Usually Sporadic; Always Quixotic

Roleplaying and Miniatures Projects from a Frequently Distracted Gamer's Mind

15mm Arquebusiers and NPCs

Brief update today to showcase the new figures I’ve added to the 15XX collection – as well as some of the design choices I’m working through in preparation for closed playtest #4. Please note that, yeah, these pics look awfully shiny. I hit the figures with a satin spray instead…

Good Bois

The 54mm New France project is slowly moving forward, now with the fine addition of these two Good Bois I purchased in an upscaled size from Cliff at TableTopTradesman on Etsy. They should be an interesting addition to the French marines, the woods-runners, and the Osage. Painting is slowly getting…

Ruined Buildings and Towers 15XX Terrain

Over the course of late 2020, I went on a terrain buying and building spree… and then left everything primed. I’ve taken time after work this week to paint up a few pieces of that terrain. Although I never played Mordheim (either back in the day or in the fan-supported…

Catholic Rabble and Officer Groups for 15XX

When I first began the 15XX Renaissance skirmish wargame project a year ago last March, I originally had plans for a single-based “Character” unit. Officers, clergy, local notables such as burgomeisters or noblewomen caught up in the fray. They’d all grant various bonuses, as you’d imagine. But as the rules…

54mm New France Skirmish Project

A new project? Really? Well, consider these points: I am of Osage Native American heritage and proud to be a tribal member. One of my favorite movies, since I was a kid, is 1992’s Last of the Mohicans. I know live in the St. Louis, Missouri, area – steeped in…

Small 15mm Terrain Update

Most of my gaming efforts since Thanksgiving have been focused on writing and testing rules for 15XX (which has now gone into closed playtesting – via online playtesters, thanks to COVID-19). I’ve got enough figures based to play around with multiple types of Parties in the game. But the terrain?…

Strongpoint Terrain and Casualty Markers

Work’s been continuing on my Renaissance / Pike and Shot skirmish rules! There’s been the rules (and a name), but here are some quick updates on the miniatures side. Strongpoints While I don’t play Age of Sigmar or Warmahordes, I’ve been inspired how they give rules and mechanics to pieces…

Giving the 15mm Skirmish Project a Name: 15XX

Work’s been continuing on the skirmish project in the midst of Covid-enforced social distancing. In addition to terrain and some more work painting and basing figures, I’ve circled back to the rules in the last few weeks. I’ll be having my first playtest game since the pandemic restrictions came about…

Haunters: My New In-Progress Hellboy & World of Darkness Inspired RPG

You are a creature from folklore. A supernatural being. A visitor from the stars. A monster. Or maybe, a mortal human… but one burdened by strange powers. You live among humanity, strange sights in a stranger world. In the shadowy margins, you face the vile, the villainous, the unnatural… …and…

15mm Messenger Pigeons and Game Warden with Deer

One of the hypothesizes I have with why prospective players struggle with historical games is the perception of “sameness” between the different units and troops you can select for your army or warband. Now, this isn’t an issue to those looking to refight a specific battle from history, but for…

15mm Carts & Priest Character

Short update on the 15mm project! The ability to use larger sized objects and figures such as small cannons was the chief driver of selecting 1.5″ base sizes on my skirmish project. With how nice my pack horses came together, I started to wonder if I could fit a two-wheeled…

Two Playtest Warbands Complete!

I’ve reached a small milestone in my 15mm skirmish project: I’ve completed enough troops types for two warbands! Were the world back to normal, this means I could do playtesting with actual figures, but… that’s still not likely to be happening for a good long while. Here are photos of…

New 15mm Terrain Pieces In Progress

I had initial plans to paint up another unit this weekend, but a few terrain pieces from Novus Design Studio on eBay arrived, so terrain was the name for the day Sunday. Or, at least, it was mostly the name for the day. The other name was organization across my…