Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Oooh, that's a Bingo. Is that the way you say it, That's a bingo?"

"You just say bingo."

And I've got a bingo! I spend a lot of time reading books of all kinds; history books, fiction, fantasy, rule books and so forth. I read a lot of RPG books because I'm always looking for that one that has the right mix of complex and easy to be a good RPG as I see and RPG. I know I don't play any more but this is something that has been going on since Dungeons & Dragons for me and I don't see a reason to stop now.

ANYWAY I recently ran across a game called Dragon Warriors which was originally published in 1985 by Corgi Books in a unusual six paper back book format. Considering the game has existed for 26 years and I never heard of it till three days ago this does my heart good. It is nice to have a hobby that can stills surprise you so many years later.... or I'm that out of the loop.
Original cover of book 1
This was republished by Magnum Opus Press in 2008 and this is the copy I have been reading through. I LOVE IT! I've got a few bones to pick about modern RPGs and one of those is ability scores. I always feel like they become superfluous after character generation as that 18 typically holds no value beyond its modifier. There are some games that make active use of ability scores (cough cough Rolemaster cough cough) but I'm of a mind if you have the score you should use it as such. Learning D&D I was taught to roll on a D20 vs a score to determine some successes, so a stronger fighter could open a door easier. Now I know AD&D has the OD/LG but I learned on red book and that did not have such a score. Dragon Warriors seems to make active use of such scores and I like the simplicity of the combat as well. I could go on and on and on but I won't. I just wanted to encourage everyone to take a look at it, Mongoose Publishing has it on sale for a relative good price so if you are looking for an RPG to try I would recommend it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cthulhu Tech and Other Stuff

I found the pictures of the Cthulhu Tech miniature given out at the GTS. Only the retailers got this goody and there was a limited number so I don't think all of them got it even. The pictures aren't the best because I had to take them with my cell phone.
The model was plastic and its arms swung freely kinda like an old action figure. You can't tell it here but it stood like one and a half inches tall.

Another picture. The gun was at an odd angle, kind of like he's just standing around waiting to re-spawn onto the table.
In other blog news I don't know how much painting or gaming I'll get done. I've started coaching my sons' U13 soccer team and that combined with my normal life and several social responsibilities that have emerged are placing what free time I have in a bind. I am block painting a bunch of chaos for a friend of mine so that will be where my painting is focused until completed, but FEAR NOT MY KNIGHTS, for I do have shloads of figures I have not photoed and blogged about. I'll try to polish up some of my Warmachine bases and get them up on the blog so you can see how I did there. I'm growing a greater interest in Warmachine and hope to teach it to one of my sons soon.

We shall see pig, we shall see.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GAMA Trade Show

 Well, last week I spent my time in Las Vegas Nevada enjoying the GAMA Trade Show, the same guys who run Origins. I volunteered and worked as show security as well as a variety of other responsibilities.  The following are some pictures from the show, I was pretty busy and some of the stuff I wasn't allowed to photograph which is fine. Hope you enjoy...

This was a racing game via Pitch Car but with marbles and made out of plastic instead of wood. I'm hoping this is more affordable as Pitch Car costs at the butt!

This was a new game called Chaostle that was I got to play at the open game night, see more about that below.

This was a demo of Cthulhu Tech. I really don't know what to expect from this and I did not get to demo it. There were a hand full of miniatures on display but I'm not even sure if they were official releases. I know in the visitor swag bag was a Cthulhu Tech miniature and I had a picture but I can't find it now.

Cryptozoic's huge backdrop for their demonstration area.

Super Dungeon Explore was on display and it looks very very fun. The kobolds are the best I've seen; while not "realistic" they were very evocative and I could almost hear the little bastards giggling.

Mercs figures, don't know much about this.

More Mercs.


And another Super Dungeon Explore. I tried to get the kobolds a little closer.

At the open game night I got to play Arena Assault with the designer and he was pretty cool and the game is really nice. I got a free demo to take home which was even cooler of him. With just two players it doesn't play all that exciting but we played with five and it rocked pretty hard. A match was done in like 20 minutes and we could have played through three or four more in no time. Brutally fast, if you like that kind of game it is fairly worth it. Not the best art work but playability makes up for it.

I also got to play in Chaostle which was nothing like I expected. I was expecting some kind of skirmish fantasy game and it was not that at all. I would best describe it as a fantasy race game with combat and a random events table thrown in. One of the nice mechanics was the plain old movement dice roll. Each number meant something, such as a 3 meaning you could take another turn and a 4 meaning you could decide not to move which was something you normally had to do. If you rolled a 5 you had to roll 3d6 on a random table that gave a good or bad result and either struck you (or the whole board) or granted you an advantage. Poor guy playing with us rolled a 5 first turn followed by the Death roll and his first piece died first turn, ironically he came back with that same piece and won the game. The components were nice but there was two hand outs for the approximately 65 random results. Also, the pieces were leveled one to three and a level three really did out class a level one. Also, final hint, PLAY THE UNICORN FOR GOODNESS SAKES!
This is some of the cards that came with the game. A lot of information on there but it could be assimilated pretty quick.

Well, hope you enjoyed my GTS debriefing. Next I hope to get some archers on the table and into the blog. No pledge yet though as I still have not got to play COD with my friends and if my daughter doesn't eventually start dating someplace besides my xbox I'm going to move the damn thing.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I kept my pledge, I just didn't get to photograph my pledge and put it up here before heading off to Las Vegas for GTS. Well I've done so now that I've had a few days to catch up. So without further ado....
The Grail Reliquae as a whole unit. Six wide and three deep makes it a fairly solid unit that only four of the twelve pilgrims cannot fight from the front rank. I went with a white and red them but wanted them to look like they wash their clothes because they are holy to him but not their bodies. I also wanted a relatively simply color scheme as honestly this unit is as busy as they come.
Skewed view of the unit trying to show off the pilgrims.
Just the reliquae with it's four carrying pilgrims. I painted each piece separately then assembled them because it seemed easiest; normally I just put it together and paint it as I can.
Another view of the reliquae. I just love this model.
One of my favorite battle pilgrims. I have two with the mask and I painted the other red just to break uniformity.
Bearded hooded sword wielder. He looks like he wants some action!
Chubby guy with a stitched up wound on his big round belly. Looking at it makes my big round belly hurt!

Next up will be some of the first edition plastic Bretonnian peasant archers. I've got 20 primed and I don't plan to make it all that complex of a paint job. I want to get this army painted up and fielded more!

Also I've got a tons of stuff to share from GTS I just did not want to cram it all into one post. So, probably tomorrow you'll see more!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Las Vegas... I am so tired!

So a four and a half hour flight followed by a three hour meeting, eight hours of harsh sleep with a four hour shift in time (three one way, one the other)... another eight hour meeting and here I am after two dinners and lots of talking including a chance to play the game Atlantis Rising before it is released.... WOW!

I have no pictures because I have been lazy. I will also have some major internet limit as it is 13.99 a day for the net here, kinda pricey. You figure it should come with the room or at least a more realistic price but what ever. So you might not hear from me again till I get back. I will try to take some pictures.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pledge Update Four

Well, I did get them done and based and did get to squeeze in a game of COD with my buddies on line but I did NOT get to photograph the finished grail reliquae and accompanying battle pilgrims. I now sit at Columbus Airport waiting for GAMA staff and my plane so I won't be able to do this until I get back from Las Vegas and GTS. I hope to blog a little while at GTS and bring my eleven awesome followers some secret updates... we shall see!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pledge Update Three

Well, they are done but based, which I will do tomorrow night and you will see tomorrow night! I just might get a game in of COD before going to Vegas! Huzzah!

Pledge Update Two

Okay, last night went well. I worked through almost all the colors. I need to do a little touch up tonight and paint the bases, if I'm lucky I'll even get to base them. If I do get that far into it I will be sure to take a photo, either way I think you'll see them on here by Friday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pedge Update One

Well, I successfully avoided the lure of COD: Black Ops even with seven of my friends on playing. I got another base color on the pilgrims leaving only snakebite leather, chain mail and some washing/dry brushing to do as well as the bases. I'm pretty sure I can have the rest of the color on tonight, leaving the washing/dry brushing with finishing the bases for tomorrow. I want to be done by Friday to put a picture up for you all to see them. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Pledge!

I see some blog gamers pledge to paint a certain number of pieces each month, I'm not going to do that as my life is far to complex to make an effective pledge. But I will pledge this: I will not play another game of COD, or any xbox game, until I have finished my Grail Reliquae and Battle Pilgrims. This is not that brutal a pledge as The reliquae itself is all but done and the pilgrims aren't far behind but I am taking way too long to finish these guys. My wife bought me a wonderful stand up magnifier light so I have no good reason not to apply some effort to finishing them. The tight part is that I am going to the GAMA trade show next week so I need to finish them this week or it will look totally lame that it took two plus weeks to finish this pledge!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fifteen Years of Awesome!

March 2nd was my anniversary, 15 years of exciting and fulfilling marriage to a woman who I cannot thank my God enough for. Fifteen years seemed important enough to me to get something nice, not that I get her bad things mind you. I wanted to get her a piece of fine jewelry that she would be able to wear daily but fit her taste in jewelry which is very specific. I found a nice Gabriel & Co. silver necklace with a smokey amethyst stone in it, very beautiful and she liked it, BUT, that is not what this post is about. It's about these guys:
MG028, "The Big Jump" from King and Country British Paratrooeprs. Oh my I was so excited I did not know what to say when I opened these. I love King and County and W. Brittains and all the 1/35th scale figures but they are all so costly that I do not buy them for myself. I have a small collection that I've built from gifts. Its very eclectic admittedly but I am eclectic so that fits well. These guys went up almost immediately and are now dropping in from the ceiling in my basement family room right by the hutch with a horde of my painted work.

I do not know how to treat my wife! First she surprises me in December with the Bretonnian army I was dying for and now she bring Paratroopers into my collection. I just cannot think of a way to show my gratitude, so if you guys have any ideas out there please throw them out. Till them, I think I'm going to go down stairs and make machine gun noises while I play with my new troopers.