Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Frostgrave constructs

One thing I like about Frostgrave is that the game encourages you to use your imagination when selecting figures for the game. To that end, I kitbashed some constructs for my enchanter to take into battle. Since my wizard is a former tavern owner who lost her business due to the economy, I figured her magically animated creations should reflect her background.
The small construct, Beryl, came from a Reaper Bones set of barrels and some wooden matchsticks.
The components for Porter, the medium construct, also came from the Bones castings
Stout, the large construct, took a little more searching for building materials. In addition to the Bones barrels, the large container came from the miniature dollhouse accessories shelf at Michael's craft store. Here he is next to his creator, the enchanter Spica "Spike" Brewer.
In addition, I finally got around to painting these treasure tokens, suitable for use with Frostgrave or Kings of War. Anyone else kitbashed anything recently?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Two Mark IIIs attacking

Last month I had a day off and got together with some of the Frostgrave gang to play some Ogre before we resumed our FG campaign. One player was relatively new to the game and the other remembered it from three decades ago, so I gave them each an Ogre Mark III and I played the defense, with the forces listed in the errata for that scenario.
I placed my GEVs and heavies up front, and the enemy Ogres made short work of them--but not before some lucky shots took out a main battery on one of them. A few hovercraft remained to harass the cybertanks, but the heavy work fell on the infantry and missile tanks that made up the second wave.
By this time, the Ogres rolled under my howitzer umbrella, and some more good shots stripped away their remaining treads while they were far away from the command post.
It's nice knowing I can beat two Ogres at once, thanks to the extra forces provided in the errata, but it was a costly victory. The only mobile unit I had remaining was a single GEV. I also had three howitzers and, of course, the command post. Still, you can see that I suffered a lot of casualties.
Next time I bring this game, I want to play the Ogre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Assorted Frostgravery

It's taken me awhile to get around to posting them, but behold some photos from previous games of Frostgrave. I've been fortunate enough to find a group and play on a regular basis for several months now.
The battle against the snowman was part of a playtest back in early December for Jon's scenario, Santa's Slay Ride. I was using borrowed figures at the time.
Two weeks after the Eclipse scenario, we played the next part of the Lich Lord campaign, which involved a frozen river. Here you can see my warband, split into two groups, about to walk out onto the icy waterway.
Yosef did a fantastic job making the terrain for this game, with looming riverbanks, ice floes, and lots of derelict watercraft.
Finally, last week's campaign game involved fighting the Lich Lord's cultists, who were guarding a treasure-filled wagon. Some ghouls also showed up, but a couple of Wall spells kept them at bay.
I'm really looking forward to playing Frostgrave again soon. I'll try to post the photos a little more quickly next time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Surprise gift for myself

Isn't it great when you stumble across some miniatures that you had totally forgotten about? While browsing eBay, I remembered that I had some 6mm scale sci fi vehicles that would go great with OGRE/GEV.

These are a couple of unmanned aerial vehicle from Reaper's CAV line of minis, a pair of Ral Partha Battletech MASH units, and two RP Demolisher tanks, also for Battletech.

Although aircraft aren't a normal part of the OGRE battlefield, I have an idea how to use the UAVs in my next Monopolis scenario. And I'm already using Demolishers as superheavy tanks for my North American Combine force, since I think their rounded turrets go well with the other NAC tank minis (and they look a whole lot better than the Steve Jackson Games superheavies). Not sure what role the MASH units will fill, but I know I will get them on the table after having them boxed up all this time.

Anyone else ever rediscover minis that you'd forgot you had? It's like I'm getting them for a second time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Frostgrave eclipse

At our Frostgrave night last Thursday, we started playing the Thaw of the Lich Lord campaign. The first scenario involves a skirmish during an eclipse, so Yosef, one of the players, made a nifty piece of scenery to track the in-game effects of this celestial event.
We had five players show up, with two maps, so we played a two-player and a three-player game. I was one of the three. My wizard (below left) is an enchanter whose inn went out of business when the economy crashed, so she turned to treasure-seeking with some of her friends and relatives.
While I have all my figures painted, I still need to detail them with a wash and some highlighting.
As the eclipse progressed, it got easier to cast spells, but harder to see.
And of course my soldiers got into trouble--another wizard's bear killed my infantry, and then tried to eat my treasure hunter.

Friday, December 30, 2016

High rise for 28mm

As I started to throw away the packaging for a new TV soundbar, I looked over the pieces to see if anything was usable for terrain or buildings for my miniatures gaming. I didn't think so until I set one of the styrofoam pieces on its edge. That's when I realized that I had the makings of a modern or futuristic high rise building for 28 mm figures! Great. Because I'm so good about finishing gaming projects.
This will be a representational model, not a diorama, so I'm not worried about fitting in stairs or being too picky about measuring movement. Instead of determining movement based on a figure's speed, I'll adjudicate it based on location and how long it takes to get there--so maybe one activation to get from one side of a level to the other, but two actions to move between floors. And yes, I consider that shaft to be open to all the levels, so you can have line of sight (and therefore shooting!) between characters on different levels. Now let's see if I ever follow through on this.

Monday, December 26, 2016

More minis for Frostgrave

Other than for D&D, I don't really buy new figures for my games, but I've been doing that lately for Frostgrave. The game's light background allows (even encourages) players to customize their warbands and give them unique backstories, all without having to purchase very many miniatures.
That said, I invested in some troops to bolster my wizard's forces as they scour the frozen city for treasure. These Anhurian soldiers from Reaper will fill in nicely as archers, crossbowmen, and other martial types. And in addition to Frostgrave, they will serve well as guards or soldiers in D&D or Song of Blades and Heroes.
I like the Bones line of minis from Reaper because they're cheap, easy to paint, and easy to modify if you're so inclined. And while there's an official line of Frostgrave plastic figures, I'm gonna go with the Bones for my warband.
I also bought some barrels to help with another group of figures I'm working on. More about that later. Hope y'all had a great holiday!