Sunday, January 29, 2012

War Rocket & CCN

Yesterday I finished the first batch of my War Rocket Imperial faction. These are Class 1 War Rockets and are made by Hydra Miniatures.

Also last night I had Chris over and we played half a dozen games of the new Commands and Colors Napoleonics expansion: the Spanish Army:

It was not a good night for the French as they only won 2 of the 6 games. The Spanish are like the Portuguese (which are crappy), except they're worse. Everything retreats at least 2 hexes instead of 1 and they're units are awful when it comes to moving and fighting. The only upside to them is they have a mechanic called Guerilla Action. It allows them to completely cancel a card played by the French and end their turn. Pretty powerful but the only way to gain them is to play Scout cards. The components of the game are the usual high quality GMT components.

Next on my paint table are the Imperial Class 2 and 3 War Rockets.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ticket to Ride - Nordic Countries

Last night I got in a game of Ticket to Ride - Nordic Countries. This version differs from most of the other games in that it is only meant for 2-3 players. It's a simple, reasonably fast and definitely light game.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

DBA Ancient Spanish Part 2

Today I finished the second half of the Ancient Spanish DBA army I was painting. This is seven bases of warband (I believe, as I'm not a DBA player). These minis are Coruvs Belli.
For this half I used the Army Painter Strong Tone for quick shading. They turned out quite nicely. I've normally use GW's Ogryn Flesh, Gryphon Sepia and Devlan Mud for my shading. Unfortunately at $4.50 for a mere 12ml it's no longer cost effective.

Up next is my first batch of War Rocket figs.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Descent: Sea of Blood

Last night my group of friends and I started the Descent Sea of Blood campaign, with me as the Overlord. The players only got through (or almost through) 1 dungeon, but lost due to scenario time restrictions. It was a bit of a bumpy ride as some rules got forgotten or mistaken but hopefully next time it will be smooth sailing.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DBA Ancient Spanish Part 1

Tonight I finished the first half of the DBA army I had said I would paint up for MayDay. These figs are 15mm Corvus Belli and are pretty good little minis. First is a couple bases of cavalry. One on the left is light horse and the cavalry general base is on the right.Next is 3 units of psiloi with spear:
And finally 1 base of psiloi with slings:
I think I've fixed my lighting problem but my pics still kind of suck. I need to play with my camera a bit more I think.

Next up is the remainder of the army, 6 bases of warband, and then on to the War Rocket ships.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hold the Line

Tonight I went over to Mark's for a few games of Hold the Line with the French & Indian War expansion by Worthington Games. We got in 2 games of Battle of Snowshoes March 17, 1758 and 1 game of the Battle of Montmorecy Falls July 31, 1759. The picture below is of Montmorecy Falls with the British on the bottom and right of the map.
The battle was pretty much a beatdown on the British. Having to attack French forces that are either dug in or up on the hills was pretty nasty.

The game is pretty quick. It looks similar to CCN but is not a card driven game. Each player has a set number of action points plus a random number of action points in which they can order their units to move and/or battle. Overall a pretty fun game to play.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Elder Sign

Yesterday I hauled out Elder Sign and gave it a whirl. Luckily it can be played by 1 person. It's a pretty fast game, compared to it's big brother: Arkham Horror. Fun, little game.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Review & Plans for 2012

Here is post 2. So 2011 is kaput. Looking back on the goals I had set back in January I partially completed what I wanted.

1. Finish my Warhammer Daemon army - I completed all my Daemon units that I was planning on doing and in addition I painted up a bunch more minis for my Tomb King army.

2. Finish my Impetus Ancient bases - I kind of failed here. I got a handful of bases done for my MayDay game but I still have probably have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 10-12 bases to go.

3. 15mm Sci-Fi - I completed 2 full forces. This was probably my biggest painting accomplishment for the year.

4. Misc. small projects - I didn't get much done here except for a number of Full Thrust units.

5. More boardgaming - I got a pile of boardgames played this year.


Overall I played 23 different games with a total of 94 matches played. My top 5 played games were:

#1: Commands & Colors Napoleonics- 30 games played

#2: Dominion- 10 games played

#3: Descent- 7 games played

#4: Arkham Horror- 6 games played

#5: Hammer of the Scots- 5 games

Breaking down the games by manufacturer:

#1: Fantasy Flight Games- 7 different games

#2: Rio Grande Games- 6 different games

#3: GMT- 3 different games

#4: Z-Man Games & Columbia Games- 2 different games

#5: Wizards of the Coast, Simmons Games & Worthington Games- 1 game each

Both FFG and Rio Grande have such a large stable of good quality games that it's hard to not focus too much on them. This year I plan to play just as many board games. I need to bring out a few games to the club's game night. I have a few games I'm really wanting to play: more Twilight Struggle, Dominant Species, Tide of Iron, Tannhauser, Elder Sign and definitely more Arkham Horror and Descent. My friends and I are going to be starting the Descent: Sea of Blood campaign hopefully in the next few weeks.

Miniature Gaming:

So this past year I completed my Daemons and Tomb Kings for Warhammer, painted 2 forces for some 15mm Sci-Fi gaming, painted up some Full Thrust units, painted a small Viking force for SAGA and painted a handful of Ancient units for Impetus. I also got a fair bit of terrain constructed. Unfortunately my goal of getting 500 minis painted this year was an utter failure as I barely made 376.

So for 2012 here's my goals:

1. a 15mm DBA army to get painted up for MayDay

2. 2 fleets for War Rocket for use maybe at MayDay

3. my 15mm Sci-Fi alien faction

4. more Full Thrust units

5. Forgeworld Chaos Hellblade fighter (not for gaming)

6. 28mm Samurai for Impetus (this will probably be my main project for 2012)

7. more 15mm terrain

8. 15mm NK Egyptians for Impetus (probably won't get to this one this year, but in case I do)

9. more boardgaming!

I'm going to set myself a more modest painting goal of 350 figures. Oh and hopefully for 2012 my luck gets a whole lot better.


New Years

This is the first of two posts. Last night for New Years I got together with some friends, enjoyed some food and played some games. We played a game of Arkham Horror and I managed to single handedly lose the game for us on 1 die roll. Hopefully my craptastic luck stayed in 2011. Next we played a couple games of Ra from Rio Grande Games.

This was a fun little auction game and we knocked off a couple games in an hour. The rules could have been written a little clearer on how you start the game. We started off 2012 with a game of The Legend of Drizzt from Wizards of the Coast.
We've played the first game in this series (Castle Ravenloft), and they're not easy games to win. Probably the one thing I don't like about them is the fact you're always under attack or taking damage from traps and the fact that it's hard to heal. We bit this game but a number of the encounters didn't affect us and I think our characters were a little better.

My second post will give a rundown of 2011 and my plans for 2012.