10 September 2023

Father's Days Blood Bowl

Father's Day in Australia is in September, and both Comrade James and I have traditional grudge matches with our offspring on this important weekend of family machismo!

In Sydney this year, Reilly and I got some DungeonBowl on with DeathMath twists!



Loved the MVP Wandering Werewolf - somehow the teleporter in that room just sucked everyone in!


Somehow, I managed to leap a Gutter Runner around the Guardian Ogres and squeek over the line (get it?! - Dad jokes are legal for Father's Day)  to claim the first ever Father's Day win by this Dad,.


Meanwhile, in another State, James threw down with some Blood Bowl Team Manager with 2 of his progeny


07 September 2023

Bolt Action fun

Recently, Reilly and I threw down for some WW2 action. My Socials feed from the day reads thus:
Getting our bolt action on: US paras (painted by Reilly) v Germans (painted by Patch) 1250 points in Normandy #beatpaulsson





All reactions:

US howitzer opening shot. Needs a 6 to hit right? Hmm… Boom!



US Greyhound takes my 222 Armoured Car under fire. 6 to hit - so I didn’t Recce away. Guess what he rolled…




Remember that time the US Air Force dropped a bomb right on Hans and his comrades crewing the Pak40? No, they don’t either….




Tiffin card arrives!




After another US ground attack fighter eliminated an entire infantry squad, I thought a taste of home might help the boys’ flagging morale


And the US light mortar finished the game in style, lobbing a sighting salvo into my last remaining squad. Needless to say, I did not #beatpaulsson ūüėé





So yeah, that was a game. Throughly enjoyable as to seeing what hijinks the boy could pull off next, and if I would have anything left on the table by Turn 5!

13 August 2023

Scratchbuilt Medieval house

In recent weeks I've been playing with scratch building some buildings, based on free paper designs.  The process went somewhat freestyle along the way, which has been fun if time consuming - and probably true to the spirit of civil engineering in the period too! 
Reminiscent of the old Warhammer fantasy building templates that White Dwarf published back in the day, I started with this paper model as my design:
  


Using that, exaggerating a few curves here and there for flavour, I decided to add a matching but smaller side structure (kitchens and servants rooms?) to make it more interesting both visually and for gaming with.


The roof base is artists' paper, wetted down and shaped (carefully) to get the sagging appearance. By itself though it is a bit uniform as you can see.  That wasn't the look I was after  


So I added some internal roof framing (visible in the following pics) and reshaped the artists paper around it to get add a wavy look. Trusting that the shingles would (hopefully) hide the bleak edges, I pushed on!


Yes, the roof is indeed made of individual shingles, each clipped from coffee stirrers and glued by hand. maddening work but the results are worth it (and I just glue away while listening to Audible...). It was at this point I decided to make the roof more characterful by using even smaller tiles and placing then in more uneven rows. This added build time but really adds to the character of the building.


Finally I was done with the shingles and got started with the walls. Yes, even MORE coffee stirrers gave their lives for our hobby... 

Again it was a bit of 2 steps forward and 1 backwards and I adjusted the angles and many were glued down only to be pulled of the next day to be flipped and reglued.  Looks much better for it though as it was a bit too symmetrical initially.  I should also have distressed those more fulsomely before sticking them on but, to be honest I was excited to be doing something other than glueing shingles on!
And to complete the build I scratched up some doors and shuttered windows before filling the walls with a mixture of spackle, PVA and water. 



Which shows significnat evolution from the original paper model design I started with as a template!


Not perfect but certainly good enough so that's the build completed, all proudly done with scrap and bits I had to hand. I might leave the painting to another time- upcoming AHPC 14 maybe? :-)

17 July 2023

July Hobby: Valour & Fortitude

British Brigade advances to contact in the centre

Along with Slowpainter John, we were hosted last weekend by Club mate Gavin to enjoy his awesome table and figure collection. We tried out the Valour & Fortitude rules which are from the Perry's website here

Its always a treat to play at Gav's place!




We played a 4 player (2v2) meeting engagement with Division level forces on each side: Brits vs French.

He is some eye candy from the game:

"Present...Fire!"



French Grenadiers go in with the bayonet


CHARGE!!!!


French Brigade assaults the British left flank



A good time for everyone!

I really enjoyed the simplicity of these rules. They also had me thinking about using them for FIW, but scaling them down to play a Regimental Commander with units representing companies, vanguard and flanking units and Indian allies. Hmmm....