Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New Giant Eagles for Warmaster Albion & High Elves

While finishing work on my Warmaster Revolution Albion army counter set, I was going to copy the old Giant Eagle counters from the High Elves set over to the Albion set but changed my mind after looking for some new images online. In the end, I found so many new images of the newer Games Workshop eagle miniatures, mostly from The Hobbit line, that I couldn't choose what to use!

So, I decided to use them all, allowing you all to choose which counters you want to use for your armies. You can also choose how you want to create your units. Want all three counters the same image? Okay, you got it. Want to mix and match? Okay, you got it! I like having many choices.

The finished product is a single, stand-alone sheet of Great Eagle counters. The counters with the dark green labels are for the upcoming Albion set. The light blue labels can replace the High Elves counters I posted a while ago. Also, the new labels just say "Eagles" for style reasons--I didn't want the labels eating up images. I think we all know these are really big eagles anyway.

Tonight, I realized that somewhere along the way I began using two different fonts for the counter labels! Most of my fantasy and historical sets use the Verdana font, while some newer sets use Tahoma. It's not really important, but I made sure these new eagle labels use the 'proper' font for that set. Tahoma is more compact than Verdana and will probably become my new default font, unless folks make a good case to keep Verdana. (I don't have the $$$ to use a fancy Adobe graphics program, relying on my trusty Paint Shop Pro instead, so tiny fonts are challenge.)

I hope you enjoy these counters and find them useful. Let me know in the comments below. (In this post, I almost said 'The eagles have landed!' but I fought the temptation!)

Printing the Counters
You can print the counter sheer at places like Staples, 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 below to download the sheet of Giant Eagle counters set in PDF format.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Cool "New" Warmaster YouTube Channel

I just want to give a quick shout out to iainmstanding, an excellent YouTube channel from the UK featuring current videos about the various Warmaster systems, including Revolution and Ancients. The video below is a "Warmaster Battle report for newer players describing how the rules work. 1000 pts of Daemons take on 1000 pts of Albion." Other videos feature tips and tactics. Lots of good stuff and hopefully more coming! Check them out. And don't forget I have free printable counters for many Warmaster fantasy and historical armies; a great inexpensive way to check out Warmaster.

 
 

Monday, December 28, 2020

No Albion, BattleTech Arrives, and a Death in the Family

Unfortunately, my father-in-law passed away earlier last week at the age of 89 I thought he was 86, and my wife thought he was 82. Seems like he was good at lying about his age! 😄 He served in the navy on a Tin Can for four years shortly after WWII, but rarely said anything about it. He was a life-long Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles season ticket holder. He always told the story of throwing snowballs at Santa at the infamous December 15, 1968 game against the Vikings. He would always shout, "And I hit him, too!" With snowballs of course. 

My wife's mother passed away last year. After that my father-in-law began declining, with dementia taking hold of him along with frequent falls. Earlier this month, he got pneumonia and COVID-19, winding up in the hospital. We all knew what was coming next. Even though we live in Central Florida, the rest of the family in PA did a great job taking care of him.

So I haven't gotten too much done online, especially with making more Warmaster counters. I did get the new BattleTech Beginner and Clan Invasion boxed sets for Christmas. (I picked up the main rulebook as a PDF.) My son and I used to play WizKids MechWarrior clix game, but never BattleTech. So this will be a new thing for me. The new Catalyst Games plastic mechs are amazing. More on that later.

I hope everyone has good health and a better new year!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Albion, Covid, Silent Victory, and Whatnots

I am sick of seeing Covid!

 It's not easy teaching an old dawg new tricks! It has been ages since I posted to the blog. Since all of us at the college got thrown into online teaching this semester, my time has been consumed with re-learning how to teach composition and literature classes as a "Remote Synchronous Online" professor. That means I was one of the few who got to teach live virtual classes using Zoom, Canvas, Nearpod, and who-knows-what-else.

Since August, I had been putting in 12 to 14 hour days every day learning how to become an online prof, so I could give my students a good online experience. I care about them, and they know it. I pray for them as a class, and some ask me to pray for them individually. I had students going though all sorts of problems at home. A number of them became seriously depressed and overloaded. Some got help, others just dropped out. I feel bad for our young adults and children. Anyway, this semester is over. Hopefully next semester will be better. I'll still be online, but I learned a lot the past several months.

Albion? Albion!

On my laptop I have a folder labeled working where I keep folders for all the Warmaster and Revolution army counter sets I'm still working on. When I finish I counter set, I move its folder over to the completed set of folders. Makes sense, right? Well, this evening I was looking through my Warmaster folders, looked in the working folder and got confused. Albion folder? Why is that folder still in the working section? I posted the Albion counter set way back in summer, didn't I? As my students say, "Oh snap!" I never posted it! Actually, I think it's complete, but I need to check the army list to make sure. Then I need to make the counter sets. Albion before Christmas is my goal!

As a request, I'm making a set of what I'm calling generic counters. They won't have any Warmaster unit labels on them. Each counter will have only one copy of that counter. They all come from my earlier sets. This way folks can print the sheets without wasting ink on stuff they don't need because they play a different game. I also realized that some of my counters sets are too dark, like the Celts-Brittons set. So I've begun lightening them. I'll re-post those sets asap. I want to make some other tweaks as well to sets. More on that later.

Silent Victory 

Earlier this year, I got GMT's board game named Silent Victory. It is a one (or two) player board game, where the player commands a single submarine in the Pacific during WWII. Think Run Silent, Run Deep. It is a very narrative game and fulfills my love of submarine warfare. I named my sub after a real one, the USS Plunger.  I love the play one words there! Go here to download all sub reports. I finished my first patrol of the campaign and have several more to go. (I even downloaded the reports from the Plunger. They are fascinating to read.) If you want more info on this game, you can check it's Boardgame Geek entry at this link. I highly recommend it!

BTW don't tell the spammers. I'm allowing comments again, but everything will be moderated. I miss comments!

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!