Gaming Archive

  • <p>I’ve finally finished painting my 15mm US Rangers battalion for Flames of War and it’s time to show them off. The concept is that these guys are from the 1st Ranger Battalion in Italy 1943-4. </p>
<p>I wanted a different look for the Rangers as opposed to my 82nd Airborne company in Normandy (one of my other Flames of War armies) so they traipsing through the rubble of a bombed out town. I’m about 80% happy with the results. I would have liked to have put more bits of junk in the rubble such as bathtubs, furniture, bits of cars, etc  […]</p>

    Flames of War – US Rangers

    I’ve finally finished painting my 15mm US Rangers battalion for Flames of War and it’s time to show them off. The concept is that these guys are from the 1st Ranger Battalion in Italy 1943-4.

    I wanted a different look for the Rangers as opposed to my 82nd Airborne company in Normandy (one of my other Flames of War armies) so they traipsing through the rubble of a bombed out town. I’m about 80% happy with the results. I would have liked to have put more bits of junk in the rubble such as bathtubs, furniture, bits of cars, etc […]

  • Flames of War Campaign – Utah Beach

    The group I wargame with has been thinking for some time about how to conduct a campaign where each victory or defeat along the way has a definite outcome and effect on subsequent battles. Whereas most miniature wargames campaign systems are rather abstract in their effects and victory seems usually to influence nothing more than the ability to raise an army, we wanted something more modern, something that shows better the ebb and flow of mecanised warfare.

    To this end, I developed a campaign scenario for the D-Day landing on Utah Beach which we’ll play soon using the Flames of […]

  • <p>We start this one with the three of us (<strong>Preston</strong>, <strong>Annabeth</strong> and <strong>Harry</strong>) standing on the bluffs above Innsmouth looking at a corpse covered eighteenth century clipper ship drifting in the bay. The local copper, Bellamy, called in Homeland Security (that’s us) from the Arkham office because this was too weird even for him.</p>
<p>On seeing the corpses, we pass the buck and call in the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). They duly arrive and establish a quarrantine around the bay and erect their cool inflatable biohazard tents. Bellamy’s lads form a cordon to keep the local  […]</p>

    CSI Arkham – Episode 2

    We start this one with the three of us (Preston, Annabeth and Harry) standing on the bluffs above Innsmouth looking at a corpse covered eighteenth century clipper ship drifting in the bay. The local copper, Bellamy, called in Homeland Security (that’s us) from the Arkham office because this was too weird even for him.

    On seeing the corpses, we pass the buck and call in the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). They duly arrive and establish a quarrantine around the bay and erect their cool inflatable biohazard tents. Bellamy’s lads form a cordon to keep the local […]

  • <p>Hmm. This episode was the pilot for the series. (Why did it take us soooo long?) There’s twelve more episodes in this season.</p>
<p>There was more madness from Rusty Carmichael, the hired killer who failed to murder 16 year old goth girl, Kate Gracie, and put his hands in an industrial deep fryer when she told him to, and from Fr Black, the knife-weilding official/unofficial church exorcist with Elder Signs tattooed on his eyelids.</p>
<p>We couldn’t find Kate anywhere until heard over the dispatch that she’d axed down two poilice officers, stolen a police car and was heading towards Arkham. […]</p>

    CSI Arkham – Ep 1, Session 5

    Hmm. This episode was the pilot for the series. (Why did it take us soooo long?) There’s twelve more episodes in this season.

    There was more madness from Rusty Carmichael, the hired killer who failed to murder 16 year old goth girl, Kate Gracie, and put his hands in an industrial deep fryer when she told him to, and from Fr Black, the knife-weilding official/unofficial church exorcist with Elder Signs tattooed on his eyelids.

    We couldn’t find Kate anywhere until heard over the dispatch that she’d axed down two poilice officers, stolen a police car and was heading towards Arkham. […]

  • <p>I’ve had some other things to occupy my time lately so I’ve been a little slack in writing up what’s happening in CSI Arkham, a home brew Call of Cthulhu campaign by Pete Ball. Here’s the catch-up. It’s necessarily brief and lacking detail. The next updates will be better.</p>
<p>Remember Raymond Diaz, Kate Gracie’s goth/occultist boyfriend? He’s dead – murdered in his appartment. His body was found in a pentagram of salt on the living room floor. Moreover, there’s photos about the room of Kate and him indulging in some hot teen hanky-panky earlier that day. One of the photos  […]</p>

    CSI Arkham – Ep 1, Sessions 2-4

    I’ve had some other things to occupy my time lately so I’ve been a little slack in writing up what’s happening in CSI Arkham, a home brew Call of Cthulhu campaign by Pete Ball. Here’s the catch-up. It’s necessarily brief and lacking detail. The next updates will be better.

    Remember Raymond Diaz, Kate Gracie’s goth/occultist boyfriend? He’s dead – murdered in his appartment. His body was found in a pentagram of salt on the living room floor. Moreover, there’s photos about the room of Kate and him indulging in some hot teen hanky-panky earlier that day. One of the photos […]

  • <p>I need a quick sanity check on these Flames of War wargaming figures. They are meant to represent US Rangers moving through a bombed out and well fought over town, such as Cisterna, in northern Italy in 1943 or 1944.</p>
<p>I’m not sure I’ve got the bases right, though. Have a look and let me know what you think. Do they look OK? What can I do to improve them?</p>
<p>(The figures themselves look pretty poor close up like this but look fine when you apply the ‘two-foot‘ rule.)</p>
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<p><em>Previously posted on the Battlefront Flames of War forum</em> […]</p>

    Rangers in the Rubble

    I need a quick sanity check on these Flames of War wargaming figures. They are meant to represent US Rangers moving through a bombed out and well fought over town, such as Cisterna, in northern Italy in 1943 or 1944.

    I’m not sure I’ve got the bases right, though. Have a look and let me know what you think. Do they look OK? What can I do to improve them?

    (The figures themselves look pretty poor close up like this but look fine when you apply the ‘two-foot‘ rule.)

    Previously posted on the Battlefront Flames of War forum […]

  • <p>Peter M Ball has just started a modern Call of Cthulhu campaign focussing on the forensic investigation of a crimes and events in and around Arkham, H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional version of Salem, Massachusetts. I’m playing in it. Yay me!</p>
<p>There’s three main characters: <b>Annabeth</b>, a formidable woman and once a member of the local dog squad; <b>Harry</b>, an ex-Pentagon intelligence analyst being punished by his superiors; and <b>Preston</b> (me), a preppie big city Assistant District Attorney floundering in the backwaters of Arkham. Annabeth is the old hand. Harry and Preston are replacements for her previous partners who  […]</p>

    CSI: Arkham – Episode 1

    Peter M Ball has just started a modern Call of Cthulhu campaign focussing on the forensic investigation of a crimes and events in and around Arkham, H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional version of Salem, Massachusetts. I’m playing in it. Yay me!

    There’s three main characters: Annabeth, a formidable woman and once a member of the local dog squad; Harry, an ex-Pentagon intelligence analyst being punished by his superiors; and Preston (me), a preppie big city Assistant District Attorney floundering in the backwaters of Arkham. Annabeth is the old hand. Harry and Preston are replacements for her previous partners who […]

  • <p>It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished running a small Call of Cthulhu campaign (or a long adventure) with the pretentious title of <b>Cthulhu at the End of Time</b> and I’ve spent the time from then to now thinking about what worked and what didn’t. It was a difficult but very interesting scenario to run partly because it’s set essentially in a fantasy world and partly because I had less and less time to prepare for each session.</p>
<p>The scenario is based on two Mythos stories. The <b>Shadow Out of Time</b> is one of the foundation tales of  […]</p>

    Cthulhu at the End of Time

    It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished running a small Call of Cthulhu campaign (or a long adventure) with the pretentious title of Cthulhu at the End of Time and I’ve spent the time from then to now thinking about what worked and what didn’t. It was a difficult but very interesting scenario to run partly because it’s set essentially in a fantasy world and partly because I had less and less time to prepare for each session.

    The scenario is based on two Mythos stories. The Shadow Out of Time is one of the foundation tales of […]