Archive for the ‘Miniature Wargames’ Category

Klingon Dreadnought Model Comparison

November 9, 2017

Amarillo Design Bureau is selling versions of their Star Trek miniatures via Shapeways. Two 1:3788 Scale Klingon C8B Dreadnoughts made with the cheapest and the most expensive available material are shown in these photos.

Cheapest: White Strong & Flexible Polished
Most expensive: Black Hi-Def Acrylate

Two early ADB models are shown for comparison. One is copyright 1979, the other is earlier, but the last date digit is not legible (c197?).

Many layers of paint and clear coat were applied to the White Strong & Flexible Polished model, and sanding was tried. The result was still not smooth, so decals were not attempted. Decals on the Black Hi-Def Acrylate are from Mark’s Models and Toys.

Pig Wars – Another Village, Another Sacking

October 28, 2017

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a game of Pig Wars. Five bands of Viking, Saxon and Welsh warriors descended on a village market while one band of Normans attempted to defend it.

The Welsh just edged out a Viking band in loot (they had to count the geese and pigs) to win the game. No other bands came close, although the Normans will be honored for dying to a man to defend this squalid little village.


Star Fleet Battles – Federation vs Klingon

October 21, 2017

Members of the local miniatures group got together this Friday afternoon for an impromptu game of Star Fleet Battles. A Federation heavy cruiser and frigate faced a Klingon battlecruiser and two frigates.

The Klingons crippled the Federation heavy cruiser, the Federation destroyed one Klingon frigate and crippled the other. Both sides disengaged, calling it a marginal Federation victory.

Sewers of Stalingrad

October 16, 2017

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWII game set in the underground sewers of Stalingrad. The command activation and weapon fire rules from Bolt Action were combined with the movement system from Space Hulk. Three German squads and a heavy weapon team were tasked with clearing four Russian squads and a heavy weapon team from the sewers. They were also to locate and destroy a munitions cache. The result was a bloodbath, with only five surviving Germans and no Russians.

Here is a reference sheet for the rules (with some post-game modifications) :Skirmish Test revised

Hurricon 2017 Saturday Photos

October 1, 2017

Photos of Saturday’s games at the HMGS-South Hurricon convention in Kissimmee Florida (near Orlando).

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Hurricon 2017 Friday Photos

September 30, 2017

Photos of Friday’s games at the HMGS-South Hurricon convention in Kissimmee Florida (near Orlando).

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Hurricon 2017 Thursday Photos

September 28, 2017

Photos of Thursday’s games at the HMGS-South Hurricon convention in Kissimmee Florida (near Orlando).

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CSS Chicora and CSS Palmetto State attempt to use spar torpedoes on a Union warship blockading Charleston.

Seekrieg – First Battle of Guadalcanal

September 23, 2017

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWII naval game using the Seekrieg 5 rules. The scenario was based on the First Battle of Guadalcanal, with reductions in the number of ships to accommodate the players available.

The game started with no models on the table. The GM determined visibility and provided sighting reports as needed. Rain squalls appeared at random on the east edge of the table and moved west during play.

The results after about 4 hours of play were:
CL Atlanta Destroyed.
Cushing (DD) and a Japanese DD crippled.
Two tiers (20%) damage on Kirishima (BC) from torpedo damage.
About 2 tiers (20%) damage on the lead Japanese DD and the Nagara (CL).
Torpedoes in the water would have threatened the San Fransico as we ended the game.
Victory conditions:
CL Atlanta (1 VP), Cushing (0.125 VP)=1.125 VP for the Japanese.
Crippled Japanese DD (0.125 VP), damage to Kirishima (0.1 VP), damage to the lead Japanese DD (0.03 VP), damage to the Nagara (0.05) = 0.295 VP for the US.
Tactical Victory for the Japanese.

Panzer – WW2 Eastern Front

August 27, 2017

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WW2 Eastern Front game using GMT’s Panzer rules. 3mm Pico armor stands and a 1 inch hex grid terrain cloth were used in place of the map and counters. This was a simple tank vs tank meeting scenario to familiarize the group with the rules.

We played 8 turns in about 2.5 hours.




Sudan – Gunboats and Dhows

August 13, 2017

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Sudan game using The Sword and the Flame colonial rules (20th Anniversary Edition) and the Gunboats and Dhows rules. Two river steamers manned by the Royal Navy were tasked with capturing two small Dhows docked on the Nile. Fortifications covered the approaches to the docks and additional Ansar troops arrived by boat. The boats used were made by Last Stand Dan.

The British captured one large and one small Dhow, sank a large Dhow and destroyed several Ansar forts. One British steamer was destroyed, but otherwise British casualties were light.