Category: #New40k

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!

 

 

What’s Going On ….

I’ve been meaning to write my blog post for the last 2 weeks but Mike beat me to it with his Bonescon post. Now that is a good start – why didn’t I go? Simple answer is that I am being very canny with the pounds and pence and will choose wisely what I attend this year. That didn’t mean that I as soon as I saw info being posted on tut social media about the con, I regretted not going. Just being able to hang with Mike and Spooner and/or go and do some gaming myself too – they played Wrath of Kings there for lards sake! Its also the camaraderie and bants and drinking. I spent a very memorable evening at Smogcon 2016 I think, with some great company at a local nearby pub. We had such a laugh and I drank far too much. When you first attend these cons, its all about the gaming. Then eventually that changes to hanging with buddies and perhaps getting a game in now and then. Hopefully there will be next year.

However on the event front I am attending an Epic Armageddon event in the shape of Full Scale Assault (and Pepper). This is an EPIC-UK event being run by the folks from EPIC-UK (unsurprisingly) in the manly form of Dave Bartley. If you want to know more about EPIC-UKevents go visit their events page.

So why EPIC? Well Nick and I have started to adopt the “game of the month”. January it was Bolt Action. February it is Epic Armageddon. So I have been playing and learning all about Epic and really enjoying the game system. I think it has a lot of tactical depth too and an elegance about it. Of course there is the fact that it is a GW game system and I’ve had loads of rules queried which have been able answered by a friend that play EPIC a lot more regularly than I do! I’m really looking forward to the event and very probably getting smashed off the table but I don’t care as I am going there to get some more games in. There is a down side to this as 4 of Tanelorn are attending this event which means the club wooden spoon is in play ie the lowest placing player from the club gets an entry in the club wooden spoon count for 2018. Who cares as I have won it a few times before any way – the wooden spoon that is, not an EPIC event!

Of course going to this event means that I have to have stuff painted. Everything has got some paint on it and I have been reliably informed that this is good enough. To get to this state I ended up putting paint on my two Warhound Titans, two Thunderbolts, a space ship (battlefleet gothic) and my objectives. Its nothing fancy, just some base coats and washes for now. I’ve also gone back and added a finer sand to the bases of all the troops that I am using. I would love to be able to go back to each stand and adjust the yellow to be more yellow than green and put a base colour on the base, but I am just not going to get the time to do this.

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What else has been going on? I’ve continued to build my 40k army up and have built my 3 destroyers, a metal enginseer and am in the middle of building by 2nd dunecrawler too. So some success there. I will be playing my 2nd campaign game at the club on the 25th against Iron Warriors. I had a game against them the Sunday just gone and I got shot off the board. After playing my opponent, I went away and starter to watch some Ad Mech youtube battle reports and have realised a few things about my army comp and style of play. I need to tune things up a bit but to do that means I will need to build more stuff. The 3rd campaign game will be a 3000pt game. I already have a knight that I need to build,  but this lasted 2 turns in the game that I just had so am wondering if what I in fact need to do is invest in another starter Skitarii boxed set to get me a 3rd crawler and the relevant troop kit models to make me some arc rifle armed troops to bolster my existing troops. I could then hold off on the knight build. I also need to build Belisarius Cawl as this character seems to be an integral part to any semi-competitive Ad Mech list. Yes it’s great getting blown off the board, but when you leave your opponent stating that perhaps he should tone down his list for our campaign game, I kind of thought that I need to do a bit more work on the army to actually give my opponents a game. Food for thought.

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What else? Well there is Gaslands. We’ve had a few games at the club including completing a whole Death Race with 5 players running a 25can team each. Immense fun. We’ve learned so much about the game in all our little “lets give this a try”, learner games where we never managed to even get past the 1st gate. We’ve managed to feed back in to the FAQ too. We’ve influenced the output of the Gaslands Vehicle Creation Tool allowing players who use this tool to print these out (when at 40-50% print size) at a size that these dashboards fit in to a plastic sleeved wallet. The last thing is one of our club members (Adam Bunn) has designed a brilliant vehicle dashboard card which is blank and universal enough for players to use and again will fit in a sleeved wallet. I’ve enjoyed every game of Gaslands so far and I can see a campaign in the future at the club.

Other things – I built a troll for LotR and have played a game of it at the club. I lost 5-3 but it was such an epic battle versus Rohan. I’ve managed to finish another piece of club terrain too.

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I’ve no idea what March will bring game wise, but I am looking forward to it!

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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 or don’t look back in anger or not……I don’t bloody know!

My turn, I guess.

2017 has been a busy and interesting year outside of the hobby. Both me and SWMBO have changed jobs, her daughter finished school and we have committed to buying a house together in 2018. I certainly had less depressive episodes during the year, and that is a GOOD THING.

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Hobby-wise? Same sh*t, different year!

I didn’t really set much in the way of hobby goals in 2017 other than the plan to play Arcanist in Malifaux for 2017 and hope to beat Pete Shepherd (which I did!!).

I didn’t set any goals around painting (which is just as well)! We all had some fun with #FDWHP for a bit but in the end found that it was just too constraining and the old adage of ‘paint what you want to paint’ brought it to an end.

I did, however, get quite a bit painted earlier in the year and put together a decent looking selection of Arcanist models with a return to my first master, Ramos, and his horde of mechanical spiders. Malifaux has been the cornerstone of my gaming for a very long time and the only game that I have ever played competitively (although some will challenge on how competitive I have ever been!!). I found that during the year, I slowly felt that I had lost the inclination to play Mfx and spent some time trying to figure out why.

Some critics had spoken about the game suffering from an element of model bloat, which I want agreed with but did find it increasingly difficult to figure out what people were using and the potential counter to it. This is undoubtably more about my lack of skills rather than the game, but I had barely scratched the surface of Wave 4 before Wave 5 was upon us and I just couldn’t be arsed. Felt like too many rules that changed the mechanics and too many killer combos for me to enjoy. So I stepped away from the game (and Mike did so too which also probably influenced each others decision).

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8th edition 40K arrived which seems to have solved many of the issues that had made me stop playing that game. I have been a 40K fan since the olden days. I love the mythos and grimdark background of the game and had only been frustrated by the speed of the rule edition changes and the codex creep. That and the lack of gaming time with NGN (my long time 40k opponent) had seen me stop playing and sell up lots of the stuff. The new edition got me suitably buzzed enough to buy stuff to rekindle the Tau army that I had previously owned and sign up to play at a local tournament. I had 2 months to assemble and paint 2k points. Easy.

Procrastination left me with 72hrs to assemble and paint 2k points and then circumstances prevented me from attending the event but I did get the bloody stuff painted. I hope to finesse the paint jobs a bit and attend a tournament in 2018 with them.

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The General’s Handbook 2017 came out for Age of Sigmar. It got rave reviews and the AoS community seems to get very excited about it. SO I started collecting some bits with a view of getting a Nurgle Daemon army that I could also use for 40K. Well, that has expanded somewhat and I will have a big pool of models for AoS and hope to attend a tourney or two for that too.

As is ever the case, Mike and I encouraged a number of purchases of new rules and toys, many of which we haven’t yet played. Mike shows them on his post and there are some that I am still keen to try out. Dracula’s America and Scrappers deserve a play.

I did manage to flog off some bits that I was never going to use, and that process will continue during 2018 (especially as I will be moving house and could do with less boxes to move!!).

Saw some great movies, and some that were less good.

Not a bad year, I guess but 2018 will be better!!

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Love and stuff to wash out of your hair

M

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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 ….

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.

Tortured Dreams

Space should not tear but there seemed to be no other way to describe the shimmering hole that hung above the surface of the planet. It sparkled with a myriad of colours and if you looked hard enough you would swear that you could see shapes moving beyond the event horizon, though of course that couldn’t be the case as the surface of the planet was desolated by war for miles around.

This was not the first time that Joshua had been here and each time he looked, he could see subtle differences. This time it seemed bigger and there were subtle whispers, just on the edge of his hearing, that hadn’t been there before.

As he moved towards the phenomenon it started to pulse like some sort of luminous heart and the whispers became audible if not intelligible. Would this be the time that he would make it all the way and discover what was on the other side?

Beep! Beep!! Beep!!!

Inquisitor Joshua Rands eyes snapped open at the insistent sound of the proximity alarm and the visions vanished into the aether as quickly as they had come. Stifling a muttered curse, he stabbed the open channel switch on the vox caster beside his cot.

“Inquisitor, apologies for disturbing your meditations but we have just entered orbit around the planet and have started our initial scans. So far we have not detected any unusual readings. We have also received an astropath transmission from the Heart of Terra. Lady Kara has been delayed and will not make the rendezvous for another two days”

“Acknowledged” replied Rand, “The will of the Emperor be done. Inform Techpriest Anderson that he has two additional days to get his charges ready. As soon as Lady Kara arrives we will be heading down to the surface.” With that he broke the connection.

Kara’s tardiness was not a surprise, she had been disappointing him ever since the Ordo had placed her with him for training. If only he had been able to mould that rebellious streak into something more productive, though of course she didn’t see it like that, to her that spark in her nature was what made her a great inquisitor. Still there was no one else in the whole of known space that he would have trusted with this mission, such was its importance to the future of mankind.

Or at least he thought it was important to the future of Mankind. Once he got down to the planets surface he would soon know if the visions he had been having were from the Emperor himself or if the whispers were from more insidious sources.

2 days, what in Dorns name could have delayed Kara so …

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

Qualities

R’alai took another deep breath before opening his eyes.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The feint praise was amongst what Ethereal had said. The pause in the statement carried more meaning than the words themselves.

He focussed again on the holo-image floating in front of him. The planet was a rock. A desert, stripped of life. It was also a strategic lynchpin in the expansion around the wound that now split the galaxy in two.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The humans knew of the value of the planet too. Sensors had shown that the rumours shared by the Water Caste members across the system were true. Imperial troops were also en route. The Ethereal  been clear. The Empire must control this world or the fifth phase expansion would be in jeopardy.

R’alai turned his head slightly and acknowledged the Shas’El waiting patiently by the door.

‘Prepare the Darkstrike. Ke’lshan goes to war.’

Alone again, R’alai closed his eyes and focussed on his breathing.

‘A warrior of your…..qualities’

He felt the heat and prickle rise as he thought of the war ahead. T’au would die, they would suffer and perish. Yet the anticipation of battle stirred something within R’alai. Animalistic and angry. Mont’au still burned within him. His men knew, the Ethereal had known, and now the humans would know.

‘A warrior of your……qualities’

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