In my previous article about pinning Senpu I briefly mentioned I was running a slow grow league. So, your probably asking what is that all about?

Put simply, it’s monthly goals working towards a fully painted faction by a particular tournament, in this case Iron Dragon 5 next year.

For systems with large miniature counts this usually means something like a squad or platoon a month. In Bushido’s case it’s a single model. So in terms of slow, the pace here is glacial.

While there is often a demand for more games after a good tourney, my experience has been that campaigns are usually short lived and people quickly lose interest and head off to play other games. With so many great games out there who can blame them!

One of the local gaming clubs have been running this format with great success, and one of the country clubs I am in contact with were considering something similar fro Bushido. So I figured why not combine the while lot into one great big slow grow league for the whole state!

As I’m a part time moderator on a local forum called Westgamer I was keen to get all the discussion happening there as a central point. In 2015 everyone has their favorite social media platform, and some of the groups involved are not regular Westgamers. Fortunately a couple of folks from those groups have volunteered to re-post relevant summaries to Westgamer, so even though we might not be seeing posts direct from people we should still get some insight into how those groups are traveling.

The cool part is this a now a group journey, and has a very low commitment… we are talking about painting one miniature a month. Best part is come Iron Dragon 5 everyone can meet up, share stories, and hopefully for the country guys see some of the models they have seen on the web!

Here’s the monthly breakdown of goals for the league we are running.

End of October
“Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.”

  • Decide on your faction and purchase at least 1 miniature on the road to your 35 points. For complete new players a starter kit will give you more than enough for 35 points.
  • Submit your first post about how you intend to finish your faction, colours, inspiration etc.

Bonus: You have begun your journey. If you complete at least 1 model this month, that model(s) gain 1 Luck token at the start of each game in November. You cannot gain more than 1 luck token per game this way.
Scenario of the Month: Idols

End of November
“Get ready to feel the thunder.”

  • Assemble and paint one of your miniatures.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: If you complete at least 1 model this month, that model(s) gain 1 Luck token at the start of each game in December. You cannot gain more than 1 luck token per game this way.
Scenario of the Month: Seigyo

End of December
“I just ate, so I’m still digesting, so my kung fu may not be as good as later on.”

  • Take a break. Play some games.

Bonus: If you lose a game this month, one model gains 1 Luck Token at the start of the next game. This may stack with last month’s bonus if you wish.
Scenario of the Month: Ryodo

End of January
“I figured it out. Skadoosh!”

  • Assemble and paint the second of your miniatures.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: If you complete at least 1 model this month, that model(s) gain the Bravery trait for each in January. If you already have Bravery no further bonus is conferred.
Scenario of the Month: The Messenger

End of February
“I am Po…and I’m gonna need a hat.”

  • Assemble and paint the third of your miniatures.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: If you complete at least 1 model this month, that model(s) gain the Bravery trait for each in February. If you already have Bravery no further bonus is conferred.
Scenario of the Month: Reikan

End of March
“I know you’re trying to be all mystical and Kung Fu-ey, but could you at least tell me where we’re going?”

  • Play several games with fellow Road to the Iron Dragon Participants.
  • Write up one Battle Report to submit for your blog with pictures.

Bonus: If you write up a battle report with pictures this month, you can add up to 1 rice worth of events cards to your faction for free, each game thereafter this month.
Scenario of the Month: Keii

End of April
“There is no charge for awesomeness…or attractiveness”

  • Assemble and paint the fourth of your miniatures.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: “No Colour, No Honour”. Unpainted models gain the Cowardly trait this month. If you have Bravery, you replace it with Cowardly.
Scenario of the Month: The Envoy

End of May
“You will never the Dragon Warrior until you learn the secret of the Dragon Scroll”

  • Assemble and paint the remainder of your miniatures.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: “No Colour, No Honour”. Unpainted models gain the Cowardly trait this month. If you have Bravery, you replace it with Cowardly.
Scenario of the Month: Ichi no Riten

End of June
“Noodles? You were really dreaming about noodles?”

  • Play several games with fellow Road to the Iron Dragon Participants with your fully painted 35 rice list.
  • Write up one Battle Report to submit for your blog with pictures.

Bonus: “No Colour, No Honour”. Unpainted models gain the Cowardly trait this month. If you have Bravery, you replace it with Cowardly.
Scenario of the Month: Ninki

End of July
“There is no secret ingredient.”

  • Prepare final minis to make up a 50 point rice list for Iron Dragon (generally 1 or 2 more minis on top of your 35 point list)
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: The time for bonuses has passed. Begin training for the Iron Dragon.
Scenario of the Month: Botoku

End of August
“The sign of a true hero is humility. But, yes, you have done…..awesome”

  • Prepare other idols, objectives, tokens and zones of influence for use in the Iron Dragon.
  • Provide pictures and descriptions for your blog.

Bonus: You’re ready for the Iron Dragon. Keep playing those practice games and prepare for the Iron Dragon.
Scenario of the Month: Omaju, Depletion

 

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