All posts by Trevor Houston

In Her Majesty’s Name – Terrain Showcase

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of “In Her Majesty’s Name” wargame rules from The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare.

In a previous post, I mentioned making a series of Egyptian inspired terrain for the game.  In this post, I want to talk a little about how the terrain was created and to share more photos.

The first pieces I created were the buildings.  After doing some research, I then sketched some design ideas for several styles of building.  Once satisfied with this, I moved onto their construction. All of the buildings were made using 5mm foamboard, which was cut to shape and glued together using PVA glue.

With the buildings constructed, to add texture, I then coated them in ready mixed wall filler.  Once the filler was dry, I used some sandpaper to reduce any areas that had too much texture on them, and then it was onto painting them.

The buildings were painted in a coat of light brown, then heavily dry brushed in a light cream to create an off-white colour scheme.  I then dry brushed areas of the buildings in a different shade of brown, to add some weathering.

The market stalls were created using modelling sticks, some small sheets of balsa wood for the frames and then some fabric coated in PVA glue for the canopy (generously donated by my wife).

With the town set-up completed, I decided to expand the terrain by adding in some ancient Egyptian ruins. The first of these items were some household ornaments I was lucky to find in a local discount store.  These I repainted using two shades of brown, a base coat and a dry brush coat.  As you can see, I cut one of the spires into several pieces, to create a ruin.

The next items were the walls and the platform.  These were all made from blue insulation foam which was cut to shape.  I then added the detailing of the stonework by scoring the foam with a pen.  These pieces were given some texture by painting on a mixture of equal part PVA glue, ready mixed wall filler and water.

Next up was the painting of the ruins- to keep the consistency similar, I used the same technique and colour used in the ornaments.

Here’s a gallery of some of the terrain in use.

Hope you enjoyed this quick summary of the construction of my Egyptian themed  wargaming terrain.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am more than happy to offer help and advice to anyone wanting to create their own awesome table tops or if this isn’t for you, I am available for commission work.

Look forward to seeing you all again.

Legends of the Alliance

The lesser spotted Garbage Wampa attacks

A couple of weeks ago, my gaming buddies and me got a chance to try out Legends of the Alliance the companion app for Star Wars Imperial Assault.

The app takes the place of the imperial player and allows all the players to play cooperatively against the imperials. So far we have enjoyed the game, the artificial intelligence of app is really good and offers a new challenge for the players and I’d recommend it to anyone that currently owns Imperial Assault or is looking to get into it. Continue reading Legends of the Alliance

Frostgrave Terrain

I’ve been playing a campaign of Frostgrave with some friends lately and I’ve been inspired to start working on making a lot of wargaming terrain for it.

I decided to use some Hirst Arts Fieldstone moulds and cast up a load of pieces to make the models, unfortunately I don’t have any work in progress pictures of my work but I hope you enjoy this gallery of the completed models.

And I’m Back!!!

It’s been a while, long story shortened, had cancer, dealing with side effects and now I have more time on my hands.

So with this extra time, I’m hoping to create more tabletop gaming content, so bear with me as I get my content together and get it uploaded for you all.

Cheers

Trevor

In Her Majesty’s Name

Off and on for a while now I’ve been playing the excellent In Her Majesty’s Name.  At Salute, a few years backI picked up a copy of rulebook and two companies (Lord Curr’s Company and the Servants of Ra).

Since then I’ve bought the two expansion books released and more importantly have painted the minis and made some terrain for the game.

I was inspired by the Servants of Ra and decided to make an Egyptian theme table with a small town and ruins.  Here’s some pics of a recent game.

We played the “Death At Your Heels” scenario, which involves the companies racing from one table edge to the opposite table edge, to avoid a hail of artillery barrage raining death down on them.

Beware of the Kittens

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Exploding Kittens, my dilemma, trade my hand for that defuse card or just play on and risk it.

Over the Summer months I got my copy of Exploding Kittens from their hugely popular Kickstarter campaign.

The game is great fun to play,  has easy to learn rules and is a excellent fight for survival whilst trying to knockout all other players.

The premise of the game is easy, you draw a card every turn and if you draw an Exploding Kitten card then you’re out of the game unless you can defuse the Exploding Kitten.

However, there is a load of other cards in the game that can be used to dodge the kittens, mess with other players, or stop players messing with you.

A great casual game which encourages great banter, name calling, and casual swearing.

Star Wars Imperial Assault

 

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The Rebels make their initial moves into the Star Destroyer

Currently running a campaign of Star Wars Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games.

I’m playing as the Imperial overlord and attempting to give those pesky Rebel terrorists a difficult time.

It’s a really nice game and to up to Fantasy Flight Games usual standard with fantastic game pieces, tiles, and cards with great artwork and lets not forget the great miniatures that come with the game, although  some variation in the poses of the Imperial figures would have been nice.

The rules are very similar to Descent, which is not a bad thing as I quite like Descent – Journeys in the Dark with a few tweaks to improve the game and make it have the proper feel for Star Wars.

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Stormtroopers swarm onto the Rebels

Stormtroopers swarm onto the RebelsThe campaign system is very good and has great replay ability due to the Agenda and Side Mission card decks being different in each campaign.

A recommended game if you’re a tabletop gamer and a Star Wars fan.

May the Force be with you.

17th Century D10?

springhill_d10Was recently at Springhill, a 17th-century Plantation house in Moneymore, cared for by the National Trust and in the Drawing Room of the house is a display case that has what looks like a type of D10, which is very cool to me.

Not sure what games it was used for, did 17th-century plantation home owner play Vampire the masquerade?