I have been a bit tardy in posting details of bigger games played recently, but I do get around to it eventually.
Mr Steinberg and I played out a decent sized Steam Wars game with his US Navy making an airborne assault against my Mechanica force.
Mr Steinberg has built up quite an armada of steampunk flying ships from Blotz, and they have plenty of deck space for transporting his troops.
To counter the threat, The Mechanica had a new weapon, the OW81 Air Superiority Aether-Jet Fighter, armed with a substantial nose mounted Gattling Cannon.
The US Navy narrow barge can carry a squad into the thick of the action, and there were a couple of these, each flanking the main twin hulled flyer.
The larger twin hulled flyer can easily carry a couple of units, I think it would be possible to get a least four six man squads onto the deck of this thing if needed.
Once the Skyships had made it most of the way across the table, it was time for the ground offensive, the troops rappel from the flying ships to deploy into the best cover and start to assault the defensive positions of the Mechanica.
Meanwhile in the skies above the ground war, the Mechanica Fighter Aether-Jet continued for unleash hot lead into the Skyships even though they had already deployed their troops.
The Mechanica ground units had all been equipped with Drones for the engagement, some were weapon Drones, others were defensive Drones.
One lucky unit even had a B4-PO Droid which had been configured as a targeting drone for the battle.
There are few living models in the Mechanica force, the Iron Man likes to operate on all his own, using his jump pack to charge into combat and try to inflict enough damage so the defending unit cannot strike back with much success. It does not always work…
Meanwhile in the skies above, the dogfight continued and the Mechanica Aether-Jet eventually brought down a Skyship.
Another new piece of hardware for the Mechanica was the Steel Wheel Quad Ack-Ack Roller Tank (I need a shorter and punchier name for this baby). It packs some serious firepower, but for some reason the targeting systems (the dice) were just not working.
It was another really enjoyable game, but then again I am biased as I wrote the rules…
This was one of the first models I undercoated with my new compressor, the effort required to finish it off was not too much, just some silver, black and brass.
The weapon in the nose section is removable so I can run it in Steam Wars as just a transport or a tank!
After many year of thinking about and wondering if the investment would be worth it, I have finally purchased a compressor to see what I can do with it.
I sprayed a few bit of paper and then decided to have a go at undercoating something I was not going to be worried about if it all went horribly wrong.
So to start with I picked on a fair sized lump of plastic with the intention of just undercoating it in Vallejo Air Gun Metal. I selected my Mantic Tunneller as it does not need to have a clean finish.
Once I got started, I realised that spraying Gun Metal onto a grey model means it is quite difficult to see where the paint is actually going…
I then did a few bits black, which it means it is much easier to see where the paint is going…
First results were okay, I will have to get more practice in.
I picked out the detail by hand and finished off with a bit of drybrushing.
This is yet another model that I have bought and painted for no other reason than I like it. I am not sure what I will use it for, it may just end up on a shelf.
But it could get used in my Mechanica force, or maybe as a model in an Empire Of The Dead or In Her Majesty’s Name scenario.
This West Wind quad tracked gun is a model that will fit into several games, Weird War II, Steampunk and Sci-Fi. So I want to paint it in a generic colour that will fit any army scheme. It was originally planned for my robotic Mechanica army, so I suspect it will be finished in grey or Gun Metal.
There is a mech frenzy going on at the moment, I decided to get a selection of models finished to make way for the next project. Why is there always another project waiting to be started?
Anyway, I bought this Wolsung Golum model just because I liked it, I had no real use for it, but I thought it could be used in my Mechanica force. It just needs a spalsh of ink to finish it off.
The Roboplanes for the Steam Wars Mechanica army have been hanging around half painted for quite a few weeks.
It could do with some weathering, but that is a painting skill I have not quite mastered, especially on flat surfaces.
Fortunately, the cockpit detail is still reasonably visible, although the control stick is not painted or maybe even finished, it is still just a pin.
The nose cannon is impressive, I suspect the recoil of firing this beast in flight would cause the plane to stall.