Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hey Ho, Let's Go!

Actually, posting this to explain why I'll likely be "off the grid," at least for blogging, for a few weeks or so. We made a fairly quick decision to move - only about 30 minutes away from where we're at now, but a better location - both to live and and for me to commute to work. So, long story short, we already have the "ok" on the new place, but have a short period to get our current place on the market. Like the end of next week! We've been packing ever since Friday afternoon. Had to cancel out on the  Dragon Rampant game yesterday for obvious reasons. Stored most of the gaming figures in plastic drawers. We have quite a lot of "junk" having been in our current house for 14 years.
UPDATE - weapons are secured for travel.
Anyway, hope to stop by your blogs when I can, but most of my time will be continuing to "sterilize" our place of personal belongings. Hope to post again in the not too distant future! Best to you all until then!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Perry French Pontonniers and Renedra Pontoon Bridge

Pontoon bridge with French Pontonniers. Figures are Perry metals and the bridge and pontoon boats are plastic made by Renedra and sold by Perry.
This piece, along with the earlier group of sappers and engineers, will be part of the cav-centric game scenario. This is the last piece needed for a play test.
Per the instruction illustrations, the ends up the bridge are shown upwards, but I flipped them down or ease of basing.
This piece, along with the earlier group of sappers and engineers, will be part of the cav-centric game scenario. This is the last piece needed for a play test. 
The Pontonnier set includes two officers which I'll add later on a separate base.
The river pieces I have are about half the width of this section, but it'll have to do.
A play test will have to wait as I'm participating in Dragon Rampant game day next Saturday. I plan to use my Men of East (Samurai) Warband. Basically my Lion Rampant Samurai "Retinue" with the addition of an Oni with spore attack. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes to you all!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Perry Dismounted French Dragoons - A Modest Start

Just a few Perry dismounted French Dragoon skirmishers. Another unit for a cavalry-centric Black Powder game I am scheduled to host at our annual big con, Enfilade!, in May.
These figures were picked up as sprues from the Perry's plastic accessories page. In fact, the mounted Dragoons I have were left overs my buddy gave me for painting up some from his set.
I had forgotten that these figures have three arm set poses; firing, musket at low port and trail. I had painted up a few for my buddy along with the mounted guys.
These are the ones I painted for my buddy some years ago - in coats with Spanish brown cloth.
Kind of a slow start for the new year as I tend to paint in spurts. Mostly long sessions on weekends with lethargic lulls in between during the work week. After a long day at work, followed by defensive driving on I-5, all I feel like doing is laying on the couch sipping watered down box wine and watching YouTube videos of prison stories and bigfoot encounters.
Next up is the pontoon bridge and pontoniers. Once they're done, I hope to get a play test going. I keep saying that, but keep wanting to add more figures to the game first. Well, best wishes to you all and thank you very much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Starting Off 2019 With a Whimper

No big whoop, as far a projects go...but I did manage to snag a couple of bargains off of ebay the first couple of days in January. They arrived today and yesterday, along with a small Perry order made in late December last. Well, to be honest, I'll likely be using ebay a little less after finding out that staring January 1st, 2019, sales tax was added to purchases for buyers in 3 of the 50 States - Washington State being one of the culprits! Anyway, the two ebay purchases are a model kit of Da Vinci's "tank" and an OOP metal Games Workshop kit of an Empire Master Engineer on Mechanical Steed. The Perry order consists of six plastic French Dragoons on foot and a plastic pontoon bridge and metal pontonniers.
The Da Vinci "tank" looks to be about right for 28mm. Supposedly the tank was to be operated by about 4 men. I managed to glue together the Dragoons and bridge this afternoon at work on a "break." :) Very simple indeed!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't totally vegetated in the new year. Hope you all are doing great and hopefully I'll get some paint slapped onto these odds and sods soon. Best to you all!