Monday, December 5, 2016

Painting Table

While I do not think I will get much done before the end of the year, but my painting table is ambitious. Should make for an interesting January 2017.

I have here Sea Lion Home Guard, Polish tanks, Imperial Skies ships, and tanks for 1944. Yes there is alot, but it still all falls into the three areas I have mentioned for 2017.

I So Love Technology

Well I found out today there is a glitch with many blog feeds. This glitch is caused by an image if it is in the top position, so you are missing the great writing I am providing. :-)

As I fix the issue here is what you missed, now just dig back a little.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good Bye 2016

I am so glad that the year is coming to an end. Business, family losses and career changes have made this a trying year. And the politics have stressed friendships on both sides of the political spectrum. I have even found distant friendships rekindled by Social Media have been strained.

So how will I handle the end of 2016 and the coming of 2017. For one, I am swearing off of politics, and as a student of history, this will be hard. As for hobbies, I will try to read good books, write, dine with friends and continue to embrace my passion for wargaming and helping others find out about it.

So I will try to limit my 2017 projects to these three areas and no other until they are all done. And the list...

Imperial Skies
This will require only the purchase of a few ships, but a boat load of bases from CoreSec Engineering 

Early War 1939 Poland and 1940 Sealion
This requires the purchase of some tanks (all three nations) and some Polish and German infantry.

Battles around Caen 1944
This also requires the purchase of some vehicles. The only infantry I may need will come from the 1939/40 German infantry. We always do need more rifleman.

Now this does mean I will be busy painting and it will help me with my 2017 painting contest.

As for staying on target, I count on my friends to keep me honest.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Gaming Santa

Well I have taken up the task to paint for a secret Santa project and after some research and a lot of hustle I have completed the project and it will go out in the post this week. I do hope the little boy or girl that receives this will be please and I am sure all of this figures will shoot true.

Thank you Chris for organizing this.
I hope everyone has a lovely holiday.

How Do You Keep Those Craft In The Air - VSF

This post came about because of a comment on another of my posts. Thank you Michael Peterson.

This does comes up often, how do these flying battleship, well fly. Victorian Science Fiction (VSF) has been a hobby of mine after I bought my first computer and than software from Babagges. Just the idea of an analytical machine that was mechanical and analogue. Just to good for words.

So with a love of technology, Jules Verne and gaming I was ready to be introduced to such a period. And I got the introduction when I purchased Space 1889 in 1989. While I did enjoy the roll playing it was the nautical rules that interested me. I would than go on to purchase, Gaslight, AeroNef and recently Imperial Skies.

What they all have in common is that they all use a non-logical way of propulsion. Some are mechanical like Edison's Ether Screw or Professor Hartley Rennick R-Gravitons and than there is Loewe's Graviton engine. Others would use hydrogen or liftwood from Mars. What is consistent is that the Victorian engineers created Rube Goldberg-esque machines to get them in the air. The theory of traveling through the ether is also interesting as the gaming mechanic is based on historical precedent.

As for the personal attraction I like the idea of these airships or flying fortresses going into battle on Earth or Mars. Airships only on Venues, liftwood does not work. We could I guess put down a blue mate and fight out the battles as if we were on the sea, but we do love our airships.

Different Technology Timelines.

Space 1889
1868 Edison Ether Screw
1870 Liftwood from Mars
1874 Zeppelin efficient Hydrogen filled airships

1884 Frank Stockburn invents the Negative Gravity Screw
1886 Professor Hartley Rennick discovers R-Gravitons
1889 Synthetic R-Gravitons

Imperial Skies
1889 Kurt Loewe perfects the Graviton engine

Friday, November 25, 2016

Imperial Skies - First Battle

Signal Close Action
I am really remiss in getting this posted. After doing a couple of read-throughs of the Imperial Skies rules I was ready to do a quick couple of small-scale battles. As I only had a few ships ready I went with a German raid on a French desert village. The Germans have in both battles a Schleswig-Holstein class Dig Battleship against French destroyers and frigates. In the first fight the Germans also had a destroyer.

What became clear very quickly that battleships are not indestructible, or even all powerful. The SMS Hannover had the advantage of range with her guns but the French frigates could close the range very quickly with their superior speed.

This is not to say that the French survived without loss. One broadside from the SMS Hannover was enough to cripple any of the French ships. The Sirocos while able to maneuver around the larger slower dig, but when they were caught, it would mean damage or loss to the lighter ships.

Rescue Mission
The German also did attempt boarding actions but were not as successful as they wished. I have written to Robin Fitton and he looks to do a more in depth explanation of how to conduct boarding actions. I also have a few ideas of my own.

In the two battles the SMS Hannover was either crippled or destroyed and the raid was a failure, never getting close to the village. As for the French, their squadrons were seriously depleted with 30% to 50% losses but for the survivors, ample medals and rewards.

I look forward to finish painting up the squadrons and running larger battles.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

View form the Yards

Waiting on their conversion
It has been reported to our offices that two of the navies taking part in the building boom have sent two of their ships back to the yards for modifications. This is of significant interest to both our offices and those of the Royal Navy as one of our correspondents has reported.

The French battleship Gaulois has returned to the Arsenal de Brest to have work done on her machinery spaces and have a new forward funnel added. While in the yard she is being inspected by the Armada Española as a possible design for the upcoming Spanish battleship Pelayo. There is much talk in Madrid circles that Spain will go with this design. This becomes a concern for other Mediterranean navies.

Models from Brigade Models
The Ottoman cruiser Turgut Reis has also returned to the yards to receive an upgrade in her main armament. Vickers is installing British heavy barbettes in place of her existing turrets. While this will take her from four main guns down to two, they will offer greater firepower and range. This change puts the Turgut Reis on par with existing Russian and Austro-Hungarian armoured cruisers. This change is also thought to be the beginning of closer ties between the Ottomans and the Royal Navy.