The Paradox of Choice

I was in Toronto for most of this last week, starting my new job (!), and wandered over to Meeplemart to do a bit of hobby shopping. The place is very well stocked – probably second only to The Sentry Box in Calgary.

I either managed to show remarkable restraint (unlikely) or else the walls of figs and games caused my eyes to glaze over and my “want list” to disappear completely from my mind. I came away with only a couple of blisters:

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A pack of Khador Woodsmen, which I’m going to repurpose as Gypsies for a “His Dark Materials” themed Song of Blades and Heroes warband, and a pack of not-Space Wolf shoulderpads from Kromlech.

The Paradox of Choice

Kings of War Escalation League – Game #1 – 500pts

From Dave G.’s “Warpegs” forum:

A war party has gained followers in Letharac and has set out into the Ardovikian Plain with a sizeable force. Perhaps this is the start of a new kingdom, but for now a good nights sleep after a long march is in order. Having found a suitable place to set up camp for the night, the party sets in for a solid nights rest. Sadly, the rest tonight is interrupted as the alarm is raised when the moon is still high overhead, something is moving through the treeline and will be upon you shortly!


I was defending the building in the middle of the table… Chris was attacking from two opposite sides.

The goal was to reduce the opposing player’s side to 50% of their force…

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The initial setup (4×4 table) per the scenario.
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Defender (me!) initial deployment (1x Regiment of Pike, 1x Regiment of Crossbow, 2x Troops of Knights).
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Chris’s deployment and my first turn. Unfortunately, the size of the table, and the guesswork in setting up the Crossbows meant that they couldn’t fire after needing to pivot to face a target.
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Chris’s charges (and his magic-user’s enhancement of his forces). Second half of the first turn…
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First blood! One of my troops of knights is routed.
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Second turn – counter charges! Not enough to turn things around, though…
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And the final blow – my unit of Pikes is routed. Chris takes the game!

Unpainted figs – yeah, I know…

Kings of War Escalation League – Game #1 – 500pts

Derailed – again…

My plan was to finally finish up a platoon of British Airborne for Bolt Action, but then Dave G. suggested a small escalation league series of games for Kings of War (500 – 750 – 1000 – 1250 points with a game every three weeks).

The idea of finally getting to use my (woefully expensive, mostly eBay purchased) out of production GW WHFB 5th Edition Dogs of War figures for something was too tempting to say no to. These are the older style, Perry-sculpted, more “cartoony” WHFB figs. That, plus the mix of fantasy races in the same army (human/elf/orc/undead/etc.) really appeals to me.

Also, I plan on using these pseudo-renaissance Italians as the “bad guys” in the Assassin’s Creed homebrew skirmish game I’ve been planning for ages, so win-win.

Here’s the first 500 points worth (1x Regiment of Crossbow, 1x Regiment of Pike, 2x Troops of Knights), cleaned and based:

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The WWII figs will have to wait a while longer.

Derailed – again…