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

Friday, October 7, 2016

easing back into historicals...

You can never have too many peasants! At least, not if you're look to recreate the Khmelnitsky rebellion. Here's a quick shot of some peasants prior to painting. These minis are all Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors, with only a few Gripping Beast Arab bits mixed in. And also some greenstuff obviously. Note the agricultural flails made of spear hafts and jewelry chain.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mystery Project: demystified!

It's a new Guildball team!

Sorry to disappoint anyone hoping for more historicals, I'm working on some stuff, but it's all pretty much stalled until I can get ahold of some proper spraypaint.This is harder than sounds, because it's illegal to sell spraypaint in the City of Chicago, and the game store I sometimes go to outside the city doesn't stock it, and the art supply store they directed me to only had spraypaint in some weird expensive formulation that smells a little better then normal spraypaint but also clogs faster than any other brand I've ever seen. Soon, though, hopefully!

So, here they are, the Candlestick Makers Guild.

Some backstory: The team is inspired by a dumb joke I couldn't get out of my head. When I started working on the Butchers team, I mentioned that I was looking forward to the release of the Bakers and Candlestick Makers, a reference to the nursery rhyme Rub-a-dub-dub. In addition to creating this team, I also have plans to convert a Brewers Guild team into a Bakers Guild Team, mostly just by adding chef's hats and converting weapons.

Now, Guildball is a very carefully balanced game, with lots of synergies and trade-offs built into each team's options. It would take a huge amount of work to actually design a new guild team that would integrate into the existing game without being over- or under-powered. So, both of my "new" teams are just going to use existing rules. The Bakers are just going to use the Brewers rules along with their models.

But I had to get more creative with the Candlestick Makers. The existing team that has the most to do with smoke and fire and metal is the Alchemists, but their miniatures didn't look at all what I had in mind, way too steampunk. So I'm using Alchemist rules, but converting Reaper Fantasy minis to represent the players. I tried to make each Candlestick Maker at least a little bit reminiscent of the Alchemist whose rules they use, both in appearance and name (though the naming is still a work in progress for some of them).

Here is the "starter set" of fire guy, season one captain, and other lady. Their alchemist counterparts are Mercury, Midas and Calculus, so I want to call them Menorah, Tarnish and Candelabra, but the way the conversions and rules worked out don't really support those names. In practice, I'm probably going to call that middle dude Jean Valjean because it totally looks like he's just stealing that candlestick...

These are Vigil (based off Venin, a skinny spooky guy), Draco (Naja, a mascot cobra), and Girandole (Vitriol, a lady with a big thwacking stick). I may remove Draco's wings, since Naja can't fly, but overall I am quite pleased with how these three turned out. I suppose this is a good time to point out that a bunch of these conversions use pieces from the "Treasure and Candleabra" Reaper mini pack.

Here is Kirion (Katalyst, big muscular guy), Snuff (Smoke, same model), and Alloy (Compound, big fat guy). Snuff is the only actual Guildball model on the whole team. She's a great one-piece mini, only converted by adding a snuffer to her left hand. The original mini is releasing smoke from an alchemical flask, I wanted to suggest that this one is generating smoke from a snuffed candle. Even her cowl/hood thing matches the aesthetic that the rest of this team seems to have.

I haven't decided on a color scheme for sure, but I think white and yellow would look neat. No one else in my group has a team colored like that, and yellow is an obvious color for a team associated with candles, and when researching different styles and traditions of candle-holding devices, a lot of pictures also had religious vestments in those colors. So actually, I guess I pretty much have decided on a color scheme...

Last of the Butchers

(at least until Vet Brisket is released)

Sorry about the terrible picture quality. My phone is on its last legs...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mini Mystery Project

I have successfully moved, and am making good progress on unpacking. I need a few more furniture items before I can properly get my hobby affairs sorted, but that didn't stop me from picking up some figures for a new mystery project...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

More Guildball Butchers

Here are a bunch more guildball players, the entire rest of the Butchers roster except for chain-wielding badass Shank (who needs some repainting) and pig mascot Truffles (who needs assembly and painting). Also the dude in the top hat is not a butcher, despite it obviously being his profession, but is rather a mercenary-type character available to several different teams. Except for the big blond guy's hair, there are no conversions here.

Having played this game a few times now, I think I'm getting the hang of it. If you're looking for a medieval fantasy skirmish game with a fun twist, you could do worse than this.

PS I move to my own place in a week, and I'll unpack shortly after that and resume my hobby activities for real. Can't wait to dig out my Historicals and Warhammer (FB and 40k) armies and Warmachine and...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Army Man

Hi again. Sorry things have been so eclectic lately... I've started working on some WWII figures for a Golden Age Superheroes game I'm planning. So far I've just painted a test figure, but I've got a whole box of Wargames Factory US Infantry and a handful of Warlord Games Metal, as well as a bunch of Bob Murch's pulp figures for civilians, cops and gangsters.