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DreadBall Season One – Old shiny never rusts

Slow week, again. But nonetheless some progress…

I did put the final touches on the two basic DreadBall teams this weekend, I am now ready for Season One! The season was originally “aired” in 2014 or something like that.  I am looking forward to this! If you know nothing about DreadBall then check it out here.  However if you are late to it, there are other variants and I believe a second edition in the making.  Having had a little look this weekend, the second hand market on eBay is favourable if you want to pick up some of the older stuff.

I promised the Little One a game but he fell asleep long before I had finished splashing paint – maybe we will get another opportunity this coming week! I did put them on the board to see how they would look.  Well what can I say it is me doing 28mm so I feel like the object of that famous Sting/Police song about the possessive lover – Every Breath you Take (slightly modified I must admit).

Every brushstroke you make and every detail you overpaint
Every mold line mistake, every inky stain, I’ll be watching you
Every layer you add, every wash you make, I’ll be watching you

I’ll be watching you!

I am very happy though and the Little One will love thrashing me on the field!

 

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I wanted the RefBot to look a little bit C3POish!  It is a mean looking lady!

 

However, as always, when I do get the finger out and finish an old project I tend to get some new inspiration so I got about 6 additional MVPs from eBay – they are mercenary veteran players that can be used to enhance a team.  The cosmic order will be restored on the lead, or in this case the plastic, mountain.  Old Shiny never rusts!

I suspect I will get the Ratmen (Veer-Myn) and the Dwarves (Forgefathers) team as well in a not too distant future – but I have decided I would do so as a reward when the MVPs are home and dry following the paint job (Sounds far too disciplined, doesn’t it?).  As stated already,  I am looking forward to this and the Better One did say that she would like me to do more sports – so here we go!

I also did some progress on my 6mm SciFi project – the Blue and the Green army.   We intend to give the Future War Commander rules a go using these.

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Next week I hope to start the Rommel bases (as discussed last time here, I got the miniatures this week but wanted to get some things off the workbench before getting into it. The 3mm tanks are SMALL!, but I suppose they should be) and also do some aircraft for the Sci-Fi project as I have some nice models I got before the holiday.  I want each army to have recon forces, infantry, tanks, artillery and air forces to allow combined arms type of games.

And yes I need to get started with this years large GNW project at some point – but not yet!…Not yet! (as Juba said in the Gladiator!).

 

 

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The Joy of Thirty-six degrees Celsius in the Shade

A little delayed update this time, but for the right kind of reason. Occasionally we get an opportunity to get away from it all and this time we headed to Rhodes. A familiar place I have visited a fair few times and I love the Old Town of Rhodes and the history of the hospitaliers – who ruled this Island during the 13th and 14th century and caused the Ottoman Turks all kind of trouble before they were kicked out (Siege of Rhodes 1522) and set up shop on Malta and continued causing trouble.  It is too hot to write any essay but if you are interested there is a good summary about them here.

I have a little potential idea of doing a project about the Siege in Rhodes 1522 or the more epic one in Malta 1565.  The book – the Great Siege Malta 1565 by Ernle Bradford is one of my all-time favourite history books and I really recommend giving it a go.

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When in Rhodes go and see the Grand Masters Palace and walk the old Moat. Very nice and whilst at it you may go for a swim as well, there are a few beaches here and there.  The museum of archaeology, the Butterfly Valley, Lindos with the wonderful Akropolis are also places not to miss.

I always get reminded on how rare square shaped fields are when flying.

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Another idea I have had brewing in my head for some time, using Baccus and Rapier miniatures, is to the do the Battle of Kadesh (see here).  Browsing around on Netflix I found a documentary that I really enjoyed watching whilst flying, about the Egyptian chariot.  The programme follows a team who recreates a (well actually two) chariot and tries it out (you can also find it on YouTube if you search for Building Pharaoh’s Chariot).  Mike Loades, who was part of the recent time commander series, is giving the chariot some trial runs to better understand how they may have been used on the battlefield.  I find this kind of experimental archaeology/history very interesting and I really wish more similar programmes were available.  Let me know if you know any good ones.

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Before setting out I did progress on a few fronts with my Sci-fi models from Brigade Games (I have done two more orders since Joy of Six!) and I also did some of Baccus late 19th Century Bavarians.  Great little models overall and a Joy to paint!

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Bavarian Infantry

 

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Bavarian Chevauleger

We did not leave home empty handed and I hope to have an AAR available at some point after this weekend, describing some French Indian War skirmish action.  We brought a little bit of stuff allowing us to roll some dice and move figures around – but more of that next time if we have had time to have a game.

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/ All the very best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie Diced and Sci-Fi(ced)

Another relaxed week and a memory card with Joy of Six pictures on the run – but hopefully back by the end of the week.

The Little One and I did a few rounds of Zombie Dice this weekend to keep our dice rolling capabilities in good shape.  Zombie Dice is a nice little game that takes about a minute to figure out but the occasional, for us compulsory,  “Brain!” scream, seems to keep us entertained.

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The Little One wanted some Sci-Fi so I got some stuff from Brigade Games (link to them here) at Joy of Six – some tanks and infantry from the Mercs and PacFed ranges.  Check them out – they have a very good range.  I slowly started working on these over the weekend, at least spray painting and some initial coats.

I quickly did two test bases for the two armies (the Little One approved!) – a Hover Tank and a Grav Tank.

I also got some NSF7 Attack robots from Irregular Miniatures (see here) when I ordered the Ogres for the Fantasy stuff, now where did I put that guy in scarf from Angel Barrack miniatures?  The comparison miniature is from Brigade Games (Polish Infantry).

I also got some beauties from Pendraken (link here) that could be used for Aliens!

 

/ Take care and enjoy Summer