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Minas Tirith vs Mordor: MESBG Battle Companies report

So after my defeat at the hands of the White City in yesterday's report, we switched sides and now Noshi would lead the forces of the Eye, while I would try and fend off darkness.The scenario we rolled was Plunder the Camp, so we moved the terrain around a bit to have the clearing in the center.Now, this is quite a special scenario, as the defender (in this case the Orcs) could all flee off the board when broken, yet still win the scenario as the attacker hadn't lighted enough fires.  Because the end of the game is random, and you will hope for those extra turns and trying to put the stashes on fire.The orcs deployed in their camp with the 5 objective counters, as the Minas Tirith men set up at least 6" away from their camp edge.  Shooting was heavily reduced in range due to it being played at night, yet if you hit, you would hit harder.The Gondorians slowly advanced, while the orcs rearranged their battle lines to try and keep the good guys out of their camp.  A pot shot took down an orc arche

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Mordor vs Minas Tirith: MESBG Battle Companies report

Past friday at the club, me and Noshi decided to play Battle Companies again, and duke it out over the lands of Middle Earth.I had made two warbands of sworn enemies, so the opponents would be Minas Tirith for Noshi, and Mordor for me.We set up a table making use of the excellent club Fantasy terrain, which Jo build for actually Frostgrave, and settled on the scenario: Hold the Line.  The numbers of the Orcs would be required to try and hold back the plate armour of Gondor as they race to the other side of the table.The Orcs deployed in the centre, and as I had priority, the lines swooped open to cover any possible arrivals of Minas Tirith soldiers along the length of the table edge.And forward they came, moving slowly on the board.  The forces of Mordor where required to split off, never a good idea per se, to try and stop all but one Gondorian from ever reaching the other side.My archers jumped down from their vantage point, but one didn't make the best of landings...The Minas Tirith warriors star

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Ev's Challenge - The Story So Far

It's Day 24 of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX (well, day 24 or thereabouts, depending where you are in relation to the International Date Line), and I thought it's about time for an update on my own output so far.First up was a Viking take on Santa Claus, the Jarl of Yule.A Wargames Foundry figure, he looks superbly unimpressed at the next selection, an Ice Troll from Reaper Miniatures. He's one of their Bones range, and repays the effort taken to pick out the details.The next submission was for the Bonus Theme Round 'Reconnaissance'. I picked a couple of H.P. Lovecraft's Mi-Go, the alien fungi from Yuggoth (aka Pluto). They are spying on the humans in preparation for a mission of conquest, and one has purchased a telescope to help in the task. Unfortunately, he's completely failed to take into account his species' complete lack of eyes.The latest submission is this little fellow;A toy scorpion re-purposed as a tabletop gaming piece and given a shiny new coat of paint, Mr Stabby is just the thing

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AHPC9: Orc Legionaries and Goblin Sagittarii

After the very positive comments about my Romanised Orcs and Goblin Auxiliaries submission a few weeks ago, I decided to advance the timetable for this army and produce two new units. First up is the mainstay of the Army - the Orc Legionaries, deployed here in a double line wall of spears type of formation. I have done them on two bases so I can denote when the formation to gets to half strength (which halves your attack dice in Dragon Rampant).  Figs are Oathmark Goblins fitted with Warlord Roman Shields Second is a Goblin Sagittarii unit to support the main Orc foot troops.  To be honest I haven't found Bow units to be very effective in Dragon Rampant but this is how Roman Legio were built so I am following suit.  Figs are GW LOTR Moria Goblins. In total that is 24 x 28mm figures ready and arrayed for battle Prefect! These AHPC submissions are posted here: https://thepaintingchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/01/from-paulog-orc-legionaries-and-goblin.html My Orci Invicti Army thus

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Coming Soon – Legends of Sleepy Hollow

Here we take a look at Legends of Sleepy Hollow, an upcoming cooperative adventure game from Greater Than Games. The post Coming Soon – Legends of Sleepy Hollow appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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The Raft Lookout

To celebrate the new year, I’ve decided to introduce a new section to the blog. In semi-regular intervals, I want to present new(ish) gaming-related stuff that caught my eye. For the first installation, I’ve found four items which might be of interest to you. Peter Pig has launched The 15 Mill, a new pdf magazine “that promotes the use of 15mm miniatures and modeling in wargaming”. As 15mm is a scale very dear to my heart, I find this a commendable enterprise! What is even more exciting is the fact that each issue will include a small game (or “gamette” as they call it), and for each of those games, Peter Pig will produce a special pack of figures. The first figure pack is now available: it’s a lovely set of duellers (so we can get an idea what the first game will be about…). The magazine itself contains all sorts of useful articles and is not limited to Peter Pig-related topics. It is available for free, so why not give it a try and download it here? The end of

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Plans for 2019

So 2018 was the year of Gates of Antares. I now have the core of two armies painted and its a matter of adding a model or unit here and there to add some more options. I plan on running a few Boot Camp events the game this year and that might require me to paint up a small 600 point Concord force as well but its not going to be necessary. While I can’t predict where the distracted magpie of my gaming focus will eventually go, the intention for this year is to try to build an army for Epic as well as Warmaster. There are some local gamers who are building Epic forces and there are enough proxy miniatures being produced now that it is possible to build well-balanced armies for Epic. Also, enough time has passed since my last foray into the game that I can ignore the sting of selling my Chaos army. Onslaught Miniatures produce a wide range of 6mm sci-fi figures including almost a full range of proxies for the Tau. I used some of my Xmas funds to purchase the core of a 2000 point Tau army and those minis ar

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New Year’s painting table

The new year has begun and there are some new minis on the painting table. The first is a general for my upcoming Chaos Warmaster army. Chaos General The model is part of a set of Chaos miniatures I picked up at a bitz sale at Imaginary War a few years ago. I just need to do a touch of work on the banner to add a chaos symbol to both sides. Also on the table is a set of Dystopian War British Medium tanks. Tanks for the Omnissiah! These are meant to be 2mm Dystopian Wars minis but I am going to use them as 6mm Adeptus Mechanicus APCs. I’ve used some PVA glue to stick them to some bases so I can use my painting handles when painting them. Originally I was thinking of using them as Imperial Guard proxies but I think that the ‘steampunk’ look suits the Mechanicus better. These will join some similar models that I painted some time ago as well as some Vanguard Miniatures Cybershadow miniatures to fill out the infantry and walkers.

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Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald

The first movie theatre report of the year, as me, Noshi and her brother went to see the latest Wizarding World instalment right before new year.And with the first movie being such great fun, I wondered what this would bring.The movie starts with Grindelwald's escape in America, and he sets chase after Credence, residing now in Paris.  Here he has teamed up with Nagini, yes, the same that would become Voldemorts companion in a few decennia.Newt in the meantime is forbidden to leave London, but as we learn he works for Dumbledore, he travels to Paris after all, joined by Jacob who is looking for Queenie.  Here he traces the trail of Tina and Grindelwald, leading to the Lestrange tomb where Grindelwald wants to show the wizard community why they should rule.  A large fight ensures, costing the lives of some dear friends, but it unveils the big secret of the Lestrange family... and in the aftermath, the true identity of Credence.It's not a feel good movie with a lot of fun beasties like the first

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AHPC9: Goblin Auxiliary Troops

I'm working through my main AHPC project (15mm DAK) but must admit to being challenged by the shift in scale and I'm still trying to paint them like they are 28mm figs - thus I'm not progressing as hoped. Time for a quick and dirty, morale boosting side project! (Dux: I promise that all shields in this unit were hand painted) This is a small Goblin scout unit intended for Dragon Rampant. They are older LOTR Moria Goblins with Oathmark Shields swapped in.  I've based them in an experimental 3-2-1 formation for dioramic effects and to reduce figure movement, while still allowing the exact number of casualties to be removed. These will join my longer term "Romanised Orcs" project which is a bit of fun and may see some other units during the challenge. Orci Invicti! Goblin Auxiliaries alongside the Orc Legionaries I painted prior to the Challenge Thats 6 x 28mm figs = 30 points added to my paltry 2 points thus far! This AHPC entry is here: https://thepaintingchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/12/from-pa

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Fighting Fae - 'Tom Thumb' and his Furies

Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder. Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels. Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies. Elves are glamorous. They project glamour. Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment. Elves are terrific. They beget terror. The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning. No one ever said elves are nice. Elves are bad.Terry Pratchett, 'Lords and Ladies'I first saw these figures last spring on the Eureka Miniatures' Facebook page (lurking under Sarah's profile) and knew I had to get a set. They immediately reminded me of Brian Frond and Alan Lee's illustrations in 'Faeries' published way back in the late 70s when I was just a kid.These are about 20mm in height, but their very slight physiques make them look quite smaller. Even though they've been scaled to blend with the other 28mm figures from Eureka's fantasy range, I like to think of them at being 'true scale', 1

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The Shannara Chronicles season 2

The first completed series of the year 2019, me and Noshi took a whole day off to finish some series we started last year.In other words, we where recuperating from a very hefty birthday party... aka a humongous hangover.The second year follows Wil and the druid Allonon as they further prepare him to face off the forces of evil.  Allonon's former apprentice, Bandon, is set out to resurrect the Warlock Lord, and after the fall of Arborlon has as such less opponents to deal with in this dark goal.The kingdom of Leah, which protects the Heavenswell, now rises to the central position of the story as such, as a marriage of reason is being planned between king Ander and princess Lyria.    In the meantile, general Riga and his army of fanatical magicuser hunters, the Crimson, are out to destroy all magic users in the Four Lands.At great cost to thrust and friendship amongst the heroes, who are joined by Mareth, Allonon's daughter and heir to the role of great druid, they try to prevent the ressurrecti

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Hasty Wrap Up of 2018

Hello once again!Hey, remember when I last posted, and said I had two things to post about so I'd split it in two? No? Well, that's not really surprising since it was more than a month ago. Whoops.Since I never got that posted, and since then I've painted some stuff on a third project, and it's now a new year, I'll abandon my original plans and sort of smush everything together as one. This gives me some chance to clear the backlog and start afresh, staying on top of things this time.The Hobbit GoblinsRight, first things first. In our gaming group, we had a brief flurry of interest in the new version of the Games Workshop Middle Earth Battle Game (I think it's called that, or something like it anyway (if only I was on the internet and could look this up)).Five goblins!A further five goblins!Surprise! Five more goblins!All together nowThis prompted me to dust off the Escape from Hobbit Town box I bought several years ago, and I blasted through 15 of the goblins before getting sidetracked again.In the event, I

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