Games days, Frostgrave and Hanomag conversions

Hello MoDers, It has been a busy yet fun filled month so far, I decided it was time for my mug to pour forth its content.

In late February we had ‘HATE CON 1’ my local gaming club opened its doors to welcome gamers from far and wide to sample a variety of games old and new, and experience the fantastic ambiance of the ‘Bethnal Green Workingman’s Club’. There really was a wide variety of games to choose from such ‘Hero Quest’ and ‘Wings of War’. I volunteered to run the one of the two Frostgrave tables; which was a bit of a baptism by fire given the fact I’d only played twice myself prior to this. I had read the book about a dozen times, but with my sieve like memory I still made a few errors, that certainly did not appear to effect the fun had by the players, but did make it a little too difficult to wound the warband members. Still if you want to learn how to play a game you can’t do much better that to GM five games in a row.

Some of the club members ran a table that allowed people to delve into a number of bits boxes, and put together any weird and wonderful structure that you could imagine, for a small monetary offering, through this and some other generous donation the HATE club raised £100 for the charity ‘Mind’.

Due to work commitments I had to wait a whole week and a half before I got some more gaming action. But when I did I chose to play Frostgrave yet again, it is such an addictively fun game, so many nuances that make no game alike. This time it was a three way affair, to parties from the school of Witch craft whilst the other followed an Elemental mage. The rounds were quite evenly balanced with most wizards getting their spells off. There were some distinctly different styles of play, my witch mainly used spells like ‘Telekinesis’ to get to the treasure tokens, whilst her missile troops took pot shots at their opponents. The other witch kept trying to summon a daemon to take the fight to his enemy, and the elementalist kept magically boosting his warband enabling them to make some devastating attacks. Both my opponents lost their apprentices, the elemental trainee summoned an imp who then charged and attacked said junior mage and tore him a new ear hole. As the game came to an end I had three treasure tokens, the other witch had two, and the elemental mage also had three. It was looking like a draw, and then my apprentice snagged the last token, the other players did not make it plain sailing, but she managed to scuttle off the board and bring my witch’s hoard to four. She needed it though as she lost half her party during the scuffle and would need to hire some new hands.

Painting wise I’ve been quite busy too. After my last game of ‘Kings of war’ in which my ‘League of Rhordia’ army got a royal kicking from some surly dwarfs, I decided to kit them out a bit. Impressed by the carnage wrought by the ‘Steel Behemoth’ the dwarfs have at their disposal, I decided to fall back on some trusty Halfling engineering and construct an ‘Iron beast’. I don’t think that ‘Mantic’ currently do a model for this vehicle, so I decided to get converting. My dwarf opponent had used the Empire steam tank from old Warhammer as his behemoth, I racked my brains before deciding that halflings would have to have a Halftrack. I scoured the web for a suitable 28mm model halftrack and found the ‘SD.KFZ 251/1 AUSF D HANOMAG’ by ‘Warlord’. Having found a suitable base, I got some bits and pieces together to take the WWII out and hammer the fantasy in:

Once I had a basic idea what I wanted to look like, but before adding glue, I decided on the paint scheme. I wanted to have a large crest somewhere on the vehicle, and the elongated bonnet gave ample room for this. I used the last of my green stuff to make a basic shield shape, and some lumps of coal for added detail in the back. I was pretty much decided on having a rooster as the shield emblem, but could not decide how it should look, after a few practice sketches and some more web surfing I was ready to free hand paint my avian centre piece. I think it worked well.

My last chore was to select and paint a crew from the plethora of Halfling sculpts I’ve purchased over the years, I’d say they are my second favourite fantasy race after Dwarfs, so I had a few to choose from. I finally settled on two from the ‘Arcworlde’ range and a third from my old Halfling Blood bowl team finally with all painted and assembled it was time to take some pics, it was a rare bright and sunny day so I popped into my back yard and found a suitable spot for some photographs. I think I may enter this piece into the Salute 2016 painting competition, there is still a little work to do basing and highlights, but I’m definitely happy with the progress so far.

Sadly it is lent at the moment so I have no beer recommendations to make. Hope you enjoyed reading, and until the next post, take care.

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Of battles and beer

Time for an update, I have been quite busy at work so when I get home I’ve been a little tired and in no mood to type, paint or do very much that can be seen as constructive. However I have been lucky enough to play two cracking games recently and I thought it was high time I blogged about them and the beer that I have sank in victory and commiseration.

Sadness:

On Tuesday 12th August I woke up early full of energy and enthusiasm for the game of Warhammer I had been planning all weekend. That energy and enthusiasm however took a bit of a beating as I turned on the radio to the sad news that Robin Williams had died. I’m not sure why that effected me as much as it did. I did not know him personally, he was a man, a very funny man from film and television, and now he’s gone. I still cannot bring myself to un-follow him on twitter. But I do not want this to be the tone of my report.

High Elves Vs Empire:

Luckily I had already put my army list together, I was facing a good opponent in Daniel Reed at Dark Sphere, and his elves were itching for some revenge. I was not sure who to take to face them, but decided upon my Empire army. Whereas Dwarfs are my favourite, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Empire and have had an army since the 4 edition of the game. I tend to theme my armies and currently have a work in progress of a post ‘Storm of Chaos’ Witch/Chaos hunting style army, the sons of the empire trying to purge the home soil from the taint of the dark gods. Possible not the best thing to take against 2500 pts of High Elves, but I was determined to use them

I had some luck with the dice at first winning set up and first turn and made a good number of early wounds. However the skill of my opponent and his army of choice started to shine through and although I had troops left on the field at the end of the game, it was nothing short of a massacre victory for the asur.

Daniel had a ‘Frost Heart Pheonix’ which proved it was well worth its points, holding its own against a unit of Demi griffon knights. The High Elf magic was potent and devastated more than one of my units. The Hight Elves had the upper hand from after round two, but one moment I’ll treasure is when I used a hex scroll to turn his Mage into a frog:

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The game was rather long and very enjoyable and after packing away we visited ‘The Pineapple’ a local pub for some post match brews. Nothing overly different in the range of beers here sadly, but I did get to sample a bottled light ale:

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Dwarfs Vs Chaos Warriors:

Last weekend my nephew Oscar finally got to collect his ‘Birthday present’ and to try his Chaos Warriors out against a new foe, my Dwarfs. Oscar went for a Nurgle marked warrior heavy force with two units of knights. I opted for my horde of Iron Breakers with supporting warrior unit. I also tried out the Iron Drakes which thankfully weren’t too shabby, and the rejuvenated Flame Cannon, which was pretty a game winner for Grungi’s boys. Oscar’s troops took a barrage light artillery before making their first move forward, His Dragon Ogres taking most of the impact. It was about two rounds before any combat started and it was a daring charge by a unit of Chaos Knight’s into the Iron Breakers. The knight stayed for two rounds with small losses between the units, they eventually fled and my thane lead an over run right into some fresh warriors of Chaos with their ex-halted champion, a good opportunity for a personal challenge. The Thane had to endure 6 blows as these mighty leaders traded blows each causing a wound, but neither stepping down. Dwarf numbers proved superior and the remaining warriors carried their leader away in a flow of armoured bodies running for the hills. The forces of Chaos did claim some souls however, I forgetfully left my Gyro-copter to the path of 20 Marauders, and my Dwarf warrior unit could not hold against the charge from the rallied Chaos knights and were mercilessly mown down as the broke from combat. The funniest moment for me other than some attempted game board sabotage by my older brother Daniel, was the fact that my miner unit chose to spend the majority of the game under ground only popping up during the final round to say hello.

Some post game advice was given to my Nephew to buy more cannon fodder troops to tie up his opponent’s artillery, and then it was time for lunch.

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As I was at hope for this game I couldn’t resist a tipple, and cracked open a few bottles from the Badger Brewery which were kindly donated by Daniel as a visiting gift:

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I final nod has to be given again to the Wanstead Tap, I took my brother and nephew there for some lunch and we tucked into some meaty pork pie and a lovely beer from a Bristol brewery, very nice:

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