Monday, 7 April 2014

Getting Prepared for Salute 2014

Somehow Nick has managed to get a demo/show board booked in at Salute, the biggest show in the UK!

If your coming along then we'll be at the location GJ19

Salute Map

About 6 weeks ago we starter working on the models for the board and I was given the task of sorting out the Russians, the list so far is..

40 infantry
6 BMP's
13 T-72's
5 Trucks
4 Gaz jeeps
1 anti-tank gun
1 huge building

I've only the jeeps and the anti-tank gun to finish off which will be a nice easy finish to the hardcore painting session over the last couple of weeks.

so onto the sneak peaks of the models that I've managed so far...

the infantry are from underfire miniatures, really nice models superb sculpting and great casts.

Trucks from S&S

Phils scratch build building, all 100+ windows of it!

BMP's from S&S

T-72's, these were converted to have the reactive armour then Phil cast up enough for the board

So Nick & Phil putting some final touches to the board, I was impressed with the Yom Kipper board, however hats off to the guys for this one as it looks superb!

If your at salute pop on over as the game will be going all day!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Saga, the aftermath of the viking invasion....

Following on from the regiment of renown night the Saga Viking invasion night followed and before I knew it it was time to dust off the axe and get it on!

I also used this as a test bed for the game that we'll be running at Expo at the end of May,so onto the scenerio rules,

1 battledice per unit as normal and only one warlord per side

There will be a time limit for dice allocation on the battle board, this will be 4 mins to stop pondering and faffing about!

Deployment will be as follows:

Vikings will deploy one medium? From the ship, to deploy the units from the ship you will have to use a move action and the warlord with me special rule can also be used to bring an extra unit on to the beach.

Village defenders will deploy d3+1 units within a short of the houses to represent local warriors the rest will deploy 2 long from the opposite end of the beach.

Game length:

6 turns maybe depending how fast the turns play or when the Vikings have lost 65% of the raiding force then they will be considered driven off

Victory conditions:

The Vikings -
Burn main kill! Capture livestock work 1-3 points written under the base, and each burnt building is worth five, to burn a building an activation base to base is all thats required.

Defenders  -
Defend the Land! prevent the Vikings from doing too much damage and once the Vikings are below 65% of the inital raiding force they will be driven off.

Initally it was three groups of 6 points meaning 18 points a-side, wiuth one warlord per side and a leader for the other two players,Nick suggested the following on the spot which we went with and it played well,

1 wound
3 attacks
activate for free
the only bit of feedback that I got was with the lack of dice being generated so for Expo they will generate one dice each,

one of the chaps rocked in late so there was an extra 4 points for the defenders, I was intrested to see if this would unbalance the game but as it turned out it was complete mayhem so was fine,

So onto the pics....

The inital set up, 

Here come the loonies... 

They keep coming... 


the first building goes up in smoke... 

 and just to prove that Ali doesn't point in every picture...

The evening was a great success with loads of intrest from other members of the club and I'll be doing a similar evening at some point in the future, and with Heathen Banner planned for sometime in Oct its going to be great fun!

So onto the "pledge"

with Salute rapidly approaching and Nick managing to secure the demo team a table I've been blasting through modern Russains like a mad man!

Bought - 54
Painted -120

Diffeance + 66

Onto the goals for 2014.....

4x4 Jungle board - is now 99% finished, just a little more work!
4x4 old west/wild west exodus board - still outstanding

Finish off some projects:
Cybertronic for warzone - Done
Enforcers for deadzone - Done
Terrain for deadzone - Done 
Enlightened & Outlaws for WWX - in progress....
Zee dreadball team - still outstanding
Malifaux Gremlins - still outstanding
Plague reaper for 40K escalation - still outstanding
Orks for 40K (not finish but do enough for 2K) - still outstanding
Finish off the 5th Company including the drop pods - still outstanding
Orcnar for Relics - still outstanding

New systems & Projects that I've not kickstarted:
Judge Dredd -  Have the rulebook models needed possible salute pick up?
Muskets & Tomahawks - Have the rulebook models needed possible salute pick up?
Italians for boltaction - 1K list designed lets go shopping!

this makes it the fourth month in a row that I've painted 100+ models, I need to calm down and get out more!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Are Forums going the way of the dino?

Now before I start whaffing this is my personal thoughts on this subject and I'm no web/tech type person just what I see with my mooching about the Internet,

So forums (or ebullient boards if your that old) are they actually any use to the gamer anymore?

The reason I'm going to waffle on this subject is that "back in the day" forums where the place to go for FAQ's new rules down loads and chewing the fat with people who also play the same system.

Best example for me would be mongoose publishing forums, I spent quite a bit of time on them talking about B5, starship troopers and Judge Dredd. I still have friends though that forum and it was a great place to hang out.

However now days I think the forum has seen its day thanks to the dreaded facebook, after all why do I need to long onto a dozen sites when I can fire up face book whilst on the throne and look at what people are chatting about and picture of what they have painted so much easier.

only recently was this reinforced though alien dungeon's forum for all quiet on the martian front, ok so the models and game are yet to arrive but the forums are very slow, and again with the prodos forum they did warzone and AVP once more a slow forum but the facebook group is quite lively.

You do still have some forums that are completely mental and attract a huge amount of interaction, one of many that I can think of would be Lead adventure forum and this covers all manner of systems and types, you still get the odd numpty who shouts the loudest as he thinks X is pants due to X, but I tend to ignore those types.

But its not all about Facebook, you have splintered groups example is the Wild west exodus uk group is separate to the American group and some groups are badly named again the deadzone group being called Containment Protocol DZ fanatics, well thought out if your searching for that!

so I suppose its a double edged sword, but I tend to lean more towards facebook groups as its easier to see whats happening but any FAQ's that are updated some kind soul will normally bang a link up and discussions will go from there the funniest one I saw was the recent aircraft rules for bolt action and yes I did get my popcorn for that one!

anyway what are your thoughts on this?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Playground bark into rocky scatter terrain!

With the semi decent weather now coming back to the UK, I dragged the GC down the park to escape cabin fever and stretch my legs,

As I was running around with isla I picked up a bit of bark...

this got my creative juices going as I wasn't some more broken/rough ground for the Saga night as well as the jungle & wild west board,

so after grabbing the hot glue gun, cutting some random cork shapes I came up with this...

like the previous lot that I did I've kept it scale free and nice and simple, really simple and as good as free!

only suggestion would be take your offspring otherwise you'll get some strange looks!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Regiments of Renown the aftermath!

A couple of weeks ago I ran a club night based on the regiments of renown rules that I lifted from the beasts of war website,

After an initial "what do you think?" I suddenly had a bunch of players all chomping at the bit to roll some dice and get it on!

I even put my own list together in case I had odd numbers,

Storm Vermin Fang leader, Armed with enchanted shield, Rathound bodyguard and tailweapon.
2 normal storm vermin
10 clan rats with shield
1 Poison wind globadier
2 night runners

and managed to get these painted up as well, but it wasn't to be I had quite a few comments with the amount of models but hey that's skaven for you!

As usual a couple of people drop out which wasn't a huge problem as it still kept the numbers even, I was unsure how long the games would last so planned for two initialy and in the end managed to get three individual games in with a finial game of light verses dark at the end.

so various pics from the night, loads of fun was had and I'm planning on a second night at some point.