Tuesday, January 11, 2022

First Comic video slideshow

 Hi All,

I just uploaded my first video slideshow of a comic style battle report. I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm going to have to dig out a good mic for ADR because what I included in this one is pretty rough.

I had wanted to have Scourge of Iron by Cannibal Corpse be the sound track, but I didn't want the video taken down. After listening to it a million times with the royalty free music I used it has grown on me.


I'm new to this, so still working things out.

Monday, January 3, 2022

New Year, new comic - MESBG: Battle Companies

 Hi All,

I finally put together a comic of the game I played against Michaelmarines at Fantastic Legion's house before the holidays. It was a redux of the scenario I played against Brendan's Mirkwood Elves all the way back at the beginning of 2021.

Grab yourself a beverage and enjoy.

I may try my hand at turning these pictures into a video slideshow. We shall see, I have a lot of other hobby stuff that is more pressing.

Hope you have a great kick off to your 2022 hobby. We have another MESBG game scheduled for next weekend. Good vs. Evil, everybody brings 250 points.


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Dungeon - The rematch

 Hi All,

So I teased the game of Dungeon we played last post. I ended up winning that game as the Hero, but of course I didn't take pictures. My son wanted to redeem himself after spending 4 turns in the previous game rolling 5's and 6's trying to get through a secret door on the 4th level. If you don't know, Elves discover secret doors on a 1-4 in this game. Everyone else is a 1-2.

This is the original 1980 version of the game.

The long edges of the box seem to be somewhat inclusive.

Murder hobos running around the dungeon.

This was the treasure I won after being killed by an Ogre and having to go back to the start. A +2 sword is nice, but too little too late.

My son made it back to the start with his requisite treasure. My kids wanted to argue with me that the green guy on the board was a zombie and not a troll. I told them to read the damn monster manual. Noobs!

This is my son's winning treasure. About half of it is what my hero dropped on the floor fighting that ogre.

I demand a rematch. ;)

Happy gaming everyone.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Season's Greetings

 Hi All,

Once again not a whole lot to report. I'm just trying to navigate the holidays and not gain a hundred pounds. Things are pretty good and we're visiting family so that we don't lose anymore time with loved ones. We're masking, testing and have done everything we can think of to keep our elderly relatives safe.

You may disagree, but I'm faced with the fact that I may not have many more holidays with them.

Ok, enough bummer stuff. 

Happy Holidays to you all!

While I haven't gotten much actual hobby done I have been able to get in some games and make the new composite banner displayed above. I'm not really a graphic artist, so I'm sure it's full of glaring errors to the professional eye, but I'm reasonably happy with it.

I also made a version that I ran through the comicifier for a new banner for my comics.

I decided not to do it for the blog banner because I like the clean version too.

Along with eating too much and drinking Snoop Dogg wine, we've played a few games.

We've been playing lots of Mahjong.

And we played a few games of Bears vs. Babies,  but we don't quite have the hang of it yet.

We also played Dungeon yesterday, but I forgot to take pictures.

Hopefully I can get the Battle Companies game pictures processed and into a comic soon. I might try making a video slide show out of the comic once I get it done.

Give your loved ones a hug and game like there's no tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Junta - Family game night

 Hi All,

I'm still plugging away at the Formigny figs, but we had an opportunity to have a family game night with my daughter home for Thanksgiving.

The ladies of the house chose Junta from the selections on offer. It is definitely a product of its time, 1985 and is in the genre of games that encourage you to lie, cheat and steal your way to victory.

The ultimate goal is simple, have the most money in your swiss bank account at the end of the game. I've only ever played this game with 4 players, but it can support up to 7 and there are rules for less than 4 but with a separate mechanism to accommodate not having enough players.

The roles available for the game are: President, draws the foreign aid and proposes the budget; Generals of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Brigades each have their own troops and barracks in the city; Air Force Commander, controls the paratroops and has access to three airstrikes; Admiral, commands the marines and can call in gunboat bombardments; and the Minister of the Interior, controls the police, has a free assassination attempt per turn and can seize the chamber of deputies to force through the budget,

8 bills are drawn from the foreign aid deck each turn. Only the President knows the denominations they drew. The president then proposes how much they will distribute to the players and the budget is voted on. If it passes you get the money, if it fails the President keeps everything. 

Players can start a coup if there is a coup excuse, like the Minister of the Interior seizing the chamber and ramming through the budget.

I believe the above picture is just after I had assassinated my daughter and taken all her money. In Junta you play a family, so you're never out of the game, you just lose cards and money in hand. My son (with the fancy beard control markers) has amassed a strange political between the Church and the Radicals. He has Christian Militia, Rioters and Student Protestors in the streets.

I'm not totally sure what all is going on here, but we had used up all the money. Bribes are placed face up on the bottom of the money stack. We called the game here.

Here is my winning account with about 43 million Pesos in it. I was lucky in my assassination attempts and caught both my daughter and son with piles of cash in their hands. Each turn you pick one of five locations for your faction leader to be. Assassins have to guess correctly where the player is in order to have a chance at success. The Secret Police always succeed, but they can only show up at the bank on alternate turns.

Anyway it was a little diversion over the holidays. A silly game that plays a little dated, but if you like backstabbing games it's got a lot of that.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Prepare to be underwhelmed - Formigny project

 Hi All,

I've been dragging me feet on many things, but I do have progress of a sort.

The gaps are all  green stuffed and I just have to put extra swords and visors on the knights.

I've also primed the first twelve archers.

I know, grey primer on grey plastic. Woo hoo! Of course I noticed one right arm I forgot to putty.

I also realized after priming these that none of these guys got swords. Perry shows a sword in the instructions, but I don't think there are enough swords for everybody. I feel like these guys would not be universally armed with swords so I'll scatter a few throughout the units as I build more. I have another 16 archer torsos cleaned.

Fantastic Legions will probably not be impressed with my progress, but it is what it is. (P.S. I'm going to try putting hyperlinks in bold since this template only shows them when they are moused over.

Anyway. Have a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate and happy hobbying.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Return of Mojo - Formigny project

 Hi All,

Well, suffice it to say I had a rough Summer and my mojo for life in general was just not there for many months.

I had been planning to do a late Hundred Years War project with Fantastic Legions and playtest some rules, but after buying a bunch a figures all this real life stuff happened and I just pretty much went into "I can accomplish one thing per day" mode. Unfortunately that one thing wasn't hobby for quite awhile.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. Fantastic Legions sent me a link to putting on a game at Desert Wars in March 2022. He suggested Formigny in which two French Armies linked up to defeat an English expeditionary force and hastened the fall of English Normandy.

It has a little bit of everything. English longbows ravaging the French. French canons wreaking havoc and a final French cavalry charge. As well as the linking of two forces to combat the defending English.

So if you want to read about it there is a decent article here.

There are also a couple of interesting youtube videos about the battle. This one by Kings and Generals (23minutes) and this other one by Schwerpunkt (2.5 hours). 

So it looks like I'll be making up about 8 units, 4-5 of them bowmen.

The English leaders were:

Thomas Kyriell

By Rs-nourse - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29263362

Matthew Gough

There is no opensource heraldry for him but a common theme is three boars or boars heads on blue or white field. 

Robert (De) Vere

By Newm30 - The Notebook of Tristram Risdon 1608-1628, James Dallas, Henry G. Porter, London 1897. p. 106., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76419312

Henry Norbury 

By Lobsterthermidor (talk) 14:14, 28 February 2020 (UTC) - Own work, using bull element modified from commons File:Urdorf-blazon.svg by User:Gerhard Bräunlich, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87533580

I'm thinking of adding the coats of arms of Bayeux, Caen and Vire as well, since the garrisons were pulled from those towns to battle Jean de Bourbon the Comte de Clermont at the time.

Anyway, lots of work to do. I've been dragging my feet while Fantastic legions has been putting out some lovely units.

Hope your hobby is going well.

Paint em if you got em.