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  • #66092
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
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    Ok ,so after seeing all the awesome terrain and now mini’s which Michael has been making for Crom’s Anvil, I finally broke down and have decided to return to my own 15mm Conan project.

    Now, as Planet Ares VI is meant to be for 6mm gaming and I don’t feel like starting another blog, I have decided to start this thread do document my progress.

    The first few posts will be stuff I have done already as I start pulling things out of storage to see where the gaps are in the stuff I already have and to help me decide where I want to take all of this.

    Lets start with the big man himself.

    Here’s my four favourite poses from the Copplestone Barbarian Heroes set.

    I like to have a variety of different weapon and armor options so….

    I also enjoy the stories where Conan teams up with a strong female companion and these lovely ladies have all aided our hero in past games

    My first games all took place in the north and these Vanaheim and Asgard warriors have at times been both friend and foe

    On to the true bad guys, a Pict necromancer/shaman and his two apprentices

    And their henchmen, pict warriors backed by a domesticated( by pict standards) Ice troll

    And some pics of the start of the first game I ever played with them, the introductionary scenario included with the crom rules, where the heroes have to stop the shaman from summoning a horrible creature from the abyss.

    Ok that’s it for now.

    Next up, the minis and terrain I painted/made that haven’t made it to the table yet and then…      …well I’ve already ordered a bunch of Men of the East from Splintered light and once Michael releases his new figs I’ll be getting those( plus some terrain) so we’ll see.

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

    • This topic was modified 11 months ago by Stroezie Stroezie.

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    #66093
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    All the yeses!!!

    I see Erlands brother in there too!

    w00t!!

    #66095
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    How cool is this !!!

    #66096
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    The infection spreads!  I too have been looking at stating this too.

    Looks really good Stroezie, bring on the new adventures!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #66101
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
    Participant

    Dear Stroezie(and you Mike) stop bloody tempting me into 15mm fantasy, I have been fighting the urge for ages but all this recent eye candy and new stuff is making it very difficult

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #66106
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Dear Stroezie(and you Mike) stop bloody tempting me into 15mm fantasy, I have been fighting the urge for ages but all this recent eye candy and new stuff is making it very difficult

    Well seeing as Pocket Quest kicked off a 6mm fantasy binge for me, I should think it only fair to return the favour

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #66112
    Patrice
    Patrice
    Participant

    I am not in 15mm nor 18mm… but this is truly beautiful.

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://argad.forumculture.net/

    #66132

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    These look great Stroezie, together with Mike’s stuff I too feel the temptation of fantastical adventures 🙂

    #66143
    Thuseld
    Thuseld
    Participant

    It seems like we are all suckers and are getting tempted by new things. Must resist though.

    #66150
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!

    Outbreak of “Ooh shiny!” syndrome imminent!

    Muhahaha Muha Muhhahahaaa !!!!

     

    All kidding aside thanks for the nice comments guys (my ego is just about tickled pink right now)

    Here’s some more pics of figures I had painted but havn’t gotten around to using in a game yet

    The idea behind these was to have a scenario where a small band of heroes have to defend a circle of standing stones against a summoned horde of demons and try to hold out till dawn. The stones are enchanted with an ancient spell of protection to keep evil out but it is failing and each round a random number/type of monster manages to break through.

    My only  problem being, a complete lack of standing stones terrain (guess I’ve found my first project here)

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Stroezie Stroezie.

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    #66153
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    The idea behind these was to have a scenario where a small band of heroes have to defend a circle of standing stones against a summoned horde of demons and try to hold out till dawn. The stones are enchanted with an ancient spell of protection to keep evil out but it is failing and each round a random number/type of monster manages to break through.

    Very cool.
    When I get my resin/silicone restock next week I plan on sorting some pillars out and doing a ruined temple thing to defend, kind of want to do that scene from Jason and the Argonauts? with the harpy attack.

    #66157
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Here you go😜

     

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    #66612
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Ok so digging through the old miniatures I’ve found some giants, what do you think could they serve for Conan games to?

    Some old 28mm ad&d figures

    One from the Copplestone Barbarica range

    And who’s to say all giants need to be humanoid?

    Maybe not for Crom but It could be cool to have two warbands and their giant ally duke it out?

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

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    #66616

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    A nice bunch, but the fire giant takes the cake! Really characterful 🙂

    #66630
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I like the Copplestone one best.

    They would be difficult to beat and would need some special rules I think, even giving them a massive 12 dice would give the hero a fair chance of winning…

     

     

    #66705

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Those are some gorgeous paint jobs. I especially like the first and third (the fire giant); wonderful old sculpts, both.

    #67128
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    So as I was going over the Crom rules again I reread the mini campaign that comes with it.

    And then I noticed: it’s got snake people in it!

    I remembered I have 15mm snake people,painted for a scifi rorke’s drift game I did once, so I decided to digg them out of storage and see how they would fit with the copplestone figures.

    And well, lets just say I’m fairly certain Conan is going on a trip to the south before he heads east…

    what do you think?

    Should our hero go to the jungle swamps and put an end to this serpentine menace?

    Maybe with the aid of some of these lovely lizard riding ladies…

    I do think I feel a few scenarios brewing…

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    #67132
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Crush the snakes of the Earth beneath your sandled feet!

    #67133

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I’d love to see Conan taking out some slithering bad guys. You don’t happen to have a giant snake and some crocodiles for the swamps? I think that would be just the thing. We don’t want him to have it too easy 😉

    #67134
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    You don’t happen to have a giant snake and some crocodiles for the swamps? I think that would be just the thing. We don’t want him to have it too easy

    True that!

    And no I don’t.

    I’ll have to see about remedying that, anybody got any good suggestions?

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    #67138
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Rotisserie BBQ snake tastes just like chicken, but giant and more satisfying for having killed it in battle.  Destroy those snakemen and eat them up, yum!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #75665
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    After being slightly, obsesively, side tracked by a 6mm Necromunda project I finally got round to painting some of my exellent “Men Of The East” from Splintered light.

    This line of mini’s was sculpted with the copplestone barbarians in mind and so they fit together perfectly.

    These are the first three I finished, a priest and his bodyguards

    Thought I’d add a familiar face so you could compare 

    Next up will be a guard captain and two men at arms.

    I have some more men at arms and some archers primed and ready to go to but I don’t know how fast I’ll be able to paint them, I had a bit of a struggle getting used to painting such HUGE figures again after all the 6mm I’ve been doing.

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #75668
    Rhoderic
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    They’re lovely!

    I just ordered some of these myself during the Halloween sale (haven’t received them yet), but then I started to have doubts about them as it suddenly struck me that their legs look very short in the webstore photos. They look much better in your photos, so I feel reassured again.

    #75675

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    These guys look great, the paintjobs are lovely!

    #75718
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Cool, it was a pleasure to be reminded of all of this.

    😀

    #75735

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Stroezie, I’m not sure whether to thank you for this latest post. For several weeks I’ve been fighting to resist doing Conan in 15mm, thought I had a handle on it, and then you go an show your latest creations; suffice to say the inner turmoil has begun again. Should I thank you, curse you? I don’t know. But what you are doing is very, very beautiful. Please post again. 

     

    #75739
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    The gods have shown you the way!!

    #75742
    Rhoderic
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    The gods have shown you the way!!

    (Probably Yog.)

    #75749
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Well apparently painting minis is like riding a bike, once you begin it all comes back to you 

    Here’s the captain and his men (still a bit wet behind the ears from their last coat of varnish)

    Three more men at arms to go and then on to the bowmen…

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

    PS:

    @ gone fishing,

    Life’s to short not to buy more mini’s, give in and join us, I hear there are some cool figures being funded right now, it’s the perfect exuse!

    There now you can tell your concience it’s all my fault 

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    #75764

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Thank you for offering to be the scapegoat, Stroezie. Trouble is I already have a small Conan collection in 28mm…but these figures and buildings are so d***d attractive, I’m seriously giving thought to giving it a go.

    PS Just found some perfect apes, which has made resistance even harder. One needs ape-like monsters if doing Conan. Anyway, here they are (by Blue Moon): https://www.oldglory25s.com/view_product.php?product=15DDA-121

    #75766
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    If you sell the 28mm you can buy a load of 15mm and have more than you did before and have money left over…

    #75911
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Well here’s three more men at arms to join the captain

    And inspired by Michael’s exelent rooftop brazier, I decided to see if I couldn’t conjure up something for my priest to… euh… conjure up… euh things with inside.

    So a few beads, some decorative nails and a little greenstuff later I now have the perfect things for my heroes to kick over when they are being chased by a troop of guards.

    Now I’ll have to see about making some kind of summoning circle and of course I still have the bowmen to paint.

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

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    #75913
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    They are wicked, I am doing something myself but my bowls are much deeper, which upon seeing yours is why I think I don’t like them.
    Do you have any images of the nails pre greenstuff?

    #75916
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    They are regular plain upholstery nails, you can find them in most do it yourself stores.

    Took quick picture of the ones I have here

    They also make great 6mm satelite dishes 

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    #75921

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Love the braziers and the wizard. I’d love to see pictures when you organize a game. Do you plan to use CROM!?

    Keep sharing!

    #75942
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Had time to paint a little more today and this thing sorta jumped to the front of the painting que.

    One of the very few 15mm scenery pieces I ever bought, the Elderitich statue from the Copplestone Barbarica range.

    “Sneaking into the temple of the elder gods to steal the famous fire opals of the starspawn Conan finds a bit more trouble than he bargined for…”

    @ Gone Fishing

    I’ve always used Crom in the past but lately I’ve been toying with the idea of maybe adapting Pocket Quest as  I’ve been thinking more along the lines of exploration/heist adventures than straight up skirmish. That being said Michael’s last adventure had some good sneaking rules, which made me gravitate back to Crom, but that still leaves the exploration part, I dunno maybe I’ll do a mash up of the two, we’ll see.

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

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    #75945
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Look at those piles of loot!!

    Exploration as in searching for traps and the like?

    #75946
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Yep, checking for traps, lock picking, not knowing what’s behind the next door/corner (ie. building the map as you go) that sort of thing.

    I’ve been re-reading a lot of the old Conan stories and some of my favourites are the heists like The Tower of the Elephant.

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    #75948
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Ha, I think that was the last one I read!!

    So, top of my head…

    trap difficulty vs special check.

    Traps are designed to take out normal plebs so we need to consider what a normal person can get, a minion technically has no dice in special but I ignored that for my stealth rules so will ignore that here.
    They have 2 dice.
    So a typical roll using full perception mode would be 7.
    Let us assume as a sort of benchmark a trap that you or I would probably detect: a pit in the dark.
    We will assume we are looking for traps.
    We could be shuffling, we could feel a draught, we could be vaguely aware of a slightly darker patch ahead of us.
    So I would say a 7 or more is needed to spot a pit trap in the dark if we are being cautious, ie moving very very slowly, so slow as to not really count in game terms.
    If we are walking, then we have 1 die in move and 1 in special meaning we cannot avoid the pit trap if moving.
    This to me seems a good base.

    So basic pit trap 7+
    So how about pressure plate 10+ (very very hard for a regular to spot)
    Pressure and trip wire light beam (Indiana Jones style) 16+ (no way a normal pleb would know that is even a trap if they saw it)

    Lock picking, I can’t pick locks, I doubt any regular person can.
    Locks were possibly simpler in Conan’s times, but then so were people!

    I would give a basic lock a difficulty of 10+
    Hard lock 16+
    Master lock 21+  (6 dice on average needed)

    Now, Conan is not a technically adept sort, lithe, agile and what not yes, but not sure he is a lockpicker?
    I would be inclined to limit the amount of dice he can put into any special roll for locks and so on as half his dice pool.

    Also by restricting his dice pool means the need to bring a thief along, this aids the story and also means Conan has to keep the thief alive as well as himself.

    Feel free to ignore but seems like a sound starting block?

    #75959

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Those are some excellent ideas, Mike. I hope one day we will get a Deluxe CROM! with all these nifty bits added. And a bestiary.

    Stroezie, couldn’t agree more over the liking the “lower level” Conan adventures. My favourites have always been those in which he is a thief or solitary wanderer, breaking into wizards’ towers and stealing stuff. Think Tower of the Elephant, Red Nails, Rogues in the House, etc…While the tales of him as a leader of men are also good, I always lean to the former.

    I’ll look forward to watching your progress.

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