December 31, 2011

WIP - High Elf Dragon Princes & T/Chariot

Managing to get more painting in this week.  Working on completing the first of two units of the new Plastic High Elf Dragon Princes, great looking kit and fantastic change from the awful metal models (esp. the horses).  Only completed the purple armour so far rest still FAR from done. 

One other change is a new process for adding snow.  Following some advice from the Stanton brothers at Panzershrek I decided to give RapidFilla a go.  Luckily I've been doing some repair work on the house and had some in the shed.  It drys quickly, applies far easier and more importantly will stay white.  It is also means an end to having to mix PVA/Water/Flock into the right consistency, having to ensure you apply it over a white surface (as it takes on the properties of the colours below it) and watching it slowly turn yellow over time (usually after a year or so).  Going to have to redo most of my High Elves with the Filla esp. the movement trays.






Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and your Whanau!!!

December 27, 2011

Starting a new Warhammer Army

Must be the Christmas Spirit but I'm giving serious consideration to starting up a 3rd WHFB army.  High Elves and Dwarfs are great but I feel I need something a little different and perhaps more nasty.

I did build a decent VC army a year or two ago but enjoyed painting it more than playing it (only used it 3-4 times) and sold it all on - save for a single Female Vampire.  Pity really as it was probably my best painted army - lots of pics on the blog still (think I have them linked somewhere) - well best painted army that hadnt required paint stripping.

So what do I choose?

Wood Elves
To nice, they dont suit my play style and I really dont like them as an army.

Dark Elves
Very nasty army, never enjoyed playing against them much, so are Evil enough.  But too many infantry figures to paint, I already have Elves, any colour scheme would clash with my High Elves and they dont interest me

Brettonians
Too many horses - can't paint horses, and the armies too one dimensional for me.  That and they a Nice race.

Empire
Another 'Nice' race, lots of horses and lots of infantry.  A lot of options too and basically too fiddly for me.  Really like the Preistly magic side of things, the Warmachines and detachments.  But they're not for me.

Skaven
HA HA definately no - my Dwarfs would up and leave.

Warriors of Chaos
Evil yes, but no shooting (1 or 2 exceptions aside) and I like shooting.  Again like Dark Elves I had a lot of bad experiences playing against them which puts me off playing with them.

Beasts of Chaos
Don't interest me.

Daemons of Chaos
Don't interest me and honestly seem a bit OTT.

Vampire Counts
New book coming out soon, but I didnt like using them under 7th and dont plan on going back.

Lizardmen
Hmmmm??  Great looking army, cool book, lots of nasties and useful range of options.  But just dont do it for me.

Tomb Kings
Very cool new book, but too much like Vampires for me.

Orcs n Goblins
Always wanted an O&G army.  The new book is awesome - might buy it for the hell of it - and the army plays really well.  But every man and his dog has OnG at the moment.

That leaves....

OGRE KINGDOMS
New book, new figures, new toys and a cool mix of combat, magic and shooting.  Plus they are Evil with some great fluff.  That and the models (Gnoblars aside) are all large and you only need a few per unit so theres less to paint, and what you do have to paint is less fiddly than Elves or Dwarfs.

So Ogre Kingdoms it is - getting a nice Xmas bonus next week in lieu of recent Union negotiated back pay, so I might pop out and buy the new book.  Will also look at the new Batt box....

Oh and of course theirs more Plastic Soldier Company vehicles to buy (PzIII, PzVs and SdKfz 251s) and some FOW books - North Africa, Monte Cassino and Grey Wolf.  Going to be a good year 2012

December 24, 2011

Thoughts on a new Dwarf Book & looking ahead to 2012

Mentioned in last post that a new Dwarf army book is expected early-mid next year.  Given the recent balancing act done with the new army books under 8th especially the dropping of army unique magic items to 8-10 items each I am starting to worry about seeing major changes to the Dwarven Rune system.  There are several runes that under 8th are redundant either because rule changes make them so or because no-one uses them, and others that clash with the new rules, or were weakened by them (e.g. RO Sanctuary and Magic Resistance). 

Hopefully the Dwarf book will keep the unique nature of the runic system and the rule of 3 but with GW you never know.  The major problem here for Dwarfs is that we cannot use any of the common magic items in the rulebook.  The massive breadth of items here must either be matched by an equally long list of items in the Dwarf book or balanced out by changes to the rune system that would allow similar runic items to be built. The former is simply unworkable and should not and will not happen.  The latter would work particularly where common pre-built runic items are used to accompany a smaller but more focused list of runes.  The pre-builds would be cheaper than building a similar item under the current book but come with penalties, such as either use pre-built or custom built.  Custom buiilt (those built by the player) would do a lot more but have a much higher points cost, and come with fewer restrictions.  This at least would require Dwarven players to make some concessions when it came to things, and would I guess stop people complaining about the uber-killer Dwarf Lord on Shieldbearers etc.

Plans for 2012
Seems the right thing to do around this time of the year is to plan out what (we hope) the following year will bring. Gaming wise I have a serious painting backlog to get through but also a couple of new projects I would like to get off the ground.  Keeping it simple these are:
  • Build a gaming table for games at home
  • Finish unit of 20 Dwarven Quarrellers to complete army.
  • Build a display board for my Dwarf army.
  • Finish my High Elf painting backlog (about 50-60 models).
  • Re base my High Elfs to fix up all the yellowing snow.
  • Build a Mid-War FOW Africa Korp army (Panzer or Panzer Grenadier)
  • Play in at least 2 FOW tournaments
  • Play in at least 2 WHFB tournaments
Thats about it.  Of these building the gaming table at home and a Mid-War FOW army are the top priorities.  After that its finishing off the High Elf painting which has been on the back burner for nearly 8-9 months now.  In fact I already have plans for the table sorted and will be getting the wood next week :)




Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday

MERRY CHRISTMAS to my New Zealand and International followers/readers, all the best for the holiday season. To my Whanau in Christchurch heres hoping the stupid earthquakes stop soon.

In some great gaming news Battlefront has provided a fantastic early Christmas & Birthday Present (I'm 38 on Xmas Day) in the official announcement that the 3rd Ed rules are due out in March - although as a large number of BF people are local club members I did have some forewarning.

Best of all they are going to continue the practice of giving a free mini-rulebook to anyone who has a copy of the 2nd Ed hardback rules. And the Mini-rulebook is 294 pages long


Oh and the new Dwarf Rulebook should be out in March/April as well - 2012 is going to be a great year gaming wise.

December 20, 2011

Dwarves at New Zealand Fantasy Masters

The army lists for this years WHFB New Zealand Masters tournament are slowly appearing on the net, and the Dwarf lists reveal some interesting thinking on the part of the respective players.  I don't know what the Comp rules are for the event but the lists are 2400pts and I assume that standard hard caps and no double rares apply.  The two Dwarf players competing and their lists are:


Daryl Painter 
Ranked 11th & Best NZ Dwarf General

Dwarf Lord 
w. Shield Bearers,Great Weapon,Ro Stone,MRo Spite, Ro Furnace, Ro Preservation.

Battle Std Bearer 
w. MRo Gromil,Ro Might, Ro Fire, Ro Furnace.

Runesmith 
w. Great Weapon, Mro Balance, Ro Spellbreaking.

20x Quarrellers 
w. Standard, Musician, Champion, Great Weapons.

20x Quarrellers 
w. Standard, Musician, Champion, Great Weapons

10 x Ranger 
w. Great Weapons, Throwing Axes.

30 x Hammerers 
w. Standard, Musician, Champion, Mro Grungi

30 x Slayers 
w. Std Bearer

Cannon 
w. Ro Forging

Grudge Thrower 
w. Ro Accuracy, Ro Penetrating, Ro Burning

Organ Gun 

Total - 2387

Interesting list that gives Daryl four reasonably strong blocks of infantry.  Taking of two blocks of Quarrellers is something I have considered.  The extra shooting is beneficial but the reduction of the AS in combat to 6+ vs. 5+ reduces your chances of making that save by 16.6%, but I assuming here that he is relying on their T4 to save them from having to make an AS in the first place.  Deployment would I assume be in 2 ranks of 10 giving him 40 shots every round (Crossbows can't volley fire).  The Rangers appear to be a throw away unit to road block opponents and to give his Quarrellers and Grudge Thrower time to do damage.  Personally I would put RO Burning on the Cannon to take out big nasties like the HPA.  Lord is pretty well protected and I'd assume that he would go with the Hammerers, but then again putting him with the Slayers might be interesting (as I don't take Slayers I can't remember if he can do this or not).  BSB not protected enough for my liking but RO Might makes him S8 against anything T5 or higher which is good.  Big nasty block of unbreakable slayers deployed in horde will also cause people problems.

Thom Van Roekel
Ranked 6th

Runelord  
w. Shield, Rune of Stone, Rune of Preservation, Master Rune of Balance, Rune of Spell Breaking x2

Battle Standard Bearer 
w. Master Rune of Gromril, Rune of Preservation, Master Rune of Challenge, Rune of Fire.

Master Engineer

Dragon Slayer  
w. Rune of Fire, Rune of Speed.

Dragon Slayer

Dragon Slayer

20 x Warriors  
w. Great Weapons, Veteran, Standard Bearer, Musician

10 x Quarrellers

28 x Longbeards 
w. Great Weapon, Veteran, Standard Bearer, Musician, Master Rune of Grungni.

29 x Hammerers
w. Champion, Standard Bearer, Musician.

5x Miners

5x Miners

Cannon  
w. Engineer, Rune of Burning

Cannon 
w. Engineer, Rune of Reloading

Organ Gun

Gyrocopter  

Total - 2400pts

Not sure about this list. Its more suited to the play style of my Club mate Adam who likes to bulk up on Heroes.  Yes those Dragon Slayers are good for redirecting units and getting in peoples way but they and the Master Engineer represent 230pts that could have been spent elsewhere.  However, if they survive the Slayers and the Miners could prove annoyingly difficult for people.  It offers much better anti-magic than Daryl's list and the double Cannon is appealing, although here I would prefer 2 Organ Guns.  Great to see the Gyrocopter coming out as well.

Of the two lists I am not really sure which I prefer - Daryl's has the large infantry blocks I like and has a strong shooting component but is light on anti-magic defense.  Thom's is probably more balanced overall although weaker on shooting, and heavily dependent on the Slayers and Miners working effectively.

Particularly revealing to note that neither player takes Engineers with their War Machines.

Either way they make an interesting comparison to the 2400pt list I took to my last WHFB tournament and which is pretty much my standard army now.

My 2400pt Tournament List



Runelord 
w. MR Balance, RO Spellbreaking, RO Resistance, RO Stone, RO Furnace, Shield

BSB 
w. RO Fire, MR Gromil, RO Resistance, RO Preservation, RO Furnace

Warrior Rangers x30 
w. Full Command, GW

Warriors x30 
w. Full Command, GW

Quarrellers x16 
w. Shields, Musician

Hammerers x30 
w. Full Command, RO Battle

Miners x20 
w. Full Command

Stone Thrower 
w. Engineer, Brace of Pistols, RO Accuracy, RO Penetratingx2

Cannon 
w. Engineer, Brace of Pistols, RO Forging, RO Burning

Organ Gun

TOTAL 2,400 

The rest of the army lists can be found here 

As for me and my WHFB playing its on hold for the Xmas period and the entry of child No3 sometime in the next week or two (or maybe today?!?!).  But Ill be back into it asap probably around March, along with a lot of FOW where I will be getting heavily involved in Mid War stuff.  Aiming for 3-4 tournaments in 2012 including the local FOW event in July.  As the local club starts after my two eldest kids bed times making club nights should also be goer as well so expect more battle reports in 2012 as well.

November 25, 2011

New releases from Plastic Solider Company

The Plastic Solider Company's range of quality 15mm WW2 products has expanded yet again with a large number of new releases set to make any German player (like me) foam at the mouth.  Havng already purchased two boxed sets of the PzIV range I can atest to their quality - while they lack some of the detailing of the BF range and the satisfying weight they are excellent products. 


Among the new goodies are:

German Army Deals 
Panzergrenadier Company - £54.00













A four box 15mm Late War German Panzergrenadier Company Deal. Comprising 130 figures and 15 SdKfz 251/D Halftracks - enough for a 3 platoon plus HQ Flames of War Panzergrenadier Company. 

This same deal from Battlefront would cost you a hell of a lot more - 3 Platoon sets of PzGr alone would cost you NZ$270.

Panzer Army Deal - £75.00
A six box 15mm Late War German Panzer Army Deal. Comprising 130 figures, 15 SdKfz 251/D Halftracks and 10 Panzer IV tanks - enough for a 3 platoon plus HQ Flames of War Panzergrenadier Company with 2 platoons of panzer IVs.

Another unbelievable deal giving you huge savings on the normal BF range.

Panzer Army Deal - £42.00
A 3 box 15mm Panzer IV Company Deal. Comprising 15 x Panzer IV tanks. 

German Platoon Sets
Panzer III Ausf F, G & H - £16.50 for 5 tanks






StuG III Ausf F8/G - £16.50 for 5 tanks






















And finally also due out in January next year are......

  • Panthers A, G & D variants 
  • Late War German HeavyWeapons
  • 15mm Russian Heavy Weapons 
  • 15mm Russian 45mm gun 
  • 15mm Decal sets for SS, Wehrmact and DAK Panzer Divisions
  • New plastic reinforcements range allowing you to buy single vehicles, HQs etc
They also have army deals set up for Russians and some more Allied stuff coming soon as well.  

I already two box sets of the PSC PzIV range and as I am starting to really like Mid-War will pick up some of the PzIII as well and come next year will be aiming for the Panthers too.  

November 9, 2011

WIP - Dragon Princes taking shape

More progress on the Dragon Princes last night.  Working on a single model at a time to get the colours right.  Have decided to go with something a little more muted and simple.  Liking the grey as well so while just shade/highlight that in and not worry about any white areas. 




November 7, 2011

WIP - High Elf Dragon Princes

I had completed one of these a while back to test out the eventual colour scheme.  Finally got some free time last night and pulled out the painting table for first time in weeks and got back into them.  Have only completed base coat of Hugomont Purple and Purple Wash and Scorched Brown so far.  Haven't quite decided whether to keep the armour really dark or lighten it up like the test model. I have 10 of these new Dragon Princes to complete so theres room to experiment if I want to. 






November 1, 2011

Apologies for lack of posts

Quick apology to 100+ followers and other regular readers of my blog - I haven't been doing much wargaming related posting lately.  The reason I've been swamped at work and basically haven't played a game since my last FOW battle report.

Cricket season also started a few weeks ago and my local gaming club has shut down for the Christmas period.  So as with most years posts over the next couple of months will be restricted primarily to painting & modelling updates.  Although I might squeeze in the odd rare game.  Also expecting our 3rd child around New Years so free time for gaming is going to be really restricted after that - but having to stay up at night does mean more time to sneak painting in.

In that regard I do have a lot of painting to do with a huge backlog of Warhammer Fantasy High Elves to complete, some Dwarf Quarrellers to finish off, and a Gepanzerte/Panzer Company to build.  The next project is going to be the assembly and painting of my 2nd box set of the Plastic Soldier Company PzIV's - I'll also get round to ordering some of their SdKfz 251's as well.

October 25, 2011

October 24, 2011

All Blacks Win!!!

Pretty much zero wargaming activity for me at the moment as work is extremely busy doing nothing 24/7 but marking student assessment last month or so *sigh*.... but I did stop long enough to enjoy, as nerve wracking as it was, the All Blacks break their hoodoo and win the World Cup.  But bugger me if the French didnt nearly do it to us again, and who would have thought that Stephen Donald would save the day.  Being a Manawatu boy I really felt for poor Cruden. 

GOOD ON YOU BOYS WELL DONE!!!

October 17, 2011

All Blacks 20 Australia 6

Awesome game last night - congrats boys and suck eggs Quade Cooper - now its onto France in the final!!!!!



October 10, 2011

Battle Report: Fallschirmjager vs. British Mech Infantry

Up against Grant's Desert Rats in a 1500pt MW battle using the 'Hasty Attack' Scenario.  Basic rules for scenario are:
  • Defensive Battle w. prepared positions.
  • Delayed & Scattered Reserves
  • Defender Immediate Ambush
  • Defender places 1 objective, attacker 2
  • Defender deploys entire force, attacker then removes one objective.
Mid-Wars turning out to be quite enjoyable as it seems more balanced i.e. no uber-heavy tanks although armour is very expensive.  I used the North Africa source book and took the following list:


Fallschirmjager MW 1500pts
CHQ - 2 x Panzerknacker
Combat Platoon - Panzerknacker + 3 Squads
Combat Platoon - Panzerknacker + 3 Squads
Pioneer Platoon - SMG + 3 Squads + Supply Truck
Mortar Platoon - 2 x GW42
Light Gun Platoon
Tank Hunter Platoon - 4 x Marder II

On the defensive they were facing the following:

British Mechanised Infantry MW 1500pts
CHQ
Combat Platoon
Combat Platoon
Tank Platoon - 3 x Grants
Tank Platoon - 2 x Churchills
Artillery Platoon - 6 x 25pdr
Scout Platoon - 3 x Armoured Cars

(Photos are all pretty big so should expand out when clicked on)
The Battlefield from the defenders (my) side of the table.  Objectives are the wrecked Shermans marked with smoke near the forest on the left, and in the cornfield to the right of the road - the 3rd which was removed went in the forest on the right.  A FJ Combat Platoon digs in around the left hand objective while the Pioneers, protected by a minefield, spread out across the two right hand objectives.  Marder II's (proxied by StuGs) deployed in ambush in the tree line between the cornfields.

 British Armour begins its advance supported by artillery and a single infantry platoon.  The British assualt would suffer from the consistent failure of their reserves to arrive on the field.  The advancing armour also suffered when 1 Tank was destroyed by the ambushing Marders and a 2nd became almost permanently bogged down in the treeline. 

 The ambushing Marder II's draw first blood as the Fallschirmjager dig and wait for the inevitable assault.  However, their initial success was short lived as the semi-indirect fire from the Grants 75mm guns easily knocked them out.  This coupled with the firepower of British Artillery saw the Marder Platoon quickly destroyed.  The Marder Platoon Commander didnt help himself by electing to shoot at the British Artillery rather than finish off the Grants.
With their only long range AT weapons out of commission the FJ were left to fend for themselves against the British armour.  Luckily it continued to remain bogged down and British Artillery was unable to range in on their carefully prepared positions. Those few barrages that did come through also proved ineffectual the Fallschirmjager riding out each barrage with impunity.
Luck continued to swing my way as my reserves came on well before the British.  Mortars arrive first and immediately began bracketing the Grants and a nearby artillery observer with smoke.  This forced the sole British infantry Platoon to advance across open ground toward the dug in Fallschirmjager.  Scenario Victory conditions meant that the defender would win if the attacker had no units on the defenders half of the table by Turn 6.
More reinforcements arrive in the shape of the Light Guns and 2nd FJ Platoon.  Using the cover of the Mortars smoke screen the quickly deploy blocking the main approach routes.  However, its already too late for the British as by Turn 6 they have been unable to reach my half of the table.  The only Platoon able to try, a unit of Infantry, was quickly wiped out by the dug in Fallschirm.  However, we elect to continue playing regardless - and actually end up going to about Turn 14 or so.
All of the British reserves are now on, and the Grants finally get unbogged and begin their advance with Churchills, Infantry and Scout Cars on their right.  Mortar Smoke continues to bracket them, and then the Light Guns deploy to block the Grants advance.


The British assault fails - badly - one Churchill is knocked out by the Fallschirmjager and the 2nd is forced to retreat.  But it can't go far enough and the Fallschirmjager launch a breakthrough assault and finish it off before returning to their prepared positions. 
Meanwhile the re-deployed Light Guns start firing at the advancing Grants knocking out one and forcing the crew of the 2nd to bail out.  The supporting Fallschirmjager then attempt to assault it but keep failing their Tank Terror - 3 times they move to assault the single bailed out tank and 3 times they sit cowering in the open.

Meanwhile, the advancing armoured cars easily take out the Light Guns while the remaining British Infantry Platoon bravely advances to assault the dug in Fallschirmjager.

The assault ends up as a long bloody affair but only after defensive fire decimates the advancing British who are eventually wiped out by the dug in Fallschirmjager.

Meanwhile in the centre of the battlefield the 2nd FJ Platoon finally pluck up the courage to assault the bailed out Grant - whose crew steadfastly refused to get back into their tank - and knock it out.  At the same time Mortar fire takes out the British CHQ and the British are reduced to 2 Platoons - their Artillery and the Scout Cars.  At this point we call the game off.
Replay this week with same scenario and slightly modified lists with the Fallschirmjager once again on the defensive.

October 6, 2011

Happenings

Checked my shelves last night and surveyed my rather large backlog of unpainted High Elf models and realised that I have absolutely no interest in painting them.  So I decided to take my unpainted 4th Fallschirmjager Combat Platoon and paint them all Field Grey so I could use them as Panzer Grenadiers.  Once they're done Ill add a box set of the Plastic Soldier Company Sd Kfz 251/1D's to them and hey presto an instant 2nd PzGr Combat Platoon.

Playing 1500pts of Mid War FOW tonight and am looking forward to it, might just be able to get away with one more club night next week until I have to give it up for cricket (which starts this weekend) - can't be away too many nights each week.

Seems my enthusiasm for Warhammer Fantasy and High Elves in particular has seriously died off in the last couple of months.... and all I can really think about is FOW

For the record my current Warhammer Fantasy painting backlog consists of
  • 10 x Plastic HE Dragon Princes
  • 5 x ISOB HE Ellyrian Reavers
  • 1 x HE Lion Chariot
  • 2 x HE Tiranoc Chariots
  • 1 x ISOB HE Mage
  • 1 x HE Mage
  • 10 x HE Silver Helms (which Ill probably never do as they are a waste of points)
  • 10 x ISOB HE Lothern Sea Guard
  • 10 x ISOB HE Swordmasters
  • 10 x Metal HE Swordmasters
  • 30 x Dwarf Warriors w. HW (to be converted into Quarrellers)
  • 2 x Dwarf Bolt-Throwers
  • 10 or so Plastic Dwarf Artillery Crew
  • 2 x Dwarf Master Engineers
But my Dwarf tournament army looks fantastic (if I do say so myself - check here if you want to see it) and thats good enough for me.  

September 30, 2011

PSC 15mm Panzer IV Platoon complete

Finished the last of these guys on Wednesday night.  Redid the brown camo on the first three with a duller shade (German Med Brown) which looks better than the darker GW Scorched Brown I had used earlier.  Probably too much camo on the last couple of tanks, but overall Im pretty happy with them.



Next step is to attach them to some large bases and then look at options for camo netting or foliage. Will use either Silflor foliage or some old bandages as netting.  Would also like to stick aerials on them but am not sure how, still trawling the net looking for ideas.

September 29, 2011

Plastic Solider Company New Releases & Review

It seems that the Plastic Solider Company is starting to crank up development and production of its quality range of 15mm WWII miniatures.  Their T34 kits were a big hit among FOW gamers and I recently ordered my 2nd box set of their excellent PzIV's (5 for NZ$29).  The latest additions to the range are Sd Kfz 251/1C's and 251/1D's again in sets of 5 and at the same price as the other models in their range.


The PSC Sd Kfz 251/1C kit

The Plastic Solider Company range is excellent value and for German FOW players they now provide some serious consideration if you are looking to build a Panzer or Gepanzerte Panzer Grenadier company.  Having assembled one set of the PSC Panzer IVs I can atest to their quality (you can see some my completed PzIVs here)
2 Boxed sets of PzIV costs NZ$60-65 (depending on exchange rate) and gives you enough tanks for a CHQ and two 4 vehicle Platoons.   Purchase 2 more boxed sets of Sd Kfz's at the same price and thats enough vehicles for the same set up - a CHQ & two 3 Squad Platoons.  Couple these with their German Infantry set which gives you 125 figures (10 Officers/NCO's, 90 infantry, 15 LMGs) at NZ$32 then you can build a basic company for as little as NZ$120-150. 

PSC Sd Kfz 251/1D


However, while the vehicles are better value and just as good (if not better) reading the reviews and checking out the pics leads me to believe that the BF Infantry looks better, and is more accurate.  So to be cheeky what I might do is order a couple of box sets of the PSC half-tracks and use my BF Fallschirmjager as PzGrenadiers.

You can find some excellent reviews of the PSC range, and comparisons with the Battlefront miniature range at the following links:
If you want to purchase some of this range then I would recommend: