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A friendly game of Maurice

One of the great things about tabletop is that it may be even played during these dire times. And after a digital game of canvas eagles - maybe some pictures on that later - I met up with a friend to enjoy the great spring and a game of Maurice on the terrace. I highly recommend to listening to Benda's Concerto for Flute in E minor while reading this report to get you into the right mood.
About the game Maurice is a game designed by Sam Mustafa which is based on an action-cards system. I was rather reluctant when I had my first game some time ago, but started to enjoy it more and more ever since. The basic mechanic is a deck of cards which each give a specialty and a range in base-widths. These may be used by the player to activate a force of his for a certain action (charge, march, rally) or to modify the outcome of a certain action or fight. For each action the player regains a certain amount of cards (charge 0, march 1, rally/shoot artillery 2 or if you pass the turn, 3). So g…
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[Field of Glory] Santa's Tournament 2019 - Game 2, Part 2

..due to Christmas celebrations and preparations I was not able to finish the second part as fast as planned. I hope you all had a good time with your families and beloved ones so far and are now well enough rested to read on.
The first part of the series can be found here.
... so, lets have a look at the other side of the table:

My pikes were busy keeping the horseman to their front. After being close enough to charge, those horseman then had better insights concerning the stability of my ranks and two of them decided to charge, breaking through a unit of skirmishers.
The result was, as expected, meagre. Both lost fragmentation and the unit on the right decided to loose a base as well during close-combat. In Field of Glory, mounted units which are fighting (more than 50%) steady foot troops have disengage during joint-action phase. But as the skirmishers which were broken trough during the impact phase where still in the way. Thus the disrupted unit had to stay in touch with my pikes…

[Field of Glory] Santa's Tournament 2019 - Intro; Game 1 and 2

it's a draw, it's a draw, it's a draw
As I started writing the entry, this year's Santa Tournament in Berlin came to an end just a few hours ago.
Thus, and as the unofficial Field of Glory website in Germany is currently shut down and many old forums such as the tiny-soldiers dead, too, I decided to write some small reports on my battles and post the results here. Sadly I made that decision just after the first battle was over, and as there is no documentation of it, there won't be a report either. So you may or may not enjoy only 3 out of 4 of my struggles with dice, moral and alcohol.
The tournament's secret motto and running gag was "it's a draw, it's a draw, it's a draw!". We shall get to that later. Ferdi organized the tournament and provided some space to sleep in his Berlin home close to the venue for our guests from abroad. He limited the armies allowed to 400 BC to 600 AD, without any Asian or American Lists. Thus a load of  Pi…

[Tutrorial] Macedonian Phalanx Part 2

So let's continue with Step number

7. Which is the highlight of the leather armour, made with Vallejo MC 70.951 White. I used a mix of accurate painting and drybrush as my coulour dries quite fast.



8. Now highlighting the red with Vallejo 70.957 Flat Red and the gold/brass with the original Old Gold.


9. After that, we get started with the flesh - I am using as middle tone the Andrea Colour AC-52, which I like espacially for ist verry dull result.


10. The second flesh I am using is Foundrys 127C from the expert flesh set. 

11. So what is there still to do? Painting the back of the shields in Vallejo 70.872 Choclate Brown and highlighting the green - to do this I mix the green basecoat, Vallejo MC 70.980 Black Green with approx. 1/4 of Vallejo GC 72.034 Bonewhite. This creates a nice and warm lighter green.


12. Last, but not least the decals are set to place. THose are supplied by Little Big Men Studios. To give them a proper fit I cut once untill nearly the middle of the decal -…

[Tutorial] Painting Phalanx Part1

As I've been asked recently how I am painting my miniatures, I decided not to deny you the insight to my famous painting skills. Thus I'll provide some tutorials on different miniatures, showing some of the technique I am using as well as providing you with the intel which colours I am using.
What is really important in painting miniatures: use the best materials avaliable - your work gets much easier with this method. Everybody who has ever tried drilling a hole into a wall using a cheap electrical drill might know what I am talking about ;) Buying cheap always means buying twice.

So let's get started with some of Xystons Phalanglites:

1. After priming them white I start with a black wash for the leather armour, which is supposed to be white - using black wash gives me the opportunity only to highlight the armour white afterwards, saving a lot of time compared to a "classical" 3 steps highlight approach.

For the wash I used the Vallejo wash "lavado negro&q…

WARBANDS!!!

These are some Miniatures I already painted last year, and played them at the german new-year turnament in Field of Glory. Turned out that despite beeing ferocious warriors, these warbands weren't as usefull I hoped they'd be, leaving me finishing 12 out of 13 players....
I still like the miniatures, the fist unit is supplied by Corvus Belli, the other ones manufacturer is unknown to me - maybe one of you knows. Hope you'll like 'em.





Macedonian Phalanx - basing done

Thus the finals for this semester are comming close, I was still able to do some basing as a compensation for all the learning I did.

So this is the basing for the pike I already showed. I really think it really improves the look.


Mid Republican Romans

I bought these miniatures, supplied by donnington, on a bring and buy years ago - they were in a suspiscious blister saying "Romans, 2,5€". Good that I bought them, this was one of the best deals I ever made, after I came to know there was a full roman legion fitted for Field of Glory in there! I painted them last year alrerady, but didn't find enought time to make the basing. As this is done now, here they are!


And there is another benefit: I may use them for my seleucids as well.