Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm back!

Well, it has been about a month since I have posted but I have been VERY busy with various things including getting ready for a major out of state tournament, then travel up there and back along with mother-in-law falling, breaking her hip and spending time in the hospital for over a week! Sprinkle in a few other random things and progress really slows down.

That said, I am moving back into the saddle with historicals again! So here is a rundown of my projects and status.

Old West: I should start back painting figures soon and giving some thought about scenery. I have also recently printed the Black Gulch rules (free PDF) that is a kick starter project for a new game that has similar feel of Legends of the Old West. I do plan to give the rules a try.

Here is the link:

28mm WWII: I think for my birthday I am going to treat myself to something new and get some WII 28mm figures for something different to add spice to the collection. I have always like the bad guys with any game and the Germans have always been a historical favorite of mine. While they were evil and did terrible things it is hard to argue their military prowess and snappy weapons they had during the war. If we didn’t steal most of their good scientists they may well be able to have developed the atomic bomb among other goodies and we may have been speaking German instead of English.

I have been doing some homework on what rules to use and it was a close tie between Rules of Engagement and Disposable Hero’s series. Both had elements I like, plenty of source books and options to play various games including the smaller (lesser) armies like the Italians, French, Resistance and Polish for example. The second thing I was looking for was a dynamic system that was both easy to play and was not overly complex. Both games had high marks in both aspects but Disposable Hero’s won out due to the fact that players in this area tend to favor that system.

Rules of Engagement had a great price going until the end of May to celebrate their new website but when you pay the HUGE shipping fee to go across the pond the savings is pretty much a free book. DH could be found on several sites at discount, so with some research I was able to get enough of a discount to get a free book anyway. Win! The only downside is that I would have to wait for FRP games to restock the books after I order them so that could take about 2-3 weeks.

Here is what my shopping list looks like:
Disposable Heroes and Coffin for Seven Brothers (Core Rules, Platoon Level)
Disposable Heroes Point Blank (Squad on Squad games)
Angriff! (Germans)
Urraghh!  (Russians, PDF only)
Futile Gallantry (Polish, French and other armies)

Bolt Action has some great starter deals for Germans and Polish armies and Plastic Soldier Miniatures has started to make 28mm in plastics starting with the Russians at a fantastic army set price. Figure toss in a tank and we have some good starts to some armies.

Gladiator: Models are primered and ready for paint! I have found a company that makes cheap animals to add to the collection next! I am also trying to figure out how to make a cheap arena.

Pirates: Well, they are all primered and ready to paint, except two new ones. The ships are on standby as I try to figure out a few things. I am going to magnet the masts and the sides have been really bothering me, the texture is not consistent and will cause some issues. So, I plan to either add cardboard or balsa wood planning over it. I need to order some anchors, window bits and other odd stuff like cannons to round out the ship.

Rules of Engagement Site (if you are in the UK or Europe great price for the books)

Disposable Hero’s Site:

Warlord Games Bolt Action Stuff:

Plastic Soldier Miniatures (great 15mm and 20mm, adding 28mm now!):


  1. Welcome to the Disposable Hero party. I recomend the rules and have played Interwar, WWI, WWII and Moderns using them.


    1. Well, I joined Iron Ivan's Yahoo group. I am in the process of trying to trade to get some German Minis on the cheap and then purchase the books in June for my birthday. Money is tight with the house refinance so the process of getting into this is slow. I am also going to be on the lookout for some British stuff for a friend of mine on the cheap and I hope to order some new Plastic Soldier Russians as well, amazing price there.

      I found some local players here in Tampa so, it is a matter of getting some time together and start getting in some gmaes. They had a games day every quarter here, this weekend was this quarter but was tied up with the outing with my wife. Bad timing sucks but time with the wife is more important. I can always arrange another day to get with the new guys to try out DH. I figure the smaller skirmish game would be ideal first and ease into the water!