Sunday, December 7, 2014

Warmaster Fantasy - Orcs & Goblins Counter Set Revised

Jeffery Warner's amazing orcs!
Orcs and Goblins are one of the classic armies of the original Warmaster rules. This set replaces my earlier set of counters, bringing it more in line with the look of my current Warmaster Ancients sets. I've also tried to have as much variety as possible in this set. For example, the set has some units of regular orcs as well as savage orcs. It has night goblins featured in the original rules, but also includes units of regular goblins and forest goblins. I've also included many commander counters as possible in all their iterations.

When making this set, I tried using only images of 28mm orcs and goblins from the earlier 4th and 5th editions of Warhammer as well as some 10mm figures from Warmaster when possible. After all, Warmaster is patterned after these earlier 1990s sculpts, which have quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor about them and remain my favorite period of GW and their miniature games.

But enough of my blathering! I hope you enjoy this and my other sets.

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 Orcs & Goblins army 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!

Total Points: 1,000
1x Orc General
2x Orc Heroes
1x Goblin Shaman
1x Orc Shaman
2x Orc Warriors
2x Goblins
1x Black Orcs
2x Boar Riders
2x Wolf Chariots

Total Points: 1,420
1x Orc General
2x Orc Heroes
1x Orc Shaman
1x Gobbo Hero
1x Gobbo Shaman
6x Orc Warriors
4x Goblins
3x Boar Riders
2x Wolf Chariots
1x Rock Lobber

Total Points: 1,525
1x Orc General in Boar Chariot
1x Orc Hero
1x Orc Shaman
1x Goblin Hero
1x Goblin Shaman
4x Orc Warriors
3x Goblins
1x Black Orcs
1x Ogres
1x Trolls
3x Boar Riders
2x Wolf Chariots
1x Rock Lobber

Total Points: 1,700
1x Orc General
1x Orc Hero in Boar Chariot
1x Orc Hero
2x Orc Shamans
1x Goblin Hero in Wolf Chariot
1x Goblin Hero
2x Goblin Shaman
6x Orc Warriors
4x Goblins
1x Ogres
4x Boar Riders
2x Goblin Wolf Chariots

Orc Army Tactics (Not my own ideas. Can't remember where I read this.): Dangling your goblins as bait to lure your foe into a devastating counterattack is a tried-and-true tactic. The Orcs, especially the Black Orcs, can mix it up with most infantry on favorable terms, except Dwarf and Chaos Warriors.  Try to charge with the chariots to get that extra attack per stand.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Warmaster Counters - Oops!

I really must apologize for my Warmaster counters. I just realized that they are printing out slightly too small (19mm x 38mm) because the local Staples wants to print PDFs with at least a .5" margin. Sigh. Not being one to push inferior products on anyone, especially fellow gamers, I've temporarily taken down the ancients counter sets until I can redo the sheets with larger margins. These latest sets will be easy to fix. (The Romans are back already!) The fantasy sets need a total redo from the ground up, so they will take more time. On the upside, they will look a whole lot better with more variety! The revised Orc set is just about done already, as mentioned in the previous post. So please hang in there while Jiggly Puff randomly pushes some more buttons, buying me a bit more time. :-)

BTW I reloaded the Warmaster Fantasy Counter page, but placed a size warning on it. Just in case some folks can't wait for the revised fantasy sets.

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.

Revised Counter Set
I recently revised this set to print the counters at the proper size. The previous set I uploaded printed the counters slightly too small. The previous version also did not include counters for an onager, which this set now contains. I've also added a couple more command counters for a bit more variety.

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

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.

Revised Counter Set
I recently revised this set to print the counters at the proper size because the previous set I uploaded printed the counters slightly too small.


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 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, 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.