Luke attacks with his snow speeded.
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This past week I painted the Fungal Guardian from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set. This will conclude the mushroom people from that set that I am painting. There were two small mushroom “children” called Fungoids in the set, but I felt they were too cartoony and almost Chibi looking, and didn’t fit with the rest stylistically.
I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying. I then trimmed the base a little and glued the figure to a black primed 1.25" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue. I then set the washer in my painting grip.
I began by painting the entire body with Folk Art “Celadon Green”. I then painted the cap with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”, and the tendrils with Folk Art “Cloudy Day”.
Next, I painted the growth on the back of the head, and the two little nodules on the right hand, with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”. I let the figure dry for a while and then I gave the entire thing, except the growth on the back of the head, a coat of Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash. When the wash was dry, I then gave the growth on the back of the head a coat of Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.
After all he washes were good and dry, I highlighted the cap by drybrushing it with, first, Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”, and then some Apple Barrel “Apple Scotch Blue”. I then panted the eyes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”; and next did the highlights on the body with the base “Celadon Green”, followed by some lighter highlights with Americana “Snow White”. After that, I highlighted the tendrils with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”. I also highlighted the growth on his head with the base “Orange Spice” and then some Crafter’s acrylic “Pure Pumpkin”.
Next, I painted the entire base with Americana “Zinc”. When dry, I gave the base a coat of some of the “Nuln Oil” wash. When the wash was dry, I gave it a light drybrush with some Americana “Neutral Grey” followed by Americana “Dove Grey”
I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish. Then, another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".
I’m happy with how this one turned out. I like the splash of color the orange adds. I’ll be glad to take a break from painting mushroom now. 🙂
Below is my Darkreach Mushroom-folk and Shrieking Mushroom collection (minus the Fungoids.) There are also a pair of translucent purple mushrooms in the Darkreach set, but I’m waiting on those; as I’m trying to figure out a way to illuminate them…
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Mark A. Morin
Quote of the day – ” An eighth of an inch can get ya killed in this game”, Mike Morgan.
As the D-Day commemorative events have passed, its important to remember that there was also a hell of a fight for the Allies to break out of Normandy after the landings in the weeks after June 6th, 1944. D-Day is iconic, and deservedly so. I wanted to honor the Allied struggle in the Normandy Campaign.
To this end, I have been designing a suitable “Normandy Breakout” What a Tanker© game scenario for my 15mm/1:100 scale tanks. This game scenario would be one that I could run at a convention or at our club in around four hours. My goals were to:
On June 29th, the Mass Pikemen gathered to play this scenario in East Brookfield, MA. The tabletop set up was as shown here in the next two photos:
Rules and Scenario Modifications
The What a Tanker© rules are one of the best that I have seen in terms of a creating a tank crew experience in a fun and elegant way. I have found that for a convention or single scenario game, modifications can augment the gaming experience. In the rules, each tank crew on its turn rolls 6 D6 as COMMAND DICE. These control what a crew can do, and as a tank takes damage, dice, and potential actions, are lost. For the purposes of simplification for those unfamiliar with the game, here is basically what each COMMAND DIE does in the original rules:
There is much more to the game, but this is the main action engine. Certain tanks have special features/characteristics, like being “Fast”, which allows them to “convert” die to a “1”, or being “Low Profile”, which makes them more difficult to acquire by an enemy. There are several vehicles that have features like these – and there are many others.
Here are my modifications to the rules for this scenario:
Hopefully the following photos make these changes clear.
Now I hope to share some photos of the game – and thanks to Mike Paine for sharing many of these. Mike is a gaming legend in New England and it was wonderful to have him attend!
We had 6 players – and the game was hard-fought. In the end, the Allies won 124-115. It was close and a lot of fun for the players.
These shots are indicative that there was a LOT of action. I plan to run this game again with more vehicle choices, probably at least at BARRAGE. Thanks very much to the players!
The vehicles shown here were posted previously – if interested here are the posts:
The next Mass Pikemen gaming session will be on July 27th at 2 PM at 110 Pleasant Street, East Brookfield, MA. Join us!
If you have any feedback or questions about this post, please share them in the comments section – thanks!
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Continuing on the Mushroom train, this past week I painted the Fungal Bruiser from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion.
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 then trimmed the base a little and glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
I began by painting the body of the figure with Folk Art “Porcelain White”. I then painted the cap as well as his mouth and tongue, with Ceramcoat “Black”, and then did the tendrils on his head and arms with Vallejo Model Color “Brown Violet”.
Next, I painted the little mushrooms on the base with Americana “Bleached Sand”, and gave them spots with Americana “Wedgewood Blue”. I then painted his claws with Americana “Reindeer Moss Green”. After everything had dried for a while, I gave the entire figure, and the little base mushrooms, a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil”. When the wash was dry I drybrushed the cap with Folk Art “Dapple Grey”, and gave his tongue a highlight with Duncan “Olive Green”. I also painted his eyes using Americana “Antique White” for the “whites”
I then highlighted the tendrils on his head, arms and back using a mix of the base “Brown Violet” and Some Reaper MSP Bones “Dungeon Slime”. After that, I worked on highlighting his body; first using the base “Porcelain White”, then using a mix of the “Porcelain White” and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”, and then some of the plain “Light Antique White”.
I next painted the base with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and after it had time to dry, I gave it a coat of the “Nuln Oil” (In retrospect I just should have included this back before I gave the whole figure the “Nuln Oil” wash, and applied the wash to everything at the same time. But sometimes I don’t think things through entirely… ). When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the base with first Apple Barrel “Rock Grey”, and then Americana “Dove Grey”.
I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".
I’m pleased with how this guy turned out. He will make a nice addition to my expanding Mushroom Court.
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You know that your family is deep in geekery of various sorts when the activity for the morning of your son’s wedding finds you setting up a skirmish game in the hotel room. (Of course, the groom and the groomsmen were engaged in a game of Magic: The Gathering at the time…). My brother and I are running two sessions of Osprey/Oathsworn’s Burrows and Badgers for Gencon, and we thought that it was an opportune time to practice a bit more before the convention. Happily, a work desk in the room allowed us to set up something about 2 feet by 3 feet. We just used the basic battle scenario, looking to rout the opposing warband, and entered along the road from either direction.
My brother chose a warband led by Reynard the highwayfox, with Red Sam the armored squirrel as his lieutenant, backed up by three mice, one of whom was a magic user. I had a troupe of six, led by Blacknose the otter, with Wild Ned the highlander ferret as his lieutenant, a mole landsknecht, a crossbow-weasel, an herb-hedgehog, and a highlander mouse. Reynard’s band advanced quickly and began to cross the bridge, but were met by Wild Ned who engaged in an extended fight with Red Sam. As other beasts piled into the fray, Reynard attempted to wade across the river, only to be sorely wounded by a crossbow bolt from the weasel. By the time he finished wading across, it only took one more bolt to drop him.
|Reynard’s beasts reach the bridge…|
At the bridge, beast after beast joined the fray, and soon it was too much for Sam. A final blow from the mole put him out of action, and the battle was over.
|…but the ensuing melee doesn’t go well for them.|
It was probably just as well, because it was time to get dressed for the wedding. So, we ended the day with a beautiful ceremony and the addition of a new member to our family.
|And then there was a wedding….|
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With the wedding this weekend, the whole family is in town. My father has always been an aviation enthusiast, so we took the opportunity provided by a quiet morning yesterday to make a visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Facility out near Dulles Airport.
|My brother, my father, and me at the museum in front of the Boeing 307 Stratoliner|
I have to say, if you have any interest in the history of aviation or space travel, it is worth a visit. Just to give a flavor, I took this shot from the upper deck in the center of the hangar space, just looking in one direction. There was at least as much stuff behind me, and the space equipment hangar is off to the left from here.
|A view from one of the upper balconies|
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