Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tor Gaming Relics - Britanan empire

when Tor Gaming did a second fund raiser to add some objectives and hopefully unlock some more units for Relics, I decided to pick up a second faction so I could take people through the game,

So after a bit of prodding I managed get hold of a few of the bits early and also managed to get a starter set fairly cheap so after some pondering on the colour scheme as I wanted to avoid the usual British red coat look so decided on a green tunic,

The Britanan's so far, 

Hunting pack, grenadiers,  arcanum guard, CSM and troopers at the back,

Marksman, bomber, dragoon's, another company sergeant major and more troopers at the back,

so all I'm waiting on is a few more bits and bobs but these can wait until the models are ready and good to go, totting up the points that I can field at the moment is 399.

Throw the Orcnar into the mix and they are totting up to the best part of 600 points!

So all I sent an application over to Tor gaming and got accepted quite quickly with some good feedback on the Britanan and orcnar, All I need to do is get some demo's sorted out in the local shops in the area and we'll be rocking! 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Wild west Table complete, All aboard!

Part of the 2014 goal was to get a wild west table for wild west exodus and dead mans hand, well after some multi purpose useage of terrain I've finished the final bits and its ready to go!

So what was the final part, well I'd done the track and the station lets get the train to Antonville,

So the train was a cheap purchase from pound streacher and with the big red man coming soon you'll grab one for about 10 quid!

So here it is, only a quick set up so you get the general idea, orginally desgined for a 4x4, but with some more buildings and trees easily expanded to a 6x4.

So now thats ticked off the list its on to the next one to try and finish off before the end of the year,  now looking at the list I'm not too fussed about 40K at the moment so the Orks, Dark Angels and Plague reaper are on the bottom of the "I want to paint" list,

The WWX stuff is sittiing ready to go but I need to drag my self to actually paint them and thats not a good sign, so that only leaves the Zee's for dreadball and they should be nice and simple to paint as its they will be the ultimate batch painting project!

however as I'm like every other gamer in the world, I'm looking at getting the following done..

28mm bolt action Italians I've half a dozen guys to add to the army
Tor Gaming Britanan's from the gaming funder pledge earlier in the year
Dropzone commander shalitari that I picked up from the Derby show
catch up on the warzone bits that I picked up a couple of months ago

2014 Goals

4x4 old west/wild west exodus board - Done
4x4 Jungle board - done

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 - Done 
Plague reaper for 40K escalation - Backburner
Orks for 40K (not finish but do enough for 2K) - Backburner
Finish off the 5th Company including the drop pods -Backburner
 Orcnar for Relics - Done

New systems & Projects that I've not kickstarted:
Judge Dredd -  Scrapped no intrest within the local area and don't need yet another system!
Muskets & Tomahawks - Scrapped no intrest within the local area and don't need yet another system!
Italians for boltaction - Done

Friday, 14 November 2014

Battlemasters 2014 Rise of the Wicked

So the dust has settled and another successful kings of war torney was ran by Sharad over at Loughbough Dice Devils,

I participated in last years torney and had a good time so was more than willing to sign up for this years, sharad had a few issued with the original date being hijacked by the mantic torney and this forced Sharad to move the torney, wasn't a bad thing for me meant I had more time to get my bits done,

so due to various drop outs and other real life situations the torney went from 10 players down to 4, I played all of the guys once with the "final" between me and Richard.

the armies and players involved this year were,

Richard with his heavily converted nature army

Jonathon with his gorerider heavy orcs

xx with his massive blocks of undead zombies

and tucked away in the corner was Sharad and Alessio play testing v2 kings of war!

So game one was against Jonathon the mighty orcs and a frigging huge dragon!!

I was expecting a bit of a kicking to be honest mainly due to the amount of cav and the dragon that was sitting there, but much to my surprise the heavy mortars and rocket launchers rolled well throughout the game and the stubbornness of the golums made a big difference and I wiped out the orcs to a man!

Games two was against a chap who's name escapes me! and the masses of zombies,

After a sound kicking from Dan earlier in the week I was expecting flash backs and dead naughty dwarves everywhere, but this wasn't to be as the heavy mortars and the rocket launchers were blasting the be-jesus out of the horde units and in one case two heavy mortar shots took one out by turn two! the unit that I was really impressed with was the undead cav with a magic item that could charge though terrain and not be disrupted!

the game ended up as a draw with a unit of wraiths capturing an objective and sealing the deal!

Game three was against Richard and the forces of nature,

The last time that I faced a nature list was against Nick and that was a tough one to play against, I expected much of the same from Richard and as I wasn't sure on what did what I picked on the "cool looking shit" and worked my way though the army, again the mortars and rocket launchers were on fire blasting huge holes in the army and generally causing mayhem when the hit,

Again I managed a draw against Richard, for the final game it would be decided on the classic swiss system and I was up against richard once more, so a rinse and repeat and again we finished up having yet another draw!

So after breathing a sigh of relief Sharad did some sums and it turned out that I won on attrition points much to my surprise!

Best painted army, a well deserved winner, 

The golden handshake!

The much sought after wooden spoon!

Richard gets third

Jonathon rocks in with second

The mighty Anton with first!

the overall day was ran very smoothly and all the games that I played were excellent,

and finally the man who can! 

One thing that did keep me smiling though out the day was the title of the torney, for some reason this was going though my head for most of the day....

Friday, 7 November 2014

Kings of War Abyssal Dwarves, Battle Masters 2014

Well its that time of the year again and the Loughborough dice Devils is hosting Battlemasters.

I've added a few bits to my collection in the last few months and I only had a couple of units to finish off, these were the golems that I did a while back,

and to add to the ranks I've done two units of gargoyles,

for the actual list I'm taking the following..

Half Breed Champion with blade of slashing - 170

Half Breed regiment with brew of haste - 185
Half Breed regiment with pipe of terror - 185
Lesser Obsidian golem troop - 90
Lesser Obsidian golem troop - 90
Lesser Obsidian golem troop - 90
Black soul regiment with two handed weapons and brew of strength - 135

Decimator troop - 115
Decimator troop - 115
Decimator troop - 115
Gargole troop - 50
Gargole troop - 50

Katsuchan Rocket Launcher - 70
Katsuchan Rocket Launcher - 70
Angkor Heavy mortar - 90
Angkor Heavy mortar - 90

a hero light army, however loads of units so lots of multi unit charges. Well that's the theory anyway!

I'll do an post event report and hopefully get plenty of pics for the masses, 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Antwon does Antwerp - Crisis 2014

Getting a day "off" for a gaming show can be tricky...

Getting a whole weekend "off" was going to be challenging!

This is a sizable blog post so bang that kettle on and enjoy!!

The usual finishing off odds and sods prevailed the week before the show, however this time I was weathering the T-55 ARV before being picked up by Lee! 

nice simple paint job, modelled by Phil lovely to paint as usual!

getting down to Dover, and the famous white cliffs looking lovely in the sunshine,

The landing commences....

and after a couple of hours and some awesome directions by yours truly we hit Antwerp,

after we checked in, food was required and speaking zero dutch I did the English thing of pointing at stuff and giving the chap euros!

and as we were waiting for the rest of the chaps to arrive we had a few jars!

and a lovely view in the morning,

so in record time the yom kippar board was set up for the last time,

and it wasn't long before we were starting to gain interest from the punters,

Meanwhile I decided to have a mooch about and found a stall that was 3D printing!

and they had some lovely models,

I then went to find Prodos and they had the prototype bits out for AVP, and it was looking really good, I'm very happy with what I'm seeing so far and the wait will be well worth it,

so I tried to get round all the tables that were at the show and I'll apologise in advance as I didn't get game names or clubs that had made the tables,

A lovely 15mm Russian front board

Gripping beast Crescent and Cross board, I like this one a lot and the models are painted superb!

Lee discovering he's been used a box cover art!

28mm Japan, I think the models are either perry or wargames factory? the River was really well done and the all look was cracking,

The First room of the show, the second room was the same size,

28mm Bolt Action, really simple but excellent work

some MDF stuff that'd I'd not seen before, really well done and perfect for drop zone commander,

at this point some of the lights went off in the hall, so I used the flash on my phone which washed out some of the pictures, but you get the general look and feel

loads of demos were going on and the participation of the punters was great,

I spent a while chatting to the chap at warmill and they have a new set of security walls to replace the previous ones, really well designed and the can transform from a pillbox type configuration into a 2 level firing platform, very clever stuff and will be hitting there website soon.

Nick gave me the heads up about this board by stronghold terrain, some of the best terrain for dark ages I've ever seen, painted superbly and loads of detail

More of the same stuff

Freebooters fate board pirate cove, all the monster tentacles were custom made and I spent a while chatting to the chaps about the system as this one has interested me for a while and one that will be on my 2015 pick up list once we've made some progress on the TWO salute boards!

London warlords 28mm WW2 bold action board,

More Demo's going on!

At first I thought it was a show piece of terrain and then I spotted the infantry where the stone road meets the dirt road at the bottom of the picture!

A great looking Castle and it turns out that it was the castle in the town where these guys live, great touch and a great scratch build

Even the Newark Irregulars rocked up with the mountain board which is featured in this months wargames Illustrated, 

Chain of command, I think?

28mm ACW

only one of 2 GW themed boards I spotted,

15mm Flames of war

more 15mm Flames

28mm WW1 board

Pirate monkeys and pig crew, superb models!

A dragon type game, and certainly looks better that the new car crash that is dragon attack wing!

The worsung board, I didn't realise that you could opt to pick up at Crisis, so all the stuff was sitting there, the models are lovely looking and the paint is mind blowing!

stumbled across the ProTools stand, very impressive selection of modelling stuff,

A cracking warmachine board, the snow effect really made it stand out and the conversion on the khador model is lovely,

WW1 28mm,

some of the boards that even though they could be perceived as "simple" I really liked as it shows what can be done depending on your skill set and budget, proving that you don't need a micro detail board to gain some interest,

28mm darkages?

these made me smile, nice conversions,

So I've snapped quite a few pics of the board that we took as it was the last outing for it, the armour will be reused for future projects, and the board and terrain will be recycled for something else,

note Nick's catalogue pose....

So after we broke the board down and got changed back into "normal" clothes we went back to the venue as they had and after party, this was quite surreal but also a good laugh.

The Phat cats demo team earning a well deserved rest!

the buffet was awesome for 15 euro's,

and they threw a live band on that played some very interesting 80's rock....

the Prodos boys mooched with us for the evening and much fun was had mainly at Rob's expense

So the next day it was operation get back to blighty, however it didn't quite go to plan as we missed the 10 am ferry, throwing the whole plan into contingency mode,

ready to engage the FTL drive....

As we got closer to Dover the weather took a turn for the worst and people were throwing up all around us!

so after bouncing around outside for a while we managed to make port,

this kept us delayed for an hour, but also has given me some inspiration for a spectre board!

Overall the Crisis show that is hosted by the tin soldiers of Antwerp is a superb show and weirdly enough alot of uk traders do attend however the European guys also show in force and I found some real gems.

Size wise its quite reasonable and certainly has enough to keep you occupied throughout the day but not too much that you miss stuff like you would at salute, the amount of attendees was a fair few and the time that we spent talking to the punters about the 3rd generation system that we play with took up most of the day and even got a few guys to join in and roll some dice,

as a demo team we felt very welcome and the language barrier that I though we might encounter wasn't a problem as most people spoke good English and I even managed to teach a couple of guys some slang and typical insults that we use! 

Assuming that we are accepted for the show next year we have a much better plan of the travel factor as the journey over was about 12 hours and due to some adjustments so that Lee could zap off and meet up with his lovely wife and go up to Manchester myself and Phil were effectively travelling for about 15 hours but did mong it in a pub for about 3 of those hours!

I have to say a huge thanks to the Demo team that is Nick, Lee, Phil and Ed cracking weekend and had great fun! 

So onto the "loot"

Yep thats it!! some flock and "minions" from great escape games they are for Isla so that I can do a tongue in cheek micky take of some club members that Isla has painted more models than them!

And talking of Isla, I decided to get a club shirt for the "gc" so that next year I'll be taking her to local shows and start her on the dark path of gaming, some might call it child labour, I call its Daddy & Daughter time! LOL

Anyway if you've made it this far well done and a huge thanks for the continued support for all the readers and commenters of my random whaffling.