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Escalation Campaign – Finale and Deep Thoughts

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – The Escalation Campaign is over. Unsurprisingly Chaos
lost. In the final battle I used a different Chaos force than I had been
using to represent the Nightlords abandoning the system with the meager
spoils they claimed just as Chaos re-enforcements meandered onto the scene.
Given the once sided nature of the campaign it was inevitable that Chaos
would turn on itself.

It ain’t easy being green … Astra Militarum

Posted on April 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

Defiled … Black Legion

Posted on April 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – The Black Legion commission I periodically do work on
continues to supply a steady stream of models to fill out any options he
doesn’t own yet. At this point the models I’ve seen are less common for
bulk painting so the models tend to be a bit more unique.

Escalation League – Session Three Final Week

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – Escalation Leagues are typically a sneaky way to get
people to finish off a force or get a reasonable amount of models painted.
Which is great because typically you win the war against gray plastic
thorough escalation. Tying it into a campaign system is just a bonus. 

Mix-bag Malifaux Complete

Posted on April 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

Cowboy Up – Shadows of Brimstone Expansion

Posted on April 12th, 2018 under . Posted by

Board Games – Shadows of Brimstone (the chronically mispronounced game
“Shadows over Brimstone”) has a ton of expansions. Most recently I painted
up the “Allies of the Old West” expansion. This added a few miners/outlaws,
a black smith, pack mule and dog to my client’s collection for the game.

Necromunda 2017 – First Games

Posted on April 10th, 2018 under . Posted by

Necromunda – I’ve always loved Necromunda, the idea of fighting in a the
slums of a giant city with a small gang is just so cool. The original game
(and it’s nearly identical reprint) was incredibly fun even though their
were some noticeable issues with the campaign system and the common problem
of some gangs growing to fast for anyone else to catch up. The newest
version of the game seems to have addressed those issues and introduced
some new ways to play.

Soup to Nuts – The joys of 8th Edition Army Construction

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – One of the coolest (or most annoying) things about 8th
Edition 40k is list construction. The Keyword system means you can cherry
pick the units you want to build whatever force you want. From a thematic
aspect this is very cool as it can represent the disparate forces abandoned
to the darkness after the Great Rift ripped the galaxy in two. Which means
it’s feasible to have several units of marines traveling with the remnants
of a guard regiment being led by some group of Imperial Heroes with a
Knight backing them up. Or recreating odd pairing that you see in Black
Library books all the time. For instance I’m reading Death of Antagonis
right now and am tempted to pick up a Canoness to run along side my
Imperial forces. It’s not super strong but could make for a cool narrative.

On the painting table – An Assortment of Malifaux

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under . Posted by

Malifaux – I have a regular client that sends me stuff after Gen Con each
year and doesn’t need it back until the following year. This is really cool
as it gives me plenty of time to work it in, but somewhat bad because I
tend to push it back for hotter deadlines. 

WIP – Iron Angels?

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – I don’t think I can extoll the virtues of making up your
own force and color scheme in 40k enough. The flexibility it affords and
money you can save in the long run is really worth it. Of course you’ll
occasionally get somebody who gives you the side-eye every time you say
successor chapter but whatever that will happen regardless of what you do.

Escalation League – I got more points than you and didn’t win?

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – If you build a list to table an opponent in 2-3 turns
you will win 90% of your games this is the sad truth with most tabletop
games. Weird missions and other things to improve tactics so players play
to the mission are great. But when the final score doesn’t matter because
you have no models left does playing to the mission matter?

Escalation League Session 3 – Week 2

Posted on March 29th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – After last week I’m not sold on the Juggernaut Lords, they did ok, but I’m not sure they are my style. If the Knight wasn’t there I think they would have been sh…

Whatever Happened to … Dreadball Extreme

Posted on March 27th, 2018 under . Posted by

Dreadball – Mantic Games. the kings of making a budget minded version of someone else’s IP. Well at least that’s what they used to be known for. Need a cheaper fantasy army that looks different check out Mantic. They’ve grown leaps and bounds since the…

When the Inquisition is involved does anyone win?

Posted on March 25th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – This week my Night Lords faced off against Space Marines
and Sisters of Battle/Inquisition. Since the Inquisition was involved it’s
pretty easy to twist the narrative to accommodate a three-way carnage game.

Escalation Campaign – Session three, Week One

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – I’m really happy with how my escalation league/campaign
is going. For most of the last session I was play-testing a list I wanted
to take to an event. Something came up however that means I won’t be able
to attend the event. That being the case I decided for this portion of the
campaign to go another direction. 

Deadbolt’s Derelict – Getting Ready for Necromunda

Posted on March 21st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – Necromunda used to be one of my favorite games. Sadly
the awesomeness  the is 8th Edition Warhammer 40,000 has overshadowed the
game in my local group. Combined with the “lack of rules” for older gangs
it’s been a hard sell. However once we wrap up our current escalation
league I plan on doing a short Necromunda campaign. 

Air Support – Guard and Dark Angels

Posted on March 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

Escalation League – Week 4

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – This week I’m going to try out a list I plan on taking
to RIW Hobbies Escalation Event. It’s an interesting format as you start
with 500 points and then add another each round. Essrntially playing a slow
grow league in the course of a day. Several other local groups just did
escalation leagues so it makes sense to give players a chance to test their
mettle in a single day event. 

Escalation League – Week 3

Posted on February 28th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – This week I played another 2v1 game. Which meant I was
running two complete 50PL armies, double what I had prepared for. Luckily
with power level its super fast to build a list, I grabbed a Chaos Knight
24PL, a terminator sorcerer 6PL, a dark apostle 6PL and 4 units of cultists
3PL each. Quick and easier. whatever they’re carrying is what they’re armed
with and I’m ready to play.

Escalation League/Campaign – Session Two

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – The first session of my clubs escalation league saw me
get throughly trounced. I feel like my Raptors never could effectively
alpha strike and when I tried they would get wiped off the board in the
following turn. If they could have ever took out their points worth that
would have been fine, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. 

Fear the Devourers … 7th Continent

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

Board Games – Ice monsters are fun. The idea of walking along and having
something giant pop out of the ground to eat you is pretty scary. I
recently saw a trailer for another Tremors movie that takes place in the
Arctic. Fun stuff. 

Lobotomized … more boardgame minis

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

Boardgames – Last year I worked on a large batch of minis for Lobotomy the
board game from Titan Forge games. This was a kickstarted board game that
had quite a few add-ons. My client had missed the Kickstarter but was able
to track down some of the extras by contacting Titan Forge directly. The
results are the next batch of minis to hit my painting table.

Escalation League – Week 2

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – Life finds a way … to change your plans. This week due
to unforeseen events what was going to be a full house gaming session
turned into a 2v1 battle. I had to had my group for the next session of
this league to fight against a combined Imperial Guard/Space Marine force. 

Two more Sins – The Others: Envy and Gluttony

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under . Posted by

Board Games – The Others: Seven Sins is still finding it’s way across my
paint table. Every time I start a new batch I’m impressed with the
creativity behind these sculpts. As board game miniatures they’re really
nice and some of the larger models would look right at home on a 28mm
tabletop battlefield. (which several of my 40k clients mention anytime they
see these on my painting table)

Escalation League – Week One Games

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 – This week saw the launch of the escalation league I’m
running for my local club. I was able to squeeze in three games, so much
easier to do at 25PL, and managed to learn a bit about CSM Raptors in the
process.