Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Episode #71: Warhammer Battlefields: Border Wars Pt. 2

Hello everyone!

In this Episode Dave and I continue our coverage of the Border Wars iOS campaign released for the iPad as we talk about our 2nd full size game in the series.  Honestly there isn't much to say beyond that other than I completely failed to get any good pictures for the blog and that I think something is decidedly wrong with one of my microphones so I apologize if the sound is worse than usual.

Still I hope that you all enjoy the show!

Download the show driectly from this link: Episode #71
Run Time: 1 Hour 12 Minutes 55 Seconds

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Great Terrain Build Pt. 2

So I haven't posted recently and with the Thanksgiving break coming up here in the USA I thought I'd slap together a quick blog post with my recent painting movements. You can of course go to my last post discussing terrain (located here: The Great Terrain Build) and see where this started but this post is to bring you up to where I'm at now.

It's been a busy while since that last post in my life so I haven't gotten nearly as much done as I've wanted but I've been happily setting up ideas and painting walls and fences at every opportunity.  So lets take a look at some of the layouts I've thought of doing.
Let's begin with my haunted house/graveyard piece of scenery that I want to put together.  One of the things about the Garden of Moor scenery kit I didn't like was that the iron fence and the stone fence looked awkward together so I've decide to separate them.  My initial idea is that I can split it into two similar graveyard style pieces and this is the first and easier of the designs.  You can see that their isn't quite enough fence to make that 4th side so I've added some spiky bits form a Chaos Space Marine Tank to make a smaller ground fence.  Event hen there was a small gap that didn't have a post on the end and here comes to the rescue one of the smaller huts that go on top of the GW Watchtower.  Now it looks like a nice little private family mausoleum.  Love it!
Then of course I had to set up the actual Fortified Manor just to see how it would look.  I plan on leaving all the regular Walls and Fences loose so that they can be rearranged every game they get used, but the walls that are only for the fortified manor will likely be glued together and only used when the entire set is used as a single piece.  It looks very impressive.  Also you can see that little well house I put in the yard.  It adds a nice little touch I think.
Then I just had to see how the fortress looked with the buildings inside of it.  It doesn't leave a lot of room int here to move stuff around, but I think would definitely add some crazy fun to a big game.  Maybe even not to use it in a full game of Warhammer but perhaps make a crazy scenario for a Skirmish or Regiments of Renown game.  A small task force assigned the task of sneaking into the castle and opening the gates from the small garrison left to defend it.
Then we have the fences themselves.  Sorry about the picture quality.  I just didn't want to drag the white-box out tonight so I just pictured them on a white board and clearly the lighting isn't great.  Particularly with my big shadow over them.  Oops...  Still you can see what I'm going after here.  I must admit that painting these has been a very pleasant distraction from working on a normal army of models.  For some reason painting static things is a welcome change of pace.  Perhaps because I'm not trying to layer skins or cloth and the colors are more muted.  I really like the way these are turning out.  I really like the graveyard fence because of the roses that grow all over it.  The skulls actually aren't as distracting as you might think either.  I'm really quite fond of the roses though.  It adds such a nice splash of color to the piece.
Finally another piece that I really like a lot came from the basic Walls and Fences set and its these two signposts.  They are so small and miniscule that I can't see them acting much as pieces of terrain; but they seem like they would be best either added to a piece of scenery like the woods or some such.  My plan however is to probably mount them 40mm round bases and use them as objective markers.  Perhaps put them down at the center point of the table for a control the center objective saying that they represent a heavy crossroads in the region.  you could even get wild and find some terrain to represent the roads.  I've seen this type of thing before, but not very often and I think would look really nice.

Anyway, that's all I really have for now.  I'm still excited to be working on the terrain, but I know that there is about to be a serious game related lull in my life due to the Thanksgiving holiday as well as Christmas coming up.  Work is going to get busy and family even more so.  My big thing keeping me going right now is the fact that Merry Mayhem is only 2 weeks away!  I cannot wait!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Great Terrain Build!

So here I am sitting in my basement constantly stalling on my O&G project because dammit, that much grey plastic makes me depressed.  Then Flat-Con came along and with it the possibility of being short on terrain which made me go and buy some green felt mats for the tables and re-invigorated my want to run my own small tournaments outside of our local FLGS's.  Like in my backyard small; tiny 10-20 player shin digs which could allow copious amounts of drinking along with the ability to grill out lunches/dinners.  I had begun collecting terrain boxes of stuff last fall but never really got around to building any of it but I suddenly felt quite excited to get back into it and so I have.  This post is going to discuss the terrain and the ideas for it all.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Episode #70: Warhammer Battlefields: Border Wars

Hello everyone!
In this months Episode we discuss one of the newest of Games Workshops campaign supplements that came to us in the form of an iBook.   I'm joined for this series of episodes by another local friend Dave Dickey who hops on board to help me play out, discuss and review the campaign as we work our way through the  3 to 4 scenarios that it will consist of.  Released on Aug. 3rd. for the iPad it was designed as a two player 3 game campaign for you to build a story on much like the small Ladder Campaign (Territorial Dispute) that Chuck and I played back in October of 2012 for Extra Life which came from the old Generals Compendium.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Episode #69: The Grudge of Drong Pt. 4

Howdy Everybody,

So here we are after 4 months, the conclusion and wrap-up of our coverage of the old box campaign 'The Grudge of Drong!' how exciting it is!  Below you'll find the battle report pictures along with the show listed at the bottom so check 'em out and we hope you enjoy it.

Bottom of turn 1 after Ryan's first movement phase.
Another view from other side of table.
Ryans Sea Guard hit the Thunderers in woods and Stone Thrower crushes some White Lions.
Spear Elves ambush and for me into action while the Eagles move along killing more machines.
I declare a load of charges to get away, somehow the Longbeards right in front of the Spears fail an easy charge.
Ryans Reavers hit the Thundereres in the woods in support. He get's a big dual charge on the Beards and offs them, the Hammerers finish the White Lions and ready to turn tail.
Ryan having smoked most of my army at this point turns for the kill.
I flee every charge he declares preserving points and although there's no picture to show it those warriors on the left side do make the long charge and kill that Bolt Thrower.
Enjoy the show!

Download the show driectly from this link: Episode #69
Run Time: 66 Minutes 38 Seconds

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rise of Legends - Da Burna Boy'z (Pt. 8)

So I've finished assembling my Regiment of Renown and I've finally come down to the painting stages. I'm quite excited about getting into this part of the process. I've purchased every green paint GW makes so that I can experiment with multiple green color schemes on my Orcs as I don't plan on having them all a single color. I feel it will add to the mob variety and the army will look better because of it. I could of course be wrong and they might look terrible; but I rather doubt that.  So let's begin shall we.  First a quick look at my guys and then the paints I'll be using.
 Hooray black primer!
And here are the multitude of greens I'll be using.  For these first 3 models that I'll be working on in this article I'm actually only using three of these paints; but I'll get to the others.  While I don't bother to show the rest of the paints I use I do tend to use rather limited numbers of other colors to help me stick with a unifying scheme.  Even though they wont all have those same colors in the same places I think it will overall help pull the units together.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Years Resolution Updates - September

Only 3 months left in my 2013 Resolutions hopes and I’m probably coming up to the final count for points.  Frankly it looks like I'm going to be getting a pretty mediocre grade at best with the finals here.

1. Finish painting my Warhammer Quest set.
Last year I made the final movement into getting the rest of the Warhammer Quest collection.  That isn't to say that I own every model you could possibly run into in the game, but I do own nearly every piece that was specifically made for Quest itself.  In fact last year I managed to completely finish painting the entire base set and now I'm left with Lair of the Orc Lord and Catacombs of Terror along with the rest of the independent characters.  I'd really like to finish this bad boy up and get some good foam for it from Battlefoam maybe, but let's just work on the painting right now.  This shouldn't be too bad.  I think total this is only about 20 models.  There will be no half points for this.  It either does or does not get done.

Failed (The year isn’t over, but I guarantee I will not be getting to this.)
0 Points!   
2. Finish Bretonnian Army
Ah, what good hobbyist doesn't have this specific goal?  Considering last year I nearly completed two armies (Skaven and Empire) I see absolutely no reason that I can't complete the Bretonnian army by year’s end.  I started this army just near the end of last year so it hasn't even been shelved off of the table yet since I've procured it.  I have a specific set of models for this army right now and the goal is to completely finish what I have and buy nothing extra.  This may of course be overridden by GW bringing out a new Army Book. I think this is unlikely, but possible.  The original purchase of this army was for the Adepticon Team Tournament of 1,200 points.  Half credit for the 1,200, full for everything I have.

Complete (Not only did I finish every model I had but I recently sold it!  I just didn’t enjoy the play style enough.)
10 Points

3. Finish 2 Unfinished Projects
Yet another resolution every hobbyist has for themselves.  I guess really the Quest set kind of falls into this category but I'm speaking of everything in general.  I actually did finish my Dwarf army years ago, but I still have about 30 models for the Empire army and probably 50-60 for my Skaven army.  I'd really like to finish them up.  I also need to construct a display board for both the Bretonnian and Empire armies.  So these will be my projects.  Note I designated (2) projects, and not every one of them because let’s face it; you'll never manage that!  1 Project for 1/2 credit.

Complete (Finished Bretonnia Army, Display Boards for Empire and Bretonnia)
10 Points 

4. No More Board Games
I own too many games.  I've known this for years, but I keep a pretty accurate count due to insurance reasons.  I have just a hair under $10k worth of Games Workshop product of some kind and a couple of hundred dollars under $3k in Board Games.  I know better than to think that I won’t be buying more GW stuff, but considering how rarely I actually get the Board Games to the tables I've decided to put a moratorium on Board Games for the year.  This means avoiding garage sales, online excitement, etc...  So I'll be dovetailing my activity on Board Game Geek and everything else.  Its going to be rough because I'm a very flighty person who always wants what I see when I get excited about it.  I've bought many a game through quick impulse.  Full or none!  I either avoid buying or fail and purchase.

Failed (110% Failure!  I think I’ve only purchased 3 or 4, but still a failure.)
0 Points  
5. Play Every Board Game (And sell them!)
This is a two part...  Having gone through my collection I find that I own just over 175 board games.  Now, not all of these are mine specifically; I've gotten plenty of games that are just for my sons (age 4 and 10).  I keep my games quite separate from there's and my goal is to play every one of my games at least once this year.  I'm going to buy a sticker sheet of little orange dots from the store and every game that gets played will get a dot.  At the end of the year any game without a dot will go onto the chopping block and be sold off.  I'm the kind of person who is loathe to part with things and accept change that said there is no real tangible 1/2 way for this, so again with all or nothing.

Failed (Foregone conclusion here.)
0 Points  0

6. Run a Tournament
Some of you know that between me and many people in Bloomington that I already run tournaments.  These are small tournaments though that tend to draw anywhere from 8-16 people.  The most we've had at that.  I want to not only run a better tournament; but I want to run 20 people minimum and have a nice set of tables and terrain there.  I'm looking at emulating Invasion Kenosha basically.  Hopefully I'll see this idea come to fruition.  I've already been working on it and maybe we'll see it happen.  I'm a busy man with two kids, tournaments I already run, etc...  If I manage to at least complete the terrain for 10 tables worth I'll consider this 1/2 credit.

Failed (I know the year isn't up, but I haven’t built the terrain I wanted to and I know it isn’t going to happen.)
0 Points 

7. Get My Son to Play Miniatures
My oldest boy is 10 years old (11 in July) and while he has shown mild interest in Warhammer he's never really been 'for' it.  A casualty of the 'video game' era is the only thing I can come up with.  I have absolutely no idea if I'll ever succeed; but my plan is to get him and some of his friends started as easy as I can and throw them into some games of HeroQuest.  I ran across a box of HeroQuest some time ago completely un-punched and still on sprue and while I'd planned mostly to sell the thing I'm thinking more now about using it as an entry point for the kid.  While the ultimate goal is to get him into Warhammer if I can at least get him and his Friends to play this game a minimum of (5) times I'll throw 1/2 credit.  If it actually leads to a game of Warhammer full points!

Half Credit/Modified? (Well, I haven't gotten my son to play Warhammer yet, and no more games of Heroquest than at the last update (so 1 game) but we have at this point gotten into Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game.  Even more importantly we've played the crap out of it and gotten involved in a local league at our FLGS.  I can only say that I had intended this to be Warhammer, but he is playing miniatures and were way past 5 games.  As such I feel I deserve at least some credit, but since it isn't Warhammer I'm only going 1/2 credit here.)
5 Points

8. Play 52 Miniature Games
This is a yearly goal and has been for the last 4 years.  Every year I come quite close but 2012 was the first time I'd achieved it!  I run the Blood Bowl on-line league which I didn't count in 2011 (which means I probably would've made it that year too).  This time I'm counting it though.  It may seem like a bit of a cheat since it’s on the PC, but screw it, considering the time and effort I put into the league.  If I can breach 45 games I'll go 1/2 points.

Half Credit (As with the previous goal with some modification.  Including games of X-wing I’ll smash this.  I figured at this point if I’m counting Bloodbowl leagues I may as well count X-wings too, it is a miniature game, just not Warhammer.  Currently with X-wing included I'm at 52.  I’d say since it isn’t Warhammer or even related I should only count every 2 games as 1 which would actually put me at 43.  I believe I’m going to crack this one.
5 Points 

9. Crack a Top 20 or Podium Award
I've been playing in tournaments now for 4 years.  Competitively I've never been a super solid player and I always go more for the fun and drunken shenanigans.  That said I've never been in the top 20 of any tournament.  My tournaments this year will be Adepticon Team Tournament, and Blood in The Sun at the minimum.  I'm on the wait list for the Adepticon How You Use It Tournaments and hopefully they'll either expand or enough people will drop that I can get in.  I must either crack a top 20 somewhere or god bless make a podium of some kind which is to say win an award.  The two need not be connected.  So if I were to get Sports or Players Choice or an award of some kind it would count.  Barring an award at least one tournament with a top 20 placing would be good.  Hell if I manage both I'll throw in the bonus of extra credit and give me an extra 10 points for the effort.
10 Points

10. Lose Weight
So I know that I said up top that this was BS and a cop out.  Fact is I'm going to use it anyway.  Garagehammer and crew have been hosting #Fathammer in which a boatload of Warhammer players have been trying to drop weight.  While the competition began before Christmas I didn't take it seriously and consistently floated and even gained weight before 2012's end.  So in 2013 with renewed vigor I shall drive forth and take it off!  I currently weight in at the time of writing this 221.8lbs.  My goal weight is 200lbs.  If I can hit my mark at some point this year and end 2013 under 210lbs, I will consider this half credit.  If I can hit that mark and end the year under 205lbs. we'll go for full.

Half Credit (Since my last update I have gained some weight back.  A significant portion actually, I'm at about 208-9 fluctuating.  Still doing good though and I feel I should be able to with some effort put myself back under 205 before year’s end.)
5 Points

So the current final score is 45 of 100.  If I end the year under 205, get myself to 52 miniature games and make an award at Merry Mayhem which I plan on attending in early December it is still possible for me to get a D grade using the American grade system.  Eek… I’ll have to consider my resolutions next year much more carefully.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rise of Legends - Da Burna Boy'z (Pt. 7)

Basing Schemes – Cork Work

So I’ve begun the basing work on the Regiment.  First job was to pick some cork.  Believe it or not there are actually a lot of options for cork.  Some have bigger grain, some are smaller.  Then you have to choose the thickness which can range from anything a couple 1/8’s of an inch to usually about 1/2” at the larger end.   I wanted the models to be a little taller because of the look I really wanted to go for with these and so I went with 3/16” cork.  (I wanted ¼” but couldn’t find any while I was looking.)  I ended up going for medium grain since a large grain would fall apart in larger chunks and the fine seemed like it was unnecessary.
Speaking of the look that I want to go for, let’s go over that.  I wanted to have these guys on open grass type terrain.  However with the cork, I want that to look like the earth under the grass which means I wanted it to be thick enough that the grass on top wouldn’t obscure it to where you can’t see it.  The final decision on cork was made because nearly 99% of the army is plastic and this means it won’t be hard to pin or glue to the cork itself whereas an all metal army would be terrible try this with.

Here is the first experimented base work for one of the Orc Boyz.

So now you see what I’m going for.  Except imagine of course that everything gets painted and flocked at some point along with models attached.  You’ll see what I’m going for soon enough if you keep an eye on the blog in a couple weeks when I drop the next post.  Hopefully I'll have begun the painting process by then.  I'm getting excited to keep working!

Da Burna Boy'z!
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game - Board Game Review

Wow, it seems likes it’s been forever since I’ve bothered writing a Board Game Review.  Looking back, it really is.  The last review I wrote up was (CHECK IT) on (DATE IT).  Damn.  Well, we’re not here to dwell on that thought; but to review yet another great game!

The game is great.  It comes with 3 plastic pre-painted ships to use and all the pieces for a simple two player game.  The game doesn’t actually come with a board but the rules define a specific amount of playing space/area that you’ll need to section off on a kitchen table or some such space.  The box comes with some card token asteroids and a satellite which can be used as terrain during games.

I want to go over the game; but Fantasy Flight is actually a company who handles that very well on their own so I've decided simply to link to their video tutorial and use this post to discuss my thoughts on the game as a whole.

Fantasy Flight Video Tutorial Link

The game plays pretty quickly when you learn the rules.  Usually the games are under 30 minutes and my son and I really enjoy it.  It’s a lot of fun trying to out-guess your opponent on how they are going to move so you can try to get in the most advantageous position to kill them and building your own squads with combos that feed off each other is a big chunk of the fun.  It’s always nice to see a combo plan come together and work well.

Star Wars: A New post...

Well it’s finally happened.  I've been sucked into another miniatures game.  Not that I haven't played dozens of miniature games in the past; but when I started the show I managed to get rid of everything that wasn't Warhammer Fantasy related.  I had Blood Bowl, Warhammer Quest; I even owned and played a game or two of Man 'O War for the podcast at one point.  Beyond these things though I'd chucked every other miniature game I had and had stalwartly refused to pick any up.  Then my eldest sons 11th birthday came in July.

My sons birthday and my nephews birthday are only days apart so it happens that every couple years it seems through convenience for his parents and my wife and I that they end up sharing a birthday party.  This year was one of those years and a couple of friends that his father and I have in common decided for their birthdays to buy them both a starter set of Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures.  I had been quite interested in this game when it came out last year since I was also a fan of Wings of War, but I'd managed to ignore it... Until now.

Yes it was a miniature game that my son actually showed interest in.  Probably because he was playing with his cousin more than anything but like a rabid dog I latched onto this with reckless abandoned and charged full steam ahead into the game.  After 3 games we bought our first extra ship, a Tie Interceptor.  Then our FLGS informed us that a number of people just now decided to get into the game and that they would be running a weekly league night with the FFG game night packs which provide special tokens, alternate artwork cards and medals for the league winners.  Now we’re running!

However we only owned 1 core set and good ole’ Fantasy Flight seemed to be unaware of how popular this stuff was and Wave 1 has been out of print for a while now.  So began the scavenger hunt for the wave 1 ships which were the single X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Y-Wing and Tie Advance.  Neither of our FLGS had any in stock, Target only carries the core game and then I found Barnes & Noble.  I dug around on a shelf and managed to find a Tie Fighter.  After some inquisitional tactics on an employee and forcing him to not only search the backroom but also the stock carts he managed to produce an X-Wing and a Y-Wing.

With extra ships in hand my son and I played the missions from the rulebook as well as about 5 more games to ensure that he knew the rules as I refused to take him into a league against adults if he wasn’t going to put forth the fullest effort on his part.  With that in mind he also spend 2 evenings before bed reading the rulebook.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rise of Legends - Da Burna Boy'z (Pt. 6)

Basing Schemes

So here I stand on the brink of basing.  Having completed the modeling portion of my group I now have to figure out a basing scheme.  One of the things I wanted to do is make them really scenic and dynamic so that they add a lot to the models.  However, I have to remember that I will eventually incorporate these into a larger Orc & Goblin army later this year and I don’t want to make something so overly complicated that I can’t recreate it months from now or so complicated I don’t want to recreate it 150 more times before eventually finishing my army.

I’ve done a number of different basing schemes on my armies that I already own.  To help me think about I’ve charted what I’ve done and some pro’s/con’s of them.  I’ve also taking a picture of some models from each army below for examples.

Dwarfs - Painted Sand with Static Grass
  • Pro: Paint to whatever color wanted, points for dual textures
  • Con: Time Consuming, pretty standard or common
Skaven - Painted Cobblestone Bases
  • Pro: Matched a theme I wanted, looked different
  • Con: Lost points for no texture, very time consuming
Empire - Stained wood planks, Painted Sand with Static Grass
  • Pro: Unique and different, matched the them I wanted, looked cool
  • Con: Lost points for mismatching bases, very time consuming, must pin all models to planking
Bretonnia - Single Powder Flock with Static Grass
  • Pro: Quick and easy
  • Con: Personally disappointed with look in the end

So looking through here there’s a couple I can easily toss out.  I really was disappointed in the powder flock on the Bretonnia army.  I’ve seen people use this flock before and make it look good; but I just didn’t like it so I will very likely not be using it ever again.  Also, the bases of my Skaven which I painted cobblestone to match the theme I wanted took a long time to paint all the lines for the stones and even though I think it took just as long as any other form of basing I actually often lose out on paint points for having bases without texture so I won’t be duplicating that.

That leaves me down to painted sand with statics and something overly unique like stained wood, etc…  I’ve seen some very nice bases done by many people that combine either of these techniques.  Honestly I’d like to try some Jim Wappel type basing with carved bases from Sculpy and cork (pictured below) but that’s a bit overmuch for me.
Not only does it take a lot of effort; but a fair amount of investment in extra stuff.  I generally don’t like the look of bare/painted cork either.
Still, I think that cork is probably the direction I’ll be going with this army.  My plans for this Regiment (and eventual army) is to take everything I’ve been learning and have learned over the last 4 armies I’ve done is to make an army that will maximize my painting score regardless of the tournament I take them to.  This means, plenty of conversion work, repositioning, highlighting/shading, blending, intricate and unique basing.  This will make the army my opus I suppose but I’m looking forward to doing it and this Regiment is really pumping me up for it.  Look forward to see the future of my plans.

Da Burna Boy'z!
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Episode #68: The Grudge of Drong Pt. 3

Howdy Everybody,

Once more into the breach!  Ryan and I cover our 3rd scenario in The Grudge of Drong series and all that occurred during it.  I think that to date this was probably the best scenario we've played out of that book as far as tactics and fun gameplay are concerned.  Afterwards we talk about a recent tournament and some upcoming ones if your going to be in the area of Bloomington, so be sure to give us a listen!  Continue reading more to see the pictures from the battle report!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rise of Legends - Da Burna Boy'z (Pt. 5)

Joe checking back in here.  I haven't achieved much since my last post.  Frankly I'm at somewhat of an impasse as far as the models are concerned.  I really wanted to do a lot of converting, but I really lack the skill set for heavy sculpting talent.  As such you've seen pretty much everything I've done has been simple work.  Bits swapping, repositioning, adding small bits like bags, ropes and such.  I'd really like to do more; but now that I've mostly finished the models themselves I have to decide on a basing scheme.  I'm not really a fan of cork board bases, but I think I'll try it with these guys and see how it turns out.  Until I get to work on those bases though you can see what I've done recently below.

I realised that I hadn't yet made a guy with a flail for the 'Epic Flail' piece of Veteran Kit and so had to do that.  Using a number of Marauder Flails from an old Chaos army I once had the results are the guy below.

Also I added a stolen barrel of brew to the back of the Orc who I'd modeled carrying a torch.

Da Burna Boy'z!
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rise of Legends - Da Burna Boy'z (Pt. 4)

(My Continued Coverage of my Involvement of Unstable Dice's 'Rise of Legends')

So I’ve still been plugging away on the models happily now that I’m 100% settled on a list.  I keep talking more to Chuck and Ryan about the lists and I think this one will probably not perform as well as I could have made an O&G list using Savage Orcs but I went for fluff over effectiveness which in my opinion is what hobby is about to me.  Everybody gets what they want out of a hobby and while I enjoy fluff over competitiveness I know there are people who feel the other way.

Still, ignoring all of that, here are some pictures of the current works in progress.

Orc Boy #1 with Torch
Starting with my single pose model I cut and moved an arm while trimming down the chunk of his axe where his two choppas were at one point connected.  Having repositioned the arm I then took out the weapon and with a piece of an old Wood Elf Dryad I placed that in his hand to make a torch.  I used a piece from a banner pole out of an Orc or Goblin Chariot (I don’t remember which exact kit it came from) and some greenstuff to make the fire.  I added a shoulder pad to help ease the transition of the reposed arm and a rope to hold the shoulder pad on.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Episode #67: The Grudge of Drong Pt. 2

Hello Everybody,

Once again I'm joined by my fellow player Ryan G. as we get into the continued play and discussion of our 4th Ed. Campaign series for The Grudge of Drong.  In this episode we play out and discuss Scenario 2: Ambush on the Dwarf Road.  In the first half of the show we quickly run down a synopsis of the campaign's storyline thus far and the results of the previous scenario.  Then we discuss the current scenario and all that goes with it before we finally discuss our game.  After a short commercial interlude we talk about what we've been up to personally in the hobby before we leave you for another month.

You can click below to expand this article and see the pictures from the Battle Report.

Stirland River Patrol Display Base... 1/2 of it anyway.

So for people who've been with me for a pretty long while now they know I've been working on a Stirland River Patrol Empire army for nearly like 3 years.  Having now completed almost all the models I have it was time to finally finish the Display Board for a tournament that is coming up in a week.

This is only 1/2 of the board as the other 1/2 of the army are flocked to be on the shore of the river; but a chunk of the army is made to be on a boat still.  I actually began building this specific display board almost 5 years ago while working on a Dogs of War army that I ended up selling when I ran into some hard financial times.  I kept this though and now I finally get to finish it and use it.  I'm pretty excited and I think it certainly gives the army a unique look.