Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paint update

Just finished this guy today.  It's an old GW warboss mounted on a newer boar.  I'm going to use him as a Krudger or hero in Kings of War.  Pretty satisfied with the way he turned out.  I've got a few more orcs and goblins to do, but I'm switching gears for a while to get some 15mm Soviets done.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Checking In

I had a good weekend of gaming.  On Friday I met up with Dr. John and we played a game of Saga.  Sadly, the poor hapless John Quade the Anglo-Dane was once again defeated by marauding Vikings.  We played the Sacred Ground scenario.  It was pretty close up through about the mid-point, but once the Anglo-Danes started to suffer losses, things just continued to deteriorate.  I have about decided to switch over to Anglo Saxons because I really can't seem to get a handle on the Anglo Dane style of play.  I might give them one more chance.

After that, I introduced John to DBA using the newish 3.0 rules.  He played my Spartans and I used my Achaemenid Persians.  I think I got him hooked on it since it plays fast and is so easy to get started with only a maximum of 48 figures (plus a camp and terrain) required for  an army.  He's now looking at putting together a Republican Roman army, so I'll probably do ancient British, Gallic Celts, or Germans.  Or all three.

Today I met Robert for a much needed Flames of War reunion.  He's running a Kursk campaign starting in in October with four other local players.  It's starting at 700 points and working up to I believe 1800 over the course of the campaign.  I'd never played Soviets, so I wanted to get a feel for them - as well as a FoW refresher in general - before the campaign kicks off.  I was pleased with how the Russians played - especially the 45mm obr. 1942 AT guns.

It was a great gaming weekend.  I'll be spoiled now for a while.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Return to Mantica

Yesterday I was finally able to get out to a store again and got in two games of Kings of War.  I met Michael for the first time and had fun playing against his goblins.  I had two smallish armies with me - Orcs and Undead.  We wound up playing 715 points.  In the first game I used the  orcs which consisted of regiments of axe, greataxe, and trolls, a troop of gore riders and a giant.  The goblins fielded two regiments of archers, a horde and a regiment of spears, a mincer, a regiment of  rabble, and a couple of heroes.  The game was pretty close and hinged, I believe, when late in the game the regiment of trolls fled in the face of the goblin horde.  I had a rear charge into the horde with the gore riders set up, but it was rendered moot when the trolls failed.  The goblins won this one.  I only managed to take one picture the entire evening before my camera battery died.

I used the undead in the second game.  This army was regiments of warriors, spears, revenants, mummies, two troops of archers, and a necromancer.  This game was close as well - although I had a bad feeling after one troop of archers died in turn 1 and the spearmen died in turn 2.  This game also focused on the goblin horde.  I was able to slowly but constantly whittle it down with arrows.  The mummies were finally able to eliminate the horde with some help from the very resilient revenants. Undead claimed victory in this one.

I had a great time with the games and really like this system.  It's fast and easy with little rules reference required.  We discussed some things we would like to see changed.  For me, I'd like a bit more in the magic department even though this has been expanded from the original version.  Michael had some interesting ideas for additional unit types.  Anyway, I will certainly be getting the hardcover rules later this month upon release and intend to get in a lot more games.