This area of the website is my hobby blog, it contains articles about games that I have enjoyed playing together with paining and model making articles.
Last weekend Sally 4th was at Hammerhead Wargames Show at Newark Showground. Hammerhead is put on by Sally & Paul from Kallistra Models and the show is unique as all of the games are participation games.
Doug Wight kindly ran a game of ACP164 The Albedo Miniatures Game for us.
The scenario saw the ILR troops (Independent Lapine Republic) who had landed and taken control of government buildings, digging in along the edge of some parkland that surrounded the main broadcasting station.
An EDF Mechanised Infantry Platoon had been tasked with recapturing the building.
The ILR had plenty of time to dig in and had a couple of very good fighting trenches forming the basis of there defensive position.
The EDF dismounted at 500 metres and advanced cautiously forward makingthe best use of cover.
The AV8 Armoured Personnel Carriers laid down suppressing fire from there HMG's as the troops moved forward.
The terrain for the Albedo game was built on Sally 4th Terra-Former tiles, including the new trench tile that we released last week. The ability to have terrain features 'dug in' below the surface of the terrain is one of the key benefits of the terrain system.
The game was a lot of fun, the forces were very evenly matched with the increased number of attacking EDF and there superior weapon system being countered by the strength of the ILR's dug in position.
This was a fantastic participation game that 3 Shires gaming put on using a modified version of Wargames Foundries 'The Rules with No Name'
The terrain featured pretty much everything from the Sally 4th Exotic Locations range. This range is based on the idea of 'Film Lots' that are converted from one set to another as the needs of filming dictate. The range contains 'Locations' these are 10cm cube pieces of terrain that can be re-arranged to make lots of different gaming layouts. The Set Dressing packs contain the furniture needed for each location and the Props packs are the detailed bits and pieces that bring the set to life, such as the trays of food in the cafe, the snake in the basket for the souk and the exhibits to go in the museum cases.
This area uses the 'Ricks Place' location, set dressing and props packs.
The museum of antiquities uses both the 'Museum and the Ricks Place' location set plus the furniture and museum display cases from the Museum set dressings and of course the pack of detailed resin museum display pieces.
This area uses the market stalls and goods from the Souk Set Dressings and Props packs together with the Souk Location pieces.
This really was a suberb presentation from 3 Shires Gaming, through ut the day there were lots of people taking part. THe game which involved searching for treasure and avoiding 'The Mummy' looked like a whole lot of fun.
The terrain making genius at COGS had put together these fantastic looking battle board for 'Vanguard', Mantic Games fantasy skirmish game using one of the Sally 4th 'Terra-Former' Contested Crossing Sets.
Terra Formers are kits to enable you to construct perfect 12" terrain tiles with a wide range of profiles such as streams, roads, hills, canals, beaches etc.
Each tile comes with 12 rare earth magnets that align the boards and hold them firmly together so that they do not drift apart during a game.
The precision profiles mean that features flow perfectly from one board to another.
Click here to take a look at the terra-block range or click here to take a look at some of the videos that explain terrain building using Terra-Former tiles.
Sparky, my daughter and son in laws dog enjouyed Hammerhead 2019.
Thanks Sally and Paul for putting on another top show.
Last night at the club we continued our D&D campaign
I have been working for the last month or so on a large round keep that will fit in with my Terra-Former terrain tiles.
The keep is made from 3D printed components from Printable Scenery Rampage Dungeon and Rampage Castle range.. These are all interchangable pieces that clip together, so the plan is to develop the tower into at least a four story tower.
For now it is a ruin, with just the ground floor and cellar level intact and a ruined first story.
The game board that we played on consisted of six of the Sally 4th Terra-Former tiles, two road tiles, two stream tiles, two plain tiles. One of the plain tiles has been modified, to hold the basement of the tower. Each tiles is 12" square and 2" high with rare earth magnets in each side to hold the boards closely togethe, align them and stop 'in game drift'. Terra-Formers are supplied in kit form. They are easily glued together, filled with polystyrene and then painted, textured or flocked. Click here for further details.
Two guards armed with crossbows were stationed as lookouts on the ruined first floor level. They spotted Bill, the half orc babarian as he charged across the open killing field towards the door.
The ground floor of the tower contained an entrance hall with two ruffians on guard, the evil cleric Malzhars study and bedroom together with the keeps kitchen. A spiral staircase led down to the cellar and up to the ruined first floor.
Malzar does not like to be disturbed when he is working. Luckily for the party he left his minions to deal with the minor irritation of visitors.
Another ruffian keeps an eye on the hog roast.
In the entrance hall, two ruffians stand guard. Malzar does not like to be disturbed. Bill the barbarian charged the door, broke through surprising the guards. Eventually he was overwhelmed and died from his wounds. Luckily the cleric reached him in time to 'spare the dying' and it looks like Bill will live another day.
Malzar has lots of books in his study and a ruffian to do his bidding.
Under the tower are some cellars. This is a Terra-Former plain tile that has had some Rampage walls set into the polystyrene. Terra-Formers are 2" high and so are the Rampage Walls. The base of the Terra-Former tile is 3mm thick so it was an easy modification to take 3mm off the bottom of the wall and floor tiles before printing them out so the finished size was compatable.
Only the outer walls were glued in place. The floor tiles and interior walls are removable so that different room layouts can be made.
A secret door leads from the tower's cellars to a small dungeon.
The dungeon area contains a store room, living accomodation for some Gnolls in Malzards service and a couple of prison cells, currently occupied by the merchants from the caravan that the Gnolls had recently hijacked.
The tower and dungeon tiles have been painted by spray priming with Army Painter Black Spray, before havily drybrushing with Storm Grey matt household emulsion. Individual flags and stones were then painted using Sandtex Mid Stone. When dry everything was drybrushed with Sandtex Ash Green before a liberal coating of Army Painter Quick Tone was brushed on followed by a final spray with Army Painter Matt Varnish.
Miniatures have been rebased onto Sally 4th Clear Bases.
For further details click links.
Gnolls - built from Frostgrave Plastic Gnolls kit
Terra-Formers - kits to build 12" magnetised terrain tiles