The Wayback is back, and it’s taking the form of Mordheim! I’ve set my Dwarf Treasure Hunters aside this season, and have opted to run an Ostlander warband. It’s a little bit of a mess because I’m building around the models I want to use, which is resulting in some largely unimpressive axes and shields, but I’m enjoying the flavour of it all.
Say hello to Clan Spearhavok. The above photo was taken *after* my first game, so it does not include my clan Elder (leader), as he perished as a result of my very first game this season. Yep. Rayle, Breaker of Chains died in glorious single combat against a centaur. My very first post-game included one of my Blood Brothers becoming the new leader. The sassy dwarf’s name is Pip the Slayer, and she’s in charge now.
Other Heroes going into game 2 are Katie the Wolf (sword and long dagger in the front row), Gunnar the Long Fang (not pictured, he would join to fill Pip’s now vacant Blood Brother slot), and my Priest of Taal, Seventh of Dusk’s Talons (the Lord of the Feast miniature from a Hordes army I’ve never really done much with).
Henchmen groups are the Butchers of Ostland (two-handed weapons with wintery bases), the Reeking Mayhem (viking berserkers), the Kodiaks (sword/shield pair), and the Long Death (archers on either side). The rest of the pictures are from the second game.
Gunnar the Long Fang and one of the Butchers of Ostland have just dispatched an enemy after a charge; the Kodiaks duke it out with Mad Dog.
One of the Long Death prepares to take a shot. This first round of shooting resulted in brilliant hits for both members of the Long Death, but they mostly missed in subsequent rounds.
Pip the Slayer leads the second Butcher, Katie the Wolf, and the Reeking Mayhem toward the enemy.
Same crew, different angle. I was planning to finish painting Katie the Wolf the other night, but I ended up basing a bunch of stuff instead (including Katie herself, which would be why the evening went that way, haha).
I managed to fell the Ogre Bodyguard pretty quickly, but the opposing heroes proved to be a much bigger problem. The dice didn’t seem to be much on my side, and despite some valiant efforts made by my warband, I lost soundly.
Seventh of Dusk’s Talons, the Priest of Taal, was the most unfortunate. Never much skilled with a sword, Seventh found himself overwhelmed, suffering a crushed hand, a smashed leg, a chest wound, an old battle wound, and being blinded in one eye. It was determined that perhaps he lacks the will and ability to be the clan’s spiritual support in battle, and he has retired to a less involved role. His apprentice (The Jackal’s Teeth) has replaced him.
No Henchmen were killed, but one was found to show particular promise; Anja Born of Death has left the Butchers of Ostland to lead as a Kin-Hero.
The very day I was leaving town to visit a friend of mine, what should arrive in the mail? My Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter, courtesy of Bad Squiddo Games. F:GA will make a larger appearance in some future posts, no doubt, but the reason I went with Bad Squiddo was to add in a few additional miniatures, including a couple of Statuesque miniatures for use with my very unofficial Escher gang.
Rosa the machinegunner was first to get built upon my return to the frozen North, and of course I opted to do some pinning. Her joints varied from a light ball/socket treatment to flat pairs, and I don’t like to take chances. Plus I generally enjoy pinning. That said, Rosa is not a big model (Statuesque is a true scale sort of deal), so we went with staples. Having a smaller bit has been wonderful in terms of being able to pin truescale miniatures without putting them at huge risk (some of my Infinity miniatures are almost more pin than model at some joints).
Fortunately the staples have some give to them (just like the copper wire I use for bigger pinning jobs) so the opposed angles of the arm and wrist didn’t prevent this from working at all. That said, I was definitely wishing I’d thought the angles through a little more before starting.
I’m definitely pleased with the end result. Rosa is a mini I looked at ages ago when I first started looking into Necromunda, but looking at only a couple of miniatures direct from Statuesque meant shipping was going to hurt a little too much too justify. Not that it was outrageously high, but split across only a couple of minis it just didn’t go far enough for me.
I also picked up a second Statuesque mini for use as an Escher juve:
I’ve got lots of gangers and quite a number of heavy options, but I’m pretty short on appropriate juve miniatures, so I’m looking to increase my options there. I also picked a up a couple of girls hauling guns and teddy bears from Hasslefree, but no doubt they’ll make an appearance later.
I was out sick for week 4,but back in action for week 5, up against an unofficial wood elves list. As one might guess, my dwarves had a rough go of it. I think I could have done better with the benefit of hindsight, but winning this one would have been a long shot any day of the week.
I deployed in two melee groups (plus a couple of thunderers up high in a central third area with good sightlines), but this was a straight skirmish with no loot, so I’d have been better off bulking all the melee into one clump. I could have focused my limited strengths a lot better.
Eventually I was spread really thin with terrible lines on everybody (too close as the crow flies to run, but too far by usable routes to close the gap). Especially at dwarf speed. I will certainly be hoping to avoid elves during the final few sessions.
Nonetheless, had a lot of fun, and it was my first time playing this particular player; it was nice to finally face off after chatting so many times. I did well of my Wyrdstone rolls, too, so I’m still doing pretty well overall. I think the wood elves are winning, but I’m surprisingly close behind the leaders for somebody that’s almost exclusively lost. Grin.
This weekend the Tall Order faced off against some Beastmen Raiders, and it could have gone better. It started well, but was a pretty weird confrontation. They had no ranged attacks but huge charge ranges. I got a few shots in early, but forgot my noble’s BS5 and then had some trouble in close combat. Before long my noble, pit fighter, dog, and the beardlings were all either out or down. A lot more down than out when my turn started, so I opted to retreat.
After my disappointing retreat (I usually push things far beyond any reasonable point), we crunched the numbers and levelled our warbands. It came to our attention that the Beastmen Raiders were almost double my own rating, which made me feel a bit better. Hayl Stormcannon, my engineer, got Eagle Eyes so he should be more effective at shooting in the future, and Shank (my lone surviving Clansman) became a Hero.
Herring, one of my two beardlings, was killed.
Took my Dwarf Treasure Hunters out for another spin last night, and the dice were on *my* side this time around. Faced off against some Middenheimers in a Wyrdstone Hunt and had much better luck, although there’s no ignoring that 3″ movement. The combats certainly went better this time (a lot of whiffing for both of us, but I was able to land a few at least). I grabbed a couple of the closest Wyrdstone shards, but couldn’t beat the Middenheimers to anything in the middle. I caught a couple of them in combat near the middle, but they’d already spirited the Wyrdstone away.
I didn’t lose anybody this time, which made a tremendous difference in the final Wyrdstone search, so I should be able to hire an extra dwarf or two. I still need to flip through the rules again and get a better feel for the various spending options. Until then!
A year or so ago, I wrote about playing Gorkamorka. It went well, and I ended up winning a very awesome Mordheim warband as a prize. Last year, try as I might, I was unable to make it out to the Mordheim portion of the Wayback, but this year is already better! The first session was Saturday, and I was there with bells on, for two full games; a Skirmish with J’s Sisters of Sigmar and a Wyrdstone Hunt with D’s Cult of the Possessed. And you know what I’ve learned so far?
Dwarves are *hard*. As I may have written about previously, my one-time regular gaming group and I tried Mordheim on our own a few years back, and I fielded Skaven since that’s what I play in Fantasy (so I have lots of minis already). They were faster than most factions… Dwarf Treasure Hunters are not fast. They are super slow. A full run only nets 6 inches, which means it’s hard to get to the Wyrdstone, it’s almost impossible to effectively set up charges, and I can’t outrun *anything*.
Also, my dice *hated* me, so maybe I have a skewed sense of the difficulty involved. I’m looking forward to next time, but after 2 full games I’m in no better shape than I started (although a little more experienced). The game against the Possessed was particularly rough. I was down a Slayer (healing from a Deep Wound received during my first battle) so I only had six Dwarfs going in. 5 got taken out, 3 died. It was a rough session. Fortunately the Engineer that *didn’t* get dropped made it out with multiple Wyrdstone markers, so I at least managed to replace the dead, more or less…
Until next time!
Thunder’s Wayback Series continues, and Mordheim just wrapped up, which means the second season of Necromunda is upon us! While we had the option of continuing with our gangs from last year, the starting gang rating this year is about 1300-1400 on average and my gang wrapped the last season in second place at almost 2000. Most of us that played last season opted to make new gangs so that we’d be starting out at about the same level as the fresh players. I think only one player kept his old gang and his availability is so infrequent that he’ll probably be pretty evenly paced to everybody within a session or two.
For my part I’ve rebuilt the Saxon Violets with some familiar faces and some new recruits. Starting gang spend is 1000 credits, and every gang member gets some extra experience and an upgrade (a Juve ruling a 5 or 6 on their bonus xp can potentially get 2 upgrades).
So,what do the Saxon Violets look like one year later?
Brynja Spearhavok (Former Gang Leader): Brynja always struggled with leading the Violets. A skilled combatant, she was often distracted by the pressures of leadership, and suffered numerous injuries during hand to hand confrontations; her head wound eventually made it difficult to keep up with her leadership responsibilities. She retired a few months ago, and hopes to live out her remaining days in relative obscurity.
Elise ‘Cutter’ Cottrell (Former Ganger): Elise’s old battle wound grew more troublesome over time; it never really healed and she found herself losing more and more time dealing with it. The hard and active lifestyle of a Thunderhive ganger just made things worse, until she was out more days than she was up. Eventually she decided she was tired of making the Saxon Violets carry her, and she moved on. She polishes swords for a living now.
Bettie Rage (Former Juve/Ganger): Bettie’s intensity made her a terrifying opponent, but did little to keep her out of harm’s way. After quickly climbing through the ranks from Juve to Ganger, she disappeared defending the Lusty Bucket (one of the Violets’ drinking holes) from a hostile takeover. Things went south when the rival gang started using grenades and missiles on the cluttered block, and the Bucket was lost, along with the young and reckless Bettie Rage.
Patricia (Former Juve): Patricia was expected to be the next Polly ‘Pulper’ Pershon, and in a way she almost was. While she wasn’t killed outright, there has been no indication that she will ever come out of the coma, she is currently in the care of what little family she has.
Mack (Former Juve): Mack just wasn’t cut out for the Saxon Violets. She put forth a good effort in her first couple of skirmishes, but she didn’t get the thrill out of it that many of the girls do, and left to pursue other options before her first month was up. Mack was pretty reserved for a juve, and none of the other Violets even managed to learn her real name in the little time they had.
Skitterbritches (Former Ratskin Scout): Skitterbritches performed admirably for the rest of his time with the Saxon Violets. He was called away on personal business, and parted on excellent terms, providing the names of several available scouts that he felt had particular potential.
Next time, the Saxon Violets’ current roster!
As promised, here is my unfinished Gorkamorka post…
In case you’re unaware of this, the Wayback is the name I’ve given to the local shop’s series of Specialist Games campaigns. A very friendly long time miniatures gamer runs the campaigns for about six sessions each, painting up appropriate miniatures as prizing. The Mordheim winner went home with a Necromunda gang, and I took home a Gorkamorka mob for my performance in Necromunda. Well, it’s Gorkamorka time, and there’s a dwarf warband on the line for use in the upcoming Mordheim campaign.
Our first Gorkamorka session was a couple weeks ago, and my first experience with the system was a blast. I played two games. The first was a basic ‘ grab the scrap’ sorta deal.
And that’s as far as I got. It was a lot of fun, I won the dwarf warband for Mordheim, and here are all the pictures I can find…
From a glance at my unfinished posts, it’s been a while. October saw the local shop run a Game Expo in conjunction with a local fan convention (ThunderCon and TGG’s Game Expo!). Lots of fun; I ran 2-hour demonstrations of Ticket to Ride, Judge Dredd, Batman, and Infinity, and there were about 10 other tables running different demos as well, introducing all sorts of players to games they’d never played before.
The shop has wrapped up the first season of its Wayback series with the conclusion of its Gorkamorka campaign (I’ve got an unfinished post I’ll put up with a few more details on that) and Mordheim will be starting soon. I’ve also recently scooped up some random fantasy miniatures (originally destined for a Mordheim mercenary warband) and am in the process of diving into Frostgrave. I’ve been messing around a little bit with terrain, but over the past week or so I’ve been doing some painting again.
I actually brought the above into work so I could borrow somebody’s micro bits; my drill bits are all too big. I ended up using a straightened staple for the pin, and it was still a close call getting the bit in without destroying the mini. Pinned at the sword bearing arm’s shoulder, and just above the other hand (the staff’s top is a separate piece). Looks dynamite, but yeesh.
Actual frostgrave commentary will follow in a later post.
Thanks for sticking around, folks!
Our seventh and final session of Necromunda ‘season one’ was a relatively cooperative mission co-starring a whole mess of giant spiders. We discovered that our various missing gang members had been snatched by spiders, and set out to rescue them. There were only three of us this weekend, and we each selected five gang members to field.
It’s been weeks since I started this post. Let’s see what I can come up with at this point.
There were cocoons scattered all over the battlefield; some of these contained the gangers that went missing during the previous session (Hurricane Amy, for example), others contained random civilians whose families would pay to have them back, and the remainder contained dried husks. (We couldn’t save everybody, grin.)
There were several spiders on the battlefield when we started, and every spider death caused a random roll resulting in 0-2 additional spiders. I had a rough start, rolling terribly and losing both my leader Brynja Spearhavok and Calamity Jane Winchester, who went to her rescue.
I thought I was a goner, but my dice picked up, and the rest of my crew started to shine. Helkat had her best game ever, going several rounds in a row with the heavy stubber’s sustained fire, making a ridiculous number of successful ammo rolls and landing a huge number of wounding hits (six, I think, over the course of the entire game)!
Jailbird and Eva Destruction rounded out the crew and both performed admirably. At the end of the evening, the Saxon Violets scored well, and finished second in the overall campaign.
First prize was a Gorkamorka mob, and since the first place player had one already, he claimed a Necromunda hired gun instead and passed the mob on to me!
Gorkamorka is the next old school campaign being run in the shop, so I’ll have to make an extra effort to get out and play, now that I have this super sweet mob.