Friday, 11 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
I recently got lucky on eBay, and managed to pick up a lot of second hand amera buildings, some of which had been a bit beaten about in their past life. I've got 3 assembled so far, and thought I'd share them before they got bogged down in the paint que. (Along with one which I did the other year, but I don't think I posted up here). The figures are a mix of 40mm and 28mm (Artizan, Dixons Yakuza and an Offensive rioter), all based on penny washers. It is probably worth saying that the interior floors can be lifted by a few mm depending on whether one glues them to the top of the floor below's window surround (as I did) or at the bottom of that floors window surround. Anyway. On with the pictures!
Another 'diecast and 40mm' update - this time with a Russian model of a BTR 40 apc. Although the magazine the model comes with is a Deagostini publication, it only appears to have been published in the former USSR. (I think it is called something along the lines of Classic Vehicles of the USSR). In this case the model was shipped from Latvia, and cost about £15 including postage. It's quite good that the top cover comes off, but the seats are a little delicate (they will survive fitting a driver and crew but still fragile) as are the wing mirrors. The hole for securing the roof cover would also be a good mounting point for a machine gun...
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
I have been meaning to finish off my ACQ game from the other week (I stopped when my phone ran out of batteries, as otherwise I wouldn't be able to get any pictures) but that is looking increasingly unlikely as time goes by, so I thought I would post up what I did play, if only for the pretty pictures.
Things didn't start well for the Spetsnatz, as negotiations finished at the end of the second or third turn (a random dice roll- the bandits agreed an alliance with the police and the police chief was allowed to leave), so they had to rush to try and get to their targets in time. Luckily for them, the bandit guards at the back of the bungalow must have been pretty much blind as they didn't spot the approaching figures until they opened fire. The RPO flame launcher missed the building entirely (isn't there a saying about not hitting barn doors? ) but did make a mess of one of the parked cars and alert everyone that things were not going to plan. In the following turns the police reaction unit and patrolling bandits both rush back and start engaging the Spetsnatz. The Spetsnatz got lucky and put a grenade through the back window of the bungalow, although another missed the patrolling milita to blow a hole in the roof of the goat hut. After a turn of frantic rifle fire, one of the Spetsnatz went down, along with a handful of bandits. All the time the police chief had been making a cautious exit, and just reached the car as my batteries died... At this point, things weren't looking too good for the Spetsnatz - a string of poor dice rolls meant that they had been unlucky with shooting, whilst the bandits had passed a couple of morale tests. They would not have been able to 'win' through killing the police chief (unless he had a very bad bout of Hollywood 'ohgawdthecarthathasbeenworkingperfectlyuptonowsuddenlywon'tstart') and even then, it is unlikely. A couple more turns would probably have killed another handful of bandits which should have got atleast one squad (band? Gang?) to run, but the Spetsnatz were likely to take more casualties through sheer wait of fire...