Little Wars TV – Fourth Kawanakajima Wargame

I mentioned back in LIttle Wars – a Favoured YouTube Channel, that Little Wars was one of my favourite channels. I watch for the new releases and have enjoyed some great refights (like the recent Agincourt one). A week ago they released another wargame, this one the Fourth Kawanakajima Wargame.

This was a reflight of, yes, the Fourth Kawanakajima Battle. The refight was controlled by the Killer Katana wargame rules (look for the rule review this week and those rules are available from On Matters Military, a company I can recommend and have purchased from before). Fourth Kawanakajima was a large battle between competing samurai clans in the 16th century with armies of 10 to 12,000 men engaged. The refight itself was performed using 6mm figures (another favourite of mine). I am guessing they were Baccus 6mm samurai figures. Another range is produced by Heroics and Ros.

Whichever figures you like, do have a look at the refight and be inspired to paint hundred of 6mm samurai! I will admit that the samurai period of Japan has always had an interest for me, in part from my time in Korea. Anyway, have a look at the video and be inspired.

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Little Wars TV – a Favoured YouTube Channnel

One of my favourite YouTube channels is the Little Wars TV channel. I come home from work, late at night, set the TV to YouTube and tune in to see what is up with the guys this week. The guys re-fight battles, review rules and generally behave and talk like wargamers behave and talk. This week I enjoyed the refight of that well-known battle of Hannibal’s – Trebbia. The Romans were defeated historically in this, Hannibal’s first battle on Italian soil and most ancient wargamers know the Battle of Trebbia so it is hard to get the Romans to walk into the trap that is set there. The Little Wars guys do it well. It is also great looking at the way they have based and used 6mm figures for the game – with all figures based in 40mm square bases. They do give the impression of two armies facing off against each other.

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Water Effects

As many of you may be aware, I have been trying to experiment with water effects for the ships – and so far have been unsuccessful. I will catalogue the list of failures later. In the meantime, searching for a how-to on water effects (after all, everything in the Universe can now be found in (Google) I came across this YouTube video. It is very useful and covers the use of Vallejo’s Water Effect. I’m still not sure for my wee little ships but there were some useful techniques covered in this video. It is in German (I think – could not tell accurately as I had the sound turned down low) but the sub titles are in English and it is an easy to follow, good description of the process.

X-47B – Unmanned Combat Air System lands on a US Carrier

A drone to the general public but about a month or so after a UCAS took off from a carrier, then did a touch and go on the carrier, the US Navy has landed a UCAS on the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

Carrier aircraft pilots are starting to check their pensions.

Nuship Canberra

A tour of what will become HMAS Canberra when it is completed and commissioned.

This video gives a good look around the Nuship Canberra at its current state of completion. Nuship Canberra is the first of the Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHD) and is currently under construction at the BAE Systems Williamstown Shipyard at Port Phillip Bay. The ship is due to commence sea trials in late 2013.

Ski jump flight deck for helicopters? Hmm, apparently she’ll have the ability to operate 18 aircraft but which aircraft?

Drybrushing 6mm GHQ models

I have been painting 6mm figures over the last few years in particular. I came across this on YouTube and thought I would share it here. I can see myself heading into the Battle Bunker here to get some of the Citadel paint mentioned to try it out. The GHQ models here are quite superb as well.