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You certainly know how to knock together a good gaming table. I’m interested in this, I must admit.03/01/2024 at 16:21 in reply to: A.I. for Solo or Multiplayer RPGs Of Vampire WereWolves #193879
This looks interesting, maybe what I’m looking for. I’m in the mist of creating a fantasy RPG solo game.
For me both, I look back on all the games I played and the QE was just as fun as SH.
Pirates of the Spanish Main for example. We quite often did a standard 40pts game QE. Mainly because there was a new player and didn’t want to over burden them. Or time was an issue. Same with all my Scfi games, FUBAR I found as a great starting point.
As for SH, both PotSM and Scfi games were played this way. I did find it more enriching to play long campaign games. It always seemed that inorder to do a QE game you had to make a lot of omits. Not necessarily any less fun but certainly felt less engaging.
A few more monsters for the realm. I’ve noticed nearly all the models need a little finishing off, but that’s no biggy. I’ll be ordering some more after Christmas and working on the game board and scenery too. So lots to do be it’ll be ready for the first game. Not to mention I need to think about what rules to use.
Rot Hag…….. Classification; Necrophage (corpse eater)
Necrophages, (there are lots of different types). Share one thing in common. They are not interested in the living (usually). No, these foul creatures like rotting flesh. In fact, festering flesh is some what a delicacy for them. A mortuary or cemetery for a Rot Hag is like a Walmart or Asda for us. Rot Hags started off scouring the landscape of the demonic realm looking for dead and dying demons. Now, being in the material realm have presented them with sweeter opportunities. Some Rot Hags have gone a step further and started to kidnap and murder young children and the vulnerable. Burying the corpses and returning later to dig them up once rotten for a snack or a banquet.
Bewitched Wraith…………Classification; Spector
A bewitched wraith is a woman who suffered greatly before death ( no fury like the fury of a woman scored, even in death). This huge negative energy attracts demonic lost soles from the spectral realm. Then all this bad energy is consumed by the demonic sole and then it becomes a wraith. But, there are many kinds of wraiths. In this case it becomes bewitched, tethered to the material realm by something corporeal (and that becomes a proverbial pain in the arse for everyone) They can’t be killed since they are already dead (and that’s a huge problem). Corporeal weapons have no effect, unless imbued with Spector oil. But this simply allows the weapon to make physical contact sending the wraith back into the spectral realm. But a bewitched wraith is tethered and simply returns to the material realm ((to carry on being a proverbial pain in the arse) The only way to banish a bewitched wraith permanently is to find the corporeal object that binds it and destroy it.
Well I haven’t done anything to my minis featured above. But I haven’t been slacking…no sir……
I’ve done another 3 28mm monsters for my RPG project. I’ve put up (in that section) the Blood Slurper and have a Rot Hag and a Wraith ready to go. So some progress has been had…..yes sir.
Blood Slurper……….Classification; Feral Vampire
These vampiric creatures share no resemblance to the vampires we all know from folklore. They don’t give a toss about crosses, garlic or holy water. Although nocturnal they’re not bothered too much about sunlight neither (should they do encounter sunlight they won’t disappear in a puff of dust). Nor do they float majestically in though an open bedroom window in the middle of the night to suck blood from a beautiful virgin with a gentle kiss like bite while she’s sleeping….No, these cruel and sadistic creatures prefer to shred their prey with razor sharp claws and watch with delight as their pray slowly bleeds out. Whereupon they can then slurp and lick the blood off the cold, hard, floor. (Much more efficient than faffing around in people’s bedrooms).
oooh 28mm? If so, where are the models from?
Yes opted for 28mm – 32mm. These are from Etsy, quite a choice. Which I think influenced my choice in scale. That and I’ve never done anything this large before.
Done some more, next up is two hero’s and the first monster. I will add a Mage as a companion for the hero’s. And continue with different types of classification of the different monsters and demons.
Tarick Wolfheart……….Monster and Demon slayer
Monster slayers specialise in hunting and killing monsters and demons. It’s important to understand that monsters and demons are two very different things.
Using more specialist weapons and having the ability to wield magic. They sell their service to the highest bidder. Tarick is one of the most skilled in his field.
Freya the Fearless…..…monster slayer
Daughter of Tarick, Freya is trained by her father. She doesn’t wield the same spells but equally skilled with a sword.
This might help stop me from procrastinating. That’s the enemy, how many projects have gone unfinished? How big does the lead pile need to be before action is taken? I don’t mind a bit of focus.
4 x 32mm Grimdark warriors to finish. Maybe by next Wednesday, who knows.
Wow, 140lbs long bow is brutal, tried one once. Can’t remember the draw weight it was less l think but it was really hard. At the time I had a 250lbs hunting crossbow. I had to lay on my back using all the length of my body and strength to cock it. The trigger was so heavy I could hardly pull it.
This is a shame, no more 2sexy and her hermit crabs. Or the Girl Scouts and 4play who to the best of my memory never survived a shoot out.
Thanks, I liked it too but I do get kinda bored. I enjoyed my whole sci-fi, the games, the scratch building, the RPG’s.
Xenos Rampant? No I haven’t, can’t say I’m familiar with it. I will google in a moment.
It does feel liberating, a blank canvas. Not just the minis, all the stuff that goes with it.
Yes, didn’t move too far.
That is the sort of RPG I like to relate to. In fact the above could easy relate to a day in the life of say…a medieval peasant or a pilgrimage. A reflection on a hard world, simple survival.
Yep, I think the dark brown base worked well with the static grass. Wasn’t intended though.
Yes the ships wheel or the column is spare parts from the Atalanta. In fact the Atalanta is next up for painting. And is the type of small merchant ship the the Devils Maw prays on.
The tan/bronze doors are laptop keys. I always seem to have laptop keys in my scratch build box.
Funnily enough I didn’t intend the mat to look like that. I only noticed it was all ruffed after I took the pics. Then did like it looked like waves
Blimey, you guys post quick. Well the tomb was really quick and easy. The Earth is simply brown emulsion base with dark green static grass. It was the ship that has taken the time. Started it months ago and only just finished it.
I have settled upon diy type ready mixed filler,
That is what I tend to used. Sometimes a cheap premixed tub does the job. However, being a decorator I have a van full of various fillers and Troupet do a professional range of fillers. Murex is especially good, goes off rock hard. Plus you can get a range of really flexible fillers. Not that I’ve had a need for these.
Yeah, I’ve used miliput without problems. Cracking is usually to do with drying out and movement. But have never had used clay. However, I do find miliput and green sticky and hard to use.
Now sold, thanks.
Still for sale.
Yes, bang on metal 10×12 cm. Preferably UK postage as there is a bit of weight involved, no extra for that.
The Lazarus Wave Aftermath – Outpost Alpha 7
Engineer team leader, M.K.Keelar, personal log – Outpost Beta Alpha 7
“I don’t know how I survived, but it’s bad….I….I’m in a bad way…..It was some sort of Wave and when it hit, victims underwent dramatic changes to their physiology both internally and externally. Aside from fundamentally changing the composition of their internal organs, the high intensity plasma wave was strong enough to fuse metal to skin. In many cases, personal items such as watches and jewelry burned through the skin and became permanently embedded in the victim.
Perhaps the most unfortunate victims of this fusing event were us engineers……..I just hope the anti matter generators are okay…..If they lose containment……..Hopefully help will come soon. As yet I haven’t been able to reach the Lazarus base for assistance.”
The team’s Raven lands on the upper most landing pad and the team make a quick exit. It soon becomes apparent that things aren’t as they should be. Visible damage to some builds and a lack of personal made McCallum suspicious. He orders Annie to watch the still unconscious scientist as the rest of the team split in two to start an organised search.
“That’s big “D”. Says Woods. Looking at the big yellow sky hauler. “But where’s Al?”
“Al?” Asks Faux.
“He’s the pilot, good mate of mine” says Woods.
They splinter off and Mila and Faux take the first building. The room was dark but Mila could easy make out the pipes and various electric items. Some sort of utility out building. Also the interior had sustain minor damage somehow. Then suddenly out of the darkness a figure came at Faux. All he saw was the huge wrench that come at him. He ducked as the wrench bounced off a metal pipe with a clang. Then another swing, this time the wrench smashed a computer console.
“RDF! Stop! Stop!” Cried Faux, but no response from the assailant as another blow was aimed at Faux’s head. He reached down for his pistol as in the confines of the room he couldn’t bring his Heckler-Enfield assault rifle to bear. Then a shot rang out. The figure groaned and staggered back into the gloomy interior. They came again! This time four more shots rang out from Mila’s pistol.
“This man shouldn’t been alive let a long walking around”. Says McCallum as he examines the body. The pistol rounds all found their mark centre of the chest. Which made quite a lot of damage. But the rest of the dead engineer showed bad injuries all over.
Woods and Dyke take the warehouse area. The area seemed clear then both men heard what appeared to be a high pitch screaming. Then it appeared….a flaming great face that seemed to hover and fly. At first it ignored the soldiers and continued in a calm and gentle fashion. It flew past then it changed, it seemed of sensed them. Turning aggressive and aggravated, it charged right at them. Dyke wasted no time in responding to the threat. He clicked off the safety to his minigun and fired! The face exploded in a hail of shot.
“What the hell was that!” Said Woods
“No idea, that’s get back” relied Dyke
Both were on their way back when a figure steps out of the MHU and open fires.
“Have some of that…bloody zombies!” Cries Big Al.
“We’re not zombies!” Shouts Woods.
“Woods is you? Thank god. Now what’s going on?” Says Big Al.
“Thought you could tell me”.
As the team regroups on the lower Landing Pad. They hear more screaming, more movement.
“Oh no, there’s more” Says Dyke.
With that they soon sight what appears to be more flaming faces and more possessed personal.
To be continued…….
Haha, works quite well I thought. 2Sexy did well, but I’m not sure 4Play will do well if he featured in a short story.
One Year Later………
Proxima B – RDF Control Lazarus base.
Lt Col Raine looks across at the top secret Lazarus labs. From his position in the tower of the small RDF base control centre. The UAC took control of the transwarp gate over a year ago and now have been running multiple tests and studies into it. What they were exactly doing was unknown, but Raine didn’t care. His job was to guard the base and boost the UAC security. He turns to the duty controller.
.“Has Major McCallum found that scientist yet?”
“We’ve still got a good fix on this position. He and his team should be there soon” says the RDF controller. He continues. “Why don’t the UAC send one of their own to look for their missing scientist?”
“Major McCallum volunteered. He wanted to get out and stretch his legs”.
Somewhere in the outer lands
McCallum’s Raven comes in low over the terrain. Mainly because the pilot wants a closer look at the fallen mech from a long forgotten battle.The huge metal monster still lay rotting where it had fallen. Inside the RDF team of 5 bobbed about with the flight. They all stretched their necks to get a look at the scenery.
“Was that one of the last category class 5’s Mechs?” Asks Staff Sergeant Woods. The teams tech guy and the only other member to of been with McCallum during The Genesis Findings.
“Yeah, it was brought here from Earth to stop the last PHR invasion. They failed”. Says Corporal Dyke, the newest member of McCallum’s team.
“Vehicle located, its our scientist and where ever he’s going he’s in a huge hurry”. Says Annie the RDF pilot. “I’ll get him on the comms, channel open”.
“This is Major McCallum, RDF. You are ordered to stop your vehicle immediately”
No response. McCallum said again and still the same.
“Trooper Meila, disable our target” orders McCallum.
“Yes sir”. She loads an EMP round into her guass luncher and fires out of the aircraft.
It was a direct hit and the vehicle soon stops dead. The Raven quickly lands and the team of 5 waste no time in exiting the vehicle.
“Where are you going?” Shouts McCallum throwing his arms in the air as he sees the scientist emerge from the stolen APC looking vexed. “There’s nothing out here, why didn’t you stop?”
“I’M NOT GOING BACK” cries the scientist. “You don’t know what she’s doing? She needs to be stopped” and with that he raises a high power assault rifle and fires!
Fortunately, he wasn’t very proficient in the use of small arms. The shots go all over the place. Sending the team flying to the ground for cover. The magazine soon runs dry and the last member of the squad Trooper Faux returns fire. The less lethal round hits the scientist, sending him reeling backwards.
“Nice” Says Woods. “That’ll have him sleeping like a baby”.
The team quickly secure the weapon and the stunned scientist.
“Load him in the casualty bay and let’s go”. Says McCallum
Less then a minute into the flight Annie picks up something on the scanner. Some sort of energy wave. Before she could do anything it hits the dropship. Unknown to the occupants the wave had dissipated in strength due to range. But minor damage is sustained.
“What was that? Some sort of weapon?……I’m reading multiple warnings on my HUD. But the aircraft is flying okay”. Says Annie.
“Can we safely make the base?” Asks McCallum .
Annie just shrugs as she continues to assess the damage.
“ Alright there’s an engineering outpost on the way. We will put down there and get them to check us over before we continue on to the base”. Orders McCallum .
Annie nods as she makes a small course correction.
The team all settle down for the trip to the outpost. Both Troopers Faux and Meila yawn in unison and Dyke closes his eyes.
“Oh, well that’s that bit of excitement over” Says Woods. “I suppose it’ll soon be back to the monotony of sitting around in the rec room again”.
“Don’t knock it Woods……” Says McCallum.
“It won’t be long before all hell breaks loose I expect!”
To be continued…….
Interesting……you always have something up your sleeve.
I’m the same as Thuseld, don’t notice the pound each month. Maybe upgrade to a Trader account. Or can you still donate on the CA website?
I’ve been supporting my local restaurants and eateries. Only just realised how much the hobby sector must be suffering. I have continued with a new project which has seen me buy some tangible stuff. Never thought about those that offer only services.
I remember Plebs. Watched it a few things and thought quite funny. Never would have thought you could make a table top war game from in. Goes to show you don’t always need military type characters.
Thanks Guy, an enjoyable read!
I am however intrigued as to what these labs are all about. Labs in my experience are rarely up to anything good. Good background and nice to see the team’s mission go smoothly. Even if no shoots were fired!
I see Apis is expanding the Burning Sands range. So good stuff there my man. Keep up the good work.
Found this on IMDB John Wick trivia. Reminded me of my background for 3SOME. At the time I made up the animal cruelty crime, didn’t know people went to jail for it.
The story is loosely inspired by an incident in Texas involving former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who wrote Lone Survivor, about his fireteam’s ordeal during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was given a yellow labrador puppy, whom he named DASY, after the members of his fireteam. On April 1, 2009, at about 1:00 a.m., Luttrell was awakened by a gunshot, and saw four men drive away. DASY was dead in his yard from a gunshot wound. He armed himself with two 9mm Beretta pistols and chased the men through four counties in his truck until police apprehended them. They taunted Luttrell, threatened to kill him, and indicated no remorse for their actions. They were later sentenced for animal cruelty. Luttrell stated later, “I spared them, because I’ve killed enough people already.”
That reminds me of the story of Paddy Mayne. During WW2 when David Stirling was forming the SAS. Paddy Mayne had a Jack Russel Terrier. When he was away his commanding officer, who hated Mayne killed his dog. When Mayne returned he was so furious he beat up his commanding office (Mayne was not a man to be crossed). He was due to be court marshalled. When Stirling jumped up and said I’ll take him. Who was looking for men just like Mayne for the special forces.
I reckon it should be a brothel. Those sailors coming into port after spending months on the southern oceans. Are going to need their horizontal refreshment.
I liked it so much I went and got a copy of Chrome Hammer. This sort of thing is right up my street. Thanks for posting I enjoyed the video.
Interesting because reading through this thread seems to me. That the general consensus is that we wargamers like to see pics right? For reasons illustrated by the Sherman and the shape of the turret comment goes to prove this. Mike comments and I quote…
“boggles my mind that someone would go to that effort to get a product to market then not bother with the final step of letting people actually see what it is you are selling.”
and also says…..
”I don’t get the notion that someone with an e-commerce site they have likely paid for, and sculpts they have likely paid for, and stock they have paid for that has come from moulds they have paid for does not want to sell anything”.
Which I get and understand and makes complete sense. Then Blackhat comes along as says……
”I am working on a new website but that won’t have photos either because I am flat out fulfilling orders and don’t have the time to take photos or the incentive to to get new orders”.
That too makes sense. But if you don’t need to put up photos, who is buying? I’m pretty sure this is the same for GZG and some others. So, wargamers are buying without photos. Maybe the majority of us are familiar with what manufactures sell and are reoccurring consumers. But what about new products? Clearly the manufacturers who don’t have photos are turning over enough sales for whatever reason.
‘watch it with that torch, you will set fire to me pitchfork!’
Who said that? Was it Wat Tyler?
Yep, frustrating isn’t it. I understand there’s a lot of faff involved but it reduces the chance of sales. A bad or an unpainted Pic is better then no pic at all.
GZG have been like it for years. Clearly don’t need to advertise their minis.
I know I’m a right technophobe and all but what in hell’s teeth is a Keen page? It looks like some sort of e-scrap book with “stuff” on it, your case CA.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say again. I do like you’re infusion of colour and how you use it to coordinate the different groups.
I’m quite the fan of Ral Partha. I’ve been meaning to get some Gargoyles and those certainly look good. They definitely look like they’ve just come alive and have unstuck themselves from a side of a cathedral. Ral Partha’s website doesn’t showcase many painted models. For people like me who exhibit zero imagination find it hard to imagine the models in painted form. So it’s nice to see them in all glory.
Thanks for the read and well narrated. Glad to see Brenda was recovered successfully. The “devil child” was a surprise.
I was going to ask a little more about In Darkest Warrens. But there was a bit of a write up at the end. Which explained about it. An interesting RPG.
I’m impressed, those keeps are the bomb! I wish I could sculpt like you. Part of my problem is not being able to use green stuff. I find it to stiff and doesn’t stick to what I want.
I can recommend Mecha Front, I’m pretty sure I assembled first before painting. Haven’t done anything with the Precinct Omega ones yet but will assemble first. They look good and similar to Mecha Front, so should fit in nicely.