Sunday, January 28, 2018


I can't believe I have yet to share this here.  This was a battle that was fought between the mighty Herman Hum and me for almost a year in Harpoon 3 Advanced Naval Warfare, Multiplayer.

The scenario is called Ingress and was inspired by the chapter Dance of the Vampires from Tom Clancy's novel Red Storm Rising.

The reason it took a year to complete was because my schedule would only allow for me to meet up with HH randomly and play for roughly 1-2 hours at a time.

Needless to say with the map area this vast and two carrier battle groups to manage, there was A LOT to do.

Please take a look at the video HH made from his perspective of the battle.  For me, the scenario really showed what I thought all along after reading Clancy, Palmer, etc.: 1) It takes an insane amount of missiles to get one hit on a carrier.  2) Ticonderoga Class cruisers are amazing air defense platforms.

Oh and let's not forget, the venerable F-14.  The Tom Cat crews really won the 1st day of the battle as you will see.  I was faced with a choice, the 'Cats would engage the incoming missiles or go after the bombers.  I directed them to go after the enemy bombers and they prosecuted them with impunity.  I did have to micro manage quite a bit to keep them from engaging the inbound missiles and a couple of them scored hits on missiles that were targeting the battle group.  I remember being nervous about my decision because it was still some time before the salvo reached the surface group and the Tom Cats would be well out of range by then pursuing the fleeing bombers.  I chose wisely. The surface group chewed up the missiles with only one hit on a cruiser(sadly sinking her) while the F-14 crews downed 10 Red bombers on their egress.

HH noted that he made a critical error in that he did not fire all of his missiles in the first salvo and if I remember correctly he called that an error.  He also said the fact that the F-14's shot down so many bombers really changed the game for him.  I was also surprised to see he had mentioned it in an interview with Board Game Geek when he was selected for Video Game Geek of the Week.

Without further ado, I present to you Ingress: a.k.a "Dance of the Vampires" by Herman Hum and posted to his channel dedicated to Harpoon and other great games, HarPlonked.  Oh and it was my idea to score it with "Ride of Valkyries."

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pigment to Pewter

On this cold, March winter day, I am winding down my five day weekend from work.  What was originally intended to be a multiple day salmon fishing excursion with my dad, turned into lazy days of World War II Online(more about that in another post), a trip to the hobby store, and today I was able to actually get some painting in.  All this due to some nasty storms bringing wind, rain, cold temps, low cloud ceilings, and freezing levels.  Obviously it did not make for very good fishing or flying weather.

Similar Colors of Tamiya and P3 paint
Recently, I purchased some Tamiya paint pots to try on my GHQ and C in C miniatures.  My Privateer Press P3 paint color purchases have been geared more toward Warhammer 40,000 and so I was looking for more military colors for my tanks and trucks.  After reading FineScale Modeler and noticing that they use Tamiya paint a lot, I was curious to try some.  The hobby store I frequent carries a large selection of Tamiya in all sorts of cool military type colors whereas their P3 selection isn't as vast.

So far, I've found that Tamiya is a little more finicky in that it seems to be less forgiving on brush strokes than P3.  I'm finding the need to work fast and not go back over the same areas too much with the brush while it's still wet.  I can get away with this a little more with P3.  I'm reminded that I'm definitely a beginner and still refining my technique.

Overview of what all I'm currently working on.  Russian AT's, T-34's, Panther V's, GAZ  Trucks, Pz38's, BT-5's, Stug III's, Opels, and German AT's with Half-track haulers.  
That said, this session was more of a "test" session with the new paint.  I'm still not sure about the color schemes I want on my Opels so I've got a couple of test subjects going.  I've settled on green for the Gaz trucks, but I want to try dry-brushing with a lighter shade of it to see if I get the look I want.

Opels still very, very early in the painting process.
After ninety minutes in the garage, my feet became numb from the cold.  Even with the heaters on, I can only get it to about 57 degrees in there on days like today.  I need to wait for the paint to dry and the feeling to return to my lower extremities before applying some more finishing techniques to see if I'm close to getting the desired effects on the models.
Russian GAZ trucks, also in very early painting stage.  
Overall it's been slow, but a very fun session.  I am learning new techniques and how to work with different paint and still searching for the desired effect.  It's experimentation that makes it fun and challenging for me.