Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Song of Warjacks and Warbeasts: Simple wargames for kids

No pics today.

I've been recently looking at how to introduce my much younger nephew to wargaming. A couple of years ago I gave him all my old Warhammer Fantasy Battle figures as a Christmas present (including the Bretonnians and the War Wyvern) So that I could continue to enjoy them with him and his dad, without just having them sitting in a box for years and years.

But he's pretty young (think 12ish), so I needed a ruleset that would allow us to push figures around with dirt simple rules to keep his interest.

I found 1 Page Warhammer from One Page Games, which has since been rebranded as "Age of Fantasy", probably because GW got in their face. Free to download, and easy to play. Each figure has a quality that they roll to hit and save by, a few special rules, and ALL the army lists that you'll need. It's perfect and we played a great game with my old 3rd edition orcs, goblins and trolls that XMas. There is also "Grimdark Future" with basically the same rules, except using Bolters etc. It's the revision of 1 Page 40k. He's less into 40k for now, and I'm keeping my Tallarns because I love them.

BUT, then I got into Warmachine. Have only played a few small games so far, but have a painted 35 point army of Menoth ready to go. I've been wanting to find a simple "1 Page Warmachine" so that we can have some 'jacks on the table but the OnePage rules have yet to bring that one out. Maybe you could jimmy it. I dunno.

Enter Song of Blades & Heroes. It's from Ganesha Games, and it looks just as great as the 1 Page rules, BUT it looks like it can handle things like Warjacks, and gunpowder. This is especially true with the addition of "Advanced Song of Blades", which I won't try to play with my nephew, but will take a couple of the advanced weapons and spells. There are numerous supplements due out for ASOB including gunpowder and cannons (and dwarves) with the Hammer & Forge expansion. There will also be a "Steam and Cogs" expansion for guess what!? Robots and Magic automatons Steam punk style = Warjacks and Warcasters!

So I'm hopeful that this will become my simple to play WM game. Still want to play Warmachine actual, but actually don't know anybody in the North Bay Area that I can play against so here's hoping.... Also since SoBnH doesn't care what figures you use, I can start collecting Warmachine Dwarves and even the new Crucible Guard (which look AMAZING) without worrying about creating a legal army. This also means I can finally use my Mariner 'Jack without having to have silly pirates as a faction. I'm hopeful you can play Colossus as well, but we'll see.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Saga: Dark Age Fun

At NJCon15 last year, I found a quiet corner outside the main convention hall where a number of people were playing a skirmish game called "Saga". I'd heard of it, and have always wanted to get into dark ages but never got into it.. Until now. The guy in charge was very nice and we played a 4 point demo game. Then I started watching the History Channel show "Vikings", as well as the BBC show "The Last Kingdom", which is a bit better since its based on the Bernard Cromwell Books. Started reading those too.. Excellent subway reading.

Saga itself is actually quite easy. You roll dice, and place these dice on a "battle board" which allows you to activate units and buff your guys, or debuff your opponents. There's "Fatigue" in which your guys get tired, and your opponent gets to "spend" this fatigue to do more things (or prevent your guys from doing things).  An ingenious system.

So I went and bought 2 Crusader Miniatures armies for Saga; a Viking 4 point force, and an Anglo Saxon 4 point force.

4 points means you have 4 units, and the size of the unit depends on what it is. There are only 3 types of units in the game, Hirthguard (elites), Warriors (normal), and Levies (crap), and 1 point will buy one of these units. 1 point will buy 4 Hirthguard, 8 warriors, or 12 levies, so it evens out. Each faction has it own special weapon that you can give to a unit.  The vikings for example get to have one of their elite units be "berserkers", so they get more attack dice, but less defense. You can also get mounted troops, Dane Axes, slings, and a few other things. The main meat of a faction is in the battle boards which are unique to the faction, and give each of them their flavor. You also get a warlord for free, and if he dies, game over.

Ok, enough rules review (there are plenty online anyway). I just finished painting up all the hirthguard for both my vikings, and their anglo saxon opponents. Technically Anglo Saxons and Anglo Danes by this point looked pretty much the same (everybody's got a huge colorful shield and was hairy), so they could port to that too, which is a nice 2 for 1. The Vikings meanwhile can pass as Jomsvikings so again a good 2 for 1 faction.

Anyway, here are the figs. I used Little Big Men Studios ( transfers for the shields since they look fantastic, and I didn't want to have to paint them myself, memories of WFB Savage Orcs and Bretonians from my past come to mind. To differentiate them, the Saxons have no iron rim on their shields, and the Vikings will all have a rim. I figured its a good subtle difference that will show. I *might* put a red dot on the Vikings' bases. We'll see.

First the Berserkers:

Then the Viking Hirthguard with 2 handed axes:

And finally the Anglo Saxons with their dane axes (and slung shields):

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quick Troll Army Update...

I havent really posted anything recently of the current state of the Troll army so I figured I would post a shot of what I have painted minus 3 fire breathers. So here it is, all 271pts of it:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Something Silly...

I have been reading the Warmachine Forums since last Friday and people seem to be freaking out over Doomshaper 3 and this is all I can think of:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eowyn: Better late than never

I'm a bit embarrassed by this post. This particular project has taken me about 5 years to actually do. And by "project", I mean, these two figures of Eowyn from Lord of the Rings.  My wife is very patient with my hobby and I suggested that I could paint her a figure of her choice. She chose Eowyn. Eowyn's a badass, so no problems there. I started painting the figures about 5 years ago, but didn't get round to highlighting the figure, didn't know how to do the armor correctly, other projects got in the way (since I technically couldn't use her for battle. I don't own any other LOTR figs), and so it languished, through 3 different apartments, and 2 different cities.

However, with the impending birth of a baby daughter on the way (very excited about that), I realized that I had to get moving on my various miniature projects or else they may NEVER get done. And it took about 2 hours to get her done. Either way, here's Eowyn, with my new found love of static grass and boulders. The eyes were quite hard to do, but her cape and armor came out really well. The blond hair also worked quite nicely.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Mighty Kraken Complete! (kind of)

Basically my two favorite models in all of Warmachine are the Mountain King and the Kraken, so when I got the Kraken for my birthday I just couldn't help working on it right away.  Currently I would say I am actually 95% done. After taking these pics and taking a closer look at it I realized there are a bunch of things left that I should go back and touch up. I really like the OSL on the bottom of the main gun and I feel some of the OSL on the main body just aren't up to par (smoke stacks and the two sections on the main armor plate in the front specifically). I also want to do some more work on the rivets to help break up the scheme a bit more and I am very much going to go back to the base and add some gore beneath the "Intake Valves" to help tie the model more to the base.

The White Walkers Continue...Banelord Tartarus Complete!

So right now I am focusing on two specific lists after doing some play testing with most of my casters. I have narrowed it down to a tiered Epic Goreshade list and a Terminus list (totally reminds me of playing Tyranids lol). The first list I am working on is Goreshade's...which means Banes...lots of Banes. So I decided to paint the biggest, baddest bane of them all, Banelord Tartarus.

I wanted to work on the OSL for this model and really focused on the light effects from the souls that make up his legs. I tried to go really bright with the souls and the runes on his axe to add visual interest. Despite being a fairly subdued army colour wise I really want to inject some brightness with the blue glow. So here he is: