Monday, November 25, 2013

Oop Orc Wyvern assembly

While playing in the last 40k league I wanted to field two of the Chaos Heldrake Daemonic flyers. I used a oop metal fantasy battle High Elf dragon for the first one and a loaner Reaper clockwork dragon for the second one. So I wouldn't have to rely on the loaner dragon I decided to build another large fantasy flyer to be the second proxy Heldrake.

After a search through the Closet of Doom I found a classic Azhag the Slaughterer model. He has been in the closet of Doom for many years. I acquired him probably back in 4th or 5th edition when I was actively adding to my Orc fantasy army.

The base on the foot reads 1993 Marauder. A little late to be a 80's classic but still a classic model.

The model originally  came with a 40mm base but I used a 50mm to bring it more in line with the current rules. A couple people have pointed out that the other dragons have a 100x50mm chariot base but I can live with it. Above is the torso and tail added. The box art has the tip of the tail pointed toward the front but I couldn't seem to get it to work without it touching the wings. I ended up straightening out the tail so it will be between the wings.

The neck added without the head and wings.

The head added and the wings dry fitted.

 It funny building another model I have had for almost 20 years. If I keep it up I might clear the back log in another 20 years.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall In 2013 AAR Part Three

Hi kids,  Here we are with more Fall In shots!  This trip I didn't take notes of which shot was which game, so this might not be 100% informative, but them's the breaks.  Let's see what's going on......

 Fighting sail in a major way!
 Horse drawn cannons and American flags.  Looks like ACW.
 25mm Nappies I bet!
 More of the same.  Anybody recognize those buildings?  I would love to buy some of those!

 I'm thinking Carnage & Glory, since these units have identification numbers.
 Great fort!
 Steady lads!
 Meanwhile in deep space...  There can be no peace as long as Kirk lives!
 Is there anything cooler than Klingon cruisers?  Doubt it.
 Wow!  Some guys can really take this hobby HNL!  A "hole nutha level"!

 When you're finished with the ACW, use the same terrain for Middle Earth!
Aviation games!  Check Your Six?  Air Force/Dauntless?  There's just something cool about airplanes!

 Of course, navy games tend to be cool too.  Looks like the destroyers are going evasive!
 Saga.  Or maybe Pig Wars.  See any goofy dice?  Then maybe it's Pig Wars.
 Gnome Wars.  How did this shot get in here?
 Go west young man, and seek your fortune.  Or rob a bank, and get someone else's.
 Let's see; steam tractors, armored cars, French Foreign Legion, dudes riding dinosaurs and a statue of Cthulhu.  I'm going to take a wild guess and say "Pulp!"  I need to get painting!
 More Fighting Sail action!
 Dystopia Wars in deep space!
 Can't have a show without Battletech!
 I don't remember seeing guns like this before!  Pretty spiffy!  Might have to use them in OGRE!
 WW2, the Huns hanging out near a village.
 Not really sure what's going on here, but the terrain is awesome and all the lads are having fun!
 Two shots of some impressive terrain!  Fighting in the middle of a volcano?  Why not?

 Forces of Mars and Earth clash.
And a final shot of some 25mm Ancients, cause there's nothing cooler than a honkin' big phalanx!

I had a lot of fun at the show, and managed to keep spending under control too!  I highly recommend the HMGS-East cons, regardless of location you are bound to have a great time!  So start saving your pennies now, check the car's vitals, and get your butt in gear!  There's only a couple months before Cold Wars 6-9 March 2014!  Don't make me come lookin' for ya!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall In 2013 AAR Part Two

 Hi Kids!  Time again for some pix of the action at Fall In 2013.  Brace Yourselves!  Massive fortifications?  Check!  Looks like trouble in the Eternal City, Rome!

 There's some action in the crumbier neighborhoods, too!  I think there are two buildings on the map not quite ready to collapse.  Good job men!  Send for more ammo!
 Steam and Victoria!  Awe inspiring terrain and bizarre machines, what more could a Hardcore Gamer want?
 Yeah, the citizens will soon be wishing they had paid those higher taxes and built taller walls.
 Trojan Horse?  Think they're going to fall for that one again?
 Holy Cow!  Low level in a Buccaneer, its gotta be South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan War.  Amazing as it may be, I was in this game as the SA Commander, so there are a lot of pictures of this one.  "I Ain't Been Shot Mum" by Two (or is that Too?) Fat Lardies.
Meanwhile on the other end of the board, some Puma transport helicopters show up to pick up the troopies.

 The South Africans prepare to tackle some Cuban T-34/85's making a dash for the landing zone.  Meanwhile numerous "blinds" continue to sneak all over the place.
 On the main road into the camp, an SA Mirage blasts a Cuban force, narrowly missing the Cuban Big Man who is riding in a jeep.  Air support was about 99% of the SA firepower.  The only thing the ground forces had was 10 RPG shots.  Yes, I'm serious.
 SA gets lucky with an RPG-7 and takes out the lead tank.  Some of these tanks would be penetrated over and over, with only minimal damage.  Bummer, I know.
 The tanks reach the wide open field, ready to start blasting the Pumas still on the ground, who are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiting for their cards to come up.
 The Bucc pilot going overtime.  Someone must have told him the he was 100% of the SA firepower now that the 10 RPG shots have been expended and the Mirages had departed.
 SA troopies head toward the choppers.
 Holy Cow, another pass.  How many times do you have to bomb these guys?  Does IABSM have morale rules?  80% losses and the Cubans are still coming!!!!
New targets on a new turn, the BTR-152's receive some hate mail.

 Bias?  Hmmmm......  Assistant GM called this a flat roll, killing one of my lads on a result of "6".  Looks pretty cocked to me, as it's on a terrain piece at a 45 degree angle.  Not that I'm bitching or anything.....
Remember that famous saying, "No matter how bad things are, they can always get worse"?  As if the tanks and BTR's were not enough, a platoon of Cuban MG gunners turns up on the other side of the landing zone and get off some cheap shots, just in time for the Bucc pilot to pound them, circle around, and pound the BTR's again.  Bucc pilot was awarded every medal in the GD book!

 Going for the record!  At one point this SA unit had 13 shock markers.  That's what happens when 5 heavy machine guns on tanks and APC's shoot for 5 turns.  Kinda wished I had some kind of weapon with which to shoot back, but the infantry had run out of RPG's.  Guess we'll just hope the Bucc card comes up.  This is pretty much how the last 90 minutes of the game went. Of course, it was an Intellectual Victory for the SA Forces!  Cuba sued for peace after the engagement, once they realized there were only four Cubans left alive in all of Angola.
 Gotta have the massive Warhammer 40K game.

View from the other end.
 Remember the movie "Them"?  1950's atomic ants grow to amazing size and move into the LA sewer system.  Fire teams go searching, hoping not to find...
 Closing in on the nest....
 Wargods of Aegyptus.  Gotta get to painting, my army has languished for too long!
 War of the Worlds!  Martian tripods, steam tanks, and all in beautiful 15mm.  Looking good!
 The Earth forces before the shooting starts.
 15mm World War 2, looks like the Brits are taking on the Huns!

 Ancients in 25mm, nothing looks better than a big honkin' phalanx!
Ooooo...  don't tell me,  I'll get it....  Looks like 25mm ACW action!

Hope you're digging the pix, only a couple dozen to go.  Same bat-time, same bat-channel!