Monday, 12 March 2018

My Shrinking Lead Pile

I have probably waxed on about my philosophy of keeping my unpainted items to a minimum so I can shop for new lead guilt free (almost). I have had a pile of fantasy figures kept in a couple of cardboard boxes in various states of paint and disrepair for many years (I am thinking 12 years). I purchased the bulk of the figures from my friend Brian along with a copy of Warhammer Quest. I never played the game but have slowly been organizing the figures for use in fantasy skirmish games like Song of Blades and Heroes, fantasy battle games like Sword and Spear Fantasy, and now D&D. D&D is very much a skirmish game when it comes to combat.

I went through my card board boxes and inventoried my pile into smaller piles. I then put the piles into ziplock bags, sorted by type. I have found this to help me get motivated to paint them as I just need to grab a bag and plop it on my painting desk rather than look at the mess of figures in the boxes.

My big project this weekend has been painting my Orcs. I do not have enough for an proper army, but have enough for a proper swarm in D&D. What D&D game would be complete without a proper war with the orcs. They are ready to unleash on my players for Saturday's game.

Orc Archers - GW and Heroquest I think

Black Orcs - GW and a rebased Mageknight guy

Orc Warriors - I added the shields - GW
 Boar Riders - These guys are old 40k figs but convert over well enough
These are dark elf figures from the Legends of Drizzt board game. They are very slight in comparison to the orcs but this fits with the Elven ness

Harpies - no idea on the make - Reaper maybe

All in all a good weekends production. 25 orcs painted and based.

Friday, 9 March 2018


I have been busy and managed to take some pictures of the gaming events from this week. I started the weekend by going to a meeting of my local Society for Creative Anachronism group. My son and I are interested and will probably start attending regularly. We planned to make helmets as a start to making combat armor for upcoming events. Fun! I asked about getting a Norman nose helmet and the blacksmith said it would not be a problem.

Not my helmet but very fun to wear

Saturday afternoon I went to my local game club and played an XWing shoot ‘em up. I was Poe Dameron but got shot down with no kills. Lots of fun and a great and simple game. The more serious players have researched good combos and card synergy for boosting their abilities. I felt a little outgunned and would have preferred a straight flying game.

Saturday night, I went to Zak’s awesome game room for a 15mm start to our Chain of Command campaign. I played the Germans trying to prevent a breakthrough by the Americans post D-Day. I started out well, driving off his infantry as they tried to approach. I took a lot of casualties unfortunately and this will impact me in future games. Zak sent in his 2 Sherman tanks to break through my lines. He revved right through the middle of my position and I blasted off every Panzerschreck and Panzer Faust in my possession. When the smoke cleared, his tanks were unscathed and I limped off to my next defensive position in the campaign. Fun and challenging game with Zak and I experiencing equal levels of command frustration. Sorry for the lack of pics but when games are intense I often forget to document them!
3 pics of pregame table

 The Sherman escapes!

Sunday afternoon, we had our D&D game. I had built some fire elements from hot glue and tinfoil and had a blast unleashing them on my players and their town. The players were creative and managed to eliminate the threat but not before there were many casualties and burned down buildings.

Large Fire elemental threatens the Village of Grommit
 Bonfire in the town square becomes a portal
 Dwarven Druid tries to extinguish the unnatural fire
 The Thegn's stable set alight!
 Grommit is ablaze
 Players confront the Elementals

 Tuesday night I went to Marty’s place for a standard game of XWing. I have been wanting to fly a “Tie Swarm” This is a list of 8 Tie Fighters of poor quality. The plan is to overwhelm the enemy with numbers rather than skill. I had fun fighting Marty’s Rebel list of 3 XWings and 2 AWings but in the end I was forced to retreat after only inflicting one casualty. There is a reason my pilots are rated as academy pilots. They have much to learn and so do I. Learning to fly 8 ships without hitting each other and asteroids is a big challenge but one I hope to master. Good learning game.
insert theme music and laser blasts

Whew. Busy but fun weekend with three games and a social engagement. Looking forward to next weekend!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Back in the Saddle

Apologies to any readers out there for my long absence. I could not log in to the blog due to technical difficulties which are now, happily, resolved. I see my last post was January 5th. A lot of gaming has gone on since then that I was unable to capture on the blog. Here is a bit of a summary.

Chain of Command

I have gained some interest from a fellow gamer to play these rules on a regular basis. He is collecting in 15mm. I have both 28mm and 15mm. We are playing the 29LetsGo campaign. First game this Saturday so stay tuned.

28mm set up for first battle of 29LetsGo
 Jump off Points built
 Allied Road of approach

Below is a picture of my new barbed wire in 28mm. I give credit to The Terrain Tutor (youtube) for the material ideas and instruction. I used tile spacers and ordered up cheap barbed wire material that is way less expensive then the same wire listed by hobby sites.

Blast marker for artillery strikes or vehicle explosions. Fun to make and look the part. Thanks again Terrain Tutor. 

We are preparing for episode 7 of our D&D campaign. We have just completed the heavily modified and venerable "Village of Hommlet" module. To that end I have been painting my ancient collection of fantasy models as well as acquiring new ones. Mostly Dungeons & Dragons Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures. These figs come in blisters of usually two to a pack. They are cheap and characterful. Here are some new editions...

Ox and Cart 

town guards, bards and dragonkin
 3 ghouls (Black Tree Design) and Zombies
 Umber Hulk

Ogre - Black Tree Design
 Giant - GW

 Crates - Black Tree Design
I built some dungeon doorways and some new scatter for D&D - bunches of fun!
I got to play Ross' test game for Huzzah. Details on his blog Battle Game of the Month. I was defending with the French and had fun with an armored car.

I pimped out my fields by adding bases and flock. I also built 8 feet of these fences to go with my stone fences.

Not sure what else to say except it is good to be back. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Year in review

Last year I committed to the 6x6 project. Playing 6 different games 6 times over the course of a year. How did I do?

Baroque 3 games - Edgehill twice and a learning game. I also added 50 foot and 24 horse to my collection.

Dungeons and Dragons - 6 games - This was the big winner for the year. I have not played many games but have been fairly obsessed with making terrain in 3D to play on. I have also started collecting and painting fantasy figures. This was against my stated aim of painting more figures!

Sword and Spear - 2 Games - This is a good game but I have not been motivated to play it solo much except to try out the Sword and Spear Fantasy version.

Chain of Command - 4 games - 3 Solo games in 15mm and 28mm and finally a group game on Dec 26th. This is a great set and I have purchased a 4th army in 28mm for it.

Battle Cry - 2 games - I picked this game in part because it was quick and easy. I only managed two games but one was an epic version with 6 players at a local game convention. Still a great game.

Commit The Garde - 6 games - This is a popular game with a few players in my group and also fun to play solo. This allowed me to get my six games in, even though it is the longest game on my list.

This was an interesting experiment. I did gain some motivation to play my chosen games throughout the year after accepting the challenge. 23 out of 36 is only a C on my 6x6 report card. In my defense, the game room was shut down for 6 weeks due to renovations. Also, I am easily distracted over the course of a year. 

Some of the distractions included:

Proxxon hot wire cutter

Wings of War
XWing - bought out another player and tripled my collection

Painting fantasy figs

bought 6 ships and built 1...

Attended Huzzah!

New army - Eastern Men

 New Army - Undead

 New Army - Dwarves

 New Army - Greeks

These armies are not actually new but re-purposed and based. The Greeks are compliments of Ross of Battle Game of the Month blog fame. The Undead and Dwarfs are my old GW armies that have gathered dust since the 90s. The Eastern Men are Turks bought for cheap from a player getting out of the period.