Monday, 26 September 2016

French Indian War - a painting preamble

Just a few bits and pieces of painting inspiration while I start looking into a new project that has fallen my way. I've agreed to put together some British and Indian forces for the French Indian War (North America's end of the Seven Years War - 1754-1763). Looks like we'll dabble in both Song of Drums and Tomahawks, and Sharp Practice 2.

Not entirely sure what I'm doing yet, but as the 27th (Inniskilling) regiment took part, and they are - sort of - the local regiment here, I thought I'd create an apocryphal company of the Skillings as the foundation of my force. The pictures below are all scoured from the net. Some are of re-enactors (obviously) and some of those are even re-enacting the 27th!

At some stage, I'll have to pop down to the regimental museum and have a look see. It might also to worth picking up this wee booklet too:
Available HERE

Thursday, 22 September 2016

General update on activities and projects

As the days get shorter and the night draws in, I thought it would be a good time to stop for a moment and assess where I am at with various projects. It has dawned on me, over the last few months that, while it is far from a full time career, I might just be a designer/writer of wargaming rules. I never meant for it to happen, it just kind of... did. In order of publication, I can humbly hold up a portfolio comprising Irregular Wars: Conflict at the World's End (2011 - 2nd ed. 2014), Song of Shadows and Dust (2013), Galleys & Galleons (2015), and now Faustus Furius (2016). 

In case you missed my excitement in earlier posts, Faustus Furius has now also been translated into Italian (thanks to Massimo Moscarelli). Ganesha have been selling hard copies at conventions in Italy, and the pdf should soon be available from the Ganesha website. There is also a deck of turn order cards for the super-enthused which have been finalised and should soon be available via DriveThru Cards. These will be professionally printed versions of the cards provided in the book, along with a few others to allow players to have quasi-customised cards for their favourite teams.

I'm also very pleased to be able to say that the expansion for Galleys & Galleons Fayre Winds & Foul Tides - is finished and with Ganesha Games, waiting to be officially released shortly - after the end of the current Ganesha Kickstarter (Axe and Brimstone).

Satyrus the thraex striking a pose for his fans
Now, some of you may have noticed an increase in gladiatorially themed posts over the last couple of months. I was planning on just sitting back and resting on my laurels for a bit. But one of the laurel leaves was tickling me, and as I scratched away, I started making notes for a whole new game. A gladiator game. 

I wanted a system that was fast, easy to learn, cinematic, and viable for one-on-one duels. Thus was born Blood Sweat and Cheers. The game is a tactical, two-player, card and dice game. Cards are used to abstractly represent the different options available to a player’s gladiator during the ebb and flow of a gladiatorial bout, while dice are used to resolve interactions. The watching crowd interacts with the gladiators in the arena by rewarding showy attacks and spilt blood with favourable cheering which may in turn be utilised to buoy up a gladiator’s performance. 

The artwork is still being done, but using the black and white concept images I have started playing around with some designs for the cards which, I think, are working out quite nicely. The rules themselves are only two A4 pages long, and after their first game, players should be able to manage with just their gladiator's profile card in front of them along with their gladiator miniature, 1d6 and their hand of cards drawn from the play deck. Bouts between gladiators take between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the gladiators involved, the cards drawn from the deck and the players' own choices.

The game does not use the familiar Ganesha core activation mechanic, but it will be published by Ganesha Games (look for it before Christmas this year!). When players buy the game, they will get a pack consisting of the play deck, 10 gladiator profile cards, two cards used to track the favour of the crowd, two action summary cards and the double-sided A4 rule sheet. Everything they need for one-on-one, bloody, sweaty action.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Faustus Furius - Fury Road

More news in from across the web - Paul Clarke has posted a blurb and a few photos of some recent Faustus Furius fun he's been having in a post apocalyptic near future. He writes:

"Circus Maximus.. In the World of Fire and Blood chariots are long since gone! the new Road Warriors entertain the crowds with blood and gore.. I've been trying out a new set of rules from Ganesha games.. Faustus Furius.. the game was designed for Chariot racing but the mechanics easily port over to vehicular racing.. In the Roman times they incited the mob.. In the World of Fire and Blood it's the undead!"

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Faustus Furius in Bangkok


Damon Richardson recently hosted a game of Faustus Furius at Battlefield Bangkok in Malaysia. These are the photos he put up on FriendFace of the game. Even if you didn't want to know about the game - lets face it, of course you do - you have to marvel at the brush work on those 15mm Chinese chariots.