Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wrath of Kings: House Goritsi

Of the four armies that I picked up, the one I've focused on the most has been the House Goritsi.  For those unfamiliar with the game, House Goritsi is all about vampires and werewolves, with some humans thrown in for light snacks as well.  This is the one faction that I didn't purchase the starter box for because I honestly wasn't a big fan of the vampire minis.  They've started to grow on me some but for now I decided to focus on the Skorza (aka the werewolves) and Ravenscar mercenaries (aka the humans or lunch).
Skorza skirmishers (minus one) with their two leaders in the front
Anyone familiar with Confrontation will recognize the style of the Skorza since CMON has several sculptors from Rackham working for them.  Forming the bulk of the Goritsi army are the Skorza skirmishers which are massive werewolves.  As I mentioned, I had first grabbed these minis to use for K47 but they are huge!
The massive shield breaker compared to the average human
In Wrath of Kings they count as elite troops which means that each one of them counts as two toward your force construction so with just the basic box of minis I have the equivalent of 12 troop choices and two leaders which is the minimum for a patrol game, the smallest of the game formats.
To round the list out a little more, I grabbed a box of the Ravenscar mercs which comes with 12 troops and two leaders.  Just these two boxes give me a good variety for force selection right out of the gate and is the same number of troops and leaders that all of the starter boxes come with.  A bit odd for a miniatures game but it's definitely a nice change.  This really is a game that you can buy the starter and literally have a most of an army right from the get go. 

Ravenscar mercs with their leader front and center
In addition to leaders and troops, there are also specialists to help round out the army (a pair of which are also included in the starters).  The basic specialists for Goritsi are more Skorza (huzzah!!!) but this time they take the shape of an agile fighter called a scourge and a massive brute called a shield breaker.
Skorza scourge on the left and shield breaker on the right
This army is smaller in number than some of the other factions due to the skirmishers being elite troops but even with their relatively small numbers they look really intimidating.  Life is hectic as ever and I don't have enough time for gaming but I'm working on assembling another army (House Teknes) so that we can try getting this to the table and give the game a try.  Fingers crossed, that will happen in the next week or two.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Suddenly the Wrath of Kings Started Raging

Months ago I had picked up some House Shael Han miniatures for Wrath of Kings though I'll admit that I had no intention of playing the game.  In fact I was going to use them for a Chinese themed force for In Her Majesty's Name but I never got around to pursuing it any further, largely because of the bases.  I had no idea that the bases that come with all the Wrath of Kings stuff are hollowed out for a base insert so they just wound up sitting in their boxes.
Fast forward to the end of last year, I ordered some of the House Goritzi Skorza to try modding into Shrekwuflen for Konflikt 47.  Well, once those came I saw just how big they were, especially compared to the normal minis in Konflikt so these joined the Shael Han force collecting dust.
Then around the beginning of January, I noticed the House Teknes starter set on Amazon for more than half off and it got me thinking "Maybe I should pick some of them up?"  I pulled the trigger and mentioned the game to my daughter who said she wouldn't mind giving it a try.  So I had the starter for Teknes and the same number of troops for Shael Han but she loves wolves and so I know she'd want to play Goritzi...  and off to Amazon I went again.
Long story short, I'm now the proud owner of four of the five starter armies available for Wrath of Kings.  I haven't been able to play the game yet but I've been steadily working my way through assembling the minis and I have been pleasantly surprised.  They go together very easily and have really good detail on them.  Even so I must admit that painting them is not high on my list right now but I might some day.  In the meantime I just want to play the game and then I'll go from there.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Holy Rollers for Bolt Action

Earlier this month I took part in the 2nd annual Bass and Curry Bolt Action tournament at my LGS, Greenhouse Games. Since I've only ever played Konflikt 47 (and even then not much of it), I thought this would be an interesting event and give me a chance to get my head around the original game... not to mention it was part of a trade I made for a ridiculous number of painted US minis.

I'd been to the store often enough that I thought I had a good idea what they could field for terrain but I was really impressed by the six tables they laid out for the event.

From the Far East... the snow fields of Russia... the hedgerows of Western Europe, there was a great range of terrain types fight over.  Unfortunately luck of the draw meant that no one wound up playing on the snow board but all of the other boards had at least one game on them.

For this event, I threw together a list using which is a great resource for both Bolt Action and Konflikt 47 amongst other games.  I must admit that I had no idea what to expect so I went with a list that I was hoping would be able to effectively deal with a good range of different opponents.

Mobility was going to be the name of my game since I knew that the tournament would feature two different scenarios, breakout and sectors. By fielding two 6 man veteran squads, I could load both of them into my M3 to taxi them around quickly and provide some fire support. Next were two jeeps, one to carry my Chaplain (hence the Holy Rollers) and the other for my 2nd Lieutenant. Finally I put in a Sherman with a heavy AT gun and pintle mounted MMG. I felt like this was the riskiest part of the list since this put all my AT capabiliy into one unit but I was hoping it's armor would be enough to keep it alive.
For my first game I was paired off against Cameron, one of the various Soviet hordes at the event on the hill table.  I believe that the other lists fielded at least some cavalry but he decided to go with lots of troops, and a T-34.
This was an intense but fun game as things really went back and forth between the two armies.  The T-34 got my fully loaded M3 in its sights early in the game but my veteran soldiers were able to withstand even its withering hail of machine gun fire.  I thought my Sherman was doomed shortly after that as an inexperienced mob of tank hunters charged it but the dice gods were kind; not only did it survive unscathed but it was able to decimate the unit the following turn as I opened up with all the machine guns!  Ultimately we fought each other to a draw by victory conditions but Cameron scraped out the win based on casualties.
My second game was against my friend Chad with his dastardly Germans fighting on the hedgerow table!  In contrast to Cameron's list, Chad was fielding two platoons in his 750 point list with each platoon containing two minimum squads, an officer, a Panzer I, and a motorcycle with sidecar.  Just to round things out he also threw in a Hanomag as well.  This meant that not only was I facing 15 Panzerfausts but also seven medium machine guns and four light machine guns!  Talk about a pinning machine!
This game was a lot of fun with things really swinging back and forth through most of it.  In the end, Chad was able to get one of his Panzerfaust toting squads into point blank and blasted the Sherman apart.  At that point I didn't have a chance since both of his Panzer Is were still on the table and I'd already lost more than half of my meager infantry but even so it was a great way to wrap up the day. 
This tournament was a lot of fun and I'm really glad that Chad talked me into going.  While I think I still prefer the tweaks that were made for the Konflikt 47 rules set, it was good to be able to take part in this event with the rules still being familiar enough that I could get in a couple of good games.  That said, I do want to get back to the Greenhouse soon to push around some more Konflikt.  I just can't help it; I love the big, stompy robots!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Frostgrave: Initial Impressions of Ulterior Motives

My daughter and I went to our LGS for the reboot of the local Frostgrave campaign over the weekend and I was able to see Ulterior Motives in action.  I have to say that I really like the extra twist that it brings to the game though it was a little unclear how and if we were supposed to interact with some of the things that it added.
For example, my motive let me add a pit to the board that I would get a bonus from if no one interacted with it during the game plus two red herrings in the form of a gateway and a zombie.  The zombie was pretty straightforward (it wanders around and attacks things... go figure!) but the other two were less clear.  My gateway was one of two that were on the board while there were at least four pits scattered around.  During the game the only thing that people actually engaged were the two zombies roaming the board but we all just avoided the rest of the "items".

Here's a view of the board at the beginning of the game from my table edge. Whole lot of stuff going on out there!
Unfortunately I don't own a copy of Ulterior Motives (yet...) but this is something that I want to dig into to see if there are other actions that we could take with the various bits that were added and how it is handled.  I can see a lot of potential if these are things that we could all try to interact with.
It also really got me itching to make some terrain markers for all the various bits and bobs that you use to represent the objectives.  I've been in a bit of a hobby slump lately so its great to have something kick me back into gear again.  I haven't start working on these yet but I'll try to get up pictures as I work on them, plus my warband that I threw together is entirely made of painted minis!  Huzzah!  So there will be pics of them coming soon as well.  Until next time...

Monday, June 26, 2017

And Then It Got Really Quiet Around Here Again...

Ya know, things had been moving along at a pretty good clip between blogging and gaming for me again...  And then overtime happened.  Summer months = increased work load since its easier to build things in the northeast during the summer instead of the winter.  Go figure, right?  As a result my miniature gaming has been put on hold for a while though we are getting in some more board games as a family which is always nice.  In fact we recently stopped by a different game store that's a little closer than the one we usually go to and its really nice.  A growing selection of games, good amount of gaming space (mini, board, card, or rpg... take your pick!), and the craziest thing of all... they have natural light!  A game store with big, open windows along the front?  Now that's just pure madness!  As an added bonus they are talked about starting a board game day which would be a blast.  Its still in the works but hopefully soon they will be able to move forward with it.

As for my own hobby, things have gone onto hold.  Unfortunately the guy who was running Frostgrave and had gotten me into Konflikt 47 has dropped out of the hobby after a very bad experience at the game store.  I'd like to think that most gamers aren't bad but every now and then you find that power gamer who is just an ass.  Hopefully his hiatus is temporary but only time will tell whether he decides to continue.

This doesn't mean that I'm going to stop gaming though.  We are planning on moving within the next few months so I don't want to get stuck in the middle of anything but once we are situated I'm hoping to even be able to set up a small dedicated hobby space which would be amazing.  In the meantime, I want to run a number of short RPGs for my daughter over the summer break.  We had been playing an adventure based on the Secret of Bone Hill which unfortunately has fizzled for the moment so we are looking to do some quick solo adventures.  She's actually already started putting together her first character, a gnome bard armed with an ironwood lute.  That's right, she's a rock star that smashes peoples faces in with her guitar.  Can't wait to see what happens because it just sounds crazy!