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Odd and Sundry Bits

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Below is a collection of an assortment of odd and sundry bits that have been haunting the periphery of my work area for some time, partially painted, that I’ve recently –  over the last month – finished off… but didn’t feel any one group necessitated a post all of their own… or maybe they all could have, but I was feeling lazy…?
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Two English Civil War cavalrymen. One, on the left, is from Old Glory the other, on the right, is from Perry Miniatures.

The two finish up a unit of heavy cavalry for The Pikeman’s Lament.

An English Civil War musketeer casualty from Perry Miniatures. You can’t see it, because it’s hidden by the grass, but he’s sitting on his musket.

A Teutonic Knight Casualty from Gripping Beast. The beginnings of a Teutonic Knight retinue for Lion Rampant. I have two units of Mounted Men-at-Arms and an assortment of pilgrims and clergymen and a bunch of cavalry to paint up for the force. Well… some of the clergy are already painted… I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to pick up the knights… seemed like a good idea at the time…? I’ll probably need to pick up some Mounted Sergeants and some more foot for the force at some point… maybe when I actually get some of the other units finished!!

First two of the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter, which arrived a couple weeks ago, that I’ve “painted”. There wasn’t much painted involved – other than the base.

The Wizard I actually have a not-so-translucent version of – so I can make him “invisible”.

I’m not sure why I ended up with the invisible/translucent dude with the hammer…?

Three Lead Adventure Miniaturespost-apocalyptic survivors.

Two more post-apocalyptic KGB from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I finished the others from this set back in February

One of the figures from the Psi-Paladins and Techno-Barbarians Kickstarter for Mutants and Death Ray Guns.

A Grenadier Guards Officer from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Three female police constables also from from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. I got all the big mythos creatures out of this set. Painted up this guy as an adventure I’m prepping to kick off a Cthulhu Invictus campaign involves a Dark Young…

With the wizard for scale – he’s pretty damned big! Shub0niggurath herself and Dagon are even HUGER?!

A terribly out of focus shot of three Grymm sniper specialists from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their camouflage was so good the camera could just not recognize what to focus on…

Are the Grymm supposed to be like Space Dwarves…? I think so. But given that hasslefree minis are on the slightish side, I though they might fit in with one of my units of Imperial Guard Ratling snipers.

Unit of Ratling snipers. They’re still on the slight side… maybe female Ratlings are smaller and have tinier heads than the males of their species…? I probably should have converted their boots into big feet to match up with the GW guys a bit better… ah well…
That’s it for me for now. Need to do some planning this week and figure out what I’m going to work on in the coming months…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Game Plan 2017: What’s Next…?

Odd and Sundry Bits

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Below is a collection of an assortment of odd and sundry bits that have been haunting the periphery of my work area for some time, partially painted, that I’ve recently –  over the last month – finished off… but didn’t feel any one group necessitated a post all of their own… or maybe they all could have, but I was feeling lazy…?
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Two English Civil War cavalrymen. One, on the left, is from Old Glory the other, on the right, is from Perry Miniatures.

The two finish up a unit of heavy cavalry for The Pikeman’s Lament.

An English Civil War musketeer casualty from Perry Miniatures. You can’t see it, because it’s hidden by the grass, but he’s sitting on his musket.

A Teutonic Knight Casualty from Gripping Beast. The beginnings of a Teutonic Knight retinue for Lion Rampant. I have two units of Mounted Men-at-Arms and an assortment of pilgrims and clergymen and a bunch of cavalry to paint up for the force. Well… some of the clergy are already painted… I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to pick up the knights… seemed like a good idea at the time…? I’ll probably need to pick up some Mounted Sergeants and some more foot for the force at some point… maybe when I actually get some of the other units finished!!

First two of the Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter, which arrived a couple weeks ago, that I’ve “painted”. There wasn’t much painted involved – other than the base.

The Wizard I actually have a not-so-translucent version of – so I can make him “invisible”.

I’m not sure why I ended up with the invisible/translucent dude with the hammer…?

Three Lead Adventure Miniaturespost-apocalyptic survivors.

Two more post-apocalyptic KGB from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I finished the others from this set back in February

One of the figures from the Psi-Paladins and Techno-Barbarians Kickstarter for Mutants and Death Ray Guns.

A Grenadier Guards Officer from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Three female police constables also from from Miniature Figurines Winter of ’79 range.

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from Reaper Bones 3 Kickstarter. I got all the big mythos creatures out of this set. Painted up this guy as an adventure I’m prepping to kick off a Cthulhu Invictus campaign involves a Dark Young…

With the wizard for scale – he’s pretty damned big! Shub0niggurath herself and Dagon are even HUGER?!

A terribly out of focus shot of three Grymm sniper specialists from Hasslefree Miniatures. Their camouflage was so good the camera could just not recognize what to focus on…

Are the Grymm supposed to be like Space Dwarves…? I think so. But given that hasslefree minis are on the slightish side, I though they might fit in with one of my units of Imperial Guard Ratling snipers.

Unit of Ratling snipers. They’re still on the slight side… maybe female Ratlings are smaller and have tinier heads than the males of their species…? I probably should have converted their boots into big feet to match up with the GW guys a bit better… ah well…
That’s it for me for now. Need to do some planning this week and figure out what I’m going to work on in the coming months…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Game Plan 2017: What’s Next…?

Orcs

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


This was my final entry for Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It was a Theme Round again: “Big Brother, Little Brothers”. I was back and forth on this one a lot and eventually settled on the biggest Orc I could find with a handful of smaller ones… Apparently it wasn’t big enough, though, as I didn’t get the bonus points for this round… ah well… 

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

An assortment of Orcs – mostly old Games Workshop/Citadel figures that I’ve had for ever… stripped of paint in recent years and now finally repainted. The Big ‘un…? I’m not sure where he came from. I think I got him in a trade…?

All the Orcs I have for my Orcish Dragon Rampant warband. That’s two units of Bellicose Foot and a unit of Light Missiles. The giant is not a really HUGE giant, perhaps I could call him a single figure unit of Bellicose foot…? I have two more 12 figure units of Bellicose Foot and another Light Missile. I also have a five more trolls (to make up a 6-figure – reducded figure – unit of… something…? More Bellicose Foot, perhaps?) and a few more big orcs to make a 6-figure unit of… something…? STILL MORE Bellicose foot!? I don’t know… Just trying to organize things into 6s and 12s. haven’t given a whole lot of thought as to how to field them.

I’ve been back and forth on what to do over the summer – miniature-hobby-wise – I am defninitely going to be working on all those jet bikes… but I’m a little torn as to what else to work on. I have units for all the Dan Mersey rules I’d like to finish up (one unit of Mounted Men-at-Arms for the Green/Yellow Retinue, A few units of Fierce Foot for the Medieval Irish retinue, an entire retinue of Black & Blue generic medieval types, and the Saracen and Teutonic Knight retinues for Lion Rampant, Orcs and Dwarves and Elves and Halflings for Dragon Rampant, British, Zulus, Martians, Boers and an assortment or European colonilal types for The Men Who Would Be Kings, and a bunch more Scots, Irish And Englsih for The Pikeman’s Lament). Plus a few other things possibly for A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith or Song of Shadows and Dust or Mutants and Death Ray Guns or similar games or for Role-playing games I hope to run later in the year.

I backed the Astropolis II Kickstarter but that won’t be arriving until August. Hopefully LATER in August so it won’t prove too much of a distraction while I’m trying to finish up jet bikes!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:           

I’m not really sure at this point. There probably won’t be much for the next week or so as this week is pretty busy – last violin lesson, and rehearsals and final performances for Irish Dance and then on Tuesday next week we have our portfolio review with the Home Education Coordinator – so we have a lot of finishing up of stuff to do this week… Shortly after that I have some serious cleaning and organizing to do in the basement to prepare for the demolition and eventual renovation of the kitchen later this summer…

I also hope to get in a lot my RIDING!

Orcs

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


This was my final entry for Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. It was a Theme Round again: “Big Brother, Little Brothers”. I was back and forth on this one a lot and eventually settled on the biggest Orc I could find with a handful of smaller ones… Apparently it wasn’t big enough, though, as I didn’t get the bonus points for this round… ah well… 

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

An assortment of Orcs – mostly old Games Workshop/Citadel figures that I’ve had for ever… stripped of paint in recent years and now finally repainted. The Big ‘un…? I’m not sure where he came from. I think I got him in a trade…?

All the Orcs I have for my Orcish Dragon Rampant warband. That’s two units of Bellicose Foot and a unit of Light Missiles. The giant is not a really HUGE giant, perhaps I could call him a single figure unit of Bellicose foot…? I have two more 12 figure units of Bellicose Foot and another Light Missile. I also have a five more trolls (to make up a 6-figure – reducded figure – unit of… something…? More Bellicose Foot, perhaps?) and a few more big orcs to make a 6-figure unit of… something…? STILL MORE Bellicose foot!? I don’t know… Just trying to organize things into 6s and 12s. haven’t given a whole lot of thought as to how to field them.

I’ve been back and forth on what to do over the summer – miniature-hobby-wise – I am defninitely going to be working on all those jet bikes… but I’m a little torn as to what else to work on. I have units for all the Dan Mersey rules I’d like to finish up (one unit of Mounted Men-at-Arms for the Green/Yellow Retinue, A few units of Fierce Foot for the Medieval Irish retinue, an entire retinue of Black & Blue generic medieval types, and the Saracen and Teutonic Knight retinues for Lion Rampant, Orcs and Dwarves and Elves and Halflings for Dragon Rampant, British, Zulus, Martians, Boers and an assortment or European colonilal types for The Men Who Would Be Kings, and a bunch more Scots, Irish And Englsih for The Pikeman’s Lament). Plus a few other things possibly for A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith or Song of Shadows and Dust or Mutants and Death Ray Guns or similar games or for Role-playing games I hope to run later in the year.

I backed the Astropolis II Kickstarter but that won’t be arriving until August. Hopefully LATER in August so it won’t prove too much of a distraction while I’m trying to finish up jet bikes!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:           

I’m not really sure at this point. There probably won’t be much for the next week or so as this week is pretty busy – last violin lesson, and rehearsals and final performances for Irish Dance and then on Tuesday next week we have our portfolio review with the Home Education Coordinator – so we have a lot of finishing up of stuff to do this week… Shortly after that I have some serious cleaning and organizing to do in the basement to prepare for the demolition and eventual renovation of the kitchen later this summer…

I also hope to get in a lot my RIDING!

More Dwarven Highlanders (and Reaper Bones III Arrives!)

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

My penultimate entry for the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. Tomorrow the entries for the final round should go up.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

A batch of Dwarven Highlanders from Black Hat Miniatures.

All of the Highland Dwarves so far… 

These are all being painted and organized into a warband for Dragon Rampant. The new figures from Black Hat will not form a unit on their own – well, some of them will – the Chieftain and a couple attendants will form a unit. The rest of them will be distributed between all the other units of Dwarf Highlanders.

The Clan Chieftain and his guard. I’m not sure if they should be a reduced model unit of Bellicose Foot or count them as Elite Foot…? 

The ordinary units of Highlanders I figured would be Bellicose Foot. I’d considered giving them the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade, just to make them a bit tougher… But now that I have SIX units of them, it makes sense just to call them plain Bellicose Foot @ 4 points each.

Here are all the Dwarven Highlanders I have painted up so far organized into units for Dragon Rampant: three units of Bellicose Foot plus the Clan Chieftain – whatever he ends up being. I have another three to finish up (which will actually be 30+points when I’m done – more than the “standard” 24 points… but that’s how I roll…).

I suppose this could currently be fielded as a 24 point unit if I called all four units Bellicose Foot with the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade (the Chieftain being a reduced model unit…).

In addition to this Highland Dwarf Warband, I have a completely separate Mountain Dwarf Warband I’m working on for Dragon Rampant… and they are not always friends… The recently posted Dwarven Rangers are part of the Mountain Dwarf Warband.

In other news…

Our Reaper Bones Kickstarter rewards arrived….

It took some time to origanize all the stuff and make sure whe’d gotten all of the stuff we’d ordered.

Then we needed to split it all up so everyone more or less got what they wanted…

I got most of the Cthulhu stuff – including the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Shub-Niggurath (the Black Goat of the Woods herself), Dagon and some Deep Ones, and something called Frogemoth (which seemed pretty otherworldly/Elder Godly to me…)
I had hoped with the LPL out of the way I would buckle down and got some stuff done for other people that have been sitting on my workbench a little too long… but I think there’s probably going to be a fair bit of assembling, basing and priming this week… of the Reaper stuff as well as a few other things that I’ve been wanting to finish up assembling and priming so they can all go back into their storage boxes and not take up so much space! (unassembled minis take up way more space than assembled ones – and I running out of space!!!)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Orcs (my last entry to the LPL)?  







More Dwarven Highlanders (and Reaper Bones III Arrives!)

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

My penultimate entry for the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. Tomorrow the entries for the final round should go up.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

A batch of Dwarven Highlanders from Black Hat Miniatures.

All of the Highland Dwarves so far… 

These are all being painted and organized into a warband for Dragon Rampant. The new figures from Black Hat will not form a unit on their own – well, some of them will – the Chieftain and a couple attendants will form a unit. The rest of them will be distributed between all the other units of Dwarf Highlanders.

The Clan Chieftain and his guard. I’m not sure if they should be a reduced model unit of Bellicose Foot or count them as Elite Foot…? 

The ordinary units of Highlanders I figured would be Bellicose Foot. I’d considered giving them the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade, just to make them a bit tougher… But now that I have SIX units of them, it makes sense just to call them plain Bellicose Foot @ 4 points each.

Here are all the Dwarven Highlanders I have painted up so far organized into units for Dragon Rampant: three units of Bellicose Foot plus the Clan Chieftain – whatever he ends up being. I have another three to finish up (which will actually be 30+points when I’m done – more than the “standard” 24 points… but that’s how I roll…).

I suppose this could currently be fielded as a 24 point unit if I called all four units Bellicose Foot with the “Terrifically Shiny Armour” upgrade (the Chieftain being a reduced model unit…).

In addition to this Highland Dwarf Warband, I have a completely separate Mountain Dwarf Warband I’m working on for Dragon Rampant… and they are not always friends… The recently posted Dwarven Rangers are part of the Mountain Dwarf Warband.

In other news…

Our Reaper Bones Kickstarter rewards arrived….

It took some time to origanize all the stuff and make sure whe’d gotten all of the stuff we’d ordered.

Then we needed to split it all up so everyone more or less got what they wanted…

I got most of the Cthulhu stuff – including the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, Shub-Niggurath (the Black Goat of the Woods herself), Dagon and some Deep Ones, and something called Frogemoth (which seemed pretty otherworldly/Elder Godly to me…)
I had hoped with the LPL out of the way I would buckle down and got some stuff done for other people that have been sitting on my workbench a little too long… but I think there’s probably going to be a fair bit of assembling, basing and priming this week… of the Reaper stuff as well as a few other things that I’ve been wanting to finish up assembling and priming so they can all go back into their storage boxes and not take up so much space! (unassembled minis take up way more space than assembled ones – and I running out of space!!!)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Orcs (my last entry to the LPL)?  







May 2017 Boardgame Round-Up

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

Aprilended with a weekend of gaming (International Tabletop Day!) and I wondered if the game playing would peter out a but due to gaming exhaustion, but it turned out to have the opposite effect – it kind of reminded us how much fun we have gamin and inspired us to get gaming MORE! Well… at least for the first week or so… Towards the end of the month we got wrapped up in kids activities that were wrapping up for the (skool) year.

I have to admit I started writing this post at the beginning of May and tried adding a bit to it after each game – hoping to jot down some notes about each game AS THEY WERE PLAYED rather than trying to remember what the hell happened at the end of the month. Sometimes I remembered to do this… other times not-so-much… hence more detail about some games than others.
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Kicked off May with another game of Hero Realms! (forgot to take a pic during the game). Finnegan played the Cleric, The Girl took the Thief, and I played the Ranger. I crushed them… and made them cry… Looking forward to the launch of the Co-op version of the game!! I think the trick to the game is to try to get as many champions as you can and focus on one or two of the colours – I mostly went for green and red and laid down some serious hurt. Though early in the game I did pick up a few bribes and a blue guild mage (or something like that) to give me some buying power – to get the big nasty heavy hitters from green and red – giants, trolls, vampires, etc…

On the Second we played Roborally(with a soundtrack of Chemical Brothers and Le Tigre cranked on the stereo). This was The Girl’s choice, but I love Roborally too. We don’t pull it out often largely because Amanda isn’t fond of it – but she was away in BC at a Yoga Nedra workshop, so…

The Girl played Twonky, Finnegan played… um… I forget who he played…  and I played #5 (whatever his name is…? I always thought he looked like that robot from… dang what was that movie called…? With Ally Sheedy and a robot named Number Five…? Short Circuit?

Finnegan had the worst game – he drove his robot off the board or into pits THREE TIMES!? He only ever made it to the second marker (out of four). He took it all rather well and laughed the whole time – which is a HUGE improvement from previous games we’ve had when he was driven to tears of frustration!

I had a pretty commanding lead for the first bit. Got to the first marker while Finnegan was still floundering on the first board. Made a clean getaway before The Girl’s robot got there.

I made a mistake trying to get to the third marker and got turned around on the conveyor belts surrounding it. I still got there before The Girl, but I kind of took the long way around trying to extract myself from this mess while avoiding The Girl and her robot’s presser beam option/upgrade – which could have spelt disaster with all these conveyor belts leading into pits! Then she had a couple of turns with hands full of Forward Threes and Twos while I had a couple of mitt-fulls of nuthin but Turn Lefts!?

It was a REALLY close race between me and The Girl – it came down to the very last turn and THIS register above (I think it was the third register of the turn) where she would have shot forward to claim the prize, but mine went first and bumped her off her path so I was able to turn and get to the final marker on the very last register!!

Didn’t play games again until Friday when Bruce, Bob, and Brian came over to play in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. We didn’t get up to much as three players were missing. Still on our way back to Quodeth from the Slavers city – ship got attacked by a mososaurus – or something like that. Lost a crewman and had to put into shore to do repairs. One of the parties sent into the woods didn’t come back and so we had to go search them out and got ambushed by some strange golem-like creature…

On Saturday Dragon’s Den Games was having another 20% off sale… apparently because it was Free Comic Book Day… but they didn’t have comics to give out… because they’re not a comic store… So they had a sale… Whatever, I went and bought a copy of Codenames: Pictures and Kingdomino. My mom had asked me to get a couple of games that we didn’t have, that we’d be interested in playing, that thaty could keep at their place and that THEY’d be able to play… not too tall of an order.

We happened to meet my folks for dinner at Amigos and we tried out Codenames: Pictures while we waited for out meals. It’s okay… our game was a bit rushed… I ended up buying this one because I had a few promo tiles for it from International Tabletop Day. I’m beginning to feel like I like the Words one better (which I played a year and a half ago…). A well… this one is fine. Perhaps I need to give it a few more tries.

Afterwards we walked back to my folks and tried out Kingdomino. I thought I was doing rather well, but in the spirit of her mother (who was still in BC at the yoga workshop) The Girl complained all game that she wasn’t doing very well… and then CRUSHED us all… well… I think she had 43 points, my mom and I were tied in second with 39… I forget what Finnegan had. I don’t think he was much behind…

If that weren’t enough for one day Brent and Kurtis came over in the evening to play Pax Renaissance. It’s been a little too long since we last played and I’d pretty much completely forgot the rules. I took them with me while I was out all afternoon running The Girl around to her Saturday dance classes – but I was SO TIRED I could barely keep my eyes open all afternoon – let alone read Phil Eklund rules! I remembered the basics – two actions, buy cards, play cards… I was a little fuzzy on how a lot of the ops worked…. And had no clue how to put it all together to put oneself into a position to… y’know… actually come close to achieving anyting resembling any of the victory conditions…

Brent seemed to have it figured out and got this incredible juggernaut of European renaissance high finance rolling and I had no clue how to even create so much as a speed bump, let along STOP HIM!?

I feel like I need to play this game every night for a week – like we did with Race for the Galaxy when we first tried to figure it out – then MAYBE I’ll start to get a clue how to play!

In the morning I had originally planned to go for a bike ride with the kids, but one thing lead to another and we didn’t end up going out… but we DID play another game of Hero Realms! This time The Girl played the Ranger, Finnegan played the Wizard, and I played the Fighter(which I’d picked up earlier in the week…).

From this moment on I pretty much knew I would now forever be the first one to die in Hero Realms – in this ONE TURN (pictured above) I put out 15 points worth of guards, dealt about 30 damage and healed myself for 30… yeah… from that point on it was pretty much GANG UP ON DAD, HE’S TOO GOOD AT THIS GAME!

Thursday the 11th was The Girl’s 11th birthday. While waiting for supper we introduced Amanda to Hero Realms. I’m not sure we even finished the game…?

After Supper we played a game of Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – as The Girl wanted to practice before running the game for some of her friends at her Birthday party the following evening. I played my Wandering Minstrel and Amanda played her Fallen Succubus (pictures of those from when we last played). Finnegan played the Deeproot Druid. We didn’t get through a complete game, but The Girl got the practice she needed.

The following evening was her birthday party and the game went over really well. Over the two weeks preceding the party I painted up a bunch of Super Dungeon Explore Heroes and a few of the forgotten King’s Minions.

On Saturday the 13the I wandered over to Kurtis’ to play another game of Pax Renaissance with him and Brent again. This time I was a bit better rested. I played the Fugger bank of Austria and… I can’t remember who Brent and Kurtis played… I could look at these pictures and look it up… but I’m feeling too lazy to do that at the moment. 

My first stab at victory. I think I had three kingdoms here and the others only had one – the feudalism victory condition was in play, but I didn’t have an action left to declare victory. The situation would change drastically before I had another turn. It was back and forth between me and Brent for a number of turns – I came close to winning a few more times, but Brent always had LOADS of money and was always able to foil me before I could declare victory. Finally he took enough away from my that he was able to declare victory. Seriously, I think he had just about every empire on the map in his pocket by that point…

Out of three games, we’ve only ever had feudalism victories…

Fugger bank sucks. (Or maybe it’s just that I do…). I feel like at the time I’d thought out some actual reasons why it was no fun to play.. they have to go first and start with less money…? I can’t remember… Need to play it again. And Pax Pamir

On Sunday (the 14th) we met my sister and folks at Amigos Cantina for a supper with them to celebrate The Girl’s birthday. They brought along Codenames; Pictures again. We played a couple quick games while waiting for food (boys vs. girls – with me and The Girl as Spymasters, we started a third with Amanda and me as spymasters, but the food arrived before we really got into it.

On Tuesday we tried out Monarch. Ever since we watched the Tabletop Season Four episode about Monarch back an the beginning of February, The Girl has been super stoked about tracking one down. I’d actually added it to the list of games my Mother-in-law could look for to get for my birthday – but when Amanda told be she went and got ALL of the games on the list I suggested she could hold onto Monarch until May and give it to The Girl for her birthday. So she did. The Girl was SUPER EXCITED to get it!!!

We all got to play sister princesses filling up our courts to score crowns (victory points) which, it think, were to gain the favour of our mother the queen..? It’s kind of a card drafting game – most card go into your “court” and you play until someone has seven in their court. Other cards you buy improve the lands which benefit everyone. To draft/buy these cards from the market you need to have gold which you get from taxing villages, but to tax them you have to have food to feed them – which you get from harvesting. You can either tax or harvest once on your turn and then buy as many cards as you like (actually you can buy cards before and/or after doing your taxation or harvest – which allows you to buy and improvement and then make use of it before anyone else does!)

The first game we played without banners because The Girl had read in the rules that it was suggested to play without them for your first game or so – honestly, we could have thrown them in. It’s a pretty easy game – for seasoned pros like us it wouldn’t have been too much to just play with them for the start…

I crushed the kids going heavy on Bounty.

In the second game I hammered them again – I had some pretty incredible luck, though – One of the first cards I got was the one that allowed you to get culture cards for 2 less gold and two other culture cards in the first turn and then snapped up the Culture Banner which meant pretty much anytime an unwanted guest showed up in the market, it was going into one of their courts for free (except the one that The Girl managed to buy and put into mine, before I could put it in one  of theirs…). It’s a bit of a double-edged sword of an ability, because it makes all the other players want to buy the unwanted guests and put them in YOURS! If playing with four players it could have gone much worse for me…

Later in the evening we introduced Amanda to the game.

I didn’t make note of how that game went. I think The Girl won.

The third weekend in May was the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada and I’d originally hoped to get in a LOT of gaming – at least seven games – Friday night, Saturda Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Evening, Monday afternoon and Monday evening… but then Amanda was feeling super behind at work and ended up going in for the day on Monday. Saturday and Sunday she decided we needed to get caught up on a bunch of chores and errands… booooo… we did get in a few games…

Friday Evening we played Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game with the Deadpoolexpansion that Finnegan had bought some time ago and never got around to playing with. We played with mostly Deadpool hero cards… and some incompetant Agent of Hydra… and our mission was to stop Macho Gomez from stealing all the Chimichangas. It was weird.

Saturday evening I convinced the family to try out Faustus Furius – except with jet bikes! A full report of the ensuing shenanigans can be found elsewhere on this bolg:

Faustus Furius: 3000

Finally on Monday a couple of the kid’s friends came over and played Star Wars: X-Wing. I didn’t play in this one, and I’m not really sure how it went down. The Girl played with one of the Imperial Veterans these same lads gave her for her birthday (the crazy looking red interceptor thingie) and the younger of the brothers played a pair of bog standard Tie-Fighters with Academy pilots. Finnegan played the B-Wingand the elder brother played the Y-Wing. Once again it was a victory for the Forces of the Imperium – furthering their cause to promote peace, justice and ORDER in the galaxy by preventing the radicalized, terrorist Rebels from spreading their hokey weapons and ancient religion…

As I mentioned, the last week or so of May has been CrAzY busy with dance classes at the Uof S School of dance wrapping up and final rehearsals and recitals and getting a garden in and a bunch of other stuff going on. So we didn’t play any games as a family for over a week! Hopefully in June – and through the rest of the summer – we’ll find some more time for gaming.

I did get in one last game at John’s on the evening of the 31st. We played Quartermaster General 1914. QMG 1914 is a lighter card-driven game of the Great War. John actually called it “not a wargame, but an area control game with a war theme”. I liked it – I wish I’d had this to play with the kids instead of Axis & Allies 1914 back when we were boardgaming our way through history…. (I am reminded that I never actually FINISHED the last two posts about our boardgaming through history… maybe I should get on that…).

I played Russia, John played the UK and the USA, Brent played France and Italy. Opposing us were April, who played Germany, and Darrin playing Austro-Hungary and the Ottomans.

It was a weird game – The United states was in the war quicker that the British!? In fact the British never landed an army in France – but the Americans did! Italy marched through Tyrol and marched on Vienna and captured it! This happened quite early in the war and kind of screwed Darrin for the rest of the war as he was unable to do much of anything (all his units being out of supply and unable to build new ones…).

Near the end of the game – I used up all of my little men half way through the game and thus could expand no further – I could have used guys to attack into adjacent areas (on the rare occasion that I HAD land battle cards) but I wouldn’t have been able to take them over – just remove enemies from the areas denying them victory points – But the Germans had so many readied defence cards, I figured it would be pointless and tried to look for other ways to gain victory points (mostly through the use of event cards).

In other news…

I had a talk with John  – who is the chief-organizer-guy for ToonCon – and I’m going to be running either Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir on Sunday afternoon as part of their new “Learn to Play” series of games – Games that they figure very few people will have played  – some of which may be “heavier” games (ones that can be a bit of a slog to try and read through the rules without having played something similar before) – that people can sign up with no previous knowledge and know that the person running it will basically walk them through a game (and hopefully not have one super experienced person show up and crush everyone else because they had no clue how to play). My Faustus Furius game (which I’ll be running on the Saturday evening) will be part of this series. There might be a COIN game in this series or High Frontier 3rd Edition – both of which I’d be excited to play as well.

We have a few more weeks of furious activity – two or three more violin lessons, two more Irish dance classes (then two rehearsals and the final recital) and then our year-end homeschool reporting on the 20th. After that we are free and clear (mostly) for rthe rest of the summer… well… okay, we are renovating the kitchen – and I’m doing a lot of that… and the kids are each taking a week long theatre class at Persephone Theatre and Finnegan is going to Diabetes Camp and we’re all going on a short trip up to Prince Albert National Park for a few days of hiking and mountain biking… but OTHER THAN THAT – we don’t have much planned through the summer and I hope to get in a lot of biking and playing games!

Through June I do hope to get Saturday games in on at least three of the weekends… maybe even four (if Amanda can take the kids to one of the Irish rehearsals)…? This Saturday we’re planning to play Arkham Horror. As The Girl is done all her Saturday dance classes she’ll actually be able to join us, unfortunately Amanda is at a conference all weekend – so it’ll just be me and the kids and my friend Jasper who said he’d come and maybe I’ll be able to get one more player…

On two of the other Saturdays in June I’d like to get in games of Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir – so I can let the ToonCon peoples know which one I’m going to run.

I’ve been feeling the urge to run a role-playing game again. I’m pretty stoked about the idea of running a Cthulhu Invictus campaign. I’ve been considering running it with a very simple system based on A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith (I’d been thinig if I’d run a more modern Cthulhu campaign I could have called  it Fear and Faith and Fthagn!). I’d really like to run it for the kids – and maybe some others… I’m not entirely sure WHEN I’ll run it though… Ideally I’d like to get started over the summer – like, right after we’re doing with the Homeschool reporting!

Bruce, who has been running the bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign, has said he’s hoping to wrap it up by the end of the summer and then he’d like to take a break and has asked if my or Bob (one of the other players) if we’d step up and run something. I could possibly run Cthulhu Invictus then (perhaps a separate second campaign – or rerun the games I’ve already run with the kids?)… or possibly I could run something else entirely. I did just back the Astropolis II Kickstarter – the Astropolis figures look PERFECT for a Rogue Trader….

Bah – I’ll worry about that after ToonCon. I need to get building some Jet Bikes!

I’ve noticed that these Boardgame round-ups are my most popular posts – they are getting almost double traffic my regular posts of painted miniatures and miniature game reports!? Is it the labels? Searches for boardgames? If you’re not a regular and you popped by to read this – leave a comment and let me know how you got here – I’m just curious. 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some pictures of Dwarves I’ve painted for the Highland Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband – not to be confused with the Mountain Dwarf warband (yeah, I’m working on two totally separate dwarf warbands for Dragon Rampant). The hopefully a Giant Robot and the onto some Jet Bikes and more game reports!! 

May 2017 Boardgame Round-Up

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Aprilended with a weekend of gaming (International Tabletop Day!) and I wondered if the game playing would peter out a but due to gaming exhaustion, but it turned out to have the opposite effect – it kind of reminded us how much fun we have gamin and inspired us to get gaming MORE! Well… at least for the first week or so… Towards the end of the month we got wrapped up in kids activities that were wrapping up for the (skool) year.

I have to admit I started writing this post at the beginning of May and tried adding a bit to it after each game – hoping to jot down some notes about each game AS THEY WERE PLAYED rather than trying to remember what the hell happened at the end of the month. Sometimes I remembered to do this… other times not-so-much… hence more detail about some games than others.
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Kicked off May with another game of Hero Realms! (forgot to take a pic during the game). Finnegan played the Cleric, The Girl took the Thief, and I played the Ranger. I crushed them… and made them cry… Looking forward to the launch of the Co-op version of the game!! I think the trick to the game is to try to get as many champions as you can and focus on one or two of the colours – I mostly went for green and red and laid down some serious hurt. Though early in the game I did pick up a few bribes and a blue guild mage (or something like that) to give me some buying power – to get the big nasty heavy hitters from green and red – giants, trolls, vampires, etc…

On the Second we played Roborally(with a soundtrack of Chemical Brothers and Le Tigre cranked on the stereo). This was The Girl’s choice, but I love Roborally too. We don’t pull it out often largely because Amanda isn’t fond of it – but she was away in BC at a Yoga Nedra workshop, so…

The Girl played Twonky, Finnegan played… um… I forget who he played…  and I played #5 (whatever his name is…? I always thought he looked like that robot from… dang what was that movie called…? With Ally Sheedy and a robot named Number Five…? Short Circuit?

Finnegan had the worst game – he drove his robot off the board or into pits THREE TIMES!? He only ever made it to the second marker (out of four). He took it all rather well and laughed the whole time – which is a HUGE improvement from previous games we’ve had when he was driven to tears of frustration!

I had a pretty commanding lead for the first bit. Got to the first marker while Finnegan was still floundering on the first board. Made a clean getaway before The Girl’s robot got there.

I made a mistake trying to get to the third marker and got turned around on the conveyor belts surrounding it. I still got there before The Girl, but I kind of took the long way around trying to extract myself from this mess while avoiding The Girl and her robot’s presser beam option/upgrade – which could have spelt disaster with all these conveyor belts leading into pits! Then she had a couple of turns with hands full of Forward Threes and Twos while I had a couple of mitt-fulls of nuthin but Turn Lefts!?

It was a REALLY close race between me and The Girl – it came down to the very last turn and THIS register above (I think it was the third register of the turn) where she would have shot forward to claim the prize, but mine went first and bumped her off her path so I was able to turn and get to the final marker on the very last register!!

Didn’t play games again until Friday when Bruce, Bob, and Brian came over to play in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. We didn’t get up to much as three players were missing. Still on our way back to Quodeth from the Slavers city – ship got attacked by a mososaurus – or something like that. Lost a crewman and had to put into shore to do repairs. One of the parties sent into the woods didn’t come back and so we had to go search them out and got ambushed by some strange golem-like creature…

On Saturday Dragon’s Den Games was having another 20% off sale… apparently because it was Free Comic Book Day… but they didn’t have comics to give out… because they’re not a comic store… So they had a sale… Whatever, I went and bought a copy of Codenames: Pictures and Kingdomino. My mom had asked me to get a couple of games that we didn’t have, that we’d be interested in playing, that thaty could keep at their place and that THEY’d be able to play… not too tall of an order.

We happened to meet my folks for dinner at Amigos and we tried out Codenames: Pictures while we waited for out meals. It’s okay… our game was a bit rushed… I ended up buying this one because I had a few promo tiles for it from International Tabletop Day. I’m beginning to feel like I like the Words one better (which I played a year and a half ago…). A well… this one is fine. Perhaps I need to give it a few more tries.

Afterwards we walked back to my folks and tried out Kingdomino. I thought I was doing rather well, but in the spirit of her mother (who was still in BC at the yoga workshop) The Girl complained all game that she wasn’t doing very well… and then CRUSHED us all… well… I think she had 43 points, my mom and I were tied in second with 39… I forget what Finnegan had. I don’t think he was much behind…

If that weren’t enough for one day Brent and Kurtis came over in the evening to play Pax Renaissance. It’s been a little too long since we last played and I’d pretty much completely forgot the rules. I took them with me while I was out all afternoon running The Girl around to her Saturday dance classes – but I was SO TIRED I could barely keep my eyes open all afternoon – let alone read Phil Eklund rules! I remembered the basics – two actions, buy cards, play cards… I was a little fuzzy on how a lot of the ops worked…. And had no clue how to put it all together to put oneself into a position to… y’know… actually come close to achieving anyting resembling any of the victory conditions…

Brent seemed to have it figured out and got this incredible juggernaut of European renaissance high finance rolling and I had no clue how to even create so much as a speed bump, let along STOP HIM!?

I feel like I need to play this game every night for a week – like we did with Race for the Galaxy when we first tried to figure it out – then MAYBE I’ll start to get a clue how to play!

In the morning I had originally planned to go for a bike ride with the kids, but one thing lead to another and we didn’t end up going out… but we DID play another game of Hero Realms! This time The Girl played the Ranger, Finnegan played the Wizard, and I played the Fighter(which I’d picked up earlier in the week…).

From this moment on I pretty much knew I would now forever be the first one to die in Hero Realms – in this ONE TURN (pictured above) I put out 15 points worth of guards, dealt about 30 damage and healed myself for 30… yeah… from that point on it was pretty much GANG UP ON DAD, HE’S TOO GOOD AT THIS GAME!

Thursday the 11th was The Girl’s 11th birthday. While waiting for supper we introduced Amanda to Hero Realms. I’m not sure we even finished the game…?

After Supper we played a game of Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – as The Girl wanted to practice before running the game for some of her friends at her Birthday party the following evening. I played my Wandering Minstrel and Amanda played her Fallen Succubus (pictures of those from when we last played). Finnegan played the Deeproot Druid. We didn’t get through a complete game, but The Girl got the practice she needed.

The following evening was her birthday party and the game went over really well. Over the two weeks preceding the party I painted up a bunch of Super Dungeon Explore Heroes and a few of the forgotten King’s Minions.

On Saturday the 13the I wandered over to Kurtis’ to play another game of Pax Renaissance with him and Brent again. This time I was a bit better rested. I played the Fugger bank of Austria and… I can’t remember who Brent and Kurtis played… I could look at these pictures and look it up… but I’m feeling too lazy to do that at the moment. 

My first stab at victory. I think I had three kingdoms here and the others only had one – the feudalism victory condition was in play, but I didn’t have an action left to declare victory. The situation would change drastically before I had another turn. It was back and forth between me and Brent for a number of turns – I came close to winning a few more times, but Brent always had LOADS of money and was always able to foil me before I could declare victory. Finally he took enough away from my that he was able to declare victory. Seriously, I think he had just about every empire on the map in his pocket by that point…

Out of three games, we’ve only ever had feudalism victories…

Fugger bank sucks. (Or maybe it’s just that I do…). I feel like at the time I’d thought out some actual reasons why it was no fun to play.. they have to go first and start with less money…? I can’t remember… Need to play it again. And Pax Pamir

On Sunday (the 14th) we met my sister and folks at Amigos Cantina for a supper with them to celebrate The Girl’s birthday. They brought along Codenames; Pictures again. We played a couple quick games while waiting for food (boys vs. girls – with me and The Girl as Spymasters, we started a third with Amanda and me as spymasters, but the food arrived before we really got into it.

On Tuesday we tried out Monarch. Ever since we watched the Tabletop Season Four episode about Monarch back an the beginning of February, The Girl has been super stoked about tracking one down. I’d actually added it to the list of games my Mother-in-law could look for to get for my birthday – but when Amanda told be she went and got ALL of the games on the list I suggested she could hold onto Monarch until May and give it to The Girl for her birthday. So she did. The Girl was SUPER EXCITED to get it!!!

We all got to play sister princesses filling up our courts to score crowns (victory points) which, it think, were to gain the favour of our mother the queen..? It’s kind of a card drafting game – most card go into your “court” and you play until someone has seven in their court. Other cards you buy improve the lands which benefit everyone. To draft/buy these cards from the market you need to have gold which you get from taxing villages, but to tax them you have to have food to feed them – which you get from harvesting. You can either tax or harvest once on your turn and then buy as many cards as you like (actually you can buy cards before and/or after doing your taxation or harvest – which allows you to buy and improvement and then make use of it before anyone else does!)

The first game we played without banners because The Girl had read in the rules that it was suggested to play without them for your first game or so – honestly, we could have thrown them in. It’s a pretty easy game – for seasoned pros like us it wouldn’t have been too much to just play with them for the start…

I crushed the kids going heavy on Bounty.

In the second game I hammered them again – I had some pretty incredible luck, though – One of the first cards I got was the one that allowed you to get culture cards for 2 less gold and two other culture cards in the first turn and then snapped up the Culture Banner which meant pretty much anytime an unwanted guest showed up in the market, it was going into one of their courts for free (except the one that The Girl managed to buy and put into mine, before I could put it in one  of theirs…). It’s a bit of a double-edged sword of an ability, because it makes all the other players want to buy the unwanted guests and put them in YOURS! If playing with four players it could have gone much worse for me…

Later in the evening we introduced Amanda to the game.

I didn’t make note of how that game went. I think The Girl won.

The third weekend in May was the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada and I’d originally hoped to get in a LOT of gaming – at least seven games – Friday night, Saturda Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Evening, Monday afternoon and Monday evening… but then Amanda was feeling super behind at work and ended up going in for the day on Monday. Saturday and Sunday she decided we needed to get caught up on a bunch of chores and errands… booooo… we did get in a few games…

Friday Evening we played Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game with the Deadpoolexpansion that Finnegan had bought some time ago and never got around to playing with. We played with mostly Deadpool hero cards… and some incompetant Agent of Hydra… and our mission was to stop Macho Gomez from stealing all the Chimichangas. It was weird.

Saturday evening I convinced the family to try out Faustus Furius – except with jet bikes! A full report of the ensuing shenanigans can be found elsewhere on this bolg:

Faustus Furius: 3000

Finally on Monday a couple of the kid’s friends came over and played Star Wars: X-Wing. I didn’t play in this one, and I’m not really sure how it went down. The Girl played with one of the Imperial Veterans these same lads gave her for her birthday (the crazy looking red interceptor thingie) and the younger of the brothers played a pair of bog standard Tie-Fighters with Academy pilots. Finnegan played the B-Wingand the elder brother played the Y-Wing. Once again it was a victory for the Forces of the Imperium – furthering their cause to promote peace, justice and ORDER in the galaxy by preventing the radicalized, terrorist Rebels from spreading their hokey weapons and ancient religion…

As I mentioned, the last week or so of May has been CrAzY busy with dance classes at the Uof S School of dance wrapping up and final rehearsals and recitals and getting a garden in and a bunch of other stuff going on. So we didn’t play any games as a family for over a week! Hopefully in June – and through the rest of the summer – we’ll find some more time for gaming.

I did get in one last game at John’s on the evening of the 31st. We played Quartermaster General 1914. QMG 1914 is a lighter card-driven game of the Great War. John actually called it “not a wargame, but an area control game with a war theme”. I liked it – I wish I’d had this to play with the kids instead of Axis & Allies 1914 back when we were boardgaming our way through history…. (I am reminded that I never actually FINISHED the last two posts about our boardgaming through history… maybe I should get on that…).

I played Russia, John played the UK and the USA, Brent played France and Italy. Opposing us were April, who played Germany, and Darrin playing Austro-Hungary and the Ottomans.

It was a weird game – The United states was in the war quicker that the British!? In fact the British never landed an army in France – but the Americans did! Italy marched through Tyrol and marched on Vienna and captured it! This happened quite early in the war and kind of screwed Darrin for the rest of the war as he was unable to do much of anything (all his units being out of supply and unable to build new ones…).

Near the end of the game – I used up all of my little men half way through the game and thus could expand no further – I could have used guys to attack into adjacent areas (on the rare occasion that I HAD land battle cards) but I wouldn’t have been able to take them over – just remove enemies from the areas denying them victory points – But the Germans had so many readied defence cards, I figured it would be pointless and tried to look for other ways to gain victory points (mostly through the use of event cards).

In other news…

I had a talk with John  – who is the chief-organizer-guy for ToonCon – and I’m going to be running either Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir on Sunday afternoon as part of their new “Learn to Play” series of games – Games that they figure very few people will have played  – some of which may be “heavier” games (ones that can be a bit of a slog to try and read through the rules without having played something similar before) – that people can sign up with no previous knowledge and know that the person running it will basically walk them through a game (and hopefully not have one super experienced person show up and crush everyone else because they had no clue how to play). My Faustus Furius game (which I’ll be running on the Saturday evening) will be part of this series. There might be a COIN game in this series or High Frontier 3rd Edition – both of which I’d be excited to play as well.

We have a few more weeks of furious activity – two or three more violin lessons, two more Irish dance classes (then two rehearsals and the final recital) and then our year-end homeschool reporting on the 20th. After that we are free and clear (mostly) for rthe rest of the summer… well… okay, we are renovating the kitchen – and I’m doing a lot of that… and the kids are each taking a week long theatre class at Persephone Theatre and Finnegan is going to Diabetes Camp and we’re all going on a short trip up to Prince Albert National Park for a few days of hiking and mountain biking… but OTHER THAN THAT – we don’t have much planned through the summer and I hope to get in a lot of biking and playing games!

Through June I do hope to get Saturday games in on at least three of the weekends… maybe even four (if Amanda can take the kids to one of the Irish rehearsals)…? This Saturday we’re planning to play Arkham Horror. As The Girl is done all her Saturday dance classes she’ll actually be able to join us, unfortunately Amanda is at a conference all weekend – so it’ll just be me and the kids and my friend Jasper who said he’d come and maybe I’ll be able to get one more player…

On two of the other Saturdays in June I’d like to get in games of Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir – so I can let the ToonCon peoples know which one I’m going to run.

I’ve been feeling the urge to run a role-playing game again. I’m pretty stoked about the idea of running a Cthulhu Invictus campaign. I’ve been considering running it with a very simple system based on A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith (I’d been thinig if I’d run a more modern Cthulhu campaign I could have called  it Fear and Faith and Fthagn!). I’d really like to run it for the kids – and maybe some others… I’m not entirely sure WHEN I’ll run it though… Ideally I’d like to get started over the summer – like, right after we’re doing with the Homeschool reporting!

Bruce, who has been running the bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign, has said he’s hoping to wrap it up by the end of the summer and then he’d like to take a break and has asked if my or Bob (one of the other players) if we’d step up and run something. I could possibly run Cthulhu Invictus then (perhaps a separate second campaign – or rerun the games I’ve already run with the kids?)… or possibly I could run something else entirely. I did just back the Astropolis II Kickstarter – the Astropolis figures look PERFECT for a Rogue Trader….

Bah – I’ll worry about that after ToonCon. I need to get building some Jet Bikes!

I’ve noticed that these Boardgame round-ups are my most popular posts – they are getting almost double traffic my regular posts of painted miniatures and miniature game reports!? Is it the labels? Searches for boardgames? If you’re not a regular and you popped by to read this – leave a comment and let me know how you got here – I’m just curious. 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some pictures of Dwarves I’ve painted for the Highland Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband – not to be confused with the Mountain Dwarf warband (yeah, I’m working on two totally separate dwarf warbands for Dragon Rampant). The hopefully a Giant Robot and the onto some Jet Bikes and more game reports!! 

Dwarven Rangers (And Super Dungeon Explore Billmen!)

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I painted up some Lead Adventure MiniaturesDwarves  – from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter which had just arrived – for my  entry for round eight of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (could I cram anymore links into that sentence!?).

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Five Dwarven womenfolk from Lead Adventure Miniatures. Originally I’d thought I’d submit the unit below, but then decided to just include these five Lead Adventure Miniatures under the title “Madgel’s Crew”. The four with crossbows are going to be part of a unit of Dwarven Rangers for

Dwarven Rangers for Dragon Rampant(Scouts – 2 points).

Four are the Lead Adventure Miniaturesfigures above. To round out the unit are figures from Reaper Miniatures and West Wind Productions.

I tried to paint them with soiled and stained dresses and cloaks – like they’ve really been out in the bush crawling about in the muck.

Scouts in Dragon Rampant aren’t going to win you any battles by destroying enemies – they are useless in hand-to-hand and can’t always be guaranteed to shoot (Shoot 7+) and don’t shoot as far as other missile units… but they do get around (Move 5+) and they’re hard to target with missiles – so I imagine they’d be good for scenarios which AREN’T just about killing the other guys – and would excel at denying the enemy control of areas of the table, running about gathering up gems, etc.

This is Madgel. I’m not sure what I’ll be using her for – some sort of wizard or shameness.

Madgel again.

I have more dwarves coming up for Round Nine – but NOT Lead Adventure Dwarves – and they aren’t even for the same army as these!

I never did post a pic of my My entry from Round seven. These are a few more miniatures I painted from The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King game.

Billmen from Soda Pop Miniatures. I think these are totally fun to paint – though time consuming! I tried to paint them like they were illustrated on their cards – and without metallic paints to capture the cartoony style of the illustrations.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably a round-up of the boardgames I’ve played over the last month, then maybe the Dwarves from Round Nine of the LPL. After that…? I’m not sure. This week I’m going to be painting up something for Round Ten and once that’s done I am determined to finish Rick’s Robot!? Only after that will I allow myself to start assembling more jet bikes! 

Dwarven Rangers (And Super Dungeon Explore Billmen!)

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I painted up some Lead Adventure MiniaturesDwarves  – from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter which had just arrived – for my  entry for round eight of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (could I cram anymore links into that sentence!?).

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Five Dwarven womenfolk from Lead Adventure Miniatures. Originally I’d thought I’d submit the unit below, but then decided to just include these five Lead Adventure Miniatures under the title “Madgel’s Crew”. The four with crossbows are going to be part of a unit of Dwarven Rangers for

Dwarven Rangers for Dragon Rampant(Scouts – 2 points).

Four are the Lead Adventure Miniaturesfigures above. To round out the unit are figures from Reaper Miniatures and West Wind Productions.

I tried to paint them with soiled and stained dresses and cloaks – like they’ve really been out in the bush crawling about in the muck.

Scouts in Dragon Rampant aren’t going to win you any battles by destroying enemies – they are useless in hand-to-hand and can’t always be guaranteed to shoot (Shoot 7+) and don’t shoot as far as other missile units… but they do get around (Move 5+) and they’re hard to target with missiles – so I imagine they’d be good for scenarios which AREN’T just about killing the other guys – and would excel at denying the enemy control of areas of the table, running about gathering up gems, etc.

This is Madgel. I’m not sure what I’ll be using her for – some sort of wizard or shameness.

Madgel again.

I have more dwarves coming up for Round Nine – but NOT Lead Adventure Dwarves – and they aren’t even for the same army as these!

I never did post a pic of my My entry from Round seven. These are a few more miniatures I painted from The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King game.

Billmen from Soda Pop Miniatures. I think these are totally fun to paint – though time consuming! I tried to paint them like they were illustrated on their cards – and without metallic paints to capture the cartoony style of the illustrations.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably a round-up of the boardgames I’ve played over the last month, then maybe the Dwarves from Round Nine of the LPL. After that…? I’m not sure. This week I’m going to be painting up something for Round Ten and once that’s done I am determined to finish Rick’s Robot!? Only after that will I allow myself to start assembling more jet bikes! 

Faustus Furius: 3000

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

It’s a long weekend here in Canada (Victoria Day) and we’ve been very busy with… well… lots of stuff. Amanda was away for almost two weeks and was busy on a couple other weekends before and after she was away and so this is the first time in a while that we were all around and didn’t have anything scheduled – so I was hoping we’d get in a bit of GAMING! Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re going to get QUITE as much gaming in over the weekend as I’d originally anticipated… and I’m not sure we’re going to get to play all (or even ANY) of the games I’d originally hoped to play (Pax Renaissance or  Neanderthaland/or Agricolaand/or Nations). But when it looked like we were running out of afternoon and no one was interested in playing a heavier game – I did manage to convince them to play a quick game of Faustus Furious.
For those not aware Faustus Furious is a fun, fast-playing game of ancient chariot racing by Nic Wright (author of Song of Shadows and Dust – my favourite iteration of the SOBH game engine – and other games), which I have adapted for JET BIKE racing and dubbed Faustus Furius: 3000 (or FF3K). Finnegan and I played a game a few months back with motor bikes (we called it Faustus Furius MMLIII).

I backed the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter specifically to play with using this game. I’m planning on running a big demonstration game at ToonCon in the fall (15 weeks to go… 15 jet bikes to build… and some new terrain!). Ever since I finished off the First Jet Bike from the Kickstarter construction kits completed I’ve been itching to play a game!

Amanda took Jet Bike #1

Finnegan took Jet Bike #37

The Girl took Jet Bike #53

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

The Course I set up for them.

The Course from the other end.

End of Turn One – almost – they all shot forward. The Girl’s bike (in the middle) was the last to go, and she had a spare action so she attacked Amanda’s bike – and succeeded….

but the Out of Control result was a panicked burst of speed, which shot Amanda’s bike further ahead!

Turn Two – Finnegan going last.

This time Finnegan attacked Amanda’s bike

And again she shot forward in a panicked burst of speed!

Turn Three – looking a little tight as they try to take that first bend!

Miraculously Amanda maneuvered and didn’t crash into The Girl’s bike!

ZWAAARRRrrrrrrooooooowm!

(I have no idea if that’s an appropriate Jet Bike sound effect – there lots of Jet Bike sound effects used during the game – and some that sounded like screeching tires in the corners…!?)

Finnegan’s bike coming into that first corner.

The Girl’s were kind of pulling away from him at this point.

He has a terrible bit of bad luck on the next turn and rolled THREE FAILURES! This angered the crowd and some hooligans spilled out into the street to hurl insults… and bricks… and generally get in the way!

Luckily the turn before he’d maneuvered into a position that allowed him to do his mandatory straight ahead move and NOT CRASH – which was tricky in this tight turn at the far end of the course!

The Girl peels away from the pack!

ZzzzzzOOOM! She got quite a bit of a lead there for a bit.

Amanda got up close enough to attack The Girl’s bike sending her careening off to the left! Things looked dire at this point!

But The Girl rolled a pile of successes the next turn and managed to maneuver out of it!?

Just about the end of the first lap (I’d lost track of how many turns this was) and The Girl was in a pretty commanding lead!!

Just another shot of that incredible lead she had….

…before her bike crashed into a building just as she finished her first lap!?

This gave Amanda and Finnegan a bit of a chance to catch up!

Amanda got around the bend, but then rolled three failures and another crowd of Hooligans poured into the street!

She rolled not-so-many dice the next turn – but that lead to no successes/action and she crashed into a wall!

Amanda was not entirely enthusiastic about this turn of luck.

(There might have been a dollar added to the swear jar at this point)

Finnegan’s jet bike sailing past the wrecks of the two girls’ bikes!

The Girl had about four turns of only rolling one success (two are needed to get a crashed bike up and going again!) – but finally got her bike sorted out and back in the race!

Finnegan now had a pretty commanding lead – but he was having to round this corner – now with two fatigue dice and a group of angry hooligans blocking the way. Then Keira rolled Three Failures – at this point Finnegan had the option of having ANOTHER group of Hooligans surge onto the streets within 1 Medium range stick of The Girls bike OR move one group already on the streets! He chose the latter!

But he still didn’t get enough actions to take the corner… and crashed!

The Girls catching up!

Getting closer!

Finnegan’s rider was a bit quicker at getting his bike righted however, and got it up and shot off down the street before either of the others passed him!

ZWAAArrrrrrrmmmm!

(It looks like Amanda’s caught up to him… but Finnegan hadn’t moved that turn…)

SCREEEEEEEEEEEE!!

(It looks like they’re neck and neck, screaming down the final stretch, but again, Finngean had yet to move that turn)

The Girl still trying to catch up, but taking the corner a little too slow.

Into the final stretch!

Finnegan shot ahead – just shy of the finish line.

On the next turn he just slid across and there was no way Amanda or The Girl could catch him – He didn’t even need to roll – his single mandatory forward move would have carried him across – but he rolled anyway and I think he actually rolled THREE SUCCESSES!

I think we played it out in about an hour – fast game – lots of fun – can’t wait to try it with MORE bikes! There was lots of excitement and a pretty huge upet – The Girl looked like she has an unstoppable lead… and then crashed because she couldn’t quite make a turn – Finnegan went from dead last to in the lead – then crashed himself – but got going again just before the others caught up to him and kept that lead for the rest of the final lap!!

It’ll be interesting to try it with different bikes. Not sure if I will allow different bikes in the ToonCon game – might just keep them all the same for simplicity’s sake.

Looking forward to a lot more practice/play-testing over the summer!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some Super Dungeon Explore Billmen bad guys – my entry for last weeks round of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League.

After that…? 

Faustus Furius: 3000

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

It’s a long weekend here in Canada (Victoria Day) and we’ve been very busy with… well… lots of stuff. Amanda was away for almost two weeks and was busy on a couple other weekends before and after she was away and so this is the first time in a while that we were all around and didn’t have anything scheduled – so I was hoping we’d get in a bit of GAMING! Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re going to get QUITE as much gaming in over the weekend as I’d originally anticipated… and I’m not sure we’re going to get to play all (or even ANY) of the games I’d originally hoped to play (Pax Renaissance or  Neanderthaland/or Agricolaand/or Nations). But when it looked like we were running out of afternoon and no one was interested in playing a heavier game – I did manage to convince them to play a quick game of Faustus Furious.
For those not aware Faustus Furious is a fun, fast-playing game of ancient chariot racing by Nic Wright (author of Song of Shadows and Dust – my favourite iteration of the SOBH game engine – and other games), which I have adapted for JET BIKE racing and dubbed Faustus Furius: 3000 (or FF3K). Finnegan and I played a game a few months back with motor bikes (we called it Faustus Furius MMLIII).

I backed the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter specifically to play with using this game. I’m planning on running a big demonstration game at ToonCon in the fall (15 weeks to go… 15 jet bikes to build… and some new terrain!). Ever since I finished off the First Jet Bike from the Kickstarter construction kits completed I’ve been itching to play a game!

Amanda took Jet Bike #1

Finnegan took Jet Bike #37

The Girl took Jet Bike #53

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

The Course I set up for them.

The Course from the other end.

End of Turn One – almost – they all shot forward. The Girl’s bike (in the middle) was the last to go, and she had a spare action so she attacked Amanda’s bike – and succeeded….

but the Out of Control result was a panicked burst of speed, which shot Amanda’s bike further ahead!

Turn Two – Finnegan going last.

This time Finnegan attacked Amanda’s bike

And again she shot forward in a panicked burst of speed!

Turn Three – looking a little tight as they try to take that first bend!

Miraculously Amanda maneuvered and didn’t crash into The Girl’s bike!

ZWAAARRRrrrrrrooooooowm!

(I have no idea if that’s an appropriate Jet Bike sound effect – there lots of Jet Bike sound effects used during the game – and some that sounded like screeching tires in the corners…!?)

Finnegan’s bike coming into that first corner.

The Girl’s were kind of pulling away from him at this point.

He has a terrible bit of bad luck on the next turn and rolled THREE FAILURES! This angered the crowd and some hooligans spilled out into the street to hurl insults… and bricks… and generally get in the way!

Luckily the turn before he’d maneuvered into a position that allowed him to do his mandatory straight ahead move and NOT CRASH – which was tricky in this tight turn at the far end of the course!

The Girl peels away from the pack!

ZzzzzzOOOM! She got quite a bit of a lead there for a bit.

Amanda got up close enough to attack The Girl’s bike sending her careening off to the left! Things looked dire at this point!

But The Girl rolled a pile of successes the next turn and managed to maneuver out of it!?

Just about the end of the first lap (I’d lost track of how many turns this was) and The Girl was in a pretty commanding lead!!

Just another shot of that incredible lead she had….

…before her bike crashed into a building just as she finished her first lap!?

This gave Amanda and Finnegan a bit of a chance to catch up!

Amanda got around the bend, but then rolled three failures and another crowd of Hooligans poured into the street!

She rolled not-so-many dice the next turn – but that lead to no successes/action and she crashed into a wall!

Amanda was not entirely enthusiastic about this turn of luck.

(There might have been a dollar added to the swear jar at this point)

Finnegan’s jet bike sailing past the wrecks of the two girls’ bikes!

The Girl had about four turns of only rolling one success (two are needed to get a crashed bike up and going again!) – but finally got her bike sorted out and back in the race!

Finnegan now had a pretty commanding lead – but he was having to round this corner – now with two fatigue dice and a group of angry hooligans blocking the way. Then Keira rolled Three Failures – at this point Finnegan had the option of having ANOTHER group of Hooligans surge onto the streets within 1 Medium range stick of The Girls bike OR move one group already on the streets! He chose the latter!

But he still didn’t get enough actions to take the corner… and crashed!

The Girls catching up!

Getting closer!

Finnegan’s rider was a bit quicker at getting his bike righted however, and got it up and shot off down the street before either of the others passed him!

ZWAAArrrrrrrmmmm!

(It looks like Amanda’s caught up to him… but Finnegan hadn’t moved that turn…)

SCREEEEEEEEEEEE!!

(It looks like they’re neck and neck, screaming down the final stretch, but again, Finngean had yet to move that turn)

The Girl still trying to catch up, but taking the corner a little too slow.

Into the final stretch!

Finnegan shot ahead – just shy of the finish line.

On the next turn he just slid across and there was no way Amanda or The Girl could catch him – He didn’t even need to roll – his single mandatory forward move would have carried him across – but he rolled anyway and I think he actually rolled THREE SUCCESSES!

I think we played it out in about an hour – fast game – lots of fun – can’t wait to try it with MORE bikes! There was lots of excitement and a pretty huge upet – The Girl looked like she has an unstoppable lead… and then crashed because she couldn’t quite make a turn – Finnegan went from dead last to in the lead – then crashed himself – but got going again just before the others caught up to him and kept that lead for the rest of the final lap!!

It’ll be interesting to try it with different bikes. Not sure if I will allow different bikes in the ToonCon game – might just keep them all the same for simplicity’s sake.

Looking forward to a lot more practice/play-testing over the summer!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some Super Dungeon Explore Billmen bad guys – my entry for last weeks round of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League.

After that…? 

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin (and LOOT!)

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


Just a quick update – I happened to finish up this little guy along with my Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League entry for Round Eight, so I thought I’d share him – because I CAN!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin – figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.

A pair of Treasure Tokens from Lead Adventure Miniatures– which I got as part of my Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter Rewards.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Tomorrow, as Round Seven of the Lead Painter’s League finishes up,  I should be posting the second batch of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King miniatures. After that… Probably Round Eight’s entry – some DWARVES from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter – and the unit of Dwarven Rangers they’ll be a part of in my Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband! 

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin (and LOOT!)

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


Just a quick update – I happened to finish up this little guy along with my Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League entry for Round Eight, so I thought I’d share him – because I CAN!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin – figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.

A pair of Treasure Tokens from Lead Adventure Miniatures– which I got as part of my Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter Rewards.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Tomorrow, as Round Seven of the Lead Painter’s League finishes up,  I should be posting the second batch of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King miniatures. After that… Probably Round Eight’s entry – some DWARVES from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter – and the unit of Dwarven Rangers they’ll be a part of in my Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband! 

Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter

Posted on May 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

My miniatures from the Lead Adventure Miniatures Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter arrived today!I was a bit anxious when it first arrived as the package was a WRECK!!Looked almost like it had been pretty beat up and completely soaked and dried up again -…

Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter

Posted on May 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

My miniatures from the Lead Adventure Miniatures Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter arrived today!I was a bit anxious when it first arrived as the package was a WRECK!!Looked almost like it had been pretty beat up and completely soaked and dried up again -…

Super Dungeon Explorers! (and Ready Player One)

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Over the last two weeks I painted up a bunch of miniatures for The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore game. She was planning to play it at her birthday party (which was this past Friday) and I thought I’d help her out with getting a few more miniatures painted for it. I also submitted them as my entires for the last two rounds of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (so I can only show you half of them right now – the ones that were posted last week – the rest are currently posted for this week’s LPL.
Actually the game she was playing with her friends was Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – but most of these characters I painted this week are from the original set. The Girl allowed me to paint these ones as she already had copies of them that she’d painted (metal ones she’d picked up a few years back before she had either of the SDE games)

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The whole group.

Unfortunately In the LPL I was matched up with Curt, so, I totally lost…

A wider shot I’d originally considered submitting that showed some of the cards they are based one – but then decided to focus just on the figures.

Backsides.

Royal Paladin

Ember Mage

Deeproot Druid and his Angry Bear Form

Glimerdusk Ranger

One of the Spawning points from The Forgotten King (I think they’re called Bramble Knights…?)

The other spawning points from The Forgotten King. I forget what they’re called.

The game at her birthday party. They played the classic version where The Girl played all the baddies (there’s an “Arcade Version” which is totally co-op and the baddies are controlled by and AI). With both versions you’re supposed to have a one board – each with a spawning point  – for each Hero being played. I convinced her to, despite what it says in the rules, to use only three as it would take a REALLY LOOOOOONG TIME to play through FIVE boards and I figured the kids would have more fun if they were actually able to FINISH the game. They did finish – but one had to leave partway through and two other parents had so sit and wait for some time for them to finish…

In other news I finished Ready Player One this past week – for most of it I listened to the audiobook (Read by Wil Wheaton!) while painting all these SDE minis over the last couple weeks. A number of people recommended I read it – starting with William Bailie, who actually GAVE me a copy of the book. Others have since offered me copies or simply told me I should really get to reading the one I had.

I was quite reluctant to do so because the very title suggests it’s all about video games. I was never much of a video/computer game player. The last time I seriously played a computer game is was, I think Ultima IV – on my dad’s green screen Appolo (an “apple clone”). I did try to sit down and start the book and, as I suspected, the book is really is essentially about a computer game! I lost interest.

Then I heard Wil Wheaton had done the audiobook and I though, well that might be fun to listen to while painting – so I requested it from the library and waited… and waited… and waited… and eventually it showed up and I started listening to it over the last couple weeks.

Wheaton totally did it for me – he WAS Wade Watts. I would never have gotten through the book just reading it on my own. When Wade (the narrator) was explaining something that he was totally excited about you could hear it in Wheaton’s voice – the excitement was totally genuine – because, of course, it was probably something Mr. Wheaton himself is totally excited about.

Overall I thought the book was… Okay… by the end though I was getting into it enough that when I had to stop painting and take The Girl out to dance class, I took the paperback and finished off the last two chapters that way… 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone really interested in 1980’s popular culture – TV, movies, music, RPGs and especially video games. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 80’s they were, the saying goes, both the best of times and the WORST of times – and often that worst bit kind of overshadows the rest.

I did laugh out loud at a few of the things – the “time to make the donuts” comment when he was describing his daily routine and having to work at a tech support representative. Now, I don’t remember the commercial it’s from myself, but my partner Amanda, for as long as I’ve known her has said that in the morning whenever she was super tired and had to go off to work. And the names he gave a couple of accounts when he hacked… well, I won’t mention where (SPOILERS!)… Sam Lowrey and Harry Tuttle. Yeah. It was a 16 hour/372 page 80s nostalgia trip – which at sometimes felt like the author was trying to cram a mention of every movie, tv show, song/band, and game produced from the late 70s to the end of the 80s. A lot of it is explained – so if you aren’t familiar with the referred to material it won’t matter – but then there are the offhand, unexplained references (like the couple mentioned above) that only those who spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching tv and movies, playing games and listening to music in the 80s will appreciate (guilty as charged!).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The other batch of Super Dungeon Explore figures I did were some of the Forgotten Kings Billmen – anthropomorphic platypuses with halberds. I’ll be posting those in a week. 

I think I’m going to try and get back to some Irish for Montrose’s forces, or perhaps some Highlanders, for the next couple of rounds of the LPL.

After that I really will focus on finishing Ricks robot, then its onto some more JET BIKES!

Of course the Psi-Paladins and Lead Adventure Dwarves kickstarter rewards have shipped and should be here soon-ish… so that might provide some serious distractions… Reaper Bones III might also be shipping soon – but the kids are getting most of those…

Super Dungeon Explorers! (and Ready Player One)

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Over the last two weeks I painted up a bunch of miniatures for The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore game. She was planning to play it at her birthday party (which was this past Friday) and I thought I’d help her out with getting a few more miniatures painted for it. I also submitted them as my entires for the last two rounds of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (so I can only show you half of them right now – the ones that were posted last week – the rest are currently posted for this week’s LPL.
Actually the game she was playing with her friends was Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – but most of these characters I painted this week are from the original set. The Girl allowed me to paint these ones as she already had copies of them that she’d painted (metal ones she’d picked up a few years back before she had either of the SDE games)

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The whole group.

Unfortunately In the LPL I was matched up with Curt, so, I totally lost…

A wider shot I’d originally considered submitting that showed some of the cards they are based one – but then decided to focus just on the figures.

Backsides.

Royal Paladin

Ember Mage

Deeproot Druid and his Angry Bear Form

Glimerdusk Ranger

One of the Spawning points from The Forgotten King (I think they’re called Bramble Knights…?)

The other spawning points from The Forgotten King. I forget what they’re called.

The game at her birthday party. They played the classic version where The Girl played all the baddies (there’s an “Arcade Version” which is totally co-op and the baddies are controlled by and AI). With both versions you’re supposed to have a one board – each with a spawning point  – for each Hero being played. I convinced her to, despite what it says in the rules, to use only three as it would take a REALLY LOOOOOONG TIME to play through FIVE boards and I figured the kids would have more fun if they were actually able to FINISH the game. They did finish – but one had to leave partway through and two other parents had so sit and wait for some time for them to finish…

In other news I finished Ready Player One this past week – for most of it I listened to the audiobook (Read by Wil Wheaton!) while painting all these SDE minis over the last couple weeks. A number of people recommended I read it – starting with William Bailie, who actually GAVE me a copy of the book. Others have since offered me copies or simply told me I should really get to reading the one I had.

I was quite reluctant to do so because the very title suggests it’s all about video games. I was never much of a video/computer game player. The last time I seriously played a computer game is was, I think Ultima IV – on my dad’s green screen Appolo (an “apple clone”). I did try to sit down and start the book and, as I suspected, the book is really is essentially about a computer game! I lost interest.

Then I heard Wil Wheaton had done the audiobook and I though, well that might be fun to listen to while painting – so I requested it from the library and waited… and waited… and waited… and eventually it showed up and I started listening to it over the last couple weeks.

Wheaton totally did it for me – he WAS Wade Watts. I would never have gotten through the book just reading it on my own. When Wade (the narrator) was explaining something that he was totally excited about you could hear it in Wheaton’s voice – the excitement was totally genuine – because, of course, it was probably something Mr. Wheaton himself is totally excited about.

Overall I thought the book was… Okay… by the end though I was getting into it enough that when I had to stop painting and take The Girl out to dance class, I took the paperback and finished off the last two chapters that way… 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone really interested in 1980’s popular culture – TV, movies, music, RPGs and especially video games. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 80’s they were, the saying goes, both the best of times and the WORST of times – and often that worst bit kind of overshadows the rest.

I did laugh out loud at a few of the things – the “time to make the donuts” comment when he was describing his daily routine and having to work at a tech support representative. Now, I don’t remember the commercial it’s from myself, but my partner Amanda, for as long as I’ve known her has said that in the morning whenever she was super tired and had to go off to work. And the names he gave a couple of accounts when he hacked… well, I won’t mention where (SPOILERS!)… Sam Lowrey and Harry Tuttle. Yeah. It was a 16 hour/372 page 80s nostalgia trip – which at sometimes felt like the author was trying to cram a mention of every movie, tv show, song/band, and game produced from the late 70s to the end of the 80s. A lot of it is explained – so if you aren’t familiar with the referred to material it won’t matter – but then there are the offhand, unexplained references (like the couple mentioned above) that only those who spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching tv and movies, playing games and listening to music in the 80s will appreciate (guilty as charged!).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The other batch of Super Dungeon Explore figures I did were some of the Forgotten Kings Billmen – anthropomorphic platypuses with halberds. I’ll be posting those in a week. 

I think I’m going to try and get back to some Irish for Montrose’s forces, or perhaps some Highlanders, for the next couple of rounds of the LPL.

After that I really will focus on finishing Ricks robot, then its onto some more JET BIKES!

Of course the Psi-Paladins and Lead Adventure Dwarves kickstarter rewards have shipped and should be here soon-ish… so that might provide some serious distractions… Reaper Bones III might also be shipping soon – but the kids are getting most of those…

Pirates

Posted on May 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by


It was a Theme Round last week on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. The theme was “Ship’s Crew”. I’d originally thought I’d do some Hasslefree Miniatures as spaceship crew… but then I ended up king of running out of time and just cranked out a few random pirates I had left over. I’m not even sure where they came from…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Yarrrrr! Pirates!

I lost last weeks (with the above pirates), which put me way down tin the ranks… So I worked my ASS off on this week’s entry… only to be matched up with Curt(CUUUUUUURRRRRRRRT!) . Actually I don’t at all mind losing to a guy like Curt – because he is just such a superb painter… It was a bit dispiriting though, having worked so hard and really been hoping for a win this week… gah!

I have to admit I guess I just don’t get how the match-ups work – I thought with a Swiss Draw the first two in the standings are paired off, then the next two, etc… perhaps they have a system built in so that people don’t get paired up with the same participants…? I don’t know… 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Um….? Maybe this week’s entry… sometime next week… Not really working on much else at this point. Perhaps I’ll get a game in…? I don’t know. Everything seems to have gone CrAzY around here and I can’t seen to get anything done. 

Pirates

Posted on May 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by


It was a Theme Round last week on the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. The theme was “Ship’s Crew”. I’d originally thought I’d do some Hasslefree Miniatures as spaceship crew… but then I ended up king of running out of time and just cranked out a few random pirates I had left over. I’m not even sure where they came from…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Yarrrrr! Pirates!

I lost last weeks (with the above pirates), which put me way down tin the ranks… So I worked my ASS off on this week’s entry… only to be matched up with Curt(CUUUUUUURRRRRRRRT!) . Actually I don’t at all mind losing to a guy like Curt – because he is just such a superb painter… It was a bit dispiriting though, having worked so hard and really been hoping for a win this week… gah!

I have to admit I guess I just don’t get how the match-ups work – I thought with a Swiss Draw the first two in the standings are paired off, then the next two, etc… perhaps they have a system built in so that people don’t get paired up with the same participants…? I don’t know… 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Um….? Maybe this week’s entry… sometime next week… Not really working on much else at this point. Perhaps I’ll get a game in…? I don’t know. Everything seems to have gone CrAzY around here and I can’t seen to get anything done. 

March/April Boardgame Roundup

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

I didn’t end up doing a lot of boardgaming in March because I was busy working on the Vimy Project… well…for the first half of the month before I abandoned it… I’m not sure why we didn’t do much gaming for the following three weeks…? General malaise after abandoning the project I’d worked so hard and so long on…? Maybe it was all the catching up on other things I had let slip while working so long and hard on it…? maybe a bit of both…? Anyway, gaming picked up in April..

Amanda and the kids and I played a game of Nationson the 5th. My friend Kurtis left the expansion nations from the Dynasties Expansion for us to try out.
I totally can’t remember what everyone else was playing… I’d played the previous few games with China – determined to find some way to win with them…

But it looks like I was playing with Japan this game… I have no idea who won. I just know it was fun. Because Nations is always fun. (Except when Amanda complains all game that she has no idea what she is doing and that she’s certain she’s not doing well and then UTTERLY CRUSHES US ALL by a landslide… Oh, wait, that’s EVERY game of Nations… Ah well, it’s still fun to play).

The following Friday (the 10th) we played Abyss. Abyss is an interesting set-collection game. The Girl got it for X-mas from my folks – she’d asked for it because she and Amanda had tried it out at International Tabletop Day last year and really enjoyed it. It’s fun.

These games were almost two months ago, so I don’t really remember how they went down… I should stay on top of these monthly Boardgame Roundups – even if I don’t play many games – just so I can remember what the heck happened in the games!? Or maybe even type a few lines about each game immediately after the game and then just post all the comments at the end of the month…?

We didn’t get in any games again until the next Saturday (18th) – when Bruce and Brent joined me and Finnegan to try out Pax Renaissance. It ended up being a “figuring it out” game and all I really remember about the game was I ended up playing King Maker for Brent – I took… something…? Away from Finnegan one turn – which set me up to declare victory on my following turn, but I hadn’t been paying attention as Brent ALSO had the requirements for the same sort of victory and started his turn by saying “Uh… I think I win…”

This was one of the games that my in-laws got me for my birthday, which had arrived earlier in the week. They live in Windsor (Ontario!) and my sister-in-law lives in Detroit (part time… sort of… long story…) so when Amanda said he mum was interested in a list of ideas for things she might be able to get me for my birthday I send along a list of a few things that are either impossible to get in Canada or prohibitively expensive to get in Canada – but are easily available through Amazon.com – with free shipping within the US! I sent a list of a few things  thinking she could maybe get two (which would be enough for free shipping) but tacked on a couple of extra options in case one or the other weren’t available… well she ended up buying ALL of the things on the list!?

Later in the evening some other friends came over to try out Secret Hitler – another of the birthday games. It’s a party-ish games – sort of along the lines of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow (in that there are people with secret identities – the fascists – which the other players – the Liberals – have to root out before they are destroyed by them..?). I think we played two or three rounds. I ended up being a fascist EVERY SINGLE TIME. The game involves bluffing and lying – which I am TERRIBLE at. It was a lot harder game for the Fascists to win than I imagined (But maybe that’s just because I’m such a terrible liar…).

The picture was probably taken AFTER a game – because I kept forgetting to take pictures because I was too involved in PLAYING the games…

We also played Are You The Cultist? – another similar game where the players are supposedly a group of investigators trying to stop cultists from summoning some dark god – but their group has been infiltrated by a couple of cultists who secretly try to foil the investigations. I totally don’t remember who was who, or who won… I seem to think there was a random element to the game which really messed things up…

I think both of the games play better with MORE people!

On the 28the Amanda and I played in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. The game that should have been played earlier in the month was cancelled for some reason…? I think this session was the one where the stars aligned and an island not on my chart rose from the sea and we were attacked by Deep Ones…

A week later, on the 31st we I finally got in a game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of the game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – Pork on the Trotters

Earlier in the week my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition which I Kickstarted almost two years ago

So on Saturday (1 April 2017) we set it up to have a go at it.

Bruce, Finnegan and I went through the “READ THIS BOOK FIRST – Training Guide”  because… well… it said to read it first and seemed to be a walkthrough of the rules (and also I hadn’t had an opportunity to read through the actual rules earlier). It turned out to be not all that helpful… I probably would have don’t better reading through the rules and puzzling it out on my own… anyway…

I think Bruce actually successfully managed to launch a rocket and get somewhere…

The following Saturday (8 April 2017) Brent joined us to have another go at the game. Bruce and I had both read the basic rules – and Brent had actually played before – so things went a BIT smoother. I still like I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing – but I LOVE the game! I NEED TO PLAY THIS MORE!!!

On the following Tuesday (11 April 2017) I got in another game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of that game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – River Crossing

I’m really enjoying The Pikeman’s Lament and have been painting a lot of stuff for it this past month.

The next day (12 April 2017) the kids just set up a game of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King while I was doing chores, but invited me to play for a bit when I took a break.

I got to play the Ember Mage. She’s pretty cool. With all the goodies she’d found she was blasting stuff right, left, and center.

I had to step out of the game before we finished, but the kids left it set out and I think finished it up after supper.

They just had a riot playing it. I hope we get to play this again soon!

Thursday and Friday (13/14 April 2017) We set up a game of Star Wars: X-Wing. It was really just one game we played – we set it up on the Thursday and got in an turn or two, but then had to stop for some reason… but we left it out overnight and finished it off Friday morning.

The Girl had picked out a TIE Interceptor with a named pilot and a couple of bog standard TIE Fighters with Academy Pilots. I took one of the TIE Fighters.

Finnegan took a Y-Wing and a B-wing

Finnegan’s Y-Wing took out The Girl’s Tie Fighter pretty quick in the game.

But then my TIE fighter took out the B-Wing!?

And then he took out the Y-Wing!?

An Academy Pilot… well he’d probably been promoted!

This turned out to be a WEEK-O-GAMING as one of the kids came over the following day to play a few more games with us.

We played a quick game of Ingenious.

I totally played my BEST GAME EVER – I ended up with 18 in ALL colours!?

Later we set a game of Onward to Venus I played France, Amanda was America, Finnegan played Germany, The Girl played the Russian Empire and the kid’s friend played the British Empire.

Since we had a bit of a Space theme going for the weekend I had hoped I’ve be able to introduce Amanda and The Girl to High Frontier, but then Amanda remembered she was teaching a yoga class in the afternoon and we ended up having to play a shorter game.

Trying to keep with the Space theme we played Race for the Galaxy. Amanda’s looking a bit gloaty here… She did end the game – putting out 14 developments and planets (she had a development that allowed her 14 in her tableau – rather than ending at 12). She’d played a FAST game getting things out as quick as possible. She didn’t end up winning though, so the celebrating was perhaps a bit premature…

The Girl was really upset by this – she’d needed a few more rounds to get out all the things she had in hand.

I didn’t get everything I had into play, but won the game anyway. I had a pretty solid theme going. I like that more than winning – it just happened that I got one of those 6-cost developments that gave me HUGE points for having all those Alien cards in play.

After Amanda left, we played another game, which I think I also ended up winning – this time with a bit of an uplift theme (I had originally thought of going for Imperial worlds – there had been a “First Goal” for imperium/military worlds – which I did end up getting, but not in the way I originally planned…)

Later in the evening I went over to my friend Kurtis’ to try out Wings of the Baron. Players are competing manufacturers of airplanes in Germany during the Great War. We were actually playtesting for a new expansion.

I played Albatross. I really enjoyed the game, but I really only felt like I was starting to get a clue how to play as the game ended… There are about six different actions you can take, but must select only a few of them to do each turn. These include researching new technology (giving you cards), implementing new designs (playing those cards), espionage (stealing technology others have already designed), building new factories, and banking (converting paper money into gold – because paper money is devalued throughout the game due to inflation – and becomes absolutely worthless if Germany loses the war).  Whoever has the best planes gets the most contracts. More contracts means more money, but you are limited in the number of contracts you can fulfill by tthe number of factories you have. So there is a lot going on in the game! 

Monday kicked off a week of High Frontier 3rd Edition (well… two days.. originally it was to be three days, which is pretty close to a week). For the first game I talked the kids into trying a play through of with me. I played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA, and The Girl played the UN. Finnegan’s starting to figure it out and managed to lay claim to all of Mars and build a factory there, he also built set up a factory and colony out in the asteroid belt. The Girl made a number of claims out in the asteroid belt and build two factories out there – one with a colony. I got a manned mission to Mercury and back – scoring a quick (well.. not really so quick as I effed up my first attempt 6 points claiming the glory for return trips to  Mercury and a Science site) Later I build a factory out in the belt – where I managed to do and Extra-terrestrial construction of a more efficient solar sail that I was able to bring back and use to take enough stuff to set up a factory and colony on Mercury! Finnegan and I tied at 26 points, and The Girl wasn’t far behind with 20…

Tuesday (18 April 2017) we tried to walk Amanda through it. I played Shimizo, The Girl played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA again and Amanda tried the UN. After a great deal of explanation we got a game underway around 8pm or so… but had to call it quits just after 9pm as Amanda was exhausted from her day at work (and hadn’t been sleeping well the last few nights). The Girl had already laid claim to a couple of Asteriods and has left a Robonaut floating in space waiting for a refinery to arrive for her to complete a factory on one. I was a turn away from claiming all of Mars! (MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa….). Finnegan Has been about to launch a mission to Mercury, but I pointed out he was about to make the same mistake I had at the beginning of our previous game – going there without enough fuel to afterburn to get enough thrust to land and take off again! He decided to wait until he got a more efficient thruster to get his rocket TO the Venus zone where he could abandon it and carry on with his solar sail. Amanda had JUST gotten a PILE of equipment boosted into Low Earth Orbit, but then we pointed out she’d need to collect income for four more turns to have enough fuel to get to where she was planning to go… AND that she didn’t actually have a good enough ISRU to actually prospect at the location she was initially planning to go… and at that point she called the game and went to bed. She did think it was interesting and promised to have another go at it – on a weekend when we had more time and she was better rested!

The following day – Wednesday, 19 April – I was supposed to go over to Brent’s in the evening and play High Frontier AGAIN! Brent was planning to run us through a full Colonization game. I didn’t make it… I can’t remember what came up…?

Thursday was the start of the annual Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Book and Music sale (people donate books and cds and records and DVDs which members of the symphony and volunteers sell at this annual event – which now runs a whole week and a bit – to raise money for the SSO). I happened to find this old copy of Acquire.

This was Day One’s purchases – The Girl’s, Mine, and Finnegan’s piles. The whole shebang was about $50…? This was our biggest haul of the week – except for the second Saturday – the last day – when everything was 50% off…

Friday was our usual biweekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E game – and Amanda’s birthday! ( a couple of our regular players were missing…) 

The evening’s escapades brought us to the climax of an adventure that took us to a slavers city to try and free some Dwarf merchants and a master craftsman. We had a show down with a particularly nasty wizard of some sort that planned to sacrificed the dwarf in some dark ceremony. My fighter dude shot him out of the sky – I got a natural 20 and did 20-something damage… it was pretty epic…

The next week was pretty busy and we didn’t get to any gaming at all until Saturday, 29 April 2017 – International Tabletop Day2017!

This was the beginning of an insanely busy weekend. Amanda was away at a yoga instructors workshop in British Columbia, so I was doing stuff on my own with the kids… now, as I mentioned this Saturday was the final day of the SSO book and Music sale (everything 50% off the already insanely low prices…) it opened at 10am. We spent about half an hour there – gathered up a pile of stuff – mostly DVDs and then split.

Luckily it was a beautiful day. I think the forecast was for rain – which would have sucked – but it ended up being sunny and warm. After the SSO sale, Finnegan made his way to Dragon’s Den Games, and I took The Girl to one of her dance classes. She normally has three dance classes on Saturday. But I convinced her to play hooky from the two in the afternoon so we could all go to Tabletop Day and play games all afternoon. (this picture above is from where I was sitting and waiting for her while she did her class – in the Williams Building – in the distance there). It was nice to sit out in the sun.

After the class we headed over to The Den. Locked up our bikes – to the only place to lock bikes up to within half a block of the place…

When we got there things were well underway.

Finnegan was playing a game called Colosseum..? maybe…?

The Girl and I joined a few others to play a game called Shadow Hunters, which was pretty interesting. Players have a secret identity and are either Hunters, Shadows or Neutrals. Hunters and Shadows win by eliminating all of their opposites. The Neutrals have weird victory conditions. Part of the game is deducing who is on your side and who are your enemies and then destroying them before they figure out who you are… I ended up being a Hunter and The Girl was a neutral – her victory condition was that she won if the person to her right won…!? I figured out who the other Hunter was pretty quickly and then figured out who the Shadows were – but I think they pretty much figured me out about the same time. We took down one of the shadows, but then the other one finished me off. One of the Neutrals finished off the second Shadow to fulfill HIS victory condition – which made us Hunters win as well (including me, even though I was dead?!) AND The Girl was counted amongst the victors, as she was sitting to the left of the Neutral who ended the game and won…

The we joined in a game of Kemet. followers of different gods in ancient Egypt battling each other for control of temples and stuff… It was okay…

The Girl kind of looks bored in most of these pictures – she wasn’t – she was just very, very tired. It was a long week with a lot of activity, followed by a late night Friday evening, followed by and early morning on Saturday and a lot of running around – to the SSO, back home, over to Campus, 45 minute dance class, over to the Dragons Den (all by bicycle – tires an 11-year-old out…)

I spotted my friend Other Tim playing a game of Nations.

I had heard someone was going to be running a game of Terraforming Mars, which I’d really wanted to try out. But there was a sign up sheet and only four spots available and it was all full up before I got there… looks like a fun game though.

The kids played a game of Sentinels of the Multiverse with a couple. Actually Finnegan had played another game of Sentinels earlier in the day.

I tried out another game called Kingdomino. It was fun and quick. Probably be a good one to play with my folks.

There were doorprizes handed out throughout the afternoon. The Girl won a weekend pass to ToonCon in the fall and Finnegan won a game called Costa Rica.

There was also a bit of a sale going on and I ended up buying a copy of Neanderthal. My mom had asked me to pick up a game we could play with them over at their place. I thought about getting Kingdomino, but then the couple I’d played it with bought it… I had thought about Codenames… but the kids seemed pretty interested in Hero Realms, so I ended up picking up that. Finnegan also bought himself a game – something to do with Red Dragon Inn… but not actually Red Dragon Inn…? I think it might have been Battle for Greyport..? I’m sure we’ll be trying it out soon enough.

We stopped by my folks place for supper afterwards and actually ended up trying out Costa Rica and it was actually quite fun – and my folks could even play! Players took turns leading expeditions through the mountains, forests and wetlands of Costa Rica in search of critters. Each expedition initially has a one meeple of every players colour, but as players collect tiles with animals they are removed from the expedition. It’s essentially a set-collection game. This post is already WAY TOO LONG to really get into it… I’m sure we’ll play it again soon – maybe when Amanda gets back from BC.

 When we got back home we played YET ANOTHER GAME – Just Desserts. This is one of The Girls games and she loves playing it and she was feeling like she didn’t really get to play a game she’d wanted to play – she didn’t mind playing any of the games – but didn’t really feel they were ones she chose…? I don’t know… So we played a quick game of Just Desserts and she was happy.

I ended up Staying up  waaaay tooooo laaaaaate trying to get some patches sewed onto wone of The Girls dance costumes, and then we had another early start to get over the the Universities Physical Activity Complex for the U of S School of Dance’s Picture Day….

Picture Day. We were there from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon…. The Girl takes FIVE different dance classes with the UofS SoD… (and Finnegan takes one too!)

In some of the longer breaks between pictures we got a couple of games of Star Realms.

This was my last round of one of the games – I went pretty heavy with the BLOB forces. I think I did 28 damage! Finnegan had already been knocked out and The Girl only had about 13 Authority left, and maybe an outpost worth four…

After we were finished with pictures we scooted on over to Irish Dance (at a different dance studio) I caught the last 15 minutes of my class – which just about did me in (I was running of fumes at this point having had only 4.5 hours of sleep). I’d brought Neanderthalwith me thinking I’d sit and read the rules, but I couldn’t even focus my eyes to ready ANYTHING so I sprawled out on a couch in the basement and trie dot rest a bit.

After class it was pouring rain and the ride through the rain woke me up a bit. We went to my folks for supper again.

And this evening we tried out Hero Realms! I’d also picked up a few of the expansion started decks, so Finnegan tried out the Ranger, my dad tried the Cleric(which he always played in D&D as well….), and The Girl and my Mom teamed up to play the Wizard. I just played on of the generic starter decks from the base game. It was fun. My dad had to split to go feed my sister’s dogs – he wasn’t quite grasping the whole idea of deck-building – kept thinking the cards he bought in the turn he should be able to use then and there, but my mom followed along and pretty much had it figured out by the end. It is pretty much identical to star Realms – with different names and art – but it works. We had a lot of fun – it’s a good filler game when you don’t want to have to think too much. I’m interested to see what they come up with in the Co-operative campaign sets they’re planning.

Well! That’s a lot of gaming… I need to stay on top of these updates and do them monthly… or perhaps fortnightly!?

In addition to receiving my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition this month, I also kickstarted a couple new games in the last month or so – Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game and Bios: Gensis (2nd Edition)… because… SCIENCE!! I do really like Phil Eklund games and I’d been really interested in Bios: Genesis when it came out last year. I didn’t pre-order it though, thinking it would get to my local game store (Dragon’s Den) eventually – but it sold out before they shipped any to any stores and initially it sounded like they weren’t going to reprint anytime soon – so when they announced they were kickstarting a SECOND EDITION already, I jumped in on that on!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some painting perhaps…? 

March/April Boardgame Roundup

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I didn’t end up doing a lot of boardgaming in March because I was busy working on the Vimy Project… well…for the first half of the month before I abandoned it… I’m not sure why we didn’t do much gaming for the following three weeks…? General malaise after abandoning the project I’d worked so hard and so long on…? Maybe it was all the catching up on other things I had let slip while working so long and hard on it…? maybe a bit of both…? Anyway, gaming picked up in April..

Amanda and the kids and I played a game of Nationson the 5th. My friend Kurtis left the expansion nations from the Dynasties Expansion for us to try out.
I totally can’t remember what everyone else was playing… I’d played the previous few games with China – determined to find some way to win with them…

But it looks like I was playing with Japan this game… I have no idea who won. I just know it was fun. Because Nations is always fun. (Except when Amanda complains all game that she has no idea what she is doing and that she’s certain she’s not doing well and then UTTERLY CRUSHES US ALL by a landslide… Oh, wait, that’s EVERY game of Nations… Ah well, it’s still fun to play).

The following Friday (the 10th) we played Abyss. Abyss is an interesting set-collection game. The Girl got it for X-mas from my folks – she’d asked for it because she and Amanda had tried it out at International Tabletop Day last year and really enjoyed it. It’s fun.

These games were almost two months ago, so I don’t really remember how they went down… I should stay on top of these monthly Boardgame Roundups – even if I don’t play many games – just so I can remember what the heck happened in the games!? Or maybe even type a few lines about each game immediately after the game and then just post all the comments at the end of the month…?

We didn’t get in any games again until the next Saturday (18th) – when Bruce and Brent joined me and Finnegan to try out Pax Renaissance. It ended up being a “figuring it out” game and all I really remember about the game was I ended up playing King Maker for Brent – I took… something…? Away from Finnegan one turn – which set me up to declare victory on my following turn, but I hadn’t been paying attention as Brent ALSO had the requirements for the same sort of victory and started his turn by saying “Uh… I think I win…”

This was one of the games that my in-laws got me for my birthday, which had arrived earlier in the week. They live in Windsor (Ontario!) and my sister-in-law lives in Detroit (part time… sort of… long story…) so when Amanda said he mum was interested in a list of ideas for things she might be able to get me for my birthday I send along a list of a few things that are either impossible to get in Canada or prohibitively expensive to get in Canada – but are easily available through Amazon.com – with free shipping within the US! I sent a list of a few things  thinking she could maybe get two (which would be enough for free shipping) but tacked on a couple of extra options in case one or the other weren’t available… well she ended up buying ALL of the things on the list!?

Later in the evening some other friends came over to try out Secret Hitler – another of the birthday games. It’s a party-ish games – sort of along the lines of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow (in that there are people with secret identities – the fascists – which the other players – the Liberals – have to root out before they are destroyed by them..?). I think we played two or three rounds. I ended up being a fascist EVERY SINGLE TIME. The game involves bluffing and lying – which I am TERRIBLE at. It was a lot harder game for the Fascists to win than I imagined (But maybe that’s just because I’m such a terrible liar…).

The picture was probably taken AFTER a game – because I kept forgetting to take pictures because I was too involved in PLAYING the games…

We also played Are You The Cultist? – another similar game where the players are supposedly a group of investigators trying to stop cultists from summoning some dark god – but their group has been infiltrated by a couple of cultists who secretly try to foil the investigations. I totally don’t remember who was who, or who won… I seem to think there was a random element to the game which really messed things up…

I think both of the games play better with MORE people!

On the 28the Amanda and I played in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. The game that should have been played earlier in the month was cancelled for some reason…? I think this session was the one where the stars aligned and an island not on my chart rose from the sea and we were attacked by Deep Ones…

A week later, on the 31st we I finally got in a game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of the game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – Pork on the Trotters

Earlier in the week my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition which I Kickstarted almost two years ago

So on Saturday (1 April 2017) we set it up to have a go at it.

Bruce, Finnegan and I went through the “READ THIS BOOK FIRST – Training Guide”  because… well… it said to read it first and seemed to be a walkthrough of the rules (and also I hadn’t had an opportunity to read through the actual rules earlier). It turned out to be not all that helpful… I probably would have don’t better reading through the rules and puzzling it out on my own… anyway…

I think Bruce actually successfully managed to launch a rocket and get somewhere…

The following Saturday (8 April 2017) Brent joined us to have another go at the game. Bruce and I had both read the basic rules – and Brent had actually played before – so things went a BIT smoother. I still like I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing – but I LOVE the game! I NEED TO PLAY THIS MORE!!!

On the following Tuesday (11 April 2017) I got in another game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of that game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – River Crossing

I’m really enjoying The Pikeman’s Lament and have been painting a lot of stuff for it this past month.

The next day (12 April 2017) the kids just set up a game of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King while I was doing chores, but invited me to play for a bit when I took a break.

I got to play the Ember Mage. She’s pretty cool. With all the goodies she’d found she was blasting stuff right, left, and center.

I had to step out of the game before we finished, but the kids left it set out and I think finished it up after supper.

They just had a riot playing it. I hope we get to play this again soon!

Thursday and Friday (13/14 April 2017) We set up a game of Star Wars: X-Wing. It was really just one game we played – we set it up on the Thursday and got in an turn or two, but then had to stop for some reason… but we left it out overnight and finished it off Friday morning.

The Girl had picked out a TIE Interceptor with a named pilot and a couple of bog standard TIE Fighters with Academy Pilots. I took one of the TIE Fighters.

Finnegan took a Y-Wing and a B-wing

Finnegan’s Y-Wing took out The Girl’s Tie Fighter pretty quick in the game.

But then my TIE fighter took out the B-Wing!?

And then he took out the Y-Wing!?

An Academy Pilot… well he’d probably been promoted!

This turned out to be a WEEK-O-GAMING as one of the kids came over the following day to play a few more games with us.

We played a quick game of Ingenious.

I totally played my BEST GAME EVER – I ended up with 18 in ALL colours!?

Later we set a game of Onward to Venus I played France, Amanda was America, Finnegan played Germany, The Girl played the Russian Empire and the kid’s friend played the British Empire.

Since we had a bit of a Space theme going for the weekend I had hoped I’ve be able to introduce Amanda and The Girl to High Frontier, but then Amanda remembered she was teaching a yoga class in the afternoon and we ended up having to play a shorter game.

Trying to keep with the Space theme we played Race for the Galaxy. Amanda’s looking a bit gloaty here… She did end the game – putting out 14 developments and planets (she had a development that allowed her 14 in her tableau – rather than ending at 12). She’d played a FAST game getting things out as quick as possible. She didn’t end up winning though, so the celebrating was perhaps a bit premature…

The Girl was really upset by this – she’d needed a few more rounds to get out all the things she had in hand.

I didn’t get everything I had into play, but won the game anyway. I had a pretty solid theme going. I like that more than winning – it just happened that I got one of those 6-cost developments that gave me HUGE points for having all those Alien cards in play.

After Amanda left, we played another game, which I think I also ended up winning – this time with a bit of an uplift theme (I had originally thought of going for Imperial worlds – there had been a “First Goal” for imperium/military worlds – which I did end up getting, but not in the way I originally planned…)

Later in the evening I went over to my friend Kurtis’ to try out Wings of the Baron. Players are competing manufacturers of airplanes in Germany during the Great War. We were actually playtesting for a new expansion.

I played Albatross. I really enjoyed the game, but I really only felt like I was starting to get a clue how to play as the game ended… There are about six different actions you can take, but must select only a few of them to do each turn. These include researching new technology (giving you cards), implementing new designs (playing those cards), espionage (stealing technology others have already designed), building new factories, and banking (converting paper money into gold – because paper money is devalued throughout the game due to inflation – and becomes absolutely worthless if Germany loses the war).  Whoever has the best planes gets the most contracts. More contracts means more money, but you are limited in the number of contracts you can fulfill by tthe number of factories you have. So there is a lot going on in the game! 

Monday kicked off a week of High Frontier 3rd Edition (well… two days.. originally it was to be three days, which is pretty close to a week). For the first game I talked the kids into trying a play through of with me. I played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA, and The Girl played the UN. Finnegan’s starting to figure it out and managed to lay claim to all of Mars and build a factory there, he also built set up a factory and colony out in the asteroid belt. The Girl made a number of claims out in the asteroid belt and build two factories out there – one with a colony. I got a manned mission to Mercury and back – scoring a quick (well.. not really so quick as I effed up my first attempt 6 points claiming the glory for return trips to  Mercury and a Science site) Later I build a factory out in the belt – where I managed to do and Extra-terrestrial construction of a more efficient solar sail that I was able to bring back and use to take enough stuff to set up a factory and colony on Mercury! Finnegan and I tied at 26 points, and The Girl wasn’t far behind with 20…

Tuesday (18 April 2017) we tried to walk Amanda through it. I played Shimizo, The Girl played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA again and Amanda tried the UN. After a great deal of explanation we got a game underway around 8pm or so… but had to call it quits just after 9pm as Amanda was exhausted from her day at work (and hadn’t been sleeping well the last few nights). The Girl had already laid claim to a couple of Asteriods and has left a Robonaut floating in space waiting for a refinery to arrive for her to complete a factory on one. I was a turn away from claiming all of Mars! (MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa….). Finnegan Has been about to launch a mission to Mercury, but I pointed out he was about to make the same mistake I had at the beginning of our previous game – going there without enough fuel to afterburn to get enough thrust to land and take off again! He decided to wait until he got a more efficient thruster to get his rocket TO the Venus zone where he could abandon it and carry on with his solar sail. Amanda had JUST gotten a PILE of equipment boosted into Low Earth Orbit, but then we pointed out she’d need to collect income for four more turns to have enough fuel to get to where she was planning to go… AND that she didn’t actually have a good enough ISRU to actually prospect at the location she was initially planning to go… and at that point she called the game and went to bed. She did think it was interesting and promised to have another go at it – on a weekend when we had more time and she was better rested!

The following day – Wednesday, 19 April – I was supposed to go over to Brent’s in the evening and play High Frontier AGAIN! Brent was planning to run us through a full Colonization game. I didn’t make it… I can’t remember what came up…?

Thursday was the start of the annual Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Book and Music sale (people donate books and cds and records and DVDs which members of the symphony and volunteers sell at this annual event – which now runs a whole week and a bit – to raise money for the SSO). I happened to find this old copy of Acquire.

This was Day One’s purchases – The Girl’s, Mine, and Finnegan’s piles. The whole shebang was about $50…? This was our biggest haul of the week – except for the second Saturday – the last day – when everything was 50% off…

Friday was our usual biweekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E game – and Amanda’s birthday! ( a couple of our regular players were missing…) 

The evening’s escapades brought us to the climax of an adventure that took us to a slavers city to try and free some Dwarf merchants and a master craftsman. We had a show down with a particularly nasty wizard of some sort that planned to sacrificed the dwarf in some dark ceremony. My fighter dude shot him out of the sky – I got a natural 20 and did 20-something damage… it was pretty epic…

The next week was pretty busy and we didn’t get to any gaming at all until Saturday, 29 April 2017 – International Tabletop Day2017!

This was the beginning of an insanely busy weekend. Amanda was away at a yoga instructors workshop in British Columbia, so I was doing stuff on my own with the kids… now, as I mentioned this Saturday was the final day of the SSO book and Music sale (everything 50% off the already insanely low prices…) it opened at 10am. We spent about half an hour there – gathered up a pile of stuff – mostly DVDs and then split.

Luckily it was a beautiful day. I think the forecast was for rain – which would have sucked – but it ended up being sunny and warm. After the SSO sale, Finnegan made his way to Dragon’s Den Games, and I took The Girl to one of her dance classes. She normally has three dance classes on Saturday. But I convinced her to play hooky from the two in the afternoon so we could all go to Tabletop Day and play games all afternoon. (this picture above is from where I was sitting and waiting for her while she did her class – in the Williams Building – in the distance there). It was nice to sit out in the sun.

After the class we headed over to The Den. Locked up our bikes – to the only place to lock bikes up to within half a block of the place…

When we got there things were well underway.

Finnegan was playing a game called Colosseum..? maybe…?

The Girl and I joined a few others to play a game called Shadow Hunters, which was pretty interesting. Players have a secret identity and are either Hunters, Shadows or Neutrals. Hunters and Shadows win by eliminating all of their opposites. The Neutrals have weird victory conditions. Part of the game is deducing who is on your side and who are your enemies and then destroying them before they figure out who you are… I ended up being a Hunter and The Girl was a neutral – her victory condition was that she won if the person to her right won…!? I figured out who the other Hunter was pretty quickly and then figured out who the Shadows were – but I think they pretty much figured me out about the same time. We took down one of the shadows, but then the other one finished me off. One of the Neutrals finished off the second Shadow to fulfill HIS victory condition – which made us Hunters win as well (including me, even though I was dead?!) AND The Girl was counted amongst the victors, as she was sitting to the left of the Neutral who ended the game and won…

The we joined in a game of Kemet. followers of different gods in ancient Egypt battling each other for control of temples and stuff… It was okay…

The Girl kind of looks bored in most of these pictures – she wasn’t – she was just very, very tired. It was a long week with a lot of activity, followed by a late night Friday evening, followed by and early morning on Saturday and a lot of running around – to the SSO, back home, over to Campus, 45 minute dance class, over to the Dragons Den (all by bicycle – tires an 11-year-old out…)

I spotted my friend Other Tim playing a game of Nations.

I had heard someone was going to be running a game of Terraforming Mars, which I’d really wanted to try out. But there was a sign up sheet and only four spots available and it was all full up before I got there… looks like a fun game though.

The kids played a game of Sentinels of the Multiverse with a couple. Actually Finnegan had played another game of Sentinels earlier in the day.

I tried out another game called Kingdomino. It was fun and quick. Probably be a good one to play with my folks.

There were doorprizes handed out throughout the afternoon. The Girl won a weekend pass to ToonCon in the fall and Finnegan won a game called Costa Rica.

There was also a bit of a sale going on and I ended up buying a copy of Neanderthal. My mom had asked me to pick up a game we could play with them over at their place. I thought about getting Kingdomino, but then the couple I’d played it with bought it… I had thought about Codenames… but the kids seemed pretty interested in Hero Realms, so I ended up picking up that. Finnegan also bought himself a game – something to do with Red Dragon Inn… but not actually Red Dragon Inn…? I think it might have been Battle for Greyport..? I’m sure we’ll be trying it out soon enough.

We stopped by my folks place for supper afterwards and actually ended up trying out Costa Rica and it was actually quite fun – and my folks could even play! Players took turns leading expeditions through the mountains, forests and wetlands of Costa Rica in search of critters. Each expedition initially has a one meeple of every players colour, but as players collect tiles with animals they are removed from the expedition. It’s essentially a set-collection game. This post is already WAY TOO LONG to really get into it… I’m sure we’ll play it again soon – maybe when Amanda gets back from BC.

 When we got back home we played YET ANOTHER GAME – Just Desserts. This is one of The Girls games and she loves playing it and she was feeling like she didn’t really get to play a game she’d wanted to play – she didn’t mind playing any of the games – but didn’t really feel they were ones she chose…? I don’t know… So we played a quick game of Just Desserts and she was happy.

I ended up Staying up  waaaay tooooo laaaaaate trying to get some patches sewed onto wone of The Girls dance costumes, and then we had another early start to get over the the Universities Physical Activity Complex for the U of S School of Dance’s Picture Day….

Picture Day. We were there from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon…. The Girl takes FIVE different dance classes with the UofS SoD… (and Finnegan takes one too!)

In some of the longer breaks between pictures we got a couple of games of Star Realms.

This was my last round of one of the games – I went pretty heavy with the BLOB forces. I think I did 28 damage! Finnegan had already been knocked out and The Girl only had about 13 Authority left, and maybe an outpost worth four…

After we were finished with pictures we scooted on over to Irish Dance (at a different dance studio) I caught the last 15 minutes of my class – which just about did me in (I was running of fumes at this point having had only 4.5 hours of sleep). I’d brought Neanderthalwith me thinking I’d sit and read the rules, but I couldn’t even focus my eyes to ready ANYTHING so I sprawled out on a couch in the basement and trie dot rest a bit.

After class it was pouring rain and the ride through the rain woke me up a bit. We went to my folks for supper again.

And this evening we tried out Hero Realms! I’d also picked up a few of the expansion started decks, so Finnegan tried out the Ranger, my dad tried the Cleric(which he always played in D&D as well….), and The Girl and my Mom teamed up to play the Wizard. I just played on of the generic starter decks from the base game. It was fun. My dad had to split to go feed my sister’s dogs – he wasn’t quite grasping the whole idea of deck-building – kept thinking the cards he bought in the turn he should be able to use then and there, but my mom followed along and pretty much had it figured out by the end. It is pretty much identical to star Realms – with different names and art – but it works. We had a lot of fun – it’s a good filler game when you don’t want to have to think too much. I’m interested to see what they come up with in the Co-operative campaign sets they’re planning.

Well! That’s a lot of gaming… I need to stay on top of these updates and do them monthly… or perhaps fortnightly!?

In addition to receiving my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition this month, I also kickstarted a couple new games in the last month or so – Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game and Bios: Gensis (2nd Edition)… because… SCIENCE!! I do really like Phil Eklund games and I’d been really interested in Bios: Genesis when it came out last year. I didn’t pre-order it though, thinking it would get to my local game store (Dragon’s Den) eventually – but it sold out before they shipped any to any stores and initially it sounded like they weren’t going to reprint anytime soon – so when they announced they were kickstarting a SECOND EDITION already, I jumped in on that on!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some painting perhaps…? 

More of Montrose’s Irish

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This was my entry for round four of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. This lot  finishes up two units of Montrose’s Irish for my ECW Scots Royalist force for The Pikeman’s Lament.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The latest batch (well… they were painted a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t post them unit the round was over). This is the picture I submitted for round four of the Lead Painters League (I happen to have won that round). Most are from Warlord Games, but I think there’s an old foundry figure hiding in there somewhere.

Here is the complete unit of Shot including six figures from the batch above and six from the previous lot

Here is the complete unit of Pike including four figures from the batch above and the eight I posted a few weeks back.

The two units together.

I have another two units of Irish to finish up – another Pike and another Shot. But they are made up of figures from Eureka Miniatures (which I ordered from Eureka Miniatures USA). The rest of the force will likely be made up of highlanders and possibly some Gordon Horse at some point…?

This week’s entry (which won’t be posted here until next week) are some Pirates. There was another THEME ROUND this week – “Ship’s Crew”. I’d thought of doing some sci-fi figures I’ve been wanting to get to – to use as the bridge crew for a Rogue Trader vessel… but they were fancy-schmansy Hasslefree Miniatures minis and I was running short on time and didn’t want to have to rush them… so I went with regular old 17th/18th century historical pirates. (it sort of fits in with what I’ve been working on…)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Hard to say. I promised myself I wouldn’t assemble or paint any more jet bikes until I finished Rick’s Robot… I do have those other Irish to work on… I don need to get a crew ready for NEXT WEEKS Lead Painter League submission…

Oh! I know – it will probably be a round-up of the last two months tabletop gaming!

After that, things are less certain… 

More of Montrose’s Irish

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

This was my entry for round four of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League. This lot  finishes up two units of Montrose’s Irish for my ECW Scots Royalist force for The Pikeman’s Lament.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

The latest batch (well… they were painted a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t post them unit the round was over). This is the picture I submitted for round four of the Lead Painters League (I happen to have won that round). Most are from Warlord Games, but I think there’s an old foundry figure hiding in there somewhere.

Here is the complete unit of Shot including six figures from the batch above and six from the previous lot

Here is the complete unit of Pike including four figures from the batch above and the eight I posted a few weeks back.

The two units together.

I have another two units of Irish to finish up – another Pike and another Shot. But they are made up of figures from Eureka Miniatures (which I ordered from Eureka Miniatures USA). The rest of the force will likely be made up of highlanders and possibly some Gordon Horse at some point…?

This week’s entry (which won’t be posted here until next week) are some Pirates. There was another THEME ROUND this week – “Ship’s Crew”. I’d thought of doing some sci-fi figures I’ve been wanting to get to – to use as the bridge crew for a Rogue Trader vessel… but they were fancy-schmansy Hasslefree Miniatures minis and I was running short on time and didn’t want to have to rush them… so I went with regular old 17th/18th century historical pirates. (it sort of fits in with what I’ve been working on…)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:


Hard to say. I promised myself I wouldn’t assemble or paint any more jet bikes until I finished Rick’s Robot… I do have those other Irish to work on… I don need to get a crew ready for NEXT WEEKS Lead Painter League submission…

Oh! I know – it will probably be a round-up of the last two months tabletop gaming!

After that, things are less certain… 

YET ANOTHER JET BIKE!

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Well my stuff from the Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter arrived last week and of course I had to put at least ONE together…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Jet Bike from Ramshackle Games (the head is from Hasslefree Miniatures).

Of the 20 I ordered, 6 were for the kids (3 each) and 4 were for Amanda and John (2 each – which I’ll be painting for them), then I get 10 more just for me! Woo!

I should probably also get making some more terrain for these to dodge around…

Looks like they’ll fit right in with the other two I have.
Before I get to assembling any more of these, however, I have to get cracking on next weeks entry for the Lead Painter’s League. It’s another theme round – ship crew. I’ve been back and forth about whether I should do a couple of sci-fi ship crew or a handful of Pirates I have on hand… I’ll probably go with the Pirates – just because they’ll be quicker and easier at this point! 

I also have a fair bit of ECW stuff lingering near the workbench (a couple units of dragoons, a unit of gallopers, two more individual cavalry to finish off a unit, some more club men, two more units of Irish, loads more Highlanders, more English pike and shot).

And then there’s Rick’s robot (I’d actually set aside an afternoon last week to finish it off… but then the jet bikes arrived… GAH!?). After the Pirates are done, I’m going to finish it off before I do another Jet Bike!!! 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Well… now that I have three bikes – we should have a RACE!!!

Or maybe I should finish the robot.