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Hirst Arts round tower on a rocky hill.   Leave a comment

Having completed the tower I began crafting a hill using foam. Something I have never really done before. I made it more complex by then creating woodland scenic rocks with Link and then cutting gaps in the foam to glue them into.

My glue took a long time to set which might be why after adding the woodland scenic plaster cloth it has warped slightly underneath and one rock has slipped down vertically needing some correction. I have now glued a card base underneath to see if I can achieve a more flat look when it is on the table.

I have sprayed it black then dry brushed some household grey paint I have leftover onto the stones. I am then going to make my own nuln oil wash and apply that. Just need to sort out this base issue first.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Dead Marshes   Leave a comment

The marshes. There are six swamps each with a spectre and a wraith on a fell beast. The swamp pieces are those with lichen around which I would do definitely differently if I reset it but it worked fine.
Good ran his hobbits North along the edge and then east whilst the evil foes milled bout in the centre or drifted south. Never within 3 at the end phase none of the sentries were truly alerted but we did allow the use of their spectral power within clear line of sight which Gollum and the Hobbits resisted every time. They then escaped off the edge. Was quite a fun scenario really in the end.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Taming of Sméagol   Leave a comment

Our two hobbits are sleeping after the breaking of the fellowship. Gollum sneaks up to them and attacks Frodo who is prone but survives using heroic defence. Then they both attack the next turn having won priority and inflict three wounds thus subduing Gollum.

Posted July 8, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Terrain update: marsh board   Leave a comment

Upgraded my ziterdes marsh board by adding deeper resin.

I think it looks better. It will also be easier to play on which is important.

Posted June 27, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Terrain Painting update: Marshes/ Pools   Leave a comment

Have painted up two pools/ marshes terrain pieces. This time I used clear epoxy resin which I found easier but stickier to use. Slower to dry but gives a clear finish.

Posted June 22, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Water effects   Leave a comment

Decided to add some deeper water to my river boards. See the original page.

Used Woodland Scenics EZ Water. Had it for a long time.

Heated it up – tried outside but it really needs a high flame so had to use the stove.

It dried hard and quick but with a yellow tinge I was not expecting. The river is a bit darker I suppose. Certainly my river is now deeper and wider. One thing I did not expect was that it warped my boards. As it dried it twisted the Ziterdes boards. If noticeable I might have to add some batons. Overall I think they do look better.

Have tried with some realistic water effects to see if can lessen the curve at the edge of the water.

Am currently working on some marsh bases. The first time I did these I was unhappy with the final result as the diorama marsh water I tried simply looked like green gloss paint when it dried. Now I have added some epoxy resin having built up the sides. Will see how it goes.

Edit – update the realistic water has still not fully dried after 24 hours.

Posted June 20, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Lord of the Rings: Quest of the Ringbearer: Bormir’s Redemption and the Death of Boromir   Leave a comment

Boromir looks to defend Merry and Pippin as the Uruk Hai Captain and his scouts attack from two sides.
Merry and Pippin run whilst Boromir warily moves into cover using his elven cloak.
Bormor kills the Captain and is suurounded by Scouts. However he is unable to hold them all back and Pippin fails to jump over the bush and gets trapped.

Both Merry and Pippin are in trouble. Boromir thins the enemy ranks but cannot get close.
Pippn is carried away to Isengard!
Merry too! Baromir undefeated in battle takes heavy wounds from arrows! Our first Evil victory!
Boromir is heavily wounded whilst Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli rush to his rescue.

Bormir retreats up the hill fighting his way through any scouts. He kills the Caprtain and then Lurtz. Aragorn watches him fall and then takes out Lurtz as Gimli rushes to his aid. Legolas deals with the archers from cover as he has been heavily injured by arrows early on in the scenario, narrowly surviving when caught out in the open. Victory for Good.

Eventually Boromir has fallen and the halflings taken to Isengard. The Fellowship lies broken but what of the Ringbearer?

Posted June 20, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Saturday 19th June: Wellington by GMT   Leave a comment

Darryl (British), Spain (Phil) vs Mike (North French), Michael (South French)

1st Turn played.

Wow what a tense and difficult game that was!  So close and lots of hard fought battles.  Now the South French are planning on taking on Wellington with a mega army whilst the North French look to defend France from invasion across the Pyrenees whilst holding on to Madrid!  Those Southern Spanish keys look poorly defended too but never underestimate the French who rolled a fantastic reinforcement roll whereas the Brits and Spanish rolled 4 ones for our own between us! War without end meant no peace roll and impossible to conquer Spain at the end of Turn 1.

Posted June 20, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update; Easterling Commanders   Leave a comment

Some commanders to boost my Easterlings ready for War in the North perhaps. Amdur Lord of Blades leads a Dragon Knight Captain. On foot a war priest in service of the Dark Lord with a modified Captain and a Banner Bearer. I modified the Captain so he looked different to my other by moving his Glaive to the front. The figures arrived badly bent but I was able to straighten everything nicely using boiling water. The Captains weapon broke but I was intending to move it around any way and used a rod to fix the weapon head on.

All painted with contrast paints and then the metal added. Nuln oil wash applied after that and some gold highlight in parts.

I also painted a harbour landing quay. No picture until I find a use for it! One day the Corsairs will raid Gondor and need it to dock perhaps.

Posted June 13, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Aragorn’s Scenario   Leave a comment

In this scenario Aragorn and Frodo need to escape from Lurtz and his scouts.  The initial deployment is a little vague but actually quite important.  Lurtz and crew start 3 inches in on the far side of the hill with Amon Hen.  Aragorn and Frodo are said to be simply deployed touching Amon Hen.  Probably the scenario writers had a nice big official model but I could not find anything, even a 3D print.

Given that both Aragorn and Lurtz can heroic march on turn one, when it comes to turn 2 when evil are likely to get priority as they did in our game Lurtz could, if within 6 inches simply charge, trap our heroes and effectively end the scenario early.  So Frodo needs to beat least  8 inches (he can march 7 and Lurtz 9 in turn 1) away from Lurtz deployment line (or at 11  inches).  This makes sense if we think of a model that starts at least at 5 inches from the edge and is at least 6 inches in length.  Lurtz will have deployed to the side, intending to move around the model in pursuit.   

So we set it such that when the scenario started Good were deployed at 11 inches and evil at 3 inches. 

For the first few turns Good raced towards the exit. With scouts closing in from the side Aragorn held back to defend Frodo. Then Frodo had to put on the ring to escape further. Scouts failed to pass any courage tests to charge and even though he then rolled a one for the lure of the ring rule Frodo used his only 2 might points to continue his escape.

Though they did not arrive on the first turn with a six (turn 4) Gimli and Legolas soon roled a 5 and rushee to the rescue. Legolas fired deadly shots to take out two Scouts that came too close to Frodo. Aragorn fought his way through the captain in just one round and then rushed to safety whilst Gimli and Legolas blocked the way.

Despite Lurtz’s best attempts it was not possible to close the gap and the two heroes got off the map.

Posted June 9, 2021 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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