Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Frost Giants for Frostgrave, Part 2

Back in February I bought off eBay some 54mm Russian Vikings. I blogged about it, part 1 is here. Well I finally finished them. I am very happy with the way they came out. Much better than I thought they would. I might have to get some more of the line of figures as make some cool models.

I only made modifications to one figure. I clipped off the Bow and put in a spear. Other than that, they were just fine as they were. Here they are finished.

Now with my luck, I'll be the one they attack in our next game of Frostgrave.


I just noticed how washed out the colors are. The skin is grey in the pictures when it should be blue.
Here is a color corrected picture that is more like the actual paint job.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sculpting update, D&D Ropers

I really don't play D&D that much any more, but 25 years ago, that's all I did. So now I dabble in it and like to have monsters for the game, as well as useful in other Fantasy Gaming. I can't sculpt my way out of a wet paper bag, but my good friend Lou is an amazing sculptor. I asked him if he could sculpt up some Ropers and boy did he deliver.

 Quite large lads. Almost Kang and Kodos like.

Added some Frostgrave Soldiers for scale.

This will not end well for them.

Thanks Lou!


Painting update, Frostgrave Skeletons

A while ago I picked up the Undead Encounter pack for Frostgrave. It contains, 10 Armored Skeletons, 4 Ghouls and 3 Zombies. All of them are Mantic Undead Plastics.

To be honest at first I didn't care for the Skeletons. I thought they were tiny and wouldn't look good with my other Skeletons. But I paid for them so I reluctantly pushed through my dislike and painted them. I'm glad I did. They look so much better painted. Lots of detail and varied poses. Here are pics of them painted up.

I think I will do an undead army for Dragon Rampant.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Warhammer Fantasy Battle Report, Empire vs Elves

Once again I do battle with my nemesis and co-conspirator in gaming Lou. We met the other night for a 1500 point battle of 8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Lou did a good job slapping me about the table and reminding me why I haven't played WHFB in about 2-3 years. I have a love/hate relationship with the rules.

I love most things about the rules right up until battle time and the rock/paper/scissors, nature of the game. Anyway here's the Battle Report.

Empire Army 1500 points on the nose.
Regiment of Spearmen with Archer Detachment and Warrior Priest
Regiment of Swordsmen with Archer Detachment and Warrior Priest
Unit of Inner Circle Knights with Army General
Unit of Pistoleers
1 Great Cannon
1  Captain on a Pegasus w/ Army Standard
1 Unit of Crossbows
2nd Level Wizard(useless waste of lead and paint)

Wood Elf Army 1500 points or there abouts
2 Glade Riders Units
1 Dryad Unit
1 Wardancer Unit
2 Glade Guard bow units(apparently armed with MG42's)
1 Eternal Guard with sharp pointy sticks(I think)
1 Elf Wizard(as useless as mine)

I set up the table a head of time and when Lou showed up, we diced for sides. Lou won and picked the left. Then we diced for first move and Lou won again.

 Here's the initial deployment. So here comes the rock paper scissors. I went with abalanced force( I could go shooty too) But I'm facing a ridiculous amount of shooty. The Glade Guard are BS4 and Str 4 Longbows. I'm already at a huge disadvantage and we haven't moved a figure.


 Glade Riders and Wardancers.

 Glade Guard

 More Glade Guard with Eternal Guard in the back.

Glade Riders

 From my side of the table.

 My Battle Master Knights and Pistoliers

 Down the battle line

 My 2 Regiments of foot and a Captain on a Pegasus.

 I figured the crossbows and a Canon could hold up this flank, Not so much.

 The Elves start their move and the Glad Riders swing wide of the Xbows.

 In the center the Glade Guard just notch there arrows.

 On my left the Dryads, Glade Riders and Some Wardaners move forward. This is a problem since all 3 units I'm facing can skirmish. I should have take more missile troops.

First turn shooting results. The lone xbow dude passes panic test! My first cannon shot goes long.

 I move up cautiously to get my Pistoliers in range. I think I killed maybe one or none.

 Glade Riders slipping further to the flank.

 2nd Turn I kill a few more dryads. Oh I almost forgot. My wizard lost all his spells in a magic mishap this turn.

 My Archer detachment moves up the the tower. I kill one Dryad and 3 Glade Guard. The Glade Guard panic and flee, big break for me.

 So here's my 2nd cannon shot. First die is my first bounce, nailed it, skipped right through 2 Glade Riders. Kill them on anything but a 1.

And here's my roll.

 Looks like I forgot to take some center pictures. Basically I moved forward and used skirmishing archers for cover. I got one archer detachment in the tower. Spear and Pegasus ready to charge Wardancers.

 The Dryads charge and I stand and shoot. I get wiped out to the man. I never got to swing.

 Gun over run on the right flank.

 My lone xbow dude charges the Glade Riders in the rear, they flee!

 I charge the Dryads with the knights, break them, and slam into the glade riders

 My Captain charges the wardancers and we lock. I should have been more aggressive with him.

My archers in the tower are starting to earn their pay and kill a few here and there. They killed 3 Glade Riders before my Knights hit them. This is where we had to call it. 3 or 4 turns.

The Elves were definitely winning but I was about to wipe out the Glade Riders and Dryads. The Wardancers were in a bit of trouble as My spearmen were going to pile into the fight. On the other hand, I lost 90% of a Crossbow unit. The sole survivor would be dead soon. The Cannon was gone. My Swordsmen reached the enemy line but now had to face The Eternal Guard and Glade guard alone.

Some thoughts on Warhammer. The biggest issue I have always had in Warhammer(and 40k) is the way "who strikes/shoots first". In the earlier versions it was who ever charged first. Now it's who has the highest Initiative. I hate that! It ruins the game for me. In years past I built my armies to mitigate what I hated most about the rules. Lots of shooty/Spears/Detachments/Skirmishers. All in an effort to avoid getting screwed by the rules mechanics, until I could charge. I like simultaneous combat. I really can't see it any other way. That is not to say I haven't had some fun along the way. I have, but that's probably more to gaming with good friends than the rules themselves.

I think Warhammer is going back on the shelf for a few more years. While I find a replacement. Kings of War is out, it suffers the same issue. Clash of Empires? War and Conquest? Write my own? Time will tell.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Warhammer Fantasy Battle Report, Empire vs Chaos

Hello everybody,

With Games Workshop pulling a lot of the Fantasy figure lines, I've been doing some panic buying on ebay and GW's site. Now that some of the goodies are coming in, I've gotten the urge to play. We haven't played in about 2-3 years, but that is not unusual. WHFB cycles through the game rotation every few years.

Last night my friend Lou came over and we played WHFB, Empire vs Chaos, 1000 points.

Lou's Chaos Army
Chaos General on Daemonic Mount
Chaos Sorcerer on Chaos Steed
8 Chaos Chosen Knights
10 Chaos Chosen Warriors

My Empire Army
General on Warhorse
Level 2 Wizard on Warhorse
5 Pistoliers
5 Reiksguard Knights
2 Units of 20 Spearmen with 5 man Halberd detachment

We did a simple table layout 6x5 and set up 24 inches apart.

Starting set up. Empire in foreground, Chaos in background

Line up of evil

Chaos Warriors

Chaos Knights

Chaos General

 My Pistoliers are out front because they are Fast Cavalry

Pistoliers. My favorite unit. Conversely Lou's least favorite unit.

20 years on for my army and I'm stilling using Battlemaster nights. Attached is my General. Sad.

Empire Spear regiment with Halberd Detachment.

2nd Spear(using Halberds) with detachment. My Wizard behind the detachment.

After our first turn of movement and very little Magic

My Pistoliers blaze away and kill one Warrior

The Chaos General charges my knights.  The Chosen Knights charge my spear

The Warriors move forward again.

 No wounds, they lock in combat.

 The Chaos Knights charge my spear and my detachment counter charges in the flank. He kills 4 spear, I kill one knight after 22 attacks(and re-roll misses). We lock in combat as well, tie combat results.

 On my turn I charge the Chaos Sorcerer. One wound and she breaks, flees, gets caught and is destroyed.

2nd round of combat here. I lose 7 spear to 1 knight. I don't break because of a spell from the wizard. In the other fight, the chaos general challenges my general to a fight, I take one wound, but we lock cause my unit has a banner.

At this point we called it as it was getting late. I'd have to give a minor victory to Chaos. I didn't really have a way to win those 2 fights and it would be a while get help from my other troops.

It was fun and frustrating at the same time. Fighting an army like Chaos with all the really heavy armor sucks. In the initial Chaos Knight charge vs my spear, I got 22 attacks AND re-rolls for misses. The only way to fight them is tune up my army for this specific foe. And I forgot a major tenant of the Empire army, "Never leave home without Cannons". Ah well, it was still fun. I need to get some paint on my Bretonnians that I've had since Sigmar was a boy.

Cheers, Xin/Jeff