Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Things Are Cold!

All text blog this time. Very rare for me, I am fond of pictures and it seems awkward to post an all text blog entry but I hate to let this fine tower I've built go without some new stone and mortar for too long.

It is cold in southern Ohio, so cold that last night I heard the deck on the back of my house cracking in the cold. So cold I've had one frozen pipe I then hired a guy to put a shut off valve on so that I could sleep a little better. So cold that my basement sets around 56 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold is freaking me out like nothing ever has. I told my wife earlier today I felt like my castle was under siege by a force that I could not grapple with and only look on with fear while it tore at my walls. I have my thermostat set on 70 and it can't get it above 65 with the furnace running constantly. My electric bill next month is going to be a grand, i'm sure of it.

Shoot me.

In the war gaming zone I am working through some new stuff and finished some other stuff. Detailed huh? Well I still need to post some pictures of my Imperial Guard test models. Also I have finished a friends Mortis Engine and I should photograph that before he takes it so I can post it. I also finished a Librarian in Terminator armor and Bastiladon with the sun stone on it's back. I've been busy really just no free time to do blog related stuff.

I have gotten a few games of 40K in where it was nice to field some Ultramarines I haven't had a chance to field yet. I forgot to bring my drop pod though so one tactical squad was stuck hoofing it.

I've pulled out my Ogre Kingdoms army and done an assessment. I'm supposed to have a butcher coming in trade which will give it all the corner stones. I am leaning towards beginning that army since it has a finite number of models to be done (41 with the butcher) and I don't need to add to it as it will be over 2,000 points at that.

I've also got my cavalry on the board for my Roman army. They are Wargames Factory Roman Auxiliary Cavalry and I am looking forward to getting them done. That will put four units in my Romans.

I'm stymied on my writing. I've got a couple good ideas but no peace of mind to form my thoughts into half-assed words. I am not frustrated by it though. I don't know why not which is a small concern. Probably because I'm doing well in my hobby life.

My wife (bless her!) gave me a surprise gift of a Tyranid Venomthrope which has sparked my desire to build a tyranid army which is what she is wanting. She told me she liked the old tyranids I had, which has been over ten years ago so it must have made an impression.

I've also discovered the card game Dominion, like five years after everyone else. Between it and King of Tokyo we have some solid family games we get into. The boys and and I will also try our hands at Defenders of the Realm when we feel like being punished. :)

Today the new COD: Ghost maps drop and all I'm interested in is the new extinction map. The rest of it is okay, but I want that map specifically because I love to shoot aliens.

Oh yeah, last thing, my friend traded me his copy of Space Hulk 3rd edition. That my dear readers is a mark off the hobby bucket list ;)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rogue Trader and Vikings

So while reading through my shiny (well maybe not shiny) new Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader rulebook I was surprised to find this excerpt...
...it fascinates me that they never intended to have a full range of plastic vehicles. I'm sure Rick Priestly would laugh heartily now! I have to admit I kind of like the idea of modeling your own vehicles as much as I like the current line. Of course the game was a lot less organized and compartmentalized than it is now. The very thought of the space marine forces then would make current space marine players shudder.

This fine body of text is really giving me some inspiration. I have all these wonderful ideas (okay like 3) for scenario driven games. At the same time I can't help but feel all those detractors that Games Workshop has turned evil are really just whiny butts. I will admit, the RT rules are more raw, but raw isn't necessarily better. I think people far to often limit their creative desires based on what is written rather than what is not written. It seems that the old school gamer in me has charge as I don't have a particular problem with my war gaming opponents not following strict codex structure. If you think of something cool to play then play it. I really only think I'd call foul if it was a situation where they are trying to exploit my good intentions instead of exploring their imagination.

"No really. I think an all dreadnought space marine chapter where they have armor 14 from advanced war gear and 3+ saves from conversion fields is a great idea!" ...every club has THAT GUY in it huh?

Also, I've discovered a wonderful game. Volgarr the Viking, what a wonderful hail back to the days of Rastan and Black Tiger!
This game is just fantastic, hard, but fantastic. If you are a fan of fantasy side scrollers this is one you have to look into. Very affordable (less than a miniature hero will cost ya) and so rich it almost tastes like chocolate when you're playing it. My sons had a problem with the fact that you can't save which means when you stop playing you got to start over from the beginning but I personally found this to be a wonderful reminder of my childhood. I mastered Haunted Castle when I was a kid and Rastan gave me a bloody nose over and over but you just kept coming back like Tyler Durden. This kind of game makes me yearn for a board game that could work half as well, or a multi-player variant since i'm so spoiled on multi-player.

Sigh, well, one can dream can't they?

So go check out Volgarr and all his awesomeness so that you can be a viking champion as well :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Knight, A Vampire, and A Maiden

Almost sounds like a 1980's role playing game doesn't it?

I hope everyone had a happy new year and a great holiday season. I know I had a fantastic time and my family has been well which is always good.  I haven't gotten to post much mostly due to how busy I've been but when I have free time I've taken it to work on figures and get some done. Beyond what I am showing you today I've also finished more Roman infantry for my historical project, but again I won't put those up because they look the same as all the others. I plan to post an army shot when it's done, although I think the next unit I will work on is cavalry so those will go up on their own. Also I'll post some Imperial Guardsmen I've finished and a handful of Battlemech's from the starter box.

All that said, lets take a look at some stuff that I've gotten done recently...
This is my new vampire lord mounted on an abyssal terror. The lord himself is actually a high elf dragon rider that I painted up as a vampire. All of the gear is covered in dragons which was fine by me and it is a wonderful poke at my buddy Ron who is a major High Elf player. I like to think that I killed his hero and converted him to my cause.
The abyssal terror model is "The Thing in the Woods" from the Mordheim line that is now defunct. I got  him in trade, with the wing conversion already begun. I finished it then made a saddle from putty and painted the vampire for him. It is the best monstrous mount you can get under 3,000 points of army for the vampire counts.
This is the model in my Bretonnian army that represents my son Christian. I use this as a monster hunter and war machine crew killer. I have one other Pegasus knight but it will stay in a bag till I can get a couple more to go with it. I would like to have a unit of them led by this model as a paladin. I'm not sure how effective they would be on the battlefield but I do love the idea of a unit of Pegasus smashing into the enemy.
This is the model that represents my daughter in my Bretonnian army. This puts five characters in my army when I field it. This took a while to get to the table as the horse that came with the maiden wouldn't work, the head was too far back and the figure wouldn't fit on it so I had to hold off until I could get this classic war horse.

I was pretty pleased to get all of these done. They have been in the back of my hobby mind for a while now and it feels good to get them out and finished.

My wonderful wife got me a Bastilodon, Terminator Librarian, the White Dwarf diorama for this year, and the MUNITORUM BAG for Christmas and I was so happy I could have run in circles. The librarian and bastilodon are already assembled and on the paint table. I jumped them in line to get them finished as soon as possible. On top of all this wonderfullness I happened upon a copy of Rogue Trader for a mere 20 bucks from a Half Priced Books. I've been reading through it and it is giving me some great ideas. Those old rules were just so rich, I just love them!

Well, busy post I know but I'll put up another soon of the guardsmen, maybe the Battlemechs. We'll see. Till then I hope whoever is reading this has a wonderful day :)