Wednesday 29 November 2017

Ghost Archipelago: Ruin WIP

I wanted to have a go at creating a more individual ruin piece for Ghost, than all the bits of sculpture I had managed to buy recently and the walls I have built over the past year or so for Frostgrave.

I used my usual ingredients, packing card and PVAcrete but this time no cereal card for the details. I decided to try and use the PVAcrete as the sculpting medium.

I built up the features around the face area with more packing card to help then started to work the PVAcrete onto the structure.

Then I worked the PVAcrete while it was wet, it has about 15 mins working like I recon.

I used a left over arch piece I found lying about from when I made all the Frostgrave terrain for the Beers of War event earlier this year, it seemed to fit in. I made a raised area in the centre with a layer of packing card, then added stones, gravel and finally sand. When it had all dried I coated it with watered down PVA to really secure the sand and grit in place.

On the inside I wanted to add lots of different features and again these were all made using PVAcrete. If you get the consistency right it works quite well rendering a rough stone finish. I will see when its painted.

To give a sense of scale this is my Warden. nearly completed herself (just her base to do).
She's a converted Mage Knight miniature I bought off Ebay with a load of other odds and ends a while back. Her face was a nightmare to paint.

After painting I will also be adding some shrubbery but sadly no path. So it fits in with the jungle bases I have been putting together recently.

Monday 27 November 2017

Warmaster: Battle at the Ford

Just outside Calcaria, Paetinus found himself tasked with securing a simple river crossing in order to restrict MacEalar and his Warband. Hold out till reinforcements arrives, that's all there is too it, his commander had said.

MacEalar ordered his force to observe the intentions of the Roman invaders.

Paetinus knew he had to hold the bridge at any cost.

Paetinus felt badly out numbered. But Roman superiority would out.

McEalar organised his command into 4 separate brigades.

Sending his quickest to take the poorly constructed bridge ahead of the Roman scum.

Unfortunately it was the only order MacEalar managed so it left his fast troops out in the open unsupported.

Paetinus took advantage of this and moved his entire force up to the bridge, sending the Auxiliaries into combat with the Parisi cavalry. Surprised by the sudden surge of the Auxiliaries a unit of the Parisi Cavalry were destroyed.

MacEalar pulled his Cavalry and Chariot out of the fray, let the Romans take the bridge, they would not be able to hold it long.

Paetinus consolidated his position pushing over the bridge. perhaps a little too far.

MacEalar saw his chance for a flank attack and ordered the Chariot and Cavalry unit in.

Moments later both units of Auxiliaries were lost. Paetinus was showing how green he was as a leader yet again.

Although MacEalar had lost the Chariot he managed to withdraw the Light Cav and position to offer support again later.

Paetinus moved 2 units of Legion into the river despite being advised not too  by an experienced Centurion.

After a bloody engagement with Parisii Warriors 1 unit of Legion were routed but Paetinus saw the chance of a flank attack and advanced the Legion from the bridge into the Warriors. 

However, with some incredibly unlucky dice rolls, the Legion failed to kill of the Warriors and the Warriors then went on to use their initiative to charge both Legion units and wipe them out. Paetinus stood mouth agape- one assumes.

This left just 2 units of Legion to protect the bridge and a long time to wait till reinforcements arrived.

MacEalar and the Parisii Britons shuffled themselves into a good position to pelt the Romans with stones and arrows.

Focused fire, did little damage but did drive the Legions backwards across the bridge.

Further and further, while the Warriors got themselves all revved up for a final attack.

Paetinus commands his Legion back onto the bridge, reminding them of their oath to the Emporer.

MacEalar charges with the Warriors.

(Sorry, very poor picture)

One unit of Legion were routed, they couldn't make a save all day.

Full of bluster and shouting loudly the Parisii Warriors followed up and charged the second Legion, they could not stand the furious charge and were slaughtered.

MacEalar proudly ordered his troops onto the bridge, the day was his. 

So far MacEalar has proved himself to be the better leader, Paetinus slunk away looking to regroup what was left of his meagre force.

Post Game

This one went rather badly for the Romans and our Legate does not seem to be using his troops to the best.

The Warriors kick out loads of attacks in the open and really the Romans advantage of having a save, really isn't helping them at the moment.

Shooting played a part in this game, if only to keep the Romans busy while the rest of the Parisi got into position. ready for the final thrust.

A thoroughly enjoyable game, even if it is solo, one more game at this points level (500) and then we will be moving onto 750 points.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Frostgrave: New Warband

This is my latest warband for Frostrave, it has featured in a couple of games but every time it has it was nowhere near painted.

Wizard, apprentice, two crossbowmen and an archer. They don't all play these are just what I have made.

Infantryman and Tracker, with hood at rear, added.

Two thugs and a thief extra.

Lastly with the three Demons I've made to play with. So far have only ever conjured an Imp, but you never know.

All the miniatures are a conglomeration of bits I have left over from my bits box. These are almost exclusively taken from my Elf leftovers, which are numerous, both High and Wood elf, but with a few Dwarf/Orc bits and lots of green stuff added.

Some of the miniatures are relatively recent GW sculpts but nearly all have a basis set in the 90's, as I have a box of at least 50 spearmen and archers from that era that have never been used. Ebay eh?

These pictures below are the twighlight versions, or the photographs I forgot to turn the light box on for!

 But I quite like them.