Category: General

A brief insight

I’ve talked before about how my brain needs to have story and narrative for models that I am painting and playing with and this doesn’t change if I am playing a low figure count skirmish game or a large rank and flank type massed battle (not that i play any of those any more)  With the advent of SAGA: AoM I’ve obviously had the opportunity to get some long forgotten models out of the cupboard and think about some new ideas on how they all fit together.

Which brings me to yesterday and the decision to add a chariot to my horde army.  This is a special unit that only horde can take and provides a nice centrepiece model (to go with all the other centrepiece models, can you have to many centrepieces?)

My plan was to take a GW Ogre Leadbelcher kit, chuck a fighting platform on top of it and then stick a Big Boris on top of that.  Jobs a good one as Boris would say.

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Boris Bike???

 

Only something about it didn’t feel right.  Even with the addition of some extra ropes (a freebie I found in one of my ‘safe’ storing places. the model still wasn’t doing it for me.

I thought about adding one of the Hasslefree skyclad women (thats naked to the rest of us) and going full on Frazetta but it still wasn’t hitting the right buttons.

Then, boom, it hit me.  Lets reverse the gender roles and pinch a cue from Malifaux (when they still respected their female characters, but thats a whole different rant) and put the Sisters of Slaughter on the fighting platform.

From that the story in my head grew that these sisters are imbued with the power of Lugh the Bloody himself and take their chariot across the north challenging the champions of each tribe they come across to combat.  The deal is simple.  If the champions win then the sisters belong to them.  If the champions lose then the tribe will join Lughs growing horde.  The sisters have never lost and Lughs horde keeps on growing!

And that was it.  Now I have a story for the unit that will help drive both how I finish up modelling it and the paint scheme that I eventually use.

Still building the model as aliens seem to have taken all my super glue but this is currently how its looking, will add some shields of the conquered champions and perhaps a little bit of bunting, you can never go wrong with bunting.

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Sisters of Slaughter WIP

 

 

 

Do you feel if a game company ……

Following on from my purchases from Salute where I bought the Age of Magic rules, the accompanying Chaos and Magic dice, the Saga Battle Book and a Deep Cut Studio 6×4 playing mat, the question occurred to me today –

“Do you feel if a game company appears to have stopped supporting a game that you are less likely to play that game?”

This came on the back of mulling ideas about AoM forces without spending lots of money. It amuses me that as we have gotten older and that having no doubt spent an absolute humongous amount of money on gaming over the years, that we are trying to do stuff now without spending a load of dosh. Moving swiftly back on topic, I am disappointed that I have stuff lying around that I will probably never use so how can I use or re-use stuff. With the introduction of AoM I can see figures that I have being used for small AoM forces. It upsets me that games like Wrath of Kings may not get played much any more in my gaming group. I enjoyed the game immensely and had great cinematic games with my regular gaming buddy Nick. I have a second (unbuilt) force – the Shael Han and I figured I would never get to use them. In addition I bought in to the L5R miniature game when it first came out. I bought some boxed sets of one of the factions. The idea of a Samurai setting game really appealed to me as I was a big fan of the original Bushido RPG when it first came out (but ofc never played it!) Myself being of an age and era that included classics like the Water Margin and Monkey then clearly stuff like these figures/games would appeal to me. I think with the dawn of AoM I have found a probable use for some of the figures.

I’ve re-used my WFB dwarves successfully in my Kings of War army and this game has allowed me to buy some super cool minis from companies such as Scibor Miniatures, (Lord riding a bear), MOM Miniaturas (rock dwarves as Earth Elementals) and West Wind Productions (pig cavalry).

I have a Godslayer set of miniatures which are doing nothing at present possibly begging to be used in AoM. I also still have my WFB demons as well as a load of minis sitting in the garage doing nothing.

I suppose at the day it’s about the type of gamer you are and if you can get the support from like minded gamers. I mean EpicA has a good (but small) community still playing what is a great game. Blood Bowl when it was OOP was still heavily supported by the community as was Necromunda and Mordheim. 9th age is still being played as is Oldhammer. With other games, support for the game from the community will drop off and possibly even die. It saddens me now that this happens. I think with the dawn of Kickstarter and other crowd funding tools, it was as I said it would be, despite it being a golden age of gaming, there would be casualties along the way.

Ultimately though I do feel that I am going to have to go through a purge again this year to offload stuff that is just taking up space with a view to streamlining the game systems old and new that I play but that is of course down to how much free time I have.

2019 A New Hope

I could go on about how I want to do this and do that as far as hobby is concerned and god knows I tried last year. I had a good think about the last few years as far as hobby and more specifically painting is concerned. One thing sprang to mind and that was that I wanted a complete force for this game or that game. So this year quite simply for me as far as painting is concerned, I want to FINISH stuff. There are specific things that I want to finish as they have been WIP for a while now.

  • Bolt Action British force
  • Epic Space Marines
  • One minion force for Warmahordes
  • Middle Earth Strategy Battle Games (MESBG) Isengard force

The above are the main things that I am aiming to complete this year. In addition I think I would like to be able to have a completely painted dwarf Kings of War army. This involves painting a few odds and ends to add to my old WFB army. It may be a few things but it still involves time. Progress on my Brock Riders which are actually dwarves on pigs can be seen below. I’ve really enjoyed painting these so far but they are not finished yet.

I’d also like to make a start on painting my 40k Ad Mech force but this would be a stretch goal for me. Along with this stretch would be to make a start on painting my AoS Beastclaw force too. I’m also sure that along the way this year will involve me painting one or two Warhammer Underworlds warbands. I absolutely love this game at present and have already started to paint my goblin warband for the game.

The warmahordes and MESBG forces have the added incentive of me attending events this year – namely the 10th anniversary for the Welsh Masters (warmahordes) and Ardacon for MESBG. I’ve started my MESBG force by painting a test piece based on the original colour scheme of the painted figures that I already have. I’ve also started to paint some of my warmahordes force for the Welsh Open.

So there we have it. 2019 is the year for me finishing stuff that I have begun. Simplez.

The birth of the Splog!

I decided to look up what blog actually means on the internet before writing my next article.

blog

noun
1. a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

verb
1. add new material to or regularly update a blog.
“it’s about a week since I last blogged”

Note the explanation of the noun and the word regularly. I decided to dig a little more and look up the word regularly.

regularly

adverb
1. with a constant or definite pattern, especially with the same space between individual items.
“regularly spaced buildings”

2.at uniform intervals of time.
“the reunion has taken place regularly every two years”

So I am now wondering if there is a word for an ad hoc update of a web page. A sporadic update a SPLOG!

So I think this should be renamed a SPLOG site and also the a sporadic podcast should be called a SpodCast!

On to my 2019 hopes and aspirations (still), next, soon, honest.

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!
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  • 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 …….

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 ….

 

 

 

 

Different Class

Much better album.

I have a masterplan, and its a doozy.

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First 2018 goal is the cunningly named #spreadthespoons.

Malifaux is the only system that I have played at tournaments and I want to change that this year. My goal is to play at 6 different system tournaments. 6. That’s a bloody lot. AT the moment the systems are likely to be:

Age of Sigmar – Already booked in for the end of Jan. No army painted.

Epic40k – Already booked in for end of Feb. No army painted.

40k – Not booked in yet but do have an army painted.

Saga – Not booked in nor army painted.

Guildball – not booked in and no team painted.

Game #6 – not sure yet but could be Shadespire, Burrows and Badgers but mostly likely Batman. Crew not painted.

I also have MAGE and Bonescon to work on stuff for so will be a busy few months at the start of the year.

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I’m also going to have a crack the #365/365 challenge (paint 365 miniatures during the year) as I have several full scale armies to paint. I want to revisit some historical gaming with NGN (currently planning 10mm ACW and WW2). He’ll want to have a go at Gangs of War too (so far the only new game that I am looking forward to trying in 2018 – and I already have the figures that I need!).

Gonna try to keep count of the purchases and sales of stuff on here too. Gotta show some restraint this year, mortgage to get and all that grown up stuff.

2018 Day 1

Miniatures purchased – 0

Miniatures painted – 0

Miniatures sold – 0

Lbs lost – 0

As Mike said, we must get back into the habit of regularly gaming, and that will lead to recording stuff and we can get into the cycle again. I’m hoping that either Monday or Friday can become a regular gaming day.

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Last and by no means least in the #mindovermatter challenge. It has been really heartening to see the support that the Mfx community has put into supporting Mike and my favourite charity. We raised in excess of £1k at a single tournament and hopefully will be able to double that during the course of this year. The number of people in the hobby (myself included) have issues with mental health and as such, we all know someone that may occasionally need help.

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