Monday, 24 April 2017

Been Ages sorry! !!

Sorry I've not posted on ages but been in the real world on holiday with the family. Great relaxing time and even stopped by a shop I discovered called  Wargames in Southport. Great shop and had a mooch round and bought a board game called Hey That's My Fish!
I've seen this game around and wanted it as I thought it would be great to play with the kids (3 and 1 not the targeted age group but I thought they could give it a go).
The game is nice quality  and the penguin counters are awesome.


My favourite penguin ☺

You get four penguins in four colours to make your team up.  The board takes a few minutes to set up


The board is made up of small hexagon tiles

The aim of the game is to collect fish by moving in a straight direction as long as there is nothing blocking you. You take the tile your penguin was just on and put it in your fish store. This obvously leaves holes in the ice flow (the board) which stop movement. Once all your penguins can't move you take all your penguins off the board with the tiles they were on. The winner is who ever has the most fish.


The game in action
As you can see the board gets quite tight

The game was enjoyable and our kids managed to play and enjoy it with a little help. My only real critism is The board is quite fiddly when youbhave to remove a tile. You and up moving the whole board. I'm going to attempt to stick some magnetic tape to each time and play on a metal surface see if that works.
Me and the wife also played Boss Monster  (kids would not get this game). This is a great little card game where you play the evil boss who controls a dungeon with various traps and monsters. The aim is to kill as many heroes as you can. Once you get the rules this game is a brilliant time killer. Plays through in about 15 mins. The cards are brilliant as it's all done in an 8 bit video game style


A pesky hero trying to take the treasure
One of the traps you can use to kill a hero

On returning from holidays and battling the inevitable washing I aimed to put together the Test of Honour sprues my friend had been so awesome to give me. The model were quite fiddly to put together  (a lot of this is my fat uncoordinated fingers)


Spear men. I love the 3 man base
Another lot of Spear men
My standard bearer I love his pose like he's rushing forward unfortunately this out the model off balance and he kept falling over
Soloution to the falling over problem
Some archers!

To go with my three samurai mentioned in a previous blog I now have 9 commoner spear men and 3 archers. I had some more bodies spare on the sprues so I made uo a Sgt, an archery Sgt and a musician.


Sgt and archery Sgt
Muscician

With all this done it was into basing next. My good friend had some basing material he had made up  (using pet store items I believe ) left over so passed me a tub of it. Most greatly received! !!! Thank you Alex! .
This stuff looks awesome on the bases.


Basing away!
All based
Had to base the 3 man base so they all match

Last thing I've done this week is undercoat then.


That's all for now have a great one!!!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Games Night!

Last Friday night was games night! My good friend arrived for the evenings battles.
First up he handed me some sprues from Test of Honour as he had bought the game and kindly (rather awesomely I have to say) spilt the forces with me so soon I will have some samurai led forces to add to my model collection.


My 3 samurai heroes!

I'll obviously post pictures of the Japanese force progress.
First game of the night was Across the Dead Earth.  I made up a map of a small area for a campaign between our 2 main gangs. The Coggers  (my friends gang) and the 78th Smethwick Irregulars  (obviously my gang). The premise was a captured map off a State explorer about a recently discovered area.


The captured map

Basic I know but I'm no artist. It's spilt into a grid. You win a game you take a grid. Get all the grids you win!  Or capture the opposing gangs HQ grid you win. This idea uses one of the suggestions in the back of the Across the Dead Earth rulebook as a base. So the battle was a capture the objective and hold it. The objective in question was an abandoned Tesco store. Both gangs at one end of the board with the Tesco on sight.  Some modest loot tokens were around as well.


The game board

My gang has a new member Grimm the gunslinger  (using my gunslinger model I got by backing a kick starter last year). The gangs lined up and away we went.
Our gangs ran up the sides of the battle field a few peeling off to exchange fire to slow up the oppostion


SNAFU and his usually reliable special assault rifle jammed the first shot fired!!!
Dead Eye Dave steps up and adds to the shooting but another poor showing

My first attempts at shooting went terrible the dice rolls were not with me! About half my gang made for Tesco the other kept an eye on being flanked by the opposing gang.


Grimm after clearing a jam takes down a Cogger with his hand cannon
My leader heads the charge for Tesco

Grimm jammed his pistol  (I swear I have never had that many hand before!!!) The gangs started getting close now.


Adahy my scout bravely takes on Wall the Coggers melee specialist
And with a superb roll wins the melee!!!

SNAFU forgetting his jammed assault rule pulls his tomahawk out and engages Lug the Coggers LMG specialist.


SNAFU takes out Lug in melee
A Cogger takes possession of Tesco and waits weapon ready

Next turn up SNAFU decides to take out Lug from the game completely but wait my opponent pullled out a grenade and boom!!!!


My opponent played our 2nd favourite event card!! Can't beat trip wire!

The grenade took out both out gang members. We love the event cards especially this one but our favourite is trip wire  can't beat a bit of petty stopping players running with loot ha ha ha


Adahy falls to Cogger reinforcements

The alley next to Tesco becomes a focal point. Adahy is shot ,a Cogger jams his assault rifle and Dead Eye Dave rolls a head shot instantly taking a Cogger out of the game!


Selene takes out the last Cogger in the alley

With the alley cleared there is one Cogger left holding out.  My gang close in on Tesco. The lone Cogger leans out the door and fires but  to no affect
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My leader charges the door with his axe

The last surviving Cogger was took down  in melee and I win the game. 
I chose a grid on the map so now that's my territory. Also got a bit of loot and bought me a silencer to add to my gunslingers hand cannon (not sure how that works but he he he).
Next up Star Wars Armada


The fleets line up

We played a 300pt game. (Though we forgot to use various evade tokens but it was getting late and we still had fun lol)  I was as always the resistance and had a fleet comprising off a Nebuleon B frigate (my strongest ship), 2 Corvettes, the Millenium Falcon, Luke Skywalker plus a handful of x wings and b wings.  The opposing fleet had a Star Destroyer (still an imposing model), an Imperial Raider, Boba Fett, Darth Vader and a score of Tie fighters and bombers.


The Heroic Resistance
The dreaded Empire

Battle was joined!!


A rather disorganised start from the Resistance Fleet. The Empire rolled forward
The fleets engage! !!

The fleets engaged the Corvette closest to the Star Destroyer bravelly hit it with all it had sapping shields but was stripped off all shields in return. Fighters engaged with each other trying to keep them away from their own capital ships. 


Fully engaged in close range battle

In the pic above you might notice the lack of an Imperial Raider. After being stripped of shields it received the full frontal battery of my Nebuloen B frigate and disintegrated. Also lost was Boba Fett after a dog fight with Han solo the Corvette added its fire and blew the bounty hunter out of the sky.
Unfortunately my frigate has taken a beating from various shots including Darth Vader and is in a vulnerable situation. The Corvette on the left has taken some horrendous damage from the Star Destroyers side guns.


The fleets pass through one another counting the cost

As you can see from the pics above though getting some solid hits on the Star Destroyer my Frigate faced the full power of its frontal guns and was obliterated!!! The Corvette on the left speeds away desperately trying to raise shields to its rear as it is carrying a lot of damage. The Corvette on the right is attempting to get behind the Star Destroyer. My squadrons start to get the upper hand on their counter parts and bombers head for the Star Destroyer. 


The Millenium Falcon swoops in

The Star Destroyer has only one Hull point left after being attacked from long-range and the Millennium Falcon swoops in to the rear and scored the final hit destroying the Star Destroyer and winning the game.

Overall great games and lots of fun. I always love the skirmish action of Across the Dead Earth and Star Wars Armada grow on me more and more (can't beat a massive space battle!).
Have a great day folks


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Avast me Hearties!!!

Way back in September i did a blog post for some pirates I had assembled. Well finally I have painted them! !!! (My bolt action habit kicked in around the same time). As a reminder they are for a game called Pirates of the Elven Seas. The  game is in an idea of dead earth games (people that brought you Across the Dead Earth) it's on the back burner at moment  but who does not like Pirates?? (Maybe merchants. ..) plus the band will make a handy Mordhiem band if I get into it.  Click here for the Pirates of the Elven Seas facebook group.
First up is the captain


Captain Barnabus Brand

And here he is with his motley crew of misfits from the pirate ship the Red Dragon


There ya go another band finished! Onto the next one ☺


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Plodding on

Been working nights and been busy so not much hobby stuff happening. Been selling various old warhammer novels on the old ebay ( anyone in the UK want some Tau fire warriors lol) and raised enough cash to buy my bolt action British force an M5 half track.  It wasn't the easiest to put together (made to order so just came in a box with no instructions) but using pictures off the internet I cracked it (though it might be missing an axle sssssh) I even made my first attempt at magnestising the side machine guns so if I need to save points I can take them off.


With machine guns
Without guns

The magnets are quite rough but it's my first go and hopefully I'll hide a lot with paint 😉
Next up it was time I braved the bear rider from the Shattered Crown Kick starter. It was quite intimidating as its a big piece of metal but oh so beautiful! I wanted to make a more impressive base to try my hand at making it unique. I've never pinned a model before so didn't want to try this time in case I did some thing horrible to the model.  I wanted the bear to be on by a rocky outcrop so using my faithful friend filler I've built up what i hope will look like a rocky outcrop and attached the bear. I then under coated it and realised I'd forgot the bear rider!! D'oh! ! I'll paint and add him later. 


The bear and base

I'll keep you updated on its progress. 
Last of all our front room is being decorated so the gaming shelves are in need of a sort out. Muchb of May terrain making stuff has been took off the shelves and away in a box.  Since a display cabinet had no where to fit in the room I aim to use my shelves in a more display way. So just models less clutter and maybe some LED lights ☺


Have a good week!