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Offline Daeothar

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2023, 10:59:42 AM »
Sounds like a really interesting campaign and the write up was worth it too :D

Alas, poor Greville...
Miniatures you say? Well I too, like to live dangerously...
Find a Way, or make one!

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2023, 11:13:53 AM »
This looks brilliant.

Only thing that bothers me is the Turn Track Lady - I've got to have one now.

Don't you think I have enough to do?

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2023, 01:13:06 AM »
Just curious, but who made the mill in the pics from the first page?

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2023, 07:48:42 AM »
It was made by a German outfit,

https://www.gelaendestuecke.de/

However, it was way back in the mid 2000s when I bought it, and they seem to be all about 3D printing these days. Back then they sold handmade stuff.



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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2023, 09:29:04 AM »
Very cool warband!

Where is that Wicklow Pottler model from (the right one)? Ive seen it’s meant to be Modlam or Northstar, but do you remember the set? I might need it for my 15mm collection.

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2023, 09:33:28 AM »
Pottler himself is from the Midlam Miniatures Halfling range. The figure on the right (Patches the construct) is the North Star one. He's a Frostgrave construct/golem type thing (comes in a pack with a bigger one made of wood).



https://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=7496


« Last Edit: March 30, 2023, 09:35:03 AM by Plynkes »

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2023, 09:52:22 AM »
Pottler himself is from the Midlam Miniatures Halfling range. The figure on the right (Patches the construct) is the North Star one. He's a Frostgrave construct/golem type thing (comes in a pack with a bigger one made of wood).



https://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=7496

Thanks! He’ll soon have a home in a 15mm chaos army;)

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2023, 04:45:36 PM »
Lovely thread. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your first posts and the start of the campaign. Looking forward to seeing how it develops.
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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2023, 12:08:46 AM »
Great painting, terrain and write ups as usual.
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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2023, 06:42:57 PM »
Wonderful! I adore Five Leagues reports, and even more so when the painting is so good.

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2023, 08:23:20 PM »
A quest and a new faction...

In our next campaign turn we generated a quest! Cool. The game told us to go to a certain place and conduct a ritual, so we figured Iago had experienced a religious vision, Our Lady of the Veils appeared to him and warned him of the gathering of dark forces that needed to be stopped. Residual magic from a temple to the Old Gods was in danger of being absorbed by the enemies of True Religion, and not for anything happy and nice.

(When you do a quest, the enemies are generated at random from the threats that you aren't using as the major ones in your campaign. Turned out it was The Faceless Kingdom that was up to no good. Quests are open-ended and can take many encounters to complete.)

The book says this about the Faceless Kingdom: An invading army, advancing under cruel beast totems. Choose this to fight disciplined military forces. I decided to use my old Uruk-hai figures from the LotR game, as I didn't really have enough human military types. The particular bunch we encountered were the Raven Legion, hit-and-run specialists. On paper they looked pretty nasty, and we were a bit worried about facing them.


What can men do against such reckless hate?

Most of these figures were painted at least twenty years ago, but I don't think they look too bad on the table. We needed some crossbowmen, and thankfully I had bought some back in the day but never painted them, so I hurriedly slapped some paint on those guys and then we were ready to go.

Can our heroes triumph and put an end to the Raven Legion's mischief? We'll find out very soon.


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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2023, 11:05:20 PM »
I can't wait to hear more!
Got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2023, 08:09:06 AM »
Just started reading this thread, great characters and nice figures.
Nice figures, poor hamster though. Maybe a skilled necromancer could help.
Now that will be a great figure!

{Later in thread]
Great write up, and a cautionary tale about underestimating your opponent.
I look forward to reading more about this campaign, very inspiring.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2023, 08:20:05 AM by Ultravanillasmurf »

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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2023, 07:47:07 PM »
So our intrepid band slogged their way across the county to the ancient temple, and ancient indeed it was. Iago cursed under his breath as he realised this was not a site built by the heathen druids, but seemingly far older, fashioned by mighty lords of the Fey in the most ancient of days, ere they diminished and withdrew into their dark woods.

What was the Faceless Kingdom's business here? And could our heroes complete the ritual to seal in the ancient magicks before they achieved their goal?


Yes, that tattooed hand belongs to Sickers. Where does the time go? I think he was still at school last time he was in a battle report photo.

A cunning plan had been hatched by Sickers. We would use our most disposable party member (that would be Patches the magical construct) to distract these relentless warriors. There were quite a few of them, and reinforcements would be arriving every other turn, so it was decided that Patches would distract them by charging forth, hopefully buying us some time for Iago to conduct the ritual.

To this end we left Neville behind to guard our camp, freeing up a slot in the party for Patches.





For Our Lady and the Pontiarch!

Upon arrival we managed to sneak quite close to the temple (there is a 'Seize the Initiative' phase in some of the generated scenarios that, if successful, allows the party to have one free turn of acting before the game proper begins). Iago and Lenore rushed forward, while new boy Brom took himself and his bow up on to a high rock with a good view of the battleground. Morgaunt also found a suitable spot to shoot from, while Wicklow attempted to conjure some life into his scarecrow. Happily he was successful.






Patches hurled himself (itself?) forwards, hoping to attract the attention of our foe. He certainly did this, as crossbow bolts whistled past him, and the fierce soldiers charged toward him. An epic clash ensued, with Patches plunging into combat brandishing his spear. Unfortunately he did not prevail for long, as the heavy sharp sword of a Raven Legionary ripped him apart, with straw and cloth flying in all directions.

But his loss was not in vain. Iago had completed the ritual, the magical well was sealed and we had triumphed in the name of Our Lady. But looking around, Iago and Lenore realised this was one foe we probably could not match in strength of arms, and so it was decided that the most heroic thing we could possibly do now would be to bravely flee the scene.






So Lenore and Iago hastily pulled back, with Morgaunt and Brom covering their retreat with shots from their bows. These relentless foes were fleet of foot though, and it appeared that our valorous retreat might be in vain.




Back you devils!

Lenore paused, sighed and then gritted her teeth. With a grim countenance she surged forward at the foe-men, determined to protect the lives of her comrades even if it be at the cost of her own (she does that sort of thing quite a lot).

It seemed her finest hour might also be her last. But no, hewing and slashing she cut down the enemy lieutenant, and forced the others back. Suddenly Iago was at her shoulder, and he too cut a path through the legionaries. Bow shots from Morgaunt also did good work, and soon the forward-most enemies were a messy wet pile of flesh and metal on the ground.

Their confidence buoyed by this, our party decided they should now advance instead of fleeing, for there were only a handful of enemy left. We felt we could easily hold the field (if you hold the field you potentially get extra loot after the fight). Brom climbed down from his rock and joined Wicklow, hoping to help mop them up.




Yes, I know that's Greville's figure not Brom's, but Brom is still half-finished on my painting table.

But it wasn't as easy as we thought. The next few turns consisted of sniping at long range, while the melee fighters tried to chase down the stragglers. Unfortunately the enemy received a new reinforcement every second turn, and they were being replaced faster than we could kill them. Just to put the tin hat on it, our bowmen were now also out of arrows. So once again we changed our minds and decided to withdraw in good order, yielding the field to the legionaries. It was just at this point when disaster struct. A lone enemy appeared on the table edge we were retreating towards, and though he didn't seem much of a threat he managed to charge forth and skewer poor Brom.

We simply wanted to get away with our victory by now, so sadly Brom went unavenged.  We made our way back to camp, dragging the slumped form of Brom with us, content in the knowledge that at least we had succeeded in this first part of the quest.

Happily, once at camp we discovered that Brom lived still. His wounds were bad, and it would be some time until he would be able to fight, but at least he was alive and breathing. I wonder if he still thought joining up with these foolish adventurers was a good idea?

Later that night Iago had another vision. In his dreams he learned that someone was in peril, and in need of rescue...








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Re: Plynkes' Five Leagues Thread
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2023, 01:59:53 AM »
Fun write up.

 

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