The next day was in Linz. We elected to take the excursion to Český Krumlov, a quaint mediaeval village back in the Czech Republic. This town was largely untouched by WWII, so the castle and town are like they have been for hundreds of years. After a walking tour of the town and castle grounds, we all sat down for a traditional Czech meal and then had some free time to spend money on stuff we didn’t need. We also climbed the tower of the castle and looked at the museum inside the castle tower during our free time. Despite the hour and fifteen minute drive in each direction, we arrived back in Linz in time to walk around the town a bit and get some Linzer tortes.
After a little shopping we boarded the bus and headed back to Linz. I don’t fee like we missed anything in Linz by spending the day in Český Krumlov. It is a largish German city with a handful of churches to see. We had a couple of hours to walk downtown and shop for Linzer tortes to bring home. The shopping area in Linz was just a city street and was not really unique or quaint.
After our time in Prague, we boarded a bus for along ride to Passau, Germany, where we boarded out boat. Arriving a little before dinner, we received out orientation and unpacked in our rooms. We stayed in Passau at the dock the first night. The next morning, Duncan, Dave, and I took the “Hiking the Hills of Passau” walking tour, while everyone else took the normal walking tour of town. Our tour covered the same downtown (Old Town) area of Passau, but we also saw a monastery / church overlooking Passau from one side of town and the castle on the other side of the river. The tour was billed as “strenuous,” but it really wasn’t too bad except for the climb up the hill to the castle.
Overnight we docked in Linz for our tours the next day.
Well, it finally happened. After our Viking river cruise of the Rhine in 2019, we scheduled a cruise along the Danube in 2020, which was postponed to 2021, and then 2022. Along the way, we encouraged several other couples to participate: Greg and Nicole with whom we took the Rhine cruise, Duncan and Betty, Dave and Brenda, Eric and Vickey, and JJ and Karen. Our journeys began seven days ago with our flights into Prague for the “pre show,” three days in Prague.
Our first night in Prague Greg had identified a pretty neat restaurant called “the skewer.” All of the food had a skewer stuck in it. Some had two skewers. The food was self-serve, and at the end you paid for the number of skewers you had eaten.
After a stroll around downtown Prague (Praha), we all returned to the hotel to try to get some sleep despite the jet lag.
The next morning, we all took the included “Panoramic Prague” walking tour through the city. The guide, Radick, did a nice job of showing us the highlights of downtown Prague, despite some heavy rain.
The tour continued by taking us up to the castles, which includes a church and the President’s offices.
That night Duncan, Betty, Dave, Brenda, Candy, and I attended a traditional folk dinner in a rural area outside of Prague. This included dancers performing traditional folk dances and a three-piece band playing traditional music. The food included some kind of cheese spread on bread, soup, meat, cabbage, and potatoes. It was a fun evening.
The next morning, on our own, we went to find the History of Communism. I don’t know how anyone can support Communism, Marxism, and Socialism after visiting this museum. The Czechs know first hand the evils of these philosophies, and they are not afraid to oppose them.
Our last morning we had to drop off our bags by 1000, but the bus wasn’t scheduled to depart of Passau until 1300. So, Karen, Candy, JJ, and I walked across the river and along it to the Charles Bridge. We stopped at a couple of shops to look at stuff we didn’t need, then we crossed the bridge and made one last trek through Old Town Square back to our hotel.
We arrived at the boat in time to unpack our rooms and have dinner.
I recently completed these three battalions of French Napoleonic infantry and mounted them for the under-development Wars of Eagles and Empires. Eagles and Empires is an adaptation of Wars of Ozz for purely historical games. The initial version will be Napoleonic, but there will be supplements for other historical periods, such as the American War of Independence (AWI), Jacobite Rebellion, Crimea, and others.
These figures are very early Old Glory figures. These were sold with separate heads, and you could get them with bicorns or shakos. At the time, I was building Davout’s III Corps for 1805-1807. Almost half of his regiments were still furnished Royal white uniforms instead of Napoleonic blue uniforms.
I don’t know if these were Old Glory’s first 25/28mm figures, but they were very early ones. I think I purchased these at Old Glory’s first Historicon.
I have recently be remounting all of my Napoleonic infantry for Wars of Eagles and Empires from Empire. I had painted three battalions of these figures. In Empire a battalion of French was typically twelve figures. In Wars of Eagles and Empires, French regiments are generally six bases; although, there is no prescribed number of figures per base. The figures from Nick Cirocco that I converted from Column, Line, and Square were mounted six figures to a base, because that’s how Minifigs Napoleonics were packaged.
During my rebasing, I found a bunch more of these figures that I had filed and primed. There were enough figures, when combined with the 36 I had already painted, to make three full battalions of them for Wars of Eagles and Empires.
I block painted the new figures to match closely the ones I had painted 35 years ago. The result is passable. I just love the look of big battalions! May that is because of my dad’s collection of 54mm Britains that surrounded me as a kid.
I will be holding another Napoleonic play test this week, and these figures will be on the table. “Buck’s Law” states that the first time you put new figures on the table, they usually get spanked. We’ll see what happens…
When I started working on Wars of Orcs and Dwarves (WOOD), I found that I had very few fantasy figures, as I prefer historical games in general. So, I started on my journey to create several “brigades” of hobbits, orcs, and goblins for WOOD. I completed the hobbit army some months ago. To complete the orc army, I needed some artillery. After posting to The Wargames Website, which is a wonderful alternative to the troll-infested Miniatures Page, I received some good suggestions.
This weekend I completed two “artillery pieces” for the orcs.
This piece will be mounted on a 4″x4″ base like large creatures. It will melee like a large creature in WOOD, but it will fire like a catapult.
Dave will be using my figures to run a WOOD game at the Recon convention in April in the Free State of Florida. I can’t wait to see these guys on the table.
I found foldable terrain pictured recently on The Wargames Website that are available from Badger Games LLC in the US. I have not been a fan of 4Ground in the past, because I don’t like the exposed tabs, and they don’t seem to sell touch-up paint to cover the tabs in matching colors. The concept of foldable terrain intrigued me. Badger has a subset of the building kits. The full listing can be found here.
I purchased one of the brig buildings just to see how easy they were to assemble and how they looked. In general, I am very pleased the the results; although, there was definitely a learning process for the first floor I assembled. There are no tutorial videos that I could find, so it was a bit of trial and error. Hint: you never put any glue on any white paint in these repainted buildings.
Here is a picture of the final Americana shop with the optional third floor.
I am very interested in the mediaeval ones. I have reached out to see if I can order them from Badger or if I need to order them from England.
Does anyone know how to find paint that matches the 4Ground colors?
Last night, I hosted a Wars of Ozz game. The game involved three 20-point Munchkin brigades attacking two 25-point Gillikin brigades. The Gillikins were defending a village that the Munchkins sought to capture. We had two guys who were familiar with the rules, and one newcomer who quickly grasped the rules. We played four turns. We probably needed a fifth turn to come to a conclusion, but the consensus was that the Munchkins would have captured the town.
As I said, the consensus was that the game would have been a Munchkin victory if we had been able to play one more turn, but it was a “school night,” and we quit about 2200. The game was fun.
I recently ordered this vehicle from an outfit called RealityAtWork. Even without instructions it assembled easily. There were some really nice features about how this kit, all 3D printed, assembled with printed clips. I like the way I was able to assemble it so that the roofs came off easily for play.
The trailer was optional. The door/hatch came already assembled and hinged. The ladder is supposed to go up and down, but it is a very tight fit, and after painting, it probably won’t move any more.
The figures in these pictures are 28mm figures.
This vehicle will be the centerpiece of a science fiction skirmish scenario using the under-development Star Patrol(TM) version of Combat Patrol(R).
And this is something unrelated, but I picked it up last weekend at Hurricon in Orlando. Yes, we are holding gaming conventions here.
Last weekend the folks in Florida hosted Hurricon, their first convention since the COVID panic overtook the nation. It is held in Orlando (actually Kissimmee), Florida. The venue was well lit, spacious, and clean. There were plentiful food options on premises and nearby. My friend, JJ, flew down from Charlotte to join me for the weekend. I took of Friday for some gaming. We played a Command and Colors Maori Wars game, a demo of Oak and Iron, a sailing ship game, a pirate free-for-all, and a fun little skirmish using a “stripped down” version of the d20 Star Wars roleplaying game.
On Saturday, I ran two Wars of Ozz games. The rules were released after I moved to Florida. Conventions all over the country were cancelled. This was my first time running the rules in public since Fall In 2019, when they were in pre-release form. Bottom line: both games went well, the players like the rules, and everyone liked the figure, despite my paint job.
I ran the same scenario twice. A force of Gillikins, Nomes, and Winkies attacked a force of Harvesters, Quadlings, and Munchkins to seize a Munchkin village. Each attacking brigade was composed of 25 points. Each defending brigade was composed of 20 points.
In the first instance of the game, the “defending” Munchkins were very aggressive, advancing from the town, only to be mauled by the Nomes. The game was an easy-to-call attacker victory.
One player had to leave early. Other young guy came over to see the game. He was very interested in the rules and the figures. While he was standing there, a now-commanderless brigade needed to make some Reaction Tests. I got him to make those rolls, then a few more rolls, then move some troops. He ended up staying for the rest of the game, and he had a great time. He and the Winkie commander had a swirling melee involving infantry and cavalry. He even came by during the second game to see how his troops were doing.
The second game was a much more near-run affair. The Munchkins did a better job of trying to hold the village. The Nomes got into the village briefly, but the Munchkins counter attacked. In the “good guys'” center, the Quadlings advanced toward the Gillikins instead of making the Gillikins come to them, but they didn’t really commit to an attack, so the Quadlings took a beating. On the “good guys'” left, the forces from the Land of Harvest really got spanked by the Winkies. The Harvesters didn’t really make any mistakes, but they just didn’t seem to be able to get anything going. By the end, they were nearly wiped out, but they held on long enough so that the Winkies really never put any pressure on the village.
I think everyone who played in the games liked the rules. There were several people who had heard about the rules and figures. There were at least two people there who had bought into the first Kickstarter, and one guy was actively painting his figures. There was also a request for me to come to the local hobby store to run a demonstration game.