One of August’s big goals was to complete the 24 figures I had from Bob Murch/Crucible Crush’s wonderful Flint and Feather range. For the most part these figures are intended to game the conflict between the Hurons and Iroquois from the times of pre-discovery. The range includes warriors from both sides as well as mythical beasts to facilitate the cultural threads of the bloody raids and reprisals between the two groups.
I chose to do these guys because David Sullivan opted in as well. David has more figures than I do. He began with Iroquois, but now I think he has both tribes. He he also has Frenchmen from the period, which adds just a little bit of spice.
I think I’m pretty much done. If I could find a few suitable Dutch solider/trader types, I could see adding those, or if there were native villagers I could be in on that. I have all the Hurons offered with the range, so for now I am good.
These are my warriors
However, I had an excuse to paint up my Acheson longhouses that have sat in a box in my garage for a decade. I have four of them, and three are different, so it’s nice to have a variety. For the record they are the Huron Longhouse (2), the Iroquois Peaked Longhouse, and the Iroquois Longhouse.
The Longhouses are in grey soft resin. I washed them with soap and water before spray priming them white. From there I went on a base gray-brown color. I used the Ceramcoat Gray-Brown and the Folk Art Barnwood. Then I went back and used some different shades of brown to show areas that might have been repaired or replaced. After all the planks were painted, I washed the structure using Ceramcoat Burnt Umber with a couple of drops of Liquitex Acrylic Matt Medium and thinned with water. I used additional brown colors for the supporting wood structures. Then I washed the entire structure again with the Burnt Umber wash. I added some Vallejo Black Wash to the smoke holes, painted and dry brushed the base. Voila. I’m pretty happy with the look. Together with the cornfields and palisade I made for the Chickasaw and America Rampant, it gives me some terrain to fiddle with.
Something Fun Not Miniaturesish
David Demick is my oldest friend. We’ve known each other for over 40 years. Dave doesn’t do a lot a miniatures anymore. He was never wild about painting, and when his vision kind of deserted him, he hung up his brushes. But Dave is a connoisseur of all things board game. Dave almost certainly has one of the largest collections of baseball board games ever.
Dave has a nose for game stores. It doesn’t matter where he is-Longview, Cannon Beach, or his own backyard on Proctor Street in Tacoma, he always sniffs out shops selling great games.
Dave was attending his nephew’s wedding in June, which was also a big family occasion, ended up in Hood River, a lovely little town on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, when his brother-in-law from Boston alerted him to a game store. Dave wandered in and found Storming the Castle, a game based on the movie The Princess Bride. It’s a great little game. When I shared how much fun it was with my wife, Lorri ordered a copy for my birthday.
Ideally it’s a game for four people, hopefully four who know the movie well. The mechanics are super easy, and amplify every great line from that wonderful movie. The game is basically a screw your neighbor game as each of the characters-Westley, Buttercup, Fezzig and Inigo try to win their way into the castle. This is a great game for non-gamers. I plan to try it with my family, most of whom are non-gamers.
Dave Schueler alerted me to a game printed by Minden Games called Beatles Diplomacy. The game follows the career of the Beatles from 1962-1975. It’s a terrific looking little game that encourages the four players, each as a member of the Fab Four to work together to further the success of the band while at the same time encouraging each player to meet individual objectives as well.
The game comes as a booklet, and the game board, which is hardly anything, and some of the tables would have to be printed on cardstock to make it workable. But the game, available on Amazon, is only $12.95. There is a solitaire option, but I’m skeptical. Am excited to give it a try.