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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Modern Micro Armor

Howdie.

Just finishing up some modern micro-armor... nothing particularly special in my paint skills here, some of these are paint on top of someone else's paint... but they will work.  I need to come back later and place some insignia, details maybe.  We will see.  Mix of GHQ and C-in-C.  Everything is based on hexagons (helps with arcs of incoming fire, in my opinion.  Anyway....

Soviets, camo:  6x T-80, 6x BMP-1, 3x BMP-2, 1x ZSU-23-4...
Soviets or Warsaw Pact:  5x T-62 5x T-72, 2x SA-9 Gaskin...
Iraqi, sand and camo:  8x T-55, 6x T-72, 3x BTR-50, 3x BTR-60, 2x ZSU-23-4, 3x BRDM Swatter...
US, camo:  11x M1A1 or A2 (not sure)...
US, camo:  3x Trucks, 3x M901 Hammerhead, 2x M577 command vehicles, 5x Bradleys.....





Like I said, nothing special, and they need a little more work, but its a decent start.

Thanks!

Chalfant










Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fantasy: Meadows of Mayhem!

Finally had a chance to run my Meadows of Mayhem system for our club, using 20mm-ish figures from Splintered Light.  This is a fast paced, simple, skirmish game.  There were 6 bands in total, the Fanged Horde (foxes, weasels, rats, plus friends) versus the Woodland Alliance (otters, rabbits, mice and squirrels, plus friends).

The table at the start of the game....
 Weasels in line with rats... notice the bear mercenaries participating...
 But the mice and squirrels have a panda bear ally... rabbits to the flank of the mice...
 The otters quickly cross the stream with their swim ability...
 A huge melee erupts, as mice and squirrels engage the rats... some squirrels climb the cabin roof to get to the rear of their enemies...
In the middle,  a Wolverine under bloodlust advanced on his own, leaving his weasel allies behind... despite being swarmed by the rabbits and their spotted leopard general, the Wolverine would prove impossible to kill...
The otters and foxes chase each other around a wee cabin on the far flank...
 The melee on the other flank gets bloodier and bloodier, in particular for the mice and squirrels...
First the mice and squirrels flee, mostly being cut down shortly afterwards... then the rest of the Woodland Alliance reaches the army break point...
Soon, all that are left are the Fanged Horde.... the Otters, mostly in tact, are able to slip away via the stream.

All in all, this was a fast, fun game.... the result was somewhat lopsided (the Woodland Alliance was destroyed!), but that happens sometimes.  We will have to try this again.

Thanks for reading!

Chalfant





Friday, March 24, 2017

A Farewell to a Comrade

This is not the kind of post I would have expected to be making so soon... inevitably, in the future, somewhere down the road... but not now.

We are saying farewell to one of our comrades, Al.  He was a gamer, so I will remember him on my gaming blog, in a way that only other gamers will understand.

He was partial to sci fi, and fantasy, and steam and rivets... but he was willing to game with us in everything (except Battletech.. boy, did he hate heat sinks!).  As one of our club members recently commented... "What a guy. He suffered through Napoleonics for us".

Here he is, consulting with me (or maybe trying to tune me out...) about the Anglo-Allied left flank at Waterloo in our 2015 anniversary campaign of the famous 1815 campaign. 

Its good to remember working with him.
Group photo, Battle of Lutzen.... 


He was one of the first playtesters for one of my games, giving me some advice that I did incorporate... a slightly more "off track" game than Napoleonics, for certain.

He had a huge vocabulary, that he was unafraid of using.  He laughed large... something many others seem to remember.  Affable and intelligent and funny..... if only we all were!

Only fellow wargamers are likely to see this post... which is good, because to "outsiders" this may seem trite and shallow, remembering a man only through this one tiny facet of his life.  But to those of you on the "inside", you likely understand.

There will be games in the future, when I will look to my left and be saddened for not finding him there. 

- Chalfant