Sunday, 15 October 2017

Heroic Hoplites Finally Finished - Huzzah!

Good afternoon,

End of another couple of weeks of holidays (much of which I spent working, but there you go), and here, finally, along with the first of my Macedonian Cav...

...including Thessalian Cavalry (Cv), some generic Greek LH, and young Alexander himself, atop Bucephalus, which I'll use to represent all Hellenistic generals (DBA Kn - after all, they were all trying to be a new Alexander, right up to Napoleon!)...

...I have finally finished painting all of my Hoplites!

(Newline metals)

So now I have 18 hoplite elements. Huzzah! Enough for two opposing armies... this case II/05b [Later Hoplite] Athenian Army 448-275 BC...
  • 1 x General (Sp)
  • 1 x Cavalry (Cv)
  • 1 x Cavalry (LH)
  • 4 x Hoplites (Sp)
  • 3 x Hoplites (Sp) (or Peltasts (Ps), which I've pulled into my 4Ax elements)
  • 1 x Hoplites (Sp) (see above)
  • 1 x Archers ([3]Bw - mine are 4Bw...for some reason...)
...which is pretty much my 1/52 [Early Hoplite] Later Athenian list...

...against II/05i [Later Hoplite] Other Hoplite Armies in Greece 448-225 BC...
  • 1 x General (Sp)
  • 1 x Hoplites (Sp) (or Cavalry (Cv) which will be in the form of my Alexandrian Allied Greek Cav, which are now on the painting block, so to speak)
  • 7 x Hoplites (Sp)
  • 2 x Hoplites (Sp) (or Peltasts (Ps), which I've pulled into my 4Ax elements)
  • 1 x Psiloi (Ps) (these are actually figures from my first box of Revell Pretorians many, many, many moons ago)
...or of course a double DBA army, probably against those upstarts from the north, the Macedonians. (I'm not doing another 4 12Bw elements to complete a second Early Achaemenid Persian army!)

Cool! Now to game with them...sometime...


Monday, 17 July 2017

Sticky Stickmen Stoically Standing

Good afternoon,

Well, it must be holidays, because I applied some paint to some figures. Actually, two of these elements I painted over this last week, two of them I finished about eight weeks ago, but, well, Term 2 got busy.

So...some Later Hoplite Greeks...

...note the difference in the Little Big Man Studios transfers compared to the Veni Vidi Vici one...

...and two more elements of Macedonian Phalangites.

Note, these two are sans Army Painter Quickshade, because I thought that the shade really dulled down my first phalangite element.

That's the one on the left. Of the screen. Right of the line, I suppose.

And back of the column.

It's mostly noticeable on the shields.

So, four more elements of Stoically Standing Sticky Stickmen.

Making eight Later Hoplite elements completed.

Two more  of these to go (13 of the phalangites), then I best paint up some later Greek cavalry.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

2017 X Wing Christchurch Regionals - Game 5

Vs Darryn. Best game of the day - came down to the difference of two whole points!

Good evening,

So it was that I came to the last game of the day. Another big ship centred list, Dengar in The Punishing One, with a Kihraxz and a Protectorate. I figure I've got a better chance to take out his little fellows than Dengar, and deploy accordingly, with a sneaky attempt to fly a Scyk off to the left.

Silly Scyks. Can't fly fast. Can't fly slow. Can carry a cannon.

We close...

...and Kaa'to gets lucky with his Clusters against the Kihraxz.


I keep forgetting to reroll with my own Dengar, so put the card down to remind me!


...the card wasn't down for long!

More swirling and twirling...

...this is the X Wing I enjoy, fighters against fighters...

...and Kaa'to goes kablooey. Again.

Darryn flies off Dengar to allow his gonk droid to charge up shields, with leaves his fighter against mine.




Still, by now I've eaten into Dengar's hull, though Darryn keeps denying me half points by reapplying shields from Gonk! Well played Darryn, well played...

...though this last shot stripped his last shield...

...and time was called!

Huzzah! Now this was a great game, very close, very cool. Yes I lost, but only by two points!

Thanks Darryn,


Monday, 22 May 2017

2017 X Wing Christchurch Regionals - Game 4

Vs. Jeremy and his brutal one two punch. Another big ship list. Urghh. Whatever happened to the X Wing I used to know? Reminds me of a song...

Good evening,

Right, back to the bottom tables again I go, this time meeting Jeremy who was on his way back up, flying Asajj and Bossk with a very effective combination of upgrades...which I can't remember right now. Something about a very very powerful alpha strike.

Not really wanting to face either of them, I setup my little guys in the middle.

Then split my forces, my more agile ships going one way, my less agile the other.

Unfortunately, a Scyk gets tractored onto a rock...

...and is dealt with with contempt!

Bossk shoots at Palob...

...and takes out his TLT. Again!

Aghh, once again the Hawk is down to but one attack dice in the front arc!

Ughh...Asajj comes to squash us from behind.

Kaa'to is tractored out of his opportunity to shoot at the slaver transport, denying him his scavenger-craned missile shot.

Tractored once again...

...Kaa'to gets done by anti pursuit lasers...I think...


The Scyk gets done in...

...which just leaves Palob... die horribly!

Well, at least I got the YV down to half points.

Well played Jeremy, well played.