Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Interesting Developments

Gaming Highlights 

The Brits are the first to seize the bridge
More Dystopian Wars last week it was the useual armored match up of my Kingdom of Britannia against a friends Prussian Empire. The battle field was dominated by a large winding river spanned by a ridiculously large bridge. we both rolled destroy 50% total value and all medium class for our field orders. but were unable to finish the game. It didn't matter anyway it was only going to end one way. A crushing defeat for the Brits. My land ship suffered a critical hit "Sturginum Flare" it blinked into the ether and moment later it flashed back into existence smashing into the support structure of the bridge, now in front of my battle line. It was then pummeled by a combined broad side from three Prussian tanks resulting in a another critical hit "Magazine Explosion"  my land ship was destroyed in a series of violent explosions, massive stores of fuel and ammunition  erupting on flames punching out of the internals of my land ship.
My small tanks repel the Prussians  

I've got this in the bag. Wait how did my
land ship get there & why is it a smoking ruin!?
The planets were aligned and six men once again embarked upon there quest. We manage to pick up our DnD campaign, when we left off the party had just finished two encounters and were bit beat up and exhausted we pushed on and were just scoping out a safe place to rest up when we discovered  a nest of Jellys Jellos Jellies ruled by a massive flame filled goo. Our winbutton Avenger out of surges and powers the encounter turned into a cliffhanger it ended with the Monk, Avenger and my Ranger down and bleeding out. If we spent one more round in its presence we all would have been negative bloodied. The Mage and Barbarian managed to destroy it just in time, with three members down and the least adept healers left to revive them our DM was going to have a hard time explaining the entry of three new characters in to his story. With some  very tense rounds with a few failed death roles and a few lucky healing rolls we were all brought around. We now rest huddled in the corner fearing for our lives staring at the barricaded doors.

I also enjoyed  a couple more games of the excellent Heroica it is a great family game with the cutest little Lego meeples.
My boy swinging his sword to slay a Goblin.

Hobby Achievements

I have been painting up some remaining Dystopian Wars units six more medium tanks, four Doncaster medium bombers and eight stands of tiny flyers. An attempt to bolster my forces for an expected encounter with a force of unknown origin these guys are going to be hard to take out and they have all kinds of different tropes tools at there disposal. I am planing to form an alliance with the Prussians that have previously ravaged my army to insure the destruction of the invaders.  Did I just hear a distant Ulla!

Some Other Geeky Stuff

I recently earned a pay rise and back pay at work and before I waster this money on boring things like food for my family or mortgage repayments I made sure to get a few essentials. Two more Rouge Trader books and The Deathwatch core rule book. This will take the number of book for systems that I don't play to seven. I think I may need to try and run a Rouge Trader campaign when we wrap up the Current DnD campaign. 

My have sent my terrain plans to Carlos at Mechanical Warhorse for him to review I plan to soon get some samples made up to see if my ideas work outside the confines of a computer or my head.
In fact a have sent Carlos a barrage of designs and plans for all different kinds of bits and bobs mainly for Dystopian Was but a couple would be useful for 40K I will put up images showing my designs soon.
He also had a proposition for me but I will need to think it over a little more before I decide to post it on the web.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Time For Adventure...   or not

It's been very quiet on the gaming front this week. I did manage a game of Arkham Horror. It has been a long time since we played, It took a while to the group to get back into it. It was plenty of fun once we got the hang of it, We failed to prevent the old one from awakening and were forced to face him in combat and surprisingly we managed to defeat him. 

I also managed to get in a couple of games of Heroica a Lego board game with my 5yo son. I had forgotten how much fun this game is. I think it is one of the best things to happen to gaming in  a very long time. I believe it will plant the gaming seed in many young minds. Growing the next generation of gamers. The major gaming companies should all be thanking Lego for securing the future of the industry. At its core Heroica is just a simple board game constructed out of Lego with a fantasy skin. The mechanics are super simple , all movement and combat is resolved with a single custom Lego D6. When we play I encourage my boy to role-play his actions, he is not just rolling a die but swinging his sword and leaping over the Goblin he slayed.

I was bummed that we have missed our last two sessions of DnD. I believe that we are nearing the end of the story ark our DM had planned. I am anticipating the chance to find out how the adventure will end. It seems that reality keeps getting in the way of play. 
The D6G ran a segment on finding time to game, Angelo Lombardi talked about his experiences balancing adult life, work and family with gaming. I liked the sound of the idea of a group of friends and there family all making the time to hang out not just a bunch of guys steeling time away for gaming, but whole families spending time together.

With little gaming I have still had some time to work on my painting. I made a start on my HeroQuest heroes, the Barbarian and Elf are complete. I was unsure on how to get a good look on the Dwarf beard or the Wizards cape. I've decided to order a book to speed my painting development. According to the manager at my LGS it is quite good. He prefers P3 over GW product, but said the book has a bunch of useful information. I will post about it when I have had a look at it. 

I also managed to finish painting my Britannia helicarrier skyfortress. I am happy with the result, but have received some negative criticism about the rotors. They are quite a contrast to the rest of the model, but I think plain metallic blades look boring. I may consult the Spartan forums for some advice.
Goodbye for now.