November 30, 2013
I started my 54mm ECW project back in 2001 after a car crash landed me in the hospital and then home for an extended period. I painted up about five regiments of foot before the oh shiny complex drew me to other interests. I had intended to back to the project sooner rather than later our basement was flooded after a huge freak storm and after cleaning up the mess my toys were in I pretty much put them in a box and left them there.
Last year while I was in Afghanistan I purchased some additional figures. Cavalry by A Call to Arms and some Cavalry, Scotts and a Forlorn Hope from Replicants. I managed to paint the Forlorn Hope figures while I was in Afghanistan.
I am preparing to send another order to Steve Weston next month for additional cavalry, and some specialty figures. I feel like the project should be at the tipping point and I will get started painting again in 2014.
This will bring me back online.
November 16, 2013
I finished up the White Cavalry but never put up photographs here.
1st Kuban Cossack Division
2nd Kuban Cossack Division
I am not really happy with how they turned out but I really am glad to have them finished. These are for the most part Strelets R with a couple of the riders from the Hat Russian artillery set. I still have a ton of Red Cavalry, two trains, a tank, an armored care and some buildings before the whole project will be complete.
Almost forgot the two stands of scouts.
Scouts 7th Infantry Division
October 23, 2013
I purchased two items from Ebay over the past couple of weeks: I ordered a plastic HO scale Christmas train to add to the one I already have. These will become armored trains for my RCW project.I also ordered and have received another Playmobil ship. I am planning on using the ships for Teddy Bear Pirate games. I will probably try to get the ready in December so I can play with my daughter, niece and nephew.
Hopefully the train will show up shortly.
I have based up more trees and some additional buildings. Should have them ready to roll by the end of the weekend.
September 28, 2013
I had to make a trip to Dollar Tree last night and picked up several useful items for gaming. The Christmas trees are back out and I picked up six packs (12 trees). I would like to pick up another twenty trees. This will allow me to build five more forest sections. I also found a couple of bulldozers (Age 3+!) that will be going into my Cold War US Army’s Engineer BN. While it is not what was used it will be a representational vehicle.
September 27, 2013
I am just about ready to call my White Cavalry complete. They have taken far longer to complete that I thought. Partly this is due to life’s other demands. I will post photos to The Guild this weekend. Next up will be the armored car and two trains, then Red Cav and touch ups to the infantry. I really need to buckle down and finish this project.
September 1, 2013
I painted the bases of a bunch of my 90mm figures today. I should be concentrating on my RCW project but did not feel like working on it. Maybe I will be inspired tonight.
August 18, 2013
I drove up interstate 95 this morning to go see a good friend of mine. Sean and I were in the Reserves together and deployed to Iraq at the same time. He moved to Northern VA a few years ago so we have not had many chances to get together for gaming.
We played three games over six hours. The first was an ancients match-up between Late Romans and Romano British armies. The rules used were Osprey’s Dux Bellorum. Sean played the Romano Britains and I played the Late Romans. Both forces fielded a mix of horse and shield walls. My force was stronger in cavalry and had only one skirmish unit a light horse unit armed with bows. Sean’s force has more infantry including two pure skirmish bows and a unit of infantry bows.
I attacked strong on my left with some initial success. However, some lucky shooting by Sean’s foot bowmen hurt one of my horse units. I then hit Sean’s shield wall and could not make any head-way. His infantry advanced against my shield wall and eventually broke my shield wall.
Interesting rules. Sort of DBAish with pretty small armies.
Our second game was a quick intro to Sam Mustafa’s Maurice. These were interesting. I really liked the card based actions. It did not hurt that I won this game pretty handily.
The third game (we will call it Sean’s Revenge) was a playtest of Samurai robots. Think Pacific Rim. The game was fun but a little confusing. It was a closer game than I expected. I lost lots of my Mechs to bad dice, while I gave back lots of hits I felt like I was behind most of the time.
Eventually I had to get on the road and drive home. I got back to find that troops I ordered from Squadron had arrived. Two packs of the Revell re-release of the old Matchbox NATO paras and a box of Revell WWII Cossacks. The first two will become part of Sean’s AK-47 force and the WWII (after a bit of knife work) will become RCW Cossacks.
Overall a good gaming weekend.