23 January, 2018

Crom's Anvil - Order Received

Oh boy, the goodies from Crom's Anvil arrived today!  I placed my order on January 7th and today is the 23rd, so a total of sixteen days from Old Blighty.  Considering that the one terrain piece was built upon order with an email or two back and forth between the owner (Mike) and myself about the style of the terrain piece and the cost of shipping to the United States, I think the timeframe from day of order to day of receipt is pretty darn good. 

Packaging was ideal, with enough bubble wrap to keep the various pieces from taking any sort of abuse from the Post Awful (actually, the vast majority of interactions I have had with the U.S. Postal Service have been rather good).  

The stone walls (140mm long by 15mm wide by 20mm tall) and pillars (50mm tall by 15mm wide by 15mm deep) are a cleanly cast resin, with no defects or bubbles to speak of.  The trees are some sort of commercially made palms, and stand about 4" in height (100mm).  I decided to buy the ones that were not already painted, but as they are they will be easy to finish with a bit of highlighting and wash on the trunks and then based.  

The hand crafted piece measures 80mm by 60mm and has three bushes that are 20mm tall.  The bushes look to be manufactured by the same outfit that made the palm trees.  Mike threw in a few extra tuft bits that I will add to a couple of other terrain pieces I have.  A nice gesture on his part.

Overall, I am very pleased with my first order from Crom's Anvil.  I look forward to ordering more terrain offerings from them in the future.

16 January, 2018

Der Wind und der Löwe - Flags

There are a few sources out there for colonial flags, but I believe, as I only need a flag or two for each faction, I will use the venerable Warflag website as opposed to buying flagsheets from Cotton Jim, which would leave me with a slew of extra flags, or ordering from Flag Dude.  While I have ordered some very nice War of 1812 flags from Flag Dude in the past, the owner seems to be extremely hit and miss with communication and fulfilling orders, and admittedly I just do not have the tolerance for inconsistent customer service (see my rant about a certain miniatures company in a previous post).  So Warflag it is, and best of all, they are free!

Warflag offers the following countries/factions in their colonial range that fit the Der Wind und der Löwe project:  France, Germany, Italy, United States, Arabs, and Egyptians/Sudanese.  For my initial builds, this works suitably well, as I will be starting with Germans, local Khedive forces (Sudanese), and Arabs.  If my gaming buddies want to provide other factions, they will have to source their own flags. 😉

14 January, 2018

Der Wind und der Löwe - The Factions

NOTE:  If you have extra figures from the various packs pictured below, I am looking to obtain extras from specific packs.  Please see my Bartertown ad.

These are the ramblings regarding the various factions and their motivations.  This post will be added to from time to time as I flesh out the project.  All pictures are from the Blue Moon site.

Al-Faqihwit - a village who's small size belies its importance as a supply hub for explorations into the desert.  The Khedive of Turkey maintains a small military force in the area to "keep the peace" as well as to keep tabs on any discoveries the various explorations may dig up.  Will disrupt Russian plans if possible.  Force pool is two units of Sudanese led by Muhammad al-Alam.

Arabs - Having been pushed away from the coast, they still have benefited from interactions with the colonial powers in terms of trade and providing guides to the archaeological teams that roam the desert.  However, they want to control Al-Faqihwit and will act with whatever faction that will help them take over the village.  Led by Imraan al-Omar.

Tauregs - Wary of all, they have become less and less tolerant of incursions into their territory.  Rumors are they will strike Al-Faqihwit and destroy the village that supports the infidels.  Will attack the French if a favorable opportunity presents itself.  Led by Faraj al-Mohamed.

Americans - A supporter of exploration, but not to the point where it will insult the local factions (Arabs and Tauregs).  Typically will support the British in most actions, but will always try to do the right thing while protecting its own citizens and interests.  One unit of Marines led by Lieutenant Gavin Wood.

Germans - A bit of an enigma.  At times chivalrous, at others devious, the Germans will play any and all sides.  One unit of Seebattalion led by Leutnant Einhard Gräbner.

French - If the British are present then the French will be as well.  The French will take any opportunity to disrupt British influence as they seek sole control of Al-Faqihwit.  The main financial supporter of the various explorations.  Will only cooperate with other factions if that cooperation benefits their own end game.  One unit of marines led by Lieutenant Mathis De Saint-Pierre.

Italians - Will typically support the Germans in most efforts, and are harsh in their treatment of the locals.  They see the region as part of their domain, and hence will attempt to disrupt any other faction from taking control.  One unit of Bersaglieiri led by Tenente Alvise Cannone.

Russians - Brutal, will take any chance to attack the local forces as long as the other factions maintain a neutral stance.  One unit of sailors led by Leytenant Sergei Mikhailovich.

British - The British seek to control the local area through their "enlightened" administration.  One unit of Royal Marines led by Lieutenant Rowen Harrington.

Austrians - In lock step with the Germans and will follow their lead in all things.  Will try to hinder Italian goals.  One unit of sailors led by Leutnant Vass Flórián.

Local citizens will include Arab, African, and Victorian period civilians, along with archaeologists and explorers.

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