Monday, 19 February 2018

Painting Update

Hello All;

Time for another post with a few pictures of the stuff I have been working on. Still mainly Lord of the Rings stuff. But we have just had a By Fire and Sword club day, and there was an Infinity tournament last weekend. So I used those events as an excuse to work on some other stuff as well.

First up a finished the Heroes of Helms Deep set I got from Duncan. Really like the models overall, great versions of the characters, not crazy about Aragorn thou.

Haldir & Banner:


Think I posted Haldor before but he has a pal now. Some fancy elves, they take fashion seriously hah.

Three Hunters:


Next there are the three hunters, Gimli, Aragorn, and Legolas. I think Gimli is my favorite of the three. But all are better then the plastic version.

Theodin's Household:


The human characters are in as well of course. Eowyn, Theoden, and I think the last guy is called Hamma, the kings bodyguard anyway.

Group Shot:


As you can see a great set!

Sweedish Dragoons:


On the Fire and Sword front I finished off the mounted part of a blister of dragoons. They have been half done on my coffee table (desk overflow) for awhile!

Holy Roman Artillery:


Also a couple of cannons for my infantry force.

Forage Markers:


Finally for this game a set of markers for use in the forage scenario. Big piles of loot basically.

Fat Yuan Yuan:


On to some Infinity stuff. They made this as a joke model,  but our tournament involved mercenaries so I decided to paint him up.

Yojimbo:


Lastly for today is another mercenary guy this time on a motorcycle with a big sword, what's not to love. He did well in the tournament slicing up like 4 guys. But was a laugh to play as well.

Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 16 (more shadespire guys)
Painted: 57
Total: 41

Thanks;
Mike

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Battle Report - Saga - Romans v Goths

Hello Folks,

Time for another Wednesday wargaming battle report! This week we are playing Saga, bit of a break from the Lord of the Rings to try something different. Once more going with Aeitus and Arthur armies, so I took some Romans to fight the Goths.

I have found the mission in that nook to not be great so picked one from the crusades book. Basically whoever does the most murdering wins!



Here is the inital set up. The Goths deployed in huge blocks of mounted, hearth guard on the left warriors on the right. I kept my mounted hearth guard on the right, with scattered pockets of warriors.


Rome gad the first turn so I attacked with some mounted and killed half a unit of warriors for 1 loss, also set up some defensive abilites


The Goths counter charged with a unit of their guards killing all mine for 2 losses. Then a unit of warriors charged my line and killed half of a unit for a  loss.


I countered charmed them with another unit after throwing some plumbate aND finished off that unit of warriors.


Trading places another unit of hearth guard and the warlord smashed that unit. I was then able to use a fatigue to slow the other Goth hearth guard preventing their charge.


Next turn Rone really needed to hit back so I used the barritus ability to mI've or shoot 4 units. I shot 1 unit with the archers, then charmed into the mounted hearth guard a couple of times. This killed off all of them. Last one I moved a unit of 2 hearth guard next to my warlord. I used his free move to double charge the Goth warlord hoping I might get a kill. But it was not my day so had to fall back.


The few Goths hearth guard that remained then went on a holy terror, killing my warlord and finishing off a couple if units.

At this point we were pretty close on points, basically even on murdering regular guys but the Goths are up 3 points for my warlord. On my turn 6 I rolled my dice and couldn't activate any of my warriors, no dragons!

So we called it there as a Goth win. They could only loose by attacking so not really any point in trying.

Was a fun game couple of small mistakes could change everything.

Thanks;
Mike

Friday, 2 February 2018

Battle Report - Into the Breach!

Hello Folks,

Time for another Wednesday wargaming battle report! This week we are back to Helmsdeep, fighting the second scenario.  The wall has been exploded and the Uruk-Hai must press thrpugh and kill everyone!

We had the exact forces on had for the bad guys, and the heroes for the movie version, but still using wood elves to replace warriors of Rohan.


Here is the starting position. Everyone on the battlements but gimli is knocked down, Aragorn stands alon against the breach with more guys running to help.


I decided to try hard to fight Aragorn, so I put 2 captains with pikes and a banner in front. Sadly he won the first round but didn't do any real damage.


Have to take turns fighting.


The forces of goodwin priority next and are able to cut off the captains and flood the breach. This is a critical thing, really jammed up the bad guys in the breach.


Both of the captains are killed, not awesome!  But as you can see it is soon troll time!


The fight for the battlements is going a bit better. Gimli is sticking the upper one, but am making some headway on the lower one.


As you can see lots of bad guys are getting up there! A real fight is developing. The Elves have a bit higher chance to win fights but the Uruk-Hai have much higher chances of getting kills once they are over the battlements.


Now it's is Troll time! The troll is not super keen on fighting Aragorn and his doom sword. So forces him to charge and make a courage test. Haldir comes in as well.


The troll wins!  Seeing a good chance the troll decides to toss Aragorn. If the troll can get him in the back rows and kill some of the weaker guys that would be great. However Aragorn does a good job resisting and only goes 0" just getting knocked down.


Starting to get low on troops now, but still fighting. The evIL man captain on the battlements is killing lots of elves somehow.


But the evil forces go below their break point and start having to make morale tests. The troll is among the first to head gir the hills.


Wit low courage values the evil forces fOlds pretty fast, leaving the heroes still in the fortress. The wall holds!

Hope you enjoyed it. Should be some more helms Depp un a couple of weeks, something else next week for a bit of a change up.

Thanks;
Mike

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Painting Update - uruk-Hai and Haldir

Hello All,

Time for another painting update! Bit of a smaller one this time, all these fellows are going to be in a game tomorrow, and my policy is that it is best to have the photo shoot before any action goes down, so there you go. Still working on the Lord of the Rings stuff, getting ready for Cangames. Shouldn't be a problem to have all the attackers and defenders done early but there are some other things to do as well so busy busy.

Haldir:


First up I have Mr. Haldir, really great model from the Heroes of Helms Deep set I got from Duncan (all the other heros are on the painting table now). He came out pretty good. As you can see I had a spare Helms Deep around so decided to take the pictures there.

Uruk-Hai:


Bunch more Uruk-Hai to kill pointy eared people (also humans no discrimination). 5 more guys with shields, 5 more with pikes, 2 berserkers and 4 more ladders. Saruman loves ladders....

This actually brings me up to an even 50 warriors for Isengard, plus all the heroes and the troll. But there is actually still like 30 more plus a balista, getting there! These guys are fast to paint so hoping to make it to 100% on the Isengard stuff I have in hand.

As I said not that much stuff, but not bad for a week.


Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 11 (Seige Ballista + some Warmaster stuff)
Painted: 40
Total: 29

Thanks;
Mike

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Battle Report - The Deeping Wall

Hello Folks,

Time for another Wednesday wargaming battle report! This week we are doing the first Helmsdeep scenario from the Two Towers Journey Book. There are 4 or 5 of them. Anyway this one has the Uruk Hai trying to break into the deeping wall.

We done have any rohan guys on foot painted so Serge used wood elves, and built the terrain.

Also I included worm young for fun.

The forces of Isengard win by getting 10 models past the wall, the defenders have to kill half of the attackers to win.



Uruk-Hai lined up ready to attack. I only had 2 ladders painted so stuck with that. But the attacker is meant to start 24"back and thus us about 12 si let's say that cancels out.


Defenders on the wall.


The drummer sounds the advance and the Uruk-Hai surge forward. Just trading arrows shots at this point. I think we hot 1 kill each or there about. Legolas is off his game. But I have a bunch of crossbow guys and they are bound to kill a poncy  elf now and then.

The berserkers with brands to light the bombs settler behind the troll for safety.


Ladders up and bomb in place. But the Elves manage to bring down the first berserker so no boom.


Assault begins in earnest with guys climbing up and getting killed. 1 Uruk falls off the ladder to his death. Galadriel was able to I'm oblige the other berserker so again no boom.


Next turn after getting frustrated the Uruk-Hai resort to kicking the bomb. The third one gets it which vaporizes all three and brings down the wall. Meanwhile the crossbows have been doing a good job of clearing the southern ramparts.


Ugluk made it to the top and fought through niw he us fighting everyone. Looking back thus might gave been s time to reveal wormtounge, but he was busy bothering galadriel.


Sadly Ugluk died and there are problems pushing through the breach.


The drumber and berserker are giving a good try thou.


Sadly eventually half the Uruk-Hai die and the only person inside the walls is wormtounge. He us not quite 10 models so a win for the defender this time!

Next week into the breach. Tge woodleves he the gap but what can aragon do?

Thanks;
Mike

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Painting Update - Osgiliath, Elves, and Uruk-Hai!

Hello All,

Time for the first painting post of 2018! Been busy so I do have a bit of stuff to show. Mostly have been working on terrain, but a few other bits, and starting last weekend I had a mad rush of Uruk-Hai to get ready to seige the Deeping Wall (Helms Deep) tomorrow.

Sadly the app I was using to trim pictures and upload them to google photos is not working anymore. The new one still lets me upload, but is not giving the trimmed versions which is annoying but oh well.

Anyway here is the stuff I have to show:

Elrond and Gil-Galad:


Always best to start the year off with elves. If I am honest I got these guys just because I wanted Elrond, basically working on a White Council collection. But he comes with a pal so why not have a king as well right?

The Three Amigos:


Next on the list some Evil guys, here we have Lurta, Ugluk and Vrasku from left to right. Some special characters to lead the assault.

Troll:


A big bruiser is of course needed to beat up on the good guys. Ended up picking this kit up on Ebay and it shipped from Russia of all places, hopefully he is not a communist troll!

Ladders:


On to a pair of Evil Ladders! Best used to scale the deeping wall. Have lots more of these to do, but just got 2 painted for now.

Breachers:


If the walls prove to hard to climb, there is always the option of blowing them to bits. Here I have a pair of mines, and a bunch of Uruk-Hai with no special gear so they have a free hand to carry stuff. At this point half of them mines and half ladders! Have the torch guys done previously.

Osgiliath:


But the main thing I have been working on is getting terrain ready for an Osgiliath game I want to do at Cangames. My brother gave me the Ruined Hamlet set from Warlod for Christmas, so I painted that up. Huge fan of this kit it goes together and paints pretty fast and looks great. I got 2 big houses and 2 small ones which is nice. I put them on some wood tiles I from the art store for 79 cents, and used a couple of green stuff rollers to add some cobble stone and wood flooring effects on the base. They are meant to be old and half rotted away so the floors are not complete, just gives a bit of an idea. Also got a new mat in from Gamemat.eu as seen last week, so moving along well with this.

I have a couple of towers to do, including the dreadstone blight from GW, and ordered a second ruined hamlet and some other bits from warlord. Should be able to make a good showing.


Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 1 (An infinity guy)
Painted: 23
Total: 22

Thanks;
Mike