Sunday, July 17, 2016

40K – Three Quick Games

My friend Aaron mentioned that one of his sons had been painting like a mad demon since out last game and was itching to get his toys into action. So I arranged for them to come over this afternoon to play some 40K.

In the last game we tried to play with too many toys (because we wanted a big enough force that we could split up for seven people to play) and too many different things with too many different rules. Aaron and I spent over half the game looking up special rules (because… y’know… none of the kids read any of the rules or even their own codexes…) and everyone got mightily bored.

So this time around I suggested as series of smaller shorter games. Each game would involve just two forces of 250 points or less and one (or maybe two) squads. The idea being with less elements in play, there would be less special rules to keep track of and hopefully the game(s) would go much quicker and we’d maybe get through a few games in an afternoon and everyone would get a taste of how at least on or two of their units worked. This worked much better.


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The Girl and her Eldar went up against Aaron’s eldest and his Tyranids. Despite having banged out a half dozen different units, he decided to play with his flying Hive Tyarant… So The Girl busted out her Avatar of Khaine and said; “Bring it!”.

Now there isn’t much an Avatar of Khaine can do about swoopy-flying things (at least that we could figure out). The Hive Tyrant could fly around swoopy like and do fly-by “Vector Strikes” and there wasn’t much the Avatar could do about them (other than take the hits and roll saves and get an occasional shot at it with the shooty ability of the crazy-heat-sword it was carrying – which would be snap-shots against a flying thing…).

Whether it seemed like too much work, or he just wanted to get his tyrant into action, the Hive Tyrants glided down to go toe-to-toe with the Avatar of Khaine. Avatar of Khaine went first with it’s Initiative of 10. 5 Attacks. 5 Hits. 5 Wounds. no saves. Dead Hive Tyrant. Game over.

Lesson Learned: Avatar of Khaine can lay some smack down in melee – keep your distance!


The Boy’s Orks faced off against Aaron’s Ultramarines.

This I figured would be fairly even. The Space Marines had more shooty-type-weapons, which could whittle down the Orks before they got into close combat where they would flail around with ridiculous numbers of attacks and potentially take down a few Marines.

The Orks advanced fairly quickly – trying to use cover as best they could.

The River, other than at the ford, was declared “Dangerous Terrain” and two or three Orks drowned trying to cross on the flanks.

Using cover to advance worked out fairly well. There weren’t too many losses before the Orks were within charge range.

One unit made it into Close Assault and bash and crashed about with the Marines for several rounds of melee combat.

The other didn’t quite make it, and were murderified by close range fire from the second Marine squad.

The Orks, in the end were annihilated, but they took a few Ultramarines with them…

Lessons Learned: Orks – possibly need more of them – first wave to act as Meat Shield to soak up hits so that hopefully follow on units can charge onto target…?

Also - Plasma weapons suck. Maybe if you have cheap troops with them and you’re facing some heavily armoured stuff. and it’s your’ only hope of dealing with them… but loosing a space marine because you rolled a “1” to hit… that sucks chunks.


My Imperial Guard faced off against Aaron’s younger son’s Chaos forces.

He had a Deep-Striking units of Chaos Jump Marines and a squad of three Chaos Marines on bike, and a half squad of cultists. I had a platoon command and two squads of the Guaiacan Commandoes (No. 3 (Assault) Troop, 10 Squadron,  4 Commando, 348th Guaiacan Commando Regiment) under the command of Lt. Fasutivus Mellanger.

On the first turn the Chaos marine bikers peeled out and swung behind some woods, doing some donuts in the nicely manicured meadow. 2 Section (under the command of Sgt. Dorf) raced around and patch of Jungle to get eyes on them and lit them up with lasguns. I guess Chaos Marines don’t take really good care of their equipment and there was a leak in the fuel line of one of those bikes and a lucky lasgun shot lit up the promethium and  a Chaos Marines went up in a ball of purifying fire.

The next turn the remaining Marine bikers roared through the and into Lt. Mellanger’s Command team, while the Deeply-Striking Jump Marines arrived to the Guards rear.

Things Generally went downhill from there.

For the Chaos Marines..!?

After landing The Jump marines tried to fire on the Guardsmen in the woods nearby - 1 section, under the command of Sgt. Maxwell. Flame unleashed a gout of hellish flame – six Guardsmen were under the template… ONE casualty… then the LEADER decided to fire his Plasma pistol and incinerated himself when it over heated. The remainder charged into assault and had their butts handed to them by the Guard – a clever combination of unbelievably good luck on my dice rolls and equally unbelievably bad rolls on the Chaos Marines part. I don’t think he made a single 3+ save in the entire game… well… maybe he made  a few, but there was a LOT of ones and twos rolled for armour saves… 

As the Chaos Marine bikers roared out of the ford to assault eh Guard’s Troop Command element, Trooper Johnston lit up another bike with the purifying flame of the Emperor from his Heavy flamer and ANOTHER went up with a loud ka-BOOM! The leader of the unit charged in anyway and killed Trooper Bauvalin (the Platoon Sniper).

1 Section charged in to aid the Platoon Command team, but it was Lt. Mellanger himself that brought down the Chaos Marine with his Power Fist.

Oh and there was the half squad of Cultists. Just as the Bikers were finished off the Cultists made it to the front edge of the stand of jungle just across the river from the Guard. 1 Section lit them up – a Grenade took out one, three others were downed with lasgun fire and the remaining cultist wished he’d listed to his dad and never joined that stupid cult and became a quick born-again convert to the Emperor’s Mercy.


Lessons Learned: Quantity has a Quality of it’s own. Bad Ass Marines can roll sh!tty too.

Overall I think this went over MUCH better than the last game. Because of mutual vacation plans I don’t think we’re going to hook up for another game unti some time in August – maybe we’ll work out way up to 300 points…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have not been painting much. I need to get at that. hopefully I’ll have some stuff posted in the next week.

The next five days the kids are at kayaking “camp” and I was supposed to be working on some terrain, but I’ve gotten neither the work room in the basement nor the garage cleaned to any state that work can be done… so it looks like I might be cleaning the next few days…

I hope to at least finish fixing up 4th Divison’s terrain, if not get started on some others. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniature Game

A couple weeks ago The Boy bought himself Star Wars: Edge of Empire and has been threatening to run a game of it for the family. This past week I broke down and picked up Star Wars: X-Wing Minature Game, thinking it would be fun to resove any spaceship encounters (I also bought a YT-2400 hoping he’s allow our party to have one… you know since I bought X-Wing… and the YT-2400… AND A GAME MASTERS KIT – it’s called a Game Master Bribe, son!).

I had a meeting cancelled this afternoon so we sat down to try it out – starting with the simplified Quick Start Rules!

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So we cranked the inspirational tunes by John Williams and locked S-Foils in attack position and went at it in the Dining Room.

(Yes that’s the original Star Wars Soundtrack on vinyl…)

The Boy took the X-Wing and The Girl and I took TIE fighters (she was the Obsidian Squadron Pilot and I was a lowly Academy Pilot….)


The Boy and I raced towards each other! The Girl… she… well, I’m not sure what she was doing, but she assured me she “had a PLAN!”


Two hits scored on my TIE Fighter!!

Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh Ka-ROOOM!

I gave back as good as I got… sort of… that only knocked out his shields…



The Boy and I both pulled hard left turns and flew past each other. The Girl started coming back about to get into the action, but wasn’t quite in range…


VREEEEEW! Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh!

Wow, it’s almost like we planed that! I did a quick reverse maneuver and The Girl continued to swing around and we ended up like we were flying in perfect formation (just like the taught me at the academy!) Unfortunately The Girl’s shooting wasn’t quick so awesome – blasted arced out into space hitting nothing.

Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh Ka-ROOOM! Ka-ROOOM!

My shots were a bit more telling! Of course I used to bullseye Whomprats in my T-16 back home before I joined the Academy… so…


VREEEEEW! Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh!

I tried to put on the breaks and hoped The Boys X-Wing would stay in my arc of fire. Alas he gunned it and mad a turn towards us. The Girl, however, swung over in his direction and got a few more shots off… and missed…


Luckily, for us, The Boy’s quick shots were also wild and missed.


VREEEEEW! Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh!

Again The Boy and I made hard left turns and flew past each other. This time it was The Girl that did one of those fast reversey-loops and came up on his 7:30 and squeezed off a few more (inaccurate) shots!


VREEEEEW! Tsh-Tsh-Tsh-Tsh!  Ka-BOOOOM!!

I did a quick reverse, bringing the X-Wing into view (and The boy did the same!), but the Obsidian Squadron TIE piloted by The Girl swooped in between us and Finished off the Rebel Scum…


I did play this a few years back when my friend Paul brought it along when he came up for the 2014 Wargaming Birthday Bash/Ronin Campaign Weekend. I’ve been resistant to buying in because… well… it’s not cheap… and I don’t love pre-paints (Oh, these are all painted very nicely… but I do like painting my own!). But it is fun and quick-playing and captures the feel of an engagement between star fighters in the  Star Wars universe (which ignores all the physics of the real universe… and that’s okay!). And the kids are pretty jazzed about Star Wars at the moment... 

I kind of want to change my Edge of Empire character to a pilot of some sort so we can play THIS more!

We’ll probably read the standard rules after supper and play some more games this evening.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More Star Wars: X-wing… and then maybe back to some posts of freshly painted Great War Canadains! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hellboy and Scooby Doo vs. Zombies

I’ve been playing in a Savage Worlds/Realms of Chthulhu campaign (nominally) every other Thursday for the last year and a half. Or rather, I should say, I WAS. The campaign – the classic Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign – wrapped up at the end of spring. We thought we’d take a break from role-playing over the summer and I suggested I’d run some miniature games. We’ve missed a few Fridays since the campaign ended, but we did get in a game of Frostgrave in June sometime (which I never got to writing a report about) and this past Friday I ran a game of Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game.

I gave the players the Scooby Gang and Hellboy and said they somehow met up in a town over run with zombies (because… these things… they happen…). And they had to get off the opposite edge of the table (where the Mystery Machine was parked) so they could get out of town safely.


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Setting up the table.

The Boy, who hasn’t’ been playing in the Friday evening games, joined us for this evening.

“So, it looks like the entire town has been overrun by zombies… you kids got any wheels or anything?”

“You mean like the Mystery Machine?”

“What the hell is a ‘Mystery Machine’?”

“It’s, like, the name of our van.”

“Yeah, a van sounds good, where’s it at?”

“Well it’s parked down there at the other end of Crossley Street”


“Romries! Rikes Raggy!” [sound effect of dog taking off]

Scooby Doo kicked things off with THREE successes and with his long move nearly made it clear across the

The rest moved up a but – with some zombies getting reactions and moving into contact with them.

The zombies in Fear and Faith are MUCH more active than in Song of Blades and Heroes!! I think it SoBH they have a Quality of 5 or 6, in Fear and Faith they have Q4+ - now there were a LOT of them so the individual ones I didn’t want to cause any turn-overs, so I usually only used one activation die, but with the largetr groups that I moved as mobs I would roll two – or three if they were the last to go – and then really moved – even WITH a short move!

Fred and Shaggy encounter some zombies as they arrive at the intersection.

Daphne and Velma raced past Fred and Shaggy and straight through the intersection.

Two Zombies shambled up to Velma, but Daphne managed to give them the slip!

Once the Mob got going things started really going down hill. Shaggy got eaten.

On one turn Hellboy had three action. He used two to do a Power Blow with the Right Hand of Doom (classed as a Heavy Melee Weapon) and crush a zombie… but fell down. We said he slipped on Shaggy’s guts (who had been right nest to him) luckily with the remaining action, he got right back up.

Sadly the two zombies that attacked Velma over powered her and ate her brains. They were probably delicious…. Daphne was, like, totally sad… but she continued on her way. Someone had to escape!

At this point Fred beat a hasty retreat back around the buildings – some fo the zombies chased off after him, the others surrounded Hellboy and brought him down through sheer weight of numbers (and some intensely unlucky die rolls on The Boy’s part!)

Daphne and Scooby Doo made it off table to the Mystery Machine. Fred was so close… sooooo close… but didn’t’ quite make it…

The game was super lots of fun. It’s been a long time since I’ve played any of the Ganesha Games. I had wanted to introduce the Friday night gamers to the system and it seemed to go over okay (despite the fact that most of them died…). We had talked about playing another game of Frostgrave… but four player games of Frostgrave just take FOR-EVAR to play and I wanted to have an early evening…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Back to the Great War Canadians – hopefully! I have to do some cleaning in the basement as I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a bunch of work done on the Terrain next week while the kids are out for the day all week at a Kayaking “camp”. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

22e Battalion (Canadien Français)

Going a little overboard with the posts today. I had a relatively kid-free day and thought I'd get caught up on some pots... I have one more to do (a  report of Friday evening’s Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game) but I think that one might have to wait until tomorrow.

And finally… the first of the 5th Brigade battalions – all of which will be made up of figures from Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design Company. I like these figures. They lack a respirator case, but I can probably let that go. The figures are very dynamic and available with 14 different head options! I ordered a few of the 4-figure packs (Officers, Sergeants, Lewis-gunners, Bombers) with stuff other than the plain old Brodie helmet - thinking I'd mix and match some of the head options into the battalions. I kind of regret doing so now – as each battalion now has a dude with a bandaged head and a guy in a gas hood. I wouldn’t have minded the gas hood so much if they actually had respirator cases and were wearing the helmet over top – the plain gas hood just sort of sticks out a bit. Ah, well…

The 22nd Battalion, CEF was largely recruited from French Canadians in Quebec.

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22e  Battalion (Canadien Français)

Detail of the formation patch. The blue patch of the Second Division surmounted by a red circle (red for the middle brigade of the division and the circle for the senior battalion within the brigade).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Hopefully a report of Friday evening’s Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game. 

16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), CEF

The 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) was originally recruited from four different Canadian Highland militia units. The 16th was commanded by LCol. Cyrus Peck at Vimy Ridge, who went on to win the Victoria Cross for actions on the  Drocourt-Quéant  Line in 1918.

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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), CEF

This, and 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada) are made up of the very first miniature I ever modeled and cast. I made the master from Milliput and they were cast by my friend John. The officer and piper figures I converted from spare riflemen (and I somehow got the piper backwards!? Teh bag is under the wrong arm and drones over the wrong shoulder!? What was I thinking!?)

Detail of the formation patch and half-assed attempt at a Seaforth tartan. The red patch of the First Division is surmounted by a blue square (blue for the junior brigade of the division and the square for the junior battalion within the brigade).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

22nd Battalion (Canadien Francais) and a Fear & Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game report.

Snipers, Casualties and Boardgames

This weekend my friend John hosted a Commands & Colours day and invited me and The Boy. I think he has at least one copy of all of the Commands & Colours series of games (in some cases, I think he might have MORE than one copy!?)

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The Boy and I started out with the introductory scenario for Battlelore - the fantasy version of the game. The Boy was a bit disappointed that it was just humans vs. humans and there were no fantastical creatures involved or magic... (different elements are introduced one at a time through the scenarios).

Afterwards we played a game of Commands & Colours: Ancients

Others were playing Great War and Memoir ‘44. We left around supper time – just as the pizza the others ordered arrived. Games continued on into the evening…

I finished these snipers from 1st Corps up this past week, but didn’t really have time to post them. Truthfully I wouldn’t have taken much time to post two pics, but I was waiting for something else to post them with… and didn’t want to post them with the posts on complete German units I’ve done this past week (11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment and 261st Reserve Infantry Regiment).

This standing one I actually painted last week, but I wasn’t happy with the paint job. Luckily Stu Rat came to the rescue with a link to this fantastic post about Great War Sniper camouflage – with some fabulous pictures. I am much happier with the results now.

Another sniper – also from 1st Corps

I also finished up some casualty markers for the 5th Brigade – the figures are from Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design Company.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Should have three more posts in the next day or so – 16th Battalion, 22nd Battalion, and… Hellboy and the Scooby Gang escape a Zombie Outbreak….?

261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

This is the second of the German Regiments I painted up over nine years ago to oppose the 4th Canadian Division at the North end of Vimy Ridge. (the other regiment – the 11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment – I posted earlier)

The 261st Reserve Infantry Regiment was part of the 79th Reserve infantry Division – which was part of the 1st Bavarian Reserve Corps (Gruppe Vimy)

261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

Regimental Command – currently a sigle staff officer (that I made myself)

Trench Mortars – from Renegade Miniatures (The 261st held hill 145 – which I know had a trench mortar batteries on it!)

I/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

II/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

III/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

I found an interesting article about the 79th Reserve Infantry Division in Canadian Military History Volume 15 Issue 1. It is available in PDF here:

There is also a Wikipedia entry about the Division here:

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Could be a game report for a Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game we played on Friday… or the 22nd Battalion, which I finished up last night… or the 16th Battalion, which I finished rebasing… or some other random stuff…?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment

As I haven’t bee posting any newly painted Canadians (or Germans, for that matter) for the Vimy Project (largely due to the arrival of THREE brigades worth of miniatures and me spending most of my hobby time getting those organized and prepped and based and primed and gooped…) I thought maybe I should get around to taking and posting pictures of some of the units I have already painted and just not gotten around to posting as complete units.

All of these are figures I modeled and cast myself . Most of these I painted over nine years ago. I think originally I made 13 figure battalions. Since then, however, I have changed to 15 figure battalions. So, somewhere along the line, I painted up a few more to bring them all up to strength.

Both of the German regiments I have done so far opposed the 4th Canadian Division and the north end of Vimy Ridge (Because that’s where I started with the Vimy Project).

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The 11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment was part of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Division – which was part of Gruppe Souchez and occupied the very north end of the Ridge. It’s partner regiment (14th Bavarian Infantry Regiment) occupied “The Pimple” - a heavily fortified knoll just north of Vimy Ridge – which the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade attacked a day or two after the assault of Vimy Ridge.

I/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment

II/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment

III/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment

I know machine-guns were integral to German infantry battalions, but I’m not sure how to represent them in the game – when I ran it at Mayday 2007 I just had all the machine-guns in bunkers. I may do the same this time around, but at some point I should probably pick up some MG teams.

I also have a few Trench Mortars… but I’m not sure how they fit into the organization. I know there were a few on Hill 145 – because I read somewhere one of the taskings of the Canadian Trench Mortar batteries was to drop smoke on hill 145 to keep the German Trench mortars from being able to observe the advance of the Canadians on the Ridge. It seems later in 1917 there was a Trench Mortar Company in each Division and Platoons in each Regiment…? But where did they show up in the organization earlier? For now I guess I’ll just shoot for one or two per division.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

261st Reserve Infantry Regiment