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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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6th January 2019 - Arguing With The Dice Again

Not long back, Scoob and I tried a couple of different little "test" 40K games, playing out the same scenario as our 2011 Winter Wave. The point of these games was to test out how the Stompas work in the new edition, as we had heard that they are very weak.
These games saw my Marines and Scoob's Orks (with a looted Shadowsword) defend against the Stompas. In game one, the Stompas took a crap kicking, and did very little in return. Two of them were destroyed, and the third badly damaged. In the second game however, they did a lot of damage in their first turn, blowing up my Vindicator and the Shadowsword straight away, ridding us of a lot of our vehicle killing power, though still leaving them a lot to do.

It was hard to tell from just a couple of short games, but they definitely seemed a little weak. We ended up writing a new data sheet that we will try out in our future games, and I just hope I've not shot myself in the foot by giving Scoob's Orks too big of a boost.

The Stompas ready to attack

The Stompas ready to attack

The Stompas close in on my Marines

The Stompas close in on my Marines

My work on putting together all my other 40K models is also continuing. I have finally managed to glue together all the models that are made from stuff that was festering in my bits boxes. That's 68 new old models I've now got to paint. I am not the smartest.

All my new old models

All my new old models

I am still however trying to plow through all the new stuff I've bought. I've tried a few times to cast some new bodies for my Dark Eldar Wyches, as I want them all to be female, but they only send 6 such torsos in the box. I'm having varied results so far, but each new effort gets closer to my goal. There's also a few other extra little Tau bits I'm thinking of casting, but I don't know if I need them yet.
After picking up Celestine to boost my small Sisters army, I very quickly decided to convert her and her companions. I just hated how all three models were up in the air and trailing ribbons and shit all over the place. So instead, I've trimmed off all the ribbons and have glued them on to some small ruin bits. It will look a hell of a lot better when they are done in my opinion. I just wish it was possible (or a lot easier) to get rid of Celestine's roses as well, but as it is, I've had to leave them.
I've also tried magnetizing for the first time, as I couldn't decide which jump jets to put on my Tau commander. For a change, that little project seems to have worked first time.

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 2

Casting adventure part 2

Ridding the ribbons

Ridding the ribbons

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

Up until yesterday, I had never played a game of Risk in my life. But that changed when five of us got around the table to play the Game Of Thrones version, using the skirmish rules. I didn't really have any idea what was going on, or get any of the references that I heard (I still haven't watched any of the show - I'm going to binge watch the whole lot when it's all done).
It seemed like I had a good position at the start of the game, and was receiving the most reinforcements for the first couple of turns. But, as in any game where dice are involved, I rolled atrociously, and got slammed throughout the entire game. In fact, I was only successful in two of the attacks I tried, meaning I couldn't get any reinforcements from cards as my territories dwindled.
The images here show the start and end of the game, and the final scores. I was orange, while the greens, led by the mighty Scoob, took control of the north to win the game.
At least I now know how to play, and what the victory conditions are, so I'll be a bit more ready in the future. Now I just need to get some loaded dice...

The war for Westeros commences

The war for Westeros commences

The final scores are tallied

The final scores are tallied

29th November 2018 - Contenders Assemble

After all those purchases I made a few weeks back, I've really had my hands full putting a lot of models together. It's not helped that I decided to go through my (now pretty hefty) bits boxes and recruit many more reinforcements from the old or previously unassembled models found within it.

In quite a stupid move, I decided that all my spare Space Marine models and parts should be put to use. This meant stripping a few 90s metal Grey Hunters, as well as bringing some Rogue Trader era plastic "beakies" out of mothballs. What this means is I've now got around 30 more Marines to paint. Bugger.

Not had to use a stripping pot for a long while

Not had to use a stripping pot for a long while

Old Marines reappear

Old Marines reappear

Putting together new Marines

Putting together new Marines

Also into the stripping pot went some old Tyranid parts, including a Biovore I got from ebay, and some old Imperial Guardsmen. I've not actually had to do a lot with my Nids this past month, other than stick 2 old Warriors together and tidy up some things I got from ebay, but the Guard have had a lot more work.
I've been using all the tricks in the book to try and get as many models table-worthy as possible, including chopping the torsos off of some old tank commander models, as I had plenty of legs but no bodies to go with them. They look a bit weird having Cadian bodies with Catachan legs and arms, but like all of my armies, my Guard have never exactly been uniform. Not at all.

Have I really got to paint two more of these things?

Have I really got to paint two more of these things?

New meat for the grinder

New meat for the grinder

Getting some bodies for all those legs

Getting some bodies for all those legs

I got a bit nostalgic the other day when I focused in on one of my bits boxes, which is an old Epic Battle Group box. That was one of the first things I ever bought for Epic Space Marine back in 92 or 93 I think. It got me thinking of that old game, and remembering that this year was supposed to be the year I brought it back to the tabletop. However, I've just not had the time to take on such a huge task of re-writing all those rules again. Someday soon though, I'm gonna make it happen. I miss that game too damn much.

If I remember right it only cost £12, and there was so much stuff in it. A year or two later, GW broke that box down into its 4 component parts, and sold them individually for £6 each, effectively doubling their money. That was basically the first time I realised GW were money hungry assholes.

Old Epic Battle Group box

Old Epic Battle Group box

We have managed another 40K game, which took place this past weekend. Stepping it up to 1000pts, Scoob was able to use his Orks for the first time this edition after their new Codex came out.
It did not go well for me from the start, with the first attack of the game killing 8 of my 9 man Devastator squad, leaving me with drastically reduced firepower with which to try and thin the advancing Ork horde. I also rolled pathetically, and my poor Marines fell left and right to overwhelming Ork firepower. Even though I'd taken flamers and storm bolters, I barely killed anything, and after Scoob's 3rd turn, I only had 4 Terminators left on the board, and we called it there.

I remember back in 5th Marines had trouble dealing with lots of cheap troops, but now horde armies seem to be so prevalent in 8th edition, it's no wonder that Marines seem to be struggling a lot. I need my other armies ready for the tabletop, and pretty damn sharpish it seems.

Orks swarm all over the surviving Space Marines

Orks swarm all over the surviving Space Marines

As if I haven't got enough games to play, rules to work on, and painting to do, I recently came across a new game called Gaslands which looks like a lot of fun. In this game, you use Hot Wheels or Matchbox type cars and vehicles to race and attack each other in a post apocalyptic, Mad Max-ish kind of future.
I had actually bought some cheap Formula One looking cars a few years back as I had always planned to make a racing game with templates and dice, but this thing seems to do what I want, and adds in guns, oil slicks and other dirty tricks as well.
So over the last few weeks I've managed to pick up a few cheap vehicles to use. They are however going to need guns, and paint. Hmph. Nothing's ever easy is it?

Picking up some stuff for Gaslands

Picking up some stuff for Gaslands

7th October 2018 - As You Were

A few interesting things have happened over the last few weeks. Firstly, the latest little updates of my Super Dungeon rules are done, and all the rules are printed out ready for the tabletop. I've massively simplified the monster behaviour sheets as they were getting out of hand.

If these rules seem to go down alright, I'll look at a public release to get more opinions. But until then, here's some images of all my Super Dungeon models, just for the hell of it.

Rules and behaviour sheets

Rules and behaviour sheets

Super Dungeon heroes & pets

Super Dungeon heroes & pets

Super Dungeon bosses

Super Dungeon bosses

Dragonback Peaks monsters

Dragonback Peaks monsters

Fae Wood monsters

Fae Wood monsters

Glauerdoom Moor monsters

Glauerdoom Moor monsters

A game we've played a few times recently is Marvel Legendary, which I finally picked up. Me and Scoob played three games and managed to win them all quite easily. But then yesterday, we had a five player game and lost for the first time, finding it much more difficult to build up our decks and combos. However, we went straight back in for game number two and managed a fairly comfortable win.

A two player game against Doctor Doom

A two player game against Doctor Doom

Loki trounces the five players arrayed against him

Loki trounces the five players arrayed against him

Then we get to the meat of this update, which is that we've played our first two games of 40K 8th edition. Both games have been 750pts, with me as Salamanders against Scoob as Chaos Marines, firstly as the World Eaters, then as the Night Lords.

In the first game, we did not play a proper mission, and just decided to play a very basic game to pick up the rules. I was able to eliminate most of Scoob's infantry, but I had brought little to deal with his Vindicator and Helbrute so conceded when I realised the game was lost.
Then yesterday we played the second game, which saw us playing a No Mercy mission. This time, I mistakenly brought too many anti-tank guns, while Scoob had brought an almost entirely infantry army. Even with all the meltas and lascannons, my shooting failed to pop his rhino which was carrying all of his Khorne berserkers. I managed to take it out in combat with a psychic-buffed sergeant, but this brought the end to only one of the Chaos Marines inside.
Now they were free, his berserkers and characters tore through my Marines with glee, and he tabled me on turn 5.

So our first attempts at 8th edition have continued exactly where we left off back in 5th, with me losing pretty much every game against Scoob.

So far, we are a little unsure of these new rules. They are massively simplified compared to previous editions, but at the same time there's way more to remember, like all the auras and re-rolls, and strategic objectives, and stratagems, and relics, and warlord traits. Sigh. We just want an easy, fun game to play.
And also, because the rules are so simple, in just our two games, we've already come across several situations that the rules either don't make clear, or don't cover at all. We're really going to have to start writing a whole bunch of house rules to clear these things up.

The Chaos forces close in

The Chaos forces close in

The Marines desperately try to break the rhino

The Marines desperately try to break the rhino

25th August 2018 - The Slow Burn

Me and Scoob running through some deck building ideas

Me and Scoob running through some deck building ideas

Last Christmas I received the DC Deck Building game, which we've managed to play a few games of this year and quite enjoyed. The trouble is, both me and Scoob have an issue with the game, which is that it's PvP, which really doesn't make any sense considering you all play as DC heroes who are trying to beat the super villains.

Over the past couple of months, Scoob and I have worked on a couple of little ideas, trying to make the game co-op, and to an extent, we got it to work. However, it makes many of the cards either unusable or makes them require some serious errata to make them fit in to how we want it to play.

Even reading about, and taking some inspiration from, "Crisis Mode", which is an official co-op version of the game, as well as another fan-made co-op mode, didn't really help our cause.

I think, in the end, we have given up on this little venture. Instead, we are looking at picking up the Marvel Legendary game, which does what we want, even if it seems really pricey just for a bunch of cards. Still, the DC Deck Building game will work well on games nights when we want some PvP, and I think it will be very interesting to try it as a team vs team game, which should work with very few rule changes.

Some house rules that do look like they're going to work are those for my version of Super Dungeon Explore. Just recently, I got Scoob to try them out for the first time. He seemed pretty into it, and throughout the game we managed to iron out a few more wrinkles. It always helps my rules writing when I can get another pair of eyes on them, and I think that once I've done the behaviours for all of the monsters (I've got so many now, gulp), the basic rules will be finished at last.

Scoob tries out my rules for the first time

Scoob tries out my rules for the first time

Getting ready for the photo shoot

Getting ready for the photo shoot

Pretty much all year I've been itching to update some of the photos for my painted models. With the recent completion of my 40K Marines and 6mm Nurgle, I was able to take advantage of some free time to get snapping. The 6mm Khorne army isn't quite there yet, but is very close, with just the Daemon Engines to paint.

I was hoping that with the two light setup these images would be a lot better than they've turned out. I guess they are better than the old ones, but my camera is pretty shitty. It does weird things, and is not consistent with its colour, even in a consistent lighting situation. Stupid thing.

It was interesting to see all my 40K Marines set out together for the first time since I finished painting them, but I can't believe the army looks so small considering it's been about 25 years since I started to collect it. Still, at least they're all painted, which is far more than can be said for any of my other armies.

Storm Tigers Space Marines Army

Storm Tigers Space Marines Army

Storm Tigers Captains

Storm Tigers Captains

Storm Tigers Chaplains

Storm Tigers Chaplains

Storm Tigers Librarians

Storm Tigers Librarians

Storm Tigers Apothecaries & Techmarines

Storm Tigers Apothecaries & Techmarines

Storm Tigers Terminators

Storm Tigers Terminators

Storm Tigers Veterans

Storm Tigers Veterans

Storm Tigers Assault Marines

Storm Tigers Assault Marines

Storm Tigers Devastator Marines

Storm Tigers Devastator Marines

Storm Tigers Scouts

Storm Tigers Scouts

Storm Tigers Land Raiders & Dreadnought

Storm Tigers Land Raiders & Dreadnought

Nurgle Army

Nurgle Army

Mortarion and his Death Guard Legion

Mortarion and his Death Guard Legion

Nurgle Plague Tower and Plaguebearers

Nurgle Plague Tower and Plaguebearers

Nurgle Titans

Nurgle Titans

As much as I wanted 2018 to be big on tabletop gaming, it feels instead like it's been more of a slow burn so far. There's been progress on many fronts, like painting and rules writing, and for many games, like Super Dungeon, Epic, Blood Bowl and 40K, but all of the progress has been slow. Speaking of 40K, 8th edition looks like it's finally going to get some attention now we're done with our Blood Bowl league, so hopefully that all goes well. Picking an army in 8th looks like a bit of a chore though, so I've created a new spreadsheet for my Marines to make it much easier.

 

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