Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rangers of Shadow Deep - Rangers


Anyone sifting through my blog will see that I flit around to various genres, with an emphasis on 40K and sci-fi. Several months ago I chanced upon a description of a relatively new game (at the time anyway) called Rangers of Shadow Deep. It is a medieval fantasy setting, geared for cooperative play, and uses the Frostgrave system more or less. I'm not quite sure what it was in the person's synopsis that made me want to play it (I haven't played a tabletop fantasy game since the original Mordheim!) but I decided to dive in because it sounded like a lot of fun.

I bought a bunch of rangers so that anyone I played with had a good set of choices and I settled on a cool female ranger made by Otherworld Miniatures for myself. I picked the name Lewinna, who is a quite obscure saint with dubious provenance I read about in a book on relic thefts.



From left to right we have Gabriella (Reaper duellist), Ladyhawke (Mega Miniatures), Lewinna (Otherworld), Sasha (Frostgrave plastic female soldiers), and Orbis the hound (Frostgrave).

My kids (ages 9 and 5) picked some rangers out of the pile for me to paint for them.


Here we have Blaze and Seeker the Panther, the 5-year-old's pick. He wanted an animal companion since his older brother had one, and wanted a panther. Luckily I had a Ral Partha lioness unpainted in the lead pile. The ranger is from Reaper.
 

Thor and Mary the Wolf, my 9-year-old's pick. Both are from the same Reaper pack. Not quite sure where the name of the wolf came from...


A little scene of Lewinna discovering a clue.

I've played the first scenario twice now, once with the family using four rangers and a companion each, and once with a friend. So far I like it quite a bit and am furiously painting stuff for the next scenario.

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  1. Excellent painting! All of them are very good looking but Blaze and Thor are my favorites from the bunch!

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    1. Thanks, I'll let my sons know. They picked the colors ;)

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  2. Very nice! I really like the subdued pallette on Blaze.

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    1. Thanks, my 5 year old has a good eye already!

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  3. Looking really good mate! I like the scenery too. I'm now going to try and source that dog

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    1. Thanks, I already have several 28mm dogs, but I had to have this one for RoSD :)

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    2. Ordered! He's going to become a trusty Scavvy companion in Necromunda

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    3. Cool idea, I have some scavvies myself but never did get a hold of the dogs that specialist released.

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  4. This is exactly what RoS should look like.
    Wow, I'm both jealous and in awe. Both the miniatures you picked and painted, as well as the terrain are just perfect.
    This post is pure eyecandy. I do hope you're thinking of writing some reports of these Rangers their exploits in the future.

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    1. Thank you, I have to say this game has really captured me. I've got a lot of plans for it. Thanks for the advice on reports- I don't do enough of that. Good idea!

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  5. Lovely work. Otherworld really puts out some lovely models, and your work here on the ranger(s) from them and Reaper really look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks! Otherworld does make some great stuff. I'd been eyeing their demon idol set for a while, and picked that up at the same time as this this ranger. They have quite a few things I want ;)

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  6. Lovely work, I like them all, they look really charming :)

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  7. Fantastic. These look great and whilst I had resisted looking at this game I am now intrigued. I have a 5 y.o. interested in miniatures gaming (and a 7 y.o. who might be if everyone was doing it!). How does yours find it? Can they do enough to have fun?

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    1. They liked it, but I made the mistake of generating characters and then playing, which made it a long session for short attentions. Also, the youngest was trying to set up his own narrative (for example, one of the village houses was his ranger's house!!) so you may need to roll with that. He started making his own Hirst Arts block creation today, so I think that the game was fun enough to generate some creative interest.

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  8. Beautiful table and miniatures.

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