Monday, June 25, 2012

Dwarfs and a Cavalryman

So the game with Ron went well, a win for me, but to be fair Ron is very new to his Dark Eldar and he didn't use a TON of rules which put him at a disadvantage. I'll do a post on that soon.

I haven't gotten much painting done in the past month plus, mostly because I have been so busy. Well things seem to be calming down and I was able to get to my work table this past weekend and finish up a few units.

Dwarf Hammerers

Dwarf Ironbreaker
More of my friend's dwarfs. This is an ongoing machine; he brings me partially completed units to be finished and based and along with these he bears tasty morsels of used figures to trade. Finishing these two units scored me 11 metal flayed ones for my Necron army. Since I have Imotehk that seemed like a really good unit to get. As with the other dwarf units you will find on this blog these were already "mostly" done and I finished those that weren't and did many shields although some had there originals with them. When I finish these units I really am trying to give him a completed unit with a unifying color if possible. Sometimes that comes off better than others. I can say I do not relish facing either of these in battle, both are tough as nails.

On a personal paint note I added Stannis Brocker to my mercenary forces. He is the only cavalry I have for Warmachine or Hordes... and at 60 dollars for a box of three he may be the only I ever have. I got him in a trade and did a battlefield paint job so that he could ride into battle. 

Allow me to get on a soap box. There is a constant mistreatment of Games Workshop for their prices. Some of these are too high, sure, but many if not most really are good prices for a quality model. You can compare them to many model manufacturers and find them to be fairly competitive. People don't like their business tactics and I'm not arguing for or against those, i'm just saying, 25 dollars for 10 plastic models isn't bad considering they are generally nice models. Sure, you can find cheaper, but you can also find a lot more expensive very easily. 

ANYWAY! Screw PP, I am so not dropping 60 bucks on 3 cavalry. That is even more expensive than the GW Blood Knights I think!

Well, soon i'll post the batrep with Ron, until then I hope your dice roll well :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WAAAGH! on Friday Night

My buddy Grady is apparently brokering fights for people now. I got a call last night and he set me up for a Friday night fight with my other buddy Ron. He even encouraged me to use the only 40k army I have I've never orks!

So here is the list I'm gonna go with:

-warboss with twin-linked shoota, power klaw, 'eavy armor, cybork body, and bosspole
-10 nobz with sluggas, choppas, and stikkbombz riding in a trukk
-two mobs of 15 slugga/choppas boyz with nobz
-a mob of almost 30 shoota boyz with nob
-two squads of 8 deffkoptas
-a small band of 3 warbikes with a nob
-10 tankbustas with a couple bomb squigs and a nob

Basically its a fast and foot slogging list. I'll probably deploy the four infantry units in the center using the large shoota boyz mob to soak the majority of the fire so the sluggas can get into charge range. The tankbustas will   deploy where needed to hunt Ron's raiders. My trukk with warboss and nobz will be screened by the warbikes and they will rush up one flank supported by the deffkoptas squads. I'll try to rush either the objectives or around his flank to start the killy!

Pretty simple plan, yeah, but hey it's orks. I'm hoping to post a battle report with pictures after friday.d

Friday, June 8, 2012

Prometheus a Personal Review

So last night I attended a midnight premier of Prometheus with my oldest friend Grady. I have been pretty excited about this film for a long time but have purposefully not done any digging to let it be presented to me with as little previous exposure as possible. I don't have cable, or a receiver box, so that means no broadcast television gets into my home. This should mean I saw the film in its best presentation, and I have to say over all I'm impressed.

I have a vague interest in the whole ancient alien thing. I'm fairly strong in my beliefs so to me it's more of a wild science fiction interest and it seems Ridley Scott shares that interest.

I'm not going to go over the film here, go see it, it is very good and well worth watching although I could have done without the 3D. I'd probably like that better if it wasn't for the fact I already WEAR glasses so putting those on over my own is really annoying.

Anyway, I do want to say something about the film. As mentioned Scott obviously dug the ancient alien thing because he blatantly placed the Anunnaki into the film and called them Engineers (very tongue in cheek imho). But they were an angry bunch it seemed as the ending of the film showed, but also they seemed to have a strange view of death as the beginning of the film showed. Also, it seems pretty clear to me Scott gave full credit to the Engineers for the creation of man and if you were struggling with the implication he has a scientist blatantly match the DNA to 100%.

The film is not a prequel, thank goodness, it is more like...well... like a film noir almost. We see the events that laid the ground work for the cosmic cluster that was the events of Alien. There is really no direct link between the too, its more like first we saw someone wander into a crime scene they didn't know was a crime scene in Alien. Then in Prometheus we see the crime happen.

I think a lot of the criticisms of the film for the most part are pretty weak. Some are knocking the use of CGI but I think that is merely an aspect of our days. I'm sure models were knocked in their day, and elaborate sets so that is really neither here nor there. Also the technological differences between the Nostromo and the Prometheus but that can be explained away in a lot of ways and to be honest I saw enough "Alien" style technology represented to give the impression of just quality by cost differences. This is sci-fi after all, and at some point you just gotta go with the flow. They are telling a story, not giving a historical account of the future.

That being said, I did have a gripe. I know I know hippo-critical after defending the film so much BUT it just jumped out at me and it just seemed so ludicrous they made this mistake I have to say it.

How did the one left alive Engineer get...
..from here on the floor in the life pod..
..back into his chair shown here at the beginning of Alien (with a huge hole in his chest)
...this seems like a brutally large continuity error to me. If you've seen the film you'll get me why if not go see the film then you'll get why. It's clearly the same ship, and clearly the only left alive Engineer, and if you've seen the film this is clearly the Engineer the xenomorph comes from. But he gets out of this chair after busting up his ship and stalks Shaw to the life pod where he meets his death and doesn't make it back to the pilot seat.

I'm not a perfectionist, believe me or just look back at my vikings from a few posts ago, but this really seemed a dumb mistake to make. There are dozens of ways to rectify it without messing with the story and it seems almost amateurish to miss this. I know that is so ivory tower of me, but come on the "space jockey" scene from Alien is iconic and to forget to put it back into place is like stepping on a D4 you see... it was just dumb.

That small complaint aside it is a fantastic film filled with atmosphere and given a pace that isn't fast or isn't slow, just a pace. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is I'd save it's a three and a half star movie (of four) and if you like sci-fi  you should go see it no matter what. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Origins and Wil Wheaton

So I didn't blog from Origins, I never do, this is mostly because I spend 70% of the time working, 15% of the time trying to play games, and 15% of the time sleeping.

Well it was more like 85%, 5%, 10% this time. We were short of volunteers, that will happen. I did get to play three games though, THREE! I got to play the game Nickcropolis with my sons. Matthew bought it after demoing it with the creator. He bought the copy they demo'd and the guy signed it for him, which was pretty cool.

I also got to play a game called "We Did Not Play Test This At All."...which is aptly named. It is a fun card game and when you are sleep deprived it was insanely funny.

And finally I got to play the new Big Bang Theory from Cryptozoic, but with a bit of a surprise.
The table at the back, you know the one behind Felicia Day, is where Big Bang Theory was taking place.
...and there I am (in volunteer blue) to the left of Wil Wheaton playing it.
 The staff of GAMA arranged a surprise game for a handful of volunteers and I was in that handful. We had no idea what we were getting into, honestly, they told us we were going to be moving boxes and when instead we were brought into a room to play it was pretty sweet. He was a good guy to play with, very funny, really tried to engage us. When the game was over James had won and Wil had come in second, so he autographed James' game declaring emphatically that he was the rightful winner. He then asked all of us to autograph his game which I thought was pretty cool. I don't know if he'd keep it or not, but I do know it was a classy move and put him in pretty high opinion in my books.

But I have to be honest, over all, the best game I played was with my sons. It was the first convention they worked  and it was really nice to sit up in the hotel room and play with them. Something I've dreamed about for 13 years in all honesty.