Miniature Wargames

Miniature Wargames

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advanced Squad Leader collection so far

I have been trading away so old board games, gaming mags and Lead that I will never use but got in trades and it was quite a bit for Advanced Squad leader stuff, some new and some out of print fro the old Avalon Hill days. For me that was my golden age for wargaming.  I used to live in the south east US and thought that finding wargaming people to play with was difficult but didn't know what difficult was till I came out here, but that's covered in another post.  Anyway for those that don't know Advanced Squad leader or ASL as we call it is a squad lvl game with individual tanks and guns with a hex on the map boards covering 40m.  It is a very intensive game on the rules side but incredibly fun once you get a hang of things. 

Also managed to pick up ASL Journal #2 which is hard to find and pricey as 1st Ed.

Anyway the collection so far is:
ASL rule book Version 2.0 from MMP
Beyond Valor from Avalon Hill 1st Ed.
Yanks from Avalon Hill
West of Alamein from MMP
For King and Country from MMP
Last Hurrah from Avalon Hill
Rising Sun from MMP. this is a massive Pacific theater expansion I mean large!

And historical modules I have:
Red Barricades from Avalon Hill out of print and VERY pricey!
Valor of the Guards from MMP
Festung Budapest from MMP

I still want to get the following core and historical modules:
Blood Reef Tarawa
KampfGruppe Pieper I
KampfGruppe Pieper II
Doomed Battalions
Hollow Legions
Operation Iwo Jima

So for any of you Advanced Squad Leader Grognards in the Sacramento area want to get together and have a steady ASL player and place to play, drop me a line...I have 2 gaming tables setup the are 6x4.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


I have been doing some trades for them that I had mentioned prior here and just wanted to say that I can NOT say enough good things about them, but I will list a couple below.

1. Trades offered between the two have be very good.
2. on a couple of occasions I changed my mind on things add and or subtracting items as my simple mind worked, and they were most gracious and very patient.
3. Items were shipped quickly and on time.
4. I am scheduled to receive my first box from the from the first transaction of two on Saturday via FEDEX as they apparently deliver then.
5. I would NOT for one second have second thoughts about dealing with them.

SO with that said, I did want to add that they are not giving me anything or compenating me for these statements.  They are just that good!!!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Advanced Squad Leader inbound!

I have had something in my house to do with Squad Leader since it came out, back in 1980-81 up until 2006 when I got a divorce and my ASL collection was tossed out, not by me so guess who...  Anyway I have been sitting on a 2nd edition Tractics by Gary Gygax from 1976 and have worked out a trade for it and some other stuff for the ASL rules and 2 modules, Beyond Valor and Last Hurrah.  I am hoping to have them before my next gaming group meeting later this month.  I can not wait! Since not having any SL/ASL stuff in my house since 2006 I was kinda Jones-ing for lack of a better term.  I can not wait till they arrive! enough said...:)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

28mm Perry French Hussars command stand for 5th Hussars

Okay next up is the Perry 28mm Plastic French Hussars, I painted them up to be the 5th.  I think the colors may be to light but I used they guy that does the "Over open sights" blog as my model and his appeared to be very light as well. These have been dipped in strong tone and then anti-shine sprayed.  Now to finish the rest of the unit.  I am basing all of my 28mm Napoleonics for General D' Brigade but these can also be used for other rules like Lasalle.

Conquest Games 28mm Norman Cavalry

Here are 2 pts of Conquest games Norman Cav and Warlord that need to have base foliage added to them. I did not even notice it till I saw the photo's! dang  They are pretty nice figures and go together well.  I used kite shields on these as well as the infantry to give them a distinctly Norman appearance as opposed to having some round shields mixed in making them look somewhat Frankish. The shields are also hand painted...

Wargames Factory 28mm Saxon's painted up as Norman warriors

I had the conquest games plastic cavalry that will show up in a later blog post, well I wanted to get some infantry painted up for my 4 pt Norman warband for SAGA.  I have not been overly fond of wargames factory miniatures as they are done with CAD and just don't have the detail you get from other plastic miniatures makers, they are also very frail! the spears break off just taking them out of my GW carrying case with the Red foam inserts.  This has been very disappointing at best!  The spear while looking to scale are just WAY to thin and snap right where the spear and hand come together.  Anyway here are 2 units of 8 warriors each, I hand painted the shields on all my figures as I can't afford transfers presently. The skin areas need to be lightened as the dip appears to have washed out the detail I had done on the faces and hands.  Also need to touch up the edge of the bases with black and sorry for the mish mash of bases with some being hex, I am scrounging through my bits to get these based.

28mm Perry Plastic Prussian Napoleonic Infantry.

These are 28mm Perry Napoleonic Prussian Infantry, I got them last year before I stopped painting due to the numbness in my hands.  Anyway I lost the paper handout that had the painting diagrams and flags, for the life of me I can't find them and it is irritating at best!  I just dipped these and got them anti-shine sprayed, but they still need to be touched up perhaps.  I painted them up as the 1st Silesian Regiment along with associated Jaegers.   I will still need to dig up a flag and being of limited funds right now to buy a flag set is out of the question.  Here they are, I still do greatly prefer Metal miniatures over plastic, I like the weight and detail you get from metals.

Damn I didn't paint the drum, what an idiot I am...

28mm Warlord Games German Late War MG42 team

I am just starting to get into Bolt Action, and have both German and British Para's for my forces currently.  Here is the German MG42 Team from Warlord, they are cast very well and fit together perfectly!  My one and only complaint with Warlord games is that I wish they included bases with every box or blister they sell.  IN the states I can not get the round bases they use and have to settle for pilfering from my Napoleonic's Cavalry bases that I have.  So here are a couple of pictures... I still need to dip these I see...damn I thought I had them finished.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Warlord Games Bolt Action 28mm British Para's and list of other stuff that is done or working on that still needs pictures taken.

I tried to take some better pictures of these guys from several weeks ago, when I got back to trying to paint.  Sorry about the pictures, I really need some photography pointers.  Anyway I really, really enjoy the Bolt Action Medal figures but I am kinda a purist so to speak in that I greatly prefer metal of plastic figures.  So when I have more time and better light I will also take some pics of or stuff I have done. After looking at the pictures closer I need to hit them with a better coat of Army painter anti-shine to over come the shine from the Army Painter dip.

All of these are 28mm.
1. SAGA 6pt Viking war-band
2. SAGA 6pt Norman war-band
3. SAGA 6pt Anglo-Saxon/Dane war-band

Also did up a unit of 36 Perry 28mm Prussian Infantry as well as the Jaegers that came with them. and also working on a set of Perry French 28mm 5th Hussars

But all those will be posted later.

So anyway here are the Para's

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I am looking for a concensus of the Best Napoleonics rules set.

I have several Napoleonic's rules sets and am deciding which would be the best for me to "commit" and why.  Therefor here is the list I have to chose from, please keep your selections to those listed below, UNLESS you have an exceptional reason for a different set.

1. General D' Brigade Deluxe Edition.
2. Republic To Empire.
3. Lasalle.

Could you please give your opinion for which of the above and what makes them the "best" in your opinion.  I have both 15mm and 28mm armies from several nations painted over the years to chose from to play them with.

Thank you very much in advance for your opinions and time.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Warlord Games Bolt Action British Para's

Well finally got some pictures out of my camera and onto my PC.  These are Warlord Games British Para's that I have been working on for the last week or so. The castings are typical of Warlord games, very good! They also paint up nicely as well.  So anyway here are some pictures of them.  Also please remember I am having to paint with numb hands so they are not as good as other stuff you have seen on their blogs. I did my standard of late of painting up the base colors on the mini then dipping in Army Painter strong tone then after that drys using anti-shine and high lighting them. I hope you like them.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

PC hardware issues preventing me from uploading new pictures of stuff I have been working on.

Since my last post, I have been working on several projects, two new(ish) and one trying to finish up.  The first being...

1. Bolt Action - British Para's
2. Bolt Action - Late War WWII Herr infantry
3. SAGA - Viking 6 pt warband

Now here's the rub, my card reader has decided to act like Napoleons Cuirasier at Waterloo = err (spent)!  So despite my best efforts I have not been able to get my images from camera to PC and the onto my blog.  I will be working on getting this up and fixed soon so that I can get this done.  So there will be content to look at shortly.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

After seeing what happened to BEASTS OF WAR....

I decided to remove ALL of my content that pertains to my Games Workshop products, after all I wouldn't want any legal troubles from GW.  I have also sold all, I mean ALL of my 9 WHFB armies and 7 40k armies.  I am sorry to have to do this but I will also Never buy another GW product again, as have ALL of my gaming friends.  This decision had been made long before this due to constant price increases, but what the "Legal Eagle's" did in respect to BOW, we are done, ALL DONE!!! Hell the game wasn't that good anyway, any more IMHO!  Since there are PLENTY of other makers of fine makers of mini's and rules etc to make this a "Painless" prospect to accomplish... GW don't piss on your supporters, they might just turn the fan around to point back to you...

Good Bye....

Friday, October 18, 2013

Well I am back, for what it's worth...

I have had some issues with nerve damage in my spine that makes my hands numb and I can not feel light pressures very well especially with my right hand, and I am right handed.  I have not done any painting in well over a year now if not longer but am going to try to paint again.  I can not stand it any longer.  When you see new stuff posted here after this date, please keep that in mind. I am struggling with this right now.