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No Fire Without Smoke

A couple of people have emailed asking how I made the explosions in the last blog.

Well it is so simple and relatively quick.

Stage 1. Materials. well I have a large amount of stuffing from an old cushion, spray glue, Fluorescent Yellow spray, Fluorescent Orange spray and some red spray. The two fluorescent spray were from Halfords at £7 each and instead of the army painter red I also have a spray from Wilkinsons which I think was £3. Either are good. The spray glue I have had for a few years

The materials

The materials

Stage 2.  Shape the stuffing into the shapes you want. Take as little or as long as you need to get the correct shape. I held these down to the board with a little Blu-Tac.SAM_3411Stage 3. Spray with the glue. This when dry will set the stuffing in to the shape you have chosen. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 4.

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Stage 4. Without waiting for the glue to dry, spray most of the explosion in Yellow.  Ensure the base of the fire is well coated as that will be the hottest part of the explosion. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 5.

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Stage 5. Without waiting, spraying from above and slightly off to the sides spray the Orange. This is a quick spray not too intense as you don’t want it to swamp the yellow. It should start to blend in with the yellow a little way up the explosion. Do not wait, move straight on to stage 6.

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Stage 7. The process so far has taken less than 5 minutes. Now leave till they are touch dry.

If you want to vary them and have a fuel/oil fire, prime the stuffing with a light dusting of black and/or grey before stage 4.

Please have a go, I am sure you will be surprised at how easy yet effective it is.

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October’s Game – 12mm WW2

For our October game we decided to play an era I have not played for about 4 years and in a scale we have never played. I have had a few items in my collection but they have sat at the back of the garage unpainted.

That meant that the last month has been full of painting and basing. Luckily on the way I managed to find a few items on Ebay that fitted my requirements perfectly.

The rules we used were a slightly modified version of a free set from Panzer 8. While these are aimed at 1/300 they were easily modified for 1/144 or 12mm. Here is the link http://panzer8.weebly.com/ Their rule sets are great fun and picked up in just a few turns. We had done a bit more research on the attack and defensive values of our tanks, infantry  etc to get a better variety in the game. A great site we found to help was the GHQ WW2 Micro Armour rules site. http://www.ghqmodels.com/pages/military/freestuff.asp This site has rules and vehicle, infantry specifications that saved so much time in research. They also have scenarios for this and their other rule sets. ( Really like their ACW Scenarios).

The Scenario was the introduction one contained in the Rapid Fire Wargame rules set – The battle of Lingeves 14th June 1944.

This had a British battalion with support advancing to take and hold a strategic village. Unfortunately this was held by the 902nd Panzer Grenadier regiment with support from the 2nd Company 130th Panzer Regiment in the shape of a couple of Panthers!

Game Overview – The British no sooner had advanced on to the table and cleared the cornfields when one of their carriers blew up in flames, This was closely followed by one of the supporting Shermans.

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Turn one and a Carrier and Sherman already a blaze! Panther can be seen on the edge of the woods.

British bought their infantry forward and attempted to enter the woods and clear the Panther. Here they ran into a Panzer Grenadier Company. After a brief firefight they drove out the Germans and took out the panther with a PIAT.

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British clear the woods and advance on to the farm. Burning wreck on Panther in the background.

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Panzer Grenadiers holed up around the farm.

British pushed on and after a bitter firefight saw them clear the farm. They had also established contact with their artillery support which was starting to lay down some fire on the cross roads, Their next target.

German reinforcements started to arrive in the shape of another Panther and a company of Panzer Grenadiers in 251s

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German BHQ

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German reinforcements nearly hit by British artillery.

The German player decided that he had held up the advance enough and caused enough damage to satisfy his senior commander and so could start the withdraw ( It could have been the need to get home to watch the world cup rugby but I would like to think it was the first reason). All in all a good few of hours gaming and chatting. The rules will need a little work on for spotting etc but nothing too altering.

Here are a few other pics including a flyby by a reconnaissance plane!

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The recon picture. The explosions really stand out.

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British advance past their burning wrecks.

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British starting to outflank the farm

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Panther reinforcements. thankfully he moved just before the artillery barrage landed.

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The figures are mainly Minifgs with a couple plastic vehicles from Dragon/CanDo

The buildings are Hornby N gauge Lyddle End range and the farm is a card kit from Metcalfe. the cardboard kit is really good and great value for money.

The roads (15mm)are from Fat Frank via eBay

The hedges are Javis OO/HO flexible hedges, great value.

The trees are some old K&M ones, I have had for years.

The explosions are home made – These only took 10 minutes to make. Will show you how in my next blog.

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Wargaming Saturday

This Saturday was a great day, our first wargaming day since Christmas. We all discussed what we had been given before settling down to play Blue Max from Stratelibri.

I have to admit that as we sat down, I nor any of the others, Nathan, Luke or Brian had played the game before and sadly in my case even looked at the rules until an hour before.

Game box with beautiful artwork

Game box with beautiful artwork

So what do you get? –

Rulebook –

Double sided hex game board (1 side plain blue, 1 side historical landscape) –

6 View protection screens (3 per faction), brown/grey outside, rule summery inside –

18 Manoeuvre sheets (9 per faction) –

18 Airplane cards (9 per faction), 1 side airplane info, 1 side airplane details –

you get 3 of each plane. Each with different paint scheme.

You get 3 of each plane. Each with different paint scheme.

144 Small game cards (136 damage cards, 8 trace cards) –

18 Airplane tiles, hex (9 per faction), 1 side top view, 1 side flank view –

3 of each, matching the cards

3 of each, matching the cards. The letters around the edge indicate what type of damage you take if hit.

6 Ready marker tiles / direction tiles –

12 Special damage marker tiles (6 fire/smoke, 6 observer killed) –

15 Ammunition marker tiles –

30 Altitude marker tiles (1/2/3/4/5 each 6) –

24 Altitude manoeuvre tiles (up/down/constant/landing each 6) –

60 Fuel marker tiles –

1 Block with 60 record sheets –

6 Special dice – marked 1-6 with additional blue or red markings on some faces  for damage.

The planes

Allies – Bristol F.2B – Nieuport 24 – Sopwith Triplane

Central: – Halberstadt CL.II – Fokker Dr.I – Albatross D.III

We started to read the rules and set up the game as described.

Brian and I were flying Halberstadt CL.IIs while Nathan and Luke were flying Nieuport 24s. We set up at each end of the board. We had agreed that for our first game fuel and altitude would not be a worry. These would be added in to the next game if we agreed to play it again!

Both sides dived in and tried to get to grips with the enemy as soon as possible. First blood went to the allies hitting Brian. Each side continued to trade shots on each other. The turning point came when in one turn Nathan was hit with 7 fuselage hits and machine gun destroyed. This was due to a long machine gun burst from me, but this caused my gun to jam. No problems just fly level and roll a 4-6. Seven, yes seven turns later having rolled a 1, 6 times, I am still trying to un-jam my gun. While all this was going on I( (Snake Eyes Graham) should have been a sitting duck, albeit a flying one. Luckily,  Nathan’s gun was out of action and Luke had his own problems. In one turn he jammed his guns and had smoke appear from his engine. Considering I was trying after 7 attempts to un-jam my guns, Luke managed it first attempt. Cool hand Luke as he was now known then did a slip manoeuvre to help remove the smoke. Needing a 4-6 he rolled a 1. This had the unfortunate effect of turning the smoke into a fire! And changing Cool Hands Luke in to Hot Hands Luke! 4 turns later Hot Hands Luke finally puts the fire out and with little un-burnt framework to his plane left, headed home.

Outcome: A small victory to the Central powers. All pilots lived to fly another day.

Will we play it again?

In short YES. We all loved it. Simple, fast and fun.

Positives

Great art work

Hex board can be multi usage. Plain blue on one side and terrained on other. The blue side will be ideal for may other uses.

Simple clear rule processes once understood. By turn 2 we all knew the procedures and processes

Hex movement ideal and less cumbersome than the template system used in Wings of War.

Scalable up to 1/72, just need a large hex mat. or just use the 144 scale planes from wings of war.

Minimal book keeping

Negatives

Rule book not too clearly laid out but OK once read thoroughly. Had to jump around the book it felt at times to get the full understanding of some processes.

Limited planes. I think the original game version had about 20 plane types to choose from, not the 6 in the current version. I am not sure if additional plane are available as an add-on but check out the Canvas Eagles’ website. Canvas eagles is a printable version of this game and has every plane from an Eindecker EIII to a Handley Page 0/400 bomber.

What next?

We have already started discussing which 1/72 planes to get. I have just ordered a Handley Page 0/400 bomber. I intend to start this at one of the table with a small escort and have a Junta of DR1s attempt to shoot it down.

Armada

After a break for lunch we played Armada from Zvezda.

Not a great deal to mention. great game as always. Nathan and myself played the role of coach/umpire to Luke and Brian as neither had played before.

A great afternoons gaming was had by all and all agreed that these two games will form part of our wargaming more often.

Here are a few pictures of Zvezda’s latest release to support the Armada game – the Golden Hind. She is small compared to the ships included in the game. Here she is waiting for her masts and sails.

Hind and Revenge for scale

Hind and Revenge for scale

Golden Hind 4

Golden Hind 4

Golden Hind 3

Golden Hind 3

Golden Hind 2

Golden Hind 2

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This is a beautiful kit. I have to admit that she is fiddly, though this is due more to the size of my hands. She will be needed to be based  as she will not be sturdy enough I think to stand up to the regular rigours of wargaming. I am panicking about doing the rigging!

The only thing I think disappointing is that she never came with a dedicated character card. It doesn’t even appear to be downloadable from the website. Of all the Zvezda’s ” Art of Tactics” websites “The Ships” version is the weakest. When compared to the Samurai or WW2 versions there are no additional scenarios or rule amendment/clarifications.

I do hope that Zvezda release a few additional Spanish ships to increase the variation soon. How about an oared galley?

The format for this game is brilliant and could also be rolled out to other eras.

How about a medieval version with English Cogs battling it out against the French in the Hundred Years War version or against each other in a War of the Roses version.

Does anyone know of a manufacturer of cogs etc in 1/144 – 1/300 scale. I would have a go at writing the rules and creating art work.

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Voting closed

Thank you to all of you that voted on what game you would like to see at Legionary 2014.

1st Peninsular Napoleonics

2nd American War of Independence

3rd Scottish Wars of Independence – this jumped from 5th to 3rd in the last week.

4th War of the Roses

5th ECW

6th WW2 28mm

7th WW2 12mm

8th WW2 20mm North Africa

I will do a little more data review and let you know what your most popular scales and eras are.

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Next Years Demo Game?

I am currently struggling to decide which game to build for next year’s Legionary Show in Exeter. As I am new to blogging I thought it might be an idea to ask for your views. With that in mind I have created a simple questionnaire. I am also hoping to have a few spare playing places for the game so if you can come along, please fill in your details at the end of the questionnaire. I will keep the questionnaire open until the end of July.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7VSQX9B

Cheers

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