Monday, December 31, 2012

Winding down the year.

Its December 31st and its been quite a year. My first Convention, my First Flames of War tournament, my first Caribbean cruise. Most importantly my First Nephew and my First Niece.
Fort Fincastle

This Blog has chronicled the many great games I have had the good fortune to play in. I also shared most of my painting projects, some better and some worse.

I launched the business side the hobby for myself opening up an eBay account that has been more profitable then I would have ever imagined. I promise this will not take over the gaming an painting aspect of this blog.

This will make the 212th post to the blog this year (far more then previous years) and a good number to end 2012 on. Thank you for reading and a special thanks to those who have shared this blog with some one else or have taken the time to comment on what I write or paint it really helps and means a lot to me.

 As I write the blog is closing in on 3000 hits for the Month of December a mark I would never have imagined in the past.

Looking ahead I have to finish out my army for the Grand Duchy of D'Argent.
I also want to create some opposition forces for D'Argent so I can run some demos with fictional armies and show the strength of this system and because I have had fun building my own country.  I guess its my old D&D world building enthusiasms taking over. 

I am also working on some odds and ends for an early War French Army for Flames of War.

I want to design a scenario for Huzzah (or rework the invasion of England).  I would love to use Maurice but I don't know that the system will work for the game size required by the organizers.

I need to paint up the rest of my Gebirgsjagers so I can deploy 3 platoons of them. 

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year and I will see you at the bottom of the Fiscal Cliff (or not).

Last Sunday at the Whiz (for 2012)

Made my way to the Whiz for the first time in several weeks and got my Ranger kit from Rob.  I also saw some awesome new toys for the X-Wing game.
Yes that is the Millenium Falcon and there are also some pre-release  A-Wing fighters on the board.  Not sere were the empire is but they guys were having fun.

There was some of battle fronts new winter terrain on display as well...
This board would feature a battle of Mark's Indianhead Infantry against Typler's Kampfgroup Pieper force with 17 Panzer IVs!

My own battle was with Ben and his Hetzers against my Sturm Company list. We had the battle Counter attack and as Ben observed he didn't get a lot of space to set up but then again neither did I.
I had my 8.8s(2 of them) and my StuGs (3 of them) off board. My army had two Sturm platoons (MG Panzer Faust teams) a batter of 120cm Mortars, a batter of 3 10.5cm Artillery, and a platoon of 3 2cm Flack guns. I also had a pair of 7.5 cm AT guns in ambush.
Ben move up aggressively and manged to pin my AA Guns then use his Air to pin my artillery. I poped my ambush and killed 1 Hertzer and Bailed another out. Then to my amazement B Ben Charged!
 He moved his Hertzers in closes on my AT gun at the same time his infantry assaulted my Artillery pieces.
 I killed two Hertzers and got three hits with my 10.5 CM, ad managed to get two more hits from the staff team and the one AA gun. I got very lucky especially on the infantry assault.
 My AT Guns caused Ben great pain the next shooting step killing 3 more and bailing a 4th. That Hertzer remounted and Ben took out my AT guns and move the hertzers forward but had terrible luck getting three bogs. 
 My men advance though the woods to assault Ben had only a single Vehicle MG and didn't get any kills. I took his platoon easily. Ben called the game at this point and we had a discussion about tactics.  I suggested he would have ignored my AT guns and driven around the woods to the right or left. Ben likened his thinking about Hertzers to T-34s with out turrets and he did us them that way... I suspect the lesson has been learned an he will do better next time.
 Mat, Paul and Rob looking over another German vs. German game, guess I have to start packing the Americans and Free French again. 

The Snow game as still in action when I left but looked like the Americans were headed to victory. Though Mark lost his Company commander again so Tyler may have pulled it out.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snow StuGs

My latest additions to the StuG army. Did these in a snow camouflage style much like my Panzer IVs I think they cam out rather well, though the white wash is not as think on these.

 The full collection of StuGs

Friday, December 28, 2012

Rev War Photo dump and Sale

OK honestly I don't plan on using this blog to simply promote items I have for sale.  After the Ariana and I get the new apartment settled you'll be back to gaming stuff. For now here is another opportunity to buy some painted miniatures of mine. 3x2 inch stands are sold together. Any one who wants two or more such stands of British gets a free command stand as well (while supplies last).  Light troops  on 1x1 inch stands are sold together if pictured together. 2 French Stands (and a bunch of light troops) 8 British stands, and 6 stands of US troops and 3 light infantry stands. Any one interested let me know via a comment or an email to Adamc1776 at G  (you can figure it out or your a computer.)  Other wise these will go on EBay by Monday and once on EBay I will not be able to make arrangements among friends.