Waterloo – again.

I was cleaning up my images folders and found these pics from yet another Waterloo refight. This one was held at 2015 Napcon in Levin, New Zealand. I don’t remember too much about this refight – except that the side I was on got spanked for the most part. I played the British garrisoning Hougemont and surrounds. It was the first time that I got to use my British in a game although they had done duty in the big Waterloo refight held a few months earlier in June for the 200th Anniversary. I was not able to attend that weekend as I was unwell.

This game was run with Black Powder rules, and loads of shitty British command rolls. I think on one turn the British side made about three command rolls. We were mostly on the back foot the entire game as our commands failed to receive orders and we had to keep reacting to the aggressive French who seemed to roll more ‘3 Moves’ than I thought was statistically possible.

But as usual at the end of the day it did not matter. A good time was had by all and it was fabulous seeing the loads of figures on the table.

There are also a few pics from a 15mm game being played same day. Check out the British Rocket Troop in action and that fabulous Hougemont Chateau model that was scratch built and covered in printed stonework. Very cool.

 

WIP – More work on medieval/fantasy/pirate buildings

Finished the build stage on two more ‘Conflix’ like buildings. I was all set to undercoat them but my one can of matt black spray paint ran out of propellant.  The damn thing was half full of paint as well. It is a brand I use a lot and have never had a problem with.  The one problem with living a long way from town is that you can’t just whip down to the store to get something if you run out so it looks like I  will be painting them next week when I am away for work.

Construction was foamcore board, balsa, some bits and bobs from the scratch-building bucket and card. Lots and lots of card. Maybe I should use teddy bear fur and do thatching instead of tiling.

REVIEW: Deep Cut Studios’ Mousepad Gaming mats

Deep Cut Studios are based in Lithuania. They produce a fairly extensive range of gaming and battlemaps using a variety of materials ranging from traditional cloth to magnetized PVC.  All their mats have high quality printed surfaces available in a large range of backgrounds from cobblestones to deep space.  Deep Cut Studios kindly sent me a sample pack of their Mousepad-style maps to review. First off I will give you a description of the samples sent to me and then my thoughts on the product.

When the package arrived I was surprised to see that it got to me despite no street address – just my name and the town/postcode where I live. The joys of living in a small community.

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The package contained some 20x20cm tiles and a rolled sample piece. Interestingly, even though rolled and in a soft courier package it unrolled dead flat. Actual mats are shipped in cardboard tubes so crushing is unlikely during shipping.

The mats themselves are standard mousepad rubber with the image printed into the surface material. It has a matt finish – my camera flash makes them look a bit shinier than they actually are.

Detail and quality of the printing is good.  I am not sure exactly what the white terrain is supposed to represent – sand or tussock perhaps. It looked a little like the left over wool on the ground where we shear our sheep – just with less sheep crap.

The first thing to note about these tiles (sold separately by Deep Cut for about €1.50 each) is that they sit absolutely flat when placed on a flat surface.  Where two tiles abutted the join was visible but not distracting in any way – at least when I actually aligned them correctly and didn’t sit one on top of the other. I took these photos with the mouse-pad tiles on top of a felt gaming mat so there were quite a few bumps underneath the tiles and I also chose the point where my two 6×6 tables adjoin which mean that the surface underneath was not exactly flat.

I was interested to see how much abuse these could take. I scrunched the sample piece up and left it overnight. In the morning I rolled it out and it sat flat again. Bear in mind this is a sample piece and not a 4×6 gaming surface but once again showed that the material is good at sitting flat.

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Now – one thing that gamers do sometimes is have a drink sitting on the table. Coffee, coke, beer or even a Quad venti half caf breve no foam with whip two splenda stirred skinny three pump peppermint mocha if you are a hipster gamer from Seattle. And one thing that is sure to happen eventually is that drink being spilled. So, I misread Deep Cut’s claims about this product – I was reading the notes for the cloth mats that said ‘machine washable’. Yes – I machine washed the mouse pad mat and hung it up to dry. It came out fine but if you do spill anything on it I would suggest using a damp cloth to clean it :) 

I also used a craft knife and a pair of scissors to cut the material to see if it could be useful as markers for areas of say “difficult terrain”.  With a sharp knife the material cuts easily and cleanly. Even my not so sharp scissors did a good job but I would recommend using a hobby knife if you wanted to use this material for such a job.

My overall impressions of this product are positive. A 6×4′ mouse pad mat is priced at €54.90 plus postage. A smaller 4×4′ mat more suitable for skirmish gaming is a very reasonable €31.90. For these prices you get a light,  easily portable and attractive gaming surface.  Fact is you would be hard pressed to make something yourself for much less than that and I am pretty sure it wouldn’t be as portable or durable.  The exchange rate with the European Peso is also quite attractive at the moment – at least from my part of the world.

The tiles I were sent were all cobblestone road sections and I think would work best with 28mm skirmish gaming tables – Pirates or Sharpe Practice type games as the roads are quite wide. The one design that I couldn’t find on the Deep Cut Studio’s site was a Wild West town – something that I would be particularly interested in as I often take my Wild West skirmish games on the road when I am away from home and want to do some gaming with mates on a weekday evening.

One thing to remember is that these mats present a dead flat gaming surface. Contours and hills would have to be placed on top. For that reason I think that they are best suited for games and gamers who are not too worried about elevation being a three dimensional thing.  Deep Cut do make tiles with hills and so forth that are somewhat reminiscent of the old Battletech game boards if you really need 2-D hills. All their mats can be customised with regards to size and the addition of hexes or grid overlays.

Go to the Deep Cut Studios site and have a look at the range – it is large and there should be something there that you like. I particularly liked the cobblestone mat and the village mat with cobbletone streets. As far as the plain ‘grass mats’ go my only complaint is that the grass looks just a tad out of scale. With buildings and terrain placed on top probably wouldn’t be such an issue to me.

Deep Cut Studios: http://www.deepcutstudio.com/

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BFG? Nah, this is BFD: Big Fecking Dave.

I have seen a couple of other examples where people used this Papo Orc action figure as a giant and thought – why not?  I came across one on Trademe (New Zealand’s version of eBay) and I got it for about NZ$10.00 which was a bargain in my opinion. He is made from a phthalate free PVC plastic  but given that I am not intending to chew on him he could be made from lead for all I care. He is molded in the light green pvc plastic  with the details painted on. He stand about 4.5″ high and just fits on a 50x50mm base.

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First thing I did was try to orcify him up a bit. Changed his staff to an Orc Standard. Other people have converted the staff into another bloody great stone axe. I added a few shields as vambraces and changed his chest-plate into something more orcy than the poncy elvish looking sun-symbol on his chest.  Also added an Orc chopper as a knife so he has something to pick his fangs with.

BFD was then spray painted black. The interesting thing is that he took best part of a week to stop feeling tacky.  I actually got quite worried that perhaps the paint would start to dissolve the pvc plastic and perhaps I should have just brush undercoated him but he seemed to have survived.

Anyway, here is the finished model. He is based with a snotling/orcling – Wee Dave. I think he came out alright.

And finally all the Dave’s together.

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WIP Report: Buildings

I am on leave this week and instead of mowing lawns, pruning trees and helping Mrs Woolshedwargamer in the garden I am painting miniatures and making terrain. A man has to know where his responsibilities lie and prioritize accordingly.

First off. The first piece of Wild West terrain I have worked on in years. This is my sheriff’s office. I ballsed it up right off the bat by getting the height of the verandah roof wrong and most of my miniatures don’t fit underneath it. I am not doing it again so will just have to live with it. It is made of foam core and balsa wood. Windows are glazed with plastic from some piece of random packaging that I found. The corrugated iron is cardboard. Brickwork for the jail part of the Sheriff’s Office is etched into high density styro-foam. Have to add a chimney pipe and then texture the base.

Next up is another Conflix-like building. I did have a bunch of others I made a few years ago but they fell victim to a combination of depression and an open fire. This one will survive I think as I have got my life somewhat under control. Once again foam core board and card. Still to do – all the wooden framing, texturing and roof tiles. A job for tomorrow as it is all glued together and drying at the moment.

Orc Boyz/Axe Regiment

This is a regiment sized unit made up of old 5/6th ed plastic orcs (plus a metal black orc standard bearer). These came from a number of sources so are all second hand purchased 12-plus years ago. The painting was, well lets just say, variable. I can best describe them as block painted in a range of basic colours.  I got these for next to nothing – a few bucks at most.  I was thinking of just spraying over them and starting again but then thought – hang on – I might as well spend my painting time on a new unit.I am currently painting a unit of twenty Savage Orcs who will be a standard Axe regiment in my Kings of War army.

So, to tart these second hand figures up I doused them in black and brown inks and washes. I mean I sloshed it on.  That was the sum total of my refurbishment work. Once they were based I think that they turned out pretty good – at least to a fair tabletop standard.

 

Big Dave – A big FU!UKing Orc

Today’s Orcy Update is Big Dave. For my purposes he will be a Kings of War Krudger (an Orc Champion). I have had the figure for a long time (like maybe ten years but I honestly cannot remember) and only painted him in the last few days. He comes from the Frothers Unite-UK range of sometimes available figures. He is a great sculpt and I am glad I brought him, whenever that was.  He is, at least according to the FU!UK ‘store’  still available from Frothers  for £4 including postage anywhere in the world which is a pretty good bargain.

He has the traditional Orcy look favoured by sculptors since the cartoony look was popularised by (and I am guessing here) Games Workshop back in the 90s. However, he has a more gritty visage than the GW variants and I would have loved to see the sculptor who made him actually do a range of orcs.

He was a two part figure. The humongous axe and hands were a separate piece to the rest of the mini.  As I am wont to do I drilled and pinned his hands before gluing together.  He is armoured in an impressive boiler-suit of armour that, as far as I can see, has no way into or out of it. That may be why Big Dave scowls so much.

Look What Daddy Came Home With – or – Giant Lamb for Kings of War.

How can I use this in Kings of War. A giant beast for a Forces of Nature army?

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Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now as you all know We have sheep living here with us here at Chez Jasper. Well, imagine our surprise when daddy came home with a …..

A baby lamb A baby lamb

Now the decision to take a baby lamb, less that 24 hours old away from her mummy is not one that is taken lightly.  However,  this lamb was one of triplets, with one not surviving, one being very healthy and this one  being  rejected her mummy. So  daddy had to decided to bring her inside.  Also, while the sheep have access to shelter in to the wool shed,  the weather was deteriorating again so she might not have survived a night outside.

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After a good feed exploying her envirioment. After a good feed exploring her enviroment.

Oops as slight accident. Oops as slight accident.

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Orc Giants: WIP

Just a note to show what I am planning on painting this week.

First off the old Marauder Giant from 1990. Since this was taken he has been disassembled, paint stripped, epoxied back together and undercoated. I got this guy in my job lot of second hand Orcs back in about 2004-ish.

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Next is a Papo toy Orc Warrior re-purposed as an Orc Giant, or is that a Giant Orc – not sure which. I saw a couple of versions of this model online and was really impressed with how he came out. He was also about $NZ12.00 which is a cheap Giant by any measure. He was carrying a staff in his left hand. The other versions I saw of him converted this staff to another giant stone axe. I decided to give him an Orc standard instead. A few other Orcy bits have been glued on as well as a couple of shield as vambraces. He is mounted on a 50×50 base and is now undercoated as well and first dabs of paint are going on him today.

Orc Characters/Command

Depending on the rule set I use this is either a command stand or just three characters.  I used a wooden coaster and made three slots to take 25x25mm bases.

The Orc General is the classic Grimgor figure. This one my son and I painted together when he was eight or so. It does hold a special place in my heart to be honest – probably more important to me than any other miniature I have ever painted or am likely to ever paint. In Kings of War he is classed as a Krudger (Infantry Hero).  He has Crushing Strength(2) and is Inspiring. With five attacks hitting on 3+ he is no slouch either. Some magic armour and he is one tough cookie.

The Shaman is the Games Workshop 6th Edition Orc Shaman – or at least one of them. He has that Orcy look down pat. In Kings of War he is a Godspeaker. In the version of the KoW rules I have he can throw Fireballs (9) and has Inspiring and Godspeaker. In other versions he seems to lose Fireball and gets Bane-Chant (3) which allows him to try to augment fighting and wounding abilities of friendly units. I suppose I should get the official 2nd Ed Rule Book.

Lastly there is the GW Black Orc Standard Bearer. As I understand it this was a special figure included in the Orc Army Box released in 2000. I have no idea about the special rules for this guy but he was incredibly unbalanced – more of that below. In Kings of War he is a Flagger (an Army standard bearer). He only has one attack but is Inspiring which allows him to force re-rolls of failed nerve tests to friendly units within his inspiring range.

 

 

Grimgor in two modes.

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And finally.

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The most unbalanced character ever created for the Warhammer Fantasy Game. Seriously – how this guy is meant to actually stand up on anything other than a perfectly flat surface I will never know. He is even worse than my Bretonnian Army Standard Bearer.

 

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