Friday, 7 August 2020

Rangers of Shadow Deep: Menagerie PDF

Menagerie, the latest mini-supplement for Rangers of ShadowDeep, is now available as a PDF from DriveThruRPG.

It includes 9 new animal companions that rangers can recruit to join their adventures, as well as a two-scenario mission set inside the Shadow Deep.

As usual, a print-on-demand version will hopefully be following in a couple of weeks, as I have to wait for the files to be approved and then a sample printed and shipped to me for approval.

For those that are in the midst of The Rescue mission, the mission in Menagerie can be slotted in with only minor modifications.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Ranger Warband


I have completed work on my Rangers of Shadow Deep warband! Unlike the warbands I have built for most games, this one isn’t designed to be a single force that I used all together. Instead, it’s the group form which I draw my rangers and companions for a given mission. In Rangers, the number of figures you need for a given mission depends on the specific mission and on the number of players, so it’s not a fixed group.

Really, I just painted up a bunch of figures I really liked! Most of the figures are from the official Rangers of Shadow Deep line. The only exceptions are the woman with the shield and the monk, which are both Reaper Miniatures and the falcon which is a Frostgrave model.

I’ve also got them organized into my Rangers travel case. Along with the figures I’ve got a 6” ruler, a pair of d20s and even a miniature deck of cards (from a Christmas cracker! They do have a use!)

All of these figures got my highest level of painting, so they are probably the most pleasing set of miniatures I own.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Revenge and Friends!

I am slowly continuing work on my Silent Death project. These are three metal minis that I acquired late last year. The blue fighter is a Revenge, the scariest torpedo fighter in the game. I love its classic, ‘space fighter’ lines.

(Later on, the name for this figure would be changed to Samurai, which is how you’ll find it for sale now).

It’s being pursued by a pair of Eppings, representing the red team. I painted up a couple of Eppings for the blue team not too long ago.

I’ve got to say, when painting these little fighters, it’s the decals that make all the difference. I’ve only gotten into decals in the last few years, but they are a paint-job multiplier on these fighters.

Always save your decals! These are a mixture of Battletech, Games Workshop, and a few that I think come from Robotech models.

Thinking about Silent Death, I’ve decided my goal for the project will be to focus on the first edition of the game. This consisted of the main rule box, two expansion books, and one expansion box. I have all of the rules for these, so it’s just a matter of getting the fighters.

The rules changes between the first and second editions were extremely minimal, and personally, I think most of the expansions for the second edition tend to detract from the game as much as add to it. I’m going to use some of the fighter redesigns from the second edition, but stick to first edition rules. At least for now.  I think it is good to have an achievable goal with such projects.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Nominated – Frostgrave: Perilous Dark

Osprey have just informed me that Frostgrave: Perilous Dark has been nominated for ‘Best Miniature Rules’ at this year’s UK Games Expo (being held online this year). This is an award that Frostgrave (the rulebook) won in 2015, and that Ghost Archipelago lost when it was nominated in 2018.

I honestly believe that Perilous Dark is one of my best pieces of wargame writing, so it is really nice for it to get this recognition.

That said, I’m up against some good competition. I actually read Last Days: Seasons in manuscript form. Ash Baker sent it to me to get my opinion, and, in truth, I thought it was great and basically had nothing to add. Meanwhile, I was actually at Adepticon when Ragnarok was first pitched to Osprey. It’s a cool idea for a game, with some interesting mechanics.

Everyone who attends the convention gets to vote for the winner. I obviously have my favourite, but whatever way it comes out, it’s always nice to get some recognition.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Frostgrave: Second Edition – It Exists!

On Saturday, I received an exciting package. It contained my advance author copy of Frostgrave: Second Edition!

It looks amazing.

A huge thanks to the team at Osprey Games for the editing and design. To aRu-Mor for the amazing artwork. To North Star for the photographs.

I think everyone is going to be really pleased with the new book!

If I’ve got a copy, that means it is now in the warehouse in the UK, which means it should be heading out to North Star and other dealers in the coming weeks. 

So close!

Thursday, 23 July 2020

In Good Company

I was checking something on DriveThruRPG the other day, and I noticed this. Savage Worlds: Adventure Edition and Rangers of Shadow Deep sit right next to one another in the Adamantine Best-Seller List! For those that don’t know, Savage Worlds is the creation of one of my favourite game designers, Shane Lacey Hensley -  who has also written the foreword to Frostgrave: Second Edition!

Now, in truth, this comparison isn’t really accurate. For most of its existence, Rangers of Shadow Deep has mainly been available on DriveThruRPG, whereas Savage Worlds has probably sold just as much, or more, through traditional print. Still, it’s good company to be in, and it made me smile!

Also, for those who might be interested - there is now a Deluxe Edition of Rangers of Shadow Deep that can be ordered in either Print or Ebook. It makes much more sense to by the Deluxe edition than the original, that is shown here.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Frostgrave: Second Edition, Pre-order Time!

North Star has opened their pre-order for Frostgrave: Second Edition, and when you order from them they'll throw in a new apprentice figure sculpted especially for the occasion!

This is also the first chance to order the new plastic Frostgrave Knights plastic set.

Nervous and Exciting Times!