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23 Feb 2019 10:50 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Feb 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

Do you like to mix Gothic Horror (werewolves, vampires, pumpkinheads, witches) into your fantasy wargaming?

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 3:25 a.m. PST



ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 4:26 a.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 5:00 a.m. PST


Aethelflaeda was framed In the TMP Dawghouse24 Feb 2019 6:30 a.m. PST


irishserb24 Feb 2019 6:38 a.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

I like Gothic armor, though I do prefer mid 14th and early 15th century armor over mid to late 15th century armor.

NWMike24 Feb 2019 8:08 a.m. PST


axabrax24 Feb 2019 8:45 a.m. PST

Sure. Loved the old Ravenloft campaign setting

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

I use pretty much all the standard Gothic Horror species listed by TV Tropes. link I'm not sure that horror is a wargame modality. Horror requires a different type of dynamic than tabletop wargaming – suspense rather than tension. I still like the characters, moods, and aesthetics of the genre in the wargaming activity.

Dave Gamer24 Feb 2019 2:16 p.m. PST


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 3:13 p.m. PST

In D&D, sure.
I'm not opposed to it on the tabletop, either, but I don't have armies structured that way. I will agree with etothepi, though, that "Gothic horror" isn't really a mode for big battles. Gothic horror implies a much smaller experience, with a limited number of protagonists facing a powerful antagonist, in an environment of suspense and ever-growing, yet possibly undefined, danger. If vampires, werewolves, etc,, are on the battlefield, then the "Gothic" part of it is gone, and it's just a battle against a legion of horrors— but then, that could always have been the goal of the antagonist in the suspenseful setting.
So you can have them in a big battle game, but at that point the "creepy, sinister Gothic horror" element is gone.

Vidgrip24 Feb 2019 3:43 p.m. PST

Yes, but I prefer to do it as a skirmish scenario in its original "historical" setting, rather than a generic fantasy setting. I'd rather fight vampires in Transylvania than in D&D, for example. That being said, yeah I have no problem with it.

What I'm currently painting:

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 4:42 p.m. PST

No, but my wife's got that handedly covrred.

Sigwald25 Feb 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

Yes! Just painted up these vampire ladies for my undead army

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Legion 425 Feb 2019 8:28 a.m. PST

Very nice Sigwald ! thumbs up I think the one in the middle asked me to go out for a bite after I got off work ? But that was a long time ago … old fart

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

Love to field Undead Armies. Not much of a sense of horror with them, but they're fun armies to play with/against. Cheers!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2019 9:10 a.m. PST

I am slowly building forces for a Salem-esque style skirmsih game.

keithbarker25 Feb 2019 11:00 a.m. PST

I bought My Last Sunrise (Vampire Gothic) from Bad Squiddo Games and am very happy with them. Nine different packs.





tkdguy27 Feb 2019 12:37 a.m. PST

Yes. I've thought about doing a Medieval Highlander/World of Darkness type of game, but I never got around to it.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 6:41 a.m. PST


Legion 427 Feb 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

All I do is 6mm Sci-fi. But if anything like Weres, Vamps, witches, etc., shows up on the gaming table. I'll deal with them, just more Xenos !

Beside my Epic Chaos forces have demons, zombies, beastmen, etc. It's all good ! evil grin Or bad … huh?

chironex06 Mar 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

Such items are now a staple of fantasy gaming, but in a mass battle system it's hardly very "Gothic" at all. The sheer scope of games like HOTT rather makes the Gothic elements appear as "just more stuff to fight". I do, however, have Chaos in Carpathia, Rippers: the Horror Wars and many others which should suit, an if not, it would probably work better as a role-playing setting anyway.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 4:45 p.m. PST


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