Friday, June 10, 2016

Pictures from a few recent games

Having found a system for updating that seems to work, I thought that I might as well take this opportunity to catch up with a few pictures from games that have taken place since March.

My brother Norman, shown below in the light blue shirt, has gotten back into gaming within the last two years, after a hiatus of a couple of decades.  He has been wanting to run a 1975 game called Ringbearer for a long time, so we arranged to try to put it on at Cold Wars this year.  Ringbearer compresses the Lord of the Rings onto a single table, as seen below.  Mount Doom is at the near corner and the road to the Shire is diagonally opposite it, by the younger gamer.  We will be staging this again at Gencon this year, but we are regrettably going to have to abandon the idea of using the original rules as is.  We discovered the hard way that what looked fine on paper didn't actually work when we put it on the table.  I regret the lack of playtesting, but we did warn the potential players and give them a chance to back out.



We staged a couple of Chaos Wars demonstrations as part of our Iron Wind Metals Chaos Wars demo team activities.

In mid-April, both of my sons were up for a weekend visit, so we took the opportunity to finish off a mini-campaign Norman (son) had set up, which ended, rather to my surprise, with my army victorious.  We were using Hordes of the Things, and our 1/72 scale fantasy armies.




(Chaos War demo at Harcon, 30 April)


















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Harcon

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Technology Test (and an old Garrison Figure)

I have been experiencing technological difficulties in updating this blog lately.  I will leave this up if it works, but, basically, I'm tring links to photobucket to allow me to email an update with more than one picture.

The Reaper Forums, as I mentioned in the last post, sponsored a Memorial Day binge painting event.  Some of the other participants were also painting some vintage figures, so when I cleared my desk of what I had done, I finished scaling off the old paint on a couple of Garrison Sword and Sorcery figures, plus a Minifigs ME elf archer.

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I didn't check the Lost Minis Wiki for the identity of this fellow until after he received the blue and white paint job, so he's probably not really going to be used as a "Follower of Set" when he goes on the table.



(So, that didn't work, but I did manage to edit the links in...)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Paint Binge Challenge

Over on the Reaper Miniatures forums, this weekend was designated for a paint binge challenge. It seemed like a good time for it, so this is what I did.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Elvish Reinforcements


Back around 1990, I had the opportunity to pick up about 8 packs (48 figures) of Ral Partha elves from their 1976 Wizards, Warriors and Warlocks range. These figures were some of the first that Tom Meier sculpted for Ral Partha, and I've always felt that they had a certain rustic charm, as well as matching the general style of a lot of the other early figures in my collection better than the beautiful highly polished Collector Series elves that he sculpted just a few years later.  I've always wanted more of them, and I recently successfully petitioned Iron Wind Metals to remold these.  My brother and I are starting some planning to do a Battle of the Five Armies scenario next year,  to cap our fatnasy revival project, and I now have the army of the elf king.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lunch projects

I finished up a couple of fantasy figures at lunch today. The cyclops is from current Iron Wind production (ex-Ral Partha Imports). The lady will be the lead singer in the group of bards recently finished...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ral Partha/Iron Wind Goblins

I am, unfortunately, continuing to have technical problems in posting to the blog. I'm not much of a computer adept, and when it comes down to a choice of using scarce leisure time for tracking down computer problems or for painting miniatures, the latter is always more appealing.

That said, even the painting has been a little slow lately due to general busyness in the real world. I have, however, started working toward getting some of the units painted from last year's Iron Wind Metals and the first of these finally got a varnish coat yesterday. I will be running a Chaos Wars demo at Harcon, a game day run at the local community college, in a couple of weeks, and I thought that it would be nice to have a few units on the table representing things that interested gamers could actually buy. A lot of my units are composed of out-of-production vintage figures.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cincycon

For a little variety in gaming, I met with my at Cincycon, outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend. He drove in from Bloomington, Indiana, and we both spent the weekend helping to run demonstration games of the revived Ral Partha Chaos Wars mass fantasy battle game. We also had a fascinating tour of the Iron Wind Metals factory facility, source of so many of my old favorite fantasy miniatures.

Cincycon was a well-run local convention, and occupied two large halls at the local fairground. While I was preoccupied with Chaos Wars, I saw a wide variety of boardgames being played, and other miniatures games in a broad range of genres and periods, with historicals being well represented.

I would certainly recommend giving Cincycon a look if it's within your comfortable travel range!