Friday, 16 January 2015

Getting my geek on - Black powder & Beyond the gates of Antares

Well its been a action packed week in the land of the Anton!

Last Sunday Ed whom is buggering off to the mighty RAF asked a few guys if they fancied a game of black powder.

I thought it'd be rude not to and so we got a few models out and shoved them around the table for a few hours....


Ed looking quite chuffed with the whole lot on the table, 


the mighty French painted by myself a fair few years ago! 


More cav than you can shake a stick at! 


The British lines, The highlanders would prove to be a pain in the arse later on! 


The whole lot


A fair bit of French! 






So after a dodgy start where the right flank stood around eating garlic and the British sat around making tea, we eventually started passing command checks and moved stuff about! 



the French hit the British lines like a steam train and the British held for most of the day and after a series of dodgy rolls the French lost unit hand over fist and we called it a British victory.


Overall the day was excellent and most of the models were Ed's that he's spent the last 4 years painting and I have to give in a big thumbs up for managing to stay focused on this for such a long time, I'm luck if I stay focused on the same system for more than 8 months as I'm a gaming whore!

Also A big thanks to Dave over at Black Dragon miniatures who put up with us for the whole of the day! 

The game has certainly sparked my interest in black powder which has surprised me to be honest and myself and my fellow madman Mr Smith have made a gentleman's agreement to pick up some 10mm Napoleonic and give it a crack as we both feel that 28mm is too big for a normal sized table.

So keep your eye out for that slow grow project that I'll be doing over the next couple of months.

So not content with a 5 hour session on Sunday, I'd arranged a beta game for Antares,

Previously way back in April/May 2014 myself and Nick played a fair few games of the alpha rules and providing feedback to Rick with regards to his system.

Since then I'd not really looked at the system as I'd been distracted with various other projects and real life. So I was really looking forward to this and been asked to bring the colourful jungle along.


As one of the guys from the Loughbrough dice devils wanted in on the action I did the gentlemanly thing and gave him the choice of army and I ended up with the Bromites normally the guys who I'd end up facing! 


One of the squads going for the objective! However they failed the command roll and mooch around for a couple of turns due to being pinned


however these guys came on like a steam train and were on one! 

 

  overall view of the table after turn one,


more reinforcements come flooding on


the rock dogs and the pack leader decide to go for it and start attracting the fire from the guys opposite


Missing a few guys but still going for it!




part way though turn 4,
 

the rock dogs are still in the game, god knows how as the were reacting by doing down due to the amount of fire pouring in at them, and didn't break!

You'll notice though that the golden droid has been snatched by the Algoryn's


and I didn't quite get the one that I was aiming for....

so a victory to the Algoryn's in this case.

It was an interesting game as it felt alot more complete than the previous alpha rules and it was nice to see the suggestions that Nick had put forward actually in the game, at the moment it is available for free download off the warlord site,

free-antares-public-beta-pdf-download

additional missions and a cheat sheet have also been uploaded,

rules-scenarios-for-beyond-the-gates-of-antares

so if your sitting on the fence with this one give it a crack you've nothing to lose, I'm certainly looking for my Sci-Fi fix after not really feeling the love for 40K 8th Ed and I think this along with Warzone will be my go to system.


Friday, 9 January 2015

Spectre Minitures African Militia

At the start of the year Gary from All Scars put a challange on the Phat Cats page where you pledge a unit for the month and you try and get that painted, you then repledge the following month and and so on,

So for this month I decided to make a start on one of my challanges for the year and pledged 10 African militia, nice and easy to be honest, and after I blasted out the first 10 I thought I might as well keep going as I'm gonna be playing the "bad guys" for spectre.






So you've a right mishmash of stuff in there para-military, warlords and big men and bog standard cannon fodder!















Overall these are quite easy to paint and due to the rag-tag look were quite nice to mix it up and use colours that I wouldn't normally use.

It'll be intresting to see how many people manage to stick it out as for things like this you get loads of people intrested and you soon thin out the men from the boys!

I'm planning on being one of the last men standing at December 2015!!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

2015 The master plan!

Well after recovering from a cracking crimbo with the tribe, I had some time to think about what I want to get sorted out for this year,

So this is the "masterplan" no doubt this will chop and change though out the year depending on what I'm playing and what shiny models float my boat!

So the usual pledge will be done, its been for a while and its becoming quite successful from a personal perspective, forcing me to keep ahead of the painting and considering what to burn my money on!

So after learning from last years list, this list is much shorter and I'm aiming for 100% completion rate for this,

Paint up the Specture stuff,
Build a 3x3 specture table,
Finish the Hordes Everblight force,
Kings of War, Kingdom of Men Middle East theme, at least 3 units,
Crescent & Cross Saracens,
Martian Front Humans


So onto system and new armies....

One of the systems that is catching my eye at the moment is,



I've been on the fence on this one for a while and after downloading the beta rules I'm quite impressed and even noticed some of the bits that myself and Nick jigged about in the original play testing, I'm getting a game in on the 15th Jan at Loughbrough Dice Devils and I'm really looking forward.

I'm still tempted by Judge Dredd as I've had seen a number of people recommend it and actually state that its better than necromunda! 

and today River Horse decide to put this naughty nugget of info up!





So this will definitely be on this like a tramp on chips!! 


Armies wise, I took full advantage of the discount code that Tor Gaming was pimping out at the end of the year and ordered a sizable chunk of Nuem and Vaettir.

Other than that I'm keeping an open mind gaming wise, I've a cubic ton of kickstarters rocking up in the form of...

AVP
War & Empire
Merc's Recon
Wolsung
Dungeon Saga
Kings of War V2

so a hefty list!!

Whats your master plan for 2015?

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 An overview of the year...

Well where did 2014 go eh!!

Its been an eventful year with loads of cool stuff happening within the Anarchy of Anton,

So strap in and lets go....

Wiggle, Wiggle...

January,

Starts with a challenge from Gary over at Leicester All Scar's with the hobby, Normally I don't bother with a "to do" list as I'm terrible for flicking between systems and the shiny model effect.

The List!

I put 15 items/projects on the list and you'll see where I finished at the end of this lengthy post.

Paint wise it consisted of WWX


and Mantic Enforcers,



With the new plastic ones inbound for the deadzone 3rd wave, I'm really looking forward to these arriving and giving them a lick of paint.

February,

Continued with the deadzone theme and actually managed to get the terrain done,



I also had the brain wave of running a demo saga game so went about planning that...



March,

The start of "Operation Finish those Projects" which started with some 15mm grunts stuff I've had kicking around for ages!



I also had a pondering moment with regards to forums verses social media...

are-forums-going-way-of-dino

As I spend most of my days off out and about with the GC I stumbled across the perfect scatter terrain material...



Yep playground bark!

April,

Well as its salute, the traditional "ask Anton" was in full effect with the Russian painting machine going into full swing!



Nick, Phil, Lee, Coops and Jo had done an awesome job on the board and it looked stunning!!



We even got filmed by beasts of war!



What is more shocking is that I picked up my first new system of 2014 in the form of Jugular.

May,


Was mainly working on warmachine convergence,



I also managed to blastout most of a Bolt Italian army in a fairly short time,



a fairly quiet month for me!

June,

The Expo had arrived and we had a blast playing saga for two full days,



after the dust settled on that I increase the ranks of my orks ready for the pending codex release,


And finally a kickstarter turned up that I'd been looking forward to for a while,




All quiet on the Martian Front, this game has potential however the lack of communication from Alien Dungeon has been quite poor, My second wave has only just rocked up. Lee has had bugger all as the dastardly martians are not really seeing much action model wise.

July,

I started the month with a controversial subject being recasts from China,

30k-on-cheap

Banged out some Brotherhood that I grabbed at Expo,


These were lovely models to paint and have since become some of my favourite scifi models to play with as who would know that religious nutters with guns would appeal to me!


I rounded the month of with a trip over to warlord gamesday with Kris and Salma,



However Kris did forget the tickets so we had to turn around!! Bloody muppet!

August,

My first official gig as a Crusader for Prodos over at Portal gaming, the jungle terrain went down real well,



Overall cracking day and really enjoyed it, I need to get over to portal more often as I've only managed it three time this year,

then it all came crashing down as my rig died....

on positive note I managed to get down and dirty and focus on various odds and sods that I'd had for a while,

 



I also got some Urak Hai in a moment of madness!

September,

I was still without a rig so the blog posts slowed down and the future of the Anarchy was looking dodgy, However I continued the paint bits and bobs..



I made a effort on the WWX/deadmans hand board I'd been talking about for a while,



Myself and Lee with a few lucky chosen managed to get a game of Martian Front in and it plays fairly well,

October,

Derby was on us before we knew it and Dan took the helm for the game, and came up with a zombie saga game!!



And this bagged the demo team best participation game!


At this point in the I'd also picked up Valhalla, system number two!

During this month my second wave for deadzone had landed and much to my surprise the Asterians really appealed to me, not sure why but I really like them.


I then went into terrain mode!


And Myth finally arrived after god knows how long being delayed!!

November,

So after a few years of doing UK shows, we thought Europe was a good idea and decided to head over to Antwerp for a couple of days gaming!






The show itself was great, the tables looked cracking and the punters were really nice people, well worth a visit.

A week or so later I was playing Kings of war at the Loughborough Dice devils torney and ended up as the winner, much to my surprise!





I was also still in terrain mode and managed to finish off my WWX/Wild west table,





towards the end of the month I managed to get hold of some of my gamefunder relics early so that I could paint up a second faction and get accepted onto the Tor gaming Rangers demo team,





I'm now "working" for both Prodos and Tor gaming, so loads of demo events will be ran and hopefully get a few people into Warzone and Relics.

And Finally myself and Dan wandered over Mantic open day, hooked up with coops and picked up our copies of dreadball extreme,





December,

Still having an itch for terrain I did various bits and bobs at the start of the month,






Splashed some paint on some more warzone bits,






The guardians were lovely models to paint and if you had more choice with regards to poses these would look great as grey knights!!





I also blasted out my new dropzone army that I picked up at Derby earlier in the year, quite a quick paint scheme, I might add to it in the future, depends how much I'll actually play it,





Whilst I was pondering over what to do, I painted a zee team for dreadball and some convicts for extreme,





these have gone down really well within the community and have had some great feedback!

Finally towards the end of the month my second wave for all quiet on the martian front turned up and boy oh boy I was in for a surprise!!





I've not painted a model this big since Bob when I kicked off this blog a long time ago!!

Ironically after my post about forums and all that jazz earlier in the year I finally got round to making a face book page for the blog that I use for links for new posts as well as work in progress type shots or something that catches my fancy.

The Anarchy of Anton on Facebook

so if your on face book come give me some likes and spread the love!

So lets look at the scores on the doors....

The original Goals for 2014

Make some gaming boards:
4x4 Jungle board
4x4 old west/wild west exodus board

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

New systems & Projects that I've not kickstarted:
Judge Dredd
Muskets & Tomahawks
Italians for boltaction

So out of the 15 that I aimed to get done I rocked in with a 9 complete giving me a 60% success rate, which isn't too bad!

I didn't touch the Dark angels or the plague reaper and I'm so close to the orc's I can smell them, I just need to do a few odds and sods!

WWX didn't get much of a look in really as I didn't have the motivation to paint them up. Judge Dredd and Muskets and Tomahawks hasn't had any real interest so they can go on the "maybe" another time list.

This for me was a good way of staying on track and looking at what I'd like to get done for the year, The one thing I've learnt is not so many for next time and rather than multiple armies for the same system mix it up as I've not played much 40K at all I had no motivation to paint the models!

So onto the "pledge"

December

Bought - 20
Painted - 53
Difference +33

2014

Bought - 631
Painted - 972
Difference + 341

Compared to the previous years,

                    2010      2011       2012     2013    2014
Bought        469        1238       407        763     631
Painted        513        1245       563        859     972
Diff             +44        +7          +156      +96     +341

God knows how I've managed it but I've bought less than last year and painted loads more this year, mind you at least 150 of that was for the demo boards, but never the less its a huge amount of output!

It was another blazing summer in the UK so many a day was spent out with the GC which isn;t a bad thing!





Stats wise its been a good year with the average view for month being about 4,500ish so I'm quite happy with that as this started out as more of a motivation for myself to get things painted rather than a stat session!

The Future....

I didn't pick up half as many systems as I did last year so that's a good sign that maybe I'm being more picky with what I collect or back on kickstarter, I still managed a few but the ones that I backed I'm confident that these will rock up some time in 2015.

A bit more self control on the kickstarter front and I'll be sorted, one of the guys at the Leicester Phat Cats Ali ( alasdhairmm.blogspot.co.uk ) is trying to go cold turkey with not buying anything until March 2015!!

Now the chances of that actually happening for me is slim to none, but I think if I can reduce the amount of plastic crack that I pick up it'll help me focus on the stuff that will be rocking up in the new year, which should include AVP, War and empire, Recon and wolsung so I've a feeling that lo will be keeping me busy!

So a huge thanks to the regular readers and all the lovely people who leave comments,

Catch you in 2015!