Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Early Christmas present

Christmas time is where I usually get a lot of books, as my wife finds trying to track down minis for me too daunting. This year, I bought one for myself. It's put out by Osprey surprisingly.

Even though it's strictly Victorian SciFi, t's written like it's real history with color plates and write ups.
GASLIGHT, be prepared for new troops!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Legion in Mexico, a Fistful of Lead AAR

I wanted to test out some ideas I had for a more dynamic Close Combat mechanic I thought of for earlier periods of FfoL, where gunfire is more sporadic due to reload time. I picked the Maximillian era of Mexico (one of my favorites).
The French Foreign Legion was holding a small compound outside the territorial Governor's mansion.
The Local Insurrectos wanted to plant the their flag on the Governor's house as symbolic gesture.
As usual, our brave Legion was out numbered.
There are a few changes to the traditional rules. Because they carry single shot muzzle loaders, each model must reload after every shot (instead of just on 1s). In Close Combat, each model rolls a d10 as usual, high roller winning. There are situational bonuses, but the results are different. If you win by 5+ your opponent is dead. Win by 2-4, and there are various positional changes you can make (push them back, draw them in, switch places, break off). Tie or only win by 1, and you break off and separate.

This became importantt as our brave Legion captain charged into a casa full of banditos. He managed to hold up that entire flank, in what would be called "Casa de la Morte, until he was bravely killed in true Legionnaire fashion.

Friday, October 31, 2014

A ghastly outing

"The Revenant Outbreak of '68 followed closely by the first Lycanthrope Incursions caused a panic across the land. The government was ill equiped to fight this new menace. Many brave citizens of means took it upon themselves to hunt down, and destroy these Creatures of the Night. Be it for love of Queen and Country, scientific research or just the joy of adventure, they would be known forever as the Royal Monster Hunting Society..."

The village of Brumley on the Brook is overrun. The citizens have fled, leaving only 6 groups of 4 hunters to take on the horde of undead.
I did these cards for the Hunters:
I used a modified set of GASLIGHT zombie rules. There was a turn deck with a card for each hunting party, plus a cards for each zombie type, a zombie spawn card, then a "dark lords" card that would be added after the first "20" was rolled.

The hunters needed to take out the 6 spawn points. Each time they fired a gun or otherwise made noise, noise markers were added. Then, when a spawn card come up, special dice (marked 0-3) were rolled for each noise marker. Thus, if 5 noise markers were generated, 0-15 new zombies might show.
The game started with the hunters blazing away, only to watch in horror as zombies poured out of the woods.
The Prussians especially seemed to act as a zombie magnet. The Baron dispatched dozens.
Tactics eventually changed, and s[awn points were discovered. Gunfire became limited.
It was close. One team was wiped out while others were steadily taking losses. When the Dark Lords showed up (tougher monsters like werewolves) things got really interesting.
A great pre-Halloween game.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last minutes project: beginning Day 3

Zombies based and flocked. I think they turned out great for as little time as I spent on them. The Hunters will get a bit more attention.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last minute project: Day2

Day 2 saw the zombies getting painted, and bases gooped.
The minis had already been assembled and primed with a dark brown yesterday. I normally start with black, but this allows me to skip a step. And this particular paint bonds to plastic.

I then started with a mix of purple, gray and a stone color dry brushed over the brown with my trusty, beat old drybrush. It's massive. this lets me just drag the brush over, catching the surface and leaving the dark bits still brown. The purple undercoat gives the zombies that bruised flesh look dead skin has. Also using a cool color like purple makes all the subsequent colors that are added also take on a cool cool.

Next was a dry brush of dirty white or aged bone. Then, I gave the open wounds, mouth and hands a wash of deep red.

A final drybrush of almost bone color finished them off. I went in add dotted the eyes white, the teeth dirty yellow and went ahead and left the clothes the muddy gray like they've been in the grave. These are not fresh zombies. For those I'd go a bit brighter in palette.
Tomorrow the finished pieces and start on the hunters.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last minute Project. Or how to paint 50 miniatures in a week.

Now that my children are teenagers and less interested in Halloween, I forget about holidays. Since next Thursday will be All Hallows Eve eve, I decided a horror inspired game was in order.
Enter the Royal Monster Hunting Society's annual outing. A Victorian era themed zombie/monster game.
I have 30-oddzombies to paint plus some extra Gothic themed must-haves, and 20 or so hunters.
Zombies assembled, everyone based. Off to be primed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A great night of VSF gaming and turning 45

I needed something special for my 45th birthday. I wanted lots of terrain and miniatures on the table, but still get a game done in a respectable time. Ahhhh, GASLIGHT.
The Germans are flooding through Belgium. A small British expeditionary force is in danger of being cut off. Most importantly, an important scientist (there are 3 on the table and the Germans don't know which one) and his/her research are in danger of being captured in the roll up.
The British must cross the board length-wise to get the scientist to an approaching submersible. Meanwhile, the Germans are closing in from the side. I proved a nail biter to the end.
 The sub approaches
 The British man the walls of a fortified farm in hopes of holding up the steamroller.
 Unicylce Uhlans and Lady Hussars!
 A British contraption ends the Uhlans with a spray of Gatling fire
The Scientist, Lady Cottingham, champion of paranormal research, escape along with her secret weapon. The Killenkanner, which long term reaers wil know is of dubious reputation, manged to not only stay running most of the game, but deal a lot of death.
This year was a trial to say the least. I lost my father and a career of 20+ years. It has been an adjustment to say the least. But, my family, friends, and my wargaming family, have been very supportive. And there's always my little lead minions who are always there.
Don't know what this second phase of life will bring, but I'm sure there will be a lot of dice, beer and miniatures.