Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fate of the Elder Gods

Last night at the club I brought out one of my recent Kickstarter arrivals. Fate of the Elder Gods.

In this game each of the 4 players controls a cult bent on summoning their chosen Great Old One. Of course the other cults are trying to prevent this, whilst summoning their own God.

Add into the mix pesky Investigators who are attempting to plant elder signs which, if enough are placed will end the game.

Then there are the curses which can plague the would be cults, further slowing the completion of their goals..

My cult was serving Tsahtoggua. As can be seen the investigators have been quite busy dropping elder signs on my cult. As well I had only gotten 2 points on the summoning track itself.

The board where most of the action occurs. Each zone (called an altar) provides various effects to aid your cult, or hinder others. The altars also are repositories for magic mana of various types. In order to ready spells, players must use these differing coloured mana powers to make their spells castable. This seemed to be the most troubling for players to grasp in the game, however I feel it went well.

In the end, Wiley had his cult track covered in Elder signs, which immediately end the game, with him losing. Winner is then determined by the person with the least number of elder signs, followed by the highest performance towards successfully summoning. In this case it was Richard who walked away with the win.

His response 'But I didn't even know what I was doing most of the game' 



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zomtober Week 3 - One of the Big Guys

This week's entry is one of the Zombicide Black Plague - Fattie's. I really like these sculpts, & they do take quite a bit more time than my other zombies as there is just so much more to paint!

Next, though not a zombie, a definite piece seen throughout zombie pics! A dumpster from Aintsy Castings.

This was the second dumpster of this type I purchased, the other is a previous blog post many months ago. Again some graffiti decals added

Also keeping with the other dumpster is the Soylent Green Sanitation company. 'Where Nothing Goes to Waste'.

I also attending a gaming day which some members of our club are hoping to make into a monthly affair. In the morning I got into a game of the new Mustafa's ruleset Rommel.

I played against Dave the host using his 6mm figures. It was a Battle of Alamein with the 2nd NZ Division breaching the minefields for the armoured divisions to follow.

Taking my chances, a large number of the infantry with some armoured support rushed through the minefields, risking hits, but generally getting through unscathed. One unit of each remained behind for the breaching operation. 

The lighting in the venue was horrid, however steps are being taken to remedy that for future events. A view from the Italian side. Most of the British armour is waiting on the far side of the minefields.

Flanking the defensive line, the NZ force was able to push an Italian unit into the rough mountainous terrain & then successfully destroy it, capturing the ridge. The Italians were in rough straights, as they had few units & seemed they really didn't have a chance. They were waiting for the German Armour to arrive, but by then the damage was done. Thanks Dave for bringing this system out to try.

As the finale to the day & with it being the month of Zomtober, I pulled out my Zombicide Black Plague for a game. We got an abomination arrival early in the game. (Hey Look! Someone is making a cameo from the top of this post!- He just seems a little blubberingly blurry)

However some savy searches yielded up Dragon bile & a torch.

Whoosh! Abolished Abomination! 

Alas, our luck was not to last as eventually the walkers were getting multiple activations when they were all on the table & kept getting spawned. First it was the Dwarf, taking it for the team. He was followed by Nelly, the elf, Anne & we then called the game as it was obvious we were doomed! Good fun was had by all!

Thus another eventful week draws to a close with the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead this eve!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Zomtober Week 2 - Walkin into Thanksgiving

Here is this weeks entry, a walker zombie from Zombicide Black Plague. Alas, not a good week for painting, as I've been trying to get a bunch of winter projects stuff based & primed as the weather is heading towards true fall temps....below 0 today when I woke up. Plus it's Thanksgiving, so we have that meal to attend too, my waistline will suffer once again I am sure.

So here he is

I believe Christie wants to do the dinner today, so I hope to get some brushtime while the turkey is in the oven!

For those of you who are also celebrating this holiday, Happy Thanksgiving! For those not, then move to Canada & you can!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Star Wars Imperial Assault - Return to Hoth Heroes

While getting my entry for Zomtober completed, I was also able to finish up some Star Wars Imperial Assault figures for a buddy.

First we have the droid MHD-19

The Marksman Loku Kanoloa

And Verena Talos -  the Operative

As well as some closeups

I have another 3 of these miniatures now on the painting queue for next Sunday.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Zomtober Week 1 - A Running Start

Whew! I actually made the deadline! Alas it is but 1 figure for this week, but as I've been on a bit of a painting hiatus, it is a start.

So for my first entry here is another Runner from the Zombicide Black Plague core set.

As Sunday's are my usual miniature painting days, today should allow me to get a good handle on next week's entries.

And their off!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Frostgrave Campaign - Game 8

Sunday had our next campaign game of Frostgrave. This time we played the Haunted Houses scenario.

6 ruined stone structures surround a central ruin. Within each of the 6 structures is a treasure. Whenever a figure enters one of the structures or the treasure is moved, a dice is rolled. On a 16-20 a Wraith appears within the ruin.

Treasures collected provide 40xp. Any warband slaying a wraith receives an additional 50xp.

I somehow misplaced the batter charger for my main camera & thus had to use an older camera, which sadly is lacking, so I apologize for some of the images which are slightly blurred.


So we had no wraiths appear within the structures. There were no other treasure guardians either, so apart from the wandering creatures, it was mostly a battle of warband on warband as they fought to get the treasures. Scott had a really bad game, though he still scored a lot of xp. Each warband did succeed in their ulterior motives.

So the after action was as follows;

Bob (Scott) - 580xp, 1 treasure  - 120gc, Grimoire - Bind Demon 
  Tofer II - slain; Tommy Boy, Theodore, Spot III, Tom II, Tod, Ted - Miss Game.

Ludwig (Chen) - 670xp, 2 treasures - 70gc, Potions - Healing, Invulnerability, Speed; 
  Shield +1 Armour.
  Bremen - slain

Eben (Me) - 480xp, 3 treasures - 370gc, Grimoire - Teleport; Ring of Power(1), Drinking    Horn of Healing.

This game will see Scott reaching level 42, with my warband reaching 40. Thus Bob & Timmy retain the cover for the next game.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Catching Up

Once again I find myself having fallen behind on blogging as summer begins to ebb. Now I find myself in another of those crazy months where every weekend has an event & it seems there is no rest. But it is a good crazy!

However I have been busy behind the scenes. So here is a collection of ramblings

Mid August saw a visit by my aunt & her husband. During their visit we attended the Edmonton Air Show

Corsair & Curtiss P40-E Kittyhawk

Mustang & Lightning (behind) they were too close together to snag an individual shot.


Canso PBY-5A. I didn't try to get up the stairs to see the insides as there was quite a line-up (see all the feet on the far side)

Another fail of the day was waiting in a 2 hour food truck lineup & not having my camera with me when those WW2 planes were flying.

However I did catch the Snow Birds in action 

I also saw the arrival of the Massive Darkness Kickstarter.

I attended my first Kefcon boardgame convention. I believe this was the 3rd running of this event (though it was the first I'd heard of it).

On Friday night I played Chaos in the Old World. First time I've gotten to play this game & I quite enjoyed it. I also played a game of Betrayal at House on the Hill. Go figure I ended up being the traitor & one the game, becoming the new Pope in the process.

Saturday felt like a CMON day, with games of The Others, Zombicide Black Plague, & even a pick-up game of Massive Darkness.

 Sunday saw games of Elder Sign & Spartacus.

As for this eve, our club has changed venues due to unacceptable rent increases we just couldn't cover. So we had our first club night at Red Claw gaming. Bruce once again brought out his Congo Pulp Alley, to playtest the scenario he wants to run at Fallcon. Thus I won't give out the details.

The faction I played.

A race for a plot point.

The porters form a shield in front of one of my shooters.

A couple of the members of another faction...which is the faction I played the previous game.

Things just got a whole lot more interesting.

Another view of the chaos in the centre of the board.

As for painting, I am still working through my Egyptian tiles as I can, though I seem to be in a bit of a painters rut at the moment. Perhaps Zomtober will get me back on track to completing my Zombies for Black Plague.

As well the Gibbons Townwide Garage Sale is this weekend & I am looking forward to seeing what treasures I can snag this year!