Monday, December 30, 2013

Brotherhood faction

Two weeks ago I finished my Brotherhood faction minis, but only yesterday I managed to take some photos of them.

The monks were a bit difficult to paint because I stink at painting white, but I love the original look of the minis, so I wanted to try a catch that look. My skills were tested even further as I had ran out out of my Army Painter Stain, that I use on 99% of all the minis I have painted for the past 3 years. I think the results are amazing and really add that little bit extra to the minis.

I did however managed to become a bit better at making my own shading and I think that my highlighting skills are better as well. It is a bit difficult to see as my lighting source when taking the pictures was from above.

For their bases I wanted something different than my usual cobblestoned bases. I found a large container of tiny decorative stones, that I thought looked exactly like the kind of gravel you found find around churches and cemetaries.

Yesterday my friend Jon and I had two games and the Brotherhood had their debut. A skirmish report will follow in the new year.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas presents!

Merry Christmas everyone!

This has been a different Christmas for me, the first one without my daughter and now ex-wife for 8 and 13 years respectively. I celebrated Christmas with my daughter on the 23th (us Danes celebrate and get presents on the 24th) and spent it with my parents...a lovely and relaxing evening.

Having handed over my daughter to my ex-wife the morning of the 24th, I went to my girlfriends flat. And the evening I spend with her family, who are all so nice and have really welcomed me into their family.
So when we weeks earlier had exchange wish lists, I had put some Empire of the Dead items on it, and boy did my wishes come true!

My girlfriend had gone all in and schemed with my parents and her sisters so that I would get all the items. She then recruited my friend Chris who made the order with Firestorm Games. Unfortunately the items had not arrived in time for the 24th, so she had gotten several different items and prints of the items that were still in the mail. The items then arrived yesterday, and look what she had gotten me.

 I was stunned to be honest. She really is the greatest girlfriend you can imagine and I love her so much.


Hansom Cab, London Omnibus and Gentleman's Coach 

Supernatural Branch Set 1

The Black Mariah

 Token set

Friday, December 20, 2013

EotD - Skirmish Reports

Last Saturday my friend Chris and I sat down for what turned out to be three games of Empire of the Dead. It had been a long time since we had played Empire of the Dead so we were a bit rusty on the rules, but since the rules are very simple we got back into the flow of the game after a few rounds.

I picked up my Supernatural Branch faction and Chris found his Sons of the Empire Gentleman's Club faction. The last time we played my bobbies were dealt several severe blows.

Lost Artifact
The first game was Lost Artifact. In this game we decided that we would not activate our entire faction befor the others turn, but rather one mini at a time. Chris had set up the table with a long and very narrow alley going right through the board and 2 of the 5 markers were placed either in the alley or just next to it.

Within 3 rounds we had gotten to the markers, but it turned out that none of them was indeed the lost artifact. We found our factions combating each other, near the water and in the alley. It was all ranged combat and the upper hand of the battle changed several times. In the end Chris once again managed to remove my Detective Inspector, I think for the fourth game in a row. Despite it being a draw Chris had managed to remove four out of six of my faction members, and I only removed two of his.

When we calculated our shillings Chris had earned a good amount more than me. I was however very lucky with my campaign rolling, with all of my members being made of Stern Stuff and suffering only an eye injury. Chris's Sons got minor injuries as well, but none were permanently retired from the faction.

The second game was Entrapment, here we went with the normal EotD activation system of an entire faction activating before the other. I was the attacker(setting the ambush) and Chris the defender (walking into it). The board was changed slightly, the long narrow alley removed. When we had deployed I had a good feeling about my Supernatural Branch's chance, the layout of the board would almost definately work in my favour and with the Sons of the Empire forces to move forward I would be able to pick and choose when to fight and when to stay back.

The Sons moved forward on two flanks and I placed my Supernatural Branch, so that they could pounce whenever the time was right. On one flank I had my Detective Inspector and two Constables, and on the other my Detective Sergeant and another two Constables, one of them armed with a hunting rifle.

The group of Sons that moved towards my DI sought cover behind the huge crates near the waterfront, but I was still able to pick and choose my battles. My DI managed to remove the Sons' VP, despite him being in an exo-skeleton suit, in melee combat. The upgrades that I had rolled in the previous games really helping me here. On the second front, my three members were able to keep the Sons from really getting anywhere. The game ended with Chris conseeding the game when he only had his President left. I had only lost a single constable, it was a crushing defeat for the Sons and a first victory for my Supernatural Branch at the fifth time of trying.

Calculating our shillings I got 48 and Chris around half. He was also unlucky with his campaign rolling with both his VP and a faction member being Caught by the Enemy. Chris then decided to take his three factions members who had injuries to a Harley Street Specialist and rolled full recovery for all three. We decided that we could squezze in a third game and that would be the Prisoner scenario, with the Sons trying to get their two faction members back.

I decided that I wanted to try something else, so I sold the heavy pistol that my Constable with the hunting rifle had, so that I had 51 shillings. This would enable me to hire Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson! Chris was not amused by the idea of facing a full force Supernatural Branch and the Baker Street duo with only a President and 4 regular members.

We switched back to activating one mini at a time, both of us agreeing that it makes the game more interesting as the normal EotD activation system allows you to make consentrated fire against a single target without the other player being able to do much to prevent it.

Since the scenario requires the prisoner, and in our case prisoners, to be in the center of the table, we agree to put one of the largest buildings roughly in the middle. This would enable movement inside the building and we would also be able to have a workaround one of the least thought-out rules - where you cannot enter through a door if there is a enemy on the other side. We really think the rule is stupid and makes no sense.

With me having lots more minis to activate, we also decided to introduce something from the Bushido game that I have been looking at, pass markers. Basically the player with the least model get a number of pass markers to make up the numbers. Each time it is his turn to activate a model, he can choose to activate a model or use a pass marker instead. I think it is a great rule that is easily applied to other games.

Deployment ended with Chris' Sons taking up positions outside the building, his tactics clearly to use the long range of his hunting rifles and shooting my models before they had a chance to get out of the building and taking the fight to him. I had my DI, DS, Holmes, Watson and my Constable with the hunting rifle inside the building, along with the prisoners and two Constables acting as prisonguards.

The fact that I had four models with more than one Wound turned out to pretty significant. I also happened to be able to roll hits every time I fired, no matter how high my target number was. Holmes and Watson took care of three regular Sons, while my DI managed to take the President out of the game. It was another good victory for my Supernatural Branch.

I completely forgot to take pictures for the last game, so I only got two shots of the final stages.

Three games in about six hours and we when managed to stop and pause our game when our pizza arrived. We had great fun and we can really start to see the effects of playing the campaign rules. My DI is getting so bad-ass, despite his career initially being disrupted several times by Chris removing him from play four games in a row. I quite like having Holmes and Watson in the faction, and I think I will be getting more models of the same type for some of the other factions in the future. But I still have to try out my new Brotherhood models, which I finished painting recently - images of those will be coming also.  

Monday, December 16, 2013

Warbases Hand Cart

As a daily viewer of the Gothic Horror forum on, I found a thread discussing where to get 28 mm hand carts. I was pointed in the direction of Warbases and their 28 mm hand cart that they had on sale at ebay.

I wanted some smaller terrain pieces for my London Docks board and these looked good and were fairly cheap as well.

Expedition was swift and after a week they arrived. 

I had ordered 4 since I figured a busy dock would be filled with them. I had never had any laser-cut mdf products before, but was positively surprised at how easy they were to assemble.

It took roughly 45 minutes to assemble all four carts and I think the finished product is excellent.

During the weekend I got the chance to play 3 games of Empire of the Dead, and the carts were placed on the board, adding to the general realistic look of the board. I will be posting a report of the 3 games later this week. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

EotD - new minis and the Houndmaster problem

Earlier in the year I made the mistake of not backing the Empire of the Dead Reqiuem Kickstarter, instead choosing the Acthung! Cthulhu RPG Kickstarter. So when the Requiem minis went on sale on westwinds website, I jumped at a chance to purchase some. To be honest I prefer the original boxed sets to most of the ones from Reqiuem, with the Bedlam Brotherhood being the pick of the bunch.

I had wanted to get one of the original starting boxed sets and chose The Brotherhood, partly because they seem different in the way the play and because I like the minis, especially the blister pack of Armed Monks. So I ended up ordering the boxed set and the blister pack with 4 armed monks.

That makes it 12 different minis for the Brotherhood, with many different weapon options, so I should have that faction covered by now.

Normally I order from Firestorm Games, because the minis are slightly cheaper and with an order for £30+ shipment is free. This time I ordered directly from Westwind, because that was the only place I could get the armed monks. I did however use the opportunity to also get the Wolfen Jaeger Houndmasters from the old Vampire Wars collection. As readers of the blog will know I have the original four Wolfen Jaegers and have enjoyed playing them in EotD.

The Houndmaster problem 

While I love the Houndmaster minis, I also have problems with them, because of the lack of rules that can apply to these particular minis. I have written about this on the lead-adventure forum, but have yet to find an answer to the rules that I like.

The minis
The minis are everywhere I have seen placed on a large base - meaning that a houndmaster and the wolfhound share the same base. Looking at the minis themselves this is very much how they seem to have been envisioned.

The rules
The EotD book have no special rules for this, merely stating that the Wolfen Jaegers have the option to hire wolfhounds. This seems to suggest that the wolfhound should be on a seperate base, and not share one with the houndmaster. The question is then, what to do with the houndmaster? The mini has no visible weapons only a large chain to handle the wolfhound.

Solution scenarios
I have received two suggestions for a solution, but like I said neither of them have really grabbed me, as they both suggest putting the houndmaster and wolfhound on separate bases.

1) The minis have absolutely no connection with each another and the houndmasters will be normal members, who just don't have any visible weapons.

2) Adapt the Supernatural Branch's Handler and Infernium Dog rules. Now I don't have the rules for the Supernatural Branch, but have been told that the handler and dog must stay within 8 inches of each another or something like that.

Out of the two I much prefer solution no. 2, as there is still a connection between the minis, but I still does not grab me entirely. The fact that they are on separate bases is still an issue for me, as I think the houndmaster minis will look stupid. I have not looked into whether I can convert the houndmaster, so that they are armed.

The third option is of course to come up with rules that I like, and which will keep the houndmaster and wolfhound on the same base. This is an idea that I also posted on lead-adventure, but which received no comments:

"....maybe something about movement. Dogs getting a bonus to their charge for every round they are still being handled - basically they will be more aggresive because they have been held back by the handler.
The handler is also only able to use one-handed weapons while handling the dogs.

Or maybe they should just stay together all the time. Being able to shot, but really most efficient in melee because both the hound and handler will be able to attack."

I have started wokring on the Brotherhood monks, so I have some time before I start working on them, but I need a solution soon...hmmm...

So if you have a good idea of how to use the Wolfen Jaeger Houndmaster minis in EotD, please comment. And of course feel free to comment anyway :-)