I thought it would be fun to experiment with AI art. I signed up to Gencraft.com and get 10 free prompts each day. They are pretty cool. I thought it would be fun to create images to set the mood for battle reports. Well, words didn't really work to get WW2 specific art created. Have a look at these where I asked for WW2 Germans, Volksgrenadier, Battle of the Bulge, Panzers:
Wednesday 22 November 2023
Sunday 15 October 2023
Last night I decided I would play a game. During the early evening I set up my mat and then got my terrain out. My four-year-old son loved helping me build a village, he especially liked placing the trees. In fact, he wanted to do it again today but we didn't get to it in the end. The lighting wasn't exactly great, and I have to admit, even though I had the table set up early, I didn't start playing until 20:30. 500 points was a push at that sort of time. I ended up calling the game after 2 hours as I was getting tired.
The table looked great. It made me happy to see my terrain being used, and not looking as garbage as I often believe it looks. The dark green field is a new addition, made from an actual green towel, drybrished with cheap craft paints - white and dark yellow. I also stuck some clump foliage along one edge, which I think was a genius move. My burnt out cottage also made its first appearance on table, in fact I put a smoke marker over it which was fun.
The game was an Attack/Counterattack game. The US forces had some scout units while the Germans did not. It made for an interesting start, but eventually it all bogged down into a bit of a slog fest of me bringing troops on slowly from the rear into a meat grinder. I didn't particulary enjoy the game much. Maybe I am bored of solo games?
In the end it worked out as a marginal US win who had pulled 17 BR vs. 20 BR for the Germans.
Tuesday 3 October 2023
Over the years I have printed out many, many PDFs for various wargames. I have tried having them in book form in different ways, none of which have been pleasing to me. Getting them ring-bound online is surprisingly expensive! More than the PDF is worth most of the time, especially if I want them to have a card back and plastic front.
But then! An email! They found one at work and are offering it out or getting rid of it! I have never moved so fast in my life! Printed out and tested a bind! Here is my new, shiny copy of A Sergeant's War - a set of rules I haven't played in a long time, but love. Now I have them in a format that I can actually use like a book.
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Last night I put the final, finishing touches on those three knights, and here they are:
Monday 25 September 2023
Hi, all. It has been over a month. In that time I have written part of a Soviet army list for Battlegroup, planned numerous times to paint or play something, and have played a few little card games with my wife and children. I missed the boardgame night, and the first few weeks of term are generally incredibly busy. I just haven't wanted to do anything. We had no TV for a while as my one-year-old broke the sound cable when he knocked the sound bar onto the floor, and that was bliss. I read my library book - still unfinished. Anyway, while on Zoom last night I forced myself to get my gear out and made progress on these three figures.
The two on the left and middle are Perry Miniatures Wars of the Roses men-at-arms. The figure on the right is a Reaper Bones miniature. I painted his shield purple, and used purple hints on the other two to make some kind of faction if needed. Last night I also put the steel and some blue on another couple of guys.
All that remains for these is some steel dry brushing, then some highlights on that black cloak especially.
Sunday 13 August 2023
In an effort to save space and funds, I have been trying to figure out how to more efficiently store my wargaming surface.
I have the grass mat pictured below, which looks lovely, but takes up a lot of space. It doesn't fit in my cupboard when rolled up. I don't have a 1m wide/tall space that is easily accesible so it just sits around in the way. Also, when playing with 1/72 Airfix Cromwells, the tracks get all caught up and hooked in the mat.
When going to the Super Cheap Wargaming group many different things were suggested, one was spray painting patches onto my already existing desert felt.
So I gave it a go. I sprayed a section of my felt to see what it would look like. I was pleased. A few light areas, a few dark areas. I happened to have a green and brown spray. Lovely. I will try it with a game soon.
Sunday 30 July 2023
I made it out to the Boardgame Lounge the other night. I sat with a couple of people and got playing. The first thing we did was play L.L.A.M.A. which is a hilarious little game.
We also played Lucky Numbers which I really enjoyed. The point is to get rows and columns of ascending numbers. Simple, quick, but fun. Not fluff, no faff. A game after my own heart.
Cubitos was an interesting game. It consists of rolling dice to create resources in order to buy further dice. The dice provide abilities that help your character move further in order to cross the finish line first/furthest. The entire thing was hilariously fun. It gave me flashbacks of Marvel Dice Masters, drawing, rolling, actions. There is a push your luck element, which screwed me at the very end, but there are also interesting catch up mechanisms. I liked it, it was fun, but losing on my final turn due to pushing my luck too far left a bad taste in my mouth.
I also played Zombie Dice - fun for a few minutes to fill the gap between games.