Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Black Hoods of Lord Hrú'ú






I've been putting together a box of Frostgrave cultists to act as "Black Hoods" - agents for the Temple of  Hrú'ú.

I have to say that this set is really nice! So far I've put together four with crossbows and four with 2-handed mauls. Also a guy with a 2-handed sword from the other Frostgrave set. This guy I'm converting so he is pointing with his left hand. There is also a guy with a lantern (which also comes from the first Frostgrave box). There are twenty figures in the box. I am using the fully hooded heads and there are just enough to do that, although they are not all the same style. That is fine though, as Lord  Hrú'ú likes a bit (a lot!) of variety! The plan is to do two guys standing on guard, but not with the spears that came in the box...I am going to look at using Shen halberds. 

I am very impressed by this set. It even comes with some nice thin round bases. There are four body poses: standing, running forward, action right and action left. The main failing I can see is that the left arms all have hands which are not in a gripping pose. I would like to do some two weapon guys and will have to do some converting to get that. Not sure if I'm going to give these guys shields. I want a couple of more boxes though! 

The plan is to paint them black and purple. Black hoods - hence the name - with purple face masks. Oh, the other failing is that they are wearing baggy pantaloons. This may or may not be an issue to you. Myself, I am past bothering about little details like that. There are so many anomalies in the canon that one just has to "go with the flow" and work with what you've got.






Monday, August 1, 2016

My Tékumel Bestiary (1): the Akáta and the Hrá



Akáta

The Akáta, as named by the Mu'ugalavyáni (Nirikáta: Tsolyánu), are what some might call the Swamp Folk's "best friend", though that race are so inscrutable it is impossible to say whether they do indeed harbour the same affection for their pets as humans do their dogs. The beasts were brought to Tékumel by the Heglethyál, as the Swamp Folk are called in Tsolyánu (A'láthish: Mu'ugalavyá), from their Home World of Unukulhai and like their masters Akáta are at home in the water. They are used for all the same uses that humans find for their dogs: hunting (and fishing!), tracking, protection and, perhaps, companionship. Any party of Swamp Folk is likely to be accompanied by one or more Akáta, even those serving aboard ships. 

The miniature is from the Pathfinder Miniatures range, by Paizo. "Akata" - without the accent - is the Pathfinder name for the creature. Nirikáta is something I came up with. It means "blue sacrifice" in Tsolyáni, assuming I've got the translation correct. I wonder why it's called that?

One of the pics is from an ebay auction. The seller, AvengersRule, is quite good in my experience (ordering from Canada). I find his name card is a helpful way of judging the size of the figure, something that is often hard to do in many auctions.



Hrá

Hrá are blood-sucking undead creatures that come in many forms. They are the creations of the Temple of Ksárul, formed to meet their needs. The figure illustrated is just one form. Some stand 10-12 feet tall. Others are created as beasts of burden, squat of form and very powerful. Many are armed: typically with mace, sword or spear. They are difficult to kill and even more difficult to lay to rest permanently. If set a task they are relentless. Priests, especially those from the Temple of Ksárul, can control them if they have sufficient knowledge of the lore; they can even attempt to control, or at least deter, Hrá under the control of another.

The miniature shown is from Wizards of the Coast: #45 - Draegloth - Underdark - Dungeons & Dragons miniature D&D. Remember that Hrá can be found in many forms. I will be writing more about them soon...


Size comparison with one of our 28mm troopers.



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Affordable Measuring Sticks!


Bamboo Chopsticks

Less than $5US w. FREE International Shipping! Buy them here.

These are my current favourite measuring device for skirmish type games. I use the four movement increments: Long, Medium, Short and Very Short. For long, I use the full length of the stick. For medium I use the lower part of the stick. For short and very short I use the "knuckles" of the handgrip: four knuckles for short, and two for very short. I usually include the half-knuckle on the end as well, for ease of measuring. Sometimes I count the half-knuckle when determining the short and very short lengths; it just depends what I need for the game.

Of course, the overall length of the chopsticks is only 9" or so, so the distances will vary from those in some rules but I don't mind that. 

For long range shooting I usually give a -1 modifier per full chopstick length after the first.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Best Kept Secrets: Antediluvian Miniatures' Lost World



"Caroline"


Zorgon, God of the Lost City


Adventurers Set 2


Guardians of Lemuria

Antediluvian Miniatures have a shop, to be found HERE. They are also on facebook. I think you know who "Caroline" is. In case you've forgotten here is some eye-candy to help you remember...











Sunday, May 15, 2016

Best Kept Secrets: Prince August, Crocodile Games, Newline Designs and Outland Miniatures



Prince August: Village Sage, Blacksmith and Female Fighter

Here are some figures sold by Prince August and sometimes seen in Hobby Shops in blisters. They had a small fantasy range, and also a small post-apocalyptic range (think Mad Max). I don't think the full ranges are available anymore, but select blisters are available on their site. I recently picked up the figures shown. The Sage will do nicely for a Temple Librarian, an Undying Wizard or in Pulp Games. I don't mind about the specs. The Blacksmith is nice as well. No beard, which is a plus. The female fighter makes a good Aridani. The helmet even resembles that in one of the original concept sketches!


Crocodile Games: Artemis, Kraken Hunter, 
Helen of Troy, Oracle, TP Serqu archer, Hecate


Crocodile Games Amazons

Crocodile Games always make nice figures and are currently working on their Wargods of Olympus range. I backed their Kickstarter and selected the Amazons for my faction. As you can see, they are large figures compared to typical Tekumel Project fare. That may or may not bother you...


Outland Miniatures: Characters 
(w. SHQ Indian Queen and TP Serqu archer)


Outland Miniatures: Witchcult


More Witchcult


Witchcult archers



Wot the label says...

Outland Miniatures are part of Newline Designs, being a range of fantasy figures of the sculptor's own devising. I understand there is a World behind them, but have never seen any details published anywhere.

I have a bunch of their figures, but these shown are probably the most relevant for Tekumel. (I could add the Vampire Guard but didn't have the figures handy to photograph.)

The characters are all named but as I said the background has never been revealed so they are mysteries. Nice basic figures. The Indian Queen is from SHQs Ancient Indians (formerly Newline) and reviewed earlier.

Edit: looking closely at the character figures I'd say they would be prime candidates for headswaps! (...the size is right...) Just saying...

The Witchcult are a nice selection of blood-crazed warriors! My plan is to use them primarily as Tsolei islanders - some factions have all-female crews for their boats. Also, as part of my Haida Pakalan pirate crews, and as pit-fighters.

The Witchcult also have some very nice cavalry mounted on wicker ponies! Not really "Tekumel" though. I use them for a different fantasy setting.

Lastly, Newline retained their Biblical ranges, as well as some others, when they went to SHQ. These Gutian Highlanders make good Mu'ugalavyani skirmishers with their destinctive hairstyle. Some of the Witchcult with mohawks might get mixed in as well.




Monday, April 18, 2016

The Excellent Travelling Volume #5 - on Sale Now!



A fanzine for The Empire of the Petal Throne rpg. Issue #5 is now available...but only until it sells out. IIRC only 200, maybe 300, copies are printed.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dark Fable Temple of Set - last few days!







Less than a week remains for Dark Fable's Temple of Set Indiegogo campaign.

Follow the link to check it out!

Mike's figures are great proxies for Tekumel and he has lots more releases planned, so lets all support him if we can.