Sunday, July 22, 2018

28mm ACW for Stones River

I recently painted a bunch of figures for my 'Stones River" game that I ran at Nashcon. I already had lots of Federals from my "Vicksburg" game and now it was the Rebs turn to be painted en masse! The rebs were plastic Perry's which  I found paint quickly and the Federals are from Raven Banner Games.

Plastic Perry's with Polk flags for 1862 in TN.

Federals in great coats and Gen. Sheridan figure from Raven Banner games. 

Good gaming! Cory 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oathmark Elves

I shared these in a previous post, but I took some more pictures and painted some more figs so I thought I'd update you on my progress! I really like these elves from North Star UK designed for the upcoming game "Oathmark". I'm using them right now play testing "Oathmark", as well as for games of "Kings of War" and the brilliant  "Hobgoblin". They also hit the spot for me for First Age elves for LotR! These units are 12 figures each.

The elves  have an 80's Tom Meier Tolkienesque look to them that I really enjoy! They were a joy to paint and I'm looking forward to more variety coming from North Star in the future. Here are some shots taken in the Mirkwood Forrest!

Good gaming - Cory 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

28mm ACW "Stones River" game at Nashcon 2018

I ran this 28mm ACW game at Nashcon this month.

Scenario - The scenario was from "Fire and Fury Regimental - The fight comes to Sheridan". The Federal center must hold out against furious Confederate assaults at the Battle of Stones River. This scenario makes a great convention game since all the troops start on the table-top and the action starts from the first turn and all players are in the fight quickly. This is a fun scenario with some Green USA troops, some Elite CSA troops, sharpshooters and lots of 1862 poor and eclectic small arms and artillery.

Rules - My favorite set of tactical ACW rules is John Hill's "Johnny Reb". I use the GDW version, often called "Johnny Reb 2". The game is fairly old school with lots of charts, but I run the charts as the GM and let the players focus on the tactics. We had several experienced players from the "Johnny Con" group at Nashcon, as well as some new players and I think everyone had a great time. I really enjoy playing old rules and I think there is a "retro-gaming" renaissance at the moment!

Figures - The guides are mainly 28mm ACW Gamer, Dixon, Old Glory, Perry plastics and Sash & Saber. I challenged myself to paint more this year since I was short about 120 Confederates and used Nashcon as the deadline. This is my motivational technique! I logged many hours at the gaming table in March, April and May getting ready for the convention. I typically listen to music, or podcasts while I paint. I find shows too distracting! How about you?

 I'll probably pick an even bigger battle next year, or something with cavalry (which I don't have) to challenge myself to paint! I normally elect Western Theater scenarios and I'm thinking about doing "Spring Hill 1864".

Terrain - I used two terrain mats, cheap stereo-foam hills underneath, x-ray film streams, a Perry farm house, painted teddy bear fur fields, HO trees and scratch built fences.

Game - The scenario saw the CSA troops quickly assaulting the Federal line. The breached the Federal left and were making steady progress only to be halted by a second Federal line and a Federal counterattack on the CSA right flank. We called the game around turn 6 as it was getting late and declared a "marginal Union victory".

Cheers - Cory R.

Here are some pictures of the game:

The Starting CSA line on their right

Softening up the Federals with some shot and shell!

The Feral center near the corn fields.

An overview of the table from the CSA side. Their goal was to crack the Federal line
and take the wooded hill behind the their line. 

View from the Federal line.

Federal reserves

Tennesseans advance! 

Here they come boys!

More Federal reserves

You have to paint the limbers and caissons, right?

The bloody angle. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

War of the Roses game at Nashcon 2018

War of the Roses at Nashcon 2018 -

Me and my friend Titch run this game every year. This is a project that we have been slowly working on since 1999. The goal has been to add a unit or two every year and fight a scenario at Nashcon every year using all of our forces! The first table we used was probably 4x4 and now we have grown to a 6x20 table! We couldn't it all the troops on our table this year and will definitely have to use a 24 ft long table next year!

We use a slightly modified version of Medieval Tactica. It's a simple set of rules, with hand fulls of six sided dice that is perfect for convention games. We played a scenario based on 1461's battle of Mortimer's Cross. We played to a conclusion in about 3-4 hours!

Here are some pictures of the game:


Cory R.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Oathmark Elves 28mm

Here a few shots of my recently painted elves from North Star UK. These aren't award winning paint jobs but I'm trying to get some large armies painted quickly and I think this wash/dry-brush technique will do the trick!

These are for the upcoming mass fantastic rules "Oathmark"! I'm lucky to be a playtester and the rules are coming along nicely! They are written by the author of Frostgrave - Joe McCullough and definitely have the same simple, fast and furious system appeal!

I really like these figures and they evoke a nice, nostalgic 80's Tolkien elf vibe! I plan on painting a "sea-elf" force and the shield transfers and banner fit the theme perfectly! Lots more units to come!

Cheers! Cory

Thursday, May 10, 2018

28mm French Legere! New project!


I've taken the dive into 28mm Napeoleonics, which I said I never would! Here is a picture of one of the first units I painted - the French 17th Regiment
Legere. This is an early war uniform as I plan to focus mostly on the Glory Years of 1805 to 1807! I plan on mainly using a modified version of "Johnny Reb", but also like "General de Armee"!

28mm Old Glory figures 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Marengo 1800

Marengo 1800 -

- We recently got together and played Marengo 1800 at the grand-tactical scale using 15mm figures and Napoleon's Battles 1st edition!

We had a great time breaking out this old set of rules. My old gaming group In Tallahassee played "Empire" for years and then we were thrilled when "Napoleon's Battles" was published. We went through the mess of rebasing everything and then really never looked back. NB faced a lot of criticism from Napoleonic players, but for me it was always a fun game, and represented grand-tactical Napoleonics in a fun way with a great "feel" for the period with realistic results. I think that people still play it today and it is in it's 4th edition speaks for what a wonderful game it is.

The figures are mostly old 15mm Napoleonics with a few Naismith's, MiniFigs, Essex and Battle Honours. I don't have any 15mm Italian buildings, so I used my old 15mm Architectural Heritage German buildings.

The terrain was a Cigar Box cloth terrain mat, with cut out roads, some cloth fields, a bunch of trees and lichen and some plastic rivers and streams.

Please see the pics and captions below for a recap of the action!

Me - the calm before the storm in the gaming room.

The initial starting positions.

Chris W (Left - Napoleon) and Chris E. (Melas)

The first few turns.

A stalemate developed along the river.

Eventually the Austrians turned both French flanks and were able to get their cavalry out in the open to disrupt
arriving French reinforcements.

Austrian infantry and horse have crossed the river and are flanking the
hard hitting French infantry in the center around Marengo. Austrian cavalry can be seen in the background moving
to intercept arriving french infantry.

The Austrian flanking force! The French troops deployed around Marengo were cut up pretty bad, and the
French cavalry had been routed from the field. It was a tough day for the French!

The French were forced  to form up around Villanova. With their center cut up, and all their cavalry having fled the field , we called it a night. I did play out the battle for a few more turns solo  and the French looked like they might have started to have a little more success with their reinforcements arriving! Just like the historical battle!

It was a great, fun night with friends! Isn't that what this hobby is all about?

Good Gaming! Cory