Tag: Bolt Action

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 ….

Progress Report Suh!

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

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

So that week I reckon only 1 pt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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