Monday, May 30, 2016

Vicksburg Game at Nashcon / Johnny Con 2016



I ran a 28mm ACW game this weekend at Nashcon / Johnny Con. It was a blast and has been my hobby project for the last few months, with painting lots of ACW figures, making earthworks, collecting abatis and cutting hills! 

It was well worth it since I think everybody had a great time playing! The game represented McClernand's Federal assault on earthworks on May 19th, 1863. The scenario was written by John Hill and was published in his classic scenario book "To the Sound of the Guns".

We fought the assault using 28mm figs (mostly Old Glory, Perry and Sash & Saber) and John Hill and GDW's "Johnny Reb 2" rules. 

The Confederate players were able to deploy their troops hidden in the earthworks however they wished (except the heavy guns which had to be in the forts). 

The Federals has to cross over the abatis and attack into the teeth of the works. Their objective was to capture two of the three redoubts. 

It was a hard fought game, but the Federals were able to capture the Square Fort on the Rebel right, which was held only by an artillery battery (which ran low on ammo) and two green dismounted cavalry regiments. Once the line was breached, the Rebel players morale sunk and they eventually threw in the towel! 

The game was played by a bunch of great guys that are part of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society, and gather once a year at "Johnny Con" to play all versions of Johnny Reb and ADF.

Here are some pictures from the game. Some of these were taken by my friend David Raybin -

















Saturday, April 9, 2016

Some thoughts on current and future projects...

Well, I'm currently working on 28mm ACW for a Vicksburg game that I will run at Nashcon in May. I always like to choose a scenario that I don't have everything ready for, so that I'll need to paint and build terrain. It's always good to have a challenge!

15mm Shiloh game is on my gaming table at the moment.


I need to paint 85 Union infantry (4 units) , and I'm ahead of schedule there. I have painted 65 and just have a 28mm unit of Sash and Saber "Western Federal Infantry" on the painting table (20 figs). I also painted 4 siege artillery pieces and crews, and am painting an officer or two as well. I had planned to paint all March and April and then focus on terrain the first few weeks of May and then have the game ready by May 20th (for a test play) and then ready to run at the convention on May 27th. It looks like I'll be done painting soon, so I can start on my terrain earlier than planned.

Some of the Siege guns for the Vicksburg game. These are Perry castings.


As far as terrain, I'll be using two mats (makes it easy to travel with and set up) laid over some carved styrofoam hills. It should look great I think! I'll then need a lot of earthworks and forts for Vicksburg, but I have some experience with making these and I can cut them out of extra foam, paint them brown, add some sand, dry brush and they will work fine. I've been combing the yard for small sticks as well too for use as abatis! I'll definitely take some pics of the game and post them when ready!

On another note, I think I'm done with starting new periods in 15mm. That was my "go to" scale for years, but I've been transitioning to 28mm figs. They look better, I can see them better, and for me they take about the same amount of time to paint. The only downside is that they take up much more room on my 8x5 gaming table. I will still add to my existing 15mm armies (Nap, SYW, ACW and AWI), but as one of my friends says..."no new periods"! How about you?

I will add to my 15mm SYW Austrians and Prussians soon I think. I've been looking some Blue Moon figs and they look great! I'll either break out Koenig Krieg, the new Age of Reason, or my favorite SYW rules from Dean West - Final Argument of Kings.

I have a bunch of Old Glory 15mm French and Austrians for 1809 that still need some work too, and I haven't played NAP's in a while. We used to play a lot of "Napoelon's Battles", but I haven't found a set of NAP rules I'm fond of since then. I'd like to switch to a tactical set of rules. Maybe I should try "General de Brigade"? Any suggestions?

ACW Union on the painting table along with some Frostgrave fantasy figs.


The 15mm AWI will have to wait, since I'm thinking about leaping into 28mm or 40mm (Sash and Saber) AWI in the future. there 40mm stuff really looks great!

I have added 10mm ACW to my collection, which is ridiculous since I have it in 15mm and 28mm, but as they say, collecting is Hell! My friend, John, gave me some 10mm ACW a couple years ago and I enjoyed painting them, so I guess why not have my favorite period in three scales? My friend Chris is also painting 10mm ACW, so it has helped keep me interested in painting it. I don't have a lot , but the collections is growing! Oh, I forgot to mention I have ACW in 2mm too! I guess I just need 6mm!

As far as future projects, I have a box full of 28mm Old Glory (and some old Mini-Fig) Boer War figs that I think I'll start on soon. I had this period a few years ago, sold it off, and have regretted it. We used to have fun playing The Sword and The Flame back in Tallahassee at the gaming club.

I've also been thinking about 28mm Mexican - American War. It's a less well known period, but there are lots of colorful units and some great battles and campaigns to fight! I'm thinking about building the OOB for "Buena Vista".

Naval has been pulling at me too! I'm thinking about 1/2400 pre-dreadnoughts, especially the Spanish-American War period. Or maybe I'll do Ironclads again? You never know, but that's what makes it fun!

I was at Shiloh recently. This is the Confederate view of the Federals across Duncan Field. The Federals were in the woodline (The Hornet's Nest) and were being hammered by Ruggle's concentrated CSA batteries.


Of course I've been thinking about getting into 28mm NAP's as well, but I just keep holding off! Maybe in my next wave of future projects! So what are you working on?

Take care and good gaming!

Cory




Sunday, February 21, 2016

ACW



I've been painting a bunch of ACW lately, since I'm getting ready for a game I'm going to run at a convention in May. 

I still have plenty of time, but I need to paint another brigade of Yankees (80 figs), more siege artillery, and a bunch of earthworks and redoubts since it will be a Vicksburg game! 

Here are some of the figs fresh off the painting table! These are mostly ACW Gamer 28mm figures, and I think they look awesome, and they just might be my favorite ACW figures at the moment.


The heavy siege artillery is from Perry Miniatures, and of course, they are great figures as too! The two ranges blend well together I think. Anyway, here are the pics:

Good gaming!

Cory

Gen. Cleburne leading the charge at Franklin, TN.


Albert Sidney Johnston at Shiloh.





Both of the ACW Gamer sets.


The big guns! 24# smoothbore guns from  Perry Miniatures.



Monday, February 8, 2016

War of the Roses





Here are some pics from two 25mm War of the Roses games we recently played. I enjoy using Arty Conliffe's excellent "Medieval Tactica" rules.

They are fun, fast, simple and provide for a great game with a feel for the period.






Good Gaming,

Cory

Sunday, November 1, 2015

25mm War of the Roses

Here is the freshest unit off my painting table! It's a 30 figure bill unit for my War of the Roses games. I use Medieval Tactica and it provides a fun and quick game with a great period feel.


So what's on the painting table now...I'm working on 10mm ACW for Fire and Fury! 

Good gaming!

Cory

Thursday, July 30, 2015

28mm North Africa - Bolt Action


We've been getting into Bolt Action lately as a fun and simple way to game WW2. We wanted to limit the amount of heavy tanks and equipment so we picked the War in North Africa 1941-1943. 

So far we've been having a blast! I've been painting Germans and British, as well as my friend Chris. Tyler has been painting Italians, and John has been painting some French. 

Here are some pics from our last game:







Good gaming - Cory

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Bolt Action 8th Army figs!


This is the beginning of my British 8th Army Desert Rat force for Bolt Action. I've painted about the same amount of DAK, and have another box of plastic DAK on the painting table.



Me and some friends are planning a big North Africa game in the not too distant future. We have guys building Italians, French, and more Rats and DAK. It should be pretty epic!

Here are some pics:

Crescent Root Studios buildings.



The DAK!

Good Gaming! Cory