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 - 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!