Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Open Combat - Zogar Sag and the Picts Warband

Here is a Hyborian Pict warband I've put together for Open Combat using my Lucid Eye Cro-Magnons and North Star Frostgrave Witch as the Pictish shaman Zogar Sag!

Zogar Sag
Double-Handed Weapon, Leader
Focused Blow, Evade, Exert, Intimidate
(War Leader)
Spear, Bow
Aim, Evade, Intimidate
Warrior x4
Aim, Evade
84 (21x4)

Break Point
Total Renown

These will go up against the Conan warband I posted a few months ago (here). 

You can find a PDF of the warband on Google Drive here or Dropbox here, if you're interested. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Birthday Swag!

Yesterday was my birthday. 45! And whilst I didn't get any wargaming stuff I did get some gaming goodies!

Tsuro and Small World have been on the wishlist for a while so I'm really happy to have gotten both of these. Tsuro is a strategy game that can be played in around 15 mins...the perfect quick game and one I can play with both my kids. These are the sort of games that get the most play in my house at the moment. Here's Wil Wheaton doing a play-through of Tsuro on his show Geek & Sundry's Tabletop...

...you can find out more on BoardGameGeek here.

Small World is a fantasy world-conquering game which takes anything from 40-80 mins. Suitable for ages 8 and up, my boy and I will certainly enjoy this and I'm hoping my 7 year-old daughter will be able to pick it up, too. Here is Wil Wheaton again, doing a play-through of Small World...

...more on BoardGameGeek here.

The Sixth and Seventh Doctor Sourcebooks for Cubicle 7s Doctor Who The Roleplaying Game complete my collection. I now have the full set. Have I mentioned I'm a bit of a Doctor Who fan? And the Doctor Who and Torchwood CDs add to my growing collection of Big Finish audios. If you are a fan of Doctor Who I can't recommend Big Finish enough!

What a haul! What a lucky chap I am! Just so many games...and so little time.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Skraelings for Blood Eagle

A Skraeling warband for Blood Eagle...

Fate FV SV Speed AR Cost Traits Equipment
Chieftain 3(+) (+)3 (+)3 2
54 Leadership +2
Hawkeye (Spear)
Uncanny Accuracy
Skins (as Leather) (8)
Spear (+2 SV/FV, -2 Fate)

Shaman 3(+) (+)2 (+)2 2 10 65 Leadership +1

Magical Powers (Wyrd)
-Shapeshift (Bison (as Bull))
-Evil Eye
Skins (as Leather) (8)
Quarterstaff (+3 FV)
Dagger (+1 FV, -1 Fate)
Shaman's Apprentice 4(+) (+)2 (+)2 2 10 52 Chosen

Magical Powers (Wyrd)
-Shapeshift (Polar Bear)
Skins (as Leather) (8)
Quarterstaff (+3 FV)
Dagger (+1 FV, -1 Fate)

Warriors 5(+) (+)2 (+)2 2 10 22 Skirmisher Skins (as Leather) (8)
Spear (+2 SV/FV, -2 Fate)

Hopefully the Skraeling's additional Speed and their Skirmisher trait and throwing spears will make them a worthy foe when up against the better armoured Vikings....that and the terrifying Shaman!

I've uploaded a PDF version to Google Drive here and Dropbox here for those who are interested. I'll also upload a copy to the Files section of the Blood Eagle Facebook page here

The chieftain and warriors are Lucid Eye Cro-Magnons and the Shaman and Apprentice are North Star Frostgrave. All figs painted for me by the inimitable Matt Slade of Glenbrook Games

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Rogue Stars

My recent foray into pulp sci-fi with the wonderful Bombshell Miniatures figs has had me paying a lot more attention to sci-fi wargaming. So it is with great interest that I have been reading about the upcoming Osprey Wargames set of rules...Rogue Stars by Andrea Sfiligoi of Song of Blades and Heroes fame.

Here's some info from the Rogue Stars Facebook page:

Rogue Stars: Skirmish Wargaming in a Science Fiction Underworld. Rogue Stars is a character-based science fiction skirmish wargame, where players command crews of bounty hunters, space pirates, merchants, prospectors, smugglers, mercenary outfits, planetary police and other such shady factions from the fringes of galactic civilisation. Crews can vary in size, typically from four to six, and the character and crew creation systems allow for practically any concept to be built. Detailed environmental rules that include options for flora, fauna, gravity, dangerous terrain and atmosphere, and scenario design rules that ensure that missions are varied and demand adaptation and cunning on the parts of the combatants, make practically any encounter possible. Run contraband tech to rebel fighters on an ocean world while hunted by an alien kill-team or hunt down a research vessel and fight zero-gravity boarding actions in the cold depths of space - whatever you can imagine, you can do.

And some more:

The authors' notes on his Rogue Star game:
Character-driven firefights in a far future setting. Characters combine huge firepower with the mobility of futuristic ninja. The protagonists are Pirates, Cyborgs, Star Cops, Bounty Hunters, Merchants, Mercenaries, Miners, Militias, Dark Cultists, Psionic Knights. A point system lets you stat up any human, alien, or robot. Small table (3x3’) 4-6 figures per player. Minimal book-keeping is conducted by placing tokens on the characters’ profiles. The game uses an unusual activation system to represent the chaos of combat. in addition to the characters’ distinctive Traits and equipment, squads have unique Themes (what they are and what motivates them) and Tactical Disciplines (how they fight). Figures are highly mobile: jump-packs, flight packs, personal teleportation devices and even psionic jumps all play a role. No coherence distance between figures is enforced. There is no facing: figures can move, spot targets and fire in a 360° radius.

I have to say this sounds right up my street. Simple skirmish rules with a narrative, character-driven focus and the freedom to make up pretty much any kind of warband you want. 

Northstar will also be doing a Nickstarter for it with some wonderful looking figures already being previewed...

In October 2016, Osprey Games will release the Science Fiction Game 'Rogue Stars'. At the same time, North Star Military Figures in partnership with Osprey will release a range of metal miniatures to accompany the game. The first release of figures will be based on the artwork of Johan Egerkrans, the rest of the figures will follow our designers take on the world of Rogue Stars. Mike Owen and Mark Copplestone are the two figure designers who have contributed to the range so far.

I'm already saving my pennies!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hyborian Picts and Skraelings

Things have been a bit quiet on both the wargaming front and blogging front recently. Real life getting in the way...and it's likely to be the same for the next couple of months. Any gaming has been mainly of the short and sweet variety...lots of Odin's Ravens and Magic the Gathering with the kids.

Today, though, I got my latest batch of figs from the inimitable Matt Slade of Glenbrook Games! This time a mix of Lucid Eye Cro-Magnons and the Frostgrave Witch and Apprentice that I intend to use as Skraelings for Blood Eagle and Hyborian Picts for Open Combat with the Witch and Apprentice as Shaman types. They will also fit quite nicely into my The Northern Tribes (here and here) warband for Dragon Rampant as well as Frostgrave.

As always, Matt has done a superb job. Here are some more pics...

Frostgrave Witch and Apprentice with Lucid Eye Cro-Magnon Leader
Lucid Eye Cro-Magnon Leader
Frostgrave Witch
Lucid Eye Cro-Magnons
Skraelings or Hyborian Picts

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

New Lost World Adventurers from Antediluvian Miniatures

Caroline, Shug McClure and Dances with Raptors

Antediluvian Miniatures have just released a second set of Adventurers in their Lost World range...Caroline, Shug McClure with Rifle and Dances with Raptors.

Lovely figures! These will most definitely be added to my own In Her Majesty's Name Lost World!