2019 A New Hope

I could go on about how I want to do this and do that as far as hobby is concerned and god knows I tried last year. I had a good think about the last few years as far as hobby and more specifically painting is concerned. One thing sprang to mind and that was that I wanted a complete force for this game or that game. So this year quite simply for me as far as painting is concerned, I want to FINISH stuff. There are specific things that I want to finish as they have been WIP for a while now.

  • Bolt Action British force
  • Epic Space Marines
  • One minion force for Warmahordes
  • Middle Earth Strategy Battle Games (MESBG) Isengard force

The above are the main things that I am aiming to complete this year. In addition I think I would like to be able to have a completely painted dwarf Kings of War army. This involves painting a few odds and ends to add to my old WFB army. It may be a few things but it still involves time. Progress on my Brock Riders which are actually dwarves on pigs can be seen below. I’ve really enjoyed painting these so far but they are not finished yet.

I’d also like to make a start on painting my 40k Ad Mech force but this would be a stretch goal for me. Along with this stretch would be to make a start on painting my AoS Beastclaw force too. I’m also sure that along the way this year will involve me painting one or two Warhammer Underworlds warbands. I absolutely love this game at present and have already started to paint my goblin warband for the game.

The warmahordes and MESBG forces have the added incentive of me attending events this year – namely the 10th anniversary for the Welsh Masters (warmahordes) and Ardacon for MESBG. I’ve started my MESBG force by painting a test piece based on the original colour scheme of the painted figures that I already have. I’ve also started to paint some of my warmahordes force for the Welsh Open.

So there we have it. 2019 is the year for me finishing stuff that I have begun. Simplez.

The birth of the Splog!

I decided to look up what blog actually means on the internet before writing my next article.

blog

noun
1. a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

verb
1. add new material to or regularly update a blog.
“it’s about a week since I last blogged”

Note the explanation of the noun and the word regularly. I decided to dig a little more and look up the word regularly.

regularly

adverb
1. with a constant or definite pattern, especially with the same space between individual items.
“regularly spaced buildings”

2.at uniform intervals of time.
“the reunion has taken place regularly every two years”

So I am now wondering if there is a word for an ad hoc update of a web page. A sporadic update a SPLOG!

So I think this should be renamed a SPLOG site and also the a sporadic podcast should be called a SpodCast!

On to my 2019 hopes and aspirations (still), next, soon, honest.

Roll for Initiative

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but last year was pretty poor from a gaming POV.  Oh I have mentioned it.  Well I suppose I might stop going on about it eventually 🙂

Still there was one bright spot in the sea of dismalness and that was the fact that I started to play Dungeons and Dragons again for the first time in 20 odd years.  What made it even better is that my daughters started to play it with me, a true family bonding experience.

I remember it like it was only yesterday

For me D&D started back in the early 80s when a friend of mine brought AD&D along on one of those activity week things that they make you do at school and one evening we played a very simple adventure – I was an Illusionist called Melkizadrek.  Needless to say I was hooked instantly and throughout the rest of my school life we played pretty regularly in a science lab over lunch time.  Of course being teenage boys these sessions were pretty low on actual roleplay and more about getting the most powerful magic items so you could decimate whatever fiendish beasts the DM would throw at us (Wand of Orcus!!!!!) but it was still great fun.

Forward-wind a few years and I got involved in another group (think this would have been 3rd edition) which would meet once a month in the DMs flat for an all day session.  Of course being older now this would involve the consumption of adult beverages and again the actual roleplaying content was probably pretty low, though we did at least try to be consistent with our motivations and how our characters acted – something that certainly didn’t happen in the teenage sessions (lawful good to chaotic evil in the space of a conversation was pretty common)

Of course life then got in the way – it has a nasty habit of doing that – and what with work, marriage, children and moving to another country D&D fell by the wayside for a long long time.

Then a few years ago a conversation with the ever so lovely Dave Bartley who introduced me to Fantasy Grounds and the possibility of playing over the internet lurched into view.  Fantastic, can play from the comfort of my own office and not actually have to meet anybody.  Of course what I didn’t realise that by its very nature, getting everyone together to play on x night was an almost impossible attempt to herd cats and these efforts quickly fell by the wayside (sorry Dave).  It did however respark the Role Playing bug in me and given that my eldest daughter had joined in one of the sessions a possible family activity was born.  Got to love it when your hobby and family activities collide.

At the same time Peter Sheppard, whom I had got to know through playing Malifaux was running a regular D&D night in London and whenever he tweeted about it I would post stalkerish messages about getting involved.  Well he is lovely!!!   Anyway,  he agreed to run a one off adventure at Wayland and this time I took both my daughters along (as well as Matts eldest) and a massively fun time was had by all.  It seemed we were all hooked and when the stars aligned that Joel said he wanted to DM a campaign we all jumped at the chance.

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Our first session

So now every month we drive over to the house of the wonderful Wintons in Birmingham play 6 or 7 hours of D&D (and lets be honest, 6 hours of that is the mighty Krunk saving the party from whatever troubles they have got themselves into) and then we come home to a massive singalong in the car.

I’ve also playing in a couple of one shots run by Bunty (called Bunty for reasons far to long to go into here) for various peoples Birthdays and I even dipped my toe into the DMing pool itself when my younger daughter asked for a D&D adventure for her birthday party.

Its been great and long may it continue.  Plus its really trendy to play D&D at the moment so this makes me practically a hipster.  Just need my coconut-milk organic latte now.

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Krunk the Mighty

 

And … Action

Last year was pretty pathetic in terms of gaming but the biggest letdown was the amount of events I went to.  One.  One event out of a whole year.  I know, rubbish isn’t it. Sure there was the Butterfly House and MAGE but I organised those so they don’t really count any more than a home game does.  Which brings us to one.  Surely I can do better than that this year?

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Well the weekend just gone (26th Jan if you are counting) I (we as Matt was with me) made a start by going to Board in Brum near Birmingham.  This is a venue that I haven’t been to before but will certainly be going again.  It has a well stocked shop (with stuff from a decent range of manufacturers) several 6×4 tables and decent toilets 🙂  Thats always a good start.  The fact that the very reasonable £10 fee also included food from the local chippy was an awesome bonus.

The reason that we went was to take part in the 2nd 7TV day that has been run there by a guy called Mike Strong – there are a lot of Mikes who play 7TV it turns out.  We’ve talked about 7TV from Crooked Dice in the past but if you’ve missed that heres a quick recap.

7TV bills itself as Inch High SpyFi as the basic premise is your models (a cast) are part of a TV show and that the game that you are playing is actually an episode of that show.   The SpyFi bit comes from that fact that the game is heavily based on the spy TV shows of the 60s and 70s such as The Avengers and Man from U.N.C.L.E   Your cast is made up of Stars, CoStars and Extras and each is worth so many ratings (you get around 100 profiles in the game so far).  You build your cast to the rating level of the game (we were playing 30 rating games which gives around 6-7 models) and then play out one of the scenarios given in the rule book.  Its a UGOIGO game that uses a limited resource (plot points) to control both activation and special actions that your characters might be able to do.  Finally it uses a countdown deck to ensure a special event happens every turn.  These are all TV based so you get things like Continuity Error where two cast members will suddenly switch places.  For me it is hands down the best set of skirmish rules I have ever played as by its very nature it gives the cinematic game experience that I love.  Sure there are individual genre based rulesets that have the same effect on me (Dead Man Hands springs to mind) but the power of the 7TV ruleset and the inherently balanced nature of the possible cast members means that it works across genres and makes for an excellent gaming experience.

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Having said all that I would be a liar if I didn’t admit to some pre event nerves as we rocked up to the venue.  Suppose the other players weren’t into the game for the same reasons I am and were actually looking for a more competitive gaming event that I was hoping for – it had been billed as a campaign day but that means different things to different people.  Suppose, suppose, suppose.  Sure I had talked to them on the 7TV facebook group but online personas and all that.

Of course all these worries were for nowt as you couldn’t imagine a nicer bunch of gamers who were all there for the same reasons that we were and who all had the same attitude to the game as we did.  I thought I might have gone over the top when I worked out my cast as I had created my own fictional TV show, had worked out that it was cancelled after 6 episodes and knew who the big bad in each one was.  Turns out that I hadn’t as all of my opponents had done exactly the same 🙂

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So onto the event itself.  I won’t bore you with a play by play but the day started off perfectly when our esteemed organiser told us that the 7TV studios were in financial trouble and that we would have to deliver advertising lines during the game (gaining extra plot points depending on how and when we delivered it) and it basically went from there.  I had 3 fantastic games full of cinematic highlights as Jonny Chan kicked and punched his way across the set pausing only now and then to deliver his carefully crafted lines to the camera.  Winning and losing didn’t matter, it was the taking part and fulfilling what Conrad likes to call the social contract that was the important (and indeed, only) thing.

I should also mention the sets (boards)  They were all provided by the players and were all fantastic.  So much effort had gone into them and it was a real pleasure to play on fully painted terrain for a change – so many of my home games are in MDF city.  It’s really going to force me to up my terrain game and actually paint stuff.  I’ve chucked some pictures of them in this post but my shoddy photography doesn’t really do them justice so apologies for that.

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A special shout out should go to Wayne, one of the players, who works for Wargames Illustrated.  He very kindly brought along a lucky dip containing loads of OOP miniatures which had enough for all of the players to get one each.  I got an awesome Dan Dare type model that i will be painting up for a future cast.

And speaking of painting (did you see what I did there???) one of the prizes at the end of the day was for Best Cast and I was absolutely gobsmacked to walk about with the prize for Jonny Chan and friends.  The other two awards were for best board and best sports – yes no gaming prizes awarded – and the event was all the better for that.

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On the drive home Matt and I were buzzing with ideas for boards and casts as there is going to be a lot of 7TV in our future.  Oh and if the Spy thing puts you off, this year will see the release of settings for Post Apocalypse and Pulp (my personal favourite) and the beauty of the ruleset is that it can be easily expanded into any genre that you want to go.

The next event at Board in Brum in on 21 September and there is a pulp themed day being put on by Wargames Illustrated on 6th July

Fantastic day, fantastic people and a fantastic game.  If you aren’t playing then you are missing out.

Did I deliver that correctly Mr DeMille?

Practically adequate in every way……..and Rock week

This post is a Bit later than planned but I went with the missus to see Mary Poppins Returns recently.

Ordinarily not something that I would rush to see but given that anyone with an ounce of compassion loves the original and Emily Blunt (hubba hubba) I was keen to give it a whirl.

I’m generally not a fan of remakes/reboots or apparently unnecessary sequels I tried to have as open a mind as possible. It also helped that BBC2 had helpfully had Saving Mr Banks on a couple of days before which gave some interesting context of what PL Travers thought the story was really about.

MPR has a difficult act to follow and a difficult path to walk. I thought it did all of that well. Emily Blunt does a good turn, Jack the lamp lighter has a dubious accent, the kids are not too annoying. MPR strikes the balance perfectly of respecting the original without losing anything due to that reverence. The animated scenes are as pleasant as the original and the song and dance bits are every bit as competent as the first time around (but we’ll come back to this).

Interestingly, the core of the story – the Saving of Mr Banks Jr is slightly more overt (albeit still superbly done) than the original and it is clear throughout the adventures, that the losses within his life are the ones to be resolved.

As I came away, as good as it was, I couldn’t help thinking that something was missing from making the film a ‘modern classic’. The songs.

Whether it is through years of rewatching or because I’m old and cynical now but the songs in MPR just didn’t stick in my mind or feel like instant singalongs for me. They were ok but there was no ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ or ‘Supercali-etc etc’ that had you humming along. Given the impact of the music from The Greatest Showman that I hear every bloody where, it just feels like it’s a missed opportunity to take it to the next level of fan adoration.

Enjoyed it though.

I followed up over the last week by catching up on a trio of older movies that I missed the first time around all of which starred Dwayne Johnson. It was a Rockfest.

I watched Jumanji 2, Rampage, and Baywatch.

Jumanji 2 (yeah I know it wasn’t actually called that but f##k off) – enjoyable enough. Some funny bits, borrowed some body swap tropes from elsewhere. Jack Black played Jack Black in a hat. Not awful but only a 6/10.

Rampage – more enjoyable in a ridiculous B movie-sequel plot free action flick style. Jeffery Dean Morgan seems to be a new Billy Bob Thornton. Naomi Harris dials in a performance. CGI is good. Stupid but fun. Sammy (my 8yo boy) lived it and I guess that’s the target audience.

Baywatch – in order to contradict what I said above, I enjoyed the Jump St remakes and tolerated The A team, so really had no expectations of Baywatch. I never really watched the TV series, although was aware of its popularity and why. The movie acknowledges the ridiculousness of the pretty people playing at lifeguard/detective while still giving plenty of eye candy to look at. It was an opportunity for DJ to play a more comedic role (there is action in slo mo – of course) but actually, there is some really snappy and funny dialogue in there too. Made me laugh lots, made me look at boobs lots. 8/10.

More stuff soon,

Kisses

Matt

2018 Review

My last post was June 2018. Clearly I’ve absolutely neglected posting here since that time. The intentions were there but I got waylaid.

How did my 2018 go you may ask? Not too bad is my answer! Based on my 2018 articles (yes there were 2 as I forgot some stuff on the first one), this is how I did.

  • Health – this has improved greatly. I suffer from pustular psoriasis on the heels of both feet. At it’s worst, this caused cracks in my feet of up to 2 inches. It was like walking on broken glass and was extremely painful at times. Inevitably it caused me to adjust the way I carried myself when walking or running. This puts a strain on various joints (mainly the knees and back). The result of this was that I strained the tendons on my left knee when running for a train. I can tell you that was something I don’t want to repeat!

    I eventually got referred to a dermatologist and after agonising whether or not to take the drug she had prescribed for me which is potentially life changing due to the possible side effects, I’m in a much better place with this awful thing. It’s no cancer but if you go join one of the support groups you will soon learn how drastically it reduces your quality of life.

  • Weight Loss – I got no where near as far as I wanted to with this. I dropped from 14st 7.5lbs to at the lowest 13st 10lbs. I’m currently 14st 1lb after putting on 4 lbs at Xmas. I suppose its good that I’ve tried to lose weight and I’ve pretty much managed to maintain a weight of below 14st. I will continue to pursue this in 2019.
  • Better paid job. On Dec 10th 2018, I started a new better paid job. The only issue is that its on the complete other side of the M25 to me. Hey ho you cannot have everything!
  • Build more Ad Mech – I managed to do this enough to facilitate my taking part in the club 40k campaign and also the brilliant Apocalypse game we held to finish this campaign off. The other brilliant thing about this finale was that everyone who took part wanted to do another Apocalypse game. So much so that the club had another one at Xmas which was store staff  (see more about who these are in the section about the club keeping going) versus all comers. We are due to have a follow up Apocalypse campaign game in Q1 of 2019.
  • Complete painting my BA British Army force – this did not happen.
  • Get some paint on the Ad Mech – this did not happen.
  • Continue to play and support the 40k club narrative campaign and to play 40k in general – I did this throughout the year but I ended up playing less 40k towards the back end of 2018 due to the fact that there was so many good things happening at the club to support and play.
  • Attend at least one Bolt Action gaming weekend event – this did not happen.
  • Play more Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – well it should be called MESBG aka Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game. A bit of a mouthful but I guess Gdub wanted to cover both LoTR and The Hobbit genres of armies/forces. I’ve played a fair amount of this in 2018 once the new ruleset was released. Its a great game and I love it. We are going to be running a map based narrative campaign in 2019. I’ve also got tickets booked for an event called Ardacon for 2019 to go to an MESBG event too!
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  • Paint LoTR figures – this did not happen.
  • Play more Kings of War – this happened big time too mainly because the club is running a slow grow narrative campaign. Its been a huge amount of fun and we about 2/3rds of the way through this with armies currently about to fight at 1350pts. With the new Clash of Kings 2019 released by Mantic, we’ve got more stuff to look at and a new set of scenarios to play for the rest of the campaign.
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  • Play more Wrath of Kings – sadly this did not happen. It riles me a little as I bought some of the new figures and I also bought some of the WoK cards too. There were a few small events that I heard about during 2018 and it would have been nice to have supported this. Too many games.
  • Gaslands – there was an initial flurry with this game shortly after it was released with some club members invested in playing at the club. I ended up buying some terrain for the game and I envisage using the campaign rules that were published in a wargaming magazine to run a club campaign in 2019.
  • Dystopian Wars – the intention was to keep an eye on the new game as Warcradle Studios had taken over the IP for this game. I’ve been watching the rules development and have downloaded and read some of the versions of the rules. Its being done in a very iterative and community friendly way but I have not had a play test of the new rules at all. No time. I’m still keen to see and watch and possibly get involved (lets not kid myself here!) with a play test game or two.
  • Regular board games session once a month – well this kind of happened. There were times when we could not meet but I would say that we probably met at least 6 or 7 times during the year. Its been good fun and I got to play some good board games 3which included the Game of Thrones board game which I really liked.
  • Continue to grow and support Tanelorn Wargames Club – wow this was an interesting year for the club. EXP Leisure, our previous hosts, essentially folded. This left Magic Madhouse who had floor space in the EXP Leisure rented facility high and dry too along with us and other people who came to play games at EXP. What unfolded was that Magic Madhouse, London was formed which took over the venue for a while before moving one floor to a different size area on the 3rd floor of the current venue. For a month or two things were touch and go as to whether the club would lose it’s venue and have to fold in to storage for a while whilst we found another venue. Thanks to Magic Madhouse, London we have survived (thanks Gav, Tim and Luke @ Magic Madhouse, London) and continued to grow. Club membership has marginally increased and we have run 2 Warmahorde events at the venue too which included the London Team Event too. I hope that we can survive 2019 now!
  • Relic Knights V2 is due out in 2018 – it hasn’t turned up. There is much negative feeling towards ninja Division but my take on this is it will either happen or not. I did play test and provide input in to the V2 rules when Justin Gibbs was at Ninja Division so I do have a feel for the new version of the game. It’s a real shame that Ninja Division have provided yet another KickStarter experience which may be perceived as unfavourable.
  • ebaying excess schtuffings – I’ve had some limited success with this but it is hugely demoralising doing this. I made some good money which I re-invested in to the hobby in the form of an AoS beastclaw army. I’ve nearly build a 1000pts of this now too. I need to continue with this in 2019.
  • I suppose the other thing to note is that I have probably built stuff that isn’t covered by any of the stuff above. The AoS stuff for example was a new buy. I’ve recently bought in to Warhammer Underworlds and I love this game. So much so that I have already started to paint some of the warband figures. I’ve also actively taken part in the club monthly vow. I don’t always achieve it but I’m doing stuff.
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On to my 2019 hopes and aspirations …….

Just the facts

It’s traditional as we start into a New Year to do a blog post that talks about all the hobby you did last year and all the hobby that you are going to do this year.  Enter into the year full of enthusiasm about how this year is going to be different etc.

It’s all a load of bollocks.

So I’m not going to do it.   Matt has, which you can read here and I’m sure Conrad will as well but there is no point in me making predications that I won’t stick to or going into great depth about how last year was crap.

So suffice to say I’m going to try and make this year better than last and this may or may not involve blogging, podcasting and perhaps video.

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Jonny Chan and friends

 

 

New Year – New efforts

2018 sucked. It was fu##ing awful.

The world became a less tolerant, hate filled place. We argued over Brexit, Trump, race, faith, money, sport, food and everything in between.

Even worse, Mike and me barely played any games, didn’t record and barely blogged.

2019 will be better.

Probably.

As is the tradition for this time of year – hobby pledges must be made.

I have 2.

The first came about through realising that even though had had played very few games during the year, I still spent a f##k tonne of money. I have piles of stuff that I have no intention of using. Armies that I want to use that I need to paint.

Hence #costneutralhobby2019. A ridiculous idea that I want to try and get through the year without having spent any money on the hobby. With the amount I have to sell, I should be able to fund the small amounts I need to buy. Ambitious – yes. Ridiculous – hopefully not.

The second pledge is #12projects12months.

With the amount I have to paint, I’ve set myself the goal of completing stuff this year. Some linked to events, some just linked to a desire to complete. My 12 projects are:

A Saga 6 point Norman force

A Saga 6 point Crusader force – different stuff to the Normans

The Samurai ‘Good guys’ army – 36 points of Dragon Rampant

The Samurai ‘Bad guys’ army – as above

2000 points of Seraphon for Age of Sigmar

2000 points of Freeguild for Age of Sigmar

2000 point 40k Army

A standard 7TV cast of 50 points

Bloodbowl Nurgle team

A pulp 7TV cast of 50 points

An Epic 40k 2000 point army

Necromunda Van Saar force

I also want to record with Mike and blog more, we’ll see how that goes……….

love and stuff

Matt

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It’s been a LONG time!

I looked back at my last blog post date – it was February 2018. My bad! So an update on whats going in with me ….

The monthly gaming concept continued on into May.

March – Epic Armageddon
April/May – Hordes/Warmachine aka warmahordes.

Mike’s already told you about the EpicA event that we went to where I finally managed to win a game against Mike. I did feel it was a kind of gotcha moment as Mike had never played corner deployment before. I felt bad beating him but I did feel that I played well too. It was a really interesting event for me as I learned so much about activation order and more about my list itself in terms what I could do with it. I really enjoy playing Epic and enjoyed playing it at the event too. The intention is to go to at least one other this year. The other thing that this spawned was the fact that I painted a devastator unit and transports post the event. This was more a trial of painting the colour scheme in EpicA scale as opposed to a concerted effort to finally get my EpicA Imperial Fist force painted. It turned out to be a hugely enjoyable experience with a longer term aim to try and do a unit a month thus allowing me to mix and match stuff up and stop the boredom painting wise.

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Why Warmahordes in April/May you ask? Well thats an easy one. Myself and 3 other club mates normally attend the Welsh Masters (formally the Welsh Open) at the South West Gaming Centra aka Firestorm Games in Cardiff. For us it’s like an annual pilgrimage followed by a ritual of cinema, meal and drinking Friday night,  gaming until usually 7 or 8pm on Saturday so a meal with one drink and then more gaming Sunday and home. There is always the conversation about lists and games over the weekend and how if we did this, things would have been different or the claims that we will try harder for next year. It never happens because we dont have the energy or committment to play the game to death as we did in Mark 1 warmahordes, when the club was a force to be reckoned with in the competitive world of warmahordes. Taking part and winning some and losing some is the way of our warmahordes world now. So April and some of May would essentially provide us the opportunity to have some practice games with our lists and re-learn the rules and play the Steamroller 2017 scenarios which some of us had not even played! I should add that I have been to all 9 Welsh Open/Masters events and if you count the very first one in the Scout shed – then it’s 10. Next year is the “real” 10th anniversary of the event and it will be when the TO Martyn Jenkins finally hands ownership of this great event to someone else (hopefully!)

For me the lead up to the Welsh was an interesting experience. The first hurdle I had to overcome was to allow myself to enjoy the actual game of warmahordes again. I had been dreading this on the lead up to the Welsh to the extent of contacting Martyn and potentially offering my services as a helper for the organisation team. I decided to give the game a try again. I had become burnt out from playing it the previous year and had no real love for the game any more.

I started with my default faction, namely Cygnar. I played my fellow club mate Nigel who plays Cryx. The game left me on a real downer and it was at that time I decided that I would go and look at my minions again (my gators)! I did a little research using WarRoom2 to decide on a caster that grabbed my imagination from an aesthetics point of view. The normal “power” casters did not really interest me – Rask and Maelok. I was interested in the female Jagga Jagga gator(wo)man caster. Over the coming 6 weeks before the Welsh, I probably played about 10 games and I slowly iterated each list to a list that I was finally happy playing with before going to the Welsh. I should point out that after the first game I had with my minions pre the Welsh, I found my warmahordes mojo again. I was excited about list building. I researched the various casters and documented points of note about them and looked at unit cards in WarRoom2 to find out more about the minion figures that I did not know much about. Its the most research I have ever done for warmahordes ever and I enjoyed it! The natural thing to happen for me at that point was to think about the hobby side of things. I had managed to paint a high quality/standard Cygnar list back in the day. Many of the events I had played since that time was playing with bare metal eg silver. I was determined to get some paint on my figures. Add to this the fact that the Welsh was DC0 but needed 3 lists (that means you need 3 legal lists using different casters but there was no requirement to play all of these lists, you could just play one list at the event), it meant that I only really had to work on one list. And so it started. Initially it was a quest to ensure everything was undercoated. To this end I bought some Army Painter green undercoat. At least the army would be green! But then it went on as I pretty much finished a unit of gatormen (5 figures, one of which is a unit leader) and then went on to paint about 13 bog trog shamblers. I found myself speed painting these figures but then embelishing them to bring the figures up to a slightly higher than table top standard. The BIG thing was that I enjoyed painting these figures despite the numbers. I stopped there but was really chuffed with what I had achieved and I wanted to do more!

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The Welsh itself was great fun. There were about 150 players. I played 7 great games and went 2-5. I learned lots about the game, my army and the scenarios all over again and rather than be disillusioned I came away from the event wanting to play more! On the way back we discussed each other’s lists and games as stated and I now have yet another iteration of the Jagga Jagga list and will be playing this a bit more. What’s super exciting for me is the fact that I have come away knowing that a Rask list using some pretty cool figures is something that is a viable option to play with. This means that if I can master playing this list, I have a 2nd minion caster that I can play with and I will be playing with some cool looking figures too that I dont use much any more. This will lead to me painting these figures. I can foresee substantially more minion figures being painted this year.

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I intend to try to do better at the 10th Welsh Masters. I won the Worst Minion Player award this year. I might just try to get the Best Minion Player next year. I won’t be going hard core playing warmahordes lots and lots but I will be in a place where I know my list/s and can play them well. With the Steamroller 2018 pack due soon, we have another element of the game to re-master as new scenarios and victory conditions will be included in SR2018. I’m looking forward to it. I intend trying to make a few one day events too during the year.

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The other thing that this new found interest in warmahordes has sparked is that Tanelorn will very probably be running a 16 man event later in the year. Watch this space!

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Bulgaria. It was a nice relaxing time in the Pirin Mountains in Bansko. The air was clean and fresh. We had good weather too and it was immensely quiet as this was a ski resort essentially and we had visited it out of the skiing season! We got to go to Greece as its only a 3 hour drive away and see an old Byzantine fortress in Kavala and a Roman aquaduct too. Interestingly enough close by to this place is the archaelogical site of Filippi which is a site named after Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. It is also has links to christianity as it is the place that Saint Paul visited too. I wish I had known about this before visiting the fortress! We also got to go and see beautiful monastery in Rila dating back to the 10th century but had grown and been built upon over the ages. Absolutely stunning place to see.

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And so we are in June now. There is no concensus of opinion on what the June monthly game will be as yet. Its likely to be warmahordes plus another game too. I do have a real urge to play 40k again and that is a good thing too as we are coming to the end of the Tanelorn 40k Club Campaign soon. I’ll be playing a doubles game, possibly a 1500 pt game and a huge Apocalypse game too.

Talking about the club, last month we started a vow scheme whereby players vow to complete x over the coming month. Its had a really big take up in May. New vows have been pledged in June and I think in general players have been doing well with meeting their vows. My vows for June include building some models for warmahordes (already done!), undercoating some figures, painting another unit of bogtrog shamblers (blue one this time), painting a tactical marine imperial fist epic armageddon unit and getting some stuff ebayed. Wish me luck with all that! I do think that by the end of 2018 I would like to see progress with my minions, epic imperial fists and bolt action British forces. I’m expecting at least one of those forces to be fully painted with another close to fully painted too!

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Things that I am really looking forward to this year are the new version of Relic Knights and the beta test of Dystopian Wars. I’ve recently been amazed at the new Idoneth Deepking AoS models from GW. Then they go and announce a new version of AoS too. I’m fairly certain if I get some spare cash, then GW will be getting some more of my money!

Until the next time!

 

 

Its My Life

A question came across my twitter feed today posted by the most excellent Katie to which I was able to give a simple reply

Now this may seem a flippant off the cuff response but it really is true and I guess to most people a little bit sad.

If I was to say that I had followed a particular football team for over 30 years, spent thousands on being involved and had a room in my house dedicated to it then I guess most people would think, yep perfectly normal, but gaming, thats for neckbeards who need to get out of their parents basement.

Bollocks of course but that is still the perception of the hobby in the mainstream.

Tell someone you are a gamer and the next question will probably be about Mario or Pokemon 🙂  Try and explain its tabletop gaming and it becomes ‘oh yeah I used to play with toy soldiers when I was a kid.  Do you make bang bang noises?’   Think I am exaggerating?  Well at Bonescon this year this very scenario played out between myself and a sales rep who happened to be at a conference at the same hotel.  Even down to shouting across to his mates and saying ‘they’re GAYmers’   Very sad but unfortunately very very true*

Now thats not to say there isn’t some mainstream acceptance of the hobby – this article on the BBC shows that – but overwhelmingly the impression is something that is for kids, not a suitable hobby for grownups.  It would seem we should all be playing golf or become MAMILs on a Sunday.

However for me thats all just noise.  Gaming and the people around it have completely and utterly defined my life since I first played Car Wars on my next door neighbours dining table in 1981.

  • I met my wife of 22 years on a night out with Games Workshop staff (no hiding the gaming from her!!!!)
  • The people that I have known the longest I met though gaming.  I’ve known both Dave and Conrad for nearly 25 years and still count them amongst my best friends.  I’m not in touch with anyone from University but gaming buddies are always there for you.
  • The thing that has made moving to where I live now survivable is the friends that I have made, people that you would be there for if they called you at 3am
  • The hundreds of folks who I have met over the years that when you see them at a convention stop for a chat and a catch up, walking around an event like Salute is like a school reunion, so many people to say hi to.
  • We bought the house that we live in purely so I could have a dedicated gaming room – have I mentioned how much I love my wife?
  • I don’t go to a store without thinking, oh I could use that for this project or that project

You get the picture.

The upshot of this, celebrate being a gamer, don’t hide it, if someone asks you what you did at the weekend, don’t say, went out with mates, tell them you were refighting epic battles across the tabletop.  Chances are one of the people you are talking to will be doing exactly the same thing.

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Not my table but how cool is this.  One day…

*I had the last laugh though when he asked what I did for a living and I told him I was retired 🙂