The Last Post

All things must pass, and so it is to be with NDC Blog. ‘Why?’ I hear you wail (with murmurings of ‘big deal’ in the background). 

Well this blog was originally set up to be about the collaborative efforts of myself and my mate Dan. Dan has now been overseas for two years and so the rationale seems to have passed us by. Also, the title NDC Blog doesn’t really mean much to anyone, just another random acronym. I’ve also got a proliferation of old projects long since sold on, the beginnings of new projects that never went anywhere and a truly head-scratching variety of labels that even I can’t navigate anymore. I also envy some of the tools available through Blogger, and I already have a Blogger account, so I am going to move over to there instead of wordpress. Not an indictment on wordpress who have some great features, but more like a change of scene. 

I’m also looking at doing more solo wargaming as well as gaming with the Rotorua Irregulars, and I basically just feel that it is time to move onto a new blog that is more about me. Vain? No. Just self-absorbed.

Come on over and have a gander at the new blog – even better, follow it!

So from NDC Blog, thank you and we will see you on a different site for 2013.


Post Apocalyptic project

I have a number of homeless figures sitting around with no real purpose. This includes a whole pile of Warzone figures and a number of things like Foundry and Copplestone future wars figures.  So I’m constructing an idea around some of these figures, while painting up a few at a time as a pleasant diversion from army building (it gets me back into things when I have painter’s block).

First up, the Lone Stranger, his trusty sidekick Pronto and feline friend Whiskers:


Next up, Greta the Vampire Queen of the Nazi Zombie Empire and her trusted bounty hunter Gary:

Finally, for random pop-up appearances, the Doctor (in Tom Baker – ie THE Doctor – incarnation):



Latest miniature added

Miniature person that is. Young Jessica arrived on Saturday, which puts my baby girl collection up to three. At 10 lb 8 I’m not totally sure she qualifies as a miniature…

Cassie, Liv and Jessica.

The Accidental Armies

If you had asked me four years ago what would be the most likely thing in my collection that I would sell, I would have pointed without hesitation to the German Flames of War army.  Today it is not only the sole survivor of that original collection, it is one of my main focuses in my wargaming hobby.  It is also joined by a large Soviet army and US and Itlain armies in the process of building.  How did this happen?

The whole of my German army.

Initially I bought some Germans off Paul because Dan had moved up here and he already had a British army for Flames of War.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of it – I wanted to game ancients, Marlburians, Napoleonics – pretty much anything that wasn’t WW2.  The Germans were repainted and then sat there until last year.  Then we started playing Flames of War in the group.  We played it a lot.  I got some Russians.  I enjoyed it more.  It is now my ‘go-to’ game.  Who would have thought?

The whole of the Soviet army.

I finished the Soviets in the weekend, although I do plan to get some more T-34s for a mid-war Tankovy army.  The Germans will be joined by some Late War Fallshirmjager very soon, and I want to get half a dozen Panzer IIIs for mid war as well.  So below is a gallery of these armies, which I have not really showcased at all.  As always, click on the photos for a clearer image.

The Soviet command and objectives.

The Soviet armour.

Soviet Scouts

Soviet Infantry and big guns.  I love these old long barreled 122mm guns.  They are original Battlefront models, from back when they were called Crusader miniatures.  They have the presence demanded by the Red’ God of War’.

Onto the Germans and the objective markers in the centre.

The beginnings of an early/mid war army – Pz-38ts.

The big cats surrounded with their friends.

Now on with the US and Italians.


WH 40k Chaos Defiler (Giant)

This is the second Chaos Defiler for my Chaos Marine army so i thought i would stray a little further from the prescribed assembly guide. The idea i had for it materialised into something a little larger than anticipated but overall i’m quite happy with the result.

Project Grey Knights

My Current project is a 1250pt Grey Knight force for a doubles tourney that my local group is going have in about a month. I am pretty stoked with this force as i get to field two Dreadknights, which was the driving force behind me getting Grey Knights in the first place.

I have assembled my force and just have to drill the stormbolters and add a bit of greenstuff to the assassin then the whole lot can be undercoated. Excelsior!

July’s Irregulars game night

Once more the Rotorua Irregulars set themselves up for a night of gaming.  It was the usual suspects – John, Terry, Chris and myself, and we were joined by Shane and Richard who run the Rotorua Wargames Club.  The Irregulars used to frequent the Rotorua club once a month (in fact I helped found it), but unfortunately life has got in the way of any sort of regular participation on a Saturday.  Hence we put ourselves together at John’s place where we can game in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.  So we weren’t intended to be a schismatic creation, and it was great that Shane and Richard could make it out.  They are both contemplating getting into Flames of War (they’ve already started buying bits here and there), but are very committed to finishing Games Workshop armies.

So we had organised to play mid war Flames of War with four 1750 point armies.  Chris took Russian Tankovy and I had Russian Strelkovy.  Opposing us were John with an Italian army and Terry with a Luftwaffe infantry army.  John extended one of his 8′ x 4′ tables out an extra 4 feet and a river down the middle marked the two battlefields.  We both finished deployment at about the same time:

This is the view looking down the line from where Terry and I deployed.  Richard took control of some of Terry’s troops and Shane took over some of Chris’ Russians.

Here’s the deployment viewed from the other end.  By the time I had taken this photo the Russian first move had already happened.

It was another one of those games where I was so caught up in the game I forgot to take photos every turn.  Not that it really mattered on my end, because it would have simply shown a remorseless advance by a mass of infantry…

Here are the Italians sitting on a hill awaiting the Russian onslaught.

The Russian God of war – my 12 gun artillery battery.  The 122mm are Battlefront models – or rather Crusader miniatures from before they changed their name.  I love the big-ass barrels on them.  My apologies that there are unpainted figures on the table – I am currently working my way through the Strelkovy, but as anyone who has been there would tell you, it is a long process.

The artillery was the thing I was looking forward to using the most, with its double template and rerolls for misses.  The fact that it stretched the length of the table edge gave it a psychological edge over my opponents as well.  This came in handy as they spent a lot of their firepower targeting the artillery rather than the infantry.  The fact that the guns were pinned in turn 2 and stayed that way for the rest of the game could be seen as a disappointment, but they soaked up a lot of fire that could have been going elsewhere!

Terry’s left most deployment – Marders and an infantry group with 88s sitting on the hill.  I think the decisive moment in this battle was when my infantry burst from the woods and the flamethrowers smashed 4 teams of infantry.  The surviving Germans failed their morale (funny that) and the T-34s were free to turn their guns on the Marders.  By the end of turn 2 the writing was on the wall for this flank.

So the moral of the story for me was that flamethrowers are worth the price and that artillery is a great distraction for enemy fire.   The final moments came when my infantry overran an objective on the right flank and Chris’s Cossacks did the same on the far left.  It was like a giant pincer attack in the end.

Cossacks head for the Italian-held objective.

Strelkovy liberate comrade Bumitch, once again caught behind enemy lines.

Not the best battle report ever, I’m afraid, but that is what happens when I forget to take photos as the game progresses.

I’m loving Flames of War at the moment.


First Dystopian Wars ships painted – how it was done

Alongside kicking off the Star Wars project, I received the last of my Dystopian Wars order in the weekend.  This means that I have the naval and armoured starter groups for Britannia and Prussia along with Carriers for both.  Obviously the first thing I did was clean and wash them and the second thing was undercoat them (OK, I’ve only done the Britannians so far, but the Prussians will be there by the end of the week).  So last night I decided to do a test paint of a couple of ships.  I began with a (all paints are Vallejo) German Grey semi-drybrush over the black undercoat.  A semi-drybrush is where there is wet paint on the brush but you lightly scrape it over the surface leaving indented detail black.  I don’t know if this technique has a real name.

I then drybrushed London Grey over the whole thing.  I picked out the decking in Beige Brown.  The planks are big enough to wet brush this without painting in the cracks.

The boilers were picked out in Gunmetal Grey or Brass.  The guns and some piping were picked out in brass as well.  I mixed German Grey and Gunmetal Grey to paint the smokestacks, and then painted the very top in Red.

I may yet go back and paint all of the windows blue.  I saw this on someone else’s painting and it looked pretty cool, but I don’t know whether it would be worth it on the plain grey background.  I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, so will stick with this paint sheme.