Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ghost Archipelago: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay....well blanket.

Threw together a very make shift dock to show how well the smaller boats came out for Ghost Archipelago.

All in all I'm really happy with them, 5 models fit quite well and they look the part.

May well add some small details to the bottom and sides, oars and tools etc, as long as they don't impinge on the play-ability.

Had to use many of my Frostgrave miniatures as haven't started putting the crew together yet. Hopefully next week. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Five Parsecs from Home: 2nd Edition


A quick post to bring to your attention that Ivan Sorensen has created an updated/stand alone version of Five Parsecs From Home.

A much loved game on this site for a few years now and one which I have thoroughly enjoyed playing, can't really recommend it enough. Got mine yesterday :-)

Blurb from Wargame Vault

Five Parsecs From Home is back, leaner and meaner than ever before!
Create a crew of randomly generated personalities and see if you can make a profit on the fringes of space. Look for patrons, get into gun-battles and build up your squad.
Five Parsecs is aimed specifically at the solo gamer (though you can play with a friend just fine) and lets you build a crew, take them through missions, gain new equipment and level them up. 
Watch your men, women and bug-eyed aliens improve, grow (or die horribly) as you play.
Experience random events and unforeseen circumstances.
* * * * *
Who is this game for?
If you have wanted a Necromunda style campaign experience to play solo.
If you want to play a miniatures campaign in the style of Traveller, Trigun or Borderlands.
If you want a game that is written with solo gamers in mind.
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This is a second edition of the original Five parsecs rules. It includes the following changes:
*Completely stand-alone game based on an original, ultra-simple system.
*Stream-lined to make it far more manageable for a single player.
*Solo advice for running enemy forces is included right in the combat rules.
*The game has been condensed to focus on the results that matter. That meant pruning some random tables down. 
*Far fewer exceptions and special rules to keep track of.
*We added more optional rules and difficulty settings, allowing the game system to be customized to your liking.
*An economic system allowing you to earn and spend cash.
* * * * *
All you need to play is a handful of scifi adventurer figures and some suitable enemies to get started. Figures need to be based individually. Scale is up to the player.
The PDF is laid out in single column, for the benefit of screen reading, especially in light of the popularity of ipads and android tablets as gaming accessories.
To be print-friendly, all images are grey-scale rather than color. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

KOW: Wavering Markers

For quite some time now I have been using some green glass beads as Wavering markers. After I had made the Fatigue markers for Saga I decided it was time to remake the Wavering ones. 
Here they are, made from cat food box card and cereal box card, sand, PVA and paint, very much similar technique as the Saga Fatigue markers.

All the relevant info on the back.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Ghost Archipelago: Statues on the Cheap!

Not a lot to say about these, they came from Poundland and Home Bargains, and yes, they cost £1 each. So for £6 I have a load of Buddhist, Hindu and sort of Gargoylie type sculpture. I was very impressed with their cheaposity!

The gargoyles are probably the least applicable, but they'll do.

Just goes to show, always worth a good look around your local pound shops.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ghost Archipelago: Small Boats

The first small boat I bought from Ainsty Castings which is very nice and to be honest is very reasonably priced at £6.50 but you know what I'm like.

So I made my own as I needed another 3 at least,

Ainsty's and mine side by side, mine are slightly larger but with fewer seats. 

With 2 matchsticks under each seat I needed to add a small supporting piece for the seat to stable. 

I used cereal card for the boards in the bottom and planks on the side, cat food box card for the main structure lolly pop sticks for seats and the rest from matchsticks.

All three new versions completed, just about.

Rudders from matchsticks.

Sorry for poor pictures, but these show adding PVAcrete to the edges of the base and top of the boats, to finish the edges and to give strength.

So for a couple of hours work, saved £19.50, really it was the fun of seeing if I could construct the boats in the first place, The question is, do they need oars adding?

So all constructed and painting is the next step, will be posting in few days when all done.