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Trials and Tribulations

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,I’ve got rather out of the habit here. I shall make amends, to myself at the very least. You have been warned :)Yesterday was the X-Wing Regional up at Milton Keynes run by the eve excellent Gaurdians of Tyr. As previously mentioned this o…

It’s only a GAME…..

Posted on April 24th, 2016 under , . Posted by

… put up a real good fight!

A touch of deja vu on this one, on several fronts, as I’m tapping this one on the train to a casual Netrunner Day Job event at Loading Bar in Stratford. As previously promised to myself I’ve put together a fluffy Edward Kim deck and tweaked my Argus build to include some traps as I really enjoyed playing them last week at the Half Draft.

Despite being advertised as super casual I have my doubts that it will be though having discovered on Friday that most of the London scene are at another Day Job event in Brighton I feel far more relaxed.I’m not really looking to be overly competitive today, just get some games with different stuff, but I’d far prefer to be at least able to hold my own.
It’s been a bit of a theme for me recently. It’s my first X-Wing Regional next Sunday and it’s kind of crept up on me to the point that I’m still debating what list to take. With Triple Jumpmaster dominating the meta there’s several builds I just don’t feel I can take. That in itself is an interesting reaction to me to the point that I’m close to just taking whatever I fancy getting some time with and view it as a day out playing games for the sake of it.
Being firmly ensconced in the competitive X-Wing scene that’s a different tack from my play last year which was predominantly geared towards preparing for major events. 24th and 10th at UK and Scandenavian Nationals was the result, which I’m pretty proud of. This year so far has been about rounding out my play with different builds and ships. I impressed myself with Oicunn / Soontir recently and have enjoyed learning to fly the Phantom.

It’s been really nice to take a step back a touch though at the same time looking to improve my play in a more indirect manner. Working my way up the Netrunner learning curve has been a similar experience, ditto Infinity, so why not keep on keeping on, especially as Ive been having a lot of fun doing so?

I suppose the honest answer is that of expectation, mainly that which I put upon myself, and my percived reputation within those gaming communities. I’d like to think that I’m known as a good player who will give a good game on a number of levels. Being part of a high end gaming group can magnify that at times.
Additionally, prize kit supported FFG Organised Play events are so prevalent now that they are the norm to the point of having become an expectation. If you want to run an event you need to have prizes. Having alt art cards and tokens don’t create an arms race of Wizkids proportions but it’s still there.
There have been a few store credit X-Wing events waving some fairly large amounts about. Some reports are that it’s kept more casual gamers away, expecting an invasion of the WAAC pack. I feel that I can see both sides of it, most top end guys don’t need the extra motivation, which kind of cuts both ways. I’ve recently heard of an event offering £1’000 cash which seems to be the antithesis of the reason I play games. For me personally it makes me feel uneasy about attending such an event, more from the point of the organisers motives rather than that of the players.

So, currently I’m on the train home and needn’t have worried at all. The afternoon was pretty much a club night. We weren’t charged the advertised entry fee but still got an alt art Political Operative, scarily apt.  The rest of the prize kit didn’t come out and we organised ourselves with pick up games and plenty of teaching going on.

For myself Mr Kim did better than I thought he might whilst Argus needs a bit more focus. Even better I got to know a few more guys an locate a couple of regular groups.
To be honest that’s the best result I could have had. Well pleased :)

The Other Side of the Fence

Posted on April 17th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello people,With the UK X-Wing community exploding over the inferred effect of Intentional Draws on competitive play and the “Fly Casual” Name and Shame backlash I felt somewhat inspired to muse upon the following. In the past three weeks I’ve TO’d tw…

Recharging the Cycle

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello people,
Bit of a rest for you all as I haven’t had too much of value, actual or imagined, to say recently. With the completion of any decent sized project, rare as that is, there is often something of a resultant void to traverse. In my case there has been a period of post Nomad procrastination though I am now in the process of sorting myself out.
I have however been getting plenty of gaming in. This weekend is only the second since the New Year when I won’t be gracing any event with my presence. No bad thing either way in multiple contexts.
So, given that I utilise this blog to motivate and organise myself strap yourself in for a Spring State of Gaming Address;
Wave 8 has finally dropped at which point I’ve been fairly reserved with one each of  Jumpmaster, Mist Hunter and TIE Advanced Prototype. They’ve joined the repaint queue but I’ll finish up the Gozanti and TIE Fos first because I should really.
Gaming wise I’ve been doing rather well with duel ship builds recently, a perceived weakness of mine, and continued up the Phantom learning curve. All very pleasing :) With a mini break in the tourney schedule I’ve got a few Scum lists I want to get some table time with.
Between Corvus Belli’s Flamestrike campaign an Campaign Paradiso at the club I’ve been getting more games recently. I’m still making mistakes and want to make better use if Hacking and Camo. In the same way as with X-Wing I may just need to put in the effort to read up a bit more; rules, forums, bat-reps and keep up with the games.
Over the Bank Holiday I picked up and put together a couple of pieces of scenery, a Troll Trader Fire Station with Rooftop Accessories and a Warmill Alpha Lander.
I’ve had a Troll Trader piece before, the apartment block, and though they’re toward the budget end of the spectrum they scrub up pretty well. The fire station comes with open windows and I was hoping to leave them open to use the internal floors. Unfortunately the rather basic box construction made this nigh on impossible. There is no middle floor and very little designed connection between the boxes meating that they don join flushly. So instead it was a seal up and fill job which is a bit of a shame as it’s a nice big piece. Lessons learnt, you get what you pay for.
As you might expect it’s quite the opposite with the Alpha Lander. It’s designed to go together like a dream with full interior detail and even a swinging door. For £15 I think it’s an absolute steal. I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at the rest of thier range.
The paint jobs are about halfway there and will make or break both pieces so I’ll be putting in the necessary time and effort. The obvious Ghostbusters temptation may be far too much to resist :)
This is the one game that I haven’t played until a cube draft Thursday night just gone. I’ve put together another couple of decks and basically I just need to find some more games. There’s an East London scene on a Wednesday night that I’ve been meaning to get to for some time now, just need to make it happen.
So, slightly scary as it is I’ve actually been trying to get organised with a paint queue and a pile of fleet, army, deck lists worked and printed out. I’m also keen to start booking up the next batch of events, a couple a month should suffice :)
Time to just get on with it really; )

INFINITY and Beyond

Posted on March 17th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes, a somewhat worn pun but highly relevant as my Nomads are now that rarest of hobby items i.e. fully painted. I’ll just pause for a moment; I HAVE A FULLY PAINTED FORCE OF NOMADS :)Obviously that was a result of my week off during …

The Week Off – Finale

Posted on March 14th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Well that went quickly but in short I got everything done and a little but extra besides. As far as Points is concerned I’m scoring for the apartment block, Trandisgan Slaver and Z95 plus the final five Nomads, for a fully painted army, to…

Byes Don’t Count

Posted on March 13th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Now I’m not religious, stay with me, more vaguely spiritual in a karmic sort of way. The reason mention this is because it’s a fitting segway from my last post about being up in the nosebleeds.Yesterday a bunch if us headed down to Warboar…

Welcome to Nosebleed City

Posted on March 11th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Last weekend was another double event with Gaurdians of Tyr’s X-Wing Store Champs on the Saturday and a Netrunner Winter Kit at Dark Sphere on the Sunday. The week off immediately afterwards is not entirely unconnected :)Saturday I ran Vad…

The Week Off – Update 1

Posted on March 9th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Wednesday afternoon and all is going surprisingly well. Never as productive as I’d prefer to be but pretty good all the same.The warehouse went together easier than I initially thought it might. There were internal walls and stairs that I …

The Week Off – Prelude

Posted on March 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,So, another week off, another “realistic” project list. The last one worked out pretty well so hopefully that’s repeatable. It’s bits and pieces this time round but each with its own purpose and payoff.So from top left;YV-66: I’ve got the …

Big Boys Don’t Cry # 2

Posted on March 1st, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people, A little later than billed, as I went and saw Deadpool Sunday night, but the TAGs are done :) In a lot of ways their size actually made them easier paints, given their strong, simple lines. There was plenty of wash work and getting the wh…

Life on the NET # 11

Posted on February 28th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,So, back down to Warboar yesterday for my third Store Championship and the best day of competition Netrunner that I’ve had to date. Running tweaked NBN Sparks and Criminal Ken I scored 7 Prestige across five rounds, only blanking in the fi…

Big Boys Don’t Cry # 1

Posted on February 25th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Once again I have snuck in some brush-time over the weekend, all of it TAG related. Rob’s Gorgos, and as such his army, is buttoned up as whilst my Iguana and Geckos currently hover at the 90% stage. It’s judge edge hig…

Life on the NET # 10

Posted on February 21st, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes it’s another Netrunner post and as I’ve just noticed that the series has made its way into double figures which confirms something that I already now, I’ve kind of fallen for this game in a big way ;)So yesterday myself and Alex headed…

Filthy, Filthy??

Posted on February 19th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people, Last Saturday I spent the day down at Paradice Cafe / Warboar in Bromley. Now this is nothing new, in almost any respect, as I’m something of a dedicated regular to the X-Wing and Netrunner tournament scene. It’s also an excellent ge…

Remote Control # 2

Posted on February 16th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people, I’ve not had too much brush-time to blog about recently but after a bit of an afternoon session Sunday and a few finishing touches last night I’ve finished up ALL of my Zonds / Remotes.That gives me a pair of Reaktion Zonds,&nbs…

Hope and Faith

Posted on February 9th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello People,There’s been a bit of gnashing and wailing at a number of X-Wing top tables recently due to a perceived narrowing of competitive build options. This has been off the back of the recent prominence of Rebel Regen lists that hit you…

Remote Control #1

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hello people, Yes its been a while again but in honesty I haven’t had too much of interest, relative term I know, or outside of the norm to rattle on about. Until now…… Last night I took a deep breath and put a Tunguska themed list on the table for…