Sci-Fi


End Of The Week - Too Tired To Stand Up (25)

I have managed to make most of my goals this week and exceeded a few of them. So all in all I am quite happy with myself. This was going to be a simple week. I was expecting to be busy. I was. Tired now and ready for bed and it is not yet 9pm.The week began with a plan to paint ten figures. At some point I added one on the quiet because I thought it was going to be easy. Most of what I planned to paint this week was from the Star Saga game by Mantic. From the first time I saw it I liked the idea of buying it. It was the right price, there were plenty of figures and a decent amount of usable terrain. There were many sci-fi games they would work for. I had some ideas for the X-Com game that has been on the gaming burner of a low heat for about two decades. Mostly at the time I thought they would be good for what I had planned for Titansgrave: The Ashes Of Valcana, a game I really like the idea of but doubt I would get too many players.Anyway the first set of figures I decided to paint were the security guards.

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Gaming at the club

We had 7 guys out at the club this week with three games on deck. Jonathan and Scott played some Commands and Colors Machine Guns.I think this was the Verdun scenario, with the Germans advancing over the Meusse River? I left before it was done, but it looks like the Germans were just running out of troops.Dan hosted Terry and Richard in a game of Strange Aeons. RCMP and heroes versus cultists.The cultists were selling some naked townies for meat to some little guys with big teeth. Gravel Road Cowboys had to rescue them.I left before this game reached conclusion. At that point, the body count looked like it was favouring Sergeant Preston and his kung-fu fighters.A very pretty game that Dan did a nice job of putting on.Chen and I played Battlestar Galactica with Newtonian movement. BSG is basically the same as Wings of War (movement on cards, simultaneous selection) and you can play it with cinematic movement or with Newtonian rules.Newtonian movement allows you to pivot your ship away from your direction of tr

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Last of the Imperial Assault figures

I finished off the last of the Imperial Assault commission I took on (except there may be a few replacement figures left to arrive).These guys were from a Hoth set. I'm now going to shift to rebasing some 1812 figures and painting up some of the railway buildings I picked up this past weekend. With spring upon us, I'm also going to start shifting to one post per week (from two) for the summer.

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Crooked Dice - "Aliens" - V is for Visitors

Well that was fun...Being a child of the 80's how could I resist... for those a little younger, V was a Sci-fi Mini Series from the early 80's where aliens or "Visitors" arrived on earth to steal our water and farm us for food. They looked like humans but were in fact reptiles - who knew :-)Crooked Dice have done a great job with their latest alien releases - they bear a great similarity to the Visitors of the 80's mini series.Wonderful sculpts and a great selection of iconic characters from the series. My biggest challenge was finding a colour that matched the TV show, it was a off an orange/red colour which can be tricky to replicate as it could very easily turn into bright red. But I am really happy with how these have turned out.v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

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Crooked Dice - "Alien Invaders" - V is for Visitors

Well that was fun...Being a child of the 80's how could I resist... for those a little younger, V was a Sci-fi Mini Series from the early 80's where aliens or "Visitors" arrived on earth to steal our water and farm us for food. They looked like humans but were in fact reptiles - who knew :-)Crooked Dice have done a great job with their latest alien releases - they bear a great similarity to the Visitors of the 80's mini series.Wonderful sculpts and a great selection of iconic characters from the series. My biggest challenge was finding a colour that matched the TV show, it was a off an orange/red colour which can be tricky to replicate as it could very easily turn into bright red. But I am really happy with how these have turned out.v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

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Epic returns!

So after many, many years away from the game I finally have managed to get in a game of Epic: Armageddon. Mark, Danny, Palmer and I all had a four player 3000pt a side battle at Mark’s very well appointed game room. I have never played with the Tau force I have built so I really had no idea how things were going to work on the table and in a game. So this was a bit of a learning experience for me. Palmer and his Dark Angels were paired up with me and Danny with his Slaaneshi Black Legion were teamed up with Mark’s Imperial Traitor Guard. I didn’t take a lot of pictures as I was pretty busy trying to remember how to play as well as trying to figure out how to use the Tau. One complicating factor was that there was not a lot of terrain in the centre of the table so there were not a lot of places for my Tau infantry units to advanced and take cover. Consequently most of my units remained on my table half while Palmer’s Dark Angels lead the attack into the opposing table half. The plan was

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Saturday Evening Round up.

Well so much for no new projects - Thanks Karl @Crooked Dice.Being of a certain age, who could not be tempted by the latest release from Crooked Dice, I have no idea how these not "V" figures will fit in with any of the other projects, but that's half the fun.Having raided the understair cupboard for the original mini series box set, I also picked up a bunch of novels for under £2.00 each. I minor distraction from the current projects honest :-)I figured with so few colours if you on the average Shock Troopers I could get them finished over the weekend. The only challenge is to go for Red or Dark Orange as both seem to be in use in the TV show.I got them undercoated and ready for painting tomorrow, it will be a welcome break from Haitian Infantry. Meanwhile I finally got around to painting the doors and windows on the Spanish Church. It does look far better. I have an order coming from Tablescape in the days ahead to build my Haitian Village and the doors and windows will definately need an upgrade. Meanwhile

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More Hoth-y goodness

I was a bit under the weather this week, so I missed our club night. I finished some more figures from the Return to Hoth expansion (with various basing requests).Some more snow troopers, this time on a rubble base.A couple of assassin droids of some persuasion, on sand, rubble and indoor bases.And a second Wampa, on a rubble base. I think I have three more heroes left to do--just need to wash, seal and base them.Up next: Some 3-D printed vehicles for Gotham.

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Shadowspear – Stoking the Good & Bad Fires of 40K

Shadowspear feels like another reasonable move forward from Games Workshop with Warhammer 40,000. Yet, I fear it comes as a step forward when a potential leap could have been made. [...] The post Shadowspear – Stoking the Good & Bad Fires of 40K appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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The Hot Topic – X Wing Hyperspace Trials (part 1)

The latest installment of FFG’s organised play has finally kicked off.  Love it or hate it Hyperspace Trials have started.   In this series of articles I take a look at the nitty gritty of [...] The post The Hot Topic – X Wing Hyperspace Trials (part 1) appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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Getting Started with Infinity #4

So once you have decided to play Infinity what is the best way to move forward and get what you need to play a game or two? Luckily in the last few years Corvus Belli, the creator of Infinity, has released a series of two-player starter sets that you can use to get into the game inexpensively. There are currently three starter sets available; Operation Coldfront (Aleph and Ariadna), Operation Red Veil (Yu Jing and Haqqialam) and Operation Ice Storm (Panoceania and Nomads). Each retails for about $110.00 US and contain enough miniatures for two small forces, a game mat, a quick-start rulebook, scenarios and terrain. The Operation Red Veil set, which pits Yu Jing forces agains Haqqislam troops, is typical of the others in that it has everything you need to learn the basic Infinity rules and also has the dice, Order tokens and other tools required. Operation Red Veil contents The miniature contents of each start set consist of a faction starter box of 6 minis plus an exclusive miniature. For the Yu Jing it is

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3mm Marines based

My order from Warbases showed up today. I got a series of different 2mm wooden bases. 25mm and 20mm rounds. 20mm squares and 2mm FoW bases. I recently picked up some 3mm Space Marines from Vanguard Miniatures and the bases were ordered as a test to see how the Marines looked based in an Epic style. I assumed that the infantry would look lost in a 25mm base and so ordered some 20mm bases instead. The infantry don’t look too bad on the square bases and the Dreadnoughts and Rapiers looks pretty good on the 20mm bases. Front(ish) view Overhead view The round bases are a little large but I doubt that my clumsy fingers would be able to pick up a 15mm base so the models will have live with the additional real estate. In any case, I think that they look good enough in this style of base to go ahead with building some forces to use with the Epic Horus Heresy rules.

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Return to Hoth

I worked up some more Imperial Assault figures this week. These have been painted for awhile but I struggled to get a decent snow base for them.We'd originally discussed and then discarded model railway supplies as too costly. The owner then found a baking soda technique he liked.That created a lovely finish that was too brittle for gaming (crust broke off as soon as figure was handled). My efforts to strengthen the crust using various sealers were were unsuccessful so I eventually painted over it with thick craft paint to try and get some snow effect.The figures themselves were nice. The trooper in the hover tank is slightly smaller than his foot-bound friends.The wampa is nice enough but could may be a touch larger?I've got a few more figures with different basing underway before bringing this commission to a close.

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Getting Started with Infinity

Perhaps you have been attracted to the wonderful miniatures? Maybe you have seen the game played at a local store or an event? Or did you overhear a friend discussing how a camouflaged electromagnetic mine disabled their armoured battlesuit? Whatever the genesis of your interest, you’ve been intrigued by Infinity and perhaps been thinking of picking the game up and giving it a try. Starting a new game system often requires a bit of reading and investigation and Infinity is no different. For some new players though the rising tide of new terms and concepts can be overwhelming. New names, new weapons and a whole series of science-fiction inspired equipment. The Knights of Santiago. The Tunguska Interventors. E/Maulers. Viral Mines. Deployable Repeaters. Holoprojectors. D20s. The Infinity game is a rich and varied sci-fi system that can often be confusing for new players and is a unique game that requires a new set of skills in order to thrive. So where do you begin? My first exposure to Infinity was with the

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