Friday, October 30, 2015

Firestorm Armada

So I have been working on painting my fleet for Firestorm Armada.  I finished my Directorate models that came in the two player starter set.  White and Red was a hard color combination and limited my color pallet.  Green made them look to much like Christmas and Blue to patriotic. So I ended up using Yellow and Black for details.  I am happy with the way the models turned out.  I will be taking a break on finishing this fleet until next year the rest of the year is dedicated to other projects. 

My buddy Tim over at Saguaro Painting Services painted up my Aquan Prime.  I gave him creative control over the colors and this is what he did with them.  I really like the different shades of browns and copper.  So this finishes my two player starter set so it can be played properly. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Victory At Sea

Today I was out shopping with my wife at the local hobby store.  I was looking at the models and I ran across some kits that caught my attention.  I have been a fan of Victory At Sea by Mongoose Publishing since it was released.  I have played the game using the card stock tokens but never went any further.  I have always wanted to play the game using models and have all my buddies around the table commanding their own ship.  It is unfortunate that the selection of models in this scale (1/1200) is limited.  I could use the GHQ models that are 1/2400 but if I am going to get involved in something like this I want to play in a larger scale. 

I was able to track down all the rules for both WW1 and WW2 on Drive Through Games and decided to purchase the bundle.  Now it is a matter of deciding what scale to play this game in..........    

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Con. Games: Thunder Alley

Living in Arizona we are home of Phoenix International Raceway and they host Nascar races every year.  I decided to postpone working on Formula D and started work on Thunder Alley, it is just a better fit in my community.  Also, creating an oval track will be easy and I can get this on the table faster then Formula D.  I started working on the track using poster board to get my measurements and make sure this will work.

I made the track a bit longer than the original by adding two more spaces in the straight section and it will 48 X 24.  I also already purchased all the cars for this game, I found older cars from the 90's in 1:64 scale.

I really like the advertisement on the older cars because they are products I grew up with.  Next I need to finish the wood boards that I will use to create the track on.  I should be able to have this game up and running in the next few months.  I will take what I learn making this track to create the Formula D track.   

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rincon 2015

Well I went to my first convention at the start of the month and had a blast.  My buddy Tim and I started this year talking about going to Chicago for AdeptiCon but due to cash flow issues we decided not to attend.  We discovered a convention in our own backyard, Rincon.  This is a small convention held in Tuscon Az. and is mostly board and card games.  They had a few miniature games scheduled but very few.  Tim mentioned we should demo Pulp Alley and contacted the event organizer.  So we drove down to Tuscon and spent the weekend teaching other people how to play Pulp Alley.  We had two different boards set up, the desert board was for "Over Due Book Hunt" and the other was for "Things Go Bump In The Night".  We didn't know what to expect and the response was good and we had players for all of our games.  It was a great weekend and we had fun just being around other people playing games. 

I really didn't take a lot of pictures but Tim did and I was able to steal his photos from Twitter, have I mentioned how much I like Twitter.  I really like Twitter. 

While at the event someone set up an upscale version of Settlers of Catan and people were having a blast playing it.  It was so big players had to walk on the board to place their game pieces.  Tim and I started talking and to us that is what a convention is all about.  It is getting together with other people to play games a bit differently.

Tim and I continued to talked about how we could get more involved with Rincon and host games that would be more appealing to the people attending and still have a bit of miniatures feel to them.  It didn't take us long to decide on a game after we played Formula D.  This is a fun game that many people are familiar with and easy to teach new players.  So over the next few months we will be designing and an upscale version of Formula D.  I have already purchased the cars, they are 1:64 scale Matchbox cars now we just need to build the board.