Sunday, 20 October 2013

A tale of fantasy gamers

Whilst i'm waiting to resupply on the paint front in a couple of weeks, i need to sort my other projects out.

I have a 2400+ point army of high elves that in all likelihood will end up getting sold off in the future as i just cant bring myself to paint them.

But that leads into my next project. I am a long serving member of the space wolf forums and it has been decided that from January we will do a 'tale of gamers' type project, focusing on warhammer fantasy battle.

£30 spend a month, can save unspent money, but never 'overspend' for more than one month.
Point allocated on the usual purchase/assembly/painted scheme.

This all got me thinking about how nice it would be to actually field a painted army once again. Carol (my long suffering fiancee) has been plugging away at her tomb kings and in all honesty puts me to shame.

But .... there is always a but.

I need to pick an army.

 Out for certain are the High elves, Wood Elves and Tomb Kings.

Aside from that pretty much anything is viable. But i just cant decide. I posted this in frustration on the SW board and it sums up my dilemma perfectly.

'Never thought choosing an army could be so difficult.

Like the colour and variety of daemons.
Like the prehistoric nature of lizardmen.
Like the executioner models of dark elves.
Like the white lions of the high elves.
Like the glade guard of the wood elves.
Like the basic humanity of empire.
Like the chivalry of brettonia.
Like the weirdness of Skaven.
Like the craziness of Orcs and Goblins.
Like the uniqueness of Ogres.
Like the Egyptiology of Tomb Kings.
Like the Vampires of vc's.
Like the feral non human nature of Beastmen.

Like to sigh and be confused.'

Sums up my state of mind perfectly.....

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The german army ran out of fuel, me i ran out of undercoat :(

So my forward momentum on Project Pegasus has come to a screeching halt.

A quarter of the way through undercoating the bridge etc, my undercoat spray gave a final splutter and died. 3 weeks to payday 3 weeks to replacements.

So i tried to turn my attentions to other unfinished projects. Namely the 2400+ points of assembled High Elves that have been crying out for paint for in excess of a year.

But it seems no matter how hard i try, when it comes to the moment. I just can't motivate myself to paint.
It's a problem that's been with me for a few years. I am a seasoned vet of wargaming and it has hit a point where this 'issue' is about ready to make me call quits and give up.
I don't know if it fluff, i don't know if it's the models (this is the case with several different army attempts), i don't really know the cause. But every time i think to myself 'hey i got a few hours before/after work' or 'oh a couple of days off lets paint'. I get to the moment to start and my motivation takes off down the road faster the schumacher in a turbo charged Ferrari.

Any psychologists or hobbyists out there with a cure or even advice on a cure. I really have hit a low and am seriously contemplating ditching something that's been as much a part of my life as breathing.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Rain rain go away

So the great British weather has put play to my thoughts of sealing the bridge and getting on with the painting.

But that stiff upper lip and blitz spirit is still alive and kicking.

So instead of bemoaning my luck, i have been cracking on with other bits of assembly.

All the wooden kits are now completely assembled.

Here's some pics.

Recent work all in one place.

Telegraph poles (sure they should all be laying flat after work by le resistance)

German bunker that was opposite the AT gun position on Pegasus Bridge (it was made after destroying two adjacent houses.

Cafe Gondree, The first house in France to be liberated on d-day. also home to Mdm Gondree who with her husband provided the British with accurate up to date intel on the bridge.

And now, off to work i must go. Have to earn a few pennies to appease the bank manager after killing my account this month.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Send the signal 'Ham and Jam'

So after 3 days of building it is done.

Pegasus Bridge is assembled and ready for paint.

I have had highs and lows building this mammoth kit. I have turned the air blue in frustration. But it's all been worth the effort.

For once i am not gonna blather on.

So enjoy the pics.

Next up for me...putting paint onto the beast.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Project Pegasus Bridge update***

Not sure how much more work will get done this evening as we have to settle in another foster dog.
After chasing the previous one all over north walsham this morning, it was all to clear she wasn't really right for us as she was just too scared of us :(.
So this afternoon we got a new foster furbaby in and he is settling in fine.

In between those events, i got a good chunk of work done on the central section of the bridge. Only need to complete the walkways and a couple of other small bits to actually finish the bridge construction off.

Here's some pics to enjoy!

The bridge in all its unpainted wooden glory.

The gubbinz at the heart of the raising and lowering of the bridge

Now those pics don't truly convey the scale of this beast.

So here's a couple of scale/barry shots with sgt.noname of the 42nd Octavian Rifles after taking the bridge single handedly from no one in particular.

Well there you have it, works progressing well.

I would just like to publicly say a big thank you to both Warlord Games and Sarissa Precision. There has been a initial problem with the kits missing a couple of 'Bracers' for a gantry. I had discovered this last night and contacted them. It has become apparent that this issue had already come to their attention and they have already made moves to rectify the issue and send out the replacement parts for the affected kits.
 Not only is this a more than satisfactory remedy, it also displays a level of forward thinking and pro-active problem solving, that i have not seen from other well known companies. So good sirs, I salute you.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

I love the smell of burning mdf in the morning

So i got in a fair chunk of time on the Bridge today.

It has so many pieces and i want to do a good job and not screw it up in any way. So i was a tad thrown by a couple of missing components. But that's all being addressed and i was able to move on to other areas of the bridge.

First up here's the work so far, both 'entrances' to the bridge.
The one on the left houses the control room and gantry for raising and lowering the bridge. The one on the right has a road block (but that's being painted in parts and not pre assembled).
In the middle is the massive counter weight for raising the bridge and sitting onto of it is the mid section of the bridge.....yup the bridge is much wider than the little unit its sat on.

The next 2 pics just show a couple of sides of the bridge control rooms.

That 2 storey control room always brings it's own dilemmas. How to paint the interiors. To just paint the walls, or to try and make some mock up machinery etc. I imagine during ww2 the upstairs would have been a commandeered by the commander overseeing the bridge.
Guess more research is needed!

Hope you enjoy the bridge wips

Friday, 4 October 2013

It's heeeeeeeeeere

So at 11:34 am on October 4th 2013 it happened.

After much waiting, building excitement levels and general impatience. My copy of 'warlord games - Pegasus bridge ham and jam' arrived.

The delivery man had been warned. Hold until relieved. Unlike the legend that is Mjr John Howard, he didn't have to wait hours...or even minutes. It was more like seconds between his knuckles crashing against the door and his arms being relieved of a mighty and when i say mighty i mean MIGHTY box of goodness.

Like a kid at xmas who has to wait though, other matters meant only a cursory inspection could be done.

Until a little while ago that is.

What follows maybe unsuitable for those of a nervous disposition.

I was going to attempt a 'video unboxing' but quickly realised that my inane gibberish, squeaks of delight and giggling may have rendered that video unwatchable.
So i settled for a few pics and the following article.

Warlord Games - Bolt Action - Pegasus Bridge - Ham and Jam edition.

Delivery was via DPD couriers and was swift. 24 hours from dispatch to delivery.
The packaging for the whole set was very secure with copious amounts of packing chips used.

The sets.
I wasn't sure what to expect.
But i know i wasn't truly expecting the box to be so huge.
The Pegasus bridge box is a mammoth sized box and bigger than anything i have ever encountered in wargaming before.
Then there was an additional large box with 'ham and jam upgrade' on it.
It seems those lucky ones who have ordered Ham and Jam have the additional items hand picked to boost the set.

Here's the boxes

I must mention the great artwork on the Main box, it is simply fantastic.

Now the Contents...what you really want to know about.

Ham and Jam upgrade set.

The contents in the words of 'warlord games'

The Ham & Jam! Collector's Edition adds 6 resin sandbag emplacements (which can be put together into 3 machine gun emplacements), 3 more MG42 machine gun teams, 6 dead livestock models, a resin sandbag emplacement for the top of the control tower, 8 more telegraph poles and 12 resin Dragon's teeth tank traps. In addition to this are 20 more plastic Germans, a Marder III Ausf. M tank destroyer, and 20 plastic Royal Marine Commandoes led by Lord Lovat and Piper Millin. We've even added a copy of Osprey Publishing's Raid: Pegasus Bridge book to give you even more reference material, giving a full historical account and detailed uniform guides!

So my thoughts.
How much extra booty!!! The scenery is well cast and detailed. The Marder III is relatively flash free and simple enough to assemble from inspection. The plastics are well cast with a normally acceptable level of flash. The metals...oh metal not resin or resin-plastic....metal models are well cast, a decent level of detail. My only gripe is the flash on them, but experience with other metal producers show this to be pretty nominal levels.
There is also a blister of dead cattle...burgers anyone..even horse burgers if your so inclined.
In addition there are some wooden telegraph poles from Sarrissa precision. Which look simple enough to build and nicely cut.

Then there is the Osprey 'Raid- Pegasus Bridge' book. Giddy bloody god blimey. This book is Fanbloodytastic and that's coming from someone who owns 'Stephen Ambrose's Pegasus Bridge' book. It has everything from photos of the main participants and areas, to original recon photos, maps showing all the positions and right the way through to a list of every soldier on each of the 6 gliders in their glider units.
As a historical reference, it is a must have. For me, it's even more to the story behind my old army regiments most coveted battle Honor.

Now onto the beast.

That simply shows the artwork...glorious amid excited yelps of 'up the ox and bucks'.

On opening the box the first thing you see is a pile of wood....lots and lots and lots of wood.
This is what constitutes Sarrissa Precisions  Pegasus bridge, German bunker and the Cafe Gondree. The level of detail is outstanding and i find myself daunted by the challenge. I want to do this kit justice and i just hope i am not found wanting.

Once you remove the wood pile your confronted by more metal, plastic and resin. It just never seems to end.
Like the stuff in the 'ham and jam' box. It is all well cast, with acceptable amounts of flash. Only puzzling piece is a large block of what i assume is flash on the underside of the Anti Tank gun pit. I can imagine it being a bit of a SOB to remove but it is a minor niggle in reality and really just nit picking at what is a amazing set.
There is a nice little scenario book that allows you to play through the battles of d-day from the minute the first glider punched through the barbed wire in front of the bridge. Right through to fending off the desperate German counter attacks.
There are plenty of little info points in the booklet describing everything from the regiments involved, through to their experience levels and training.

Here's a nice yummy pic of the Pegasus box contents.

For sheer mouth watering is the entire set weighing down my desk and shelves in the hobby room.

I should point out that the Stephen Ambrose book and bolt action rulebook are not included, but its today's hoard and reading material.

So in summary.
I am one happy wargamer, i have been wanting something related to Pegasus Bridge all my hobby life and now i have it.
Does it live up to my hopes. HELL YES.
Is it worth the £275, it's a purely personal decision but for me again its a massive yes.

Am I daunted and a tad terrified by the prospect of all that plastic, metal, wood and resin?. In truth yes i am.
I have never made a Sarrissa model before so that will be a learning experience. As to the rest, its more a case of wanting to do justice not only to this fantastic set, but also to the Brave men who at 00:16 on June 6th 1944 Landed in occupied France and went into battle as the first fully functioning allied unit and executed what remains today a text book example of a coupe de main operation.