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Building Deadzone terrain

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The family was away yesterday so I took the opportunity to sit down and build terrain for the upcoming Deadzone summer campaign. About a year ago I did a trade that involved a box of unassembled Deadzone terrain. It was not an insubstantial box and I have been slowly chipping away at it. The day […]

Picking a faction

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Picking a faction in any game is often a problem. One can go with the faction that has the best looking models, the coolest in-game effects or just the one that grabs your attention. So lets take a look at the factions in Beyond the Gates of Antares and examine their strong points. My path […]

Deadzone Forge Fathers near completion

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve been managing to get some work done on them from time to time and my Deadzone Forge Fathers are almost complete. I just need to finish the bases and then they will be ready to hit the table. I used the Army Painter Dragon Red as a base and then accented the models with […]

3 fun things about Gates of Antares

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

At my local gaming store we are in the process of beginning a ‘slow grow’ league for Beyond the Gates of Antares. BtGA is a 30mm sci-fi miniature game from Warlord Games written by everyone’s favourite gaming uncle Rick Priestly. The game was released a few years ago with a small amount of fanfare and […]

To-dos done

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

Just realised that I had manage to finish assembling the Forge Father and Iron Ancestor models for Deadzone so I was able to mark those off the To-Do List. I did a trade this week for some 15mm Battlefront Lee models so I added those to the list. They will be done as Lend Lease […]

Can you afford Adeptus Titanicus?

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

You have to hand it to GW. They really know how to build up expectation for a product. The annual Warhammer Fest event is running and Games Workshop is using it to promote new releases for almost all of its games and also previewing the upcoming Adeptus Titanicus game. Twitter is awash with photos from […]

Deadzone Forge Guard

Posted on May 5th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

There are miniatures that are good looking and miniatures that are easy to build. Sometimes you are lucky and a set of models will be both. Such is not the case for the Deadline/Warpath Forge Guard minis. There is so much to like about them. They have great weapons, bags of character and look fearsome. […]

Blood Red Skies first experience

Posted on May 5th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So I finally managed to get the planes from the Blood Red Skies starter set painted as well as some Soviet Yak fighters and the Soviet Ace pilot. I brought them down to The Sentry Box to run a few demo games. I only managed to get photos of the first game that was played. […]

Your Internet may vary

Posted on April 29th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I recently made the decision to delete my Facebook account. I have been unhappy with the service for some time and a recent break from using it proved that I was actually happier not being on it. Far fewer arguments for one thing. In previous years there were quite a few local forums that one […]

Pondering the Post-apocalyptic

Posted on April 29th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

There are quite a few companies that make post-apocalyptic miniatures and vehicles. The main problem with them, for me, is that they are almost always near future. Civilization has fallen and sadly all anyone has to wear are old costumes from a second-rate Mad Max clone. The concept of trawling through the debris of a […]

Version 3 you say?

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So a while ago Spartan Games collapsed under its own weight and the Dystopian Wars franchise was purchased by Warcradle Studios. The studio is owned by Wayland Games in the UK (an online retailer of games) and is known for producing the Wild West Exodus steampunk skirmish game. I’ve not played the game but it […]

Deadzone revisited

Posted on December 29th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Danny organized a series of games at The Sentry Box today where Mike, Danny, Greg and myself played our first games of the new Deadzone second edition rules. I previously played the first edition of the game and while it had some aspects that I liked, the game never really clicked for me and it […]

GW Shades

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

I have always approached GW’s paint range with a bit of a sceptical mindset. The company has had a poor track record of delivering on their marketing hype and their paints, in the past, have been pretty much standard paint but at a higher price. And in those horrible pots. I recently stumbled over a […]

Warhammer 30K

Posted on November 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

What I have really begun to dive into lately are the Horus Heresy rules from Forge World. Previously the game was wildly expensive as every single model was only available from FW in resin. Add the exchange and shipping and it made assembling even a small force a pipe dream. Or at least a pipe […]

Well that was a long wait

Posted on November 12th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

So it has been a while since I have posted on the blog. A large part of that has to do with not really having a lot of time for any games or hobby related activity. I have been trying to do more in the past month but compared to June I have not really […]

6mm(ish) painting madness

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

So its been a while since I posted anything new on the blog. Part of the reason for that has been that I have been painting a lot of miniatures as part of a 6mm/10mm sci-fi gaming project. The miniatures are all Dystopian Wars figures from various factions. There are British, Antartican, French, Belgian and […]

Impact of Armor on results in Guild Ball

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

One of the more important aspects of Guild Ball is determining how many hits you can expect to get based on the number of dice, TN and Armour. I took a few minutes to put together some tables that determined the average number of hits and then factored in Armour. I have taken some liberties […]

Guild Ball Game Day

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

Today was the Guild Ball Game Day at The Sentry Box. We managed to have three tables running with eight people playing games and about the same number watching, asking questions and checking the game out. I had my Engineer team (Ballista, Ratchet, Salvo, Mainspring, Hoist and Colossus) as well as the Union Starter set […]

Shroud Mage Stats

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

I put together some stat cards for the four fleets that we will be using for the Faire Winds and Foule Tides participation event tomorrow. Every fleet except for the Dwarves has a Mage and I am using the Hydromancer and the Mindbender so that we can test those Mages for Nic. I created a […]

Shroud Mages done

Posted on June 4th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

So I finally finished the final fleet for the Fayre Winds & Foul Tides demo game. These are a mix of first and second generation Shroud Mage vessels from the Uncharted Seas range from Spartan Games. The difference between the sculpts is really shocking. The second generation were computer designed and look significantly better than […]

Guild Ball

Posted on May 27th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

After much debating (with myself oddly) I decided to take the plunge and pick up a team for Guild Ball. I originally wanted to play the Fisherman’s Guild but the sculpt for the Captain is really oddly posed and it killed the idea of playing them for me. Next up was the Butcher’s Guild but […]

Moving, moving, moving

Posted on May 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

As the year has gone on I have found myself blogging a lot less. I am not sure why but it just isn’t a big part of my hobby life. As well, I have been hosting my blog on the calgarygamers.net domain which I have used, for the past few years, to h…

Imperial Assault Campaign Game

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

We had a gaming day at The Sentry Box and as part of that I managed to play the Imperial side in the first campaign scenario for imperial Assault game from FFG. In it the Rebel heroes have to work their way into a small Imperial station and destroy the…

First game of Star Wars Armada

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

Nathan and I met up at The Sentry Box today to give the Star Wars Armada game a try. This was the first game for either of us so it was certainly a learning experience and we did mess up a few rules but nothing that would have changed the game. We only…

Heroes of Normandie game day

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

This Saturday The Sentry Box hosted a Heroes of Normandie game day. Over the course of the day we managed to get three full games in and chatted to a few people about the game. The first game was played was with the Slaughterhouse (5) scenario from the…