Wednesday, 22 February 2012

An Unexpected Christmas...

Last night I dragged down a few boxes from the top of my wardrobe. They look like they were packed when I moved flat around two years ago, and may or may not have been opened since. Amoung all the trash and treasure the was a bunch of wargaming models I'd completely forgotten I had.

The most immediately useful for my current top project (Mid-War Hungarians) is a Stuka and a trio of Botond trucks, all BF resin models and undercoated black. I've always been short on trucks for the weapons platoons of my motor infantry company. But since I never used to take HMGs and the mortars very seldom wanted to move, it wasn't an issue. But with the improved utility of transports and the fact that I will now want to field my HMG platoon, I think I'll finish painting them up. Likewise the Stuka. I have sometimes taken air support before (in fact I already have a Stuka in Hungarian colours...somewhere) but with it's increased effectiveness in V3 I suspect I'll be taking it more often.

I also found my Hungarian cavalry unit. These aren't an option in Eastern Front unfortunately, but I'll keep them with the rest of the army in case Battlefront releases a MW version of the Huszár Harckocsizó list.

The next surprise find was a regiment of Witch-Elves, with 8 out of 19 painted. Now I'll rant against GW with the best of them, but I have always felt that WHFB (at least 7E, I haven't played 8th yet) was a decent ruleset. It gets let down by very poorly balanced army lists and GW's general business practises, but the core system was pretty good. I have promised my friend Haig (who is a big WHFB fan) to give 8th Edition at least a couple of games try.  And since Witch-Elves are one of the units that made me decide on Dark Elves as my army in the first place, it's going on the list of projects to be finished. Not as top priority, but it's definitely on the list.

And the last find... 25 IG Stormtroopers, five each painted in red and purple, the rest undercoated. Red squad also has an officer and a transport vehicle to accompany them, while purple squad has a dozen cultists and a chaos sorcerer.

Now I think WH40K is a terrible system with almost nothing to recommend it, but I've always been more of a sci-fi than a historical/fantasy fan, and I've just had 3 squads worth of quality future infantry effectively fall in my lap. So I'm now itching to find a good 28mm sci-fi skirmish game. Does anybody have any recommendations? I'll rule out Stargrunt - to avoid a rant I'll just say it's not what I'm looking for.


  1. Hi John - this:

    Was something I eyed up at one stage. Ambush Alley and Force on Force are both well regarded games so this should be good, assuming it is the type of thing you are looking for.

  2. Thanks Jamie for the suggestion. I don't think it's quite what I'm looking for unfortunately. A points system (or some way of balancing pick-up games where players bring arbitrary forces) is high on my list of desired features.