16 August 2014

BF&S Royal City of Gdansk infantry

Began painting infantry for the Royal city of Gdansk skirmish force which uses a lot of Reiters with arquebus (armoured and unarmoured), mercenary new type infantry and militia cavalry. These models are the Gdansk militia on foot miniatures which I will be using as all Gdansk infantry in that list. I also intend to use them in the Courland skirmish force and other Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth lists that utilize new type infantry with muskets as I really like the models.

Featured here are 3 bases of infantry and 2 bases of sharpshooters. Also a Gdansk commander painted up a few months back which I have been using as a command base for "western type" troops.
Limited painting time has forced me to adapt a new painting approach, I'm painting one base of infantry a day. We'll see how that will transfer on the cavalry miniatures needed later on (need to paint up militia and armoured Reiters).

However, I was digging through my BF&S stash and found a ton of minis that I had forgotten that I had, like Veteran Reiters, Invincibles Command, Imperial Commanders etc so my upcoming Reiter and command units will be full of cool looking character minis. I also have a bunch of awesome Polish special character intended for command teams which will be painted later once the Gdansk troops are finished. If all goes well I may end up running a Gdansk skirmish force in the Swedish tournament in September.


15 August 2014

Pictures from recently played BF&S games

Last two weekends the guys at the club played By Fire & Sword as a warmup for the upcoming Swedish tournament in September and in anticipation of the imminent release of the Deluge expansion book currently running as a Kickstarter.

I myself tried out a couple of the new forces hinted at during the Kickstarter so far, the Swedish Erik Jönsson's raiding force made up of Swedes, Transylvanians and Cossack units - as well as the new Polish levy of nobility skirmish force led by Samuel Oskierko.

The Swedish force was impressive and fun to play with. The raw power of Swedish veteran Reiter's armed with arquebus backed up by light Transylvanian household cavalry with skill 5 and armed in a Polish-Lithuanian style (bow/musketoon) made them a great backing unit to offer accurate firepower on the move. The mounted Cossacks were also a nice addition and lend a nice tactical choice of having them as mounted troops or dismounted infantry - using  "Rifled barrels" to fire their 50cm sniping shots at enemy commanders. This force also features strong recon points for its small size, and the average FPS value of the list will make surely lend itself well for being the defensive side often enough in which case the small number of hard hitting troops will do well.

I think the skirmish force will prove popular, and may be a good starting force for newcomers simply because of the quality of the units and not having to paint that many stands. It surely plays easier than the Polish Winged hussar skirmish list.

The other new list, the Volunteers led by Samuel Oskierko also proved fun. I love the Volunteers and really look forward to all the Polish-Lithuanian partisan lists of the Deluge book. The Swedish invasion of the Commonwealth is PERFECT for small sized skrimish battles and partisan forces represent the opposition against the invaders quite well. While the original Volunteer list of the main rulebook is very difficult to play well, the Volunteers led by Oskierko have a few details that make the list a bit more playable and fun. You can now field up to 4 bases of regular troops, (Cossack style cavalry or Dragoons).

My choice would be to go for the Dragoons to get some boots on the ground for defensive scenarios and the increased firepower. Cavalry can be fielded aplenty with the numerous Volunteer bases you get for low FSP value just like in the original list. And Oskierko has "Obedience" just like the original Volunteer list command, but on top of that Oskierko also allows your Volunteers to benefit from Reconnaissance effects at a small discount and can allow one unit to re-roll their morale test during Rally attempts (much needed with low morale units!).

One thing these troops are missing though is "Swimming" so they cannot cross rivers like regular Polish or Lithuanian skirmish forces, making them rely on flanking units when attempting to capture objectives like the bridge in River crossing.

I can't wait until the Deluge book is released and we get 10 new skirmish scenarios, previews are very promising and the guys at the club can now finally match their enthusiasm for the game with painted minis on the table. Hopefully the tournament in September will turn BF&S into one of the "regular" games down at the club alongside Bolt Action and FoW.

Oh, and I returned to painting BF&S minis this week and am painting up infantry and cavalry for the Royal City of Gdansk skirmish force. Will post pictures of the infantry bases painted up so far tomorrow.

11 August 2014

Cthulhu finished

Finished painting the "Reaper Bones" Cthulhu miniature last night and the base this morning. Here are some pictures of him against a themed background and one picture showing the size of the miniature compared to regular 28mm minis. I decided against matt varnishing him in order to keep the slimy/wet look on the skin.

05 August 2014

Cthulhu WIP 2

Changed the colors from pale flesh to dark green as I wasn't happy with how the paintjob was progressing. The new color palette painted up a lot faster as well as I mostly used washes and a bit of drybrush on the flesh once I had repainted the basecoat in a dark green color. Washing the green skin with black, blue, red and brown paints in multiple layers ended up with a result to my liking. The skin was then highlighted with a dark green color of my own mixing (part brown/black/yellow/green) to highlight wrinkles and texture on the skin using a thing brush.

At the moment I am working on the face/tentacle, and I am also experimenting with how to best paint the claws and other exposed bone. Still a couple of evenings to go before this is a finished model.

The model will also be given a coat of Army Painter brush on matt varnish once it is 100% finished to reduce the glossiness that makes taking good pictures difficult.


03 August 2014

By Fire & Sword: Deluge Kickstarter update

Two weeks into the Kickstarter a bunch of new units and armies have been unlocked - most pleasing imo are the new army lists including one very interesting special skirmish force that combines Swedes led by Erik Jönsson (later Dahlberg) with Swedish Veteran Reiters fighting alongside allied Transylvanian and Cossack cavalry units.

The list also comes with a complete skirmish force boxed set that will be Kickstarter exclusive - you can of course build the list out of single boxed sets and blisters as well but for those who want a unique force straight out of the box this is a good deal.

The Transylvanian teaser skirmish list also looks very interesting, mixing good quality cavalry with insubordinate infantry/dragoons that are poorly armed but have good fighting skill values.

I really look forward to the expansion book the most, especially the vastly expanded scenario section as I think the game need a broader palette of scenarios to keep skirmish level games fresh. At the moment the river crossing and attack on the village scenario seem to be too dominant and picked more often than any other scenario in the core rulebook due to how the various army lists interact with each other.

New scenarios along with updated army lists to match the Northern War of 1655-60 also lend itself well for a campaign game format (something I have been thinking about for a long time now). It would be awesome to have a mixed Skirmish/Division level campaign where both type of battles occur combined with a campaign map.

The Kickstarter has 27 days left to go, and new stuff is unlocked at a steady pace so check it out!

BY FIRE & SWORD: DELUGE KICKSTARTER


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