Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Terrain

I got my Frostgrave terrain for the second scenario in the Thaw of the Lich Lord campaign done last month. Well, not really "done," but done enough to play a game on! The only problem with that is once I get a game in with it, I rarely go back and put more detail on it, hehe.

I had hoped to show some WIP shots but I guess I forgot to take any! In any case, the platforms I used to line the river bank were just made from 2" Pink Foam, covered in these:

I did manage to find a few shots I took of the Playmobil boats, prior to working on them:

And the GW LoTR/Hobbit boat, which comes with the Laketown House set:

This boat is a bit small, but still fits a couple of models inside. I tested it out with some French Marines... I see some French & Indian War scenarios using these boats in the future! I deliberatly cut up some of the Playmobil boats to make them double sided like traditional French Canadian "Bateaux."

Speaking of the Laketown house set, I was so excited that GW finally had them in stock I ordered a few!

And the boats after painting:

Also got some more Mats last month! Just what I needed. As insane as it sounds, there are still plenty more designs that I want...

This was the TableWar / Frontline design Grassy Plains.

I was upset when this was no longer available from Frontline as I thought I had missed out on it. I actually got my copy (and the other mats I got this month) from Noble Knight games, which specializes in selling out of print stuff.

As it turns out, they are actually still available from TableWar's web site. I guess the two companies are no long co-branding these, and Frontline now has a bunch of new designs up on their own site.

I really wanted this one for nostalgia, as it kind of reminds of the old Warcraft 2 computer game! Come on, tell me these orange paths through the green grass don't look like this to you:

One advantage of ordering a "Tablewar" version instead of ordering from Frontline is that it had one less logo on it! Score!

I also got a 6x4 Alpine mat. I can use this for big games of Frostgrave, or if I wanted to refight the famous "Battle on Snowshoes" with my French & Indian War troops... Of course, I'll have to paint up Rogers' Rangers first if I plan to do that!

Finally, I ordered a couple of licensed Privateer Press mats, because they looked like cool designs and came in an unusual size, 30" square. I felt like this was just barely big enough for a good up close & personal game of Frostgrave, Mordheim, Song of Blades & Heroes, etc. I know some games have suggested playing on a table as small as 2x2, but that looks too small to me if using 28mm models.

I am bit annoyed by the amount of logos on here, which is amplified because of the small size of the mat. Also, I hadn't realized that there are small "steampunk" elements all over the place (which makes sense I guess, since Warmachine is a Steampunk game! D'oh!).

Lots of logos, and the size of the paving stones are huge in 28mm scale!

Also got these trees last month; they are artificial Bonsai trees. Not too cheap but nice and big, and don't have to worry about flock falling off them. Plus they just need to be based and will be ready to use (gotta love that).

And finally.... drum roll please....... my order from Escenorama arrived last month! Last year, I ordered a "village" worth of their ruined buildings for Mordheim. I was happy with them but it was not quite enough to really fill out a table, and I had a vision of doing an entire table in their buildings so the aesthetic style would match for all of the ruins. I like scratchbuilt stuff, tabletop world, escenorama, and a whole bunch of different manufacturers, but I really like it when everything looks like it "goes" together rather than just random terrain from a lifetime of collecting thrown together haphazardly on the table.

So... this year around Christmas time I ordered a bunch more of their buildings on the Black Friday sale. It took months but finally arrived... and packed much nicer than the first lot! Can't wait to get all of this stuff built and painted. I magnetized the first set to be completely modular, but I think I will glue a bunch of these together to save time.

The buildings came individually wrapped in bubble wrap this time... a huge improvement on the giant box of loose resin I got last time! Couldn't help but take them out and start to get an idea of how much real estate they can cover... lots of goodies here!

March Painting

Got a few different things done last month: a couple of Reaper Bones, some more of the Dungeon Saga board game pieces, and a couple of demons from the Monolith Conan game.

These are some type of Frog men from the last Bones Kickstarter. I thought they could work as pygmies in Mordheim: Lustria games, or maybe in the new Ghost Archipelago spinoff of Frostgrave.

These are two more of the models from the Monolith Conan board game. They are both different types of demons. I am happy with the way the darker guy came out, but for some reason he looks glossier in the pics than in real life. The red one was a disappointment, but oh well, another model done!

And some skeletons from Dungeon Saga...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thaw of the Lich Lord 2

Got in our second game of the Thaw of the Lich Lord campaign this weekend...

I had been working on some terrain for it for several weeks on and off, and today I did a trial layout to see how it was shaping up. My 11 year old son happened to see it, and he is not quite as much of a wargaming perfectionist as I am! So, funny enough, he said "it looks done to me, can't we play?"

Who am I to say no!

Here is the layout. The frozen river itself is a 3x3 gaming mat from UrbanMatz.

The shoreline of the river is made from 2" foam, covered in Lemax cobblestone and brick pattern vinyl sheeting that is always sold with Christmas houses in Michael's.

The boats are a combination of toy boats by Playmobil, Lemax Christmas decorations, and actual wargaming boat models by Games of War. There is also a boat in there from the new Games Workshop Laketown House terrain set.

I had planned on doing rigging and sails for the large ship, and detailing it a little more. The cleats are not even painted yet! I also wanted to add some more hardware. Oh well, all in time. It was good enough to get a game in with!

We set up on our opposite shorelines and got ready for battle. In this scenario, you can fall and slip on the ice if you move too fast - and in turn 3, an enemy wizard (a servant of the Lich Lord!) climbs up from below deck on the large ship carrying some serious loot.

We seemed to be following the same basic playbook on this one; our Wizards, Apprentices, and Archers took cover in the buildings lining the river, while our Treasure Hunters and Thieves took their chances on the ice! We also sent in our various summoned animals, zombies, and imps.

Unfortunately for him, I got a lucky roll in turn 2 and landed a critical hit on his Wizard with a Bone Dart!

That's one dead wizard.

He had kept another model in front of his Wizard to avoid this, but an intervening model only counts as "+1" cover. After this, he got a bit more conservative and took heavy cover inside a building with his apprentice!

Before long he had returned the favor and killed my Apprentice.

We each got control of 2 pieces of treasure... unfortunately for him (again), the only monsters that popped out did so in his deployment zone! There were 2 armored skeletons looking for trouble:

He dispatched them easy enough though.

We both got close to the ship just as the Lich's servant was about to appear.

He started to make a Beeline for the board edge, but my Treasure Hunters caught him.

After killing the Lich's servant, there was a big fight inside one of the boats as we struggled to take control of the big treasure piece.

I made it off the board with it though. His Knight was almost able to stop him, but he slipped and fell on the ice!

He gave me a scare as an Imp I had forgotten about headed right for my Wizard! Not worrying about his reputation, my Wizard cast "Leap" and flew right off the board to fight another day.

With no Wizard to hunt, the Imp tried to keep my Thief from getting off the board with treasure.

Luckily, my Ranger was able to get over there and help him out in time before he got killed.

All in all, a solid victory for my Necromancer, as I got off the board with 2 treasure pieces and the Lich's big loot pile. It was a Pyrrhic victory though...

My son only ended up with one casualty:

But look at my dead pile!

I used an Elixir of Life to keep from having to roll for the Apprentice, and lost one Treasure Hunter out of the others.

I think it's time for these guys to get some names! We've played several games with these warbands now, so they deserve proper names instead of just "Wizard, Apprentice, Purple Shirt guy, etc" haha...