This post is going to be a bit of a mixed bag, seeing as it concerns gaming past, gaming present and gaming yet-to-come. Mind you, the "past" and "yet-to-come" parts are very near term, so I think that my feeble attempt to draw an analogy with a great work of literature had better stop there. If you don't understand what I'm talking about then don't worry!
It's now well past Christmas and this is probably quite tasteless, but I still haven't gloated over my loot. For sanity's sake, I've omitted the presents of socks and other clothing; this is just about those items which are games-related. So:
- Lion Rampant: given to me by my brother, who believed (I think) that this was a set of rules specific to the Scottish Wars of Independence. It's not, but the gift is still very welcome anyway. I've read the rules through, though I have no immediate plans to put on a game (but I could, right?)
- Frostgrave figures: 4 assorted blisters. I've started to build and paint a few of these already.
- Captain Scarlet (the entire collection): Yes! More Gerry Anderson goodness, inspirational to gamers and model-makers alike...
- 3 dice bags, hand made by my loving wife. This is possibly the most touching present I've had in a long while and they'll be very useful.
Both of the items in the picture above arrived in the post on Monday this week. But here's a problem: which should I read first?!
- Thaw of the Lich Lord: This is the first expansion/campaign book for Frostgrave. I missed out on the pre-order campaign which delivered a month or two ago, but decided to buy this with some Christmas money from my in-laws. The new spells, magic items and creatures are interesting enough, but what has really caught my attention is the large number of imaginative new scenarios. Many of these require some exotic terrain model as a centrepiece, so it's a good excuse to build some really good pieces. Or to plan to build them, at least...
- 7TV, 2nd Edition: Yes, I got my copy of the new 7TV boxed set - this time I was signed up to the relevant pre-order campaign. So, now I've read the books, looked at the cards and thought for a bit - what setting shall I play first? I'm tempted by Captain Scarlet, Doctor Who and Star Trek, for starters. These are all areas for which I already have miniatures (not always painted, mind). Ah, what to do?
Gaming Yet to Come
I've just finished off these models, intending to use them in a game of Full Thrust in the next week or two. What are they? Well, the models are (I think) Imperial bombers from the Battlefleet Gothic range. However I plan to use them as generic assault shuttles for any fleet that needs ground attack capabilities. I'll design an SSD (ship status display) for a commando carrier or assault landing ship - call it what you will - and these will be the small craft that ferry the troops to the ground and provide air support thereafter. Or at least, that's the idea. Stay tuned to hear about the game when/if it happens...