Daily Archives: March 12, 2015

Cold Wars Saga Game

Jim GM’d his first convention Friday night at Cold Wars 2015.  Judging from how much fun the players had, it was a great success.

The village of Lower Uncton – peaceful looking

 Two of the players were West Point Cadets; part of a group down for the weekend.  The others were a mixture of experienced and novice Saga players.

Jim briefing the players

The basic scenario involved a Saxon Lord and allies (Normans and Irish) visiting a village to collect his yearly tribute.  Coincidently, a group of Viking and Danes were visiting the same village to collect plunder.  Each war lord had their own side missions to complete – they did not always compliment the overall goal of each side.

The Anglo-Danes move towards the village

The lead Viking and the Danes moved into the village.  The Vikings looting and the Danes pillaging (burning everything in sight).  The Saxons and Irish moved to engage.

The Irish move to intercept the Danes

On the other side of the village, the Normans engaged on of the Viking war bands in an extended series of battles, preventing the Viking from looting any of the building.

Norman cavalry engaged Viking raiders

The Saxons countered the other Viking war band in a series of pitched engagements.  While his troops were engaged with the Vikings, the Saxon Lord rescued several chests of tribute.

The Danes thrashed the Irish for a while until the two warlords got close enough to talk.  They then negotiated a truce – the Danes would kill and burn and the Irish could steal the loot.  The Dane also took an opportunity to kill the Viking leader when he was found separated from his men.

The Danes have gone crazy burning and pillaging through the village.  In the upper left corner you can see a lone Viking running away with some loot.

In the end the Saxon side triumphed by scoring more victory points then the Vikings.  A couple war bands were completely decimated.

Jim and his players celebrating a great game

Jim is already looking forward to running another scenario at Historicon 2015.

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Dwarven Forge City Builder Kickstarter

Chris Palmer I just wanted to take a moment and let my readers know about the new Dwarven Forge City Builder Kickstarter.   It is introducing a neat new product from Dwarven Forge for creating modular city buildings.   While a little on the pricey side, I really like the “building block’ nature of the components, and think it will be a lot of fun to play around with, besides being really beautifully crafted like everyone has come to expect from Dwarven Forge.

    I’ve gone in for the Hamlet set and a couple of the extra roof packs so far.  I’m interested to see just how far this one can go, knowing the success of past Dwarven Forge Kickstarters.

  To check it out for yourself, visit their Kickstarter Page.

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Crystal Golem from Bones II

Chris Palmer

     I had time this week to finish up the Crystal Golem figure from the Bones II Blue Translucent Set. I wanted to paint him up like some kind of Ice Golem to use with my ever growing collection of winter themed figures.
      I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1.5” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue. The washer was big enough to hold, comfortably, so I didn’t glue it to a tongue depressor like I usually do.

  First, I gave the figure a heavy wash with Iron Wind Metals “Dark Blue” ink with a pin point of dish soap added to help it flow into the crevices. I used a brush I had dipped in water, to help thin the ink slightly.

  When the ink was good and dry, I drybrushed the figure lightly with Americana “Salem Blue”, and then went  over that with a drybrushing of plain white.

      Lastly, I added two white dots for eyes, and painted the entire base white.   After everything had had time to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Cermacoat “Matte Varnish”.   When this was good and dry, I mixed a little white paint and Elmer’s white glue together, and painted some patches on his shoulders and back.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled it with Woodland Scenics “Snow Flock”.  I then gave the base a coat of Elmer’s white glue and flocked it with the “Snow Flock as well. I finished up by adding a little clump of unfrayed twine to be some winter grasses.  I didn’t spray with the usual Testor’s “Dullcoat”, as I liked the slight sheen left over from the Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” (Which is not 100% Matte.)

    I’m really pleased with how this figure turned out.

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