Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Q1 2020 Progress Report

Let me just start off by saying 2020 can fuck right off!  This year really started crappy with some unexpected, but self-inflicted, family drama.  Then a whole series of celebrity deaths, including Neil Peart and Christopher Tolkien, really caught me by surprise.  Then I got absolutely slammed by taxes.  Now we have the COVID-19 (Chinese Virus, China Virus, Wuhan Virus, Kung flu, DTMNBN, whatever you want to call it).  Needless to say this last item has taken over our entire lives.

On to the point.  In my annual hobby forecast post I promised myself that I would check in on my goals quarterly to help keep me on track and help actually accomplish those goals. That post has lots of goals listed it is easy for stuff to get lost.  For the first quarter I decided to focus on the Kill Team goals as well as the Flames of War goals.

Kill Team


I decided to start with my Sector Fronteris set.  This is the entire box set as well as the the additional items from the AdMec and GSC kill team sets.  This was the terrain that we were using for most games so it made sense to paint this one first.  The scheme was easy and stuck to the desert theme.  I really like how this turned out.


Also for Kill Team I painted my Gamma-Zhul-881 kill team.  The are the Adeptus Mechanicus figures that were included in the original Kill Team starter set.  I built and painted them just as depicted in the game so I could make use of the pre-printed character cards from the set.  I really love these figures and I love how they turned out.  I did manage to get in a couple of game with them and they are undefeated.

I have a few more AdMec figures in progress but they were not quite ready to make it into the Q1 numbers.  I feel really good about how this game has progressed.  I have basically finished my goals for the year for Kill Team already so anything else is bonus.

Flames of War

The second area of concentration for Q1 is my Flames of War mid-war Soviets.  This is an army I have wanted to build for many years and I have been collecting models for many years as well. I finally decided I needed to get this thing painted an on the table.


The first unit I painted this year is a small KV-1 company.  These are really expensive for three is a lot for mid-war.  The models are the old Battlefront resin and metal for many years ago.  I like them but they are showing their age a bit.


Next I painted a small company of KV-8 tanks.  These are the flame thrower version of the KV-1.  They are just as expensive, points-wise, as the KV-1.  Again the models are the older Battlefront resin and metal models.


My Soviets were in need of some help as they were getting slaughtered by the Germans so I added some air support.  These are the Battlefront IL-2 Shturmovik attack aircraft.  These planes were legendary in WWII but, sadly, they kind of suck in Flames of War.  The models are the resin ones from years ago that have been reboxed for the v4 unit size.  Not sure why they change the number of planes you need every time they release a new edition.


With the tanks and planes all painted it was time to move to the infantry.  I decided to start with the support units as they could easily be added to my tank armies.  First up are the ZIS-3 guns.  These can either be used as artillery or as anti-tank guns.  I have heard they are a must have for Soviet but I have yet to get to try them out.  As with most of my Soviet collection these are the old Battlefront resin and metal models.


The anti-tank rifle unit is a signature unit for Soviet infantry forces in WWII.  You see these in all sorts of pictures and they were used all through the war.  This is the new Battlefront soft plastic set and I am not a fan.  It will work for games.


The sixth Soviet unit of the quarter is a pair for 45mm AT guns.  More old Battlefront metal.  These are actually great models.


The final Soviet unit for Q1 is the ubiquitous Katyusha battery.  There is no better example of the Soviet theory of warfare than a huge battery of inaccurate rocket launchers just destroying everything in front of them.  This is the resin and metal set from Battlefront.  Building it will give you nightmares.

The Soviet stuff was not all that I painted this quarter for flames of War.


I painted some pill boxes and MG nests.  These are mostly for game of Great War but will likely be usable for WWII games at some point.  I don't have any of the D-Day stuff but there should be some of these available in those armies.


I added 4 more objective markers to my collection.

Conclusions

Even with all the other challenges for 2020 so far I must admit that my hobby is going along pretty well.  Naturally, with the entire month of March lost the number of games I have managed to play is pretty low.  Below are the raw numbers.

Models Assembled Q1 (includes cleaning and prepping metal figures):

15mm FoW WWII - 7 (5 tanks, 2 aircraft)
28mm 40K - 7
28mm Terrain - 22

Total - 36

Figures painted Q1:
15mm FoW WWII - 110 (6 Tanks, 6 guns, 4 Rocket Launchers, 2 aircraft, 4 pillboxes and nests, 4 Objective Markers)
28mm 40K - 27 (17 Terrain)

Total - 137

Game Record Q1:
FoW Great War 0-2-0
FoW Mid-war 0-3-0
Kill Team 2-0-0


Monday, March 30, 2020

Soviet Katyusha Battery for Flames of War

Like almost everyone I am not getting any gaming in at all.  Shopping has dropped off as well.  When I do buy stuff it's not hobby related.  Fortunately, I do have a decent inventory of projects and I am plugging away at them.  My Flames of War Soviet army is growing and now has a Katyusha Rocket Battery.  These are the older resin and metal kits from Battlefront.  The trucks are molded straight to the scenic bases.  These were a real pain to build and paint but in the end they look pretty good.



Monday, March 23, 2020

Soviet 45mm Anti-tank guns for Flames of War

The next Coronatine project is done.  Today we have a pair of Soviet 45mm anti-tank guns for my ever growing Flames of War mid-war Soviet army.  These will likely see table time with my Soviet infantry, one that gets painted.  I am not sure how useful these will be generally.  The AT8 is limiting but they should be useful in ambush as well as defensive fire against tank assaults.



The models are metal models from Battlefront.  One thing I find interesting about this gun is the chassis design is German and basically the same as the PaK-36 gun.  The Soviets did not like the 37mm German gun so they mounted their own 45mm gun.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Soviet Anti-tank Rifle Company for Flames of War

More progress on my Flames of War mid-war Soviet collection.  This is the new Battlefront bendy plastic Soviet AT rifle models.  They are not very good.  I say that as a modeler and a painter.  These remind me of the old Airfix HO/OO models from when I was a kid, except these have much less detail and character.  When I put on my gamer hat I say these are just fine as game pieces and the price is right.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Soviet ZIS-3 Guns for Flames of War

Productivity has slowed a bit in March but I am still working towards my goals.  The next unit for my MW Soviets is done - ZIS-3 76mm battery.  These are the old Battlefront metal models with the resin bases.  The bases are just OK but everyone seems to like the dead cow.  I have heard these are a must have for the MW Soviets but just looking at the numbers I'm not sure.  I can't wait to experiment and see if they are worth taking.






Saturday, February 29, 2020

Flames of War Objective Markers

This is my last project for Finish it February 2020!  Here we have 4 objective markers for Flames of War or other 15mm games. 

3 Battlefront and 1 Baueda

The ammo dump.  The most generic of the objective markers.

Fortified command post.  This is a Battlefront model I believe.  This will be great for WWI or WWII Soviets.

It has some nice little details but I think it needs a figure.  If I do that, however, it will be a little less flexible.

This is a Baueda objective marker and it is my favorite of the bunch.

It has loads of little details.

This one will see table time for Normandy games.

The desert command post.  Another Battlefront model.  The guy in the shelter is British.

This will be the last desert objective marker.  I've got loads.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Sector Fronteris - Kill Team

Finish it February rages on!  This was a huge project and I am really happy I got this done.  One of my goals for this year was to complete a sector terrain set for Kill Team and I can mark this off the list.  This set is from the Sector Fronteris set as well as the terrain from the Genestealer Cult and Adeptus Mechanicus kill team sets.

These are the Ryza-Pattern ruins for 40k and you can buy these in individual kits and also as part of a large set for 40K.  The Sector Fronteris set actually contains a fully intact Ryza-Pattern building and I don't think you can get this anywhere else.








Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Flames of War Pillboxes and MG Nests

Finish it February posts have been slow but work is progressing.  I finished these 15mm pillboxes and mg nests for Flames of War.  These are Battlefront models and I thought they were already painted when I bought them.  Unlike the dug in markers and other similar items these were unpainted.  I have already used them in a Great War battle.  They are a fun and easy paint project.






Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gamma-Zhul-881

My first Finish it February project is done.  This is the Gamma-Zhul-881 kill team from the orginal 2018 Kill Team box set.  I build and painted these to match the pre-configured kill team from the set.  This will form the core of my Adeptus Mechanicus Kill Team.


Gamma-Zhul-881

Skitarii Vanguard

Skitarii Rangers

The team is comprised of 5 Skitarii Vanguard and 5 Skitarii Rangers.  The models are all existing models from the current 40K Skitarii box.  These are the first Admec models I have built and I really like them.  There is a ton of parts in the kit.

Dorox-0.4343 Vanguard Alpha - Kill Team Leader


Actus-1111 Skitarii Vanguard with radium rifle

Ar-99 Skitarii Vanguard Scout Specialist with radium carbine

Mu-575 Skitarii Vanguard with radium carbine

Sek-XXVII Skitarii Vanguard Gunner

Xixos-2918 Skitarii Ranger with galvanic rifle

Kappic-Schoelendt-18.1 Skitarii Ranger Comms Specialist

Tov-66.75/mk98 Skitarii Ranger Gunner with arc rifle

Decima-110 Skitarii Ranger with galvanic rifle

Gryphonne-Reductus-089 Skitarii Ranger with galvanic rifle
In game terms I prefer the Skitarii Ranger over the Vanguard.  The galvanic rifle seems to be a superior weapon but I have only limited experience and I may change my mind.  I am sure I will be getting another box of these as there are a few weapon options I would like to add to the kill team.