Tuesday, October 3, 2017

6 X 6 Game Challenge - September Update

I'm not sure I'm going to actually be able to complete the challenge given my progress over the past few months, but I'm still playing games.

Only 2 games played this month.  There is still time for me to complete the challenge, but if I fail, I'm not going to beat myself up.

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Cold War Commander
Game 1Game 2Game 3

Conflict of Heroes - Awakening the Bear
Game 1

The Walking Dead: All Out War
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6

Kings of War
Game 1Game 2Game 3, Game 4

Imperial Skies
Game 1, Game 2

Memoir '44
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4

Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear - Solo Play Through 2 - Tank Hunter

I sat down for another game of Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear.  I played the second scenario from the solo expansion; Tank Hunter.


This scenario is very challenging and I have yet to beat it.  I did actually manage to kill a tank this time, but still didn't manage a win.

I'll need to try some different tactics next time.


Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear - Solo Play Through 1 - Search and Destroy

Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear is one of my favorite games.  I have not played it as much as I would like, but it is a fantastic games.  I decided to play this game as part of my 6 x 6 Game Challenge so that I can get a few more games played.

I used the solo expansion for this game and played the Solo Mission 1 - Search and Destroy.



This game is full of difficult decisions.  The player constantly has several options and you have to pick one.  This means that you might miss the opportunity to do something else.

The game was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to getting more games played as I work through the game challenge.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

15mm Fantasy - Battle Valor Games

I acquired some 15mm models from Battle Valor Games some time ago and they have sat quietly on a shelf waiting for me to give them some attention.

I decided to pull a few out and see what I could do with them.  Battle Valor Games has a pretty large selection of factions and there is currently a Kickstarter project to expand some existing lines and create a few new ones.

I have a fair number of their Frigian line.  These are kind of Viking-esk.  They look pretty decent and each pack has a good variety of poses.  I'm not entirely sure which rules I will be using these with, but I'm sure they will find their way to a battlefield for a game or two at some point.

As is my usual practice, I've gone with a very simple paint job on these models.



I primed these with a flat tan and then picked out a few pieces of cloth with red, blue, and green.  Next, I painted weapons and shields.  Finally, I applied a brown wash over the entire model.

With the models painted, I based the infantry on 40mm x 20mm bases and the cavalry on 40mm x 30mm bases.  I mixed up some drywall spackle with some glue and a bit of brown paint and applied that to the bases.  Next, I painted the bases with dark brown.  I still need to add some flock to the bases, but thought I would share the progress so far.





I'm pleased with the models and how they turned out.  I'm thinking I might use these models to build a halfling army for Kings of War.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kings of War (6mm) Battle Report - Kingdoms of Men vs Orcs - 800 Points Kill!

I thought I would try something a little different for another game of Kings of War for my 6 x 6 Game Challenge.  For this game, I pulled out some of my Epic 40K models and put together a couple of armies; Kingdoms of Men (Space Marines) and Orcs (Orcs).

I scaled down the normal table size to a 3' x 2' table and worked up some 800 point armies.  I didn't spend a lot of time on building the armies as I was just checking to see how the game would work in this scale.



Kings of War is pretty abstract so I thought this might let me make use of my collection of Epic 40K models.

Kingdoms of Men - 790 points

Hero                                            50 points
Foot Guard Regiment               135 points
Foot Guard Regiment               135 points
Arquebusiers Regiment            135 points
Knight Troop                            125 points
Beast of War                             210 points

Orcs - 790 points

Greatax Regiment                      145 points
Greatax Regiment                      145 points
Goar Chariots Regiment            140 points
Fight Wagons Regiment            170 points
Giant                                          190 points

The Kingdoms of Men got lucky early and routed the Fight Wagon Regiment after doing some damage via shooting.  Once the orcs reached melee range, things started to go down hill for the Kingdom of Men.  Though in the end, the Orcs couldn't do enough damage and the Kingdom ended up winning the battle.

It was a fun game and fits well on a small board.  I think I will be playing more games in this scale with my Epic 40k models.  I have several factions and will be able to try out a variety of lists .

There isn't any hidden info in KoW so it works well as a solo game.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Imperial Skies Battle Report 2

I thought it would be a good idea to show the basic mechanics of Imperial Skies by Rottenlead Publishing.  I put together a couple of small fleets and set up my game table.

In this battle a small fleet of German ships have come across a fleet of French ships and a skirmish ensues.




The German's didn't have the best dice in the game and came out a little short because of that.  I had a good time playing the game and since there isn't any hidden information, the game worked well as a solo experience.  I will likely be playing more solo games in the future.


I didn't play until all the ships were dead as I thought it made more sense for Germans to break off once the battle had turned against them.




Maybe next time, the Germans will have a better showing as they have not done well in the last 2 games.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Imperial Skies Battle Report 1

I took some models and the rules for Imperial Skies to the Recruits Gaming Convention in Lee Summit, MO.



I put together a scenario and ran it for some of the attendees at the convention and am counting this as my first game of Imperial Skies for my 6 x 6 Game Challenge.
The Allied Powers received intelligence that the Central Powers had developed a chemical weapon and were transporting it to the front lines.  The Allied Powers dispatched an available French force to intercept the convoy.
 The French forces could not simply shoot down the merchants carrying the chemical weapons because they were afraid that the wind would carry the weapons onto the nearby coast and kill many civilian lives.
 The Central Powers considered the weapon to valuable to destroy so would fight to maintain control of them and would attempt to retake the ships if they were boarded.
The game started out well for the Central Powers, but the dice turned on them and they had pretty poor rolls throughout most of the game.

The end results showed all but two of the Central Powers ships being shot down while the French only lost 7 ships and most were the patrol boats, not the cruisers.







The rules worked well, even with several new players that had never seen them before.  It was a fun game, and I look forward to more games in the future.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

AVP: The Hunt Begins - Painting Juvenile Aliens

I found a very inexpensive copy of AVP: The Hunt Begins at a convention recently.  My buddy Bill and I went in together on the game.  I have not had a chance to play it yet, but I did get a chance to start painting some of the models.

First up on the paint table are the juvenile aliens.  I went with a simple paint job and like the results.





Paints Used:
Army Painter
   Matt Black
   Dark Tone
   Gloss Varnish
Vallejo Game Color
   Royal Purple
   Chainmail Silver

Next up will be the adult aliens.  I'm going to be using a different color pallet for them so they are easy to distinguish on the table.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Imperial Skies - French Fleet - Part 3

Next up for my French Fleet was a couple of Formidable Class Light  Cruisers.


These ships turned out well.  I like the way they look and I might need to get a couple more to add to the fleet once I get the rest of them painted.



Stay tuned to see which ship gets painted next.

Friday, September 1, 2017

6 X 6 Game Challenge Update - August

I was hoping to play 4 games in August, but I only managed to play 3.  Not bad and at least I didn't fall further behind on my goal.

I played my first game of Imperial Skies and Conflict of Heroes as well as a game of Cold War Commander.

Completing the challenge is still realistic.  I'll need to play more than 3 games each month to succeed though.

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Cold War Commander
Game 1Game 2, Game 3

Conflict of Heroes - Awakening the Bear
Game 1

The Walking Dead: All Out War
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6

Kings of War
Game 1Game 2Game 3

Imperial Skies
Game 1

Memoir '44
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Imperial Skies - French Fleet - Part 2

I finally got back around to my French fleet for the Imperial Skies aeronef game.


I used the first French ships as a guide and painted these Le Brouchet Class Torpedo Frigates with the same colors.  I like the look of the ships and think the fleet will look great when it all comes together.




Stay tuned to see this fleet grow as I continue to expand this fleet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cold War Commander Battle Report 3 - 6 x 6 Game Challenge

I finally got around to playing another game of Cold War Commander for my 6 x 6 Game Challenge.

It has been a little while since my last game, so I probably got some rules wrong.  I added in some artillery for this game so had a few new things to learn as well.


I played the Counter Attack Scenario from the book.  The Soviet Union was defending with 1,335 points available and the US was the attacker with 2,000 points available.

Both sides would achieve a minor objective if they caused 25% casualties to the enemy and a major objective if they broke the enemy formation.






It was a fun game and came right down to the wire with the end result being very, very close.

I think I will try to use an forward artillery observer in the next game to make better use of the artillery.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Painting The Walking Dead: All out War in Black and White - Carl

Carl found his way to my paint table and I managed to get him done and as part of the black and white edition of The Walking Dead: All Out War.


I continue to use my simple process for this model.  Base colors, wash, and then highlights.  I'm not going to win any painting contests, but the models look pretty decent on the table.

Base colors

Wash applied

Highlighted


I think Liam is the only model left from the core box.  Stay tuned to see what I start working on next.

Paints Used:
Vallejo Model Color
               Basalt Grey
               London Grey
               White
Vallejo Game Color
               Stonewall Grey
Army Painter
               Matt Black
               Stone Golem
Vallejo Model Air Color
               Anthracite Grey 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Painting The Walking Dead: All Out War in Black and White - Patrick

Patrick visited my painting table recently and is now ready to head out to collect some supplies and thrash some walkers.


I continue with my simple but effective painting style.  This is a pretty good way to paint models if you are interested in getting models to the table quickly.  I think it would be pretty forgiving for a new painter as well.




Just a few more models and I'll be done with the core box.

Paints Used:
Vallejo Model Air Color
    Anthracite Grey
Vallejo Model Color
    White
Vallejo Game Color
    Cold Grey
    Stonewall Grey
Games Workshop
    Nuln Oil
Army Painter
    Matt Black

Monday, July 31, 2017

6 X 6 Game Challenge Update - July

I had hoped to make a little progress on getting caught up, but I failed.  However, I am glad to say that I didn't fall any further behind.

My three games this month were all of The Walking Dead: All Out War.  I am finished with the plays for that game and am going to focus on Cold War Commander and Conflict of Heroes next.

I've played (and made videos of) 15 games so far toward this challenge.  My plan was to play 3 games per month so I should have completed 21 games by the end of July.  I now need to play 4 games per month (and 5 in one month) to complete my challenge.

I have plans to make some progress in August, but we will see how that actually works out.
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Cold War Commander
Game 1Game 2

Conflict of Heroes - Awakening the Bear

The Walking Dead: All Out War
Game 1Game 2Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6

Kings of War
Game 1Game 2Game 3

Imperial Skies

Memoir '44
Game 1Game 2Game 3, Game 4

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Walking Dead: All Out War - Competitive Battle Report 6

I was able to convince my friend John to join me in a game of The Walking Dead: All Out War.  This is my first competitive game.  The game mechanics are essentially the same as for a solo game, but there is much more to worry about with the addition of a force or hostile survivors that you must contend with instead of just the undead walkers.


We played the basic scenario out of the core box.  There are 9 supply tokens placed on the board and the first side to hold 7 tokens in an end phase is the winner.  If the game ends due to threat being too high, then then the player with the most tokens is declared the winner.

We had a good time and I think we got most of the rules correct.  I look forward to playing more games and hope they go as well as this game did.



This game completes my plays for this game for my 6 x 6 game challenge.  I will continue to work on models for this game and play more games, but I will be shifting gears and working on getting some other games played.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Painting The Walking Dead: All Out War in Black and White - Derek

Derek was the next model to hit my painting table.


I continue to use my simple, but effective process of applying base colors, washing the model with Nuln Oil, and then highlighting with the base colors.

It is a pretty quick painting process, and the results look reasonable.


Base colors applied.


Wash applied.

Highlighted.


I'm getting closer to completing the core box.  Stay tuned to see what is next.

Paints Used:
Vallejo Model Color
   Neutral Grey
   White
Vallejo Game Color
   Stonewall Grey
   Cold Grey
Army Painter
   Stone Golem
   Black
Games Workshop
   Nuln Oil

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Walking Dead: All Out War - Solo Battle Report 5

I managed to get my 5th game played for my 6 x 6 Game Challenge.  I played the second scenario from the Days Gone Bye expansion; City Slicker.


This scenario is pretty straight forward.  You just need to get Rick from one side of the board to the other and exit the table edge.





I got lucky a couple of times and I finally managed to win a scenario.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Painting The Walking Dead: All Out War in Black and White - Sandra

Next up in the paint queue was Sandra.



I sticking to my simple process.  Block in base colors (greys and black), then wash with Nuln Oil, and finally, highlight using the base colors.

Simple but effective.

I'm a fan of simple.  As you've probably heard me say before; my goal is always a nice table top standard.  I'm not going to win any awards, but my models look good enough on the table-top.



Stay tuned as I continue to work through this project.

Vallejo Model Color
   London Grey
   Neutral Grey
   White
Vallejo Game Color
   Stonewall Grey
   Cold Grey
Army Painter
   Stone Golem
   Black
Games Workshop
   Nuln Oil

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Walking Dead: All Out War - Solo Battle Report 4

I played my 4th game of The Walking Dead: All Out War for my 6 X 6 Game Challenge.  This battle was the first scenario from the Days Gone Bye expansion.



I think I got most of the rules correct this time around, but there is a chance that I missed some.  Please let me know if you see anything I missed.

I didn't have the suggested models painted, so I decided to use alternative choices.  I went with Sandra and Derek for this game.


In this scenario, the player is trying to cross from one corner of the board to the opposite corner and wants to break into a munitions store.




It started out well, but the threat got a little out of hand fairly quickly.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Painting The Walking Dead: All Out War in Black and White - Walkers and Rick

My OLDER sister is a big fan of The Walking Dead.  For her birthday, I decided I would get her a copy of the board game from Mantic Games and paint it up for her.  Because she likes the comic so much (she also likes the TV show), I decided I would paint the models to match the comic and only use black, white, and greys.

Follow along as I share the process.

First up, I painted the walkers.  Nothing to exciting with these as I just used different grey shades and then washed the models with Nuln Oil.



I have one big tip for anyone that wants to paint their models in this style.  Be sure you don't paint any similar shades next to each other.  Keep the contrast clear by using a dark grey next to a light grey.  This makes each piece of clothing or the skin from blending in with each other.




Next up was Rick.  I used the same process for Rick, but decided that I would be highlighting the survivor models so that they stand out a little better.  I'm also painting the ring around the survivor's bases white so they stand out a little better on the table top.


For the highlight, I just used the same color as I used as the base color (before the Nuln Oil wash) and just picked out the high points.  I don't actually do a lot of highlighting on my models, but think it worked well with this.

Here you can see Rick without a wash...

With a wash...

And finally, with highlights.

I continue to be surprised by the impact a wash can have.

Stay tuned to see the rest of the survivors from the core box.