Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Herd vs Kingdom of Men

As foretold, I got to play some Kings of War on Sunday. I was supposed to build some more abyssals but I was lazy and decided to bring a Herd army instead. Which turned out fairly well for me in the end.

We played 1500 points. My list was the following:
2x longhorn regiments
1x hunter troop
1x chariot regiment w/ scrying gem
1x brute horde
2x brutox
1x shaman with heal(5)
1x great chieftain with armor

I played vs Robert's KoM army. I think this is what he had:
1x halbedier horde
1x heavy inf regiment
1x warbeast
1x handgunner troop
1x spearman regiment
2x knight regiments
1x cannon
1x mortar
1x bannerman
1x wizard with lightning bolt(3)
1x wizard on horse with banchant(2)

The table was setup by a third party and the very center of the river was normal terrain. So my pathfinder really helped me charging across.

My herd all lined up.

The evil Kingdom of Men....coming to take my trees!

I don't  have a play by play, but can give you some highlights. For the herd, the left side longhorns were amazing. They wiped out the handgunners, then the spearmen, and then put a pretty big hit on the halberdiers before being wiped out. They did an average of 9 hits per charge. My brutoxes carried the battle though by taking out the two knight units, the warbeast, the bannerman, and the spearmen.

The KoM had their moments too. The mortar got three hits in a row on my brutes and sent them packing, even while inspired. The warbeast crushed my chariots in a single charge as well. One unit of his knights took out my other longhorn unit.

Top of the 4th, the knights would remove the longhorns.

We were playing a tournament scenario where you wanted to hold table 6ths. That actually played very prominently in the tactics of the game. He chose to have his warbeast take my center zone (worth 2 pts) instead of joining the combats which actually gave me a surprise rear charge with my brutox. Very back and forth game.

He ended with his mortar and two wizards left on the table, while I had my two brutoxes, my hunters, and my heroes. He had a shot on his last turn (7) to take out my brutoxes, but missed with the mortar.

Love the fact that this game is so close pretty much every game. Plus, I don't need to spend a week optimizing my list.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Are there ruts in the Warp?

So no major update this time either. I've got a Kings of War play date coming up soon that I still need to assemble some models for. Should work on it this week...although most of this week is already gone....so maybe Saturday?

I have been looking through my Bolt Action collection as well. Hoping to fan the sparks of interest into at least a small flame so I can start playing. I don't really have much for any of the forces...but probably enough for some small games. I have to admit that my time playing Company of Heroes is helping me get excited about BA.

I did have a minor tragedy this week as my PC's hard drive decided to go out. My PC is my current escape from the norm. Having it out is not my favorite thing. Although it did help to put some perspective on my life. For the most part, I have nothing to complain about. But those First World problems do creep up on me from time to time.

Hence the 'rut' title. In order for my life to go smoothly, I have to be consistent. I have to conform to a schedule. That is how everything goes well. But it also eventually makes things go by really fast...because there is no change. Definitely one of those "be careful of what you wish for" scenarios right?

Years ago, I used to look forward to things. Especially when it came to my hobbies. Now? there really isn't anything. I don't play regularly, I don't do events anymore. About all I do is buy stuff I want and then store it. Its not that I'm unhappy...I think I'm just being unappreciative of what I do have.

I definitely see how people turn that into a mid-life crisis. We don't like being bored. Even when we create the boredom because we know its what we need. What this means is that I need to find a way to enjoy the lane I'm in...because its a good lane. Might not be fast or exciting...but it's safe and gets me to where I want to go. Man I sound old.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Quick update

So nothing major is really going on. My local shop had the new KoW movement trays. $20 for a decent number of trays in either 20mm or 25mm sizes. I'm thinking about picking them up to base the rest of my abyssals in....and maybe even rebase my abyssals in. Some of those darn units are just really hard to get to rank up...so why not just do a complete tray of them at once? I've never been a big fan of that idea, but since it doesn't seem like I'll ever use this army for other games, then why not?

Other than that, I picked up Monty's Hounds for Flames of War. I get a bunch of cool Comet tanks and plastic brit infantry, plus another rulebook and the sourcebook! Very nice that BF did those starter deals. I already have quite a bit of LW Brits and these fit in very nicely with them. I'm almost tempted to get Rommel's Wolves...but I'd make mostly jagdpanthers with them instead of panthers.

Oh, and I gave Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic MMO a go. Haven't grouped up with my friends yet, but perhaps that will happen tonight. I don't want to spend any money on it since I'm still paying for DDO. But it really annoys me that if you don't subscribe, you don't get certain rewards. That is just bollocks. Just one more coin on DDO's tray in my mind.

So the plan is that I'll assembled more Abyssals so that I can field 1500pts. If I'm feeling really frisky, I'll try painting up a model or two...if I can remember how.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Geek Out

Just a quick post today. This weekend, during the Harvest Race in Portland, the 501st, which is a professional Star Wars cosplay group, showed up to help Magic Wheelchair reveal a new costume. You can check out the story here.

My family was invited to come with our costume to help promote Magic Wheelchair. Anyways, to the point, I got to see the super cool costumes of the 501st. For a big Star Wars nerd like myself, it was a huge treat. Chewbacca stole the show.

These guys never broke character and were just awesome about taking pictures.

The Tie Advanced is the Magic Wheelchair costume.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Transmissions from the Warp

So I don't know if I got Nurgle Rot or some form of the Sorylian flu. Anyways, I've been a bit out of commission for a while. Our Kings of War group did try to get together this month, but I missed it. Life in general kicked into high gear and the poor blog has suffered.

There are quite a few things going on though in the Outer Rim. Quite a bit of my free time has been playing Overwatch on the PC. There was some rough going with it for a while, that even included an uninstall. However, it did find its way back onto my PC and I think I've found a better middle ground on my expectations of it. It has become much more enjoyable. The Halloween event they have going for it is also pretty sweet. The skins are top notch and I'm trying to level just to get more loot boxes.

I've also jumped back into the saddle of Company of Heroes, Operation Market Garden. If you are a fan of RTS's then I can't recommend anything better than CoH. This really is the gold standard of RTS games. And yes, I'm talking about the original, not CoH2. The only better thing than CoH is the mod, Operation Market Garden. The community goes up and down at times, but currently the mod has people working on it again, and you can find games being played daily. Most of the players are in Europe though, so being a West Coaster has some issues finding games. However, CoH can generally be bought for $5 or so on steam, and the mod is free. If you like WWII and RTS games, then this is one to check out.

Spartan Games briefly announced a new Kickstarter campaign that they were planning to launch. They want to release a 15mm game set in Dystopian Wars. Now on the surface, I'm all for it. However, the fact that so many of their games are struggling, and in dire need of attention, launching yet another game is just not a good idea. The masses rose up and informed Spartan of this, and to their credit, they released a poll, and have put the KS on hold. I love Spartan models...I do not love Spartan rules. Planetfall is the best system I have seen from them. I have heard some good things about the Halo game, but I haven't looked into it. Hopefully Spartan will return to supporting their existing games, get them to a good state, and then I'll get to see a cool 15mm game from them.

Battlefront has released four new Late War starter boxes for Flames of War. Flames is one of my all time favorite miniature games. I can't really say anything bad about it. I really should be playing it. But for some reason it just isn't sparking the motivation. Anyways, the new boxes are all plastic minis, the force sizes range from 1200ish to 2000ish points. They have one for US, UK, USSR, and GER. Each box comes with a legal tank company, a full sourcebook that works with the company, and a small rulebook. Plus, there is a $ savings for each one. I know I'll be picking up the Monty's Hounds box eventually as it fits in very well with the LW Brits I already have. First Battlefront release I've been excited about for some time.

"But Brother, what about the Abyssals?"

They are still on my plate. In fact I need to do more assembly as I have to get 1500pts of them ready for our next game day. For the most part, I'm digging the models. Not digging how hard they are to rank up though. Also, I need to get some more Molochs, but my LGS does not have them. I will try to bust out the camera though and snap some pics. I may even try to paint one fully up too.

Oh, and as to painting, there is a pretty cool kickstarter going on right now for MDF paint station. I'm very tempted to go and get the super mega one or whatever it is called. Looks pretty sweet.

Okay, until next time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Abyssals Part Two

Sorry for the delay on this. I still haven't sat down and taking close ups of the rest of the figs. So sorry for that. I'll see about getting those this week and putting them up. Currently I have assembled the following abyssal models:

Lower Abyssals
Flame Bearers
Abyssal Champion

I talked about the lower abyssals and the flamer bearers last time. Nice models, the LA are a bit hard to rank up. Makes me want to take out a column for a little extra spacing. Kings of War is nice like that.

The Molochs are metal minis and went together just fine. I liked the options they gave with them. I need to buy another set though so I can regiment them in my army. I will say I'm not a fan of the 50x50mm base size for them though. Not sure what the motivation was for that decision, but it made my movement trays useless for them as I didn't build any for that size.

The Harpy/Gargoyle models. First off, they look nice. They use the old plastic material though that Mantic used...so they have a weird flash on them and just a different texture. I have two problems with the models. The first isn't horrid. But all the bodies have boobs on them. Now being a red blooded male, I have no problem with boobs generally. But when you are trying to make gargoyle models with gargoyle heads on them...they look really weird when they all have boobs. So basically I made Harpies since those looked more correct. Not really a problem, just an observation. Problem 2 though is thus, what freaking universe did they think those models would rank up in?? You have to put in some serious planning and engineering up front if you want any hope of those things ranking up on a base. Ugh. And I don't mind holding their feet to the fire on this. If you are going to have rank and file, then you need to design models to fit rank and file.

That brings us to the succubi. These are the new plastic and very nice. But there are issues. Ranking is not one of them though. But again, they decided to have even smaller feet now touching a base and only having part of one foot touching the base!?!? Seriously...what is next, attaching the model to the base using the weapon point? I get the whole "we want dynamic poses". But you know what we really want? We want models that can be assembled and based with only a reasonable amount of effort required. Not as easy to assemble as the lower abyssals, but overall not bad...just the whole "attaching them to a base" part was not great.

Better yet even, I got to play with them this weekend. Got a small group of us that are going to try to get together at least once a month to play kings of war. So this past weekend we did 1000pts and I brought my abyssals.

They grey and purple guys at the bottom of the pic are mine. I went up against a nice fellow that had a Night Stalker army. His models were a hodge podge of models from various systems and other games, but overall looked really good and appropriate. We did a Loot! game and by the end, both armies were pretty well trashed. However, the abyssals were able to snag all three objectives and keep them out of the Night Stalker's hands.

My second game was against the Army of Dust. We used the Idol mission from the campaign book. Not my favorite scenario. I was down a third of my army, and my opponent got to bring back dead units. All the while I had to babysit an Idol that did nothing for me at all. That scenario needs some serious adjustments before I run it again. Suffice to say, my opponent easily destroyed the Idol...I did wipe out a few units though.

Until next time.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Forces of the Abyss

Oh my Stars and Garters, I touched models this weekend! And not just to move them out of the way! Nope, this weekend I packed up the whole abyssal kickstarter army and took it with me as I went to my church's Labor Day retreat. Yeah sure, it was a little weird to be assembling demons and minions from hell basically while at a church function, but its all good, we're very progressive. :)

In a few weeks I'm going to a Kings of War learn to play event, and I have promised to bring a 1000pts of abyssals. So my goal is to have a completely assembled force ready. Clearly I'm a bit limited in my army selection due to just having the KS army. However, I think it will be good for me to play with such a limited selection so that I can learn all the units I own, not just the ones that look good on paper.

Also, this was my first run at putting together Mantic models. All of my other armies for KoW are GW models. And I've pretty much sold off or traded all of my Deadzone models before I did anything with them. I think I did try to put together some enforcer models before...but they didn't impress me. Well, here was a chance for Mantic to redeem themselves. Quite honestly, the models were pretty good. I started off with the lower abyssal models. I knew these would make up the bulk of my army, so I wanted to get going on doing them. The models themselves looked pretty good. Also, they actually assembled quite easily as well. I was even using just normal superglue for this as well as I'm running really low on my gel stuff. So see for yourself:

My first five.

By the way, despite the large bottle of zapp you see in the background, I wasn't using it. I was actually using Loctite super glue (you can see the black cap to the right). As to the models, they were pretty decent. You had to put the arms on, and the head. Other than that, you just glued them to the base. Now here is where I'm going to get a little pissy with Mantic. While the photos don't show it, those bases have the circle indent on the flip side. But for some reason, Mantic did not choose to add the round insert to the bodies. Three of the five bodies only have one foot attached to the base. We know the hassle of gluing a model to its base with only one foot. Thankfully, these weren't bad at all. But I think Mantic could have added the round insert to the bodies to take advantage of their previous system.

To the models themselves, I was pretty happy with them. I am concerned as to how well they are going to rank up though. The tails and arms are all quite a good distance away from the bodies. And the bodies are all single pieces that are basically pointing directly forward. So if you angle the bodies diagonally across the base, then they are all facing a corner instead of forward. If you line them up forward with the base, then their arms are bumping into each other. You'd think that after 30 some years of ranked up mini games being out there, they would have worked this shit out. Oh, and there are no instructions anywhere either. That isn't cool Mantic. Every model you make sure come with instructions...and have them available online at the very least.

All bitching aside, for the most part, things went well. The models were nice, they didn't take forever to build, and they didn't leave me cursing up a storm. So overall, thumbs up to Mantic. I assembled close to 50 models over the course of the weekend (it was a rough weekend) and more pics will be forthcoming as soon as I take them. Next post, abyssal molochs, flame bearers, and heroes.