Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blood on the Snow

Played a great game of Song of Blades and Heroes with Ken (I'm the Other Ken).  We used the Hell Frost setting and played on my winter table.  The winter layout had a nice visual appeal and I thought it would be fun for the Christmas season. 

Background:  Jarl Borgar Agdisunu was told of a raid of a fishing village just north of Estvik in Angmark.   Raids by orcs and goblins have become more frequent in some of the steads under the Jarl's protection.  He has been pulling men from the Scieldvollr, a protective line of fortifications, to go back and protect their homes.  Jarl Borgar worries that the raids will result in the Cyng replacing him as Jarl. 

At the fishing village Jarl Borgar discovers that the raid was not orcs and goblins.  There were tracks of a giant and others as well.  There were signs of coldfire damage and the Jarl guessed the raiders must have a hrimwisard with them.  The Jarl decides he will deal with the raiders and sets off in pursuit beyond the Scieldvollr with a band of his men.  The raiders are moving slowly and by late afternoon Jarl Borgar and his men have caught up to them.  As the Jarl emerges from the forest he realizes his folly.  A Hell Frost dragon flies over a rocky outcropping and lands in the field in front of the Jarl.  With a grunt Jarl Borgar signals his men forward, now only death or glory await. 

The Saxa:  Jarl Borgar Agdisunu's band

Jarl Agdisunu  Q3 C3; Leader

Skald               Q3 C1 Magic User

Huscarls x2      Q3 C3, Fearless

Bondi x4           Q3 C3

Bondi Archers x2  Q3 C2  Shooter (Medium)

Berserkers x2    Q4 C3  Berserk

The Raiders:  Frost Giant Golmynr's forces

Frost Giant    Q4 C5 Slow, Huge, Long Move, Shooter (Long), Tough,

Hell Frost Dragon Small  Q3 C4 Flying , Big, Shooter (long)

Trolls x3 Q5 C4 Tough, Fearless, Big

Frost Reavers x4  Q4 C4 Short Move, Snow Walker

Special House Rules:  The Frost Giant must be in or adjacent to a terrain feature to make a ranged attack.  He needs to be able to pick up something besides snow to throw. 

Summer Projects

Frequently on game related blogs you see various projects posted.  Painting projects, campaigns, and other types of gaming projects.  I fall victim to the same woes that many others in the hobby do.  Big ideas and never enough time to complete the things we want to do.  I decided to jump on the project bandwagon and at least gain a small sense of direction of how i want to spend my gaming time.  

I had a ton of options.  There are so many different ideas an games that I could choose from.  I decided to pick three.  These are things that I really want to play right now and things that I want to work on hobby wise during the summer months.

First is the Flying Lead: Star Wars conversion I have been working on.  With the New Star Wars movie being released at the end of the year, Star Wars related games are high on my list.  I want to do some narrative campaign gaming using several different sets of rules.  Key will be some man to man skirmishes using the Flying Lead rules.  I will also use some other rules sets for bigger battles and space battles.  

Next is a Hellfrost setting game.  I have a campaign in mind centered around the war in Vestmark and Orcmark.  I am planning on using Song of Blades and Heroes and Pride of Lions rules.  I am basically using the Hellfrost setting with a different rules set.  I have in mind a series of linked scenarios that tie in some roleplaying, some skirmish battles and some larger scale battles.  

Lastly I want to bring out the heart of my collection which has been languishing for a couple of years.  My 100 Years War collection has not seen much action in recent years.    I am looking to bring it out for a few games with a twist.  I am adding demonic and angelic forces to the mix.  “The Black Prince” Edward Plantagenet has made an unholy pact with “The Fiend” to rule France.  He is opposed by the French King Jean “Le Bon”, the Good and the forces of Light.  The Burgundians are aided in their plans for supremacy by undead forces.  Charles “le Mal” the Bad of Navarre has also made a pact with demonic forces.  Coming to the aid of France are the rich nobles of Flanders and the forces of Brittany which have turned to Fey allies to held turn back the tide of evil.