Friday, 26 July 2013

Man Down - Classic IG Casualties

"What are all those men doing lying about over there?
Get them up and moving at once!"

"They're dead, Colonel."

"Ah, I see.  Belay that order!"
 Ebay is usually a bad thing.  I go on the website, then after about half an hour, I've suddenly lost about £40.  But, to cheer me up, after a few days some nice models arrive - and these are nicer than most.

Classic Mordian Iron Guard casualty models!  I do like painting a few casualty models, so I can pop them down on the field to mark where my men are (inevitably) scythed down like wheat.  And these are particularly nice, because they're Mordians I haven't seen before, so I get to paint something a bit new.

I selfishly bought the entire lot and there aren't any on as I write this, but they do keep appearing from time to time.  I found these through an email alert, and they cost me about £10.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Imperial Fortifications

Pretty pictures today folks, here we have some of GW's Martyr's Defence Lines, which I've recently painted up for a mate.  Which is a shame, since I really like them and now I'll probably have to give them back.  For those uninitiated, this is the combination of a set which includes trenches, dugouts and a command post and it's all totally modular.  A very nice set, if a little on the expensive side, but sure to dominate any battlefield.  Enough waffle, time for pictures!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Renegade Miniatures Review: WWI Germans

Evening all - hope you're all enjoying the weather and it's not distracting you too much from wargaming ... readers may remember my WWI Russians; I'm nearing completion on them (post to follow), but I also invested in some insolent Nemnetskis for them to get to grips with.

There'll probably be a couple of different nations represented - I know I want to do some A&S Highlanders after reading Ian Hay's First Hundred Thousand (half witty, black-humoured take on trench warfare and army life; half grim and hard-hitting WWI memoir).

But for now I've got as far as ze Chermans, cheerfully supplied by Renegade Miniatures.  As I haven't done one in a little while, I think it's time for a little review, don't you?

Monday, 15 July 2013

PC Game Shout Out: Unity Of Command

Something fresh today, as I thought I'd do a PC game shout-out.  A bit of genre-crossing here, I realise not everyone is a computer gamer, but a big part of the models I buy is the films I'm watching, books I'm reading, and games I'm playing.  And the game I'm playing is Unity of Command.

So here we have it - a little review of Unity of Command, with a wargamer's spin.

Unity of Command - a hex-and-counter, turn based strategy game set around Stalingrad.

This will not be totally alien to your wargaming side.  UoC is a strategy simulation game where you command German or Soviet formations, moving them around on a map divided into hexes, like many classic board wargames.  Each unit has characteristics like attack, defence, movement, and so on, with specialist additions to give you advantages against certain unit types.  Most obvious one - anti-tank giving you a significant boost when defending against tanks.

While there is so much detail in the game, it's all pretty clearly presented and you can easily judge the potential of any attack with a nice projected casualty ratio.  With that noted, underneath is a list of all the 'shifts', or factors, affecting that figure.  So, attacking across a river obviously incurs a hefty penalty.  Throw in factors like weather, partisans, fuel, morale, experience and you've got a deep game in which to immerse yourself.

Supply is absolutely the key mechanic in this game.  Your supply points have a radius, outside of which it becomes much more difficult to operate.  Railways extend this, but if you don't outrun your own supply lines the enemy will do their level best to cut them - don't expect the AI to go easy on you!  Particularly if you're playing as the Axis, you'll find often that your attacks are stunning successes, but you can't follow them up for lack of fuel, and you have to watch helplessly as the enemy regroups and counterattacks again and again...

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Advice Needed - Painting Faces

I've always had a bit of a problem painting faces - they always turn out very blotchy, with the lines too definite and unrealistic.  A Google revealed a couple of tutorials, but before I go for one I thought I'd open it up to you guys!

This is usually what I do:
  • Tallharn Flesh
  • Elf Flesh
  • A light brown wash
Which results in the face you see to the right.  Okay, for 28mm from a distance, but just wondered if you chaps had any suggestions since I'd seen some very nice examples on all your blogs.

In other general update news, I've got some Renegade Miniatures German Stormtroopers on the way and my First World War rules are taking shape.  I'm away for a week, so no modelling, but I'll hopefully get a game or two in!

Thanks in advance for all your help - until next time...


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Plans for 2013 - Six-Month Review

Time for a six-monthly check of how I'm doing on my New Year's Resolutions for 2013.  It's been a busy old year in terms of real life, with plenty going on at work but luckily I've managed to fit in plenty of hobby time.  Let's take a look at the list I wrote way back in January (feels like a week ago).