Friday, May 22, 2015

Star Wars X-wing Miniatures game - First impressions


 My mate Sui and I had a couple of quick games of SW, and I can clearly see why it is winning hearts and minds. It is compact, with the defined 90cm square board constraint empowers good flying rather than taking away granduer.  The minatures are lovely to look at, and the factory paint jobs are good tabletop standard. I certainly couldn't be bothered repainting. The figures and base cominations are a little flimsy. This is the compromise to cope with the 'put it away' option. If you wanted to commit to epoxy gluing all the fine pins, it would be very sturdy.  Looking at the rules and mechanics, it is very similar to Wings of War, but they have learned and smoothed out a lot of little foibles from that game.

How did it feel? It felt like a heroic space battle, and you quickly get 'outside' of the rules and mechanics, and 'see through' to the battle. You start seeing arcs and swirls of the whole game, and you can set up long form traps, or you can play seat of the pants.
In the first battle it was the beginner set with two tie fighters against an x-wing, played super fast to get the feel. Well, I smashed an asteroid misjudging the curves, and Sui pantsed me untouched.

Next game we played with nearly his whole collection, I had the pair of named Tie, Darth, and a Lambda shuttle. Sui had Luke, Han and a B-wing. In the initial rush, I took a smattering of hits, but managed to get my prize - my Lambda shuttle took the last shots and wiped that blonde farm boy out in the initial barrage. The Emperor protects! or something like that. Over the next few turns, the Tie fighters and Darth dodged and weaved, took hits, but wore down the shields of the enemy. Suprise Lambda shuttle stopped swooping around, rejoined the fight, and did a perfect gun run to blast the B wing then silence the Falcon.
One Tie down, one Tie just limped home, Darth came home with one hit taken and no shields, and player of the match Lambda shuttle did not take a scratch.

Value? The game is based around the figures, and what you get with each miniature is considerable. You get the pre-painted model, you get the bases and stands, and many optional pilot cards. For example, the Tie Fighter comes in cheapest with an Academy pilot @ 12 points, or a squadron pilot @13 points, a top pilot at 16 and a 'named' (one per board) pilot for about 19 points.  The starter sets goes for about $60, with two tie and and x-wing, and gives plenty of options.
 
What's next? I think I will be happy to just play pick up games with other people's figures. I enjoyed the game, but I don't think I want to spend and trade to get the squadron I want. I love hordes, and I think I would like 8 tie-fighters. It seems like I could do that with a few starter set trades at around $160. I might do it eventually, after a few more pick up games, but currently the 'time- playtime- cash - friends who play' matrix says 'wait a while'.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Strapping an SCA heater shield my way

A quick guide to strapping your shield the Sir Ysambart Courtin way.

The rear of the shield consists of two parts: The shield box, and the sling.

The hand needs no extra protection. The forearm may or may not have armour. The sling accommodates either option. 

The bare hand goes through the sling and grips the shield box.

The shield box is made of mild steel. It is the last remaining part of my original armour still in regular use: this box has had over twenty years of continual use. I believe there is no commercial availability for this item. You must be, or find someone, skilled in basic metalwork. The bar that the hand grips is squared tube. It is set so the back of the hand is just off the wood. No padding required - the hand never touches the shield. The box is held to the shield by three bolts. 


The sling is two thirds the size of my forearm, and is sized to allow my forearm to fit in even when wearing akerton and full forearms. I used to use regular thin straps with buckles, but found these irksome to replace, and annoying to buckle. I have replaced the sling strapping only twice - the sling has served me nearly ten years. The sling is glued and stapled down, and then the staples are covered by the steel bar to ensure they cannot be removed, and cannot come loose. The top and bottom steel bars are held down by two bolts each bar. 

Finding the balance takes time - I suggest only using temporary attachments until you are super certain you have the balances correct.

I hold the shield by the leading edge, and let gravity take hold. I then get a helper to draw a plumb line. The shield box goes evenly down the plumb line.


Heater shield size depends on the person. I believe the flat heater should be as broad as the person from rotator cuff to rotator cuff. The length should be the size that when you shrug upwards, the head cannot be struck, and when you shrug downwards, the leg cannot be legal struck. A shrug leaves the arm in a crooked position: The whole of chest muscles send it up and down, not the arm extension.





Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lochac Combat of the 30 2016-2020

Prelim notes -will clean up later

Breton knight style- May or May not mean French - assumption.

Transition period armour

Mainly Effigy study - very few surviving kits.

No pig face, either side. Showed up later.

Base- aketon and chausses.

Bascinet without attached aventail, no faceplate.

Likely fought with great helm

Torso- aketon, mail, wisby plate, surcoat.

Surcoat- mid thigh.

Arms - mail sleeves 50%, rest arm harness

Legs- mail with supplemental knee 50%, rest floating harness.

Feet - feet match legs.






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Armour for sale - sorry, SOLD

Once again I am acting as an agent for a friend who is getting out of armoured combat. This set is for a smaller man or medium lady. I will do a few physical comparisons to how things fit for me. I am large at 6'2" (190cm) and 125kg, with big hands. The person this was made for is approx 5'6" (168 cm) and approx 65kg, with fine hands.
Left and Right Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets
Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet
One Mild Steel Articulated and strapped shoulder.
One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

$550 the lot.
Postage extra, pickup available Canberra or Rowany Festival.
Left and Right Bokolo Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets

These gauntlets have never been used. In order to get them ready you would need to do a top joint, palm, and thumb strap. This is a simple job that requires minimal leatherwork skill, some straps, and six rivets. A glove that provides padding, or a padding rig must also be procured. Street hockey gloves are the best off the shelf option. 

Size: Smaller mans hand, medium female hand. The picture shows my large hand filling the gauntlet with no padding. 

Bart's Newcomer Gauntlet Warning: In twenty years of fighting, I have only had one minor hand injury using basket hilt and half gauntlet. I don't usually get two weeks of fighting in gauntlets without some form of injury. Gauntlet fighting carries an inherently higher injury risk due to the incredible range of movement, and fine-ness of the hands. If you work with your hands, I suggest never using gauntlets.
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Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees

Pretty standard non-articulated knees. There is a superlight legs option going around where you buy leather thing boots, get Kydex thigh plates on the chausses, and these knees attached to the thigh boots. If you want that style, these are ready to go. I find they 'dig in' when you are on your knees due to the lower point. Minor quibble.

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.



One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet

Both of these items are hand cut, sewn and strapped wax hardened leather items that will do their job well. They are lined and ready to go. They are too small for my hands, you must have a finer size hands than my meat axe paws.

2nd hand items, have seen mild use.


One Mild Steel Articulated and Strapped shoulder.

One ONLY - generally used by a sword and shield user on the sword arm, presuming the shield will protect the other shoulder. Standard 'trilobite' style with lacing points and strapping completed. This item is pretty much universal in size, as the lames can be hand bent for all but the hugest and smallest combatants. 

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.

One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

This body armour has been assembled using the lamellar lames and paracord available from Duke Gabriel's "Armoured Badger" store. They have further been edged and strapped in suede leather, and this leather has been pop riveted onto the lames. 

This has been sized for a smaller man. For a woman, I believe this would only be supplementary breast protection - other protection would be needed.

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.
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Newcomers guide

What else would I need? This kit would get you several piece of armour. To finish this as a kit you would need: Helmet and gorget, a gambeson/ jack, elbows and forearms, chausees and thigh plates. To be fully armed and armoured, you would need weapons - so a pole arm or sword and shield.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

CoC Practice Nov14

Jason and I had a game to get him up to speed on the rules. One drunken bucks night does not impart fundamental mastery! Jason took a regular US platoon, I took regular Heer. My support choice was an adjutant.

Jason pushed up to the hedge lines, while I tried to force the forest. He deployed first, and fast.


In the north my men leapt a tactical bound ahead to the next hedge. In the South Woods, they took up a firing position in the forest.


My senior leader cleared the concerns of the men in the woods. Accurate fire in the north wounded a corporal.


In the woods, the MG 42 reaped it's toll, but the Americans soon figured out to always keep them under suppressing fire. In the North, things just got worse. The middle platoon finally got moving, throwing smoke to the building, and having the second MG42 pour it on south.



The north platoon was pinned and routed. The Americans then took the central building, forcing action!



The riflemen charged the building, preceded by a flurry of grenades, and the cry "hadgrenaten!" Well, we will call it a mumble, and a single grenade. And I needed a whole lot more than that. With half my forces routed, I ceded the field to the victorious Americans.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chain Of Command Platoon Pictures

My Plan is to have this post as a showcase of my CoC Forces.

Russian Rifle Platoon. 

Plastic Soldier 15mm Russians Summer Uniform.

Senior Leader has a C of snow around him.
Junior Leader is on a 25mm base.
The LMG team is on a 40mm base.
Individual riflemen and the Senior Leader are based on approx 20mm washers with pva'ed tissue paper over the hole.

Painting is done mostly with GW foundation paints, and a drybrush.

Basing is done with scenic tufts, GW texture paint, and Gale Force 9 Scenic snow.