Monday, December 24, 2012

Mini Monday: Miscellanea and Merry Christmas!

No new miniatures completely painted from me.
Yet there's lots going on.

I had great weekend gaming at Treefort Games

On Saturday evening I got to play the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, the d6 version by West End Games. It's been years since I played this game. I ran a one-off back in 2005 or so. But I haven't been a player in over 12 years! Needless to say, I was eager to roll those d6s. 

I got to be an Alliance/New Republic Intelligence Operative on Tatooine (not sure which period), tasked to meet up wth the rest of the group and help escort their cargo across the desert. When I came upon them, they'd been attacked by Tuskan Raiders, who attacked us again. But we survived, though half the group got wounded and made it to our destination.

In more miniature related news...

The Star Wars game came after two games of Neil Thomas's Ancient and Medieval Wargaming, which I ran. We played Italian Condottieri versus the French, roughly early 15th Century. There's a yahoo group if you want to know more about the game without shelling out $90 at Amazon. 

The French won the first battle, with their knights with elite morale. They charged across the tabletop, blocking their own canon and ran down some Italian swordsmen holding the flank. The Italians had more firepower, but they were mostly levies. 

The Italians won the second battle. It came down to a big brawl near the French side of the table, but the Italians prevailed. 

The second game ran more smoothly than the first, since people were learning the rules. But the rules are simple and straight forward. And the average game lasts around 2 hours or so. People had fun, and afterward were asking me about army lists and so forth. One guy bought three boxes of War of the Roses miniatures from Perry Miniatures. So it'll be nice to play some War of the Roses. People are talking about doing fantasy armies. 

Since I really like Ancient and Medieval Wargaming, that's fine with me. People liking and playing the game I like gives me inspiration to paint miniatures for the game I like. I've got lots of generic footmen and knights painted up. The next step is to complete cavalry and footmen units with heraldry specific to each army.

I've also been eyeballing the Teutonic Knights by Fireforge Games. Sure, their a bit early for Hundred Years War, but I'm looking for some Imperial Germans, and let's face it, the miniatures are cool! Thanks for Mark at Creative Mountain Games for posting this review on his blog.

Yesterday, a Warhammer 40k Apocalypse battle was fought amid a gingerbread village, as seen by the pictures on the left. They were just setting up. It was fun to watch them fight amid the terrain, which presumably got destroyed and eaten. The game lasted all afternoon and into the evening, after I left. 

The Space Marine Titans were a sight to behold. It made me wonder if the opposing eldar had much of a chance. 

It didn't play. I was pushing miniatures Warmaster, Bretonnians vs. High Elves. I played Bretonnians. I can't remember who won, both sides had taken a pummelling when it was all over. 

It was the first time I'd played Warmaster. And I prefer it over the standard Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Magic isn't as powerful, and the deciding factor in a battle isn't the general loaded down with magic items fighting another general loaded down with magic items. 

It played a bit like Napoleonics, were each side pushed each other back a forth, while wearing each other down. Fun times. 

I don't know why I didn't take more pictures...

Finally, here's a Season's Greetings from Krusty the Clown!

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