Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two Months of Odds and Ends

So...back in the middle of January, I blew out my knee. Thus began a concerted 2-month effort to walk properly and climb stairs again. Arthroscopic surgery happened at the beginning of February and physiotherapy began shortly after...just in time to be walloped with a huge mid-winter cold. I've been laid up for some time. All of this to explain a lack of blog's been a while. Anyway, back in the saddle.

Here's a quick catch-up post.

Painting is a 4-Letter Word, episode 3 from January. Better late than never!

...and Go Knee!

I'd have to say that the best hobby time I've had over the past several months has been our monthly painting nights. We usually get five to seven local hobbyists (including a core of podcasters from Hobby Night in Canada) out for these events, and they've really been a good time.

Back at the beginning of February, I took a flight down to Vegas and attended the LVO. It was huge this year. The 40K tournament alone was well over 400 players.

And Vegas was good to me during the trip. Won a number of jackpots, including this sweet one for 2Gs...which really went a long way towards paying for some exorbitant hobby purchases!

Gaming-wise at the LVO, I was focused on Dropfleet. Played a number of games.

Including one against birthday boy, Ward Kapach.

Also attended a great painting workshop run by Aaron Lovejoy. Learned how to weather model surfaces with latex mould builder and acrylic paint.

More Dropfleet at the Tuesday Night Game Club.

 ...On multiple occasions.

And joined a Dropfleet escalation league up at Mission Fun and Games, run by our local Hawk Talon, Trevor. Our first game day saw 10 (!) players come out. Amazing.

While it's been pretty quiet for me on the painting front, I did manage to churn out some Dropfleet clusters with resin sector objectives from Hawk.

To finish up with this catch-up blog, I also ran a painting workshop up at Thunderground last Sunday. We had a good turnout, and I was able to share some fun techniques with the guys who came out.

Well, got lots of games in, despite being hobbled for the last several weeks. And Vegas was lots of fun.

'Til next time.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Scourge Dragon Battleship and Nickar (Ersatz)

So, the Las Vegas Open is coming up weekend as a matter of fact...and the Dropfleet list building rules for the tournament were just released a week ago. At 1250 points, I needed a Dragon battleship, pronto. 

They came into stock last week at Meeplemart, so I ordered mine and crossed my fingers it would get here on time for the convention. Got my shipping notice last Monday, and the model arrived on Friday. Built it Friday night (easy 16-piece kit), and here it is...Sunday afternoon and tabletop-ready.

In addition, to round out my list, I shoved in a 22-point Nickar corvette. Well, the kits aren't released yet, but tournament rules allow for I used a GW Screamer. Looks like a similar model, if a little on the big side, but I'm not going to complain. Models built and painted in time to get on the plane Thursday.

Carnage awaits.

'Til next time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

More Scourge for Dropfleet

In the race to get ready for the Las Vegas Open (Feb 3-5), I've been working on my Dropfleet stuff. Here is the contents of another starter set done.

Now I just need to complete one battleship and one more frigate to get to 1500 points. Hopefully that Meeplemart order will get here this week!

'Til next time.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rogue Stars Character Cards

Rogue Stars from Osprey Wargames is a very new ruleset. As such, it's lacking a lot of material that would make it more gamer-friendly...including a Quick Reference Card for the game modifiers and Character Cards.

In lieu of a set of pre-made Character Cards, I made my own. These files were built in Apple's Pixelmator software.

My first set of characters for the game is a 200-point squad of Heavy-World Miners. I gave the squad "Hard to Kill" and armed most of them with shotguns (stats found on the group Facebook page). These guys were named after some of my favourite Raptor second-stringers.

The miners are led by Powell. Rogue Star characters have to be built between 30 and 70 points. Powell, at 46 has a pretty low cost for a leader...but that's the trade-off for having 5 guys in the squad. He's armed with a mining pick (Monowire Scythe), pistol and a small grenade.

Swag Daddy, second in command, checks in at 42 points. He has a shotgun and sword.

CoJo doubles as the squad's medic and chief technician.

Like all the shotguns in the squad, BeBe's is loaded with Dragon Breath rounds. They have a shortened range, but cause Scorch. That means when another model is hit, damage is automatically applied to the least armoured section of the target.

Caboclo rounds out the squad. Like BeBe, he has Chucker...which allows him greater accuracy when throwing his stun grenade.

OK, another game ready to go. Cards were printed an put in plastic sleeves to write on during gameplay.

'Til next time.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rogue Stars...First Project of 2017

For the first project of 2017, I've decided to build some models for a ruleset I picked up over the holidays: Rogue Stars from Osprey.

Rogue Stars is a Sci-Fi skirmish game based around 3 to 6 figures that uses a mission/location/complication generator to create scenarios, which players can link into a campaign. In that sense, think of it as a scaled-down Necromunda.

For this first squad, I used some very nice multi-part models from Games Workshop.

They are built from the Neophyte Hybrids box for the recently released Genestealer Cults 40K line.

This week I also added to my growing collection of Dropzone Commander terrain, with another Blotz building. These are great to build during NBA games...particularly through the first 3 quarters while the Raptors are letting opponents build a small lead that they then overcome in an always-exciting 4th quarter. ;^)

'Til next time.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Painting is a 4-Letter Word...Episode 2

Here is the audio capture from our December painting night. In it, you'll get the latest opinions on the state of the hobby and gaming community from Mike Sawada, Ward Kapach, Tom Carter, Steven Lind, Barry Gergel, and myself.

Painting is a 4-Letter Word is intended to be listened to while you're working on your own hobby project and want some white noise going on in the background.

Happy New Year!

'Til next time.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dropzone Buildings from Blotz

With my recent interest in Dropzone Commander, I figured it was time to start into some 10mm city terrain. I ordered a set of MDF buildings from Blotz in the UK, and they arrived just in time for Christmas. 

Here are the first four painted up (includes a carpark).

I got a set of 14 buildings...all at a reasonable cost: well less than $20 per building all in.

Assembly instructions for each kit are online. Convenient. And the instructions are very clear, with photos to aid in putting the parts together.

By the end of the first building session, three kits were done.

Elliot came over during the holidays for an introductory game. He had a set of the cardboard buildings, and a FAT Mat to play on. My new MDF buildings fit right in.

Dropzone is a good game, buy the way, if you haven't tried it. However, I believe that the biggest draw for the game is not its gameplay. It's the models and terrain. Lovely.

'Til next time.