Monday, March 12, 2018

Battle Valor Helions Reviewed

I have recently purchased some of the Battle Valor Hellian miniatures.  When I first saw them they reminded me of some of the old "B" fantasy movies from the 70s and 80s.  Movies such as Beastmaster, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Red Sonja, and Conan. 

I have painted up the first four of these, and have a bunch on the workbench, but wanted to give my first impressions...

The miniatures are well sculpted with good details.  There are 5 or 6 variations in each pack.  The sculpts are clean.

One of the most important questions though is how do the fit with other ranges.  Well, they are a bit on the large size, though not too big.  They are even larger than some of their own ranges.  For instance in the picture below, on the far right is one of BV Frigian miniatures.  There is a slight difference in height and bulk.  In the middle I have an Old Glory 15mm Norman Archer, and on the left is a Barbarian from Copplestone Castings.  The Copplestone Casting is smaller, but the picture is a bit deceptive because the spearman has a pretty large helmet!

Overall I would say that these would be a good addition to your 15mm collection.  Battle Valor Games is constantly adding new figs, and is one of the better manufacturers of 15mm fantasy!

Here is the link to Heillians range at Battle Valor Games if you want to do some shopping!  Battle Valor Games

Monday, January 22, 2018

More 15mm Star Wars - Rebel Commandos/Pathfinders

My 15mm Star Wars collection is continuing to grow.  Here is a batch of Rebel Commandos.  I have tried to paint a scheme similar to Battle of Scarif.

These are from Ground Zero Games.  It is their Colonial Defense Force range.
Ground Zero Games - Colonial Defense Force

In Scarif there was a mix of some wearing helmets and some wearing caps.  All of these have caps on as opposed to helmets.  They do have some in helmets, and I may get them eventually.

Here is a couple of group shots showing the entire force that I have painted at this point.  I still have about 15 more to paint.

Below is a closeup of the figures.  My painting isn't great, but it is good enough for me.  This shows the details of the figures.  They are great looking figs!

Why the black bases?

You may wonder why I paint my bases black.  Normally I would flock them, but for Star Wars, I plan on doing battles on spaceships, in star ports, in desert planets as well as woodland settings.  The green base would look odd on a starship deck.  I decided that a black base will be ok, but not perfect for almost any environment.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

More 15mm Star Wars Project

I think that 15mm is the perfect scale for Star Wars battles.  With that in mind I have been picking up some proxies!


For Stormtroopers there are a couple of places that made them in 15mm.  They are knock offs and aren't quite perfect, but they look great for the role.

The best ones that I have seen were created by Highlander Studios as a charity sale.  I don't think that these are being made still.

Highlander Studios.
The detail on these is incredible.  I am still working on finishing painting them, but wanted to post up some pics.  Unfortunately, I only have 20 of them...

Another company is still making these.  (If you need the info, then let me know and I will send it to you).

They aren't as well detailed, but they are good with some nice variety.

Comparing them

Unfortunately they do not mix well at all.  The second company are quite small compared to the first.
Giants vs Dwarves!

Imperial Army Troopers

I have picked up these troops from Ground Zero Games.
Ground Zero makes outstanding figures.  These are from their Brethren of The New Light range.  I think they fit perfectly for the Imperial Army figures that I have seen.

The big question though is how do the compare...
The Highlander Studios are larger, but not by much.  (The Stormtrooper on the left has a base.  The Imperial army trooper does not)  The other one is a little closer in scale, but the GZG troop is much bulkier.  Not quite happy with the way any of them mix!

Rebel Fleet Troopers

For the Rebels I went back to Ground Zero Games and got their Islamic Federation Army with the helmets.  I thought that the helmets looked close enough to the Star Wars Rebels from the first movie.

Once more they are great looking figures.  GZG makes very nice figures.  They have a good deal of variety which makes me quite happy!
Here is a comparison of the stormtroopers with the rebels.

I have already ordered more from Ground Zero Games.  I am expanding my Imperial Army Troopers, and my Rebels.  I am trying some of the others for commando or army type troops.

Now for vehicles

The big reason for smaller scale Star Wars is to get vehicles in the game.  Here are a few things that I have on hand.

This is the Micro Machines Fleet Scale AT-AT

I think it is a little smaller than it should be.  However, for now it is close enough.  I think the best fit would be the old Ertl or AMT model, but they are hard to find, and a bit expensive.  If I find one cheap enough I may try it out.

Speeder Bike.

These are the Micro Machines Speeders.  They fit almost perfectly!
"You go that way to the old farmhouse and turn right.  You'll find the rebels there.  I promise."


For fighters the old Micro Machines Fleet scale work great.


A long time ago I found this toy that I wanted when I was a kid.  It has 2 Anti Infantry guns from Hoth.  They seem a little big, but for now they work...

There will be more to come!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stargate 25/28mm figs for sale

There comes a time when you realize that you have expanded into too many scales and eras.  I have reached that point!

With that in mind I need to start clearing some room out of my closet.

So, I want to sell these figs...

These were originally from Eureka Miniatures, though I think the System Lord and the SG team came from another source.  Can't remember where.

There are 32 unpainted Jaffa, 7 painted Jaffa, 3 Stargate Personnel, one resin Death Glider, and one Obelisk.

I'm asking $100.00 for the lot.  Shipping in the USA will be $15.00 (priority mail)  International will be different.

Painted Jaffa and System Lord

Stargate Team - This is Jack O'Neal (thought I had the others but can't find them.

Bareheaded Jaffa and one Eagle helm

Jaffa from movie

More Jaffa from movie

Jaffa with broken staff weapons
Death Glider


Monday, August 28, 2017

Smaller Scales for Star Wars

First I want to point out that my camera died, so I am stuck taking pictures with my phone till I get a new one!

Current Offerings

I like doing battles in Star Wars, but currently the options are small.

There are the old West End Game Miniatures in 25mm (true 25mm).  Good miniatures!
Link to some pictures of them

There are the old Wizards of The Coast Star Wars Miniatures coming in at 28mm.  OK miniatures, but a lot of choice, though not a lot of variations for each type.

There are the Fantasy Flight Star Wars Imperial Assault ones which hit about 30mm. They are good, but expensive to get in any numbers, and there is only one pose of the regular troops.
Link to Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Now there is a new game coming from Fantasy Flight called Legion, and the figures look great.  From what I can tell though, they are even a bit bigger.  Some people say they come in at 32mm.
Link to Star Wars: Legion

Those are all good options, but they work best when used at a skirmish scale, or even large skirmish.  It isn't very conducive to having large vehicles on the table (unless you have a very large table!)  I will stick with them for skirmish, but I'm looking for something different for larger battles.

There are also the Micro Machines figures.  They run about 20mm, and are a good option.  I just don't think they look all that great.

15mm Offerings.

First off, no one officially makes Star Wars in 15mm.  However, you can get some proxies, and some of the models work pretty well.  There are also 3D models you can have done from Shapeways or other locations.


The troops that I am looking at using are from Ground Zero Games.  Their figures look awesome!
I'm using the Islamic Federation for the Rebels.  The helmet is close to the movies.

Here are the first ones that I have painted up.  (Again, please excuse the poor quality pictures!)

Now for Stormtroopers.  There are two different places that have made 15mm Stormtroopers.  I have some from both of them.  If you want to know who makes them, let me know and I will send the lings.

This first group are the ones still in production.  They are good miniatures.  My painting skills don't do them justice.  They are the same height as the GZG figures, but the GZG figures are bulkier.  However, I'm not sure that it is very noticeable.  

This next guy is even better.  Originally produced by Highlander Studios as a charity fund raiser.  I don't think they are in production any longer.  They fit even better with the GZG figures!

For vehicles.  The old Micro Machines Action Fleet items work pretty well.  The AT-AT is a bit small, but looks good beside the figures.

6mm Offerings

For 6mm things change a bit.  6mm is a great scale for large scale battles like Hoth.  The Fantasy Flight X-Wing ships come in at 1/220 or so in scale, so they are only a bit larger (6mm is 1/285 or 1/300).  There are a lot of places that make some good vehicles on Shapeways.  Also, there are a lot of 3D vehicles that you can download and convert to Shapeways, or print yourself.

There are a few things already available though.

The Titanium AT-AT by Hasboro is pretty close to 6mm.  Next to it is a Micro Machines AT-ST.  It looks like it is just a little on the large size, but works pretty well.  For comparison, I have some 6mm WWII figs that are there.  I think they look pretty good.  I might keep looking for a new AT-ST though.

I have ordered some minis from Darkest Star Games, and will post them up when I get a chance.  I think there are some ones that will be good proxies for Rebel troops and even Stormtroopers.

The Federation Marines look good for Stormtroopers, though you will have to do a little painting magic to make them look right.

The Federation Mid Tech look perfect for Rebel Troopers!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Tale of 3 (or more) Scales!

I have been expanding my Star Wars capital ships, and have looked at some different scales.  I have several FFG Star Wars Armada ships, but the scale on some of them is horrible, the worst offender being the Corellian Corvette.

So, I have picked up some ships in some different scales.  I already have a lot of the Odyssey Slipways 1/10,000 range which is good for the larger ships, but the smaller ones are tiny, so I have looked at some different options.

Here are two different Lancer Class Frigates.  The top one is a Shapeways creation at 1/7,000.  The bottom is an Odyssey Slipways at 1/10,000 scale.  There is very little difference between them.  The shapeways one is very detailed, but somewhat costly

Here is the aforementioned Corellian Corvettes.  The top is the FFG Armada ship, and it is huge!

Next is a ship from a Halmark Star Destroyer ornament.  The Halmark SD is what I am using for my Star Destroyers.  They fit pretty well at 1/10,000 scale.

Next is a 1/7,000 from Shapeways.  The details are great and the quality is quite good.  This may end up being my ship of choice!

The bottom is an Odyssey Slipways 1/10,000 ship, and it is positively tiny!  The engine comes in 2 parts and is a little tricky to assemble because it is so small.

One last picture here...

This shows the vehicles along with two different X-Wings.  The top one is from FFG Armada, and the bottom is from Studio Bergstrom.

To do fighters at 1/10,000 or  1/7,000 they would be little more than dots, so the Bergstrom is the closest.

Roughly the scale for the FFG is 1/2400.

Scale for the Hallmark is 1/5000ish.  Utar ships makes one at 1/4222, so I think that I might order one of his to see how it works.  However, I am fairly happy with the one from Shapeways.  I think it is actually made by Utar on his Shapeways account.

Anyway, here are links to the various suppliers...

Mel's Miniatures Shapeways
Utar's Shapways
Utar's Ships
Oddyssey Slipways

Hope some of this helps!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Battleground WWII Weird War - Zombie Rush!

This was a quick game that I played vs me!  It was a pretty simple game.  I was using Battleground WWII rules from Easy Eight, which still remains one of my favorite rules.

First - Zombie rules.

Zombies only get one action per turn, however, their movement is faster than infantry.  They move at 6 inches rather than 4 inches.  If a soldier full out runs for two actions, they will outpace the zombies.

Zombies don't suffer any affects of Light Wounds, Suppression or Morale Checks.  A Heavy Wound counts as a Light Wound.  They will only stop if they are KIA or Gory Death.

To start with zombies will move around randomly until they see a person or hear a loud noise.  This attracts them and they move full move towards the person or sound every action.

Zombie attacks:  A zombie attacks in hand to hand as normal.  If they overcome their opponent, they will immediately start feasting on them.

Zombies are attracted to kills.  If they are in line of sight of a fresh kill, they have to take a test against a 10 or less, or go towards the kill to feed.

Feeding will continue for 1D6 rounds.  If a live victim walks into sight, they will take a test vs a 10 or less to attack, or they will keep feeding.

The game

This is the situation.  We are in Sicily just after the US troops have landed.  There has been heavy fighting in the area, but it has moved on.  The company was ordered to hold their ground and get some rest.  This squad of 6 soldiers has settled down in a small barn for the night.  The rest of their platoon is about a half mile down the road.

The squad is as follows...
Sgt Brown is the squad leader - Leadership +1, Morale 14, armed with Thompson
Cpl Davidson is Leadership 0, Morale 12 armed with M1 Carbine
Pvt Green is Morale 11, armed with BAR
Pvt Walters is Morale 11 armed with Garand
Pvt Levi is Morale 11 armed with Garand
Pvt Jones is Morale 11 and armed with Garand

All soldiers except for Green has a single grenade.

It is night, and so sighting distance is doubled, and range is limited to effective (not that it comes into play in this game!)  Fire at effective range is reduces by -2.

Pvt Levi and Pvt Jones are outside of the house stationed on watch.

Opening round.

Lookout at barn

A Few zombies

A Few More

I didn't use cards for this game.  I rolled a die.  High the US acts first.  Low the Zombies do.  Also, if the US goes first, they take 1 action each THEN the zombies move before the second US action,

During this turn, the zombies milled around a bit, but Levi or Jones didn't notice them.  I used random movement for the zombies.

Round 2.

Zombies move second and continue random movement.  One of them comes within possible range of sight.

Levi and Jones both hear a sound across the road.    (They needed a 12 or less to see.  Both rolled under) They look and see a German soldier emerging from the trees.  Levi shouts for him to surrender.  Jones isn't as nice and takes a shot.  It is in effective range and he moves.
Fire and miss!

Round 3

US acts first.  I make a "guts" Test for the soldiers sleeping in the barn.
Sgt Brown rolls 2 and is instantly alerted by the sounds.
Davidson rolls a 9 and also is awake and alert
Green rolls a 15.  He awakes, but is unaware of what is going on.
Walter rolls a 19 and sleeps through the whole thing.

Outside Levi and Jones realize that there are more than one German, and they both open fire.  Jones fires two shots, and he can tell that both hit, but the stupid German won't drop (Neither are aware that they are facing zombies yet!)
Levi also lets fire with two shots, and is happy to see that one of the Germans drop when he pops it in the head!

The zombies now move, and there are several appearing now.  They move close enough that both Levi and Jones gets a good look.  They see that they are bloody, and have horrible wounds.  They should be dead.  Both soldiers then have to make a morale check.  Both fail by less than 5 (House rule for this game - fail by less than five means they are stunned and can't act, but don't flee)

Shaken soldiers, dead (again)zombie, and others coming out!

For the second action of the US, the Levi and Jones are looking around trying to figure out what they are seeing.  On the inside, the Sarge gets up and starts shouting orders.  Green and Walter are both now awake.  Sgt Brown and Davidson run outside to see what is going on.  They get out in time to see what looks like Germans heading towards them

Round 4

Zombies roll and get to move first.  This is a bad thing at first, but allows US to take 2 actions in a row later, and possibly more if they roll first the next round.

Unfortunately for Levi and Jones two of the zombies are close enough to rush them.  One attacks each.  The zombies are at -1 because both Jones and Levi are shaken.  It doesn't matter though, because on both rolls the zombies easily win.  Sgt Brown and Davidson are stunned as they see two of the Germans rush Levi and Jones and pull them down and start tearing at their flesh as Levi and Jones both scream in terror.

Brown and Davidson both make morale checks and pass.

Now the US finally get to act.  Sgt Brown sees another one closing on them.  He fires a burst of three and all three hit.  The zombie drops, but it is still moving (Heavy Wound)

Cpl Davidson fires at the zombie attacking Jones.  He hits, but it doesn't even affect them!

US second action.  Brown and Walter now reach the door and see what is going on.  Brown fails a morale check and freezes.  Walter fires at one of the zombies closing on the barn but completely misses.

Sgt Brown unloads again on the wounded zombie, and this time is rewarded by a limp creature.
Cpl takes a step closer to Jones and fires one shot at each zombie, and both go down.  One takes a round in the head, and the other in the middle of the back!
Feasting on Levi and Jones - Cpl Davidson takes out 2 zombies!

Round 5

US gets to act first this round.

Sgt Brown now focuses on those who are attacking Pvt Levi.  He fires a burst into one of the zombies, and all 3 shots hit.  In fact he severs part of the arm of the creature, but it simply keeps eating at Levi!

Cpl Davidson sees more coming in from the north and he opens fire missing all of them.

However Pvt Green has seen where he was shooting and turns his BAR on the first zombie he sees.  Three rounds strike into the creature, one of which is a roll of 1 and the zombie's head is vaporized!

Pvt Walters comes out also and fires, but misses with everything.

Now the zombies are on the move.  One zombie is close enough to reach Cpl Davidson, and the others are drawing even closer.  Cpl Davidson tries to push the zombie away, but he is overwhelmed (Davidson rolled a 19 and the zombie rolled a 15 - Bad die for Davidson).  Davidson goes down screaming as a zombie starts tearing at his flesh!
Davidson for lunch

The US now takes their second action.  Green sees more coming around the barn.  He opens fire and sees one fall, but it is still moving!  Walter fires on the one who is attacking Davidson.  At this close range it is hard to miss, and both rounds strike home, but the zombie just ignores them (two light wounds!)

Sgt Brown sees a whole mess of them coming around the building.  He quickly snatches his one grenade and tosses it.  He lands it at the feet of one zombie, and when it explodes, the zombie is virtually vaporized.  Three other zombies are in the range of effect.  Two of them simply ignore the shrapnel showering them, but one sees one of it's legs ripped to shreds!

Grenade attack!

Round 6

US goes first again (thank goodness!)

Sgt Brown sees that they are about to be overrun and yells to fall back into the barn.  The three remaining solders flee with zombies close behind.

Fall Back!

Now the zombies take action.  I roll for all of the zombies, and most start feeding on the wounded and dead soldiers.  Only four follow the soldiers into the barn.

US second action.
As they run in, Walters grabs his grenade and tosses it out the door.  It bounces and rolls right to where four zombies are feeding on Levi.  If Levi wasn't dead yet, he is now as the grenade explodes.  in the mass of bodies.  One zombie is torn to bits by the shrapnel and another one has both legs mangled.  Two others are knocked over, but get back up and start feeding again.

Green sees one coming in the door, and fires a burst from the BAR.  The first round strikes it in the face, easily finishing it, but he also rolled a double jam!  Disaster!

Sgt Brown was about to fire when he saw the zombie go down, but from where he is, he can't see any other targets.  He looks at the two frightened young soldiers, and wonders if they will get out of this!

Round 7

US goes first again.
Sgt Brown moves to the window to get a view of what is happening outside.
Pvt Green hammers away at his BAR to clear the jam.
Pvt Walters can see a zombie outside of the door.  He fires a couple of rounds, but in the gloomy light misses bot shots.

Then the zombies come moving on.  Most of the rest of the zombies start chowing down, but four of them are moving towards the barn doors!

"Dead" zombie can be seen inside.  Lots of mutilated zombies and soldiers around!
Walters sees the first one come through the doors and levels his gun at the face of the zombie.  Two shots at point blank range virtually removes the creatures head.

Sgt Walters sticks his gun out the window and fires at the zombies heading for the door.  Two rounds smacks home on the closest one and it drops.

Pvt Green finally gets the stuck bullet out of his BAR and is ready to join the fight again!

Round 8

Bad news for the GIs.  The zombies go first.
Three zombies immediately enter.  One rushes Green and another rushes Walters.  Green rolls a great roll.  A 2.  The only way the zombie can win is with a...  Oh crap, he rolled a 1!  Green is bowled over by the zombie!
Melee in the barn!
Green is dead!

Walters finally gets a win for the US though.  He takes his rifle and bashes the head of the zombie rushing him  (Walters rolled an 8 vs a 15)!  He takes the zombie down.
1st Hand to Hand victory goes to Pvt Walters (right)

US 1st action.
Walters is now out of his mind with rage.  He sees the other zombie rushing, and pops two rounds into it's face.

Sgt is still at the window and fires into the horde of zombies there.  Unfortunately at that moment, his faithful Tommy gun jams without even hitting anything!

US 2nd action
Lots of feasting going on outside!
Sgt Green quickly expels the stuck round and realizes he is on his last mag.  He is horrified to see that Green is now being feasted on by one of the zombies.  He looks to Walters and shouts, "We've got to get out of here!"

Walter nods as he fires at the zombie feeding on Green.  He hits, but it just keeps eating.  He is ready to run also!

Round 9

US acts first
1st action.
Both soldiers run outside, and start running south, keeping as far from the feasting zombies as they could!
"Shhhh.  Let them feast (I removed the "dead" zombies.)

Zombies action.
I rolled for each zombie, and none of them wanted to leave their place at the buffet.  (I forgot to roll for how long the feast would continue - which was a good thing for the US)

US second action.

They continue to run towards the road, now putting some distance between themselves and the GI buffet.  They could see there were a few more zombies closing in on them!
Not free and clear yet!

Round 10

US gets to act first again!

Walters fires at the closest zombie.  He hits once with no effect.
Sgt Brown fires at the same zombie, and gets two hits, but also fails to kill it! (or re-kill it)

Zombies act.

Swarming Walters

2 zombies are in range of Walters.  Both rush him and it looks like good night for Walters.  They both get a -4 for multiple attackers.  The first zombie rolls a 10 for a modified 6, but Walter rolls a 3.  He swings his rifle like a bat and smashes it's skull.  The second rolls a 14 for a modified 10.  Walters rolls a 9 and barely wins, screaming in rage as he smashes yet another zombie!
Walters strikes again - 3 kills in melee!
US second action.

Walters then turns his rifle and fires on the remaining zombie which is closing fast!  He hits twice, but the stupid thing doesn't even flinch!

However Sgt Green comes to the rescue.  He fires a burst at the zombie, and hits with two rounds.  He rolls a 2 and 3 on the effects table.  -1 for Thompson SMG, and -2 for point blank.  The zombie's head explodes!
Last zombie goes down


Run baby run!
The road before them is clear, and Sgt Green and Pvt Walters don't stop running until they see the campfires of the rest of their platoon.

At first no one believes their report, but soon news comes in that other units are being attacked by Germans that they had killed just a day before.

No one can figure out what is going on.  It looks like the liberation of Europe might be in jeopardy!