A tabletop gaming blog, with a vague bias towards Central/Eastern Europe and the Early Modern period.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

more colorful than peasants

Here are some voynuks. Heavy Balkan infantry, in service of the Ottoman Empire by my era. I don't actually have an Ottoman army yet, but maybe someday. In the meantime, they'll be handy as hirelings for Mordheim.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

I don't really do year-in-review type posts, because I never bother to track things I've done. I usually don't do resolutions either, but I have some in mind for 2017 so why not. In no particular order:

  • Revise my P&S Eastern Europe supplement.
  • Play at least 4 games of P&S.
  • Write an original rule-set and put a pdf up for sale. I have a few ideas in mind, if I don't get inspired to pick one over the others I might set up a poll here soon.
  • Attend at least 2 local professional wrestling events.
  • Finish painting every historical miniature that I had primed by the end of 2016.
  • Start training for professional wrestling.
  • Start running a pencil-and-paper rpg campaign.
  • Write a work of fiction, completing first draft at least.
  • Build some hills and river sections, a church, and some sort of permanent fortification terrain.
  • Re-paint enough of my Orks to play a game of Warhammer 40k.
  • Finish painting my Khador miniatures and play a game of Warmachine with them.
Thanks to everyone who visited my blog in 2016! I hope you continue to enjoy my work, and everything else that 2017 throws your way.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

revising my Eastern Europe supplement?

Well, it's been about three and a half years since I put together my Eastern Europe P&S supplement, and it's probably about time to start thinking about a second edition. So far, I've just been brainstorming possible new content. Here's some stuff I'm expecting to include:

  • References to the Devil's Playground terrain/siege rules. (I'm not going to plagiarize anything, but I will direct readers to appropriate pages of that supplement, as some sections are very relevant e.g. Gulay Gorod, Abatis)
  • Rules for Cossack wagons.
  • New and variant unit stats for the main book's Polish and Ottoman armies (e.g. Guard Haiduks, earlier Hussars, Voyniks).
  • Expanded Dramatis Personae listing (e.g. Ivan IV, Maksim Kryvonis, Devlet I Giray, some Radziwill or other...)
  • Historical scenarios
  • At least one battle report
  • And of course, updated illustrations and typo fixes.

Other stuff, possible but not as certain, might include:

  • Fictional Dramatis Personae (e.g. Taras Bulba, Onufry Zagloba, Red Sonya, Baba Yaga, Dracula).
  • Additional army lists (e.g. Late Teutonic Order, 16th-c Hungary, 16th-c Astrakhan, late 16th-c Habsburgs, 17th-c Transylvania)
  • Overall reorganization, i.e. alternating between the potted history and rule/list segments.
  • Modeling/conversion resources.

This new phase of the project is in its infancy right now, but any thoughts or comments would be appreciated nonetheless. Thanks!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Peasant Battalia

God willing, it's going to be years before I paint another Eastern-European peasant.

To recap, they are a mix of Assault Group metals, converted Wagames Factory Persians (so cheap!), and lightly converted Gripping Beast dark age warriors. The GB kit is what I'd recommend to anyone looking to make some peasants of their own. Warlord Games' peasant weapons packs were used throughout, and greenstuff for the hats. The standards are Napoleonic Opolchenie banners found via google search.

Saturday, December 10, 2016


BECAUSE HERE'S THIRTY OF THEM! Ack, excuse me, I usually batchpaint in smaller batches, so I'm a little loopy right now. Anyway, except for static grass and torch highlights, this rabble is done as they need to be.

And here's a rabble-rouser to lead them into battle. He's inspired by the historical figure Kuzma Minin, a Moscow butcher who rallied the people of Russia against foreign (mostly but not exclusively Polish) interlopers during the Time of Troubles in the early 1600s. 

Tomorrow I'll finish the peasant standard bearers I'm working on, and then I'll post a battalia shot of all 80 of them.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lochaber axes

My Mordheim Scots needed some reinforcements too, so I made some warriors with Lochaber axes, which just count as halberds in-game.

Monday, November 21, 2016

"Mordheim" Reinforcements

An order arrived from The Assault Group that I've been quite looking forward too! They may eventually be used to form full units in Pike & Shotte, but for now I'll just be fielding them individually in my historical Mordheim games. I had another smaller one with my brother last weekend, it was pretty fun and we actually got through the whole thing. His Ottomans were able to slay the powerful monsters and drive offer the lesser ones. I didn't have time to take pictures, but there were plenty of dramatic moments, especially when his halberd-wielding champion slew a heavily armored vampire in a single strike! There was also much stumbling and slipping about in the steaming offal which had spilled from the belly of a vile, corrupted monstrosity.

But nevermind that, here's the new minis:

Ottoman Janissaries - Swordsmen with bucklers

Ottoman Janissaries - Swordsmen with Muskets

Russian Sloboda - Warriors with Muskets

Russian Rindi Guard - Swordsmen with Two-handed Weapons

Polish Haiduks - Marksmen with Muskets and Swords

Polish Haiduks - Marksmen with Muskets and Two-handed Weapons

Szlachcic - Polish Nobleman