tiistai 10. lokakuuta 2017

Moonshine Revolution

Finnish-Swedish Military Co-operation continues


Once again two Nopat-club members braved themselves for the hardships and traveled all the way
to the capital of the Swedish Empire. There we joined like-minded generals and had some delightful Musket Mayhem at the American Revolutionary War, or should I say Rebellion!

sunnuntai 1. lokakuuta 2017

Throwing the Japs back into the sea!

The Battle of Buna-Gona
Aka - my Aussie Army's Babtism of Fire


We had an open house Bolt Action day at the Nopat-club.
We had 4 different games with beautiful tables and teams of players from the club
and visiting from exotic places like Lahti and Toulouse.
I hosted a game from the New Guinea Campaign Book.

Pictures online - report will follow

keskiviikko 20. syyskuuta 2017

1 on 1 Saga Campaign started

Late Romans vs. Saxons

Fellow gamer Timo from our Nopat & Taktiikka Club had also acquired the newish Arthur & Aetius source book for Saga and a bunch of Saxon miniatures (OK, I sold some of them for him). When he suggested in August, that we would give the Limes Campaign System a go, I had no reason to say no!

Read on to learn how we prepared for the campaign and how the first 

perjantai 15. syyskuuta 2017

Testing Maurice by Sam Mustafa for GNW - report completed!

Battle of Lesnaya 9.10.1708

Our Great Northern War campaign continued with the Battle of Lesnaya. Marko and me were delighted for the opportunity to try out the Maurice -systed demoed and umpired by a soon to become a club member Antti H. Marko was the first of us in the club and had set up the battlefield...
Read on to learn how did it go and how we liked it!

sunnuntai 10. syyskuuta 2017

Open House at The Nopat & Taktiikka -club

House full of Gaming!

I organized this fall's Open House event for our gaming club (second year in a row, already a tradition). Read all about it!

lauantai 9. syyskuuta 2017

Another go for Helms Deep

The Evil of the White Hand

As our first go for Helms Deep was such a blast, two other Lotr-enthusiasts Kalle and Jaakko wanted to get their piece of action. This time I commanded the evil forces of Isengard as Jaakko my second in command, while Mikko, whom had stormed the deepening wall last time, was now defending it. Not a complete report this time, but plenty of pics and some high lights. You can familiarize yourself with the scenario and special rules from the report of the previous game.

maanantai 4. syyskuuta 2017

Shadow War Armageddon - First Go

Brassboyz get their Babtism of Fire

There was a great hype going on at our club during the spring when both Shadow War Armageddon and then 8th edition of Warhammer 40 000 were released. Aleksis took the mantle for setting up a campaign for Armageddon. Soon "dozens" of players flocked to his banner... so did I.

Building of kill teams started and Aleksis came up with simple enough guidelines for the campaign: let's play games and who ever first has 15 prometheum cans piled up AND wins the next game, wins the campaign.

So my chaos forces shined their brass covered power armors and tooled up for some 
not so serious skirmish gaming... 5 players gathered for the kick off and several games were played with lot of cinematic situations happening and us having a good time! 

lauantai 12. elokuuta 2017

Bolt Action: Demo game for a New Player

Japanese tide in Singapore

Henri called out for a demo game in our BA FB group and I was certainly up to it. It gave me a good reason to rapid paint some more miniatures for my British / Commonwealth force, as I needed to bring two forces to the table.

Another Great game of BLOOD RAGE!!!

I've become such fan of this great game...

...that I even got my self a suitable t-shirt to wear! One of my adversaries is wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt instead...

sunnuntai 30. heinäkuuta 2017

GNW: Battle of Napue (Storkyro) 1714 @ Ropecon (Report is WIP)

Nopat -club proudly presented at Ropecon: Finland at War

Earlier in the spring I got an idea for celebrating Finland's 100th anniversary in Ropecon2017 by running (demo) games from the Finnish war history. We planned this and ended up by staging battles from four different centuries: 1600-1700-1800-1900. See the blog post for further info on this.

I chose to stage the Battle of Napue (or Storkyro) 1714, which was last battle of the Great Northen War (1700-1721) fought in Finland. The era called "Great wrath" in Finland - occupation and terror by Russians.
Game system: Black Powder by Warlord Games.
History of the this battle here

See the blog post for further info on how the battle went and plenty of pictures.

sunnuntai 23. heinäkuuta 2017

Bolt Action: Testing the Scenario for Ropecon 2017

Battle of Kuuterselkä - Report is ready

On June 13th 1944 , the Soviet 21st Army's offensive reached the partially completed VT-line.[9] The defensive position was breached at Kuuterselkä already on June 15. Though the line was breached the Finnish resistance managed to delay further Soviet advances. - WIkipedia

More info in Finnish here.

We ran a play test game with Kalle and Juha for the scenario planned for Ropecon. Pictures are now online, text will follow.

maanantai 10. heinäkuuta 2017

Saga introduction to a new player

The Last Stand of Kilin Arslan

I gave an introductory game on Saga for two club fellows tonight. Did I win?

The Other Way Around!

The Cowrie of Coumbra as the pursuer

As both me and Kalle liked the scenario very much on our first go, we decided to turn the tables... read on to learn how it went this time...

perjantai 16. kesäkuuta 2017

Battle of Nykarleby 24.6.1808 - Report completed!

The Finnish (Swedish) push continues!

Finally the snow has melted in northern Finland and the Finns are encouraged after the victory in Revonlahti. Now Adlercreutz, Von Öttern and Von Döbeln were marching and circling the small town of Nykarleby in order to take out the Russian forces there...

Read on to find out if the Russian managed to escape from the clutches of the attacking Finnish forces... 

sunnuntai 11. kesäkuuta 2017

Conquering England - Battle of Hastings 1066

Nopat & Taktiikka Club's Traditional Summer Cabin Trip

It was once again time to enjoy the Finnish summer by heading to the country side with good friends, dozens of beer cans and hundreds of toy soldiers... and to stay crammed in a small cabin for hours and hours drinking the beer and rolling the dice. The companions were:

King Harold (Sebastian) and his brothers (in arms) Juha and Antti 
-proudly displaying the new Club T-shirt (and Karhu-beer, in English bear-beer)
...and commanding the defending the Anglo-Saxon fyrds

And the somewhat more crazy AND arrogant Norman lords:
Duke William (aka Kalle) and his vassals my self and Aleksis

What madness would follow from this you wonder... read on to find out! (Sorry about the unsharpness of some of the pictures - lightning conditions were very challenging.

lauantai 3. kesäkuuta 2017

Congo: Run for it!

Testing the new "Cowrie of Coumba" -scenario

June issue of Wargames Illustrated has excellent content! One of goodies on offer is two new scenarios for Congo. Kalle and me decided to test Cowrie if Coumba -scenario, where Whitewoman's Expedition column is trying to escape the wrath of the natives with a valuable artifact. This adventure is full of dramatic events and the new special rules (night, confusion and exhausted) give a nice extra flavor.

Painted some White woman adventurers (Copplestone Casting) and wild animals (Foundry) this week for the game:

Read on to find out how these chicks fared in the untamed jungle!

torstai 25. toukokuuta 2017

LOTR: Hounds of Sauron


Our LOTR -saga continued with Marko and Kalle - the plan is to play all the scenarios related to the book. So now the Fellowship has left Rivendell and they are attacked by pack of vargs, that seems to have endless amount of vicious and hairy beasts!

I had painted few more beasties for the game.

Winning criteria in this scenario was: if vargs could kill before end of the game (duration was random) either 5 members of the Fellowship OR just Frodo, the evil side would win. Dead vargs were recycled and could enter the battle a fresh from the next round. 

keskiviikko 10. toukokuuta 2017

Battle of Revonlahti 27.4.1808 - Report ready

Finnish attack continues

First, of course, in the words of Johan Ludvig Runeberg:
(for Gregori Tigerstedtille on the 50th anniversary of the Revonlahti  battle )

"Tunsitko joskus, joukoss' ihmisten
kulkeissas täällä elon tanterella,
kuink' outo voima, pakko sisäinen
toist' ihmistä voi toiseen taivutella?
Näet muodon, äänen kuulet, riemastut,
vaan et voit virkkaa, miks niin ihastut.
Mies oli Cronstedtilla väessään,
ilolla häntä vielä muistelenki;
ma vanhus olin, nuorukainen hän,
mut kummassakin meiss' ol' yksi henki.
Ma helposti ja paljon unhoitan,
mut Tigerstedtin muistan ainian.

Four warriors gathered again to pay our respects for the old glory of those soldiers and heroes, who fought to keep the archenemy at bay... Some of the pics are courtesy from Juha, thanks!

torstai 27. huhtikuuta 2017

KoW: Da Big Bashin!

Orcs rule!

Had my second Kings of War -game this year. Played again against Kim's Varangurs (Chaos warriors kind offs).

See pics from the game below (currently in quite a random order). It got me wanting to paint more of these raging greenskins...

maanantai 24. huhtikuuta 2017

Battle of Siikajoki 16.4.1808

Finns to the offensive!

All set for the next episode in our "Finnish War 1808-09" or Suomen  Sota -Campaign...

Ken joen rannall' on tuo miesi ylhäinen,
jok' yli vetten, maiden katsahtaapi?
Jo ryhti, huulten uhka, säihke silmien,
kädessä miehekkäässä miekka tulinen
urosta, sotilasta muistuttaapi.
Hän yksinään on, ilman seuraajaa,
mies nuori tullen mennen herrallensa
vain aika ajoin sanaa kuljettaa;
mut takan ja eessä kaksi armeijaa
veristä surmaa uhkaa toisillensa.
Hän tuosa näkee Siikajoen maiseman
niin kolkkona kuin ruumiin laudoillansa,
hän Suomen sodan muistaa vielä kolkomman,
häpeän, paon, hylyks jääneen kunnian
ja ryssäin pilkkanaurun takanansa.
Se syynä, miks niin synkkä otsa on,
miks varjo musta huolihunnun vetää
peitteeksi urhon jaloon muotohon;
hän näkee, kuinka Suomi, äiti turvaton,
nyt alttiiks jää, kun poikain miehuus pettää.

- Part of the poem "Adlercreutz" by Johan Ludvig Runeberg,

WIP: pictures added, report will follow...

tiistai 11. huhtikuuta 2017

Testing the New Saga Supplement: Aetius & Arthur

Roma Victor!

Since Hamburger Tactica, where I acquired the plastic Gripping beast box of late Romans and some metal blisters as well, I've been building up my 6 point late Roman Warband. So far I've played two games with them: 1 against Saxons played by Timo and one against Britons played by Sami. Below you'll find reports (WIP - first game done) from the games and my thoughts on how the roman board works. 

Arthur (Foundry) and his elites

Painting status 10.4.

lauantai 1. huhtikuuta 2017

Finishing miniatures

1808 Reinforcements: Jaegers for Finns and Russians

As my painting goal for this year is to FINISH  (including varnish) miniatures, that I'm painting, I sticked to completing these Russian jaegers in a one go (= not leaving them almost finished). I also did the final touches for some Savolax jaegers, that had been "almost finished" since November 2016.

So here they are ready for the game tomorrow:

Some WIP pictures from the painting process:

maanantai 20. maaliskuuta 2017

Super Gaming Week: Game 3.

The long waited

"Finnish War 1808-09" (Suomen Sota) 


It was in last September, when this fire was really ignited. I had been slowly collecting some minis for the Russo-Swedish War 1808-09 (where Finland was torn away from being part of Sweden and annexed to the Russian Tzardom), but visiting The Little Wars Club in Stockholm really kicked this project on. They introduced us to  the Pikeman's Lament rules system based on the successful Lion Rampant -system. Miniature painting (and buying more) started after the trip and then we just had to wait for the Pikeman's Lament ruleset to be published...

Now were finally all set and played the first battle as presented in the excellent gaming resource by Sword and Sabre -publishing : 16.4.1808 Battle of Yppäri (Pyhäjoki).

Super Gaming Week Game 2.

Banish the Daemons!

My second game of the week was my  Imperial Agents vs. Antti's Khorne Army - very fluffy indeed!

sunnuntai 19. maaliskuuta 2017

Super Gaming Week: Game 1. LOTR

Good shall prevail!

First game of super duper gaming (and painting) week was a 2 vs. 2 LOTR game with my friends Marko (Sharkey and his evil minions), Kalle P. (Isengard with Dunlending focus) as the evil side and my elves and Adrian's (guest player from Turku, whom we new from LOTR Finland fb-group) stout dwarven force led by Gimli and Legolas (whom this time won their body count easily!).

tiistai 14. maaliskuuta 2017

GNW: Battle of Holowcyn

King Charles leads the Charge!

Last Sunday we finally fought the battle of Holowcyn. Scenario was straight out of the BP supplement "Last Argument of the Kings" . We splitted the OOB to 50% to make our collections cut it. Several units were actually left out of the game, so we're not far from playing it with full OOB.

lauantai 4. maaliskuuta 2017

Bolt Action Day @ Nopat Club

HQ-Raid in the Far East

We had an "Open House" for Bolt Action today at our Club. This meant we had set up BA games on good looking gaming tables and people could come and play, even without own minis or previous experience. We had a full house (including few 9th Age -players in the midst) with couple of new players wanting to try it out. I was hosting a scenario from the Empires in Flames -book: HQ Raid, where British troops were attacking a village with a local Japanese HQ. All Japs & Gurghas painted by me, Chindits painted by Mikko. I was playing with my friend Ludde and his pals quite new to the game. They preferred not be presented in the blog, hence the "masking" of faces.

tiistai 21. helmikuuta 2017

Hamburger Tactica Day 2: Gaming with Friends

I woke up early to reach Tactica by nine, I had booked a slot for a Congo game at 9:00. On normal home Sundays I'd still be sleeping at nine... So committed.

I was even more happy when Micke joined the game as my team mate against two German fellows.

lauantai 18. helmikuuta 2017

perjantai 17. helmikuuta 2017

Hamburger Tactica - day 0: Lubeck

This time 4 out 5 from our Tactica-team headed towards
Lubeck instead of doing the @routine tour of Hamburg, as we have done quite a few times already. Change is nice!

sunnuntai 5. helmikuuta 2017

Pikeman's Lament @ Little Wars Club in Stockholm

Business and Pleasure

I had a business trip to Stockholm and used the opportunity to visit my gaming pals at Little Wars -club in Stockholm.

As Pikeman's Lament had just been published by Osprey, we played a Great Northern War battle. You can find battle report by the rules co-author Micke here. Once again I enjoyed a great game in a beautiful terrain!

Some further pics and some story telling below.

sunnuntai 29. tammikuuta 2017

Winter War 2017 - Bolt Action Tournament



Yippee! I won the second ever Bolt Action Tournament in Finland!
See pictures of games below.
Reports will follow.

sunnuntai 22. tammikuuta 2017

UPDATED: Nopat Club's Winter War event closing in!

UPDATED: Airfield -project & loads of Japanese

Our Clubs annual gaming event is next week and I'll be running the Bolt Action tournament with another Nopat Fellow Juha. Nowadays Nopat Winter War is the biggest miniature wargaming event in Finland with tournaments also for 9th Age, 40K, Flames, Warmachine & Hordes and Infinity.

I've been building & painting stuff for a spesific BA Scenario "Air field raid", that I've designed and play tested (3 times now). Read more about the scenario, test games and see WIP pics on stuff I'm working on.

tiistai 17. tammikuuta 2017

KoW - OK, now I'm convinced

Throng of Jorrim Truesteel's epic battle 

against the Varangur hordes 

Played my 4th or so game of Kings of War. So far I hadn't been really convinced about the system (maybe because I haven't won a single battle ;-)), this game made the difference... read on to learn why!

maanantai 2. tammikuuta 2017

Updated: Summary of 2016 & Plans for 2017

Year full of HOBBY!

What a year of hobby it has been! I'm in such a happy state in my life, that the split between working - family  and hobby-life is almost in balance. Of course once and a while hobby life keeps me a wake too late, which impacts the too others and my wife might not always agree on the balance, but at least we get along and I'm happy with the "balance"!

It seems that my hobby activity level has been the same for 2015-2016:

This is more than a one blog post per week!

The amount of visitors on my blog is also growing nicely with the total of 50K visits closing in fast!

Most popular blog posts have been:

Not surprisingly very popular Bolt Action takes lead, also play testing and unboxing texts gather audience nicely. Also being linked to Dalauppror's blog has generated traffic.

Top 5 texts actually correlate very nicely on the higlights of my hobby-year: painting Finns for Bolt Action (and playing with them), play testing  Burn & Loot and seeing it published and of course my Great Northern War -project, which has gathered a total of 25 blog posts and has been most active this year. It has also been the most visited "page" in my blog and it also has a strong connection to why we decided to visit our gaming friends in Stockholm -they have been our guides in both GNW as well as the Russo-Swerdish War of 1808-1809, which I think will be one of my hottest topics for 2017!

Visiting Little Wars -club in Stockholm

Read on to see the high light of 2016 in picture as well to find out about my plans for 2017!