Chain of Command

Real life has been interfering with miniature progress over the last week, but I’ve gradually been reducing down my “to build” pile of figures and increasing my “to paint” pile. I now have all my germans built for the core platoon of Chain of Command, as well as the new additions of a panzerschreck team, a 5cm mortar and some metal NCOs and riflemen.

Last night saw our second Chain of Command game and the mechanics were starting to click into place for us. We played an attack & defence scenario  with my germans attacking, with a support roll of 8 I took an elite force of panzergrenadiers along with an Sdkfz 222 (from the early war list) and a 8cm Mortar Battery. Andy took along a British motor platoon supported by a Vickers MMG, a Grant Medium Tank and a Bren Carrier.

I got to place my patrol markers first, but andy closed the gap pretty quickly and locked me down behind the barn. My first go saw me getting 2 junior leaders activations and putting two sections on the table with them, setting one to tactical and the other covering the barn with overwatch. Andy took the next phase and deployed his vickers on the corner of the crossroads and fired what might as well have been feathers at my grenadiers behind the barn.

Skip along a few phases and andy had lined up more troops along the hedgerow of the crossroads, so it was time to call in the artillery, I decided on a ranging shot initially as I didn’t want to destroy my own guys if it deviated, but it ended up being dead on the vickers and gave the unit  a few shock. Annoyingly andy played his chain of command dice to end the turn and thus end my barrage, knowing full well if it hit on the next phase he was going to take some serious damage on most of his units.

While this was going on, my Sdkfz 222 had come on the table and made some pop shots at the vickers also, this prompted andy to bring on his Grant (imperial guard sherman proxy!) and fire all his guns at the 222  Amazingly the 222 survived the onslaught taking one shock and being forced to attack the grant in the next phase. An attack by andy’s PIAT team also didn’t do much damage, causing it to get stuck in fast if it moved.

I had activated my barrage at the beginning of the turn, and this time I wasn’t playing so coy, I went for a full barrage which deviated 8″ towards my lines, blast! It came down over my 222 and panzerschreck team but thankfully landed on most of the units andy had behind the hedge, causing more shock and a few kills. At this point we completely forgot to put any smoke down (not being used to the mechanic), so andy may have had an advantage escaping the area, but instead I laid down more LMG fire on his positions which eventually caused the units to break. After 3 units were running for the table edge I forced a turn end causing andy to loose the units. At a morale of 4 he conceeded victory to the germans.

Overall it was an extremely enjoyable game, theres so much more depth here than bolt action and even simple activations require some thinking. It did feel a little biase towards me in this scenario as there was no real advantage to andy defending and in actuality it felt more like I was defending the farmhouse and due to my superior force, it was pretty easy.

Tankettes

I received a parcel in the mail today from Gran Canaria and was rather baffled who was posting me things from there. Turns out it was the ramshackle games order I placed last week! Slightly bizarre as its a uk website and you pay in GBP with free shipping.

Anyway, as you can see, its mostly a selection of wheels, and a few tank hatches (and a driver) to the top left. My intent is to convert the washing liquid ball that you see in the top right into some kind of tank for In Her Majesty’s Name. The quality of the plastic is a little rough around the edges, and its made from a very hard resin, which appears to be coated in a very shiny and slightly sticky surface. It also pongs! These are going to need some cleaning up and washing, but for £10.50 for the whole lot of bits and pieces, you can’t go wrong really.

Ramshackle Wheels

Church: Day 1

Having had a week away from any painting or building, I was eager to get on with some, so I spent most of monday night working on the church building I sketched out while on holiday. I know it’s probably not the most ideal piece of terrain for Warhammer, but I didn’t want to do another half-timbered house *just* yet. I also embarked on a water trough, inspired by dampf’s tutorial. This was mainly something to do while I waited for the glue to dry on the church tower.

I also glued on the wings to the side of the main church before doing the windows, so that’s going to be annoying to rectify without breaking them off! Anyway, here’s a few pictures of progress.

The rough outline for the church was sketched on my holidays, you can see it here on the top of the page:wpid-IMAG0493.jpg

Sketchbook

We got back from a lovely family holiday in Shropshire yesterday. The weather was lovely for the most part and we were staying in a massive converted barn. Unfortunately after a long day walking around Chester zoo, my phantom foot ailment flared up again so we were limited with our plans for the remainder of the holiday due to my limited mobility.

Lack of mobility did mean I spent more time sat around doodling though and inspiring myself to think up new projects.

As I have finished my existing house, I decided to sketch out a slightly larger one. As well as a church building.

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Below is a slightly more detailed plan if the house.

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And finally some steam punk tank designs.

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Friday Night Terrain

 

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I thought I’d continue my brief spurt of enthusiasm for finishing off existing pieces and focus upon a couple more of my todo list of terrain. I managed to finished my hill, exciting I know, I showed it to the wife and she was all like, “OMG, that’s amazing, it totally looks like a hill”. I’ve also started to basecoat my watchtower, which I received for my birthday, in April , so a 2 month delay ain’t all the bad in the scale of things.

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Lord Curr’s Company, Day 5

Well, it’s the final day’s painting, and I’m happy to say challenge complete. At least in my arbitrary definition of what’s complete anyway! There is still work to do on the highlights, mainly for Lord Curr himself and Felicity, but the majority of the work is now done and they are most definitely tabletop ready. I need to decide if I want to add eye’s to the minis yet – I’m edging towards not because they’ll inevitably look crap and googly eyed.

I’ve had a great time painting these figures, and I’ve learnt a lot in the process having rarely painted living human’s before, let alone an indian. I used the nice tutorial at a Anatoli’s to give me an idea on how to do it and I’m pretty happy with it, though I could probably bring it up a touch lighter.

As per usual, my clean up process needs more work and MUCH more patience. There was quite a lot of clean-up I missed on the minis, and there are mould lines through some of the more prominent places on the figures which drives me insane, yet somehow I never manage to get it right.

I’ll post some final pictures in a few day’s once I’ve finalised the miniatures.