Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pacific NW Dragon Rampant Game Day

Just got back from a very cool Dragon Rampant game day (30 pt warbands) in beautiful Gig Harbor - lovely drive over the Narrows Bridge spanning Puget Sound. It was held in the Gig Harbor Public Library - no charge and very low-key. Pat L. (aka SocalWarhammer) was the host again, as he had done for the Lion Rampant game day last September. The usual suspects attended; great folks with some beautifully painted armies. I played against David S. (here's his I Live with Cats blog) and his Centaur-Minotaur warband in the morning. We later played in a doubles game in the afternoon. This time I sided with Scott A. and his Dark Elves army against David and Ron B. with his Conquistador-Ogre warband. Granted, some of these are carry overs from previous WHFB armies; like my Men of the West warband using Empire figures. I lost both games, but with some satisfaction as in the first game, David's warband leader was killed off before mine. The second game had me failing multiple shooting and attack activations with my Elite Foot, which could've decimated Ron's units. Without further blabbing, here are some images of today's games. I apologize upfront for not knowing some of the names or type of warbands of my fellow gamers.
My unit of Elite Foot with Missiles. Having the Ranger rule, their attacks, defence and armour are unaffected in rough terrain. They would've done a lot better except for my bad dice rolls.


Initial deployment of the Men of the West warband in the first game. From the closest unit: Heavy Riders w/Mounted Missiles; Elite Foot w/Missiles; Heavy Foot; Earl, Elite Rider, Flying & Level Headed; and finally the Luminark as a reduced model unit of Heavy Missiles w/Weighty Projectiles). Thanks to my buddy Rod who took this nice photo.
An unusual amount of successful activation rolls got my Men of the West warband close to David's Centaurs early on in the first game. Heavy Foot in the foreground and the old Empire Luminark in the distance - it was used as a single-model Heavy Missile unit.
Close-up of the Luminark - my buddy took this picture and I stole it off of his post on our group's Facebook - PNW Rampant.
James D's Neolithic warband vs. Al R's warband with cool looking scorpions.
My buddy Rod's Men of the West warband - these are figures I sold off at Enfilade a couple of years ago. I didn't know he was the one who bought them. Great to see them again in his possession.
Pat's Dwarf warband being used by a new player
Daryl's cool looking warband - again not sure the type or name, but a lot of former WHFB figures.
An exceptionally cool Artic/Antartic warband from Bryan S.
Bruce S's Undead warband vs. Mike G's Dwarf warband
David S's Minotaurs vs. the Men of the West's Heavy Foot.
Men of the West battle line in the doubles game; Scott's allied Dark Elf army in the distance.
Men of the West Heavy Foot in the foreground and Heavy Missile (Steam Tank) in the distance - I substituted the Steam Tank for the Luminark for the second game.
Heavy Missiles - Steam Tank firing from the woodline.
Heavy Riders with Mounted Missiles using village for cover.
Bryan's penguins in combat with James' Mammoth and cave dudes.
We have another Lion/Dragon Rampant game day in March. Additionally, I have committed to running several Lion Rampant Wars of the Roses games at Enfilade in May. Best to you all until my next post - whatever and whenever that may be.

30 comments:

  1. That looks like a fun day in Gig Harbor! All the figures and games look great, but the winter army gives me an idea for using all those plaster Christmas village buildings that pop up at Michael's each year.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. Yes, Bryan's Penguin warband and terrain board is quite amazing. Warm regards, Dean

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  2. Oh yes, looking fantasic!
    These miniatures and great terrain!

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    1. Thanks, Michal. It was very enjoyable, despite my loses. :) Best regards, Dean

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  3. Lovely figures, terrain, buildings...and Luminark, most impressive!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Phil. It was good to get the Luminark on the table for the first time ever. I plan to tweak my warband a bit too. Warm regards, Dean

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  4. Interesting and very entertaining game. Thanks for the report, Dean 8)

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    1. Thanks, and you're very welcome! Best, Dean

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  5. Fantastic stuff reminds me of some of the Hordes of Things, great rule set and so ease to slot in any rule faction and army.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thank you, Stu. Yes, DR is great to get old (and new) figs on the table. The reduced model rule makes it even more so. Best Regards, Dean

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  6. A lot of cool armies, now I so have to get myself a Penguin army, what a a great idea and a hoot!

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Good to hear, Kevin. The little penguins were pre-painted from somewhere - can't recall where he said he got them, but they look awesome en masse. Best, Dean

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  7. Dean, a lot of wacky stuff on the gaming table for this outing. Some of the vehicles are simple indescribable.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. Yes, quite a fantastical collection of models and terrain - all in a smallish room at a public library. I was too busy getting my warband chewed up, but I could hear folks stopping in and asking others what the heck grown men were doing with odd-looking toys! :) Warm regards, Dean

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  8. Great looking fun pair of games, who cares if you lose with all those lovely figures!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you kindly, Iain! Yes, it was still very enjoyable and a good refresher for the rules - all the fiddly often unused stuff if only I were play testing. Best, Dean

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  9. Very beautiful! Still very good, that the trip was so successful and you were met with good things. Play in the library - it's superb! Congratulations on the excellent game!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Dmitry! Warmest regards, Dean

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  10. Those are some wonderful looking armies! Easy to see why you had such a nice day!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! Also great to test out warband composition/units. I'm considering revising my warband yet again. :) Warm regards, Dean

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  11. Thanks for the mention Dean...those warriors did a great job. So glad that I could bring them to the table!

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    1. My pleasure, Rod. I think you should add some cavalry as an option to your warband. Warm regards, Dean

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  12. Fantastic looking games. Looks like a lot of fun was had by all who came.

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    1. Thank you very much, Simon. Yes, it was an enjoyable gathering of nice folks I only see a few times a year. Warm regards, Dean

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  14. Looks like a great day Dean, and it must have been a nice thing to see someone else enjoying figures you'd previously painted.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks, Aaron. Yes,it was great to see them in the capable hands of a buddy. I am sure they are much better off under his generalship. Warm regards, Dean

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