Author: Conrad EJ Gonsalves

Proof of the Musings HoBBy!

So the one thing that my last article was missing was some evidence of the photographic type. I therefore the following photographic evidence a true representative of some of the hoBBy related tinkering that I have performed in these last few weeks. I have used Happy Seppuku stamps on Milliput for the bases for the Adeptus Mechanicus – a cracked earth stamp. Hopefully these will look better when painted! Enjoy.

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Musings

So apparently the last time I wrote something here was July 19th. I’ve had a very up and down time since then. Some of you may know that my youngest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing chemo for the last few months. I got to see my sister for the first time in a good while and I must have given something away in my body language because her response was “yes it’s a bit of a shock”. She was shaven headed and had put a fair amount of weight on. She looked well though which is a good thing. My mother died of cancer so seeing someone else family wise going through this is when I think about it now …. an experience that I would not wish on others. One of my friends and colleagues from work whilst I was at GE Healthcare had cancer of the anus. His character was such that he would joke about it (and he had this attitude despite having gone through his wife having cancer years before and getting through it all). He joked about trying to go to the toilet after his anus had been bombarded with radiation – a painful experience. The good news is that my sister today has finished her chemo. There has been very big reductions in the cancer and they will be moving on to surgery in September. The other positive thing is that they have talked about curing rather than treating during the various consultations that she has had – a mark of catching it early.

With my current job role based in Southend-on-Sea, I’ve found myself more and more in the evenings being dog tired. This unfortunately means less hobby which is frustrating as well as I love the hobby and gaming. Being realistic though about how much I can hammer my own body is something I have had to come to terms with these last few years. Falling asleep at the wheel driving at 70mph regularly is not a good thing and so trying to get to bed at a decent time in a moderately calm state fooling my brain in to thinking that I have achieved what I needed to in an evening is a trick I have had to learn. Essentially its about being realistic and managing expectations. If I’m too tired, then I’m too tired. There is no point in pushing myself to the point of exhaustion. The good news is that I am moving my role to London. Not a new job, I’m still looking for that to get me to where I was from a salary perspective to where I was at 2014 rather than earning a salary that I was earning in my 30s – but it is a job! So if you need a very good Scrum Master in London – I’m your man! Moving the job to London should mean that I cut my traveling time down hopefully getting at least an hour back of my evening/day. I’m hoping that I will have more energy and more time and clearly this means HoBBy!!!

With Mike dropping the “pseudo competitive” nature of #FDWHP (a good thing IMHO), this becomes a blog about hobby and whats going on in our lives as such. I have blatantly not moved on with the 2nd platoon of Brits for Bolt Action. I have built an Isengard troll for my slowly emerging LoTR force. I need to build some more Warg Riders for this to move to roughly 500 points and then I can potentially have a game too!

I’ve had my first game of Mythos with my gaming buddy Nigel. My initial thoughts were, is this a Malifaux substitute? I’m not playing ‘faux at present. I have no interest in the game. I have no idea where my mojo for the game has gone. However, after reading the Mythos rule book (yes we got a few things wrong) and scenarios, posting some questions on the Facebook group/page and getting answers from Gav at Paranoid Miniatures, I am definitely interested in the game and will look to be putting some paint on the figures at some point soon (honest)! The game is definitely worth a look folks so go check it out.

And then came 40k 8th edition. I  purchased the rulebook as it was clearly something I wanted to get back in to. I flicked through the rulebook and smelt the pages – new book smell is lovely! I then ummed and aarghed over what faction I would look to play. Initially my thoughts were with Tau. I love their vehicles and flyers. However as I looked more and more at their troops and suits (apart from Kroot which I love), I was not excited by the range. I have to be engaged with the models and excited or it means I wont be playing or enthused about the game. I mentioned this to my various friend groups and Mr Spooner came up with the eminently sensible idea (2 in the same year Matt!) of going Marines but specifically Imperial Fists to link in with my Epic army. As the club I attend (Tanelorn Wargames Club) is looking to run a combined 40k and Epic narrative campaign later this year, this seemed like a brilliant idea and I started to get excited. I played my first game borrowing my friend Nick’s Space Wolves but using them as generic Marines. I enjoyed the game but was playing versus Nick’s Eldar (filth!). What amazed me most about the game was the simplicity of the ruleset and yet the level of tactical challenge still coming about by the rules, the armies and the scenarios. Since that time I have had another game as normal marines before switching to using the space wolves as space wolves. In the meantime I was pouring over the GW site looking at marines and became more and more aware of the fact that I was not happy with marines as a faction. The figures were not doing it for me despite the Imperial Fist idea.

The new club venue (EXP Leisure) now has a gaming shop associated with it, namely Magic Madhouse. You may already have used them to buy sleeves or CCG folders for your ‘faux cards. I know I have. Little did I realise but these chaps do tabletop stuff too and as they had the new combined codexes at the shop at the club, I was able to flick through them. They also had the Space Marines starter set, something I was considering buying for the Imperial Fists but had gone off. They also had a Skitarii Starter set too. As soon as I saw the dunecrawler and the look of the models, I felt excited. I found these guys in the Imperial 2 book and looked at them – the Adeptus Mechanicus. I asked Nigel if these guys were any good and he said yes. Looking over the pictures of some of the units (how good do electro priests look!!) it became very clear to me that this was the faction I would be collecting. I bought the Imperial 2 book and so wanted to buy the Skitarii Starter set but stopped myself. 2 days later I bought it. All I want to do is build the stuff so I can play a 1000pt game.

I’ve been selling stuff on ebay with a view to using the monies to fund the new 40k army. I can tell you that some of that has happened now and building has started. The Swedish Chef Tech Priest Dominus has been built and today I started to build the Skitarii Rangers leader – the alpha.

Its been interesting building GW plastic kits compared to the Wyrd plastic kits. I had my first experience recently with the Isengard troll. That was plastic. The first thing I noticed was mould line. I hate mould lines and despite the technology and material, it was still there. Apart from that, getting parts to not have gaps is something I will need to pay attention too more or I am going to have use the liquid green stuff or fill!

Moving on to the 40k stuff, its pretty much the same thoughts but at least I have parts that I can hold and not lose forever (queue Tan Po’s beard jokes – not Yan Lo!)

I’d like to begin painting again but I think in all honesty I will be building until I have enough to play a game with the Adeptus Mechanicus. I’m also worried that with the driving too and from work, my left had (the one I had surgery on last year) has started to get some severe burning sensations and pins and needles. I’m going to have to go to the quacks about it as painting (when I am in the zone) is hugely rewarding and relaxing for me.

Thats me done for now. All hail the Omnissiah.

Deary Me

Progress report from last week (commencing 10th July).

ebay stuff – all out bar one package (bloke hasnt paid so he is NOT getting his stuff). I made a small fortune from stuff sold on ebay which will fuel hobby needs ie LoTR and 40k. So thats a point!

Managed to move Tanelorn our of it’s old premises at the Ex Serviceman’s Club in Leytonstone to the new venue at EXP Leisure in Stratford. Getting out was easy. I think it took the 5 of us about 20mins. Getting in to the new venue was HARD work. 4 external flights of steps wiped us all out! I shook the hand of one of the Ex Serviceman’s Club Committee members and said thanks for the last 7 years. There were some short mumblings and that was that. Not one bit of interest in what we were doing, if we had somewhere else to go or a thanks for your support over the last few years. Sadness from me.

The new venue is stupendous and reminds me of the early days of Firestorm in Cardiff on Trade Street before it became the South West gaming centre. The club is an an old Wharf warehouse on a canal. Its a pretty awesome building. Some pics can be found on the club Facebook page but you can see some pics on our ABOUT THE CLUB page here http://tanelornwgc.com/index.php/about-the-club-main.

We held our first club day at the new venue on Sunday 16th and there was a real buzz from our club members about the place. It has really excited me moving to EXP. Lets hope it all works out for the greater good as we are calling it the “3rd Age of Tanelorn”. I reckon the move is worth 2 points myself!

One last thing is I managed to get a game of 8th edition 40k at my mate Nick’s house last Friday. Eldar versus Marines. I really enjoyed the game. So much so I have been looking at the rules! I think that as the new Space Marines Codex is coming out for pre-order, its very likely that I will be building an Imperial Fist force to match my Epic Space Marines. I have not been happy with the choice of Tau for a while. The models do not inspire me 100% and that is what drives me hobby wise. I love their vehicles, I love the Kroot, I am not totally taken with the manga-esque troops and suits etc.

So onto the week commening the 17th July. What can I do this week? In my bid to continue clearing stuff out I’m going to try and put as much of my Circle of Orboros stuff on ebay. The simple reality is that I one too many factions for Hordes/Warmachine and I will never have time to finish building and painting these models. I am happy with my Cygnar and Minions – even though the Piggies (minions) are not built.

Secondly I am going to build a troll for LoTR.

Lastly I am going to progress those Brits again – honest I am!

 

Progress Report Suh!

So how did I do last week? Not very well is the answer. I managed to progress the Brits a little more but a lot less than I anticipated. I did progress so as far as I am concerned, thats a win!

As far as the whole Relic Knights bit is concerned, well my gaming buddy Nigel cancelled on me so that meant not only did I not play test a game, I also did not cut out and sleeve my RK cards. Still no matter, there will be a new iteration of the cards and rules so no doubt I will have to do it again sometime soon.

So that week I reckon only 1 pt.

On to another week – well actually I am 2 weeks behind in posting here so I should give you an update on last week and this week really.

Last week I was pretty wiped out in the evenings. I did absolutely no painting. I did achieve one thing which was on my list of things to do. This is hopefully an enabler for more hobby at a later day. I have put a load of stuff up on ebay. Anyone who does ebay knows what a PITA it is. Take the photos on the phone, download or email the photos to yourself, save them, write the ebay advert, use the photo, yada, yada, yada. Anyway its done and I have a load of WFB army books (dont even know what edition of WFB these are for any more!) as well as a load of AD&D role playing modules from way back in the 80s. The lots are doing very well so for me this is a great thing.

In addition last week I wanted to make a start on looking at a game system that I have been itching to play for a while now, namely GW’s Lord of The Rings. Of course this also includes The Hobbit too now. So I have borrowed some of the Army Books off my friend Nigel and looked at what I have to figures wise stored in the garage. I’ve decided to go for Isengard as an evil force initially and very probably Elves of some sort as a good force but also once the Isengard force is up and running. Having made this decision I have started to look at what I have and what I need to do get a 300-500pt force up and running to at the very least have a game. I love the imagery from the LoTR films and it just so happens I already have Lurtz and some Uruk-Hai painted by my fair hand a while ago.

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Hey they are not brilliant but they have paint on them and they are gloss varnished and flock based. All this can be fixed relatively easily but thats once I’ve had a few games and the enthusiasm is really there. In the meantime, I’ve had a look at forces and what I need to build. I started the building last week – a warg rider.

So I did not specify what I was going to do, I’m late but I did stuff so I reckon last week I deserve 3pts!

This week (wk commencing 10th July) my aims are to ensure the ebay stuff gets packed and posted, finish building the warg riders and try to progress the Brits a little bit more. This is going to be a hard ask as I have a pretty heavy load at work this week, we are going out with my sister and husband who are over from Australia on Wednesday and my stepdaughters birthday is this week and we are going out for a family meal on Thursday evening. I’m also still actively looking for a new job so that eats in to my time and I am still coming home knackered! Oh and we are going to move the wargaming club that I am involved with to it’s new venue on Saturday too! Perhaps that should be a goal!

One thing I do know is that tonight I finished constructing 3 warg riders so I am definitely going to be getting points for them. I have another box of these which I can add as a goal for next week!

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Ok So How Do I Score in this thing?

So week 2 begins and it looks like I need to try and list 3 hobby related things to do rather than the one! So what, I started small and easily achievable 🙂

How did I do in my week 1 you may ask? Well I managed to get some base colours on to the 3 BA Brit figures that I said I would paint – a continuing effort to get my 2nd platoon finished. Guess what? I did it! Not only that I managed to get a flesh wash on the flesh parts and put some Army Builder Strong Tone on to the figures too. How much do I earn for this please – 3pts I believe (or is it 1?)

This week I mean to progress these figures further hopefully to near completion. For this it will mean putting some highlights on to the base colours and flesh and detailing the face too. Thats as much as I hope to do.

This evening I managed to do the faces!

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I believe that I need to state 2 more goals. So for no 2 (hehe no2s!), I will cut out and sleeve the next iteration of the Beta Test cards for my Black Dragons for Relic Knights.

My third goal will to get a beta test game in of v2.1 of Relic Knights and report it back to Ninja Division.

I’d like to get some stuff on ebay too soon but that is always a long slog!

Its Me Conrad!

So I figured I would jump on the band wagon with the #FDWHP (challenge?) I’ve done this more to ensure that I dont get a U this year and to actually prove to Mike and Matt that I DO DO stuff. (HeHe I said DoDos!)

So here I am.

It will be a short one (like Matt) as a starter.

I’ve admitted to trying to complete a BA British 1000pt force on the actual FD recording so folks are already aware of my main challenge this year. However, beta testing for Relic Knights may have spurred me on to build some figures that are in the Black Diamond “starter” play test Cadre – namely Codebreaker, the Enslaved Cypher and the Medic figures. This I did last week and if I had started last week I could have claimed them. Perhaps they will allow me the points for them if I ask nicely. I also finally completed the next 3 figures for my British BA force. I’m painting in batches of 3 as I feel it allows me to see progress and I finish stuff rather that taking on a whole batch where youn endlessly put paint on to figures and certainly in the early stages don’t feel as if you are making progress.

Did I mention that the previous week I built my Mythos crew? Well I did. I’ve been in touch with those lovely chaps at Paranoid Miniatures and have told them about my experience with the construction of these miniatures. These are true scale figures and as such are detailed. The Priory was also the first batch of miniatures that the guys were involved in and very much cut their teeth on the design and cutting of miniatures from this crew. The result is (IMHO) that there are “issues” with some of the Priory figures where certain things may break due to a miniature which looks cool but may not be as practical as it could be for a tabletop miniature. I also found that washing and soaking the resin in luke warm soapy water was a good thing to do to allow the glue to flow better and clean the resin ready for paint. The guys at Paranoid were hugely helpful and receptive of the feedback I provided and were honest with me in their responses – which I admired. At the end of the day they are made up and based and are ready for paint … or to allow me to get of Mythos in! Unfortunately with the play testing of Relic Knights, Mythos has gone on a back burner as I love me some Relic Knights.

Sooooooo, this week I will mainly be painting 3 more British Army infantry figures for Bolt Action.

Until next time, this has been me Conrad ….. I think.