Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hs 123 and East Front


Have acquired an old Airfix model, an 1/72 Hs 123. The box was a bit old and tatty, and the fuselage pieces were off the spruce when I opened it, but otherwise all seemed good. I came across it in a quiet little stall, under some more 'standard' model kits, in the gloomy back corners of the Junction Market, one of Adelaide's largish weekend markets held in industrial size sheds. Even though it's probably 25 years since I last bought a kit model, seeing the spanish markings on the box art, how could I resist? Now I just gotta build the bugger.

And I seem to have stalled on the French figures. 1/54 scale figures are a lot of surface area to paint!

East Front

As you might guess, East Front II was one of the first games I loaded onto the new hard drive. Am almost half way through a mid-level complexity scenario (mixed regimental level). I'm playing the german mixed group of defenders in 41/42 against a largely infantry russian wave. As usual, it is the T34s which cause the most grief. Wayne and I are exchanging repartee when we send each other our respective turns. Pretty funny.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Painted uniforms

I'm progressing slowly on painting up my 54mm napoleonic french artillery figures. I'm putting on the 'base' colours before adding detail. I'd found an excellent uniform guide on the web a couple weeks ago, and then the C drive melted down. So I can't locate that picture again. So, I'm now using the pictures on this handy site to base my uniforms on. Have done flesh and hair so far, am about to start the blue of the uniforms now.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

games wot I played and the online leap

Looking at the list of things that I've loaded into the computer recently, it's all online mediated stuff now. There are certain desktop standalone games I keep in a drawer because I'm sure I'll enjoy them again one day, but I seem to have made the leap from silicon to electron based gaming.

Thinking such meta-gaming thoughts recently I went for a browse on the topic and came across Open Bracket, a blog themed around online game development. Very interesting to me, with my anthropological bent. What endears me even more to the author is the fact that their current favorite online game is Renaissance Kingdoms!

For the record, in the past few months I've played Rook, The Great Dalmutti, Ticket to Ride.

Red Baron Crashes

I had a few computer problems recently but have rectified them since. Whewh. That'll teach me to not backup stuff! It sure was nice to have the opportunity to sit down to an empty C drive and an uncluttered desktop.

It's interesting to see what's been loaded on so far.

1. Internet - access to Renaissance Kingdoms.
2. East Front - keep an email exchange of turns going in a classic WWII tactical game.
3. Prepare to download the client program from hyperlobby to fly IL46 and get distracted.

It's like I'm stuck in a timewarp.