Friday, 23 August 2013

Chain of Command and home from holiday.


I recently returned home from my two weeks family holiday in Austria and was excited to find the new 'Chain of Command' WW2 rule set in amongst the post. I ordered the bundle which included the book, PDF and all the markers that go with the set and am very pleased with the quality of it all.


 
   

John Warren is coming over to my place next Friday for a game and so I thought it would be ideal to give these a go. I have played them once before at Salute when Richard and Nick of the 'Too Fat Lardies' fame were umpiring the game but I will have to do some reading of the rules before then as I am not going to have their expertise this time. Having said that, both John and myself have gamed with some of the other TFL rule sets and they are very user friendly, so I am sure we will cope.

The only problem is, I need to paint up some more German's to give myself enough figures for an Ad hoc platoon for the game, so I will need to get my skates on.

I have just finished these Artizan Miniature figures and have been experimenting with the camo.


         
I also need to paint up a third section before Friday and as I have these German Para's already pre-based and primed, it will save me time if I paint these. (I did say it was going to be an Ad hoc platoon.)


I have plenty of American Para's for this game and hopefully at some point in the future I will have vehicles and the correct unmixed platoons along with additional support.

On holiday, we did a fair bit of walking through woods in the Alps and I noticed the floor was covered in a type of moss/lichen which I thought might be ideal for the wargames table as it was very dry and had no little insects in amongst it.


 

I have put a 28mm Perry's figure next to it for scale and the picture below shows it to the right of the commercial product that most of us use.

 As long as it doesn't rot down to quickly it should be fine and it is free, so I will have a go at making some woodland bases with this in the future.

I will try and catch up with some of your blogs over the next few days but I also need to get those Germans painted, varnished and the bases finished before Friday.

Cheers,

Pat.
  

24 comments:

  1. Very much like those Germans! Especially the greatcoats.

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  2. Greate to heare that you had a good holliday in Austria, are you going to Sweden next year?

    The moss/lichen looks very usefull !

    Looking forward to heare more about the CoC gaming

    Have a nice weekend!

    Best regards Michael

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  3. Those german infantry are terrific, nice work.

    FMB

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  4. Nice painting, i've heard good things about CoC.

    For the lichen, you could always try spraying it with PVA to stop it rotting???

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  5. This CoC thing seems to cause some excitement around here.
    You'r not the only one urgently raising "some" new squads.
    Not bad though, as I always enjoy looking and some splendidly painted WW2 figures. The camo turned out just great.

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  6. Welcome back Pat and a cracking post for your return. The Germans look terrific, really looking forward to seeing the next batch.

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  7. Great looking German troops!

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  8. Fantastic those Germans. I have also great hopes in CoC.

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  9. Nice miniatures, Pat. That lichen grows on trees here in my country too.

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  10. The Germans are looking fantastic Pat!

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  11. I got my CoC as well. Going to get a game of it tomorrow.

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  12. How long did it take to acquire that number of wine bottle corks, Pat ?!

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  13. Thanks very much chaps.
    Steve D, the corks were a labour of love.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  14. Hi Pat,

    nice to have you back from hliday.
    Those Artizan miniatures are very nice and your paintjob is just excellent. And that you chose corks from German wine to fix the Germans... ;-)

    By the way:
    This weekend I read your article about photograpghing Rorke's Drift from the last WI. A good read and absolutely marvelous pictures.
    Carry on with that !

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Stefan,
      I guess they go well together, sounds like a good idea to start collecting wines from around the world to fit in with what I am painting.
      Glad you enjoyed the article on Rorke's Drift, I have another one on the AWI this time, in Septembers issue of WI.
      Pat.

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  15. Fantastic work on the Germans mate, those chaps in greatcoats are superb, aas are the blokes in camo. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the paras.
    The lichen stuff looks very useful, we have a similar looking lichen growing in the front yard, i find that if i coat it in diluted pva it doesn't seem to dry out or yellow too much.
    Ben

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    1. Thanks Ben,
      I finished the Para's last night, so just need to get them all varnished and the bases finished ready for Fridays game. I will post pictures of the game and the Para's in action next week.
      I may have to do a test piece with PVA and the Lichen thanks.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  16. Welcome back, Pat! Those figures look excellent - they'll be splendid for Chain of Command. The lichen looks perfect - and so much better than the lurid multi-coloured stuff you can get from model railway suppliers. Watered down PVA may well be the way to go to "seal it" and fix the shapes (I tried something similar with tree foliage a while back and that worked).

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  17. Pat, great looking figures as usual. I'm looking forward to your AAR of Chain of Command. I'm hoping they will be a good alternative for Bolt Action. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Sorry for the necromancy, but I was just reading this one and wanted to say that soaking the lichen in glycerine will also preserve it and keep it from drying out. It can be a bit messy, but it does work well once the glycerine dries up.

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  19. Sorry for the necromancy, but I was just reading this one and wanted to say that soaking the lichen in glycerine will also preserve it and keep it from drying out. It can be a bit messy, but it does work well once the glycerine dries up.

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    1. Thanks Neal,
      It has been two years since I brought the Lichen back from Austria and it still seems to be usable, so I will probably leave it as is. Thanks for the tip though.

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