Saturday, November 5, 2011

Black Powder Game Pics

I played in an enjoyable game of Warlord's Black Powder hosted by one of the best painters in the local area.  (his blog  The scenario was designed around one in the book, Fighting Retreat from El Perez.  

The initial setup had the British/Spanish on the table.  The British mission was to get half of their forces across the bridge in the upper right corner, before a superior French force comes on to the table and defeats them.  

The British decide to split their force and send half immediately across the bridge and leave the other half  behind to sacrifice themselves and give time for the crossers to cross.

The French had a unit of Voltigeurs near the bridge to slow the crossing. 

About a quarter of the French make it on the table and most just stand around ignoring orders.  A unit of Hussars charge some Highlanders to only be defeated, run away, and leave the table.  The French are doing so bad obeying orders, the British begin to advance in order to acquire the gigantic beer that magically appears on the battlefield.

Meanwhile the British jam up at the bridge and pour lots of ineffective fire into the church where the Voltigeurs are now hiding.

The French can't seem to get their horde on the table.  Those on the field, continue to stand around and slowly lose the battle.  Rockets and lucky rifle fire ruin their morale, while the two units of Highlanders start stomping all over the few French obeying orders.

The French finally decide to do something as almost all their forces fail taking orders and run off the table.  The Heavy cavalry just sit there and take casualties.  

Everyone agrees the British won easily, but technically I believe the French did.  The British generals miscounted and ordered one to few units to cross the bridge.

It's the first game of Black Powder I've played and I hope there are many more.  It was very fun, even for the French generals who need to throw their dice away.

Tales of a Jerky Junktown Vendor


I enjoy collecting junk.  Today I'd like to show you the junk I've recently collected for my hordes of toy army men.

First, I had to battle my way through two bored looking union protesters and hundreds of zombies buying inexpensive groceries to find this set of construction equipment, at Winco.  The only cost me 5 bottlecaps.  With a little bit of paint, rust, and wear, they'll make good modern or post apocalypse terrain.

Second up, a yard sale find.  It's a giant hand, the back says, "Marvel Entertainment, 2001, made in China".  It's either a Ironman hand or maybe a sentinel from the X-men comics.  It's designed to be hung on the wall, but it makes great sci-fi terrain.

Here's some cheap flocking from Michaels craft store.  They had multiple colors, none are realistic, maybe they could be used for grass on an alien world.  The long stuff on the left is fake hair leftover from a Halloween costume.  I'm going to cut and experiment with different lengths and try to create various forms of vegetation.

Woodsies, the wife bought these for me at Michaels, as well.  Mini-wooden dowels could be used for all sorts of terrain projects.  No more cutting the ends off toothpicks for me.  You can see some regular toothpicks in the foreground to show you the difference.

Here's some craptacular sandbag walls from a bag of dollar store army men.  If your friends don't mind sh!t terrain they could be used in any modern or sci-fi game.  I think the German model is a Wargames Foundry, if you know what it really is, please tell me.  The Brit is a Old Glory.  Maybe the bags would look better painted.

Speaking of craptacular, here's a piece of styrofoam I picked out of the trash at work, when no one was looking.  I started making a sci-fi tower, but it just didn't look right so I quit.

More garbage, I got this embossed tag off a pair of pants my wife bought.  She likes buying things.  It'll make a great sign for a burnt out store I'm making for my zombies.

Big giant rocks for an aquarium, from the local used store.  Maybe usable in in a sci-fi or fantasy game.  The spider web is tarantula.   They spent some time in our pet tarantula's cage, before she upgraded her terrain to a little wooden cave.  Dr Who Icemen love big rocks.

Giant plastic mech things.  They're really not a recent find, unless you count stumbling upon a box of crap you forgot about in your attic.  I bought them many years ago for like a dollar a piece at a toy store clearing stock.  As a horder, I bought every model they had.  There was at least seven different versions with different weapons and scales.  I think they are Battletech.  With a proper paint job, they might be the right size for low budget 40K titans and dreadnaughts or maybe Battletech models in a 15mm scale game.

Lastly, if you dig through wild owl poop, you'll find the neatest things.  These are mouse teeth.  I really don't know what I'll use them for.   But if you've gone through the effort of finding owl poop and digging through to find stuff, you ought to use it for something.

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