Monday, February 27, 2017

Thinking About Nerd Fest 2017

It's never too early to plan for what is for me, the only "gaming" convention I go to. Our spring semester ends early this year, so Nerd Fest isn't that far down the line. First, should I put on another mass fantasy battle, or do something different? As an alternative, I was thinking about a WWII microarmor game. I envision a very loose interpretation of the Battle of the Bulge...emphasis on very loose interpretation. Basically, the Germans have three or four objectives and must accomplish them in a set number of turns that represents when their fuel and supplies run out. I'm not sure what rules I'd use, but something that is fast and easy for participants to pick up.

If I do put on another fantasy game, I might have a different scenario that involves more participants. Also, do I stick to my slightly modified version of Dragon Rampant, or give another rule set a go? I am sort of leaning toward sticking with Dragon Rampant since I know from last year what worked, what didn't, and how fix what didn't.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kiowa Warrior #2 WIP

Disaster struck when I was trying to glue a rare earth magnet onto this Kiowa Warrior. This was the one whose Hellfire missile rack fell off. Well, the other rack fell off, the rotor broke off (at right of the chopper) and the landing skids got all bent out of shape. Morale of the story, glue the magnet one long before you complete the model.

So, I decided to make my own weapons pylons. Those at the two white things sticking off of the bottom of the chopper's body. I made them out of thin styrene.

The right one is going to get a cylindrical rocket launcher; the left will be a 50 cal machine gun. For some reason, the machine guns are required to be on the left side on a Warrior. The missile launcher will be easy to make. It probably won't be perfectly to scale, but I'm not overly picky about that. The machine gun might be another issue. Some are contained within a pod, but I am planning to have it exposed:
I am not sure how I will do the ammo feed. Also, the only free Browning 50 cals I have are from C-in-C. They are ok, but the barrels are a little spindly. Even if they are more in scale, I'd rather have a GHQ machine on it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mr. Surfacer

I waited about a month for this stuff to get here. I think it came directly from Japan. A lot of folks on my various Facebook groups have been using it as a primer. I have bottle of the Mr. Surfacer 500, but that is more for gap filling. The higher number equals thinner stuff. As much as I prefer spray primers, it's been difficult lately to go out and spray things and I am really not that crazy about Gesso. This might be a better option for a brush on primer.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Kiowa Warrior

During my search for the missing painted up infantry units, I found this guy and his brother primed and sitting in a storage drawer. His bro had his Hellfire missile rack broken off, so he is still unpainted. It's from GHQ.

These are designated for the Federal Republic of Gambusia. Not sure why they would have them, but I've already painted them in the FRG's standard aviation color of Vallejo Green Brown. I really like this color and if I had paid attention to it earlier, I would have used it for Southern Chalupastan. But alas, I am not going to strip battalions of tanks and APCs. It was ugly enough doing it for about 18 APCs.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Article on Technicals

I found this interesting article on Technicals and their tactics on  the Modern Warfare group Facebook site.  Worth a look:

Technical Notes: A Primer