Saturday, October 11, 2014

I'm back! (What do you mean, you didn't notice I was gone?)

Sorry about the lack of posts; my laptop was mostly dead for the past month.  I haven't done much gaming, or even worked on game stuff lately, because of travel and for various other reasons, but I'm still a gamer at heart. 

I did get a chance to play some OGRE every now and then, but I still haven't been able to keep the eponymous cybertank from destroying the command post.  I hope to report some progress soon.

I do want to mention that the Slumbering Ursine Dunes adventure kickstarter (which is a part of the Hill Cantons campaign) has just a few days left.  It's fully funded and well into the project's stretch goals.  Go check it out and pledge while it's still open.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get a piece of the Dunes

The Kickstarter for Slumbering Ursine Dunes has gone live.  This is a wilderness adventure with a couple of dungeon sites that adventures in the Hill Cantons trekked through on several occasions.  Now it's being offered for sale.

So if you're interested in old-school adventures, go check it out.  I've already pledged, I encourage you to do the same.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Trees for Ogre

To complement my forest tiles I'm making for the big-hex Ogre game I'm putting together (which seems to be taking a long time), I assembled a number of trees.  I'll place them on or around the forest hexes, giving an overall impression of a wooded area.
I made these from diorama accessories purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I got two different colors of trees; I would have used more if they'd had them.  But the trees didn't come with stands, so I needed to find something I could stick them in.
Instead of expensive air-drying clay, I found this stuff in the clearance section.  It's a little soft, but it served its purpose in providing a stand in which to stick the "trunks" of the miniature trees.  And the color meant that it wouldn't be too obvious if the flocking was thin in places.
Since the stands were still a little narrow, making it easy to knock over the trees, I glued these assemblages to pennies, then flocked the entire base, as seen in the first photo.  As you can see, they scale well with Ogre minis. And they look good on the forest tiles, too.  I may actually complete this project!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Forests for Ogre

I'm working on some forest overlays for my large-hex battle map, which will see an Ogre battle with miniatures later this fall.  Here you see them with some PanEuropean heavy tanks for scale.  I will use these to indicate forest hexes, and I made them modular so if a forest hex is destroyed by spillover fire (or intentionally), I can remove that terrain and replace it with a rubble hex (which I need to get started on as well).  Who else is building terrain?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Our new friend

The place we're living has this little guy hanging out in the back yard.  In this closeup, you can see the lizard posing on an iron bar about a half-inch wide.
He doesn't stick to a single outfit either--this reptile can change from bright green to dull brown in just a few seconds.  That can give him a bonus in melee when rolling for surprise.  What would you call him, in game terms?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just paint

This guest post on Painting Matters: In Defense of Hobby Standards over at the Chicago Skirmish Wargames blog has generated a lot of discussion (as well as a fair amount of butthurt).  In it, the author argues that playing with painted miniatures is a hobby standard that gamers should embrace. Sure, not everyone has time to slap paint on their figures, but I agree that fielding an army that isn't  bare metal should be a part of the wargaming experience.

Just the other day, I was at my local game store and there was some kind of Warmachine/Hordes game day or tournament event.  I'm not really into that system, but it does have some cool-looking models.  However, at the store, it looked like half the players didn't have their forces painted.  Which was a shame, because there were also some nicely painted armies on the tables.

Now, I will never refuse to play an opponent who has unpainted minis--it's hard enough to find someone to game with as it is!  But still, most of the folks I play with have painted miniatures, and usually enough for both sides in a battle.  In fact, I can only recall once (at a Hordes of the Things tournament) where someone didn't have a painted army.  While I thought it was a shame that someone couldn't field a completed army, especially for a game like HotT that encourages creativity, I kept my opinion to myself.

So this post isn't to tell you that you're wrong for not playing with painted figures, but instead to encourage you to field a painted force.  For skirmish games it's simple: just get some cheap prepainted minis from the secondary market and you're good to go.  No need to retouch, but rebasing those Clix minis will make a world of difference.  And it works for other games as well.  That's how I built one of my HotT armies.

I'm not a great painter (tabletop is my standard), but with my spaceships I found a quick way to get them on the table: prime black, and then drybrush with various shades to bring out the model's details.

With larger units that you have to paint, it takes a little more time.  But a basecoat followed by other colors to pick out different parts of the figures will get you enough detail to withstand scrutiny at arm's length.  And remember, an ink wash followed by a quick drybrush is your friend.

Or, if you have more money than time, send those castings off and pay someone else to paint them.

However you end up doing it, if you work a little bit at a time to coat those unadorned bits of metal and plastic, you'll end up with a sense of accomplishment and a nice looking army.  So just paint!