Fantasy Ice Hockey – Miniatures, rules and building the Ice Rink

Writing this about 2 months into the lock-down, it is surprising how long the days feel when you sit at a screen most of the day in a little room trying to keep things moving. As a consequence I have not really been tempted to sit down and do much blog updates but here is a go (I have a few more drafts I may be able to get out here and there).  We have been lucky and all of us are well, but we have friends and family who has been affected badly by this Virus both directly and indirectly.  The implication of this, I fear, will be more far reaching than we can yet imagine.

Anyway, I suppose that some kind of COVID-19 reflection is not what made you come and have a look. I have tried to reduce the lead mountain during this lock-down but inevitably I have done a few impulse purchases.  One of these were the splendid sets of Fantasy ice hockey players produce by Brigade Games (link here).

They were a joy to paint and are really fine models, the only shame is that there are only 3 teams currently available. But I guess if you like these order some. Demand very often provokes supply.

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The Orc Team
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The Dwarf Team – sorry for the Swedish Colours (could not help myself and it would not really be me without a Scandinavian/Nordic hint).
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The Rat Teams

There are some amazing detail in these models and I am not sure which one I like the most.

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The next step was to decide what rules to use. I found two main contenders on the net:

  •  Trick shot – the ice hockey board game (you can download it here – link worked 20/05/20). The PDF is sufficient to play the base game. It was a kickstarter and I do not think the game is officially out, the advanced game contains some additional cards that makes the game more varied. The game is a basic ice hockey game.
  •  Dread Puck – a variant of the Fantasy Dreadball game (you can download it here – link worked 20/05/20. You would also need the Dreadball game to play.)

Having looked a both of these option I wanted to try out the trick shot rules and needed a board to play on – an ice hockey rink.

The game board for the game looks as follows.

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I took a piece of blue foam I had in the garage and got to work.

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First I decided on how big squares to use and found that about 27.5mm squares worked well with the 25mm round bases I had beeen useing to base the miniatures.
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Then I used the non-sharp side of a pencil and just carefully followed the lines and quickly got a nice board, you could use this as a dungeon for another setting.
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Then the magic ingredient for the ice rink, some thick matches (I used the thicker hobby version) and coffee stirrers. This is best done in stages and I used PVA glue.
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I tried to make some damages and repairs here and there – this is fantasy ice hockey!
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I did the goals built into the game board, attach, glue and cut. This kind of thing works best with superglue.
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Perfect!

 

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Build done!
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A little bit too blue!
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First paiting, trying to make it white but keeping the brown background shine through.
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I had some Mod Podge at home that I mixed some snow into, not too much of the snow as I wanted the squares to be seen through. I ahve used modge podge for some gloss effect on rivers on my big Great Northern War mats in the past.
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I applied a few coats until I was happy with the look
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Then I painted in the lines (yes I f**ked up the middle and ended up doing a cross instead!)
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I was going to put up some nets for the goals but decided instead that big flags were used by the teams that were places on top of the goals, “Put it in the flag, is a common term in fantasy ice hockey!”.  I used to rice paper I have which is brilliant for doing this kind of things, then I soaked it with Matt Mod Podge and put it on top of the goals.
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Full of Mod Podge!
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The other flag

Once it all had dried we made some special dice for the game (as you can find in the rule book), they are just blank dice that I painted the symbols on. I guess you could use small round labels and print on as well and then stick them on the dice.  I also made some would markers made from acrylic 1mm bases – I just mixed some black and red ink (idea stolen fromhere).  They have no actual use in the game – yet!

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Anyway, we have had a few games now I we really enjoy it. It is a nice little diversion and relative quick to make.  Have ordered a human team from Impact Miniatures.  I will get back to you with a part 2 later and perhaps talk a little bit more about the rules. Anyway what follows is a fair few pictures from some of games we have played and some Fantasy Hockey League Promo shots.

 

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/ I hope this was of some interest, stay safe and take care of each other.