Dark Age Village

Matt has been working on his 15mm terrain for a year or so now. I had the opportunity of going round last week and taking some pictures of the village set up. It’s still missing livestock, civilians, troops and what have you, but it’s still pretty impressive for 15mm. He’s paid particular attention to those little details which set layouts like this apart from your average club game. There’s midden heaps, wood piles, fishing nets drying, even toilets – presumably inspired by the groaning Viking in the Jorvik centre. I’m really looking forward to playing on this set up, if he ever gets the Saxons painted anyway! He’s thinking of doing North America too, using the Vikings I painted for him and some Skraelings. We’ve got Pig Wars and Dux Britanniarum to play with, so we’ll be experimenting to find what we like best.

Anyway, here are the photo’s

En Garde! – A quick review and paint up of some Blue Moon Cardinals Guard

Painted up a couple of 15mm Blue Moon figures this afternoon which I bought on a whim at Partizan earlier this month. Painted really nice and quickly, although the figures themselves I think are not as good as people seem to be raving about on PMT.
Firstly, the noses seem to have been modelled on Gerard Depardieu’s in Cyrano de Bergerac. Then the sword blades are thick, REALLY thick and I can understand why for casting but it’s a shame. Lastly, and perhaps worst in my opinion, the sculptor appears never to have seen the 3 musketeers, 4 musketeers, or ANY visual reference to a casaque because the “sleeve” component looks like a cross between a piece of plate armour (it’s about 1-2mm thick for goodness sake!) and some sort of upper arm jousting shield as it’s seemingly not attached to the body of the garment. I did contemplate getting out the greenstuff and a file but the desire for an easy life got the better of me.

Anyway, I think the end result isn’t too bad all the above notwithstanding. I’m not sure how I’m going to base these up, 20mm squares, pennies, whether I’ll sand and pva the bases or try to do some fancy flag stone type thing. Nor do I really know what I’ll play with them, but I’ve wanted some Musketeers for a while! (Typical Wargamer eh?!)

Khurasan 15mm Vikings

I’ve 48 of Khurasan’s Viking range to paint for a friend who’s decided to do Pig Wars in 15mm in a big way.

The figures themselves had a fair amount of flash and a lot of them have been cast with the moulds misaligned by the looks of it. The figures look very characterful with lots of detail, but when it comes to painting them alot of the detail is difficult to paint. A particular case in point is the strapping on the legs of several warriors. Its not the fine lines which are difficult to paint per se, but the angle of the legs makes getting a brush to them very awkward and the detail itself looks odd or badly executed.

Matt’s bought a bunch of Little Big Men Studio shield transfers to use. Unfortunately having used one, it’s obvious that despite being marketed for Khurasan specifically, the miniatures shields are larger than the transfers, leaving either a white ring around the shield or me to paint in the missing areas. Far more annoying than just painting the design freehand in the first place and that’s not taking into account the fact that the shield bosses have to be cut out of the transfers first and we’re talking 3-4mm squares here!

Anyway, here’s a few shots of some I’ve done so far and some WIP. I’ve tended to paint in shade and highlight (whether painted or washes), very little triad work here but after painting bigger figures recently I couldn’t go back to single block colours even if the figures aren’t mine. Please bear in mind that the pictures show some of the figures many times their size.

Bowmen with handpainted shield
LBM shield transfer
Guys in padded jackets

Force on Force Game AAR pt 1

Two wednesday’s ago we started a Force on Force game at Matt’s. We’ve only played a couple of games of FoF so far, and this is the biggest game we’ve attempted. Matt took the Taliban and I took the US Marines whose mission was to sweep through the compounds. I’d been briefed to expect the enemy, and I had a full platoon of 3 13 man squads, platoon HQ, 2 AAV-7’s and on call air support.

My plan was to deploy one of squads to cover the east side of the first compound, ready to breach while another squad takes up a position in the drainage ditch to give overall front and left cover. The third squad and the HQ team were going to be held in reserve to come on table in one of the vehicles at a later turn.

Turn 1

In the picture above you can see the situation at the end of the first turn. (Picture taken from the East). 1st Squad has moved on to the board and is South of Compound 1, and 2nd Squad has started moving towards their overwatch positions amongst the trees to the West of Compound 1. The Taliban have opened fire with Dshk and a squad from the green zone to no effect at the team on the road, who with return fire have dropped a number of the Taliban. Matt then promptly made almost all his casualty rolls and won the initiative from me!

The next turn Matt again fired at me down the road, and again return fire from my guys was pretty effective in putting the Taliban down. In a D8 v D6 game, this sort of rolling is pretty handy!

Good Rolling

Again though, Matt made most of his casualty rolls. In response, I moved 1st Squad into position to breach into compound 1 and while trying to debus from the AAV I took several casualties and a pinned result and scurried back into the wagon.

Man Down!

The next turn I got the initiative back and breached the compound from inside which a group of 6 Taliban opened fire injuring one of my guys. My return fire though was pretty effective, right up until Matt came to roll for his wounds.

Effective Return Fire
Matt's Wound Rolls!

In the field, a DshK opened up on my squad advancing in the open, but my reaction roll gained a Fog of War card which was a sandstorm and took effect immediately. Matt wasn’t happy with the result meaning he couldn’t shoot at me, but his hidden troops were suddenly revealed and I could react to them elsewhere. I can see his point.

I sent a fire team into the field to deal with the DshK which went well, especially when a Taliban team on an overlooking rooftop opened up and I was able to smack them too.

Getting up close in the fields.

And that’s where we left it. Matt’s got a couple of wiped out teams awaiting casualty checks, and I’ve got 2 KIA so far. We’d planned on continuing again last Wednesday but my current health scare put paid to that. I’ll write up pt2 when and if we get it played!

Trouble for the Taliban in the Green zone