Category Archives: Ragnarok

Viking Ship

I made some progress on the Viking Longship over the weekend. Having removed the plastic deck, I decided to get rid of most of it and only keep the centre bit to support the mast.

Using some polystyrene and foam card, I built up the deck to a good model height and then decked it all out with balsa.

Once some fiddly detail was added around the bow and stern (that’s the front and back to all you land lubbers), the thing is ready for painting.

I still have to make the mast this week, but that can wait.

Viking Longship

You may have noticed that there has been a Viking theme going on here recently, with no actual games being played, I have found a bit of time to design and prototype a few MDF Viking buildings.

Vikings are not Vikings if they do not have a Viking Longship to plunder and pillage. As if I do not have enough projects on the go, I am starting yet another.

I bought a Playmobil ship off eBay and plan to do a simple conversion, basically just to build up a flat deck after removing all of the current deck gubbins and give it a coat of paint.

Viking Prototypes

In a brief pause in the design of Tudor buildings, I created a few Viking style buildings for whenever we get back to playing games like Ragnarok.

The buildings were easy enough to design, I had fun doing a slighty curved roof. Rather than just have a tiled effect cut into the mdf roof, I wanted to use some roofing material to make it different from my other designs. So far I have experimented with a couple of roof materials, old towel and teddy bear fur.

I used loads of PVA glue painted onto the roof to stick down the towel (above) and the fur (below).

With both drying, I then mixed up a bit of water with PVA and liberally applied that on all over the top to let it harden for subsequent painting.

I think the fur has the best finish and with a bit of drybrushing, the effect is pretty good.

The towel ends up looking a bit too flat, I don’t like that at all.

More to come with teddy bear fur!

Gap Gizmos

Warcry and Ragnarok have a variety of weapons available that have various close combat ranges between 1″ and 4″. Sometimes getting a ruler into a tight space can be tricky, so I have made some measuring sticks that allow an easy access between models.

One version has a 1″ and 2″ measuring widget and a second version has a 3″ and 4″ measuring thingy.

Ragnarok

We played a three way Ragnarok game last week, two sides were CMON Game Of Thrones models, whilst mine were mostly old Rackham Confrontation models with a few others thrown in.

We have dropped a few of the Godpsark powers as they seem to be game breakers and we are now settling on some new favourites.

We also get the impression that spears are the weapon of choice as the 2″ range gives a big advantage over a standard sword or axe.

I can see some new Viking models being picked up sometime.

First Ragnarok Game

We got our first game of Ragnarok in this week, it seemed to go quite well, there are quite a few rules we still need to read up on, but it was quite good fun. In the last few weeks we have been doing a bit of Game Of Thrones, tried Warcry for the first time and now had a go at Ragnarok. There are too many good new games around at the moment.

Anyway, in this first clash of Ragnarok, the two sides consisted of most of the model profiles listed in the rules, so we got to see the differences between the majority of them. After the first game we decided that less than 10 models per side may be better and that shields are probably a good idea. We also need some counters to represent various game effects, I can feel some new laser cut designs coming along.

Models typically have two actions each, combat is a 2D6 roll using a melee skill versus defence, there is then a 2D6 roll to wound of strength versus armour. Pretty straight foward stuff, but there are interupt options available in melee where the model being charges can stike first.

As models make attacks, they generate Godspark counters which can be used to cast special abilities. There are loads of Godspark abilities in the book that need some serious consideration before the next game. I think Osprey need to make a deck of cards for the Godspark abilities, or I may just make some for myself of the abilities that I like the sound of. My opponent really liked a flaming arrow ability, but I used a deflection ability to bounce it into another melee, rather amusing!

There are some more games planned, so I really must get back to reading the rules.

The Last Of The Warband

The rest of my Ragnarok warband is a varied bunch.

I think this first one is a Reaper model, but I could be wrong. It has been up in the Loft Full Of Lead for many years and I really don’t remember where it came from. Nice model though.

The next one was another from the Harbinger magazine many years ago. I think I need to lighten up some of the face, as blown up to this size, it looks like she has a moustache!

Finally, some sensible looking models!

To be followed by another all out fantasy model with wiked axe and plenty of armoured bits.

More For Ragnarok

I bought this Thor type model some time ago just because I like it and wanted to paint it in Thor comic colours, hence the yellow boots!

He will now be the leader for my Ragnarok warband.

This second burly chap I think was a freebie model on an old Harbinger magazine.

First game of Ragnarok on Thursday, so need to read the rules quick.