Monday 26 September 2011

Stalingrad Part IV: Desperate Measures

On Sunday (myself absent, for family reasons) the fourth game of our Stalingrad campaign was played. As a remainder, the last game ended with the end of the night shift, where the Germans at a high cost in blood made some gains in the central row of buildings, to be used as the springboard for the final assault on the factory. If you want to read the detailed account of the campaign click for the first, second and third parts, as well as this extra post with "photoshoped" photos and other contemporary recorded materials.

Sunday 18 September 2011

Viet Cong forces ready to move into action

The final batch of Viet Cong figures painting was concluded last week end and I hope to enroll soon some of my gaming mates to start testing Charlie Don't Surf, the company-sized Vietnam rules of the TooFatLardies factory. I reckon to be a slow painter (very slow indeed) and the 52 minis that I present in this post have taken me almost a year to finish; not that I dedicated full time to this as in between, several WW I, WWII and Napoleonic models were also painted. But at least I have the critical mass to start playing.

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Stalingrad Part III - More photos and other interesting stuff

I have received some new photos of the game last Friday. After receiving a beauty treatment with photoshop, I want to share with you. I also got some interesting links to contemporary German news reels, placed at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy the materials.

Sunday 11 September 2011

Stalingrad Part III: Stalemate...almost!

What best way of investing a bank holiday afternoon than wargaming?  And this is what we did on Friday September 9th (a local holiday in Madrid); a few email exchanges during the week and presto, we met again to play the third leg of our club's summer Stalingrad campaign. If you want to follow the complete narrative, click the links for Part I and Part II.

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Richard the Great

The latest recording of Meeples & Minatures Podcast  features a long chat with the GREAT MAN himself, Richard Clarke, founder, owner and soul-guide of the TooFatLardies factory. Two hours to discuss his views about wargaming design, the trends in the hobby and a sneak-peek of the incoming new version of II WW company-level rules set I Ain't Been Shot Mum; click here to read the latest battle report of a test scenario using these new rules. Hope you enjoy the conversation

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Stalingrad Part II: The Facist Beast Clawed his Teeth

After a lull of a couple of weeks, we met again on Sunday August 290th  to continue our summer Stalingrad campaign. We were able to complete the first 8 daylight turns and stopped just athe beginning of the games's night segment.

You may remember that in the previous post we left the Red Army in not a very confortable situation, with 2 out of the 3 first line ruined buildings that made our advanced defensive line about to be overrun, following a much stronger than anticipated storm of lead.

Monday 5 September 2011

Kadesh battle refought

Some of my mates at Club Dragon in Madrid refought last weekend the classical Battle of Kadesh using WAB 2.0 and 20mm figures. Around 50 chariots per side, 8,000 points worth of armies and 10 hours game (I think longer that the actual battle!!) The illustrated AAR by clicking here, Worth taking a look!

Thursday 1 September 2011

Back to the front

Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Not that I was on holidays... actually a recent change of job (a real miracle considering the current economic woes)  meant that I didi not have a summer break thus year. But the family moved outside Madrid to a house in the mountains nearby and I've been commuting all summer. Unfortuantely the house did not have Internet connection and I could neither take  proper care of my blog, nor I had easy access to my favourite bloggers   (the iPhone is terrific in many dimensions, but not very coinfortable to read blogs or enjoy the photos in them).

But this is not to mean that I have been completely inactive; I have enjoyed some good painting weekends and made a reasonable progress in my reading pile... and I also had the opportunity to watch Captain America and Super 8 in the cinema!