Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wrath of Kings Assemble!

This is all of the Goritsi and Hadross assembled and ready for painting.  Of course, a fine collection of reading material makes an excellent background and shares shelf space for this mass of plastic.

I have not looked too much into the actual Wrath of Kings ruleset, though the rulebook seems quite nice and the gameplay videos appear to be fairly straight foward.  But of course I'm looking at Song of Blades and Heroes for future campaigns.  There are lots of potential warband ideas for SoBH to be found among all these little figures.

Vampires perhaps?  Notice the un-primed Irene 'Iron Eyes' Goritsi mercenary miniature in the back?  Her weapon sprue came only with a left arm.  I have to wait until the Kickstarter finishes shipping before they accept 'missing pieces' reports from customers.  

Here are some Hadross, or an Atlantean warband.  

And these are some Goritsi werewolves.  

Wrath of Kings offers some very detailed miniatures with lots of character.  Hoping to start painting soon.  The kids have already started marking the territory on which ones they want to paint.  Luckily with 80 miniatures I shouldn't be too concerned on dividing them up.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wrath of Kings

Today I received my Wrath of Kings Kickstarter.  Funded September of 2013, and now in my possession January of 2015.  Seems like a ridiculously long time to wait, but I've learned to NEVER rely on delivery estimates when it comes to Kickstarters.  But, its here, and looks amazing!  

My order consisted of the King pledge level.  So I got the Hadross Starter Set, the Goritsi Starter Set, hardback rulebook, "Iron Eyes" exclusive mini, and a dice bag.  And I checked, everything is in their respective boxes!  Yay!

Hopefully no weapons, arms, bits, etc. are missing, as its going to be awhile before I am done putting everything together.  There is a slight issue that I am facing.  Nothing too major.  All the bases included have recessed centers, which was designed to allow special sculpted inserts to be placed in them.  Unfortunately, I did not order those inserts, nor did I anticipate needing them.  

Fightin' Fungi - Kickstarter

I'm a proud backer of the Fightin' Fungi Kickstarter.  My family enjoys the Song of Blades & Heroes game rules and this looks to be a fantastic addition to it.  Plus Mushroom Folk miniatures?!?  Yes!  Join today!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Song of Blades and Heroes - Star Wars style

My son and I played a quick game of Song of Blades and Heroes using his Star Wars Command figures he got for Christmas.  We painted them up roughly.  Very roughly.

I was the Imperials.  Led by not-Darth Vader, couple Sith Warriors, three Stormtroopers with rifles and a Stormtrooper with a sniper rifle.  I kept the Stormtroopers together, using group activations by not-Darth Vader's Leadership.

My son played the rebels.  With not-Obi Wan Kenobi, couple Jedi Knights, a Smuggler, Wookie, and some rebel troopers.  

This was the initial set-up.  With paper terrain and plastic trees on our kitchen table.

Here's not-Darth Vader pushing the Stormtroopers to advance.

And the Smuggler is trying a daring run up the side.

Overhead shot after a couple turns.

Later in the match, my right flank was held firmly by my Sith Warriors and sniping Stormtrooper.

The left flank was dominated by not-Darth Vader.  Eventually not-Obi Wan Kenobi was slain, causing a few failed morale rolls.  Then he was down to 50% of his warband, so even more failed morale rolls.  After that the game was pretty much over.

All in all, a fun game using some modified rules my son and I adapted to use for Song of Blades and Heroes.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dawn of the Song of Blades and Heroes

The kids and I really enjoy Ganesha Games' Song of Blades and Heroes.  It started after I bought a bundle of Reaper Bones miniatures, from which we made some warbands.  We played a mini-campaign to try the rules out; just me, the eldest daughter, and son.  Lots of fun and left them craving for more.  So naturally I'm awaiting the Reaper Bones 2 Kickstarter to augment our current selection of miniatures.  Gotta have room for growth in SoBH campaigns.  Old guys die so new ones can sign up for glory.

The eldest daughter chose the 'good guys'.  Composed of a lady giant, big tree guy, a unicorn, knight, wizard, couple elves, and couple dwarves, her warband is just an odd assortment of abilities and has a unique personality.

I chose the 'dark dwellers'.  I've got an ogre warboss, ogre warrior, troll, some orc and goblin warriors, and couple goblin archers.  I've been showing the kids the importance of group activations, using the ogre warboss to move clusters of orcs and goblins around, which helps as they die all too frequently unless they can swarm a target.

My son had the undead.  He has the necromancer, a powerful lich/pharoah, skeleton knight, some skeleton warriors, mummy warriors, and skeleton archers.  He is definitely loving his undead, with plans to take all the undead in the Reaper Bones 2 Kickstarter to rebuild his warband.  I think he got hooked from one of our early matches, he was able to kill his sister's Unicorn, then resurrect it to serve his necromancer.

As well, I'm waiting on the Wrath of Kings Kickstarter to arrive.  I've got the Goritsi and Hadross armies coming.  So lots of vampires, werewolves, and squid peoples.  Fun themes for warbands.

6mm Orc Army - Kings of War

And facing off against the Kings of War 6mm Elf Army is this semi-combined Orc and Goblin army.  Still a long way to go with painting, basing, etc.  All in due time.

As for gaming, I played a straight battle against my kids a couple months back using these Microworld Games armies and Kings of War for the ruleset.  I believe the army points were approximately 1500 points each.  From what I recall, the rules were picked up fairly easily by the elder two kids.  Need to schedule in a rematch, this time with pictures.

Then again, with Kings of War version 2.0 in the works, there is no rush.  Might need to re-point the army lists and such.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

6mm KoW

From Microworld Games, this is the beginning of my 6mm experience.  I've been fiddling with these guys on and off again for many months.  First up are the Elves.  I'm anticipating using the Kings of War rules, just modified for 6mm scale.