Archive for March, 2010

If I Had a Hammer…

Another recently finished figure is this fighter who speaks softly and carries a big hammer.

Nice hammer, man

He’s a great model by the brilliant sculptors at Reaper Miniatures. I knew I wanted to use him for Song of Blades and Heroes as soon as I saw him. He’ll make an excellent leader for a human warband.

I used a bunch of Games Workshop washes, like I do, and did very little drybrushing. The chainmaile was drybrushed, but nothing much else. I cannot stress enough: if you’re not using the washes, you really oughta give them a try. They’ve made my painting a whole lot better.

Fire & Ice 2010

This past Saturday and Sunday I spent most of my day in the Manitowoc County Expo Center, waist-deep in other nerds like me at the 10th annual Fire & Ice gaming convention in Manitowoc, WI. As always, I had an excellent time.

Soldiers stalking through the battlefield

On Saturday I ran two games of Flying Lead (Ganesha Games) and that was really fun. I’m enjoying this game more and more the more I play it. I brought some of my terrain and set up a 4×4-foot playspace and used some of Rackham’s excellent AT-43 miniatures for the two forces. After a pretty quick description of the rules, the games moved along quickly for the players. That’s what really makes Flying Lead (and several other of the Ganesha Games’ line) so much fun to run at conventions.

The orc leader seems a bit perturbed.

And speaking of other Ganesha Games, on Sunday I ran a game of Song of Blades and Heroes for a couple of friends of mine that were attending the convention. It was a group of orcs and goblins versus a band of humans and there was a fancy scenario involved, too: in the very middle of the board, there was a crate on the ground. Also, on each starting side, each player had a crate available to them, as well. However this crate was up on a hill, instead of down on the ground. To win, a player needed to capture two crates and bring them back to their starting side of the playspace. Therefore, it started as a sprint for the crate in the middle of the board. Lee (playing the human group) made a quick dash out to the center, grabbed the crate and hoofed it back to his starting side, scoring his first crate and putting Tim into a situation, you might say.

However, Tim and his band of orcs and goblins stepped up and stopped Lee’s humans from capturing their second box and winning the game. They did this by brutally slaughtering the entire group of humans down to the last man. Lee’s luck had abandoned him; he could barely roll above a 2 on his six-siders. On the other hand, Tim was ‘throwing rocks’ as we like to say, and the worm had turned.

Fire & Ice is a great convention and there were tons of people there, easily 500 over the three days, if not more. And they have a game auction, which is always a good time. I picked up a 15-year-old game still in the original shrinkwrap for $65. Sweet. I’ve really been thinking about trying to set up a game auction at OshCon this year. I’ll have to ponder on it more.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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