Granville Motel Finished

View 3 of the Granville Motel
View 3 of the Granville Motel

This week I finished the office and the road sign for the motel.  The road sign was created in PowerPoint and printed from some ideas I got browsing for “vintage motel signs” on the Internet.  The flower box is an old Copplestone Castings box painted to look like stonework.

View 2 of the Granville Motel
View 2 of the Granville Motel

The office was made from a Plasticville Cape Cod house.

View 1 of the Granville Motel
View 1 of the Granville Motel

The Granville Trailer Park

The Granville trailer park
The Granville trailer park

This evening I finished the Plasticville trailer park kit.  Now my town of Granville has its own trailer park that will be situated near the outskirts of town.

The red trailer
The red trailer

These kits were very easily assembled.   The plastic on the Plasticville kits doesn’t seem to want to take paint, even after being washed.  It took several coats of paint to get the basic colors to fully cover the base plastic.

The blue trailer and some cub scouts
The blue trailer and some cub scouts

These will be nice in a zombie game as well.

The yellow trailer
The yellow trailer

The kits come with a flag pole, but the plastic had warped.  I’ll eventually make another flag pole for the center of the trailer court.

Recent Accomplishments

Long shot of the hotel
Long shot of the hotel

I mentioned to Duncan a couple of weeks ago that I was looking for the Bachman Plasticville motel in O scale.  He works near a hobby stop and found two for me.  I spent some of Sunday afternoon working on them.  I made a sign that I will print out and affix to foam board, but we are low on color toner right now.  The motel will be on the outskirts of town in my next Granville game.

RAFM Roadster in front of Plasticville Hotel
RAFM Roadster in front of Plasticville Hotel
Some guests in front of the second hotel building
Some guests in front of the second hotel building
Another view of the hotel
Another view of the hotel

A little at a time during the week, I’ve been working on some 10mm skeletons.  I finished them Saturday morning and flocked them on Sunday.

10mm skeleton units
10mm skeleton units

I don’t know the manufacturer of these figures.  There were in a big lot that Chris got on Ebay.  There are more figures in the pile that I’ll work on a little at a time.  I’m about to switch gears again, I think, and work on Russian Napoleonic figures in 10mm.

Dismounted knights
Dismounted knights

These dismounted, heavily-armored figures were part of that batch as well.

Raptor-riding Cossacks in front of new crystal formations
Raptor-riding Cossacks in front of new crystal formations

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture of crystal formation made of plaster.  Chris found a couple of smaller crystal formations by the same folks.  You can see them in the background of this shot.

 

Fuson Con II (2013)

My buddy Sam Fuson hosted “FusonConII” at the War Horse Farm in Gettysburg yesterday.  Dave Wood, Chris Palmer, and I ran games.  Most of the gamers were Sam’s friends and co-workers, but Duncan Adams (of the HAWKs) came along as well.  Among those attending were a couple of husband and wife pairs, a couple of father and son pairs, two brothers, and a niece and uncle pair.  There were sixteen gamers, all told.  The plan was for Dave, Chris, and me to run four games.  Chris ran two back-to-back GASLIGHT gamers, Dave ran a Look, Sarge, No Charts: Napoleonic Wars game, and I ran a Look, Sarge, No Charts: World War II game.

25mm LSNC: Napoleonics game
25mm LSNC: Napoleonics game

Dave was play testing his Battle of Laon (1814) game as a play test for Cold Wars.  Dave wanted to show how you could easily  make use of an old 25mm Napoleonic collection to demonstrate that the barrier to entry for LSNC: Napoleonics is low.  You can see from these pictures that the old 25mm Minifigs, originally mounted for Empire rules, look very nice placed on magnetic “sabot” bases.

Long shot of the 25mm table
Long shot of the 25mm table

Dave didn’t remount any of his old figures.  They were mounted on metal bases three or four figures across.  He stuck two of those “strips” of figures onto a magnetic base and then also affixed the LSNC: Napoleonics label to the magnetic base.  With a minimum of effort Dave was able to pull his old Minifigs out of mothballs and put on an enjoyable game.

A close-up view of Dave's 28mm cavalry bases
A close-up view of Dave's 28mm cavalry bases

This shot show how the “sabot” bases for cavalry look.

Dave and I are working on a series of 1814 scenarios.  I ran one of mine, Vouchamps, last Friday night at our club meeting.  He ran Laon yesterday.  Vouchamps needs a little tweaking, but Laon went very well.  It was a near run thing.  When time ran out and we counted casualties, the Prussians had lost 6 bases, and the French had lost 5, while retaining possession of the road that would be used later to facilitate their retreat.

Poles and Germans vying for control of a small town
Poles and Germans vying for control of a small town

After lunch, I set up a six-player Poland 1939 game using LSNC: WWII and my 10mm figures.  The game was supposed to be a Germans attack to seize a town along the Polish line of communications.

A long shot of the 10mm Poland 1939 Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII game
A long shot of the 10mm Poland 1939 Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII game

Instead, Duncan in the Polish center went on the attack with his horse-mounted cavalry.  Duncan smashed through a German infantry battalion.  Then he got greedy and tried to run down a German anti-tank gun.  He took some casualties, and his heroic cavalry ran for cover.

A German infantry battalion getting hammered by Duncan's Polish blitzkrieg while the German armor conducts "slothkrieg"
A German infantry battalion getting hammered by Duncan's Polish blitzkrieg while the German armor conducts "slothkrieg"

Meanwhile the German armor was trying to push their way across a river.  There were three bridges, and the crossings were only lightly defended by some Polish armored cars.  The German armor seemed hesitant to take casualties and did not advance aggressively.  As a result, most of the German armor was still on the wrong side of the River as Duncan was smashing the German center.  It doesn’t happen often that a player is completely wiped out, but in this game Alicia’s (orange sweat shirt) entire German infantry battalion was reduced to a single anti-tank gun section.  The game was a convincing Polish victory.

Chris' Mars game
Chris' Mars game

While these two historical games were going on in one room, Chris was running his two GASLIGHT games in the other.  I didn’t get pictures of Chris’ first game, but check out his blog (link at the top of this page) for his AAR.  This game was a Burroughs-only Mars game.  (Typically we do a Verne, Burroughs, Wells, etc. mashup.)

Kathy, Dave, and the back of Ed in Chris' Mars game
Kathy, Dave, and the back of Ed in Chris' Mars game

Even Sam’s bride-to-be got into the act.  This picture was taken just before a great white ape crawled out of cave and attacked one of Sam’s units in retribution for Sam poking fun at the GM’s singing.

Ancient ruins on Mars
Ancient ruins on Mars

 

Super Bowl Weekend

Typically, I only watch one football game each year.  That’s the Army-Navy game.  It’s been a disappointing decade (11 years actually).  Occasionally we watch the Super Bowl, because we get invited to a party or my wife wants to see the commercials.  This year we weren’t invited to any Super Bowl parties, but the kids were.  With taking kids to Super Bowl events, church, and going up to Delaware for a friend’s promotion party, Sunday was largely shot.  Saturday, on the other hand, provided a good opportunity for some light painting between other kid taxiing events.  I used the time to work on some odds and ends that have been in my project box for a while.

RAFM Call of Cthulu roadster
RAFM Call of Cthulu roadster

Before he created Pulp Figures, Bob Murch sculpted for RAFM.  His old Call of Cthulu figures are more 25mm compared to his current 28mm figures, but I think they are interesting and have some nice aspects to them.  This roadster has been calling my name for a long time.  I got it for Christmas and painted it up this weekend.  The casting on the roadster (lead) was poor and required a lot of putty work.  I think the final product turned out pretty good though.

RAFM Call of Cthulu police on motorcycles
RAFM Call of Cthulu police on motorcycles

In that same Call of Cthulu line are these neat policemen on motorcycles.  I especially like the side car with the officer armed with a shotgun.  In my Granville pulp games, the police tend to be outgunned by Venusians, gangsters, soldiers, sailors, and robots.  These will help redress the balance a bit.

Pulp Figures female cultists
Pulp Figures female cultists

What’s not to like about female cultists to go along with the other cultists.  I’m thinking the cultists will have a major role in the next Duke Morrison adventure.

Prince Azim and Mr. Caruthers
Prince Azim and Mr. Caruthers

In an earlier post, I showed pictures of the Sergeants Three from Pulp Figures.  There are two Sergeants Three sets:  one with “toad face” from Gunga Din.  The other comes with these two characters from The Drum.

Reaper Chronoscope Cub Scouts
Reaper Chronoscope Cub Scouts

I’m thinking these Cub Scouts will have a major role in the next Granville game as well!

Eureka rocket pack women
Eureka rocket pack women

When we were getting ready to release The GASLIGHT Compendium, we had been in discussions with Nic Robson at Eureka Miniatures about a custom figure.  They already had this one in the pipeline that was similar to what we wanted.  I have a unit of 10.

Hydra War Rocket pirate ships
Hydra War Rocket pirate ships

When I ordered the flight stands for the FASA Hangar 18 ships from my previous post, I also ordered these larger Hydra pirate ships for War Rocket.  The pirates haven’t seen action yet.