maanantai 12. helmikuuta 2018

Sohei Buntai and a new start for Ronin (by Osprey)

Fight for the Temple

The long wait to get back into "Samurai-gaming" was finally over. Throughout the fall of 2017 we had been chatting about getting a small Ronin campaign going with my mates Joonas and Juha (a 4th player needed!). Joonas had the responsibility to get us organized, but our good doctor seemed too busy... Finally in our club's Christmas party (held in January) I managed to corner him and we agreed this date our calendars! 

sunnuntai 4. helmikuuta 2018

Gentelemen's Saga-tournament

Winter War Saga-tournament

Finally the days had arrived! Nopat & Taktiikka Club's famous Winter War Tournament Weekend
with some 150 players fighting it out in some 7 different game systems including 40K, 9th Age, FoW, Bolt Action, Infinity, Guildball and SAGA!

I had been organizing the Saga-tournament since November and was delighted to finally get into action! Unfortunately 2 out of 8 players had cancelled, but as you can see, the committed bunch of Warlords started the day in very good humours!

I had organised the games as follows:

  • At least the first game would be a historical match Up
  • Tables were set or GM (me) would make adjustements as per scenario
  • All players brought 6 point warbands and could use 5 point WBs for each game
  • As we had many new players, everybody had 2 reinforcements points for the tournament. These could be used to bring a point of troops to a game to play with 6 point WB. Unused points would be worth 2 tournament points each at the end.
  • Troops in the warband were allowed to change their gear from one game to another, but the over all composition had to stay the same
  • We took some tasters from the 2nd. edition rules: 
    • Manouver rule
    • Levies (min. 6 models) generated Saga dice
    • Warrior units with less than 4 models do not

Enrolled players and their warbands

Dark ages
Jaakko Siitonen / IRISH
Tuomas Lempiäinen / Vikings
Sebastian Schiavone / Vikings
Matti Anttila / Rus Princes

Late Antique
Teemu / Late Roman
Mikko Leino / Picts

We had had two more players enrolled, but they unfortunately had to cancel.

Games starting

My army for the tournament was as follows:

  1. Warlord 
  2. 8 HG 
  3. 24 warriors, typically 10 archers, 10 fighters and 4 fighters “reserve”
  4. 6 levies

My first game vs. Mikko’s Picts

First game was the classical “Clash of the Warlords” scenario. I set up my forces on the left flank with my archers ready to rush into the Roman villa.
Unfortunately Mikko’s Picts won the roll off for the starting and his nimble warriors took control of the building. Mikko’s HG cavalry with javelins moved around the building, but were too scared to do anything real, like fighting! Rest of the WB were skulking in the woods with the WL

On my first turn I blasted twice one of pict warrior units with my Manuballista, doing some serious damage. My WL and cavalry moved to
the right to protect the ballista and to look for the opportunity to take out the enemy WL...

2nd turn

Mikko’s hunters with bows (levies) moved aggressively closer and were now threatening my flank...

So my elite cavalry had to charge and drive them away! Unfortunately one of my knights fell of his horse.
In the middle my archers pushed forward and looses few boosted volleys on one of the pict cavalry units and wiped them out! Huzzah, 
things were looking good!

Rounds 3-4

Pict WL lead his men to charge my HG and they all died fighting against this barbarian onslaught outnumbering them greatly...
More Pict charges happened when the naked warriors charged my archers, whom valiantly drove them back!

So after these fights I had a clear power position on my left flank and my WL lead my warriors to take out the Pict WL with ease!

With 11 killpoints (only, as the game ended early, due to WL being killed)

Roman villa.

perjantai 26. tammikuuta 2018

Stop the Press!!!! Painted miniatures during 2017 re-calculated

Am I living in Florida or what?

Because that's the place they typically don't get score right the first time...

During January I've published several "Armies on Parade" -blog posts and while doing that, I've re-calculated miniatures painted this year. I've also taken a slightly more relaxed approach to my calculation: if a mini has a few details not yet picked up with painting, but I consider it at least battlefield ready, I've added them to my calculation. Even with with that, there's still many many minis unfinished, some of them started last year, some earlier.

1st of January I reported in a blog post, that I had finished 309 miniatures last year, the truth is quite something else... guess how many?

Armies on Parade: Late Romans

My first army built and painted for 

Aetius & Arthur -Saga supplement

Armies on Parade: Great Northern War Russians & Saxons

The Arch enemy

Peter the Great's army with colors flying

lauantai 20. tammikuuta 2018

Bustling Saga activity in Finland

Saga Limes Campaign year 4, news on the 2nd edition, upcoming Saga-tournament...

Our club is at the moment bustling with Saga-activity, so this blog post gives you an overview of what's going on here in Helsinki, Finland. In this same package you'll also get what have I gathered on Saga 2nd edition and a battle report on my 4th game in our Saga Limes Campaign! Enjoy!