Sunday, 24 January 2016

Frostgrave Cultists and Wizards

As promised here are some photos of my latest Frostgrave offerings...apologies for the shadows: I haven't got the hang of lighting them properly to avoid these. 

Lich and Apprentice

Skeleton made out of the Cultist set

A merry band of Cultists...

A wraith-type thing...

Summoner and Apprentice

Monday, 18 January 2016


So, having bought the rules, painted the figures, bought some more rules and more figures, I still hadn't actually got round to playing Frostgrave!  Luckily Eric the Shed was putting on a Monday night game using his fantastic terrain boards so I had the opportunity to have a go and actually use the figures in anger.

I suspect there's a lot of tactical thinking about choosing your wizard type and spells and in making up your warband but in the end I decided to go with an Elementalist as this seemed the most straightforward tactically...Elemental Bolt...BOOM!!!! I figured this would be easier to cope with than other classes which are probably more subtle and nuanced.  Just to make things interesting we were playing a multiplayer game but the table was neatly divided between us and we had an experienced player on each side to keep things on track. 

The game itself was great fun with carnage all over the place and my great and powerful wizard rather ignominiously being felled by a dog!  Honours were pretty even in terms of casualties although our opponents did drive us off the table.  The game mechanics were pretty straightforward and very easy to pick up although it's easy to get distracted by trying to fight your opponent rather than snaffling up the treasure which brings in the victory points.  An excellent game which reminded me a lot of early D&D skirmishes...I've never played Mordheim but I gather this is the other key reference.

I was inspired enough to get out the Cultist box that I bought before xmas and I've built and painted 10 or so evil cultists, a Necromancer and a Summoner over the last few days.  They're not quite finished but I'll post some photos when they're all done.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Google Changes...

You may well have seen this cropping up on a number of blogs but Google are about to start mucking about with the settings around Google Friend Connect.  To be honest I've no idea whether this is going to have a significant effect on blogs or not but I thought I'd share the info that was posted a couple of weeks ago on Blogger Buzz.....

"In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer"

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Armies Army Kickstarter

The Cold War seems to be the thing that all the cool kids are playing these days and over at the Armies Army site Keith has a Kickstarter live for what looks like an excellent range of BAOR troops and Soviets. His Kickstarter is running till 4th February but has already shot past it's target and the list of add-on's are growing.

I have some Cold War stuff in 1:300 which hasn't seen the light of day for a long time but 15mm would be ideal for Chain of Command...hmmm....I haven't signed up yet but my mouse is hovering!!

The kickstarter can be found... here

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A New Year round up

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Happy New Year!!! it too late to say that on the 5th??  I've been back at work for 2 days so the Festive rest has worn off and it's back to the grindstone.


I hadn't left any tactically placed notes and lists around the house this year so wasn't expecting any gaming related pressies (and we'd agreed on severely curtailed gift-giving this year), however a good friend in Glasgow surprised me with a copy of Isle of Skye, a boardgame from Mayfair games. 

I'd read some reviews of it a while ago and it seems to be a Carcasonne type game but with bidding and trading of tiles and has very good reviews.  I haven't had a chance to get it out of the box yet but hopefully in the next couple of weeks...I'll post something when I get a chance.

The Force Awakens (spoiler free...)

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My wife very kindly took me to see the new Star Wars film at the weekend...she isn't a SW fan so this was a big deal!!  There aren't many films that I go to with a real sense of anticipation....apart from this one it was probably the Lord of the Rings films that last had me worried about what might have been done to them (Incidentally I loved the LotR films...the opening scenes in Hobbiton are among my favourite film scenes...I felt Peter Jackson got that bit spot on compared with what was in my head.  Yes there are issues in places but I can live with those and don't get as hung up as some people appear to!)

So...Star Wars...I'll keep this Spoiler free so don't panic if you haven't made it to the cinema yet (although I was surprised at the love scenes with Han and Chewie!).  I had somehow managed to avoid any spoilers prior to going although I knew that it was...erm..heavily A New Hope.  To be honest I had no problem with's clearly a homage to the first film and the number of very similar scenes was striking.  In the context of the film I thought this worked well...JJ Abrams is clearly establishing his fanboy cred and providing lots of moments for 40 and 50 year olds to go "ooooh" and "awww" but he also set up the new characters well. 

It's great to see a strong female lead in Rey and I liked the chief baddie, Kylo Ren... a bit more nuanced than Anakin in the trilogy that shall not be named.  I hope that's it with the nostalgia now though and that the next film sets off on it's own without the need to reference the past.  All in all I loved it (and my wife stayed awake through the whole film which is quite a result!)


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It's traditional in the first post of the year to do a review of plans from the last year and set out my projects for 2016.  I had a quick glance at the post from a year ago and found I've achieved absolutely none of them!  So for 2016 my plans are....

nothing....nada... rien... ничего...heehaw...

The only definite is Frostgrave with the forthcoming games at the Shed (link), and hopefully stuff from the 2 Kickstarters that I've committed to (Heroes of Normandie and Conan) but that's it.  We'll just go with it and see where the year takes us....that sounds like a plan!!