Sunday, October 9, 2016

Ravingspire - Wave 1 is Shipping!

Ravingspire Wave 1 is shipping!

Some of you may be aware that Vorpal Chainsword Games launched a Kickstarter last April to fund Ravingspire - Assault on the Tower of Madness, to be released to backers in October 2016 (November 2016 for retail). The backer support we received from folks for the game was overwhelming, and we demolished our initial funding goal and deluxe set stretch goals in very short order. It was a wild ride and humbling experience to say the least.
The Tome of Ravingspire!

Well now the hallowed month of October has come, and I'm pleased to say that we've worked extremely hard over the last six months to make sure we're shipping not only the deluxe game set on time, but also the otherworldly card pack expansion set stretch goals the backers earned! Already the Wave 1 backers are contacting me letting me know how pleased they are with the game. I couldn't be happier.

Ravingspire with painted minis and 16" Lazy Susan Tower upgrade!

I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us bring this game to life. I hope that all of you who end up exploring the Tower go as absolutely and utterly mad about it as I have (in the most pleasant way possible, of course).

Game on!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Talkin' Props and Costumes on DGS Podcast #30

Had a great discussion with Chad Parish and Michael Browne about Props and Costuming at Convention Games on the DGS Podcast. Check it out on the Dead Games Society!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Frostgrave at Open Gaming

Skirmish Saturday! Scheduled to play a game of Frostgrave at my local gamestore (Pegasus Games!) during their "Open Boardgaming" time on Saturday. Figured the folks there would be more conducive to having miniature gamers crash a bit of their rec-room than the Magic players were last time (Magic plays Friday). I also finished painting my Ravingspire-themed warband and a few pieces of frostgrave terrain and was really jazzed to play in the Frozen City! So I gathered up all the frosty and stone terrain I'd been making over the last couple weeks and toted on over.
The remnants of the Frozen city, in all its aquarium-terrain and foamcore-ruins splendor.

Monday, September 5, 2016


Just painted up a quick Giant Wyrm for Frostgrave from the never-ending Reaper Bones Kickstarter collection.
Can't wait to play Frostgrave again!

Game on! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Quick bases for rocky terrain

As promised, here's another quick-n-dirty tutorial for the busy painter. When you've got a horde of monsters/soldiers/whatever you just want to get through in short order, then look no further!

So as outlined in the last post about painting hordes of minis by the dipping technique, we've now got a horde of goblins painted. Problem is, their bases look bare and boring. 

Its time to base 'em!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dippin' Minis - How to paint a horde of gobs

Sometimes you've just got to get through a backlog of minis. Get them painted, get them done. Well, I finally opened up my Games Workshop Hobbit Strategy Battle game starter set box.

(Americans can probably find this guy in the "50% off bargain bin" of your FLGS like I did, since no one actually plays the Hobbit in the U.S.)

I opened it up and found myself faced with thirty-six little goblins to paint. 
Oh for the love of... GANDALF!
The hobbit and wizard minis were cool, but I didn't really want to paint a bunch of goblins, I don't really have an idea for where to use them for any upcoming games, or any reason to have them done, but it always behooves a dungeon master to be ready for anything. Especially ready to field a horde of monsters at a moment's notice. But how do you get them done in a short amount of time?

Why, you DIP 'EM, of course!
Dipping minis is perfect for giving a horde of models a decent tabletop-ready look without using up a lot of your precious painting time.

I took pictures at each step of my painting process I did for these guys this morning and am posting up a quick-n-dirty tutorial, to help others get their hordes of goblins or skeletons or whatever done and off the painting table.

If you've never heard of the "dipping" technique to speed up your mini painting, then this post is for you!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Frostgrave Friday in Middle Earth

 Finally got an official game lined up to play Frostgrave for the first time at my FLGS (Pegasus Games!). We would both be learning the rule-set to see if we liked it, so I put together two equal-sized warbands for us to choose from (represented by some minis I already had painted -- mostly Lord of the Rings) and we'd pick spells before we started. Having never really played before I just built warbands based on the minis I had opposite-army representatives for from my Mordheim and LotR range.

500 gold coin Warband: Wizard (free), Apprentice (200 gc), 2 Archers (50 gc each), 4 Thugs (20 gc each), Thief (20 gc), Ranger (100 gc)