Wednesday, October 26, 2011

GZG Hovertanks and Ravagers

My Free Catalan Dragoons are getting some armor support with these new hover tanks from Ground Zero Games:

I think that they are probably a tad too small to serve as main battle tanks, but if I consider them light/medium ones, then they fit in nicely with the theme of my Dragoons as a rapid deployment force.  These are also my first attempt at putting a camouflage pattern on armor vehicles, and I'm not unhappy with the result. I could probably use another tank though to round the uni out to a full vehicle platoon that seems more typical of Tomorrow's War's OOB's.

In addition to the tanks, I also painted up a pack of Ravagers from Ground Zero Game's line of Human Characters.

Initially at least, I'll probably use these as leader figures, smugglers, or gun-runners to mix in with my Sahadeen.  I'm fairly impressed with these sculpts - close to 28mm detail on 15mm character figures that I'm sure to be able to find many more uses for than just my initial intentions.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Essex Mounted XBows

Back to Ancients (or Medievals, anyway) for a bit. I'm working on a medieval era army to use in next spring's Field of Glory tournament held at HAVOC in Massachusetts. I've been putting this tournament on the last couple of years, and I have been trying to do something a little different at it each time.  Last year we had pre-set terrain, which really speeded up the games, and this year we are having a theme event based on the armies in the Oath of Fealty supplement.  I have most of the figures already for the army that I'm planning to use, but I do need to add a few additional units, one being the newly completed mounted crossbow unit shown below:

I still can't imagine that crossbows were actually used from horseback, and I suspect that they were actually more likely used by troops who dismounted before entering combat.  The figures are by Essex, and they didn't come out as well in my opinion as most of the other 15mm figures that I have done.  The models are fairly old though, and probably not as nicely sculpted as some of the more recently produced lines - so the techniques that I usually use on 15mm figures didn't work out as well on these.  They are serviceable though, and I do need some light horse in the army that I'm putting together (these are some of the only light horse available for that list).

BTW - I received my copy of Tomorrow's War in the mail a couple of days ago - gosh! that is an incredible wargaming tome.  Also delivered yesterday was a company of 15mm Quar figures - I can't wait to get these really cute devils painted up for use as a low tech, alien, sci-fi army.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Copplestone 15mm Fantasy

Copplestone Casting has started a line of 15mm fantasy figures.  The first ones they have come out with are a series of barbarians that are very "Conanesque" and most definitely suitable for a Hyperborian Age Cimmerian army.  These fetching fellows are certainly very tempting.

These are certainly wonderful sculpts that look more like 28mm than 15mm ones.  I would really love to purchase some of these, but with a daughter starting college next year, I'm trying to minimize hobby purchases to things that I would definitely use.  Maybe as a Viking or Germanic Barbarian army - although those kind of armies are usually dead meat under the way Field of Glory presently handles impact foot (I hoping that improves when V2.0 comes out since I love playing the hairies).  I don't play any fantasy rules usually, and I don't like single basing for anything but skirmish games - and these guys look like they might be tough to fit on standard sized heavy foot bases.  But if the temptation doesn't settle down, I just might be forced to get some anyway, and sub them in for Vikings or Celtic warriors.  And then mount the Frost Giants on 40mm square bases as general figures.

If anyone has any other ideas about how to use these figures in Ancient wargaming, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Hopefully Copplestone's 15mm fantasy offerings will sell well so they stick with the scale and keep adding new figures to the line.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sahadeen Support Troops

My Rebel Minis Sahadeen Heavy Weapon and Gun Teams are completed.  I've been having trouble getting a good focus on my new camera for closeups, so I went back to using my cheap, beat up Kodak camera, and I'm getting much better shots.  Go figure!  The newer camera takes better pictures when I'm zoomed out, but the inexpensive one does a clearer job when zoomed in.

So, here are the shots of the support guns, a pair of machine gun type teams (laser cannons, maybe?), and a pair of sniper teams.