Orcs Illustrated: A tabletop wargaming blog

  • Stargrave Quarantine 37: Hydroponics Bay

    Stargrave Quarantine 37: Hydroponics Bay

    Our crews were ambushed by Alien Bugs while scavenging the hydroponics bay of a derelict space station. Players and crews Paul brought over his Stargrave crew The Bareaga Rangers and a big tray of tyranids from his enormous collection. I could tell from the gleam in his eye that he was thrilled at the chance…

  • Stargrave Crew: Fletcher’s Fetchers

    Stargrave Crew: Fletcher’s Fetchers

    A Stargrave crew long overdue I printed and painted a Stargrave crew a few years ago, and it occupied a shelf since then. When we kicked off our miraculous Stargrave campaign, I seized the chance to recall them to active duty. You may have seen some of them in my solo game write up, but…

  • Miraculous Stargrave Campaign

    Miraculous Stargrave Campaign

    My surprise wish fulfillment. Having enjoyed our group’s earlier Frostgrave campaign, I once gleefully pre-ordered Stargrave as soon as it was available. Alas, when the book arrived the group’s interests had wandered elsewhere. I found myself shelving Stargrave after only a single solo game, but couldn’t resist buying and reading all its subsequent expansions over…

  • Sometimes I take a year off

    It is what it is Astute visitors will notice I’ve been dormant for 11 months. I could list the reasons, but they are boring and common and probably familiar to anyone here. Instead I’d like to report that I think I fixed my ActivePub plugin, so consider this a test missive to the Fediverse. Also,…

  • Ambush at landing bay Xi-292-41

    Ambush at landing bay Xi-292-41

    Following my post about using published army doctrine as a scenario design checklist, my friend Comrade Patrick invited me to walk through the process with him, start to finish, to create a narrative skirmish scenario. Here is the result!

  • Hive graffiti experiment: patriarch stencil

    Hive graffiti experiment: patriarch stencil

    I recently gained access to a Cricut machine and decided to follow an impulse to make a multilayer stencil. If successful, this will become one element in a strategy to add cultist graffiti to current and future Pilgrimage District terrain. Inspiration My friend Daniel and I thought it would be cool to represent his Genestealer…

  • Grimdark Future: Tech Moon Rising at Comrade’s Wargames

    Comrade Patrick returns with a great write-up of the other of our side-by-side games of Grimdark Future last week! Today’s Grimdark Future battle report (the next installment in The Cauldron, our ongoing grimdark/Inq28 themed narrative campaign) took place far from the glittering spires of Hive Sacrament on Gamma Euphorion Prime. While the miserable defenders of…

  • Wargames scenario design from army doctrine

    Wargames scenario design from army doctrine

    I often lack the capacity to meet my own expectations for hobby time, especially narrative scenario design. I compensate with tools like random name generators and published scenarios. Right now I’m exploring a new addition for my tool box: US military doctrine.

  • Grimdark Future escalation campaign: conflict above, conflict below

    Grimdark Future escalation campaign: conflict above, conflict below

    Saturday I hosted the fourth gathering of our One Page Rules Grimdark Future escalation campaign. Nine players, 8000 total points.

  • Welcome to the Pilgrimage District

    Welcome to the Pilgrimage District

    I wanted to play Inq28. I imagined a critical world cut off by the Great Rift, vulnerable, with imperial agents struggling alone to suppress heretical secessionists and other, darker influences. This would require terrain, so I built some. Pilgrimage District, Hive Sacrament, Gamma-Euphorion Prime During our group’s earlier campaigns, I created a subsector grappling with…

  • Vae Victis Swords for Hire: I like them

    I resolved to contribute to this blog every time I reach for my phone to browse Reddit — a shocking amount. Much of that work is still in draft because it discusses a surprise I’m working on for my local gaming group. Meanwhile, check out these minis I put together from the Swords for Hire…

  • A quick Reddit farewell post and status update

    I have decided to leave Reddit and figure out how to operate in the Fediverse. This means I will likely become more active on this blog, and perhaps rename it to be more consistent with my other online handle orcs_illustrated. If anyone has experience using the ActivePub WordPress plug in please reach out. Meanwhile, visit…