Friday, June 21, 2019

Star Wars Hoth Project Update

Hello everyone.  Many projects are seeing some excellent progress currently.  My main focus is on running my Star Wars Hoth game at PacifiCon over the labor day weekend here in the US.

I'd like to say, this project wouldn't be possible without the AWESOME Golden Candle Miniature Painting - thank you Michael!  More on them once I have everything pulled together for this --- and I take far better pictures than what you'll see here today ...

First, one of my favorite pictures of Echo Base I've seen ...


This single picture is driving my concept for this game.  For the Ion Cannon (or, giant boob nipple gun as it is called in the Family Guy Star Wars spoofs), looking at the painting result to be as follows ...


I picked up the free (Thingiverse) model and cleaned it up/resized and 3D printed it.  Model and result below ...



This is about the size of a small soccer ball ... should be a nice terrain element on the tabletop when completed.

I'll be fielding 3 x AT-AT - 3D printed from the model available from Gambody.  These are now printed and cleaned.  Moving to assembly and painting shortly.

I have 12 x T-47 Air Speeders ... 4 for blue squadron, 4 Rogue squadron, and 4 green squadron.  I also have 6 x AT-ST that are done.  I've purchased models from Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion for the majority - but I also have miniatures, primarily specialists and characters, from Skull Forge Studio (3D printed from Shapeways) and Alternative Gaming Miniatures.  I have 4 x 3D printed laser turrets from Imperial Terrain.

I'll be using the "Setting the Scene - Winter Wargaming" snow mat approach detailed in the most excellent book by Pat Smith (Wargaming with Silver Whistle).  I'll be doing "trench inserts" that will sit into the table.

This project is fast coming together.  Can't wait to see it all done.

Several *Work In Progress* pictures below ... better ones to come in the future ...

















Stay tuned for more updates as I get further along.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

KublaCon 2019 Convention Report

Another KublaCon has come and gone along with a weekend full of top notch miniature gaming.

The Toulon Harbor crew ready for action!

I continue to be impressed with the quality of miniature gamers that show up at KublaCon.  Across the board we had great players throughout all of our games - which as a GM makes running the games much easier.

Here's is what we ran:

  • Battle of Roncevaux Pass - This is a scenario Roy Scaife put together.  28mm Napoleonic game with British, Spanish and Portuguese fighting against the French.
  • Battle for the Forest Moon of Endor - 32mm Star Wars Bolt Action (Legion).  Dan Kerrick brought this battle to life.  Rebels have landed on the forest moon of Endor to bring down the shield generator that is protecting the orbiting Death Star.
  • Charge of the Haradrim - 28mm Lord of the Rings SBG.  I expanded scenario covering the Mûmaks charging against the Rohan forces just after they've run through the ranks of Orcs laying siege to Minas Tirith.  I add more Riders of Rohan and Royal Guard, as well as Haradrim Raiders and Mahûd Raiders.
  • Toulon Harbor - Adam Clark, Roy Scaife and myself came together to run this 1:300 (6mm) Napoleonic sail game.  The British occupation of the port of Toulon is no longer tenable as Napoleon has captured 2 of the 3 forts covering the harbor.  The British are breaking out against a combined French and Spanish fleet.

In addition to the above games ... we pulled out the ships on Friday night after the Roncevaux Pass game and played a smaller engagement just for some ad-hoc fun.  Tons of pictures presented in the order of the games being played at the con below.


Battle of Roncevaux Pass

This is a great game that has the French coming through two openings in the Roncevaux Pass to meet a combine force of British, Portuguese and Spanish.  While a meeting engagement, the French pushed a little too early and it ended up costing them dearly in the long run.  British victory.

This is a scenario where it is critical for the French to create a defensive line with their leading divisions until the rearward division can catch up, pass through and make their assault.

Pictures below ... first my fancy SLR camera ... then phone :-)

















Phone pictures ...








Pictures below courtesy of Alan Sissenwein (thanks Alan!) ...
















Battle for the Forest Moon of Endor

Dan Kerrick ran this SPECTACULAR game.  Really, this game captured the "forest moon" really well.  Both sides fought over a central bunker that housed the control room for the shield generator.  The Rebel scouts pushed early and quickly gained the bunker - then dug in like ticks!  The Imperial forces advanced too cautiously and didn't regain the bunker.  Rebel win.

My highlight was Chewbacca jumping up out of the forest and firing his bowcaster in overload to take down an AT-ST --- I needed a 5+ to-hit (success), then a 6 to damage (success) and then rolled a 5 to take it down.  The other great point was when the Ewok ambush was sprung.  Hilarious.

We used Boba Fett --- he selected a Rebel character to kill for extra VPs.  He choose Han Solo.  Unfortunately he didn't get close enough to take out Solo so failed to collect his bounty.





























































Phone pictures ...































Charge of the Haradrim

Love some of the "table level" pictures I got of this game.  It's always hard to capture that aspect of games when you take pictures.  Pictures at "eye" level don't do many of our games justice when you see the details or sheer number of figures involved.

I should have had the Haradrim cavalry deploy in front of the Mumaks ... or at least in between ... putting them behind was a disadvantage for the Haradrim.  Will correct that in the next run through the game.  I've also decided to add Easterling and Khandish forces for the next round of this game.

Rohan pulled out a victory at the end of the day ... although the Haradrim did much better than before since the supporting cavalry helped.






















Phone pictures ...





















Toulon Harbor

Finally we see Toulon Harbor here.  Managed to get a full 16 players for this EPIC game.  Actually it was 20 if you count Dan, Roy, Adam and myself helping run the game and forts.

Doing sum splain'in!

Anyways, this was a grand game that ran along smoothly.  I'm really happy with the rules and only some minor things need some cleanup before I call them really solid to play.

I have taken the Volleyfire lights from Warlord Games and I use them for broadsides and forts to create a nice effect during the game ... video of that below (direct YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO1DPB1cISg)


The British managed to pull out a victory at the last minute with a lucky critical hit on a French 3rd rate that had it's powder magazine explode!  A hard fought and close game.

























































Finally, we played a smaller "ad-hoc" game on Friday night ... some pictures of that below ...










So there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures of the games.