A fun start to 2016

Hello MoDers, welcome to my first post of the year.
I have had a busy, yet fun beginning to the year. I have finally had some ‘Frostgrave’ action, done lots of painting, played a little Warhammer 8th, and drank some fine beer.
My first thoughts of ‘Frostgrave’ is that it is a game that is everything it promises to be, that may not mean a lot to many, so I’ll expand and say that they advertise a game of magic and adventure and that is exactly what you get. Being able to not only choose which school of magic that your Mage will follow; but also a set of spells from a wide range, and which adventurers to hire, makes for a great table top RPG suitable for one off games, or campaigns. You need to be careful in selecting your spells, as some work well together whilst some do not really mix. As you become more au fait with the gaming system, you can develop some unique moves that suit your style of play and wrong foot your opponents. I did not get any pics from the game I played, but can report that I came close but did not win. Campaign wise I would have done quite well having dispatched my enemy’s apprentice and one of his archers with no loses to my team, but the aim of our game was to collect the most treasure, and he gained 5 tokens to my 4. The gaming club I take go to: H.A.T.E is planning a ‘Fronstgrave’ campaign I am definitely going to sign up for. I have been working on my war-bands and can show my ‘Elemental Apprentice’ WIP plus selected mercenaries:


My good friend Nik Green has started to develop shells of buildings laser cutting wood panels into frames that can be made into structures of the hobbyists choice. Here is one that I have been working on:


My Warhammer game was lots of fun, my high elves had another outing, and this time they faced the Warriors of Chaos. The game managed to last the whole evening and was closely fought, with good moves by my opponent and nice counters by my troops. The chaos Chimera swoop upon and devoured all but one of my Ellyrian Reavers, the musician fled the field to scared to return. In response my prince mounted upon a Dragon and horde of white lions charged head long into a large unit of forsaken, and another one of warriors led by Festus the leech lord, and chopped them in to tiny pieces. At the end of the game the scores showed the high elves to be on top. However the gap was under 300 points and by Warhammer 8th rules that meant it was a draw. Results are all very well but it is the fun of the game that is important, and this was an excellent bout with ups and downs for both sides:


This year I am looking forward to new painting projects, more games, and Salute 2016. Despite the very sad news of the loss of four of my favourite stars: Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Glen Frey, (three great musicians and a fantastic actor), I feel this year holds some promise.

Of the beers I sampled over these fews days of January my favourite was definitely ‘Innis & Gunn’s’ Highland Ale, A rich smooth ale that goes down a treat:

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Painting and games

Hello Mod’ers

It’s been a while again; however there are various good reasons for this. I have now decided to pull my finger out and type a new post. So what has MrSeb been busy with, you may be thinking to yourselves, and there’s no single answer, but amongst the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune faced in this life, I have had the opportunity to game and to paint, so I have to concede that when they say that there is a bright side to everything, they are actually right.

Frostgrave, I have still be as useful as a chocolate fire guard in regard to playing this game, the number of figures I plan to use in the game is piling up upon my bedroom floor, and I’ve managed to get three wizards painted up, my most recent being an elementalist:

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If I ever get close to playing this game I’ll let you know.

Other painting, I currently have a number of paint projects on the go (doesn’t everyone) I finally got around to completing the repaint on my Ostland Halberdier Captain for by ‘Blue Bear Old Boys’:

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When I have the front rank complete, the others will take less time as they will require less detail.

On top of this I have started a character based unit filler for my Lothern Sea Guard, and I have entered a painting competition run by ‘Gidran Miniatures’ I am painting up a kickstarter reward from last year; to take part in this; and will be painting a ‘Victorian Scrunt’ as sculpted by Bob Olley. Posts to follow when these ard complete.

I am able to get to my gaming club in Hackney a bit more regularly since me change in shift, and so have been able to get some good games of ‘Kings of War’ and ‘Warhammer 8th’ In particular I had a fun three way game of WHFB; in which I used my Lothern Sea Guard against a Chaos warrior horde and a Skaven litter. To prevent any kind of one sided play, we set up some objectives, each had a marker in their own area that needed protecting, and there was a further marker in the middle of the table that needed to be captured. There were some good plays, and crazy mistakes on both sides, the most enjoyable was seeing the chaos lord get rewarded for his valiant efforts against a pack of storm vermin, by being transformed into a Spawn. My High Elf prince mounted upon a moon dragon, charged and chased of a 40 strong unit of Chaos warriors, and the Skaven player turned a unit of Chaos ogres into clan rats with the 13th spell. My High Elf captain managed to capture the centre objective and my Reaver knights tried to capture the Chaos warrior marker as it had been left un-attended; however some Skaven swarms put pay to that plan by making it a contended marker. However as I held two marker at the end of a long and enjoyable game, the High Elves were victorious.

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As usual I have sampled many good ales since my last post, and although the ‘Three Sods IPA’ is a welcome refreshment at my gaming club, the tastiest on this occasion was the seasonal special:

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