Thursday 28 February 2008

Day of the Ranger Teaser

The guys at Ambush Alley have release a teaser scenario for the up-coming "Day of the Ranger" expansion.
Looks interesting, and as they state on the page, the scenario teases with mentions of things like "Khat Chewers". DotR is the expansion to assist in gaming scenarios based on the conflict in Somalia in 1993, in particular Operation Gothic Serpent (the operation that "Black Hawk Down") was based on. They're promising info on the impact of stimulants (hence the Khat reference)helicopters, technicals and a lot more. Plus 10 new scenarios!

Wednesday 20 February 2008

Cheap Chopper

Found this matchbox helicopter at my local Coles grocery store, for AU$3. It's part of a series of aircraft that look to be about 1:400? I believe it's the Sky Buster's MBX Metal range, but the specific model isn't listed on the Matchbox website.

Here it is with some 15mm figures from Peter Pig and CannonFodder.

Needs a new paint job, but should come up just fine I think.

Monday 18 February 2008

First Painted figures

Painted the first figures tonight.  Everyone has an opinion on the best way to do it.
I've gone for a black undercoat initially.  I know that this makes the colours less bright, but I find it easier to paint onto - if I miss a bit, the black takes care of it.  We'll see how we go.

For the insurgent infantry, I'm going with multi-coloured shirts.  The Regulars with the Ztumre National Workers Intervention will have a more conventional uniform colour.
More to come....

Oh! and this would have to have been the first time I have ever painted 9 figures in half an hour!  

Wednesday 6 February 2008

15mm Modern Plans

I'm determined to ensure that I keep posting on this blog and not let it drop.
With work and house guests, my plans for 6mm "warlord level battles" have not progressed any further. Rather than delay until further 6mm developments, I thought I'd comment on some of my plans for 15mm.

I'd like to bring to your attention the Ambush Alley rules. This game is one I plan to do with the 15mm I had been collecting to do AK-47 with originally.

I have a whole swag of the Cannon Fodder 15mm African Clan Militia that should work nicely as insurgents. The only problem with these is that they are currently based for AK47! It shouldn't be too hard to split them off their bases though.

I also have some Irregular modern US in helmets, and a variety of QRF 15mm modern (and post war) figures and vehicles as well which should work well for the Regulars in the game.

I've read quite a lot of positive reviews and feedback around the web, so I'm keen to give it a try.
You can download a trial of the Ambush Alley rules from the website, which I think is a great idea. They currently have a deal for US$25 for their core rules and the vehicle expansion (Motor Pool) if you find it to your liking.

Sunday 3 February 2008

Individual Images

I've uploaded individual photos of all of the Irregular figures I purchased.
Below is the list again, but this time with links to images of each line item.
In the case of infantry where there are three stands to a pack, I have included all 3 to enable you to see the front and the back.  For vehicles, I have attempted to show all four sides where I had sufficient numbers to do so.


Well, I finally worked out what seems to be the best settings on the camera here to take the photos (f3.2 1/80, in case you were wondering).  The lighting is not the best, but you can get some feel for the figures from the pictures.
Here is the Colonial force: 

Using the randomised name generator from the rules, these guys ended up being; Zumsia Intervention Sword of Resistance.

And the Peoples Popular Front, known as the Ztumre National Workers Intervention: