Hey I have been doing stuff!!!

Yeow, it’s been a while since my last post.  Mostly it’s because I haven’t had a lot to share, but I have been doing stuff.  Knowing when to post and when not to is always a tough decision to make, but I think it’s important to have something valuable to say.

But I’ve been painting stuff.  I wrapped up the two companies for the Hibernia Regiment from my Louisiana project.  I like them a lot, and they’re fairly easy to paint.  They are RSM figures from the Dayton Painting Consortium, single poses, a unit of fusiliers and a unit of grenadiers.  Unlike most Spanish units they are red, red, red.  Red jackets, red waistcoats, red trousers, red cockades. They have green cuffs but no collars or facings.  Maybe it’s because they are Irish “wild geese.”

15mm Byzantine heavy horse-no horse armor so Belisarian.  I think they're Essex figures due to the bendy kontos.

15mm Byzantine heavy horse-no horse armor so Belisarian. I think they’re Essex figures due to the bendy kontos.

I also dragged out some figures from the distant past-or at least it seems that way.  I used to play a lot of DBA.  It’s a game I still enjoy when I’m playing with the right folks, and the guys who play a lot of DBA in the Puget Sound area are a lot of fun.  One of my favorite ancient armies are the Early Byzantines and I’ve owned them several different times.  My very first ancient army was an Early Byzantine army from strip Minifigs 15mm figures and played with the Milgamex Ancient Warfare rules.  I have the earliest of the Byzantine armies (III 4a for those of you playing at home,) but without enough figures for all the CV options.  I also knew I had all the lance armed heavy cavalry figures festering in my garage for about a decade, so I dragged ’em in the house and painted them.  Nothing special, but that’s 21 Byzantine cavalry figures I know longer have to worry about not painting.

I also have a whole bunch of unpainted 54mm figures.  I began this hobby by painting 54mm figures when I was 12 years old.  Not well mind you, but that’s how I started.  Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of these figures and even larger pieces I hope to spend some time painting.

54mm Abraham Lincoln figure by Imrie Risley.

54mm Abraham Lincoln figure by Imrie Risley.

The first figure I took on was an Imrie Risley figure of Abraham Lincoln.  IR figures are pretty simple and straightforward, though they can be ill-fitting with arms not quite meeting shoulders properly.  The Lincoln figure is simple and straightforward, and the separate arm holding the stovepipe hat fit well with a little filing. The real challenge was making Lincoln a little interesting.  No fancy uniforms with gold braid or outrageous equipage for the Railsplitter.  He wore black.  His hat was black, his hair was black, so the challenge is to give enough shading so there is some contrast. I used a craft (Delta Cermcoat) black and mixed it with gray for shading, though I probably could have just used a commercial charcoal gray.  Just enough to get a contrast in the large, raised areas and the wrinkles.  I used a gloss varnish on his silk hat and didn’t like it.  I may have to look for a semi-gloss. He was known for his tanned face, so I used the Reaper tanned skin and highlights, which worked well.  Just could not seem to get the large, dark eyes, that are deep set.  Don’t think the miniature has these quite right, and I couldn’t quite pick them out.

My next adventure in 54’s will be the old Monogram miniature of an American Civil War Berdan’s Sharpshooter.  I actually painted this figure once upon a time, when I was 14. Painting the figure was fun, and with little extra to do, was fairly easy and fast.

I’ve managed to make it out to a couple of miniatures games.  I played an evening of DBA at the Game Matrix in early January and hope to make it back soon.  Chris Ewick is hosting the games every Tuesday night.  I’m going to try to get out for weeknight gaming a couple of times per month.  I also made it over to Gig Harbor for one of Bruce’s WWII skirmish games.  It was much fun, and I really enjoyed the game and the company.  My goal is to get out more.  Next scheduled game is a walk through of a pair of War of 1812 games on Saturday the 15th.

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An Enfilade Gallery

I took a fair number of pictures using the camera on my iPad.  I’ve got a fair number I’d like to share.  There were literally hundreds (like 130 or so) games at Enfilade this year and my regret is I didn’t get more pictures of them, because there were lots of good ones.

Lloyd Mebust and Dave Mebust won the first period best of show with their Viking Run game.

Lloyd Bowler and Dave Mebust won the first period best of show with their Viking Run game.

Scott Williams' street fighting game based on Gangs of New York

Scott Williams’ street fighting game based on Gangs of New York

Guy Bowers' excellent skirmish/ rpg game based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo

Guy Bowers’ excellent skirmish/ rpg game based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo

David Sullivan's Silent Death Returns game was a big hit in the first game period.

David Sullivan’s Silent Death Returns game was a big hit in the first game period.

Scott Potter gives instructions to his 15mm ACW Pipe Creek scenario

Scott Potter gives instructions to his 15mm ACW Pipe Creek scenario

Interesting take on the War of the Worlds including a mechanized Martian killing machine.

Interesting take on the War of the Worlds including a mechanized Martian killing machine.

Another glimpse at Chris Craft's beautiful Henry V game.

Another glimpse at Chris Craft’s beautiful Henry V game.

Wes Rogers ran two of his 28mm Seven Years War scenarios.

Wes Rogers ran two of his 28mm Seven Years War scenarios.

Doug gives pre-game instructions to the massive 28mm Napoleonic game

Doug gives pre-game instructions to the massive 28mm Napoleonic game

Andrew Mah and Denny Hartung play Check Your Six Jets

Andrew Mah and Denny Hartung play Check Your Six Jets

Bombing the Tirpitz

Daveshoe and I ran the Tungsten, bombing the Tirpitz game.  Actually, Dave ran the game.  I was called away frequently enough that I wasn’t too much help, though I did aid the Germans in getting set up.  The British mission was to drop enough bombs on the Tirpitz to seriously damage it, while keeping the Germans fighters occupied enough to keep the bombers safely on their mission.  The Germans had a pair of FW-190A fighters and two ME-109 G’s, while the British players took six Barracuda bombers and an assortment of American-built Corsairs, Hellcats and one British Firefly fighter.

The fighter combat ended up being an uneven mix, as the outnumbered Germans did their best to tangle with the British.  The Corsairs got to the Focke Wulfs early.  Though both FW-190’s were shot down, they did manage to take a Corsair with them.  The Messerschmidts seemed to travel above the whole business and never seemed to engage either the fighters or bombers.  The Barracudas were unhindered by fighters and merely had to deal with the flak.

Flak was the Tirptiz’s true defense against air attack.  (During the Tungsten raids there were no defending German fighters.) Unfortunately the flak was woefully unprepared for this battle.  Though the German players had a clear and good plan, the execution was not so hot.  Die rolls for the flak seemed to average about 1.5 on a 10-sided die roll. The six bombers rolled in unscathed, and when it was time to drop their bombs, they didn’t miss. The Barracuda pilots rolled up three critical bomb hits and at least one lesser hit for the victory.

Thanks to all the guys who played: Tom Bieker, Gill Fussell, Sr., Andrew Mah, and Dave Creager played the British.  Bruce Harborne and another fellow whose name I’ve forgotten played the Germans.  I hope everyone had fun.

German fighters prepare to intercept British planes lining up for the attack

German fighters prepare to intercept British planes lining up for the attack

Barracudas prepare their bomb loads.

Barracudas prepare their bomb loads.

British player Tom Biecker watches as the bombers enter the wall of flak.

British player Tom Biecker watches as the bombers enter the wall of flak.

The bombers begin their approaches on the Tirpitz

The bombers begin their approaches on the Tirpitz

The battleship is wreathed in fire and smoke as the Barracudas recover from their bombing runs.

The battleship is wreathed in fire and smoke as the Barracudas recover from their bombing runs.

Enfilade Day Two: period one

Almost a full house this morning. One table empty due to a no-show. The hall is buzzing. Life is good. Lots of good games from lots of periods.

Here are some of note.

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Neil Marker’s The Battle at Bjork’s Drift. A 28mm battle on Mars.

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Dave Schueler’s Second Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek.

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Doug Hamm and Seth Terry run the Battle of Hanau in 28mm

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Chris Leach runs his Conquest of Empire game in 28mm. Can’t have too many Zulus.

Best of show winner for this period: assault on Crete.

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Enfilade live blog?

It’s Friday!!! I’m so excited for the convention. Usually I go with this feeling of foreboding and am totally stressed out. But I don’t feel that way this year. Maybe I’m just too dumb to know better. In any case I’m looking forward to it.

I thought I would try my hand at some live blogging this year. Of course that’s all contingent on having access to wireless at the hotel. If there’s no free internet, no live blog. I’ll try to keep anybody that reads this blog up to date as I go along. One more caveat: there are six game periods, I’m playing in one of them and running games in four of them, so it may be difficult to get around a lot.

1:30 at the Red Lion. Half hour short of the first game period. Here are pics of games being set up.

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Lloyd Bowler and Dave Mebust’s Viking Run Game.

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Fix that damn Bridge game 28 mm Civil War

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Chris Craft’s Henry V game.

Playing in Chris, Agincourt game. Old friend Kim Harris and I split a command. Unfortunately the English have not covered themselves in glory. Arrow fire has been fairly ineffective, so archers have been driven from their stakes. The French have been un able to totally take advantage of the situation but things are looking bad.

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