Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Start Collecting Greenskinz

  Just finished painting up this box of goodies. Bought it for the Boar Riders but now I have 2 chariots and a bunch of extra boyz and a couple of heroes. Lots of lovely plastic.





Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Starter Box Smackdown

  Things are a bit quiet at work so I've spent the day pulling out the figures that I've been painting for the past year or so and having a rumble. It took ages to set up the battle but the different units look great now that they've had a lick of paint.

  I've learnt a few things as I played through. Knowing your units and how they work with each other is really important so printing out whatever warscrolls you need and reading through them all before play helps speed things up immensely. I used up a lot of time looking up units on the app and although it is very helpful it is better to have the info on hand for easy reference. Hero phase abilities and unit special rules need to be remembered and it is useful to have some kind of tokens to mark who has attacked during the combat phase. Battleshock is at the end of a turn and not after each phase. Had to wean myself from doing that. Units can attack in both the shooting and melee phase although they'll probably be rubbish in one or both of them. With that in mind the next battle should go a lot quicker.



The range on these rifles is immense. 


  As I started taking some pictures the sky turned black and we had half an hour of sleet come crashing down. With the loss of light I had to put some lamps on to enable the camera on my phone to take a half decent image.


Spider riders can do a lot of damage on the charge but need backing up to stop them being cut to ribbons in melee.




The two goblin units managed to trap a charging unit of Imperial spearmen between them but couldn't muster enough damage to defeat them.


The orcs were deployed behind the goblins to protect them until they could get into melee but the Imperial spearmen and horde of goblins that were in combat with them blocked their route to the enemy and so they never came to blows.


Trolls are brutal. This one took out four high elves in one turn and four others subsequently ran for it to avoid being ground into paste.


Boom! Shake, shake, shake, the room. No special dice required.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Warhammer 7th Edition

  Phase 1 complete!

  With the completion of the Battle of Skull Pass set I have now painted up 3 of the 5 Warhammer Fantasy Battle starter sets. I now have a nice looking Orcs and Goblins army and some Empire, High Elves and Dwarfs to set them against. Since starting my painting challenge I have since bought an Orc Warboss on Wyvern, Giant, and a unit of Black Orcs with command units and Grimgor Ironhide to lead them. I have also picked up one of the new Start Collecting Greenskinz boxes because I wanted some Boar Riders and extra orcs and the box was really good value. I will now be painting my way through these bits and bobs before resuming the challenge with the 5th Edition Herohammer set.


  Night goblins were painted last year, dwarfs just finished. I'm definitely getting better with my brush work.





Sunday, 19 March 2017

Warhammer 6th Edition

Taking advantage of the few days of sunlight over the winter season I've finally finished painting up my 6th edition starter set. The orcs were the first models I've ever painted and I was too heavy handed with the undercoat but I think they've still turned out all right. After painting up a heap of goblins I've come back to this set and turned my hand to the troops of the Empire. Choosing a green and yellow colour scheme after the fine city of Norwich and finding that this matched up with the province of Stirland I got stuck in and am very happy with the end results. The second hand set I bought had a bunch of extra figures and although they look impressive ranked up on my craft table it is time for them to be packed away to make room for the Dwarfs of Skull Pass.








Friday, 9 December 2016

Top 20 Games According to Board Game Geek.

   I've just been playing Space Crusade and putting off getting on with the present wrapping. This game completes my collection of the games Games Workshop made in collaboration with Milton Bradley and sits happily alongside the mighty Heroquest and Battle Masters. As I was listing it on my profile on BBG I thought I'd put up an end of year chart a la Christmas Top of the Pops so without further ado...

  20  Cosmic Encounter   Picked up in a junk shop. Has made me very happy (see below).



  19  Lord of the Rings  Abstaction of the story may have put many people off this game but I love it. Last time I played it was down to the last roll of the game if the hobbits were going to pull through.
  18  Quirkle  Took this on a trip to New Zealand and Kate really enjoyed it. It's Scrabble but replaces letters for coloured symbols. Easy abstract game you can play anywhere.
  17  Warhammer Quest  Brutally hard dungeon quester with great role-play book. Maybe Games Workshop's finest moment as a producer of board games with a ton of great figures, good quality, chunky components and quality finish throughout. This was GW's golden age in one game.
  16  Liar's Dice  Don't know why this game is so high in the ratings. I bought a couple of copies from junk shops as a cheap way to pile up on d6s.
  15  Diplomacy  The game that never comes out of the closet. Play Power instead, it's pretty much the same game but with added fun.
  14  Jamaica  Boo! Buccaneer isn't on here but Jamaica is a great little race game with a pirate theme and really lovely components to play with.
  13  LotR Confrontation  It's Stratego with knobs on. I also have Stratego Waterloo which is also Stratego with knobs on but also looks amazing when set up on the table.
  12  Bohnanza  Another junk shop find. On the yet to be played pile.
  11  Ingenious  I really like this game but the score board can be a bit fiddley with the pegs pinging off into the carpet.
  10 Taj Mahal  Found cheap in The Works. Yet to be played.
   9   Catan  Still up here! Everyone knows how to play it by now so comes out regularly as a Monopoly substitute. I've nothing against Monopoly as long as no-one plays house rules or starts doing deals to drag the game out to insufferable lengths. Last version played - Coronation Street which I managed to win after bagging Elsie Tanner's house.
   8   Blood Bowl Team Manager  Possibly better than the board game.
   7   Battlelore  I love this game so much. My favourite war game by a clear mile and so playable straight out of the box. Easy to pick up and with the Call to Arms expansion almost limitless.
   6   Acquire  It's alright. Plays a good game but lacking in razzle dazzle.                                  
   5   Hive  Nice chunky tiles to clunk down. Haven't played it yet. Junk shop find.
   4   Space Hulk  Untangling the tyranid figures is like sorting the lights out for the Christmas tree. Takes up a mammoth amount of table space. It's Aliens, the board game and how GW can moan about copyright infringement after the amount of IP they're helped themselves to over the years is beyond me. Really good game by the way. If you have more than two players get out Space Crusade instead.
   3   Small World  Easy, fun area control game with bags of variation. Has given Kings and Things quite a roughing up and dumped it in a back alley.
   2   Descent  Current king of the dungeon questers. Really well made if lacking the blood and sweat of Warhammer Quest.
   1   Lords of Waterdeep  Another game my wife Kate really likes although she does totally ignore all of the flavour text and just gets down to the task of collecting coloured cubes and converting them into points. Something she does with great efficiency. A really, really great worker placement game that is so much more than the sum of it's parts. I've taken it to board game club nights and played it with non-gamers and everyone's had a great time. A deserved number one.

Friday, 18 November 2016

A Quiet Moment

Sitting up here in the man cave and it's getting to the end of the year. Laundry is drying on the clothes rack behind me next to the box of Battle Masters that I don't want to deconstruct and put away just yet. Half painted Empire spearmen are awaiting a trip to the shops for more green after I'd used it all on my greenskin horde. Yesterday I re-installed my copy of Blood Bowl Legendary Edition on the lap-top to see if would work on Windows 10 ( it did ) and had an enjoyable time re-learning the game.

  The news of the new Blood Bowl edition led me to look at Age of Sigmar again and I quite fancy picking up the General's Handbook now that GW has produced a way of balancing armies that isn't going to break my bank account. All of the army costs in one book, they haven't done that since the (very good) 6th edition Ravening Hordes lists or the classic 3rd edition book before that. I won't be buying any figures brand new but maybe GW is heading in the right direction.

  Fingers crossed.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Warhammer Project

  A year and a half ago I started buying Warhammer starter sets because although I have been a role-player for over 35 years Warhammer seems to have passed me by. I'd bought the 2nd edition and the Orc's Drift pack when it came out and had a whole bunch of Chronicle orc figures but never really got into it.



  Cut to now and I have managed to track down all of the 4th to 8th edition sets and have slowly been assembling and painting them up. I started with the orcs from the 6th set, moved onto the goblins of the 4th and 7th (picking up a stone thrower, fanatics, a warlord on a wyvern and some black orcs on the way) which gave me a neat little army and am now painting up some of the good guys.



  I have just finished the 4th edition set so I thought I'd pop some photos up. Not bad for an amateur methinks.



I now have the Imperial troops from set 6 undercoated and hope to have them done by Christmas. After that it's the dwarfs from Skull Pass which will leave the whole of the 5th and 8th sets for next year (with a bit of luck!)