Monday, August 25, 2014

Gruntz in WIA

The WIA has been played using the Bolt Action rules with some home brew mods here and there, as well as unit profiles made to match the equipment and vehicles that are used in the setting. Bolt Action is fast and fun and pretty easy to adapt with some imagination and a little bit of work. However I recently got myself a copy of Gruntz and have been itching to try out those rules. Here are some unit cards that I have designed for that trial game.






I have a few more to make, but these should do the trick for that first game. If I really like Gruntz I'll probably print these up and have them laminated to make games faster and more convenient. I love the Barracks software that I used to make these. It's fun to consider what abilities and weapons you want your units to have, but when you drag a picture of a fully painted mini from your collection into the card it's even better. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Assault on Gobatu

Gobatu rests within the Uele theater of operations not far inside the northern border the ROP. It has been the site of a spirited defense by Congolese forces against the recently regrouped Sudanese Army units. Gobatu has a large Muslim population and boasts several small mosques, it has become the policy of the ROP forces stationed within Gobatu to use these structures as CP's and supply dumps as the Sudanese are less likely to shell them than other commandeered civilian structures.

This game was the biggest so far for the WIA, my friends
Aaron and Chris commanded the armies while I acted in
a sort of GM capacity.

It was full of lots of neat narrative moments, like this one.
Where a Sudanese sergeant rallied his men behind a
BMP before rushing a ROP defensive position.

Here Captain Mogimbo tries to organize the withdrawal of
war materiel in case the town is overrun.

ROP troops try to maintain their position as the BAWP that
was supporting them burns slowly in its dugout.

ROPMC units try to advance on the Sudanese flank with
smoke cover provided by ROP Army artillery.

This concealed ROP T-55 UA proved to be the undoing of
quite a few Sudanese APC's and even a tank.

The ROP suffered heavy losses but managed to hold the
town, thanks mostly to the dedicated infantry teams
that simply would not give ground.

By the end of the game the battlefield was littered with
burning wrecks from both sides, but the Sudanese had
not been able to take the town.

I have to give a special thanks to my friends Aaron and Chris, they were both good sports and without Aaron there wouldn't have been any pics at all since I forgot my camera completely. It was a fun game, but will likely be the last WIA game like it for awhile. We all agreed that it was such a big battle that it was clunky and overly long. Despite these shortcomings we all want to have more games in the WIA setting, but we want to shift the focus from large military engagements towards more complex scenarios involving more future tech and asymmetric forces. I've already designed the next game to try this out. Should be fun as it pits the Belgians and UN forces against armed civilians and militia. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shiska...

It means pine cone, but to the Federal Army tank crews lucky enough to have it, it means survival. The Shiska system,  a Guuseprian produced armor upgrade package compatible with most armor vehicles, has started to make its presence felt against the rebels. Tanks that were easy prey for rebel anti-tank teams now shrug off rocket impacts, and deliver their vengeance against their attackers.

Here a T-55 has been upgraded with the Shiska package.
The crew have nicknamed their vehicle "BULL".

In direct support of Federal Infantry, this tank will be able
to take the fight to the rebels.

The name Shiska is due to the overlapping layers of armor
and NxRA blocks that resemble the scales of a pine cone.

This is another one of my attempts to use the many T-55's that I had bought, while trying to update it and make it more competitive in a modern setting. It was actually quite a bit of fun to figure out the placement of the armor and convert the turret to be similar to a T-72. Likely to be the only one I do like this for Guusepria, but it's what I imagined the majority of tanks being like in the Federal Army Armor formations. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Killzone in 15mm

This all got started because my friend wanted some of the Gota Clan minis from Khurasan but wouldn't buy them without a reason to use them. When I pointed out they looked like Helghast from the video game Killzone he quickly placed an order for some of them. Having an army of Helghast doesn't do you any good unless you have some ISA to fight, so I decided I needed to be a good friend and play my part in the conflict.

Let's play guess those minis.

Recognize them?

How about this big SOB?

It's a Rhino MBT from Brigade Models.

The infantry are Modern Australians from Eureka Minis.

While my models may not be exact matches for the forces of the ISA they are close facsimiles. Unfortunately for my friend his Helghast forces have been held up due to an abundance of orders into Khurasan. What does this mean for the war between the ISA and Helghan? Stay tuned to find out. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

VICTORY

The build-up of Federal forces around Vystok has led to some likely premature horn blowing and chest beating among the General Staff of Guusepria. Mikhail Klosovik, Chief of the Army, made the statement that "The arms of Guusepria are arrayed against the Separatists, they will know no rest, no pity, no shelter. Guusepria will have victory, victory bought with rebel blood."  The reality on the ground is that while the Federal Army enjoys numerical and technical superiority over the Separatists in and around Vystok, they are daily tasked with costly house to house fighting as they tighten the ring around the besieged town. With every acre taken a few dozen men are left dead and often a vehicle is reduced to a burning wreck. The cost the rebels are paying for this is harder to discern as they rarely leave more than a few dead, and often those bodies are booby trapped.

Federal Army units rely on aggressive, fast moving actions
to try and smash the defenses of the rebel defenders.

Many Federal Soldiers wear blast helmets to shield
themselves from the debris of room clearing and
house to house fighting.

A popular slogan on Federal Armor, this statement of
"VICTORY" seems to be more tongue in cheek as
it's followed by a crude peace symbol.


This is the first MTLB that I have finished for my Guuseprian Federal Army. I decided to try and add some rust to it as well, but it turned out a little different than the T-55 as the vehicle was basically painted before I added the rust. I think I will paint my converted MTLB without any rust and see how I like the results, after I have an example of each I'll decide how I want to paint the rest of the transports and other things. I also got some Oddzial Osmy Green Men. In my oppinion they are even better looking than the Eureka Minis Russians, and their uniforms are more of a Summer or general purpose than the fur trimmed coats on the Eureka Minis, plus they have balaclavas. Both sets of minis scale well with one another so I may mix them up, or I might mix the blast helmet minis from Eureka with the balaclava wearing Green Men to produce a Guuseprian Federal Interior Security Force, the kind of soldiers who knock down doors at night. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shaking Off Some Mothballs

As the need for more and more equipment and men became evident to the generals of Guusepria, the Federal Army had to dig deep into it's stockpile of arms and armor. While the best tanks available are grouped into dedicated armor formations, the relics of the Stalin's influence over the former satellite state are prepped for direct infantry support roles.

While a T-55 is nothing to sneeze at, it lacks the superior
systems demanded by Federal Armored Units.

This T-55 provides desperately needed heavy firepower
to the struggling Federal Infantry around Vystok.

Most of these vehicles bear a simple turret number, but
these are used solely to track them once in the field, and
seem to have no impact on where or how these
tanks are deployed.

Finally painted one of my stockpile of T-55's, didn't feel like trying to update it, which left me thinking that it would be fun to paint it like a second hand tank that has seen better days. It's a simple scheme but I added lots of rusty patches and faded paint to reinforce the idea that this beast has been kicking around in the back of a depot until recently, maybe used as a training tank till a demand for its deployment arose. I have a half dozen MTLB's to get painted for my Federal Motor Platoon, they won't be quite as rough as this guy, as I imagine they have been better cared for. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guuseprian Federal Infantry Section

As the fighting intensifies around the town of Vystok, Federal forces move in further in the hopes of breaking the rebels's control of the region. The brunt of the fighting falls on those brave men who make up the Federal Infantry forces. Well equipped and motivated they will be sure to give the Separatists hell every chance they get.

Federal Infantry take up a blocking position on one of the
many small roads in and out of Vystok.

Their LMG's will take a heavy toll on any rebels trying
to use this road.

The majority of Federal units are well trained and capable
fighters who believe in the cause of their state.

Woe betide any rebels taken alive for most Federal Officers
carry a dreaded red dossier. These documents contain
lists of dissidents and enemies of the state.

These are the first of my Guuseprian Federal Infantry in standard colors and equipment. They are the command section for my motorized platoon. I had a lot of fun painting the officer, when I realized he had a folder under his arm my first thought was to paint it an off white like a standard folder. Then it occurred to me that in a rebellion lists of important enemies would be distributed so the traitors could be arrested and punished. What could be more ominous than a dark red folder full of names of people that are likely to be executed if captured? Plus red really stands out on a mostly green mini. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.