Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Weekly Update #2

So the second of my Weekly Updates. Tonight has been a little different as the modelling has mostly been sewing.

Having finished tying the ratlines on my Brigantine, the next thing needed is sails. I've been sewing the lines on these with my rather antique sewing machine. 

Once all were sewn, I removed the paper and have sealed the stitches and around the edges with PVA. Once that has dried I'll be able to cut the sails out and then attach them to the ship.

Slightly less exciting I've also finished off another plain Terraformer tile. 

Update: I just finished for the night. Sails are on, still some tidying to do. Tomorrow for that.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Second game of Blood and Plunder

We managed to get another game of Blood and Plunder this afternoon. Another land game, this time the Search and Recover scenario from the No Peace Beyond the Line expansion book. I took the English this time and Brendan the French.

The scenario required a larger battlefield than I've ever done before with my Terraformer tiles and it's lucky I've been making more. It was great to get it all together for the first time.

Again the game played really well. We both advanced looking for the objective in one of several chests. Chest after chest proved not to contain it though. Much to Brendan's annoyance it was my Militia over on my left flank that found it and his Boucaniers shot at them forcing them to back off, but they were attacked in turn by my Sea Dogs whilst crossing the river to retrieve their prize.

The Sea Dogs were fairly easily beaten off, but much as with the previous game the Boucaniers were quite fatigued and out in the open as a result. My Militia had recovered their wits and returned to the objectives opening fire on the Boucaniers who being out in the open were wiped out. This left the Militia able to hold the objective for the rest of the game, leading to an English Victory.

There were a few notable occurrences. About half-way-through the game an event came up which meant it started to rain. This reduced line of sight and meant that an extra reload marker was needed for troops shooting whilst without a roof over their heads. A good simple mechanic. 

Another was when Brendan decided to put his largest unit in a very small hut... It must have been quite smelly in there and I can't think his captain was too happy about being in such cramped accommodations. 

Anyway, I'm well on with my Brigantine. I've been tying ratlines all night and that's why this report is so late! But I'm well over half way done with those. Just some sails to make for it and then hopefully we can have a sea battle next Sunday!

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Weekly Update #1

My posts in the past have been fairly random in their timing, posting when I get something finished or get a game played. I thought I'd try something else in addition, regular posts every Tuesday with photos of what I'm working on at that moment. Lets see where that goes...

So, right now I'm working on my 3D printed brigantine for use with Blood and Plunder and hopefully other games as well. I've just finished the base-coats. It's on to highlights and detailing next.

In the background you can also see a load of additional sailors to supplement my crews for sea-based Blood and Plunder battles.

Over on the shelf and paused a little whilst the 3D printer is working on shelves for the kitchen is a tavern from the Age of Pirates set I've mentioned before. There's a few more bits needed to be printed before that can be finished off.

The guillotine has been sat there for a couple of years now! I don't know when that will be finished.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

First Game of Blood and Plunder

With the new kitchen completed (almost) the house has returned to some form of normality and we were able to get a game in on the dining room table back to it's normal position after the whole dining room had been turned into a temporary kitchen. I've been working on Blood and Plunder minis and terrain and so that was the game of choice.

The forces were the English and French starter sets on my Terraformers skirmish boards with Caribbean additions in the form of some Spanish-style buildings and palm tree jungle bases.

I asked Brendan which side he wanted to play and he chose the English. I suspect because they were actually the only real pirates. They were under the command of Robert Searle. My French under command of Julien Lambert were simply Militia forces.

We played the "Take and Hold" scenario, with the bridge over the river as the central objective. I was the defender and chose the side with the Spanish buildings leaving Brendan to advance through the jungle.

Early in the first turn My Flibustiers and Captain climbed up onto the villa balcony to get a good position and this proved a very bad idea as Brendan's Freebooters popped out of the jungle and killed half of them in a single round of shooting. With their tails between their legs they climbed back down again out of line of sight and the Captain ordered the Milicies around the back of the villa whilst the Marins and Boucaniers advanced on the Bridge.

Brendan advanced on the Bridge and soon his Militia was able to count as holding it, though a little too early to score points. The Freebooters covered their position. His Sea Dogs advanced across the river.

With their wits recovered my Flibustiers risked the villa balcony again and from there were able to wipe out the Sea Dogs. They retreated back behind it and as they did the Boucaniers were routed by the Militia.

My Marins had been hiding in the hermitage at this point and they saw they needed to act soon to stop the English scoring on the objective. Believing they had a chance they decided to charge across the bridge at the English Militia who were in the middle of reloading their muskets. The English managed to get just a few shots off at the Marins as they crossed the bridge killing three of them and the remaining one fled the field. However this had flustered the English Militia leaving them on 2 fatigue and 2 reloads. 

Seeing and deciding to grasp this advantage I sent my Milicies around the corner of the villa for a clear shot on them and opened fire. The English Militia broke and ran for cover.

Brendan advanced from the jungle and battered the Milicies with fire, but with the road clear my Flibustiers and Captain moved up to the wall next to bridge and started to claim it. For the next couple of turns they held. Brendan's troops coming out of the jungle had no cover, but the Flibustiers had hard cover behind the wall and their Captain to keep them strong. With the Militia failing to rally their open flank was not under any risk.

The tide of the battle had changed and Brendan lost the Strike Test. Unbelievably it was a victory to the English!

This was a great first game and we're looking to play a lot more. The game flowed beautifully with not too many rule-book references and I just have one rules query I need to look up.

I have a Brigantine on my bench right now which I need to get built ready for sea battles... but there'll be more land games first before that is ready.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

More For "Blood And Plunder" - French Starter Completed

I just managed to get my French starter for Blood and Plunder completed. With the English starter in the previous post this means I'm ready to play.

I was hoping to get my first game in this weekend, but that has been impossible since the house is still in turmoil. We're having a new kitchen installed and the work is running a little late. There is no space in the house for a game and anyway I'm a little busy with various DIY tasks. Lets hope there's chance next weekend.

Here is the French force along with a Hermitage from Charlie Foxtrot which I've had ready but not built for a couple of years now. I was going to use it for Peninsular War stuff, but never got around to finishing it. Well it's finished now and has come out nicely.

I have been busy with getting even more built up. There's a load more sailors, both French and English, a brigantine, a hut, a shipwreck and a villa. 

This game better be as good as people say!

Sunday, 24 January 2021

28mm Scale 3D Printed Sloop and Pirates

As you may have guessed by now I'm a bit of a fan of Printable Scenery's 3D printable models. I've already printed an elven tower, city wall, gateway and mine, but what really drew me to their models was the amazing Lost Ships range. I just couldn't find a reason to make them though...

Well eventually I gave in and found a reason. Looking around I could see that the ideal game for these is Blood and Plunder by Firelock Games. In fact it's quite obvious that the range was intended for that game specifically. (Though the fantasy models don't fit.) So I decided it was time to start collecting and hopefully playing that. 

I've bought the English and French starter sets, 25 miniatures in each and painted up the English models first. I then decided I would build my first ship before moving onto the French. I chose the Sloop as a first attempt as it was probably the most common ship for Pirates in the 17th Century and it was a simple one to do. 

Anyway, the English Pirates and Sloop are now complete, including rigging, sails and cannons.

There were also some English Caribbean Militia in the English starter set...

Apologies for the less lovely backdrop than usual, we're having a new kitchen installed and so there's no room to set anything up for photos.

So, next up is painting the French starter set, then I'll start on the Brigantine, which is currently printing behind me....

Sunday, 10 January 2021

28mm City, Countryside, Mine and Dungeon Combined

After combining my medieval city with my countryside boards I decided that the next stage was to combine the dungeon boards in as well. The way I've chosen to do this is with a mine.

I've been planning to do this for a while and have had the bits needed, Terra-Formers, Mantic "Abandoned Mine" set, etc. However with 3D printing now possible I changed this a bit. Instead of the Mantic mine set I've decided to print the OpenLock mine set from Printable Scenery. This is based on the same 1" square system as my dungeon and so fits in well. It's also infinitely expandable, I just have to print more pieces and clip them on!

I've made a Terra-Former board with the mine entrance on it and a hole at the back for the tunnels to come out and join onto the dungeon. This I have magnetised.

I've set up all the areas for these photos, but my dining room table is nowhere near big enough to get the whole lot out. This is just a small 6ft x 3ft section of the whole 15ft x 3ft board I think I can do with all that I have now. I really need a public show to display and use all this... Lets hope there's chance in 2021!