Saturday, March 3, 2018

Castle Build

Inbetween lawns, gardening and going to see Black Panther today I've almost got my Castle build complete. I haven't gone with building the traditional square, which ends up a big foot print but still small space to hold troops. I've gone with a long wall with a few different angles so we can do out some large battles.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dice trays and bases.

I've been getting bases from Battle Kiwi for sometime now. As a local supplier, Olivier has & is, always great to deal with. My last order was no exception. with some custom bases I requested for my Hail Caesar army. 
These are the new bases for my Light cavalry skirmishers, which have turned out awesome. It will make it easy moving the skirmishers around the table and easy for everyone to tell that they not formed up and skirmishing.
Cavalry skirmish bases

Cavalry formed base

I also got a custom dice tray made up. With my wife being Norwegian and playing Saga at the moment I couldn't go past having a Shield Maiden as the background image.

The tray is really nice to roll dice on, with the faux leather (yeah I had to look at that up, its artificial leather). The dice stop nicely and don't really bounce that much. Of course you could get the dice to bounce right out if your gonna be a He-man about it. For the price I think its well worth it.

One thing to watch out for if you get a custom one made, is the image you use, make sure the lines are thick. The Shield Maiden has some fine detail in and around her face and it gets a bit lost in the dark tones.The details is there, it just blends in when you look at it from further away.  But the pattern in behind her stands out really nicely. Just something to consider when choosing your image.

  You can check out the dice trays at

I'm also making up my own dice holders for wound count, and using the corner position on the movement trays. That way is simple to move the units around and not worry about moving all the wound tokens with the units. really good when you end up in the middle of a messy mass battle. They are just made from some old grey-stuff I had lying around and a 20 mm base and take a 16 mm dice.

and last of all my new generals for the Successor army ready for some undercoat and paint.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Eastern Irregulars Saga session

So today I ventured across town, well 45 mins drive to the other side of the city to meet up at the newly formed Eastern Irregulars club to learn to play Saga. I believe this was the second club meeting. Held in Spell Bound games in Pakuranga. An interesting little place, a huge floor space, with war gaming, board games and card games stuff strewn around the place, along with a role playing group, Magic and other card gamers.

I've had the rules for Saga for a year or so and plenty of Vikings, but never got around to playing, and now of course the 2nd edition rules are out.(Friggin Typical) I could come up with some excuse about not reading the rules this week, but I cant, I was just a slack arse this week. So it was trial by fire in a four point four way game. Will, Jason, Lee and myself. After 7 rounds and adding up the points, I came in last... no surprise, but I got a good look at the mechanics and how things worked.

My Vikings expand out as my Saga dice played nice for me

Lee's Welsh started doing sneaky things.

Jason's Norma's thundered across the table at the Welsh

Will play's conservatively a bit like his paint scheme.

 My hearth guard and Warlord toasted some of Will's warriors before coming to a brutal end

Jason's Norman's got to feel Lee's trickery and pointy sticks.

Second game was a doubles game of Lee's concoction, as he tryied to play ref since there was 5 of us left for the afternoon. This was where I got to feel the wraith of the Jomsvikings, which by a bit of luck didn't end to badly, as I lost all my guys except for 4 levies and my Warlord, at the same time wiping out most of the Joms' . My viking partner (Brent I think.. fist time I meet him) took the win for us by getting to Will's Warlord in a one on one.

So for my first two real games of Saga I had alot of fun, and thus ordered the new rules books.
Looking forward to more games out east with the Irregulars.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jet ski's and castles

Jet ski's and castles, yep, absolutely nothing to do with each other, but that's what I did today.
Went out to the beach and for a few hours and shot a few photos of the guys and girls at the Yamaha Free ride competition.  I couldn't handle the jandle and stay the whole day as my back has been playing up, but still had enough time to get some nice shots.

Then I worked on my Castles, yes plural. One I'm scratch building and the other mammoth beast, is a Warlords games one, with a stupid amount of parts ... but it looks awesome, even at this stage of undress.

Soooooo many sprues... so many parts.

Once built and ready, Mark and I plan to do a mass Hail Caesar battle including the castle which will be a huge 1000 point battle.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hail Caesar

Yesterday was the monthly South Auckland gaming club day. With Hail Cesar the flavor of the month. With only nine of us being there, I ended up using my Greek and Pyrrhic armies together to face off two opposing 300 point armies.

First game up I was running at Mark with his Romans and Glen with his Seleucid's. We played on a 8 foot by 4 foot table with a few bits of terrain.  My Greeks taking the bottom left hand position in this photo.

 With Pyrrhic on the right, but unfortunately for me, my heavy Cavalry ended up facing glen's Seleucid Pike blocks.. not a good start,

 Kevin and Saul facing off, on Saul's awesome new Deep Cut Studios gaming mat. If you haven't seen one, they are "F'ing" awesome. They make a thick mouse pad style ones as well as thinner PVC ones. The mouse pad ones a really great, thick and heavy, they don't move or slide around on the table and with a small amount of cushioning if you knock over your precious models, they are more likely not to chip. Not to mention that the mats look great. I've got three of them now, and will probably end up with more in the future.

Saul's first game with his Britons versus Kevin's Imperial Romans.

Steven borrowed some of Mark's Roman's to run over Bryan with this Hittie's is only his second game I think. Nice one Bryan, I think Steven is hooked... (which army will he go for that's the real question)

 The beginning of my epic battle against Mark and Glen.

Oh yeah, my very unpainted Heavy Cav and some Pike getting there butt's kicked to start with and then I started to pull things back as Glen's dice turned on him

Below mark's Romans finally start to move after a couple of turns.

For the first time since I've been playing Hail Ceasar I actually shattered a unit in one turn. epic dice roll on my side and Super EPIC fail on Glen's dice.

Things got dicey in the middle as my Greeks got into the Roman's butt couldn't quite break them 

Well past lunch time we called the game, probably only half way through actual game. I was looking good, but as I had 5 divisions vs 4 and I had lost one, I had to concede as a loss .,,, dam it.

 After lunch I again played 600 points, this time against Glen and Cavan. I actually didn't take any photos as I was so engrossed in the game and trying to run a new army and 600 points was a task and a half. I made them grind it out until the end, where my army broke. A really close EPIC level game, in which I made a few real cockups with not knowing the rules.. but still an awesome day but exhausting gaming day. 

Next month is more of the same, so should have more paint on my Pyrrhic army by then and will have read the rules a bit more. Hopefully I wont have to run 600 points next month, and will be able to concentrate more on using the cavalry better. Which will also allow me to run a slightly different list than the one I did yesterday. (Which is below)

Then to add salt to the wound, I lost a game of Suburbia to my wife by 1 point that night as well. 

A fun day of losses :-)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Plastic fumes and Spartans

So today in NZ is a public holiday, and I managed to get 40 Spartan's prepped ready for undercoating and also got some more paint onto my elephants. With a few extra models from my previous boxes, this gives me 3 units to do up as Spartans.

The weird weather going from rain to blistering sun to zero wind in the space of a few hours meant that the usual light breeze wasn't about to flush my new man cave free of the plastic cement fumes, Which got a bit high, and with a damn summer cold I never noticed until the headache turned up ... queue afternoon snooze.

 With the elephants starting to look the part now, I've now got to figure out what scheme to paint all the crew and then the massive task of all the pikemen.

The Pyrrhic side of the army has alot of painting to go, but it will be nice to paint something other than Greek. It's at least ready to run out on the table should I need an extra army for the club day.

My 300 points of Greeks are all painted, just some basing to finish off on the skirmishers, and then finish up the generals.

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