Usually Sporadic; Always Quixotic

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

15mm Autumnal Table & Terrain

Like most of my gaming projects, my 15mm Renaissance skirmish project got put on hold when the United States went into COVID-19 isolation (such as us dumb Americans have, of course). By that point I had painted up my initial warband, made a big dent at my first batch of…

Witching Trolls All Assembled, Based, Primed, and Washed

Most of the models for my dark fairy tale inspired witching trolls came from US sources, but I picked up some of the excellent teddy bear models from Northumbrian Tin Soldier and a lovely “forest troll” from North Star figures – both from the UK. These final two models made…

Historic, Late 1500s Warband for Frostgrave

My friends know I’m a history geek. A big one. You can see it in my Renaissance Netherlands history project (with a Facebook page and very recently launched Instagram account), and my would-be 6mm big battle and 15mm multi-base skirmish figures. So don’t be surprised by what you’re about to…

6mm Cuirassiers and Pioneers Completed

I put my 6mm scale historical wargaming protect on the shelf at the beginning of the year after becoming daunted by the prospect of assembling two large armies (given the rabble rousing I was giving the project among my gaming friends) and discouraged by a general lack of interest. After…

Storing 6mm Minis & Preventing Bent Pikes

During 2018 and 2019 I was slowly working away on a 6mm, fast-playing, big-battle pike and shot rule set. Playtesting was handled with flat paper proxies. In early 2020, I finally pulled the trigger on actual miniatures from a handful of 6mm suppliers. In an enormous display of “putting the…

New Undead Dwarf Conversions

My eclectic band of a Dwarven necromancer and his band of zombies, skeletons, and evil hirelings continues to grow. The number has grown well beyond the figure limit of ten for Frostgrave, but when I see an opportunity for a suitable figure or conversion, I’m picking it up. (Hey, undead…

The Robot Cult Takes Shape

When I saw the three-legged spindle drones from 40k’s Blackstone Fortress set, I knew I had to create a cool science fantasy styled warband for Frostgrave using them as my “hounds.” In finding Warmachine’s art deco-themed Convergence of Cyriss faction, I knew I had my wizard and other figures. I…

The Witching Trolls Come to Life

In considering the creative and conversion gold mine that Frostgrave represented, my mind kicked kicked into high gear, putting together a dozen different ideas for interesting warbands. No basic human adventurers for me, personally. I knew undead spooky dwarves had to be one, and the art deco retro-future robots were…

Apocalympus: Absurd, Gonzo Fantasy Roleplaying

Looking for heroic heroes, pathos, and dramatic moments of saving the world? This is not that game. Need a break from a Very Serious game? Want permission to be over the top and have a laugh? Need easy to jump into rules? I have all the aspirations in the world…

Why I’m Hacking a Historical Take on d20 & the OSR

I came of age playing AD&D 2nd Edition, – specifically that very rules-lax variety that only junior highers can manage. Over time this naturally evolved into 3, 4th Edition, and Pathfinder before going further afield into narrative-focused games like Fate Core, the plethora of Powered by the Apocalypse system games, and…

Initial 15mm Terrain Efforts

Work on the project has been focused on the terrain. I’ve never built any terrain or a gaming board. So, it’s not fancy, but I’m happy with it so far. Trees are all pre-mades or premade armitures with foliage clumps. Likewise, the buildings are 3D prints which I am speed…

15mm Renaissance (c. 1474-1651) Skirmish Project

I have recently pivoted my historical wargaming focus from big battles in 6mm to skirmish-scale games in 15mm after I received much interest from my network of gaming friends about the latter… and continued crickets about the former! I hesitate to lean too much on the “pike and shot” term…

First Units Painted & Based!

Took two hours Sunday evening to see if I could get approx. 30 minis (a combination of musketeers and pikemen) painted. Using basic batch painting methods and a fairly simple approach of big, blocked colors and a wash, I was able to do just that! It may not look fancy,…

6mm Inspirations #1

As part of this project, I’ll be collecting and sharing awe-inspiring and relevant photos of the work other gamers have done in 6mm scale. Yes, my focus will be on other pike and shot era minis and armies, but there’s a lot of cool work being done with the still-going…