Crusading in the Baltic – going medieval for a change

WP_20150325_18_51_32_ProLast Wednesday I had a chance to try a game, two games actually, of the fast-paced, very appealing Lion Rampant rules. We played at Carsten’s house – a former colleague of mine – and he provided the minis, the scenery and the story. All I had to do was to show up and play, which was quite nice for a change.  As you probably know Lion Rampant is a much applauded and talked about skirmish game of Hollywoodesque medieval combat. The game is fast, it’s easy and very bloody. After having played it three times now I must say that it runs smoothly and I like the balance between fast gameplay and realism or whatever we should call it. You probably know what I mean. It’s also a nice change of pace from my usual retro-fantasy gaming.

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Well, this evening Carsten had planned a small confrontation (24 pts.) between a host of Danish crusaders landing on the Estonian coast sometime around 1200 and a band of local defenders trying to kick the Danes back into the ocean.

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The Danish knights, led by the noble Knud of Funen, were thus deployed with their back to the Baltic Sea and were facing the charge of the fierce Estonians led by chieftain Lembit. We managed to play the same scenario twice this evening and although the Estonian warriors gave their best they lost both games. A sad day for the pagans who, despite the brave efforts of Lembit, now have to prepare for further “Schwertmission”. Something I’m sure Carsten is already planning for the next time we meet up.

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What you see here is some of the moments from the first game, where I played the Danes. In the second game we switched sides and although the confrontation was very different from the first, the end result was – as mentioned – the same.

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The lighting was a bit dim for my camera and the colours on Carsten’s minis in my pictures come of more brownish than they in fact are. I still think you can get an impression of the fine work he has put into his sculpts. The miniatures come from a few different places and I cannot remember all of them; Gripping Beast and Perry Miniatures spring to mind though.

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Cheers

Martin

 

Impressions from Horisont Con –Part 2

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Here you have some further impressions from Horisont Con last weekend. A jolly good con with a bunch of nice people, solid home-cooked food and an overall friendly atmosphere. My guess would be that around 40-50 people were present at some point during the weekend including a few shops and some bring-and-buy stuff. I’ll certainly come back next year and if I’m not mistaken, my partner in crime, Claus, will do the same.

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During the con some would find time to do some modelling and painting.

During the con some would find time to do some modelling and painting.

One of the games played was Hawk Wargames' Dropzone Commander. A Sci-Fi game with a huge tactical potential and not really my thing. I had a go at a test game which went smooth but the vibe of the game left me somewhat cold.

One of the games played was Hawk Wargames’ Dropzone Commander. A Sci-Fi game with a huge tactical potential and not really my thing. I had a go at a test game which went smooth but the vibe of the game left me somewhat cold.

 

The simple and fun Caveman game hosted by Sune from the Rogue Trader Club in Copenhagen

The simple and fun Caveman game hosted by Sune from the Rogue Trader Club in Copenhagen

More Caveman stuff - yes you mget to throw Things at your opponents!

More Caveman stuff – yes you get to throw things at your opponents!

A game of Lion Rampant - a great set of rules and a great board

A game of Lion Rampant – a great set of rules and a great board

Claus (in the red T-shirt) having a crack at the Dread Streets game currently being tested at the Danish Cons by Rasmus Wichmann

Claus (in the red T-shirt) having a crack at the Dread Streets game currently being tested at the Danish Cons by Rasmus Wichmann (pulling his beard)

Dropzone Commander

Dropzone Commander

Still Dropzone Commander

Also Dropzone Commander

 

Ditto

Ditto – men from the evil Scourge race

And even more Dropzone Commander

And even more Dropzone Commander

Me playing Lion Rampant

Me (to the left) playing Lion Rampant

 

A pulp game inspired by the movie The Mummy. I can't remember which set of rules was used

A pulp game inspired by the movie The Mummy. I can’t remember which set of rules was used

 

More Egyptian fun

More Egyptian fun

A small game based on a bar room fight in a fantasy inn. Absolutely amazing stuff!

A small game based on a bar room fight in a fantasy inn. Absolutely amazing stuff!

Bar room heroes

Bar room heroes

More bar scenes

More bar scenes

 

Bar room brawlers

Bar room brawlers