Daily Archives: February 18, 2019

War of the Roses Playtest for Cold Wars

Chris Palmer      At last Friday’s club meeting I ran a 6 player War of the Roses game as a playtest for the upcoming Cold Wars Convention in Lancaster, PA.  I used the under-development Feudal Patrol rules, and 28mm figures.

      The scenario featured a trio of Yorkist supply wagons heading toward the main body of the army.  Upon hearing a Lancastrian force pursuing the Yorkist army is speeding up the road, the contracted civilian wagon drivers run off, abandoning the wagons.  The Yorkists have now dispatched a force to head back and retrieve the wagons, as the lead elements of the Lancastrians rush forward to snatch the wagons for themselves.

Lead Lancastrian elements advance towards the closest wagon, as others move off to flank on their left.

The Yorkists move forward, securing the closest wagon, and begin to take long range fire from the enemy archers.

Likewise, the Lancastrians secure their closest wagon, as their most forward elements come under fire from the Yorkist longbows.

After a desperate cavalry skirmish near the middle wagon, the Lancastrians briefly take control of it.  Then a heroic Yorkist knight rushes forward and clears the wagon if it’s Lancastrian captors, and begins to drive off with it.  While he eventually falls to enemy longbow fire, he gets the wagon far enough behind the enemy lines to ensure its safety.
     In the end, the game was declared a Yorkist victory, as they had secured two of the three wagons.  Also, in the last turn of the game the Lancastrian commander fell, causing panic to sweep through their force (All units go pinned when an army commander dies), guaranteeing that any attempt at regaining the wagon was doomed.
     The game was a lot of fun, and there were a number of heroic actions and see-sawing fortunes.  As a GM, I was able to learn a lot about the scenario to help tweak it for the convention to make it even more enjoyable.

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Gremlins, Part 2: Bones 3 Figures

Chris Palmer

     This past week I again continued making my way through the last few figures I have from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, and painted the remaining 2 Gremlin figures.  There were 4 of them in the set, and I painted the first 2 back in October: Gremlins, Part 1.   This week I was frantically getting figures ready for a Cold Wars playtest game I was running at Friday’s club meeting, (See: WotR Playtest) so I thought I’d work on the Gremlins since they were small simple figures to do.
      I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 7/8" black-primed fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a  tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.

   I began by painted the both entirely with Accent “Golden Oxide”.  I then painted the lefthand one’s clothing using Reaper MSP “Olive Skin Shadow” for his tunic, Americana “Neutral Grey” for his collar, and Reaper MSP Bones “Cinnamon Red” for his hat. Next, I did the righthand one’s cloths, using Apple Barrel “Apple Black Green” for his collar, and the “Olive Skin Shadow” for his loin cloth.

     I then painted their pouches with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and the the knife handle and the righthand one’s sling with Americana “Raw Umber”.  After that, I painted the stone in the sling with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, the knife blade with Ceramcoat “Black”, and their teeth with Americana “Bleached Sand”.     I let the figures dry for a while, and then gave both of them an entire wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.

     When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.  I then highlighted their skin with Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”.   Next, I highlighted the clothing on the lefthand one using; Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice” for his hat, Duncan “Sate Grey” for his collar, and Reaper MSP ‘Olive Skin" for his tunic. On the righthand one, I used; the “Olive Skin” on his loin cloth, and totally forgot to do highlights on his collar!     I then highlighted the pouches with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, and the sling with Americana “Light Cinnamon”.   Finally I painted the knife, belt buckle, and knee armor on the lefthand one with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.
     Lastly, I painted the the bases with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed  with Testor’s Dullcote". 

     I’m generally happy with these guys, though you can tell they were a side project while working on other stuff; as I realized when I saw the photos that I had totally forgot to highlight the righthand one’s collar, and apparently forgot to paint the back of the knife blade with the “Gunmetal”!  I may go back and fix these, or because these guys are so wee, I just may leave them as is, and assume no one will probably ever notice.
     At this point, all I have left from the Stoneskull Expansion are the Kobolds, and the Behir.  (I traded off the Naga and Flesh Golem, as I just weren’t fans of those figures.)  I’m glad I’m getting near the end, as Reaper announced Friday that the last Bones 4 shipping container is on the water from China, and expected early March; with shipping possible as early as mid March.

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