I was happy to attend my first 'big' gaming event since the start of the pandemic. Although big may have been overstating it as we were looking at 25 attendees, down greatly from our usual much larger gathering.
Whilst mainly focussed on boardgames, Bruce & I often have miniatures on the mind & he is always happy to bring some multi-player offerings to the table. This year was no different.
A couple days prior to my departure, Brent gave me a call, to discuss what was needed terrain-wise for him to run Rangers of Shadow Deep. I admit when I first saw him list this as one of his offerings I was gobsmacked...& elated. So first up are the images of the 3 scenarios we played as part of the campaign we hope to see extend during our future retreats.
The Village (where the Rangers & their companions begin). Our players were Brent (the Host), Jordan, Bruce & myself.
From the way Bruce is reacting on the right, someone must have just rolled badly....again!
The Infected Trees - This game saw DJ sit in to replace Jordan who was involved in another game.
For this round we decided to stick together to allow us better control & hopefully do better in supporting one another in combat.
The spiders began to swarm us, but we were able to hold our own. We found a survivor within one of the cocoons.
Another husk revealed a dead fella. No luck there...
We did make it to the infected trees & burned them.
The Bridge Guards
Having dealt with the spiders we moved on & discovered a bridge...with a whole lot of bad news guarding it.
After some hairy fighting we managed to win the day!
This was followed up on Friday night with Bruce & I playing his 55 Days at Peking Game. This game is much better with multiple players taking on the roles of the garrisons of the various legations. This was in 15mm
The German Legation Forces
The Japanese Legation Force
The US Legation Forces
The Russian Legation Forces
The British Legation Forces
The arrival of various Chinese Boxer forces is random & card driven. However something occured & resulted exactly as the last time I played this....The German unit on the wall is faced with Boxers charging down the wall towards them.
The rolled snake eyes for their morale.....it was unbelievable that this occured precisely the same way as the other game & we were having to scramble to replace that unit.
At the other end, the US unit repelled the Boxers that arrived.
A Chinese Imperial unit managed to get down inside & were engaged with the other German force.
With other units arriving, & events unfolding. Below is a Chinese Cannon engaging the Japanese.
Eventually a fire started at one of the interior sites, forcing the defenders to fall back. However the fire also limited where the Chinese forces could advance into.
Bruce had also run a game of Congo, which sadly I was indisposed & was unable to join in on. One of the challenges of the weekend is that games that you want to join, occur at the same times others your involved in are already in play.
As to other games I played & enjoyed...Several games of The Adventurers Temple of Chac & The Pyramid of Horus (2 of the ones I brought), Unfathomable (lots of fun!), Eldritch Horror (yes we succumbed), Abomination (only played for a couple hours on the Sunday Morning before Brunch).
All in all a great time with a good bunch of gamers. I look forward to our next gathering!
As for other things I've managed on the hobby side. First up is the stone bridge sold by Warlord Games
This 6 piece plastic bridge is simple to build & looks great. It can also be used for many era's from Fantasy, Middle Ages, to Modern. We needed it for the 3rd scenario of the Rangers of Shadow Deep, so this worked out great!
Since returning home, I've begun looking at how to better manage my terrain shelving. Starting with these plastic train tracks (I believe from a Christmas Train Set)
I painted these black tracks using pretty much all craft paints (perfect for projects like this), the only exception being the Wyldwood Contrast paint from GW.
Having completed my test piece, I will now be figuring out just how many I need of the ones I have & can then put the remaining in my swapmeet box. Again these will certainly see use in many era's!
I am looking forward to the next Model Train Swap meet so I can fill out a few more rail cars, needing both a modern engine & some 1920's cars. I have the Western train from a western figure batch I purchased some years ago from Bob.
Thanks for visiting!