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And now for something…..

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under Posted by

…..completely different.Another busy week elsewhere unfortunately but hey that’s life.Last Sunday was another X-Wing tourney this time run by Warboar down in Croydon, ostensibly as a celebratory event for 186 Squadron. Plenty of the  squadron we…

Tohaa

Posted on July 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Rob’s Tohaa as previously promised / threatened  (delete as appropriate)I have to admit that I’m not so sure who is who other than a decending order of elite status. Command, rankers, auxiliaries and support from what I …

Age of…….Confusion

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Brace yourself it’s another meandering musings post.So, as I don’t live under a rock I’ve been watching the community reaction to Age of Sigmar. On the face of it its been pretty polarised with plenty of RAGE to go with the usual froth.For…

Nomads

Posted on July 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Sunday evening I finally set up a photo shoot for the To INFINITY and Beyond project.As such here are my Nomads, from bottom to top;- Mobile Brigada and Lupe Balboa proxy- Tomcats,  a big personal favourite of mine – Zero, Spektr…

Hit and Run

Posted on July 17th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes, yet another I haven’t done too much this week though that isn’t entirely true.Tuesday night at the club we ran through several rounds of an Infinity TAG mini game, that I shall attempt to link at some point, for which I did complete p…

WORK sucks. ……so make it better

Posted on July 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,I’ve not said much because there’s not been too much to say. Going back to work and having a few other bits on has meant very minimal Hobby-time.I’ve managed to build and base the Nomad support pack and Iguana but that’s been about it. I’v…

Beyond Thunderdome #1

Posted on July 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,

I have to admit that I enjoyed To INFINITY and Beyond so much that I couldn’t let it die. As such the ongoing project will become Thunderdome as an homage to much of my influence for the scenery set and my viewpoint on the game as grown up Necromunda. Also it should serve to stop me repearedly almost buying sets of Dark Future on Ebay!

First up I bought myself an Iguana as a birthday present. Father dearest has also procured some remotes, though I’m not sure which as yet. My Klingon fleet sold for £65 which will be recycled into more remotes. This will give me options for Hacker / Corrigedor lists upto 400 points and the intention to complete a box set per week.

Scenery will be a rolling project and the weeks progress has been getting the Micro Art Admin Block and Gaurd Tower put together and put through a few levels of spray. I still feel that I’m lying a bit of height but table time will tell. I have a few ideas brewing.

More cruise control rather than high pursuit :)

To little to late?

Posted on July 4th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,

What follows is an unashamed rant post. These are my opinions and I accept and stand by them.  I generally dont do tbis but on this occasion I need to vent, hopefullu in a constructive manner. I’m not whinging, as much as it might seem like it and if it does then fair enough.

Tonight being Thursday I headed down to Dark Sphere for some X-Wing. There’s currently a well themed campaign going on and I’ve taken the chance to run some different lists to see how they work. If you get the chance then I heartily recommend getting involved.

Running Kavil I played a couple of games losing both, one closely, the other not at all closely. I still had fun and tested some ideas.

Coming home I found the third and final wave of my Dreadball Extreme Kingdom Kickstarter on the doorstep. Surely this should be a joyous moment of nerdgasm, tearing open the box to inhale aue’de fresh plesin a day prior to. Not so much :/

What I actually did was open the box in disgust and dig out the contents so that I could snear at them! I then stacked the box in the Kickstarter section of my toys bookcase, which now measures at least three feet in height :(

I’m sure many of you are asking “why the rage hate Steve?”. Some of you may remember that I’ve loved this game and previously credited it with rejuvenating my hobby a couple of years ago. That’s right, I’ve have playing many, many games in both leagues and tournaments, much as I do X-Wing now.

Even as I became disenchanted with Mantic and their well documented crack addict employment of Kickstarter I kept my love of the game telling myself I saw the distinction between Mantic, Jake and the Dreadball community.

When the Extreme Kickstarter came up I told myself that I wasn’t going to pledge but pick stuff up as and when it was released. The KS deals haven’t always worked out as the best option , all of those “free” bonus figures never are and it’s not as if figure quality has improved along the way.

HOWEVER…..when I saw the fluff and ideas involved I  couldn’t stop so went in with a sweet spot £150 Frenzy pledge……LAST MARCH!!

Since then the only other project that’s treated me was poorly is Heroes of Normandie and they’re just two French blokes rather than a miniatures company with enough professional and clout to pull down Mars Attack. However you look at it that’s a major success for them but at what expense and to whom?
To me putting up a mission control simply isn’t enough.Keeping backers informed is laudable but it’s verged on the point of taking the pics.

In honesty I also backed Heroquest 25 which is also late and not saying a lot but I’m happy to wait given my fondness for the product and, again, they’re not a big figures company dividing opinion within the community. Fair and objective? No, but that’s my perogative. I’m sure Mantic don’t care about my rantings, or anyone else’s but that’s their perogative.

As with any Kickstarter I had a choice and spent my money. After that you’re locked in for the ride. Mantic have got my money but didn’t get my time which I’ve since spent on X-Wing and Infinity. As such I no longer have the time or inclination for Dreadball or Mantic. In honesty I’d be tempted to Ebay it all but who’d take it off me? By the nature of events the market is saturated.

At the end of the day I’m more annoyed at myself than anyone else. I knew better but let myself get sucked in anyway. I’ve backed other KS projects, mainly graphic novels, which have been well run by decent people and delivered what they promised. Dreadball Extreme has undoubtedly been my worst ever KS experience by a mile. As a result I simply don’t trust any other Toys KS and I won’t back them. By the time that deliver I doubt I’ll have the time or interest any more :(

Here endeth the rant, it’s been very cathartic and more about myself than trying to influence others. By making the public statement I’m far more likely to hold to my convictions.

On a related note I turned 40 yesterday, ful membership of the Grumpy Old Man Club confirmed :)

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 16

Posted on July 1st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Okay people I’m back to the grindstone tomorrow so here’s the roundup.As below I got my Tomats and Reverend Moria finished to complete all of my Nomad force that I had at the be grinning of the project. Due a late start Rob’s Auxilliaries and TAG pilot…

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 16

Posted on June 30th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Taa daa……actual painted Nomads!!So thats 6 Agaucils, including Ms Balboa, my proxy Iventnor, my proxy Spektr sniper, my actual Spektr and my proxy Zero (more white) finished, varnished and everything for another 20 Painting Points.That leaves just …

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 15

Posted on June 29th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,A bit more of gap between posts but as I head back to work on Thursday things ramp up much as they often do. Since last time various bits of progress have been made.First I kind of cracked down at Dark Sphere last Thursday and made a numbe…

Just the two of us

Posted on June 28th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,

As a variation to the recent Infinity theme myself and Nigel G, aka The Dark Destroyer, took a trip to Dunstable for 5 rounds of flying casual. As a challenge we swapped regular roles Nigel runing a swarm while I went with a two ship build of Soontir Fell and Admiral Chirpy both loaded to the gills.

I’m more than happy with Soontir and have had previous success with the decimator. It’s a bit of a notorious net-list which I would normally generally avoid up curiosity won out. Despite having experience with both elements I felt shorn of my  customary swarm.

In short I ended up with a 100-nil win, a 100-nil loss, two close losses and a nil-nil draw which supports the belief that even net-lists need to be well flown.

Generally I know where I went wrong and what I forgot at times. I flew Soontir well but I kind of had to as I let Chirpy died too quickly too often, though dice did play their part at times. I’d been advised that with two ships ALWAYS play the safe option but a few moments of red mist proved crucial.

Overall it was good to give a two ship list a go. It increased my understanding playing with and against such lists, the day was pretty much dominated by them. I can see why Decimators have dropped down the meta list which itself makes me want to see what I can do with a similar list. Kenkirk has done well for me previously as has the Pope-Mobile so there are a few options

We can make it if we try ☺

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 10 prt 2

Posted on June 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,So technically I’ve slipped into day 11 but hey not by much and these are my guidelines I’m bending :) As below I’ve finished up 10 of Rob’s Tohaa. I went pretty much the box colour scheme, other than turning them all ginger for a bit…

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 10 part 1

Posted on June 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Okay, so another missed post but that kind of gets me back on track, kind of!

In the intervening period there has at least been some decent progress.

First up a £30 kids construction kit from Toys R Us has been a major find providing a mobile crane, dump truck, digger, JCB, skip, oil drums, signs and stop boards. Re-sprayed grey they’ll be detailed up a fit the industrial theme well.

Quite a bit of it got onto the table last night as well as various extras. Below is an objective crate, objective civilian, base markers and a pair of repeaters.

As well as all that I’ve, eventually  (with Charlie’s tech support) got the printer set up and sorted out all of my tokens.

On the brush front Rob’s Tohaa starter set is just awaiting highlights which I hope to post up later. Until then it’s back to earth taking the car for its MOT. Delight!

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 4

Posted on June 18th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,The dreaded slump has hit early and there’s not too much to report.In short the game with Rich has been rainchecked and the brushes have been idle other than touching up undercoat.On the positive I now have a wireless colour printer and a …

To INFINITY and beyond – Day 2

Posted on June 17th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Okay people, welcome to the first update post :)In the last couple of days reasonable progress has been made on almost all fronts with a little bit of Shasvassti bonus in the mix.Construction, basing and undercoat of ALL figures WILL be completed tomor…

Old Beginnings

Posted on June 12th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people, Yes it’s been a while again for most of the same old reasons. Another reason has been that my laptop has, unsurprisingly, failed to sort itself out and so is currently at the mercy of PC World.  Yes I know but I’m immensely tech…

New(ish) Beginnings

Posted on June 10th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

So do you see what I did there? Well I entertained myself at least :)Right now I have two and a half weeks on leave from work. As is so often the case I’m setting myself some hobby targets while I’m off. For once I’m going to keep it simple as I’ve don…

Taking Stock

Posted on May 28th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people, For those of you who have noticed, yes it’s been a little while. A combo of being overly busy and not too much to say other than the same old same old. It has helped that my laptop seems to have had something go pop and suddenly won’…

Boba rides again!

Posted on May 11th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people, First a caveat, this is NOT a Charlie Large Spuds I’m so great post…..honest :)Dropping down to Dark Sphere Thursday night I rocked up with my Boba Smurf list determined to put into practice my recent epiphanies about deployment and op…

That would be an Ecumenical matter!

Posted on May 10th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello People,Bit of a hiatus once again but there you. Yet another impressionistic style mini review as we played a bit more Infinity down at Enfield Gamers this Tuesday.This time it was a four way 250 point game with pretty much the full rules with St…

Strap in….it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Posted on May 4th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Bit of a busy week culminating with the X-Wing Regional tourney at Milton Keynes run by the rock solid guys at Guardians of Tyr.I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting too much from this one in terms of results. This was mainly because I w…

Obligatory SALUTE 2015 post; Making the Most??

Posted on April 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes it’s that time of the year when the blog-o-sphere is awash with my SALUTE posts so here’s my hopeully vaguely alternative version!As previously mentioned I rocked up with Shaun and Craig (aka the McTagues and yes it is supposd to rhyme…

Marked for Death?

Posted on April 20th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,As shocking as it might be I’ve actually completed a hobby project that doesn’t involve X-Wing!Behold 24 custom made pin markers for my Brit Commandos and yes I do indeed expect to get shot that much ;) As I’m sure you’ve noticed they’re l…

Yankee Zulus

Posted on April 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Something of a phonetic reference as I’ve finished up my Scum Y-Wings and Z95s. Keeping with the crimson, bone and check scheme was easy enough and hopefully they don’t look too busy for it.My Scum roster currnetly stands at two Firesprays…