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In my book, the only thing cooler than a guy who hunts vampires for a living, is a guy who hunts vampires and then plays war-games in his free time!

Take a look at this fascinating old Pathé newsreel following Peter Cushing’s interest in historical war-gaming.

So many things jump out at me from this. I’ve never heard of models being made out of compressed fibers, and take a look at those paints – there’s no 15 shades of brown available!

The only question that remains is, what would Peter make of 40K?!

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Fall in – I based my Panzergrenadiers with Fall bases – geddit?!

You might have noticed from my previous post on my game groups’ FOW campaign, I was playing with some rather autumnal-looking Panzergrenadiers. This was one of my latest painting projects, and a solid attempt to clear some of the backlog of minis I have waiting to be painted.

Someday I’m going to post a list of all the FOW models* I have waiting to go, but to give some perspective, these guys were bought over a year ago and I still have entire armies of German and British paratroopers still waiting patiently in their little boxes.

In a fit of inspiration, I bought and painted the PZG command team box in a weekend, but then other projects came up. From the start I wanted to do something special for these models as I absolutely love them. Halftracks are my happy place – for some reason, if I want to make my mind wander and think about gaming, I always seem to end up visualizing halftracks. Odd. Here’s how they turned out:

Flames of War Panzergrenadier Command

Flames of War Panzergrenadier Command

Flames of War Panzergrenadiers

Flames of War Panzergrenadiers

Flames of War Panzergrenadiers

I’m pretty happy with the overall way they turned out. One really nice trick I finally tried, was using a toothbrush to flick paint splatters on the halftracks for camo. It’s hard to see in the pics, but it reminded me a lot of pea dot camo. If I ever get around to starting an SS company, I’d use the same technique on the infantry.

So far these guys have taken part in three battles, and resoundingly had their butts handed to them in each one. Methinks the Mounted Assault special rule might not be as awesome as I thought. Still, I’ve had success with my US Armored Rifle Company, which is essentially the same concept, so I’m confident that with a little practice, I’ll get the hang of them soon.

*If I wrote a list of every model I had waiting to be painted, it would break the Internet and we’d all end up living in a world like Mad Max, but with Lady Gaga. This means that by me not painting everything, I’m actually saving the world.

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Last weekend saw the second turn of our Firestorm Market Garden campaign, and true to form it was an awesome affair! We managed to play five games between us, including one large two-on-one battle between a British Armored Company and a US Para Company Vs. an SS Panzerkompanie.

Panzergrenadiers take on British Armor

The 502nd hold out against a wave of German machine gun fire

The Airborne's AT guns maul the German halftracks

Here’s the battle map at the end of the second turn. The 101st Airborne have dropped in to give a hand now too!

I stupidly lost both of the games I played in, but the Axis forces continue to hold on to every piece of land they can. Look for the next round of games to be happening soon!

FoW Campaign Map - Week 2

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The warm months of summer conjure many exciting thoughts for a gamer like me. Playing on an outdoor table is great fun, and there’s no better light to see what colors you’re working with, than some afternoon sunshine. Besides, it takes a good six weeks to fully get all those indoor glue fumes out of your system, after being stuck in the house all winter.*

Of course, summer usually means a vacation too, and that’s just what I’m enjoying now. Yes, I’m blogging. On vacation. Oh dear. Anyway, the wife and I are visiting our family in Kansas City and that means a mandatory trip to 31st Century Games in Olathe, Kansas, AKA, the greatest game store in the universe. If there was ever a store that truly catered for every possible need a gamer had, this is it. I could spout more praises but I’ll save that for another post. Just go there.

This trip has been planned for a few weeks now and I’ve been spending plenty of time debating what I want to buy while I’m there. I do this kind of purchase planning a lot, and I’ll be honest, I don’t know why. I never, ever buy what I intend to. A few options I’d played around with were finally getting into Mid-War FoW with some North Afrika goodies, bumping up my Russian Strelkovny with more support options or possibly starting a new game system like Malifaux or Dystopian Wars.

This last option is another enigma that rears its ugly head now and then – starting a new game system. I invest so much time in Flames of War, that sometimes it feels like we’re married, and the thought of having a casual fling with the latest shiny model leaves me feeling dirty and ashamed.

I still keep Warhammer around though, like a bit of rough.

Enough chit-chat, let’s get down to what I bought. Spoiler alert, for those of you thinking I went with a new game system, I did not. I kept my spending purely focused on FoW.

First I went with a box of US Para Jeeps, the armored ones. The Screaming Eagles are my first love, and I’ve neglected them for some time. I have the blister pack of AA tripod guns waiting to be painted too, so plan on putting both platoons together soon.

Next, I picked up a pack of German Pioneers. Now I’ll be the first to admit this, I don’t get Pioneers. Sure they have a better tank assault rating, but that’s what AT guns are for. What I do get, is lately I’ve been on the receiving end of a Goliath demo charge, and well, if you can’t beat ’em…

Revisiting my Americans, I opted for a box of five Stuart light tanks. I love these little guys, especially when it comes to mowing down infantry – I feel guilty parking my expensive unit of Shermans in front of a dug in platoon of infantry, and firing away for three turns while they could be doing something more effective. Stuarts are cheap enough that they can do this without me feeling like they need to be used elsewhere.

I picked up a swamp by JR miniatures. Love their stuff, ’nuff said.

I saved the best for last, a nice heavy box of IS-2’s! Don’t get me wrong, I loves me some German heavy armor, but it’s time they got a taste of their own medicine. By the time it’s taken me to finish this post, I’ve already laid down a base cost of Russian Green on them (priorities!) and am planning a 4000pt showdown against a Tiger-heavy Grenadierkompanie – battle report coming soon.

So that’s about it. All that remained was for me to convince the TSA on the flight home that the half-ton of metal in my luggage was not a bomb and that I was just a simple wargaming nerd!

*Hey kids, only use glue in a well ventilated area. If the goblin you’re sticking together tells you he’d look good in some Mechrite Red pants, you need to take a break. Besides, Mechrite Red pants are sooo last season.

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