Monday, November 30, 2009

Painting Update - More Samurai/L5R Stuff

A few more L5R/Clan War figures for Savage Saturday

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From Left to right: Crane Courtier (actually an Old Glory figure, the rest were from AEG), Bayushi Kachiko (Scorpion Clan), Two tattooed dudes from Dragon Clan, and some buff guy from Crab Clan…

Some detail shots of the Cran Clan courtier’s kimono.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I did actually do some work on some Irish for DBA last night… so much from finishing them and the Anglo-Saxon/Danish in November… ah well… I got a week off at the end of the month and a number of game nights will probably be cancelled due to players being unavailable because they’re participating in assorted festive holiday activities… So I’m sure I’ll get caught up and finish off the Irish, the Anglo-Danish AND either the Scotts or the Welsh… I cranked out a crap-load of stuff last December/January…

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Campaign for Kümer – Year Four Summer

The Map

In the south the army of the Sapphic League of Unity and Togetherness Finally subdued the Isle of Anasterele – largely because most of the inhabitants sailed away to the western slands…

The Armies of Ronarok marched from their capitol to the Dwarven stronghold of Wienglenn and through trickery and subversion of the worst sort had stormed the mountain fastness before the Dwarves scarcely knew they were under attack!

The Army of Valishog was pursued into their homelands by both the Elves and Dwarves. At Dolj they made a stand...

The Second Battle of Dolj

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The Elf and the Orc lines approach.

The Elves stalled for a bit waiting for the Dwarves to catch up…

..and arrive they did! (though I don't recall them actually DOING anything in the battle... something to do with prancing-dancing elfies always getting in their way....)

Orc warg riders tried to ride down some Elvish archers in the woods…

…and were wiped out! (whoops...!)

Elvish riders isolated a unit of Orc blades, but the unit held on despite repeated attempts by the Elves to envelope and annahilate them.

Vladimead Votostogish and his personal body guard went after the flanking Elvish archers in the woods.

…and was once again wounded in battle (someone forgot that heroes are “mounted” and don’t like fighting in woods – of course they don’t! No one can SEE them doing their… uh… heroic deeds and stuff in the woods!)

Elvish archers surrounded the Orc archers…

…and made pin cushions of them!

One unit of elvish outriders found themselves caught between a magician and a hard place…

…and being forced to recoil into the impassible mountain were disordered enough that they were obliged to retire off the table.

The right of the Elvish line continued rolling up the flank…

…and the orcs gave up Dolj…

Country: Tria Nomina (Vassal of the Ilferien)
Race: Humans
Head(s) of State: Aculeo Bibaculus Mediocrito, Imperator of Tria Nomina
Commander of the Field Army:
Capitol: Praenomen
Other Cities: Nomen, Agnomen
Location of Field Army: Praenomen
Prestige Points: 11
Army Size: 24AP

Country: The Sapphic League of Unity and Togetherness
Race: Mixed – WOMEN!!
Head(s) of State: Myrah the Mighty, Chairperson of the Council of Empowerment of the Sapphic League of Unity and Togetherness.
Commander of the Field Army: General Libby
Capitol: Thatcherton
Other Cities: Bhutto, Beauvoir, Otisburg, Marrow, Crudd, Anasterele
Location of Field Army: Anasterele
Prestige Points: 24
Army Size: 14AP

Country: The Ilferien
Race: Ilferien (Elves)
Head(s) of State: Consul Rhalasa
Commander of the Field Army: Consul Sundiasen
Capitol: Melitele
Other Cities: Wynstrele, Dyladele, Cognomen,
Location of Field Army: Dolj
Prestige Points: 16
Army Size: 16AP

Country: Toctland (Vassal of The Ilferien)
Race: Dwarves
Head(s) of State: King Malaius MacDoogleg
Commander of the Field Army: General Gilgidi MacAuslin
Capitol: Ghillebrae
Other Cities: Toctglenn, Dolj
Location of Field Army: Toctglenn
Prestige Points: 2
Army Size: 10AP

Country: Ronarok
Race: Humans
Head(s) of State: King Claudius Hrosskellsen
Commander of the Field Army: Jarl Thorvald Skardsen
Capitol: Ludharn
Other Cities: Skohln, Marhan, Weinglenn,
Location of Field Army: Ludharn
Prestige Points: 14
Army Size: 22AP

Country: Transil-Valishog-Atania
Race: Orcs
Head(s) of State: Vladimeag Votostogish (Vlad the Kinslayer)
Commander of the Field Army:
Capitol: Brasog
Other Cities: Gorj,
Location of Field Army: Retiring to Brasog
Prestige Points: 12
Army Size: 16AP

Country: Grummsh
Race: Orcs
Head of State: Bolg Skullcrusher
Other Cities:
Location of Field Army: Disbanded
Prestige Points: 8
Army Size: Disbanded

Friday, November 27, 2009

Still More Assorted Stuff

…and the toys just keep on rolling off the workbench. Actually these were all finished earlier in the week, I jst haven’t gotten around to taking pics and posting. Finally something related to the Dark Ages DBA Campaign in February… well… sort of…

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Viking Camp Followers! Okay, not really a totally “necessity” – but for a Dark Ages army none-the-less! The thirsty Viking is from Old Glory and the rest of the entourage is from Gripping Beast.

More Dark Ages stuff… but not really for DBA… The Scotts-Irish Axemen are from Old Glory, the Norsewoman is from Gripping Beast, and the Viking archer is from The Foundry.

Another robot… WOTC/D&D/Chainmail…?

The Vampiress is a conversion of a West Wind Productions figures and the samurai is a Clan War figure from AEG.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have no idea… honestly I haven’t even looked at the workbench for a couple days… I’ve had two board meetings and an AGM to attend and a newsletter to publish – on top of all the usual madness!?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Still not Irish….

Another couple skirmishers for Savage Saturday

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The big feller is an Orc from West Wind Productions, the other is a Reaper Miniatures Legends of the Five Rings figure (“Kakita, Crane Clan”).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Still more skirmish figures… hopefully some Dark Ages DBA…

I guess I’d be more motivated to paint the DBA stuff if I knew there was just a little more interest in the Dark Ages DBA Campaign in February… So far it seems I’ve got five people interested – Gary, CVT, Terry, Rick, and Jackson… and between us we already have six painted armies… so…

Oh, I will get a couple more armies completed between now and then –regardless of whether anyone else shows up – just for some more options at Tuesday evening games, if for nothing else….

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Japanese (and Robots!)

A couple more items rolling off the workbench, none of which can be passed off as Irish…

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Some figures for my Savage Worlds Oriental Adventures campaign on Savage Saturday… The Woman is from Old Glory. The Samurai was made by AEG for Clan War. The Oni… I have no idea… I got it in a trade.

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto… (sorry, I couldn't help myself...)

In that nebulous category of “not related to anything useful”… a couple of robotic thingies… One I think was from Reaper Miniatures… the other… no idea… They will join a small collection of mechanical creatures and contraptions that will some day be used in a Pulp Adventure game featuring some diabolical mad genius that makes robotic monsters….

A little conversion I’m working on… it’s been a while since I did any actual modeling so it was kind of fun and simple and almost instantly gratifying and thus filling me with the desire to do some more modeling…

I could make my OWN ECW Scottish!? (Oh dear…)

Anyway the figure is a spare vampire from West Wind Productions that I had kicking around and thought that the gown could easily be converted to look a little more like a Kimono… (Shhhhhhh – DON”T TELL THE SAVAGES!…!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ECW Regiment of Foote

Alright this is the last of the ECW distraction… from here until (well… the next distraction…) it’s nothing but Irish and Anglo-Saxons and Prefeudal Scotts and Welsh for the Dark Ages DBA Campaign in February…

Well… and some Feudal Japanese for the Asian Fantasy Adventure campaign I’m running on Savage Saturday

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Here are the new Pike and Shot stands. These are all Old Glory Miniatures.

Here’s what the whole Regiment looks like!

My idea is that the ECW-DBA Armies/Commands I built will essentially be two of these regiments. Each have two shot and two pike, for a total of eight within the Army/Command (four shot and four pike). The remaining four will likely be three stands of horse (Knights, Cavalry, Pistols, Light Horse, or Dragoons), one of which will be the general, and an artillery piece…. Once a couple of those are complete I’ll add on some optional extras… Mostly more shot and/or alternative horse options…

I actually HAVE another regiment complete and if required it could be pressed into service…

The ones in red are figures I modeled and cast myself waaaaaaaaay back and are a touch on the smallish side next to the Old Glory figures…

So I guess if I REALLY wanted to get a battle in all I’d have to do is finish up a couple Horse and an artillery stand… of course… who would they actually fight…? Elves…? Norse Irish…?

While I was at it I painted up an additional four musketeers for Savage skirmishing…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

IRISH! …or maybe Anglo-Saxons… actually it will probably be more individual Japanese skirmish figures…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pining for the Fjords

Gary finally finished painting up his 28mm DBA Viking Army and was looking for a rematch after our last Noman-Viking beat-down.

I gotta say Gary just blows me away… he first got into playing miniatures games a couple years back when he moved to town and couldn’t find anyone to play board wargames with. With NO experience in modeling or painting he bought and painted a full German Infantry company for Flames of War – as good as any 15mm I ever painted!? …and in a relatively short period of time.

This summer, since we were really getting into the Hordes of the Things and DBA, he picked himself up Viking DBA Army and since September – never having painted any 28mm figures before - has painted it all up and it looks GREAT! Gary should be an inspiration to you all!

Anyway, he showed up wanting to have another try against the Normans – this time with his OWN army! Rick and Jackson also showed up and Rick won the die roll to lay the first beating down on Gary’s new shiny Vikings!

Gary at least got to defend so he got to set up some terrain that he hoped would at least provide a bit of a speed bump for the Normans on their way to deal him his doom…

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Here are Gary’s snazzy new Vikings ready to defend their Scandinavian homelands against the Normans, who… I guess… were returning to their ancestral homelands to spread the word of god to the heathen barbarians, or something…

The Normans deployment

The Norman Knights – galloping along the coast – breathing in some fresh sea air before dealing death and destruction to their distant relations.

The Commander of Gary’s army was pretty cool under pressure and rolled a whole lot of sixes for PIP rolls, so they had no trouble maneuvering in line through the swamps and forests.

Another shot of the pretty Viking battle line.

The Normans were perhaps a bit cocky and tumbled towards the Vikings in slow motion… but what are you going to do when 2/3 of your army fights any of your opponent’s at even odds – but QUICK-KILLS them all… I mean their doom is pretty much sealed before the first roll of the dice, right…?

More fancy parade-ground maneuvers by the Vikings…

Fancy snaking about of the Normans…


Ah, here we go…

CRUNCH! The Normans knights crash into the Viking shield wall – shields are splintered, skulls crushed, and...


First pair up – the far ones +3 on +3, the Norman Knights just have to roll higher and the Viking Blade are dead. Gary rolls a five, Rick rolls a one; Eight to four the Normans go down hard! The next stand of Knights in line now find themselves overlapped on both sides, reducing their factor to +1… ah well.. they still got that quick-kill, right? Doesn’t matter when the damn Vikings keep doubling you – BAM! a second stand of Norman Knights goes down…!!

Um… beginners luck or something… maybe it was all the shiny finish on their coats of mail and helmets… the Normans were blinded by it or something…

Well, once more boldly into the breach, chaps…

BLAM! The entire line of Norman Knights is again thrown back – with one less stand! Normans are now down THREE stands of Knights!?

Some more maneuvering over on the flanks… I think there was even some arrows fired… and in goes the horsies again!

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward…?

Well the Norman knight finally took down two stands of Viking Blade, but it just wasn’t enough as the Vikings took down yet another stand of Norman knights!?


WELL! We’ll never say Normans versus Vikings are a forgone conclusion again – at least not when Gary is commanding the Vikings!

Jackson was next to have a go at the Vikings with the Normans, and once again the Vikings were defending some remote fjord against the invading tide of Normans…

… and here we join the game already in progress, the main opposing battle lines line up across from one antoher with a nasty swamp between them…

“Um… General…? You don’t really want us to ride through that swamp do you…?”

“GAH, you bunch of whiners! Do I have to do everything MYSELF!?”

The Norman General peels off the end of the line and rides around the swamp…

…and single-handedly attacks the right of the Vikings line.

BLAM! Now HE read the play book! Down go some Vikings.

… and then turned to roll up the line…

BLAM! Down goes number two!

… and up the line he goes!

There was some other maneuvering going on, but everywhere else it just looked all bad for the Normans having to move through bad going and fight their way out against Blades standing in the open… “The General seems to be doing okay…. Let’s just stand and watch for a bit”

Why roll up the line when you can just nip over and beat down the Viking General and end it right then and there…?

Why indeed…?

And that was that… Okay, Normans versus Vikings IS still going to be a tough row to hoe for the Vikings… but not TOTALLY impossible…

Thanks to Rick and Jackson and especially Gary for coming out to play tonight… hopefully by next week we’ll have some Anglo-Danish or Irish to add to the mix!