Monday, July 28, 2014

Wargaming in 6 rules

From a challenge on TMP:

1) Every figure has a stat line; at least one player must assert that a stat (cost, morale, move, etc) is grossly incorrect.

2) Each side rolls xd6, where x is the number of figures in a unit/stand.

3) Argue that the other player scooped up the dice before an accurate count could be made.

4) Argument devolves into argument over miniatures having incorrect uniforms or paint jobs.

5) If you are friends, flip a coin to determine winner and retire to friendly drinks.

6) If you are casual acquaintances or enemies, begin fistfight or verbal argument, culminating in storming off or table flip, with no rinks afterwards.

I'm pretty sure that covers most miniatures games, actually.

It may not be playable, though (if you are friends, it is) but it's probably a fairly accurate simulation.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer stinks

Summer is much busier than the school year, so I get little done.  I have been getting in some games, though not many, and my main Convergence list is having some real problems with the Miserable Meat Mountain, which sounds like some sort of personal problem, but really does reflect the difficulties of dealing with a bunch of 8 wound, Tough models.  The fact that my first roll of the game yesterday was triple 1s pretty much set the tone.  I conceded, just because he would have had to roll sub-average with 4 weaponmasters to not kill Syntherion, and that was without using the mauler to finish him off. 

Still painting, though almost nothing has been done lately.  I do have a lot of WIP minis that are getting close.  Very few are WM (enough to stay current in the painting challenge), but I am trying to get rid of some of the Spartan Games stuff that I have picked up, and maybe knock some 15mm WWII stuff out of the way.  It may not get used as much, but it will help break up the rut and have me thinking I can actually make a dent in things.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

So, about Relic Knights. . . .

In between Warmachine and IKRPG sessions, I have managed to get in a whopping one (count 'em - 1!) game of Relic Knights.  So, I don't have this huge body of experience to pull from, but the game was a lot of fun.  I am sure that we did some things wrong, and we both made some significant mistakes, but we had a lot of fun, with my Black Diamond kicking his Noh all over the board for a while, only to wind up with an end situation where I could not maneuver well enough to box him into a corner and avoid being shot to death.

True, the game is very much weighted in favor of the Knights.  So what?  I knew that buying in - it is a skirmish game, and the dashboard with the ready queue allows you to ensure that you can use your most powerful models a lot more often than some of the other ones, but I kind of like that.  Scratch that - watching One Shot obliterate some things, and then get placed right back in the queue was a lot of fun.

I need to get more of my RK put together, so we can play some more games.  And I need to finish painting my FSA fleets, since I may have some Dystopian Wars models on the way.  And I picked up a Fenris model, so I might start painting and playing my Khador again.

Competing with those desires, of course, is Warmachine Tactics.  Which is all kinds of fun. . . .

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I hate clockwork angels

That's it, more or less.  They are a pain to assemble, and the fact that my current bottle of superglue is just about done did not help matters much.  I might be able to work on them tomorrow, but I don't know if I will get all three units plus Aurora actually put together.  I want to use them, badly, but I really, really, really do not like the assembly process. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Update on the caster collection

Random update kind of worthy of its own post:

I am trying to get all the casters before the end of 2014.  Here is what I am currently missing, as near as I can determine:











Hunters Grimm


When the new casters from the next Hordes book come out, I'll update this list, but I am hoping to have cut out five or six from this one before then.  I'm pretty sure that, for the most part, I have been picking them up faster than Privateer has been releasing them, so sooner or later, I will catch up.  Then I can start going back and picking up units and jacks/beasts that I am missing.

That went as well a could be expected.

You know what happens when you don't play in a tourney for a really long time?  You don't do well, that's what.  And you know what happens when you try playing a second list that really wants certain models, which you have, but are not assembled?  You do even worse.

But you can learn from it.  I went 1-2 today with Convergence.  Syntherion did okay, Lucant less so.  I generally did fine when it came to killing things, but I lost both games on scenario, just a matter of not going for control points early and hard enough. 

You live, you learn, and right now, I am heading to the basement to do some priming.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Did you know that electricity is important?

So, yeah.  I had no power for most of this week.  My minis are kept in my basement.  The basement is not counted as living space because it is lacking windows.  So, I did diddly squat for the past few days.  I should be painting now, but it's the 4th, and I ran a 10k and mowed the lawn today, so minis will take a back seat.

There is a tourney tomorrow, and I still don't know if I am playing in it, or expected to run it.  I'll find out when I get there, I guess.