Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scenarios for The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings

I wrote up some scenarios  for a small tournament we were running involving the use of a mercenary and the ability to buy mercenary troops.  Thought I would post them up just in case anyone wanted to get some variety in their games.  The Gandalf one needs some tweeking but is still a fun one to play, just remember to roll for his sorcerous blast and other stuff.  On another note, FTW games where we play has been taken over by a new owner and is now called Battlegrounds http://www.battlegroundsrva.com/.  We still play every thursday.  Scenarios after the jump.....

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kickstarter-for those unique offerings

So I have become a big fan of Kickstarter, I understand that in my case and many others it is really just a "pre-release" discount starter in some cases, but in other cases there are some real unique things that can be found in its offerings.  I have participated in a Red Box Games, a Cool mini or Not,  and a mercs minis kickstarter.  Some I have already received and others not so much.  One I have received and begun to assemble was one posted by renaissance miniatures.  In this case their east asian terrain.  I have assembled my first two and wanted to share.  Really looking forward to putting this on the table when it is all assembled.  So far I have done the potters house and the ronin house.

The pictures are not great, I lost my " picture booth" during our move, but they are quite attractive and easy to assemble.  I have run into a few snags with the width of certain gaps but all in all an amazing product that really showcases the talent of the husband and wife team ( and the laser) that run the company.  They will be doing a ship kickstarter later in the year and I look forward to seeing what they have to offer.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lord of The Rings Discontinued Metal or OOP miniatures

Here is a list courtesy of The One Ring
A time after the mini is the current wait-usually anything greater than 2 weeks means it will soon be OOP.

*LAST UPDATED 12th JANUARY 2014*

KINGDOMS OF MEN:

Arvedui & Malbeth oop
Halbarad of Grey Company oop
Halbarad Captain of Dunedain 4week
Grey Company oop
Duinhir oop
Arvedui & Malbeth 4week
Arnor command oop
Knight of Dol Amroth banner Mounted oop
Captain of Dol Amroth Mounted oop
Knights of Dol Amroth (metal) oop
Faramirs Rangers oop
Minas Tirith Command 1 oop
Minas Tirith Command 2 oop
Minas Tirith Citadel Guard 2 4week
Knights of Minas Tirith (metal) oop
Knight of Minas Tirith Standard 4week
Beregond oop
Denethor oop
Kings of Men 2&3 oop
Kings of Men 1&4 4week
Elendil oop
Numenor Archers oop
Isildur F&M oop
Hama oop
Theodred F&M oop
Gamling on foot 4week
Grimbold's Helmingas Command oop
Meriadoc Esquire of Rohan oop
Peregrin Took guard of the citadel 4week
Theoden F&M (wearing Helm) oop
Theodred F&M 4week
Captured by Gondor oop

FREE PEOPLES:

Dwarf Command 2 oop
Dwarf Warriors (metal) 4week
Dwarf Bowmen 4week
Gimli 4week
Arwen mounted with Frodo oop
Original Arwen on foot oop
Elrond, Master of Rivendell 4week

Sunday, January 5, 2014

DW Campaign Season 1 Game Turn 3

Casey's Prussian battled Huan's American.

Mission:
  • Prussian's objective was to
  • American's objective was to capture the objective
Results: minor victory for the Americans

Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: 1 robot, 2 gunships, 3 destroyers, 2 escorts, 2 bombers
  • Damaged: 1 dreadnought, 1 bomber
Americans casualties:
  • Sunk:  3 cruisers, 8 frigates
  • Damaged: 1 battleship, 1 scoutship

Mecca's British battled Tripp's Ottoman

Mission:
  • British's objective was to 
  • Ottoman's objective was to sink the opposing fleet
Results: major victory for the Ottomans

British casualties:
  • Sunk: 
  • Damaged: 
Ottomans casualties:
  • Sunk: 2 cruisers, 6 frigates
  • Damaged: battleship

Brian's Prussian battled Tripp's Ottoman

Mission:
  • Prussian's objective was to sink the opposing fleet
  • Ottoman's objective was to target the commodore
Results: tie

Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: 1 carrier, 4 frigates, 5 corvettes
  • Damaged: 1 submarine, 1 support cruiser, 1 scoutship, 1 corvette
Ottomans casualties:
  • Sunk: 2 cruisers, 8 frigates, 3 zuhafs
  • Damaged:

Thursday, December 26, 2013

DW Campaign Season 1 Game Turn 2

The Tripp's Ottomans battled Jason's French.

Mission
  • Ottoman's mission was to 
  • French's mission was to 
Results: The Ottoman broke through, with an intact flagship.
Ottoman's casualties:
  • Sunk: 
  • Damaged: 3 cruisers, 2 scoutships, and 1 frigate.
Ottoman casualties:
  • Sunk: 
  • Damaged: 


The Casey Prussian battled Huan's American.

Mission: both forces were out to capture the objective
Results: tie
Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: 2 cruisers, 2 frigates, 3 escorts
  • Damaged: 1 carrier, 1 battleship, 1 cruiser, 1 frigate
Antarticans casualties:
  • Sunk:  3 cruisers, 4 frigates
  • Damaged: 1 scoutship


The Brian's Prussians battled  Jason's French

Mission: both forces were out for destruction
Results: minor victory for the Prussians
Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: 1 scout airship, 4 frigates
  • Damaged:  1 sky fortress, 1 scout airship, 1 cruiser, 1 frigate, 1 corvette
French casualties:
  • Prized: 1 battle carrier (Sabre)
  • Sunk: 1 destroyer
  • Damaged:  1 battle carrier(Glaive)

Monday, November 25, 2013

GW The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug releases for December 7th

Here is what is coming
Link to pictures on dakka
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/90/565131.page

A book at $33-probably a journey book with profiles

Plastics at $25 a pop
Legolas
Tauriel
Really?, a PLASTIC hero in a clam pack for $25 dollars?  Better be mounted as well-no they are not, but they are standing on a log! It rolls down stairs alone or in pairs!

Plastics at $40 a pop
Palace Guards
Mirkwood Rangers
Probably still 12 to a box- aaannnndddd NO it is a box of 10.  

Finecast at $20 a pop
Thranduil King of Mirkwood
Thrain the broken
Still expensive, but should have better detail than the plastic heroes

Finecast at $25 a pop
Mirkwood Ranger Captains
Palace Guard Captains
Beorn
Same as above

Finecast at $35 a pop
Mirkwood Spiders
Better be at least three spiders, will probably only be two though.  If they are big enough then they will be worth it.

Finecast at $65 a pop-Direct only
Barrels out of bounds
No idea what this is, but it is priced that same as the white council set is.

I am surprised that legolas and tauriel are plastic, where they meant to be part of something else?  $40 for 12 models in this scale is really stupid.  It is cheaper to buy dark eldar regular troops(bigger, more options) and those are some fantastic models.  


Here is an update with some hints about the rules
- Thranudil - stays the same - just base cost is 16 Moria Gobo with shield and he can buy armour and bow
- Tauriel - stats seems to be the same as Lego in armour, but she has Aragorns attack value, elven coat, bow and special rule that gives her +1A for each enemy she's fightin with(my guess that with each in base contact but thats just info), cost 19 Moria gobowith shield
- Guard Captain - stats as HE cap for 15 Moria Gobo with shields. If he's in 3" from Thranduil he get's +1F. Also bodyguard.
- Ranger Cap - cost the same as above, stats as WE cap, seems to have bow and TW, the same rule as Tauriel but only 3 attack(dunno if only +3, or total max 3)
- Palace Guard - cost the same Ghaladrim pics - stats as HE and the same special rule as their cap
- Ranger - the same cost as erebor with shield, and the same rule as their cap, dunno whats their eqipment.
Special rules of the Mirkwood AL - if the Lider is Thranduil, Lego or Tauriel then can have 100% bows
- Beorn - Dwalin stats but Dale Man with shield defence value and Glorf like M/W/F. He's resistant to magic, burly and fearless and woodland creature. Costs as Gulavhar. He can change into bear on 4+ in his move(model is on 60mm base and seems to be nice - pic in book). In bear form the same Wounds and M/W/F, the same special rules + terror, but rest of stats change into Threebeards. Elf Gero Courage value and Move 8"(as a bear). In this bear form he dosn't have SF, and his heroics are only his. Has special BPA - when he wins he can strike with S10 - if it wound's(enemy won't fury/fate it) he cas strike again with S10 and so on. Radagast Alliance AL.
- Thrain the broken - cost as WE with bow and spear - low stats - F dwarf like, S Hobbit like, C Orc Captain like and on every start of turn he's to pass C test. If he pass it it's ok, if he pass it twice(dunno I just translate from polish) he's got +2 to A,S,F values, but if he fails he acts like a enemy model.
- Bard - cost as full no-name nazgul on horse - stats simillar to Lego(my source don't remeber fully) and he's got a great bow. If he shoot and kill he can shoot again to the target in 3" from the last one - up to three times. Black arrow - ones a game - can reroll to hit, ITW and to wound.
- Dale hero that hac +1 on wounding flaying monster(my guess Girion)
- some lake town hero who costs 4 MG with shield that has Aragons Will value wills - for each will he can regive some hero(dunno the radius) might - on 6 k3 mights, 2-6 one might point, 1 nth
- some new Dale(laketown?) troops
- Yaznag - seems to have bad stat line - he's 10 Gobo with shield, can have lance. He's special rule - if there is Azog in the same army, then the pale orc can kill yaznag and pass all C tests, and him and rest of heros can rerolls missed to wound rolls.
- Gundabad Orcs(pic are supposed to be in book) - cost as erebor with shield, have S4, can buy pic and shiels(dunno if in combination). Special rule the same as Blackshield gobo
- Spiders - cost as 5 Gobo with shield - F as gobo, S and D as Dale man with shield D value and Elf Cap A value. Not a monster, can split poison(dunno how that works) on 4+. The warband doesn't have to contain a hero(don;t know if there is any)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

DW Campaign Season 1 Turn 1

The Tripp's Ottomans battled Huan's Americans.

Mission
  • Ottoman's mission was to break through the American line.
  • American's mission was to capture or destroy the Ottoman's flagship.
Results: The Ottoman broke through, with an intact flagship.
American casualties:
  • Sunk: one battleship, 3 cruisers, 1 scoutship, and 7 frigates.
  • Damaged: 3 cruisers, 2 scoutships, and 1 frigate.
Ottoman casualties:
  • Sunk: 4 cruisers, 2 frigates?
  • Damaged: 1 battleship


The Casey Prussian battled Joe's Antarticans.

Mission: both forces were out to destroy
Results: tie
Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: one gunship, 2 destroyers, 3 frigates and one escort
  • Damaged: one dreadnought, one Metzer, one gunship, one bomber, and one escort
Antarticans casualties:
  • Sunk:  1 cruiser, 2 destroyers, 2 medium flyers
  • Damaged: 1 battleship, 1 cruiser


The Brian's Prussians battled Eric's British.

Mission
  • Prussian's mission was to sink the Brits.
  • British's mission was to break through the Prussian line.
Results: Minor victory for the Prussians
Prussian casualties:
  • Sunk: 1 cruiser, 1 frigate, 1 corvette
  • Damaged: 1 fleet carrier, 1 scoutship, 1 cruiser, 1 frigate
British casualties:
  • Sunk: 2 cruisers and 2 scoutships
  • Damaged: ?