Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Planning and re-planning

Cancon is fast approaching (it's a little over a week away), and I am not really prepared. I sort of know what is happening, but I have not done much in the way of ensuring that I am ready for it. I posted a while back that I was going to be playing Warhammer 8.5 this time, but that plan kind of fell through when low numbers combined with a crush from other events for extra space, and the event was cancelled.

So now I am playing Kings of War. Along with 61 other players, apparently. What army am I using? I have no idea yet, beyond the fact that it will have to use models I already have painted. I don't have time to paint anything else, because my available time will be spent working on these guys.
One Chaos Blood Bowl team in the making

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Kings of War: The Deep Fields - Part 2

And so we continue our report of the Deep Fields Kings of War game. You can find the first part here.

Orcs Turn 5

Things were starting to look a little thin on the West side of the field. I charged my remaining Goblin King into the flank of the Elven Army Standard Bearer in an attempt to slow his advance toward my war machines. I failed to even wound him however, so achieved little. With the Slasher finally falling in the centre of the field, the path was opened for my Trolls to have a go at the oh-so-frustrating Tree Herder, whilst the Goblin Sharpstick legion swept on past and engaged the Palace Guard. Unfortunately neither of these efforts were very inspiring, despite doing my best with Bane Chant (I think I failed at least one attempt every single turn. I need Elite re-rolls like the fancy Elf Mages). My remaining Slasher attacked the Archer troop for the second time, but somehow still only managed to waver them. That was bad. There was a purple Tree Herder looking at my flank...

Monday, 9 January 2017

Kings of War: The Deep Fields - Part 1

New Years has come and gone, and despite being suitably distracted and disorganised, I eventually bowed to pressure and organised the annual "big game". It was nothing quite as colossal as some of the previous epic battle reports, but it was still larger than your average game. I had been musing for a while about what a game of Kings of War would look like if the armies were further apart, thus giving things more room and time to maneuver. I decided this was a suitable opportunity to find out. 

In the end I settled on 8,000 points per side, played on a 6'x12' table. The real difference here was that despite being 6' wide, the deployment zones were still only 12" deep - meaning that the armies started 48" apart. So twice as far apart as is normal. It was not a fancy layout, but it would serve to assuage my curiosity.

In an effort to ensure most of the field was relevant, we played Pillage! and scattered 16 markers around (it happened to be how many Halfling and Gnoblar models I had lying around). The game would go for 9 turns with the possibility of a 10th, in order to compensate for the extra distance between the armies.

I shied away from some of the armies that have featured most heavily in our larger games, and instead opted to make the battle between my Orcs and Goblins (with a dash of Ogres) against Elves with Dwarf allies. I threw together lists with few magic items to try to keep life simple for the players.

There ended up being 2 players on each side. Pete and I have played the most KoW, so it was decided that we would be opposing each other. Owen then joined Pete, and I ended up with Nick, who had never actually played a game of KoW before. But he'd heard of it, so was experienced enough to meet our exacting criteria. Given I had made the lists, I let Pete choose which army his side would take. He chose the "Good Guys", essentially revealing them for the bad guys they really were. They just have good publicists. Sneaky gits...

This will be another trimmed down report without maps or anything. Just army lists, pictures (frequently blurry ones) and captions. Hopefully that will be enough to make sense of it.

The Armies

Bad Guys (Nick and me)

(who are really the good guys in this story, since I was playing them)...

Orcs

  • Horde of Ax
  • Horde of Ax
  • Horde of Ax
  • Regiment of Morax
  • Troop of Morax
  • Horde of Greatax
  • Regiment of Greatax
  • Regiment of Greatax
  • Regiment of Gore Riders
  • Regiment of Gore Riders
  • Regiment of Gore Riders
  • Regiment of Gore Chariots
  • Krudger on Winged Slasher with Ensorcelled Armour
  • Krudger on Winged Slasher with Medallion of Life
  • Krudger on Winged Slasher
  • Krudger on Winged Slasher
  • Flagger on Gore
  • Flagger
  • Godspeaker on Gore with Bane Chant, Heal
  • Godspeaker with Bane Chant, Heal
  • Godspeaker with Bane Chant, Heal
  • Giant
  • Giant
  • Giant
  • War Drum
  • War Drum

Ogres

  • Horde of Warriors
  • Horde of Warriors
  • Horde of Warriors
  • Regiment of Boomers
  • Captain
  • Warlock with Fireball

Goblins

  • Legion of Sharpsticks
  • Horde of Sharpsticks
  • Regiment of Spitters
  • Horde of Trolls
  • Regiment of Fleabag Riders
  • Regiment of Fleabag Riders
  • Regiment of Fleabag Riders
  • Troop of Fleabag Riders
  • Troop of Fleabag Riders
  • Big Rocks Thrower
  • Big Rocks Thrower
  • Big Rocks Thrower
  • Big Rocks Thrower
  • King on Chariot
  • King on Fleabag
  • Wiz with Bane Chant
  • Wiz with Bane Chant
  • Troll Bruiser
  • Slasher
  • Slasher

Good Guys (Pete and Owen)

(who are in truth the baddies of our story, boo-hiss)

Elves

  • Horde of Kindred Archers
  • Troop of Kindred Archers
  • Regiment of Palace Guard
  • Regiment of Palace Guard
  • Regiment of Palace Guard
  • Regiment of Palace Guard
  • Regiment of Palace Guard
  • Horde of Therennian Sea Guard
  • Regiment of Kindred Tallspears
  • Horde of Kindred Tallspears
  • Regiment of Hunters of the Wild
  • Regiment of Hunters of the Wild
  • Regiment of Hunters of the Wild
  • Horde of Forest Shamblers
  • Regiment of Stormwind Cavalry
  • Regiment of Stormwind Cavalry
  • Regiment of Stormwind Cavalry
  • Troop of Stormwind Cavalry
  • Bolt Thrower
  • Bolt Thrower
  • Bolt Thrower
  • Bolt Thrower
  • Army Standard Bearer on Horse
  • Army Standard Bearer
  • Elven Mage on Horse with Bane Chant, Fireball, Lightning Bolt
  • Elven Mage with Bane Chant, Fireball, Lightning Bolt
  • Elven Mage with Bane Chant, Fireball, Lightning Bolt
  • Elven Mage with Bane Chant, Fireball, Lightning Bolt
  • Dragon Kindred Lord with Ensorcelled Armour
  • Dragon Kindred Lord
  • Drakon Rider Lord
  • Tree Herder with Medallion of Life
  • Tree Herder
  • Tree Herder

Dwarves

  • Regiment of Berserkers
  • Regiment of Ironguard
  • Regiment of Ironguard
  • Regiment of Ironwatch Crossbows
  • Regiment of Ironwatch Rifles
  • Troop of Rangers
  • Horde of Shieldbreakers
  • Horde of Earth Elementals
  • Horde of Earth Elementals
  • Army Standard Bearer
  • Stone Priest with Bane Chant
  • Stone Priest with Bane Chant
  • King on Large Beast


The Battle

Deployment


Yeah, it was a bit squeezy. But we made it work. Orcs on the left, Elves on the right.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

Well. My last post, about taking it easy for a while, was over 2 months ago. Maybe I took things a little "easier" than I had anticipated. 2 months is a very long time between posts. And this was largely reflective of the amount of hobby-related stuff I was doing during this period. I might have played a single game of Kings of War during the gap. Maybe. 

I only really started to pick up a paint brush about a week ago, too. I really was slacking off admirably. Basically I was suffering a bit from burnout and a lack of specific motivation. And distractions always abound. Especially when you're kind of looking for distractions...

Anyway, as slack as I have been recently, I'm not dead. And now I'm looking to blow off the cobwebs a bit and get back into action. As I say, I've started doing some painting again, although thus far my progress has been limited. My efforts have been focused on getting my Ogre Siegebreakers closer to finished. I had deliberately held off adding colour to them for reasons relating to our Albion campaign, however things got a bit derailed there as we were coming up to the end, so it seems likely that we'll never actually get around to properly resolving it. It's a shame, but I guess these things happen. I actually have photos from at least 4 more games that were played, but those were so long ago now that I doubt I can remember the details to go with them...

Wait, I was talking about painting. Yes, I have been painting metal ogres.

When last we saw them, these guys were almost purely metal. Steel with a little brass on the shields.

They're still not done, but they're closer.
As I say, they're  not finished yet. I am now trying to clean up the eyes a bit, which is difficult. I am having trouble making sense of them. Maybe because of the variable quality of my moulding process, maybe because my eyes are tired. Anyway, you can't see this in these photos anyway.  I also need to go through and make some shoulder detailing, probably by sculpting a master on one guy and then using that to press mould it onto the others. I need more colour on the Ogres themselves. They're a little too... metal.

In other news, I have committed to a plan for Cancon, which is now about a month and a half away. I was tossing up several options, including Kings of War and even Blood Bowl. In the end I have decided to play Warhammer 8.5. Basically it's 8th edition with a few rules tweaks, many of which I agree with, and numerous updated army lists (notably those army books that were release prior to 8th edition, as well as most of the Storm of Chaos lists). In some ways this choice represents the easy option. I expect this event to be small and really relaxed. Less competitive attitude. Right now that is what I am looking for.

And what army will I use? Well, I haven't made a list yet, but I think I have decided on an army book. I suspect I will use Dogs of War.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Taking it easy

Sometimes it happens that when you push too hard to achieve hobby goals, you end up suffering from a level of hobby burnout. After all the rush around the most recent battle report, this has happened to me. I haven't painted anything, nor have I pulled my models out and played any games. And as a result, there has been no real activity on this blog either.

Obviously I have not been entirely inactive since my last post. Rather than trying to make myself spend time doing hobby stuff when I don't have the drive, I have been playing PC and video games instead. Normally these games and hobby stuff are warring for my time, and often the hobby wins out, either because I am working towards a specific goal or because time spent painting models feels like long-term progress and works better with watching TV shows with my wife. At the moment it's not really much of a decision, though. I might as well catch up on some of the games I've been ignoring.

Given there's not much happening on the blog from a hobby perspective, I figured I might as well discuss what I've been doing with my time.

MechWarrior Online

One game I had been meaning to try for years is MechWarrior Online. As someone who has played nearly every Battletech-related video game over the years, read nearly all the books and played the odd game on the tabletop, it's hard to believe that I have managed to wait 3 years since the game came out of beta before giving it a go. It helps that a number of friends have jumped in alongside me, so I'm not playing it all alone.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Give-away winners!


Well the time is up for our Grim & The Grave give-away, so it's time to announce the winners. I gathered all the entries together into a list and then rolled dice to determine the winners, as any true gamer would do.

So without further ado, our winners are:
  • DeusArchon
  • Tom Zom
  • mpc
Each will receive a code for the DLC, just as soon as I work out how to send them messages. Maybe I have to add them as friends in Steam. Such mystery...

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who responded.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Giveaway - Total War: The Grim and The Grave

To celebrate the release of Total War: WARHAMMER The Grim & The Grave, I have 3 copies of the DLC to give away! Just leave a comment on this post, make sure you include something so I can identify who you are (Steam handle or something similar), and answer the following question:
  • Do you come to Total War:WARHAMMER as a player (or former player) of the tabletop game, or is Total War your first involvement in the Warhammer world?
On Sunday (11/9/2016), 3 of the responses will be chosen at random to receive one of the DLC codes I have in my possession.

Answers will be used for the purposes of careful research (ie: I am just curious).

Also, if you have not already seen it, the guys over at Creative Assembly had a go at recreating the Battle of Vanhaldenschlosse at a more sensible level than the hilarious disaster I oversaw here. Go check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy63LVztvdY