Tag: LoTR

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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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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