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Monday, December 31, 2012

Say Goodbye to 2012

As the seconds pass by we get closer to the end of the year.  I want to thank everyone that has followed my blog during the year and has taken the time to drop me a comment now and again.  I am not going to recap what I did in 2012, it was a year of lost gaming for me.  I spent a lot of time looking for a new game to replace Lord of the Rings.  Since GW made changes in the army books and the rules many of my fellow gamers and I lost interest in the game.  This was our main game and we all enjoyed playing it.  So with that said, I am not going to reflect on 2012 because there is not much to reflect on.  I decided I will talk about what is in store for 2013. 

BOLT ACTION

2013 is going to start off with a painting challenge.  My gaming buddies and I have really taken a liking to Bolt Action.  If you want to read more about the painting challenge check out this link.  In shot, it is a four month painting challenge painting 250 points a month. I will be painting up some American Infantry. 

WARMACHINE/HORDES

This game has resurfaced at the local game shop.  Many of the 40K gamers that play on Fridays have switch over to this game.  This was good for me because I already have a Circle Orboros force.  So this game will see some table time this year.  I will not get any paint on the models until after the painting challenge.  

GRUNTZ

This is a game that sparked my interest towards the end of 2012.  I still want to focus on this game and continue painting my force that I picked up.  I also want to give this game a run in a larger scale.  I really like the army building in this game, you build your own army from the ground up.  They just recently released a final copy of these rules and it looks great.  I was only able to get one game in during 2012 with the old rules, can't wait to play this game with the new rules. 

MY BLOG PAGE

I will be the first to admit, I have gotten lazy when it comes to my blog page.  I have gotten into the habit of just posting up pictures of finished models.  I am going to start adding more content to my posts to make them more interesting to read.  I am also going to talk more about products and write about my painting style. 

MY COLLECTIONS

I will be taking a serious look at my collection of miniatures.  Over the years I have accumulated a lot of models and some of these miniatures are just sitting in boxes.  I just need to take a closer look at the games I play and the models I have collected.  I am not sure if I am going to sell off my collections or just look at them, I just know I need to do something with everything I have collected. 

So this is my road map to 2013.  As always it is just a plan and does not mean I will not go a different direction.  That is why we like gaming some much.  No one knows what new games will come out and other games that will change so much that you will might stop playing them.  The one thing I know for sure, I look forward to seeing what everyone else will be doing on their blog pages.

Da Boss 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Re-Purposing Product Packaging

So Christmas is over and we are now gearing up for a New Year.  As I sat around my house after all the presents were opened I noticed that one of my gifts was packaged in a wonderful box.  I was more interested in the box then the contents of the box.  So later in the day I took the box into my hobby room and started to remove the plastic trays and started putting models in it.  It turned out to be a great transportation box for my new army.





This box originally help a headset from Beats Audio and now it houses my Circle Orboros army.  When I was taking these photos I notice that I re-purpose a lot of packaging from products that I purchase. 






An ipad box being used to house my Blood Bowl army.  I feel that Apple makes some of the best boxes  for packaging.  I'm sure that is why we pay so much for their stuff.


I save packaging from some companies to reuse them for holding bitz and pieces.


I also save the plastic packaging from other companies and use them for paint trays.  Once I'm done with one I can just toss it in the trash.

 

This packaging came from Privateer Press and I use it as a sorting tray.  It comes in handy when I am working on big projects and need to sort out the pieces once they have been cut off the spur.


Fossil Watch Boxes are the greatest.  They are metal and just look nice.  I keep one on my work bench to hold scrap pieces.  Someday I will use the scrap pieces for making debris on terrain.
  

I also use them for priming models with magnetic bases. 





I even use food containers in my hobby room.  I use them to spin off excess dip from models.  I like almonds so I have a lot of these containers.  I have some being used to store different things like bases and bitz.

Over the years I have seen gamers use all kinds of things for terrain and other gaming purposes.  It really goes to show how resourceful we can be for our hobby.  A box is not just a box, its an army transport.  A plastic container has many different purposes to a gamer.  Above are just a few examples of the things I have saved from going into the trash and re-purposed to my hobby.    

Monday, December 24, 2012

69th or the South Lincolnshire Regiment

Merry Christmas

What a great way to celebrate the holidays then posting up my Napoleonic British.  These guys just scream Christmas time to me.  They also remind me of nutcrackers that you see in the stores this time of the year. 

So let me introduce everyone to 69th Regiment better known as the South Lincolnshire.  These first four models make up my first stand towards my Black Powder army.  The game recommends that the models be based on a 40X40 but I decided to just base mine on 20X20 Gale Force Nice magnetic bases.  This allows me to pick and chose which models go on which bases.  I will just buy some 40X40 metal bases and life will be good.

Looking at the models from left to right is the order in which I painted them (first, second, third and fourth).  Now I stated in a previous post that I was painting this army for the Waterloo book that will be released in the future from Warlord.  The South Lincolnshire Regiment fought throughout the entire Napoleonic conflict.  So to represent that some of the models are veterans of the Peninsular Battles I gave the third model different wings on his jacket.  I also went with a darker green on the jacket collar and cuffs on all the models.  I tried a brighter green and it just didn't look right so I just went with the darker green.

I am satisfied with the painting techniques that I am using on these models.  I will cover this in a later post.  For tonight just enjoy the pictures.




        

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Napoleonic British

If you have followed my blog since I started you might remember back in 2008 I posted up some pictures of my Napoleonic British.  This was one of those projects that I started and I never finished.  The reality was, at the time, I didn't like any of the rules that were out on the market.  A buddy and I even started writing our own set of rules.  Nothing really panned out and everything was packed up and placed in the closet. 

I never stopped my search for a set of rules that I liked.  When Warhammer Historical released Waterloo I got excited.  I thought that this might be the rule system that I was waiting for.  I picked up the rules right before GW announced the closing of their Historical line.  So those rules now just sit on the shelve along with all the other GW rules systems they don't support any longer.  I know I can play the Waterloo rules but what's the point if others can't buy the rules.  To be perfectly honest with you, I just don't want to support GW any longer.

Well I have found a rule system that I like and they are going to be supporting Napoleonic gaming.  I am talking about Black Powder by Warlord Games.  I saw these rules being used for an ACW game and liked the game mechanics.  On top of that, they are releasing a Napoleonic supplement later this month.  In addition to that, Perry Brothers and Victrix are both producing some great plastic miniatures and Warlord Games carries both lines.  I have found what I have been looking for.

So I picked up the Black Powder rules and dusted off my collection of miniatures.  My original collection included a lot of Old Glory miniatures.  I decided to leave those in the closet and pick up some Perry Brothers and Victrix.  I decided to test paint one of the Perry Brothers miniatures and it was such a easy model to paint.  All the detail is raised and since they are multi part models you can paint each part separately.  I like the way my model turned out.






Now Warlords Games first supplement will be for Peninsular battles.  I have decided to model my figures for Waterloo.  Warlord Games stated that they are releasing a second supplement for Waterloo.  I know that it is going to take me a long time to paint up my units and by the time I finish they should have the Waterloo supplement out.  So I will be undertaking the long journey and task of painting my collection of miniatures.       



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Malifaux

At the start of this year one of my first projects was a Malifaux force.  This is one of those games that we started playing at our local game store and drifted to the way side.  While we were playing I was actively painting my models.  However, like so many other games I have collected over the years, we stopped playing and I stopped panting.  One model just sat on my work bench with no paint on it.  So I decided to finish  this model and complete this force.  If you are not familiar with this game the model I just finish is called the Judge and it is part of The Guild clan.  I am glad that I finished this force because my buddy Jerry has an interest in playing this game.  So these models might see some table time next year.

*Warning* The pictures came out a little fuzzy




   

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I Won an Award


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I won an award.  I want to thank fireymonkeyboy over at themonkeythatwalks for nominating my blog for a Liebster award.  So what is the Liebster award.  It is not a physical award that I can display in my home like Mr. Parker did in the Christmas Story.  This is really just a cool grass roots effort to bring attention to other blogs have less then 200 followers and that you find interesting.  Once you have been nominated you are asked to pay it forward and nominate 5 blog pages to keep the Liebster award in motion.

Jerry's Big Picture Jerry is a lot like me when it comes to gaming.  He enjoys playing many different games and collects random models just to paint them.  Jerry is also an author and his posts are fun to read.  If you get a chance check out his spot on the web.

Itty Bitty Soldiers This is a newer site that I just started following.  The author of this page what been posting up some great stuff on Dropzone Commander and is a great painter.  Drop by and check out what he is doing to promote DZC.

Cursed Treasures This is another buddy's blog page and is all over the map when it comes to gaming.  My gaming buddies and I just don't play a few games, we play all types of different games and that is reflected on our blog pages.  This blog page has been on the web for a long time and I was surprised to notice he was still under 200 followers.  It would be cool if we could get his follower count over 200 before the end of the year.  If you want to see some great stuff follow his page.

The Grumpy Stunty If you like Dwarfs then you will enjoy this blog page.  The author is a dwarf player and it shows.  He is a great painter and posts on a regular basis.  Stop by his blog and check his out what he is doing.

Da Long Ways Dezert Groop This is a great site and the author is an active poster.  He does some great conversions and is an awesome painter.

Now that I have done my part and nominated 5 other blog pages I have fulfilled my commitment for accepting this award.  I hope this helps bring some attention to blogspots I like to visit and will increase their followers.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blood Bowl

 Today like every day I am thankful to all the men and women that serve in our military branches that allow me the freedom to pursue happiness and prosperity.  I am thankful to my family and friends that support me in my pursuits.  Today is the day in which I celebrate all that I am thankful for.  It has been a long family tradition on this day to spend hours in the kitchen cocking a Thanksgiving feast and sitting around watching football.  I could not think of a better day to show off my newly painted Blood Bowl team.  These are just the the plastic models that come with the game.  Not very exciting models to paint and very plain looking.  I decided to jazz them up a little using decals and a good color pallet.  I also added some bits on the bases to give them some personality.  I have not officially named my team however I am playing around with some different names.  The one that I am leaning towards is, Da Greenskin Waaaghers.  So this New Years at the annual Blood Bowl Day (at my buddies Tim's house) these guys will take the table and dominate the field leaving behind them a bloody trail of body parts of those who oppose their greatness.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving     








Monday, November 12, 2012

GRUNTZ Update

Friday I had a day just to sit around the house and work on my hobby stuff.  I spent most of the day just painting and basing models.  It was a great day.  So I was able to get a squad painted and dipped, get more models bases and some primed and everything else just got put on washers. 






I also worked on some other painting projects, you can see a Black Orc model for Blood Bowl in the left corner.  I will be showing off that team soon. 

I finished two test models so I could decide on paint colors.  I am going for the desert look with these guys.  Just following what the manufacture had done on their website.  I like the way they turned out and will be painting the rest of the squads using the same colors.






My buddy Tim received his models on Saturday.  He went with a different manufacture and he also got a tank.  His models look great and I am sure he will paint them up real nice.  This gives our group a third player; Jerry, Tim and I.  Now we just need to find time to play with the holidays coming up so quickly.  Maybe for Christmas I will get some tanks.

Friday, November 2, 2012

GRUNTZ 15mm

Before Dropzone Commander came out my buddy Jerry turned me onto a game called GRUNTZ.  What I like about this game is the players create their army from the ground up.  The game offers enough verity in the army construction you can create any type of race that you can think off.  I like this creative side of gaming.  I can create a low tech army just shooting modern guns to an advance alien race. 

The game is not married to a miniature company so if you find can find some 15mm miniatures that you like you can build your army.  In my gaming community 15mm Sci Fi does not exist so the local stores don't carry miniatures.  Looking online for 15mm I found many companies in the US and outside the US.  I decided to order my miniatures from Rebel Minis.  I am impressed with how the miniatures look and can't wait to get them on the table.

I purchased the rules for $9 and have spent time reading them.  So far I like what I have read and the rules have a lot of the gaming mechanics that I like from other games.  I really want to play a few games before saying any more about the rules.

Below a two miniatures from Rebel Minis.  These are just the front line troops and I just primed them in Desert Tan and gave them a wash of brown.  I like the detail in these models and feel they will look great once I get them painted.


     

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dropzone Commander Review

With about a dozen games under my belt I felt it was time to write up a review and some of my thoughts on the game.

The Rule Book:  When I first purchased the rule book I was impressed with the quality of the book and its layout.  Since then my first impression have changed.  There were some very important rules that required an errata to correct.  The rule book does not have an index or a glossary and should.  The quality of the book is still great but too many important corrections needed so that you can play the game.  I hope they can get these corrected in the next print rule or next edition.  For me these issues were frustrating and wasted a lot of my time correcting my rule book so I could play the game. 

The Rules:  So far my experiences playing this game has not been that much fun.  With any new game there is a learning curve that takes some time to get over.  I feel that I am over that learning curve however my dice have not caught up to me.  For some reason my dice have gone South and it is pissing me off.  It has been so bad my buddies and I can't tell if the UCM are a good army or not because of my dice rolling.   

I did find one of the rules to be a little over powered.  The Skimmer rule gives all Skimmers a +2 to hit when they move 6 inches or more.  All the Skimmer has to do is spin in a small 1 inch circle six times and they get the modifier.  Normally if someone would do that I would call it cheesy and the person was not playing with the intention of the rule however in this case the rule book says they can do that.  So I call this the "Sit and Spin" rule. 

Shooting allocation is a very important rule in this game and I like it.  This is tank to tank and not battle group to battle group.  This is important when tanks have multiple shots, they can only shoot at one tank and if they do two wounds it only goes to one tank.  So if tank A gets two shoots from its weapons at my tank company with tree tanks and gets two wounds.  I only remove one tank.  This comes up a lot when playing against the PHR.  Another shooting rule that is interesting is the fact that I can slit up different types of weapons on one vehicle.  So if I have AA and some type of other gun.  I can shoot each gun at different battle groups or units.  This comes up with the Shaltari.  Coming from the GW world of gaming these concepts took some time to remember.

The drop ships and their rules work fine in this game.  The drop ship moves half and the models disembark 3 inches.  Then the models can move up to half their movement value.  The one thing I have noticed playing at the Skirmish level once I drop my tanks the drop ship just goes into the background and does nothing else.  The UCM have to buy Missile Pods for all their transports.  They are not cheap and I need those points for other things.  I am optimistic that once we start playing larger games that the drop ships will become more important to the game.  For skirmish level games and the UCM, drop ships are not that exciting.  I am toying around with my next list not having any drop ships.  That would give me over a 100 points to play with.       

The Command Cards:  The cards do add some flavor to the game.  The decks all have a lot of the same cards however they do have some to make each deck unique.  In a few games that I played the cards were game changers.  I feel that the Scourge have the best deck in the game.  I like the card aspect and it will be interesting to see what is done with the cards in the future.

The Models:  The models and scale are what really got me interested in this game.  I like the way the models look and the amount of detail on them.  I am just not totally sold on the material being used to make them.  If you need to strip a model you have to use a Dawn product and is not that easy to find locally.  I went to 5 stores today looking for this Dawn Powerscrub.  I could not find it at any of the stores in my area.  I was told about some other stores to check out.  This is frustrating to me because I like to experiment with patterns and colors.  I already destroyed a model because I did not use the Dawn Powerscrub and the resin got soft.  Very disappointing and I will never purchased a painted used army.  I guess this is one way to keep people buying new stuff.  

The other concern I have with the models is specific to the UCM army.  The drop ships have these side pieces that go on the wings to represent thrusters.  They all have round pegs that go in holes on the wings.  You have to be real careful when assembling them to make sure they are straight.  I would have like to seen either two pegs per side piece or square pegs.  A few of my drop ships are not straight and with this soft resin you can't fix it once the glue has dried.

Over All:  Reading everything I have written so far you might thing I am not happy with the game.  You would be wrong.  Just like any new game that comes out it takes time to really learn how to play it.  I can learn how to adjust to the one rule I don't like and deal with the material the models are made out of.  My buddies and I have only been playing Skirmish games so we have not included Air yet.  I am sure once we start playing larger games I will get a better feel for how all the rules work.  My only real disappointment is with the rule book.  To many important rules needing to be corrected with an errata.  Once my dice start to roll average I am sure my army will play better on the table.  I must have done something to upset the Dice Gods and they are getting back at me.  That is my review of the game and below are some models I test painted to see if I liked the color pattern.   





Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dropzone Commander "About Time"

Its about time we can buy DzC, however distributors are selling out.  The big question is, "How quickly can Hawk Wargames restock distributors".  I hope its quick because I am really liking this game.

I purchased what I wanted for my list.  I got the starter box, Command, Gladius HBT, Scimitar Tank Destroyers and some Raven Dropships.  This gives me a little of everything to play with.


You will notice that the blister in the front are my Raven Dropships.  If you look closely at the picture you will notice it is labeled Raven-B.  Now the current errata states that the Raven-B is for transporting the Wolverine.  You can tell something is not right with the models in that blister, they have a cargo box and the Wolverine will not fit inside of it.  I think something didn't get passed along about the errata changes to the production line. 

When I got my new toys home I went right to building them.  I had a few issues putting the dropships together and will talk about that another day.  I did want to talk about the infantry bases.  These bases are designed the same way GW made their EPIC bases.  The base have a predetermined spot for the models to go.  I don't like this on my EPIC bases and I don't like them on these bases.  So I took some old EPIC infantry models and cut the infantry man off.  That gave me the perfect plug to fill the holes.  Then I can place the infantry models anyplace on the base.  With the models now slightly elevated I can use the basing material I like to use.  This is a personal preference however it is something think about when putting your army together.


Tomorrow my buddy and I are finally going to get to play DzC without having to proxy models.  I am excited about this and can't wait to play. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bolt Action Hits the Shelves

This Friday Bolt Action hits the shelves at the local game shop.  The shop I play at has a preview copy and I liked what I saw.  The book was put out by Osprey Publishing and they did a great job with the layout.  I can't wait to get the rules so I can get a few games in using these rules. 

Since I have been waiting for these rules to be released I have been painting some models for my force.  I have a mixture of different weapons and troops.  Until I get the rules I still don't know how to build a force.  So for now I just have some models painted.







       

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Battlefield for Dropzone Commander

I purchased my first model for DzC.  I couldn't wait until the local shop got them in stock and purchased one from the internet.  I just had to see the quality of these models and how much detail they have.  I was not disappointed.  I just primed it in British Armour.  When time permits I might get some more paint on it.


My buddy Anthony and I also played our first game of DzC.  Now he pre-ordered his army and had it all built and ready to play.  I had to proxy my army using EPIC stuff.  We had built a few of the paper buildings and used some of our EPIC buildings.  We both had a good time playing however we still need to learn the rules and that will come with time.  The one thing we both walked away saying is that we need more buildings.

Dropzone Commander is different in the fact that the buildings are actually part of the battlefield that can be shot at and destroyed.  One of the rules for the game is if you have troops in a building and shot at it, you can actually take out some troops.  Its called "Falling Masonry Damage".  It is to represent the building falling down around the troops.  I like this concept and it can be a game changer depending on the scenario being played.  So this means that buildings have a stat line and are more then just line of sight blockers.

Another rule about buildings are their size.  You can't just pile troops in a building and then get into Close Quarter Battle.  The smaller the building means less troops can go inside.  This was done to represent the fact that you have all the entrances and exits covered and if someone was to try and get it they would be dead.  This is all determined by the stat lines for the different size buildings. 

Now are these concepts new, NO.  It is just something that has been lost in gaming.  I  like the idea that the battlefield is part of the game.  So since we needed more buildings and the weather was crappy all day, my wife and I sat around cutting up some buildings and putting them together. 







You will notice that some of the buildings have a lip going around the top.  It is a very nice detail that has been added and looks great.  The down side it that it takes time to do and these buildings are only going to be used until the resin buildings get released.  So I removed that detail and just made the roofs flat.  Then on the inside of the buildings I added some foam core to provide support.





I still need to build some more buildings however I ran out of the foam core.  I also need to figure out how I am going to transport all these buildings.  I just need to get a big box from the shop when the order comes in.  That way I can keep them safe when transporting them.  


I still have some more buildings to finish before I can cover a 4X4 table top.  If the weather is still like it is today then I should have them done by Friday.