Saturday, December 29, 2012

Musket & Pike: Lützen 1632

Some musket & pike action for today. I was teaching the system to a newbie but still managed to.. I mean lost like a good mentor should! We played one of the most famous battles of the 30 years war, Lützen 1632. Its the battle were Gustav Adolf the great died.  We had to call the game after 6 hours or so, but I think the situation was pretty clear. I played the Imperial side and both my flanks were all but gone at that point so defeat was quite certain. Adolf died like he did historically, though.

I have to wonder. Most battles in the M&P series are quite long compared to how many turns we end up playing. Are we too eager to engage and get the battle over with when the result starts to be clear on turn 6/22?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1:700 Airfix Titanic complete

As I mentioned earlier, my nephew got me a Titanic model kit for my 30th birthday. Even though I'm not much of a naval enthusiast (exc. age of sail), I was quite happy of his choice and started working on the kit this autumn. I converted it into a waterline model which proved challenging. In addition, this was the first model I do rigging on, which is probably the most difficult thing I've ever done modeling-wise. It was really, really hard to try and get the strings to look taut. Applying PVA glue to the strings helped a bit and I think it turned out ok. The Marconi aerial (the clothesline between the masts) was the most difficult bit. I'm happy it turned out the way it did.

The rigging and the water effects really took me outside my comfort zone, but I think those are the things that make an otherwise plain and dull looking model interesting. As for time, I think this model took maybe 30 hours of work all in all, but the time spent was quite fragmented.

I'll finish with a song by a finnish king of Disco that's been playing in my head through the whole goddamn project. Finns know what I'm talking about.