Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dwarvenforge City Builder

I've been slowly collecting Dwarvenforge terrain, particularly the City Builder stuff. I think it is spectacular, though it is expensive. Here are some pics just because I think this stuff looks great.

Quiet village street.
Street level view. Stone Cottage at the end of the street.
Two story tudor house. 
Looking out an alley.
The paving here is actually floor tiles from the Caverns set.
Another view.
The detail is very good and the factory paint jobs are better than I could have done myself. But it's the modular system that makes it really great stuff. You can build almost anything with it.

A small inn with some Reaper figures.
(The bases on the figures are yet to be finished)
A larger inn with expanded floors and a rear wing. 
The side door.
(The patio space here is a floor piece from the Caverns set) 
At the sign of the Prancing Pony.
Drone view.
The chimneys and gable section stick on with magnets.
The interiors are finished also. They have furnishings you can buy but I haven't bought any yet.

Second floor with stairwell.
First floor. Stairs are removable.
As I said, it's modularity is what makes it really useful.
Wall sections, stone and tudor, and a cavern floor tile.
The complete parts for the stone cottage seen above.
As you can see, it's really stellar stuff. You can buy it unpainted for less money, but since I have less time and more money, I went with the painted.

Until next time, carry on!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dads and Daughters D&D Characters

When 5th Edition D&D came out, I gathered some of my old high school D&D buddies and started a very occasional gaming group. Since we live a few hours drive away, we've only met about once a quarter, but we make a whole weekend of it. After our first game session, we incorporated our teenage daughters and nieces into the game. We call it "Old Guys D&D" or "Dads & Daughters D&D", depending on our mood. I've been DMing, and we've been having a blast!

I've been painting some figures for character models. These are all from Reaper and have been a joy to paint. I've used Reaper paints and Vallejo washes. Simple photos from my iPhone, but I think you get the idea. I still need to finish the bases, but wanted to share some WIP photos.

My daughter's elven druid character.
One friend's daughter's wizard.
A friend's dwarf cleric.
A friend's human fighter.
A friend's halfling wizard.
There are three more in the party. I will post them when they are finished. I hope you like these. Feel free to comment below.

Until next time, carry on!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pig Faced Orcs

Here are the old school pig faced orcs I received from my friend. They are fun and take me back to middle school days of battling over the floor with our home grown rules. Good times!

For the sake of nostalgia I do not plan to repaint these figures. My buddy painted them over 35 years ago, so who am I to judge? I will likely mount them onto 1 inch bases for ease of gaming with Song of Blades and Heroes. I'm thinking I might even use 1 inch fender washers for simplicity and to not distract too much from the old school look. Anyway, I hope you enjoy them! Comment below...I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, carry on!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Old School Men at Arms

Following up on my first old school minis post, here are some pics of the rest of the men at arms. I don't have plans to repaint them, but I will probably mount them to some 1 inch bases. They are easily tipped over as is, so bases will make them more stable. Plus, it will give the added bonus of making them better suited to Song of Blades and Heroes. Anyway, enjoy!

Polearms, reverse.
Axemen, reverse.
Sword and shield, kicking.
Sword and shield, kicking, reverse.
Crossbow, reverse.
Sword and shield.
Mace and shield.
Sword and shield, reverse.
Mace and shield, reverse.
I keep walking down memory lane whenever I get these guys out... Next post I'll show you the old school pig-faced orcs I received with these guys...

By the way, the backdrop for my photos, taken on my iPhone, is some of my Dwarvenforge City Builder stuff. Great terrain!

Until next time, carry on!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Song of Blades and Heroes

My 11 year old and I have begun playing some Song of Blades and Heroes. We've been enjoying it very much. Here are some shots of a recent game:

Giant and Ogres advance. Heavy infantry, defending the farm, move to meet them.
Heavy Infantry looking to swarm the Giant.
Dwarvenforge tudor cottage and stone cottage.
Heavy Infantry and the Leader engage the Giant!
The Giant falls, wounded, but not out.
End game. Giant and remaining Ogre sweep the farm buildings.
Note the scattered dead...
We used some of those men-at-arms old school minis I mentioned last post and the minis from my 1st edition set of Descent. It was a giant, two ogres, and two giant wolves versus 7 heavy infantry, an archer, and a leader. The battle swung back and forth several times but in the end the giant's team won the day. Their 11 year old commander was stoked! Obviously I failed to capture all the action in photos, but you get the idea. Good times!

Song of Blades and Heroes is a very good, if simplistic, rules system. I'm going to pick up the Advanced version soon. I'll let you know what that is like.

You also might notice my two cottages from Dwarvenforge. I have fallen in love with their City Builder system and have some more being shipped to me. There will be more battles...and next time maybe a proper battle report.

Until next time, carry on!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blast From the Past

Life is allowing me to blog once again. This is the first post in a long time and the beginning of more regular posting. Thanks for taking a look!

A very good friend of mine - a guy I've literally known since we were in 1st grade - recently gave me his ancient collection of old school D&D minis. I remember playing with these when we were in middle school in the late 70s. It is an awesome gift!

There are a bunch of figures, some painted, some not. I will be posting pics of them over the next several weeks. Here are 3 human warriors - an archer; a spear and shield guy; and a sword and shield guy:

If I recall correctly, these were Heritage or Citadel figures, some of the first of these types of models to be mass produced. The paint jobs are original; something like 35+ years old. We used Testor's enamels back in the day so they've held up well. I'm not planning to change a thing! The nostalgia is too great.

I'm especially grateful for this gift as many of the figures are ones I had in my collection. Regretfully I traded, sold, or gave all of mine away over the years. Thank God for good friends who keep stuff in boxes for a long, long time.

Anyway, I thought some of you old timers might be interested in walking memory lane. And maybe some of you newer folks might appreciate seeing how far we've come. : )

Until next time, carry on!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Earth Force Dropship

I finished my Khurasan Lander this weekend.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  It is a very good model, in my opinion. I hope my paint job has done it justice.
Paint finished and awaiting matte spray.
Close up of Lander only.
The cargo/troop bay. 
Bay door open, turrets in the background.
I used some old 40K Imperial Guard decals I had around.  They add a little extra detail and give the piece some character.  This will be a nice centerpiece model for my Earth Force Marines army.

 Some on the table shots:
Earth Force Marines deploy onto the LZ...
...while the Lander provides excellent covering fire with it's two tri-barrel turrets.
I painted the windows in gloss coat for some shine. I like the effect.
The Lander prepares to lift as soon as the Marines are clear.
The troop bay is left to establish a hard point on the LZ.
I now have two viable forces for Gruntz 15mm or for THW's 5150: Star Army.  I should be able to develop some scenarios using my Khurasan Space Demons and my Rebel Minis Earth Force Marines.  I also have a good supply of desert world terrain.  I will get a game in soon and will post as soon as I do.

Until next time, carry on!