It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.
Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.
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.
This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about tabletop gaming.
Wow, kind of a crazy entry for this blog after some years of inactivity. It seems finally that some motivation and desire to work on this hobby is again starting to flow through my veins.
The first thing I got around to was more terrain. After finishing the oil plant I felt determined to finish all the other terrain I had started in the past. In addition, I made some steps up in the style of the hilly rock things, and some bridges to also get an interesting two-level effect.
All the terrain that needed finishing
All the finished terrain
I've also spent many hours going through all my old and never used models that have been collecting dust in the loft, preparing them all for a spraying marathon. It's been very strange tidying up my old Space Crusade stuff, which me and my friends utterly destroyed with our crappy painting efforts back in the early 90s. I've also finally glued together my Orks and Gretchin which I've owned since the 2nd edition box set, so my warboss has got some Boyz to hang around with.
With all my terrain done and (hopefully) soon all my spraying done, all I'll have left is many hundreds of models to paint. I highly doubt I'll be as motivated to get stuck into all those though...
Lots of prep work
I also lucked out recently when I had some models given to me, including some 6mm scale stuff and an original Varag Ghoul-Chewer and Horkon Heartripper. I used to have Varag back when I started playing Blood Bowl in 94, but for some reason I cut his hands off and glued them to a Black Orc to make my own version of the model in an attempt to make him more imposing. More recently I was actually planning on using a Black Scorpion model and an elf I got free with White Dwarf as these characters, but obviously these two new additions will take their rightful places on the pitch.
Gots me some originals
And now to quite an interesing little update concerning actual 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
The Orks close in
Wow. Just 4 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.
Damn resin shite
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...
Well so much for really pushing on with my rules, terrain, painting and wargaming in general this year. I have barely done anything since my last update. I fell out of touch with the Scoob for a few months and without his influence I lost pretty much all interest in the hobby. Doesn't help that I'm really off 40K, and absolutely hate painting.
But still, since the release of 40K 6th edition there has been a little bit of renewed interest. We haven't tried the new 40K yet (and I'm not massively enthused about what I've been reading about it), and my interest has mainly been in my own rules and trying to get those a bit further along.
And then yesterday out of the blue, Mr. Gallear made me do some painting, so I started a Blood Bowl model, which is my conversion I'll be using as Ugroth Bolgrot. I knew I hated painting, I had just forgotten how much. Whether I'll finish that guy, or do any thing else wargamey soon I have no idea. Probably not. Could do with getting some more Blood Bowl in though. The last League Of Doom match was last September. Just not good enough.
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!