Activities and such

Ever since I heard about it, I’ve liked the idea of Battlefleet Gothic (BFG). I didn’t know anyone who played it and the models are pretty expensive for what they are so I didn’t think much more about it until one day when I was poking around ebay or craiglist or something. There was a lot of BFG models including a pile of rule books and BFG magazines all for $200. This was well below cost and I jumped at the opportunity. That was nearly 8 years ago now and I’ve never done a thing with any of it until somewhat recently. I finally assembled and based all of the models and then they sat again untouched.
I broke out the airbrush last weekend to get some colour down on a couple of Lizardmen regiments and afterward decided to base coat the Imperial Fleet as well. Airbrushing is amazing; I got the based coat and a highlight of dark grey done on all of the Imperial ships in about 30 minutes! I plan on doing a final highlight this Wednesday and also doing some quite spot colors for windows, gun barrels and such. If that goes well enough, I may also get started on all of the prows…. something of a point of interest on the Imperial ships. I will post some photos of the work as well.
I’ve been working on a number of projects lately while still managing to get things finished rather than get distracted. I think I need to keep things broken up like this so I don’t burn out like I tend to do when going full steam ahead on one army. Aside from the BFG and Lizardmen painting action I’ve been working on my second scratch built dreadnought drop pod, which will be plasticard instead of cardboard this time around… although I’m not sure that it’s a huge improvement for this particular model. You can cut out printed cardboard quickly with scissors but tracing out the cuts on plasticard is a bit tedious, especially for complex shapes. I wonder if plasticard would run through my printer!
I’ve also been pondering my Eldar paint scheme lately and have changed from a yellow and blue Iyanden army to a turquoise and white army that I can’t recall the name of. Having an Imperial Fists project in the works as well, I’m likely to get sick of painting yellow and I want the Eldar to have a very unique look to them among the rest of my armies so that they feel more alien. I’m planning to do up a squad of banshees or a warlock as a test. I hope to get started this weekend.
I recently changed and fancied up the project gallery summary page a bit to include projects that I haven’t properly started yet but I fully intend to complete. This will give people an idea of what might be coming up and also remind me of what I need to do!
Finally, I’ve been doing a lot of building and tweaking of Warhammer: Invasion decks on my deckbox account.

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Lizardmen for Kings of War

I’ve been working with Neldoreth to playtest and tweak the Reptilemen army list that he designed for use in Kings of War. It’s been a lot of fun and I think that we’ve come up with a balanced list that is exciting to use. You can download a copy of the army list from his Hour of Wolves website here. For testing, I’ve been using my mostly assembled but unpainted GW Lizardmen figs and the fun I’ve been having with KoW has inspired me to get going on the project. I’m going to theme the bases around a jungle like swamp/marsh that has some human settlement on it. The Lizards will be driving those pesky bastards out of the jungle and back to where ever they came from! Below are photos of some work-in-progress bases that I recently started making as well as some temporary model placement shots that I’ll use for reference when the painting is complete and I glue the figs onto the finished bases. I also picked up a new tool/toy that I plan to use extensively in this project. It’s an Iwata CR Revolution air brush, complete with pistol grip moisture trap, fancy hose, and a brushrest/cleaning station. For a compressor I’m using a 3 gallon Master Craft compressor that I picked up from Canadian Tire for use in my renos. So far it has serve well for staplers and nail guns so I’ve no doubt it will be more than enough for painting… if not a tad loud. Hopefully I catch on to the technique quickly and don’t have to redo too many lizards!

Book reviews and much needed gaming

Someone may have noticed that there is a text box on the side bar of this site that says what I’m currently reading. I initially added it to fill the site with some content of sorts and wasn’t entirely sure that I would keep it. At the same time I considered the possibility of doing a review of books as I finish them and have decided to have my first crack at the endeavor as you will see in the following post. I actually finished reading the book a while back, before I moved in fact, and wasn’t sure at the time that I would bother with reviews. I’ve never reviewed a book before so hopefully it evolves into something people enjoy. To that end I’ll probably experiment with a few different formats or approaches as I work on each review until I find something I like. To start with I’m just going to give my opinion of the book rather than a ‘proper’ summarizing review (there are enough of them out there I think).
I’m met up with Neldoreth last night for some much needed Kings of War action. The finalized rules for which are now available for free on the Mantic website. We play tested an unofficial Lizardmen army list that Neldoreth created and it gave me a chance to use my own Lizardmen army for the first time ever. He also has an excellent Human army list completed that is available on his website.
The lizards faced off against the undead and got brutally slaughtered over the course of five full turns. We concluded that the loss was primarily due to my poor deployment choices and as well as some unlucky rolling early on. The list itself seems to be quite balanced and we decided on a small change to one of the rules that was too under powered for it’s cost. It allows certain units to heal damage by rapidly regrowing limbs, something we thought was suiting for a reptilian species. I unfortunately forgot to bring my camera so I didn’t get any photos but Neldoreth had his and may post something on his website about it so stay tuned.

Kings of War Beta Testing

Last week Mantic released the beta version of the rules for their new game Kings of War. The rules were written by the renowned Alessio Cavatore, of GW fame. The rules will be free even after they are in final production version and for now they can be downloaded here: Kings of War Closed Beta Rules. Just be sure to download both the rules and the army list.

On Tuesday, Neldoreth (from An Hour of Wolves and Shattered Shields) and I headed down to a local game store to give the rules a test run. Not having any miniatures set up in the same unit structure specified in the KoW rules, we used Neldoreth’s beautifully painted Hordes of the Things (HotT) units. We’ve since decided that we are going use a modified KoW basing standard so that we can easily use the units for either HotT or KoW depending one what sort of game we feel like playing.

The rules are super easy to learn and the game plays very fast. We did two 1000 points per side games in under 2 hours! We are both very impressed with the game and have little to no criticisms. In fact, as far as the rules are concerned we think they are about perfect. Our only criticisms are directed towards specific units that seem to be underpowered considering their points costs. We’ve been weighing in on the official beta-rules feedback forum, so those who are interested can head over and see more of our detailed opinions on various aspects of the rules and game.

For our test games we played High Elves against Undead. I’ve uploaded some photos from the games (below) and you can find more detailed pictures of the actual units on Neldoreth’s website (High Elves, undead).

There is so much good about this game that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s easy to learn and fast to play but also allows for an incredible amount of flavorful tactics and strategies. You can even play with a chess clock and incorporate player times into the the results. We opted to give this a try and found it to be a welcome addition to the table. If you are at all interested in fantasy war gaming I highly recommend you give these rules a try. I’ve been wanting to get into Warhammer Fantasy for a long time now and actually have about three armies for it (Orcs, Vampire Counts, and Lizardmen) but I have never actually tried the game. The, now, 200 page rulebook and associated costs (both monetary and time to learn the rules) have been too restricting to add to my 40k habits. But now with Kings of War I have a free set of rules that come in at a whopping 12 pages and I can finally make use of all those Fantasy figs that I’ve been dying to get on the table.