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23rd May 2014: Stuff's Happened

Here's quite an interesing little update concerning actual wargames gameplay. Last year sometime me and Scoob started bashing out some ideas for our own ruleset based on 5th edition 40K. This was mainly because nobody wanted to play either 6th or the WARGAME rules I was originally making, and 5th had gotten a bit stale. So we've done a fair bit of playtesting and even more sitting down and discussing rule ideas over the last 6 months or so, and we're nearly at a point where the rules are sorted. We're not quite sure how we're going to decide on points values, but in order to playtest the rules a bit more, and get an idea of points, we're hoping to do a small narrative campaign sometime soon. Should be interesting.

A playtest battle begins

A playtest battle begins

The Orks close in

The Orks close in

19th March 2013: Trying To Grease The Wheels

Wow. Just 4 wargaming blog updates all last year, and this first 2013 entry nearly 4 months in. I really suck at keeping up with all this stuff.

Anyway, I've been pushing a bit recently trying to get everyone back into the idea of wargames, and there's a little bit of interest again. We're not really liking the idea of 40K though. I doubt that it will ever become a popular game with us again. Where there is definite interest is in Blood Bowl. We've decided to definitely scrap the League Of Doom we were doing before, and instead just play random games with random teams whenever we feel like it, but keep the teams from the league and continue their development. Hopefully it won't just be me and the Scoob, as several others have expressed interest in learning the rules. So fingers crossed.

With this looking like it's gonna happen, I went hunting for that 8th and final team I'd always wanted. Back in the 90s, I sold my Skaven, Dwarf and Dark Elf teams to friends, and have always regretted it. I cobbled together Dwarf and Skaven teams over a year ago, so it made sense to go after Dark Elves, as I'd always wanted them back. However, as much as I like the GW Dark Elf models, I just was not gonna pay over £40 for a team and still need to go looking for assassins and star players. And then I came up against another stumbling block when I found out that Impact! minis had released their lizard team in plastic resin taking its price from £60ish down to £20ish. And this for a full team with big guy. Why GW's Failcast went up in price when many other company's restic prices come way down I've no idea.

So, with no real good Dark Elves out there I was gonna just go with the Lizards as the 8th. Then I had another plan. If I got the female Dark Elf team from Shadowforge I could sometimes use them as Dark Elves and sometimes use them as Amazons. As I couldn't choose between these two ideas, I went for both, and put in orders for my first wargaming minis in a very long time.

So just recently a whole host of minis, some new and some rescued from the loft, have been added to my Blood Bowl collection. These include the Shadowforge Wicked Elves, the Sarcos team by Impact & Roll Jordan, and a Reaper Bones minotaur to give my Chaos their big guy at last.

I may have saved some money, but these teams are definitely gonna give me more work to do. The Wicked Elves have quite few mold lines where the 2 halves were not lined up right. Got a few problems with my first ever resin purchase as well, with holes and such, but I guess that's what you get for buying a crappy resin £23 team which in metal costs around £60. Not that it should be an excuse mind.

New goodies

New goodies

Damn resin shite

Damn resin shite

Big guys getting ready to rumble

Big guys getting ready to rumble

On another brighter note, finally getting around to working on the WARGAME rules I started months ago. There'll hopefully be a tabletop wargame and hex-based board game. The original plan to also do a 6mm ruleset has been shelved for the moment, as I've already done that with the old Epic-S rules which seem perfectly playable, if not 100% finished.

What's cool about the WARGAME idea is that I could take all the fantasy football big guys from the above pic (well, except the Deathroller) and make a unit of monsters out of them that I could use to beat the crap out of an opponent. I'm aiming for it to be quite flexible so you can make units out of lots of different 28mm models. I could always use the Deathroller as a biker model...

29th December 2011: Loadsa Stuff

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.

A great many things

A great many things

1st December 2011: A New WARGAME?

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.

Dwarves, Sisters and board pieces

Dwarves, Sisters and board pieces

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