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6Aug/110

Fell Caller

Although it was done up specifically to give away, I enjoyed painting the Fell Caller. The vast amount of detail on the model was a double-edged sword - it was fun to paint but also tedious at times. This was also my first time trying a freehand tartan pattern, and although it came out ok there are a few things I'd do differently next time.

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7Nov/070

Bloodstone Marches – Destroy Supply Fortress

Destroy Supply Fortress
Sunday, October 28th, 2007

With a number of Trollkin rescued from the Skorne at Ternon Crag, the Trollbloods were in desperate need of supplies to feed the newly freed hungry mouths. To assist their kin fighting in the area, Madrak had decided to lead an attack on an recently constructed supply fortress south of the town. Unfortunately unbeknownst to Madrak Everblight had claimed the supply depot as his own only shortly before. At the Trolls push for the fortress the blighted Nyss stationed there rally to defend their newly claimed prize.

Prorpger declared his first attack on one of his Strategic Objective deep in my territory for round 2. The fortress itself was a 6" x 10" structure located in the middle of the defender's deployment zone with a lone door facing the defender's table edge. The Trollbloods had two opportunities to win: destroy the structure (ARM 18, can take 10 damage per 1") or hold the structure for one round.

Table Layout - Defend the Fortress

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19Oct/070

Bloodstone Marches – Prevent Blight Outbreak

Bloodstone MarchesPrevent Blight Outbreak: Castle of the Keys
Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The second and final fight for a strategic objective of the first round in our Bloodstone Marches Theater of War campaign was Saultydog's Circle trying to contain the outbreak of Dragonblight at the castle of the keys. Unfortunately for the druids they ran afoul of a group of Prorpger's trolls who, still bitter over the Circle's betrayal of Madrak Ironhide and unaware of the Circle's goal decided to take the opportunity to strike at the Blackclads.

This game was fought on a table bisected from left to right by a 4" stream of Blighted Shallow water. The blighted energies in this region had two effects: first living non-Legion models in the blighted water suffer -2 MAT, RAT, and STR. However we made a mistake and only played this as a -1 penalty. Second, all Tough rolls in this scenario only succeed on a roll of 6. The Circle's goal was to damn this river by collapsing six of the eight columns surrounding the river and using the rubble to stop it. The columns were positioned with four on each side of the river, each 1" from the river and 8" from the columns to its right and left or 10" from a table edge if there was no column to that side of it. The columns were ARM 18 structures that could take 20 damage points before being destroyed. This scenario used the Siege Attrition rules for the campaign, meaning if any columns were destroyed but Circle lost, the next time they attempted the scenario whatever columns had been destroyed in previous attempts would remain begin the game already destroyed.

Other than the river and columns, each player placed four terrain pieces but could only select obstructions, obstacles, and structures. We also allowed open pits to be used, feeling it felt in theme with the ruined castle. These terrain features had to be at least 6" away from the channel and 3" from each other. Both players primarily selected linear obstacles for their terrain pieces, resulting in a relatively open table with regards to LOS. Saultydog did place a couple pits on the Trollblood side to try to slow them down while Prorpger put a couple of structures over on the Circle side for the same reason. In addition we wound up using P3 paints for columns again. We really need to add some more variety of terrain pieces but time to make terrain always seems hard to find.

Blight Outbreak Table Layout

As I mentioned in the previous post about our campaign we were allowing proxies so both players took the opportunity to break out some new models and try them out. They fielded the following:

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25Sep/070

Trollbloods vs. Legion of Everblight – Smoke in the Skies

Smoke in the Skies, 500 pts.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

About five years ago or so I was starting an Earthdawn RPG campaign for a group of friends. I decided to start the campaign off with the published adventure titled Terror in the Skies which would feature some airships and expose the PCs to that quickly. One character was a Sky Raider so I felt it was appropriate, plus I had run the adventure before and was comfortable with it. The group like using miniatures for combat so I got a crazy idea. The adventure had deck plans for the two large galleons that were in the adventure and would inevitably wind up in a battle in the skies. So one day I scanned the two upper decks into photoshop, resized them to scale for 25mm miniatures, and printed them out. I then took the pages, glued them down to cardboard, and cut them out for use on the table top. The group loved them and they made the boarding actions really fun, but then the ships got tossed into the closet and remained unused until recently. After debating what scenario to play for a little while, Prorpger, Superduck, and I came up with the idea to use the cardboard ships to do a variation of the Smoke on the Water scenario from the campaign in the back of Escalation.

The rules of Smoke on the Water were pretty simple - two barges pass each other on the table. Each barge was its owner's deployment zone and moving d6" during its owner's maintenance phase. Each barge can be damaged like a structure and is ARM 16. When either barge touches the opposite table edge, both barges immediately stop and whichever had sustained the most damage immediately sinks. Whoever holds the last barge wins. If a model was knocked off the barges, it was removed from play.

For Smoke in the Skies, we added a few rules based on the ships we were using.

Shadow Skulker Cloud Skimmer

  • The blue edging was deck railing, which provided cover and was effectively an obstacle. It also meant you could get slammed into the wall but not over the edge. However the main deck had weaker railing - no obstacle, and you could be slammed right through it. Basically it was all open ground.
  • The red areas were the raised decks and counted as higher ground.
  • You could cross between decks of equal height or from higher to lower, but not from lower to higher. So no going from main deck on one ship to the forecastle on the other.
  • The green locations were the ships masts that were impassable terrain, provided cover, etc.
  • Since the ships weren't flat and weren't going to line up perfectly, a model could cross the distance between the two ships as long as the distance between was less than 2". They were either leaping across or swinging on rope or whatever swashbuckler imagery you wanted to apply there. Yes, jacks too. 🙂

With that we put together a couple forces to do battle.

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24Aug/070

Trollbloods/Circle vs. Legion of Everblight – A Family Affair

A Family Affair, 1000 pts.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The gauntlet was thrown Sunday - a team game where Prorpger and Saultydog would each bring 500 points against a 1000-point Legion army. We had to make sure to arrive at the store early so we'd have time to get everything set up and get started quickly, and it's a good thing we did. There were quite a few models on the table and a lot of strategic decisions to be made each turn.

The table was set up as pictured here and Saultydog and Prorpger won the initiative roll and elected to go first.

A Family Affair - Table Layout

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17Aug/070

Surprise, It’s America Hill!

Spontaneous America Hill, 350 pts.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

While Prorpger and I were finishing up some delicious food court delectables a couple local players asked me to set up an American Hill battle for them. Considering how long the last oversized America Hill game went I was surprised people still wanted to play but what the hell, right? So four of us sat down for yet another rumble for bragging rights up on high.

America Hill Setup

For those who haven't read an America hill report yet, the rules are as follows:

  • At the end of each turn, the player with the most models on the hill gains 1 VP.
    • A unit counts as 1 model, regardless of the number of members on the hill
    • In the case of a tie, VPs are awarded to all players tied for most models on the hill
  • At the end of a turn where a player has his warcaster/warlock on the hill, the controlling player rolls 1d6 and gains the following bonus:
  1. Immediately activate the Yellow Woldwomper
  2. Immediately activate the Blue Woldwomper
  3. Immediately activate the Red Woldwomper
  4. Place any one model currently on the hill or within 3" of the hill within 6" of its current location. Model may not be placed more than 4" above the table surface. There must be room for the model’s base at the destination.
  5. Place 1d4 3" cloud effects in play anywhere completely within the warlock/warcaster’s control radius. These clouds remain in play for one round.
  6. Place 1 3" fire storm template anywhere within completely within the warlock/warcaster’s control radius. The warcaster/warlock must make a magic attack roll against each model in the AOE ignoring LOS, cover, concealment, elevation, Stealth, Invisibility, or intervening models. Each model hit suffers an unboostable POW 12 damage roll and the Fire continuous effect.

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28Jun/070

Trollbloods vs. Legion of Everblight – Not America Hill!

Trollbloods vs. Legion of Everblight, 500 pts.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

After last week's massive multiplayer brawl Prorpger and I set up to play some 500-point Hordes games to help him get back into the fury-management frame of mind before he started purchasing Trollbloods in earnest. We were able to squeeze in two games, and after the first one Prorpger decided to swap out his unit of Scattergunners for a unit of Champions and we replayed the game (same terrain, otherwise same forces) to see how the change would effect the game. This second game turned out much closer and more exciting, so it's the one I'm writing up.

The game store is in the process of building some new tables and the plywood isn't covered in felt yet. So just ignore the bare wood look. 😉

Trollbloods (Prorpger)

  • Trollblood Deployment Grissel
  • Dire Troll Mauler
  • Impaler
  • Fell Caller
  • Krielstone Bearer
  • Champions
  • Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew
  • Alten Ashley

Legion of Everblight (Myself)

  • Legion DeploymentThagrosh
  • Carnivean
  • Nephilim Soldier
  • Seraph
  • Warmongers x3
  • Striders

I gave Prorpger first turn. He set up with his Champions and Fell Caller as his central block with his Krielstone unit off to one side. Grissel set up in the middle behind the Champions and split her beasts - Impaler to the Kreilstone's side and Mauler to the opposite. Alten Ashley set up behind a low wall in the center of the table.

With an odd rock central on my side of the table, I split my forces a bit. To my right was the Warmongers, Thagrosh, and the Carnivean while the Nephilim and Seraph deployed to run around the other side of the rock. The Striders set up behind a wall on my side of the table, ready to hunt some trolls.

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15Feb/070

One More America Hill

One More America Hill
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

With our league starting up next week, this was most likely to be the last America Hill game we'd be playing for awhile. In addition it may be my last battle report for a while. While I'm playing a league game I'm not going to be able take the time to take pictures of everything between turns. So don't be expecting a new post every week. 🙂

This time around we went with some changes to the hill rules. To emphasize getting to to the hill even more, we required

  • At the end of each turn, the player with the most models on the hill gains 1 VP.
    • A unit counts as 1 model, regardless of the number of members on the hill
    • In the case of a tie, VPs are awarded to all players tied for most models on the hill
  • At the end of a turn where a player has his warcaster/warlock on the hill, the controlling player rolls 1d6 and gains the following bonus:
  1. Immediately activate the Yellow Woldwomper
  2. Immediately activate the Blue Woldwomper
  3. Immediately activate the Red Woldwomper
  4. Place any one model currently on the hill or within 3” of the hill within 6” of its current location. Model may not be placed more than 4” above the table surface. There must be room for the model’s base at the destination.
  5. Place 1d4 3” cloud effects in play anywhere completely within the warlock/warcaster’s control radius. These clouds remain in play for one round.
  6. Place 1 3” fire storm template anywhere within completely within the warlock/warcaster’s control radius. The warcaster/warlock must make a magic attack roll against each model in the AOE ignoring LOS, cover, concealment, elevation, Stealth, Invisibility, or intervening models. Each model hit suffers an unboostable POW 12 damage roll and the Fire continuous effect.

We also decided to fight it out on a large molded plastic terrain board and had to use a smaller hill for the center of the table. Most of the rocks and rubble provided cover, and we let people move out of their deployment areas without movement penalties on the first turn because it would have been too unfair to a couple players.

James, the Cryxian player, opted to go last so I wound up going first. We deployed and set up in the following order:

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12Feb/070

Yet Another America Hill

Yet Another America Hill
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

This week we discovered that the hills we had been fighting over were really the wrong hill. Luckily we finally found the right one this week.

Before I get started, I have to make a couple notes:

  • It's been a while since this game was played, so I'm a little iffy on all the details. I'll try and fill in as best I can, though.
  • This took place before Remix and we played throws the old way when they happened.

Here's a copy-paste of the rules from the last hill fight:

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5Jan/070

Fear the Boot and the Fight For America Hill, Round 2

Fear the Boot and the Fight For America Hill, Round 2 (350 pts.)
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

After the fun we had with the first attempt at the Fight for America Hill we decided to try to tweak the rules to encourage people to take and hold the hill instead of hiding on the edges and sniping adjacent opponents. Our first try was to add VP rewards for claiming the hill.

Scoring:

  • Having the most models on the hill at the end of your turn scores 1 VP
  • Having the most models on the hill at the end of the turn of the player across from you scores you 1 VP

With those changes we rolled for initiatve and picked starting locations for the second try at taking America Hill.

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