Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lost in a Halfling wilderness of pain, All the Conies are insane...

From left to right; Froggner, Giggers, Col. Kilpaw, 1st of the Ninth standard.
As part of this year's Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar, and with great apologies to Joseph Conrad, John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola, I created a scenario for Flintloque based on a scene from "Apocalypse Now". The Battle of B'Water finds our hero Giggers en route to the heart of darkness to cashier the renegade Colonel Blyng,

 The first obstacle in the way is the subject of this scenario. Access to the Bomoo river is blocked by a force of hafling slavers.
 Giggers must enlist the aid of the Hare Cav, the mobile strike force of the Burrovian Konga's Force Lipan, in order to get past this hurdle.
Into the cannon's mouth.
 Rather than play this out as a Flintloque scenario, I've decided to have a go at a Slaughterloo version instead.
 Here three units of Burrovian cavalry will face off against two units of halflings and one battery of slave Othari guns.
 Set up the table today and took some photos.

The battery.

The halfling line.

Halfling deployment. The white building with the courtyard is the Green Dragon Inn.

The Burrovians must force their way into the Inn in order to claim victory,

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Liebster Nomination and Nominations!

Always nice to be recognized and to know that one is not just posting out into the void!  To that end comments on posts are always welcome. Now I am well pleased to have received two nominations for a Liebster award. 
So just what is a Liebster award? Well I didn't know either, but a bit of research revealed the following:

First off thanks to pahoota of Solopsist Gaming and

The Lion of Katzenstein of   Kingdom of Katzenstein

For the nominations. Very glad you enjoy the blog! 

Now to follow the directions:

"- Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.- Pass the award to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.- Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!- There is no obligation to pass this on to anyone else but it is nice if you do."

And so, in no particular order, here are my nominees:

Chronicques du fort Bastiani by Kobayachimaru
Quite literally chronicles Kobayachimaru's gaming experience. Wonderful figures and terrain with some great gaming ideas make this a fine blog to visit.

A French language blog that features some absolutely beautiful games covering a wide array of periods.

Tabletop Wargaming with Gavin Syme
Gavin is the Creative Manager of both Alternative Armies and This is his hobby web page and provides scenarios, battle reports, painting posts and all that sort of thing.

Warhammer for Adults by gaj
Fantastic site for old school Warhammer (3rd edition) with witty prose to suit. BTW if you have an original Lichemaster figures for sale or trade, drop gaj a line!

BattReps by Aleksandar Saranac 
To be honest, I do know know how many followers this blog has. However I very much enjoy Aleksandar's battle reports, and gaming ideas.

So there you have it. Brew a cuppa, sit in a cozy chair, and give these blogs a read, You are sure to find something of interest.

Merry Christmas all!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The 98: Wexforc Aflame!

We left off with rocks having been thrown at Giggers and Trumpeter Thersonorc Behineyoo. 

At this point I rolled a dice for each side, high score would get the first turn. The rebels won the toss and as all three groups of bog orcs advanced around the henge, Moyfee the Druid cast Hail of Stones at dear Giggers. Fortunately the spell fizzled and Giggers was untouched.

At this, Giggers called upon the section of dragoons behind him to charge the bog orcs on the left. This they did! 

Meanwhile Giggers had Behineyoo sound the alarm to call up the two reserve sections of dragoons and putting spurs to his mount charged the druid. The druid declined single combat and Giggers and his coverorc slew two of Moyfee's guards.

The dragoons charge was particularly bloody with 5 bog orcs and 3 dragoons falling.

The bog orcs passed their rout test and were pushed back. Moyfee and crew failed theirs and fled through the henge pursued closely by Giggers. 

Startled by the flight of their religious leader, the center company of bog orcs paused in disarray losing a turn.

Giggers and Behineyoo reigned in their mounts in the center of the henge, while the first section of dragoons remained locked in combat with the left hand bog orcs.

The right hand bog orcs began to close in on the henge. Unfortunately in avoiding single combat, Moyfee had reduced his leadership to 1 and was therefore unable to rally. The holyorc and his two remaining guards and off into the wood.

Could Giggers hold out until relief arrived?

The first section of dragoons and the bog orcs continued to trade blows, 2 bog orcs and one dragoon fell. I should have voluntarily routed the remaining two dragoons. However I was hoping they could hold out until the reserves arrived.

In the next round another dragoon and bog orc fell. This was the first round the dragoons didn't win, and the loss of the "follow up" bonus, not to mention the four to one odds, would prove a problem.

Help finally arrived in the clearing!

Giggers joined the second section and the sole survivor of first section voluntarily routed. The bog orcs could not hope to keep up and the brave dragoon got away.

This is how the table looked as there was a slight lull in the fighting.

Now I made a second mistake. Second section charged the right hand bog orcs, but I should have waited until I could get Giggers integrated into the front line. The combat was drawn.

Third section covered the withdrawal of first section and took up position facing the bog orc left flank.

Then the unthinkable happened. Second section lost a combat and routed taking Giggers with it!

Fortunately the bog orcs were unable to pursue and in such disarray they could not fall on the now exposed flank of 3rd section.

Third section made haste to withdraw and protect the flight of 2nd section.

Giggers was unable to rally 2nd section before they carried him off the table.

The final result was a rebel victory with the loss of 14 bog orcs down, and two more with Moyfee having fled.

In exchange six dragoons fell, and six more including Giggers and Thersonorc Behineyoo routed off the table.

In the end the result was not unlike that of the encounter upon which this game was based.

And so Wexforc is aflame and strange sails have been seen off Banter Bay in county Korc...

Some notes on figures and terrain:
The dragoons are all from Alternative Armies, painted by their fabulous in house painters. Minor conversions to Giggers are my fault.

The bog orcs are all Games Workshop orcs from a long time ago painted by yours truly.

The henge is from ESLO terrain. The village and road from Miniature World Works. The stone ridges are from Battlefront. The mat is from The Terrain Guy, as are some of the trees. Other trees and the sky backdrop are from Lemax. Finally any of the trees from neither of the previous two sources are model railroad trees from the 70's at least : )

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Merry Christmas all!

Friday, December 21, 2012

The 98: Battle of The Harrowed (Giglamp's first fight!)

Triplets from the Guinalean epic poem “Is That the Salmon of Wisdom or Are You Just Happy to See Me?”

“98 were the tears that were shed,
98 were the mouths with no bread,
’98!’ was the cry that was said.”

“98 was the year we got bored,
98 was the year of the sword,
98! Crushing heads like a gourd!”
It is well known that the Bog Orcs and Wee Folk of Guinalea are not always willing members of the United Kingdom of Great Britorcn. This was never more so the case than in the years following the Ferach Elf Emperor Mordred’s Annulment of the Law of Wylde Magicke, for Guinelalea was more steeped in and dependent upon Wylde Magicke than many another land.
It was Wylde Magicke that made the Land so green that even the Bog Orcs dwelling there were imbued with that colour. It was Wylde Magicke that allowed the Wee Folk to flourish there. Most important of all it was Wylde Magicke that allowed the Land the bounty that sustained the population.
With Wylde Magicke gone, the Bog Orcs faced starvation.

Never one to let an opportunity for mischief at the expense of others to pass, the tyrant, Emperor Mordred sent emissaries to Guinalea, to spread rumor and foment revolt. The rumor was that it was Goode Kyng Gorge who annulled Wylde Magicke in Guinalea and caused the land to whither. In truth it did not take much convincing for this rumor to take root, and unlike the spuds of Guinalea, prosper. The Bog Orcs were a warlike bunch and for many, rebellion was sport.

Ferach agents provocateur made it clear that the Wee Folk and oppressed Bog Orcs of Guinalea were welcome in Amorica, where a Legion was being raised to liberate the Auld Sod from the rapacious hands of Kyng Gorge.
So it was that in the year 98 BO[1], the green flag of rebellion was raised.

Coincidentally, the year 98 BO was also the year that a newly minted Cornet of the 17th Heavy Dragoons, the “Sewon and Soforths” began what would be a very active career indeed.

Unbeknownst to him at the time, Giglamps had purchased a commission into an unhappy regimental family in the 17th. The 17th’s Lt. Colonel, Lord Sniggerson, was far more interested in currying favor at court than with running a combat ready command, and the assignment of the 17th to “assist the civil authorities” in a backwater like Guinalea, seemed to his Lordship a “right demned slap in the face”!
While his Lordship spent all his time pretending that he was an orc of some importance, morale and training in the 17th reached a nadir, and poor Giglamps was to bear the brunt of this neglect on a spring morning near the village of The Harrowed.
On that day Cornet Giglamps was tasked with tracking down a Ferach Agent believed to be spreading dissent in the area. In truth, poor Giggers was much too er green, as it were, for such a task, but frankly, no more senior officer could be bothered to take the field and so, as the most junior officer, Cornet Giglamps was given command. Mind you, Giggers himself was delighted at the prospect of independent command!

As Giggers and his patrol approached The Harrowed, it was clear that the village had been deserted. Taking his coverorc, Trumpeter Thersonorc Behineyoo, and a section of six dragoons, Cornet Giglamps turned down the lane towards the local sacred circle.

There he met Druid John Moyfee and about 40 bog orcs of the village, seemingly gird for war. Entering into conversation the Druid assured Giggers that the bog orcs were simply assembled and equipped for smurf cutting[2] as was the custom in these parts.

A more experienced officer than young Giggers would have realized that with the annulment of Wylde Magicke there could be no smurfs nearby, and the gathering of bog orcs could only have mischief at heart. As it was, Cornet Giggers accepted the Druid at his word, and made ready to depart.
When from out of the crowd of bog orcs a rock was thrown…

The preceding is the scenario description for a game I’ve had in mind for some time, Giggers first fight!
In keeping with the theme of “early days”, this game will be played using Warhammer Fantasy Battle 2nd edition rules.
Both sides will be represented by the standard orc templates. While it is true that in Alternative Armies world of Valon, bog orcs are “harder” than proper orcs, the bunch gathered here represent an ill trained rabble. Rather than improving some aspects of their profile and then reducing others I decided to keep it simple.
There are three mobs of 12 to 16 bog orcs each led by a unit champion.
There are three sections of 6 dragoons each led by a unit champion.
Giggers will of course be some level of hero, no doubt a minor hero as befits his youth and inexperience. Trumpeter Thersonorc Behineyoo will also be a hero, as suits an orc picked to be his young officer’s minder.
Druid John Moyfee is an elementalist. Although he is well steeped in the spells and rituals of his religion, the annulment of Wylde Magicke will limit his options and possibly add a random element to his casting.
In the photos you may well notice that demnable Ferach agent Daniel D’Kless. Present mostly for colour, D’Kless is a high elf major hero. However he should take no part in the game, being, as usual, more concerned with saving his skin than with engaging in derring-do!
That’s it for now on this bleak solstice morning.
Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!

To read how the game played out, click here .

[1] By Bog Orc Reckoning.
[2] Smuf cutting was a local tradition that kept the druids well supplied with blue pigment for their rituals. Each able bodied bog orc of the village would turn out with a melee weapon, shield, and possibly armour. The smurfs, well known for their propensity for mayhem and violence, made such precautions necessary.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Floorer....the floorer

Well today the new bed room floor is going in and tomorrow the furniture should arrive then...I can begin the task of getting all that, admittedly wonderful, but never-the-less very much in the way stuff out of the game room.

Giggers has been chomping at the bit to take on a few enemies new and old.

D'Erlelf has given his division marching orders.

Yet I cannot even reach the battlefield! Hurrumpf.

In the meantime the Orcs in the Webbe Advent calendar is in full swing. And therein, with humble apologies to Joseph Conrad, Francis Ford Coppola, and John Milius, you may read this tale of Giglamps mission to the Darkest Konga...with scenario featuring a Hare Cavalry raid on a Halfling Slaver enclave.

The gaming downtime has also been spent working on a few...unorthodox  titles for Two Hour Wargames 3 for 2 range of scenarios for Chain Reaction Final Version and Swordplay Final Version.  

Simply cannot wait to get my room back : )

Thanks for checking in on me!