Saturday, October 22, 2016

Girl with a gun (and a doll)

This little lady came with the young fellow I gave to my Nephew as a gift for taking part in my wedding. She's actually be almost done for weeks now
I still need to do some finishing on the base but the figure it self is done.  I don't know what I will do with her.  I'm very happy with her hair and face.  The contrast between the pistol in one hand and the dolly in the other is interesting. The girl could be seen as some commentary about clinging to innocence in a savage world. That's probably putting a lot of meaning on a miniature. 
Rear view not a lot of details here other than the bow. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Defense of Convoy PQ-187

 In honor or Trafalgar Day Frank put together a Naval action some where in the dark cold waters of the Norwegian Sea.  Storms and Icebergs limit visibility for both sides, rules are GQ3.
  A British Force of two Cruisers, three Battle ships and a Battle Cruiser is screening a convoy(s) somewhere to the north.
 A German force of two Battleships, two Battle Cruisers and two Heavy Cruisers
  Long range contact is made with radar but with out visual sightings we are not able to fire.
 I have some issues with my maneuvers early on hitting an ice berg...
 and two ships nearly collide (I wanted to show you how badly I missestimated my maneuvers
 The ships seem so close but the subarctic air is still think with fog and rain.
 Then shapes loom out of the fog!
 The British land several lucky hits on the Bismark but..
 There Cruisers take a worse pounding from the German battery...
 The Exeter is especially hard hit taking damage to its hull and engineering
 HMS Hood takes aim at the German Cruisers
 Germans launch torpedoes... hitting Hood.
 Prince Eugen takes multiple hits... most go low to the hull but her crew keeps her afloat somehow.
 The British Cruises are hit multiple times. Suffolk goes down with a critical hit to her bulkhead and multiple hull hits.
 Luttow is on fire and Prince Eugen has taken damage to her rudder (which her skillful crew repair) .
 An almost gratuitous number of hits land on Exeter.
 Sinking her  Bismark and Tirpitz are both taking hit.  Bismark takes hits low slowing her but her weapons are undamaged.  Tirpitz take an engine hit but is other wise in good shape
 Torpedoes fired by the Gneisenau hits the Valiant
 Hood takes enough damage form the Crippled Lutzow  that she goes down
 Bismark repairs her bulkhead damage just managing to stay a float.. she fires.. and hits the Rodney
 Rodney has lost two of her three turrets only the rear facing C turret still works...  Tirpitz slips off the table edge in the distance...
 Lutzow tries to ram the battle ships... but fails... she is burning.
 And is then smashed by fire from Warspite both of the old dreadnoughts are badly damaged by German fire.
 Gneisenau is ready to break north.. Scharnhorst is already off table Prince Eugen is preparing to die as is Bismark...
 Rodney's hull is ripped by the wreckage of the British cruisers and begins to go down her last shot will send Bismark to the bottom
Prince Eugan and Bismark sink but the take the Valiant with their last shots.  The Germans lost two cruisers, and a battle ship.  The Two German Battle Cruisers are still in excellent fighting trim, Tirpitz is still operational but only one main turret is functional still she can easily out pace the shot up Warspite the only British ship to survive.  The British lost two Battle ships, a Battle Cruiser and two Cruisers.  A clear German win how big the win is will depend on how much damage is done in the shipping lanes. The real looser (other then the men bobbing in the frigid waters) are probably the Marries on Guadalcanal as some panicked calls for more us naval support in the the Atlantic are going form London to Washingto.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Angel of Sorrows- attacking

I'm sure you recall my excellent Well of Dreams and Sorrows made by Things From the Basement and the angle I painted to stand on top of it.
Hell here is her sister ready to attack, my plan is to take the one off the top and use this one to represent the animated statue chasing intrepid adventurers around Frostgrave.
I used the same painting approach here dark (almost black) gray and then layers of lighter gray for surface stuff.
I figured this would be a good time to show folks how well my water-effects came out in final form.

Icebergs for Naval War Gaming

 My friend Frank asked if I had any terrain that would work as icebergs for this Thursdays "Trafalgar Day" war game.  I said no but that I could whip some up. I took some foam corp scraps and shaped them with a knife and scissors.
I stacked them to give them some height (too much?) painted them blue gray on top and a bright blue on the sides(based on some real life glaciers I saw on my cruise to Alaska) I then added some snow flock.  I think they came out well for a spur of the moment scratch build.  They are perhaps a little out of scale with the 1/2400 Scharnhorst class battle cruiser but they need to model the "foot print" under the water too.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Battle of Somewhere Pennsylvania

This entirely fictional battle is inspired by the first day of Gettysburg.  Longstreet's 1st Corps is the leading element of the confederate force.  Thanks to his Scouts/spies and his more generally judicious personality.  Longstreet's forces are better prepared when they bump into Union Cavalry and  begin the day with two of three division already on the field.  There opponent is Reynolds 1st Corps screened by Buford and his cavalry division. 
 Rich Wallace in the role of Longstreet advances with McLaws on the right and Hood on the left of the road.   The men advance steadily taking fire form the Yankee repeater armed cavalry.  One confederate Brigade is gets cut up by the fire but the others come on.
 Not wasting time with fire the Confederates advance with the bayonet
 Hood takes the hill to the left of the road but McLaws men are repulsed.  The Iron Brigade takes up a position behind the retreating Calvary men.
 Additional union troops are coming up the road(Commanded by Dana Rock)  and the left flank(Commanded by Kieth Howe) of their position...
 Pickets Virginia division(commanded by Jess Reardon)  has arrived on the Confederate left and is advancing to support Hood.  Union Troops from the first division try to get in position to hold that flank,
 Rich's next attack is brilliantly executed.  It crushes the union cavalry and sends it flying.  Union troops are moving into position on the Confederate flank but are no threat at the moment.
 The Iron brigade held off one attack but was unable to do enough damage with fire to cripple the Confederates... On the Union Right a battery of three heavy rifles helps keep picket at a respectful distance and gets some kills as the third division splits to suport both the flank and center.
 Hood Drives back the Iron brigade
 and a major fire fight erupts on the confederate left as the 2nd division infantry and artillery arrive
 3rd division troops arrive in support of the 1st Division and shore up the position on the town  decimated union Cavalry regroup in a ragged line.
 Confederate shooting on the union artillery is impressive but rolls to confirm don't pan out and only one heavy rifle is lost. The infantry lost a stand as well but Jess Playing the roll of Pickett is almost in position for a potentially devastating charge
 Union Fire on the confederate right rips into confederate units shredding that flank, Suddenly the Confederates hopes look grim.
 The union counter attacks, the results are inconclusive one win and won loss.  At this point I had to call the game because I needed to get to a wake before the visiting hours were done.
Final situation.  Jess/Pickett is in position to launch a major attack on the confederate left.  Her troops are eager and she has the Rebel Yell card so her odds of success are very good If successful she might turn the flank of the troops in the village and swing that fight in Hood/Rich's Favor.  On the flip side Dana and Bill have a good position in the village and if their flank isn't turned they can probably hold.  The Union 2nd Division and cavalry under Keith Howe only have a few stands of McLaw's division and some artillery  standing between them and the rear of Hoods division.  At this point its either a draw or a Union Victory though the Hood/McLaws attack on the dismounted cavalry is a feet any confederate can be proud of.