Saturday, January 18, 2020

Slow start to the hobby year

Hi All,

While many have been picking up where they left off with a productive year, I have been relatively quiet. I still haven't picked up a brush since maybe November. I'm not happy about it, but I don't feel the need to force myself either. I've been trying to focus on various projects around the house instead of ignoring them.

Most of my hobby has been reading the rule books I got on or around the holidays. I read Last Days:Zombie Apocalypse and Last Days:Seasons and am thinking about how to best get that on the table. I do have a lot of 20mm scale zombies buried somewhere but all of my 28mm zombies are fantasy. I've also toyed with the idea of sci-fi zombies, but again the Necromunda zombies are buried somewhere. It also occurred to me that I have those 40mm zombies, but I think we don't have enough survivors.

I also read Hardwired. I think that might be the quickest way to get things on the table and cooperative play is the best thing for our household. The thing I'm missing for this is enough terrain. (Back to those goals I forgot about biting me in the ass.)

Lastly I started reading Gaslands:Refuelled. You guessed it. The cars have all gone missing. Although I could use the Devils Run cars if I can get over hating how they were coming along with my paint job.

I did get in a WFRP game and make a cool image depicting a scene from the game. At least I thought it was cool. I may do a post on making it. Perhaps not quite a how to but just an overview.

We're supposed to have a local meetup here in Phoenix to game Star Breach in the Dune universe setting. Unfortunately I can only stop by to pick up my order dice because my son is performing in the district honor band that afternoon.

Hopefully I can get it together to have a project finished in the near term.

Also a quick welcome to Joe M. Sorry for the lack of activity of late. I hope to be posting something semi useful in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Year End, Decade End, post for 2019

Hi All,

I've been laying low lately as things have been a little bit much for me the last month or so. I'm fine, just trying to work through the usual sources of frustration.

Let's talk hobby stuff!

If you really need to go back and read it, here is last years recap. I'll take my plans from the end of 2018 and see how I did.

  • Finish my Undead Army for OWAC2
           Accomplished. 1031 points of Undead painted. Post is here.
  • Paint my Renegade Warband that I've rolled up
          Accomplished. Somehow I got these guys, and others, painted. Post is here.
  • Paint a Slann Kill Team
          Didn't get around to this one. I misplaced the Diehard Eru-kin.
  • Build more Terrain (Especially finish that dang Coach House)
          Not successful at this one either. Not sure why I didn't make any terrain.
  • Paint up IG for a local (Phoenix) Rogue Trader Campaign
          Partially successful. I got some more stuff painted up and then got tabled. Post here.
  • Get back to cataloging stuff for the 100% painted challenge
          Fell off of doing this.
  • Go to BOYL2019
          Mission Accomlished!
  • Go to Monolithcon 2019
          Also mission accomplished!
  • Maybe some other Con
          Went to Rincon in October. Played WFRP and Ravenous.
  • Finish my expanded campaign map and play out more games in that world
          Still working on this. I keep getting bogged down in the minutiae.

Hmm, only 50% of my goals met. Although I think the ones I did accomplish were pretty big ones.

9 photos of stuff I painted this year

For painting totals I painted 103 models. How does this compare to other years? 2018 (100), 2017 (99), 2016 (50), 2015 (152), 2014 (105), 2013 (9), 2012 (4), 2011 (0). So for the decade that's 622 figures since I got back into the hobby or roughly 69 per year over the last nine years. Not a lot really. But I did notice that I seem to be averaging about 100 per year since 2014.

So, what's in store for 2020? A little hard to say for sure. This year was tough as I tried to move my hobby space and try to do it someplace where I could interact with the family better while painting. It didn't totally work and I managed to misplace a lot of stuff. So let's see what is on the table for 2020.

  • Clear out a dedicated hobby space
  • build more terrain (really do it this time)
  • play more games at home/ in town
  • Adopt more of a last in/first out painting regime. If I've had it for years and haven't painted it, don't kill mojo.
  • Paint Blood Bowl/ Blitz Bowl figures.
  • Advanced Heroquest
  • Gaslands
  • Zombie Gaming figures
So that's me for 2019 and into 2020.

Happy hobbying to you in the new year.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Monolith Con 2019 - Warcry: Iron Golems vs Ironjawz

Hi All,

Well, it had to happen. We now come to the last report of the last game from an awesome weekend. Sorry if it's a little on the drab side. I didn't get as many pictures as I should have. I was too busy having my ass handed to me. Sort of the theme of this year's games for me.

Anyway, still tons of fun.


And there you have it. Hopefully I'll be getting back to some painting and building posts for you soon. Thanks for stopping by and reading my comics.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monolith Con 2019 - Warcry: Untamed Beasts vs Iron Golems

Hi All,

Warcry was all the rage at this year's gathering. The guys had already played several games before I got there. So I got stuck in, borrowing some figures and learning the mechanics.

The game is fairly easy to pick up for the basic mechanics. I felt like I had it down by the end of the game.


So, I'd recommend Warcry as a system. As you can see there is plenty of scope for personalizing your own force. I may go into detail on that as I move forward with mine.

Next up, the final battle report: "Warcry: Iron Golems vs Ironjawz!"

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Monolith Con 2019 - Space Hulk: Exterminate

Hi All,

Next up was a tense game of Space Hulk. Airbornegrove played the stealers and Bulldog Lopez, Cheetor, Maj Guiscard and I played the Terminators.

As with all Space Hulk games it was utter carnage.

It really went down to the wire. I really regretted my decision to not blow myself up and take the Genestealer with me. Maj. Guiscard really saved our bacon.

Next up: "Warcry: Untamed Beasts vs. Iron Golems"

Friday, December 6, 2019

Monolith Con 2019 - Get to the Shuttle

Hi All,

Like all the best trilogies, this one had three parts. My squad proved to be inept yet again. I'm sensing a pattern.


I set myself up in cover and then the other side got all their activations first, so I was immediately suppressed and couldn't do anything. This essentially continued for the whole game. Oh well. Time to start working on another unit and come back to these guys later.

Next up: "Space Hulk: Exterminate"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Monolith Con 2019 - There's Dung in them thar Hills

Hi All,

The next game in our trilogy was to locate the rare "Great White" Dunger and add to our supplementary income.

Let's get to the mayhem.

Once again the men of Borborygmus Prime get the short end of the stick. It may be time to make a new squad.

Up Next: "Get to the Shuttle!"


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