Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's good to be back...

Good news, I passed my certification exam for work so I'm able to spend time on Flames of War again. Woohoo! It's good to be back and focus on something recreational for a change.  It has been almost three months.

I spent the day continuing to base my DAK army, and hope to have it completed by the end of next weekend.  In between, I'll start basing the 8th Army.  The DAK pioneers are going to have to wait since the new Battlefront figures came out and I would like to use them.  I originally had used a combination of DAK Grenadiers and Heer Grenadier Pioneers, but I'll incorporate the new ones somehow.  I'm hoping to have two armies painted for my first game at home with my son, and my first battle report to be posted during the week between Christmas and New Year.  I plan on giving Steve's at WWPD Batrepper software a try.

In the future for North Africa:

DAK:   Finish basing and add vehicle transfers.  Glue and paint new Pioneers.
8th Army:  Finish basing and paint tanks.  Glue four more 25 lbrs and paint so I can Stonk and Murder.
Bersaglieri:  Finish gluing tanks and paint.  Base figures.

Work Bench:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chino Air Show 2011

Flames of war has been in hiatus for a few weeks now, and will continue to be until early December while I complete an online class and certification for work.  Earlier in the year I attended the Chino Air show for the first time and really enjoyed it.   It was a blast!  It had rained all morning but as the show started, the skies slowly cleared up.  I live close enough by to have the planes fly over my house occasionally during the show.  Either I forget about the show until I see the planes or I can't make it.  Finally, this year, I got to go.

Some cool footage of the show from the official website DVD promo.

Friday, September 30, 2011

From desert plains I bring you love...

Title inspired by Judas Priest.  It has been a while since my last update.

Recreating North Africa during WWII is time consuming!   Instead of concentrating on DAK and the British, I allowed myself to get sidetracked by Italian Bersaglieri (oh yeah, and fantasy football).  The good news is I now have pretty much all three armies glued and, thanks to my friend, much of it painted.  Getting close.  My desert mat arrived from the terrain guy website today.  Very nice quality.  A little bit too uniform in color for my liking, but nothing some dry brushing can't remedy.  Overall, very happy.  Terrain is also being purchased and worked on.  Still haven't played yet though, but I like the idea of it all looking like it is supposed to be when the time comes.  Everything is starting to come together nicely.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hotter than North Africa

I have been trying to base my painted DAK and glue some British 6 pounders in the garage during the evenings while listening to the awesome What Would Patton Do podcasts, but it has been way too hot lately.  So, I moved my stuff to the dining room table.   I like the atmosphere of the garage, but I get to watch TV in the dining room.  I have also been concentrating on selling some stuff on eBay in anticipation of the new desert terrain coming out next month from Gale Force Nine.

My latest dilemma is as usual, I seem to be paralyzed by a simple decision like what color to paint the base edges...

After some thought I'm leaning towards German Cam. Medium Brown (Vallejo 826) I used on my Pak 38s:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

An Introduction...

After taking a break from gaming for a few years, I decided recently to take the plunge into Flames of War after eyeing it in the local game store some time ago.  I've always had a thing for North Africa so I thought that would be a good place to start.  Inspired by the many bloggers out there, I thought I would give it a crack and chronicle my hobby.