Friday, September 14, 2018

The Fellowship of the Ring...

The release of a new edition of the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game by Games Workshop has rekindled my interest in the Lord of the Rings.  Okay, I've continued being interested, but it has motivated me to paint some models.

I've had the Fellowship sitting around for years.  I had textured the bases and primed the models, but never got any further than that.  So, with some motivation, I decided I would put some time in and paint the fellowship.

As usual, I used a simple process to paint them, but am pleased with the results and think they will look great on the table, though probably won't win any painting competitions.

Monday, July 9, 2018

6mm Fantasy - Painting Beastmen from Microworld Games

My demon army needs someone to fight against, so I'm also working on a Beastmen army.  These models are also from Microworld Games.  The level of detail on these models is pretty impressive.

I have managed to get a good amount painted so far, but have more to add to the collection in the future.  This will give me more options for army selection and allow me to field larger armies.

Faun Archers

Dire Boars

Command Stands (Generals, Heroes, and Shamans)

These models were fun to paint and turned out very nicely.  I look forward to getting these models to the table.

I've now got the core forces for 2 armies completed so I can actually play a game or two with them.  I hope to test out the Lord and Lands rules soon and will be sharing about that in a future post.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cavern Terrain

A friend has encouraged our gaming group to start playing Relicblade.  This is a fun game that plays on a 2' x 2' board and each player only has a handful of models.  So far, it has been a lot of fun.

The game has rules for different terrain types, so I thought I would try my hand at doing a cave board.  I thought about doing stalagmites and stalactites, but I was under a deadline and I wasn't sure my skills were up to it.  Instead I went with a more basic look.  I'm pleased with the results and only have a few more minor details I plan to add.

What do you think?  What did I miss?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

6mm Fantasy - Painting Demons from Microworld Games

I picked up some 6mm demons from Microworld Games's fantasy line.  I really like the models and I will be using these for games of Lord and Lands or Kings of War - Small Scale.

I've got a fair bit painted so far and thought I would share them with you all.

Blade Demons

Fire Demons

Cyclopean Demons

All of these models are very characterful and were pretty easy to paint up.  If you read this blog, you know I like simple paint jobs, but the model must work with a simple paint job.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Great Plains Game Festival 2018

I spent a couple days at the Great Plains Game Festival in Lincoln, NE  a couple weeks ago and thought I would share a little about the experience.

This is my third time attending this convention.  Each time has been full of games and has been tons of fun.  The convention is focused on board games, but there were some RPGs represented this year.  I didn't see any miniature gaming, but I could have missed it.

I managed to play a pile of board games.  Some were totally new, others I've played before.  I even managed to play a few games that I have in my collection that I hadn't played yet.
A fun game where you build up your Fair with attractions while others are trying to keep it from getting too big.
A good game with some interesting player interactions.

Post apocalyptic theme where you are trying to establish your turf. 
Lots of options and was a ton of fun. 

Each player is putting on shows at their own Colosseum trying to out do all the others.
One of my favorite games.

Healthy Heart Hospital

An interesting co-op game with an uncommon theme.  Players are trying to treat patients before they get so sick they die.
I own this, but hadn't played it.  I need to re-read the rules and give this another try.


A co-op game where everyone is trying to eat you.  You've got to work together to be successful.
I enjoy this game, but it can go on a little long sometimes.  

Forest of the Impaled

Forest of the Impaled

This is a historically themed game where 6 armies are working together to defeat Vlad the Impaler.  It is very pretty and I enjoyed it a lot.  This was a Kickstarter that I didn't back and now I regret not backing it.
I might have to see about finding a copy of this.

Escape from 100 Million BC

Time traveling when your time machine breaks.  Your group is stuck and you have to find parts to fix the machine without screwing up the future too much.
This one was a little tedious and the components could have used a bit more work.

Terraforming Mars
You get to spend 20 generations trying to turn Mars into a hospitable place.  Lots and lots of options.  So many that is is hard to know what to do.  This is one that will take a few plays before you really know what is going on.

Another game that I owned, but hadn't played.  Glad I have it and have played it a couple times since the con.  It is great!

In this game, you are collecting resources and fighting monsters, but you can only move right and/or down.
It seemed a bit odd at first, but it forced some interesting decisions.

This one might end up in my collection, but I think I want to play it again before I buy it.

This is an abstract, puzzle game where you have to build a structure out of balls, but the rules change every round.
It was a lot of fun and it plays very quickly.

I have already purchased a copy and have introduced it to several new players.

Empire of the Stars
Prototype Playtest

This was a prototype that reminded me a bit of Twilight Imperium.  It was a fun experience.  I look forward to playing it again after a little more play testing and tweaking.  After the game, I was thinking about different choices I should have made.  That is always a good sign for any game.

Designed by Cody Sahs

I had heard good things about this game and they were all true.  A fun bluffing game where you don't actually have to bluff at all.  I think this one will find its way into my collection at some point.

This game is kind of hit and miss for me.  I've played it before and it was alright so I thought I'd get in on another go. 

This is a real time game that didn't really trip my trigger.  It's hard to say what I didn't like.  I don't know if it was too light or if the theme was just not right for me.  

I pre-registered for the convention and received a free game when I arrived.  They had a nice variety of games for that that pre-registered and it was random which game I got.  I've never heard of the game I got (Pack Wars), but hey it might be a hidden gem.  They did have several games that I had heard of and some were fairly pricey games (MSRP up to $60).

The convention had snacks available for purchase.  This included candy, donuts, chips, soda, hot dogs, nachos, hamburgers, etc., but also included some specials from local restaurants like Valentino's, Chick-fil-a, and Famous Dave's.  

They also boast a wide selection of Play-to-Win games.  I think there were about 50 games that you could check out and then were entered into a drawing to win that copy of the game.  I played a few of these, but didn't win any. 

And finally, the game library is pretty amazing.  I think they have 2,000 games in the library, and you can check any of them out to play.  And we aren't talking about a bunch of crappy old games.  They have lots of classics, but they had most of the new popular (and some less known) titles available.  I suppose I should have taken a few "shelfies" to show off the selection.

Overall, I had a fantastic time at the convention and look forward to next year's event.  If you are in the area or within a day's drive, I'd say it is worth the trip.  Great folks, great games, and a great time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Neglected to long.

I have been neglecting this poor lonely blog lately.

I apologize for that and plan to get back to posting more regularly here.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Space Empires: Replicators by GMT Games - Unboxing

I joined in on the P500 pre-order of Space Empires: Replicators at the last minute.  This expansion of Space Empires 4x is published by GMT Games and was designed by Jim Krohn.

This is the second expansion for Space Empires 4x and this one adds several new features to the game:  a new race (the Replicators), terrain tiles, a resource deck, and some new ships.

Below you can see a couple of pictures of the contents.

Such pretty art on the box

3 types of production sheets

4 copies of the Research Chart/Ship Chart

2 sheets of ship tokens

6 sheets of Terrain Tiles

Empire Advantage Deck

Resource Cards
The components are nice and match well with the components of the core box.

Friday, February 2, 2018

End of year painting challenge November/December

I'm a little behind in getting this posted, but better late than never.

My buddy, Bill challenged some of my local group to an end of year painting challenge.

I do paint quite a bit, but it isn't at the level for a painting competition by any means, so I wasn't sure I wanted in on this.  However, Bill explained that quantity was the focus of the challenge.  He said this was about finishing projects and just getting models completed.  He said we should all paint to our normal standard and work toward getting some things finished.

Well, I could do that.  And I did.  I actually managed to pump out quite a pile of models and terrain.

Deadzone has been on my gaming radar for a while.  I picked up some stuff a couple years ago, but never did anything with it.  So I thought I would work on that as the basis of this challenge.  I could paint up some terrain and forces over the 2 months.

The terrain is pretty basic, but I like how it turned out.  I tried to stretch the models as much as I could, so I used foam core board with textured plasti-card for most of the roofs.

The Plague models are interesting, but I've never really liked the look of the colors used in the fluff.  I tried something a little different and while they aren't perfect, the are now finished and ready for battle.

The Enforcers are fairly well armored and equipped soldiers.  I gave these a simple paint job that will be easy to replicate and managed to get all my 1st edition models finished.

I also needed to finish up the Xenomorphs from AVP: The Hunt Begins.  Bill is painting the Predators and Colonial Marines so I just needed to knock a few models.  I had already painted the juveniles from one box, but needed to paint the adult aliens from both boxes and the juveniles from the 2nd box.  Again, simple paint jobs, but they look good on the table.

I was talked into going to a Kings of War tournament at a nearby shop, but wanted to change up my Goblin army a little.  So I needed to get a couple things painted.

First, I painted a snotling pump wagon.  This is an old Games Workshop model that I picked up at a convention this summer.  I have always like this model, for whatever reason.  I put on my painting shirt and went to work on this model and had it finished in short order.

I also wanted to add some mawbeasts to my goblin army.  A lot of people use GW squigs and Mantic has dog-like models for the unit (that I secretly don't really like the look of).  I have a few squigs floating around, but not enough to do up several units.  I've been trying to find an alternative and came across a pretty decent solution.  I purchased some models from Battle Valor Games for another project, and in that purchase I bought some war hound.  A little paint and these turned into some nice (though maybe small-ish) proxies for my mawbeast packs.

Overall I got quite a few models painted.  I however, didn't get video of everything because I was trying to pump out a lot of models and it does that a certain amount of time to record the process.  I will have some video to share and will probably do more of some of these things so I can show you the process I used for several of these models.

In the end, I pulled out a win in the painting challenge.  It was really based on volume as some of the others painted some very nice looking models.  For the prize, I was awarded with this lovely dagger, that I'm assured was pulled from the back of a very bad man.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

6 x 6 Game Challenge - December Update

I have failed...

And I'm okay with that.

As I look back there were really two reasons that I failed.

1.  An odd thing happened with this game challenge.  I would have some time to play a game, but maybe not enough to play one on the list, so I would just not play a game.  This didn't happen all the time, but enough that I missed out on playing several games.  This sounds odd, but in my mind I would argue that if I was going to play a game I should play one toward the goal.

2.  I wanted to make a video of each play.  While that isn't a big deal in general, it does affect the amount of time it takes to play a game.  I know my videos are not always great, but it still takes time and effort to set up equipment and then edit the videos later.  If I had just been writing a blog post about the games I played things probably would have been a lot easier to complete.

Even though I failed, I had a lot of fun and did play some good games.  I hope this inspired others to play some games as well.

I'm thinking about projects for the coming year, but have not set anything in stone just yet.


Cold War Commander
Game 1Game 2Game 3

Conflict of Heroes - Awakening the Bear
Game 1Game 2Game 3

The Walking Dead: All Out War
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6

Kings of War
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6

Imperial Skies
Game 1Game 2Game 3, Game 4, Game 5

Memoir '44
Game 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5Game 6