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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (2nd Edition)

Hi All,

Well, so far things not going exactly to plan. Whatever it is that is hurting my back will not go away. I need to figure out some way to return to being active but the constant pain is making it difficult.

So far I haven't had much success in moving forward with the plan. I'll try to rectify that this week. The magazine is moving forward, though probably at too slow a pace. If you're on the Oldhammer in the New World Facebook group, I'll be pestering you more soon. I do have some cool stuff to share but I want to include as many people as possible.

On Sunday I played in a marathon session of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Ed. It was quite fun but I had to miss my son's track practice to finish it up. It was very tense, with a feeling of impending doom as we frantically searched for away to first get out and heal up, and second find anything that would help us defeat the horrifying monsters in the house.

I'm still working on how to play my character and not myself. I passed on a couple of opportunities that my character definitely would have/ should have seized upon.

There were only two of us, out of five, left standing at the end and fate points were necessary to achieve that.

It looks like we are about to embark upon a campaign but it is a mystery for now. I am trying to decide where best to go for the sake of the party. I'm on the Thief track right now, but one of the other guys is too. I'm toying with the idea of Tomb Robber so that I can get to Vampire Hunter and Witch Hunter. It would fit in with my backstory to some degree and with the horrible Beastmen and Chaos mutants I encountered in the last adventure.

Here's a picture of my character, Leopold, drawn by one of the other players.


So I'll set the scene. Our party consists of Slavatore "Sally" the Halfling and his bodyguard Genaro from Tilea, Lukas from Talabecland, Vincent and Leopold from Wissenland. We have been tasked with finding and removing relics from an abandoned wizard's house by the Witch Hunter Nihilus.

The gang minus Lukas has gone through most of the first floor and are pretty badly beat up with Sally in danger of losing his right hand.

We begin this session where we left off, in room 11 with Sally gravely injured. As we try to figure out what to do there is a knocking at the door, it's Lukas. We don't trust him at first but finally open the door.

We discuss our options and decide we should try to leave after searching the room. We spend 40 minutes doing so. The Library is mostly filled with old, boring books that are about 170 years old. Sally and Vincent, being the only ones who can read, find three of interest. #1 a report on the Heretical sect "Slithering Darkness" from 2228, Ubersreich, Hans Friedrich Inghearst. #2 "Poisoned Claw" sect that worships Skaven and it's travels from Skavenblight, N. Tilea, Black Mountains to Empire. Tavelli Family in league with Skaven. #3 Story of the Gesbenst family, spanning 100 years from the late 2100's. Powerful family of Witch Hunters.

We continue to discuss taking the suit of Armor in the room, it is too large and bulky to wear. Many of us start to be overcome with a feeling of dread. Vincent decides to take the helmet (40 encumbrance).

We exit the room and pass by the Black Wooden, Iron bound doors to the upstairs. We decide to try to leave and head back to room 2, it is very cold. We go into room one and find the trap door closed and unopenable. Lukas says he left it open and begins to chop it with his hatchet, we can see the wood repair itself. The lanterns seem to dim in this room.

We give up and head back to room 3. The room is dirty with a large mahogany table with a large silver platter on it. We agree it is valuable but decide to grab it on the way out. Leopold picks the lock on the door to room 4. Inside is a skeleton with a blue flame in its eyes, a candle magically lights. Sally and Genaro shit themselves in fear, we all are affected by the stench. The skeleton magically chokes Lukas. Leopold shouts and strikes the skeleton in the head, Lukas attacks it with his hatchet. The skeleton hits Lukas in the side of the face, he narrowly escapes losing an eye. While every one else cowers in fear or is ineffectual in combat, Lukas shatters the skeleton with his hatchet. The candle goes out and the choke hold on Lukas disappears. A cursory search reveals nothing of interest in the room.

Sally and Genaro are scared and ashamed and want to leave. The group heads to the front door (between 8 and 9) and finds it magically held shut as well. Giving in to their fate the party returns to the double doors (12). The bone key from room 9 begins to vibrate in Vincent's pouch. He hands it to Leo, who uses it to open the door, after using a luck point to check for traps. A fog comes rolling down the stairs as we go up. It is waist high and feels like thick water. At the top of the stairs is a large hourglass filed with sand. It is at the 11th our and each tick there is a moan. Leopold wants to smash it, but Lukas says he will try to stop him. We open the door at the top and head West to room 13.

This room has different colors painted on the walls, 3 pentagrams on the floor and various runes and symbols written haphazardly about. There appears to be nothing else of interest. The party rushes out and to room 14.

14 is a luxurious bedroom. Inside the ghost of a sad, dour man sits at the foot of the bed. Genaro, Sally and Leopold are dumbstruck with fear. Lukas and Vincent carry on a conversation with the ghost. Berhard Seibert is a former servant of the Wizard Ludovicus Hamicae. He says "Oh, so you came. More guests, more lost souls." He says the gods have no power in the house. He tells the party that a ritual has gone wrong and he woke up dead. The ghost says he needs to travel to the attic, but was forbidden. The master was interested in Chaos cults and had many guests/experiments over the years. Berhard says he feels weaker every day and forgets what he was supposed to do. Vincent asks about items (relics?). Berhard says the master had a big collection, item (?) will be with master in the attic. He says there was also a supply room. Vincent asks about some more items to defeat monsters and Berhard says no, the master was mostly interested in books, but there was a trophy room. The ghost then begins to disappear. Vincent lays his black rose of Morr on the spot, it seems to disintegrate before our eyes. Does Morr hold no power in this place?

Truly on edge now, the party decides to back track to the East and search the trophy room for something to help us with what might be up in the attic. Leopold eyes the hour glass as they pass, his hand holding the club twitching. There are very few grains left, time is of the essence.

We open the double doors to room 17, it is filled with taxidermy and weapons of all kinds. We fan out to search the room and Genaro is startled by the stuffed bear coming to life and attacking. Sally shoots it with his pistol. The shot blows half its head off and ignites its fur. Lukas tries to hit the bear but can't and Leopold fumbles for his sling because the space is too cramped for him to get in. Vincent dispatches the bear with his spear. An animated suit of armor bursts forth from the door to the North and attacks. Genaro tries to flank it on the right. Vincent shouts to try to draw the things attention. Genaro deflects a mighty sword blow with his buckler, while Lukas rushes from the other side and misses with his attack. The armor is now sandwiched between two animal displays, Genaro and Lukas. Leopold loads his sling, but is too fearful of hitting his friends to shoot. Vincent's spear just grazes off the armor. Genaro takes a wild swing, leaving himself open for an attack (doubles). Lukas somehow evades a killing blow from the armor (Fate point) in a matrix like move, his follow up attack is blocked by the armor. Leopold proves useless with the sling. Vincent then dents and staggers the armor with a mighty blow. This gives Genaro the opportunity to deliver a mighty blow of his own to the armor's back. In retaliation the armor swings his sword at Genaro, who cannot avoid the cruel slashing cut. Genaro loses his foot and falls to the floor in shock. Sally, who hd been furiously attempting a one hand reload of his pistol, drops it and runs to lie on his friend to shield him from more attacks. Lukas shouts "tourniquet" and rains blows upon the armor which appear to have no effect. Leopold drops his sling, pulls out his club, and tries to position himself between the armor and his fallen comrades, Genaro and Sally. Vincent tears open the armor with another mighty thrust. Our suspicions are confirmed, there is no one inside. The armor takes a wild swing at Leopold and destroys the animal displays. Sally is unable to stop Genaro's bleeding or drag him away from the combat. In a frenzy, the party throws caution to the wind and begins to all out attack the armor with no regard for their own safety. Lukas finally delivers the killing blow, rending the armor from shoulder to hip with his hatchet, it falls apart to the floor. Lukas then uses his survival skills to stabilize Genaro and Vincent prays to Morr.

Leopold runs in to the room to the North, in an effort to find something useful. A stone statue of a halfling holding a jeweled dagger catches his eye. He cannot read the inscription, but takes the dagger and puts it in his belt. He tells the party about the statue and Sally reads the inscription. "Georgie Fatbelly, a faithful servant."

The party makes haste to room 21, which Berhard had told us leads to the attic. Leopold eyes the hourglass as he helps Lukas carry Genaro. Vincent assists Sally. We leave Sally and Genaro at the door as we enter.

The room is dark, with lacquered walls and a large magic circle drawn at the double doors to the East. Two mutants, Scaly 3 Eyes and Furry-Tentacle-Snout, are guarding the doors. They rush to attack. Leopold charges in to meet Scaly 3 Eyes and misses him. Lukas comes in to assist him and nearly drops his hatchet in his haste. Vincent charge to attack Furry-Tentacle-Snout and skewers him with one blow. The mutant collapses, dead, to the floor. Leopold and the remaining mutant miss each other and Vincent draws first blood on Scaly 3 Eyes. Vincent parries the creatures blow. Lukas over extends himself (rolled a 99) and Leopold tries to compose himself with a parrying stance. Scaly 3 Eyes seizes his opportunity and crushes Lukas's leg and pelvis with an all out attack, he crumples to the floor in agony. Sally rushes in to try and save Lukas. Leopold, in a red mist at the horrific wounding of his friend, smashes the mutants skull to jelly with a flurry of blows. Lukas successfully avoids a fatal infection from his wounds.

After much deliberation Leopold takes Sally's pistol and gives Lukas his lantern and sling. Lukas and Genaro are dragged into room 22. Vincent and Leopold ascend the spiral staircase leaving Lukas, Sally and Genaro behind. There is a feeling of dread as we climb. It is freezing cold and we can see our breath. There is no sound, but at the top we can hear a laugh which freezes our blood.

The doors at the top open easily. Our lantern blows out (did we have one?), but torches magically light the room. We ignore the black robes and golden bowls, but Vincent takes the vial of strange pink liquid.

A ghost materializes in front of the door to 24. We believe it to be the ghost of Ludovicus. He speaks but we can hear no sound. As he speaks more he becomes clearer to understand. A wind starts to blow and turns over the furniture, the ghost is encased in ice as the temperature drops below zero. The ghost wheezes "The last who came here, it was I who brought it. You must kill it or die." He then begins to rapidly age before our eyes, saying "I have swam outside time into the raw matter of Chaos. The thing is keeping me here. The Horror has me in its grasp." Maggots then begin to spill out of his wounds. "I am firmly in the grasp of its claws. He will grab you and squeeze you dry." A huge black claw with frost on it's talons appears and crushes the ghost in its grasp. It sounds like crumpling paper.

The door to 24 slams open and another gust of wind blows Vincent and Leopold inside the room. Gigantic portraits line the walls of this long room. At the opposite end is an unspeakable horror. It is a bloated grey-green mass with bluish veins. In the middle is a terrible, acid dripping, beak. The bottom half of the creature resembles a mass of intestines, in which can be seen many faces. Some are recognizable. It's eyes protrude from toothless mouths atop furred stalks. Two long tentacles stretch out to grasp our adventures, who can feel the malice and hatred and the creatures strong desire to squeeze out our souls. Vincent and Leopold are frozen with fear. The beast lashes out at Vincent and rends him with claws and tentacles. Vincent is first to regain his composure and is able to wound the creature but is engulfed in a gout of flaming acid from the wound. He quickly stops, drops, and rolls to extinguish his flaming clothes and armor. (The characters are using fate points to stay alive at this point.) A titanic struggle ensues. Vincent is a whirling cyclone of death, dodging parrying and striking back with deadly effect. Leopold finally snaps out of his fugue and fires off the pistol, just barely missing. His club has more effect as he strikes the foul beast. Vincent then lines up the killing blow and spears the creature deep inside its horrid beak. It erupts in gouts of flame and acid.

The room is quickly engulfed in flame. There is no time to think of loot or even injured comrades, there is only time for one thought. "Run!" As the room begins to burn down around them Vincent notices out of the corner of his eye that the portraits are alive.The nearest one looks like the street where Nihilus is waiting for them. Without a second thought Vincent and Leopold jump through the painting. The bright sunlight dazzles their eyes as they are lifted up by the strong hands of Nihilus. The house is completely gone. Our heroes have prevailed, but at what cost?
So there you have it. We are going to leave Nuln and embark on a mystery campaign next. Leopold will be sad to leave Nuln, but excited by chances for more loot.

Welcome:

I also just wanted to welcome some new followers. Iannick, Paul McWhirter, and Fred Jackson. Nobody has their own blogs listed in their profile but I think I know who Iannick is but maybe it's a common name in Canada. ;)

Thanks

Thanks to Joe B. from Broken Paintbrush for linking to my magnetized jewelry tray post.

Gotta run. Cheers.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plan for the year ahead

Hi All,

I thought it might be useful to put thoughts to blog as I try and have a think about what I want to accomplish with my hobby in 2017.

So the trick is, how to make an actionable list of things I want to accomplish?

Promote Oldhammer in the New World

Ok. I want to see more people playing Oldhammer. Painting and collecting are all fine and dandy, but I think where Oldhammer really pays off is in playing and the camaraderie that ensues. I also want to play more myself so encouraging others may lead to more opportunities for me. 

Action Plan:

Aside from attending the next Oldhammer USA event I'm going to be investigating existing conventions that I can go to and surreptitiously meetup and play Oldhammer. Last year Airborne and Bulldog went to Historicon and met up with Kronos for his massive Space Hulk game. Rusty and Blake met up with Orclord for a massive Warmaster 28 game at Adepticon so I know there are things like this happening. So if you know of a Con that's worth going to, let me know.

I will also continue to put out the zine once a quarter. For now it is fun and people seem to like it, so I'll go with it.

I may look into more ways to promote Oldhammer on social media.

Painting my frigging figures

I spent way more time acquiring than painting in 2016, so I need to get on this. Part of the problem is getting excited by new games, figures, projects but not following through.

Action Plan:

Catalog the mountain and painted figs. Maybe everything painted is a place to start. I'm also going to return to the painting desk by painting upthe figures I owe Curt and David B from last years painting challenge so I can be free and clear to focus on my own stuff without guilt.

Build more Terrain

For how long I've been in the hobby I have a real dearth of terrain. I need to remedy that.

Action Plan:

Finish up all the various trees, rocks and hills I started over the years but never finished. Build the paper models I've been purchasing and work on terrain weekly as opposed to semi annually.

Just generally game more

I've let being tired and disorganized get in the way of just pulling out games and figures and having fun. 

Action Plan:

Have a tidy up and then make time for quick gaming sessions with my family. I'm also going to try and get more involved at local games stores to see if there are other like minded individuals.

Conclusion

Perhaps still a little broad strokes, but I think there is something I can drill down into. Perhaps I should have written this out on paper rather than type a stream of consciousness on the blog. But why change my style now?

Anyway hope your projects are coming along and that you achieve most, if not all of what you wanted to in 2017.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Obligatory Year End Post Pt.2 - Achievements in Oldhammer

So, while the painting itself was pretty lackluster, I feel like I accomplished quite a bit on the actual Oldhammering side.

I started by resurrecting the Oldhammer Opponent Finder in April. It still may not really help all that much in actually getting you games, but I think it is reassuring to see others who share your interests and helps to build a sense of community.

Next was the Oldhammer in the New World T-Shirt.


I was very happy with how it turned out and how well it was received. Hopefully I can come up with another good idea for the coming year. If possible I'd like to raise some funds for swag for the next event.

Then it was actually going to, not one, but two Oldhammer Events. Brian's Birthday Bash and Oldhammer Weekend USA 2016. We Oldhammered hardcore and had a lot of fun doing it.



Then of course it was the publishing of the Oldhammer in the New World Zine.


I feel that this was almost as much an accomplishment as the T-Shirt and I'm very proud of it as well. I'm working on the next issue and need more content if you want to submit some. The theme is Rogue Trader.

The final Oldhammer accomplishment was meeting up with Dai from The Lost, The Damned and The Stunted and getting in a game while visiting family in NoCal. I think the world is a better place when we get together and share the things we enjoy. I'll be gaming with him again.


So, now that I look back on it, Oldhammer-wise 2016 was a resounding success.

I'll try to come up with a cogent post and plan for how I'm going to tackle 2017.

Brushes at the ready!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Obligatory Year End Post Pt.1 - Painted in 2016

Well, it seems like that time of year when bloggers look back at the year gone by and ponder what the year ahead holds.

As of writing this I have 72 published posts this year, the lowest full year total since I started blogging.

So let's remind ourselves of what was painted.

Figures Painted



I've broken him again in the interim so my staff repair is still not satisfactory.



As per usual it was overshadowed by much better submissions in the bonus round. I hate the photography on this one, I should probably reshoot it.




No the best picture, but it gets the idea across in one shot. Still haven't had a chance to use these in anger.



No real complaints here, I liked this one. I need to finish the rest of my Imperial Cops. I think I want to change their name to Team Terra, Galactic Police.



He was fun to paint, although I recall spending a lot of time blending his skin only to have it look like it was color blocked in one color only. He is one of the figures I chipped up transporting.



Probably the figure I'm the most proud of for 2016 for sure if not all time. I also thought I photographed him particularly well. Unfortunately he suffered some pretty major chips in the Oldhammer transport fiasco.



This reminds me that these guys still need varnish and final basing, as well as a proper photo shoot.



Another one that needs varnish and better pictures.



They look ok. Still not happy with the pace with which I painted them. He's said something about selling off his armies, not sure if these are part of what he's sold.

I also finished up Gropez the Halfling Barbarian, 4 more Goblin Fanatics, 5 gobbo Wulf Boyz, and 10 space chickens with the Clukkatrix for Oldhammer Weekend. They all need their own pictures and perhaps some touch ups from travelling damage.

So it looks like 49 figures, 1 Vehicle and 1 Elder God.

This post turned out much longer than I intended, so I'll stop here and talk about the other hobby things I did in 2016 in my next post.

Cheers.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I met a strange man on the internet

And a battle report ensued.

Hi All,

Got a chance to meet up with fellow Oldhammerer and top bloke Dai from over at The Lost the damned and the stunted.

We had some wine, talked about all sorts of stuff, looked at his miniatures and then had a quick game of Dragon Rampant before I had to hit the road. It was great.

Please forgive the crap cellphone pictures, I was travelling light. The game was more climactic than the report makes it appear. We both got down to our leader and one unit left on the table, his one unit just happened to be a giant.

Dragon Rampant gave a quick, simple game and we each got to roll satisfying handfuls of dice.

Here's the report, right click to embiggen.




Score +1 for fun and Oldhammer West of the Mississippi. Since I'm out his way a couple of times a year to visit family we'll probably get together and game again. Next time I'll be more organized. I promise. ;)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Back to the drawing board - Mighty Empires Campaign Map

Hi All,

Sorry for not posting regularly. Life and stuff. As is usual for me this time of year, I realize how lazy I've been the past year and get grouchy about all the projects I've let slip through my fingers. Both hobby and real life.

But anyway, this post is to tell you about the action I'm going to take to fix that.

Mighty Empires

That's right, I said it. Again. I've always had a thing for sweeping campaigns.Of course I've also had very scattered and grandiose ideas about them that ended up falling apart because I couldn't stay focused long enough to work it all out.

Linlandia

So you may recall the campaign I started with my gaming buddy from High School. I still hate the name, but he won the battle that got to pick it, so there it is. We set it up as a way to stay in touch after I went off to college and it ended up fizzling after a year or so. But I have two binders full of stuff for it and you may recall that I found a lot of the letters and paperwork from that campaign.

Maps

I have several maps of the campaign lets see where it all started.


This one was reconstructed from my hand sketched map of our tile placement. I then scanned in my tiles and placed them into a hex grid in GIMP. It was a royal pain in the ass.


Here is the sketch version. I made many copies of this so we could show changes in territory easily.


Lastly, here's the "fancy" hand drawn version I made as a present for my friend and to rekindle interest in the campaign. It didn't really work. But it was fun to make.

Next Steps

I hear you saying "I see what you've done in the past, what are you going to do to actually get this project moving?"

Welsh Piper

Welsh Piper is one of those sites I've found and forgotten about multiple times. It has great resources for hex mapping and a great program for calculating Fantasy populations. So I'm going to be printing out his hex templates and figuring how to scale my map into  his templates.

Scaling

The main problem is what scale are the Mighty Empires tiles. In the original game the time scale is supposed to be one season, and banners move one hex. Years ago I read "The Logistics of Alexander's Army" (I think that was the title) and 10 miles a day march for an army seems stuck in my brain. I think I fudged about a months worth of travelling in one season, so roughly 280 miles. I then dropped that to 250 to make it easier to divide by five, because that's how the Welsh Piper templates are set up. Of course the Welsh Piper mega hexes are 125 miles, so I will figure out if I want to just make my map scale 125 or translate my one hex into two in Welsh Piper.

Hexographer or Hand

The ultimate goal is to create this map in Hexographer, but I've found it difficult to get started or manage the aforementioned scaling issues so I'm going to do it by hand with colored pencils. Oldchool style.

The Plan

I'm going to print out templates and copies of the maps and start hand drawing the new maps over the Christmas break. As I get going I'll fill you in on how it's progressing and ultimately how you can get involved if you want to participate in the ultimate battle of good versus evil.

Thanks to Airborne Grove of Give Em Lead for re-re-kindling the idea for this and Bulldog Lopez of  He of Three Names for reminding me that I can use headings in a post.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Random Encounter - A Knight's Quest Tale

Hi All,

Hope your December is going ok thus far. As usual for me this time of year, I'm stressing about all the things I haven't done. Such is life.

Here's a report of a game of Knight's Quest I lead my Brother and Son through over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Rather than prepare an adventure, I brought an assortment of figures and dungeon tiles and worked out a random system on the fly for generating the encounters.

I also wanted to try and get know how Serif PagePlus X9 works, so i used that program to make the report. I intend to use it for the Oldhammer in the New World Zine moving forward.

So here it is.








So there you have it. It was a brutal slugfest and the party was totally decimated by the first encounter. I need to figure out how to balance things a little better if we continue to use this. The general consensus was it was too brutal and hard for the PC's. Anyhow it was fun getting in a game and throwing some dice, even if we didn't make it to the Orcs, Bugbears and Ogres.

I'll probably be painting up my Analogue Hobbies VI entry fee and side duel figures (from last year) and then trying to sort my minis and get to work on all the half finished stuff.

Later.

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