AHPC #11: Level-2, Chamber-3, "Oubilette"
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
My next entry for the 11th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge are these Tuareg figures. The premise is the Shrine. In this chamber the "Shrine" is the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A Tuareg Mullah and faithful followers make up this entry.
I experimented with colors using washes and highlighting as I just wasn't quite happy and satisfied with the colors out of the pots. I use acrylic paints from Polly Scale, Vallejo, and the craft store paints. That being said, I am quite pleased at how they came out and am really looking forward to painting the stock piles of 28mm lead Tuareg figures I have from Castway Arts and Askari Minis.
Though they aren't really Tuareg castings I have painted them up as such for my French Colonial games. These will be used as a command group for my favored colonial rules set, TSATF, The Sword And The Flame. The Mullah will be the Tribal Chief for the (3) clans in his tribe.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Here's another entry of mine for the AHPC #11.
The dark steaming jungle lies directly to port, the sunlight dances off the clear, shimmering, and bright aqua surf. The young LT wonders if this beach landing be contested or will it be a cake walk as his commander boasted? As the oarsmen struggle against the heat and humidity the French Naval Landing artillerists are cursing their wool uniforms. They soon, like the Legionnaires already inland, will discard the unwanted and inappropriate items and exchange them for locally made lighter fabrics. The excessive humidity deteriorates the European theatre gear rather quickly.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
The Last Pack Train Out of Ahoogastan, NWF, 12 September 1879 (Scenario borrowed from Jay Stribling)
Colonel Glenfiddich halts the column, as the dust settles he peers through his binoculars at the road ahead, he thinks what a perfect place for an ambush. Through the whiny of mules and the snorts of angry camels he issues the order to send out scouts to recon the treacherous path ahead…
The British (mainly Indian army units) are moving a supply train, out of Ahoogastan, headed for the Bulgur Pass, thence to Jellybad. These vital supplies must get through to the fort protecting the Bulgur Pass.
The Pathans of Ahoogastan regard the British Mules as the finest of animals and feel that Allah created them just for use in the rugged terrain of Ahoogastan. They aim to steal every mule. The main object of this game is to have possession of the mules at the game's end.
My interpretation of the scenario, the Game table at our clubhouse in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Das Krieg Haus hosted by the South Florida Miniatures Gamers, SMG (2/27/21).
This is a scenario I’ve wanted to run for a very long time, I’d just not had enough pack mules or Pathans. Borrowing troops and buildings from my late friend’s collection, Bill Pritchard, I was armed and ready to run. My friend Jay Stribling form the long time Jackson Gamers wargames club ran this scenario for us in South Florida at one of our HMGS-South cons back in 2005. The game was a big hit and tremendous fun! However, things in Florida did not go anywhere near as Jay had planned for nor the way this game had went for him back in Jackson Mississippi.
The main premise of this game is to have more pack mules at the end than everyone else. The Pathans are every tribe for themselves while the Anglo-Indian force works together. The Pathans may not fire on each other outright but may melee with each other to capture the mules.
Here are the scenario briefings for each side. I've altered them very slightly from Jay's original scenario profiles and put them in the same format as the 20th Anniversary The Sword And The Flame scenario book. I put all my TSATF scenarios into this format. I've also altered the map to suit my terrain and vision of the game. This scenario can play out very differently based on the personality's of the players involved.Anglo-Indian Briefing
Monday, January 25, 2021
My take on the next chamber, "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a Chinese version of the tale. I thought about the theme and not having any medieval or fantasy figures in my collection this would suite the bill. My good friend Mad Guru from Maiwand Day blog fame asked his wife to translate for me. This is her translation, thank you Xinhua.
陷阱与钟摆（The Pit and the Pendulum）Xian Jing yu Zhong Bai
The standard is an image I researched and captured from the net, copied, flipped, sized, printed, cut, and glued to a .032 Piano Wire rod from any craft or hobby store. The finial is a bead from Hobby Lobby where I purchased the piano wire.
The figures are based on washers to sit in their magnetized boxes. I used wood glue, ballast, sand, and old coffee grinds for the basing materials and painted with craft store paints. Burnt Umber, then Honeycomb, then highlighted with Bamboo.
Here's some close ups.
Painting challenge points scoring for this entry: (4) 25/28mm figures x 5 Pts each + 20 points for the chamber = 40 Pts + standard pts - ?