April Stuff

Happy May Day MoDers, Hope that April treated you well. I have not dome much in gaming terms this month, but still managed to get some hobby time.

W40Kepic

I believe I mentioned in my last post, I have started getting into the classic ‘Games Workshop’ games Warhammer 40K Epic. Although not currently supported it is not too hard to get hold of the rules and some miniatures to play this. I was one of many ‘Squat’ fans that was disappointed when GW stopped that range and claimed that the home-worlds had been devastated by the ‘Tyrannid’ Hive Fleet ‘Behemoth’. So I decided that as there are rules for this race in Epic they were going to be my army of choice. I have been able to collect a small force together, and have completed some painting one some war-machines, as I’m dreading painting the tiny troops that accompany them.

Games with my girl.

After recently getting my little girl Bethany into Xbox, I decided to try her with a table top game. I knew whatever I tried had to be easy to learn and interesting, and decided that ‘Wings of War’, with is rather basic rules and dye cast model Bi-planes I couldn’t go far wrong. I have the ‘Flying Aces’ WWI set for this game, it has been stowed away for a while since my friend Nik Green moved to Austria, we played the game now and then, but it has been on the shelf collecting dust for a while. I grabbed this and my carry case which contains a collection of allied fighter planes. When I opened the case and showed Bethany the content she was eager to give the game a try. The good thing about ‘Wings of War’ is that you do not need a vast amount of space for a simple dog fight, which was as complex as I was willing to go with Bethany. She looked at the planes in my case and selected a ‘Sopwith Snipe’ with Belgian markings; I went for my first purchase a ‘Spad S VII’ with Italian markings. The main difference besides appearance being that the ‘Snipe’ is capable of sharper turns, and the ‘Spad’ had a higher armour class. It did not take Bethany long to get to grips with the whole manoeuvre selection and turn sequence, and we were soon able to get the planes within firing distance. With her sharp turns Bethany manged to get a few volley’s off at me, lucky I kept drawing 0’s for damage. We eventually got each other down to half each other’s starting wound rate. I think by this point she had become a little bored and she slowly slinked off her chair, ‘Snipe’ in hand, grabbed another plane out of the case and started running around the Living room making aeroplane noises. This signalled the end of the game, which I decided to take as partial success. However I will give it a few months before I try for a new round.

Warploque new minis

A while back I supported a kickstarter ‘Trouble in the North’ by Brindie games company ‘Warploque Miniatures’ headed by the very talented Alex Huntley. I really enjoy painting the figures that he produces, and the ones for the Troubles campaign looked really stunning. Of course I went with the Halfling faction, and still await the arrival of these rewards. In the meantime Alex has produced a mini game for his ‘Arcworlde’ setting. This is a few years in the future and there is strife and civil war in ‘Hobbleshire’ there are two factions in this games first shown at SALUTE 2017, although I could not get there, I have been watching the Kickstarter updates, and when I saw the two war bands that feature ion this game, I had to have them, of course I could not afford both sets yet, so I went for the really characterful  ‘Son of Hobbleshire’ lovely clean sculpts. If I had any issues with the new models it be that I don’t think the feet are quite big or Halfling(y) enough, and look a bit like animal claws, but is such a small fault in an otherwise fantastic range. Check out these models as well as Alex’s other collections at: http://www.warploqueminiatures.com/

I need a fully painted battle standard bearer in my ‘Rhordian army’, so decided to paint this guy up first.

Unit fillers and board games

Hello Mug ‘O’ Dice readers.

I have not been in a great place recently, so I’ve taken some time to relax and reflect. This has given me an opportunity to get some painting done and plan further projects. Warhammer 8th Edition may be on the way out, but I am determined to finish off my Empire ‘Witch Hunter’ themed army, and Bugman’s based Dwarf army.

To that end I have completed two unit fillers for Bugman’s large Ranger unit. I plan for the main Dwarf himself to feature in this unit eventually, but I’m building the troops up first. I have put together two 40mm bases using the theme of camp canteen. One of these features a ranger drinking a mug of Bugman’s XXX whilst leaning on his crossbow, for this I used a classic citadel drunken dwarf. The second base features a Halfling cook from ‘Warploque miniatures’ and a female dwarf cook from ‘Lead adventures’, hovering around a camp fire. I have planned a third base, to complete the set, but still await the arrival of the minis. Here’s how it all went together:

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Even though my mood has been low recently I have been trying to keep myself busy; and my spirits high by getting involved with a local gaming club. I’ve been planning to attend the ‘Hackney Area Tabletop Enthusiasts’ for a while now, and last Wednesday I took my opportunity. They are currently playing a Warhammer 40K campaign based on the Badab War. I do not currently play 40K, luckily other games are played at this club, for example they are currently running a blood bowl league. I originally went just to see what the club was like when a friendly group of younger gamers invited me to join them. We played two card based games ‘Dixit’, and ‘Coup’, I had great fun. It was good mixing with like-minded people just chilling out playing board games, I definitely intend to return, and I might even dust off and repaint my Halflings for a spot of blood bowl.

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Future plans I have embarked on include collecting a wide range of female Dwarf warriors; for a unit of shield maidens, to represent the fairer sex in my Dwarven army. I’ve already found some lovely sculpts through ‘Oathsworn miniatures’, and ‘Reaper miniatures’ I plan to have around 20 to 30; to form a good strong unit. Keeps your eyes peeled for this development.

In light of the changes to Warhammer Fantasy, I have decided to make a small investment in a Warmachine / Hordes army to see if I enjoy that game. I had toyed with the idea of going with Menoth, but the foce that has attracted me most is Circle Orobos, so I think I go for them, I just love the Warpwolf and Satyr models.

It is Salute 2015 on April 25th, The day is booked off, and my ticket secured, I’m really looking forward to this as I missed it last year. I’ll be posting pics and showing off my wares.