Daily Archives: June 18, 2018

Combat Patrol: Fantasy- A Historicon Playtest

Chris Palmer      At our club’s meeting last Friday I had the chance to playtest the game I will be running at Historicon next month in Lancaster, PA.  It’s a fantasy battle using a upcoming Dark Ages/Fantasy supplement for the Combat Patrol skirmish rules.   The scenario involves a Dwarven treasure caravan camped in a small hamlet for the night, which is attacked at dawn’s light by by a group of Orcs, Goblins. and Trolls. Oh, My!
       Though the game was designed for 6 players (three on a side), we only had four players, so split each side into two commands.    Things went slowly at first as we all familiarized ourselves with the rules, but by game’s end the action was humming along.

An overview of the battlefield. On the right is the small village where the Dwarves start, and the Orcs and their allies enter from the woods along the table edge on the left.

With the sound of Orc war-drums approaching, a unit of Dwarf Miners, and one of Dwarf Axemen, are roused from their breakfast and prepare a defense.

The Dwarf commander, feeling a bit invincible, charges upon her trusty bear-mount directly at a unit of Orc longbows.  She almost made it; but the first volley wounded the bear, which threw her and stunned her.  The second volley killed the bear and wounded her; and the third finished her off, as she struggled to make it to the safety of the nearby row of bushes.

On the Orc right, Goblins with short bows, Orcs, and a Cave Troll all advance as fast as possible…

…While on the Dwarf right, the allied Stone Giant wades into a unit of Orc Warriors and starts smashing heads.  The Orcs manage to slightly wound the giant in the leg, but ultimately the Orc survivors fail morale and run away 

Back on the Orc right, a unit of Goblins harasses the Dwarven Miners, as a  unit of Orc Warriors (in the foreground) run by the Dwarves and head for the treasure wagons.

The Orc’s Marsh Troll moves to intercept the Giant.  Both creatures swing their mighty clubs and connect with their opponent simultaneously: the already wounded Giant falls dead,  and the troll ends up severely wounded, and one Endurance Point from death himself. 

The Orcs and Cave Troll on the right break through, and despite a noble defense by the Dwarves’ Stone Golem, and a Dwarven Leader, continue to make headway.  The townsfolk, the last line of defense, prepare to face them in the streets.

    It was a great game!  In the end, the Orc left had collapsed under the weight of the Dwarven Handgunners and the Giant’s rampage; while the Dwarven left had likewise fallen.  Since the Orc’s on the Dwarven left were just inches from the wagons at the end, with nothing to stop them, we declared the game an Orc victory.

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Ursula, Dwarven Bear Rider: Bones 2 Figure

Chris Palmer

    This past week I worked on Ursula, Dwarven Bear Rider, which was released as part of the Bones 2 Expansion 2 set.   I didn’t get that set originally, and picked up this figure from a friend who had.   I selected her to paint this past week, as I wanted her to be the Dwarven Commander in a game I’m running at next month’s Historicon gaming convention.
      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 it.   I then trimmed the figure’s integral base a little and then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue. I then placed the figure in my painting grip.

     I began by painting the armor Ceramcoat “Black”; and when it was dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  After that, I painted the bear with Crafter’s Edition “Cinnamon Brown”.

     I then painted her face with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and her hair with Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”.  Next, I painted the saddle and girth with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and her pants with Americana “Khaki Tan”.   After that, I did her boots and the fur at the top of her cape with Accent “Real Umber”, and the  painted the tops of her boots with Americana “Terra Cotta”.

     I went back to the “Bittersweet Chocolate” and painted the strap around the bears neck,   and then painted his mouth with Apple Barrel “Apple Lt. Pink”, and his teeth with Americana “Antique White”.  I then painted his claws with Americana “Charcoal Grey”, and then did the Dwarf’s cape with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”.     
        After everything had time to dry, I gave her face a wash of Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.   When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to her hair, cape, pants, and boots, as well as the whole bear, with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.    When that was dry, I painted her eye, then highlighted her face with a mix of the base “Shading Flesh”, and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.   After that, I highlighted her hair with some  of the “Antique White”, and then with some Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.   Next, I painted her eyepatch, dagger sheath, and the two grips on the sword with Reaper MSP “Coal Black”.  When dry, I highlighted them all with Citadel “The Fang”. 
      Next, I highlighted her pants with the “Antique White”, and then highlighted her cape with Americana “Burnt Orange”.  I then highlighted her boots, and the fur at top of her cape, with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then highlighted the tops of the boots with Accent “Golden Oxide”. 
     I now worked on the bear; highlighting him first with a drybrush of Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, followed with a drybrush of Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige” on the higher points.  I finished by drybrushing his muzzle, shoulder, hips, and rump with a little Folk Art “Barn Wood”.   Next, I highlighted his teeth with Americana “Bleached Sand”, and his claws with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”.  I painted his nose and eyes with the “Black”, and highlighted the nose with a little Americana “Dove Grey”, and his eyes with dots of White.  After that, I got out the “Mississippi Mud again, and used it to highlight the saddle girth and neck strap.  
     At this point I painted the shield with Americana "True Blue”.  I then painted the sword, metal claws on her boots, and the shield border with Americana “Zinc”,  and when they were dry, I painted over them, as well as painting the studs on the neck strap, with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then highlighted them, and all the other armor with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   I next painted the decorations on her shield, and the eyepatch on the helmet, with Ceramcoat “Bronze”, and when dry, went over them with Americana “Wedding Gold”.
     Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with the “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote". 

     I’m really amazed at how this came out.  This may be my new favorite figure; not only is it a super-cool sculpt, but I think I did a pretty good job with it as well.  I only wish she had a whole unit of Bones bear-mounted Dwarven women to command!

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