Wednesday, 21 December 2011

They think it's all over.....

It is now.....

So with painting points at an all time low..

And the winter being spent reboxing and sorting out what figures I actually have, I have invisibly bought a card game.

Yesterdays club night saw the seal being broken on Shadows copy of BLood Bowl Team Manager. Liked it, can see huge potential and have now bought it off of eBay.

And the bonus is I don't have to paint anything!!

Seasons greetings

Cheers Shaun

Monday, 17 October 2011

Plastic fantastic -history schmistry

Hi all,

Well didn't go to SELWG, petrol vrs no spending money would of meant a poor return for my hard earned pennies.... So went to see "Real Steel" or rocky the robot And " three musketeers" which was much fun, good to Titus Pullo again.

So i have over the years acquired a few boxes of plastic figures, never full priced and usually impulse bought. So what to do with an eclectic mix of bits n bobs...

1box of French napoleonic hussars
2 boxes of French napoleonic heavy cavalry
1/2 box of French napoleonic dragoons
3 boxes of perry napoleonic French infantry
1 box of perry British napoleonic infantry

2boxes of perry ACW cavalry
8 boxes of perry ACW infantry

on top of this I really want to get some of the Ansar tribesmen and zouaves.....

Then i got to thinking..... Didn't the Indian army of 1840s dress in napoleonic uniforms? Wasn't that only 20 years before the ACŴ ... Whose uniforms were bought from european warehouse sales.... So could there be a little bit of mythstory here.

Rules will be black powder, so units of 18 foot regulars, 6 cavalry and 24 irregulars, single guns n crews.

So maybe Sittingbad wasn't the last napoleonic battle fought after all and if it's a fantasy European force the colours can be .... More erm, colourful and the poor invaded far eastern country can be a mix of regular and tribesmen.... Very nappy meets colonial and i don't need to get more figures other than the Ansar and zouaves, which i will only end up buying anyway.... Weak willed hobbyist.

Anyway back to painting warmaster orcs and goblins for impetus bases to fight my Pendraken Romans ... Just making do with the figures available again

Monday, 26 September 2011

Kings of war 2nd edition... An unwarranted attack on the hobby

It's been ages, where have you been? Oh it was me ... Yeah well I'm back now for a bit, well a post maybe..

So i picked up lots of mantic figures ages ago and played the throw .. Er I mean give away rules at the time, didn't liked em, tweaked with the aid of Rich and just sort of ignored them... The figures are lovely tho, dwarves and skellies, what's not to like

Now i have been lulled into buying a 2nd edition set.... Mugged is a word, never mind

Things i like about them..
Units are bought and fight as units, no figure removal
Units look like units... Well maybe not the 5 man line... But the 10 archer and 20 spears do
The stat line is easy to remember and works well
The Igo ugo works ok to a point... See below
..... Done

Things i don't like,
no player interaction.. No armour saves, no morale save... I'm hit, I'm hurt and then I'm told I have routed.... I want my dice rolls back!!!!
Army composition... Geared towards abuse by 'those' kind of players... Legal army of 5 spear units and 5 dragons.... Or vampire cavalry armies dealing death and healing off of the same dice rolls... Broken!!!!!
No army moral leading to benny hill style chase scenes as units attempt to pillage the last victory point from the clutches defeat...

This isn't a review by the way it's just a rant... No point in denying it... And I am sure there will comments of don't play them then :) but well after years of being in a hobby of ever diminishing returns and around a year of painters block .... Combined with a total loss of funds I find myself at an impasse, ironically a chess term not lost on any one that's played KoW using a clock timer....

looking back the melaise set in when i was made redundant, but 15 months later something has to change surely... No I didn't call you Shirley, grow up. I think this has been followed by the release into the hobby of some severely half arsed rulesets *coff-foundry-coff*, some over priced figures that were supposed to be the poor mans saviour... 1£ a go for a plastic foot figure?? Really??? and to top it off going to shows to be inspired and well leaving feeling the need to just end it all... No not suicide, just one big bring n buy hit with all my figures, buy a board game And join the number crunchers... But even then the stuff would just get knicked of the bring and buy stand... Theiving tw@ts had my stuff three years ago and I still ain't forgiven them... Or maybe eBay so i can feel really ripped off as I post off my paint figures at less than lead costs....

I must tho, at this point, say thank you to all the blogs i follow as i do read most of your posts... And it is comforting knowing that the hobby isn't dead yet... Also to all the forums I browse over for there continued efforts to spread the hobby... I know this post isn't nice reading, altho maybe it raised a couple of titters in places I just needed to say something is all, an icebreaker if you will to get back into making posts.... Like the Titanic of posts maybe.

Cheerio, shaun

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Bored games....

Oops I meant board games ;)

Have picked up Command and Colors Napoleonics.. 2games and 2losses but fun still :)

still playing Operation Squad... Not looking forward to Club Tuesday as it's back to 5150....

Have signed up to help Rich demo game at Hammrhead show, might dig out some bring n buy stuff.

Cheers Shaun

Monday, 31 January 2011

Fffffffff sake ..... !!!!!!

Well I am in funk still, the doldrums.... And I can't seem to shift it, 7 months maybe?

Have managed to pump out some 15mm SciFi bits and pieces, but nothing much really...

Am playing 5150 but not liking it at all this time round...
Have bought Command And Colors Napoleonics with a view to more table top battles... Didnt mind playing Battlelore at the weekend, wonder if I should get the new anniversary edition of Battle Cry....

Have stuck n prepped some 28mm WW1 Renegade Brits to do as Guards for a VBCW. Havent done the Germans yet to use as BUF assault troops... Or jagers for the Anglican League troops...

And don't get me started on the 10mm Impetus stuff or the 28mm Kings of war stuff from mantic.... Or rebasing my GW fantasy stuff to use on impetus sabot bases.... Greer and arghhh just can't be @rsed to do any of it..

Oh and war-games factory have said the WSS infantry will be sent soon.... Meh whatever

Anyone want to buy a hobby? Must collect tho as shipping may cost ya more than the lead/plastic/wood mountain

Rant and moan , rant and moan

Cheers Shaun