Thursday, 18 June 2015

Rocky Outcrops

For a while i had been thinking of buying the Rocky Outcrop terrain box from Gale Force 9, the set was pre-painted and just just pop it on the table. Unfortunately I missed the only box at Salute and I believe that this set is out of production.

I found another company making their own similar product Tiny Worlds who have both a webstore and an eBay store. The webstore is cheaper but the eBay store price is inclusive of shipping.

The castings came quickly and we well packed and full of detail. After some grey tones and some washes, I added tufts and flock. I can see these being good for 28mm skirmish games such as Open Combat or Frostgrave where you want to drop some line of sight blocking terrain on the table.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fantasy Rampant

Here are a couple of figures I painted up from the Reaper Bones plastics range for Dan Mersey to use in his forthcoming Dragon Rampant rules, a fantasy variant of Lion Rampant which I'm sure will be lots of fun. I'm looking forward to the books release at Christmas to see if they get included in the game photos.

Marsh Troll

Evil Wizard

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Make a dice tray

Many of us who play games with dice, have those moments when they go flying off the table or go bouncing across the tabletop only to hit our newly painting models and perhaps throw dice in a box lid in an attempt to control them. You could invest in a dice tower, but it just doesn't seem the same as rolling them yourself.

I came across a blog post which I thought was interesting and I thought I would give it a go.

In the article above they use a Ribba box frame from Ikea, I found something suitable in a local branch of The Range, it was about £4 and is a little shallower than the Ikea frame. A visit to Hobbycraft found me a self adhesive felt sheet, I choose green but they had plenty of colours to choose from.

The back of the frame had the folding stand up bit, I broke that off, pulled the backing paper from the felt and stuck it to the front of the back panel. Take care pulling out the glass, mine broke, dispose off properly, pull out the little metal tags that hold in the glass. Put it together and job done.

The bottom did have a couple of rough places on it, I decided to add some sticky foam pads, sold to go on furniture legs to stop them scratching the floor, this raises it off the table. 

In all a quick project, just took minutes and cost about £5 to make but a great addition to the gaming collection.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

OML3 The Lardest Day

Since coming back from my holiday in the wilds of Northumbria my painting time has been dedicated to finishing off models and preparing the scenario etc. for my Sharp Practice Wars of the Roses game, which happened last Saturday at OML 3: "The Lardest Day". The OML events are organised by great mate Ade and are inspired and dedicated to the rule sets of Too Fat Lardies.

My game was set after the events of Barnet and Tewkesbury, the Earl of Oxford had fled the country and had taken to raiding and piracy, on one of his raids he is intercepted before he can return to his ships by a Yorkist force, here commanded by Richard, Duke of York himself. The Yorkists with initially smaller forces have to delay the Lancastrians until the remainder of their forces arrive and can defeat them.

The rules used were Sharp Practice using modifications proposed by Pat Smith in a TFL holiday special, they worked well although the crossbows were found to be underpowered, I may tinker a little with them and the handgun rules for future games. I still have mounted figures to assemble and paint as well as another dozen dismounted Men-at-Arms which I might try and chop up to give more variety in poses.

Needless to say we had a great day of gaming, some great looking games covering Medievals, Napoleonics, Russo-Japanese War, WW2, and the Cold War.  We also had a preview of Rich's latest project Fighting Season - a Chain of Command variant covering more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gaming was followed by beer, curry and banter. Pop over to Ade's blog for more info and photos.

The day and evening were great, this is why we game and why we play the sorts of games we do. We never have any difficulties filling up with games or people to play them.