Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dwarven Forge Kickstarter & Otherworld Miniatures IndieGoGo! - DS - EE

A 39lb box of Dungeon Tiles
Earlier in the year I have bought into a trio of Kickstarters projects, and recently they have started been arriving.  The one I received today, 22Oct13, was this box from Dwarven Forge, that came in at a whopping 39lbs -according to FedEx.  For those who don't know, Dwarven Forge are manufacturers of mostly resin dungeon terrain for RPGs.  Most of their line of products are pre-painted resin tiles.  They looked great but came at a premium price.  Their Kickstarter project helped them fund new less expensive plastic tiles.  Depending on your pocketbook, they can be ordered painted or not. 
Five Sets, two add-on boxes and a nifty DF Logo Bag.

2 Boxes and 2 Dungeon Add-On Sets
I waited until Emily got home from work to open the box up, and she took the pictures.  She was pretty enthusiastic about this order when she first found out about the Kickstarter.  I was thinking 3 sets would be pretty good, and even hemming and hawing about not ordering it, but she said why not get 5 so we could make bigger dungeons.  Who am I to argue?!  She has also offered to help paint did I get so lucky... 

The tiles are a very durable plastic of some sort, and the unpainted sets come in a charcoal color.   The pieces are actually a bit heavier than I thought they would be...not resin heavy, but definitely not light.  When making the quick setup dungeon for the picture, we dropped one piece on the floor, and it made quite a clatter, but emerged with no damage whatsoever. If it were a resin piece, I would have been very worried.  I also ordered a couple of the add-on packs of large tiles and dungeon dressings, which included among other things, scenic items like chests, chairs, tables, beds, benches, and barrels.

Otherworld Miniatures!

DAB1 - Human Male Character (12 figs)

DAB2 - Demi-Human Male Characters (12figs)

The first half of an IndieGoGo purchase I had made in January arrived.  It's a line of classic dungeon characters from Otherworld Miniatures.  They are billed not as ultra heroic world saviors that most companies produce, but portray the more down on your luck tough men of the old school style of character.

Included with each set: Case Made by FeldHerr of Germany

The minis come with both scenic dungeon bases and plastic slotta bases.
There will be a total of four character sets of 12 figures each released.  Each set includes a foam case with zipper nylon cover to protect minis.  The four sets are;  Human male characters, demi human male, female characters of various fantasy races, and a box of henchmen. 

Campaign Goal Extras
As many kickstarter projects have, Otherworld Miniatures had a number of bonus items included when they achieve certain monetary goals.  The campaign goal extras include; additional henchmen, a dungeon cart, treasure and chests, a camp scene with tent and provisions, weapons, wizard familiars both magic and animal, and that was just with this half of the order.  The female characters and henchmen are being finished now and are being shipped at a later date with more bonus miniatures.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Battle for Sprigley's Farm

Farmer Cal Sprigley and his (bearded?!?) wife Holly have found their farm in Southern Archet overrun by spiders. To make matters worse, two warbands of Blackwold brigands have descended upon the farm. With the recent disappearance of Sprigley’s farmhands (Walt Wheatley, Bill Hayspear and Thornton Woodley) poor Cal, his wife and their local provisioner Harry Greencorn have been caught off guard.

Good Objectives:
Clear the farm of all giant spiders and Blackwold brigands. Cal, Holly and Harry Greencorn must survive.

Evil Objectives:Kill Good models, including Cal, Holly and Harry Greencorn.

Good Forces:
Novik (Hero)
Saladian (Hero)
Hastings (Hero)
200 points chosen from the Rohan army list

Evil Forces:
20 Blackwold Brigands
8 Giant Spiders (starting in ambush in three cellar locations)

Table Layout/Deployment:

Turn 1 movement sees Hastings advancing towards the brigands. Mounted troops advance towards building in which Harry Greencorn has been hiding. There is some debate as to whether Harry should jump from the 2nd story on to a waiting horse. Harry cannot be convinced to leave the safety of his attic.

Novik's archer scores the first hit and casualty of the game.

Turn 2 and Novik's warband engages the brigands, trying to divert their attention away from Cal and Holly Sprigley.

Three Giant Spiders emerge from cellars! The first engages Saladian and his men. The second charges the nearby brigand and the third comes out right by Harry Greencorn.

While the mounted Rohan soldier continues struggling with a brigand just outside the building, Harry Greencorn is attacked by a spider...and wins!

After some fierce fighting against Hastings' men (and a giant spider), the Blackwold's decide they've had enough and flee the battlefield.

Meanwhile, wave after wave of the giant spiders continue to emerge from the cellars. Hastings and his men manage to hold them off while Novik arrives with reinforcements.

The last spider makes a dash up the wall towards Harry Greencorn just as Hastings and Novik arrive. The final fight was close, but a bit of might pushed it over the top for a Good victory! Well played people...and good game everyone!

Hey Harry, do you want to be a Dale Warden?