Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

[VIDEO] Is this the Golden Age of wargaming?

I made a Youtube video where I talk a bit (a lot) about the current era of wargaming and what it means to me.

I will try and do more discussion videos like this in the future too, so stay tuned and subscribe to see more there.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Blood Bowl Games and a Review of 5th Edition

(scroll down past the pics for a review)

It started last week when my good friend Grant succumbed to the tricksy wiles of a games salesman at a Bring-and-Buy table. Grant ended up buying a cheap copy of Blood Bowl, which I think was the 4th release--I won't call it 4th edition because The Marketing Team(TM) will probably just insist on it being called Blood Bowl, and because the game hadn't changed (and still hasn't--mostly, I'll get to that).

So anyway, we set it up and went to start reading through the rulebook to play. It's been a while and so naturally we forgot all the rules, and I myself have never owned a copy, having just played with a few friends over the years. But it had been a long, long while. As we were rolling our first dice to determine kickoff order, a nice chap (we'll call him Al), who was a super, super, hardcore Blood Bowl fan (was? nay, is) rocked up, eyes all aglint, and helped us play through our game. Al remembered every rule and every stat from every team, and if I'm honest, is quite probably the reason I won the game.

Credit where credit's due. Thanks Al. :)

The teams were Ogres with snotlings (with Grant as coach), vs Undead (coached by myself).

I didn't take notes throughout, so here are just some highlights of the game. This was the first time I took down one of the ogres:

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Warmaster Paper Miniatures

I just stumbled across a Blogger page called A League of Ordinary Gamers, and specifically to a page with downloadable printable paper minis for Warmaster (fantasy and Ancients)!

The page owner also has Napoleonics paper minis too, so if that's something you wanted to try out, then this is an excellent cheap way of doing so.

As for Warmaster, I have Undead, Dwarfs, and some Chaos figures, but always wanted to try out Orcs and Lizardmen, so this'll be an excellent way to do so and figure out if I like them and which ones I'll buy next. :)

Thank you to The League, you've done an excellent job!

Monday, 19 December 2016

What I really miss about wargaming

I went to my local club recently for the first time in over a year--just to drop off some minis to a friend. I didn't hang around but did say hi to everyone there.
That short visit made me realise that other than the painting and the collecting and the playing of different games, what I miss most are my friends.
I've made a lot of good friends at that club, many of whom I consider among my best lifelong friends. So even if I'm not playing any games, I will be going back when they open up for the new year.
It's too easy to take the friendship and the camaraderie for granted.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Well it's a start...

Dave! Hey Dave! Look, I've undercoated more minis! What an achievement!

This weekend I will no doubt be inspired to start my 3M1P project too.

It feels good having a brush in my hand after far too long. Although I'm cramped on my desk with a sheet of newspaper to protect my keyboard, I'm very happy that I've begun.

It's a step forward.

Onward to victory!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

3M1P - 3 Months, 1 Project

I'm going to set a goal for myself. I am going to spend the summer (I'm in the southern hemisphere) working on one project. I made an attempt a couple of years back (or was it last year?) to join the first 6MMRPC 6 month mountain reduction project, which went, but not as well as I would have liked.

And now I think that part of my problem (the part that isn't comprised of laziness and a short attention span) is that I have too many projects. It's hard for me to find a focus. A zen workflow if you will. I just want to do it all.

After viewing Onslaught Minis' webpage recently, I have decided that I won't buy any more miniatures until I finish painting a decent chunk of the last lot I bought, which I think is actually two lots from Plasmablast. There are some that I started painting, and when I found out that they were possibly changing ownership, I contacted Mario and bought a whole lot more of his beautiful minis.

There are other projects that will fall by the wayside, but honestly? They probably were anyway. This is a way for me to focus on one thing and get it done. I could be painting some jetplanes for Target Locked-On, but I can play that with half painted minis. Sure it won't look at pretty, but I'll try not to be precious about that.