Saturday, April 19, 2014

Twilight 2000 Questions

Hey folks,

For many years I have wanted to play Twilight 2000 but its continued to sit on my shelf staring at me.  Well I got sick of the dirty looks so I pulled it down off the shelf and have decided to roll up a character.  I am mostly done but had a couple of questions that I hope you T2k fans can help me out with.

My toon qualified for National Military Academy (U.S. Naval Academy) for his first career block.  It states that you automatically get all the basic training for the appropriate branch (Army, Navy or Air Force), no problems so far.  For my next career block I took Force Recon Officer (U.S. Marine Corps).  Do I also get all of the U.S. Marine basic training skills in this block, or should I have substituted these during the education block (even though Marines is not listed as one of the branches)?

My only other question is whether the National Military Academy counts towards the total amount of money I receive for equipment.  My guess is that it counts as education and therefore does not grant additional monies for equipment.

Thanks much everyone!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Decision at Elst finally arrived!

I was very pleased to find the newest ASL Starter Kit Expansion sitting on my doorstep yesterday afternoon. I had a chance to look it over and punch out my counters so I figured I would take a few snapshots and share it with my loyal followers! Decision at Elst is the first and only Historical Module for the Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit series. I used to own just about everything that Multiman Publishing made for ASL but I sold it off as I never played much and it helped to finance my wedding (cha-ching!). I was glad to see the starter kit series come out, its a nice easy way to get into ASL, the game is stripped down but you still get the feel of full ASL. This new module covers several battles around the town of Elst, an area in which the British XXX Corps would pass through on their way to try and rescue the Red Devils during Operation Market-Garden.

DaE includes a new updated manual, a campaign book with a number of linked scenarios. A new historical map of the area, new counters and new handouts for the players round out the box. I keep all of my ASL:SK manuals, maps and scenario cards together in one binder, everything slips into 8.5" x 11" clear page protectors as seen below. I've been able to squeeze everything nicely into one binder making it a lot easier to carry around.

Rule book on the right, campaign book on the left.

Vehicle notes on the left and IFT handout on the right.

Two ASL:SK scenarios.

Geomorphic map on the left and historical map on the right.

Operations magazine.

For storage I used Racco trays, even with all the new counters from Decision at Elst I was able to squeeze everything into a single box.  Its tight, if any new modules come out I may need to step up to a second tray!

Closed up and ready for travel.
All the contents expanded, that's a lot of counters!

Russian Leaders, Support Weapons and Allied Minors.

Lots O' Germans.  SS, 1st & 2nd Line and Conscript Troops.

I'm looking forward to getting back into ASL, its been to long since I have played. Full blown ASL took up to much of my time, the rule book is a massive tome that is extremely dry reading. These new starter kits are a little more concise, they trim a bit of the fat and still leave something that is satisfying to play. If you have ever been interested in ASL, give the starter kits a try. They can be purchased at MMP's website, found here: Multiman Publishing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Adventure Begins

Hey guys, here's another piece I created using Photoshop and my Wacom tablet.  I wanted to do another fantasy piece and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  I originally started this as an acrylic painting but moved it over to Photoshop after I took up digital painting.  Challenges this time around were centered mostly around my lack of skill with Photoshop.  I used a lot of layers, something I am not used to and I found myself a bit lost.  I also had a chance to use some filters like blur on the foreground and overlay for the glow of the torch and magic staff.  It took 8-10 hours to complete but a lot of that time was me trying to figure out how to make Photoshop do what I wanted!  

Overall it was fun and educational, stay tuned for more!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

PBR Raid

I recently started getting back into art, I've been inspired by all of the amazing OSR art that is out there. This is a piece that started as pen and ink on paper which I scanned and finished in Photoshop.  I purchased a Wacom CTH-480 touch tablet that is amazing, I love being able to paint in Photoshop!  The layout was inspired by Stefan Poag's Barrowmaze cover with my own little twist, of course I had to have a couple of drunk Umber Hulks in the background.

I hope you all enjoy, I'll be posting more stuff as I produce it, you can always check out my other work at Deviant Art: Jason's Gallery

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mark III Ogre Attack!

Initial Setup
My wife and I finally decided to give the new version of OGRE a try this weekend. She played the Combine Mark III Ogre and I defended using the Paneuropeans. Above is the basic setup with only GEV's, a howitzer and tanks in the central defense zone and infantry pulling up the rear.  More after the break!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Crowdfunding Roundup

Heya folks,

I just want to point out a couple of OSR related crowd-funding projects that recently went live.

First up is Barrowmaze Complete.  Greg Gillespie is updating Barrowmaze I & II into a single module with new content, new art, new layout and most exciting is a set of Barrowmaze monster mini's by the amazing Otherworld Miniatures.  This looks like a great project, if you missed Barrowmaze the first time around don't miss this new complete version, its a fantastic adventure!  There are 44 days left on this project.

Next up is Impact! Miniatures DCC RPG Compatible Dice Sets.  Have you had trouble collecting all of the dice used in DCC RPG?  Have you spent your time and hard earned money searching for the elusive D14?  Then this is the Kickstarter for you!  Get all of the dice you need to complete your adventures!  Several levels allow for multiple sets and different colors.  No more trying to figure out how to role a D7!  There are 24 days left on this project, join now!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holiday from the Drunk Umber Hulk!

Happy holidays everyone!  I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday season.  May your presents be filled with gaming goodness and your bellies filled with tasty treats!