Friday, 2 November 2018

Many & Varied ...

I've been making more dungeon tiles:
The pic shows some 'room' tiles and also my first attempts at stairs - should have made taller stairs ... I've also got another couple of magnetic notice boards ready to spray for them to stick to - job for the weekend.

I've been seeing a lot of posts about Sam Mustafa's Rommel wargame rules, so I bought a copy this week, and they seem to me like they'll be fun - another new project looms!

Having read them, I got to thinking about other grid based wargames - specifically Peter Pig's RFCM series.  So after not nearly enough thought, I gave my credit card another thrashing and bought a bunch of them, some as pdf, others as hard-copy as they're not all available as pdfs.

Having read 'War in the Age of Battles' (Samurai), 'Regiment of Foote' (ECW) and 'Square Bashing' (WW1), I think that they all create an enjoyable game and would like to give them all a try ... but that will be some time in the future - if ever!

I have a bunch of 10mm Samurai from a Bring & Buy many years ago, and Pendraken late western front WW1 so that just leaves ECW to go on the new project list.

'War in the Age of Magic' (Fantasy) & 'Civil War Battles' (ACW) should arrive tomorrow - I did say the credit card got thrashed ...

Friday, 28 September 2018

Dungeon Tiles Made from Trains

In a comment on my last post, Jim of the rather superb (not to mention very busy!), Jim's Wargames Workbench, asked where I got the foam to make the dungeon tiles from ...

Well, I was in my local branch of 'The Works' when I saw a pack of foam 'Train Shapes', like this:

The pack only cost £1 although I can't remember exactly how many were in it, but it had to be at least 40 ...

It's just occurred to me that I should have put a ruler in the picture! - it's about 15cms from top to bottom; I cut one up last night to make some more tiles and got 3 pieces each slightly larger than 3x9cms from one piece

Thursday, 27 September 2018

RJW at Sea 4 More Progress & Dungeon Tiles

Made more progress on the bases for my RJW ships. Here's a group shot:

And now, the Kasuga on her own

After the painting of the bases, I've added the name labels and then 2 coats of gloss varnish. I've really quite chuffed them - now I just have to paint the ships!

I've also started on splash markers, which seem to be going well.

Concurrently, I've been making some dungeon tiles for a dungeoncrawl game I'd like to do at some point. Again a group shot:

Followed by an individual:

These are expanded foam, sprayed grey, lines drawn with a bic pen and then a coat of mahogany tint varnish; pleased with these as well!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

RJW at Sea 3 Progress ...

I've got all my Russo-Japanese War ships onto bases and have made a start painting said bases, as you can see to the right.

It's a very basic effect, but I'm pleased at how it's going so far. I should get the bases finished tonight, then it's on to the ships themselves

Thursday, 13 September 2018

More new toys ...

When I got home last night I saw a small parcel.  I expected it to be from Magister Militum (as I'd had an email saying they'd sent me a parcel), but was surprised to find that it was from Navy Models & Books (NMB) (the company that now sells the Davco 1/3000 range), and contained the ships I'd ordered when I recently bought Battleship Command.

So here they are; first the British ships:

and then the Japanese:

I've not looked at all of them yet (I was finishing the RJW ships' sea effects), but I'm pleased with those that I have examined. As a point to note, when I placed the order, I forgot to include HMS Repulse, so emailed NMB to ask for it to be added and a bill sent, and they included it without the bill! Very nice of them!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Use of Splash Markers in Naval Wargames

I've been reading some naval wargames rules recently; specifically Naval Thunder: Clash of the Dreadnoughts (NT:CotD) and Battleship Command (BC).

Both specify that when firing at a target a 'splash marker' should be placed next to the target ship. All good so far, understood & no questions ...

However, they go in opposite directions as to the effect of said markers. Both use a d10 for to hit rolls, BUT NT:CotD gives a +1 to the target modifier for each splash marker after the first, while BC gives a -1 to the target number for each splash marker upto 4 ...

So, in NT:CotD, multiple splash markers make it harder to hit a target, and in BC multiple splash markers make it easier ...

Going into a bit more detail, in NT:CotD, the splashes are removed at the end of each shooting phase, while in BC they are removed if the targeted ship makes a drastic turn or change of speed.

To me, NT:CotD's treatment is the more intuitive - the more splashes around a ship, the harder it is to see and range accurately, so it's understandable that it's harder to hit.

That said, what I think BC is trying to achieve is that a firing ship becomes more accurate as it ranges in on a target with multiple salvos.  However, as there is no 'ownership' of splashes there is no real way to track how many times a particular ship has fired at its target.  With the rules as written (or maybe that should be 'as I've read them'... ?), a highly accurate shot can be fired by the fourth ship to fire at the same target, whereas I'd've thought that it would be harder to hit ...

So to the point of this whole post ... BC's usage of splashes would only be 'accurate' - in my mind - if the firing ships all shared their ranging data with each other.  With the use of radio on ships in WW2 (BC's era) this would be possible, but it's not something that I've ever seen was done ...

Does anyone with more knowledge of WW2 naval warfare know if range-data was shared during a combat between ships?

(I'll post this on the Wargames Website Naval board as well, as I know David Manley frequents their boards)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Battleship Command

Last week, Rory Crabb's new wargame rules 'Battleship Command' were the deal of the day on Wargame Vault, so, like Jim over at his Wargames Workbench, I got myself a copy.

I've not read them as yet, but as I've long wanted to game WW2 naval actions - indeed I have a whole bunch of undercoated 1/3000 ships for convoy gaming - I also purchased a bunch of British & Japanese ships from Navy Models And Books who now sell the Davoc 1/3000 range (formerly sold by Skytrex).

I based my purchases on the Force Z scenario that I downloaded from the Naval Wargames Society as that gave me relatively small starting forces.

So, yet more new toys!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Russo-Japanese War at Sea 2

I undercoated the Fuji and Shikishima last night to see how their bases turned out and I'm quite pleased with the results:

Just another 21 to do and then add paint!