Tuesday, May 31, 2011

175 Pt. Durin's Folk

OK! I just made it! Tomorrow the first 175 points is due to be painted. I have it on good authority that some participants in our tale of four gamers have already painted all 700 points. This means that I have to get all these done on time.

What happened to Tom's FoW army you ask? (Shhh) I am making progress and I am hoping he does not notice this little distraction.

Now I just need to pick out the next 175 points to paint. I figure I have a few days to work that out. A soon as I know I will post the next batch. Now I get to see how these guys do in our 175 point games.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Tale of Four Lord of the Rings Gamers

My friend Tim has conned a few of us to join in a LOTR army building challenge based on the White Dwarf article from many years ago. Basically, we are building 700 point LOTR armies in 175 point increments. There will be some kind of scoring and maybe some one will get some food and beer. I am a little fuzzy on the whole thing but I decided to jump in anyway. If you are really interested in all the rules check out Tim's original post on his blog. Now I should have done my introduction last week I guess, so I am hoping I don't loose points for that.

Anywho, the army I will be building is a 700 point Durin's Folk army. This is a generic Dwarf army that will have lots of models - 59 to be exact. The first 175 points (actually 169) consists of the following:

Dwarf Captain with shield and throwing axes

7 Dwarf warriors with shields

4 Dwarf warriors with bow

Twelve models - not bad. I have until June 1 to paint these models. Ordinarily, that would not be an issue but I have a problem. Technically, this army does not belong to me yet. You see, I got this in trade for painting Tom's FoW late war Germans...which I have not yet finished. This means that I cannot start on this project (in good faith) until I finish the FoW project. This is a problem.

The answer is simple, I just need to finish Tom's army. OK, easy. This means that I may be a couple weeks behind the other guys but I will not fail. Stay tuned...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flames of War Late War Germans Part 2

I have finally finished the next unit in Tom's late war Germans. Here we have a platoon of Old Glory Sd Kfz 10/5 2cm AA guns. These are pretty nice models and like the rest of the project they came to me assembled. They don't look like they would be to bad to build.

Oops! What is that in the back-ground? No peeking, Tom. Now I just need to finish 15 tanks and this project is done.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Project - 1812 French

Ever since the release of the Perry and Victrix plastic Napoleonic kits I have been interested in starting a collection. After acquiring a copy of Warlord game's Black Powder I knew it was only a matter of time. I kept telling myself that once plastic Russians and Plastic Austrians were available I would jump in. Well, the Perrys, Warlord and Victrix are working on plastic kits for Russians and Austrians as well as Prussians. So I decided that before the armies I really want to do are released I would start my collection with the French. Basically, no French no Napoleonic wars so it had to be done.

Today I picked up two boxes of Victrix Napoleonic French Infantry 1807-1812. This is an amazing set of multi-part figures. Each box contains 60 figures and I paid $40 per box (I am sure I could get these cheaper but I was supporting my local shop). The kit allows for a wide range of poses as well as command figures. This set includes parts for Fusiliers, Voltiguers and Grenadiers.

There are two different sprues on the box and you get four of each sprue. There are over 100 different heads in the set which is pretty cool. I will have no trouble modeling very unique and interesting units.

The set also includes a very simple set of rules which I doubt I will read. On the rules booklet are eight regimental flags. These flags are very nice but they are printed on the back of the assembly instructions and I am not sure if the text will show through to the flags. I may make color copies of these.

The bad news is that I will not be working on these any time soon. Before I can start on these I need to finish Tom's FoW later Germans, I need to get started on my LoTR Dwarf Army (more on that later), and I need to paint some Poncho Villa Mexicans for some LoTOW games. Oh yeah, I need to paint up a few more units of ACW so I can actually play some Black Powder games. I will post of more as I get to this but for now I am just buying stuff.