Saturday, August 23, 2014
Of cause there are other games available that only require two or three players. I find that games that require a minimum of three players are usually the most fun to play.
Recently, I came across this list of three player games. The list is not at all inclusive, as the author only mentions the games he currently owns and has played; quite an impressive list in my estimation. There are no links to any of the mentioned games though. This might be a good project during the winter when I am snow bound.
One of the highlights of the original Axis and Allies were its supplemental rules that allowed one to pay a few IPC’s and roll a die. Upon obtaining a 6 the player could add technology advancements to their countries war capabilities.
I have seen and used other scenarios when playing Axis and Allies, but with Gremlins, Werewolves, Secret Fortresses, Ninjas, and Sea Monsters Axis and Allies: Secret Wars scenarios are quite different. Adding anyone of these scenarios will defiantly make your next game of A & A different.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Although I have completed two of the five projects for August, these two Splintered Light minis are long overdue. These two are numbers three and four of the set of five 20mm miniatures. The five are part of Splintered Light’s Faithful Heroes 2 which includes two mice, a hare, badger, and an otter. The badger will be on September’s projects list.
I have read the Chronicles of Narnia and the first two volumes of Brian Jacques, Redwall series and it seems that out of the two series, to make use of my Splintered Light miniatures, the Redwall series seems to be a better candidate for creating some type of war or skirmish game.
Splintered Light 20mm miniatures are wardrobed in the correct attire and there are many of the same animals available from Splintered Light that has been mentioned within these two volumes.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Cagway Bay is free game that is in beta. Cagway Bay can make use of your Pirates of the Spanish Main ship miniatures. The site offers a “bare-bones” scenario, which pits three blockade runner ships against three blockade ships. There is a movement wheel and charts for boarding and cannon fire actions.
The basic idea of the game is for the runner to send three ships to a distant island; only one of the ships actually carries a special cargo, the other two ships act like decoys to lead the ships of the blockade off their watch and allow the prize ship to arrive to its destination.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Dreadfleet - An Introduction
Starfish is the first in a series and is followed by Behemoth and Maelstrom. Starfish was written by Peter Watts, a marine biologist by trade. Starfish, is his first novel and is a gritty science fiction thriller, which pits the personalities of a bunch of nonconformists and misfits against a hostile environment and its hideous but fragile sea creatures.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Some time ago I made a post of suppliers of plastic spruce. These suppliers supplied plastic spruces of 28mm and 1/72 scale miniatures that were historic in nature. The Bitz Barn offers wide selection of Warhammer fantasy miniatures spruce.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
You steal mine, I’ll borrow yours.
Watch my whiskers, check both ears.
Robber foxes have no fears”
This oath was taken between two like minded Fox, except one wasn’t. Patchcoat was actually a weasel, that was dressed like a fox, from Mossflower who was sent to intercept Fortunata, which was out by the orders of the queen “thousand eyes” to look for clues as to the where-about’s of the creatures of Mossflower. The creatures of Mossflower had been waging war against the forces of Kotir and had proved they could fight an effective guerilla war against the superior forces of Kotir.
“Salamandastron is a large, extinct volcano on the western shore of Mossflower.” Salamandastron is described as “Fire Mountain”, and secret place of dragons. Bella is sending Martin and Gonff to find her father Boar the Fighter which is reported to have traveled to Salamandastron. Boar the Fighter is to be apprised of the situation back in Mossflower.
The location of Salamandastron is a mystery and Bella and her cohorts are looking for clues that might have been left behind by Bella’s father as to its location.
Friday, August 8, 2014
My Dreadfleet islands have arrived from Hoard O’ Bits. The islands are just about the right size for my Pirates at Ocean's Edge, ECT games. Even though there isn’t too much in the way of assembly, I appreciate having something to fit together before painting a piece. These islands will be a welcome addition to the flat cardboard islands that are supplied with these game packages.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Mysterious Islands site includes a basic premise of the game, instructions on how to play, and the materials needed to play the game. The game is played with up to six players. Each player takes one of the associated factions. The factions of Mysterious Islands are The Pirates, Dr. Nemo, Dr. Moreau, The Rebels, The British East India Company, The Zombies, and The Natives. Each faction is either fighting to keep the territory they already have or trying to unseat the other factions from their domains.
Mysterious Islands uses a hex-game-board map of a Pacific archipelago consisting of 11 main islands and several smaller islands. Each faction chooses one island as its base. The game lasts 12 rounds. During a round, each player takes a turn. Each turn includes the following phases: Recruit Phase, Movement Phase, Bombardment Phase, Action Phase, and Combat Phase.
If one could come up with the required game-board, the game looks like it might be interesting to play. Anyone know of an online map creator that could be used to produce the game board?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The only hare mentioned of a Hare in The Chronicles of Narnia is a mention of Moonwood, a talking hare that lived in the sixth century of Narnia. The mention of Moonwood was made during a conversation between the unicorn Jewel and his friends before the “last battle”. Moonwood’s hearing was said to be so good that he could hear a whispered conversation in Cair Paravel.
It is a wonder that Lewis makes a mention of Moonwood at all because there is no other mention of him elsewhere within the volumes of Narnia.
Although there are other hares I have yet to meet, in the Redwall series, one hare is prominent in the first volume in the Redwall. Basil Stag Hare, previously a member of the Fur and Foot Fighting Patrol, as well as an outfit known as the 47th Hare Border Rangers had played a big part in the first volume of Redwall. “Basil Stag was an expert in camouflage, and was well-known for his appetite.” Basil befriended Matthias had helped Matthias in freeing several of Matthias’s compatriots from Cluny the Scourge.
With this entry, I have added another new label to my ever growing collection of tags. This entry is labeled, among other descriptors, Hare’s and Rabbits. I have grouped the two of these two creatures together, not because they are one of the same species, but because they have similar characteristics.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Moles with fur like sable,
Gathered in good spirits all,
Round this festive table.
Sit we down to eat and drink.
Friends, before we do, let’s think.
Fruit of forest, field, and banks.
To the springtime, we give thanks.”
Bulrush and fresh water shrimp soup
A flagon of hot root punch
Blackberry Apple crumb
Baked sweet chestnuts
Honeyed toffee pairs
Maple three cordial
Current and berry pies
A cask of October ale
Turnip’ n’ tater, beetroot’ n’ tater, and been’ n’ tarter pie with tomato chutney
Friday, August 1, 2014
Here it is August already! Where have the last two months gone; another academic year is almost upon me.
The 28mm Persian miniature did not get painted last month or the month before. Perhaps this miniature will get some attention sometime in the near future. It seems that am a bit more ambitious this month. We will see.
- Paint Dreadfleet Leviathan Island (Scenery piece)
Finish painting my Splintered Light Hare and Beaver (20mm) Paint base piece (this will be used to display a couple of steam engines that I have completed some time ago and some robot miniatures that I will be painting in the near future)
- Complete small metal shed (This is my first DIY project in a while. I also have a few other DIY projects that I that want to accomplish in the near future)
- Create and or paint a few prop pieces for the base, see number 3 (gear, slab of steal, and rusty spring)