Sunday, 16 June 2019

Moria Goblin Characters NIB


I found these today (an also the War Drums), and I have already broken one of the Shamans open and started cleaning it up, as the last game of Age of Fantasy Skirmish told me that I have to bring a Wizard to the table.

I had to leave it half done, as the grass in the backyard needed mowing, and the weather was quite summerly today, and this evening we went to watch Dark Phoenix, but I expect to have plenty time for tinkering with little metal men tomorrow.



Saturday, 15 June 2019

2017-07-05, Vacation 2017, Day 2: Vimmerby

As soon as we had checked in at Björkbackens Camping on the outskirts of Vimmerby, we drove into town to have a look around.

We parked not for from Vimmerby Church (where Astrid Lindgren is buried), walked right past it to the central square where something vaguely reminded us of that famous author's writings. 😏

Below you can see Anna and Lea having fun with a mini verion of a farm house from 'All of Us Children in Bulderby'.

Furtjher down is the Town Hall with the tourist office, and my family playing around with the bronze memorial to Astrid Lindgren aæso situated in the town square.












Back at the camping site, we set up for outdoor supper.


We had a rather rainy night, but slept safely in the camping trailer. We even had the electrical heater on, as summer nights in Småland are not all that hot.

2017-07-05, Vacation 2017, Day 1½: Sleeping near Höör, and the Road to Vimmerby

Because we spent a lot of money on getting the family land speeder's transmission box fixed, we decided that our 2017 summer vacation had to be shorter and cheaper than usual.

Thus we settled for about a week in Sweden, and as we had always wanted to visit Astrid Lindgren country (Småland), it was no big deal deciding on the destination.

just before crossing the Øresund Bridge, we had supper on a Monarch diner, and we shall never do that again; it took ages for them to prepare our (fast) food, and, frankly, it did not taste very good. Lesson learned.

Our first night in Sweden we slept on a large parking lot at a diner outside Höör. We had followed E22 until right after Hurva, where we took road 23 in the direction of Höör and Hassleholm, and quite late in the evening we found that large parking space and settled for the night.








Brushing teeth



Wr had some breakfast rolls at the diner  (which was held in 1950's style), and then continued our journey north.

We had lunch at a lake (this part of Sweden is full of them), and the girls quickly discovedred som quite tame ducks.






Most of the afternoon we drove north towards Vimmerby, but after settling in at the camping site, we had time for a little sight-seeing, which I shall write about in the next post about this vacation.

Friday, 14 June 2019

2019-06-14: Age of Fantasy Skirmish AAR


Emil and I played 400 points/5 Rounds Moria Goblins and Gondorians on a 4x6 table in the Attic this afternoon. The sunlight played tricks on my camera for the first couple of pictures, but the red dot marks an Objective Marker..

Boromir lead a force headed by two Knights of Dol Amroth, and supported by the more arcane arts of his father (having a Palantír in his possesson, Denethor seems fit for the rôle as 'Prophet' (Wizard)). I shall paint a Saruman or Gandalf (or even Radagast) somewhen soonish, but in the meantime, Denethor will have to do.

As I have not been able to locate my Mori Goblin Shaman (I know I have one, somewhere, alongside some Goblin War Drums, and a Moria Goblin King (I think it is called)), but in exactly what box they are situated eludes me completely), I have not painted him up for the Goblin force, either, but instead I bolstered their ranks with another Troll (of the Mordor kind).

 
The positions after Round 1:
My Goblins had seized two of the four objectives, while the Gondorians clamed the one on their far left.



In Round 2, the action was focused near the only non-claimed Objective, and the large tree in the center.

Denethor attempted to cast a Fireball, but failed miserably, and my Trolls seemed to have forgotten how to use a hammer.




Round 3.
Denethor all but annihilated a Goblin spearmen unit with a fireball, but was the rapidly dispatched by some archers and my Boss.


The Mordor Troll almost single handedly held back the humans, while the Goblins fell like ripe fruit.


A handful of Goblin archers rushed for the far right Objective, but were spotted by Boromir who failed to wipe them out, and the Objective changed hands.


Round 4.
Both forces were worn down at this point, and the game really hang in the balance.




Round 5 started with the Goblins taking Break Tests.
I tried out my house rules for this, and as I had one Hero standing, each unit rolled two dice and picked the best result. Some of the Goblins farthest away from the Boss broke and ran away (among those the archers guarding the objective in the central ruin, which was kind of a bummer).



I tried very hard to kill off the last Gondorians within reach of the ever contested objective on my left, but the dice were not in my favour, and I had to give up.


As the objective in the central ruin could no longer be defended, the outcome of the fight at the tree was no longer of any consequence, as Gondor would inevitably end up controlling at least two Objectives, while I could only hope for keeping my single one (Boromir having reclaimed the opposite flank), so we called it a day.





Conclusion:


It was a tense and close fought game, and I still really like the simplicity and fast flow of the One Page Rules.
Had I managed to kill a single human more in Round 4, the Gondorians would also have had to take Break Tests at the start of Round 5, which might have changed the outcome decisively. As it were, I did not have the necessary luck with the dice (especially my Trolls were not able to hit a barn with their warhammers), and I may have been focusing a tiny bit too much on taking/holding Objectives, instead of killing the opposition.

We shall definitely play this game some more - but I also want to get some Grimdark Firefight and SAGA Age of Magic up and running, so I think I am looking at a busy summer!

Moria Goblins Rebased



I finished the bases on these two units for One Page Rules Age of Fantasy Skirmish (I did NOT paint the guys in red), and they should see some action later today, when I have an appointment with Emil and a couple of beers.

As with all my Moria themed stuff, I went for the grey rubble look. That may make them stand out a bit from my other minis, but when gaming in their natural habitat, it should enhance the overall experience!


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Fistful of Lead: Galactic Heroes & Horse and Musket Rules


I got these two sets of rules in the mail today, purchased them at OSHIRO Models in the UK.

Galactic Heroes is destined to form the basis for some small scale skirmishes in the Star Wars and Retro Raygun universes, and Horse And Musket I got mainly for Napoleonics.

I do not think that I shall find time for getting either on the table before the summer holidays, but at least I now have them readily at hand, and they may help me find motivation for painting some models.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

2019-06-10.: SAGA AoM, Kingdoms vs Horde Test Game


Ulolkish and I met up in Argonor's Attic yesterday evening to finally try out SAGA Age of Magic.

We had agreed to play 4 points 'plain', that is without any of the new stuff, such af Creatures and Magic, and I had built a Gondor warband using the Great Kingdoms, 3 points of Warriors in 2 units of 12, and 1 point of Levies in 1 unit.

Upon Ulolkish' arrival, he made a Goblin Horde list comprised of 1 point of Hearthguards, 2 points of  Warriors in 2 units of 8, and 1 point of Levies in 2 units of 6.

We simply lined up our warbands 12" in on my large table, and Ulolkish started his first Turn.

Both warbands made extensive use of the Manoeuvre rule during the first two Turns, only rolling and placing SAGA Dice for practice purposes.



On my third Turn, both my Warrior units charged home, the first annihilating the Goblin Hearthguards, the second almost destroying a Hoblin Warrior unit. We forgot to use each other's Fatigue during the Melee, but that is just a lesson learned.


The Goblin Warlord then charged and beat back the Warriors on my flank -


- and the other Warrior unit took one casualty from the Goblin Levy on the hill.

 
By then, it was almost 11 pm, and as I wanted to get up early and see off Lea for a four day field trip to Copenhagen, we called it a night.

Casualty count was very even, I think I may have been slightly in the lead because of the destroyed Hearthguard unit, but that might have changed quickly with just a few below-average rolls.

All-in-all it was an enjoyable experience, and I look forward to play SAGA a lot more! I am certain that Kevin is also interested in playing the 'historical' version of the game, and as the game flow is almost identical in SAGA 1 and SAGA 2, we should be able to get the rules 'worked in, so as to not have to look up rules all the time (we did that a lot yesterday, as it always happens with new or not so often played games).