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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…

Life on the NET # 9

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

Hello people,It was the second double of the New Year as I pretty much moved into Warboar for the weekend with 6 games of X-Wing and 4 rounds of Netrunner today.After a long day and late finish yesterday I was putting the decks together before sunrise …

Life on the NET # 8

Posted on January 20th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello people,

So after a bit of a battering a couple of Sundays back I’m set to repeat the strangely enjoyable experience again this Sunday at Warboar.

Having spent some time analysing my previous performance I’ve made the following tweaks to my NBN and Kitt decksMy Making News NBN deck ran both NAPD / Astro-train and Scorched Earth to try and give multiple win options. I ran quite a bit of fairly porous ICE with the idea of counter-striking with the ScorchesAt the club this had worked fairly well. In the wider Meta it struggled to do either reliably.

A couple of Sundays back Runners generally kept Grips of at least 4 to deny me one scorch kills and the double never came up. In hindsight that’s just common sense. Meanwhile my fairly porous ICE struggled to keep a well set runner out long enough for the train to ever reach the station.
Thinking back I didn’t do much resource trashing, once again concentrating on my own game rather than disrupting the Runner.

In the penultimate round a first turn Account Siphon left me crippled and struggling from the outset, proving to be a pointed lesson in aggressive running against lighted ICEd central servers. As a result I will be running Sparks Agency on Sunday with the aim of taxing the Runner to the eyeballs. The Astros remain along with Global Food and NAPD but Beale is another option.

With Kitt I’ve really enjoyed the Shaper play style. Playing Gordian / Paintbrush / Medium has come pretty close for me but struggled against multiple central ICE which became very Click and MU intensive. I also ran Magnum Opus for alternative reliable economy but more than once it stalled me as I was constantly clicking through on it which felt very predictable.
With a few recent additions I’m going to switch over to R&D Interface, drop Magnum and include a wider suite of breakers with Clone Chips to recycle Self Modifying Code (finally cottoned on to that one). Hopefully that will free me up to play a less predictable game…..hopefully.

I’m still really enjoying learning the game. Last time out I played against a number of IDs I’d not seen in action before whilst slowly inching my way up the learning. Both of the tweaked decks are relatively untested but I’m still going for a target of four wins.

With another three events in three weeks at the end of next month I’ll be looking to try out a couple more factions. Now that I’ve picked up all of the Deluxe expansions I’ve got plenty of option to try and hit that four win target but if don’t…………no worries :)

Expect the Unexpected

Posted on January 15th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,So last weekend was the first couple of events of the New Gaming Year with X-Wing down at Warboar followed by Netrunner at Dark Sphere.Saturday I was running a Scum Kath, twin TLT Y-Wing list that I’d been wanting to try out for a whi…

Oddleg’s Enterprises 2016-01-07 22:03:00

Posted on January 7th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello people,I finally got the photo set-up out and shot Rob’s Tohaa. I obviously forgot to redo my recently finished Nomads but getting the tree huggers done has kicked me into gear on that front.With a couple of troopers and a bunch of zonds left I’m…

End of the Year show

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

Hello people,Just rounding out the year with my last bits of brush-craft. As some as you might remember my goal was to finish off Rob’s Tohaa by the time I went back to work on Monday.These chaps were finished on the last day of 2015;The squiggle handl…

Something for the New Year?

Posted on January 1st, 2016 under Posted by

As previously threatened I’ve read Issue 3 of Tabletop Gaming from cover to cover. In short I’m going to be picking up a subscription because I think it’s worth £20 to see it can achieve.

Despite the obvious difficulties of the format in the increasingly virtual world it’s something I’d like to succeed. Like many things it harks back to the Hobby of my youth, White Dwarf and Wargames Illustrated, which I’m sure for many of us is the attraction.

Anyway, before I get too heavily sidetracked;

The Good:
– It’s a high quality, professionally laid out and finished product. It’s a compliment to say that it doesn’t come across as a wargames magazine if you didn’t already know.
– It covers all the bases in terms of content: News, New Releases, Editorial, Features, Battle Report, Interview, Events, Reviews, Hobby, Shop and Club Spotlights.
– It’s well and intelligently written, pitched at an adult level.
– The reviews tell you what you need to know and have a useful comparison “If you like……..” section.
– The full gamut of figure, dice, board and role-playing games are all covered.

The Bad:
– The obligatory FFG Star Wars article read more like a product pamphlet than an article.
– Other than the Introduction to Bushido there wasn’t a lot of mechanics in the reviews. The Dropzone Commander battle report had none at all.
– Historical gaming barely got a look in, other than adverts, and board games seemes to dominate the issue as a whole.

My Ugly:
I have to admit to being biased as I’ve been wanting a decent Wargames magazine for quite sometime. Tabletop Gaming is good but I’m not sure that it’s special. This issue was very Sci-Fi / Fantasy and previous issues look to be the same. That’s fine but I would prefer that to be openly stated.
These days we’re all a lot more savvy and capable of doing our own research so I can forgive a more impressionistic review, in many ways I prefer them, especially when it allows a wider coverage.
I’m still picking up a hard copy subscription because that’s who I am. I’m hopeful rather than expectant as these days we can all find this stuff by ourselves but there still something about having it arrive on you doormat.

I’d suggest its well worth a fiver to inform your own opinion 😉

The Road to LEAD MOUNTAIN……

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

…..is not so much paved with good intentions as much as it is childish glee and greed bent in all angles to somehow reach adult justification.As it kind of fits the season, though I’d be banging on no matter the date, I shall explain;Some many m…

Happy Christmas to ME

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

Hello people,Not a lot of hobby love going on recently outside of my traditional Xmas present to myself which this year was one of Micro Art’s particularly excellent battlements for Infinity. A couple of the guys at the club have the District 5 version…

The Sprit of the Season

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

Yesterday myself and Nigel squeezed in a final day out flying casual down inWoking.I pulled another respectable 3 and 2 with a vaguely experimental triple Black Sun Ace toting Crack Shot with TLT / Bossk Palob. It was fun to fly but really needed to wi…

Oddleg’s Enterprises 2015-12-12 21:40:00

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

Hello people.

Tuesday night down at Enfield Gamers Phil ran a couple of us through the Battlestar Galactica board game, so cue a trademark impressionistic review ;]

Boardgamegeek.com says;

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival. Based on the epic and widely-acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series,

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.

After the Cylon attack on the Colonies, the battered remnants of the human race are on the run, constantly searching for the next signpost on the road to Earth. They face the threat of Cylon attack from without, and treachery and crisis from within. Humanity must work together if they are to have any hope of survival…but how can they, when any of them may, in fact, be a Cylon agent?

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game for 3-6 players ages 10 and up that can be played in 2-3 hours. Players choose from pilots, political leaders, military leaders, or engineers to crew Galactica. They are also dealt a loyalty card at the start of the game to determine if they are a human or Cylon along with an assortment of skill cards based on their characters abilities. Players then can move and take actions either on Galactica, on Colonial 1, or in a Viper. They need to collect skill cards, fend off Cylon ships, and keep Galactica and the fleet jumping. Each turn also brings a Crisis Card, various tasks that players must overcome. Players need to play matching skill cards to fend off the problems; skill cards that don’t match hinder the players success.

Fate could be working against the crew, or there could be a traitorous Cylon! As players get closer and closer towards reaching their Earth, another round of loyalty cards are passed out and more Cylons may turn up. If players can keep their up their food stores, fuel levels, ship morale, and population, and they can keep Galactica in one piece long enough to make it to Earth, the Humans win the game. But if the Cylon players reveal themselves at the right moment and bring down Galactica, the Humans have lost.

I’m a huge Galactica fan and had heard good things about the game but in honesty found things a little bit slow to start off with. That was probably because there just three of us, the minimum number required, and we were obviously learning our way. Once things picked up the subtleties of the game came through as different characters archetypes have access to different resources.

I was Cylon from the outset and it became quite a fine balancing act to not be too obvious about it. I did rather give myself away at one point at which point the sub-game of bluff and deceit kicked in fully additional another dimension entirely which with more players would become far stronger.

All in all a good game I’d happily play again. Good stuff 😉

Red or Dead

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Well what do you know? Two posts in two days and for once not a card in sight 😉 This time it’s PROPER wargames as I’ve finished off a few more of my Nomads, this time the Corregidor Alguaciles box set adding an HMG, Sniper, Missile Launcher and Grena…

Life on the NET # 7

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

So it was the Gaurdians of Tyr Netrunner team championship on Saturday which was once again something of a step into the unknown and a huge learning experience.
 
As a headline I went 4-4 with two wins as Corp, both by killing the Runner, and two as Runner, one of which was timed, as in I was ahead when the round finished. I learnt plenty on both sides of the fence and was far happier playing a more focused Kitt Runner rather than a scattergun Criminal.
 
Once again my lessons were split between timing issues, what to do when for maximum effect, as well as facing new IDs and deck builds. A few times with Kitt I installed key programs to be used next turn only to realise that I’d just given my strategy away and my opponent a turn to prepare.
 
All but one of my opponents were helpful enough to answer my questions and explain what they were doing along the way. My final opponent had been to World’s this year and continued to play in that vein. Fair enough, a lesson in itself as he crushed my Run, but all the more satisfying when I Scorched him into the floor 
 
As with the X-Wing championship the team format gave the day a less full on feel, at least at our end of the tables, and was just as fun as any other Gaurdians event. So another alternate art card, a few more possible deck tweaks and a bunch more games under my belt. Happy days :)
 
The day also brought my tourney / event to a close for the year. It’ll be nice to play casual for a while, on all fronts, though I’ve already got plenty booked in for the new year!

Life on the NET # 6

Posted on November 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

So, Saturday is the Gaurdians of Tyr Netrunner team championship.  Deck lists are in. I’ve gone with a super-scorch NBN Making News and as a last minute change a Shaper Kitt-Paintbrush runner that I’ve played six games with so far. As I’…

Life on the NET # 5

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

Hola!So, myself Rich and Alex headed over to Leisure Games on Sunday for our next step up in Netrunner tournament play. LG have a monthly tourney capped at 20 players so we were expecting something of an increase but still a pretty laid back event…

MEDIC!!

Posted on November 16th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Evening all,Just a quick one as I’ve actually managed to get enough time with the brushes to get the Doc, Engineer and their Zondbot helpers  buttoned. They’re pretty basic figures in honesty so nothing too complicated. 5 Painting Points for the l…

Green Eyed Monster

Posted on November 14th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

So…..this; I’m sure there aren’t too many of US out there that haven’t noticed this one creeping out into the light. Reaction has been mixed, as you might expect. Mine has been many shades of Green.Initially I was suspiciously dismissive given m…

Seeing RED

Posted on November 8th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people. Yes, getting back into the habit now.

Yesterday was another trip up to Milton Keynes for the final round of Gaurdians of Tyr’s X-Wing 2015 calendar.

I took the Khiraz / Scyk list again, primarily as further playtesting, and was once again pleasently surprised to go 3-2 for tenth place :) I’ve now firmly established that formation flying and firepower is the way to go. Using a slow roll up one board edge I look to disrupt my opponent’s formation and try and force the engagement on my terms. Patience is key and when did look to force things, to establish what the list can’t do, recovery was difficult. Lesson learned!

One of these was the first game, which was always going to be a vicious joust as my opponent also had three PS2 Khiraz. I deviated from the target priority I knew I should have chosen and paid dearly for it. One way dice didn’t help but they had just been varnished the night before.

Prize support was excellent as always but I’m particularly pleased with my little Death Star tin that from now on will contain my Stress and Crit tokens :)

On that note I’ve also finished up a TIE Advanced and a pair of Punishers. Fora bit of variety I’ve gone for a reversed scheme that will also feature for my TIE FOs, especially as I now own a full dozen of the little buggers.

All together that’s another 12 Painting Points. I noticed the other day that I’m on for a very lean year in that regard. I think that’s more because of my shift in gaming over the last year, not only towards X-Wing and now Netrunner but also because I spend more time playing. I felt kind of sad but Infinity is going to be my main painting outlet and has only really been around since the summer. I want to clock up some more points but it’s time, I need to make better use of it 😉

For a further seemless segway I fully intentionally picked up a can of white spray yesterday. You can see it on the right next to my impulse purchases 😲

The store, Wargames Workshop has added a merchandise and comics section which were far too good to pass up. I could have been far far worse but resisted the Boba Fett shoulder bag and the more obvious Star Wars bobble heads.

I’d been tempted to pick up an Imperial Assault bantha rider for some time and I’m a long time Battlestar freak from my very early years. With this kind of stuff I often prefer the more niche stuff that you have to know about to understand. Slight geek snobbery I admit.

I’m also a part time comics geek. I’ve had a 2000AD subscription for many years now a days have a few trade paperback lines that I pick up regularly. I’m a big fan of the British scene so the pre Watchman mini series was always going to be leaving the store with me. Another blog topic is forming from the mists………

And there we are all caught up! It’s another busy geek week on the cards, plenty of Netrunner, but I’m setting an Infinity painting target of the Doctor and Engineer.

Little steps!

Dance Card

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

Would you look at that I’ve actually added a new page! Nothing too stunning, a showcase page for my current gaming.The last batch Tuesday night’s at Enfield Gamers I’ve been playing through  the first three rounds of the club’s…

Crossing the Streams

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

Hello people,

Just a quick one. After a long week at work I made the ,as minute decision to head up to Lost Ark today with Alex for some casual Pew Pew action. A dozen of us turned out for four rounds. Other than one TLT spam and a Hilbots everyone was playing nicely and I took the opportunity to run something a bit different in 3 Khiraz, 2 Mangler Skyc aka 20 Second Squadron.

I’ve run it a couple of times and wanted to try the tactic of hugging a board edge to draw in my opponent before turning in on them to choose engagement. I also wanted to keep them all together as much as possible to maximise firepower and use their 5 K-Turns.

In short it, and I, performed better than I expected taking four strong wins to place second. The loss was against Super Poe Swarm which went undefeated when my otherwise hot dice went cold and I made the mistake of chasing Poe. Otherwise I flew well, especially against the TLT spam which was rather pleasing.

For my prize I chose a Netrunner Data Pack, The Universe of Tomorrow, as I’m pretty happy with the list. The Khiraz, not sure of the plural, have been undercoated and promoted to the head of the painting queue.

Result 😊

Life on the NET # 4

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

Evening all,Myself, Rich and Alex took our first step into the Netrunner tournament scene with an 11 man event down at Wayland Games yesterday. Unfortunately we all played each other and Alex caught a bye which limited our exposure to other players and…

Permission to Land

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

Hello people,Shock, horror yet more X-Wing on Sunday  but this time with something of a twist. Event supremos Gaurdians of Tyr ran the inaugural UK Team Championship. Enfield Gamers entered a team amongst a field of thirty two teams.The format was…

Taking out the Trash

Posted on October 8th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Yes, been a little while, Yada yada, real life busy, X-Wing etc ;)Getting back to Geek-life I recently built and painted what turned to be the pack of two dumpsters from Warsenal. A couple of transfers and plenty of weathering has turned them out rathe…

M-Athlete

Posted on September 25th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people.  Fair warning this is a musings type post. Might be best to source a beverage :) Last Saturday I attended yet another X-Wing event. This one was an inter-club challenge representing the 186. It was a good day out up at Wargames …