Yesterday's refight of Plataea was a blast. Even though I had the Spartan command. Which needed to roll a 5 or 6 at the start of our turn to begin moving troops (to reflect the historical fact that they were waiting for the entrails of sacrificial goats to tell them it was time to join battle). Lots of goats were sacrificed before I was finally able to start moving my hoplites on our 5th turn. By this time the Athenians and other Greek allies were not inconsiderably annoyed by the Spartan's piety/superstition/willingness to see them being slaughtered by the Persians. Not to mention the Persians were ominously close to outflanking the Spartan battle line.
I think we actually managed to play out about 17 turns before calling the result - a narrow win for the Greeks. It was good fun playing with 25/28mm figures and we had some great food courtesy of our host, Gordon. Reflecting on the game afterwards, the "goat sacrifice" mechanism definitely needs to be amended.
I'll try to post some pics of the action later this week.
I managed to spray these with matt varnish today. I then took pics before I'd gone over parts with brush-on gloss and satin varnish. The pics did highlight a couple of small bits which needed touching up, but I couldn't be bothered to re-photograph them, so here you go warts 'n all pics of the Blue Moon G-Men.
The great thing about this little group is that (should I so wish) four of these could just as easily be used as gangsters as only two have their Bureau shields on display.
Although my original plan was of just painting these figures to "gaming standard", ignoring awkward things like eyes, this plan went to pot very quickly. Now I'll have to continue it for all the other figures. Curses! I even went back and painted the eyes of the cops.
Prize Draw Prizes and Curt's Entry Fee Figure
I spent a while this afternoon packing people's prizes and Sgt Steiner for Curt. They will get posted out tomorrow after work. Rodger, Joe and Justin will find a little something extra in their packages along with their gangster figures.
I realised on Saturday evening that I was almost out of matt spray varnish, so placed an order for a few more cans. While I was in buying mode I succumbed to the lure of more figures for my Mob Wars project. I've placed orders with Brigade Games, Pulp Figures*, Dixon Miniatures and Fenris Games (for some scatter terrain). I'll also be placing an order for some Eureka figures from Fighting 15s. More scatter terrain is lined up to buy from Ainsty, either at Broadside (maybe as a pre-order) or as a normal web order. I also need to order some foam trays from Figures in Comfort to store all the figures and vehicles. Not to forget the additional buildings I need to order from Sarissa Precision to fill out "New Mornington, Michigan" (the fictional city where my gangster gaming will be set).
It's rather scary how much this little diversion is beginning to cost!
* I somehow managed to forget to make a note of which 6 packs I ordered.