Assembling The Paras

So I've started getting my British Paras modeled up so I can quit press ganging Imperial Guard models into service for Bolt Action games.  I've got a game against Cheef coming up in a couple weeks and I'm hoping to run this game with all official models.
First up is some heavier fire power than I've been running with the addition of a 6lb anti-tank gun and a pack howitzer which are the two heaviest guns that the British Airborne list are allowed.  The anti-tank gun especially should help out with the light tanks and lone half track that I've been running up against.
Next is the trio of recce jeeps that I've assembled.  I've become a fan of this unit in the couple games I've got in so far.  It makes a nice mobile platform that with it's pair of medium machine guns can kick out a good amount of fire.  With the recce rule they've got a nice ability to scoot backwards when shot at which has saved them a couple times by putting them beyond half range of something shooting at them.
Then we've got a hoard of men ready to be sorted into sections and other roles.  I've got many more that I need to behead so that I can get them properly attired in their berets rather than helmets.  For some reason, you get 1 model with a beret per 2 with a helmet.

I'm planning on trying to get this batch all primered this evening.  Tomorrow the plan is to see about making progress on the still helmeted paras.  I also want to get started on some of the models for the War of the Roses force.  That's all for now and I'll see you all next post.


A Large Pile Of Loot

So, as mentioned in previous posts, the Warhound went the way of the auction block.  This post will be covering the first influx of what it's funded.  And I've still got about $150 not spent from that with a number of items slated to go up on eBay tomorrow.  Since I've moved, I've had a chance to get my hobby stuff much more organized as I've been unpacking.  While I've still got a number of stuff to finish unpacking (mainly books, knick knacks, and lots of space marines), it's been nice to go through it a box at a time and get things under control.
This is DEFINITELY more organized than the pile and jumble I had pre-move
First up from the loot pile is two boxes of Perry Miniatures infantry for the War of the Roses force I'm putting together.  One is a box of War of the Roses infantry which can be assembled as archers or infantry and the other is a box of European infantry in the same time frame which can be assembled as crossbowmen, handgunners, or pikemen.  Each box contains enough model parts to assemble 40 models, so it was right at $70 for 80 models of multipart plastics.  Eat that GW.
The forces are being marshaled, but which side to support?
Next up is a box of mounted sergeants from Fireforge Games.  There are 12 multipart cavalry in the box and they're easily the match of GW Fantasy other than you don't get an entire sprues worth of detail bits.  But it was another good value at $20 on eBay.  I've got a couple individual models coming from the Dark Blade line of Game of Thrones models to represent the leadership of the force.  Once they arrive hopefully by this weekend, I'll have a bunch of the infantry assembled and will be doing an entire post on the force.  Also, I'm currently looking into the Fields of Glory rules for playing this army and would welcome any advice on the ruleset.
I read good reviews on this set and they were right
After that we'll make a quick hyperspace jump and look at a pair of basic Tie Fighters to bring me up to 5 basics as I slowly build up my Imperial forces.  I still want to get a pair of bombers, 3 more Ties to be able to field a full swarm list, and then a Firespray.  I'm not going to make the jump into Scum and Villainy just yet.
Soon you will feel the power of .... two lone fighters with no shields
And then last but far far far from least, my order from Warlord arrived with the last of my Bolt Action British paratroopers.  With what I already have, this will easily let me put together a force of up to 1,000 points quite easily.  I'll be working on getting them all onto bases when I'm off work this coming Sunday and Monday so they'll all be ready for my next foray up to Johnson City.  There paras have a return engagement planned with some aardvarks and we'll see if the paras can continue their success when properly modeled and not proxied.
Airborne rangers from the sky, fearless men who'll ...
So that's what all I've got on the plate for now.  Plus I've got some stuff to finish getting organized to get up on eBay.  My goal (if most likely a bit more than ambitious) is to get all this assembled by the end of the month and make a dent is starting to get it painted.  Hopefully I'll at least get it all primed by then and perhaps some basic colors on them as well.  The paras will be the top item for getting paint as they'll definitely be seeing the table top a fair amount while the War of the Roses force will be more of a hobby project for now while I find a rule set that looks promising.  I think I've got Bob talked into trying the time frame at least.

Thanks for the reads and I'll see you all later.


Updates From A New Location

So over the last two weeks I've moved and now am in the process of unpacking.  As part of that process I'm getting my hobby stuff sorted out and even thinned out some to free up funds and space for other things.  I'm still going to keep the core main part of my Lions of Harlech and some other choice pieces, but a lot of the excess is going.

The first to go was my never completed after 4 years Warhound Titan.  It fetched a bit over $460 on eBay which I was quite content with.  Next on the chopping block are my 4 Super Heavy Tanks, 2 Apocalypse variants of the Landraider, and some other marine stuff never started such as a couple Rhinos still on the sprues.  There is also a batch of Warmahordes that'll be going as I only got the lot to try and do some 40K imperial guard conversions that really didn't come close to working out.  There is a lot of 40K being played in a group I used to game with quite a bit, so I'm offering some of this there first and then it'll be finding it's way onto eBay.
Now as to what it'll be funding, I've got the last of my Bolt Action British airborne on order and will need to get them all assembled and painted.  Once the British Paras are done, I'm considering a US Army (possibly a Marine) force for a change of pace army and something that goes in for heavier armaments, especially in armored options.
I also got the core rule book for Black Powder.  I must say that I'm .... not a fan.  I'm not saying that it's a bad rule system, far from it.  But it isn't what I'm looking for in a system.  It is DEFINITELY for the historical gamer who likes to figure out their own scenarios and army forces for the game, not a casual gamer quick pick up type thing.  This is a game that you have to get lots of planning in on the front side.

I'm considering some X-Wing purchases as well, not making the Scum and Villainy jump yet, but I need to add to my fledgling Imperial force.  I need four more basic Ties to be able to field a horde list, and I'd like to get a couple Tie Bombers as well.  Still need a Slave One option in my collection as well.

Also while talking with Bob (of Fist Full of D6 infamy), we're both interested in some historical gaming that is farther back in years than Bolt Action.  While we haven't figured out a rule system, I have ordered a couple boxes of Perry Miniatures plastics in their War of the Roses line to get some units put together for when we do figure out a rule set to try.

So that's it for now and I'll see you later.  Feel free to leave any advice on rulesets or inquiries into what is on the chopping block.