Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hello

Hello, my name is Chris.

Mik has kindly agreed to add me to the list of distinguished contributing authors here at Mik's Minis.  You see, I had my own blog once.  It withered and died like a neglected houseplant. 
Yet, I'm still attracted to the idea of "blogging" about my gaming habits and terrible lead addiction.  I like the idea of having an outlet for interacting with the geek community at large.  This is particularly acute now that I find my opportunities to associate with like-minded gamer types being curtailed by "real life". 

I believe that is enough whinging on for one blog post, let's talk about gaming stuff.

Though I have the attention span of a hyper-active chipmunk, I have lately been able to stay focused on a single project - Arthurian wargaming.


Well, perhaps not that Arthur, specifically - though now that I think of it a Monty Python themed wargame could be awesome.

No, more of the Bernard Cornwell and Rosemary Sutcliff type Arthur.  And I believe I have found the perfect ruleset for playing out these dark age adventures.


Dux Britanniarum from Too Fat Lardies has been out for awhile now, and I'm sure many of you are already familiar with it.  I won't try to review it all here, at least not until I've gotten a few games under my belt.  However, based on a couple of read-throughs, these are the rules for me.  Simple and enjoyable game play, coupled with an excellent campaign system.

But even more important than selecting a set of rules to employ, which figures to use?

I settled on the line of 28mm Arthurian miniatures from Gripping Beast.  The figures look great, and are fun to paint.  I may supplement them with some of the figures from Musketeer Miniatures, which also look the business.

My painting is a bit slow, but I have managed to get some paint on a few figures.  For today, I'd like to share the opposing warlords of my Dux Britanniarum forces,  Eadwulf the Saxon and Constans ap Conomor the Briton.



Yikes, digital photography is unforgiving.  Constans is from the Arthurian command pack, while Eadwulf is sold as Penda the Last Pagan Saxon King. 

Well, that about wraps it up for this post.  Thanks for your attention, and until next time, carry on gaming!





9 comments:

  1. Historical wargaming? Nice to see some new variety here.

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    1. Thank you, I am certainly a fan of variety, though it has made finishing individual projects all the more challenging.

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  2. You should have gone Monty Python. Here is a mounted knight-

    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o64/pulperspikehead/CIMG0573.jpg

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    1. Hah, that is awesome! The Monty Python idea may bear some more attention...

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  3. Nice figures and I'm interested in hearing more about the rules!

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    1. Thank you, I hope to be able to provide a little more of a review of the rules some time in the future.

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  4. That's a heck of an intro post Chris! Welcome aboard, like MJ said, mixing your ingredients to the goulash here is nothing but a win-win, looking forward to seeing what you've got in store. Also, that pair of figs looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks very much : )

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    2. Seconded. Welcome to the mix Chris.

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