13 August 2017

Wights and Ghouls painted up

Some more undead painted up for Frostgrave and Viking fantasy, minis are all from Otherworld miniatures - really love the sculpts. Size comparison with a Frostgrave plastic mini.

I also ordered some additional Mantic Games undead zombies and ghouls, as well as some Mantic Games metal Ogres (trackers and berserkers) to act as Jotuns. Hope to receive them this upcoming week.


The Mantic undead should work well for my purpose, tried to find "generic" zombies and ghouls that could fit into more than one time period.

Once I get some more undead painted up I will start playing around with the undead vs viking/18th century stuff :-D

12 August 2017

Pictures from recent SAGA games

Played a bit of SAGA during my vacation, both with Caroline against her favored Anglo-Danes and over at my friend Thomas house against a crusader army of our buddy Fredrik. Thomas played with his Normans against Fredriks Crusaders.

Clash of warlords is always fun to play, two of the games were randomly determined to be this scenario where both warlords start in the center of the table with multiple health and the warband that has a warlord with the least amount of wounds by the end of the game wins. We also managed to play the Harry and burn scenario from Age of the Wolf which was quite fun, a marauding warband is out to burn fields and houses in the defending players village - with victory points awarded for burnt fields and buildings. 

I must say that I was a bit disappointed in how Age of the Wolf turned out, there certainly are a bunch of good ideas but the campaign system is a mess and extremely weird and random with the rewards. I will most likely not play the campaign as it is written. And as a Fredrik and Thomas said, why bother buying a campaign book if you have to fix it with tons of house rules to make it playable?! On the subject of weird books, we also talked about the mess that is the SAGA rulebook collection. It would have been really good if the rulebook got a 2nd edition with all FAQ, errata and rules spread out over multiple books combined into one volume. At the moment the game is great fun, but finding all you need to play is a pain in the balls.

11 August 2017

Pictures from our boardgame sessions

Last couple of weeks have seen quite a lot of boardgaming. I usually play a lot with Caroline, but we also have a boardgame group with people from work with whom we play occasionally. I usually take a couple of pictures for our facebook group but thought I would share some nice game in progress pics.

Games feature here are Spartacus (with painted models instead of the plastic minis from the game for an enhanced experience), Merchants & Marauders (including the expansion), Mansions of Madness 2nd edition and Fury of Dracula 3rd edition. All of them fantastic games well worth getting.

Spartacus


Merchants & Marauders

Mansions of Madness: 2nd edition

Fury of Dracula: 3rd edition

10 August 2017

Blood Bowl Orc team painted up

Like many other Blood Bowl fans I bought the latest edition of the game when it was released, but since the purchase I focused on painting up other teams than the Orcs and Humans that came in the boxed set. After a long time, and with other stuff on my painting table and real life sucking away painting time, I finally sent the Orcs to be commission painted by Michael Sehl ("Michi" on the Lead Adventure Forum). Michael had previously painted up almost my entire SAGA collection to a highly satisfying end result so I entrusted the project to him. Michael had not painted any fantasy minis before, but I liked his brushwork and style and thought it would fit the Blood Bowl Orcs nicely.

I'm happy with the result, he painted up the Orcs according to my specifications. I only did some light touch ups of the skin, and added the player position text and static grass to the bases.

As some of you may notice the players look slightly different than those from the boxed set, this is because I trimmed away A LOT of spikes, razor blades and chest armor plates on the models to make them look more like players and less like Warhammer Fantasy Battles Khorner berzerkers...

Now I have another playable team. The troll player is a metal Black Scorpion Miniatures troll which I had painted up for years - now it can finally be part of a team. 


The pictures are taken with my new phone, still trying to figure out the camera settings. It does unfortunately not have camera stabilizer, but it should take better pictures than during the final days of my old phone (which I brought with me down into a swimming pool on my vacation... why do they put pockets in swimming shorts!!?).

Last picture shows the original look of the models. I cut away the chestplate on all 6 linemen, trimmed away all spikes from shoes and most razroblades from the armor and helmets.



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