The other day the Facebook Page for "Warmachine Weekend" changed names to "Warfaire Weekend" and a lot of people were asking about this. After this past "Warmachine Weekend", it was announced that Carl who has been running it from the beginning was letting go of "Warmachine Weekend" and there was a new team taking over the duties. Chris and Gonzo stepped up to plate and will now be running "Warmachine Weekend", well actually "Warfaire Weekend". Last night at 8:00 PM EST, Chris and Gonzo held a Facebook Live Q&A session to answer anyone's questions and explain a little bit about "Warfaire Weekend".In the picture, the first thing you may notice (besides the name) is that date of "Warfaire Weekend" will be November 8th-10th. The past few years the event has been the first weekend of November, but it looks like for 2019 it will be the second.Onto the name change. Having a fresh start for the event, Chris and Gonzo thought it would also be a perfect time for a name change, the nam
Happy New Year 2019!One of my favorite posts of the year where I lay out my plans for 2019 and try to stick to them without swaying too far. Last year I kept it a bit realistic and I was happy with my outcome. With the additions of a few games in 2018, 2019 may be a bit more of a full plate for me.As with last year, my plan for painting will continue to break down my queue in calendar quarters, I think this worked very well for me and made my queue a bit more manageable.As of now, these are the games that are of interest for 2019, in alphabetical order.Arena RexPainting Goal: I still have quite a few models in my backlog for Arena Rex (11). I honestly feel it may be a doable goal to have these all completed, as long as I do not add anymore to the backlog. I think as long as I stick to the two Ludus' that I have, this goal should be completed (especially if one the games way down below takes a back burner). Once these get completed (maybe by GenCon in August) then I may add
There are two blog posts that I enjoy writing the most each year, the first one is my "What's in store for" (next year), and the second one is my "Year in Review".2018 started with a "What's in store for 2018" so we will use that post as basis for our year in review.Guild Ball2018Painting Goal: This is a tough one. I would love to say to be able to complete every Guild Ball model that I have so that all Guilds are completed. It is doable since I currently probably have around 40 models left to complete. I have the new six for both the Farmer's and Blacksmith's, the second six for the Brewer's and the remaining are for my Mortician's and Union. I do have a few one off's left (Smoke and Lucky) and I am wrapping up Skatha for my son's Hunter's Guild. I think realistically I will shoot to complete the Farmer's, Blacksmith's and Brewer's (along with the few one off's). This will give me some room for some of the new Minor Guilds that will be released in 2018.Gaming Goal:&n
Week #50 has come to an end and there is only 2 more weeks left in 2018. I think this past week was a pretty decent week for me, not really too much but not that little also.I was able to get in a game of Star Wars Destiny on Monday, Guild Ball on Thursday and Sunday, and my son and I played 2 Rounds of Warmachine/Hordes on Saturday night (as time was running out on us).For completed painted models, it was also a good week. I was able to complete 6 models and I have 2 more in the queue for this week. Completed models were: 'LE Cheese Ball', 'Veteran Chisel', 'Zombie Thresher', 'Blackheart's Grave', 'Ghast's Grave' and 'Greyscale's Grave'.Once the remaining 2 "The Dark Harvest" models are completed, I do not think much more will be done for the rest of this year. More than likely I will start and prep models for January 2019 and enjoy the last week of the year getting in a few more games.Models Completed: 6Games Played: 4
One of the benefits of moving back to the Midwest a few years ago was the ability to drive to AdeptiCon each year, I've been to AdeptiCon in the beginning, a few events in the middle and 2019 will mark 3 years in a row again for me.AdeptiCon is not until March 27th-31st, but every November before, registration for the events opens with as much information they can provide for the event (some other organizers need to take note...WMW). Well this year is no different and registration will open this Sunday November 19th. The good people who run AdeptiCon also give us a sneak peek at the list of events at least a week beforehand and this past weekend the site went live with the majority of their events. You can click HERE for the event preview.The day the preview site goes live is a happy day for most of us as we can start planning our AdetiCon weekend, sometimes there is a little disappointment if the events you want to play in overlap with each.For AdeptiCon 2019, the list of events I was think
This past week was a complete opposite of my previous week. Previously I painted 5 models and played 1 game, and this past week it was painting 1 model and playing 5 games. I wish I would have painted more, but I knew I was getting ready for my first Guild Ball tournament and I did not want to leave anything unfinished on the painting table. What I did complete last week was 'Zarola' for the Hunter's Guild.Currently I have 2 models up in my Painting Queue with plenty in my backlog. A lot of the times I will re-arrange my queue based on what I feel like painting, but I think I really need to get these next 2 models completed. I have 'Hearth' for the Blacksmith's Guild and 'Veteran Hearne' for the Hunter's Guild listed as next. If I complete these 2 models, then both of these Guilds will be fully completed, and that is a nice feeling of accomplishment. Then I need to think about what will be next, part of me is thinking the Falconer's Guild (starting with the 2 models t
I've been posting terrain tutorials for a while, but one of the things I tend to gloss over are the specific tools, and how they can be used to achieve different effects. There are also techniques like making foam stones and bricks that really deserve their own dedicated post. This is a new tutorial series called Tools and Techniques. Each post will focus on one tool or technique and how I use it in my scenery building process.This week:Making rivets with a Rotary Hand Sewing Punch Read more »
I was asked by a friend of mine (TJ) if I wanted to fill in as their 5th player in the WM/H Michigan Cup (they had a late dropout) this past Sunday October 14th and I decided to fill in and play my list I just practiced with the night before. Here is a description about the Michigan Cup: This is a slightly modified version of the popular World Team Championship competition format. This challenging format features 5-person teams squaring off after a strategic round of pairing that can be as important as the actual games! Specific rules for this event at the Michigan GT are forthcoming but will follow the structure of the official WTC.Sunday morning I woke up early and made the drive out to Lansing, MI. The drive actually was not bad, Lansing is only 115 miles from me so it took just under 2 hours to arrive. I missed out on attending last year due to car troubles, so this is the first year I had attended. The hotel was easy to find and the conference center was nicely marked so I ha
Last week was a really good week for me in terms of gaming, and at least getting something completed model wise.For painting, I was finally able to get 'Brun Cragback & Lug' completed for my Minions army. I wanted these models completed for Warmachine Weekend, and mission was accomplished. I should be all set for WMW model wise, but I may try and get one more model completed, we shall see, I may be putting some Guild Ball models up next on the painting table.For gaming, I would have to say it was one of the best weeks all year. Last week I was able to play 8 games across 4 different systems. Saturday my son and I had a games day at home, and yesterday I attended the Michigan GT for Warmachine/Hordes. I will be breaking down those days into separate posts, either later today or tomorrow.One more thing to point out about Warmachine Weekend, the other day they posted in Facebook that next week they should have more info on events....."next week"... that only leave 2 weeks b
I had one model on my list that I wanted to complete for the upcoming Warmachine Weekend next month and that was 'Brun Cragback & Lug' and now they are completed.For fun pickup games and Iron Arena games at WMW, I am thinking about bringing my Minions army with and try out a 'Rask' "Will Work For Food" list with my 'Dracodile' and I needed another Lesser Warlock for my list, so I decided on 'Brun Cragback & Lug'.It was actually this model years and years ago that got me interested in Hordes and the Minions. It was just many years later that I finally purchased the model and now they are painted. I was hoping to give them a try tonight, but with attending the Michigan GT tomorrow, I need a little more practice with my Khador. Maybe next week they will see the tabletop for a game. Brun Cragback &Lug Brun Cragback &Lug Brun Cragback &Lug Brun Cragback &Lug Brun Cragback &LugPainting Points: 6
This weekend is the Michigan GT in Lansing Michigan. It is a gaming convention with multiple events like Warhammer 40K, Age of Sigmar, Bolt Action and Warmachine/Hordes.Last year I had planned to attend and play in the Warmachine/Hordes Championships (75 point Steamroller), but car issues had kept me from attending. This year I had no intentions on attending. My son and I just came back from the NOVA Open last month, and I spent all last week on vacation with my wife. Plus this is the same weekend as SteamCon USA and if I was attending one of these events, I probably would have tried to attend SteamCon USA, but I was not attending either......up until today.My friend TJ this afternoon sent me a text asking if I wanted to fill in as their 5th player in the WM/H Michigan Cup (they had a late dropout). This is a slightly modified version of the popular World Team Championship competition format. This challenging format features 5-person teams squaring off after a strategic roun
A friend of mine in Kalamazoo recently purchased a couple of the Privateer Press Mystery Boxes (hoping for Khador) and he ended up receiving a Cryx and Cygnar box. He posted on the Facebook Groups looking to trade someone and there were not any takers, so I contacted him if he was willing to sell the Cygnar box. Well he did and we met today for the exchange.My sons Warmachine army is Cygnar, so this box if for him, he really wanted to have the 'Hurricane' model. This mystery box is a bit different than the other Cygnar ones that have been posted, instead of an Infantry Unit, it came with another Warjack (which my son and I actually prefer).Here is a breakdown of what was inside our Mystery Box:Battlegroup: Major Beth MaddoxIron CladFireflyLancerColossal:Hurricane/StormwallHeavy Warjacks:Stormclad/ReliantCyclone/Defender/IroncladLight Warjacks:SentinelAccessory:Cygnar Token SetI think for $60 this was great buy for all the Warjacks....
Not much painting was completed last week, but I did start on another 10 'Warriors of the Dead' for MeSBG. I am not sure if they will get completed this week, if anything I may have some time Friday night or Saturday morning, then I have to get ready for vacation next week.Gaming wise, I did manage to get in 4 games of X-Wing. The first 2 games were just from the Starter Set, but the last 2 were full 200 point games. Pictures from game 4 will be posted later today.Warmachine/Hordes: right now much going on with WM/H. I still have a lot of models that need to be completed but just do not have the passion at the moment. If I was more excited for Warmachine Weekend, then maybe. Warmachine Weekend did finally release a small event schedule, but just a list of the tournament games, non of the fun events yet which is why I was planning to go. Last night we had a personal setback with a broken dryer, so the funds allocated for WMW may have to go to the new dryer (we shall se
Ever since coming home from the NOVA Open, I have been feeling pretty sick, I must have caught a bug while at the convention. I should have taken advantage more of the sanitize dispensers they had setup through out the convention.To be honest, I also did catch a new hobby bug also, well actually it is an old bug revisited. Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, now known as Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game. I started playing this game 10 years ago, and it has been a long time since I played last, I skipped over the Hobbit books when they came out. While at the NOVA Open, my son and I sat in seminar by Adam Troke about the future of Middle-earth SBG, and the game started to give me an itch again to play.Once the seminar was over, Games Workshop was able to sell the new rules manuals, army list book, and starter sets. So we picked up a starter set box and army list book. This past Monday night I broke out my old models and started to play around with some list ideas to see
In 24 hours we should just about be pulling into the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and checking in for the 2018 NOVA Open. We are leaving tonight and driving straight through, so tomorrow is going to be a very long day playing right into the Warmachine/Hordes Team Tournament. Luckily I do not take tournaments too seriously and I am just playing for fun. Who knows, maybe after 2-3 rounds we may retire (but we will have to see with our teammate first).Am I ready for the events? Not really...but who cares if I win or lose, lets just through some dice. Saturday and Sunday events I am really looking forward to ("Breakfastmachine" and "Speedmachine") these events do not take the whole day and leaves some time to do some other things. I am still glad I dropped the Guild Ball event on Friday to open a day of gaming (I am even bringing a few Batman miniatures and may do a quick demo).I plan on posting some pics each night when I get back to the room, we shall see how that goes...stay tuned..