Category: Campaigns

Not a drop to drink

The success of various Zombie TV shows took the entertainment industry by surprise.  Zombies up until then had been the exclusive preserve of horror movies and aficionados of that genre.  Certainly they weren’t mainstream, indeed the comic book that the original series was based on couldn’t be called anything other than niche.  But one brave TV executive changed that and had other TV networks scrambling to find the next big Post Apocalyptic blockbuster.   Parasol TV was no different and asked for interested parties to send in pitches with the promise of a pilot and hopefully a series afterwards.

Many aspiring independent production studios sent in pitches, but the one that that was successful was sent in by the remnants of what had once been the mighty 7TV writing team desperate to get to the land of milk and honey that is American TV.  It opened thus:

The year is 2072 and the climate apocalypse has destroyed the world that you or I know.  Rising sea levels, encroaching deserts and vanishing polar ice caps have resculpted our planet into something more akin to a world from one of those tired science fiction shows that they used to make, only this is reality.

That would be bad enough, but the pollution that our ancestors poured into the oceans in the form of waste and plastics have destroyed that eco system as well and turned what remains into a hazardous sea of death.

However like the tenacious cockroach, humankind clings on.  The vast cities of the past may just be ruins but all around the globe small enclaves of people exist, trade and of course war with each other in an attempt to control an ever reducing pool of resources.  But its not oil or power that is the driving force for these conflicts.  Nope its the very nectar of life itself, water, honest to goodness, good clean drinking water.

The show was pitched as a multi year concept with each season focusing on a different set of protagonists.

Season one featured the adventures of a young woman known internally as Panzer Girl and her troupe of robots (each of which was programmed with a personality lifted from earlier TV shows – producers particularly liked the Medic Bot who was based on Dr Howser)  Her opposite numbers were a group of slavers led by a man known only as The Beast and over the 13 episodes of the season their complicated relationship would be the narrative thread that pulled the show together.

Of course this being Hollywood when the show failed to find an audience it was cancelled after only 8 episodes – the remaining 5 had been filmed but didn’t see the light of day until the inevitable DVD release and later cult following that the show developed when the creators went onto bigger and better things.

Its lasting legacy however was boost it gave in the public consciousness for at least two news cycles of the very real threat of climate change and thats not really a bad legacy for a show to have.

 

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!
    LOTR Game
  • 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 …….

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.

gatormen

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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kavala

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!

 

 

Revenge?

Time for the second game in our small Dragon Rampant campaign, can Boris get away with the loot or is he going to learn that the Nipponese are not as much of a pushover that he thought?

Scenario Two – Wagons Ho!

Following the successful village raid, Boris’s warriors are transporting the results of their pillaging back to the main barbarian camp.  The wagons are slow however and from the hills surrounding the path, vengeful eyes look on.

Setup

The table should be set up so a road runs along the length of the table 6” wide.  Hills, woods, building etc. should cover the remaining table, the denser the better.

One wagon model per loot counter will be required

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Deployment

The winners of Scenario One deploy the wagon models on the road in a line, one wagon should be touching the edge and then a 3” gap between each wagon.  They then deploy their units so that each unit is within 6” of at least one wagon.

The ambusher deploys with their units touching a table edge on the second half of the table.

The defender has the same units they had in Scenario One.

The attacker has any units that were not destroyed in scenario one together with an additional 18 points of support.

Wagons will automatically move 6” forward at the start of the defenders turn unless an ambushing unit is within 1”

Ambushers can attempt to capture a wagon on an 8+ roll If a wagon is captured defender may capture it back by putting a unit in btb with the wagon – it is assumed a new driver takes over.

If a wagon is captured by the ambusher then it stops moving.

Victory

  • Ambusher gains 2 Glory for each wagon retrieved
  • Defender gains 3 Glory for each wagon that exits the far end of the table

Normal glory quests are also used in this game.

Game ends when either all the wagons have left the table or have been captured