Monday, 29 September 2008

Battle in Ripley Shop

After a week of doing nothing but organising a table top battle to represent 26 larp players, the day of the battle arrived.

The battle would last all day I arrived and unpacked the figures at 9.30am and finished packing them away at 5.30pm, even with that amount of time each side only got 3 turns each due to the complexity of all the little scenarios running through the game. General Dave and General Samantha took control of Von Dumas force at 11am and General Andy took control of the undead forces of the Witch King. Andy deployed heavily on one flank since he was after a object, while Dave followed Sam battle plan and put most of their forces up the centre and protecting a object on the other flank. The result was a total and utter points draw 17 victory points each, a most unexpected result. It was Andy's 1st go a controlling a warhammer army and while he was not familiar with the rules his skills at bluff and deception did him great service, allowing him to gain the points he needed, while Dave a more experienced wargammer used his troops skillfully to his best advantage, while contending with the Larp game player needs and one Larp players attempt to kill everyone by deploying a nuclear bomb that stole all Dave and Sam's tactics.

After the battle we went to Pub for meal with Andy, Heather and kids, Mike, Dave, Kate, Sam, Jak and his daughter who had spent all day hiding in corner almost unnoticed doing a good impression of Violet Parr Invisible girl from the Incredible.

After food Dave was bunking in my spare room, and the following day we returned to Chimera shop to collect my figures and played a few games with our old Magic the Gathering decks before Andy and Mike joined us to shows us how good the new decks are. I then dropped off a very groggy Dave at the station to make his way home.

Below is few pictures of figures painted & remodelled by myself and Dave

Izzanbard mounted on his Dragon

Von Dumas on flying platform fights the Witch King on his giant flying beast

Bel (by Dave), Jessica (by Dave), Morticia, & Major Hoight (by Dave)

Jessica showing off by flying alongside Izzanbard (he can fly too)

Fang in his new cage

Major Hoight(by Dave), War and a Von Dumas Robot

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Catch up post and

I have been so busy organising an Ascendancy table top battle that have not had time to post this week? last week, does the week end on Sunday?

Last weekend I had great time at a Ascendancy LRP event, good weather, good company, good event, I had really enjoyable encounter with one of AndyL Npc's together with Julies and Dave pc Mr Flay, and had plenty to do despite the lack of crew. The only bad point to the weekend was the M1 being closed Friday adding an hour and half to my journey and the A42 shut on the way home adding half an hour to that trip.

On Wednesday a early trip to London left me shattered and I fell asleep during a TV series called Lost in Austin, which as somehow kept my interest in previous weeks, but now I've missed a episode I will no doubt not watch this week.

I went out on Thursday night, a big round trip picking friends up to meet up with my war games friend DaveA who now lives in Nottingham, it took me an hour & 3/4 to pick everyone and not far off on the return trip. It was nice to see everyone, DaveA, AndyH and Jock.

Friday I was also invited out by Jock to meet Pete and Barbara from my Knights Errant days, but it was one evening too many when I was busy with other stuff.

Saturday I spent the day out with AndyT and Linda, 1st going to watch a Football match and then back for tea and bit telly watching, including the X-Factor which was funny, Simon Cowell rolling his eyes at some appalling acts, they must put on for a laugh.

Anyway to the battle so far 152 emails including my replies plus the several phone calls, forum posts and several hours talking to AndyL have filled in the my week, I'm not complaining since I'm enjoying it.

Below is couple of pictures of character models I been putting together and painting for the battle, one Izzanbard is a work in progress, the Von Dumas flying platform is complete.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Caught Black Handed

Someone told me September was going be drier month than August, well so far we haven't got off to a good start, still I did see the sun today for about half an hour.

My weekend started with a near disaster when I started to wash my long black medieval robe, I was going to leave it as it wasn't really that dirty, but unfortunately the hem had dangled in pee from the mens urinals and smelt. I filled a bath with warm water and washing powder then watched has the black dye quickly decide to run out, fortunately the lining seemed fairly resistant to the dye unlike my hands. With black stained hands I completed the wash and then rinsed and squeezed as much water as possible out still its a heavy garment so will take days to dry, examining the lining it may have gone a a slight shade darker but lucky for me it looks fine which is a relief.

With the rainy weather I seemed to be doing chores almost non stop, I got my sewing machine out and repaired seams on 2 pairs of trousers, 2 shirts and a T shirts, one of my pairs of work trousers had split from crotch to waistband, I have no idea when that happened, I can't remember splitting them.
3 hours of ironing Sunday afternoon seemed to fly by, and I nearly missed visiting my mum's for Sunday roast, she had made deep filled apple and blackberry pie which was tasty and zingy mellowed by the custard, the blackberries freshly picked from the local cementry that morning.

Other than that I also started a few models for a upcoming table top battle and tinkered with a website.

This morning Parcel Force knocked on my door at 6.50 am I was still half asleep, but rushed downstairs and managed to sign for it, so Jasmine now has a big new cardboard box to play in, it was quickly dived in, in fact dived in so hard the box toppled over with Jasmine inside, I expect to get home tonight and find cardboard cheweed off scattered all round my living room.