Saturday, January 15, 2011

Over The River...

Hey everyone and welcome to a faithful installment of the Dispatch!

We are going to continue our look at Fear and Faith that we started last week as we throw in a twist to the setting and see what we can come up with. This will be a long one so hang on as we test your faith!

All Alone In The Woods: Setting The Story And Finding The Minis
A Fear And Faith Battle Report

The first disappearances had happened months earlier. It was only small animals at first. A chicken, a small pig. While annoying, it was really nothing of much consequence and the villagers wrote it off as a fox or something similar. An annoyance, to be sure, but nothing too dangerous.

Then things started to change.

A sheep disappeared, then two more a few nights later. The hunters of the village went out searching for the culprit but found nothing. Nothing happened for a few days and they thought that their search must have scared whatever it was off. Things returned to normal in the sleepy town.

Then they found the cow.

Unlike the other animals that had disappeared without a trace, the carcass of the cow was in the middle of it field. The body had been torn apart, as if by some giant animal, and most of the meat was stripped from the bone.

Suddenly the surrounding woods became something threatening, full of dark and foreboding shadows and shapes. A messenger was sent to the nearest town to ask for help but his body was found a half mile out of the village torn apart just as the cow had been.

Terror gripped the town. No one ventured out alone and never after dark. Things could be heard in the distant woods at night but there was no way to get a message out to ask for help.

The night that the girl disappeared, all that changed. The things smashed into one of the houses in the middle of the night and made off with her. Beside himself with fear for his daughter's safety, the father set out on horseback for the nearest town to plead for help.

As his horse rode through the night, he could feel the things around him, pacing him, waiting to strike out at him when he faltered but his horse pounded on through the night. The things seemed to disappear but that only strengthen his resolve to find help to save his daughter.

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In my opinion, the general flavor of Fear and Faith seems to be geared toward more modern times. Survivors of the zombie apocalypse, investigating the C'Thulhu mythos, or even (dare I say it...) the fight between the werewolves and vampires in Twilight. There is definitely nothing wrong with this (well, except the Twilight thing but that's self explanatory...) but I am lacking miniatures for these genres. Sci-fi... check. Fantasy... check. Modern horror... hmmm. Not so much in that department it would seem. I had resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get this one to the table for a while (at least not without proxies anyway) when it dawned on me that Claustrophobia is all about a demon hunter and his soldiers fighting against the demons of Hell. And it has miniatures even!

I had the makings of a ready made scenario right there but I wanted to look at my other options as well. There are zombies, vampires, ghosts... and oh yes, werewolves. It was time to dig out the Confrontation minis again.

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Brother Lucius was knelt in prayer when the man barged into the church. A look of relief flashed across the man's tormented face when he saw the Redeemer and he quickly stumbled forward, begging for Lucius' help. The Father of the church tried to quiet the man, but Lucius motioned the Father away, stepped forward, and listened to the man's words.

It quickly became apparent to Lucius that there was something far more sinister at work in the woods and Brother Lucius left the man in the church as he went to gather his men.

The evil that lurked within that forest would be torment the village no more.

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For the other side of the equation, I decided that I would use some modified Wolfen miniatures for my werewolves. In case you hadn't guessed, I love these miniatures and this looked like another great opportunity to get them onto the table.

Of the Wolfen minis out there, the hunter miniatures are actually some of the easiest to convert as they are equipped with spears. A couple of quick cut and BAM! Instant werewolf!

Once this is done it's time to get to the painting! A quick coat of primer and then its time to hit them with the paint. I know that most movie werewolves are brown but I like the idea of them in greys and blacks as it looks more like a wolf. Were... wolf. See? It all makes sense...

Now we have the heroes of this tale (Brother Lucius and his condemned minions seeking their redemption) and the villains (the ferocious werewolves looking for lunch), it is time to stat them up and then get them to the table. But more on that next time...

The Parting Shot...

That's all for now but be sure to come back for the next part of our look at Fear and Faith as we stat up the two sides and get them ready for the battle. Thanks for checking out the blog and as always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to either leave them right here on the blog or you can email me at Plus you can now follow the Dispatch on Facebook by clicking on the like button to the right. Until next time...

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