Thursday, 6 October 2016

Just... couldn't... resist...

I saw the range of cavemen (not meant pejoratively) by Kiwi company Flytrap Factory some time ago, back when they first came out. I thought they looked fantastic but resisted. Until last night when I crumbled and ordered the two packs shown here (five hunters and three mammoths). Not sure exactly what I'll do with them yet, but they are just too great to ignore any more.

Flytrap Factory have their own rule set for the range - Caveman vs Wild - which sound fun, but are currently being revised in readiness for a relaunch with an impending kickstarted which looks like it will bring in more characters, cave bears and the like. I have also just picked up Tusk from Wessex Games which, while ambiguously written in parts, looks like it will provide a fun solo or multiplayer game.

Ohhhhh, I'm giddy with excitement!

Oh the fame!

As many readers will be aware, Rick Priestly of Hail Caesar fame (I'm reliably informed that he's also written some other stuff... ;) ), together with John Lambshead, recently published new rule book for wargaming. Not a wargame itself, but a handbook for wargame designers: Tabletop wargames: A Designers' & Writers' Handbook (2016, Pen & Sword).

I fully expected that Andrea Sfiligoi and Ganesha Games would warrant a mention in the volume, and indeed he does, with all Andrea mentioned in text and Ganesha titles making it into the bibliography. 

However, what I wasn't expecting was that I would be mentioned, specifically relating to Song of Shadows and Dust. Of course, they get the name muddles up a little in text (correct in the bibliography), but all the same... it's rather nice to get a mention and to be used as an example.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Gladiator card prototype

Any thoughts on these as the front and back of 'gladiator' cards for the new gladiator themed, card-driven game I am working on for Ganesha Games?

Obviously, this card is for the retiarius, there are nine other gladiator styles included. The main side of the card provides the attributes for the fighting style, as well as the two unique moves that the gladiator can perform. The reverse of the card gives a very brief description of the style.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

If you go down to the woods today...

... you're in for a big surprise. 

Accounts coming in from survivors tell of Mohawk war parties striking up and down the Ohio River country. The provincial government of New France had better beware, because the situation is about to get worse. Some reports even suggest that the Mohawk have been incited to this barbarity by the Anglais...

In a last spurt of painting before work gets busy again, I've managed to make a start on our French and Indian War project using Blue Moon's 15mm range. I'm still waiting on some smaller bases for my British regulars, so I focused initially on 12 my Mohawk warriors, and a British captain. All the Blue moon officers carry partizans which I thought a bit cumbersome for the woods of North America, so I cut this chap's down and replaced it with a tomahawk. Due the the wash/ink used on them, they are all still woefully shiny, but nothing a quick spray of matt varnish wont fix. I just need to buy some. Any wait for a dry day with low humidity. In Ireland. Coming into winter. Sigh.

This group is more than enough to start harrying the French in games of Song of Drums and Tomahawks, and a start towards a force for Sharp Practice 2. Not sure when I will get more done, but a nice little project for the winter. :)