Sunday, June 19, 2022

Cigar Box and Osprey's Gettysburg

 If you look back on this Blog to July and Aug of 2019, you will see a recreation of the first day's struggle at Gettysburg. It was played on amazingly beautiful battle mats. Cigar Box has a large selection of terrain that can be used for all kinds of battles. They connected with Osprey Publishing to create what has to be one of the most detailed battle mats of all time! Buildings, trees, roads, streams, fences are all found on these two mats that recreate all the terrain northwest, north and northeast of the town of Gettysburg. The mats can be used as is, or as I did, along with molded hills placed beneath, and buildings and trees placed on top. I simply loved the look of this combination. I decided to show just the mat itself (with the hills beneath) to show off the quality. These mats are some 4+ feet by 6+feet, so cover a lot of ground.

This first view is from the east, with Gettysburg itself seen to the left edge...

Turning now to the view from the west, now with Gettysburg ot the right...
They have additional ACW creations with this same attention to detail. They have also come out with a three piece collection for Gettysburg, but not so heavily detailed. Roads and streams are included with hills shaded. I ordered the "Tops" selection so I can turn my attention to the second day's battle of July 2, 1863. I will keep you posted.


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Carter Part V

 The Great White Apes...

This and the previous are early Heritage...
The Heritage up grade was better...
But the Morphius is tops...


Carter Part IV

The Therns (White Martian)...





Carter Part III

The fearsome Green Martians...













                                                   





Mounted on a Thoat...


John Carter Part II

Red Martians from Zodanga...


One of the early Heritage miniatures...











Wanted to purchase more of these, but the cost on ebay is $80 or so! 




John Carter of Mars (Barsoom!)

 The weekend of May 13th, Starfest Con is returning to Denver after a two-year hiatus due to Covid. I'm planning on redoing the Battle of Naboo between the Gungan and the Droid Armies Friday afternoon. On Saturday, 5/14, I will be staging numerous engagements based on the John Carter stories. Finally, Sunday morning, I will put on a Epic-scaled Horus Heresy battle between the forces of the Blood Angels, Emperor's Children, Titans and Chaos demons. If you're in town, stop by and see what you can do!

For the Carter Games, the figures I have collected over the decades (literally starting back in the 80s!) include the earliest Heritage models (not so good); later versions from same (better); Kickstarter miniatures form Morphius from a few years back (excellent); and finally, some from Bronze Age just these last two weeks (also excellent). Here is a preview of those miniatures. I hope to download some After-Action photos following the Con.

Part I: Red Martians from Helium..