Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Comments Turned Off For Foreseeable Future

Because the blog has been getting bombarded with disgusting spam, even though I have all comment moderation turned on, I have turned off (aka 'hidden') comments and have no plans to turn them back on. I think the spammers hope that a blog moderator will accidentally click on one of their nefarious links while trying to mark the comment as spam. That is why the spammers will jump through all the hoops, knowing their comments will never be posted.

BTW 'hiding' comments was supposed to show past 100's of comments but prevent future comments, but that does not seem to be working. I'll have to look into that more.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sassanid Persian Warmaster Ancients Paper Army

The time from the end of the Parthian (Arsacid) dynasty to the Arab conquest is known as the Sassanid or Sassanian period and it represents the last great flowering of ancient Mesopotamian tradition before it was overborne by the rising power of Islam. Sassanid Persia spans the wars of Roman and Byzantine Emperors, the invasions of nomadic hordes, and eventually, the Arab conquests. --Warmaster Ancients

I'm trying something new with this set. Each counter on the fourth page has a small triangle pointing toward the stand's front. This can help remind players which direction the unit is facing regardless of the images on the stand. This can be useful on units like 'shock' cavalry in Warmaster Ancients because they are mounted with the short 20mm side of the stand being the front, whereas other cavalry in the game are based with the 40mm side being the front. This also helps as a visual reminder on units such as chariots or artillery, whose counter images probably won't represent the direction the unit actually is facing.

Using those 'direction' counters is completely optional, which is why I placed them on a separate page. That way, if you don't want them, don't print page 4. The stands on page 4 are meant to replace their counterparts on the other pages. Is this a good idea? Should I do this for other sets? Let me know what you think in the comments section.

I'd like to thank the wonderful folks at Gripping Beast, whose images of their Sassanid figures I use throughout this paper army to give it a unified appearance. If only they made them in 10mm or 15mm!

The Sassanid Persians in Warmaster Ancients
The following is advice is from the rulebook on how to play this army: The Sassanids are a hard hitting cavalry based army burdened by a mandatory block of some of the worst infantry ever to appear on an ancient battlefield. Sassanid kings never expected much from their infantry and neither should you--so leave them in reserve of use them to secure dense terrain that is otherwise inaccessible to your cavalry. The archers can be extremely useful for forcing enemies out of position and are cheap too--but they won't last long if brought to close combat. The cavalry are capable of maneuvering to charge and will win most combats they initiate--but you have relatively few units and so can't afford to take chances. The Clibanarii's short range shooting ability is very useful but do not be tempted into using them as bowmen when you can charge instead. Their shooting ability is very useful as a defensive measure. The Elephants are too expensive to use in small battles but well worth bringing out for large battles where their high cost is off-set by the need for fewer commanders.

Printing the Counters
I hope you find these paper army sets useful. You can print them at places like Staples or Kinkos, using 110lb 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.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create many armies of 2,000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Cheap l'Art de la Guerre Ancients Rules & Other Things

If you were to come to my house and sit down in my game room, which to be honest is dominated by my son's massive collection of board games, you would notice my bookcases directly behind me. One bookcase contains my Lego book collection, but that's another hobby for another day. The bookcase next to my Lego bookcase, on the shelves below the binders of my Magic the Gathering collection and other CCG's, sits my collection of miniature gaming rule books. Looking at them, I realize how small that collection looks compared to everything else in this room!

A Few of My Favorite Games
My current favorite miniature games are Gaslands: Refueled, Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, Black Cross/Blue Sky, Napoleon's Battles, and the entire Warmaster series. I still need a good rule set for my large Western and Gothic collection. (I've come to a point where I don't want to spend the years I have left trying to reinvent the wheel with my own set of rules.) Same for my WWII collection. I'll probably use Bolt Action with the latter.

I just realized that I need to post some photos of a fantastic Gaslands game from last year. Another fellow put on two different games using 3D-printed scenery and other cobbled bits. They were awesome. I went on a thrift shop binge and bought a ton of old Hot Wheels and Matchboxes for the game. I need to work on them! I'll make that post later this week.

Finally, the Point of this Post
I want to call attention to an ancients game that has been around for a while but was translated into English a few years ago: l'Art de la Guerre by Hervé Caille. Perhaps some of you have heard of it? It's a 240-page, full-color, all-in-one book covering everything from the dawn of time through the Late Middle Ages on every continent other than Antarctica, from what I can tell. In the US, it sells for $42.

I never gave the game much thought because it was always out of stock. As soon as a print run hit the shelves here in the US, it was sold out. It's sold out now. A few weeks ago, Hervé graciously made the book available in PDF for only 5 Euros. It cost me around $7.50 after PayPal fees. That is dirt cheap! You can buy it from the ADLG website here.

I highly recommend it, especially at 5 Euros for the PDF. In the future when I post an army for WMA, I most likely will create an army for ADLG as well. I'm looking at going back and converting some of my other ancient sets to ADLG as well, since it would take little work.

What's Next?
Next set will be another enemy for the Late Romans--the Sassanid Persians. I'm almost done with it, thanks to images from Gripping Beast's 28mm range.

With all the game conventions being cancelled, we'll be hosting our own ultra-mini four-day convention next week. (It's a fun way to use some of our Hilton Rewards points!) From the "chatter" I've been picking up, I think I'm going to get pulled into playing a game of Star Wars: Legion from Fantasy Flight Games or Shadespire from GW. Or I could be totally surprised. I know I'll be running some Funkoverse games (imagine the Joker and T-Rex chasing The Golden Girls around their house.) I'll be sure to take photos. Hey, I'm getting back into the swing of this blog thing!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Goblin Warmaster Paper Armies

Goblins preferred method of fighting is to shoot their enemy in the back from a good distance. They are half-way decent shots but in other respects are poor and often unwilling fighters. However, they are dangerous in large numbers and quite capable of overwhelming far better troops by sheer weight of numbers. --Warmaster Revolution

The Goblins Army, not one of the original or expansion armies, started as fan-created army designed by Tom Merrigan with input from Rick Priestley. It was published in Warmaster Magazine #12 (2002). The issue also featured photos of Rick's 10mm conversions of Goblin Spear Chukkas, Pump Wagon, Squig Hoppers, Squig Herders, and a Giant. Tom also wrote a page explaining the concept behind the Goblins Army list, how to play the army, and advice on not taking this army too seriously. It was meant to be fun. If you would like to read that page from the article, I have scanned it into a PDF you can download by clicking Goblin Army Tips.

Eventually, the Goblins Army list found its way into the Warmaster Trials Army pdf, minus Tom's tips. Later, Warmaster Revolution picked up the Goblins Army list, where it remains as one of the WMR official army lists.

Goblins v Orcs & Goblins
My paper army for Goblins is an extension of my Orcs & Goblin set I recently updated. The counters in both sets will work together. If you already have printed the Orcs & Goblins set, you only need to print the first two pages of the Goblins set because page 3 simply reprints counters like the Wolf Riders and Wolf Chariots from the previous set.

One Can Never Have Enough Gobbos!
Even if you don't want to play a pure Goblins army, focusing on the Orcs & Goblins army list instead, page 1 of this set still might be useful if you are looking for even more variety in your Goblins. The two units of Night Goblins are new, as are the eight units of Forest Goblins. By the way, Games Workshop did release Forest Goblins as alternate miniatures for the Orcs & Goblins army, but I would assume they are hard to find and expensive. (I've always liked the old school 28mm Forest Goblins.)

To Squig or Not to Squig?
I debated how players would depict their Squig Herds in 10mm. Would they include Goblin Squig Hoppers among the Squigs? Would they depict the units as the old Squid Herders from Warhammer? Or maybe players would just want all Squigs? Having space on the page and images on hand, I decided to a bit of both. The Squig Herd units can be all squigs. They could also have two squigs stands and a stand of Night Goblin Squig Herders, either as an un-tagged stand or a tagged stand replacing the tagged squig stand in the unit. And so on. I just didn't include any Squig Hoppers in the unit, since these are meant to be herds of squigs and not the old Warhammer Squig Hopper units. At least that is the story I'm going with!

A Note on Miniature Images and Making Units
The images for the Spear Chukkas and Pump Wagon units are of the 10mm miniatures, but as I'm typing this I'm not sure if they were released by GW. I also found a 10mm Doom Diver online, but I felt that my modded image of the 28mm version worked better as a paper counter. Notice that the Doom Diver is a one-stand unit. I've included two un-tagged stands in case someone didn't want them tagged. Same with the Spear Chukkas, which are two-stand units. Those counters can be mixed and matched as desired, which is true of nearly everything I create beyond character stands.

Well, I hope some folks find this Goblins Army set useful. I enjoyed creating it and finally releasing it. As always, please leave any comments, suggestions, or questions below. (I'm sorry that I've had to take anti-spam measures.)

Printing the Counters
I hope you find these paper army sets useful. You can print them at places like Staples or Kinkos, using 110lb 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.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create many armies of 2,000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

Sample Goblins Army Lists for Warmaster
Since Goblins are not exactly a main stream army, I only have one basic sample army. If you have other examples of a Goblins army or tips on playing them, please leave them in the comments below.

Total Points: 1,000
Break Point: 7

6x Goblins
2x Squig Herd
4x Trolls
2x Wolf Riders
1x Goblin Warboss
2x Goblin Hero
1x Goblin Shaman
(It's a basic army without any spells or fancy units, but it works as a starter set.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Orc Paper Warmaster Armies

The Orc way of life is war. Every Orc measures his worth by the number of enemies he has slain - and also the number of friends, for Orcs fight each other all the time. By fighting they establish which of them is best and this is reflected in their curious metabolism. The more dominant an Orc becomes the bigger he grows so it is always easy to see which Orcs are in charge and who is boss - just look for the big guy. --Warmaster Armies

I wasn't planning on overhauling my Orc paper army, but it got swept up in the winds of change as I started working on a Goblin paper army set. Many of the changes are esthetic so that units like Wolf Riders and Wolf Chariots look like Cavalry and Chariot units in my current sets. I made several other style changes as well, removing some units while adding others. This will allow units in this new Orc set to work with units in the Goblin set I'm currently working on. And who doesn't like even more goblins!

Ironically, I'm still using my old Orc paper army simply because I don't feel like cutting apart new counters. I'm so bad (wife says 'lazy') that I'm still using my Empire set I made 20 years ago--it looks nasty (and the counters back then were a tad smaller than regulation) but all the counters are mounted on MDF bases. I'd just rather spend time making a new army than replacing an old one. (I'm looking at those forlorn Plano boxes of Warmaster armies as I type this.) So, if you like your old Orc set, you can keep using it. Otherwise, take these 'new and improved' greenskins for a spin around the Old World.

Printing the Counters
I hope you find these paper army sets useful. You can print them at places like Staples or Kinkos, using 110lb 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.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super 77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. Note: This set is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create many armies of 2,000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!


Roll Green Tide!
Never played the Greenskins in Warmaster? Need some help playing those crazy hordes? Then download Wayne Rozier's free article "Grunt Tzu: The Art of Waaagh!" from issue 5 of the old Warmaster Magazine. Those aloof High Elves and stubborn Dwarfs won't be kicking sand in your metaphorical Orc face anymore!

Sample Orc Army Lists for Warmaster
Now, I can't let you leave without some sample army lists to get you started playing your Orc army. I've collected these over the years from various email lists and forums. Some lists are even my own creations. Of course, I can't guarantee you'll win with these lists, especially my lists, but at least they will get you going with original Warmaster or Warmaster Revolution.

Total Points: 1,000
Break Point: 5

2x Orc Warriors
1x Black Orcs
2x Goblins
2x Boar Riders
2x Wolf Chariots
1x Orc General
2x Orc Hero
1x Orc Shaman
1x Goblin Shaman
(Back when we could buy Warmaster starter army boxes, this list used the contents of that box plus a few more packs to create an inexpensive and effective 1,000 point starter Orc army.)

Total Points: 1,000
Break Point: 6

3x Orc Warriors
3x Goblins
1x Trolls
1x Ogres
1x Black Orcs
3x Wolf Riders
1x Orc General
1x Orc Hero
1x Orc Shaman
(This basic army packs a bit more punch in some ways, but watch out for the stupidity of those Trolls!)

Total Points: 1,420
Break Point: 8

6x Orc Warriors
4x Goblins
3x Boar Riders
2x Wolf Chariots
1x Rock Lobber
1x Orc General
2x Orc Heroes
1x Orc Shaman
1x Goblin Hero
1x Goblin Shaman
(Spend the remaining 80 points as you please to reach 1,500.)

Total Points: 2,000
Break Point: 13

6x Orc Warriors
2x Black Orcs
8x Goblins
2x Boar Riders
4x Wolf Riders
1x Giant
2x Rock Lobbers
1x Orc General
2x Orc Hero
1x Orc Shaman
2x Goblin Hero
1x Goblin Shaman

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Vampire Counts Paper Warmaster Armies

It was a time of great contagion when the power of magic waxed strongly throughout the Empire. Harnessing much of that magic the great Vlad Von Carstein raised an army of dead from the poisoned soil and made his bid for the throne of the Empire. Thus began the Wars of the Vampire Counts in which the dead sought to overthrow the living and the Carsteins sought to rule the whole of the Empire. -- Warmaster Armies

This set replaces all previous versions of my Vampire Counts sets. It fixes some design issues I had with the previous set posted here two years ago, which has been deleted. The Black Coach uses two stands as it would in the miniature game, one for the horses and one for the coach. (I also modded the horses to four instead of two to better match the 10mm version.) It's also based as a Chariot Mount for the Vampire Lord and Vampire. Dire Wolves are based as Cavalry now instead as Infantry. The army has a more unified Old World Warhammer look than the 2018 version did, with many new images and better color. Plus other tweaks. I still provide non-Warmaster Archer units, but those are on the fourth page. If you don't want them, you won't have to print them!

If you are using the 2018 version, there is no real need to replace it with this new set. If this is your first time using this set, I hope you enjoy it. Please leave comments, suggestions, and criticisms below. I love hearing from folks who use these paper armies.

Printing the Counters
I hope you find these paper army sets useful. You can print them at places like Staples or Kinkos, using 110lb 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.) Do not print the pdf to "fit margins." Always print at 100%.  I like printing the counter sets on good copy paper, spray gluing the dull side of a 'Silver Age' comic backing board with Super77, attaching a sheet to the board, and then cutting out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. Using the backing boards makes for cheap, sturdy counters. I like keeping the shiny side down to make moving them easier on a table. Note: This version is designed to fit Silver Age and larger comic backing boards.


Click on the counter set image above to download the complete army counter set in PDF format. The set has enough counters to create many armies of 2,000 points or less. Of course, if you need more counters simply print more copies!

Sample Vampire Counts Army Lists for Warmaster

Total Points: 2,000
Break Point: 14

10x Skeletons
4x Zombies
4x Ghouls
4x Ethereal Host
2x Black Knights
3x Dire Wolves
1x Vampire Lord on Winged Nightmare
3x Vampire
2x Black Coach
2x Necromancer

Total Points: 2,000
Break Point: 12

4x Skeletons
4x Zombies
2x Ghouls
2x Grave Guard
2x Ethereal Host
4x Black Knights
3x Dire Wolves
2x Fell Bats
1x Vampire Lord on Winged Nightmare
3x Vampire
2x Black Coach
2x Necromancer