Adventures in Roleplaying Part 4 – The Gathering Storm

“At the time, like most things, it seemed like a good idea.

Reasonably ok pay, three meals a day, and free board for a year. Everything seemed rosie for a change, at least until you read your contracts small print… Miserable weather, near constant marching, and routine patrols….

The air smelt of blood, death, and fecess. As what remained of Baldrick rained down on you, all you could think was that he would never return home to his family’s turnip farm.

The company had been dispatched 10 days ago to hunt down a goblin raiding party that was attacking northern homesteads.

But It wasn’t a raiding party… They were a scouting party for a larger horde.

The screams of a group of pikemen  being cleaved in two by an Orc barbarian’s Greataxe snapped you back to your senses in time to see a group of 6 Goblins armed with Scimitars charging straight for you…”

As I mentioned in a previous posting, I was getting a new group together for some D&D loving. 
We’ve had our session (0), ideas were exchanged, a social contract was signed, and characters were rolled up… And then there was a couple of weeks break till Session (1).

For party composition we have a Dwarven Cleric, a Human Fighter, a Lizardfolk Wizard, an Assimar Paladin, and a Half Elf Rogue. 

Personally I think some of them based their characters off Game of Thrones characters, but cudo’s to our player Paul for basing his Lizardfolk Wizard on a character from ‘Cadillac’s and Dinosaurs’.

 For safety sake I took a copy of their character sheets.

As I was getting back into the swing of things and I was DM’ing (dungeon mastering) for a new group, I started the group as a level 1 party. Also, instead of starting the party in a tavern, I started them in the middle of a battle with npc’s (non player characters) dying all around them. This way I could get a feel for how they Roleplay their characters and give them a taste of combat straight out of the gate.

To get my players pumped for session (2), I had there first combat encounter sort of layered. They first fought a group of 6 goblins, then followed up with 2 Orcs. 

By then end of these 2 encounters they were in a bad way, so things didn’t look too rosie when they got charged by a Troll.

Luckily our party was saved by the timely intervention of their Dwarven Sergeant D’van StoneHammer, who planted his axe in the middle of the Trolls head.

D’van reminded the party to burn the Troll before charging off to meet the oncoming green tide.

Session (1) ended with the party barely alive, facing a green tide charging at them as the scene faded to black.

I think I gave my players a good show, as I got a few ‘come on’ when the scene faded to black and my players wanting to know what happens to their characters. 
Personally I can’t wait till we get into session (2), and find out what has happened to our band of adventurers.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

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Dropfleet Commander – Battlegroup Typhon, Taskforce Theta Quick Look


The Man Cave shows off Battlegroup Typhon, Taskforce Theta in person (sort of), with added Pew, Pew’s.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Dropfleet Commander – Battlegroup Typhon, Task Force Theta 

So a few months ago I received my Kickstarter pledge for Dropfleet Commander from Hawk Wargames, and shame on me I’ve been letting my fleet sit in space dock.
But no more, we’re pulling the Fleet out of mothballs and powering up the main reactors.

It’s taken a couple of days but I’ve finished magnetising my UCM cruisers. Currently Battlegroup Typhon, Taskforce Theta consists of:

• 1 Avalon class Battlecruiser 

• 2 Heavy Cruisers chassis 

• 2 Cruisers chassis 

• 2 Saratoga Class light cruisers 

• 8 Frigate chassis 

I’ve been lacking in games so far (with only about 2 under my belt), all the games I’ve played so far have be at the Skirmish level (lists up to 999 points).
The last game I played I used the following list:

————————————–Ucm 1000 – 981pts

UCM – 3 launch assets
SR12 Vanguard battlegroup (241pts)

1 x Moscow – 163pts – H

2 x Taipei – 78pts – L

SR12 Line battlegroup (250pts)

2 x New Cairo – 176pts – M

2 x Lima – 74pts – L

SR8 Line battlegroup (228pts)

2 x New Orleans – 64pts – L

1 x Seattle – 132pts – M

   + UCM Captain (20pts, 2AV)

1 x New Orleans – 32pts – L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (242pts)

2 x Rio – 210pts – M

1 x New Orleans – 32pts – L

————- dflist.com ————- 


For a tournament level (Clash level) list of 1250 pts I have the Avalon Battlecruiser and an unbuilt cruiser and frigate sprue, as well as the ships meantioned earlier for me to play with to get me up to the 1250 pts level.


Out of the remaining Cruiser and Frigate sprue I have I cant decide what to build. Do I want an extra Seattle class carrier, or another Rio class cruiser, or even a San Fransico from the Cruiser sprue? And for the Frigate sprue do I want more Strike Cruisers or Attack Frigates? Currently I’m thinking of adding 1 Strike Cruiser and 3 of the Attack Frigate chassis.
Ahh hell, I think I’ll just magnetise the lot and be done with it.

If you happen to have a 1250 pts UCM list, why not share with myself so I can give it a whirl.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

IKEA: Making gaming great again

In case you were unaware, there is currently a Petition for IKEA, on Change.org, to make an affordable multifunctional table for gaming.

Started only a week ago by Brad Smokely, his IKEA petition has over 19,500 signatures.

There have been many attempts either by private companies or by Kickstarter to develop a high-quality multi-functional table for both dining and gaming, but most have been out of the price range of most of the community.

IKEA is a  leader in multi-functional furniture at affordable prices, and it is the hope of the petition that IKEA will take notice and fill this gap thru their international stores. The gaming community is already a heavy user of IKEA’s KALLAX product as it is an efficient way to store and display their gaming collections. 

An affordable multi-function gaming table designed by IKEA would not only be an incredible addition to their line of products, but would also be an essential item for people who play card games, board games, and tabletop Wargames.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 6: Reinforcements Inbound 

I’m really enjoying 8th edition Warhammer 40k, especially ‘Open Play’. Myself and a friend, Dermot, have been enjoying just slapping down what we have on the table and going at it.

my current Dark Angels army stands at basically the contents of the old Dark Vengeance Starter Set, Which is :

HQ:

Company Master

Librarian 

Chaplain

Troops:

2 Tactical Squads (10 men each)

1 Combat Squad

Fast Attack:

Ravenwing Bike Squad (3 Bikers)

Elites:

Terminator Squad (5 Terminators)

I also have the recently released Primaris Captain but that’s it. 
It was time to go thru my bitz box and see what I have to work with in order to expand my chapter.

So after going thru my bitz box, I have enough parts for an Assault Squad, a Combat Squad, and 3 Scout Squads (1 squad with bolters, 1 squad with shotguns, and a close combat squad). I’m just missing a few parts (mostly legs for my troops).
Now being a bit strapped at the moment for GW prices or kits, I searched out an alternative company to Games Workshop in order to meet my hobby/ gaming needs.

Anvil Industry is a UK based company that offers a range of alternative resin models and parts for both 28mm SciFi and modern day military miniatures.

I ordered a range of bitz from themselves, from their ‘Black Ops’ and ‘Regiment’ range.

I’ve spent tonight giving the parts a little wash, to clean off any mold release that might still be present. To say that I find the level of detail impressive is an understatement. I can’t find any mold lines and flash is a minimum. I’ll show them off shortly but as a taster for my Scouts I’m going to be using Anvil Industry’s Medium Armour torso and Fatigues legs from their Regiment line.


Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 5: Open War & Tactical Objectives


In the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40,000 there is only War… And a bank balance in the minus.

So with dipping back into Warhammer 40k, I’ve picked up Games Workshops (GW) Tactical Objectives deck and their Open War deck.
Initial feelings on the decks is that one is a nice helpful aid, and the other is something I feel has been missing from the game for a long time. Can you guess which is which?

So, what do to think of these 2 decks? Will you be picking either up?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Imperium Rising Part 4: Converting the Primaris Captain


Following on from my previous post regarding the new Primaris Captain from Games Workshop, now that I have the Captain unboxed I’m going to do some conversion work.

As the model is mono pose, there’s not much I can do about that unless I want to hack the figure up, and for me that’s too much trouble. So instead I’m going to convert the bits and pieces that I am able to do.
So I’m planning on primarily part swapping and simple conversion work (something that anyone can do).

I’ll be using parts from the Dark Vengeance box (the chapter masters head, the spent ammo cases, and the chaos marine head), and I’ll be using an ammo drum from a spare Storm bolter.

I snipped off the gun strap, trimmed it back using my hobby knife, and then clipped off the existing ammo mag. I then glued on the ammo mag from the storm bolter (I could have used the ammo drum from the Primaris Captain sprue, but it was a little smaller than the storm bolter one).

So once I get the mini all cleaned from mold lines etc, it’s time to prime the model.

“An apple a day, keeps the Demon Primarch away”.

I have about 6 sub sections (head, main body, cloak, back pack, front tabard, and gun arm), I have now to paint before I can finish the Captain.

I have most of the Captain painted up in his base colours at the moment (still have to do some tidy up work tho). The paint I normally use for my golds is all used up, so I’m trying out GW’s ‘liberator gold’, so far I’m not impressed (the gold looks like a brown in the above pic, at least to me) but we’ll see how it goes. 

At the moment I’m deciding if, for his cape and waist cloth I should do white on the outside and red on the inside, or vice versa… Choices, choices.

I made my choice regarding the Captains cape…

I had a little accident during assembly, my stupid stubby fingers dropped the Captain while I was gluing him together, and he bounced across the kitchen floor. Surprisingly it wasn’t that drop that damaged his helmet, but rather the 2nd time I dropped him when he was only abou 3 inches (if that) of the ground.

All that’s left to do is a few highlights, a little bit more tidy up work, adding a bit more white to his cape, and his eyes (I’m thinking blue eyes).
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave