Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Why's the Rum Gone?"


tonight while talking to Drunkensamurai, he mentions if I saw the Quindia Studios blog? I have been following Clarence's work for some time on his website but had not seen his blog update today. He featured a Spanish village that he was working on for a Nappy game he is taking to Historicon this year. This sparked an interest for me to do something similar.

As some folks know, I am the author of Legends of the High Seas by Warhammer Historicals. Some folks also know I am an avid Disneyland fan and love the theme parks (having worked at Disneyland for over ten years in attractions). So when I wrote LotHS, some inspiration came from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Anaheim as well as the PotC movies.

Now for the longest time I wanted to build a Spanish town inspired by the PotC attraction ride and I have been gathering pictures for a while now. But I have always put off the project due to other projects (and life) getting in the way. But thanks to Quindia Studios, I think I am going to move forward with this project.

For those of you who have not been to Disneyland (or any other of the Disney theme Parks) here are a few photos that I am using for inspiration. All the photos by the way came from Daveland. Dave is a freelance artist and another avid Disney fan.

Here is a shot of the 1965 model of PotC

This is of the auction scene as seen when the attraction opened to the public.

Here is another model shot.

The next few pictures are from the ride in Disneyland, you will notice the overly bright paint on the walls. With the theme lighting on it is toned way down, but with a flash you see just how bright everything is painted.

My plan is to build a table that has this "Disney PotC" feel to it. I am going to build most of the buildings like Quindia Studios did for his Spanish village. My goal is to have enough buildings to cover a 4'x4' table top for games of Legends of the High Seas. I also plan to transport this board to Adepticon in 2011 where I am going to be running with John at Plastic Legions a LotHS campaign.

So stay tuned to seeing more of the Spanish town I am planning on building...


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kill Teams!

So today DrunkenSamurai, my son and I did some 40K playing the Kill Teams out of the new Battle Missions book. I was also inspired by Johns Blog review of it, so Drunken and I decided today would be a good day for a few games.

First game up was my Sisters of Battle against Drunkens Orcs. He took about 11 Ard Boys and 4 Lootas. I had 16Sisters with one equipped with a Melta Gun and one with a Heavy Flamer. We set up a 4'x4' board with a Imperial supply depot on it. Here are a few shots from the game.

Here is a overall shot of the board, with the Sisters ready to take control of the Depot with the O'rcs in the trees.

The Orcs advance and the Sisters take up guarding positions in the Depot.

The Orc's make a break for the Depot unaware of the danger within.

But the Sister's are ready for the advancing Orc's.

A second squad sweeps around a flank to clear it of foul Orc's.

While some of the Orc's creep closer trying to ambush the Sisters.

Orc's jump out to make their attack.

But the Sisters make short work of the foul green skins and clear the depot.

I was able to break Drunken's Orc's pretty quickly with bolter fire. Thanks to the lack of shooting ability of the Orc's I only lost three Sisters out of 16. Overall it was a good game and the Kill team mission played very well.

So after a quick lunch at Filabertos, Drunken decide to play against my Son using Imperial Guard. My Son took a ten man squad of Veterans with a Grenade Launcher, Heavy Flamer and a Melta Gun. He also took a 10 man Penal Legion squad that were gunslingers. We decided that the guardsmen were taking over the watch from the Sisters.

Needless to say the Orc's made quick work of the poor Imperial Guardsmen sent to guard the Depot. My son had a blast and so did Drunkensamurai.

So we got in two games of Kill Teams and they were both a blast. While playing I could see how this one mission could be a great way to get folks into new armies since it only takes a few figures to play. I can tell you that this will be hitting the table again.

By the way I was going to e-mail these pictures to Drunkensamurai to post over on his blog. But my e-mail service was acting up, so I decided to post them here, sorry Rob, but at least we have a new post here.


Friday, June 04, 2010

Flames of War Tourney - Shifting Sands 2010

Well a few weeks ago Drunkensamurai & I went out to Gamers Inn for the Flames of War Shifting Sands 2010 tournament. Neither one of us we entered to play, we just wanted to go and check out the local FoW scene. This was the first year that the Shifting Sands event was held in a store and in my opinion it was a bit of a let down from years past.

Now I am not saying the event was a let down, it was the venue. In years past the event was in a large meeting room in a city building. The venue was large and there was plenty of space to move all around the tables. This year with it being at Gamers Inn, you only had access to three sides of the tables and there was not a lot of space to walk around.

Most of the terrain was nice looking as well as most of the armies. Mark who runs this event does a good job of coming up with interesting events that are based on certain campaigns during WW2, this year it was the Allied push into Italy.
I am hoping that one year Mark will run a Desert War event which would get me out to play, since my interest is North Africa. So here are a few more shots from the event.

Here are the results from this years event:
Anzio PlayersAllies:
Jake DeMenna 24 Best Allied Anzio
David Kurnik 23
Art Mehler 22
Aaron Hanten 21
Andrew Haught 20
Matt Campbell 19
Jake Halter 18
Mike Mclane 15
Bryan Wade 9
AxisBrendan Tobin 22Best Axis Anzio
Jesse Archbold 19
Tim Dvorak 17
Mark Riney 16
Kevin Neeley 15
Tom Tobin 12
Hugo Montes 12
Jeff Plaine 11
Chris $%^
Cassino PlayersAllies
Mike McMann 18 Best Allied Cassino
Steve Schortgen 16
Nick De Pippo 15
Mitch Balicki 14 Tied for Best Sport
John Harrison 14 Tied for Best Sport
Mark Francis 14
Matt Overstreet 13
Marco Quesada 10
Jon Cleaves 27 Best Overall/Best Axis Cassino/Best Painted
Justin Gibbs 23
Ken O'Keefe 22
Cliff Gleason 21
Tim Parker 18
Bill Bushong 18
James Studer 17
John Curran 11