Orcs Illustrated: A tabletop wargaming blog

  • SkullStar build part 3: skull trenches!

    SkullStar build part 3: skull trenches!

    I wrote about inspiration and design in part 1 and laying the mosaic in part 2. Now for my favorite part: skull trenches! Proof of concept I had a healthy collection of little plastic skulls, but not enough to fill the chaos star. I needed to make more. I decided to try push molding and…

  • SkullStar build part 2: chaos star mosaic

    SkullStar build part 2: chaos star mosaic

    Continuing from Part 1, in which I set the project aside to wait for inspiration to strike. Some kind of mosaic To make the board both versatile and distinctive, I decided to build a flat surface with some kind of mosaic pattern. That way, I could put whatever terrain pieces on top, or even cover…

  • Nightwatch: Mystery at Heerselt Manor

    With our second Nightwatch mission coming up this weekend, I’d like to share this report from our first mission written by Comrade Patrick. I wrote a little about hobby prep for it here. During that game I realized our collection of beastmen antagonists could use more ranged attackers, so I printed and painted some lovely…

  • SkullStar board part 1: inspiration, design, and initial construction

    SkullStar board part 1: inspiration, design, and initial construction

    I struggled to organize a post about SkullStar because it offers so much to describe and explain. Here I try managing it in multiple parts. First conception I unpacked a new dining room table and discovered two exciting facts about the packaging: The box was double-corrugated cardboard The packing foam included two discs almost perfectly…

  • SkullStar Warcry board

  • Building badlands terrain for Nightwatch

    Building badlands terrain for Nightwatch

    Markgraf von Hattendorf has hired you to put an end to the recent brutal raids on his hinterland settlements. With that scenario pitch, my local group started preparing for Nightwatch, a cooperative skirmish monster hunting wargame. We have played a couple scenarios before, but this will be our first full seven-game “long hunt.” The hunting…

  • Airbrush speed painting bay horses

  • Epicalypse 40K

    Epicalypse 40K

    My friend Vince and I decided to play Warhammer 40K Apocalypse at 6 mm scale. It started with the annual Apoc-Luck In December my local group conducted our annual Apocalypse wargame and holiday potluck event, “Apoc-luck” (Check out our events from 2017, 2018, and 2019). 40K Apocalypse is my favorite Games Workshop product of the…

  • Director’s Commentary: Five Parsecs from Home, turn one

    Director’s Commentary: Five Parsecs from Home, turn one

    Magical creative engine. Here I follow up on Space Adventure! with an attempt to relate that story to the process of playing and daydreaming that inspired it. The process was iterative and non-sequential, posing a fun challenge to explain in this format. Let me know how I did. Space Adventure! Episode 1. Director’s Commentary. Film…

  • Age of Fantasy battle report and hobby response

    Age of Fantasy battle report and hobby response

    Report I played a game of Age of Fantasy with Comrade Patrick and our friend Vince. Patrick shows off his excellent chaos hordes army and describes the drama that happened on the tabletop. Check out his report, linked below. He also discusses how the rules supported the experience. I have only to add that I…

  • Space Adventure! Five Parsecs from Home, turn one

    Space Adventure! Five Parsecs from Home, turn one

    Episode 1. Pilot. Film producer Clarius Delling hatched a new idea for a serial broadcast. Space Adventure! would be filmed as a reality TV documentary series, following a scrappy crew on their daring exploits around the Fringe. His pitch landed with a ship construction magnate named Stender Benissard. “Imagine the sales this broadcast could generate!”…

  • Mustering for Fantastic Battles

    Mustering for Fantastic Battles

    I intend to play small-scale mass battles again soon, thanks to the miracles of 3d printing and digital print-on-demand publishing. This started when I first saw Forest Dragon’s beautiful 10mm digital sculpts. After snatching up files for a pair of opposing armies, I hunted around the web for suitable rulesets. There are several good options…