Monthly Archives: September 2018

Modern Scandinavian game at Barrage 2018.

Modern Scandinavian game at Barrage 2018.

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Science fiction Combat Patrol game at Barrage 2018.

Science fiction Combat Patrol game at Barrage 2018.

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Barrage 2018 is TODAY


Don’t let the rain keep you away from Barrage 2018.  Barrage runs today (at noon) until 2000 tomorrow, Saturday.  Don’t miss the best two days of gaming you’ll experience for a long time.

See for more information, directions, lists of games, etc.

You could lament the rain, or you could come to Barrage 2018.  We have spacious, free, paved parking right next to the convention venue.  You’ll barely get your feet wet.  And it is easy to carry your loot from the deals and flea markets to your car and come back for more!

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Barrage 2018 is just TWO days away


These two soldiers will be at Barrage in TWO days.

September 28-29, 2018.  Don’t miss these TWO days of gaming fun!

See for more details and to sign up.

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Medieval Killer Rabbit Kickstarter

Chris Palmer   I always like to give a plug to any Kickstarter I back, so I thought I’d let you all know about this Killer Rabbit Kickstarter, being done by Skull & Crown.

      The figures are based on  the margin decorations of medieval manuscripts, that sometimes depicted rabbits doing all sorts of violent things to unsuspecting humans.   I thought that these guys would make a great Easter-themed force for my Christmas War armies, but they also have use in any Fantasy setting.

    To check it out for yourself, see the main Kickstarter page here:  Killer Rabbits

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Herryk, Dwarf Cleric: Bones 2 Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted Herryk, Dwarf Cleric, from the Bones 2 Heroes I set.  I was continuing to mess around with the clear weapons sprue, like I did on Kristianna a couple weeks ago; and on this guy I decided to replace his hammer with a new clear top.  I was thinking I’d try to paint it with clear green and make it like some sort of magic Emerald Hammer. 

        I prepped the 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 began by cutting down the big ornamental back piece  he was wearing, as I thought it just looked kind of impractical and a little silly.  (Note, I had already done that in the photo above before I took the “Starting” photo. To see what it looked like, you can check the photo in the Reaper Online Store.)  I then cut the top potion of the figure’s hammer off just above the hand.  Next, I got the clear hammer from the basic clear weapon sprue, and cut the head off this hammer too.   I then drilled a hole in the top of the dwarf’s right hand to insert the clear hammer head into.  When I was satisfied with the hole, and the fit of the handle into it, I glued it in place with some Gorilla Super Glue. I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper MSP “Blue Liner”; and when that was dry, I painted all his armor with Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and then gave it a lighter drybrush with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   I then painted his skin with Americana “Shading Flesh”.

     Next, I painted his robes with Reaper MSP “Christmas Wreath”, and then did the trim on them, as well as a little freehand along the edge, with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.  I then painted the rack on his back with Accent real Umber, and the blank roll attached to it with Allene’s “Deep Khaki”.   After that, I painted his beard with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and the ropes holding everything on his back with Americana “Khaki”.

     I then painted the leather wrapping on the hammer handle with Accent “Mustard Seed”, and then painted the metal fittings on the hammer, as well as the anvil on his back, with Americana “Zinc”.  After that, I  gave his face, and beard, a wash of Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.   When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to the hammer handle, and the all the accouterments on his back with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.   And, when that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to his robes, and metal fittings on the hammer, and the anvil, with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.

    When all the washes were good and dry,   I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his face with a mix of the “Shading Flesh” and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  I then highlighted his hair using Americana “Sable Brown”.   After that, I highlighted his robes with a bit of the “Christmas Wreath” mixed with some Americana “Festive Green”, and I highlighted the trip and freehand with a bit of the “Tropical Blue” mixed with Americana “Salem Blue”.   I also added to the shadows on the robe, particularly underneath the bottom, and the inner sleeves, with Apple Barrel “Apple Black Green”, and a bit of the “Black”.

     I then highlighted the wrappings on the hammer with “Raw Sienna”, and then went around back and highlighted the rack with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.   Next, I highlighted the bed roll with Aleene’s “Dusty Khaki”, and the rope bindings with Americana “Antique White”.  After that, I painted the Anvil with Accent “Princely Pewter”, and then highlighted it with a little of the Gunmetal Grey".  I went around front again, and used the “Gunmetal Grey” to paint the fittings on the hammer.  I then highlighted these with the “Metallic Silver”.
     It was now time to finish things up by painting the clear hammer head.  For this I used some clear green paint I got a while back in a hobby store clearance sale:  Mr Color “Clear Green”. Unfortunately, it isn’t acrylic, but it still did the trick. 
     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".  After the Dullcote dried, I went back over the emerald hammer head with Americana “DuraClear Gloss Varnish”

    I’m really happy with how this fellow turned out!   I don’t often do Dwarves in green, usually saving it for Elves, but in this case I think it worked very well.

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Barrage 2018 is in FOUR Days


These four soldiers would rather be at Barrage 2018 in just FOUR days.

Barrage 2018 is in just FOUR days, 28-29 September 2018.  Don’t miss this excellent two-day gaming event with over 70 events, a third of which are kid friendly.  Find more information and signup at  This is the best small convention in the region.

And don’t miss out on a chance to see the vendors who will be at Barrage 2018:

  • Age of Glory
  • Pictor’s Studio
  • Critical Hit
  • B&V Traders
  • War Store Collectables
  • Six Sided Simulations
  • LittleWarsTV

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Civil Strife in Arden

Rob Dean

 My elder son Norman came up for a visit including some gaming last weekend.  It was the monthly HAWKs Ghost Archipelago day, so we had that game in the morning, but we also set up a 40mm Renaissance game in the evening.

Ross and I are planning to take 40mm Renaissance to Huzzah again next year, so we found time for a “Skype” game a couple of weeks ago (actually Google Hangouts these days) and considered the state of the rules.  After discussion, Ross decided that he liked the rules we had used at Huzzah in 2017 well enough, so that’s the version I dusted off for the this game.

I was also considering the question of whether I could run a game at Barrage for four players.  A few posts back, I showed a picture of my full inventory of figures.  With about 50 stands of troops, each player would get a dozen or so, and this game convinced me that wouldn’t be enough to keep things interesting.  Norman and I ran this one in under two hours with nearly everything I own (less some artillery) on the table, and it was still pretty fast.

Here is the table set up:

And from another angle:

 We put this on the Alpha Gaming Table (4×6 feet), and it worked fairly well.  We are setting up to move, so the house is full of boxes of stuff being packed, unpacked, sorted, thinned, etc.  That left the gaming table surrounded by some rather tight clearances, and we bumped it a few times.  Being light for transport also translates into being subject to bumps, but we didn’t hit it hard enough to bring down the trees, so that was acceptable so far.

I improvised the scenario; as we have used before with the rather generic forces available, we are in the fictional land of Arden, where the usurper Duke Frederick is attempting to seize power from his brother, the rightful Duke Senior.

I’m playing around with battle records…

 As can be seen from the diagram, Frederick’s forces entered along a road in two groups, a cavalry group leading followed by an infantry group, with the objective of taking the town.  (The town buildings, by the way, are some Fat Dragon Ravenfell fold-flat structures.)  Duke Senior’s forces were an advance guard holding the area with shot, swordsmen, and a cannon, with cavalry and infantry reinforcements expected.

Usurper’s horse advances up the road

Usurper’s gendarmes and foot

The usurper’s forces soon ran into the defenders, and their light horse was unable to make much progress. 

The Duke’s cannon was firing with good effect down the road, and Frederick order his light lancers to take it.  Unfortunately for them, the cannoneers had time to load a charge of scattershot, and broke their charge. (Melee roll went against the horse.)

Duke’s cannon holds against the horse

By this time, Duke Senior’s horse had arrived on the scene, and a cavalry fight raged up and down the road between the enclosure at the edge of town and the fields to the north.  

The Duke’s foot arrived from the north shortly after that, and crossbowmen  lined the river bank to shoot with good effect into the masses of the usurper’s advancing pikes.  
Recalling his objective, though, Frederick sent his swordsmen and some extra shot around to his left in a bid to take the town.  
The Duke’s gendarmes attempt to drive off the usurper’s forces
They were met by Duke Senior and his gendarmes.  Upon seeing the situation, the Duke decided that running down the foot and leaving Frederick with his lancers to their rear was not a good plan, and charged the usurper in a bid to clear the cavalry with the intent of turning on the foot afterward.
Unfortunately for the Duke, the cavalry fight did not go well.  Frederick had the advantage, and the Duke attempted to save the situation by joining the fray personally.  He was unhorsed, and, with their leader down, the remaining horse fled the field.  
With that, there was nothing but a handful of shot in the enclosure which could dispute possession of the town with the usurper’s foot, a task for which they had little enthusiasm.  They too withdrew, and night fell over the battlefield…
We got in about ten turns and the battle ran up and down the length of the table, so it felt pleasantly active for a game.  I noted, however, that I would need more pikes (a lot more pikes) before I could reasonable stage a multiplayer game out of my own resources.  This project originated as two Armati “introductory scale” armies, and I ended up with a relative surplus of cavalry stands when they were rebased onto the 60mm square bases.  Some painted figures have fallen into my hands from gifts and flea markets, but they have all been swords and shot, so my collection still has the look of a couple of advance guards.  
I’m still hoping to get some additional pikes painted up this fall and winter.

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Five Days Until Barrage 2018


These five space mercenary women are headed to Barrage 2018 in five days!

Barrage 2018, run by the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs) is just FIVE days away.  These TWO DAYS of non-stop gaming are just around the corner.  Don’t miss this terrific event. There are lots of games that are kid-friendly, so bring your younger gamer and build some memories.  Go to for more details, directions, local hotels, and to sign up.

These five soldiers are preparing for Barrage 2018 in just FIVE DAYS.

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French advancing in 1940 with Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII.

French advancing in 1940 with Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII.

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