Tuesday 26 September 2023

Geralt & Ciri


I wasn't much of a Witcher fun until I started playing Wild Hunt, and while the gameplay has some issues, the graphics and the story are pretty engaging. Also given that everyone is dressed in tudor era clothes it was like playing in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Nowadays there's a wealth of 3D models and printers so I grabbed Geralt and Ciri from my local dealer to play some Mordheim. Yennefer will join them shortly, plus some other characters to form a witcher (Middenheim) warband!
From their fortress in the Middle Mountains the Imperial Order of Beast Hunters has been the bane of many fell terrors that have threatened the Empire. Now, with the rampant mutations created by the warpstone comet that has flattened Mordheim, and with the vampire counts on the rise, they have more work than ever; and they take to the wildands to slaughter the monstrous creatures.. for a price
Gerhart of Reikvia is a veteran member of the order, and a capable warrior both at ranged and close quarters, like most knight of the order he's armed with a pair of mastercrafted swords and a crossbow

His daughter Christa, or Cristi for friends, is a more novice member of the team, but still a fearsome monster hunter thanks to the magic potions that hunters of the order drink to bolster their strength

Finally a closeup of their bases

Thursday 21 September 2023

Tanai death cult assassin


Tanai is a member of the Blessed Cut, a death cult based on the Temenos hive of Necromunda. The cult pays fealty to the planet's cardinal and works as his hidden arm in the shadows eliminating the enemies of the church, complementing the more visible sword of the battle sisters of  the Bloody Rose order. Its members are all orphaned girls, left at the gates of its murder fane on the northern spire and raised through a series of vicious trials that culminate in the Blooding: a rite through which the trainee must bring the head of a chosen heretic to the monastery in order to become one of its assassins. Unlike more primitive assassins from feral planets, the Blessed Cut doesn't eschew the use of firearms, its agents wielding all kinds of pistols together with their consecrated powerblades. The cult also makes extensive use of drugs like frenzon and slaught; all its members carrying an injector rig on their backs to give them an extra kick in combat.
The tight bodysuit worn by Tanai is actually a sophisticated model of light armor that also includes life support systems and a heat regulating surface
Members of the cult are renowned for being extraordinarily quick and agile, able to evade even gunshots with surprising swiftness
Most assassins of the cult prefer close ranged firearms such as hand flamers and pistols, all of surpassing quality and craftsmanship
In recent times the cult has been working with several redemptionist bands following the increasingly radical leanings of cardinal Ahrmund

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Desert war

After the last rebel victory, the battle for the galaxy takes us to a desertic and heavily industrialized planet, where our brave freedom fighters clash with the tyrannical emperor and his apprentice
The two jedi charge into their foes
Causing devastating losses on the dark siders
The emperor isn't a slouch either, vaporizing a squad of rebels with his sith lightning
The scout bikes blast some rebels, but are then totaled by massed fire
On the other side of the battlefield, the mandalorians have seized the high ground, and maul the ATST with rockets and Westar-35 pistols
The shaky walker is shortly cut down by Luke
Who piles in on the big duel between Ahsoka and Vader
The last turn has come, and the rebels outnumber the imps on one objective
Holding easily the other two with the mando resistance

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Witcher boardgame


I've been playing Witcher 3 lately and thought it would be cool to adapt my board game system to the setting. This game works pretty much like the renaissance and Warhammer  that I've already published but with some flavorful additions like monsters and of course witchers. You'll find the rulebook below and all the cards and marker.

Sunday 10 September 2023

Battle of Almansa 1707


After the successful rising of the crown of Aragon in 1705 the cause of Philip V in Spain has received a severe blow, but the bourbons have amassed a huge army and give battle to the allies when they invade Castilla la Mancha  in april 1707
The spanish and french regiments outnumber easily the foe, and marshal Berwick advances confidently 

The allies respond launching their cavalry forwards
Which is met by bourbon squadrons formed in line
Meanwhile the allied center fans out to form a gunline

After a first dragoon clash on the right the british riders move behind the bourbons
In the center things have escalated also, with a mass of spanish infantry charging the thin red line
Next to them an austrian division is charged by the french
In the forest of the extreme left an indecisive melee has started, these two units would keep pushing back and forth during the whole game with no one coming on top
Back at the allied center the french dragoons have been repulsed by musket volleys and cold steel
But their british comrades are overwhelmed by twice the number of spanish

Sadly in this combat the brilliant Berwick is killed while leading from the front
In the allied rear a dutch regiment is caught in line by cavalry and cut to pieces
Menaced by the enemy riders the austrians form square
In the bourbon lines the artillery has advanced too recklessly and is wiped out by canister fire
Paltry losses compared with the destruction visited on the allies, who lose two units in a single turn

The bourbons have conquered the center, but on the flanks things aren't so clear
With the british dragoons dodging the enemy cavalry
The bourbons form squares and charge the last imperial division
But are repelled and sabred by the british while fleeing
Alas the enemy numbers are too much for the germans and they are wiped out by the spanish 
The british keep with their glorious charge routing a unit of french dragoons
But in turn they are caught on the rear by their pursuers and also destroyed
And at last, in the final turn of the battle the allies fail their morale check and abandon the battlefield