Finally the snow has melted in northern Finland and the Finns are encouraged after the victory in Revonlahti. Now Adlercreutz, Von Öttern and Von Döbeln were marching and circling the small town of Nykarleby in order to take out the Russian forces there...
Read on to find out if the Russian managed to escape from the clutches of the attacking Finnish forces...
Nopat & Taktiikka Club's Traditional Summer Cabin Trip
It was once again time to enjoy the Finnish summer by heading to the country side with good friends, dozens of beer cans and hundreds of toy soldiers... and to stay crammed in a small cabin for hours and hours drinking the beer and rolling the dice. The companions were:
King Harold (Sebastian) and his brothers (in arms) Juha and Antti
-proudly displaying the new Club T-shirt (and Karhu-beer, in English bear-beer)
...and commanding the defending the Anglo-Saxon fyrds
And the somewhat more crazy AND arrogant Norman lords:
Duke William (aka Kalle) and his vassals my self and Aleksis
What madness would follow from this you wonder... read on to find out! (Sorry about the unsharpness of some of the pictures - lightning conditions were very challenging.
June issue of Wargames Illustrated has excellent content! One of goodies on offer is two new scenarios for Congo. Kalle and me decided to test Cowrie if Coumba -scenario, where Whitewoman's Expedition column is trying to escape the wrath of the natives with a valuable artifact. This adventure is full of dramatic events and the new special rules (night, confusion and exhausted) give a nice extra flavor.
Painted some White woman adventurers (Copplestone Casting) and wild animals (Foundry) this week for the game:
Read on to find out how these chicks fared in the untamed jungle!
Our LOTR -saga continued with Marko and Kalle - the plan is to play all the scenarios related to the book. So now the Fellowship has left Rivendell and they are attacked by pack of vargs, that seems to have endless amount of vicious and hairy beasts!
I had painted few more beasties for the game.
Winning criteria in this scenario was: if vargs could kill before end of the game (duration was random) either 5 members of the Fellowship OR just Frodo, the evil side would win. Dead vargs were recycled and could enter the battle a fresh from the next round.
Since Hamburger Tactica, where I acquired the plastic Gripping beast box of late Romans and some metal blisters as well, I've been building up my 6 point late Roman Warband. So far I've played two games with them: 1 against Saxons played by Timo and one against Britons played by Sami. Below you'll find reports (WIP - first game done) from the games and my thoughts on how the roman board works.
1808 Reinforcements: Jaegers for Finns and Russians
As my painting goal for this year is to FINISH (including varnish) miniatures, that I'm painting, I sticked to completing these Russian jaegers in a one go (= not leaving them almost finished). I also did the final touches for some Savolax jaegers, that had been "almost finished" since November 2016.
It was in last September, when this fire was really ignited. I had been slowly collecting some minis for the Russo-Swedish War 1808-09 (where Finland was torn away from being part of Sweden and annexed to the Russian Tzardom), but visiting The Little Wars Club in Stockholm really kicked this project on. They introduced us to the Pikeman's Lament rules system based on the successful Lion Rampant -system. Miniature painting (and buying more) started after the trip and then we just had to wait for the Pikeman's Lament ruleset to be published...
First game of super duper gaming (and painting) week was a 2 vs. 2 LOTR game with my friends Marko (Sharkey and his evil minions), Kalle P. (Isengard with Dunlending focus) as the evil side and my elves and Adrian's (guest player from Turku, whom we new from LOTR Finland fb-group) stout dwarven force led by Gimli and Legolas (whom this time won their body count easily!).
Last Sunday we finally fought the battle of Holowcyn. Scenario was straight out of the BP supplement "Last Argument of the Kings" . We splitted the OOB to 50% to make our collections cut it. Several units were actually left out of the game, so we're not far from playing it with full OOB.
We had an "Open House" for Bolt Action today at our Club. This meant we had set up BA games on good looking gaming tables and people could come and play, even without own minis or previous experience. We had a full house (including few 9th Age -players in the midst) with couple of new players wanting to try it out. I was hosting a scenario from the Empires in Flames -book: HQ Raid, where British troops were attacking a village with a local Japanese HQ. All Japs & Gurghas painted by me, Chindits painted by Mikko. I was playing with my friend Ludde and his pals quite new to the game. They preferred not be presented in the blog, hence the "masking" of faces.
I had a business trip to Stockholm and used the opportunity to visit my gaming pals at Little Wars -club in Stockholm.
As Pikeman's Lament had just been published by Osprey, we played a Great Northern War battle. You can find battle report by the rules co-author Micke here. Once again I enjoyed a great game in a beautiful terrain!
Our Clubs annual gaming event is next week and I'll be running the Bolt Action tournament with another Nopat Fellow Juha. Nowadays Nopat Winter War is the biggest miniature wargaming event in Finland with tournaments also for 9th Age, 40K, Flames, Warmachine & Hordes and Infinity.
I've been building & painting stuff for a spesific BA Scenario "Air field raid", that I've designed and play tested (3 times now). Read more about the scenario, test games and see WIP pics on stuff I'm working on.
Played my 4th or so game of Kings of War. So far I hadn't been really convinced about the system (maybe because I haven't won a single battle ;-)), this game made the difference... read on to learn why!
What a year of hobby it has been! I'm in such a happy state in my life, that the split between working - family and hobby-life is almost in balance. Of course once and a while hobby life keeps me a wake too late, which impacts the too others and my wife might not always agree on the balance, but at least we get along and I'm happy with the "balance"!
It seems that my hobby activity level has been the same for 2015-2016:
This is more than a one blog post per week!
The amount of visitors on my blog is also growing nicely with the total of 50K visits closing in fast!
Most popular blog posts have been:
Not surprisingly very popular Bolt Action takes lead, also play testing and unboxing texts gather audience nicely. Also being linked to Dalauppror's blog has generated traffic.
Top 5 texts actually correlate very nicely on the higlights of my hobby-year: painting Finns for Bolt Action (and playing with them), play testing Burn & Loot and seeing it published and of course my Great Northern War -project, which has gathered a total of 25 blog posts and has been most active this year. It has also been the most visited "page" in my blog and it also has a strong connection to why we decided to visit our gaming friends in Stockholm -they have been our guides in both GNW as well as the Russo-Swerdish War of 1808-1809, which I think will be one of my hottest topics for 2017!
Visiting Little Wars -club in Stockholm
Read on to see the high light of 2016 in picture as well to find out about my plans for 2017!