Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Frostgrave Creatures and The Behemoth

With the Lords of War: Frostgrave Campaign Day coming fast, I find myself in the mood to show off more of my Frostgrave work. I also want to share some thoughts on an interesting Kickstarter that has come to my attention.


Many of the products in this post are from the Reaper Bones collection of miniatures. Up first is a Frost Giant taking on a Cultist wizard. I think that Wizard has had better days.
Wizard Versus Giant: Who will Win?!
The Giant is many times the size of the wizard and is almost as tall as the house in the background.
Look at how well it holds the detail and paints up. This is a Reaper Bones Figure. 
There is nice definition in the muscles and his body is so big that he needed the furs of multiple animals to make his clothing. Pretty cool.
I am also pleased with how well I painted my Wizard.
I am really happy with how these two miniatures turned out after being painted. Like I said in an earlier post, Reaper's Bones is a wonderful thing. They truly offer excellent quality at a price that is hard to beat. If I remember right, that Giant cost me only $8 or $9 Canadian. Not bad at all. 

Below are the pieces that I recently completed for Frostgrave. All of the pieces are from Reaper Bones, except the panther. The panther is from their metal lines. 

Above is a picture of the full group featured in this post.
I love miniatures of Cultists. Both of these guys turned out great.
I believe I will use this guy as a Ghoul King or as a Sell Sword.
The reverse side of the above miniature.

This guy will be a Small Construct.

A look at the reverse side.
My Frost Toad.
The Wizard and Apprentice confront the Frost Toad.
A Panther - the only metal miniature of this bunch.
Below are two objective markers that can also be used as scattered terrain. 
The one above is great. It fits well with the other markers that I plan make. I have a bunch of Bloodstone Gnomes carrying off stone shards, but those markers will not be done in time for Lords of War.
Can't have cultists without a summoning circle of some sort.  :)

Of course the Wizard would win in a match like this. The Giant has no chance when there is magic in the air.  ;)
Wrapping back around to the Wizards versus Giants, I got thinking about a Kickstarter. Jey Legarie, the game Designer for Dungeon Crawler, runs in the same circle of Boardgamers as I. Recently, he was telling me about the Behemoth Miniature that he is Kickstarting. Below are some pictures of this miniature. The following images are actually from his Kickstarter Update Page.
Check out the size on this miniature. He looks awesome!
When I saw this image, my imagination started making up wild stories. Imagine Wizards in Frostgrave destroying their opponents while riding on these monstrosities. 
Or better yet, imagine these two creatures fighting it out on a frozen lake where their actions affect the entire gaming environment while Warbands try to collect treasure. Of course, you could always use these miniatures for the Dungeon Crawler Mini's Game Labyrinth too.  :)
If you are interested in getting in on the Behemoth miniature, or any other miniatures in the Dungeon Crawler series, there is still time. At the time of me writing this post, there is still just over two weeks left to Jey's Kickstarter. 

Update... This Kickstarter did not reach its goal but it is currently being re-started and is much closer to its goal now. Please check out my post updating this project to find out more about the new Kickstarter campaign.


Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave comments.




Sunday, 29 May 2016

Flames of War: Market Garden Tournament - Part Two

Today was Tournament Day for Flames of War at Phoenix Games in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Twelve players came to the city to compete for bragging rights and prizes. I did not place well in this tournament, but I walked away with a Door Prize and a Prize for the army voted as best painted.
As my readers may know from my previous posts, I am a huge fan of Reaper and RAFM miniatures. I add their figures to whatever collections I can. I am sure that these two unique objective markers are what helped me win the prize for best painted army as voted by the players. The Demon being summoned on the left is a Night Gaunt by RAFM and the Blood Pool Fountain with Dead Russian Soldiers around it is a Fountan of Chaos by Reaper Miniatures.
Above is another view of my Demon being summoned by a German commander. It always gets a few looks while the armies are on parade. Below is a picture of my list for the tournament. Although it did not perform well, I am more than happy that people enjoyed my work. Thanks for the votes guys.

My list was as follows...
Confident  Trained Grenadierkompanie (.59)German Late-War
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Grenadierkompanie HQ (59.) p.39
2
1
2
Cmd SMG team
Panzerschreck team
8cm GW34 mortar
Combat Platoons
Grenadier Platoon (59.) p.39
1
6
1
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle/MG team
Panzerschreck team
Grenadier Platoon (59.) p.39
1
6
1
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle/MG team
Panzerschreck team
Weapons Platoons
Grenadier Machine-gun Platoon (59.) p.40
1
4
Cmd SMG team
MG42 HMG
Regimental Support
Grenadier Infantry Gun Platoon (59.) p.41
1
1
2
Cmd SMG team
Observer Rifle team
7.5cm leIG18 gun
Grenadier Anti-tank Gun Platoon (59.) p.41
1
3
Cmd SMG team
7.5cm PaK40 gun
Grenadier Scout Platoon (59.) p.41
1
2
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle team
Support Platoons
Schwere Panzerjäger Platoon Confident  Veteran   p.35
3StuG G
Divisional Anti-tank Gun Platoon (59.) p.42
1
1
3
3
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
7.5cm PaK40 gun
3-ton truck
Grenadier Artillery Battery (59.) p.43
1
1
1
2
4
4
Cmd SMG team
Staff team
Horse-drawn wagon
Observer Rifle team
10.5cm leFH18 howitzer
Horse-drawn limber
Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon Reluctant  Trained Allied Platoon  p.140
1
1
2
2
Cmd SMG team
Trench Line
8.8cm FlaK36 (Static) gun
Gun Pit
Company Points:1420

It was fun to squeeze 10 platoons into a 1420 point game, but next time, I will take fewer units.  It was a lot to set up for each match. My first opponent was Phil. Below is a picture of his army.
I lost this game big due to bad deployment and my opponent being clever enough to wrap around the side and attack my flank when I deployed fully anticipating a frontal assault. I also made major mistakes in double-timing teams to his objectives (only to get blasted to pieces), and in using soft-topped transports in range of his guns.
I voted Phil for the tournament's best painted army. His army looks fantastic and I love that he used a display board. I am told that he took the detail to such a level that he even painted their eyes. Being 15mm, I never investigated to see if that claim was true, but his army looks great!

Below is a picture of someone else's army. I don't know whose this was, but I like it. I considered voting it as my favourite painted army.
My second game was against an extremely friendly fellow named Kevin. He was very enjoyable to play against and a great opponent in that he helped teach you play the game better as you played. Despite being friendly, he went for blood. Kevin's list contained 8 Panthers.
The only thing that I had of threat to these monsters' front armour were my 88s. Kevin decided to leave the 88s' side of the table alone and concentrated his efforts where he had little to fear.   

My Infantry, PaK40s, 105s and Stugs were only mere speed bumps to Kevin's forces while my 88s did nearly nothing. Kevin was able to earn a 6-1 victory off of me.


My final game went a lot better. We both had German Grenadier Companies. His were Veterans and mine were Trained, but I was able to score a 3-1 draw on this game.

I learned from my first game and did not repeat the mistake of putting my transports in harms way. They got off the table before the enemy's long range weapons fired.
I rushed forward with StuGs and Infantry for the objective, but my opponent was able to defend it and grind the game to a stalemate. Still, a 3-1 draw is a much better result than the two 6-1 loses that I suffered earlier. If time was not limited, I might have even squeezed out a 6-1 victory. :)

Overall, I had a great day at the tournament. It is always fun to get painted models onto the table and Flames of War is one of the many games that I thouroghly enjoy. Special thanks goes out to the Owner of Phoenix Games, Bill Kocher, and the Tournament Organizer, Brenden Brown. I had a great time and your efforts are appreciated.



Friday, 27 May 2016

Frostgrave Cultists

Today's post is about my Cultists in progress for Frostgrave If you read my post about my Frostgrave Dwarfs, you will know that this is the Warband that I hope to take to the Lords of War Campaign day. These figures are the official ones by North Star Military Figures with the addition of an undead pack by Mantic Games and two figures by Reaper Miniatures. For this project, I have 29 miniatures on the go at various stages of the process. Below is a picture of my special characters along with some undead figures. I am happy with how they have turned out, but they are not done yet. They are shaded, but I still have to go back and do highlighting and clean up work.  
The next group has been base coated, but not yet shaded. The wraith still needs more colours.
Figures by North Star Military Figures
This next miniature is super cool. He is actually a Cave Sloth by Reaper Miniatures, but - in Frostgrave - I will use him as a monstrous bear. This mini will look awesome painted up in winter colours.   
Figure by Reaper Ministures
Finally, below is a picture of one of my 6 objective markers - cast by  RAFM. It still needs to be highlighted.
Miniature by RAFM
Check back here for future posts about Frostgrave. I will do a blog about the completed cultists' warband once I get them all done. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Flames of War: Market Garden Tournament - Part One

Phoenix Games in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada is hosting a Flames of War tournament this Sunday (May 29, 2016). It will be my first tournament since August, when I won first place at The Game Chamber in London with a list from Desperate Measures. This upcoming tournament at Phoenix is themed in that they want you to pick lists from either Bridge by Bridge or Market Garden. There is no penalty for straying to other lists, but I will keep mine fitting the theme.

Like some others that may read this blog, I play multiple games and rule sets. Back in August, I played Flames of War almost exclusively. Now I play Bolt Action (mostly) and have been reading a whole host of Osprey Wargames books.  I have even played some DBA historical games. I hope that I keep the Flames of War rules straight for his tournament. Below is the army that I intended on taking to this tournament.  
Canadian Armoured Company
Confident Veteran, Canadian Armoured Sqaudron from Market Garden - 1420 points (Forces Of War)
CANADIAN ARMOURED SQUADRON 
  •   CONFIDENT  
  •   VETERAN  
TANK COMPANY
POINTS
1420
PLATOON QTY UNIT POINTS
HEADQUARTERS
Canadian Armoured Squadron HQ   p.149
2 1 Sherman V Sherman ARV
COMBAT PLATOONS
Canadian Armoured Platoon   p.149
3 1 Sherman V Firefly VC (late) with .50 cal AA MG
Canadian Armoured Platoon   p.149
3 1 Sherman V Firefly VC (late) with .50 cal AA MG
BRIGADE SUPPORT
Canadian Scout Platoon   p.158
3 2 1 Wasp PPP Carrier Universal Carrier with extra hull-mounted MG Universal Carrier with PIAT anti-tank projector
Rifle Platoon (Canadian)   p.165
1 1 1 6 3 Cmd SMG team PIAT team Light Mortar team SMG team Ram Kangaroo APC with .50 cal MG
Market Garden Book - British Late-War - Platoon Count: 5
I love the way that 15mm miniatures paint up. There is just something about the scale that makes it so easy to get good results. My company commanders are not done yet, but all the other Shermans turned out well.
The Infantry and their rides
Above is a picture of three RAM kangaroos with 50 cal machine guns added and the accompanying infantry.
As you can see from the pictures, I have not finished painting this army. Since the tournament is in a few days, I will not take this army. Instead, I will bring my Germans. For now, I will outline how I won my last game with the list above and share the list that I took to my last tournament. During my last game, I played against a well seasoned veteran who was playing an American Infantry List. He had multiple artillery platoons (I believe 8 heavy guns total) and plenty of infantry. He had a ton of antitank assets so it looked like it was going to be a tough battle for my forces. Despite a well matched opponent, I believe that it was in deployment that I won the game. My opponent placed almost all of his serious antitank assets on the left side of the board to counter the Shermans that I placed on that side. I then placed my Carreers in the centre (or slightly right of it) and my RAMs loaded up with infantry on the far right. My tanks pushed forward and kept the entire left side busy while my RAMs and Carriers veered to the right and went straight up the right flank. Because the antitank assets were placed to deal with my Shermans, my Carriers and Kangaroos had little fear of retaliation. That being said, my opponent started to mark my carrier platoons with time on target and there was a small pass where my vehicles got bottlenecked. For a while, it looked like my guys might not make it up the field. Through perseverance, my guys pushed up and claimed the objective.

At my last tournament, I took the following list... Confident Trained Panzer Kampfgruppe from Desperate Measures (Forces Of War)
PANZER KAMPFGRUPPE (TRAINED)AUGUST 2015 TOURNAMENT
  •   CONFIDENT  
  •   TRAINED  
TANK COMPANY
POINTS
1750
PLATOON QTY UNIT POINTS
HEADQUARTERS
Panzer Kampfgruppe HQ (Trained)   p.69
2 2 StuG IV Assault Rifle Tank Escort
COMBAT PLATOONS
Panzer Platoon (Trained)   p.70
4 Jagdpanther
Panzer Platoon (Trained)   p.70
4 StuG IV
WEAPONS PLATOONS
Panzer Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon (Trained)   p.71
4 Wirbelwind (Quad 2cm)
SUPPORT PLATOONS
Grenadier Kampfgruppe Platoon (Trained)   p.87
1 4 2 1 Cmd Panzerfaust Rifle/MG team Panzerfaust Rifle/MG team Weapons team Panzerschreck team
Artillery Battery (Trained)   p.89
1 1 3 4 1 Cmd SMG team Staff team 10.5cm leFH18/40 howitzer 3-ton truck Observer Rifle team
Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon   p.93                  
RELUCTANT  TRAINED
Allied Platoon
1 1 Cmd SMG team 8.8cm FlaK36 anti-aircraft gun (8 crew)
Desperate Measures - German Late-War - Platoon Count: 6
The Tank Riders didn't help much in the tournament, but they did look pretty and soaked up some points. 

The 4 tank platoon of Jadgpanthers had a surprising amount of success. I know that many folks on the internet believe that Jadgpanthers are useless and over-costed, but in a meta dominated by heavy tanks, putting out 4 well-armoured antitank 16 shots a round is a great equalizer. There were a few tense moments where I knew that if they did not make their shots, that I would be toast the next round, but the dice Gods were good to me and I managed to win the tournament. 
Part 2 will focus on the list that I take to Sunday's tournament, how I perform and if I leave the tournament with any take-away lessons.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Frostgrave Dwarfs

I have always had an unexplained compulsion to collect Dwarfs. Why? I don't know. Maybe, it is because they are short and stout or maybe I look kind of like one. Regardless, I collect them without requiring a gaming system. Lately, I have been watching a lot of Guerrilla Miniature Games videos and it was Ash's videos that helped encourage me to go out and buy the rules to Frostgrave.

Now that I got the rules, I need a warband. So, I bought some NorthStar Figures. There is a gaming event on June 5 that I would like to attend called Lords of War. Since I already have a Flames of War tournament at the end of May, I might not get all of my painting done before June 5. What is a guy to do?

Well, let's check into a collection I already own. I already have plenty of Dwarfs - more than enough for a full warband. So, if I don't get my other faction done before the campaign day, these Dwarfs will be my backup plan. 

Behold, the warband in full glory!

Sure, the bases don't all match, but they are good enough for a pinch or as a second force to use at home. In this warband, there are figures from ReaperRAFM and Wizards of the Coast. Check out the Earth-Golem at the back. Is it believable that it is from Reaper Bones? Look at how well it holds the detail. Of the four miniatures below, guess which one is also from Reaper Bones.
















Okay. Perhaps you could tell that the last figure above is a Reaper Bones product because I did not remove the flash lines. To tell the truth, all four of the miniatures above are actually Reaper Bones products. They turned out pretty good. Check out how awesome that Ice-Golem below looks. It is also from the Bones line and was extremely easy to paint. All I had to do was dry brush parts of it white and I was done!


As far as I am concerned, Reaper Bones products are fantastic. In my experience, they hold their details every bit as good as Reaper's metal line. In addition to all of the miniatures in this force made by Reaper, there is also a bunch made by RAFM. Below are pictures of those models.  










The final guy above is one of my favourite fantasy minis. He is a dwarf carrying a flamethrower while smoking on a big old cigar. How cool is that! If I take an elemental wizard, this character will be my apprentice to melt up the entire Frostgrave world. To end off, I would like to give a shout out to Joseph McCullough (the author of Frostgrave) and link to his Blog The Renaissance Troll. Thanks writing a great game!  I can't wait to play it.  :)
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