Monday, December 16, 2013

War of 1812: 41st Infantry Regiment

Here is the latest Knuckleduster 28mm War of 1812 miniatures painted up.  They from the British 41st Infantry Regiment.

Next unit will probably be U.S. Artillery gun and crew.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December CMH Club Meeting

Good day.  I attended the latest CMH monthly meeting.  This was a well attended and fun last monthly meeting for the year.  Bill was running a Pearl Harbor anniversary game which I thought would be fun to try out.  I've never played in a Pearl Harbor game so joined in the action on the U.S. side.  The game is free to download.  It was created by Pete Pellegrino from the Naval War College.  The game starts with planning for both the Japanese and Americans.  Then the action starts with the first wave coming in and the Americans trying to do anything to shoot down Japanese planes and protect the ships.  We ended up losing all the battleships in battleship row, but we shot down a lot more Japanese planes than what happened historically.  This was due to the Japanese not aggressively attacking the airfields in the first wave.

Also at the club meeting was a Guadalcanal game using the Bolt Action rules.  There was an Ancients game going on as well.

Next meeting I'm probably going to try and run my Mediterranean British vs. French WWII naval scenario.  Need to try it out at the club before the next Convention.

Pearl Harbor game in progress


Guadalcanal Game

Couple more pictures with miniatures posed by me.




Sunday, November 24, 2013

BoardGameGeek.Con 2013

I am back from attending BoardGameGeek.Con 2013.  This convention is dedicated to boardgames...specifically Euro Games.  There were approximately 2200 attendees and I had a great time.  My good friend Kevin and I planned to attend this year awhile back.  A big thanks to Liz for letting me go.  Kevin attended the whole convention and I attended only the three full days.  It was held at one of the Hyatt hotels at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.  Kevin and I stayed at the convention hotel.

Wow...what a convention.  We played all sorts of games and ended up buying a couple games each from the vendor room.  We got to try out a number of good new games, such as Amerigo published by Queen Games.  The hotel and convention food was pretty good.  There was a free shuttle that can take you to nearby Grapevine, Texas for a better food selection.

Main gaming hall.  Approximately 2000 gamers were in here for closing ceremonies.
Another fun thing I did at the convention was play in the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator.  This is a six player half hour simulator game of a spaceship, similar to Star Trek.  I definitely recommend this game.

Here are the boardgames I played, with thumbs up for the ones I thought were winners.  The order is the order I played them at the convention.

Star Wars X-Wing

Pillars of the Earth




Taj Mahal

Escape I did not enjoy this crazy speed dice game.  Lots of insanity and yelling.

Rokoko (or Rococo)


Bruxelles 1893


Band of Brothers (wargame)

Francis Drake

The game library where you can borrow a game to play.
Some gamers had balloons attached to themselves.  Certainly helps to find one another.

Other games in hall between library, vendor room and main hall to play.
Battling Tops Tournament at convention
Thanks to Kevin for sharing this picture.
What the?
Ahh...a fellow competitor cheering on the action.
His turn will come.
Video that has been posted giving a good overview of the convention this year:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Veterans Wars 2013

Good day!  Our annual club Veterans Wars convention has ended.  I only attended on Sunday and had a good time in a Napoleonic skirmish game using the Sharp Practice.  There were ancient games and a Dust Tactics game (non-historical).  We had a swap event in the morning, but not many people had stuff to sell/trade.  I think one swap a year is what we can handle.  I didn't bring anything as I don't have much yet.

Below are pictures from Sunday.  At the bottom are four blog posts about the convention by Dan.


Dust Tactics

Napoleonic Skirmish

Lots more convention description and photos over on Dan's blog.  Five blog posts below:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Working WWII Soviet Tanks on YouTube

Sometimes you can go off on a tangent in YouTube just following links.  I discovered these cool videos of working WWII Soviet tanks.  Makes me want to get back to wargaming WWII Eastern Front.

Video's with red highlight are dubbed in English.

T-37A Light amphibious tank (wiki entry)
This is a fun video.

MS-1 (wiki entry)
T-60 (wiki entry)
T-70 (wiki entry)
Lots of mud/water to drive in for this video.

BT-7 (wiki entry)
The driver has to remove the steering wheel before entering/exiting (shown in video). Crazy!
KV-2 (wiki entry)
T-34 (wiki entry)
T-34/85 (wiki entry)
KV-85 (wiki entry)
Doesn't start rolling until 8 min into video.
ISU-152 (wiki entry)
 Another video LINK

SU-100 (wiki entry)
JS-2 or IS-2 (wiki entry)
Pretty cool to see inside this tank.
T-44 (wiki entry)
Late war WWII training tank, only used on the Far East front.
Ignore the German tank at the beginning.

There are other videos of Soviet trucks and other videos from this same driver:

War of 1812: NY Militia

Here are some of my latest War of 1812, Knuckleduster 28mm miniatures painted up.  These are New York Militia.

The green basing material (minus the tufts) is from Green Adirondack Blend 32oz, by Scenic Express.
I recommend the mixture.

Next up will be more British regulars.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October CMH Club Meeting

This month I attended our club monthly meeting.  It was another well attended meeting with a variety of new painted miniatures showed off, plus games.  The games were Ancients (no surprise), Zulu War, and Cold War.  The Cold War (microarmour) game did come as a surprise.  I jumped in this game which pitted the Americans against the Soviets c. 1982.  I played the Soviets with T-72s and T-55s.  I did terrible.  I guess the all tank rush doesn't work against M-1 Abrams hull down behind an elevated road.  Oh was fun.  We used the Modern Spearhead ruleset.  I would have preferred the Cold War Commander ruleset.  I have thought about doing 1987 Angola War with microarmour.  But that is a potential future thing.  Still busy doing other stuff at the moment (War of 1812).

Below are some pictures from the meeting.