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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Star Wars Armada Tournament Today

I'm posting this ahead of time.  I'll be playing in the Star Wars Armada North American Championship today.  I'm pretty psyched.  I'm flying the four Victory list I posted about a couple of days ago.  Stay tuned.  On Monday I'll be posting how the trip went.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gen Con 50 Road Trip Starts Today!

Today is the day.  I'm headed out to Indianapolis to visit Gen Con 50.  I've never been to a large convention like this before.  I'm super exited abut it.  I'm bringing my laptop, so I should be able to post at the Con.

CORRECTION...  I'm excited.  I have not exited.  I'm also not bringing my laptop.  I really don't have the space and I don't want to have to worry about something happening to it.  I'll just post about the Con when I get back.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

40k Reset

I'm not currently digging the Primaris Marines.  They're just part of an army.  You still need regular Marines to fill in the gaps.

I'm not currently digging my Tau.  Two other players are playing Tau right now.

I'm not currently digging my AdMech.  I'm just not.

I like the Necrons, but I'd need to really build and paint a ton of stuff to get it up to 8th Edition viability.

I decided to do a full reset.  I shelved everything.  I'm starting over.

I mentioned to my gaming group that I was looking for a reset switch.  After a couple of trades and barters, I ended up spending $30 and trading a bunch of old metal Kasrkin models for about 1,000 points of brand new Death Guard models.  I've never had a Chaos army before, so this will be a new phenomenon.  It's also going to be a crazy painting challenge.  Every model is basically a super detailed character.

So far I've built the Lord of Contagion and two 5-man Plague Marines squads.  The seven dudes in the Dark Imperium box plus the three dudes in the Easy to Build box make for a nice set of 5-man squads.  Almost like they planned that.

Monday, August 14, 2017

3D Printed Deck/Graveyard Holder

I play a lot of games that have relatively small decks.  The Arkham Horror and Star Wars LCGs are two that pop into mind.  I saw someone online did a laser cut acrylic deck thing and I decided to try to make something similar with the 3D printer.

First, I designed the thing in Sketchup and exported to an STL file.  Here it is in the 3D Builder app that comes with Windows.

The actual print took almost six hours, but resulted in exactly what I wanted...

The green deck in the pictures is a 30 card deck.  I think I'd have to make the posts a little taller to accommodate a 60 card deck.  That'll be Mk3.  Mk1 was a failure.  The above is Mk2.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Star Wars Armada Quad Victory List

I've been playing a little more Star Wars Armada lately.  It's the game that one of my regular gaming groups has more or less fixated on, so it behooves me to take it a little more seriously...  or to at least play it more.  My plan is to make lists that I like, but that aren't necessarily meta winning.

My first list is a four Victory Star Destroyer list.  Three of the Vics are II-class and the last is I-class.  The fleet is led my Admiral Konstantine, an upgrade that allows me to change opponent ship speeds up or down one at the start of each round if they're within long range of at least two of my ships...  which should be easy to achieve with four pretty chunky ships.

The three II-class ships are equipped as such...

The idea is to pop Disposable Capacitors as soon as possible for a long range, 6 die shot.  The Dual Turbolaser Turrets give me a little bit of a reroll.  The Veteran Captain is there to pad me out to 400 points and give me a nav or engineering token when I need it.  I'm counting on second player for this list, so I might as well go to 400 points.

The last ship is equipped as such...

The idea here is to have this ship swoop in late game and drop 9 dice out the front and maybe another 3 out the side.  Spinal Armament also allows me to threaten out the rear if I need to.  Konstantine will ride in this ship.

I did get to play a game with this list and did pretty well.  I played against my buddy Troy, who is generally a much better player than I am.  We played the Contested Outpost mission, which netted me 100 points.  I ended up winning 8-3.

I'll be going to the North American Championship at Gencon later this month.  I think this is the list that I'm going to be flying.  I'll be absolutely crushed by anything with a lot of bombers, but I think I'll do ok against everything else.  Time will tell.  In either case, I'll be flying a list that I like to fly.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

FFG is making a Fallout game!!!

This is some totally exciting news.  I pretty much like everything that FFG does.  From a gaming standpoint, I feel like they poop gold.  I can't remember the last time I played an FFG game that I didn't like.

Enter this...

That's right, a Fallout game designed by FFG.  It's listed as a game for 1-4 players, so there is a solo mode.  I feel like solo modes are really important these days.  People buy these complex games and want to be able to play them without always having to coordinate with other people.  Sometimes it's nice to put on Netflix and play something more complicated than solitaire.

The game comes with five different heroes to choose from and is played on a series of hexagonal tiles.  The scenarios are drawn from Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.  I'm assuming that if this sells well that there will be a Fallout New Vegas expansion at some point.

I have no idea how the game plays yet, but I dig the 1950's scifi look.

I'm sure we'll get more details in the coming months.  This is supposed to be out sometime in Q4, so I'm assuming a Christmas release or so.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Life is hard...

Life has been generally kicking my butt lately.  I haven't been able to work up the motivation to do much of anything lately.

On the upside, I just got a 3D printer.  It's assembled and I've started knocking out small things.  I'll start posting pictures more regularly...  back to daily Monday through Friday as of this post.

First up, a few bits for Star Wars Armada.  First is a damage deck holder.  Second is a small tray with cutouts for all of the tokens that a ship might use.  I'm ridiculously happy with how everything turned out.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I"m still alive...

I'll be putting up a few new posts over the next several days, then I'm out on a week vacation.  After that it'll be back to daily posts.

Thanks for understanding that life sometimes derails our hobbies.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

More Infinity

I finished up the current batch of Infinity models for my buddy.  I think they turned out pretty well.  I'm actually pretty impressed by the models.  I didn't think I was going to be, but they're actually pretty nice.  Pretty.

Ever write something and then reread it just to find it sounds silly because you used the same word over and over?  Me neither.

Anyways, here are the models...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Got some more dudes assembled...

Converted one dude up to a second Shadowseer.

Also converted another into a meaner Solitaire.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Finally Getting Around to the Elder...

...or Aeldari as I guess they're now called.

Once upon a time I split a Death Masque box with a buddy.  I promptly stuck it in my closet.  I've finally gotten around to assembling the clowns.  I also made a list and think I can get a 1500 point list for fairly cheap.

More to come.  I hope to have enough assembled to play a game next weekend.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A buddy of mine asked me to paint some Infinity models for him.  They're actually pretty nice.  I decided to do some custom urban bases.  I masked off the bases and drybrushed on some yellow highway markers.  I think it worked out pretty well.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Corellian Conflict

I was told that this is a little more casual for Star Wars Armada...

My friends and I are going to give it a shot.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  I like the game, but hate the tournament meta.  The starting fleets in this setup can only have one upgrade card each.  That should help things out quite a bit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Upcoming Primaris Marines Stuff

I'm really underwhelmed by how the Primaris Marines perform in combat.  Necron Warriors seem 100% superior to Intercessors in every way.


They're so pretty.  GW teased some upcoming stuff over the weekend.  I'm really digging the Librarian, but without the glowing eyes.  It makes him a little cartoony.  The Reivers (skull faced guys) are OK, but their legs look a little off.  I'm curious to see when they're due to come out and how much they'll cost.  Supposedly, you don't need glue.  That probably means they won't be pose-able.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Star Wars Armada Store Championship

I went to a store championship for Star Wars Armada over the weekend and had a bad enough time that I went home afterwards and made some hard decisions.  I came to a couple of realizations.

1. I like casual play.
2. At the event level, games like Armada and X-Wing have no room for casual play.
3. There is no non-event level.  All games are either events or prep work for events.
3. If there is no room for casual play, there is no room for me.

So, I unfollowed all of the Facebook groups centered around these games and boxed up all my stuff for eventual sale.  I thought about this for awhile.  If the situation is different in your area, great.  In mine, people are either playing competitively in events or playing competitively with the same lists to prepare for events.  I don't have the time or inclination necessary to learn every upgrade in the game and then to practice with the same fleet list over and over and over again until I get good enough to not lose 90% of the games I play.

I've actually been really frustrated with my gaming situation lately.  I'm not sure what to do.  I might just give up on table top gaming for awhile and try to talk people into playing coop board games.

Friday, June 23, 2017

MOAR Painting

I've really been on a roll lately with the painting.  I basically go to work, come home to paint and sleep.  Good times.  This weekend should be fun.  I'll actually be playing some games for a change.

I painted up the three Inceptors.  Again, this is a dumb name.  Plus, the legs are weirdly posed.  This is easily my least favorite of the models in the new core set.  They do look nice painted up though.

I need to figure out some spot details for the backs of these guys.  They're just VERY plain without the belt pouches.  I might try to do some sort of glowing exhaust effect.

Here's a group shot of everything painted so far.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

More Primaris Marines!

I was so happy with the test model that I decided to paint up a 5 man squad of Intercessors.  It took about four and a half hours of straight painting to get these guys done.  That's really not so bad.  It does mean that I have about 15-20 hours remaining to paint the rest of the set if I knuckle down.

Here they are with the Lieutenant from yesterday.  I was worried that they might be a little dark, but I'm digging the overall effect.  I made the bases pretty light to act as a contrast.  I think your base should always set off the model.

I think the pouches make for a pretty solid spot color.

I'll write out the full paint scheme in a day or two so that I don't forget.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Primaris Lieutenant Test Model

I haven't decided on a name for the Chapter yet, but I did decide on a color scheme.  I wanted to go with something generally dark, but recognizably descended from the Ultramarines.  I went with a very dark grey armor with whatever the heck color blue on the shoulders, helmet, knee caps and backpack.  The Lieutenant will have a white helmet and the Sergeants will have red.

Let me know what you think.  I'm particularly happy with the face and the little display thing on his arm.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Primaris Space Marines Army so far...

This is what the Dark Imperium boxed set comes with from a Primaris standpoint, plus the one Contemptor I had on sprue and assembled over the weekend.

HQ - Captain in Gravis Armour w/Master-crafted Sword and Boltstorm Gauntlet (102+10+25)
HQ - 2x Lieutenants (140+4)
Elites - Contemptor Dreadnought (98+65)
Troops - 5x Intercessors (100)
Troops - 5x Intercessors (100)
Fast Attack - 3x Inceptors (135+90)
Heavy Support - 5x Hellblasters (100+90)

That's a total of 1,059 points.  Not too shabby for $60 and a traded Deathwatch dude still on sprue (which I traded for the Contemptor).  I'll end up adding in AdMech stuff that I already own to bulk the list out to 2,000 points.