Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Clubmen and Cuirassiers

A few more things for the Englsih Civil war finished up over the weekend.

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The rest of the Clubmen from Warlord Games.

An English Civil War Marksmen – also from Warlord Games. I love this figure - if you can't make it out, he has a spyglass laying on a leather satchel in front of him. 

An English Officer and Gentleman of the same period from Old Glory.

Two English Cuirassiers – also from Old Glory.

A few more of the same – based for DBA-x

The Cuirassiers above pictured with an element I previously painted – I may field these all together as a unit for a One-Hour Wargames English Civil War battle I might run for the kids sometime soon-ish – just to try out the rules.

In Other News...

Our Friendly Local Game Store - Dragon's Den Games - had it's 21st Anniversary sale over the weekend. The Boy picked up Smash Up: Munchkin. The Girl picked up Magic Labyrinth, The Hare & The Tortoise, an old metal Eldar Farseer for 40K and some Warmachine miniature she liked the look of...? I picked up a few games (Bios: Megafauna, Expedition Northwest Passage, and the Unseen Forces expansion for Elder Sign), some paint and an old metal Primaris Psyker...

I think over the long weekend coming up I might get some terrain-making done - and hopefully a bunch of GAMING! (Though Amanda will probably want to do something more "productive" like... yard work...). 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some more Englsih Civil War or Seven Years War stuff.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Frostgrave: Hunt for the Golem – Part One

This week Dave and Patrick stopped by to have a go at Frostgrave. They made their wizards and warbands and then Amanda and The Boy joined them for Scenario One of the Hunt for the Golem mini campaign. The Girl sat this one out - she is part way through the Deathly Hallows and didn't want to stop reading!


This scenario is a bit different from the others we’ve played in that there is no treasure on the table at the start – instead the warband have come across a grizzly scene – and entire warband wiped out in a most vicious and cruel way

While such sights are not uncommon in the Frozen City, the sheer savagery that ahs been inflicted on the bodies gives pause to even the most hardened adventurers. The corpses are crushed and torn – some have been pounded into the ground; others twisted around ancient masonry…

There are only bodies lying about – whenever a member of a warband moves into contact with one they roll and consult a chart – they could find treasure… or the body could rise up as a zombie and attack… or it could be a survivor that needs some healing (but will fight for you if you do heal them)… or it could be… the Golem Notes!


Dave’s Warband was lead by B’ob, a Sigilist, and his apprentice D’oug. He also brought with him S’ara, a Thief, P’awl, a Ranger, Sh’oot, a Crossbowman, four thuggish brothers named D’ork, P’ork, C’ork, and T’ork, and an infantryman names Bartholemew Malcolm Underhill III.

Patrick played Perrian the Enchanter and his warband. Under Perrian was his Apprentice, Baldwin, two Thieves – Toby and Pierre, two brother Archers, Altulian and Altarius, and two Men-At-Arms – Brunhilde and Gorvak Thrice-Scorched. Before the game Perrian completed the construction of Perrian mk.I (based on the designs of Faltuvius Mortelion)

The Boy returned with Akzar Kallesel the Necromancer and his warband. Akzar Kallesel is now Eighth Level and I don’t remember what he has with him these days…. He raised a zombie before the game…?

Amanda returned with her Thaumaturge, who – now being TENTH LEVEL – finally has a name…. Hermione…. and her Apprentice in Ginny… yeah… I think she did that so that if The Girl ever shows up in a game again she won’t attack Amanda’s warband (The Girl has powered through the Harry Potter series this summer and is just finishing up the Deathly Hallows – and is a big fan of Hermione and Ginny….)


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Dave, Patrick, Amanda and The Boy - All set up and ready to go.

The warbands stumble onto the scene of carnage – bodies everywhere.

Hermione (seriously?!) teleported into the middle of the table and found nothing could be done for the poor mangled soul… but he did have some treasure he was hauling with him when he shuffled off this mortal coil… so… there’s that…

Perrian the Enchanter’s henchmen also searched the bodies of the dead warriors – and also found treasure!

B’ob’s Hoseheads shuffled into the ruins and found themselves a treasure among the bodies… but what’s this – a knight in the middle of it all… what could HE have!?

Almost the end of the Wizard Phase in Turn One. Bodies searched, treasures found… Okay this it turning out not THAT different from our regular games…

Until one of Akzar Kallesel’s men searched a body…

And it rose up as a zombie! (Truthfully, I think it was Akzar Kallesel that raised it as a practical joke against one of his own “You there, go search that body! [muffled incantation under breath] Woah! That one’s still got some fight in ‘im! Har Har! You should’a seen the look on yer face when ‘e got up! Har har!” – yeah, he’s THAT kind of Necromancer…)

(Except that all his minions are themselves mindless undead, so they don't even get the "joke"... yeah... he's THAT kind of Necromancer...)

Fierce action in one street of the Ruined City.

Hermione also spotted the Knight in the middle of the ruin and warned B’ob that it was HERS and he best steer clear of it! The rest of the Thaumaturge’s Warband has their eyes set on the two treasures Perrian the Enchanter’s warband has discovered…

Akzar Kallesel summoned and Imp – who was promptly attacked by a wandering Wolf! (and killed it…)

Toby’s trying to make off with his treasure and the Thaumaturge’s elves are giving chase! Meanwhile Hermione the Thaumaturge herself was beign swarmed by the Necromancer’s minions.

B’ob’s men searched the dead knight and found not treasure – but a collection of papers containing field notes about a specific golem that seems to have achieved some form of sentience!

Perrian the Enchanter’s apprentice, Baldwin, whisked away the treasure that S’ara had found, but not yet picked up. Altulian and Altarius sent arrows flying in her direction to dissuade her from pursuing it further!

Perrian the Enchanter has whisked away the treasure Gorvak Thrice-Scorched had discovered so the Thaumaturge’s elves wouldn’t be able to snatch it up after taking down Gorvak Thrice-Scorched! Brunhilde advanced – to either slow the elves advance – or perhaps exact a little revenge for her downed comrade! Toby – still dragging away his treasure under fire from the Elf Archers.

B’ob’s men slowly retire from the back of the ruin watching the vicious battle between the Thaumaturge and Nercomancer just out the front door… “we need not involve ourselves in that fight, lads…”

The battle between the Thaumaturge and Nercomancer. Though the new Treasure Hunter successfully hauled off the treasure she had – the Thaumaturge, ranger and both marksmen in this scene were all taken out by the Necromancer and his minions!

“Steady lads… Steady… We’ve got what we’ve come for… good first time out… now let’s get out of here and see what’s in this treasure!”

The Sigilist’s warband continues it’s tactical withdrawal – leaving exploding runes in its wake!

Just as Perrian the Enchanter’s warband was about to haul off two treasures – two wolves charged onto the table and attacked them! The thief actually won the combat and pushed the wolf out of combat – on the next turn he nipped off the table with the treasure. Altulian and Altarius were not so lucky – both were taken out by the wolves (though Baldwin made it off with their second treasure there!).

Then an Ice Toad wandered into the battle – right in the path of the Elves escape route!

Just as B’ob’s warband had almost successfully completed its tactical withdrawal from the field of battle – a furious bear roared onto the scene and took down D’oug the Apprentice!

The Thaumaturge’s Construct, despite the Apprentice and Ranger rushing to it’s aid, was partially crushed in the powerful jaws of the Ice Toad – the magic flowed out of it’s form and it was no more…

Perrian the Enchanter tried one last time to recover the treasure the Elves had scooped from his warriors – but was attacked by a wandering Ghoul and after dispatching the creature decided to call it a day.

Ginny (ugh… WHY!?) finished off the Ice Toad with her magic sword.


After the battle Perrian the Enchanter took stock. Toby the Theif was dead and his construct ruined beyond repair. Gorvak Thrice-Scorched and Altulian’s injuries were minor, but brunhilde’s and Altarius’ were more serious. Being the sort of wizard that is greatly concerned for his compatriots he paid a great deal of their earnings to have them healed (in game terms he fired them and hired new ones with the exact same name so he could have them back next game and not have them miss a game). The engagement was fruitful and many things were learned – he took copious notes about the Large Construct they encountered and the tactics of the Elves they faced. He gained 280 experience from the game (110 for the level difference, 70 for spells successfully cast and 100 for the two treasures they made off with). Among the treasures they recovered 230 gold was collected as well as Grimoires of Bones of the Earth and Animal Companion.

B’ob also gained much knowledge in this encounter – 230 experience was gained (110 for the level difference, 40 for spells, 50 for treasure, and 30 for the Golem Notes). D’oug, it turns out was fine – he was in fact not mauled by the bear, but had actually just fainted. In his solitary treasure B’ob found 40 gold and a Grimoire of Enchant Weapon.

Akzar Kallesel the Necromancer gained 190 experience – bringing him to TENTH LEVEL (30 for the level difference, 100 for treasures, and 60 for spells cast) – MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-haaaaaaa. The Skeletal Knight (with the +2 magic Sword), which always seems to be getting smashed into a pile of bones each game, was repairable and made ready for action in oru next game! Among the treasure he found 100 gold, and Grimoire of Forget Spell, and a Staff of Power (3) – MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-haaaaaaa….

Hermione was okay, her wounds were nothing a little healing spell couldn’t take care of. One of the Thugs and the Marksman (with the Magic Crossbow) were also not-too-badly off. The other thug  will miss a game, recovering from his injuries, but Winifred (the ohte Marksman) and Lief the Ranger died of their wounds. The Construct was also crushed beyond repair by the Ice Toad. The Thaumaturge gained 130 experience (100 for treasure and 30 for spells) and collected 625 gold(!?) and a Grimoire of Will Power

I like the mini campaign so far. Hopefully we’ll get to play Scenario Two: Field Research soon!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More game reports…? More English Civil War miniatures…? 

Clubmen, Rangers and Critters

A few more items rolling off the workbench…

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“Clubmen” from Warlord Games. These would be villagers who volunteered to defend their village against raiders – from either side – looking for “contributions” for their respective armies.

British Rangers from the Seven Years War (we’ll be reading about that soon enough) – so I thought I’d get some figures ready for Song of Drums and Tomahawks. – figures are from Old Glory.

Eagle (Reaper Miniatures) and one more Giant Rat (Games Workshop).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Played another game of Frostgrave last night, hopefully I’ll get a quick game report up today sometime… 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

30 Games in 30 Days - Going Out With a Bang

Not really...

But sort of...

We've been trying to play a different game each day in the month of September. My last update was Sunday - which brought us up to the 27th (30 Games in 30 Days - Into the Home Stretch)

On Monday I wandered by the Dragon's Den and used my gift certificate won at ToonCon to pick up Rumpelstiltskin. We played it a few times that afternoon/evening. 

On Tuesday... we totally didn't play any games at all... doh... So close... I think everyone was getting a bit games out and I know I was still damned tired from teh weekend... anyway, just didn't happen. 

Today we played Exploding Kittens... and that was it. 

Did we play a different game every day this month? Nope. As I mentioned we didn't even play a gmae at all on Tuesday!? And there was a day (or maybe two...) where we only played a game that we had already played. In those terms - the original terms of the challenge - we failed... But in terms of the SPIRIT of the challenge - playing more games and more different games - I would say it was a success. While we didn't play games EVERY day - and not EVERYONE (Me, Amanda, The Boy, The Girl) played every game or every day - but we (the Kids and I, at least) did play more than thirty games in the month - and Amanda played a lot of games too. 

Over the month we played the following games:

Rumpelstiltskin x4
Song of Blades and Heroes  x4
Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) x4
Frostgrave x3
Meridian x3
7 Wonders  x2
Hive Pocket x2
Kingdom Builder x2
Sentinels of the Multiverse x2
Small World x2
The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow x2
Savage Worlds/Realms of Cthulhu x2
Caverna: The Cave Farmers x1
Dominion x1
Dominion: Intrigue x1
Exploding Kittens x1
Five Tribes x1
For Sale x1
GiftTRAP x1
Empires: Age of Discovery x1
Hearts x1
Ice Cream x1
Ikusa x1
Incan Gold x1
King Arthur: The Card Game x1
Knights of Charlemagne x1
Lords of Waterdeep x1
Love Letter x1
Montgolfiere x1
Monty Python Fluxx x1
Patronize x1
Puerto Rico x1
Quiddler  1
Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 x1
SET x1
Smash Up x1
Space Junk x1
Ticket to Ride x1
Ventura x1

39 different games were played - some of them multiple times! Not bad... Mind you 11 of those were games only The Boy and I played at ToonCon...

I still have an ongoing challenge to add plays to 100 games that I have no plays recorded on BGG by the end of the year.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

English Civil War Scots Covenanteers

While I was working away on English Civil War stuff over the last weeks I got eyeing up my bigger battle forces (nominally for DBA-x) and got thinking perhaps I could finish up enough over the next week before the kids and I are reading about it so I could use them for a game of DBA-x or perhaps use One-Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas…? The two forces I had closest was one generic English force (could be either Royalist or Parliamentarian) and the Scots Covenanteers… So I thought I’d have a go at finishing them up. I haven’t worked on those for Three Years!

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An element of Pike (and nominally the “command” element of the regiment) – figures are from Renegade Miniatures. I’ve had them sitting around since the last time I worked on this force…

Backside of the command element of pike – to show the guys hiding behind the banner.

Second element of Pike for the regiment.

Backside of said second element of Pike – showing off their pretty tartan... whatever they are..? blankets?

Two elements of Shot.

The complete regiment of Scots Covenanteer foote.

I have another such regiment of Scots Covenanteer foote from Renegade Miniatures yet to paint. The one above is "marching", the one I have yet to paint is "standing". Perhaps I should push on to finish them up and have yet another force DONE! 

I also happened to pick up a Warlord Games Scots Frame Gun and Crew from J&M Miniatures earlier this year. I’m not sure why….? Perhaps it was in the discount section…?

So here is the entire force so far… One element shy of the 12 needed for DBA-x. Not that I have a clue what it should be. I can’t even remember if this even comes close to conforming to the suggested army list… perhaps I should look that up before continuing

Another shot of the entire force. For One-Hour Wargames this would be three (maybe four) units – the two regiments of foot, the two elements of horse would be combined to form a unit (with a few individual horsie-mens) – and possibly the Gun…

Another shot of the whole force.

For One-Hour Wargames I thought I’d add the two individual Scots Horse I painted last month to make it four elements. Though the four separate elements aren’t exactly even in size, it is four elements and it ends up having about the same frontage as a unit of infantry… I thought I’d make every unit four elements. And removed an element for every 4 hits taken (this would increase the total hits taken to destroy a unit to 16 – rather than the 15 suggested in the game).

Though Artillery isn’t listed as an element in the Pike and Shot section of the book I thought I might include them but have a single element and have it removed if it takes 4 hits. Neil Thomas seems to be all about tweaking rules to fit your own requirements or writing your own damned rules, so I'm sure he won't mind too much... 

I do need to do a bit more work for the English to be ready for either game…

I also finished up a few English Pikemen from Old Glory

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More English Civil War stuff likely… despite the loads of ECW stuff I already own, a small order from Warlord Games arrived on Friday (taking advantage of the Free Shipping in September promotion). It included some Clubmen – local villager that formed into a local militia organization of sorts to defend their lands from the armies that scavenged their provisions from wherever they could! I also have a few dragoons and Irish inbound that… well… they were a terribly good deal! I’ve also been thinking of ordering a few miniatures from… well… somewhere…?  to get a few civilians and some artillery crew – as I have guns with no crews and civilians are always fun to have poking around the edges of battle fields – or right in the middle of them if it’s a skirmish in a village!

I have a Game Report yet to write (for the final play-test of the Tooncon game) and an article about the boardgames I played with the kids for Volume Two of Story of the World.

Monday, September 28, 2015

30 Games in 30 Days (Into the Home Stretch!)

For the month of September I have decided to play a different game with the family (or at least the kids) every day of the month. You can read about the previous weeks here:

Week One
Week Two
Week Three

Saturday, 19 September 2015 - We played Frostgrave on Saturday (there's a more extended write up about this game here: Frostgrave: The Cemetery) This is where our challenge started to fail in the playing a different game each day department... this would have been way easier to do last month when I wasn't doing a regular game night - but I suppose it wouldn't be a CHALLENGE if it was easy. So while we didn't play a different game every day of the month I'm still saying it's been a success in the spirit of the challenge - which was to play more games more regularly and play some different games... 

Sunday, 20 September 2015 - We got together with our friends the Genets, that we ususally play games with on Sunday afternoons, and I ran them through the Song of Blades and Heroes scenario I was planning to run for ToonCon. I took a bunch more pictures and meant to do an blog post about the game... but I just haven't gotten to it. I think it was the funnest of the playtests I did, so I'll hopefully get to it this week. 

In an effort to try and keep with the play a DIFFERENT game each day (even though we'd already failed in that regard) we tried out Quiddler. I think a friend had gotten this for The Boy for his birthday a year or two back and we STILL hadn't gotten around to trying it out. I read through the rules and thought is seemed easy enough and a game that everyone would like and might become a regular "hey, we got 20 minutes to kill why don't we play Quiddler?" type game... But instead the kids were thoroughly frustrated by it and rounds ended in tears...!? I have no idea why... they're quite articulate kids with huge vocabularies.... perhaps it was because it was at the end of a very long tiring day and they just couldn't see the patterns in the letters...? Ah well... I had hands like this one above and then before it got back to me, Amanda would win the round! So I don't know what the kids were complaining about!?

Monday, 21 September 2015 - On Monday we played Dominion. WE played a LOT of it over teh summer so I was a little surprised when I looked back at the games we'd played over the month and realized we hadn't yet played it! Does anyone else get hands like this!? Ugh... 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - Amanda, The Girl and I were just able to squeeze in a quick game of Hearts between eating supper and running out to their Karate class and me having to run out and fetch The Boy from his Drama Class... 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 - On Tuesday we'd read about The Warlords of Japan in our study of World History - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the end of the Warring States Period, the Japanese invasion of Korea, the battle of Sekigahara, the siege of Osaka,  and the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate... so on Wednesday afternoon we sat down and played Ikusa (formerly known as Shogun and Samurai Swords). We'd actually done extra chapters of reading on Tuesday so we'd have all day to play Ikusa  - as I expected it would take a lot longer to play... we finished it up in a couple hours. I totally crushed them both... I've actually played it before and knew not to waste money on ninjas and turn order and castles in the first few turns and to concentrate on consolidating an area of control... and I tried to articulate that to the kids and tried to point out they might want to gang up on me... but sometimes they have to do their own thing and find stuff out for themselves the hard way.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 - Thursday we played a quick game of Ticket to Ride between The Girl's bedtime 

Friday, 25 September 2015 - Sunday, 27 September 2015 - Friday was spent pretty much getting ready for the weekend - The Boy and I were at ToonCon 2015 all weekend - there wasn't much to prepare for the convention itself, but there are a lot of errands I usually do on the weekend that I had to try and cram into Friday afternoon... 

A complete report of the weekends activities at ToonCon can be found on a separate blog post:

ToonCon 2015

Amanda and the girl didn't totally miss out on gaming over the weekend - Friday evening was the regular Savage Worlds Realms of Cthulhu that Amanda and I play in. Because The Girl wasn't going for a sleep over at my folks (as the kids usually do on Cthulhu night) The Girl actually got to PLAY in the game - she actually just played one of the Characters who weren't able to make it (not mine, MY character DIED in our last game!). They were still playing when The Boy and I got back from our evening of gaming...

Three days left in our challenge... Whatever shall we play...?