Sunday, November 23, 2014

Orc & Goblins - Of Things To Come

Just a quick update. I've been working on the Goblin trial army counter set and redoing the Orc & Goblin counter set along the way. There will be two versions. One version will use classic GW miniatures from the 4th and 5th edition armies. These are my favorite Warhammer miniatures and look before it went all grimdark. The other version will be the modern grimdark using miniatures from the current line. I'll also include Warmaster miniatures when possible. My goal is to provide as much variety as possible in the counter sets, catering to many different tastes. After all, why not? I may be old school, but not everyone likes that. Below are some teasers of counters prior to being shrunken to counter size.

This has been a fun project since I've been unable to do much else the past three weeks due to an onset of major headaches, which I never get. Thinking its my blood pressure and work stress, my doc adjusted my meds last week. I'm also going for an MRI this week. Hopefully they find nothing, and I'll feel better by next weekend. Here's hoping. I'd like to do some actual painting for a change and maybe even play a game! On an upside, I've been having fun paging through all my old White Dwarfs and catalogs--I sure do miss the old GW!




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Warmaster Ancients - Dacian Counters

If you are using my Early Imperial Roman counter set or already have a miniature EIR army, you need enemies for Rome to fight other than itself in civil war. The Dacians are an excellent barbarian enemy army for the Early Imperial Romans.

A Brief History of the Dacian Wars
According to Encyclopedia Britannica Online: "Dacia, in antiquity, the area of the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania, in present north-central and western Romania. The Dacian people had earlier occupied lands south of the Danube and north of the mountains, and the Roman province eventually included wider territories both to the north and east. The Dacians were agricultural and also worked their rich mines of silver, iron, and gold. They first appeared in the Athenian slave market in the 4th century bc; subsequently they traded with the Greeks (importing especially wine) and used Greek coins. They spoke a Thracian dialect but were influenced culturally by the neighbouring Scythians and by the Celtic invaders of the 4th century bc. The Dacians engaged Roman troops in 112, 109, and 75 bc. In about 60–50 bc King Burebista unified and extended the kingdom, which, however, split into four parts after his death.

During the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus (ruled 27 bc–ad 14) and again in ad 69 the Dacians raided the Roman province of Moesia but were beaten back. The Dacian Wars (ad 85–89) under the emperor Domitian resulted in their recognition of Roman overlordship. The Romans under Trajan reopened hostilities in ad 101 and by 106 subdued the whole country. A large part of the population was either exterminated or driven northward. The Romans seized an enormous amount of wealth (the Dacian Wars were commemorated on Trajan’s Column in Rome) and immediately exploited the Dacian mines. Roman influence was broadened by the construction of important roads, and Sarmizegethusa and Tsierna (Orsova) were made colonies. The new province was divided under Hadrian: Dacia Superior corresponded roughly to Transylvania and Dacia Inferior to the region of Walachia.

In ad 159 Antoninus Pius redivided the region into three provinces, the Tres Daciae (Dacia Porolissensis, Dacia Apulensis, and Dacia Malvensis), all subordinate to one governor of consular rank. Marcus Aurelius made the provinces a single military region in about ad 168. The limits of Roman territory were probably never clearly defined, but the Romans benefitted both militarily and materially from the occupation."

The Dacian Counters
While I try to stick to the troop names that Warmaster Ancients uses, I had to take a few liberties with this set so the id on some counters did not consume the entire counter. I changed "Sarmatian Cavalry" to "Roxolani Cavalry" and "Dacian Mounted Skirmishers" to "Dacian Cavalry" for such reasons. As with my other Warmaster Ancients sets, I've tried to provide enough counters for a typical 2000-point army. However, 1,200 to 1,500 points seems to be the Warmaster Ancients sweet spot. Counter images are from Wargames Foundry and Warlords.

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 Dacian counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create any of the sample armies below. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

1,000 Points
1x General w/Portents
1x Leader
1x Subordinate
8x Warriors
3x Archers
1x Falxmen
2x Skirmishers
2x Sarmations
1x Mounted Skirmishers
Total Points: 995   Break Point: 7

1,000 Points
1x General w/Portents
1x Leader
1x Subordinate
8x Warriors
4x Archers
2x Falxmen
3x Skirmishers
1x Sarmations
1x Mounted Skirmishers
Total Points: 995  Break Point: 8

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Warmaster Ancients - Early Imperial Roman Counters

Like most gamers, I love the Early Imperial Roman army. Perhaps it's because all those Roman army movies in my youth always featured these fellows in their segmented armor? Regardless, the EIR is my third new set of counters designed for Warmaster Ancients and any game using the same type of basing.

As with my other Warmaster Ancients sets, I've tried to provide enough counters for a typical 2000-point army. However, 1,200 to 1,500 points seems to be the Warmaster Ancients sweet spot. For the EIR, I've provided a number of 1,000 point and a 2,000 point army. Like I said, it seems many gamers love their EIR, so I've been able to collect plenty of EIR army lists over the years. Also, I've provided a couple options for the General counter, depending how large a figure on the table  you prefer a famous gladiator.

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 Early Imperial Roman counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create any of the sample armies below. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

1000 Points
1x General w/Portents
1x Legate
1x Veteran Legion
4x Legions
2x Auxiliaries
2x Archers
1x Heavy Cavalry
2x Light Cavalry
Total Points: 995

1000 Points
1x General
2x Legates
4x Legions
4x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Light Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 995

1000 Points
1x General
1x Legate
1x Veteran Legion
4x Legions
3x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 990

1000 Points
1x General
1x Legate
5x Legions
3x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 980

1000 Points
1x General
2x Legate
4x Legions
4x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Light Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 995

2000 Points
1x General w/Portents
3x Legates
2x Veteran Legions
8x Legions
6x Auxiliaries
3x Archers
3x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
2x Light Cavalry
2x Scorpions
Total Points: 1975

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Warmaster Ancients - Assyrian Army Counters

Well would you look at this! The boss is on a roll! This evening, I finished and posted my latest set of counters for Warmaster Ancients and any other games using the WM/DBA style of basing. This time around, it's the Assyrian army. Even though the time frame might be pushing it a bit, they make a nice enemy army for my New Kingdom Egypt set of counters I finished earlier.

I would like to mention Paul Baker's inspirational website Brush Strokes. He painted most of the chariots and some of the spearmen miniatures I used in this set. He is a fantastic painter with a large and eclectic gallery of painted 28mm figures spanning 1000's of years. The other figures mostly come from Warlords stock photos.

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.

Assyrians (Warmaster Ancients)
Being a later ancients army, the Assyrians are a hard-hitting and well-armored army. As a result, they have stronger but fewer units than the weaker but more numerous New Kingdom Egyptians. The most iconic unit in the Assyrian army is the four-horse heavy chariot. As with my other set, I've tried to provide enough counters for a typical 2000-point army, but using 1,200 to 1,500 points seems to be the Warmaster Ancients sweet spot. Unfortunately, I only have the one army list below. After we play with the Assyrians, I'll post my own lists. I hope you enjoy this and my other sets.




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

1500 points
1x General in Chariot Mount
2x Turtans (Leaders) in Chariot Mount
6x Infantry
2x Archers
2x Skirmishers
2x Cavalry
4x Chariots
Total Points: 1495

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Counter Set - New Kingdom Egypt

It's been a while since I've had some solid gaming content on the blog! Yesterday, I created a new set of paper army counters, the first in over 10 years--the New Kingdom Egyptians. I've always had a fascination with ancient Egypt, which probably is why I love movies like The Mummy and Raiders of the Lost Ark, along with fantasy armies such the Khemri undead from Warhammer. I just have not been sure if I would like to play an NKE army, so I created these counters for myself before I dropped time and money on miniatures.

These NKE counters are meant for Warmaster Ancients but can be used with any game that has 20mm x 40mm basing, such as DBA or even Warmaster Fantasy. The counters have a slightly new look as well. Gone are unit stats, making them more versatile. The images come from Wargames Foundry, Warlords, and CP Models 28mm miniatures. Now that I've gotten my feet wet with these counters, I can begin creating counter sets for additional armies! I'm already working on an Assyrian set. I'm also working on Lord of the Rings sets, but I'm not sure how much Rohan will be fighting the NKE. :-)

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 the sheet to old comic book backing boards, and then cutting them out. This makes for cheap, sturdy counters.

New Kingdom Egypt (Warmaster Ancients)
The archers and infantry are core units of the New Kingdom Egyptian army. The chariots supported by chariot runners gives the army some hitting and skirmishing power. The lack of armor saves makes the NKE army weaker against heavily armored armies, but the NKE make up for it with larger numbers of infantry and archers. While I've provided 1000 and 2000 point army lists that kind WMA players have created, it seems WMA armies play well at around 1,250 points to 1,500 points.



Click on the counter set image above to download the complete NKE counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create any of the sample armies below. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

2000 points
1x General (Ramses) in Chariot Mount
1x Leader in Chariot Mount
2x Leaders on Foot
6x Infantry
8x Archers
2x Marines
3-4x Mercenaries
3-4x Skirmishers
4x Chariot Runners
8x Chariots

1000 points
1x General in Chariot
1x Leader in Chariot
3x Infantry
4x Archers
1x Marines
3x Skirmishers
2x Chariot Runners
4x Chariots

1000 points
1x General in Chariot Mount
1x Leader in Chariot Mount
6x Archers
6x Infantry
4x Chariots

1000 points
1x General in Chariot Mount
1x Leader in Chariot Mount
5x Infantry
5x Archers
4x Chariots
2x Chariot Runners

1000 points
1x General in Chariot Mount
1x Leader in Chariot Mount
7x Infantry
6x Archers
1x Marines
3x Chariots

1000 Points
1x General in Chariot Mount
1x Leader on Foot
5x Infantry
5x Archers
2x Skirmishers
2x Mercenaries
4x Chariots

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spy-Fi to Hornblower: A Great Read and a Great Watch


Yes, I am still here! It always seems as if I do more hobby work once college starts in September than I do all summer. I'm not sure why, but I know it's true! For example, I've begun working on my 6mm and 15mm Quar that I got months ago. These are splendid figures with very little flash or mould lines. With the weather changing here in FL, I should be able to prime them soon.

Keeping with my recent spy-fi theme, I bought on the Amazon marketplace a fantastic 160-page book on spy-fi gadgets: The Incredible World Of Spy-Fi: Wild and Crazy Spy Gadgets, Props, and Artifacts from TV and the Movies by Danny Biederma, a consultant on 007 Bond films, and Robert Wallace, an ex-CIA technical director. I bought a used copy of the hardback version, which is the only way to go with this book, I feel, since I'll be referencing it often. I only paid several dollars after shipping. The book arrived last Thursday. Though the book was listed as "good," I would grade it excellent condition. My copy has several autographs. I'm not sure who they are from. Anyway, if you like Bond, Man From UNCLE, Wild Wild West, and more then you will love this book. BTW the author has trademarked the work "spy-fi," which I found interesting.

Friday, Amazon did one of their weird price-war things and dropped the price of the Horatio Hornblower Collector's Edition DVD set from $25 down to $9. The price lasted only a day. I had it my wish list and was checking it for price drops, which I tend to do often. (I also have camelcamelcamel price drop alerts set for some items.) So I grabbed this deal right away. Having Amazon Prime, as I do, made the deal even better since no shipping costs. My (young at the time) son and I loved A&E's Hornblower series when it first aired on cable TV and have not been able to watch it since. The series is chock-full of ideas for skirmish gaming.