Thursday, October 2, 2014

Let's try an X-Wing scenario this time...

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To date, all of our games of X-Wing have been suicidal fights to the death. Whilst fun, that can get a little old, thus Wolfy and I decided to try out one of the scenarios instead. Nest of Thieves, or something like that, basically the Rebels (me) were trying to capture Imperial prototypes which the Empire was trying to escort from the table. We opted to go with 125 point lists, so that I could try out my new toys!

My list was:

Wedge with Swarm Tactics and an R2 droid
Tarn Mison with R2 Droid
Bandit Squadron Z-95 with Ion Pulse Missiles and Munitions Failsafe
Gold Squadron Y-Wing with R5 Droid and Ion Cannon
Knave Squadron E-Wing with Fire Control System

Wolfy's Imperials had (to the best of my knowledge):

Darth Vader with Cluster missiles and a Munitions Failsafe (Mission Escort)
TIE Bomber with Proximity Mine, Ion Pulse Missiles, and some other type of missiles.
LT. Lorrir with Targeting Computer and shield upgrade (Mission Escort)
Night Beast with Targeting Computer
Mauler Mithel with Targeting Computer

...and now for the best part, my typically half-assed attempt at a Bat Rep:

The Rebels surround the Empire on deployment, though with Darth Escorting the far-side objective, I all but ceded that one as lost.
I was hoping to pop that TIE  on the right (Night Beast) in turn 1, but only managed to get 2 hits thru with some abysmal rolling all around. Tarn took a crit which would cause further damage if he flew into something which he promptly did on the following turn...idiot.
The Bomber Drops a Proximity mine while Night Beast is about to get double teamed...
The Y-Wing, benefiting from Swarm Tactics, misses completely! However the E-Wing finished off Night Beast, who was the first to fall.
Speaking of failing, the Y-Wing also failed to secure an objective as well...
Vader, passing thru the center pops a shieldless Wedge in one volley and panic ensues amongst my rebels as Tarn (with a mere PS:3) becomes wing commander! Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit!!!
The E-Wing begins a long and drawn out session of: I can't secure the objective...
The already badly wounded Y-Wing disintegrates in the crossfire whilst the Headhunter manages to launch its missiles and ion Lorrir's interceptor (which escorts an objective off of the table anyway).
Well, after 3 turns of flailing about, the E-Wing actually secures one objective.
With one each, it suddenly becomes a mad scramble to the center objective!
Yeah, about that...the Headhunter fails to capture the objective before it flees the table. Additionally Tarn's brief command ended in a fiery fashion, and the Empire carried the day.

Well...at least it came down to the wire.

We're still having trouble using the bombers effectively. Aesthetically, the Y-Wing has always been my favorite Rebel Fighter, now if that damned point sink of a ship could actually just do something while its on the table! Likewise, with Wolfy and I each only having 1 game using the TIE Bomber, neither of us have much of any success with it. I'm going to try my hand at the Empire this coming weekend, which will give me another go with it. Not sure what its good for though, other than soaking up points like a sponge.  :-/

Monday, September 29, 2014

An excerpt from the Tyranid Cookbook!

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lol, we were sorting thru some old recipes whilst rearranging the kitchen today (i.e.: moving the fridge from wall to another) and I found this in amongst recipe collection (yes, really!). The printed off email containing the recipe was sent to me by Neverness, and it is dated April 29th, 2002! It was too funny not to retype here:

'Baked Warlock Sticks'


Main Ingredient: Eldar Warlock (1)

'Baked Warlock Sticks' are a sought-after delicacy served in most Hive Fleets during the long voyage between star systems, although their expensive ingredients ensure that only Hive Tyrants and the like actually get to sample them on a regular basis.

Most Eldar are very stringy and require considerable preparation, so its often best to soften them up somehow. Take the Warlock and drop him in a high-speed mincer. While he's softening up, there's plenty of time to work on the rest of the dish. Ignore the mincing Warlock for now and come back to him later.

As with all Eldar, Warlocks are best served with cheese. In fact, Eldar are amongst the cheesiest snacks in either galaxy. If you've captured a Warlock alive, odds are you've had to advance through so much cheese you're probably thinking you've invaded a dairy world, so getting hold of some shouldn't be a problem.

Take the minced Warlock and roll him in the cheese, making sure you've picked out any fluff that may have crept into the mix. Cheesy Eldar and fluff don't go well together, even if its just background fluff. Mixing fluff with Eldar tends to lower the cheese content, so most Eldar avoid it.

Take the cheesy, minced Warlock and place him in an oven, setting temperature to 'MEDIUM'. Many cooks make the basic mistake of over-setting the oven. The result is that they are over-done, generally ending up as more 'burnt out' than the desired 'half-baked'.

Note to new chefs: you'll find that most Eldar can't take the heat, so be prepared for some unusual reactions. Some cry, some melt, many just fold up completely and just disappear. If he's really cheesy however, you'll find he's likely to start whining.

This really isn't a problem, as Eldar go well with most whines...as long as the whine isn't too overpowering, just sit back and enjoy it, savoring the taste and bouquet.

The half-baked, cheesy, minced Warlock, served with a good whine, is now ready to be carved into thin strips and served to the Hive Mind.

Enjoy!

created by:
Michael E. Major
www.Astronomi-con.com


Thursday, September 25, 2014

...sigh... Where did my time go?

Seriously. I used to have tons of time to paint, but anymore...not so much.

lol, my girlfriend was amused by this model's armored bustier.
Oh well, I did get the hole drilled in the force field generator for my Grymn Shuttle's flight stand or rather my future father-in-law (no that's not official yet, but its inevitable) did via his drill press. The man is the master of precision, and he was perfect for that job! All I managed to do myself was to get two more Grymn painted.

Ugh! I had to go back and touch up her finger tip after taking that center pic!
So that's something at least....right?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kicking it old school with Mutant Chronicles!

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Our friend Brad came over for dinner Friday evening, and brought an old, old copy of Mutant Chronicles with him. I used to play the old Warzone miniature game, but this game was the inspiration for that one. The minis for it are...well, to be honest, hideous. lol, at least the Doomtroopers (the good guys) are.  Most of the Dark Legion minis are as well, but the Necromutants and Legionaires are decent at least.

Cluster-fuck in progress on the stepped tile...
I was running the Dark Legion for this round and here you can see my Ezoghoul (or something like that) killing Wolfy's Mishima warrior named 'Yojimbo' (the way we were pronouncing that, he sounded like a Cajun-Japanese guy, lol).
Horrid models aside, it was a lot of fun and quite easy to learn. We started around 8pm, and were happily going along till Brad checked his phone and saw it was 1am!!! Thus we had to cut this night of gaming 'short'.

:-)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grymn Flyer / Arvus Lighter

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Since everyone's having so much fun at my Grymn's expense, I figured I'd stick with them for another post. Some ways back, last spring, winter...somewhere in there, Bombshell Miniatures launched a Kickstarter for their retro-styled shuttle. I fell in love with it, got it, and its sat in the closet ever since. Honestly I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

Then, a little ways back when I was working on my Grymn gatling cannon, it popped into my mind that it would be perfect for my Grymn! Much like that antique pilfered from a museum for reuse on the battlefield, the beleaguered Grymn Army, desperate to hold the line, have started commandeering civilian shuttles. Retro-fitted with weapons, these ad-hoc combat craft are now tasked as assault shuttles and ground attack craft.

Not too many parts, and excellent casting quality (pay attention to that last bit there Forgeworld!).

Conveniently, 40k has a model that fits that description exactly: Forgeworld's Arvus Lighter. The main difference (aside from price), is that the Arvus is a flying brick, whereas the ISW-69F is an egg. Like everything I've done for the Grymn here lately, this project will be an amalgamation of products from various companies. The retro-fitted guns will be autocannons, taken from the Dakka Jet kit (as well as the base). The Bombshell shuttle's base is an acrylic square that's fit for holding maybe my X-Wing YT-1300, not a resin egg perched 4" above the table. That's probably why I've only seen built examples sitting on their landing gear.

Whilst the GW flight base is certainly big enough, there's still the issue of attaching the acrylic rod to it, and giving it some weight to counter balance the shuttle. For that task, I have a Secret Weapon Miniatures' force field generator I bought prior to the release of the limited run of GW's stronghold assault force field generator-kit-that-looks-like-ass. Once again, this one was a hellova lot cheaper and better looking than the GW version. I'll probably have a Grymn or two on the base as well.

:-)


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Grymn on yet another battlefield...

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As anyone that reads my blog knows, I've (here recently) been building my Grymn along the lines of 40k's Astra Militarum and Inquisition along with a token Assassin. However this weekend they took to the field as stand-ins in a skirmish game a buddy of mine is working on, with hopes of one day bringing it to Kickstarter.

My newest painted Grymn.

Whilst I was happy to see my Grymn on the table top, they fared rather poorly. Such is the plight of the vertically challenged on any given battlefield I suppose. The game was fun though, even though I thought a few things were a little unbalanced. Such is the nature of play-testing I guess. He was looking for feedback from us, though as it was only our first game I'm not sure how good our feedback was.

...shrugs...

We'll see I suppose.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HWK-290 repaint

Yet another busy, busy week...meaning a very quick post. So, despite having only a very little time for painting (about an hour or so) I did manage to repaint the HWK-290. I still need to seal it (I'm out of clear coat currently), but I'm happy with how it came out. Thus I present to you:  

The Dragonfly
 
The side images show the front-to-back fade of metallic blue-to-green the best.

I.R./Voril and Kushial are inbound for a 2v2 game (vs. myself and Wolfy) of X-Wing tonight, though this ship won't be partaking in the battle as we're both playing the Empire this time.