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Another soup where the color has put off the guests. Luckily I managed to convince a few of the patrons to try it due to it's vinegar...

Recipe: Spiced Pickle Soup

Another soup where the color has put off the guests. Luckily I managed to convince a few of the patrons to try it due to it's vinegar-like taste. People here love their vinegars, especially when the weather takes a dip into something cooler.

Spiced Pickle Soup

Ingredients:
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 pounds peeled and cubed potatoes (russet is best)
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped pickles (dill are best, buttery would be second)
- 2 cups pickle juice
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- A pinch of cinnamon

Directions:
In a stock pot, mix together the broth, butter, carrots, and potatoes, boiling until potatoes are well cooked and tender, then add the pickles.
In a bowl, combine flour, sour cream, and water together, then add to the soup. Add in pickle juice, and whisk together well. Finish with a mix of the spices. Cook for 10 additional minutes on medium heat.

For our first Forging the Narrative article I thought we would take a look at the Age of Sigmar for Warhammer Fantasy. For those unfa...

Forging the Narrative: AoS28


For our first Forging the Narrative article I thought we would take a look at the Age of Sigmar for Warhammer Fantasy. For those unfamiliar the Age of Sigmar is a 28mm miniatures game produced by Games Workshop, set in a high fantasy world loosely based off of norse mythology. In Age of Sigmar you command an army seeking to liberate, rule or destroy the eight mortal realms. It features a lot of the trappings you would expect in a fantasy world such as elves, demons, steampunk dwarves, monsters, but with a much more fantastical approach to the world they reside in.

Take the Realm of Metal, known as Chamon, where a giant titan sized fire breathing dragon heats the underside of a floating island causing the silver to melt and flow over the edge in a great cascading waterfall. Or Ghyran, the Realm of Life, where sentient tree folk do battle with Nurgle the Chaos God of Disease to prevent this lush life filled realm from becoming little more than a fetid swamp of filth.

Miniatures by Jake (@Bruticus)
Now I used to play Warhammer Fantasy back in the more mundane 7th/8th edition days, but let my models rest when my game group focused more on Warhammer 40k, the Sci-fi version. Then a few weeks ago I was browsing the forgotten corners of the labyrinth known as the Internet when I came across this ridiculously good set of miniatures.

Amazing right? These belonged to one of the folk over at Ex Profundis and were designed for their new community project called AoS28.

I had to learn more...

So what is AOS28?

Miniature by Jake (@Bruticus)
AOS28 is a spin off of Ex Profundis’ INQ28 community project, which was a revitalization of the 54mm Inquisitor game for 28mm models. What both projects have in common is that they seek to AOS28 is a spin off of Ex Profundis’ INQ28 community project, which was a revitalization of the 54mm Inquisitor game for 28mm models. What both projects have in common is that they seek to inspire projects that put creativity and imagination first. It focuses not on the optimal play list or power play, but on characterful warbands led by heroes and villains. It also gravitates towards a more dark and realistic flavour to the setting with the artwork of John Blanche being a heavy inspiration for most.

From Profundis themselves: “The Age of Sigmar has the potential for all sorts of stories, and just because we mainly see the epic, cinematic god-battles in the Games Workshop books doesn’t mean there aren’t other stories just out of frame, or just off the beaten path. That’s not to say your warband can’t include a few heroes, just that not every hero has to have a duel with Archaon.

Essentially if you have seen Heavy Metal, read Vampire Knight or any of the other Heavy Metal mag comics, you’ve got a good ballpark idea of what people are doing.

And where is my narrative?

I’m getting there! I fell in love immediately with the aesthetic of the project I thought about what I could do for it. I’m a little short of models that aren’t reserved for other projects and need to save my funding for the restoration of my Bretonnians. Then I saw it. As I was rooting around in my collection I pulled out the old fine cast Throgg miniature I picked up forever ago.

Perfect!

I had originally picked up Throgg not long after he became a fine cast model. After reading his backstory I became enamored with the idea of this horde of trolls on the march and decided to make a troll themed chaos army. However at the time I felt my ambition outstripped my talent as there was a lot of greenstuff work I needed to do and I had next to no experience with the stuff, so I set the items aside for later.

Now to my mind some trolls would fit the AOS28 style pretty well and since they advise using the Hinterland rules I can field them as a warband.. Mostly.. My starting warband would be like 2 trolls. Currently my plans for this group will be my hero model Thrym the Undying, a lightly converted Throgg, and a pair of his personal guard which will be based on the Throgg model.


I also have a Chaos Warshrine laying around that would going to be a centerpiece of my old concept. After a bit of thought I believe that this fellow will be turned into an Ogor Leadblaster. In the future articles we’ll explore a bit more about these trolls  and hopefully see some new WIP shots.

If you are interested in AoS28 and want to learn more, or just check out some awesome miniatures you can check it out on Ex Profundis, The Grand Alliance forum and Facebook.

So until next time allow me to introduce you to the Jรถtnar.

Prologue

"What the gods gifted to me can be gifted to another. I will not be 
the one mind in a race of blunt, witless animals."
—Throgg, King of the Trolls

Lord Vargul was enraged... For a follower of Khorne this was not an unusual state to be in, but this was not the pure blood rage that was the gift of the faithful. This was more. He gazed down into the small swampy vale his men had found themselves, his gaze drawn to an agonized scream moments before a great beast lifted a marauder in its hands and tore him cleanly in half.

Troggoths...

How had this happened? At first it seemed like a pleasant diversion. Test the new bloods by hunting a pack of trogs and collect a few more skulls for the Skull Throne. While their loathsome skulls were hardly a prize the beasts were powerful, and worthy prey for the untested members of the warband. Things were going well at first, they had caught several of the beasts separated from their pack. Several had actually fled from the might of his warband! And then.... Then THEY appeared.

Larger than the other creatures, wielding massive stone hammers and clad in rudimentary armor, they had swarmed into the flanks of his men as they chased the fleeing creatures. He cursed as the beasts seemed to melt into the trees, drawing his men into the brackish water of the swamp. Now the warband fought desperately, with all the fury of Khorne, though the knee deep fetid water sucked at their legs.

But the blasted creatures seemed to have no problem with the terrain... Almost if they planned it that way. That.. No.. That was impossible. Trogs did not think like men.

He turned at the sound of cracking wood as several of the massive armored monsters surged from the trees straight at his people. One stood alone in the centre of the group as its kin went to work with their hammers. He scoffed lightly at the agonized screaming of one man as the great beast vomited a stream of bile over him, his armor and skin melting under its touch.

With a brazen toss of its cloak it raised its hammer above its ugly head and roared a challenge at him. With a howl to Khorne on his lips Vargul he pulled his heavy crescent axe and charged the beast. He was Chosen of Khorne! And this beast’s blood would be his!

It survived his first attack... The second... And the Third...

Again and again he struck at the beast, only to be turned away by its great hammer or to watch its flesh stitch itself back together. He barely saw the blow that struck the stone head of the hammer sweeping his legs from beneath him in a ripple of shattering bone. Forcing air through grieving lungs he tried to rise, only to be pushed down into the filth by one massive foot. Looking up into the twisted face above him and beheld. Amusement.

He leaned down, its weight pushing him into the dirt, cracking bone and forcing the last of the air from his lung. One hand flailed uselessly to reach his axe which lay just feet away then paused at a deep rumbling sound, which he realized was laughter. He looked back up at the beast and it smiled, revealing a huge maw a teeth longer than his hand and spoke, its voice sounding like a boulder rolling down a hillside. “You misguided fools... Do not know when to quit.” Cocking its head to the side, the beast shifted its weight, allowing air to fill Vargul’s lungs again. “Know this worshiper of a failed God--“

“My God has not failed! Khorne will rule all! Khorne will-urk!” He wheezed in pain as the foot pressed harder on his chest.

“Khorne will burn! He shall behold the dawning of a new Age and weep to know he shall have no place in it!” Thick gobs of spittle sprayed over Vargul as the creature worked itself into a rage fit for the God he spoke of. “The Realms will bathe in the blood of the fallen Gods and I shall use Khorne’s own Skull as the capstone for his vacant throne.”

Vaguely he could hear other troggoths nearby, stamping their feet and roaring agreement. With a roar the caped trog raised its hammer high above its horned head. “Rejoice! For the Age of Beasts comes!” A sudden eerie calm came over the creature as it stared down at Vargul. “But you will not get to see it.” Heaving it allowed the hammer to fall down upon the Chosen and all was darkness.

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Today I’m introducing to you another new periodic article I’ve decided to call Forging the Narrative. Over the years I have played ...

Forging the Narrative: Introduction


Today I’m introducing to you another new periodic article I’ve decided to call Forging the Narrative.

Over the years I have played a ton of different games in several mediums and honestly some are quite horrible and don’t age well. But the ones that stayed with me the longest didn’t need gimmicky mechanics or good graphics. The games that have stayed with me the longest and that I keep coming back to, regardless of medium, are those with the greatest opportunity for Narrative.

 And I don’t just mean narrative as written, because good story writing can also be secondary. What I mean by narrative is the story that unfolds while I play. For instance, Deadzone by Mantic has a fantastic background story of aliens, corporate expansion and skullduggery. But when I think of the game the first thing that pops into my mind is not the in game fluff, but the last game I played. I was using my Rebels against my friend’s Enforcers, who had a Mech. Unfortunately for me I didn’t really have anything that could kill it, though the game was centered around collecting objectives. I used my Teraton (giant teleporting space turtle. No I’m not joking) to teleport in and go hand to hand with this vehicle. He lasts the whole game, sitting there slugging it out with the Mech, which allowed me to secure quite a few objectives. I remember nothing else about that game, except this epic story of the lone Teraton dueling this Strider mech, absolutely refusing to give any ground and let it slaughter my squishy troops.
 
During the battle that miniature got its own name (Bob) and his proclivity with fisticuffs and epic battle with the Strider has become a part of my armies mythos. This is what I mean by Forging the Narrative. I play a game to find this narrative. In TRPGs I tend to favor world building, where I am more likely to replay video games if there is an open world aspect.

In the Forging the Narrative series I will primarily look at different narrative possibilities in TRPGs (though world building, mechanics, ect.), tabletop miniature games and any projects inspired by the narrative in these games. We’ll also look at releasing scenarios and follow narrative projects with our in house miniatures.

For our first article we will be looking at Warhammer Age of Sigmar, specifically the AoS28 community project by Ex Profundis.



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There's a large cockatrice problem in this valley. When I'm able to prepare something with this meat every single night without...

Recipe: Roasted Cockatrice Stew


There's a large cockatrice problem in this valley. When I'm able to prepare something with this meat every single night without fail, and the adventurers continue to bring me beast after beast... it's a miracle any of the livestock around here can survive a spring season!

Roasted Cockatrice Stew

Ingredients:
- 3 lbs of shredded cockatrice meat, all bones and scales removed
- 1 diced onion
- 4 diced carrots
- 1 minced celery
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 lb red potatoes, chopped
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup white wine
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp thyme

Directions:
Make sure all of the cockatrice is well cooked in a baking pan, over a medium flame, for about 30 minutes. In the stock pot, add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic, and cook until everything is softened. Put the heat at a medium high flame and add the wine, a cup of the broth, and the vinegar. Mix it well, and cook until the liquid reduces down, which should take 15 minutes. Add in the butter to allow it to melt, then coat everything in the flour, mixing thoroughly.
Add in the rest of the broth and herbs/spices, then the potatoes, and combine until smooth. Remove from the heat and transfer into an oven-safe dish, then cook the stew for 40 minutes. Return to the soup pot, cooking for an additional 40 minutes. Serve.

Well, if my party has only brought me back carrots, then... I must do what I can with them. I wonder how many soups, breads, and side d...

Recipe: Roasted Carrots


Well, if my party has only brought me back carrots, then... I must do what I can with them. I wonder how many soups, breads, and side dishes I can make before my patrons turn orange? ... we'll find out soon.

Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:
- 2 lbs of small carrots
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 sliced and wedged lemons
- 5 peeled cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper

Directions:
In a bowl combine all ingredients sans the vinegar and lemons, tossing the carrots well to coat. Pour all of this onto a roasting pan, with the lemons laid out on top. Cook in a high flame oven for 20 minutes, taking it out to flip everything around, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Move the baking pan to the stove top, placing over the burners there, and add the vinegar, scraping everything off the pan. When vinegar is gone, serve.

For such fearsome beasts in the wild, Peryton tastes remarkably like a much smaller bird. Not... chicken. Everyone says that everything...

Recipe: Peryton Pot Pie


For such fearsome beasts in the wild, Peryton tastes remarkably like a much smaller bird. Not... chicken. Everyone says that everything tastes like chicken. This tastes similar to wild turkey to me, but it has been a long time since I've indulged. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way, the meat is easily dried out, so I've taken to trying casseroles to cook in it. So far so good!

Peryton Pot Pie

Ingredients:
Crust:
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup cubed cold butter
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp salt
Filling:
- 3 cups shredded peryton meat
- 1 cup peas
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 medium sliced carrots
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp parsley
- 2 tsp thyme

Directions:
To make the crust, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter in a bowl. Use a rolling pin on a countertop to roll the butter mix into sheets until it's fully mixed. Chill for 20 minutes. Add the buttermilk and stir until it comes into a ball, adding a tbsp of water at a time if it's too dry. Divide and flatten into two disks, then chill disks well.
For the filling, get out a large skillet and melt the butter, then add vegetables aside from peas. Toss in the garlic until everything is tender. Mix in flour, spices, broth, and cream, and whisk it until there's no lumps, simmering for 10 minutes. Stir in peas and peryton meat. Remove from heat and set to the side.
Flour a surface and take the pie crust out from the cooling area. Roll the dough out to a 12" circle, then transfer to a 9" pie pan. Trim any extra off. Pour in the pie filling, roll out the second disk, and cover the top, trimming up the edges as needed. Seal by crimping the edges with a fork. Put slits in the top with a knife, and brush with a beaten egg.
Bake in a high flame oven for 45 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Now that I'm working so many events, like weddings and parties, I have a lot more need for party foods. Dips in particular. These p...

Recipe: Golden Morning Dip


Now that I'm working so many events, like weddings and parties, I have a lot more need for party foods. Dips in particular. These people... if you give them anything at all to dip breads, fruits, or crackers into, they will consume it like their lives depend on it.

Golden Morning Dip

Ingredients:
- 1 dozen eggs
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 1 tsp chives, chopped
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Boil all the eggs, for 10-12 minutes. Place eggs in ice water to cool completely before peeling, separating, then mashing down into a paste - whites and yolks together. Add in the mayo, mustard, vinegar, and cheese, and continue to mash and mix until a thicker, smooth paste is created. Sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper. Top with chives. Best served with crackers or bread.