Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paint Bench: Repainting Desert terrain to Osgilith or Gondor terrain

I decided to repaint some of my desert terrain buildings that I got from Art of War Terrain a few years back. I have some Osgilith ruins that Art of War Terrain made, and some of the desert buildings matched the Osgilith buildings, except they were desert colors. I simply repainted them both to match each other. 

I am planning a large epic sized battle of Osgilith and needed some more structures to go on the table. I bought some new stone works mats from Zuzzy Miniatures to go with the Osgilith layout, as well as other things such as dungeon terrain, castle floors, etc. 

Took me a few days, but I repainted them with some dark primer grey paint and then dry/wet brushed some white house trim paint on them to bring out the detail. They look outstanding now. I have a total of 24 buildings now. I also took a bridge and cut it in half for Osgilith. 

Desert buildings and Osgilith ruins with old paint jobs.

Starting the repaint, what they looked like before the new paint jobs.

I took one of the bridges and cut it in half for the destroyed bridge in Osgilith.

Half way done!!

 The color the terrain was before painting, also the osgilith ruins were a lighter grey color previously. I repainted them all to match. I left these buildings alone and kept them for my desert battles.

And Finished!!

Freshly new painted buildings in Gondolin, current game on my table.

I changed out the buildings on my Gondolin game, which match the terrain now.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paint Bench: Repainting of Orthanc

I decided to repaint my solid Black Orthanc and make it look tremendously better. I dry brushed it with some primer white house paint. 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The 2nd Battle of Cair Andros March 26th TA 3021 (War of the Ring)

Rohan and Gondor preparing to Charge the Mordor Orcs in retreat from Cair Andros

Orcs crossing the creek caught off guard by the arrival of Rohan and Gondorian Cavalry

Figures are 28mm Scotia  Grendel (old Harlequin LOTR line, BTD LOTR line) Terrain mat by MegaMat and the creek is by Wargamers Terrain. The trees are homemade. Structure by PMC Games. All miniatures painted by myself.

I got a new MegaMat in the mail this friday the grassy plains mat. It is like a giant mouse pad. I am very happy with the purchase. It is 4' x 6' and fits my table almost perfect. My coffee turned out to be almost 4' x 6', larger than I realized. 

My camera did not take very good photos, but my wives camera did, so the entire game is not recorded. However it turned out to be a draw, being that it was getting too late, and my 2 year old kept waking up, so we ended the battle. The Orcs got away. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Battle of Notium 407 BC Peloponnesian Wars

407 BC saw the arrival in Asia Minor of the very capable Spartan naval command Lysander. He had a fleet of ninety ships, which he decided to base at Ephesus. Alcibiades took the Athenian fleet to the same place, but when Lysander refused to come out and fight, Alcibiades took his fleet to nearby Notium. Alcibiades soon left the fleet to visit other Athenian forces in the area, leaving his pilot Antiochus in command of the fleet, with clear orders not to attack Lysander.
Antiochus ignored these orders, and decided to try and win a victory over part of the Spartan fleet. Our two main sources disagree on the early stages of the resulting battle. In Diodorus Siculus Antiochus took ten ships to Ephesus to challenge Lysander. Lysander led all of his ships out to sea, sank Antiochus's ship, and then pursued the other nine ships back towards Notium.

Another Friday Night Game with my new opponent my Wife.

Me and my wife played this game using simple quick throw down house rules as usual. It is like trying to make my wife understand a foreign language in 10 minutes, so instead we use simple house rules, that grade school kids can understand. She just wants to play, not learn sophisticated rules. 

This was my very first naval battle as well, and I had no rules. So I used what I know and a combination of siege rules and infantry rules. It worked and it was fun.  

I did not have anything to mark sunk ships. I plan on buying a few ships one day from Grand Manner and get some of their sunken galleys they have to represent this. Or I could just buy a few models and dissect them. 

 The Athenian fleet turning around as they near Notium and looking at the approaching Spartan fleet. 
The Athenian fleet (top of photo) is being lured into a trap by the Spartans. My wife unwilling not knowing this.

The Athenian fleet falls in to a trap.

The Spartans attempting to board an Athenian ship, but failed.

The Athenian fleet retreating.

Final move, The Spartans sink the last Athenian ship and win the game finally. My wife amazingly almost game back and could have won the game she had 1 ship against 3. She almost took out all of my ships, but in the end the Spartans prevailed.
This time I beat my wife in the game, but barely. She is good.

All miniatures made by Essex (Athens) and Crocodile Games (Spartans). The Ships are old Academy models.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jousting Tournament At Couronne 993 IC (WHFB)

In the Year 15 (993 Imperial Calender)

The Knights of the Realm have gathered from all over Bretonnia to put on a display of their Equestrian skills and do daring deeds to prove who is Champion of The Realm. 

Couronne Tournament Field

Sir Malagant of Parravon's Pavilion

Sir Thomas challenging Sir Geoffrey to a drinking contest!! And your buying!!

Sir Geoffrey of Brionne walking out to see if the field is soft or hard. Just incase he takes a fall.

The following Knights are taking part of the Jousting Tournament. 

Baron Thegan of Couronne
Lord Haydon of Bastonne
Lord Louen Duke of Couroone
Sir Theodoric of Brionne
Sir Wilguric of Montfort
Sir Keefor of Long Locks
  Roland The Marshall of Lyonesse
Sir Hagen of Gisoreux
Sir Richard of Bordeleaux
Sir Thomas of Austray
Sir Geoffrey of Brionne
Sir Brocard of Couronne
Sir Baldemar of Bastonne
Sir Malagant of Parravon
Sir Philibert the Loon
Sir Adalhere Earl of Couronne
Sir Godun Victor of Drakkar
Sir Marcus of Ganelon
Sir Mitiri of Evroul
Sir Gareth of Harland

Sir Gawain Duke of Orkney could not make the joust, he was away on a quest in the Wastelands. 
Sir William of Whitehall horse became lame on the journey to Couronne and did not make it to the Tournament.

The Joust consists of 3 rounds of annihilation. The final 4th round is the to determine the Champion of Couronne. The prize is a new set of armor from the blacksmiths of Couronne and the grand purse of 5000 Billets. 

Let the games begin!!

Lords and Ladies!!! Have you come to see Knights doing daring deeds of Equestrian skills on horseback?? Have you come to see a Joust??? Well then I ask you to raise you raise your voices and give a hearty cheer to the Knights of the Realm!!!!

Each joust will consist of 3 passes. Scores will be kept for each Knight on each pass. If a knight becomes unhorsed during the match then he is out of the tournament and loses. If no knight is unhorsed, the knight with the highest score wins!!

Knights salute and take your ends!!

First Round of Jousting (10 jousts)

Sir Gareth vs Sir Hagen (Sir Gareth Unhorsed)

Sir Mitri vs Sir Wilguric

Sir Keefor vs Sir Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey Unhorsed, he lost that drinking contest btw)

Sir Thomas vs Sir Baldemar (Sir Baldemar Unhorsed)

Sir Brocard vs Sir Richard of Bordeleaux (Sir Richard Unhorsed)

Sir Malagant (a distant relative of Sir William, btw)  vs Sir Adalhere

Sir Theodoric vs Duke Louen (Duke Louen Unhorsed, unbelievable,  too much to drink)

Duke Thegan vs Sir Marcus (Duke Thegan Unhorsed, who was out drinking with Duke Louen the night before, no doubt)

Lord Haydon vs Marshall Rolan

Sir Godun vs Sir Philibert

1st Round Winners

Second Round of Jousting (5 Jousts)

Sir Hagen vs Sir Mitri (Sir Mitri Unhorsed)

Sir Keefor vs Sir Thomas

Sir Brocard vs Sir Adalhere

Sir Theodoric vs Sir Marcus

Marshal Rolan vs Sir Godon Victor (Sir Godon Unhorsed)

2nd Round Winners

Third Round of Jousting (2 Jousts) Sir Marcus wins the coin toss and advances automatically to the final Round.

Sir Hagen vs Sir Thomas (Sir Hagen Unhorsed and carried of the field with broken lance in chest)

Sir Brocard vs Marshall Rolan (Marshall Rolan Unhorsed and then ran over by horse)

Third Round Winners 

Sir Thomas, Sir Marcus and Sir Brocard

Final Jousts of the Day

Sir Thomas vs Sir Brocard The Winner faces Sir Marcus for the Final Joust.

Champion Tournament Final Joust

Sir Thomas of Austray in the Colors of Green and Gold vs Sir Marcus in the Colors of Red and Gold. 

Knights Salute and to your ends. As the Knights raise their lances raise your voices and give them a loud and hearty cheer! Let the Joust Begin!

 Sir Thomas vs Sir Marcus for the Final Joust!!! (Sir Marcus is Unhorsed in the first pass, hits the ground so hard he breaks his neck and falls to his death)

Champion of Couronne

Sir Thomas of Austray
Champion of Couronne 

5000 Billets and a New Set of Coronne Armor