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Tabula Rasa   2 comments

Let’s say that you had to start miniature gaming from scratch. Let’s say that you didn’t have the mountain of lead and the cluttered workstation. Let’s say that you could choose from any of the games out there. What would you do?

So, I asked myself this question last week. For me, it’s as much about optimizing my gaming time and experience as well as cleaning out some the stuff I won’t be touching for a while.

Here’s some assumptions I made:

  1. I only want 1 years worth of miniatures. That means that if i’m not going to use it in a year, I don’t want it.
  2. A large army game (WHFB, 40K, DBM, WM/H, Heavy Gear) needs about 3 months of painting and playing time to really appreciate them.
  3. A small army game (Mercs, Dark Age, Helldorado, Infinity) needs about 1 month of painting and playing time to really appreciate them.
  4. Just because i want to own fewer miniatures, doesn’t mean that i’ll never play another system. I still want to demo new games and do some ToG projects.

With that in mind i started to do some calculating and fantasizing. I came to the realization that I can really only support 4 large armies and 2 skirmish armies. Even four armies is a full schedule of gaming throughout the year. With these numbers in mind, I listed the possible candidates and came down to the following choices:

  • WHFB High Elves
  • 4ok Orks
  • WHFB Tomb Kings
  • 40k Ultramarines
  • Warmachine Khador
  • Hordes Trollbloods

I look at the list above and realize that even half of those armies would be a ton of work. The above has to be the upper limit for me, at least while I’m still employed full-time.

So now the selection is done, let’s get down to optimizing. To me, optimizing includes:

  • Finding great opponents and playing them as much as possible
  • Fielding beautifully fully painted armies
  • Being so well versed in the rules i only have to peek a few times into the rules
  • Finding that third or fourth layer of strategy and depth in the play of an army

40k Orks

This army was the first I ever started and will probably be the last one I hold at the Apocalypse. Currently I’m playing in a GREAT campaign league and having a ball. I own all the models I want for now. The only thing is that the painting is a bit of a slog. Orks are one of the easiest armies to paint, but at the same time the most difficult. You can get away with a rough slapped on paint job, but if you really want to do them nicely you realize that orks have multiple levels of painting complexity. Painting worn, dirty clothing, rusty metal trucks, battle damage and haphazard primative glyphs require a lot of work to get right…and believeable.

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Trollbloods

As for play commitment, this one’s a bit softer than the Orks. I’m definitely sure that the ToG on this one will go a few posts, but I’m worried that it will lose steam. On the bright side, we’re only doing starters so we probably won’t be broken by the sheer weight of the models we have to paint. I’ve got four trolls, nicely assembled by azmzero, that need painting.

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WHFB High Elves / Tomb Kings

Here’s where things get muddy. Fantasy, while beloved by our group, is mostly a series of pick up and play games at random points values. I find that the inspiration to paint comes a lot from the anticipation of throwing down your force in front of another. That’s why my Orks, though difficult to paint, are so far along. The added difficulty is that i’m not sure which army to pick up and paint up first. The High Elves are newer, so the experience is fresh. Their elegance is also a nice sharp contrast from the feral quality of the Orks and the Trolls. Tomb Kings are an older army of mine. They are kinda all over the place, both physically and in their state of repair. Still, aesthetically I find them among the most interesting armies in minis gaming.

WH Khador

Most of these guys are done and ready to go. I’d love to throw them into the ToG, but Justin has claimed the Khador hat. So, i get the feeling my Winter Guard will be waiting in the drawer for the rest of the winter…

40k Space Marines

Last and least. I don’t own any of these so they are more an idea than a reality. They are on this list because they are iconic and have so much variety. Who knows, maybe in a few months I’ll replace this selection with a Historical Japanese Samurai Field of Glory army. Or a Mercs squad. Or a Dust Tactics Axis force. Or a Lord of the Rings Skirmish starter. Or a…well you get the picture.

 

 

 

 

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Posted December 4, 2012 by coffeedream in Uncategorized

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Posted August 3, 2012 by coffeedream in Uncategorized

Malifaux… Enjoyable…   Leave a comment

Getting a lot of mileage out of Malifaux.  The minis are great fun to paint, you don’t have an overwhelming amount to paint, which is good, because I tend to be a bit meticulous with painting.  After four games, I have a 50% win average, which is fair.  I tend to focus on the painting/hobbying side of things, as I am not a very competitive person.  I definitely feel like I made the right choice taking Ramos, it just a case of finding some good tactics.

If I had a camera, I would post a painting tutorial.  I made some scrap counters that turned out quite well.  Easy to make too… I could describe it, but it’s not the same.

 

 

Posted February 29, 2012 by tatterdash in Uncategorized

Classifieds   2 comments

Just a quick update. I have added a classifieds page. You can get to it from the side bar at the bottom. Check back periodically as we will update it with new listings as we tire of our armies. 😉

Posted February 24, 2012 by asmzero in Uncategorized

Change of plans, next up Freebooter Fate   Leave a comment

I went over to the Meeplemart (local gaming store) last night. A bunch of new stuff came in so I want to take a look. I do have a ton of things to work on at home but I can’t resist the new and shiny stuff.

The latest and greatest stuff on my radar is the Freebooter’s Fate game. Prior to my trip to MM, I did go through the website to figure out which faction I liked the most. For me, it’s all about the models. I could care less if they’re close combat or range oriented. The models just have to appeal to me. The Brotherhood and the Goblins were the front runners but then again, Justin & Andrew picked up the Imperial Armada and Amazons starters respectively. So I went through the stack of minis available and had a hard time deciding. MM had a ton of variety when it came to goblins but a smaller selection of the Brotherhood. No, I didn’t pick up both factions … I do have some will power. Another thing that I noticed was the price tag. Wow, $17 CDN for a single model. Err … that had me thinking until Justin reminded me that you only really need a small handful of models so it not a huge investment to get into this game (vs. GW stuff). Anyways, after some waffling I did go with the Brotherhood. I’m not a big fan of the models that come with the starters so I decided to pick up specific guys.

But not knowing the rules and then discovering later … I need to pick up some regular deckhands so that I can field some specialists. I did pick up a leader (Queen of Shadows) which is an awesome sculpt but then picked up 3 specialists (Miedo a Morir, Fith’Aarch the Spider & Rinero the Strangler). No big deal I guess. The deckhands available weren’t the ones I liked anyways. I have to proxy these guys until MM gets in Coscritti & Halequin.

So that’s last night. Tonight I had some time so I decided to try to put them together. What do I think about these models? Well, I’m very impressed. There was very few mold lines and the pieces fit really well together. I did have to pin a number of pieces but that’s expected with these types of thin models. I love the fact that they all come with floor pieces. I can see how some people would prefer to build their own base but then again, there’s nothing stopping you from not using the supplied floor piece. For me, I’m not quite at the creative stage where I can scratch build great looking bases so I’m thankful for these floor pieces. The Queen of Shadows mini come with this small imp that comes out from under her huge dress. I definitely have to paint that separately and then attach since it would be impossible to get in there to put any detail on her legs if the imp was glued to the base.

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So that’s last night. Tonight I had some time so I decided to try to put them together. What do I think about these models? Well, I’m very impressed. There was very few mold lines and the pieces fit really well together. I did have to pin a number of pieces but that’s expected with these types of thin models. I love the fact that they all come with floor pieces. I can see how some people would prefer to build their own base but then again, there’s nothing stopping you from not using the supplied floor piece. For me, I’m not quite at the creative stage where I can scratch build great looking bases so I’m thankful for these floor pieces. The Queen of Shadows mini come with this small imp that comes out from under her huge dress. I definitely have to paint that separately and then attach since it would be impossible to get in there to put any detail on her legs if the imp was glued to the base.

Another small gripe is that the stat cards are on pretty thin card stock. I would have preferred something a bit thicker but since it’s going into a sleeve, it’s really not that big of a deal. I love the vibrant color and the art work that’s on the stat cards. So after putting them together, I have to say the price isn’t that bad.

Since I spent a long time walking around MM, I did find a couple other models that I wanted to try out. The Mercs miniature game is another game on our radar (but it’s further out of range) so I thought I would give one model a try. Initially, I liked the USCR faction models but I wanted to try painting some “thinner” models. I have a ton of GW Imperial guard so I’ve got a fair share of guys in bulky body armor. I decided to try out a KemVar trooper model. Similar to the Freebooter models, this model had very little flash or mold lines. Simple to put together.

The other guy I picked up is not associated with any game system that I know of but I thought he look pretty cool.  His name is Roggus the Fake King. Sinister looking fellow and I’m sure I can fit him into some army. Had to pin both the right hand and the staff but overall, it’s a great model.

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I have two weeks to work on these models since next week’s MM day falls on Valentine’s Day and none of us are stupid enough to pick game night over our wives. Not saying that I have anything planned but I know it’s definitely not gaming at Meeplemart.

So all other minis on my workbench are on hold and the freebooter stuff are the next up.

Posted February 9, 2012 by loychan in Uncategorized

Update – Avatars of War: DE Sorceress & Malifaux Lilith   2 comments

I got sidetracked this week with the Diablo 3 beta. I was warned that it’ll suck up all my hobby time but I didn’t listen. I gave it a shot but surprisingly, it didn’t over impress me. I finished the beta and although I did like all the cool graphics, I could take a pass.

Even with this distraction, I did make some time to work on a couple of models. I wanted to play around with some of the techniques that I read about in some of GW painting books that I have. I took bits and pieces from the ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass & How to Paint Citadel Miniatures books. I not much for a ton of mixing of a bunch of paints and then successive shades of highlights but I was curious to see what kinda of results I would get.

With the dragon on the DE sorceress’ arm, I tried the following:

  1. Basecoat of chaos black & blood red
  2. Highlight of blood red
  3. Highlight of blood red & blazing orange
  4. Highlight of blazing orange & bleached bone
  5. Glaze of Baal Red wash

Although I wasn’t able to pick off a ton of detail, I was happy with the “arm’s length away” look. I used a similar formula with Lilith’s outfit and once again, I went with an “arm’s length away” look and I’m pretty happy. There’s a ton of details with all the buckles on her boots but I decided to not waste a ton of time and go for the tabletop quality.

With the DE skirt, I went with a base coat of chaos black & dark angel green then work up with highlights with snot green and rotting flesh. I used a bunch of other techniques from these books for both their hairs, the DE serpent wand and lilith’s coat. So in the end, I’m pretty happy with the purchase of these painting guides.

 

Edit: I think I need some better pictures … I’ll bring these gals to Meeplemart tonight so that Justin can take some better pics.

Posted February 7, 2012 by loychan in Uncategorized

Joyful nights of cleaning, pinning and gluing   2 comments

Probably the worst thing I hate about this hobby is prepping the minis to paint. I love going through the store and looking at all the cool models. Checking out the back of the box to see how the company painted up the mini and all that. But when you get that box back home and opened up … ugh. The bare metal (and even worse … spruces) just deflate the whole experience.

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Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do. I’m actually getting better at it. I use a nice share exacto pen knife, a really expensive GW clipper and a few different files to clean up the mold lines and flash. Rinse off the mini in hot soapy water (just like the books tell me) and once they’re all dried off … leave them there for a few months until I get the desire to build them again. This time around, I actually started to build the models after the parts dried off. Added to my tool collection was a tiny drill bit for my pin vise. I was working on my Avatars of War minis and found that there’s a number of separate pieces that are just too small to attach without some additional support but my current drill bit (GW bought) was way too big. There were pieces like thin flimsy arms, pet dragon’s head and a broken lance. There’s a RC hobby store around the corner from me so I went over and found that they have a ton of small drill bits. With my new shiny drill bit in hand, I found the task of pinning actually quite easy and I’m not so worried about snapping off arms and what not.

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I had the following on the table:

  • Malifaux : Peacemaker
  • Avatars of War : Dark Elf Sorceress, Prince & Queen
  • Confrontation : Dragan d’Orianthe (knight champion)

I would have just stopped at just working on the Peacemaker but I hate just priming just one minis because priming is such a chore. BTW, I found a great new place to prime my stuff in the winter … the underground parking garage at my work. I park in the corner on the 2nd level. I bring the primer back to my desk to warm up between coats and leave the minis under the car to dry. Haven’t got any wierd stares yet when I walk back to the car with a can of black spray paint.

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So back to the minis, prepping wasn’t that bad this time so I’m all ready to start priming tomorrow. Another tip that I use to prime … get those paint stirs from Home Depot and use white glue to attach the minis. White glue is strong enough to hold the mini in place while you’re priming and the minis easily snap off with a bit of muscle. And for those minis that don’t stand up on their own (i.e. riders without their steeds), I glue some plastercine to the stir stick and then just wedge in the model so it’s upright. You’ll have to touch up with feet with paint on primer but i much prefer to paint riders separately from their steeds.

Check out the dark elf sorceress in the above photo, the fricken dragon’s head was a separate piece!!!

Hopefully I can get a decent first coat on these guys and gals this weekend.

Nite all.

Posted January 20, 2012 by loychan in Dark Elves, Malifaux, Uncategorized