Friday, August 26, 2016

Big Lee's Big number

Its not every day that a gaming blog hits 2,000,000 its but Big Lee has done it.  He's offering people lots of amazing prizes too zip on over to his blog and check it out
The three prizes are as follows:
  • First Prize : A Warlord Games Gift voucher worth £50 
  • Second Prize : A Warlord Games Gift voucher worth £25 
  • Third Prize : A Warbases gift voucher worth £25
That's a pretty cool offing don't you think?

I cam across Big Lee in 2009 though AJ Blog (also worth looking at) and I have always been impressed with his games, his painting and his postings on museams and historical sites his content is impressive. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Brigade Game: Running Musketeer

 I got this fellow to add to Alatriste's war band he's form Brigade Games "town militia set".  Originally I had intended for him to be Sebastian Capones(and did in our En Garde at sea game) but in rereading the books decided he's far to elegant for that blunt soldier.
 Now I am thinking of using him for an older version of Inigo Balboa as he might have appear a year or two after the events in "Pirates of the Levant"  I went with muted colors and I think I got the impression of a brown velvet jacket quite nicely.  The lace collar really pops.  I can imagine this fellow staking dear or boar on a royal hunt.
I'm also pleased with how the cloak came out. The sculpture is just wonderful at once balanced and dynamic a new favorite of mine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

En Garde: Alatrieste' Ruffians (1)

The concept for my En Garde! war band is drawn form the characters of Arturo Perez-Reverte Captain Alatriste Novels. This is a long way form all the options (and I am painting more) but I wanted to share my thinking.  Copyright for the characters below belong to Arturo Perez-Reverte.   I will be doing some additional characters. Please note I am using an elite war band structure from En Garde! 
"Captain" Diego Alatriste y Tenorio the title Captain is apocryphal but the leadership is real (at lest among such rough and ready types). A skilled hand with gun, sword or dagger Alatriste a deadly opponent. A man of few words and even few words when under threat, he meets fortune good or bad with silence and an ironic smile. He is not at great strategist, but is a master of the simple and brutal tactics of close in fighting.
Íñigo Balboa y Aguirre Alatriste's "page" a capable and brave lad with quick wits and a nose for trouble. Despite his youth he usually handles himself well in fights. I'm using on of my pirate miniatures as I haven't found another figure with the youthful look I want. Íñigo is Alatriste's chronicler keeping a record of their adventures.
Sebastien Capones served with Alatrieste in Flanders. He's a crack shot and almost as skill in hand to and fighting. Like Alatriste he is a man of few words, he has a good head for tactics and Alatrieste relies on him as his second in command and is one of the few men he trusts implicitly.
Bartolo Cagafeugo met the captain in prison and after sizing each other up he became the Captain's fast friend. More Braggart than brave Bartolo is never the less a good humored companion (a man with the sir name "shit fire" must be good humored) and more than willing to lay his life of the line to back up a friend.
Saramacho El Portuques an educated master swordsman. Like Alatrieste he's man who clings to a thin line of morality. He's willing to kill in a fight but never takes a contract to murder. He spends his money printing a long epic poem of his own composition. If he's not fighting or fence you will invariably find a book or pen in his hand.
"El Bravo" A pimp and ruffian from Seville with a high opinion of himself.  He claims to have been a soldier but there is not much doubt that this is a lie.  He is brave enough in a fight but not very disciplined and likely to question orders and he may well try to steal something for himself on the side, its best to watch your back around him.

Monday, August 22, 2016

En Garde! at sea

Dave hosted a game at his home Sunday, we had decided on En Garde! but we wanted to us some ships Dave and Mike have been working on. 
Mike's Ship and Pirate crew a Chinese Junk maned by European pirates but He has two of my new civilians on board, we have to rescue them.
Alatriste and his Hidalgos have captured a small sampan and as they move to rescue the grandee and his wife.  They have unlikely Allies in this...
Dave's Puritans with their praying Indian allies in a long boat (we removed the cannon) the only ship we have that is truly to scale.
Pirates guard the Grandee and his lady....
Mike must sail out and off the board.  Ships move 2d6 inches per turn, Ships provide those on board with medium cover.
Mike also got to put men on the islands to snip at us (not exactly shore batteries but we didn't want to get into rules for sinking ships. We also let men within 9" make a shooting attack against the ship with a grapple.  Two Grapples on a ship mean it can be boarded. A character can cut a grappling line with an attack that does a "grievous wound or better" the rope is assumed to roll on die for 6 each time the attacker rolls 2d6+fight.
Shots ring out on all sides.  No hits are recorded as we close in though a few figures are stunned.
Both sides are blazing away... but with little effect.
Dave gets a grappling line across...
but Mike cuts it down quickly.
More guns blaze and Mike kills one of Dave's soldiers.
Mike almost drives thorough us!
Dave Gets another line across!
Saramonch leaps from one deck to the other easily clearing the gap!
Bartolo throws up a grapple and Mike fails his roll to cut it loose
el Bravo gets a second line across!
Mike cuts on of the grapples but his sailor takes a light wounds in the process.
Inego scurries up the lines onto the quarter deck of the pirate vessel
Dave gets another line Mike is now held fast with Spaniards swarming the deck as Alatriete also leaps across!
Inego deals and takes blows only barely surviving the attacks thanks to his buff coat
Saramonch and Alatriete kill first one, pirate then Saramonch storms up the quarter deck and kills a second.
Alatrieste kills a second pirate and then a third...
Mike's pirate "two Guns" empties his pistols into the gallant Captain and he goes down with a critical wound.
Dave mean while has his natives joining the party on the quarter deck
Sebasien Capones and his musketeers reload and race to the rear of the ship to guard their comrades on the quarter deck.
Mike's spear armed pirate finishes of Inego but goes down to blows from Bartolo and el Bravo
Dave's Indian's  kill the last pirate on the quarter deck and the rest of Mike's crew surrender leaving the Spanish and English to split the spoils.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Three North Star Civilians

 These along withe the young Priest are part of the North Start 1672 line.  Two Ladies and a Gentleman.
 The First is a true Grandee resplendent in his wig and feathered hat. He carries a long staff/cain that might hide a sword and that frock coat might hide a pistol.  Its bit to well flitted to hid a sword.
 I picked these colors because I rarely get to use them on mostly military figures and its fun to use such eye catching colors.
 This young lady is leaning forward to share some gossip with a friend or maybe give the key pieces of information some hero needs to save the day I went with a darker purple for her dress, shading didn't work as well as I would have liked but it still looks good.
 I did her lace and ribbons in white because it popped in contrast to purple.  Her face didn't come out as well as I would have liked and I might try to touch it up at some point.
 Last we have the great lady with her pink and blue dress.  The shading on this dress came out really well.  The blue contrasts nicely with the pink to create a striking dress.
These three will join games of En Garde! soon as by standers or as great persons needing protection or other roles