Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ogre 6e Storage Case Project

I picked up two copies of the Ogre 6e Kickstarter Edition, one to play with, one to hang on to for future purposes. I saw a thread on the SJG Ogre Forums about storage and transport a while back, and had been thinking about how to store and transport my copies in safety.

I was cleaning out the basement storage area the other day and came upon a couple of instrument cases ($5 each) that I had picked up at a thrift store many years ago. I had always thought I might use them to store my Ogre miniatures in, but had never gotten around to working out a way to make that happen.



These cases are pretty big. I measured them at 25" x 21" x 8" deep.

Hmmmm.... how big is that Ogre 6e box again?



The 6e box is 24" x 20" x 6". Wow! What are the odds of that happening?



Just add a little foam rubber to cushion the bottom and sides.



 
Now I can store and transport them safely!
 
 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The 4 Howitzer Defense in Ogre

I've been looking at the Ogre 4 howitzer defense strategy lately, and decided to create a graphic to help my son understand the overlapping fields of fire. He got confused by the color coding of the hexes, so here's my interpretation:


 










































The command post can be located pretty much anywhere in the northeast corner and it won't make much difference.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Old Miniatures From My Past

Over on the SJ Games Forums, a recent post caught my eye...

Ab Mobasher Post

Interestingly enough, I have several of these miniatures in my possession, which I purchased back in the early 1980's.


Group shot



 
Turret removed

 



Interior fully revealed
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

More trees! More trees!

I decided the boards were still too bare, so I ordered another 200 trees in a lighter color, which I hope makes the boards look a bit better. I think I like it. They are more yellow, but the two colors seem to blend together.


I know I am amazed they can make these trees so cheaply. I also added some dead trees using a super secret process which I shall reveal at a later time.

Here are some new pictures:







Thursday, August 1, 2013

First Ogre Miniatures Game on the New Terrain Boards

Jonathan and I decided to set up a quick game to see how things look on the new boards.


This is the view from the Combine end of the board. (Ooh, look at all the laser towers!)


This is the view from the Pan European end of the board.





Another shot from the Combine Command Post POV.




 And finally a shot from behind the Pan European lines.




Monday, July 29, 2013

Trees for the Ogre Terrain Boards

Well I decided I didn't like the terrain boards as bare as they were. They definitely looked like a battle had occurred, but just looked too empty. I needed something to break up the monotony of the desert. So, I added some patches of grass and trees, and I really like the way they look now. The trees will make them harder to store and transport, but I'll work that out.

A shot of the first few trees being installed.


I got these trees on eBay, very cheap, about $20 for 400 of them. China of course! (Free shipping)


Hmm, looks like a golf course...


Well, a golf course with radioactive sand traps, anyway.


Fully populated with trees!


And a shot from the other end.


OK, these trees are a little too alike in color, guess I'll order some more in a lighter shade...


I do think it looks pretty good though, poke a hole in the foam, dip the tree trunk in white glue, insert!


Close-up, I think these trees look very realistic, twisted wire, flock, and brown paint on the trunks.


A shot from a lower elevation. The glue dries clear and you cannot tell it is there.


I'll take some more pictures during our next Ogre Miniatures battle!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ogre at Origins 2013

It's been a really long time since I posted anything on here, life has a way of getting in the way sometimes. Between work, family, etc. there has just not been a lot of time for posting. However, I have been working on Ogre Miniatures projects when I could find the time.

I made it to Origins this year, and I got to play Ogre 6e against Steve Jackson! Well sort of, anyway.

On Wednesday Steve played a simultaneous game against 12 opponents in a room near the food court. They had a preliminary copy of Ogre 6e there for us to look at:



I took some pictures with my son (age 9) for scale:



















I was watching from the spectator area, and the Ogre Line Editor (Daniel) asked me to assist one of the players (a 12 year old girl named Lily) who had never played Ogre before.









I advised Lily, and she played very well, and had some really lucky die rolls early in the game. She removed all of the Ogres weapons while Steve was still 8 or 9 hexes away from the Command Post.
Unfortunately the dice failed her when she started shooting at the treads, and Steve rolled over her Command Post before she could stop him. It was very close.
Steve Jackson Games put an Ogre 6e promo on the back of the Origins coupon book this year, I snagged a few for myself and other Ogre fans.

















I spent some money in the Origins dealer room on new buildings for Ogre, as well as a couple of Iron Wind Metals' BattleTech dropships. These will work well as targets I think.





Now I just need to get them painted!