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Gettysburg Battle Day

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Some time ago, I proposed a Gettysburg Battle Day to the local wargaming community. Inspired by the yearly Battle Day of the Society of Ancients, the idea was to present different games, all of which dealt in one way or…

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Ambush! – A Sharp Practice AAR

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

In the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated (#365), there is a rules- and period-agnostic ambush scenario by Mike Bradford. It sounded fun and like it would work well with Sharp Practice, so K. and I set up a quick game.…

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Gaming Furniture

Posted on March 30th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

In the last years, it seems that (board)gaming furniture has become de rigeur for the urbane and affluent nerd, with companies such as geeknson offering bespoke gaming tables and other appurtenances. Now, I’m not sure how urbane I am, but I…

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A Weekend of Gaming

Posted on March 25th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’m very happy that I had several great opportunities for gaming during the last days. The opening was two games of Zombicide I had with an old friend from Germany, who stayed for a couple of days at our place.…

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Fantasy Stuff

Posted on March 17th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

During the last months, I was quite busy painting 28mm fantasy figures and terrain. I mainly orientated myself by the scenarios in the Sellswords & Spellslingers rule book. Fortunately, I already had a bunch of lizardmen which I painted up…

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Blood Bowl

Posted on March 9th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t like sports. I don’t like to do sports, I don’t like to watch sports and I don’t like to listen to people talk about sports. I don’t even like sportswear. So it was…

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Sellswords & Spellslingers Campaign

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

A couple of weeks ago, K. and I have started a Sellswords & Spellslingers campaign. We both created two characters. I’m playing Bad Boy, a Dwarf fighter, and Ingwa, a Dwarf inventor with a big handgun. K. is playing Amarantia, a…

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Building a 28mm Barn

Posted on February 24th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

We’ve now played several games of Ganesha Games’ fabulous Sellswords & Spellslingers. The games are linked by a narrative campaign and I’m busy painting figures for the scenarios. I also realised that I lack 28mm terrain, especially buildings. I’ve got a…

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Sellswords & Spellslinger

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I finally had the chance to play two games of Andrea Sfiligoi’s new cooperative fantasy game Sellswords & Spellslingers. For the first game, Sigur, Daniel, Virago and me met at Virago’s place to try out the second scenario (I chose the…

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Dungeon of Doom – Warhammer Quest

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Appropriate for my current fantasy mood, Virago invited Sigur, Daniel and me over to play a game of Warhammer Quest, the GW classic from 1995. Daniel took an elf wizard, Virago an elf ranger, Sigur a Bavarian Barbarian and I…

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On the Painting Table

Posted on January 13th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Recently, I’ve been painting a couple of 28mm figures for our RPG group and to my surprise, I enjoyed it a lot. So I decided to continue. An additional motivation was my discovery of a new game by Andrea Sfiligoi: Sellswords…

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Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

2017 was a good year for The Raft. In fact, looking at the statistics, it was the best year ever. Thanks for dropping by and reading, browsing and commenting! It really is very motivating to see that someone else is…

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

What you see here is an old miniatures project, hand-made by my girlfriend’s grandfather. It’s a copy of an even older traditional South Tyrolean nativity scene. K. and her siblings dug it out from the attic and put it into…

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What I did during the last weeks…

Posted on December 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Life has been busy, but in a good way. I’ve got a new job and still have to settle into the new routines. I haven’t actually neglected playing games and painting (though it’s going slower), but I didn’t find time…

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Fact & Fiction in Scenario Design

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

While I like painting and modelling, what I love most about wargaming is designing and playing scenarios. Now those scenarios don’t necessarily have to be historical – it’s great fun to devise games set in a fantasy or sci-fi world.…

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First Game of Black Powder

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This week, I had my first chance to try Black Powder. Some guys at the club had organised a big multiplayer game and they were kind enough to give me a Union brigade to command. The game was played with…

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Dwarves like it HoTT

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Some time ago, I painted up a 10mm Dwarf army for Hordes of the Things. Last week, I finally got them on the table! We met at Virago’s to try out HoTT and see what we could do with those…

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VIVAT 2017

Posted on November 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

VIVAT is a local Austrian historical wargames show. I didn’t make it last year due to real life intervening, but I attended this year. Generally, I’m not too happy with the location, as I don’t own a car and it’s…

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Building a Cotton Press in 15mm

Posted on November 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

After building the Southern Mansion, I wanted to add more structures which would have belonged to Civil War plantation complexes. One of the most characteristic landmarks was the cotton press. This large wooden structure consisted of a screw mechanism and…

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TooFatLardies Games Day in Vienna

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s no secret that TooFatLardies are my favourite rules publisher. Fortunately, there are a couple of like-minded individuals around. Last Friday, a bunch of us got together to play and present TFL games. The idea was to showcase the rules and…

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Building a Southern Mansion

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

One of the most characteristic buildings of the Civil War South is the plantation house or mansion. Often built in a sumptuous neoclassicist style, it served as the home for the planter and his family. Many examples survive and a…

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A Scrap in Colony Town – 15mm Sci-Fi AAR

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

K. and I have been playing a lot of Sharp Practice recently, as we’ve been playtesting scenarios for the booklet I’m preparing. We suddenly felt like we needed a change and wanted to play something completely different. Remembering the whimsical and colourful…

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Vienna Nerd Institute

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Together with an artist friend of mine, Johannes Grenzfurthner from monochrom, I have started a new project: The Vienna Nerd Institute. This is intended to be a sort of adult education center for nerd-related stuff. We want to provide low-threshold…

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