Friday, February 26, 2010


It has been a long, hard campaign, but we've finally reached the end.  I know I had an absolute blast over the past 8 weeks playing games, advancing my warband, and writing this blog.  I think it's safe to say that the other players feel the same.

The final standing for the campaign would not be based on a win/ loss record, but rather on the number of campaign points totalled at the end of 6 weeks.  The total campaign points looked like this:

Campaign Points

Congratulations to Jake for being the Champion of the Winter 2010 campaign!!

First place received a $25 gift card to Village Games in Anoka, MN and a fancy trophy!
Second place received a $15 gift card to Village Games!
Third place received a $10 gift card to Village Games!

Thank you to all for playing!

A shot of the gang after the awards were given out.  From left to right:
Chris, Jeff, Todd, Mike, Jake, Brian and Brandon

We have learned a lot from playing this campaign, and are already making preparations for a second one soon.  We will be having discussions on where we would like to make changes and improvements, and I will share our discussions on this blog.

Week 6 Results

After the last rounds of play this was the final standings:

More to come when I post the wrap up!

Week 6- Game 2

The league standings were quickly totaled to determine the final pairings. 

Brian and Jake were tied for first place, so they were paired up to determine 1st place.  The other pairings were determined randomly.

As these were the final games of the campaign, the gloves were off and no one held back!  Combat was brutal with games coming down to one side being wiped off the table.

Jeff vs. Brandon
Battlefield: Agimore's Sweep
Time of Day: Dusk
Weather: A Beautiful Day
Scenario: Sieze the High Ground
Rangers storm the hill and brace for the dwarven charge!

This game was over rather quickly due to some nasty cascading morale checks.

Mike vs. Chris
Battlefield: The Grass Ocean
Time of Day: Dusk
Weather: Calm
Scenario: Sieze the High Ground
Alezza's Horde of Horrible and The Harlaz Expeditionary force both clain the hill as their own!

Alezza defends the hill with her new friend; a dwarf leader zombie!

The battle rages on even after both warbands are well past their breaking points!

Jake vs. Brian
Battlefield: Grass Ocean
Time of Day: Day
Weather: Overcast
Scenario: Ambush
Jake's knights cautiously approach the ruins of the Snake People.  It is simply too quiet...

The River Runners spring their trap!  Jake suffers the Curse of the Snake People!

The knights seem to be disorganized and confused.  Or is this part of the battle plan?

Casualties are heavy on both sides, with both warbands valiantly passing morale tests!

Finally Jakes' Knights have the upper hand!  Or do they?

The final human falls, and the leader of The River Runners stands alone!

The ruins once again fall silent...

The results of this round are:

Brandon siezed victory!

Mike vanquishes his foe and secures victory!

The game between Jake and Brian was very, very close.  All of Jake's models were removed from the table.  Brian was left with only his Uber- leader; a Q: 2 C: 8, Lethal vs. Humans, Leader (amongst other things.) (*Brian quested with this model and received the Baneblade magic weapon.)

Once the final victory points were tallied the result was:
Brian: 19.3
Jake: 19.7

Jake one by less than half a point!!!  (Or by one point if you round properly, but that is much less dramatic!)

Week 6- Game 1

And here we are, in the final week of the campaign!  It has been a long, hard road full of pleasure and pain, joy and misery, victory and defeat.  These last two rounds would finally decide who would be crowned champion.

First pairings were determined randomly.

Mike vs. Brian
Battlefield: Ezule's Woods
Time of Day: Day
Weather: Chilly
Scenario: On Difficult Ground
The Harlaz Expeditionary Force Squares off against the River Runners!

Dwarves and elves dance around each other, trying to maneuver to the most advantageous positions!

The final standoff... Who will make the first move?

Jake vs. Jeff
Battlefield: Grass Ocean
Time of Day: Day
Weather: Breezy
Scenario: Sieze the High Ground

Knights pile onto the hill while rangers try to play catch up!

Jeff's rangers fire volley after volley of arrows into Jake's troops!

Brandon vs. Chris
Battlefield: Agimore's Sweep
Time of Day: Dusk
Weather: Snow
Scenario: Assassination

Alezza's Horde of Horrible charges the dwarf defenses!

Alezza finds herself a new toy... Zombie Bear!!

The undead slam into the dwarf battle line!

Round results were such:

Brian routed his opponent and claimed victory!

Jake siezed the high ground and victory!

Brandon drove back the attacker for victory!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Battlefield Profile- Tremor's Pass

Today we'll look at Tremor's Pass, a battlefield from Brian.

9: Tremors Pass (Border Town)
Min number of terrain pieces: 7
Mandatory: 3 Buildings, 2 Woods
Normal: buildings, Fences, Woods, Hills

Located near the Dragonborn Mountains, the town is named after the
frequent earthquakes that seem to plague the area.

The trees for this battlefield are assembled from components by Woodland Scenics.
See this link for a quick guide on how they are made.

5"- 7" Deciduous Armatures
Clump Foliage

The tree templates were made using a grass mat from Noch.

Templates were cut from cardboard, and then a piece of Middlegreen gaming mat larger than the template was glued on top.  The excess mat was then folded over the edges of the cardboard template and glued into place to hide the corrugations of the cardboard.  This is such a simple and easy method for making templates I plan on doing it myself.

The walls are WarTorn Worlds.
Grey Brick Wall Set

Brian has given them a wash using Citadel washes to give them a more natural look.

The buildings are again done by Dave Graffam.   You can get these buildings yourself here:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Week 5 Standings

Here are the current standings for the campaign:

This was a tough week of play in the Dice Karma Department.  Everyone was rolling poorly, either during the game or afterwards. 

My worst point was rolling triple 1's for a Q: 2+ activation, using my "Retaining the Initiative" advancement, and following up with only one success on two dice!  And of course this was only the 2nd activation of my turn!

Jake managed to have the Centaur Hero he recruited from the exploration chart captured by Mike's dwarves. 

Brian I think faired the best, and he had a couple guys die.

Mike had the worst dice for the entire evening.  There was no one single catastrophic event, but he managed to consistantly roll turnovers on Q: 2+ guys, and rolled so poorly in combat I think he even managed to lose a round of combat to a C: 2 skeleton! 

Next week is the last day for the league.  I hope everyone can make it out!

Week 5- Game 3

And so begins the final round of the night.  So far the dice have been quite unfriendly to all parties.  Hopes are the last round will bring more fortune!

Pairings were assigned to assure that no two people played each other twice in the same night.

Jake vs. Chris
Battlefield: Tashia's Crossing
Time of Day: Night
Weather: Overcast
Scenario: Sieze the High Ground
Jake's humans and Alezza's Horde of Horrible close in on the clock tower!

Egads!  What manner of vile magic is at work here?

Knights gather at the hill to form a defensive line.

A might battle ensues, with the knights gaining the upper hand!

Mike vs. Brian
Battlefield: The Grass Ocean
Time of Day: Night
Weather: Strong Winds
Scenario: Assassination
The River Runners and the Harlaz Expeditionary Force see each other at range.

And now they're closer!

Elves defend a ruin from the dwarven onslaught!

Furious combat between elves and dwarves!

Results for the night's final round are:

Jake protected the hill and took home victory!

Mike crushed his opponents and claimed victory!