Month: June 2018

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 🙂

Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Hobby Blues

Well it been a while since I last wrote anything as I’ve been having a major hobby downer recently. One of those periods when you spend far more time on the XBox (replaying Diablo III for the umpteenth time) than hobbying.  Fortunately I seem to be out the other side of it now and am actually being more productive than I have in years.

It all started going downhill in the run up to the Malifaux Welsh GT.  As it got closer and closer I got less and less enthused about playing but as I had forked out a load of money on tickets and travel I felt I had to go through with it.   In the end I walked into the venue on the day and just couldn’t bring myself to play – it would have been a miserable experience for both my opponent and myself – so I dropped out (thanks Martin and Luke for making that painless)   The most wonderful David Brown also agreed to take over the running of the Malifaux Team event (ITC) which meant for the first time in 5 years I didn’t have any Malifaux commitments – strange feeling.

Then it was Salute and Mrs Marshall came along with me for the day.  Wandered around, chatted with some people, bought some bits and bobs and came away with the Gangs of War starter box which Matt and I had been talking about playing.  We were both very enthused for this, so much so that I finally finished up my Roman / Greek temple that I had been working on for a few years and then built a whole board to go with it.  Great stuff.  However (and didn’t you know there was going to be a however) the sales model that GoR is awful – I’ll be ranting about it another day – and that basically killed the game for us stone dead.  Ah well, back to the drawing board – or the XBox in my case 🙂

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Then the funniest thing happened.  A friend of mine, Dan, has recently got into Moonstone and asked if I wanted to go over and play a game and have it videoed for his You Tube channel.  Why not I thought, hadn’t played it before but the models are very lovely and I hadn’t actually played anything for ages.

Well it was like a switch had been turned on.  The game is masses of fun, with some awesome mechanics – I especially like the sword fighting components – and I will definitely be playing it again but the simple act of playing a game was enough to lift me out of the hobby funk that I had been in and get me away from the console and back to the painting table.

With MAGE II coming up I had set myself the task of having fully painted crews for all the games.  This of course meant actually painting stuff but after playing with Dan that no longer seemed the chore that it was previously.  So in the last couple of weeks I have finally finished off my Dead Mans Hand posse of Father Wilson and the Educators and I am now cracking on with the OGAM project that has been knocking around since 2014.  Just got a few more vikings to finish.  The beauty of this one will be that it gets me half way to having a fully painted SAGA force as well which is again something I have wanted for years but have always managed to come up with creative ways to avoid getting.

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Then it will be on with Burrows and Badgers and finally a Guildball team (I will probably end up speed-painting these as I can’t see myself playing a game beyond the one at MAGE)

Will keep you updated as I crack on, and who knows, we might even record something

Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one