Saturday, June 25, 2016

Warmaster Fantasy - Tomb Kings Counter Set Revised

This set of Tomb Kings counters replaces the set that I did over a decade ago while I was active on the Warmaster Yahoo email list. Unlike the old set, which was slightly undersized, this set will print to the full 20mm x 40mm counters.

"The Tomb-King is the leader of the army and all its troops are the slaves and servants who accompany him in undeath. His chief and most trusted ministers are his Liche-Priests--wizards of great power whose sole job in life was to prepare the King's tomb and ensure his lasting immortality. When a King died his Liche-Priests would continue to perform rituals of immortality in his mortuary temple until they too died when they would be interred along with their master--often together with their own slaves, sacred guardians, chariots and treasured possessions." -- the Warmaster Rulebook


Printing the Counters
I hope some of you find these counter sets useful.You can print these at office printing places, like Staples, using heavy card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Currently, I'm printing the counter sets at Staples using regular paper, spray gluing the back of each sheet with Super77, attaching each sheet to an old comic book backing board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create the sample armies below and many armies of 2000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

Tomb Kings Army Lists

Total Points: 1,000
1x Tomb King
2x Liche Priests (Ring of Magic, Dispel Scroll)
6x Skeletons
2x Bowmen
4x Cavalry
1x Carrion
1x Skull Chukka

Total Points: 1,495
1x Tomb King
2x Liche Priests
8x Skeletons
4x Bowmen
6x Cavalry
2x Chariots
1x Carrion
1x Bone Giant
1x Skull Chucka

Brigade #1
1x Skeleton Archers
3x Skeletons

Brigade #2
1x Skeleton Archers
3x Skeletons

Brigade #3:
1x Skull Chucka
2x Skeletons

The following divided into 2 or more brigades:
6x Skeleton Cavalry
2x Skeleton Chariots

Total Points: 1,500
1x Tomb King
2x Liche Priests (Ring of Magic, Dispel Scroll)
6x Warriors
2x Bowmen
8x Cavalry
1x Carrion
1x Skull Chukka
1x Zombie Dragon
1x Sphinx

Total Points: 2,000
1x Tomb King
4x Liche Priests (Ring of Magic, Dispel Scroll, Chariot Mount, Orb)
8x Cavalry
14x Warriors
4x Bows
2x Carrion
1x Zombie Dragon
1x Sphinx

Total Points: 2,000
1x Tomb King on Zombie Dragon
1x Liche Priest in Chariot
2x Liche Priest
6x Skeletons (plus 6 extra Skeleton units for Raise Dead)
4x Bowmen
4x Cavalry
4x Chariots
1x Carrion
1x Bone Giant
2x Skull Chucka
2x Bone Thrower

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Warmaster 1000 Point Empire v Dwarf Game

Game setup. Dwarves on left, Empire on right.
Yesterday early morning, I found myself sitting at home all alone, while the wife and son went over to the east coast of the state to do some shopping. We had planned to spent the day at Disney World with a friend, but that fell through. So there I was. Alone and bored. I was going to try to paint some miniatures a bit, something I haven't done in two years now (gasp!). However, I've been thinking about what types of games I want to play (mass combat, skirmish, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, 10mm, 15mm, 28mm, yadadadada) and if I even still want to play miniature games, now that I'm mainly a solo miniature gamer. (My son and I occasionally still play board and card games, though his interest is more in model railroading and girlfriends now.)

Instead of painting, I decided to play a solo game of Warmaster! Though I've been re-making a lot counter sets lately, I hadn't played the game in over a decade. It's one of the few miniature rules I've actually liked over the years, and works well solo due to the command rolls. The downside is that I had to literally re-learn the rules, but that would have been the case for anything I pulled off my shelf. (I'm not one to keep rules in my head for long!)

I would also put my counter sets to use, which is how I used to play Warmaster and ACWarmaster back in the day. (This also was less work than setting up my 15mm miniatures and buildings for a game of WWII, which was my other plan for the day.) I only have two WM counter sets ready for play, so I used them to create 1,000 point armies. For the Dwarfs, I used my latest set mounted on comic book board. This set has full art with no stats, and old school dwarf miniatures. For the Empire, I already had my old set mounted on MDF bases. These have a couple figures per stand (mainly from old Warmaster images that I've long since lost and cannot find online) along with stats on each counter. Playing with the old Empire set was easier because I had the stats on the counters, but the dwarfs looked better on the table. I just had to refer often to my dwarf my list, like any miniatures game.

All in all, I was happy how the new counters worked out. With only four figure images per stand, they look more like 15mm than 10mm, but I have been debating between these two scales for some time. I've literally been paralyzed by this. Neither 10mm nor 15mm is ideal for Warmaster at the moment. I should write my thoughts as a future post.

A Quick Summary of the Game
Since I don't have miniatures, I'm not going to bore readers with a play-by-play of the game with lots of mediocre shots from my ancient digital camera. I will say that the Dwarf tactics article I posted on the Dwarf counter set's page is great advice for WM dwarf players. (I fixed the link yesterday and cleaned up the post in general. Sorry about the dead link for so long!) Their good armor saves, crazy trollslayers, high command general, and artillery make up for their slowness, low-unit counts, and high unit costs. The Dwarfs pretty much manhandled the Empire the entire game. Trollslayers are just amazing when charging a brigade of enemy infantry. In one turn, one unit of Trollslayers just about destroyed a 3-unit Empire brigade. Gotta love charging and advancing!

Warmaster Fantasy Thoughts
The Empire kept blowing command rolls and rolling badly overall. This can be one of the frustrating aspects of Warmaster. Then again, it could have gone completely opposite. If the Empire had decent or normal dice rolls and been able to use some of their magic (darn those Dwarf Runecasters!), the game might have gone differently. Plus, Warmaster Fantasy doesn't operate so well at 1,000 points. If memory serves me, 2,000 points is where the game really works better. I also played on my 3x5 table, which puts units into combat quickly as if playing a 28mm game. If I had played on a 5x6 set of folding tables, it might have been different for the Empire since they could have used maneuvering to their advantage. (I was too lazy to pull out and set up the folding tables!)

Will I continue to play Warmaster and build some actual miniature armies? As I write this, I'm not sure. I'll continue to make counter sets because it can be fun late in the evening. And they cost me nothing other than time, though I wish I still had the images from GW's website of 15 years ago! (Archive.org is no help there.) I'll probably throw down some more games this summer as well, even doing some Ancients with the counters. Sadly, this is a "dead" game so overall interest in the real world is quite low it seems. (BTW I did get a copy of En Garde and Black Ops the other week!)

Do I want to buy and paint Warmaster miniatures? That is another issue and something for me to ponder in future posts. Sigh. If could go back in a time machine 15 years, this would be a no-brainer. But I would need a large truck to bring back all the GW miniatures I would love to have been able to buy back then when we literally were poor. All the old turn-of-the-century Epic, Warmaster, BFG, Mordheim, Necromunda, 40K, LotR and more I would love to buy! Yeah, wouldn't we all like to go back in time and buy some cool GW stuff!

Happy Easter everyone!



Dwarves army deployment.

Empire army and deployment.

End of Turn 1

Beginning of last turn.

End of game. Empire has reached Breakpoint.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Warmaster Fantasy - Lizardmen Counter Set Revised

This set of Lizardmen counters replaces the set that I did over a decade ago while I was active on the Warmaster Yahoo email list. Unlike the old set, which was slightly undersized, this set will print to the full 20mm x 40mm counters.


"The Lizardmen are the oldest race of the world. Staunch opponents of the powers of Chaos, they follow the Great Plan of the Old Ones. Since the days of their creation, the Lizardmen have been at the forefront of the battle for the world’s survival. Their armies are anchored by savage warriors spawned for the sole purpose of war and augmented with titanic reptilian beasts whose tread shakes the earth. Their enigmatic leaders are powerful wizards and wield magics beyond the ken of mere mortals. While much has been lost over the long ages of warfare against the many foes of order, the Lizardmen still fight on - unleashing their cold-blooded savagery upon any who would stand in the way of their sacred mission. As carved upon the pyramid blocks, this is the tale of the Lizardmen and their defence of the world. " -- Warhammer Wiki


Printing the Counters
I hope some of you find these counter sets useful.You can print these at office printing places, like Staples, using heavy card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Currently, I'm printing the counter sets at Staples using regular paper, spray gluing the back of each sheet with Super77, attaching each sheet to an old comic book backing board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Warmaster Fantasy - Empire Counter Set Revised

This set of Empire counters replaces the set that I did over a decade ago while I was active on the Warmaster Yahoo email list. Unlike the old set, which was slightly undersized, this set will print to the full 20mm x 40mm counters.

"The Empire is by far the largest and most powerful of the human nations of the Old World. It stretches from the Grey Mountains in the west to the Worlds Edge Mountains and the borders of Kislev in the east. This vast nation is divided into many separate principalities or states each of which is something akin to an entire and independent land in its own right. Throughout much of the history of The Empire these states have fought amongst themselves. Rival dynasties have vied for power, alliances have been made and broken, and only rarely has a single claimant risen to control the entire land. The Empire of today is almost wholly united under the Prince of Altdorf the Elector of the Reikland--hereditary ruler of the western principality of the Reikland. Only the great sea-port of Marienburg in the Wasteland retains independence under the leadership of its powerful and wealthy mercantile community." -- the Warmaster Rulebook


Printing the Counters
I hope some of you find these counter sets useful.You can print these at office printing places, like Staples, using heavy card stock paper printed at actual size. You can also print on regular paper and then glue the counters to wooden bases. (Check the older posts on how I did this with my Empire army.) Currently, I'm printing the counter sets at Staples using regular paper, spray gluing the back of each sheet with Super77, attaching each sheet to an old comic book backing board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create the sample armies below and many armies of 2000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

Empire Army Lists

Total Points: 1000 (BP 5)
1x General
2x Heroes
1x Wizard (Ring of Magic)
5x Halberdiers
2x Crossbowmen
2x Knights
1x Cannon

Total Points: 1000 (BP 5)
1x General
1x Hero (Sword of Fate)
1x Wizard (Scroll of Dispelling)
2x Halberdiers
2x Crossbowmen
4x Knights
1x Cannon

Total Points: 1485 (BP 9)
1x General
1x Hero
1x Wizard (Scroll of Dispelling)
5x Halberdiers
5x Crossbowmen
4x Knights
2x Pistoliers
1x Cannon

Total Points: 1965 (BP 12)
1x General
3x Hero
1x Wizard
6x Halberdiers
1x Handgunners
2x Handgunners + Skirmishers
4x Crossbowmen
2x Flagellants
2x Knights
2x Pistoliers
2x Helblaster
2x Cannon

Total Points: 1805 (BP 10)
1x General (Orb of Majesty)
1x Hero on Griffon (Sword of Destruction)
1x Wizard
4x Halberdiers
4x Crossbowmen
1x Flagellants
3x Knights
3x Pistoliers
1x Helblaster
2x Cannon
1x Steam Tank

Total Points: 1975 (BP 10)
1x General
2x Hero
2x Wizard (1x Scroll of Dispelling)
4x Halberdiers w/ 4x Skirmishers
2x Handgunners w/ 2x Skirmishers
4x Crossbowmen
2x Flagellants
2x Knights
2x Pistoliers
1x Helblaster
2x Cannon
1x Steam Tank

Empire Tactics
Players seem to create Empire armies that are either infantry-heavy, shooting-heavy, or cavalry-heavy depending on the tactics they prefer, which makes the Empire a versatile army compared to some others in Warmaster. A common unit tends to be the cannon, whose long-range shooting will suck armies such as Orcs, Undead, and Chaos into attacking your army. Protect your artillery with one or two units of crossbowmen to discourage flying units like eagles, harpies, and carrion. If you have two or more units of artillery, break them into multiple units. There is nothing worse then watching your cannons and helblaster all go down at the same time.

Use your infantry to take and hold woods, hills, villages, and any choke points. Use your cavalry as a counterattack force. If your army is cavalry-heavy, these units will do all the killing, along with the artillery, while your infantry stays out of the way. If possible in larger games, create at least two brigades of cavalry to attack in waves. Remember, cavalry in Warmaster are the "tactical nukes" of fantasy gaming, hitting far harder than their real world counterparts, which mostly hunted down enemy units once an army was beginning to rout. (This is why cavalry in Warmaster Ancients is mounted along the width of the base, thereby reducing its punch compared to cavalry in the fantasy game.)

The helblaster and steam cannon get little love due to their poor performance versus cost. The griffon and war alter tend to be in the same boat. It's a shame because these are some of the coolest units in the Empire army! Oh well, such is the world of Warmaster.

Special Unit Rules
I've included a couple special units in this counter set. Officially, the Elite Halberdiers are to be treated as regular halberdiers, but some house rules were printed giving the units a +1 attack and limiting them to 1 unit per 1000 points.

For rules covering the Greatswords units, download this old PDF article from Fanatic Online magazine.

The Mortar unit follows the same rules as the Bombard, which can be downloaded as a PDF in this reprinted article from Warmaster Magazine #1. You'll also want the rules clarifications from Warmuster #2, which you can download from the Warmuster website.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Making Awesome Paper Counters The Simple Way

Why go to Mordor when one can make paper counters?
A couple years ago, I wrote an article here at the blog titled "Making Warmaster Counters--The Hard Way." In the article, I chronicled the steps I took to create mounted counters using my old Empire set. Basically, I printed the sheets, cut out the individual counters, and then individually glued each counter to a Litko-like base using an Uhu glue pen. The end result is quite nice and sturdy, just like a miniature game base, but also expensive. Since used up a box of old bases at the time, I really didn't care. Then I ran out of bases. Wanting desperately to play some Warmaster games using my newer counter sets, I looked for a cheaper and easier method. This is what I created.

For this project, I used my current Dwarf set. I happen to like Dwarfs; plus the set is small compared to something like the Orcs and Goblins set, which will be the Dwarfs enemy for my upcoming game. It took me about an hour to gather the supplies and cut out all the counters.

Supplies Needed:
  • Sharp hobby knife
  • Metal straight edge
  • Cutting mat
  • Comic book backing boards
  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • 3M Super77 Multi-purpose Adhesive

Super-Simple Instructions Over-Explained

1. Print the counters on a nice laser printer, preferably at work for free. ;-)

2. Get a couple comic book "backing boards." These are the stiff boards, usually glossy on one side, that comic collectors use to protect comic books that are stored in comic book bags. Since we collect comic books, we literally have a box of old, discarded backing boards from comics we placed in better bags and boards. I had several "Golden Age" boards, which are larger ( 7.5" x 10.5") and fit an entire counter sheet with just a bit of trimming. "Silver Age" boards (7" x 10.5") and "Current" boards (6.75" x 10.5") also work but an entire sheet won't fit in one go. No need to buy an entire pack of boards. Ask at your local comic shop if they have any scrap backing boards they plan on tossing. I bet they do. Or simple order a pack of BCW Golden Age boards at Amazon for $11.


3. Get some cheap wrapping paper. If your family is anything like mine, throwing away left over partial-rolls of Christmas wrapping paper is against the law, or at least immoral. We always seem to have piles of the rolls cluttering the closet, which drives me batty. But I digress... For this project, I use the scrap wrapping paper to protect my work area from the later steps. Use the white side up. Newspaper would probably work also, but getting rid of all that Santa Kitty and Star Wars wrapping paper is a bonus in my book. (I mean, we usually only pay $1-$2 a roll. It's not like we're saving the scrap rolls as an investment! BTW we actually have a roll of that kitty wrap in the photo! I think we buy it every single year! Sigh.)

4. Get a can of 3M Super77 Multi-purpose Adhesive. This is the best spray glue out there, or so I've been told. I've been using it for decades. It isn't cheap, so use a 40% off coupon for Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

5. Trim the counter sheets to fit the comic backing boards.

6. Cut a large piece of the wrapping paper and place it white-side up to protect your table space. Replace it every time you do Step 7 and 8 for a new sheet. Trust me on this one.:-)

7. Place the counter sheet in the center of the wrapping paper, the counter sheet's print-side facing down.

8. Follow Super77's instructions and spray the entire back side of the counter sheet. Watch out for overspray because it feels like this stuff can go everywhere once it hits the air!


9. Carefully place the glue-side of the counter sheet onto the backing board and smooth it out. The glue dries quickly and will be permanent.

10. Cut out the counters with a sharp hobby knife and metal straight edge.

11. Get ready for war!

 
I've glued the second sheet onto the comic board and have begun cutting out the other counters. The comic boards add a nice stiffness and thickness to the counters, just like (gasp!) board game counters.


My can of Super77 is 10 years old and still works like new! Current cans have a red label. You can see I cut the sheet into strips. I've also cut some counters for units. You can see how I've always intended units to look on the table compared to on the sheet. Some units even have command stands to use when brigaded with other units.