge Dredd project again.I am not sure of the manufacturers, but if any readers knows where these figures came from, please let me know!

First up is a yellow-jump-suited vigilante; Captain Vengeance. A mild mannered estate agent by day, a crazed perp hunter by night!

I decided on a yellow colour as it matched the comicy feel that I have been trying to achieve with this project. The jump suit doesn't leave much to the imagination.

Speaking of which, neither does the little red number that this femme fatale is wearing. She's probably escaping from some high-society heist:

I don't fancy here chances of escaping the law in those heels, but the two handguns should see her way out of trouble...

And finally for this batch is a dirty pro-democracy activist.

Always out on a protest of some sort, these types are the bugbear of the Justice Department. This figures seems to have been part of a motorcycle gang and is armed with only knuckledusters, but he makes a good democrat.

That's three more figures down and a small dint in the pile!

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Yie Ar Kung-Fu!

I started painting the batch of second-hand figures that I bought at Derby World Wargames the other week,all 28mm and for the current Judge Dredd project. 

The first one is a TV reporter for Channel 38, wearing what looks to me like a camera helmet:

I am not sure what sci-fi setting the figure is originally from, but he will be useful for getting in the Judge's way whilst trying to get a scoop!

Next up is Stan Lee (AKA Death Fist), the best martial artist to come out of the Radlands of Ji.

This figure is different to the Stan Lee of 2000AD, but is good enough for me!

And finally from this batch is a street punk armed with a spit pistol and dagger.

A vicious thug who will cause problems for the Judges wherever he goes!

And you may have noticed the addition of litter to the bases of the figures, I added more litter to the figures I had already finished and here is the Ape Liberation Front now completed:

There are a lot more figures to come from the batch, so keep checking back over the next few weeks and months as I whittle the pile down. 

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Busy Little Market Town

You may remember that back at Joy of Six 2016, I bought a bunch of 2mm houses from Brigade to make up some scenery for Blücher. Well, with the house move and various other issues, I was unable to work on the scenery tile for a while. That was until recently, when I sat down and finished it off.

The garden walls and fences were made with trimmed down coffee stirrers, found in any fast-food restaurant. I added flock as trees and shrubbery to help break up the buildings and am quite pleased with the outcome of this first urban tile. Here they are next to a brigade of 6mm French soldiers on Blücher sized bases to give you an idea of the scale.

The urban tiles in Blücher are supposed to be slightly bigger then a base width, so this is about three and a half inches square, enough to fit a base comfortably on during a game as a garrison. Only one brigade may garrison an urban tile, so this works perfectly for game needs.

Also, the 2mm size of the houses doesn't jar too much with the 6mm figures, so I will make more of these to be able to make villages, towns and cities for Blücher games. The small size of the houses allows for more realistic looking urban areas rather than the 6mm sized ones I was using previously, which only fitted a couple of houses on the tile and looked crammed.

(And Kudos for correctly identifying where the title of this post comes from...)

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Derby World Wargames 2016

Dean, Ninjasuarus and myself have just come back from Derby World Wargames at Castle Donnington. Hosted by Warlord Games, KR Multicases and the Derby Wargames Associates, it was held in a massive hall at the famous racing track. None of us had been before and we were blown away by the sheer size of the event and amount of traders there. as we are regulars at Triples, I was half expecting the Sunday afternoon to be a bit quiet as it usually is at Triples these days. But I couldn't be more wrong! The place was heaving when we arrived and still was when we left at about half past two. A total contrast the to Sunday afternoon ghost town that Triples is...

I had my camera and took a bunch of photos of the demo and participation games that were on display. I am sure I missed a few, but this picture dump gives you a good idea of the games on offer. I can't remember what everything was, so they are not labelled.

And my swag. I did go intending not to buy anything, but I came away with a miscast trench section from Early War Miniatures for £2, a Judge Giant figure from Foundry, two SU-100s and three SU-152s from Zvezda and 21 second-hand 28mm figures that will do as street punks for Judge Dredd!

It was a great day out and definitely one to put in the diary for next year! Well worth the hour's drive that it took to get there.