Saturday, February 29, 2020

Wings of War

We did a little World War I aircraft gaming this month, playing Wings of War. My wingman and I flew German planes, against our opponents' British and French aircraft.
Gameplay is a little like X-Wing, with simultaneous movement from templates--but you pick three moves at a time, and shooting is resolved by card draw (everything from no damage to pilot wounded to kaboom). It was a good time, even though I got kaboomed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Back to the Frozen City

This month we returned to Frostgrave, bringing our wizards and their warbands back to the Frozen City. Desiring to shake things up, we each took a wizard from one of the schools of the Pentangle from the Maze of Malcor supplement in order to play the campaign. I played an Astromancer. The first scenario had our teams searching the display cases of The Relic Room.
We started off with level 12 wizards, but were all slightly disadvantaged by the unfamiliar spells of this supplement. However, wizards of the Pentangle still can cast some spells from the main book, and both I and my opponent took advantage of the Wall spell as we tried to keep each other from searching the display cabinets.
Making the game even more interesting, you weren't guaranteed a treasure when you smashed open one of the cases--instead, there was a chance for a bog man, a bloodwave (proxied by Reaper slimes, above and below), or a shrieking wolf.
Still, I managed to get two or three treasures and avoided any permanent casualties. It's always fun playing Frostgrave, and I'm enjoying this campaign.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

So here's a thing I painted

This is some sort of beholder-adjacent critter (spectator) from WizKids' line of Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures.
I had fun painting this guy and his two companions (gazers) from the blister pack. They came already primed, and on plastic stands. I added an acrylic base to make the big guy more stable.
I'm a sucker for these out-of-the-ordinary creatures. You can't really tell from these photos, but I used color-shifting paints on the eyes.
I don't know if I will use this figure for D&D, but it will come in handy as a demon or other monster for our Frostgrave games, which we're still playing.
I have a hard time getting motivated to paint minis, even to a tabletop standard, so I am proud to get this out of my unpainted pile and into my gaming pile. I need to work on another one for next week.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

Sure, my Command Post had a lot to deal with in 2019, so I didn't blog as much as I wanted, but I got to roll lots of dice and get plenty of miniatures on the table, like this pack of Ogres at MillenniumCon. Here's to more gaming in 2020!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas present

I asked for (and received) the excellent board game Terraforming Mars for Christmas. It's a card-driven game that also uses a map of the Red Planet so players can track their progress in making the world suitable for human settlements.
Players act as corporations over a span of generations, accumulating resources and taking actions to increase three environmental factors (temperature, oxygen, and surface water) to Earth norms. This game is very thematic, with actions such as dropping a comet on the planet to add oceans or using orbiting mirrors to increase the temperature. It's a fun game, and I even got my wife to play!

What did everyone else get this holiday?

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pics from MillCon day two

The first full day of this year's MillenniumCon had plenty of eye candy. There was the World War II game which spanned several tables (above) and this Wings of War setup with bombers and escorts (below):
There was a nice Stalingrad setup for Bolt Action:
And a western town for Fistful of Lead:
As well as this sci-fi terrain for Gates of Antares:
A great freighter centerpiece for modern-day Spectre Operations:
And some 3-D terrain for good old Melee:
I also ran my two games; more about that later.

Friday, November 15, 2019

MillCon loot

I was parsimonious at the game convention this year, buying just two items for myself: This scatter terrain from one of the vendors, Black Site Studios, and a Marvel Heroscape set at the flea market.
(Apologies for the upside-downiness, but I don't know how to fix that.) Anyone else make out with some good loot from a recent game convention? Did you spend a lot or a little?