Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Limbering up

Hi all,

Been away on holiday for a few weeks, but now back in town, and getting back into the swing of things.  While before I left, I was working on some 18mm Russians, I had some news while away that's had me shift gears a little.

These have been languishing for a while.  Two limbers, and the last of four guns.

An old buddy from Newfoundland, Stewart, got in touch with me to see if I'd be interested in a bunch of 6mm figs he was unloading.  Back in the day, Stew ran a small business selling them, and was, in fact, the guy who first got me into the scale.

Together, two guns and a limber base Voltron into an artillery unit for Might and Reason.

He's looking to get rid of the bulk of his old stock, and offered me a whack of SYW stuff, along with some Napoleonics, at bargain prices.  I jumped on the offer, and as I speak a box of Brits, French, Austrians and Russians are wending their way towards me though the bowels of Canada Post.

As a way of getting back in the 6mm groove, I dug out, and finished up, the last gun and limbers for my already existing SYW French.  These guys can, with a couple of gun bases, comprise a gun unit for Might and Reason, or serve as eye candy in Maurice.  Nothing major, but enough to get accustomed to working in the scale again, and I've got a unit's worth of French infantry drying on their painting sticks as I write this.

Meanwhile, I've been pouring over the interwebs, especially Kronoskaf, and plotting out some kind of Brit / Hanoverian army to oppose the Frenchies.  I should have enough figs to eventually put together a M&R sized army for French, Brits, and Austrians (aka, the French Germans), and a core force for Russians, in both the SYW and Napoleonics (Blucher, here I come!).  Looking forward to it as well ;)


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gorham's Rangers

Hi all,

Some combination of sunshine and time seems to have gotten me painting a bit again.  I finished up my first unit of Gorham's rangers for the Muskets and Tomahawks Acadian project.  


I'll ask you to excuse the focal issues - I talked the Beloved into taking pics with her new, and much better, camera, but she's still working out the depth on macro setting.  Looks like we/she can get really crisp pics, but only at a shallow focal depth.

These guys are stock Blue Moon colonial rangers.  The extent to which the sculpts match the actual uniform is a bit iffy, but the blunt fact is that there doesn't seem to be much info out there on the uniform in the period under question, other than it changed fairly often.  While there were two distinct uniforms used in the SYW proper (one in '59, one in '61), the '45-55 period is much less clear.

In part, this seems to stem from the fact that the unit itself was changing.  Initially formed as a native unit led by officers from Massachusetts, in the decade under question the original compliment was being replaced with settler troops - mostly itinerant Scots and Irish immigrants. Kronoskaf indicates that at some point prior to the issue of the '59 uniform, they wore grey coats, and that while the peaked cap was commonly used, it wasn't always.


I've gone with a grey coat and the stock scotch bonnet for this group.  One thing I might try is some swaps with a few of the native figures I've got - heads, mostly, but maybe some other bits as well.  I'll break up the homogeneity, and give the transitional feel that seems appropriate for the time frame.

Gorham's rangers were heavily involved in the raiding and guerilla fighting that led up to, and followed, the Acadian expulsion, so at least a few units of these are appropriate.  I can see the core of the Brit force being composed of Rangers and Provincials.  Plus, they are rather nice figures, so I've no concern about painting more.

Doing these has also fired me up a bit, and I've managed to get a unit of Russian 18mm napoleonics about half done.  The next couple of weeks promise to be hectic enough that I'm unlikely to make much more progress, but should have them done by the end of July.  I'm also a bit fired up about adding some more to my French 6mm SYW army (it looks like Peter B. at Baccus is releasing Canadians!), so fingers crossed whatever painting slump / doldrums I've been struggling with has passed.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Not actually dead

Hi all,

Despite evidence to the contrary, I am not actually dead.  For a variety of reasons, ranging from being crazy busy, to loss of mojo, to flat-out apathy, I've not updated in some time - really since Christmas, as the Cub has taken to reminding me.  While geek activity has been somewhat curtailed, it's not been entirely absent, so in a bid to get the juices flowing, I figured (and placate the aforementioned Cub), I figured I'd do a catch-up post.

There's a few things I should hit from the outset, including a big "thank-you" to Ray for the peltasts I won in a give-away he ran some time ago.  They'll be painted up anon and find their way into the hoplite morph army I've been picking at for the last few years.  Thanks, Ray!

In gaming terms, most of my activity has been with the Cub.  This has mostly focused on  Bolt Action and 40k - for the latter, I suspect his stock of painted stuff now exceeds my own ;)

I've also managed to get out to the local GW, sometimes with the Cub, sometimes solo, when they have big / apocalypse games.  We're generally hideously outgunned at these events (there's a lot of Forgeworld shenanigans ;), but the eye candy is top notch.



Finally, I've fallen down the rabbit hole of MMORPGs a bit of late, having been playing both the online Star Wars (to which Cub has also taken a shine) and LotR games.  I find even when my energy is too low to paint (or at least enjoy it), I can still get something out of them.

That said, the other weekend, the local GW had themselves a birthday bash, and Cub and went.  Got in some games, did a little speed painting, and it seems to have fired me up a little.  We'll see if I can get back in the groove, and hopefully start knocking out some models.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Hi all,

Bit of an odd Christmas this year.  For the first time in a while, the Cub's been away at his mom's on The Day.  We'll have him back tomorrow, but his absence is notable, especially now that we're living away out East and the four of us are pretty much it for family in the region.

Christmas morning had most of its usual animation, thanks to the Puddin', who had the grace to sleep in until 8am (evidently, she had tried to stay up to see Santa, and it backfired on her).  She's now 4, which is a pretty fun age for Christmas, and a grand time was had by all.  I've spent much of the day in a heroic effort to stem the tide of food and nibbles emerging from the kitchen, and studiously not checking my work email.

It seems to have been something of a GW Christmas this year, as I've picked up a slaughterpriest for AoS, some Deff Dreds for my orks, along with Boss Zagstruk from my Secret Santa.  The latter has the gears turning, as I've a few old school storm boyz tucked away, and which might need to be dug out.

Along with some stocking stuffers (I knew I married the right women when she proved she knew my preferences in super glue), I also picked up the new version of the X-Wing starter set from my in-laws, and a Poe Dameron card from the boys at the FLGS.  I suspect this'll get some use with the Cub upon his return, as the new film was a big hit with us.

Peace and joy of the day to all of you.  I hope you're with family, and those whom you love.  Best wishes, and Merry Christmas.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you all.  I wish you and your families hope, health, and joy in the coming year.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thanks, Santa!

Hi all,

I had planned on doing this along with a painting post, but life's intervened, and it'll be at least another day before I get that together.

Just wanted to give a head's up to whoever was my secret Santa for Ian and Cath's blogger exchange, your package has arrived safe and sound, and is in the care of my wife so I don't get tempted.  Many thanks!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bolt Tomahawks

Hi all,

So, been a busy week or two in Monkeyland.  We had houseguests for a few days, as my sister and brother in law, and my youngest nephew, came to visit.  It was great to see them, as it's been months since we've last seen them (on our trip to Ontario in the summer).  While here, Cub talked his cousin (a.k.a. Hammer) into trying a game of Bolt Action.  I think we may have another convert ;)

The larger red dice indicate objective buildings.

The game was objective based, with Cub's Americans looking to seize a couple of buildings from the Soviet defenders (piloted by Hammer, and consigliered by moi).

Cub wanted to break in some new tanks we'd picked up (thanks, Kyle!), and we ended up running some fairly unconventional forces, with each side fielding 200 points of infantry plus a couple tanks.  As defender, Hammer set up his units in the buildings where they could cover each other and a range of firing arcs, and waited for the American attack.

Soviet Sherman takes up an overwatch position, and searches for prey.

Early turns saw the initial American assault wave, and our reinforcements, come on the table, including the "Soviet" sherman, which took up a hull-down position behind one of the buildings.  Cub countered with his own tanks, and a first wave of infantry (plus his air observer).  The observer called in an air strike on it's earliest opportunity, but the call went unanswered for several turns.  He also jammed his tanks forward fairly aggressively (maybe a hold-over from his experiences with a Redeemer in 40k?), but in Bolt Action, that mostly gave Hammer some nice shots on their side armour.

American tanks charge in.

It took a couple of turns, but Cub's air strike eventually came in, and did its usual amount of insane damage.  By this point, however, the game was getting close to it's final turns, and the Americans still hadn't been able to mount a real attack on the objective buildings.

Air strikes thinned out the table a little.

In the end, even though the Yanks tore up the Soviets a fair bit, they couldn't take the buildings, and the game went to Hammer.  He seemed to have fun, as did the Cub, so who knows, maybe we've recruited another mini gamer?

PTRD, aka, the other Russian sniper unit.

In other news, I finally got around to finishing up the Mass. militia I've mentioned, on and off, for the last year or so.

Second half of the unit, plus officer.

This gives me a full unit of the militia, which is good, because they're one of the primary outfits operating on the British side in the Acadian campaign.

The drummer's a conceit, I admit, but still . . . 

They're not as crisp as some of the other work I've done in the scale, but honestly, I'm happy just to have them finished.  I have no idea why they were so difficult to muster motivation for, but now that they're finished, I'm actually quite jazzed to do something else on the project.

They're actually skirmishing Brit line, but the uniform is close enough.

The officer, I think, turned out reasonably well.

This guys gets all the fun secondary objectives.

With this lot done, I'll likely do either some Rangers (Gorham's were active throughout the region) or civilians, along with terrain - I want to dress up the 4Ground buildings, and a few weeks back, finally picked up some bigger resin buildings from Blue Moon (via last year's Blogger Secret Santa - thanks!), so I'd like to get them sorted for the table as well.