Usually Sporadic; Always Quixotic

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

Campaign Maps

Tyrol is a region in the Central Alps which, though modernly split between Austria and Italy, was historically firmly under the control of the Austrian Habsburgs. The campaign will take place in its “Oberland” in a West Marches style, with PCs generally basing out of Innsbruck, the primary city in…

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…

Campaign Introduction

As I develop my d20/OSR-inspired rules, I’m also looking at both the campaign premise and setting. Though my primary historical focus is on the Renaissance Netherlands, I don’t want that to be the campaign setting for two reasons: To keep my players (most of whom will be my friends) from…

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…