Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The idea was simple, cut away a large section of the stairs leaving a tiny cat walk up the side near the wall. The shuffling Zombies wouldn’t be able to balance on the tiny steps so would be kept at arms length. That’s the idea anyway, but you know in practice something would go horribly wrong. That’s the law about zombie films, everyone has a good plan and it works...until it goes horribly wrong.
This of course would be the last defensive obstacle in a line of precautions. Always make sure you have access to the roof in the shopping centre too, that’s a must. Of course all things changed with the release of ‘28 days later’... I’m not so sure my missing stairs would cut it in that scenario.
I need a new plan...
Saturday, August 15, 2020
This caused me a little thought with my multi based armies, until I came up with the idea that a base of figures is basically a rank. This should really play well due to the simple visual nature of it, as in Oathmark there is a maximum of four ranks and this works well with my square bases forming blocks of four.
In Oathmark ranks are made up of 5 figures with a leader taking the middle slot. My bases of six figures should work the same with a mini dice replacing the job of taking figures away.
There is even talk of increasing the attacks to six rather than five too match my figure count, but I’m not so sure about this. These rules would have been play tested to death, being a big release and the five attacks must have been more than just an odd number so the leader can go in the middle. I guess we could try it but it might make too much of a difference to game play.
This does mean I will have to paint up some more bases to complete units. My Goblin armies are big enough but my Dwarf army will need a few more bases now the units are about to double in size. This simple conversation has made me happy as for when it comes to basing, I like to base what I think looks the best and then work out the rules around it. This base equals rank idea is the perfect fix I think.
The guy above with the red head is a real mash up of kits. His body is from Fireforge, his arm is from the Oathmark goblin set. A GW goblin head off eBay and a shield from the Warlordgames orc box. Lastly it was all covered in a green stuff tattered cloak. Fun to make but even more enjoyable to paint funny enough.
Dotted amongst these latest bases are some Nick Lund Hobgoblins for some extra character. Also some old Scotia Grendel orcs with their long arms and great poses, helped with the angry mob look.
Anyway we are both quite excited by the rules and I have already been working out what to class the bases I have already. The orcs above will be spearmen as with their long pole arms they stand out from the earlier bases I painted using mostly old metals.
We can either just count the twenty four figures as twenty, or we could increase the attacks to six rather than five. Mini dice could be used to count off the casualties from the multi bases. You get the idea, where there’s a Will there’s a way.
Oathmark lightbulb moment!
Just had a great idea, my units are made up of four bases of six figures. I could count each base as a rank, that way it would be very easy to tot up attack bonuses, simple and very easy to see what’s going on quickly.
You see my units are made up of four bases and you can only have a maximum of four ranks in the game. So a mini dice to record casualties up to 5, then a base removed...losing the base is the same as losing a rank for fighting purposes. Also because my bases are a mob of attacking troops with large gaps in the front line, five attacks per unit works rather well. The extra few figures just help with the look of the battle, you can never have too many orcs. Just quickly thought of this but I think it could work quite well without any fuss or bother. A unit of two bases is basically a small unit of two ranks and because of the way they are double ranked on the base, it will even look correct as well. I love it when a plan comes together!
Author’s note: These orcs are not American.