Sunday, May 22, 2016

Red Sand Black Moon: Sambre, the Amazon: Fight two!

The date, February 983. The locale, a wooden arena in the Border Kingdom. The combatants, Sambre (Savvy 5, Strength 4, Speed 5) versus a skilled soldier (Savvy 5, Strength 5, Speed 5 with a sword and light armor).

 The cold winds blew across the arena floor, still frozen from the winter. Two warm bodies entered the arena with one thing on their minds, getting out alive. As is custom, the scantly clad slave girl signaled the beginning of the fight, hoping for a quick victory so she didn't freeze to death.
The fighters!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Red Sand Black Moon: Sambre's first fight!


By Two Hour Wargames
If you don't know already, Red Sand Black Moon by Two Hour Wargames is a set of fantasy gladiatorial combat rules based off the more historically accurate gladiatorial combat rules Red Sand Blue Sky. But I'm pretty sure facing trolls and orcs really happened in the Colosseum so RSBM is pretty much historical...You'll just have to take my word for it! ;) Anyhow, I decided  after some fierce battles to try a campaign.

Monday, May 9, 2016

I've been busy painting, what can I say!!!

To make it quick, for a couple months I've been hard at work painting. I wanted to share what all I've been up to. I'll keep it brief and let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Foundry Secutor
 Tons more ahead!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

In defense of the tower! Swordplay 2015 Battle Report AAR

 As I left off last encounter, Sir Scott and his band raided an orc village to save a damsel in distress. Sir Scott and his gang, along with their newest member Jenkins (Rep 4 human warrior, AC4), sat in their tower basking in the glory of victory. That is until war horns could be heard in the distance...It could only be one thing, the orcs wanted revenge! Throwing together a hasty defense (and an equally hasty narrative!), Sir Scott and his grunts set out to defend their home.
My newest piece of terrain that I built! These guys better defend it...



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Two Hour Wargames Swordplay 2015: A quick review and battle report

 Swordplay 2015 is a FREE set of introductory fantasy/ancient non-gunpowder era skirmish rules by Two Hour Wargames. If you've never heard of THW, I'd advise you to check out their website and get the scoop there as this is just my review and not an overview of all the rules. I will touch upon some, however, particularly my favorites.

 Swordplay is offered in both PDF format for free and printed version for $5 plus S&H. So you've got no reason not to pick them up and check them out! This is a complete gaming system, not just a teaser. There's also a set of gunpowder/modern/sci-fi rules (Chain Reaction 2015, see above link) as well that is worth checking out and guess what? It's also free in PDF form!

So if you're interested in learning more of how I feel about the game, please read on! (Battle report is after the review if you want to skip on down there.)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mini terrain tutorial and a picture of my small village...

 So I was walking through the garden section at Wal-Mart when I came across one of these buggers...
Miracle-Gro GrowAbles seed pod
 Of course, being the miniature guru that I am, I thought if I flipped it over it would make a great stone marker! Maybe an objective, statue, magical stone, etc. So I picked up a couple and ever since then I've been on a terrain binge. Here's how I did it!

Step 1: Open up the pod and dig out the dirt and seeds...You don't want that stuff in there on the battlefield, I think there's animal poop in there!...Or maybe you do, that's your business!

Step 2: You can optionally add a base like I did or simply leave it as is. There's a nice lip around it if you don't want to have a base.

Step 3: Prime and paint however you like! Looking back at it now, I might repaint it but for now, it's okay.

 Total time, about 20 minutes for two of the suckers. Here's the end result...Nothing super spectacular but was a nice little terrain piece for cheap and little work.
All done! As you can see, the little design kind of makes it look of elvish perhaps...

Charge the blurry dwarf!

And finally, I've always admired the houses in my Warhammer Fantasy Battles 3rd Edition rule book and I wanted a small village of my own in a similar make. I managed to find a couple good templates, set to work cobbling some cardboard together with hot glue, texturing with wall filler, thatch roofed it with hot glue, and slapped some paint on it. Very happy with the results!
Needs some orc invaders!
 Thanks for having a look!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My first attempt at a "DIY Caulk Battle Mat"

I was recently looking into buying a battle mat. Something I could roll up as space gets more limited it seems. I also wanted something that wouldn't break the bank. With a baby on the way this fall, both of these things had to come into consideration!

 That's when I found this awesome tutorial on how to make battle mats using canvas, caulk, and paints! Seemed like a project I could tackle rather inexpensively. Here's a quick look at how mine turned out...Not too shabby for around $10 worth of materials! Not to mention, I've got plans to make a whole bunch of different ones, including some smaller ones for my 10 mm and 15 mm figures.

Randomly placed figures and terrain!
 Another key factor was the size of my playing area. I have a beloved card table that I use for almost everything, from crafting to playing games on. While the ideal size for most of my games is 3'x3', my table is only 33" x 33". With a custom mat, it was as simple as measuring and snipping out the right size. :)
Painted to match my basing style.
Incoming!
 So there you have it. Cheap, durable, able to be stored, and looks halfway decent. Thanks for reading!