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JohnS
Aug 23, 2022
In Games - Ideas & Planning
This is a pix of Turn 3 of Erewhon Gothic Horror that we left standing since the end of July. The Nosferatu split up. Edgett, the older of the 2, charged into the Monks of St. Donald's while Pierre charged into the Polizei. What ensued were 2 ferocious melees. I have been painting BFG furiously. Here is a long view of all of the ships that I have painted to date. The Imperial Fleet is fleshing out nicely. A Retribution class BB. Lunar class CA. A Murder class Chaos cruiser is caught in a Nova Cannon burst. A shield is falring when hit on the chaos flagship "The Emperor's Testicle" Imperial Transports. I am now working on fighter, bombers and assault ships.
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JohnS
Jul 29, 2022
In Games - Ideas & Planning
Many of you have heard me talking about the 20th Anniversary Edition of GW's Battlefleet Gothic (BFG). Well I searched the internet to see what was out there. To my happy surprise I found a plethora of BFG ships in the old OOP metal and the new 3d printed plastic. After two weeks of almost constant painting, I finished my first fleet: a 1920 point Chaos Invasion Fleet. Here is a picture of it on a Hotz mat that I purchased over 20 years ago. The ships move in multiples of 5cm. Each square is 5cm. I had 4 huge fleets which I painted in 2002 but never played the game. I sold them off at various conventions over time. But the BFG bug got me again after I downloaded and started to read the BFG Rules and Fleets Remastered. Together, these tomes add up tp 700 pages! After I started painting them, I remembered how much fun I had painting in the detail on these superb models. The next pix is a 3d printed Repulsive Grand Cruiser. Next is a 3d printed Despoiler battleship. The price of an OOP original GW Despoiler is $99.00. The 3d printed one is only $17.00 and is just as detailed as the original. I treated myself to an original, boxed Desolator Battleship to be my Flag Ship. I dickered with the seller and got it down to $64.00. The model is metal and is so heavy I had to mount it using a 1/4" sheet metal screw driven through a fender washer. I went crazy on the detail, but am quite happy with it. Here is another view of it. The skulls were finnicky but well worth the effort! This is an "unofficial" ship which is a Chaos Idolator Raider with a launch deck. 3d printed of course. Next are some classic metal Raiders. I am now starting on my Imperial Fleet. Attached to it will be a Gray Knights Battle Barge of the Inquisition. Can't wait to see how that comes out. Anyone interested in getting into BFG Remastered, please lmk. The space mat is set up and I am anxious to blast off!
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JohnS
Jul 07, 2022
In Games - Ideas & Planning
My brother has been showing off his new 3D resin printer. So he printed me 4 LVT(A)'s and a T-12 for my Palau Island Assault Campaign. These are the models. I printed up some custom decals so each LVT(A) has a nickname. Three of them are armed with 37mm AT gun. He also printed up 2 extra howitzer turret variants. Here is the same LVT(A) as the above with the howitzer turret. Here is the Ronson equipped flamethrower variant. I have also been expanding my 28mm Eastern Renaissance battle set with a 16 man unit of Wallachian Voynuk halberdiers. Since we are still in the throes of an ongoig pirate campaign, I pained up another captain. This figure is from Old Glory's 'Figure of the Month' club which I got years ago and recently found. Lastly, my brother set me an IJA light gun with crew. This will see combat in the Island Campaign. That's all for now. Did anyone say "A Billion Suns"?
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JohnS
Jun 05, 2022
In Games - Ideas & Planning
The Pirate Bug still has in its grasp, so I have been expanding my armies by painting up the Firelock Games Native American army box. Here are some pix. I put some hefty sails on the Piragua to make it more seaworthy. I have also painted up more Spanish pirates. On the other side of the island, a Spanish Sloop has landed and disgorged its soldiers to the rear of the pirates. The next game will involve extricating the pirates from the jaws of the Natives/Spanish army. Many of you know that Gothic Horror is a pet project of mine. I am presently converting the Vampire Wars stats to the Erewhon system. In order to properly playtest, I needed to set up the proper terrain. Hence, I resurrected my City of Bodenburg to set the stage. Here are some pix. When I first saw these at a past H-Con I fell in love with them. I purchased the whole city from MBA. Unfortunately, the boxes took up all the room in my car's rear seat, so one of my travel buddies, Jim Gursha, had to find an alternate ride home! Here, the alarm was sounded that 2 Nosferatu were sighted in St. Biden's Cemetery. The pastor of St. Donald's Church immediately dispensed 2 clerical anti-vamp hit squats to deal with the supernatural threat. Not to be out done, the local Burgermeister, sent out the Polizei to help out. Here are the nefarious Nosferatu! St. Biden's Cemetery The stage is set. Word gets out to the townspeople. Here they wait in the town square to hear from BurgerMeister Meisterburger. The Burgermeister gives his spiel. The town councilor stands by his side to make sure the Burgermeister doesn't put his foot in his mouth........again!! With the gathering of the townsfolk, some enterprising gustatorial purveyors offer some comfort food for sale. A good vigilante posse should have a full stomach of pidgeon pie and ale before taking on a supernatural villain! Anyone interested in playtesting this scenario, please contact me. All are welcome. Please don't forget to bring the garlic!
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JohnS
Mar 14, 2022
In After Action Reports
After a few 17th Cent. Pirate scenarios in the steaming jungles of the Caribbean, we decided to cool off a bit and engage in a High Level bombing raid over the frozen Yalu river. On February 26th, Sam, Bill, Dick and myself met at the MTSC (Middle Township Senior Center) to play a couple of games of aerial combat over the Frozen Chosin using the upcoming "Green Hills/Blue Sky" rules. Our first game concentrated on how to fly using the game's mechanics. Sam controlled the 2 B-29's ("Fish Tails" and "Rose's Garden"). I flew as his escort with half a dozen F9F-2 Panthers. Bill and Dick were the stinkin' commies consisting of 6 Mig-15bis's. Here was the set up: Sam is pointing out the finer details of "Rose's Garden" just below in the picture are 2 of my escorting Panthers. At the top of the picture are Bill's Mig-15bis's. This outstanding map pf the Yalu River was custom made for me by Deep Cut Studios. Sam is moving his B-29's while Dick is chomping at the bit to put some hurt on the Superfortresses. The object was for the 2 B-29's to exit the far edge of the board across the Yalu on their way to Antung airfield in China. (NOT condoned by the US Govt!) A closer look at Bill's stinkin' commie Mig-15bis's. Bill's Mig's penetrated the escort envelope, but the Panthers subsequently pounced on the Migs with a vengeance. Unfortunately, "Fish Tail" got an "abort" critical hit. Only one B-29 remained! It was finally put out of its misery after accumulating 50 points of Damage. This one went to the commies. The second game pitted Dick and I as the commies and Sam navigating his B-29'a with Bill as his escort. My Migs which were flying CAP over Antung airfield were diving hard to get into the fray. Dick's Migs were ready for action! Here the B-29's are flying over the Chosin Reservoir on their way to their objective. Look at the detail of this gorgeous map! The Migs are setting up for their attack runs but are remaining in Chinese airspace. Here is a close up the Panther escort. My Migs are coming from the bottom while Dick's are coming from the top of the picture. The commies are trying to squeeze the USAF. 2 Panthers are waiting in ambush. One of Bill's Panthers flamed my Mig #51. As the fighters were beating up one another, the B-29's slipped through. But luckily for Dick, he took a long range shot with his Migs and scored a Fuel Line Critical Hit. "Roses's Garden" was turned into a fireball. However, with aggressive flying Sam was able to cross the Yalu and exit "Fish Tail" for a victory. The Yalu River is in the foreground. We all had a great time and look forward to playing this again. Maybe Sabres?
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