donderdag 25 december 2014

A Solo Play Aid for Battlegroup Kursk

I've been wanting to try out the Battlegroup rules for some time now... Because that would have to be a solo enterprise I felt that the "sudden victory" that is a result of the chit drawing system would be lost. So rather than just accepting that I would be fully aware of how badly mauled both sides are, I decided to write a small computer program to handle the chit drawing and telling me when one side or the other disengages.


I have written the code in python on the codeskulptor.org site, so if you want to give my program a try just go here. It is all still very rough so no fancy user interfaces or output or checking for wrong inputs...
Just hit the play button at the top left of the page and you will be asked to enter the sides and their battle ratings and if you want to use the Fall of the Reich counter set, any relevant output (drawing of special counters and who wins) appears on the right side. If the Barbarossa counter set is the same as Kursk and Overlord you can use the program for that as well but as I don't have that book (yet) I don't know that myself.
Also, codeskulptor does not work with Internet Explorer. It did function on my android tablet, using it in its current state is difficult though (hard to see the output of the program)


Later on I'll try to add:
  • Barbarossa counter set (if different)
  • Windows interface
  • Possibility to view the total drawn for one side (if you want play "against" the other side)
  • Indication of the number of counters drawn for both sides (so you can guesstimate who's losing)
All feedback (and bugs) welcome in the comments below.

Happy painting and gaming!


zondag 14 december 2014

Paint Table Saturday 4 - Project completed!!!


Last week I didn't post an update because well, there really wasn't anything to write about. I spent the rest of the weekend working on my dungeon tiles, but come monday I just couldn't find the motivation to paint any more... And it stayed like that for the rest of the week. This week was only slightly better, but with one great result!

Yes, that's a gaping hole on the scenery line now!
I finally finished a project! Almost three years after the first mention of my 3D dungeon, the last tile for Dwarf King's Hold got its last coat of varnish and moved to join the rest of the tile set...


One dungeon, done and done :-)
 So what now? Back to 6mm Russians... after last week's game at the club I did some tweaking of my army list and now I have a few new platoons to paint. Some SU122s, AA half tracks and another scout car.

Happy gaming and painting!