Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Headless Horseman rides again!

I've always enjoyed Folklore and have tried at times to find ways to combine it with gaming, so I painted these 28mm Westwind figures for some "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" games! The game basically plays as a typical miniatures skirmish game, but with a few RPG elements. Each player takes a character figure (Ichabod Crane, etc.) and a few henchmen and has their own victory objectives. Some of these goals might have to do with taking out other characters, killing the horseman, or solving a mystery or two! As far as the Headless Horseman is concerned, I make a secret die roll at the start of the game to determine if he is either purely fictional, totally real, or is just being portrayed by a character to scare the town,.... or a combination thereof! Here are some pictures:

The villagers come out to see what the ruckus is all about!

The Headless Horseman rides again!

Another view of the Horseman - that old Hessian!

The Headless Horseman with unlucky soul's head!

The Sleepy Hollow town militia comes out for a look!

These are quite versitile figures and could work for a few periods,

The rules I'm using! Good stuff! Happy Halloween everybody!

Link to Westwind's Sleepy Hollow "Gothic Horror Range" figures:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Perry War of the Roses plastics

I had some free time this weekend, so I decided to start work on my plastic, Perry, War of the Roses figures. The figures are amazing, but I knew I was in for a job when I opened the box. Sometimes I think I would just rather pay more for lead figures then to have to fight with the super-glue and X-acto knife! But anyway, I had a good time of it because I moved from my normal work area, to the family room so I could watch college football on Saturday (go Noles!) and the NFL on Sunday (go Titans)! I was able to get all 80 figures cut, glued and  assembled by Sunday afternoon. I did like how I was able to customize each figure. I also glued each figure to a card base, since I like to have a larger sized base to hold when I'm painting. I divided up the figures into a 32 man polearm unit and two 24 man archer units. They will be getting primed black here in the near future.

Working on the figures. I have them grouped into their units here. Some are already mouted
to a card painting base. My arch-nemesis, Super Glue, is also pictured.

Another shot of my weekend project.

A painted 28mm Front Rank knight unit from the game we are currently playing.

A different view of the same mounted unit.

An overview of the battle.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

28mm War of the Roses - Hail Caesar

My friend Titch, international gamer extraordinaire, attended Salute 2011 in London this Spring. I asked him to get me a copy of Hail Caesar and a couple boxes of plastic Perry WOR figures. He succeeded in his mission! I had originally intended to use HC for future 28mm Roman & Celt armies, but after doing a little reading of the rules, and looking at some pictures of a WOR game Rick Priestly posted on the HC yahoo groups site, I think I just might have a go at playing a WOR game using these rules. I'm sure I'll get around to it sometime, and I'll be sure to post some pics and a battle report. I'm actually pretty excited about these rules and figures and can't wait to get started clipping and gluing! We are definitely entering another "golden age" of miniatures gaming with lots of great plastic figures coming out (Perry, Warlord Games, Mantic, etc), and some fantastic new rules too from all the ex-GW guys!

I was browsing YouTube looking for videos of Salute 2011 and just stumbled upon a video with my friend Titch in it. You might remember him from the DBA game post a while back. Yes, he's the loud American gamer in the Old Glory T-shirt! Way to go get busy painting the rest of your War of the Roses figures so we can play that massive game we've been talking about!

Link to the Salute video: