Now those of you who visit this website regularly will know that I am quite a fan of Battlefront figures. I might not play Flames of War, preferring IABSM, but I do buy the figures...lots of them.
Sometimes, however, Battlefront do something which drives me potty...something that is 'beyond a joke'.
Today's 'beyond a joke' is the new Gebirgsjaeger anti-tank rifle team of two figures: one rifleman and one chap carrying what I think is a PzB 38 or 39 anti-tank rifle. The team retails for about £1.50, but I got three of them in the recent 3-for-2 sale which, to be fair, was a very good thing, with a delivery arriving within three days of my order.
From the sublime...
I have previously commented that Battlefront's Gebirgsjaeger are a mixed bunch. Some of them are some of the best figures I have ever seen, and paint up beautifully, but some of them are ghastly shop-dummy manikins that I really only kept to make up the right numbers.
The initial release didn't contain any man-portable anti-tank weapons (no 'schreks, no ATRs) so I was chuffed to bits when I saw that anti-tank rifle teams were finally available.
My joy was short lived. Why, I hear you ask? Well I will let a picture say a thousand words. Here are the two figures from the Battlefront Gebirgsjaeger anti-tank rifle team pack:
...to the ridiculous!
You may notice that they are a slightly different size to each other.
The bloke with the ATR is so short his colleague can see over his flipping head! I mean, was this some kind of joke? Give the shortest man in the unit the biggest gun? It honestly looks like two figures from different ranges or manufacturers, not two figures designed to be fielded together mounted on the same base! What a pile of steaming poop!
I can understand the team being shorter than previous releases (new sculptor etc) but just the new figure? Didn't anyone at Battlefront notice that the two chaps didn't really match each other?
Played a great game of I Ain't Been Shot, Mum! today using scenario #4H from the Blenneville or Bust! scenario pack.
Exciting action as the Germans attempt to outflank the Allied advance via the strategically vital town of Diot, only to run into a company of Scottish infantry determined not to let them past!
Click on the picture to read the whole AAR:
And for those whose appetites are whetted by the above, I've reloaded the IABSM AARs down to the last one from the Fall of the Lion Gate Malaya and Singapore scenario pack - I'm doing all the scenario pack AARs first before moving on to individual games and the Games Day reports. Check them out!
29, Let's Go! is the first of the Pint-Sized campaigns for Chain of Command (the platoon-level WW2 game from the TooFatLardies) designed to be played using the campaign handbook At the Sharp End.
Thirty-two pages long, 29, Let's Go! was released yesterday, and contains an overview of the planned, and then actual, events on Omaha beach on the 6th of June before then going on to present a mini-campaign covering the advance of the US 175th Infantry Regiment from the initial beachhead in their drive to link Omaha and Utah beaches by capturing the key bridge at Isigny.
The campaign is a total of five game tables with the duration running between five and nine games. Briefings are provided for both sides, along with measurable objectives, period maps, force and support option listings and everything you need to play this campaign through to its conclusion.
You can read more about 29 Let's Go! on the TFL blog, Lard Island News here.
And actually buy the thing (which really is just the cost of a pint) here.
It's been over a month since I've had a chance to do any painting (something to do with spending all my time re-loading content onto this website!) so it was a real pleasure to sit down at the painting table yesterday and make the tiniest of dents in the lead mountain.
Earlier this year, Zombiesmith added a whole set of new troops to their 15mm Quar line (think WW1 anteaters), and here are the first completed: a half-wedge of Ailthean Light Tractors for my Crusader forces.
Due for release 22nd October, the trailer certainly wets my appetite!
All the more so as I know they used the Tiger I from Bovingdon Tank Museum, the only working Tiger tank in Europe IIRC, in the film and Brad (that's Mr Pitt to the rest of you) launched the film there a couple of weeks ago.
"Fury" Official Trailer (2014)
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf HD April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Craig Ambler gives us the next installment in his solo-play Bashnya or Bust! campaign. This time it's action near Devyat, featuring a German raid to spike some Soviet guns.
Click on the picture to read more...
And for those who like a bit of Vietnam action, I've finished loading all the Charlie Don't Surf! After Action Reports. Use the navbar in the header to go there now (well, after you've read Craig's AAR, of course).
In the Name of Roma is now $5.50 The Coming Thunder is now $5.00 The Falcon and the Gladiator is now $5.00 And The Air War in the Western Desert is Free if you purchase something else. Or just $1.00 by itself.
...that the Battlefront 3-for-2 Early War sale ends tomorrow.
Note that you need to understand how it works to take full advantage i.e. buy each price point in lots of three. For example, if you have three items in your basket worth £13.50, £8.00 and £8.00, you get no discount, but could add another £8.00 item effectively for free.
Hello, and welcome to the new and improved Vis Lardica website.
Here you will find all the content from the old Vis Lardica website, but in a new and improved format. This new site is much more modern in look and layout, far more functional, and fully responsive i.e. should work brilliantly on tablet and mobile as well as desktop.
It's also much easier for me to update: something of major importance as the TFL painting challenge reaches its climax at the end of the year!
Please note, however, that a lot of the old VL content is still in the process of being transferred across to this new site. My apologies for that...but every one of the 500 or so AARs and other articles has to be cut, pasted and re-laid out in the new format, with images and other forms of content added as well. My target is to have everything TFL finished by Christmas, with the non-TFL content finished early in the new year.
To give you an example of what I have to do, the 'previous' posts in this blog - the old VL news bulletins dating back to 2006 - have all had to be individually re-posted: a task that I have managed over the last four days or so, posting between 100-150 posts a day before and after work and at lunchtimes!
Right, that's all from me for now. First 'proper' post will be tomorrow sometime, with an update to the painting challenge.
I am doing no painting at all at the moment: spending all my free time on the new Vis Lardica site. The lead mountain keeps growing as well, as I do somehow seem to be able to find the time to buy more figures!
After eight years of what even I have called a 1980's design, I have decided to upgrade the Vis Lardica website.
The new site is currently under construction, and will have a responsive design (i.e. will work brilliantly on mobiles and tablets), a blog function, lightboxes for pictures and will just look a lot better.
Rest assured, though, it will have all the content on this site...or at least it will once I have transferred it across! Re-doing 250+ battle reports is taking quite a long time!
For the moment, however, this site will only have Painting Challenge updates. All new AARs will be on the new site.
Quite a quiet week this week: must be the end-of-the-summer-holidays effect!
Despite that, today we have entries from:
Craig Ambler with a mixture of stuff; Mark Luther with more 20mm Japanese; a big entry from Owen; a big entry from Topi; almost as big an entry from Dave Bailey; Manuel with some slingers and ninjas; an unusually small entry from Kev; and 100 inches of fence from Treadhead!
Vis Lardica is a website devoted to wargaming and military history, with a special emphasis on the company-sized rulesets produced by the TooFatLardies: I Ain't Been Shot Mum (WW2); Charlie Don't Surf (Vietnam); and Quadrant 13 (science fiction)
The Vis Lardica site is in the process of being transferred from its old Yahoo home to this, much improved, Squarespace version.
However, there's many years of content to be copied across, most of which needs adapting to the new layout and formats.
So please bear with me whilst the transfer continues...
Still To Be Done
New & Updated Blog: all entries to have links backloaded