27 June 2011

Terran RAATACs, part 2

I should have thought of this with the first post, but here is a pic comparing the Terran RAATAC to the Conqueror medium war machine:

25 June 2011

Tékumel priests, part 1

So, I have some Tsolyánu troops painted up, but no Tékumel force is complete without priests.  For quite a while, I did not have any suitable miniatures for priests/priestesses, but Chirine came to my rescue with a package of wonderful old minis.  Among these minis were some priests/priestesses:




From the left:  Hrü'ü, Vimúhla, and Dlamélish.  The priestess of Dlamélish is a Ral Partha sculpt, while the other two are from the now-defunct PHD Games.  These minis are definitely not the same size of today's '28mm' figures, but they look nice for being at least 33-year-old sculpts.  I do find the limbs, especially the feet and ankles, of the Vimúhla priest to be rather spindly!






From the left:  Avánthe and Karakán.  The priestess of Avánthe is another Ral Partha figure from the 1970's, while the priest of Karakán is another way out-of-production PHD mini.  The Karakán priest is well-proportioned for today's standards, although he has some flash.




I was a bit worried about how well these minis would fit in with my selection of 'heroic 28mm' minis, so I drafted one of my Ever Present Glory minis for a comparison:




With the old minis posed on my usual fender washer bases, I do not see anything to be worried about, at least with the priests of Vimúhla and Karakán.




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18 June 2011

Terran RAATAC's for MAATAC


Terran RAATAC - from the left:  front, right, back, left view

RAATAC in MAATAC are a kind of robotic infantry, perhaps more akin to power armor infantry of more traditional sci-fi forces.  I believe that there are rules for regular leg infantry in the original MAATAC rules, but there were not any specific infantry minis.

15 June 2011

Terran Heavy War Machine for MAATAC

After a bit of digging, I found two of these:



Two views of the Terran Devastation class Heavy war machine for MAATAC.  This is a good sized piece of pewter, with two twin-barrel turrets, a commander's cupola weapon, a bow-mounted weapon, and plenty of small anti-personnel/close defense turrets.

Ooopps

My new blog - Small Scale Stuff - should now be viewable, sorry 'bout that!

MAATAC project split

Just a brief note -  I am splitting my MAATAC stuff off onto its own blog - Small Scale Stuff.  (Yes, I do not listen to my own good advice!)


I am returning this channel to its previously scheduled Tékumel and other fantasy goodness...


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The Plan

Yes, a plan would be great!

If you have seen any of my other blogs, you will know that I tend to suffer from a combination of 'project creep' and 'Oh-Shiny-itis'.  I am going to endeavor to keep these in check with the MAATAC project...

First - find and catalog what minis I have in hand.  The previous post was a great start, but a copy of the MAATAC rules and more minis should be here someplace.

Second - find and list the other minis I need.  I am certain that I do not have any infantry or air support.  Other than the RAATAC's, the MAATAC line does not have 'infantry', so I will go off searching for suitable minis from other vendors.  Same thing with aircraft.

Third - terrain.  I have no 1/285 terrain, but I have a lot of ideas!  One issue that I discussed with my lovely wife (and primary gaming partner) has been resolved - a wintry landscape will be used, hence the white basecoat on the Conquerors pictured previous.

Fourth - rules.  I am a rules hoarder from long ago, and I will need to go through and list everything that is remotely useful, as this will provide much of the foundation for the minis shopping list.


Meanwhile, I will continue to slap white paint onto the vehicles I have already found.

12 June 2011

MAATAC

(NOTE:  This is a copy of a previous post on one of my other blogs)


The recent announcement of five (yes five!) new vehicles for the venerable MAATAC miniatures line from Monday Knight Productions (see this link) got me to digging into my boxes of old gaming stuff, and, indeed, I do have some dusty, old, half-forgotten MAATAC minis. First up, Terrans:




This is the Conqueror class Medium war machine. This mini, and the entire MAATAC line, is nominally 1/300 scale, but as one can observe in the pics, they are large. The detailing is good, and this particular tank has twin turret-mounted cannons, a large bow-mounted weapon, and small turrets on the hull sides.




This is a Carnivoran Gnasher class Light war machine. Tracked, like the Terran above, with one main gun in the turret, this vehicle has a low profile.





Two views of the Carnivoran Fang class Destroyer. Low and wide, with an abundance of hull-mounted weapons (no turret) - if I remember the original MAATAC rules correctly these are torpedo (missile) launchers. Nice detailing, if you can get by the mold lines that I forgot to remove many years ago!




An Entomolian Black Widow class Destroyer. Again, legs instead of tracks, and a large fixed hull-mounted cannon.



An Entomolian Fire Ant class Light war machine. High profile, with legs instead of tracks. Lots of hull and turret detail on this one.


The group shot:




These vehicles are big, and I do not have any of the heavy war machines! Hmmm, I thought that I did have some, and some of the robot infantry (RAATACs); more digging for me then.
I am not sure what to do with them however. I do like tanks, but I would need appropriate rules and of course many more minis, including infantry and maybe even some sort of aerial support. And, interesting terrain. I have long thought to myself that if I was to launch a micro-armour style project, it would be in a very specific environment, with desert or snowy conditions being the major contenders.

One more blog...

So here we are, at the start of yet another blog.  Why am I starting up another (check my profile!)?  Maybe it is because small minis were my first - micro-armour battles using CinC and GHQ and Heroics & Ros, way back in  1982.  I still find 1/285-1/300-6mm minis to be fascinating; if only I could convince my wife of that! (She prefers 28mm)  The mass effect of lots of minis on a small base is wonderful, and getting reasonably close to ground scale is a plus.

I intend to keep this to land battles.  If you are interested in naval stuff look to my Mini Ship Gaming blog.  As far as aerial matters, I can foresee some air support in certain genres of land battles, but nothing more...

11 June 2011

Another distraction - MAATAC

The recent announcement of five (yes five!) new vehicles for the venerable MAATAC miniatures line from Monday Knight Productions (see this link) got me to digging into my boxes of old gaming stuff, and, indeed, I do have some dusty, old, half-forgotten MAATAC minis. First up, Terrans:




This is the Conqueror class Medium war machine. This mini, and the entire MAATAC line, is nominally 1/300 scale, but as one can observe in the pics, they are large. The detailing is good, and this particular tank has twin turret-mounted cannons, a large bow-mounted weapon, and small turrets on the hull sides.




This is a Carnivoran Gnasher class Light war machine. Tracked, like the Terran above, with one main gun in the turret, this vehicle has a low profile.




Two views of the Carnivoran Fang class Destroyer. Low and wide, with an abundance of hull-mounted weapons (no turret) - if I remember the original MAATAC rules correctly these are torpedo (missile) launchers. Nice detailing, if you can get by the mold lines that I forgot to remove many years ago!




An Entomolian Fire Ant class Light war machine. High profile, with legs instead of tracks. Lots of hull and turret detail on this one.



An Entomolian Black Widow class Destroyer. Again, legs instead of tracks, and a large fixed hull-mounted cannon.


The group shot:



These vehicles are big, and I do not have any of the heavy war machines! Hmmm, I thought that I did have some, and some of the robot infantry (RAATACs); more digging for me then.

I am not sure what to do with them however. I do like tanks, but I would need appropriate rules and of course many more minis, including infantry and maybe even some sort of aerial support. And, interesting terrain. I have long thought to myself that if I was to launch a micro-armour style project, it would be in a very specific environment, with desert or snowy conditions being the major contenders.


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