A return to the Anglo-Zulu War was Phil's choice for this week's game here in GHQ. Taking a little poetic licence with the theme I chose to pit Chief Bykelezi's Impis against the wily Boer, Van Robhinsaan. The Boer objective was simply to exit on the opposite side of the table, crossing the Blood(less) River ( which would take a turn). The wagons and baggage can only cross at the ford, as can any units on foot, while the mounted Boers can cross at any point, taking a move plus Dx6 to do so. The Zulus, apart from two units of rifle armed warriors deployed covering the approaches to the ford,appear randomly after the Boer initial disposition. The baggage train fights as two Small units - I don't have enough figures to depict the escort!
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Monday, 17 January 2022
...with Bikelheim over the last few days. I recently received another package from LaserArtCraft. Amongst the new MDF kits was a fourth German house and a pack of bases for three terrace houses. Tatting about, as you do, I realised the terrace bases would also fit the rural houses and leave a little space for some simple scenic effects. Here they are ~
Wednesday, 12 January 2022
For our first set to of 2022, surprisingly not banned by Boristhebarsteward in both our minds, I let Phil choose the period. With his well known tact he chose an ACW game! Thus, the second game in our loosely defined 'Robinson in the Valley' campaign. Having been beaten in the first encounter, old Useless S Bykleigh and his battered command have retreated up the Valley and are encamped at Watford's Gap. As yet no reinforcements have arrived, despite Washington's promises, and with scouts reporting much Confederate activity in the vicinity the troops have been roused and are standing to, ready to face the enemy once more ~
Though some are a little tardy it seems ~
Sure enough Rebs are spotted marching up the Valley and closing in on Watford's Gap. As the Rebs struggle to shake out into their lines, the Union artillery opens fire on them ~
... is beginning to take shape. The first more modern looking buildings for the Cold War Gone Hot project have been completed. Once again they are from the small range manufactured by LaserCraftArt. They comprise two Apartment blocks together with a single story row of shops. Currently I have a two story modern office block underway to join them and a row of three terraced houses and a shop in the post!
The decision to paint the door and window frames on the shop fronts in white was a mistake; somehow the colour amplifies my unsteady hand more than the black used on the Apartment blocks. The signage was added from a recent Rapid Fire! free download. Again, like the more rural buildings, I plan to base them individually once I decide on base size and the degree of landscaping to be added.
Finally, a bit of whimsy in the form of a roadside hoarding. It seems that the cinema in Groß Bikelberg is having a Bond Revival Season! I couldn't resist adding this!
Monday, 10 January 2022
Although I've been busy painting 15mm MDF buildings for the Cold War Gone Hot project in the early days of the month, I have also been working on a small number of Dixon Miniatures' ACW cavalry figures to represent the Sussex Light Dragoons.
Do I need more cavalry, or any more ACW figures in general? Well, of course not! But, as fellow Wargamers' reading this you are nodding sagely and thinking like me; when did need ever come into it really? I have painted them in a more contemporary style than I generally use for my long established ACW armies, but on the table in a game who will notice even?
Meanwhile, back in 15mm, I've finished two modern apartment blocks and started on a row of shops! All go here!
Saturday, 8 January 2022
I appear to have got the bit between my teeth on these 15mm MDF buildings for the Cold War Gone Hot project! Now I've completed painting the three houses to stand alongside the Rathaus in Bikelheim for the core of the village I thought you might like to take a look ~
Friday, 7 January 2022
Having got the monkey off my back with the new 15mm Cold War Gone Hot project by painting up my sole resin building I have briskly moved ahead to tackling the first MDF building for the project. It's from the new, to me at least, firm LaserCraftArt (https://lasercraftart.com/cube4/index) , an eBay based supplier. I featured their range in a lost near the end of last December if you missed it.
The kits are easy to assemble and fit together nicely. As I'm no modeller remember, that means they really are easy! The level of laser cut detail is about right in my view for a 15mm MDF building and even with paint and washes or dry brushing applied is still clear enough to be painted without guesswork.
The finished building won't win any prizes for painting, but it will do for me. I've the second small building underway and hope to finish that, now the Sussex Light Dragoons are done, over the next day or so. I'm so pleased by this range of buildings that I've ordered another small modern German house and a terrace of two houses and a shop with integral base. I hope this latter set can serve as a stand alone roadside ribbon settlement or be added to either the village of Bikelheim or the town of Groß Bikelberg. (As an aside, the farmhouse from Sarissa Precision via Arcane and the barn from Empires at War have both arrived now to be added to the MDF pimple!) Phil has airbrushed two sample vehicles, so I hope to have those in hand next week to work on the finished look. I've also been looking at game mats by Tiny with a view to having a more dedicated game look for the Cold War Gone Hot games in due course.