Monday, 17 March 2014

On the Table - D.W Black Wolf Mercenaries

Getting back to painting with some Black Wolf Mercenaries from Spartan Games.

  These guys can be used with all nations except the Russian Coalition. They can contain Guardian Shield Generators so could be a good match with the Ottomans, providing  a little bit of much needed shielding.

Tiny fliers freed from their base
Tiny fliers on sticks!
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More tiny fliers with product placement


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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Gateway Games - Space Crusade

Hello all it has been a while. A gaming slump comes to us all and mine has been long. However it always ends and mine came to an end with a game of Space Crusade with my niece and nephew.

Ah the heyday of GW boxed games
  A good way to indoctrinate the new generation, also to improve math skills, to the joys of killing alien scum with steroid enhanced warrior monks.

    This is how me and my brother first got into 40K. it was an easy to play fun game that seems to be missing now. There is no gateway to Warhammer, the rules are quite intricate although they are easier than the early rules.

The long hairless arm of EVIL
   Now I am moving bases and they only play 40k there so I have 3 months to learn and not be utterly rubbish. So I have got some Tyranids and intend to smash in some games to get my mojo back and learn the rules.

  However unlike here I will not have my 7 year old nephew to call on to rescue my ass as above. Also I have some Dystopian wars stuff to paint and play. And if you can get to play some Space crusade then do so, it is still a great game and fun to play.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Guns of the Porte - Ottoman First Impressions

Well after having got some games in with the Ottoman Empire I feel like I am beginning to understand them a bit. So I will give you my opinions on the fleet so far (not the individual ships!).

HMS Sphinx's figure head.
All your small and mediums have a DR of 4. This means your smalls are quite hard to damage but will go down to a critical quite easily. However the cruisers, armoured or normal, are quite easy to damage. And with no access to shields you must be careful. Good use of your Firtina is imperative. Which leads to:

Beware the French and their tape measure of DOOM

 Beware the early activations. Your Firtina generators fog effect dissipates at the end of every turn and this can strand your ships, especially your Fettah cruisers who will go down quickly without that protection. Mine seem to be made of Semtex and I have lost one a game to a magazine explosion. The storm Impedes the opposition so hitting on 5+( your fog effect already does this so is of no use here but can save your frigates), it also slows them down by an inch and ensure that they have a turn limit of 2 inches. This all helps as the longer they take to get across the better and they are not so manoeuvrable.

Sir those mines look awfully close

 Do not get too close! The Ottomans have great long range and middle ground fire power and have truly appalling AP. This is what balances the fleet. So do not allow your enemy to close. We are fast too! Well our skimmers are. with the exception of the Penguins and the Italians everyone will get more AP than you and our AA is very ordinary. If they get close they will prize you. CAP your fighters to your battle ship all the time, you will need them. However they must brave your guns first.

In amongst it.
   Mines are great for area denial. Smalls have alot to fear from them due to the Stirginium mine effect. However so do your own small and mediums. Put them down and forget about going near them. I made the fatal error of using them as a screen and then attacking through them as a lone tiny flier recon did for one Fettah and got another crit on another! And the bastard survived! The Zuhaf is expensive for a small with no ordnance but they can pump out those mines quite fast while flying around close to your lines.

The Sadrazam is feeling a little lonely

   The Ottoman damage output is high till the end. A Fettah cruiser that has lost 3 hull still has 8/6/4/2 broadsides with 2 re-rolls due to Sustained Fire, an FSA Lexington has 6/4/1/0. Any damage from your bombards and turrets is Corrosive so during the endgame with alot of limping ships those extra hull point losses will be important. All our bombards are fixed channel so movement and correct angling is important, the Sinop is not a fast ship so must be correctly positioned.

The RC close in.
   So in summary keep away from everyone, get your fog up early and do not for the love of all that is holy go into your minefields. These are only my first impressions and I will expand on them as the Empire sees more action. Feel free to ask questions or correct me! For the Glory of the Sublime Porte!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Guns of the Porte - Bad Pictures of Tiny Fliers

  I am away from my light box so my the pictures are a bit poor, poor light conditions in my room. I had my first game with the Ottomans and thoroughly enjoyed them. Next one is in a week so I have to get them all painted up!  So here they are:

Fighter Wing

Dive Bomber wing
CAP wing 1
CAP wing 2
Zuhaf Small fliers

   These little guys were great fun and worth every point, for something with no ordnance they are the bane of small ships.

Flying to protect the vital orange juice carton
  Oh and Dystopian V2 is out for Christmas with new boarding rules and air rules! Woo and Hoo!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Guns of the Porte - Tiny Fliers

Had my first game for a while this week and used my FSA. I however got destroyed but had fun and I am getting back into the swing of things. So onto the Ottomans tiny fliers.

   For these fliers they will be detached from the base and put in a more dynamic flying position. This involves a bone saw and patience.

   Ottoman tiny fliers, although in the lower right corner there is an RC interloper, ready for the operation.

A picture of me sawing stuff. This happened 20 times in between Civ 5 turns. I still have sore fingers from catching myself and it was quite fiddly. Eventually you end up with this:
Here we have all the fliers cut off the base and cleaned. The saw creates ALOT of fine resin powder that gets everywhere. I had to brush them down and cut off some edges but they all survived and are ready.

I put a small hole on the underside of the flier, with a craft knife, for the wire. The wire is just ordinary locking wire, easy to manipulate and cut. The wire is however tough enough to not bend when knocked.

 Here is a lone recon plane.

   The dive bombers, no torpedo bombers though for the Ottomans so no low flying fliers!

   And some plane old fighter planes.

   Points of caution are:
  • Be careful with the bone saw it is easy to slip. I quite like the ends of my fingers and on occasion was close to thin slicing them!
  • The fliers come off quite well just do not blow the dust off your saw as the fliers are small and will go too, searching on the floor for your missing plane is not fun and leads to odd questions by members of your household.
  • When putting the hole in the bottom of your flier do not go too far they are not that thick.
  And now to finish them and arrange into wings!


Friday, 12 July 2013

Guns of the Porte - Sadrazam Class Battleship

I will not bore you with the paints I used, they are exactly the same as before. This Battleship is a twin hull monstosity. The superstucture on top is massive and looks awesome.

I shall leave my thoughts for a quick over look post I will do later, first impressions only though. So all I have are pictures today.

   Next up is the Dreadnought and then the fliers. I hate the tiny fliers and so always leave them till last. And I have no colour scheme for them, they are supposed to be Sipahis. If anyone has a good idea what uniform they had please tell me, as all I can find is that they had no centralised colour scheme. Thanks

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Guns of the Porte - Fettah Class Cruisers

Now onto the first of the surface skimmers and the ships that give the Ottomans their unique look.

The usual Balor Brown hull with 2 washes of Agrax Earthshade. The superstructure is Dheneb Stone and washes of Nuln Oil.

   The dome is done with glazes, which I am learning to love as they give a nice colour to white surfaces.  These were done with GW's blue and green glazes.

   Above we have a slight list to port. I think that the ships are still too hich on their stands and need trimming back a bit to really give the surface skimmer look. I love the way these ships look as a model, I am quite happy with the paint job too, they look so different and have real character.