Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blogging will return soon....

I realize that the blog has been quiet for longer than expected and I would like to apologize for that....
...moving our family into our new home has been more time consuming that I originally planned. I had hoped to be up and blogging 10 days ago.

However, life has conspired against me and I will need to postpone active blogging for at least another couple of weeks.

Since moving into our new home we have had to deal with a powerline in the field behind our house catching fire and costing us power for two days. Our new Frig going crazy and overcooling itself and freezing up. We have had an ant infestation that was unbelievable when we first moved in. Oh and they have failed several time to get our high speed internet up, so I am stuck with a horrible internet data rate for the time being.
I will return however....even as we speak, my new blogging partner and I are working out our schedule for a host of upcoming articles from our new blogging series we have planned. I will introduce him later, but he is the creator of much of the fine terrain I use in many of my games.
So, please be patient with me as I get my house and life in order...I will be back in a couple of weeks.

Till Then, Mags Out!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Will Be Quiet: Moving to a New House

My apologies, but the blog will be rather quiet for the next two weeks. I am going to be moving to a new house over Labor Day Weekend. As you can imagine, packing and unpacking a family of six is a monumental task to say the least.  

The new house is perfect for our family; I will even have a hobby room and a large basement that can accommodate 8 gaming tables if I want to have a mini-tournament at my home.
I am hopeful that I will have the house and my gaming area unpacked by September the 6th.  I am also hopeful that I will have the blog up and running by September the 8th. However, there could be a delay of a few days. 
On the 15th of September, I will have some exciting news to share as Table Top War is adding a new set of articles that will have a new co-blogger. I think many miniature games will really like the articles.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quickly Painting Skorne with Army Painter Quickshade

I am pretty sure that in the 6 months since I have come back to blogging one of the things you have never seen me do is share a painted model. The simple reason is I haven't painted since 2013; even that was only a few models to get them done in time for a painting required tournament. I am really busy and I tend to use my limited gaming time to play games instead of painting. 

However, I really don't mind painting. Now, I am not going to say that I enjoy it, but I do not hate it either. No, I am more in the camp of I want to have painted models, I will not play with unpainted models category. I have painted an entire 2000 point army for a painting challenge and I have painted more than a few crew box sets from Malifaux.

The problem is that even those small painting tasks took up a lot of time; time that I do not have available right now. You see, I am a slow painter; a problem that is exasperated by the fact that I have nerve damage to my hands which causes them to shake mildly. Add in painting of layers, dry brushing, highlights, shading and you have a serious amount of time invested in a model or models.

So, I have been using commissioned painters for much of the last year and I have used them off and on for the past several years. However, I have models that are starting to pile up, so I decided to see if I could find a faster way to paint models. I actually knew of a way, but I just had not done it in a long time. You see....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Skorne: Focusing on Rasheth

I am pretty sure that I have said it before, but this time, I am sticking to my guns and focusing on a very, very narrow pool of Skorne casters. I have been rather flighty the past year of playing Skorne (August 15th is one year of Skorne - my first faction); I have tried to stick with a caster, but the shiny new stuff (all new to me) keeps drawing away my attention and I have ended up bouncing from caster to caster with the exception of Xerxis: Double Gator that I played for about five months. However, even that was broken up by playing new casters, I just came back to him again and again when facing heavy shooting lists.

Now though, I am going to make a concerted effort to focus on just three (or four) casters and play them until I have a better grasp of both the game and just what weakness and strengths they and the models in their list have against a host of opponents. I honestly think that much of my problem comes from the fact that I have relied on community knowledge without actually testing out my lists and models for myself. However, starting this past week, I have picked three/four casters and have decided to play them game after game until I learn them. This past week, I picked Rasheth and played all four of my games with him. The list is one that I have had in mind for awhile, I just....

Monday, August 11, 2014

Serious Contemplating: Skirmisher Games

Perhaps it is Nostalgia, but I have been thinking about Skirmish size games lately. Actually, I have been doing a whole lot of thinking about them; thinking that has led to looking at a host of different skirmish level games. I think that for good or bad, I was forever tainted/effected by my time playing Malifaux. Do not take this the wrong way, I love Warmachine and Hordes, but it is not a Skirmish level game; as most armies have more than a dozen models. 

No, I am looking for a game reminiscent of Malifaux 1.5e: 8-20 models, dense terrain, interactive interactions. I have found a few that I like and I have actually been seriously looking at picking one or two of them up. The first one that I have looked at is.....

...Warzone: Resurrection (WZR).

Maybe it is because I am currently playing a Steampunk Fantasy game in Warmachine and Hordes, but I am really interested in playing a Sci-Fi game. However, I do not want to play a Sci-Fi game that requires me to invest in a large quantity of models. Looking around, I saw Warzone:Resurrection (WZR) and it appears to be a game that meets most of my requirements.

First off, the model count is just about right at 12-30 models with a few "big" centerpiece models. Secondly, it is played on a 4x4 table; due to the fact that Warmachine is played on a 4x4 table I have the playing surface and terrain covered. The game can scale up to 6x4 and as I used to play 40K, I have that playing surface and terrain covered as well.

In addition, the game is new and getting in on the ground floor means I can keep up with my given faction or factions as the game progresses. I also liked the setting as a younger man when I enjoyed reading the Mutant Chronicles. In particular, I like the Cybertronic Faction. I like the concept of a group who uses artificial augments to compete against their enemies
While I am not sure of their leaders, I do like the cyborg look to the army. I like the fact that their troops can be augmented differently by their implants. If I play this game, this is the faction I will play. I really like the concept of them attacking Mishima on Mercury for control of that planets, underground desert/wasteland environment.
Okay this one is a game that I played previously, in its 1.5 incarnation. I have since sold all of my old metal models, so it is basically a new game for me. Last time I played this game I went for Neverborn because I wanted to play a faction based solely on its mechanics. This time, if I was to play this game I would play it with the Ten Thunders as I really like their aesthetics. Maybe it is the fact that I like Skorne in Hordes, but the Asian/Ancient Mediterranean aesthetic is really appealing to me. In particular I like:

Misaki is the traditional Asian fighter and I really like her crew, but the crew I like even more is Mei Feng, I like the concept of someone rising above their station and incorporating the materials they work with into their fighting styles.
This miniature game is a relative new one to the scene and I have not really seen a lot of people playing it in my area; however, the more I look at it the more I really like the concept of it. I am not a huge fan of the initial two forces that were released, but I am a fan of both the two new ones, although I would prefer the Asterians and Veer-Myn. I like this game because it is basically a much better designed version of Necromunda. Necromunda was a game I like conceptually, but hated the rules and campaign system for....terrible!

This game truly is a skirmish game as it is played at 70 points. This means you will have 7-15 models and that is all. I really like the small investment that is necessary and if you haven't checked out their army box you will be amazed, it comes with mousepad play mat, plastic terrain and two starter armies for $80 dollars U.S.
Speaking of the terrain, the above picture is the terrain you get in the starter box. I do not have the game, but I have ordered two of the starter terrain sets as they are really, really good for the value. You get everything pictured above for approximately $30 dollars. The scenery is designed for a 32mm game, so it would be easy to use it for a game like Warzone: Resurrection or Mercs...
Speaking of MERCS, I have been looking at this game because it has a low entry cost and it has that Sci-Fi vibe I have been looking for in a game. It seems to be in direct competition with Infinity, which is another game I am mildly interested in. MERCS seems to have simpler rules that Infinity and it also uses a lot less terrain.
 Speaking of Infinity, it is a game that I have also been looking at, but the sheer amount of terrain is a drawback. Now, don't get me wrong, I love terrain, but having to carry that amount of terrain around to get in a game is a drawback for me. Now, I will admit that the game looks amazing and I really, really like Tohaa and my son PanOceania. I have actually had a demo and it was fun, but it does require a more heavy investment that the other games; although, they do have an excellent new starter box for there soon to be released 3rd edition.
Well, that is it for now. I have actually made a few forays into a few of the above Skirmisher games and I will be putting up some articles on those starting in September with my soon to be new Blogging Partner. Up next however, is some discussion on my Skorne.

Till Then, Mags Out!