Monday, June 30, 2014

POWER LEGION – Playtest #2

Almost two months ago I volunteered to help out with the play-testing of Power Legion – a new Super Hero game from Ganesha Games using the ever popular Song of Blades and Heroes game engine…  

You can see the first play test we did here: POWER LEGION – Playtest #1

I have to admit I’m feeling just a little bad about not getting more play-tests in before this but May/June are just crazy around here… So last weekend I was DETERMINED to get another game in… and I did (despite that fact that we had Karate grading in the morning and then we had to ride to the other end of town to get to the the Dragon’s Den for Free RPG Day… and then get groceries… and get to the library to return some books… did I mention it was pouring rain all day…?) So I only had an hour or so to come up with some new heroes to try out… and then our friend arrived early… and we got started late… and then I had another insanely busy week… but that’s all over now… we played a game and her, finally, is the report!


River City, 23 June 2014


Members of the League of Bad Evildoers, recently busted out of the Prince Albert Penitentiary and looking for payback from the River City Super Squadron that put them there orchestrated a bank robbery that they knew would draw the member of the Super Hero team which the Evildoers could then ambush.


Another straight up slugfest, more or less…


River City Super Squadron

Superfastgirl (Marin)
M d6, A d8, S d6, K d6
Superspeed d8

Super Energy Man (Christian)
Md8, Ad8, S d8, K d8
Flight d10, Armour d8, Ranged Weapon (energy blast) d8, Combat Computer

Hell Girl (Keira)
M d6, A d8, S d8, K d10
Lethal HTH attack D8, Armour (vs. Fire) d10, Luck, Toughness

River City PD SWAT Officer
M d4, A d4, S d6, K d4
Rifle (Ranged Attack d8), Marksman d6, Armour d6, Normal

2x River City PD Patrol Officer
M d4, A d4, S d6, K d4
Pistol (Ranged Attack d6), Marksman d6, Normal

League of Bad Evildoers

The Sinister Dr. Flame (Finnegan)
M d10, A d8, S d6, K d6
Fire Generation d10, Leadership d8, Intimidation d10, Strong Will d10

Dim Shadow (Maeve)
M d6, A d10, S d8, K d6
Teleport d10, Lethal HTH Attack d10, Stealth d10, Loner, Backstab

Punchy Brewster (Amanda)
M d6, A d8, S d8, K d8
Flying Kick, Marital Arts d12, Acrobat d10

3x Bank Robbers
M d4, A d4, S d6, K d4
Rifle (Ranged Attack d8), Marksman d6, Normal


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The two teams set up at the opposite ends of the street while the Police and the Bank Robbers face off at the intersection.


Dim Shadow kicked things off by teleporting to the polics station and ambushing the SWAT Officer easily taking him down!

The Sinister Dr. Flame ran up the street to join the Bank Robbers exiting the main branch of the River City Credit Union. (Yeah, it might seem those bank robbers were a bit dim to rob a bank right across the street from the River City Police Department HQ…. but remember this was all just a set-up to draw in the River City Super Squadron!)

On the Heroes end of the turn Super Engery Man flew to the top of the Wales Theatre…. Aaaaaaaand then Superfasatgirl rolled a turn over…


The sinister Dr. Flame and the Bank Robbers all blasted away at Super Energy Man on top of the Wales Theatre… but did absoloutely nothing to him (thanks to d8 armour!)

Punch Brewster ran up the street while Dim Shadow took down another cop.

When it was the Heroes turn the remaining River City Police Officer on the scene stepped up and attacked Dim Shadow and was KOed for all his efforts…

Superfastgirl rocketed up the street and tried to slam into Punchy Brewster and got knocked down in the process, got up and did a power attack with her remaining actions but failed to do anything (I think Punchy actually hit Superfastgirl, but failed to do any damage to her…)

Super Energy Man unleashed a blast of raw Energy Power at The Sinister Dr. Flame staggering him! Then Super Energy Man flew away to the top of the River City Credit Union.


Dim Shadow teleported to the top of the River City Credit Union and attacked Super Energy Man… hitting him…. but not really doing anything (d8 armour, yo! Should have made Dim Shadow’s knives armour piercing…)… and then she teleported away before she got her but kicked off that roof!

The Sinister Dr. Flame did not fall unconscious (being “staggered” he had to test every turn for KO). He and the Bank Robbers decided to hightail it out of there before they did end up KOed and were forced to be an objective in a supervillain breakout scenario next game (although, that might have been fun too!?)

Hell Girl ran up the street some more…

On the Heroes turn Super Energy Man flew down to join in the fight between Punchy Brewster and Superfastgirl… but nothing happened (probably punchy hit Super Energy Man, but couldn’t do anything to his awesome d8 armour/d8 Knockout). Superfastgirl also took a swing at Punchy and again with Punchy’s awesome d12 martial arts it was Superfast girl that got hit and was KOed for her efforts!


Dim Shadow teleported into  the melee between Puchy Brewster and Super Energy Man (and the unconscious Superfastgirl) hitting Super Energy Man (again) and doing nothing to him (again). Punchy then rolled a Turn Over.

Oh, and The Sinister Dr. Flame succumbed to his injuries and was KOed. I guess we WILL be having a super villain break out next game! 

On the Heores turn Super Energy Man flew away from Punchy and Dim Shadow to pick up Hell Girl (who was still running down the street) hoping to try a team maneuver next turn


The Bank Robbers ran back towards the action – I guess finally seeing that Superfastgirl was down…? Dim Shadow teleported way out of the action – not wanting to be the target of what she knew was coming next…

Super Energy Man Picked up Hell Girl and delivered a “Dive Bomb” attack on Punchy Brewster… I’m pretty sure Hell Girl missed - with Punchy’s awesome Martial Arts she probably did some crazy Aikido side step and HG piled into the ground. Hell Girl apparently survived the fall.


I guess it was getting late and I stopped taking pictures… one both ends of the turn Punchy and Hell Girl hammered on each other – both times Punchy hit Hell Girl, but was unable to actually damage her. So they stood there. Hammering on each other.

Super Energy Man flew down the street to seek out Dim Shadow and delivered a mighty Energy Blast with KOed the Dim Shadow.

At that point we called it.

Again – a great game… took a little longer than I imagine it should – but mostly because I spent a lot of time looking things up to try and remind myself of how a few things worked.  Once I get it in my head it will be a lot quicker.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Hopefully now that all the crazy has subsided and all the kids activities are done for the summer we’ll get some more Power Legion play tests in SOON – though we’ve also been thinking it’s time we gave Of Gods and Mortals a try… and A Fistful of Kung Fu – Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules… So many games, so little time... 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friends, Romans, Countrymen…

Another batch of Romans (and slaves)

(well… mostly slaves…)

I’ve recently started The Story of the World Volume One: the Ancient World with the kids and have gotten thinking about Ancient wargaming… Though we’re nowhere NEAR the Roman times in the book, I thought I’d get these (and the others I’ve been working on and a few more still to come) because I thought it’d be fun to play Cthulhu Invictus… maybe using Tale of Blades and Heroes?

I also ordered a print copy of Song of Shadows and Dust and I’m hoping these might be useful in that game…

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The work produced from a couple of late nights…

Two upperclass Roman citizens (both from Wargames Foundry)

Slaves – most are from Wargames Foundry, except the African female in the center of the front row, she’s from Warlord Games.

Armed Slaves or lower class Romans – probably up to no good. (All from Wargames Foundry)

Dead Roman soldiers the kneeling one is from Warlord Games the rest are from Black Tree Design

Trade goods (objective markers?) from Wargames Foundry)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I STILL haven’t gotten that Power Legion game report done… hopefully I’ll get to that tonight or tomorrow.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ancient Germans and Picts

A few more ancients for skirmishing… These lots finish up the individually based Ancient Germans and Picts I currently have. I should get working on their respective DBA armies – the Picts, at least, are half done! I probably will.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what to do over the next year or so. This year I’d like to get working on a bunch of my ancients – some individually based for skirmishing, some on multi-figure bases for DBA/HOTT. I have Egyptians, Nubians, Ancient Germans, Picts, early Imperial Romans (at least 3 DBA armies worth!) and Ancient Greeks (at least four or five Hoplite DBA armies, 5 Alexandrian Successor DBA armies, and an army of Amazons), Thracians, Skythians, Indians… wow… now that I think of it I have an awful lot. It’s almost embarrassing (if it weren’t for the fact that most of my readers also have multiple unpainted armies in their own storage closets…).

Perhaps I won’t get them all done - especially since I’d also like to finish up painting the Great War stuff that I happen to have (3 battalions of Canadians, one of French, plus assorted artillerymen and guns) and built the terrain for the Third Canadian Division’s area of operations at Vimy. I probably won’t be picking up any more figures (to complete a third brigade for the Third Division) as I’d really rather not buy any more figures this year. As it is I’ll have to paint 20 figures a week for the rest of the year just to match the number painted with the number acquired!

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A few more Ancient Germans from Black Tree Design

Picts – a mix of Black Tree Design and Wargames Foundry.

I took some pictures of the other Picts I have done so far, thinking I'd add them to one of the galleries I have (over to the left there...). I'm not sure if i should put them in the 28mm Ancient Rome, Enemies, etc Gallery or the 28mm Dark Ages Gallery . The Picts are a bit late for my Romans - which are mostly Early Imperial types... and a bit early for my Dark Ages  - which are mostly 1066 -Viking-Normans-Anglo-Saxon/Danish... I'll probably put them in the Roman one... and if they ever face off I'll pretend the Romans are Middle Imperial... 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I DID get around to doing another play-test of Power Legion on the weekend, but haven’t had a chance to post a report. I’ll probably get to that next.

After that…? Likely some more ancient stuff. I have a bunch more Roman civilian types on the workbench. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ancient Romans and Germans

I’ve been working on a few Ancient Romans and Germans lately…

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Some upper class Roman Citizens from Wargames Foundry.

Some lower class Romans citizens or slaves – also from Wargames Foundry.

A wounded Roman auxiliary from Warlord Games.

Some ancient Germans from Black Tree Design.

Can anyone guess what I’m planning to do with all these…?

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have a few more ancients I’m working on – more Romans, more Germans and some Picts… and perhaps some Nubians and Egyptians…? And a few more modern Geezers and Supers

Geezers and Supers

A few things rolling off the workbench this week… I’d kind of lost interest in painting for a week or so there and then got busy with...well... other things. (I did do some Other Painting...) But Amanda’s been away in Ottawa for work this last week so I’ve been staying up and getting some painting done while watching (well… “listening” to a few movies – occasionally looking up to see what’s going on) and listening so some more of A Clash of Kings audiobook (almost done!)

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“Putcher trousers on, you’re nicked” – The Flying Squad Guv’nor from Killer B Games.

A couple of Thuggish geezers also from Killer B Games

Two new supers (I’m calling them Fire and Ice) from West Wind Productions old range for Super System (I think Old Glorymight still be manufacturing these…?)

Two more Supers from the same line… I haven’t come up with names for them just yet…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have a batch of ancients that I’ve also finished up that I’ll be posting separately as a separate post.