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29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

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7th October 2016 - General Update

It's about time this here page got a new blog update, as despite its lack of activity this has been one the biggest gaming years of my life so far. However, rather than the wargames we have traditionally played in the past, this year's gaming has all been of the board game variety. A while back this led to me changing this section of the site from wargames to tabletop games, to encompass everything.

It was way back at the start of the year when this sudden urge to play a bunch of games kicked in, and since then we've had a whole bunch of games nights during which we have tried a whole bunch of games.

Up first was Pandemic, a co-op game where you have to save the world from a host of diseases. We really like this one, but as it only really works for 3-4 players we don't get to play it often, as there are too many of us on games nights. I've had a few quick looks at writing a modified rule set that allows for lots of players, but as yet nothing has clicked into place.

After that we tried two games that I got interested in after watching the Co-Optional Lounge, being Epic Spell Wars and Secret Hitler. Epic Spell Wars didn't really grab the attention of anyone in our group, but Secret Hitler has been a staple game pretty much all year. There's just something fun (and wrong) about trying to figure out who the fascists and their leader are, so they can be shot as soon as possible.

I bought Super Dungeon Explore back in January when it was on sale at Amazon for the rediculously low price of £25. I was looking forward to trying a dungeon crawler after Warhammer Quest didn't stick. Though it gets really good reviews, and I really like the visual style of it, we haven't played it after the first attempt. The game took way too long, and as it only supports a few players it's been really hard to fit it in anywhere. As with Pandemic, I've been working on a new co-operative ruleset so a whole bunch of people can play it at a faster pace. I have high hopes for this game, but it all depends on if I can get the rules working. If so, I want to grab the next version of the game, to give us loads more heroes to choose from.

A strange game called Nuns On The Run was the next one I bought. This game's concept is really interesting, but the execution of it doesn't quite work. It really needs everyone to know what they are doing and to pay full attention, as the hidden movement of the game can make it awkward to help players who aren't sure what they're doing. The game board itself is also really dark, prompting me to work on a digital version of the board, which you can preview below. I'm hoping to make it so that you can click on a location and it shows all the other locations that are in line of sight. My ultimate dream would be to completely remake the game digitally, so that we could play it using laptops, tablets or phones, but I don't think I quite have that skill.

One of our favourite games has been the monster-bashing mayhem that is King Of New York. This supports 6 players (though we've poked at it so that we can play with 8), and involves players picking a giant monster with which to stomp around New York and smack the other monsters in the face.

We've tried a few other games for lots of players, even mixing two versions of Cluedo together so we could play with 10 players, which was crazy. The most recent game we've played is a really old one called Buck Rogers: Battle For The 25th Century, which is kind-of a mix of a board game and a wargame. It's got some good ideas, but it certainly has the feel of an old game. We have not yet tried the advanced rules though, which might spice it up a bit.

Epic Spell Wars shenanigans

Epic Spell Wars shenanigans

Playtesting new S.D.E. rules

Playtesting new S.D.E. rules

Digital board for Nuns On The Run

Digital board for Nuns On The Run

Kings Of New York mayhem

Kings Of New York mayhem

10-player Cluedo

10-player Cluedo

Trying to take over the Solar System in Buck Rogers

Trying to take over the Solar System in Buck Rogers

A few things have also happened concerning our more traditional wargames. I stopped painting my Nids after the "Six-Limbed Freaks" update last year, which I really need to get back to. But I did almost finish the Carnifex below before calling it quits. In recent months I've been convinced to pick up the brush once more, as in March we started playing Blood Bowl again. Though our last game was in June, I've somehow managed to continue my sporadic efforts, and I finally finished my Dark Elf team yesterday. Next plans are to update the humans, paint their ogre, then paint the Chaos minotaur. That will give me 6 fully painted teams. Seeing as I started playing Blood Bowl in 1994, this means my other 4 teams should be fully painted by some time in 2030...

Must be a Man Utd fan, poor thing

Must be a Man Utd fan, poor thing

Trying to get some wicked ladies ready for action

Trying to get some wicked ladies ready for action

22nd April 2015 - Six-Limbed Freaks

After the monumental feat of finishing all my Marines, I wanted to keep that momentum going and pushed on to my Tyranid army. I could have gone for Eldar, Tau or Guard, but honestly I think it very unlikely I'll ever finish those armies. Painting so many troops all the same colour, especially for the Guard, would be too boring for me to handle these days. I chose the Nidz as I've always wanted to paint each unit a different colour, just like how I did my 6mm Tyranids many years ago, and thought it would keep me more interested.

For the most part it's helped, and when I've finished the Warriors I'm working on I should be about 50% done with the army. For me, in just a few weeks, that's pretty good going.
I've mostly wanted to continue painting each unit just to see how strange they will look when I'm done, especially the yellow Hive Tyrant which I let Scoob pick the colours for.

But I've had some issues. When washing the black Hive Tyrant, I noticed the wash had dried cloudy or milky in places, rather than black like it's supposed to. Turns out, the new GW washes don't like it when you thin them with water. Damn it GW, sort your shit out.

Another army started

Another army started

The painting continues ever on

The painting continues ever on

This is what you get when you let your friends pick your colour scheme

This is what you get when you let your friends pick your colour scheme

Stupid GW washes

Stupid GW washes

3rd March 2015 - Real Landmark

So today I've managed to do something I've never done before in over 20 years of wargaming, and that is completely finish painting an entire army. It's no secret I hate painting, and I've had several large breaks from the hobby, but it's always bothered me that I'd never got at least one of my full armies done.
The only real things I can say I've finished over the years are several Blood Bowl teams, and two of the four forces that make up my 6mm Chaos army. But with the completion of these vehicles, my 28mm Space Marines are done, never to be added to again, hopefully.

I decided to alter the stupid drop pod tiger pattern I tried a few years back as it really sucked. I also rescued my old metal dreadnought from the loft, updated its paint and re-based it to make it more closely match the newer plastic one.
They're very simple, but overall I'm happy. It's just a shame that GW's rules have put us off the game so much, and we're struggling to find time or motivation to keep working on our own rules. I'm still hoping that will change sooner rather than later.

All Storm Tigers vehicles complete

All Storm Tigers vehicles complete

15th January 2015 - Sort Of Landmark

I realised recently I only had to paint my Devastators and some characters to finish all the infantry in my Space Marine army. Other than five Scouts, I'd not painted any 40K for over 3 years, but this gave me the kick in the backside I needed. So pretty much for the last two weeks I've been working hard to get them done at last. Now if only I can keep this momentum and continue on to the vehicles.

Painting up the characters

Painting up the characters

Last few dudes ready to base

Last few dudes ready to base

All Storm Tigers infantry complete

All Storm Tigers infantry complete

 

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