Category Archives: When Imagination Fails

Playing Heroscape with my son

My son has been playing Heroscape for over a year now and quite enjoys it.  My wife and I have a fun time playing against him.  He has a tendency to set the terrain and forces to suit his tastes.  Since that tends to include the monsters, my wife and I are left with the outnumbered humans.  We do our best against stacked odds and just have a fun time.

In a recent game we had, he and a friend followed standard practice of selecting all of the heavies and the very advantageous terrain.  I decided to even the odds.  Since he laid out the terrain and chose the forces, I got to decide from which direction to attack.  Naturally, I attacked from the rear.  To make sure things weren't too much in my favor, I chose a smaller force that was high on ranged weapons and low on Vikings. 

The attack went well and I ended up destroying most of his heavies and his hive.  I should have set my objectives better since I let myself get bogged down fighting his light forces instead of destroying his commander.  With my remaining Samurai, I got to a hex away from him, before succumbing to his light forces.  Oh well.

The next game my son and a different friend set up their side of the board.  I setup the side for my wife and I with lots of high terrain that our ranged forces could use to good effect.  We did pretty well, holding off my son's light forces and taking down many of the heavies run by my son's friend.  Our forces got whittled away, though, and we were left with the Vikings and a lone four-eyed wolf-like beast.  I decided to have my remaining forces perform a fighting withdrawal.  Amazingly, the four-eyed wolf-beast took down their dragon and I called off the withdrawal and just played to the death.  We lost, but took out 2/3 of his force.  Everyone had a good time.

I am weak

I gave into temptation and got some the Agents of Gaming B5 ancients and Fleet Action scale Whitestars.  After cleaning and removing the flashing, I primed them as well as the Vorlon destroyers and three of the Shadow Scouts.  Man, those Shadow Scouts are great looking miniatures.  Out of scale, but great looking.

Oh well, more stuff to paint.

Progress

Applied primer and tan base coat for the ancient galleys. I took some pictures before I primed them and applied the base coat.  I'll post them when I can.

Drilled mount holes in the Minbari, Shadow and Vorlon ships.  The Whitestar mount holes were fine.

Primed all of the Minbari in grey, primed the Vorlon ships in white and the Shadow battlecrabs in black.  Primed the Whitestars in grey, then spray painted them silver.

Still have to drill holes in the Earth ships and prime them in grey.  Then I will be prepared for winter.

On the workbench

Well, really not a workbench, more in storage in the cellar until I take them out and do something with them.  Anyway, what I am prepping and painting.

For the ancient ships I have finished removing any flashing and have started to glue together:

  • 12 Athenian Triremes
  • 12 Phoenician Triremes
  • 6 Quadremes
  • 3 Heptares

For the Babylon 5 ships I have finished removing any flashing and have started to glue together and/or drill mounting holes for a number them including some whitestars, 3 shadow ships, 2 vorlon lt. cruisers and a bunch of earth alliance and minbari capital ships.

And I have put on hold some UK 1/285th armor that I have primed and have applied a base coat to.  FV432s, Scorpions/Scimitars/Spartans/etc.  I need to get the others built, primed and with a base coat before the cold weather comes.

When imagination fails …

… peace will not prevail.

War seems to happen when all sides have exhausted their ability to think up imaginative ways of peacefully dealing with their conflict.  Seemed like a fitting title for a blog about miniature wargames and a useful counter point to my blog on gaming nonviolent direct action.

The periods I game tend to be:

  • 1980s NATO/Warsaw Pact land conflict in Europe (1/285th scale)
  • Classical/Hellenistic Greek and Roman naval conflicts (1/900 scale)
  • Babylon 5 star ship battles (~1/5000 scale?)

For now there won't be much here until I have more time.  Too many miniatures to paint in the little spare time I have.