Year 2018


[Cryx Monday] Seether

This is a Cryx Seether I painted a while ago. One thing I did was not to put all the spikes atop the frame to reveal the glowing green beneath. I originally thought about using it with Starfinder. I had a partial setting idea that would require a number of dreadnaught/ warjacks. However, as I gave up on that game, the idea just went stale... When I think of a scifi game that excites me, I'll roll that one out.

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New to Us Games – November/December 2018

Finishing out the year with a few new games. It’s the first full year I’ve ranked my games, and I’m hoping to put together a list of favorite 2018 games soon. Chronicles of Crime – After demoing this at Dice Tower Con, we finally received our preorder. We love mystery games, and this is one of the best. Space Base –  I was surprised to love this engine and tableau builder as much as I did, and I haven’t played anything like it (such as Machi Koro). Don’t expect the theme to mean much, though. Fireball Island – Purely ridiculous press-your-luck game that the family loved. Railroad Ink – Loved this roll-and-write in which you build a railroad. We haven’t tried it with the expansions yet. Welcome to Dino World – We enjoyed this Tetris-style roll and write enough to back it. The dinosaur theme helps. A Tale of Pirates – We enjoyed this quick coop real time game in which you flip sand timers and fend off a pirate attack to play it 6 times o

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December Games

December got off to a slow start... Then slowed down a bit more... and then picked up again over the holidaze... but not so much as in previous years (we watched a lot of movies this month...).Monday, 3 December 2018 - Wrath & GloryI was getting excited about the "imminent" release of Wrath & Glory (STILL WAITING!), and so decided to run Blessings Unheralded (the Free PRG Day quick-start rules and introductory adventure) again - for a different group of players.I ran it for a bunch of guys from the local 40K league. While the last group approached he'd things from a completely different way than the authors intended... These guys when in a completely different direction - also apparently not envisioned by the authors. Ultimately they saved the day... sort of... and were much quicker about it. Being regular 40K players - who have read a lot of the fluff - they picked up on stuff that the other group would have had no idea about. Fun bunch of guys - kept me on my toes...Tuesday, 4 December 2018Not a gam

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Happy New Year Or 2019 - The Plan

So the end of a another year. Time for the usual renewal and looking forward to the future kind of post. Right now it does feel like a time of renewal. The new year appears to be a time when my life is about to change. Significantly so. In previous years this has been an upbeat post. It is odd that it was this day last year that everything started to change. Today things seem very precarious still. My predictions for the year to come seem to be more vague ideas than they have been in years gone by.This year has seen me me lose my auntie, my home, my relationship, my beloved car and about seventy five percent of my income. I have recently quit my job and now have to find one. Where I am living may be untenable soon. Many of these problems may sort themselves out and I have a feeling they will. Sadly it looks like nothing is going to sort out Fallout 76.This year has been a bit of a let down on the gaming front at least so I am at a bit of a loss of what to write this year. After splitting up at the beginning o

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A town during the Peninsular War

Over the last month or so I’ve been busy making a number of buildings from Florian Richter and Peter Dennis’s wonderful book European Buildings: 28mm paper models for 18th & 19th century wargames. You simply cut these buildings out of the book, and then fold and glue them together. I did add some  inner strengthening with heavy card to make them more sturdy, but otherwise my models are straight from the book. Today I set them all out on my wargames table, along with some existing scratch-built buildings (top centre) and a few commercial models (top left). You can click on the above picture (and also all the other pics in this posting) if you want to see these models in more detail. Here’s the main street, with a walled house and stables on the left, and a church with some porticoed houses on the right. The walled house is designed for a northern European setting, but I think works perfectly well for the Peninsular War. The town has a beautiful chateau, which I’ve given a walled garden

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The FINAL End of the Year Report.

It's the final day of 2018.  Every year since starting this blog has seen me do an end of year report, in which I total all the games played, miniatures painted, talk about my favorite games, and try come up with some expectations for the next year.This year (2018), sad to say, may be my final year as a gamer and gaming-blogger.  2018 was a bit of a rough year, with getting laid off, and relocating to a different state... and I don't think I've fully recovered even after all these months.  Look at my posts for 2018 vs 2017, and I think you can see a prime example of how the hobby has died.So, with no Hobby taking place whatsoever, and no expectations for it to pick up.  I guess, this is goodbye...Thanks for all the support throughout the years...-WuhSawBe-

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The Seven (Female) Samurai' - Onna-Bugeisha

A few months ago I saw these female samurai (Onna-Bugeisha) from Warlord Games and immediately knew I had to pick up a set. Funny enough, there's a bit of synchronicity involved as well as I've had a Samurai-themed game rattling around in my head for a quite some time and these figures fit the bill perfectly. I think these are some of the nicest castings that Warlord has produced. They are beautifully crafted, have realistic proportions and are elegantly posed - you almost think they are from a larger-scaled range. Just exquisite.I have to admit I was a little intimidated when I first set off to paint these figures as I wanted to avoid just knocking them all out in solid colours, instead I wished to try a few patterns that would (very) loosely convey some of the amazing textiles these women would have worn. But, as many of you know, patterns can be tricky, and after a few tests runs on a piece of card, I found that the simple triumphed over the complex (thankfully for me, this is a mantra followed b

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Rangers of Shadow Deep, The Beacon Tower Episode 1, The Bridge Guards Play-through.

Rangers of Shadow Deep, Mission 2: The Beacon Tower. Ep 1: The Bridge GuardsThe following is my 3rd Rangers of Shadow Deep complete play- throughPre-game notesDidn’t have to a lot for this one either other than paint up my “Terrain Crate” Camp site, the Vulture and one more Frostgrave Soldier for a potential Tor Varden Man at Arms.The mission specifies  Gnolls as the adversary . I don’t own any Gnolls, but I could not think of better use for my horde of Lord of the Rings  Orcs and primary agents of Shadow Deep in my games , the Orcs have the exact same stats as the Gnolls presented in the mission or the RoSD bestiary.All die rolls are shown as (X) all combat rolls are (x,x) The first number always being the heroes. There is no Target Point in this scenario but the Orcs will never randomly move into the river.This scenario lasts a maximum of ten turns. During the event phase of each odd- numbered turn (so turns 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9)  I will draw one Event Card

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Goodbye 2018

I've left it a bit late for my usual review of wargaming year but I've done a quick wizz through of what I've done over the last twelve months. In January, February and March I painted shedloads of  1/600th planes for Bag the MiG and MiG Alley, although I still haven't completed all of the extra things I need for the latter, so a game has yet to materialise but is on the cards for 2019. I also assembled some modern fast attack craft in 1/700th, which are still in a box somewhere, and added some more 1/600th aircraft for my Flashpoint Taiwan project.In the Easter holidays I played several games of Target Locked On! which I enjoyed and made up for not being able to get to the club for any games due to the kid's evening activities on a Tuesday night. I then started on a Wings at War: Desert Spitfires project but this was hijacked by the arrival of What a Tanker, which proceeded to occupy the next couple of months with building, painting and weathering 1/72nd scale plastic kits. I really enjoyed this but onl

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Shipping Containers

I really needed some shipping containers, more cover for models to cower behind, or use as cover as they heroically charge into combat. Anyway, I decided to make my own. The first being a very very plain box with lines etched into the sides. But there are plans for more interesting shapes. The Octo Container is the first interesting shape. I have finally started doing something other than a 90° angle. The next design is something more ambitous and the one after that, well, there is much more to come in 2019…

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Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Gryphonicus

Well it's nearly the end of 2018 and I haven't posted much for the last few months due to one things and another.However I have finally finished my first few God Engines for Adeptus Titanicus - The Horus HeresyAll my Titans are liveried up as Legio Gryphonicus (Loyalists during the Horus Heresy) and i have built two Warlord Titans and one Reaver Titan. I have two Warhound Scout Titans ready to be completed in the beginning of the New Year.They as basic paint jobs and no weathering or battle damage has been applied but I'm happy with them.Warlord Titan OneWarlord Titan TwoReaver TitanGryphonicus Walks!!

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Post 100! What a Long, Strange, Trip it Has Been!

Well folks, it's a day late, but I am ready to announce our prize winner for our first painting contest! Apache 6 has won with a majority of the votes for his entry:He'll be receiving our grand prize entry, and we ask that he gets in touch with us so we can get him his prizes!Thanks to all the contributors and we'll be running another contest in the Spring!Now, it's post 100, and I just want to say to our 60,000+ page views, and 52 followers one word:Wow. When I began this blog a year ago, I never thought it would have this level of support and fans that would have people clambering for more. I promise to have more of my own work up..and there is another arena I plan to be delving into soon..3D printing. My parents thoughtfully, and I mean thoughtfully got me a Photon brand 3D Printer and I am devouring the owner's manual as we speak. Perhaps a 20mm LAV-75 is finally in the offing? But I have a lot to learn about making an STL file, let alone printing something out, so I will keep you all posted as to wh

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Post 100! What a Long, Strange Trip it Has Been!

Well folks, it's a day late, but I am ready to announce our prize winner for our first painting contest! Apache 6 has won with a majority of the votes for his entry:He'll be receiving our grand prize entry, and we ask that he gets in touch with us so we can get him his prizes!Thanks to all the contributors and we'll be running another contest in the Spring!Now, it's post 100, and I just want to say to our 60,000+ page views, and 52 followers one word:Wow. When I began this blog a year ago, I never thought it would have this level of support and fans that would have people clambering for more. I promise to have more of my own work up..and there is another arena I plan to be delving into soon..3D printing. My parents thoughtfully, and I mean thoughtfully got me a Photon brand 3D Printer and I am devouring the owner's manual as we speak. Perhaps a 20mm LAV-75 is finally in the offing? But I have a lot to learn about making an STL file, let alone printing something out, so I will keep you all posted as to wh

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Igre koje su nam obeležile 2018. godinu

Vreme je i da se osvrnemo na igre koje su u Pitchwise redakciji obeležile proteklu godinu. U 2018. godini videli smo veliki broj izuzetnih društvenih igara, naslova koji će ostati dugo u našim kolekcijama, kao i igara koje su ozbiljno zatalasale okean koji je sada naš omiljeni hobi. […]

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