Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Treat

After posting my Zomtober entry on Sunday, I was able to push out a couple more figures. Just in time for the Trick or Treater's, as the costumed candy-eaters wane, I can now post them before the midnight hour.

First up are 2 more Zombicide Walkers. They just keep on Shambling.

I was also able to complete Ann the Warrior Nun

And Samson, a dwarf warrior-smith ready to lay the hammer down

This leaves me with 2 more core box Survivors & the Necromancer that I at least want to complete before the Remembrance Day weekend.

With that, it's off to put away the lawn decor, so Happy Halloween & beware the sugar-rush

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Zomtober Week 5 - Woah Nelly!

As Zomtober draws to a close, I will complete my entries with the 2nd of the Zombicide Black Plague survivors I've completed.

Here we have Survivor Nelly.

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... I guess someone crossed the line with this lass.

I am again impressed with the quality of the sculpt. There was a little bit of mold lines to be dealth with, but otherwise good to go.

I had a couple more Zombicide Walkers, however after checking this morning, they were still a bit tacky from the Army Painter Dip, so I decided to wait til later today to matte spray them & do their final touches. So even though Zomtober will be dead  - pun intended - I will be posting some more into November.

Upcoming will be another attempt Tuesday to attain our 2nd piece of the Amulet in Warhammer Quest - Silver Tower. I will also be getting a feel as to whom will be attending my November 11th gaming afternoon (which due to other commitments will be pushed to the Sunday). I am currently planning on doing Zombicide Black Plaque (hoping to get all the core Survivors painted), though if my Kickstarter from Conan arrives I will be hard pressed to not want to get it on the table.

Thanks to the hosts of the Zomtober event, it provides some good impetus to get Zombies painted & allows an opportunity to see some rather interesting models & painting palettes.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Zomtober Week 4

I spent today demoing Frostgrave for some folks during the Onslaught Tournament hosted by my friend Ward.

However as it's Zomtober, first up are this weeks Zombies. 
Here is another Walker from the Zombicide game.

As well as 2 more Walkers from the Zombicide Black Plague.


 As mentioned earlier, I was at the Onslaught Tournament convention. This event has several game system tournaments running throughout the weekend.

I set up a table to demo Frostgrave.

I was able to introduce the game to a couple guys who have bought the main rulebook, but had yet to play. I also had a fellow who had never heard of the game. All really enjoyed it.

Below are some images  

2 Frost Toads appeared quite close to one of the players after a treasure was collected. In trying to save his Wizard he first set his hound upon them. A natural 20 & 3x the damage resulted in 36 hits of damage to the hound.

 The funniest moment of the game is when a Wizard leapt a wounded thief down from a 3 story building. As the thief who was leapt had been bitten by a Frost Spider, he was suffering from venom. He was leapt before he picked up the treasure & died from the fall damage.

Looking forward tomorrow to the launch of the new season of Walking Dead. I will likely watch a couple of the last seasons episodes prior to get back into the groove.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Warhammer Quest - Silver Tower at Edmonton Wargames Group meeting

Last night Kevin once again brought out The Silver Tower, for our groups continued campaign to discover the pieces of the shard. We had our first piece & had failed the first attempt at garnering the second.

As we began, the first chamber was "A Merry Chase" where we were engaged by 2 Acolytes & 3 Blue Horrors. We made short work of them.

We then discovered what has become our favorite chamber - "The Warriors Gaze" where each earned renown gives an additional bonus of +1 renown. Great for surging towards a skill!  We often try to pull stuff into this chamber to reap the rewards! Entering it had 3 Acolytes engage us

Our next chamber "Looting the Dead" had my healer as the runestruck character. I entered, but failed to get the treasure. As our luck had it, we were engaged by a Skaven Assassin. When he spawns, he also spawns an illusionary version of himself, who only upon slaying 1 of them (13 vitality) we then roll to see if it was the real Skaven or his illusion.

We slew the illusion 3 times before successfully getting the real one! 

Continuing on we entered the "Alchemists Den" where we pulled the 4 acolytes that spawned back to the Renown chamber. At this point we had a serious decision to make. Failing to choose correctly would cause us to fail the mission.

We then opted to go through the "Mysterious Vortex" which dropped us into the "Crystal Junction & fighting a bunch of Scuttlings. We then turned the last chamber over & discovered we had not found the one we sought. Thus we had failed this attempt to retrieve the second piece!

We shall attempt this mission again next month! Great fun was had by all

Also here are a couple photos of a rubble pile build from old foam bits 

As well I  completed several Haystacks & bales I bought a couple years ago from Six Squared Studios out of Ontario. All are resin. Those haystacks are certainly much nicer than my foam ones!

Finishing up some Zombies for Zomtober & I will be demoing Frostgrave this weekend at Onslaught!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Zomtober Week 3 - Walkers

Three more shamblers have made it off the paint table this week to celebrate Zomtober.

The first 2 are from Zombicide (yes I still have tons of these to finish)

One odd thing I noticed that when I was going to paint these, is that they were feeling kind of gummy. Not sure if its a reaction of the plastic to the priming/white paint I sprayed on them some time ago or not. Something to keep an eye on & maybe not do masses of priming & then not painting.

I've also gotten my first Black Plague walker painted up. These will be handy to use in some other miniature games I play as well.

Hoping to get to spend the day painting as we are enjoying Freezing rain & the patio was treacherous this morning. Who says bad weather is a downer?

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Zomtober Week 2

Finally getting back to normal after an insanely busy September, & now its catch-up time for the annual Zomtober event.

Week 2 (yes I missed week 1) has me getting started on some of the Zombicide Black Plague figures.

We have our first hero/survivor Clovis the Warrior

I was up til 2am getting this guy finished in time, though now I've got some Zombies & a week to work on them before the next posting.

There is a lot of detail on this figure, lots of belts & trappings.

It was a good thing I had just purchased a magnifying visor & it helped immensely once I got the whole depth of field thing figured out. Seems I need to do a quick touch-up on the shield edge

I also finally got around to painting some rock outcroppings. These plaster pieces are made from a model train Rock face mold.

As it's Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, I am wishing all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving (even if your not chowing down on Turkey).


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Frostgrave at Fallcon

I've just arrived home from the yearly convention in Calgary called Fallcon. I believe this was the 27th year of this event & my 15th time attending. They tell us this on our name cards.

However after a very successful auction, where Scott claims he got some good deals & I know I did. Let's see. Space Hulk 3rd Edition $50.00 which was the reserve bid.

WOW. OK there was another copy of Space Hulk 4th Ed coming up in the auction. Could I do it again? No-one else had bid previously so I figured I would try my luck.. WHAM! I also won this copy for $55.00. Two copies of this fine game at cheaper than 1 at retail...oh happy days! I also won a Kickstarter Agent Level set of Mercs. Which until seeing it in the auction I had never heard of...but it had miniatures so...

OK So today I ran my Frostgrave game, where I had 8 players who had never played Frostgrave. 3 of them were young lads who had just happened to see me setting up the game & immediately wanted to play.

We were going to play my favorite scenario for new players. The Well. The table was split to allow for 2 4-player games.

Warbands have been chosen.

Due to time constraints, we made this a 10 turn game. There were 4 treasures & drinking from the well would provide 100xp for the first mage to drink, 50 for the second & 25 for the others.

Jonathan helping the lads. 

Planning the approach.

One of the players managed to leap his Wizard near the fountain. He then cast a wall spell leaving enough room for him to drink

Jonathan informed me that when he proffered that the 1 lad who had his warband surrounding a treasure could have 1 of the members pick it up. The lad replied "I have better things to do" then proceeded to slay his friends Wizard & Apprentice.

It was quite comical as these 2 totally ignored the scenario & wanted to focus on the finer points of spellcasting & weapon hacking one another. 

All the warbands on the far table were quite quick getting to the centre of the board.

A photo of the 1 lad's warband surrounding the treasure. Though to be fair, he had seen 2 previous treasure being picked up spawn encounters.

So it made for another wonderful, albiet tiring weekend in Calgary. Now I need to get to bed. Thanks for reading