Thursday, 30 April 2009

8 Wheeled Stuff from GZG

GZG recently released three 8 wheeled vehicles, V15-50A, V15-51A and V15-52A. Its taken me a while but at last I've finished them.
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They form a large part of a mercenary unit I'm building up called 'Coopers Crushers'. I wanted them to look quite distinctively different from the rest of my 15mm sci-fi collection, so I've opted for this arctic 'aggressor' camo scheme. Here's a photo of all the painted vehicles in the unit at present.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Donald Featherstone on Wargaming

Donald Featherstone, one of the fathers of modern wargaming, talking about how he joined the army, what he really thinks about Americans and of course wargaming. The credits include his practical experience of World War II.
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Monday, 27 April 2009

Beamstrike 15mm Photo Competition

Neil at the Beamstrike forum is hosting a photo competition. More details can found here, but in a nutshell he is inviting players to submit up to two photographs of 15mm figures and or vehicles in battle, with a short exciting description couched in appropriate Beamstrike speak :) This has spured me on to try and get a few more figures and vehicles painted and photographed this next week, before I start some revision for a couple of exams that I have mid May.
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Here's a photo I took some time ago of some GZG figures and an Old Crow APC.
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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Jason Plato "What A Save" BTCC 2009 Round 1 Race 3 at Brands Hatch

Nothing to do with wargaming, but just a great piece of driving in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) I wanted to share with you.
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Jason Plato is hit fom behind behind by Jonathan Adam as they enter Paddock Hill Bend at nearly 100 MPH. Jonathan was subsequently given a four second penalty which handed Jason the win. Commentators are Ben Edwards and former BTCC and 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup Champion Tim Harvey.
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Aliens

I was looking through some of my vehicles that I use for my 15mm sci-fi gaming, and my eye was drawn to the Aliens APC I have. Quite a plain vehicle, but very distinctive all the same. Here's a photo I took a while ago.
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This seems an appropriate time to include the Aliens trailer. What a totally brilliant film. Now over 20 years old it is still the benchmark against which all other sci-fi combat movies / series are judged.
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This is an intersting web site dedicated to the film, called Aliens Papercraft. Worth checking out.
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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

These Are the Droids We're Looking For

Just stumbled across this vid which made me smile :)
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Society Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Wargamers

For any gamer interested in Fantasy and Sci-Fi it is well worth considering joining The Society Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Wargamers (SFSFW) which is an international body dedicated to promoting the fantasy and science fiction genre within wargaming and the hobby in general.
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SFSF-LOGO
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They have their own web site: http://www.sfsfw.org/
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Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Hunt For Gollum - Film

Check out this fabulous trailer for the forthcoming 'Hunt for Gollum' internet film.
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The web site for the film is here: http://www.thehuntforgollum.com/
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Wargaming

With the time I have had available I've been painting up some more 15mm sci-fi vehicles. When they are a bit more 'polished' in a couple of days time, I'll post some photos.
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I've been lucky enough to get a couple of WW2 games in at the Harrogate and Huntington clubs using the Rules of Engagement rule-set. Certainly it's the best set of WW2 rules for platoon sized actions that I have played for a long time. Here's two photos from one of the games.
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Friday, 17 April 2009

Hanomag Sdkfz 251 - Recent Purchase

Last weekend I picked up a few bits and pieces in 'Modelzone' in Harrogate, including this very tasteful 1:72 scale Sd.kfz.251/7 Ausd.D (made by Dragon Armor) which was in a sale for only £ 6.99.
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2009-04-15 ~ 2DSCF1700
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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Apocalypse Now..Ride Of The Valkyries

Another clip from a classic film :)
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Monday, 13 April 2009

Battletech

In the 1990s I used to play loads of Battletech with some of my pals. Here is picture of one of my favourite mechs, a steiner variant Zeus.
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Here also is a great video from the Mechwarrior 2 computer game, which is fantastically atmospheric...
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Land Rover v Challenger 2 Tank

Okay, so its not wargaming, but this is a great clip from Top Gear, and it does involve a tank :) Enjoy...
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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Darth Vader calls Palpatine

This is such a great clip from the Robot Chicken Star Wars series :)

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Kra'Vak Heavy Grav Tank On Patrol

Busy painting some of my sons 40k figures at the moment, although not fit to show at the moment; so I thought I'd post a staged photo of the GZG V15-31A Kra'Vak Heavy Grav Tank that I've recently painted.
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Friday, 3 April 2009

First Game Of FAD 4

Had my first game of FAD last night at the Huntingdon club. Although my opponent (Steve) and I had read the rules through it was our first opportunity to try them in anger. We just used the basic rules, each side have a reduced platoon of comprised of a HQ of 4 men and two squads of 8 with a light scout Grav vehicle providing fire support part way through. The objective for the night was to get the HQ squad to secure an abandoned light Grave tank, and exit the board with it.
I won't go into a blow by blow account of the battle, but suffice to say Steve secured the objective although lost most of his men in doing so.
Considering it was our first time with the rules, the game went remarkably smoothly. There are a lot of nice touches, and the squad combat certainly had the right feel about it, so yes I would happily use FAD again.
Here's a few photos from the game:
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On a separate note, if you've every wondered what it would be like to be on the receiving end of artillery fire, check this video link out.
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