Tuesday, August 16, 2011

No hobby time

Well it has been a while since my last post and boy have I been a busy little bee. I have had almost non-stop travel the last two weeks and I have had no time to hobby. It’s not that my hobby it a wall and just can’t find time to fit it in. In the last two weeks I have been in Indianapolis and Salt Lake City; with only two days separating those trips. I of course decided to spend time with my fiancĂ© then painting my little army men.

But Kyle why were you travelling so much? The first trip was for work at GenCon in Indianapolis. Now if you have never been to Gencon it is a must check off your gamer’s bucket list. GenCon is a huge melting pot of RPGers, MMORPGers, Video Gamers, and Table top war gamers. I didn’t get to check out all the things I wanted to because of work but it is also a lot to take in.

I was in Salt Lake City for Blue Table Painting’s Valhalla. Now this was more of a vacation but this is a must for all gamers to check out. You are waited on hand and foot while you play games all weekend. I will post pics in the following days covering my experience at Valhalla. Shawn and the ladies at Blue Table Painting put out all the stops for their gamers. You stay at a resort cabin in Sundance and its unbelievable; review will follow.

So back to all the excuses of why I couldn’t hobby. This Wednesday is hobby night and I’m looking forward to finishing my Night Lords. I still have 12 Chaos Terminators and 2 Vindicators to complete. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

- Kyle

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More Night Lords

Talos (Chaos Lord)

5x Chaso Space Marines
Another Night Lord Rhino

Here is a quick update as I tray to recover from GenCon. The night Lords continue to progress as I need to finish painting 12 Chaos Termies and 2 Vindis. I will try to get another post up before I take off for Utah.

- Kyle

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Friends and painted models, shocking!

This is a shout out that goes to Brother Grimm. Last Friday a package from Brother Grimm arrived at Battle Foam. I rushed to open up and I found awesome Astral Claw dice and Astral Claw objective markers inside. These dice are unbelievable and it brings out the nerd inside of me that has to have the dice that matches his army. I was going to build and paint my Flesh Tearers next, but Astral Claw have been bumped to the head of the line. I wanted to take this time to say thank you, Brother Grimm!

Now here are some sneak peaks of my Night Lords army in progress. You guys have asked and I have delivered. Once I get back from GenCon I will post more pics of my Night Lords army.

Aspiring Champion with Bolt Pistol, Melta Bomb, and Power Weapon.

Night Lord troop with Bolt Pistol and Chainsword.

Night Lords Rhino

I will talk to you guys when I get back from GenCon!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Thoughts of campaigns and conquests

As our campaign draws to a close I am looking back on what liked and did not like about running it right out of Planetary Empires. It was a great way to get our gaming group going and to have some fun over the summer.

What I liked

-The campaign got us all playing and hobbying.

-Simple rules. They were simple enough which was good for our first shot at a campaign.

- The map that you get in the box is amazing. Throw a little paint on it and you would be hard pressed to find something better.

-The heroic action table. I liked how it added another level to the gaming. Would like to see it incorporated in other ways.

Things I would change:

-Have two sides. Having every person on his own did not feel quite right.

-Have the campaign split up into phases. During that phase a person could play as many or as few games as they wanted.

-Utilize the Planet Strike, Cities of Death and Battle Missions book.

-Have a theme/narrative for the campaign. This is where things get tricky. I personally would love to have our next campaign Imperium vs Orks or Imperium vs Chaos.....the only problem you run into is that doing something so specific essentially eliminates some people from playing. I would also like the campaign to feel less like one off battle and more like the ups and downs of a long military campaign.

In the end it has been a blast and has given us a reason to paint on Wednesday nights and to get our game on and hang out on Saturday's. The campaign has done wonders to invigorate many of our hobbies. It has been cause for most of us to start out own blogs and we have all had a ton of fun. If you have any ideas or resources for running campaigns please send the info our way!