To Bexley with Rhordia

Hello MoD’ers I hope that this sunny Saturday finds you well. I am a little tired this morning as I was up in the early hours guesting in the ‘Kings of War’ pod cast ‘Counter Charge’ it was an episode aimed at revealing the League of Rhordia. I was asked to speak about how the fluff based around Rhordia inspires my army composition. Although I was quite tired it was a fun experience, and I think you’ll enjoy listening when it comes out. I want to thank Daniel Read for recommending me and Mark Zielinski and the guys for allowing me to contribute.

As I said about two blogs ago, I am due to take a part in a Kings of War tournament. Although I have not yet managed to squeeze in a game, to shake out the rust and remind myself of the rules, I have at least decided which army I am taking. The decision was between ‘League of Rhordia’ and ‘Empire of Dust’. Although I have had more gaming success with the forces of the Pharaoh I find that the diversity of the Rhordian army list allows more fun with both army selection and in painting and preparing the army I eventually take.  So with that decided I had to think about the type of force to take.

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The next decision was army composition. What type of army should I take? Should I go with a balanced forced?  Take a mainly infantry based army or perhaps side that is strong in cavalry. My main reason for entering the tournament is the opportunity to play four games in one day, and that temptation close so to home was too much to up on. I am not going with any aspirations of being crowned tournament champion, for me this will all be about fun, and I going to select an army with this in mind. The final decision also depends upon what I can get ready in time for July 21st 2018. Although I was hoping to go with hordes of Human and Halfling infantry, it is just not feasible, so I am going with a smaller paint load and opting for the cavalry option.

The actual army I will take is still in the decision making process, but I will add smaller blogs whilst it takes shape. Until then however here are some photos of the army in preparation:

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SALUTE 2018

Hello MoD’ers,

It is three days now since SALUTE 2018 finally took place and as always it was an excellent show. I arrived early as usual and nabbed a ‘decent’ place in the queue. From here I planned my day, the first stop was to be the ‘Badsquiddo Games’ stand then the ‘Northumbrian Tin Soldier’ and ‘Warploque Miniature: Arcworlde’ stalls to make some early purchases. I eagerly eyed up the speed painting tables at the front of the hall, but quickly struck that idea from my list, as I was wearing my new ‘Dr Who’ T-shirt and it is white, I don’t want any paint flecks on that quite yet.

When the doors officially opened our horde of game obsessed hobbyists swept into the arena ready to spend our hard earned pennies on small plastic figurines and any available accoutrements. I made it to Annie Norman’s ‘Badsquiddo Games’ where they were still setting up and yet mobbed by eager enthusiasts. Eager both to chase up a mail order for her delightful mounted shield maidens, and to purchase some more that I had not noticed when I had made my initial purchase on their website, I was greeted by a friendly lady that was assisting Annie. They allowed me to take my mail order away with me and gave a great show price for the amazing mounted hearth guard models I had found, they are really lovely models, and my current photo does not do them justice.

Whilst speaking with the helpers at Annie’s stall I learned of a game that they are developing, one that I know my little girl will absolutely love: ‘Gunnypeegs’ a rather intriguing Bunny Vs Guinea pig war game. I believe there is going to be a kickstarter for this, I will keep you posted. I bought a pack of the pigs and bunnies that are currently available.

After this I went on the hunt for the ‘Northumbrian Tin Soldier’ and promptly, somewhat fortuitously got lost, finding instead the ‘Macrocsom’ stand. These guys recently completed a kickstarter for a wargame that involved skeletal Dwarves Vs skeletal Goblins, finances stopped me getting involved but I could not help but notice some fully fleshed dwarves, in WW1 Russian uniforms riding upon sturdy looking ponies. My eyes then drifted from this shelf to one just below which was populated again my troops from WW1, the were Goblins resplendent in German uniforms and Halflings representing the British ‘Tommy’. I just had to have a pack of the furry foots Brits. These minis come from their Weird War range, when I spoke with the stall holder (I apologise as I have forgotten his name) he told me that they hope to have a kickstarter for this range, it will be called ‘Mud Fields’ along the line of their previous campaign. He also said that he hoped to include a fourth race, possibly Turkish Orcs. This is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

SALUTE is a very popular convention, I go whenever I can, work has a habit of getting in the way, but I am glad I made it this year. However this makes it a very busy tiring day, and the temptation to spend is everywhere, within the first hour and half I had spent £116.00 on various stalls, including ‘Barwell Bodyworks’ and ‘Coritani’ for basing and scenery goods. By midday I felt ready to leave, but with still so much to see and do, I stuck it out and I glad I did, as I watched an interested demo game of ‘Drowned Earth’ as dystopian future skirmish game, and spoke with the developers of ‘Death Match’ and gladiatorial game which entails fighters from several races fighting each other (naturally) but also working together to take on large monsters that are released into the arena, such as the wonderfully sculpted ‘Sky shark’.

I meandered through the central aisle looking at the wares at various merchant stands, when I noticed the ‘Crooked Dice’ 7TV stall and gaming tables. This is a games system that is based upon cult TV series. I played this a couple of years ago at Salute when the game on show was a variation on ‘Robin Hood’, this time the game based upon ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and I just had to get involved. The last time I played this system I bought it straight afterwards, but sadly failed to play it again which is a shame as it is a really fun system with some innovative game mechanisms that can really turn events upon their head. During this game I had control of Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo, I managed a difficult jump with Raphael placing him in a crowd of ‘Foot’ warriors with ‘The Shredder’ but Raph had a disguise kit and could not be attacked. When the Foot warriors left the vicinity Raph removed his disguise and charged Shredder, using his character skills of ‘Temper’ and ‘Ninjitsu’ he stunned the and put shredder out of the game. It was a bold and unusual move which took an otherwise dangerous opponent off the board. This is the 2nd edition of 7TV it runs more smoothly than the previous version and needless to say, I bought the new version then and there.

By the end of the day I was really exhausted, the soles of my feet felt bruised and battered, as did my wallet, now I face the long wait until SELWG in the autumn, which may be the next time I can get my hobby on.

Salute 18 & Reaper shouds

Hello MoDers,

I am sorry for such a long gap since my last post, in which I also apologised for long absence. I have not had a great deal of hobby to write about to be fair, but that is about to change.

I don’t recall if I told you about my recent experiences, I broke my right (painting) hand in November.  In December I had shoulder surgery due to an old sporting injury, same side, so not real use out of my dominant arm for a while. Then just as I was recovering, coming back to strength, I contracted pneumonia and ended up in hospital, you could say my paining/gaming mojo was completely wiped out as I had no absolutely no motivation to pick up a brush or scatter any dice in anger.

As I began to recover for a second time, I decided I had to do something to get back in the game. First thing I did was to buy a ticket for ‘Salute 2018’ which is on Saturday 14th April. I’m hoping my visit there will inspire me to climb back upon my hobby horse. I will also write a report of my day there for your delectation.

The second act in reclaiming my pastime was to enter a ‘Kings of War’ tournament (Shourd of the Reaper by Bexley Reapers). I feel it is a bold move as it will force me to accomplish several things. The first, which is quite important, is to re-learn the rules, as I was not a regular player in the first place, and the last game I played was in September 2017, I do not have the greatest memory, I always forget rules that can benefit my play, and often struggle to remember exactly how things like movement work, I often slip back to a default setting which is basically the ‘Warhammer Fantasy 6th Edition’ which is the one I got most play time with. So I need to have a re-read of the KoW rule book, watch some of those recorded games that get published on ‘YouTube’, and get in as many practice games at ‘Hackney Area Gaming Enthusiast’ (HATE) as I can. I need to do all of this before 21st July, so wish me luck.

Another tournament requirement is to have a 2000 point KoW army ready for that date. My two armies: ‘League of Rhordia’ and ‘Empire of Dust’ as about 800 point fully painted, which leaves me 1200 points of painting to go between now and July, nothing like a tight deadline for a procrastinator like me. This task leaves me with a decision, do I take my characterful, but not very successful ‘Rhordians’ or the more deadly, but oh so much bone painting require skeleton army. I am open to suggestion:

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SELWG 2017

Hello MoDer’s, yesterday was a great day, you could kind of say I really got my geek on. For the first time in quite a while I was able to attend the annual wargames event that is hosted by the South East London War Gamers otherwise known as SELWG. This used to be a regular on my calendar, but for various reasons I have not been able to get there since 2012.

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The event is generally held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, with a generous mix of traders, demo/participation games and the famous SELWG bring and buy. The show is on a slightly smaller scale than events such as SALUTE, which is normally held at London’s Excel, but I believe that the SELWG venue has more character, and the show has a friendlier atmosphere.

I got to the venue at 0945 hours, and was surprised to see that the queue was much shorter by this time, than in my previous visits a few years ago, although in the remaining 15 minutes that were left before the show started a steady flow of expectant gamers added to the line of people waiting to get in, making the queue stretch away from the front door and away toward the Penge West entrance.

Once I had paid my £6 entrance fee, I strolled toward the bring and buys sale, not to peruse the wares on offer, despite the strength of the lure of bargains to be had, to drop off samples from my own lead pile that I had decided were never going to get the lick of paint they deserved, in hopes of making a small profit.

After the drop off I took part in my first participation game of the day, a watered down version of the world of Tanks board game, that had be set up and run by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, a brief yet informative briefing way provided, and before long I was propelling my Russian Tanks toward a deadly duo of a German Tiger and Panther tank. By virtue of getting first turn I was able to manoeuvre my T36 into a position that provided both cover and line of sight, and opened a barrage upon the Tiger that it was later to prove its undoing. This version of the game was only a basic version and quite fast paced, I believe we were given 40 minutes play time, but only required about 20. Buoyed by my unexpected victory, I marched off in search of paints and scenery.

A piece of advice when attending an event like this, is to make a list of what you actually need prior to attending, there are often so many treasures on offer that it is easy to become over excited and spend like there is no tomorrow. I have often gone home bearing the fruits of my show viewing, only to wander why I have purchased half the stuff I have my swag bag. This time I had a list, but there were still a few stalls that were able to tease the cash from under my grasp due to the fantastic produce they had on offer. My three top stalls had to be:

INFINITY-ENGINE – Dungeon Designer: This stall had some rather lovely, if a little luridly painted and somewhat macabre scenic pieces, useful for both role play games and table top war gaming. I bought a skeletal pedestal and set of stone monoliths that I hope to convert for use in my KoW Empire of Dust army.

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TITAN WARGAMES – Whilst ambling around the lower floor hunting down the items on my list, something truly wonderful caught my eye, and collection of wonderfully sculpted and painted Dwarf miniatures, units posed with differing weapons and shields which included a rather characterful squad of dragoons, toting various firearms and some rather striking characters. This is the first in the range by this fledgling company, and I hope that there is plenty to follow.

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CONQUEST GAMES – It was not until I was fatigued and ready to leave the show that I found the last of my top three. At first glance it seemed like just another stall for a miniatures company. However upon closer inspection the figures that this designer is creating hold such brilliant detail; and have a twist to the regular version for the warriors he is basing his armies upon, I am really looking forward to whatever he is going to produce in the future.

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Before I finish this month’s update I have to mention the really fun participation game by the Maidstone Wargames Society: Fenris Descending. This was an amazing and super fun table top game that was scratch built by the gaming club. From the horde of robots that were assaulting the planet (made from electrical components) to the rocks and buildings (yoga blocks and children’s dominos), all put together to form an amazing battle scene. The premise of the game was to control a squad of human warriors and their Mech support, to achieve a randomly generated mission, such as re-establishing a comms link, or laying mines. The enemy was a never ending horde of robots determined to assail and destroy the human settlement. To be successful, you needed to complete your mission whilst killing as many droids as possible, it was not easy but it was a lot of fun, and I believe the Maidstone gamers won an award for their efforts.

Back at the table

Hello MoD’ers it has been quite a while since my last post, who knew the school holidays could be so hectic and disruptive. My little one went back to school this week, so hopefully blogging business is back to normal.

This summer has been a busy one, I had some games and got some painting done which has been cool, but still can quite get my bum in gear to complete some of the larger and older projects I have on the go.

The Kings of War ‘Summer Campaign’ got underway this September (a bit late in the season if you ask me), and due to several factors midweek gaming has become nigh on impossible. The website that the campaign is being run from is impressive,  and there is still time to report your Kings of war battles that have taken place since 21st August:

https://edgeoftheabyss.warconsole.com/

I have gone against the grain with this campaign and sided with ‘Evil’ taking my ‘Empire of Dust’ to battle. I seem to have a knack with the bad guys and out of the 5 games I have used them in, I have won 3 games, lost 1 and drawn 1. Not bad odds.

EoD Vs Elves:

EoD Vs Rhordia:

EoD Vs Kingdoms of Man:

My ‘Rhordians’ have managed to get in on the action however, in a rare house game when I had the house to myself at the weekend a colleague came over wanting to give ‘Kings of war’ a try. He has no army yet, so borrowed my ‘Halflings’ and proceeded to bash me with a huge dollop of beginners luck. It was a fun game, and I lost to my own army so the defeat was kind of anesthetised.

I recently took part in a facebook painting challenge, which focuses upon finishing old painting projects and minis you’ve had laying around. It is through the Facebook ‘MiddleHammer’ pages and the challenge produced some really good finished minis. You can see these at the: Warhammer a tale of middlehammer gamers post at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/middlehammer

Here are my entries so far:

Three games in June

Hello MoDers,

I cannot believe that July is already upon us. June was quite a busy month for me, and I did not get around to typing up a blog. I have mainly been spending a lot of my spare time with my family, so not really had the chance to hobby. I did get a few games however.

Game wise, I played three times using different gaming systems. The first was a ‘Kings of War’ style ‘Triumph & Treachery’. I played a game of this in May, so when the opportunity came up to give it another go, I jumped at it. ‘T&T’ has a strange mechanic with the random turns, decision changing cards, and the fact that you are allowed to build pacts with opposing players. In both of the games I have tried I fell victim twice to this final factor, yet somehow it enabled me to win both games. My attitude with both games was to just throw my units into any fray available, and hope for the best. Though risky it is a strategy that can gain a lot of coin, and it is the person with the most coins at the end that wins the game.

For the game in June I took my Rhordians, and went against Orcs and Varangur. In the first round my Duke tar-pitted the left flank by getting charged by an Orc Boss and some Boar Boyz , and surviving for 3 rounds. This freed up the rest of my army to tackle any Varangur that approached on the right. My artillery was not overly effective, luckily some melee combat did go my way, with my Halfling Knights sacrificing themselves to slow the enemy enough for the foot troops to form an effective position. The Greenskins had a long standoff against the Blood crazed humans, both sides opting to target any missile they had at my Halflings. When round 4 came about, the Varangur and Orc clashed in a grinding press of muscle and steel, in the end the stubborn orcs refused to give any ground, but it was not enough for them to gain victory. The objective of this game was to gain control of a magical tower, at the same time that the mighty forces clashed, my Halfling mage dashed through the gated entrance and claimed any magic held within, a sneaky victory, but a good one.

My second game the following week was a regular ‘Kings of War’. Having spent the day decorating the kitchen, I was quite tired, with no real mood for playing strategically. I decided to put a mobile Elf army together and see what happens. My opponent on the other hand is a very tactical player and had hoped for someone that would offer a challenge for his Orcs, I let him down on this point played recklessly, without a care for my troops or the outcome. There was an extra twist to the game itself, as we needed to choose a scenario. Normally I love these, as they add a difference to the game, making one think about each action rather than going hell for leather as one might in a pitch battle. On this day however it just added my confusion, I went against my pre planned set up, one thing led to another, and the Orcs carried the day butchering my elves and stealing all the loot. By the end of the battle I was down to two wizards. Strangely though; I was quite happy with the result.

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For the last of my June games I went back to ‘Warhammer Fantasy 8th ed’. My opponent for this game had been asking to have a go at the old game for some time. I was happy to oblige. I went with my High Elves, a similar list to the week before as I did not have time to re-pack. He brought his Warriors of Chaos. I set up with cavalry on one flank and infantry with artillery on the other. The game started well with plenty of charging and combat on both sides. However I seriously under estimated the power and toughness of the chaos troops, and although I struck first on most occasions, scoring many a hit, I could not wound them for toffee. By round five my entire army had been routed as the forces of chaos claimed victory. I did enjoy re-visiting this games system, but after a year and a half of ‘Kings of War’ the rules are a bit clunky, compared to the more basic, free flowing ones provided by ‘Mantic’.

April Stuff

Happy May Day MoDers, Hope that April treated you well. I have not dome much in gaming terms this month, but still managed to get some hobby time.

W40Kepic

I believe I mentioned in my last post, I have started getting into the classic ‘Games Workshop’ games Warhammer 40K Epic. Although not currently supported it is not too hard to get hold of the rules and some miniatures to play this. I was one of many ‘Squat’ fans that was disappointed when GW stopped that range and claimed that the home-worlds had been devastated by the ‘Tyrannid’ Hive Fleet ‘Behemoth’. So I decided that as there are rules for this race in Epic they were going to be my army of choice. I have been able to collect a small force together, and have completed some painting one some war-machines, as I’m dreading painting the tiny troops that accompany them.

Games with my girl.

After recently getting my little girl Bethany into Xbox, I decided to try her with a table top game. I knew whatever I tried had to be easy to learn and interesting, and decided that ‘Wings of War’, with is rather basic rules and dye cast model Bi-planes I couldn’t go far wrong. I have the ‘Flying Aces’ WWI set for this game, it has been stowed away for a while since my friend Nik Green moved to Austria, we played the game now and then, but it has been on the shelf collecting dust for a while. I grabbed this and my carry case which contains a collection of allied fighter planes. When I opened the case and showed Bethany the content she was eager to give the game a try. The good thing about ‘Wings of War’ is that you do not need a vast amount of space for a simple dog fight, which was as complex as I was willing to go with Bethany. She looked at the planes in my case and selected a ‘Sopwith Snipe’ with Belgian markings; I went for my first purchase a ‘Spad S VII’ with Italian markings. The main difference besides appearance being that the ‘Snipe’ is capable of sharper turns, and the ‘Spad’ had a higher armour class. It did not take Bethany long to get to grips with the whole manoeuvre selection and turn sequence, and we were soon able to get the planes within firing distance. With her sharp turns Bethany manged to get a few volley’s off at me, lucky I kept drawing 0’s for damage. We eventually got each other down to half each other’s starting wound rate. I think by this point she had become a little bored and she slowly slinked off her chair, ‘Snipe’ in hand, grabbed another plane out of the case and started running around the Living room making aeroplane noises. This signalled the end of the game, which I decided to take as partial success. However I will give it a few months before I try for a new round.

Warploque new minis

A while back I supported a kickstarter ‘Trouble in the North’ by Brindie games company ‘Warploque Miniatures’ headed by the very talented Alex Huntley. I really enjoy painting the figures that he produces, and the ones for the Troubles campaign looked really stunning. Of course I went with the Halfling faction, and still await the arrival of these rewards. In the meantime Alex has produced a mini game for his ‘Arcworlde’ setting. This is a few years in the future and there is strife and civil war in ‘Hobbleshire’ there are two factions in this games first shown at SALUTE 2017, although I could not get there, I have been watching the Kickstarter updates, and when I saw the two war bands that feature ion this game, I had to have them, of course I could not afford both sets yet, so I went for the really characterful  ‘Son of Hobbleshire’ lovely clean sculpts. If I had any issues with the new models it be that I don’t think the feet are quite big or Halfling(y) enough, and look a bit like animal claws, but is such a small fault in an otherwise fantastic range. Check out these models as well as Alex’s other collections at: http://www.warploqueminiatures.com/

I need a fully painted battle standard bearer in my ‘Rhordian army’, so decided to paint this guy up first.

Games on…

Hello MoD’ers and happy almost Easter. I cannot believe it is April already, it is astounding how quickly time seems to pass, it fair leaves me exhausted at times. I have been gaming busy this past month getting some action with ‘Kings of War’, ‘Frostgrave’ and ‘Epic 40K’. There has been a little painting and I’ve been having fun interacting with fellow #Geekstalkers on Twitter.

KoW – I played round two of my encounter with the forces of Basilea, and yet again was faced with the uncomfortable scenario of having to split my forces and having over half my army turn up late to the ball game. I had hoped on this occasion that as I was holding a town I’d get a chance to take the role of a besieged enemy that would have made things harder for my opponent who outnumbered my defenders by 3 to 1. However those who have played the siege rules so far in this campaign have highlighted issues that have placed it on the back burner in favour of scenarios from the ‘Mantic’ ‘Destiny of Kings’. The scenarios within this book are not too shabby to be fair, I just would like to start the game with my whole army. To be fair my opponent selected a balanced army and played as fairly as possible, but in a game of ‘Knights’ against ‘Halflings’ there was only going to be one result even with re-enforcements arriving on turn 3.

The scenario we rolled for was #Defence of the Idol, which has one player splitting their forces and defending a statue, whilst the attacker can focus on taking out all of the defenders, or  destroying the idol as either will produce a victory. My initial set up was aesthetically pleasing, yet tactically flawed as it allowed a fast moving army such as the Basileans to nullify my artillery and out flank me. The only positive I had to take away was the fact that my opponent was a decent chap who played a fair game and that can often make the difference in such games.

40K Epic – Recently I have been getting an itch to jump on the 30K band wagon and collect an army from ‘Games Workshop’s: Horus Heresy based 30K’. I was a fervent player of loyalist armies in the 1990’s with an Ultramarine Chapter, an Imperial Guard Army and a Clan of Squats. The less we say about the latter the better as it still stings. However love them of hate them ‘Games Workshop’ make some decent games that ‘war-gamers’ just cannot resist at least trying. I have wanted to re-animate my Squats and when a fellow gamer at H.A.T.E in Bethnal Green suggested starting a 40K Epic league, I jumped right on that bandwagon, in the belief that it will scratch both my 30K and Squattish cravings. So far I have gathered a small Squat Clan of 1425 pts and even had a test game which was brilliant, makes me wonder why GW drop these games in the first place.

Frostgrave – The third of my recent gaming experiences was a round of ‘Frostgrave’. As I have said before, the different choice of magic school and spells make it very easy to mix things up and come up with a different wizard and war band whenever you feel like a change. I started the system using a ‘Witch’ and swiftly moved on to an ‘Elementalist’. I decided to shake things up again and pick an ‘Illusionist’ spells which seem based more on trickery than the outright attack of spell schools. With the ‘Illusionist you can teleport, transpose and cast spells to create false treasure and fake soldiers. You still get to choose spells from other schools, so are not too reliant on the offensive power of you hired hands. The ‘Frostgrave’ books give scenarios add challenge to a game that could otherwise get bland. We selected the ‘Genie of the lamp’ scenario which makes the players test on a D20 to see whether a furious genie is released when they pick up a treasure token. If the genie is found he will attack members from both war parties so collecting gold becomes a lot more risky. At the end of the game however my opponent and I had recovered 3 treasure tokens and lost one party member each, leading to a draw. The Genie had been released in the 3rd round but not caused a great deal of trouble, luckily.

Kickstarter – Since my last blog I have decided to rather interesting Kickstarter projects:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sigilstonepublishing/clash-of-steel-a-tactical-card-game-of-medieval-du/posts/1853268?ref=backer_project_update

Which is a tactical, two-player card game based on medieval duels. I like a ready to play card combat system. This is why I loved ‘Lords of War’ by ‘Black Box Games’ so when I saw this by ‘Sigil Stone Publishing’ I just had to make a bid. At $32 I stand to receive the game and a playing mat should the campaign be funded successfully.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/durginpaintforge/the-iron-crows-and-other-dwarves-of-kazhuk-izril/description

The other project I backed is ‘The iron crows of Kazhuk Izril and other dwraf miniatures’ by ‘Durgin Paint Forge’ I backed their ‘Dragon’ based project which lead to the production of some stunning miniatures. Being a Dwarf fan I could not resist the plans for these characterful looking sculpts

Both campaigns are still running so if you are interested, go to the kickstarter website and jump on board.

As well as my own monthly blog, I have started contributing to the ‘Jack and the Geekstalk’ Geekstalkers a grouple of guys and gals on Twitter who share interests and like to talk about the thing that we love, this month we wrote about our favourite film score, this can be viewed on:

https://jackandthegeekstalk.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/%EF%BB%BFgeekstalkers-3-best-film-score/

 

Fun & Games in ‘Chelters’

Hello MoDers, hope February treated you well with lots of games played; and painting projects finished. My painting slowed down a bit since I finished Squire Zola, however I think this is getting back on track. I did get to play some games however so ‘pros and cons’ as they say.

I visited my older brother and his family in Cheltenham, and this time my little girl came too. I do love my little trips to Gloucestershire, catching up with relatives and having a good relax. Also my brother Daniel and his family play games so there is always fun something to do. At Christmas I bought my nephew Oscar a copy of ‘Adventure time Munchkin’. We played this rather odd card combat game for a while it took a lot getting used to with its curses, monsters and treasures etc, but each game only last about 20 -30 minutes and once you know what you are doing it flows quite quickly. I don’t think I won any of the rounds, but as they say the pleasure is in the playing of the game and this is certainly true with ‘Munchkin’.

I introduced Daniel and Oscar to ‘Frost Grave’, I took my elemental mage and his entourage, to face whatever the boys could put together with their various miniature collections. Daniel took a ‘Chronomancer’ and Oscar selected an ‘Elementalist’ the cool thing about ‘Frostgrave’, is that you can have four wizards from the same originating school of magic, and the spell selection process can still produce totally different characters to play with. The game took a while as there was a lot of explaining to do, the guys certainly got into the spirit of it though as they were soon tearing chunks out of each other, Daniel taking out his son’s Apprentice and Oscar returning the favour by killing his Dad’s wizard. It was this last fatality that gave the game to Oscar, as he and I had collected two treasure tokens each, I only killed minions whereas he took out a main character. Both spell casters survived the experience roll however and lived to loot another day.

I cannot believe that it was two weeks ago already, but I actually managed to make it to H.A.T.E club in Bethnal Green. I had been delaying the campaign a bit, so it was time to face Karl’s Basileans as I tried to take their second town. Somehow I had fewer points that Karl had mustered so we decided upon three scenarios that would level things up a bit. The dice made the final choice and it was ‘Baggage train’. Karl’s troops were to guide 3 wagons across the 4 foot table and defended them from my troops who tried to assail the soldiers of Basilea and destroy all three of his wagons. I made a few mistake such as poor positioning, exposing my flanks and constantly forgetting that it wasn’t open combat, killing units scored me nothing. My biggest mistake was thinking it would be easy, and had not counted on the strong healing powers possessed by the Basilean army. My usual strategy is to try and whittle units down over the course of the game, however the Basilean forces just keep on recovering, and you never manage to weaken them, it actually became a bit disheartening toward the end, but some solace did come by managing to destroy one of the three wagons, it just wasn’t enough. Victory went to Basilea. Luckily my post game experience rolls allowed me to keep most of my units in the campaign, with the exception of my beloved ‘Iron beast’.

Some of you my know that I am on Twitter as ‘Therealmrseb’ I have recently started contributing to a Twitter community blog where we write about topics such as best film or favourite comic. A number of us add a monthly paragraph or two, and it always leads to a great read. It is run by the brilliant ‘Jack and the Geekstalk’, and you can find it at:

https://jackandthegeekstalk.wordpress.com/geekstalkers-community/

Also on Twitter I have been running a weekly poll called #GeekGods which it dedicated to actors and actresses that have played roles in a number of films in the fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture genres, so far people have shown their favourite ‘Bill Paxton character was Private Bill Hudson’ and that ‘Milla Jojovitch was best as Leeloo De Sabat’ The quiz is launched on Tuesdays and Fridays and lasts for three days so come along and have a vote.

Squire Gordon Zola of the League of Rhordia

Happy February MoDers, hope the year is going well for you.

I have not played many games this year. In fact the games of ‘Kings of War’ and of ‘Frost Grave’ that I wrote about in January are about it so far. I have however been able to catch up on my painting. I have a number of incomplete projects (what hobbyist doesn’t?) so I decided to knuckle down and get on with it. My ‘kings of war’ army is taking a bit of time to complete. I just don’t seem able to stop myself from getting distracted by new paint jobs.

So I have decided to start small, and work my way up. What could be better that a character who’s been left in a state of under-coat for too long. Introducing ‘Squire Gordon Zola’, one of the four leaders from my ‘League of Rhordia’ faction in the ‘Kings of War’ campaign I’m taking part in at ‘H.A.T.E club’. Zola represents the Halfling leadership and has risen to a level equivalent to the Human Barons. He shares responsibility for the city of Ciabatta with Baron Pence ( who’s family fortunes are not what they used to be). With this model completed the last of the leaders will be ready to take to the field of battle.

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The colour scheme for my Halflings is blue and purple, the house colours of House Zola. His family emblem is the Rooster, I needed to include these elements to the miniature I have chosen to represent the Squire. The beauty I decided upon was sculpted by the talented Alex Huntley of ‘Warploque miniatures’ and comes from his ‘Battle for Troll Bridge’, starter box set.

When I begin a paint job I like to undercoat in a light brown, tan coloured paint, which I then wash, at the moment I use ‘Army Painter’ Strong tone wash. I find it brings out a lot of the features on the figure. I then stare at; and contemplate which colours will go where. Once I have decided upon that I get down to the primary colours.

These then get washed to add tone and depth, then I layer different shades of the main colours until I’m happy with the look. I follow up with some shading and high-lighting. This is quite a lengthy process, which is one reason that I take so long to finish an army. I don’t claim to be a master painter, I know that I am not, but I am pleased with the final look. Here are the four leaders from my League of Rhordian army in all their finished glory:

Duke Brock Wurst

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Baroness Rose Thorne

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Baron Arthur Pence (with his battle wizard)

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Squire Gordon Zola

My little girl saw my painting on this last occasion and deicded that she’d like to get involved (Yes!) so here is here first (yet to be complete) painted mini.

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