Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Dropzone Commander

Some friends and I have recently bought into DZC, a 10mm scifi game about conquering a city and it's a lot of fun. There are several factions to choose from, I went with the Resistance because it was an opportunity to try out different painting techniques (damage, rust and weathering) that I don't usual use on my marines or Aeldari.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Edge of the Empire - Rogue 2 Campaign

This campaign represents an alternative take on how the Rebellion acquired the plans for the Second Death Star, it is not in keeping with canon but is an enjoyable experience none the less. The campaign is linear and the GM might need to do some careful steering to keep the party on the right track. The campaign is also quite dangerous - killing a PC is a valid option and they might well die in the end (spoilers - a certain Sith Lord shows up) but try to find some way of keeping them alive as it will be more engaging to take one party through the whole campaign. If you have any questions please let me know, I put a lot of time into this so I hope others will give it a go.

The campaign is broken down into 5 Acts, each is designed to take about 3-4 hours to do. It is recommended that you have a diverse party!

Acts:
  1. Varrosi Data Vaults
  2. Kuat Drive Yards
  3. Capture of the Suprosa
  4. Kothlis
  5. Spy Net Command Tower
I hope you enjoy Rogue 2.

Edge of the Empire Campaign - Origins Of Kanjiklub

I’ve set up a long term campaign for our local group about establishing a criminal syndicate. The idea is that players can revisit the setting as and when they wish, try new characters whilst maintaining a coherent narrative. This is the opening session - our party chose a core world orbital hotel as their buying option but the plot hooks at the end are viable for most of the other options...

Backlog

Frequent readers will know that I have a to-do pile far bigger than I should have. My aim this year is to cut it in half, one way or another. As you mentioned in an earlier post I’m attempting a 365 minis challenge which if I can get anywhere near completing will be a big dent in my to-do pile.

I have tried to structure my pile so I can focus on one army at a time. This is not definitive and I will still paint what takes my fancy but at the moment the plan is:

New Year and Holiday Hobby

I’ve hit a bit of a stride recently after a fairly hobby-lite December. I managed to sell my Epic Tau army to a guy in the states for a pretty tidy sum and used the proceeds to buy a few bits and pieces - chiefly some proper MDF terrain which is something I’ve wanted to get for a while.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Exorcists Primaris Marines

I’ve been putting together a Primaris Army over the past few weeks and I’m also there with it. I have no problem with the Primaris fluff, I think they had to do something with the marines and had run out of realistic options. News out of the black library weekender seems to be that the Primaris project has set up all sorts of scope to move the fluff of different chapters forward and develop some interesting new story arcs - the one about Dark Angels not wanting/trusting the Primaris (or possibly the other way around) is an interesting one!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

LOTR EBay challenges

The Lord of the Rings eBay challenge armies were gathered together for the first time this week. It had to be said there were some excellent buys and some seriously good business done by members of the club.

We had a Mordor Army with a Balrog, orcs and Ringwraiths, a huge (80+ models!) Warriors of the Last Alliance Army, my Fellowship/House of Elrond host and a swarming goblin/Uruk Hai Army led by a fearsome troll chieftain. For good measure, a fellow long term player brought his unpainted Dwarves to join in. I’ll try and get some photos added soon but I’m having issues with my blogger app...

Saturday, 16 September 2017

LOTR Battle Report: Battle of Amon-Hen



Last week we played a scenario from the Fellowship of the Ring Rulebook, the battle of Amon-Hen. For the ill informed this is the battle where Boromir is killed at the end of the first film (but start of the second book). We had to play it on a smaller table than the 4x4 recommended because we were in a temporary venue but it worked fine, we also used our eBay models so the painting wasn't great!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Harlequins and more



My buddy and I split a copy of Death Masque when it was released and I've been sat on a Harlequins Army ever since. I've picked up bits and pieces to pad it out and have now decided to give it a go.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Eldar vs Dark Angels


This was my army for the night, a 50PL Spirit Host - I was quite pleased with it on paper...

Friday, 25 August 2017

Aeldari Reinforcements



With the 8th Ed bug having bitten me pretty hard I've made a concerted effort to get my Eldar painted. Above represents a fair few evenings assembly. The Cobra was an eBay purchase, I have a sneaking suspicion it's china cast but I really can't say for certain, it's superbly detailed and not brittle/smelly but I'm not sure...if it is it was accidental on my part. 

I've subsequently airbrushed the colour onto them and I think Vallejo must have adjusted the colours because it's paler than the last bottle I bought...3 years ago. Never mind.


This is my pile of 36 Harlequins I still have to build. I'm honestly considering selling half of them because it's too daunting a prospect!



This is what I have completed thus far, I also have a Solitaire and another Shadowseer already painted, in total it's about 100PL Battalion army.

I've still got a week of the holidays left so I'm going to try and get some more garage time so I can airbrush more things, that Cobra for instance...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

(Backup) 8th edition Battle (sort of) report...



So last club night my mate and I ran through a game of 8th edition 40K and we both agreed it was really good.

It was only a 30PL game but we tried to use an array of units to give us a sense offs they play. As mentioned in an earlier post I ran Craftworld Aeldari with a Farseer, Warlock, Rangers, Guardian Squad, Striking Scorpions and a Wraithlord. My opponent fielded his Dark Angels and had a full tactical Squad a, terminator Squad and a terminator Librarian.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New stuff from Forge World?

This popped up on my Facebook feed from someone on the EOH podcast page.

That Thousand Sons Praetor...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Preparing for 8th Edition

This coming Friday I'm hoping to get to play a small game of 8th edition. "7th edition" was a dirty phrase at our club and so it was almost never played - to be fair though our local GW had their club night on at the same time as ours and it was always heaving, people just went there instead - but there are several people willing to give 8th a go.

The plan is to put out a 30 power level game between Aeldari and Space Marines. I've chosen the following lists to allow us to experiment with most aspects of the game:

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lord of the Rings battle Report:




Last club night we played some LOTR, I've already discussed my options and the set up for the games but here are the two armies I used:

For the 500 point game I used The Glittering Host Army List originally published in White Dwarf but updated in the Free Peoples source book. It's essentially the armoured forces of Lothlorien, like the ones who turned up at Helm’s Deep, it consisted of:

Warband 1:
    • Celeborn, King of Lothlorien (heavy armour, Elven blade and shield)
    • 4 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades and shields Warriors with bows
    • 4 Galadhrim Warriors with spears and shields
    • 3 Galadhrim Warriors with Elven blades
    • 1 Galadhrim Warrior with banner

Warband 2:
    • Galadhrim Captain (armoured horse, Elven blade and shield)
    • 4 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades and shields
    • 2 Galadhrim knights with Elven blades, Elf bows and shields

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Final Fantasy TCG Opus 3 release

 



Term finished on Friday and I made it home two minutes before the postman dropped off my box of shiny new FFTCG Opus 3 booster packs!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Preview: Should the Glittering Host go to war?


This week we are trying a bigger game of LOTR, 500 points each to be precise. The aim is to play a one vs one game at this level and then have a 200 point each arena fight to the death over an objective.

I have two options for this, a Warriors of Minas Tirith list and a Galadhrim glittering host list. I could run a Mirkwood list by proxying my Galadhrim but I don't like doing that, nor will I field unpainted minis so my Rivendell and Mordor lists are out.

The Crystal Chroniclers:

With the launch of Opus 3 for the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game I thought I'd have a search for a FFTCG themed podcast and I found this one, The Crystal Chroniclers. Their pilot episode was released last week and although they don't talk about the card game much they are embarking on a journey to play through all the mainline FF games and discuss their journey over the coming, presumably, years.

Monday, 17 July 2017

War of the Ring: Part 2

Just a quick update on my ebay challenge LOTR force...

I've broken my budget for July because I managed to bag a Finecast Sauron the Dark Lord for £12.25 – I wasn’t going to go for it but you very rarely get an on sprue finecast version and I didn’t want to let it slip away. This does however mean I’ve spent £27.08 this month leaving me with very little for August! That said, I now have Sauron…what else is needed?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

“I can fly anything.”




I don't think Poe Dameron got enough screen time in TFA, I'm sure there is a fat stack of director’s cut material lying about somewhere explaining, amongst other things how he survived the TIE fighter crash, got off Jakku and got back to the Resistance in time to then lead a flight of X-wings in a rescue mission…As this is my opinion, I felt it was time that I put Poe on the table in an X-wing game. I've had the Heroes of the Resistance expansion for ages but haven't used either of the ships in anger. Being a bit ‘gamey’ I did my research - on the FFG website, not Reddit - and put together a Poe/Rey list that was pretty filthy with lots of synergies going on.