Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2021 Review

 Finally, there was a (limited) return to the tabletop!  2021 was another year of high expectations that ultimately got away from me.  Kids and other family commitments kept me from much hobbying, and without any large or consistent events, it's always tough for me to find any motivation.  I did, however, find a bunch of Flames of War models, either by way of gifts, prizes, or a late-year surge in army-building interest!  I initially planned on attending Nationals at LVO in 2022, and bought some minis to complete a Panzer IV force, but those plans have now changed.  

HG 7.5cm PaK40s

Panzer III Observer

Rebased Panzerschreck teams

SdKfz 250 Observer

I only managed to play seven games of Flames of War all year, but played four of them against old friends that I hadn't seen in about two years.  Crazy times we're living in.   I did get a few items painted up for a great event hosted aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda, and hope to attend another event there planned for the spring.

Event on USS Hornet

  Besides a handful of random minis, my largest purchase was about a dozen 28mm pirate figures that I hope to use for Ghost Archipelago, and a few dozen new (and used) Flames of War minis.  85 minis purchased/traded for/acquired in strange fashion vs. 7 painted, and a pair of 1/72 scale models sold brings me to a +76. Maybe I can get some Bulge Germans built in 2022?

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Game Day at Ogre's Den

Six of us came to check out a newish shop (to us, anyways) and were able to get a few games of Flames of War in, 110 points of Late War.  I wanted to try out a Bagration Panzer IV list and Wyn had some US Armor.  We rolled up a Fighting Withdrawl with the Americans defending.  Nothing is painted yet, apologies!

Panzer IVs concentrate on the left side of the board, but it is heavily mined.

My Panzergrenadiers and some supporting units converge on the town, but the entry is mined as well.

The infantry manage to get into the town, but become Pinned Down for the next five turns! (They just wouldn't roll a 4+) and the attack stalls.  The 2cm Flak and some supporting artillery put tons of fire, into the Americans, but it isn't enough by itself.

Wyn's large platoon of 76mm-armed Shermans come from Ambush and deal some serious damage, but eventually the Panzer IVs get them.  The other Shermans nearby get the rest of my Panzers though!

Wyn was able to hold my attack off, though I feel like I had a chance.  I've never tried Late War armor before and thought it might be fun, and I wasn't disappointed! The game was pretty even, and if my troops could have unpinned I would have had a chance to capture the game.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Artillery Observation Vehicles

 I finally finished a Panzer III observer tank that I originally built and base-painted about 10 years ago.  I went ahead and painted a Sd. Kfz. 253 observer half-track too, just in case.  I'm not sure why anyone would take it instead of the tank though, since they're the same cost.

This is an old resin kit and needed to be converted.  I started with an old Panzer III E and modified the mantlet, adding a MG and false gun barrel.

Simple green line camo so I can easily use it for Mid War or Late.

This is also resin and received a basic dunkelgelb to match my Mid War Grossdeutchland force.

7.5cm PaK40 Platoon

    While I was in the mood to update my army for V4, I took the 3.7cm Pak36s from my Mid War army and rebased them too since they aren't an option anymore.  I moved the crew over to large bases and gave them some harder-hitting 7.5cm PaK40s.  All minis are metal Battlefront.

Command team has a fourth crewman.

Here are the three guns I built for my last event.  Airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics.