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Monday, March 23, 2015

From My Lead Pile to Yours....


28mm WWII Japanese:  well painted Chi-Ha and Te Ke tanks from Company B, plus 6 man infantry team from Brigade Games... ($70.00 USD)

Iran Iraq War Lot:  Iraqi Republican Guard and Iranian Regulars lots, all for $220.00 USD total

20mm Iraqi Republican Guard for Iran Iraq War, Desert Storm, or Iraqi Freedom, Liberation Miniatures:  35 infantry in maroon beret, many painted with heavy moustaches, includes RPKs, RPG-7s, one SVD, and command figures.... also includes 2x diecast 1/72 T-72 tanks 

20mm Iranian regulars, Iran Iraq War, from Liberation Miniatures: 52 infantry including 3x MG3s, 2x M47 Dragons, and 3x RPG-7s... the riflemen all have heavy beards, the MG3 gunners are from the West German range (still M1 helmets, but no beards), the RPG-7 grenadiers are from the Iraqi range (still M1 helmets, but no beards).... also included are 2x 1/72 diecast M60 Patton tanks, 1x 1/72 US truck, and 2x M113 apc's (one M113 had its .50 break off, and is reglued).  The vehicles may look better repainted in desert tan, but can work as is also....

28mm Warhammer 40K Eldar Army:  really big lot of older models, including 2 painted Warwalkers, 3 painted Dreadnoughts (regluing of arms and weapons) and 2 unpainted/part painted Dreadnoughts... also a bunch of infantry.  Painted (adequate for gaming, not perfect) are 5x Striking Scorpions, Farseer and 2 Warlocks, 4 Exarchs (Howling Banshee, Dark Reaper, Swooping Hawk, Striking Scorpion), 4x 2 model Weapons Teams with a total of 7 weapon platforms [3 crew and one platform are Rogue Trader era], 50 Guardians though one is missing a weapon [includes 9 Rogue Trader era], 14 Harlequins [original Harlequins, I think they qualify as RT era].  Unpainted, there are a Farseer personality, Howling Banshee personality (Jann Zar?), and 23 mixed miniatures that include Guardians, Harlequins, some RT era..... so the total is 7 Dreads and Walkers, 4 weapon platform teams, and 100+ infantry..... ($200.00 USD)

Battletech:  lot of 28 plastic mechs, some painted, some primed, from three different generations of plastic miniatures.... ($40.00 USD)

Car Wars ... modified and repainted Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars:  customized for your driving pleasure with Stan Johannsen add ons, each vehicle has a thing or two added, all are based on rectangular bases with "pavement" texture.... ($30.00 USD)

Car Wars Accessories, Bikers, Foot Models:  complete pack of Stan Johansen Bike Gang, complete pack of Road Warriors on foot, and partial mixed bags of extra armor, weapons, turrets, etc.... ($25.00 USD)

28mm Old Time OOP Warhammer Scarloc's Wood Elf Archers in Winter colors:  20 miniatures, very well painted in a unique scheme, includes Scarloc, Standard, Musician, and 17 archers.... ($100.00 USD)

28mm Old Time Warhammer Wood Elf Spears... this is a well painted unit of 18 miniatures in autumn colors, that includes 13 wood elf spears, 1 Wardancer, 1 Sea Elf, 1 High Elf, and a standard and musician from Grenadier.... ($90.00 USD)

28mm Warhammer Lizardman Army: a large lot of older miniatures, perfect for an army on the cheap, or for roleplaying games like D&D... 50 painted skink archers, 2 painted salamanders with 4 crew each, 24 black primed Saurus warriors... 31 unpainted or primed skink archers, 1 partially painted Mage Priest with 4 temple guard bearers, 1 partially painted skink shaman, 8 unfinished skink cold one cavalry (can be completed from all those sprues).... ($115.00 USD)

25mm/28mm Battle Honors Vietnam Lot:

There are 42 US figures.... they include...
1x M40 sniper
1x M21 sniper
1 Corpsman
2x M60s
some officers and radio operators
M79s, M72s, and lots of M16s
(note, all the soft caps are USMC caps... technically all the figures in body armor are the Battle Honors USMC figures, the ones not in body armor are the US Army figures, I have used them either / or... but thought I would mention that)

There are 40 NVA figures plus 2 heavy weapons... they include...
3x RPG-7s
3x RPDs
a 3 man team with an 82mm mortar
a 3 man team with a DsHK HMG
several command figures (including banner, radio operators, officers)
lots of AK-47s

Also, there are 8 US casualty figures (bases painted red for casualty or morale), 8 VC casualty figures (note:  not NVA, these are VC, but I use them with the NVA), and 6 rice bag piles (usually used as victory locations, sometimes just as scenery)

The Corgi M48 is 1:50 scale and works well with these figures.

Total of 82 figures, 2 heavy weapons, 16 casualties, 6 rice markers, and 1 tank.... ($295.00 USD) 

There are some deliberate uniform variations, and of course there are some skin tone differences among the Americans, all based on Gale Force 9 magnetic bases (except the tank).  Enough stuff for a platoon of NVA, and a platoon of US Army, with some extras left over.  And it all looks good.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gothic Horror: The Woods of Little Germantown


I recently ran a Gothic Horror scenario, The Woods of Little Germantown.  At a time after the French and Indian War, but before the American War of Independence, something has been silently stalking the inhabitants of the frontier near Little Germantown.  Not just the European settlers, even the Iroquois have been affected.  Their leaders recognize that this evil was brought with the Europeans, but they are not directly responsible for it.... their families have fallen prey too.

The 4 players ran 3 small parties of Iroquois and 1 small party of French Courier du Bois.  I am inclined to include the natives as more active participants on the frontier, rather than just one more backdrop feature.

The players game cooperatively (they are not allowed to attack each other directly) to solve the mystery of this scenario.  They may help each other by teaming up on foes and creatures, but are not required too.  But each player is trying to win the game for themselves.

Mists cover the land... a river bisects the region.... rocky hillocks loom... and beyond, an ancient cemetery amidst crumbling walls.

Early in the game, an encounter proved to be a small party of charmed Colonial militia who promptly fired upon an Indian party.  The Indians did their best to avoid this party rather than try to eliminate it.

The parties began to solve various mysteries, earning points and gaining knowledge about the task at hand.  Players collected clues to weapons and methods to make solving future mysteries easier.

Shortly after discovering clues amidst harvested crops (somewhat odd to find in a deserted wilderness), they were suddenly attacked by a huge brown bear.  Two Courier du Bois were mauled to death before the beast was brought down.

Other parties crossed the river.  The hapless Courier du Bois improved their luck when they came across a small patrol of British regulars.  It was discovered (with some mutual effort) that they were all looking to put an end to the evil.  The regulars agreed to cooperate with the Frenchmen.

Elsewhere, a lonely grave at the top of one hillock was searched (for a nice group of VP), while the other was found to be the home of a tribe of ghouls!

Finally, enough mysteries had been solved that the mists receded from the land, revealing.... a disheveled hovel, home to an Ancient Witch and her Green Hag sister!

A pack of wolves was sent towards an Indian band, and they rended a pair before they were all slain.

The Ancient Witch attempted Arise! amidst the graveyard, but was only able to summon a single skeleton.

The Green Hag was forced to engage in melee combat, killing a few Indians before being finally killed herself.

With her sister dead, her magic found wanting, and many of her servants killed, the Ancient Witch mistakenly committed herself to melee combat also.  She took a toll on the Indians, but just could not compete with this band's leader.... by a clue found earlier, he had been able to search the witch hovel and discover a magic weapon particularly potent against witches.  The magicked weapon made short work of the crone, ending her reign of terror forever......?

Thanks, the game went quite well, and looking forward to more like it.

Age of Eagles: Prussian Artillery


Ous Ligny battle looms in the near future.  I finished up 4 horse batteries, with Minifigs crews, 2 heavy batteries with Essex crews, and 10 light foot batteries with Essex crews.  The Essex crewmen were painted by someone else (very nice) that I bought along with a major purchase.  I simply painted the guns and based them.  But they are done, they match a significant portion of my Prussians (the same Essex lot I bought), and should give the French some hell soon.

And here they are with the other batteries... 7 batteries of Battle Honors stuff, and 13 batteries of Minifigs stuff, all kinds of gun manufacturers though....

36 total batteries.... just about enough for Leipzig too.  I have a couple of other batteries, from a less well painted lot, that I can work in when needed... didn't include them in the group shots above.

I think I have the Prussian artillery covered.


Epic Space Marine: Imperial Guard Super-Heavy Tanks


Ok, so I do a lot of serious gaming... Napoleonics, various modern conflicts.... but I need something a little more frivolous from time to time.  On a whim, I decided to build up some Epic 40k forces.  I game Battletech every so often, this fits into the same general genre, and can use some of the same terrain.

Here are 5 IG Super-Heavy Tanks, Shadowsword, Baneblade, and 3x Stormhammers...

Not much of a beginning, but its a start.

Thanks, I will post more in the future as I create new units.