Monday, March 13, 2017

Rainy Days

The pacific northwest is living up to its rep this Spring. I haven't seen it rain so much since the late '90s. This always creates a huge lull in any painting I want to do as rainy weather makes priming impossible. Okay, so maybe not really impossible, but it has been so long since I brushed on primer that it pretty much feels like it.

On to gaming. Well the search for the two missing vanguard models has pretty much been called off. I have no clue where those models could have gone. At this point, they are lost to the warp. I did trade for a new kit though, so I'll be replacing them shortly. Still, I hate losing stuff.

I have also been purchasing some air brush paints recently. I found some gift certificates that have been building up over the years and finally remembered to bring them with.  My son also surprised us this weekend by coming up and getting all of his furniture out of the garage. So with some work, my garage man-cave can be reassembled and I will have space to pull out the airbrush. That is exciting and scary all at once.

I also made some bolt action purchases with that money. I would have liked to have spent them on GW stuff, but GW retail is just too expensive. And GCs are basically money. If I'm not willing to spend cash on GW, I'm sure as heck not going to spend a GC on it. But that is okay because I got some cool bolt action units. They will go on the bolt action stack in my office. Sad I know.

Oh, I have also gotten a few fantasy models as well from a local guy selling his stuff off. Good prices and well worth the trip. Who doesn't need more savage and black orcs? So I keep finding ways to spend money on my hobby without actually playing it. One day they will actually name that disease.

This weekend I also went to go get my free 4th ed Flames of War book...but was denied as battlefront didn't deliver to my store on time. Boooooo. However, I did get to see what the new book would be and I'm very happy with battlefront. They treat gamers right. Didn't get a chance to get the new mid war books as they were already sold out, but hopefully I'll get them this next weekend.

Also, Dawn of War III is on preorder. Now this really gets me a bit. I went to the site, and they have a collector's edition ~$130 and then a limited edition ~$60. The collectors is pretty cool, but the limited edition is pretty much crap. Steam also has a pre order deal going on too. I'm going to think about it. I have a little time before I need to decide. I'll probably get it as I have enjoyed the DoW series so far.

And finally, got to play Pathfinder this weekend. Had a good time as always. And I saw that 5th Ed D&D has a new app coming out and you can sign up for beta. I really think Wizards could have been doing so much more digitally for their game. Such a shame. They have had good tools out since 3rd ed, but they have always fallen short at some point. We'll see if this set is better.

Till next time...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Deserters!

Models gone AWOL! Gah! I am missing models! And it is driving me crazy. I currently busted out my Ad Mech guys to take inventory so that I could see what I had available for the OFCC. Well once I got them all out on the table, I found several were missing. I had two partial big robot guys that were missing their arms, and the tech that went along with them. Then I found that I was missing two electro priests, and two of my vanguard armed with arc rifles. I haven't been doing anything with this army for months...so it has really thrown me off as to what could have happened to them.

I have scoured my office, section by section, looking for the models. Thankfully, I did find the missing pieces to the Kastelans. However, the four others are still missing. I have checked every case, every foam container, every shelf. I've pulled out whole sections of my office to no avail.

I've wracked my brain trying to think of where they would have gone. I hate losing things. And there is no reason for these four models to be missing. I could see maybe one if some odd accident happened where it got bumped off a shelf and into a garbage can or something...but four? I just don't see how that could happen.

It's also depressing. I just don't like losing stuff.

EDIT: okay, so after some research, I've discovered that I only ever had eight electro priests, and not ten. Thus, I am not missing two models. That is a relief. So now I just gotta figure out where I put those two darn vanguard models!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A little R&R goes a long way

What HO! and forsooth and all that stuff. And no, I did not just get back from a Ren-fest. Nope, instead I just got back from a nice getaway with the wife unit. The only thing that was wrong with it is that it was far too short. It is very nice to get away from it all, and where we went didn't even have cell singals...so we were pretty much completely unplugged. I also didn't bring any hobby stuff with me. Normally I always bring something along, some models to assemble or a book to read at the very least, but not this time. It was nice to get a break from everything.

But that isn't why you folks (or more accurately, folk) are here. You want gaming news of some sort. Even my pitiful amount of gaming news for some odd reason. So what have I got for you? As if you couldn't guess.

Well first the bad news. My PC's HD went out again...only three months old the "new" drive died on me. I say "new" because I didn't install it, a PC shop did...so whether or not it was really new or not is somewhat up in the air. That was not what I was hoping to have happen when I got back from vacay.

I did get a chance to play Pathfinder last week. That was fun...except we are still playing too late. I was just zoning out most of the time until finally some excitement happened towards the end of the night...which sucks because then I get all awake and then we quit....at midnight...and now I gotta try to sleep. People who RP know that isn't easy to do.

On the war gaming front, there is a little bit more. The big news is that I just secured a bunch of squat models to add to my meager collection. It isn't as good as I had hoped as the collection that I'm splitting wasn't as advertised, but I'll have enough guys to make an IG detachment for my Ad Mech army. How cool will that be? I've got all these super cool Ad Mech dudes, and then have a nice bunch of retro squats supporting them. And Knights too....not sure if it gets any better for 40K than that.

Also, Spartan Games has been putting out some Dystopian Wars news lately. Freaking about time. And here's the crux of it, when they do promote their game, I get interested in it again. Because its cool! So my buddy bought into the Kickstarter they just did and he hadn't closed out his pledge yet, so I was able to hop in and get the new rulebook and an expansion fleet. They have also released some modular battleships for the main six fleets. Not so sure how crazy I am about those yet. We'll see. But the big thing is, when Spartan actually promotes their game, it makes me what to play it. Gah!

Also, with the new year means a new OFCC. I really want to participate in it again. It has been years since I went to one as a player. Originally, I thought I'd go with Flames of War, but it seems that game has really died out locally and I don't think they are in a good position to have a tournament for that game. That means I'm now looking at 40K. I suppose I could enter in the 9th age tournament, but honestly, I don't want to get into 9th age. With 40K though, I'd want to bring my Ad Mech...which is great, because I love them...but they are completely unpainted. So that is a lot of work. So we'll see. Maybe the squats will motivate me into painting a new 40K army.

That's it folks. Until next time....

Friday, February 3, 2017

Times are a Changing

Man, I had really hoped to get in one more post in January, but it was simply not to be. But that is okay, as lots of stuff is going on. First off, we have a new President. This means I'm spending less time on facebook as it's all filled with political crap. I don't think it matters much on which side of the fence you fall, the whole topic is just so toxic right now. I'm done with it. Therefore I am spending more time on gaming. Yay me!

Kings of War - well I decided to take my new Dark Elf army over for kings of war day. However, we only had three players, and not feeling my best, I decided to sit it out and help out a new player that had showed up. Thankfully, he brought Twilight Kin (dark elves) so I got to play them sorta anyhow. :)

Poor Nick, his Tomb Kings got beat again. But it was a good match and things just fell the way of the dark elves in the end. That is a nice solid army and one that I will happily play. However, now that our new guy is going to be bringing them, I have to go and figure out a different army to bring. Someone requested Orcs, so I'll give them a go next time. However, I may use my herd models as they are simply more table ready than my orcs.

I still haven't found a buyer for my abyssal army yet. A few people were interested, but nothing solid came out of it. I may have to go Ebay. Bleah. If I do, I'll also be putting up my Mantic Enforcer models too. Got them in a Kickstarter a while back and just never did anything with them. Might as well find them a good home.

Pathfinder - finally got to play pathfinder again with my new group. We hit level four and I have to had it to Matt, he gave us one doozy of a fight. The only downside to the pathfinder group is that they like to play late, like midnight late. I'm old. I don't do midnight games anymore. Just wrecks my whole weekend. :)

DDO - well the Clemson DDO group is still chugging along. Its like herding cats, I swear. There are three of us that are pretty committed to playing. The others....well not so much. Shame too because I really like it when everyone makes it. We don't take it too seriously and try to even inject some roleplaying into it. Last time we played, the little kobold shamans on elite were throwing lightning bolts around. One nailed my poor sorcerer in the back and I was a floating spirit stone. I laughed out loud. It was just so unexpected and funny to see happen. It was fun, which is the whole point of playing. So I'm gonna keep herding those darn cats.

GW - so I do kinda keep an eye on GW's announcements and such...mostly just the 40K stuff. Well they just released a new model for one of their primarchs. The funny thing is, he looks like a grown up version of Joffrey from Game of Thrones. It's creepy.

TV - all of my TV shows are back! So now its back to watching just hordes of bad shows with the wife unit. One of the few stand outs though is Magicians. My daughter and I watched it last season and really enjoyed it. Its definitely one of the more mature shows, but I like the writing and the story makes sense most of the time. Which is a whole lot more than the DC comic shows that the CW produces. I mean I want to support comic book shows as much as I can...but damn the writers just fail so much. :)

Okay, so that's it for now.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Changing of the Guard

Hey-oh! Hello Sports fans, welcome to the latest edition of "oh crap, I forgot to blog". The blog that doesn't plan at all and is just posted on the fly. Readers beware.

So what do we talk about today? Well gaming stuff of course. The big news is, I've bought another army. I just couldn't pass it up. It was a great deal, and it was a great set of models. Doesn't matter that I've owned this army twice before and sold or traded it away. Nope, what matters is that I like the models. Luckily for me, I can use them in Kings of War as well as Warhammer 8th/9th edition. When I will use them or where I will store them are completely unknown. But I'll have them.

I'm also selling my Abyssals. They just aren't for me. Which is really a shame since I just spent a significant amount of money in order to bolster them. GW was selling this certain range of female demons that I could not pass up. However, I think I'll be able to fit them into my new army just fine. So its all good. I have yet to actually sell the Abyssals though...but I have had a few inquiries, so fingers crossed.

I haven't played any more KoW since the last post, but I have games coming up this Sunday. Now to decide what to take. I could take my new army which I'll be picking up on Saturday....or I could bring the gobbos again to make someone else feel the pain.

Otherwise, the weather here has been both lovely and destructive which has put my Pathfinder game on hold. I will be playing this evening though again, so that's good.

Myself and Anthony (college buddy) was able to successfully herd the cats and get a full DDO group of Clemson Adventure Guild alum together! That was a big deal. We had our first game on Monday night and it was a hoot. Just like the old days. Oh, and of course...Go Clemson! Whoooooo! National Champions! Go Tigers! (football reference for those that don't know).

Still playing quite a bit of Overwatch as well. Some characters I just hate. Like Genji. Gah! can't stand him. I swear they shrunk his hitbox when he jumps around. Oh, and I wish there was a way to detect aimbot usage. But if I find myself getting mad then I quit playing. Just not worth it.

So that's it...but honestly...quite a bit of stuff. New army, getting rid of one, D&D, computer games....and my wife is still happy with me and my kids are safe and healthy. I call this a win. Till next time.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The New Year

Whoops, I really should have gotten in a second post in December. Ah well. It was the holidays. And I did get in some gaming. I have finally gotten into a new D&D group....well we are playing Pathfinder....but basically its D&D. So far so good actually. The only issue is that they like to play late and I'm old and have to get up in the morning. Thankfully we play over the weekend, but still. How sad is that that after one night of staying up to 1am, I was wiped out the whole next day? Ugh. Aging sucks. And now its yet another year where I'm slowing down instead of speeding up.

Oh, I do sort of have a reason for the lack of posts, for the last 8 weeks I had a splint on my right hand that made it very difficult to type. It just came off yesterday and now I have to torture myself to get my finger to work right again. PT sucks.

I took two weeks off over the holidays so that I could be with my kids, so that was cool. One of the things I was able to do was to pull out all of my goblin stuff to see if I had enough for a goblin KoW army. Turns out I do. So I sat there for a couple of days putting models together and then a few days ago, got in a 1500pt game with my friend Robert and his Kingdom of Men army. We played a straight up Kill scenario to keep things simple. The goblins performed really well...okay, so perhaps not the goblin troops themselves, but the army did very well. At 1500pts, I had a lot of options. I had two goblins infantry hordes, a troll horde, and two regiments. That doesn't then go into the monsters, warmachines, and characters on top of that.

The goblins won the game quite handily, in fact, it was probably one of the biggest wins I've had yet playing KoW. I did get lucky with an early route of some knights on a flank, but mostly it was due to Robert making an error in the middle with his spearmen horde and thinking that bane chant was a surge spell. Unfortunately, he didn't share this plan ahead of time or I could have corrected him. With his center block gone, it wasn't long before the rest collapsed. I will say though, if it wasn't for the non-goblin units, the game probably would have gone a lot differently. Yellow-bellied really rears its ugly head just when you don't want it to. That and hitting on 5's in the best situation is not great. Had a good time and nice to see an army like that is completely viable.

I'm going to try and gather my thoughts on Kings of War to do a system review now that I've gotten more games in. Until next time.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The signal's weak, but its a signal

A December post! It's a Christmas miracle! Well sports fans, apparently I still do indeed game. In fact, I think I gamed a bit too much this weekend. I actually found a D&D group to join. Well Pathfinder actually, but lets face it, its D&D. Had our first game Saturday night and it went pretty well. It is still a bit unbelievable that I have gotten back into a weekly game and I don't have to DM! woot

Furthermore, I also played some Kings of War on Sunday. Just a small game as one of our players bailed, but a game none the less. I brought out dwarfs this time and faced off against some Kingdom of Dusk undead. Did fairly well, but some good rolling by my opponent in the end led to a tie game. Had it gone on for one more turn I would have had it...maybe. But all in all, a fun game and another reason I keep enjoying Kings.

I really need to settle down on an army for kings though. I keep hopping about trying to find one that really grabs me. I'm sorely tempted to start a goblin army. I may even have enough models for it already. However, that means reorganizing my office and that seems a bit like too much work at the moment. But I have some time off coming up and who knows?

In gaming news, Spartan Games launched a kickstarter for Dystopian Wars. You'd think I would have been all over that. And I almost was. However, I don't currently own either of the factions in the new starter, and some unexpected rational restraint has appeared in my head. I've bought into DW quite a bit and just can't bring myself to dive in more at this point. I am looking at getting the new rules though. So we'll see. My friend did pick up the DW-lite set and those rules look promising. Have to see if there's time to fit in a game soon.

In general geekery, the new Rogue One movie is almost upon us. So excited for this and already have two showings lined up. I love Star Wars. Squee! (yes I understand, grown men should squee, but its Star Wars...)

Next time, I'll delve deeper into the Pathfinder game and maybe have a decision on which Kings army to focus on.