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Monday, January 7, 2019

Makerspace Game Day: Crossing at St Ulrich

I used the St. Ulrich scenario in the Honors of war book as a starting point but made significant changes. The Grand Duchy of D'Argent is the defender with a brigade of two infantry and one light artillery battery. They also have 3 independent units Two light infantry and one heavy artillery battery. The attackers are the Draconian Empire:  They have one independent light infantry unit, a brigade of two cavalry units and an infantry brigade of 3 regiments and a field gun.
The Chasers de Montana made quick first turn ambush before the Darconian Boarder regiment turned their flanks and drove them away from the main column.  A running battle between the two units of light troops would continue for many turns.
The main lines closed in on each other the D'Argent brigade having elected to advance forward a bit while their Jager battalion has come up on their left to slow down the enemy cavalry.
The Dragonian Cavalry quickly send the quick footed Jagers running. The manage to make it back across the river with but was a near thing.
Both lines of infantry open fire the initial exchange works to D'Argents advantage as the Sheppard regiment is hit hard by musketry and grape break for the rear.
D'Argent regiment L'Rock charged agaist the Draconian battery while Regiment Marini exchanged fire with Draconian regiment Haydenburg and Pain. Draconian hussars just fall short of catching the quick stepping Jagers D'Argent
Rock and the Artillery unit batter each other resulting in both units falling back.  The Haydenberg regiment is scattered by musketry and grape... while the Draconian cavalry cross the rive.
Both units take fire from the Jagers in passing but one of the units of Sappers working to demolish the bridge panics and runs.
Regiment Pain of Daconnia charges into regiment Marini driving it back in disorder but at the cost of its own cohesion as its devastated ranks break up.
Artillery fire shatters the Draconian Hussars as the second unit of Sappers blows the bridge ending the game.  The D'Argent Jagers scramble through the vineyards ahead of the Draconian Dragoons and hold out in the village until the rest of the D'Argent boarder guards can get organized, cross by the fords and drive the dragoons off.  The Draconian main body comes up latter that day and crosses except for the heavy baggage which must wait for a new bridge to be built.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Mama Bear and Cub. 1st Post for th AHPC IX.

My first offering for the 9th Analog Hobbies Painting Challenge is a Christmas Ornament I made for my wife. We have a tradition of exchanging ornaments and I try to make mine each year.
The miniature is from Bad Squiddo and was part of Kickstarter earlier this year.  Annie produces excellent miniatures as I'm sure you all know.
The idea for this ornament came to me as soon as I spotted this piece. I added the cubs's hat for a holiday touch.  I just need to add the string to hang it from the tree (I drilled a hole between the mother and cub).
I think the fur came out well I find fur a challenge but I think I'm getting better at it. For points I think it's fair to call this a 25mm cavalry figure netting me 10 points.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Ornaments for the Grandparents

I did these up for Evelyn's grandparents as Christmas gifts.   They are laser cut wood from AC Moore. I'm pleased with the results and hope that they will be as well. The photo is from last year since we haven't gotten any proper Christmas photos of Evelyn this year. The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge starts today go check out the first entry here: AHPC: IX

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Masumi, Demon Hunter

Another example Bones miniature I'm finally getting off by table.  I'm very happy with the shading on her skin but the cloth came out less well.
The Flash washes out some of the dept especially on the yellow.
The more distant shot doesn't look as washed out. I need to find a new place to get photos as the lighting here seems to washout the miniatures some.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

AHPC IX

This year Curt is holding the Winter Painting contest again.  I'm mostly doing 25mm stuff this year. The plan is to build a more or less complete Saga/Lion Rampant army that can serve as either Normans or as Crusaders.  I'm also looking flesh out a long held off program of building a Late Roman or Romano-Briton using a box of miniatures I got using a gift card my old roommate Rob got me my Birthday.

I've entered a Lion Rampant side duel.  I'll be using the Norman/Crusader troops for this.  I'm aiming for 750 point and if I get everything painted that I have planned I should be able to get something like 850 points.

There are several Bonus rounds.

  • Reconnaissance' (submission deadline Saturday, January 5th / displayed January 6th / voting results January 13th) 
  • 'Sport' (submission deadline Saturday, January 19th / displayed January 20th / voting results 27th) 
  • 'Mercenary' (submission deadline Saturday, Feb 2nd / displayed Feb 3rd / voting results 
  • Feb 10th) 
  • 'Water Feature' (submission deadline Saturday, Feb 16th / displayed Feb 17th / voting results Feb 24th) 
  • 'Fellowship' (submission deadline Saturday, March 2nd / displayed March 3rd / voting results March 10th)

My concern for the Side duel is I was planning to use figures from my Norman/Crusader program for three of the six the.  I'll have to see how quickly my opponent Bill and any one who joins is proceeding. I've got an alternative for one of the Bonus rounds so we shall see. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Clash of Warlords Irish vs. Ragnar's Vikings

John and I met at Hobby Bunker for another game of Saga.  John's copy of Book of battles is still in the mail so we did the Clash of Warlords game. We did a standard game but rolled deployment C. This meant our troops had to be deployed at least M (6") form each other.   John used the same list as last game.   I had two Champions and a Personal Champion.  Two points of Warriors, 1 point of Shield Maidens, and a unit of Sling armed levys (women) I think of this as a 7 Samurai list the heroes helping defend a village from raiders.
I lead with my slingers moving them up into cover to hit the Vikings as the cam forward.
Here's a Ragnar's eye view of the village laddies.
Viking Levies came up and killed one of the women... then the Hearthguard came up and killed all but two of the ladies.  I'm pretty sure the game designers said this was a contemptible move...
John got one of my warriors with arrows from his Steppe Warriors allies.
My larger group of warriors came crashing into one unit of Viking Levies killing 7 of them and depriving John of one of his Saga Dice.
I brought in multiple javelin units and turned John's Hearthgard into a pin cushion.  I got lucky and John didn't make a single save.
John Decided that Berserkers would clearly view Shield maidens as an insult to their man hood. They charged, but  with the powerful combination of closed ranks and the "shield maiden's pride" they wiped out the Berskerkers for the loss of one of their own.
One of my Champions charged the levies but only killed one.  Sill they were driven back. 
Ragnar is now fairly isolated and after trying to wear him down with Javelins my warlord engages him for the first time.  I had both Blood of Kings and Ireland's heart in effect.  The result is..
A draw Ragnar is very hard to kill.  Ragnar kills one of my champions and then holds off the attack of a second.
My warlord reengaged again I have both Blood of Kings and Ireland's heart and Ragnar falls to my blade.  The end result when the massacre points are totaled are 10 for John and 23 for me probably our most lopsided battle since the new saga rules came out.  I think John might have been able to keep Ragnar alive had he "closed ranks"  he would have been harder to hit (6 rather than 5) and he would have been able to cancel more hits.  That said he had a better chance of killing my warlord by throwing all 8 dice in each of our combats... I did well on my saves to cancel hits and my Saga Abilities made my heroes very hard to kill. As the game wrapped up John got a call from his wife who must have asked if he had won his response: "No Adam beat me rather badly and about half his little men were women so I'm not sure how to take that. "  LOL

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Few Random Bones Minatures.

First up an archer or perhaps a ranger.  Not a historical out fit but not too far off (at least as good as some popular TV shows) So I might use her with some of the Bad Squiddo archers.
I think the fur lined cloak came out fairly well.
I am very happy with how the colors for this lady worked out.  Clearly a well born woman (or a successful one).  She seems to either be in the act of raising or lowering her hood.
She could work as a wizard or cleric and she's another good candidate for a woman who needs to be rescued or escorted in a scenario.
This miniature will be handy for Frostgrave or other fantasy games.  I suspect it will see some play in an undead army for Dragon Rampant (or Fantasy Saga)
I tried to shade the black and I think I did OK though it is hard to see in this picture.  I'm not sure how I feel about the scythe it seems to solid for to be this aperitions weapon... any Ideas how to fix that?