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Miniatures Adventure => Age of Myths, Gods and Empires => Topic started by: James Morris on November 28, 2020, 08:59:13 PM

Title: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: James Morris on November 28, 2020, 08:59:13 PM
Managed to play a small game over Zoom today with my Celtic collection, pitting Conor Mac Nessa and the men of Ulster against the Connacht.  Despite fairly even forces, Ferdiad Mac Daman led the Connacht to a mighty victory, slaying Conor in single combat.  A Druid vs Druid challenge looked like a good idea but it ended quickly and brutally with the death of Cathbad the Druid - another blow for Ulster. Soon after, the Ulster men broke and ran.

Playing over Zoom isnít quite the same but itís the best thing under the circumstances, and itís always great to catch up with old friends and get the Celts out of the loft. Figures are a mix of Alternative Armies, Foundry and Northstar amongst others. We used my own Midgard rules.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: Burnin Coal on November 28, 2020, 09:12:27 PM
 :-* excellent photos of a great looking game and a very nice collection of figures....Druid vs Druid sounds awesome
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Post by: Digits on November 29, 2020, 10:31:19 AM
Great looking pics too...that clouded backdrop really makes them pop out!
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Post by: Fremitus Borealis on November 29, 2020, 02:51:28 PM
Beautiful figures, but that terrain is breathtaking!  :o
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Post by: Steam Flunky on November 29, 2020, 05:40:33 PM
Great looking collection!
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Post by: Grass-Hopper on November 30, 2020, 05:17:23 PM
Looks really good, both the figures and terrain. At least someone is getting some gaming in.
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Post by: Ethelred the Almost Ready on November 30, 2020, 05:39:34 PM
As always, a great looking game, James.
The figures are beautiful but I am particularly impressed by the table.  I like the different textures and "grasses" used.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: James Morris on November 30, 2020, 06:21:18 PM
Great looking pics too...that clouded backdrop really makes them pop out!

Thank you!  The backdrop is a 4x1í piece of MDF that I painted for a WW1 demo game a few years back.  It seems to be quite multipurpose and is a nice accessory to have out for this kind of game.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: James Morris on November 30, 2020, 06:23:23 PM
As always, a great looking game, James.
The figures are beautiful but I am particularly impressed by the table.  I like the different textures and "grasses" used.

Cheers Anthony!  It seems to have been a worthwhile investment in time.  Gets a lot of use and doubles as my board for photos.
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Post by: Misneach on December 07, 2020, 12:26:13 AM
Fantastic! Great painting   8)
I love seeing Irish myth in gaming
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Post by: Codsticker on December 07, 2020, 05:38:23 AM
As others have said, great looking figures and terrain; I especially like the way you did your river bank/lake shore.
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Post by: Irregular Wars Nic on December 10, 2020, 02:03:23 PM
Looks great (as your games usually do!).

How do you determine which units are Ulster and which Connacht? We have a gentleman's agreement up here to use different  shield colours based on provincial rugby colours - so Ulstermen tend to get white shields, Leinstermen in  blue etc.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: Jack Hooligan on December 10, 2020, 02:13:22 PM
This all looks gorgeous, but how does one play a minis game of this sort over zoom?
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Post by: Zingara on December 10, 2020, 05:52:41 PM
Gorgeous. That painted MDF backdrop is a great idea, particularly for photographs. As has been mentioned the shoreline looks great.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: James Morris on December 14, 2020, 06:58:12 PM
Looks great (as your games usually do!).

How do you determine which units are Ulster and which Connacht? We have a gentleman's agreement up here to use different  shield colours based on provincial rugby colours - so Ulstermen tend to get white shields, Leinstermen in  blue etc.

Cheers Nic!  Iíd like to say that there was some thought involved in this, but I have a large bunch of Northstar Roy Eastland Celts who are quite different to their Alternative Armies brethren, so I just squared them off against each other.
Title: Re: Fisticuffs with the Celts
Post by: James Morris on December 14, 2020, 07:05:29 PM
This all looks gorgeous, but how does one play a minis game of this sort over zoom?

I copied the model being used by Two Fat Lardies and others. I organised the Zoom call and sent invites to the players; I also sent force lists so that they could draw deployment diagrams and send them back to me to set the game up.

I used a webcam on a high tripod to get an overhead view of the battlefield and also logged in a tablet as a Ďbattle camí, which could be moved to different parts of the game to give close ups. Players rolled their own dice from home - I did all the troop movements from the playersí directions. Itís really busy and you need to know the rules well so as not to slow the game down, but it works.