Friday, April 21, 2017

Annual Birthday Game Is Next

Date: May 6, 2017
Time Period: Seven Years' War
Location: INDIA
Rules: Batailles de l'Ancien Régime (1740-1763) BAR
Circumstances: Pre-Game Preparations

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"Tonight ladies and gentlemen we have a very special presentation for you coming all the way from India. Some know I am very interested in the Seven Years' War and...."

"Really Bill?"

"Hmm. --- And Colonials too."

"Yer kidd'n!"

"Hey --- cut out the jokes --- and don't interrupt the show! 
So we thought, why not combine the two in the 18th Century? --- That's just what we'll be doing on my belated Annual Birthday Game Day on May 6, 2017. --- Three new units will appear."

French Sepoy Battalion from the Nellore District 1750-1755 adapted from René Chartrand's description. See Osprey's MEN-AT-ARMS SERIES #313 LOUIS XV'S ARMY (5) COLONIAL AND NAVAL TROOPS, pages 19 and 47 plus Color Plate G.

Twelve 1750-1755 Nellore District companies were dressed this way:
Three companies above in yellow coats faced in red, green and blue.
Three companies in red coats faced in yellow, green and blue.
Three companies in green coats faced in red, yellow and blue.
Three companies in blue coats faced in red, green and yellow.
My drummer uniforms are totally fictional.

All are 28mm. Line soldiers are from Indus Miniatures, drummers are Crusader and most officers are Front Rank from their Seven Years' War European and North American French and Indian War lines.

I luckily had a colorful GMB flag from Regiment Aquitaine on hand and decided to use it --- just because.... it is colorfully busy. French officers wore their own regimentals from France. All but the drummers were expertly painted by John Preece.

So what's cook'n Bill?

"Whaaaat? Who let you in here anyway?"

"They're wearing chef's hats aren't they? 
We'll have curry chicken, samosa and chai tea."

"The very idea. --- Chef's hats!

"With basmati rice."

"Now cut that out!"

Here's some shocking 28mm firepower from Indus Miniatures. 

Do you think I painted the lion's head realistically? This model is terrific.

Indus Miniatures Hindu Archers. Every bowman has his own color scheme; all 72 of 'em! They were a lot of fun to paint. Fast too.

I have no idea if native forces formed units of bowmen. I simply reasoned, if the Romans, Carthaginians and Medieval armies had bow units, why can't there be some in India? My talented friend Juergen contends they should be broken apart and spread out in other units of mixed weapons. Gee, that makes sense to me. Maybe I am too taken with skirmisher screens of one kind or another. 

Depending on the two forces in the game, I told Jim P. (Der Alte Fritz) I could break this unit in half letting the British use one.

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There is little time left before the game to add more units. However, these thirty-five or a bunch of them are supposed to reinforce two units needing more numbers. Wish me luck won't you?

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"Thank you for watching the show tonight ladies and gentlemen. We'll....

"Bill! --- Bill?"

"Oh. It's you guys again. Well?"

"You'll never get those natives finished in time!"

"That's what you think, do you?"

"Never in a million years!"

"Hmm. --- Well, I 'll show you! 
Goodnight everybody. We'll be back in three weeks with our next show."

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1) And I have to terra-form the table, figure orders of battle and design the scenario.

2) Do you think I can finish in time?

3) Your remarks are welcome below at Comments.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Painting Challenge Done


The post dated March 9th, 2017 showed what I planned to paint in my Personal Painting Challenge. A few pards joined in too. That made it more fun. Here is what I finished nine hours before the 11:59pm deadline on April 15th. Reason: To jump-start our S. Pacific WWII Campaign. You know, to add more stuff.

Two Japanese Type 95 HA GO Light Tanks. They are armed with a 37mm main gun and two machine guns. The turret MG broke off on the leading tank. Yours will too. It is a very easy fix. It was replaced by a small length of wire cut from a paper clip.

The leading AFV turret decal shows it is an HQ tank. The second tank's decal looks a little like the number 5. It is not. It means it is from the 1st Company.

Models are resin with some metal from the Bolt Action range offered by Warlord Games; really nice models.

Clunky tanks are my favorite AFVs, especially if fast.

These USA M3 tanks are certainly clunky and fast. The paint and decal scheme are for operations in late December 1941 and early 1942 on Luzon in the Philippines.

My M3s came from Warlord's Bolt Action three tank boxed set. There are enough parts for Soviet, Western Desert and Tunisia variations. I jury-rigged mine as best I could for the US Army on Luzon in 1941-42. You could probably alter them for the USMC early in the war.

These are superior models. The engineering put into these plastic models is proof.

They will be looking for the HA GOs in the first photo soon.

These are newly painted 28mm Japanese Army infantry from Brigade Games and The Assault Group.

These fellows are almost all fairly active in keeping with Army doctrine to move fast and never mind waiting to build up your force before attacking. Apparently this worked versus less well-trained and poorly equipped opponents such as the Philippine Army in 1941 but not the USMC in 1942.

1) This personal challenge worked well for several people as an incentive to cross the finish line before time ran out. Deadlines work. Anything was eligible; partially finished or totally unfinished items, easy or more involved to do. The idea was to get a bunch of stuff done.

2) John joined in painting more than sixty items from various time periods. Ditto for Michael M.

3) John emailed me saying he wants to start another Painting Challenge. Okay John! You are on. Let's see, sixty French Sepoys need basing and underlying movement trays. That counts for something, eh guys? Well! This needs to get done for a SYW game in India soon.

4) How did you do? Your remarks are welcome at Comments below.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Painting Challenge and Us ---You Too Gridley!

Want to have a friendly Painting Challenge? 

So said  I in an email to Chuck and John this week. Both signed onto "The Painting Challenge" as did a few friends in a chat group.

Why? --- What's the incentive, Bill?
  • Personal satisfaction.
  • Finish lingering stuff. (Even partially completed items.)
  • End painting funks, if  any.
  • Get new stuff ready for a games.

Since the first of this year, I've painted very little. Was it a painting funk - the lack of motivation to paint? Probably not. I've had good reasons - prodigious ones really. We all do. Anyway, I am putting a stop to this stoppage declaring my plans to the world; you fellows anyway. I'll tell you a secret. This declaration in itself is an incentive. 

I asked, "How about painting 35 things for our personal collections by 11:59pm Saturday April 15th?

Anything - even stuff that is started but unfinished. In my case:

I primer painted 30x WWII Japanese infantry. 

Moved 3x nearly completed Stuart tanks closer to my brushes for accents and decals.

Moved 2x Japanese light tanks which need everything forward in my consciousness.

Here are my 35 things to finish in just about as many days.

A Few Tips:

1. Use no wiggle words such as, Should, I hope to, Maybe, I can't, We'll see, I dunno',  Pressure - um no way!, A competition - how plebeian!, etc. 

2. Get off your electronic devices. I mean it! Off! These are "time vampires."

3. Use a timer. It's amazing how as time crunches down, one stays on task.

4. No television. No movies. Listen to uplifting or upbeat music instead. No Brahms please!

5. Writers demand solitude when they wright. Family and friends know this. Well! You are a painter. You can demand solitude to paint. It's okay to stop if someones hair is really on fire or a nuclear war starts. Otherwise let nothing get in your way.

6) I'll compose an excuse for you if you are invited to a game though! Go play.

7) Plan a game needing this stuff. This really helps! April and May 2017 will see us go to the Philippines in 1942. Hence all the germane WWII items for me.

8) Do this with friends and have fun with it.

9) I need to brush on a protective coating of Blick Matte Acrylic/Varnish on my Stuarts right after posting this. However, before I sign off, what are your plans and tips? May we please see them below in Comments?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Games

2017 Games (Weeknights Red) + (Weekends Blue)
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January was unusually busy because of five Flight School Sessions. These were held so thirteen pilots including myself  would be more up to speed for the 3rd. BIG BoB on 28 January 2017.

1) Jan. 5 (Thursday) WWII Philippines
2) Jan. 8 (Sunday): SYW BAR (Day after Tundra Con) , Appleton, WI
3) Jan. 9 (Monday) Battle of Britain Flight School
4) Jan. 10 (Tuesday) Battle of Britain Flight School
5) Jan. 16 (Monday) Battle of Britain Flight School
6) Jan. 17 (Tuesday) Battle of Britain Flight School
7) Jan. 22 (Sunday) Battle of Britain Flight School
8) Jan. 26 (Thursday) Stargrunt II at John's
9) Jan. 28 (Saturday) 3rd. BIG Battle of Britain Game

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10) Feb. 2 (Thursday) Naval Thunder
11) Feb. 8 (Wednesday) Pirate Naval The Arrival
12) Feb 11 (Saturday) WWII Chain of Command (at Dan & Morgan's)
13) Feb. 15 (Wednesday) Pirate Naval The Finish
14 & 15) Feb. 18 (Saturday) Naval Descent + Pirate Naval
16) Feb. 23 (Thursday) 54mm SUDAN (BAR Colonial Rules)
17) Feb. 28 (Tuesday) Monster Island at John's)
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18) Mar. 11 (Saturday) Rescheduled Annual Light Troop Game at Keith's
19) Mar. 22 (Wednesday) Monster Island Test II
20) Mar. 30 (Thursday) Monster Island Test III
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21) April 5 (Wednesday) IJN Attack on Clark Air Field (Bag The Hun)
22) April 11 (Tuesday) Micr-Armor East Front at John's
23) April 19 (Wednesday) IJN Attack on Clark Air Field (Bag The Hun)
24) April 28-30 (Fri.-Sun.) HMGS Little Wars Convention, Lombard, IL

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?) May 6 (Sat.) Bill's Annual Birthday Game in INDIA
10th Anniversary of BAR 

?) May WWII in 1942 Phillippines

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?) Jul. 12-16 (Wed.-Sun.) Historicon, Fredericksburg, VA

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?) August 26 (Saturday Evening) 4th. BIG Battle of Britain Game

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?) September (Saturday) Annual BIG Colonial Game (Sudan or NW Frontier)

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?) October (?) Mordheim #2

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