Monday, December 10, 2007

Skaven Progress #2

I've been able to do some painting over the past few weekends since Thanksgiving. Here's what I've got on my table so far...

I still haven't done the final step(putting on the static grass) on this clanrat unit yet. I'm not sure why I'm dragging my feet with these guys either.

I worked on my slaves a bit more. I finished overbrushing(heavy drybrushing) them and also put an ink wash over the whole unit. I'll probably either start base coating certain parts or drybrush a lighter shade of brown next.

I've also finished basing all 5 of my rat ogres(2x 5th ed. and 3x 6th ed.), started base coating an old grey seer mini, and this guy...

Although he looks a tad bit washed out in the pic, I do like how he turned out. At least I finished something these past few weeks, right? :)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Geek Nite VII

Had another great time at the annual Geek Nite this past Thanksgiving break. It was technically called 'Nerd Night' in the invite but I think Geek Night is better suited. Every year a bunch of geeky guys hang out to do one thing- play boardgames. There was also an XBOX 360 it the corner and movies playing in the background, but ultimately we aim to play boardgames- play boardgames until the wee hours of the night. GN7 for me lasted 'til 3am.

First game I played was Wings of War. It's the third time I've ever played and I really like it. It has great simple(really simple) mechanics and its a blast to play everyman for himself. Unfortunately, the guy who owned it hadn't bought the other expansions which limited the number of players(we were hoping to play 6+) and hadn't or wasn't willing to teach us the expanded rules. It was unfortunate because I was really aching to learn more. I'd definitely buy this game if wasn't for the WWI theme- just doesn't interest me. Don't get me wrong the production quality is great and I'd play this in a heartbeat, I just don't care for biplanes is all. Fantasy Flight did recently put out a WWII version of WofW and that I could pay for... unless of course one of my friends is willing to buy it :)

The second game was MagBlast, another great quick game by Fantasy Flight. A bit chaotic and random for my taste but it's still loads of fun with friends.

The third game was Tannhauser which I brought. Wasn't sure how it was going to turn out since it would be my first time to play it and there were 8 of us willing to play. Overall it was ok. I didn't play with all the rules which was a bit of a bummer but with 8 players playing for the first time- it could get overwhelming. I don't think I can see this game played with anymore than six with the option of using soldiers as community pawns. There are just too many characters and items with specific rules. First game run thrus are usually rough and I do like the game so hopefully I can play this again with the full rules.

The fourth game was another game of MagBlast. Not sure I should even count this as my fourth game since I was taken out before I got to take my first turn! Yeah , like I said before, "chaotic and random".

The last game I played was Ticket to Ride. It was the first time for me to play. Great game. Like the first game, Wings of War, it was simple and fun to play. Funny enough I also didn't care for trains. I might however make an exception to this because of how easy the game is but complex enough for adults that I could see myself pick this one up. Here's hoping one of my friends picks this one up too :)

Until next year!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Crouching Dragon, Paper Giant

So, if you hadn't already guessed, I lost my first battle against the new 7th edition High Elves. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be although there were poor dice rolling on both sides. My friend documented the whole event. Here's the link.

I thought it was a pretty close game until near the end when my Warlock Engineer was overrun by unit of Phoenix Guards. Why O why didn't I move him off the hill? It might not have mattered much but I think I would've at least been able kill off the dragon or the chariot... ok the chariot...maybe. I knew I wasn't going to win, but I knew I could've at least got it to a minor victory or possibly a draw.

My only highlight from the game was when my Warlock Engineer atop a hill popped the dragon mage off of his dragon mount. That felt pretty good. Of course, it was the same Warlock who was run over by the Phoenix Guard.

For next time(oh yes, there better be a next time!) there are a few things I might change. If I choose to replace my giant I may pick up a cannon and a small unit of jezzails. I think I definitely need my plague censors bearers when going up against the HE. The Phoenix Guard made a pretty big impact in the game so they'll be high on my target list.

The new HE is a really tough army especially with a dragon at 1500 points. Hopefully, I can figure out a Skaven list that can hold up... soon!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quick Update

Haven't posted in awhile so I thought I'd post a preview blurb on what I hope will be future posts :)

A couple weeks ago I got to play against my buddy's High Elf army with the new 7th edition rules in a small 1500point battle. Let's just say the new and improved HE are just that.

This past Thanksgiving break I went to an annual Geek Night where we play board games and video games 'til the wee hours. As usual I had fun and got a chance to play a couple new ones.

Also over the break I actually had time to paint a bit! Can you believe it? It wasn't much but it was something. Pics soon to come.

Now playing: Explosions In The Sky - Welcome, Ghosts
via FoxyTunes

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Gaming Yankee Workshop

Ok, historical gaming moment happened last weekend (Yes I know, it's a little bit late. I've been busy- let's move on). I helped my buddy build his very own 6'x4' gaming table- or if his wife is present, 'work bench'. Of course, it didn't go without a hitch. There were a couple 'redos', 'running changes', and my favorite 'ouch my finger!'. It was my finger and it wasn't self-inflicted. I was holding a piece of wood and my buddy drilled into me, split me open, and made me bleed... wait that didn't sound right. Lucky for me it was just a bad flesh wound... that didn't sound right either. Anyway, more importantly, we managed to finish the table!


Ah, my rats now have a suitable place to die- I mean play!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Skaven Progress #1b

Didn't want you to think I haven't done anything these past couple of weeks. It's not much (been busy at work) but here's what I got:

I've put a coat of paint over the clanrat bases, based a couple rat ogres, a packmaster, and the clanrats' movement tray. Next thing to do is start drybrushing the clanrat bases then finally put static grass. Man, I should have been done with them by now! Argh!

Hmm. I didn't think the clanrats were that dark. Could it be from the camera flash? Maybe I have too little light at my work space? In any case, I have to make sure the clanrats have a little more highlight.

I found that painting and basing the clanrats with their shields already glued on to be very, VERY difficult. In hindsight I should have realized that would happen. Oh well, lesson learned. Unfortunately, history will repeat itself. I have another unit of 30 clanrats with shields glued on that were bought secondhand. D'oh! Another lesson learned.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Skaven Progress #1a

I thought I was going to be finished with my clanrats this weekend but things came up and I also had to work over the weekend. However, I did manage to finish basing the rest of the unit(still got to paint them tho) and start basing their movement tray. Close but still no cigar. Maybe this week will be different.

UPDATE: I'm finally done basing my clanrat unit and its movement tray. I now have to wait and let them dry. I still need to put a coat of PVA glue over the sand before I can paint and add static grass. Getting close!

Now playing: Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Skaven Progress #1

Let's get down to business! I play Warhammer Fantasy and Skaven is my army. Like many of you I've accumulated a bit over the years(it's a modest size- possibly around 4-5000 points worth). And of course like many of you my collecting has surpassed my painting. So now I've decided to bite the bullet and really try to paint my entire Skaven collection. Quite ambitious, I know, considering my slow pace and lack of motivation. It might even be just a phase for all I know- I have had painting phases before after all. But I think by documenting myself on this blog and visually seeing my progress, this will really help me get more motivated and bring my Skaven army closer to completion!

So now onto to my WIPs!

This past couple weeks I've been working on a unit of 30 clanrats. They are almost done. I'm done painting them and I've just recently based half. Hopefully I can finish them this weekend.

I must have ADD or something because I can never focus on one unit at a time. Here are the other Skaven units that I've been painting off and on while painting the clanrat unit above:

plague monks: I'm pretty happy how the robes came out. This one is close to getting done! Yay me!

rat ogres: A couple units of rat ogres divided by edition. I plan to make the 5th edition ones(the 2 in the back) a bit more fleshy and sickly because, well, they do kinda look sickly.

plague lord and plague censer bearer: UnderEmpire had a painting contest last month that I wanted to enter and these two and a plague monk were going to be my entries. Unfortunately I lost track of time and missed the deadline. Oh well, maybe next time.

For some reason I started on these knowing very well my plate is already full. Go figure. I guess it's better to have paint on them than no paint at all.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hello There!

Hi! Welcome to my blog on anything gaming and other geeky goodness. For the most part, I'll be using this blog to post everything that's anything gaming-related. Whether it be from my miniature painting progress to reviews of recent games and products I've seen or played to spontaneous ranting I feel that needs to be documented. Thanks for checking it out!