Saturday, September 29, 2012

The first of Riot control trucks...

Here is the first attempt at a riot control vehicle.  This is a tanker truck  converted, armored and upgraded with one overhead cannon and two water cannons lower and in the front.

Here you can see the lower water cannons real well...

Here you see the armor protection added to the wheels

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Defiance Games Marines Review (pt 1)

I ordered some of these guys form eBay, after looking at the website (  and have to say they are pretty damn sweet.  They are hard plastic
and in parts: torsos, legs, individual arms and heads.

 As you can see the art looks very similar to the James Cameron movie...
Included in the box is enough to build 24 separate guys, with different weapons and kit.  Also included are bases (24 - 25mm ones) and a unit card.

I will take some close up shots after I start the assembly process! I have no idea what to use for the Opfor, although Defiance has two different sets of bugs coming out early October.  I am thinking a reread of David Gerrold's War against the Chtorr series is in order.  One set looks just like the bugs from that series.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

War of southern aggression (part 2)

I was researching which camo patterns  to use for my scifi game. The scenario is a civil war type between the northern and southern hemispheres of a far flung civilization.

I found the two I am going to use, this with the brown is the south, and the three color green is the north.

Here are some WIP pictures:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Let's start a riot!

The unruly mob is squaring off against the riot police...

Frontline view from the cop's side...

Everyone is based, but only half the police are started!

Sci-Fi Drones

So I got these in the mail yesterday!  I was very excited, because they are going to work in two of my scenarios for Ghengis Con.  This kit includes 3 Enforcer (spider-bots) Drones and 1 Air Drone.  These will be HKs for the Terminator game. I also bought 2 more Air Drones (one missile one and one with a minigun!  FRP games was very easy to order from and it came quickly via Priority Mail.
RAFM 2047 Enforcer Drones

In order to build the finished product you see here, it took a bit of assembly.

Exploded view (no pun intended) includes:

  • 6 legs
  • 1 leg base
  • Head/brain
  • 2 machine guns
  • Missile pod

First I had to drill out the leg base for pins to add strength to six fail points.

Pinning and gluing the legs

Legs finished...

riot trucks

I need some riot control trucks with water cannons. Of course, no one makes them, so I must! ;) Here is the before pic.

War of southern aggression (part 1)

These are the 20mm Elheim miniatures troopers I am working up for a tomorrow's war scenario in February.  I decided to show the difference between the north and south by their gear. I cast up some British Bergen packs to use for most of them!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tacticon 2012 Force on Force

Tacticon 2012

This was my first convention in quite a while where I was a Game Judge.  I have to say I did miss it.  (The last time I did this was at Historicon in 2007 but that was a whole different game. )

So, why?

Well being a trainer, I am always in front of a group of folks, so that isn't it.  I paint damn near every day, so, no again.  It really appeals to my geeky organizational side.  I loved these things:
  • Design
  • Researching a battle, or topic
  • Painting towards a goal (this required a lot of discipline due to a bit of ADD in my painting concentration!) 


Game one: Friday night

My buddy Nick Johnson ran a British/Taliban scenario which was fun to help with, here are some pics on that one:

Game two: Saturday morning

Chechen Scenario, it was added at the last minute, but no one showed.

Game Three: Saturday afternoon

Take that Hill!  Great scenario using the Twilight:2000 rule set as a scenario setting. I used to love the RPG, so thought it would translate well to a game.  Father/son team kicked some serious butt in this one.

Game Four: Saturday night

Nick did another game where I got to play the Taliban. Almost ran off with 5 Brit bodies, we light them hardcore.

Game Five: Sunday morning

Chechens roughed up the Russians good, but given another two turns the Russians would have taken the Parliment house!

All in all a very busy weekend, but it was worth it.

More to come.