31 May 2010

Not too much to report, but progress is being made.

Started the third squad of Slammers. I'm about halfway through on basecoats, so I should be done tonight. I figure with some effort, I may FINALLY get the Slammers done next weekend. Hey, I did have things to do this Memorial Day! ;-)

In other news, I got a bunch of vehicles put together, including all my Caffertas and another of my PP Pickup Trucks. I made this one with some Plasticard armor over the windows and an an armored "box" for the truck bed. I think it's going to look great when I paint it! So. I guess I did get some work done.

I took a bunch of stuff down off of the Spring Cleaning thread, and traded them off to Noble Knight, along with a bunch of old XTR ziplock games I am never going to play again. In any event, I am rather happy with the store credit offer I am getting and I do plan to put it to the best use I can, including getting the D8s I really do need. I might finally have enough of them, dagnabit!

I am rather happy with the pace of my 15mm Sci-fi, sure it's slow, but when your eyesight is like mine, I'd rather take my time and save my sight then either rush it or push too hard. I am sure many gamers are in the same boat, and yes, I use A TON of light. I just got a foldup workspace light I really do enjoy. Gets the job done, and it's small and powerful..very recommended and got it for a good price at Utrecht.

I am glad to see AAG's making a lot of progress with Osprey. I am rather ecstatic to see this happen for the crew, good people are hard to find and Shawn and company qualify. Their progress puts many larger companies to shame. And they really do subscribe to the "no game before it's time". Quality shows.

I procured some Rebel Minis Riot Police and the Post-Apoc Survivalists. Both were the usual high quality one can expect from Rebel. The Post Apoc guys were an answer to my prayers especially, as one of them looks a lot like a certain female cyborg for my terminator army....And there's another figure that will do well for John. Yep, the more I can procure, the better. And the Scene's new cyborg line will do well for the older model cyborgs one sees in Terminator Salvation (The rest of the movie, ehh. But, I liked the Machines, with the singular exception of the Mototerminators).

That's it for now, patience all, the rest of the Slammers are coming!

23 May 2010

AAR from 4th Meeting of DC Gamers.

It went off pretty much without a hitch. We ran two playtests of Tomorrow's War. The first playtest was over before it began, as I tried to move my way mounted into town. Even with the limited militia AT weapons, they still had enough, and the artillery to turn it into something of a fiasco.

The second game was a LOT more dynamic. Blackstone managed to make it to the game and I stepped back as the ref. Jage moved his troops down Blackstone's left and had his dismounted troops gain fire superiority over the militia in town. Things went semi well for him, till had a special event (Don't want to give away the surprise), and the arrival of reinforcements for Blackstone trip him up.

Some may argue that Jage could have been more aggressive. I think his basic tactics were sound. Any lack of aggressiveness is also the nature of the playtest, as we're still feeling the game out. But from what I've seen, again folks, this is a good system that you're gonna like.

As for a future date, we're talking June 12th, as well as making gaming arrangements for non-playtesters. I think we can make this happen folks, but we're still figuring it out. So, stay tuned.

That's all for now folks, here's some pictures:









21 May 2010

And the news just keeps coming from AAG!

More from Shawn and Osprey..all I can say is this is REALLY good news.

We’re excited to announce that the partnership between Osprey Publishing and Ambush Alley Games continues to grow! Our partnership has expanded to include the publication of an Osprey version of Tomorrow’s War, our highly anticipated science fiction title, in 2011. This print version will be illustrated with specially commissioned artwork from some very talented science fiction artists.

In the meanwhile, we still intend to release a PDF version of the rules in 2010. We promised our customers that they’d be playing Tomorrow’s War this year and we’re going to keep that promise. Our Tomorrow’s War in PDF will contain all the rules and scenarios that will be featured in the print version, but the format will be printer friendly with far fewer illustrations and photos. Think of the PDF version as a full pre-release that allows players to dive into Tomorrow’s War sooner than later.
To keep up with all the breaking news (there's more to come - this is a very exciting year for us), please friend us on Facebook, join our forum
(www.ambushalleygames.com/forum), or our Yahoo Group (http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/AmbushAlley).

This is really exciting, being a playtester, and knowing how much work this game has had put into it. It's exciting folks. I can't say more than that, but if you can think of it with regards to SF gaming, you can do it with these rules. They are that flexible. The AA engine works VERY well for sci-fi and the friction and chaos of your favorite movie or book comes through extremely well. With Osprey's lush visual standards? You can't lose here IMO.

20 May 2010

New doings at Ambush Alley Games

Well folks, this is very good news all around.

The Osprey deal is already bearing fruit..and it's a darn good time to join the SOG...I have.

To quoth Shawn:
As part of our ongoing partnership, Osprey Publishing is offering SOG members a special discount on Osprey products. Simply enter the Osprey discount code when submitting your order to receive a 15% discount on your purchase. Note that this 15% discount is in ADDITION to any other discount or sale that Osprey may have in place for that product! That can add up to some big savings!

SOG members will, of course, continue to enjoy their 15% discount on all AAG published materials as well as the many discounts offered by supporting vendors such as QRF, Rebel Minis, S&S, etc.

If you've been thinking about joining SOG, now is a good time!

Wow, the behind the scenes stuff must be going well if it's moving this fast already.

For more information about SOG, and how to join:

Click Here

19 May 2010

My Wargaming projects

Inspired by Krieger..I'm taking stock of where I am now Wargaming wise...and it's not as bad as I think...

20mm WWII

Germans: I've got a short SS platoon and a Platoon of Late War regulars, I am filling it in with more K-98 armed fellows and a dismounted 2nd LMG for the regulars, along with some personality figures (COI set from FAA, some mounted SS Cav and the Volksturm) the SS have their extra stuff (except for some extra Ehliem personality fellows)! My late war FJs need to be organized and painted, and other than that and I have more than enough vehicles for them. Will pick up guys eventually to do LWFD and Lehr, but that's a bit down the road. So, Late War Germans are done. I can do up to Bulge, I will probably get some Winter Krauts for them eventually. EW Germans are in the nacent stage, but I intend on a Platoon each of SS, FJ and Regulars. Have a nutty idea to get a German Armed trawler to duel with my Soviet Gunboats.

US: The US stuff is kinda haphazard, my Paras are painted more late war than Normandy, and I will paint up some for that period, and my regulars need to be organized a bit. I think if I just sit down and paint it, it'll get done to a level I need. Vehicles are mostly done, but need to build some Shermans for the summer days as well as some more Winter Americans. SGMM will come in handy here. Also want to get my hands on some ACs and M16 Quad .50 HT's for them.

Brits: Done, except they need some lighter stuff, some Fireflies and probably the Paras/Commandos need a bit of filling out. Got enough Britannia to fill out the Canadians, -2 Bren guns...Hope Wargames fills that back-order. Think I've got most of what I need for BEF. Want a Matilda or two for that.

Russians: I may have the proverbial Russian Horde, hell I am not sure how much Russian I have. I am probably just getting some 45mm and 100mm ATG and a SU-76 or three and call it done. May get some lighter boats for my Russian Sailors.

French '40: Pretty much done, may get a 25mm ATG for them, but other than that, just gotta paint 'em.

Belgians '40: Got some second hand, building more later.

Norwegians '40: See above.

Dutch '40: I am done painting and collecting. Got some spare figs that I will filter into my Marines, but other than that...we're good.

US 1941: Need to get a field gun for them and the SGMM mortar and AAMG packs, but I have what I need for them.

Japanese: Got one squad painted, and a ton unpainted...time to fill out the rest.

20mm Post Apocalyptic Cold War Moderns

Soviets/Warpac: Got what I need, except for some fellow in Greatcoats. I really like the Libmins stuff better. Will acquire at some point. May get some Afghansi types for BUTR. I do want to get them some trucks, a ZSU-23-4 and a couple of UAZs.

US: Same. Just need to paint/repaint, as needed. May pick up some specialty to fill out as I need to. May get some more for my BUTR project.

Brits: See above. May pick up some SF to fill this lot out. Need to get them some more light vehicles.

Germans: Have what I need, but was Flecktarn common in the mid-90s? And would G-36 really have been issued in a continuing Cold War? And, do I get the East Germans and just paint them with Olivgrun uniforms?

Armed Civvies: Got plenty, need to work up some other items for them, but that's a case of modifying some BEVO pickup trucks I got in a deal.

Iranians: Ok, I think a mix of some insurgent types on the market now, mixed with some of the Afghani and multipurpose lines would work well for Pasdaran, As for the other items? Well, that's going to be Ehliem West Germans. Maybe a seperate unit of their Pakistanis?

15mm Sci-Fi:

Hammers Slammers: Got what I need, I just need to finish painting it.

Terminator: Other than an Air HK I got from GZG, and some of those Spider Drones, I think we're good here. Got to paint the polymorphs I got, as well as the humans!

Aurore 2300: TFL's done, May get them some tanks later. French need some vehicles, as well as to be painted, as do the Kafers. I think the Heavy APCs from GZG look very Kafer. Eventually a German and US force will be built. I also have some cops and armed civvies that will work well for the Tanstaffl militia. The French Militia I have covered too. Dunno what I will use for US Army and Marines (Edit: Just realized, Rebel minis Hardtop EF Marines will fit the bill rather well, and there's a lot of choices in Hover APCs for the Marines. I've got some wheeled vehicles for the Army as they're going to be a from a Light Mech Brigade)., was thinking the FCT types, which I have, but I am not as nuts about them as I used to be. The NAC will be the Brits, I just need to get them some vehicles.

Aliens: USCMC is done, have some extra figures promised to GG. Just gotta paint it.
Aliens, will fill out my QRF holdings with some Khurasan Space Demons.

Stargate, my way: Got the figs except for some more Jaffa. Gotta paint it

Djazlah: Have the figures to do it, may need some more vehicles, for both the Emir and the Caliph, but that will be relatively easy.

Traveller: Got the figures, GG's making the APCs for the Imperial Marines, Army's going to be my CMG Arc Fleet Recon guys. GZG Hi-Tech Grav for the vehicles. As for the Zhos? New Israelis from GZG and their Advanced Grav. Got the figs for Aslan, but not sure about vehicles. Vargr will be a mix of RAFM and GZG. Also have some RAFM stuff for the generic lower-tech troops/Swordies/mercs (mix them with the OUDF fellas I have).

The UNSC I picked up? Mixed with the Rebel Minis spies...Generic SF types.

I also have some odds and sods, probably going to be some generic baddies or alien hordes types, though the more ridiculous stuff may go. Stay tuned on that.

6mm Sci Fi

Real mix of Battletch, Ogre, GZG, Stan Johansen, and some Brigade Models stuff. I may even have some GW Epic...not real sure. I do have a LOT of 'Mechs. Not planning on getting anything more till I organize and paint this lot.

6mm Modern

Soviets: Got plenty, maybe a few more T-62s and some BTR-50s/152s but we're done. Just paint more. Also, some Soviet Airborne types (infantry).

West Germans: Done, may get some Light Infantry, Just paint

Brits: Need some Warriors and more Challeys. And, some more FV-432.

US: Done with Germany, Iran plans are coming along, want to just get some US light forces built.

Iran: Very early in the process. My Brits can do double duty to SOME extent here. And I have 113s coming out of my ears. Need lots of infantry for these fellas.

Terrain needs

Roads, Rivers, Forest bases (one can make those out of felt), more hills, walls and some more farm like buildings, but I got plenty of everything else. Also need jungle and swamp terrain for my Pacific stuff. And, a desert mat.

Long post...phew.

17 May 2010

New Blogs and painting

Two freinds of mine have put up new blogs, I'm going to mention them here because I think they need encouragement and a general welcome to blogland.

The first is Kreiger's Wargaming Records. It's got a clean look and the pictures are good quality. I am really enjoying the work he's putting in with the Cafferta from Khurasan. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The second is GG's Log of Miniature Wargaming. This is another friend of mine who reminds me of me a bit back when. He's only got one post, but his painting work is darn good and I want to encourage him to share more of it on his blog.

As for my own painting? I got another squad of Slammers done, and I hope to get more done this week. Now that I've found a rhythm for painting them, as well as a color scheme I like...it's pretty easy to get the job done. 15s are fun like that. I think I can probably get the lot done by Wed/Thurs at the worst. And when they are done, look for a TFL-style write up for them...I really had fun with that.

In other news, Rebel Minis has released these nifty PA survivors who I think may get added to my Human Resistance army for Terminator...now I just gotta paint the darn lot up!

Not much else left, other than take a look at the Spring Cleaning list, theres a couple more items that are going up as I remember to put them there, and that which is there is going a bit briskly. Also, for those local, our postponed meeting is THIS weekend.

13 May 2010

Pretty cool wanted poster generator

The wonders never cease...It seems the folks behind the Red Dawn remake have put something rather neat on their web site. A WANTED POSTER generator. Yes, that's right. Something more for your buildings! Hey, it's in Chinese, but by the time you shrink it down to 28mm, it's kinda moot!

Here's the link

Check it out!


Hi all, due to some unforseen events all around, we're going to reschedule the meeting for next week at the same time and place.

So, it's at Victory Comics

May 22nd, 2010
at 11AM

Questions, concerns and comments can be made to me here at the blog, or at jason.weiser@gmail.com

12 May 2010

2010 Spring Cleaning-UPDATED 5/20, more stuff going up soon!

Items for Sale/Trade:

Tac Publications- Arc of Fire- $5
Two Hour Wargames- Chain Reaction 1st Ed- $1

Gurps 3rd Ed (All large books are $5 and small books are $2.50)
High Tech (L)
Compendium 1(L)
Time Travel (L)


GHQ W38 SO-120 1pk - $4
H & R German BP 44 Armored Train ($12)

12 20mm Skytrex Modern Russians in Winter Coats +1 AGS-17 and 1 AT-3 Sagger $14

Prices don’t include shipping.

What am I looking for in trade?

15mm Sci fi: Anything Old Crow, Combat Wombat, Brigade Models or DLD. GZG NSL Armored Figures, or the new Hover Vehicles, Khurasan Space Demons. Any buildings.

20mm WWII : FAA Norwegians, Belgians, Poles, Early War Germans. Also Hungarians for later war. 100mm Soviet ATG or 76mm FG. US 76mm ATG or 1/72 Scale US M8 or M20 Armored Cars, Soviet SU-76, BA-10. Pak 97/38 75mm Hybrid ATG. FAA or SGMM USMC, or Ehliem or SGMM Winter Germans or Americans. Also, Ehliem Panzer Lehr or LWFD.

20mm Cold War 1980s: Any British light vehicles. Soviet UAZ-469, OT-64, T-62, ZSU-23-4. ZU-23, Anything suitable for Iranians. Libmins Brits, especially SF.

15mm RCW: Just about anything figures wise.

1/285: M-47, M-48s, Soviet Towed Artillery (any), F-4s, Su-17/22s.

Rules: Modern Spearhead, Fistful of Tows II, Cold War Commander.

If interested, email me at jason.weiser@gmail.com

REMINDER: 4th Meeting of DC Miniature Gamers

The Date: May 15th, 2010

Time: 11ish (we're not fanatics about this)

Place: Victory Comics
586 S. Washington Street
Falls Church, VA

We'll be having a closed playtest of TW, but I think an after game with straight FoF rules can be accomplished. I may even, possibly, by some bloody miracle, get the damned Slammers done before the game...

Let me know one way or the other whether or not you're coming. Also to be discussed, more frequency in meetings and or variety of games as well as the discovery of some folks in Alexandria.

08 May 2010

AAR from Last Night's Irish Rebellion Game.

Well, the trip was worth it, even if the trip iteslf was open to a lot of frustration. Thanks Metro! In any event, I got there around 8, happily the game hadn't begun, and I met Steve (the game organizer), Dave (my ride back to metro, THANKS DAVE!) and Stephen (who was something of the comic relief) and Andy, who was a hale fellow himself.

The game was set during the Rising of '16 and was of course, in Dublin. The Irish (Dave and I) had to inflict 10 casualties and force the beleaguered British garrison (Played by Steve)in the Barracks(a Miniature Building Authority Roadside Tavern) to surrender. The British (Andy and Stephen) meanwhile, had several relief columns coming up to help out the garrison and kill us Irish and save the crown's presence in Ireland. Rules were Trench Wars, a neat little set for skirmishes in this scale. Might pick it up for RCW.

After some planning and judicious use of barricades, we setup in buildings surrounding the barracks, Dave's larger force was going to hold off, best he could, the British relief column. It was a tall order, as they had a Lewis Gun and an a 18lbdr. Me, I was to assault and take the barracks. I left one squad behind to support the assault and sent my other three squads in on the right of the barracks. We did shoot some Brits dead on the way in, but they gave as good as they got, and their fire killed many a lover of Guinness and Yeats that day.

Meanwhile, Dave was giving the Brits a bit of a problem overlooking BOTH intersections the Brits needed to get to the barracks, and the car barricades we setup didn't help matters. Stephen at this point, had been shooting the snot out of my stay behind squad, and with only two survivors left, sent a half squad in to finish matters. Well, the Irish versions of Jason Statham and Jackie Chan musta been up there, because those two killed all 5 of the Brits....(Yes, I had some very un-Jason-like rolling). So, we held, until another group of Brits came up and finished us off very unceremoniously.

While all that was occurring, my surviving Irish knocked down the fences covering the approaches to the barracks and killed two Brits in the courtyard with rifle fire, then assaulted the ground floor of the main barracks block. Amazingly, we took no casualties in the melee, and killed 5 Brits, forcing the surrender of the remainder of the garrison. We elected to play a little longer, and a group of Highlanders made an assault to retake the barracks, they ran into some rifle fire, then gained entry, only to find out they were outnumbered. It wasn't going well for them when we called it, but the British had retaken the anteroom of the barracks and there were a few fresh British units behind. They would have eventually retaken it, but I suspect the price would have been high.

The game was fun, and the grill that Steve put on was a very welcome surprise. I'd so do this again, and I did a bit of telling them about Victory Comics and what we do there once a month. So, all in all, a very successful outing.









06 May 2010

Taking the day off....and I think it will be good for me.

I updated a story I have been working on, nothing of interest to wargamers, but perhaps I'll post it here if there's requests? Also, been trying to get back into the painting groove, I think tomorrow and Saturday, I'll get some work done on the Hammers Infantry. Ought to be done by the end of the weekend. Of course, there will be pictures!!

Also, I am going to a 28mm Irish Rebellion game set during the Rising of '16 tomorrow. Never gamed that period before. I am looking forward to the game, and who knows, perhaps I'll meet some people to have over to Victory Comics from time to time? I guess if you put your mind to something, you can do it.

Other than that, I am involved in a Battletech Strategic Game that's helping a guy in Australia come up with the action for an alternate 4th Succession War. Ah, give me the days of Hanse and co! That was Battletech!

I might be offering up some 20mm stuff for trade/sale soon. I've gotten better Japanese sculpts and frankly, the Japanese I have aren't all that great, so out the door they will go. They're primed and based, so I should get something decent for them. There will probably be some Skytrex Modern Russians going with it. But I've got to get some time to go through it all.

So, that's it here, just wanted to make sure the blog don't get stale!

02 May 2010

SITREP and some other matters.

First off, I got some new paints and figures lately, including some Khurasan Resistance guys and Cafferta APCs for my QRF marines. I'll keep you posted on that, but I wanna finish the Slammer infantry first. I just haven't had the time to do a lot of painting recently due to some home fires that needed tending.

In other news, the next meeting at Victory Comics is scheduled for May 15th at Victory Comics. It's a really nice place and we got a good table for the purpose. Now all we gotta do is get some more playtests in. TW is going to be a great rules set, I promise you.

Blood Upon The Risers is slightly delayed, as I need time to work out the nature of the scenarios, and it will be the next "guinea pig" I subject the group to when we're done with TW testing. But then again, sci-fi's real popular with us..but hey, you got time and an idea? Come on by!

That's all for now. Hope to see you there!

Also, I forgot to mention, we have a meetup group now, so if you're in the area, let us know and we'll love to have you attend our events!

Link to Meetup Group!