All last year I thought I was doing much better for getting wargaming stuff finished. But when I think back to the painting I managed to finish (Epic Nurgle, Trygon, a fair few 40K Marines & Dreadnought, Ork Warboss, a couple of Howling Banshees, some IG tanks, Vindicare, and updated some Blood Bowl teams and Star Players) it really does not seem a lot at all. Just shows you how little I've managed to finish in previous years if 2011 was a good year. This year I must push on and really knuckle down. Hopefully my Marines will be done soon, and that will be the first full 40K army I've ever finished. Maybe that will inspire me, but it's unlikely. I really wish I liked painting. It would help when trying to go through this list of jobs I still have:
This month has been more of a gaming month while we've been giving those new Necrons some action, so painting has again been limited. I've only managed to paint a Chaplain and some Blood Bowl Elf Star Players. I've also done a bit more work on the oil plant, scratch-built a Dwarf Deathroller (it totally sucks, but at least I save a whole load of cash), and green-stuffed a couple of Skaven fingers very badly.
As far as designing my own rules, the basic ruleset for 28mm is nearly done. Can't wait!
It's been an eventful month for a change in my wargaming adventures. Firstly, JIK and Scooby have been helping with the early rules of the sci-fi dungeon game using old Space Crusade boards. I finally found the Island Of Blood Rat Ogre I wanted for my new Blood Bowl team. I managed to find time to scan any useful old stuff from my White Dwarfs and now they can go (and give me more room for new stuff!). Then my mate Chris offered to take us to Warhammer World for the first time. Cue rapid painting of Guard tanks so I didn't turn up with a completely unpainted force. The boards and armies I witnessed in Nottingham got me motivated on finishing my own terrain pieces, so am working on completing and expanding the old oil refinery I never finished. Then, with the annual Winter Wave approaching, I quickly slapped some paint on my Vindicare after selecting it for the battle.
Been doing some work on the Blood Bowl Dwarf team, which are being bodged together from Avatars Of War Dwarves. Also begun inducting my Sisters Of Battle models into my Space Marine army, as I don't have enough models to make an army of Sisters on their own, and their new Codex kind of sucks. Besides, they wear power armour and carry boltguns, so they are fairly suitable "counts as" models.
But now the big news, that's not really big news, as nothing will come of it. It's my intention to create a whole new set of rules to allow people to play three different types of game, with pretty much whatever models they have available (sci-fi, historical, modern or fantasy). Game types will include the typical 28mm style tabletop battles, massive battles played in the 6mm scale, and small skirmish type games where players will attack enemy bunkers and facilities using a tile system sort of like Space Hulk and Space Crusade. My first quick prototype of a board section can be seen in the image below, which I was using to check the size of the squares.