Author: Conrad EJ Gonsalves

What A Feeling ….

Take your passion
And Make It Happen

Parts of lyrics from Flashdance sung by Irene Cara and as far away from hobby as you have thunk!

“Get that man his frog pills!” shouts Spooner and Mike!
“No! It’s okay, I’m not having one of my moments … honest! says I.

What’s this all about you may ask – perfectly legitimate question. Well I appear to have the embers of my hobby mojo slowly returning. I’m excited about doing stuff. These last few months have felt a chore to be quite frank. Building for the club 40k campaign, trying to fulfil the painted BA army quest for 2017. It all just seemed like I had to do it because I was chasing that dangling carrot again. So what’s changed then? Well I’ve started 2017 playing Bolt Action. We’ve been playing a lot of 8th edition 40k and as much as I love the game, I’m playing my current 1500 pts with a few blank bases. That too me is as much a reminder and downer of the fact that I have not built the stuff. This should have a positive effect on me to spur me on and build, but it really hasn’t done that at all.  So Nick (my regular Friday gaming partner) and I have gone back to playing Bolt Action and it’s just so refreshing and surprising (still) how good the game is. Add to that the fact that all my models have paint on them but some are just undercoated , but it feels valid and complete playing with the army unlike my Ad Mech in 40k.

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However we are in the throws of the 2nd round of the 40k campaign and I have to build my 1500pts and preferably 2000pts. Playing the BA has helped me because the army has stuff painted and built. I’m even thinking about quick ways of getting some base coat and washes on the Ad Mech to at least have them there with some colour for later this year. The big thing is that I am slowly getting there. I’ve just finished building my unit of Infiltrators and they are absolutely gorgeous figures.

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Then along comes Gaslands. I’ve been longing for a good car game a la Mad Max. I played Car Wars, Battlecars and Dark Future in the past. Each have their issues and niche in my gaming past. Dark Future certainly came the closest for me in terms of being that game but the rules mechanics were very detailed – but still fun. At the end of the day you need to play these things regularly to ensure the lurv. I’ve been watching the buzz on the Facebook Gaslands group and seeing the pictures of people’s creations, and quite frankly its really inspiring to see this stuff. I had my first few games in the last week (25 cans only) and have got a real feel for the game and it has my juices going. There are a few interested parties at the club too as I demoed the game with some club mates 2 Sundays ago. We’ve got stuff wrong for the first few games but I’m fairly certain the next game which I will play this week will go to 50 cans.

But the big thing is that I grabbed my Route 666, Devils Highway cars which I had got from the Kickstarter and have prepped and undercoated and put paint to at least one vehicle. I’m so looking forward to completing this and I got to use my airbrush again and chipping fluid!

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I’ve also been using my airbrush on club terrain for the 40k campaign. Its all fairly basic MDF buildings but when you add some paint to them, it brings them alive. The building in first pic below is complete, and the 2nd are WIP. I need to highlight them, do some stencilled letters – both via the airbrush and then use weathering magic on them, varnish and then on to the next ones.

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I played Epic today at the club and realised how much I love this game and want to play it more. I’m seriously considering going to the one day Full Scale Assault EpicUK event which you can find more about here. It would mean just putting an undercoat, base coat and wash on 2 warhound titans, 2 thunderbolts, an imperial commander, a spaceship and 2 drop pods. I’d have to base stuff where appropriate but the army is yellow with a wash and is good enough to put on the table. I can go back to it to do any fancy stuff. I think I will okay the day out with SWMBO and go as the event will spur me on to put paint on the above models.

In painting the Gaslands car, I realised what the blocker was re finishing my BA stuff off. The batch of figures is too big. I need to stick to 2 or 3’s and I feel that I will achieve and see results quicker and that will spur me on to the next batch. Its worth giving a go!

Onwards and upwards, I feel energised and excited about getting stuff done!

Oops …. I forgot some stuff for 2018

Ok its not a big deal but when lying in bed thinking about what I had written I realised that I had forgotten two further things that I want to achieve in 2018. So without further a do:-

  • Relic Knights V2 is due out this year. When it does come out I anticipate playing it so no doubt there will be some painting and playing and building of some sorts during the year.
  • ebaying excess schtuffings – with the great garage clear out, I have stuff that needs to be ebayed or moved on. As many of you know who deal in the world of ebay, this can be a laborious and demoralising task. I guess there are 2 approaches I could adopt, a little often or one huge lot a month. We shall see where that goes!
  • Wonder if any one will notice this little addition to this article (tee hee – tweet if you did 04/02/2018). I’m interested to see where Saga V2 goes so will definitely be looking out for that in the new year!

As an update to the status on my weight, I weighed myself today and the scales showed 14stone 7.5lbs. I’m sure my jeans were weighed down from walking in the rain! So in fact I am looking at losing 2stone 7.5lbs this year!

As a finalle, I thought I would show you the Trello Board I have so far for 2018. Voila!

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So Whats Happening in 2018 for “It’s me Conrad”?

The two biggest issues that I have had to deal with, preventing me to do more hobby in 2017 have been lack of time and not having the energy to do stuff. I have to address these to allow myself to progress with more hobby stuff. So to start with as far as energy to do stuff, there are 2 things that I need to do. The number one thing is to lose 2 stones and I want to do this within the first quarter of 2018. Of course I will be supporting Mind too whilst doing this. The other is a combination of not enough sleep, not being fit enough, improving my health and planning my time better and being focused on achieving something within a strict timebox. As I sit here at 23:38 typing this article out, clearly not enough sleep needs some work! Getting fitter should come with losing weight so this will be a quarter 2 onwards goal. My health issues I will just have to trust in the NHS to solve! As far as planning is concerned, I will be using Agile methodology to try and provide a prioritised small backlog to work on in timeboxed sprints (probably 2 weeks to a month). If you don’t know what that last bit means, don’t worry. My current Job Role is a Scrum Master (well actually I’m a Senior Agile Delivery Lead but who cares!) and I’ve been working using Agile specifically Scrum and Kanban to facilitate development team and Dev Ops techies to deliver on work. I’ve been using Trello for a while now to try and help me focus on hobby and after much thought, I’ve decided to continue using this to track and plan my hobby work. I’m going to create a tight backlog of tasks based on my hobby requirements for 2018. This will in the main stay static unless something comes along that is shiny and will therefore force me to re-prioritise my backlog of tasks. Trello is free to use and although I do not like Kanban as much as Scrum, I can’t see using Scrum to deliver on hobby tasks as I am not able to determine my availability well enough during a Sprint. As you are in theory meant to delivery every sprint, that makes using Scrum an impossibility for me. I can feel eyes glazing over at this point as people think WTF are you on about Conrad! Essentially I’m creating a to do list of tasks which is prioritised and then working on the highest priority task, moving it in to an In Progress state. Once that task is completed, it’s moved in to a Complete status. I may elaborate on the status, for example a demo status, where I have to take a photo of the end result may appear.

Other things I would personally like to do in 2018 is to get a better paid job. With my recent promotion I managed to close the gap in salary to where I was when my job role was made redundant back in 2014 from GE Healthcare. I currently work for HMRC (yes I know) but need to continue on my journey, striving to close that gap.

One last thing which I have greatly missed in 2017 is recording Fools Daily. Although Mike has suggested an ambitious 3 episodes a week, actually getting a cadence of 1 a week would be a big move forward, so I would definitely look to start there. I’m really interested in the video/vidcast idea that he mentions in his article but would look for some more ideas as to where that will go before volunteering my time which is already under pressure to allow me to complete my hobby tasks for 2018.

So on to the real hobby stuff now, what do I actually want to achieve in 2018?

  • Build more Ad Mech. I need to currently move to 1500pts and then 2000pts to allow me to play in the club narrative campaign. We are on to the 2nd chapter of this and it requires 2000pts. Currently I have just over 1000pts. So this is going to be a top priority for me.
  • Complete painting my BA British Army force. This needs to be a slow burn task for me. Small groups to allow progress but not too much to make me become sick of painting them and feeling like it is just one of those jobs that you just do not want to do.
  • Get some paint on the Ad Mech. I have no aspirations as to how far I get on this one. Obviously every gamer’s dream is to play with a fully painted army but I have to be realistic about this. I suspect the first thing to decide upon is whether the resultant paint job is going to be a labour of love or functional and to a tabletop standard. I suspect it will be a mix of both.
  • Continue to play and support the 40k club narrative campaign and to play 40k in general. I can see good things with the campaign and it will result in huge multi-player battles at some point this year. I am really looking forward to this. I have no inclination to play 40k competitively though.
  • I definitely want to attend at least one Bolt Action gaming weekend event. I suspect that this will be either Britcon or the Welsh Open.
  • Play more Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. With a new revamped rule book out this year (who knew GDub would do this!) and with the recent 3 games that I have had, I really like this game. There is a potentially of attending a LoTR event later this year but that depends on my availability and finances and the point below.
  • Some of my LoTR figures do have paint on them. There are no many figures like BA so I would like to get my force painted. I suspect that this will be mainly to a tabletop standard with more time spent on something like the Isengard Troll figures and commanders.
  • I still miss playing rank and file fantasy games. Gone are the old days of WFB for me and as much as I like the look of AoS, I cannot afford to spend money on another GW game. As such that means playing more Kings of War. There is a new book out on Jan 22nd (Clash of Kings) adding some extra content to the game. With the club picking up a few KoW players too, I can see that I will get the opportunity to play this again in 2018.
  • Another pseudo fantasy rank and file game is Wrath of Kings. I really enjoyed playing this game and love my Teknis figures. I hope to play some more of this during 2018. As much as I would love to say I’ll get these painted as well during 2018, I just cannot see it happening.
  • Gaslands ….. this has really got me stoked. Going back to the days of GW’s Dark Future and Steve Jackson’s Car Wars, the idea of a road combat game a la Mad Max has always appealed to me. I had hoped that Devils Run Route 666 would help me fill that gap but it has not. Gaslands feels like it may do that for me. I haz all the gubbins and I have ready made vehicles from the aforementioned Devils Run game. All I need is to play and see. I am fairly sure too that this game if pushed at the club will get buy in from many of the club players.
  • Warcradle Studios have taken over the Dystopian IP. They have stated that a new version of the game will be out this year. I look forward to see where this goes and that hopefully I can use my current miniatures with the new version of the game.
  • A few of us have decided to have a regular board games session once a month. We started this during December where we played Dead of Winter. I really enjoyed myself. The next game will be BSG which I love too. I see this as an opportunity to get out some of my older board games to show the group what these are like and compare them to the newer board games of today. I know that these sessions will be fun.
  • Continue to grow and support Tanelorn Wargames Club. I’ve been actively involved with the club since it’s inception in 2001. I want to continue to ensure that the club runs and grows this year. It was an interesting year last year with our move to the EXP Leisure Centre which is a dedicated tabletop, e-gaming and board gaming facility and in East London too! I’m hoping that the venue and the club continue to do well.

So that’s it I think? Not much really ….

 

 

 

 

Do Look Back in Anger ;-)

As Mike has eluded too already, we normally do a retrospective of the year that is about to pass in to the mists of time – 2017. I also normally post something up on the Tanelorn Facebook Club page so I’ve taken a part of that and embellished it with artistic license for this blog. More of it will appear as an article about my hobby hopes for 2018.

It has to be said that we normally cover these retrospectives in a Fools Daily episode. The format of these episodes (yes we usually do at least 2 as we cover multiple peoples) is that Mike does the bestest and we get chastised and graded badly for our appalling efforts. The episode is normally linked to our published or recorded hobby hopes for the current year. I do miss recording and I think it’s something I (we) need to resurrect in 2018.

Overall 2017 was a good year hobby wise though as always, it could have been better. Hobby covers X things for me:-

  • Painting
  • Building
  • Playing at events
  • Playing in general at club and with gaming buddies
  • Any gaming related activites eg. Club, event. Gaming community, recording podcasts

So let’s take those in order.

Painting

My main aim for 2017 was to have a painted 1000pt British Bolt Action force. This hasn’t happened. I have a fully painted platoon, a partly painted platoon, an undercoated commando platoon, various painted small teams, HQ and NCO, undercoated Mortar and LMG team and base coat and washed vehicles (universal carriers, a Cromwell and a Humber recce vehicle). For me this is good but I would have liked to have a bit more discipline and finished painting the platoons and teams. I also wanted to finish my Epic Space Wolves force. This did not happen. One thing I did do though is correct the paint scheme on my terminators which will form the basis of the rest of the army when I get around to it. Unfortunately I painted yellow over a brown undercoat thinking that it would be a good thing with the brown allowing a shade in areas the yellow did not get too. Unfortunately the yellow over the brown gave a green tinged yellow to the whole army. With some work I’ve corrected that on two units of terminators.

Building

I feel that I have built a lot of stuff this year.

  • a small handful of Warmachine Cygnar figures to allow me to have some choice in the Warcasters that I play.
  • Dystopian Wars Austrians ships and flyers.
  • 1000pts of Adeptus Mechanicus and I am on the way to completing 1500 pts to allow me to play the new edition of 40k.
  • 700pts worth of an Isengard LoTR/Hobbit force
  • Various MDF terrain pieces for the club’s 40k campaign

Looking back at that list it doesn’t really seem a lot for a whole year. I think that part of this is due to my energy levels being low after coming home from work and lack of time due to other commitments, some of which are gaming related.

Playing at events, club and gaming buddies

I don’t believe that I have done a lot of playing at events this year. The Welsh Open in Cardiff at the South West Gaming Centre is the only event that springs to mind. I always enjoy this more from the social side of things but I always come away from the event with the same old conundrum of wanting to do better at the event but failing to accept that this is not achievable as I do not play H/WM enough to allow me to do this. I’ve lost interest in Malifaux so have not attended any events for this game. I wanted to attend a Bolt Action event but this passed me by due to lack of money for the Welsh BA event and being on holiday for Britcon. There was no Relic Knights this year for me as far as I can remember as the game is in flux at present and is due a new version in 2018. I did attend a Roots of Magic event which was fun with a handful of people. That was it. Comparted to previous years a very poor showing.

I regularly attended the club ie Tanelorn and we have started a 40k narrative campaign. There has been a huge buzz and interest in the game and with over 20 players signing up for the campaign, you can see that there is big buy in from the club. This meant that we had to invest in some new terrain to help support the campaign and the larger group of players playing 40k. Coupled with this the club had to move premises this year as our previous landlords decided to up our hall costs by over 200%. We are now at EXP Leisure which reminds me very much of the old Firestorm Games prior to the move to the South West Gaming Centre. It’s been an interesting year for the club and it really has been wonderful to see so many of the club members taking both and active interest and part in moving the club forward. There is very much an ownership of the club and I’m proud to have been a part of it.

As far as playing with my gaming buddies locally then that has continued with my mates Nigel and Nick. I have a regular game with Nick on a Friday night and this started with H/WM this year but we’ve spent a lot of time playing Bolt Action. More recently we’ve been playing 40k. BA is a great game as it’s tactical, has a narrative to it every time and is extremely cinematic. We are both enjoying 40k too at present especially with the Matched Play Missions in both the rule book and Chapter Approved now.

When I play Nigel I get to play different games. Guildball, Dystopian Wars, Mythos, play testing of the new edition of Relic Knights, board games and finally my introduction to Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. LotR/Hobbit has been an interesting journey for me. I already had some figures and built extra to get me to a decent sized force. I’ve only had 3 games of this, the last being a 3 player scenario but have absolutely loved playing the game. Dystopian Wars featured heavily this year too and again this was a game that I got heavily in to. It provided a hugely cinematic experience for me and I loved the air/sea games. I backed the Spartan Games Kickstarter for a new version of the rules plus cards and a faction book. It was hugely disappointing to hear that Spartan Games went in to administration thus enforcing a pause on this new found love of their Dystopian War game. Thankfully I was one of the few that got some of my Kickstarter goods – namely the new rule book and cards. I’m missing a faction book. That is lost and the Dystopian World IP has now been purchased by Warcradle Studios, the people who bought Wild West Exodus from Battlefoam. It was a good buy IMHO – tying together the WWE and DW worlds in to one world – the Dystopian Era. I can only hope that the reboot of the game with the new owners will allow me to play this game again in 2018 or I will have to go and play the game again with the old set of rules or not at all. It’s interesting that at present I play no games using old sets of rules at all though we have talked about playing 3rd edition WFB.

I’ve definitely played a lot more board games this year than I have ever done before. Fuelled by Kickstarters that I had received sitting there gathering dust – notably The Others and Blood Rage. But because EXP Leisure has a good range of board games to play this would include Robo Rally, Colt Express and Camel Run!

I’ve loosely still been involved with community events. I had a hand in a Necromunda club event which was put on in association with Yaktribe Necromunda Community. Seeing some of the tables that these guys played on was really inspiring. There were 2 or 3 really beautiful tables. I’ve been helping EXP Leisure grow their table top activities and the club had helped out by lending it’s terrain for a 20+ played AoS event and a small Kings of War event too. The club didn’t run any events really this year. No Malifaux or Guildball events at all.

It doesn’t need me to say it but I’ve done very little recording of podcasts this year too. This is down to the same reasons as my lack of building, namely energy and time. It’s something I do miss.

Another thing that I should mention for 2017 is the great garage clear out which is still ongoing in terms of me ebaying stuff. This very nearly broke me and I came very close to giving up the hobby completely. Seeing that I had so much stuff accumulated over my 40 years in wargaming was demoralising. Whole armies collected and waiting to be actioned as a project. None (may be one) will see the light of day and need to go. It has helped fund my Ad Mech army though and I will have to continue to do this in 2018 – ebay stuff. The one positive thing is that stuff is more or less sorted out and in plastic Really Useful boxes as opposed to cardboard boxes where stuff could get lost and/or damaged.

Finally I should talk about my physical health. I’ve had various issues health wise these past 10 years. Operations for RSI on both hands thus allowing me to paint again. Last year an operation to correct De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis in my left hand – no smutty comments. I’ve also been suffering from Pustular psoriasis on my left foot. This has got to the stage where the heel and base of my foot cracks and it becomes extremely uncomfortable to walk and stand. I will be starting phototherapy for this in late Jan next year for a period of 3-4 months and if that does not work I will be administered some sort of drug that effects my immune system which I’m not happy with but I’ll take it one step at a time. I don’t think gaining 2 stone will help my foot and this is something I will be addressing in quarter 1 of 2018. I’m looking to drop 2 stone in that time period.

With all that said, I’m still positive about 2018 and am hoping that it will be a good year. As for 2017 I’m sure Mike would mark me as an E!

The Great Conrad Clear Out!

So just read the last blog by my fellow FD dude Mike and am laughing out loud. Why you ask well I predict that the #hobbystreak will last as long as the #FDWHP! That’s not me being tres horrible, its me knowing Mike 😉

Moving swiftly on before they spank me hard over what I have posted above, I have been toying with the idea of blogging about some more general stuff fuelled by my life experience on the cusp of my 55th birthday (yes I know you all find that hard to believe – you are so kind!) This has spewed forth from my psyche based on my horrendous torture of clearing my garage and study for our youngest son’s 21st birthday party (this despite me suggesting we have it in a hall). It was not to be and after what probably worked out to be a week and half’s work on and off (more on these last few Saturday) I am in a place where by I pretty much know whats in the garage and the study (aka man cave) is tidy. This is a good thing on two fronts, one its easier to game in and two Christmas is around the corner and the study is the site for one of the 2 trees we have in our house. More importantly we’ve been here since August 1997 and some of the hobby related stuff in the garage has been there since that time.

The BIG problem that I found myself confronting when clearing was the sheer horror inside me when I opened a new box of stuff up in the garage, not knowing what I was going to find and me then just reaching a point of sheer sadness, negativity and questioning why I had ever bought what I had bought. This feeling took away any of the original positive thoughts and emotions that I had and had stored away in my brain. It also made me reinforce what I have been feeling for the last couple of years – there is only so much time we have and I am not going to be able to do it all. Some of the things I found in there that I forgot I had was a whole Strigoi army based on a gypsy theme, an 28mm Indian ancients army, a 28mm Ancient Greek army, a 15mm ancient greek army, so many figures and so much more too.

This of course has meant that I have become a lot more brutal over what to keep and what to ebay and what to chuck away. Yes I said chuck away. I found myself easily binning stuff where before, I had an emotional connection to this stuff. It was cold and unfeeling (ok there was a little tinge of sadness in some cases).

There is the whole ebay thing. I go through spurts of ebaying stuff. Then I just need a rest away from it. I must continue doing this so that I can move the stuff that I have on to hopefully allow me to fund a little more 40k stuff for my Ad Mech but probably more likely a holiday or dealing with debts I have to pay.

The other issue is that this clear out has definitely effected my urge to game. I find myself lethargic over gaming at present. I still want to game. I love gaming but I feel that the buzz and excitement that you get when you have gotten that bug for a new shiny, has gone. I find myself questioning, is there something new and exciting to play to give me that buzz any more? Take the new GDub Necromunda. Its brand new, its shiny. its had a real proper makeover. GDub are really excelling themselves in being up with the new kids on the block in terms of game mechanics and more importantly they are understanding the hook to get gamers frothing again about their games. Their release schedules and choices all just go to make players excited and want to buy and play more. I look at Necromunda myself  and I’m not feeling it. It may change ofc when the Delaques come out (my favourite gang) but I honestly don’t think so. The same has happened with Shadespire – looks interesting but no thanks.

Looking ahead at 2018 I see continued 40k and Ad Mech, continued Bolt Action and my excursion and dabbling in to LoTR with my Isengard force. I’m hoping that I can play some Relic Knights and am even going to hopefully dabble back in to Wrath of Kinds and Kings of War too. I think I am looking forward to Saga V2 and hopefully DW V? from Warcradle, but at this moment in time I have enough to keep me happy and ticking over.

Its been a while

Its been a while since I posted here so I thought I would take some time out to provide an update on whats been going on in ConradLand. August 10th was my last update. Despite wanting to paint my Bolt Action stuff, there has been a complete halt on all things painting recently. This has changed as of today! This week I tidied and dusted the painting table and today I finished 3 BA British Infantry figures that had been waiting for those last bits to do. When I say I have finished them, I mean I have finished painting the figures. They still need to be sealed and based. I’m now on to the next 3 figures and once these are done, the 2nd British Infantry platoon will be complete (apart from basing which I will do together as a platoon), leaving me with my Commandoes to paint and a Medium Mortar team. I have base coated my vehicles and put an Army Painter dark tone wash on them so they are good enough for now. Once I have finished the infantry I can go back and highlight and weather these vehicles. There are 2 universal carriers, 1 Cromwell tank and 1 Humber  Armoured Car. That will be 1000pts of painted British Infantry done and I still want to complete this by the end of the year. I don’t believe my EpicA marines will get done this year (again) but if I achieve my Bolt Action goal for 2017, then this will be a biggy for me as it will be another completely painted force. I’ve not done many of these in my time painting – Cygnar Warmachine faction, Malifaux Resser Crew, Arcanist Crew and Relic Knights Black Diamonds and an orc blood bowl team are the only things that spring to mind. I’ve got paint on other stuff, but nothing more where a list is complete (to play with) so whenever I do something like this, its a big deal for me.

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During August I took part in a 4 way (fnaagh) game of Bolt Action, 2 vs 2, Italians/Germans vs British Paras and British Infantry. This was a 2000 pt game with 2x1000pt lists on each side. The game took something like 6 hours to play and an hour for deployment. There was the usual banter and chat and lunch too but it was a long day where I did a lot of standing. What is it with wargamers and standing even when there are seats about? I remember going home and realising that my calf muscles were aching. This was a great game with many cinematic moments (as is always the case with BA) and unfortunately for the free world, the axis defeated the allies in this game.

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As previously mentioned, I’m building my Adeptus Mechanicus force for 40k. I’ve had a few games using my gaming buddy Nick’s Space Wolves and I love 40k 8th edition. With the imminent release of the new codex, I decided to not complete building some of the kits that I am in the middle of constructing basically because I want to know what weaponry to add to these models based on the new codex. As such my destroyers and castellans are weaponless. I managed to get 749pts built and as luck would have it one of my other gaming buddies (Jay), needed a walk through of the new 40k rules with his Tau.

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I took Jay through the game and rules playing the basic scenario. This was the first time I had played with my Ad Mech and this was the first time Jay had played with his Tau and 40k! Of course all I am doing here is setting the scene to tell you all that I got my arse whooped good and proper by Jay’s Tau. It was still a good game but it made me realise how different the basic 40k scenario was compared to the full blown Match Play scenarios complete with objectives and it urged me on to my next Ad Mech model, the Dunecrawler, again without weapons as yet!

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I’m looking forward to the Adeptus Mechanicus codex coming out so that I can finally have some closure on these Ad Mech figures in terms of construction and weaponry.

One other thing that I have managed to do is to play a few games of Mythos using the first 2 scenarios in the rule book. I played these against my gaming buddy Nigel who plays The Hidden Ones. Both games have been fun with some classic moments like Professor Zachary Lazarus blowing up after a failed Mythos Test! In both games Zeus has been an early casualty in the game so I need to protect him a lot more. Like Malifaux AP is king in this game and losing a model reduces a resource (called Mythos) and loses your APs which means you can do less. As these scenarios are objective based, APs count a lot. I really like Mythos. It has a nice balance to it and is fun to play. We’ve had a few rulese queries (one timings based) and one a rule on the card for Maharal, but the guys from Paranoid Miniatures on the Facebook group are brilliant at responding. They will be at Bonescon running demos and there may even be a Mythos event there too!

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Talking Bonescon I saw that there will be a Wrath of Kings event there – this has excited me as I love the game and models. Every time I get my teknes out (fnaagh), out come the pig noises. Its made me go and look at the book 2 rules and model. Teknes bombardiers are just plain awesome figures.

The Teknes in themselves as a painting project is something I dream about but it has to take its turn in the queue and that is dependant on what I am enjoying playing. Clearly for me next on the table will be my 40k stuff.

Until next time ….

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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