Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Infinity N00B: GnS Tournament 7/25

Last event before GenCon.  Unfortunately, it looked like a for people canceled the last second.  We were down to 5.  Missions were Beacon Land, Cold Sleep and Coffin Raiders.

Mission 1: Bye
I was actually slated to play Stephen but I didn't want to give the new guy a bye.  I hate them but spent the time talking to Dennis about bad music.

Mission 2: Cold Sleep vs. Corregidor (Ryan) Win 10-0

Ryan out gunned me but he didn't expect to have The Anathematics pop out in turn 2 to kill his remote or my Ikadon to dodge up field and flame his link team.  We both messed up some rules something fierce.  There was some confusion on if hidden deployed counts against your retreat total.  TO said, "No" (page 144 from BRB).  Not that it mattered.  I had enough command tokens to actually have the same amount of orders.  Despite Ryan killing all but three troops (The Anathematics, Skiavoros and a Kurgat) I completed all objectives.  Ryan gave me "Secure HVT" by not contesting it with one of his orders.  He was playing for the free entry into next month's event.

Mission 3: Coffin Raiders vs NeoTerra (Steven) Loss 3-4

I went in with 13 points due to the bye.  I played Steven who had first.  Second event that I played a Steven for first.  Last time it was Didion and he crushed me on turn one to win 1st.  S

Round 1 I lose my Q Drone, Maakep, Skiavoros and Spec-ops due to poor placement against his link.  The Q and Maakep, I kept for reserves and still messed up deployment.   He had me on the ropes and I went first.  I managed to get two coffins.

His turn and his link went unmolested.  He had some sucky rolls and I managed to get a Unidron to turn to face,  He moved closer and didn't think about them having Plasma Carbines.  Took two out with the blast.  Then he moved close and took another to break the team.  I actually managed to take out 4 before losing that force.  He took one of my boxes.  I was in retreat,

Once again I did the Ikadon rush.  Flamed most of his force in the center room.  He dropped my box but I was out of orders.

Unfortunately, Steven suffered the worse in the end.  Andrew was playing a new player and scored 9 points to tie Steven which resulted in Victory points.  His match against me was brutal and caused him to drop to second.

Tomorrow I head off to the Geek Mecca.  More from their.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Road to NOVA: Don't Call it a Comeback!

Man have I been busy.  Between work and getting prepared for NOVA I haven't had much time for anything.  I haven't played Infinity for almost a month.  Last week was the first time in a long while.  I played a game against a newer player.  He played Hassassins and we played Beaconland.  His list wasn't optimized for it since he didn't play the mission before.  It was basically a one sided match. I lost my Skiavoros and Fraacta but both were basically give aways.  I controlled more consoles.  I had more beacons in the exclusion zone and my opponents DZ.  I also reconfigured more of my opponent's beacons.  It was a tough game for him.  His issue is he started with 8 orders due to his 5 man Asawira link team that he used as a defensive link. I have an event this weekend.  It should be fun.

Most of my time has been spent working on the table for NOVA and designs moving forward.  I have been doing so much work on these I haven't touched a paint brush or any of my other WIPs.  The good news is the cutting is mostly done.  A few objective markers need to be done but that is about it.
Here are some of the images I have handy.  With the way things are going, the table will be done before the Infinity event at GnS or possibly Titan.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Road to NOVA: Get to the Med Bay STAT!!

Been busy getting things cut for NOVA but wanted to post a few pics of some WIPs.  Can't say much more right now but the big unveil will be before NOVA at GnS and maybe DW if I have time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Road to NOVA: I4 Invasion (Aftermath) NOW W/ PICS!!!

I started off on a high note and then came crashing down. I started the event 2-0 (13 points) but I ended up 2-2 (17pts).  I should have been 3-1 but my last round opponent was patient where I was not. More on that later.

The event was run great and a lot of fun.  My opponents were great.  The TO's were great.  Prize support was awesome.

First game, Cold Sleep v. Nomads - I won initiative and made my opponent deploy first in a wooded area.  This was a knock down, drag out fight.  My opponent was from Kentucky and started playing at last GenCon.  He has vanilla Nomads and knew how to use them.  Despite him being aggressive with some nice shots and my poor saves.  I came out to an early lead.  By the start of turn two I had more packs and owned a console (but didn't pass my WIP yet).

He sent a MA3 guy (can't remember what guy) to deny my console and prevent me from chancing a WIP roll.  I ran The Anathematics to back up my Kurgat and it was a waste.  I basically was locked down with a lot of points wasted.  I made a final run to capture the other console.  Unfortunately, time was called during the start of my turn.

Normally, I have just kept going but the TO was right their and said finish this roll.  I knocked his guy of the console but couldn't spend an order to control or capture.  WIN 7-2 (could have been 9-1).

Second game, Supremacy v. Aleph. - I won the roll and let my opponent deploy first.  I forgot to make him lose two orders and boy that would have helped the first turn.  His name was Ambrose and was a local.  He dropped his Netrod next to a console and pushed Ajax up close.  I pushed forward into my two quadrants and then decided to take out Ajax.  I used my Fraacta coming in on the board edge.  She got sooo lucky.  First two shots on Ajax were wounds and he was in NWI.  I also hit the Netrod.  The Netrod was made of some new metal that made it invulnerable.  It lasted to the end of the game.

I got a little greedy and it cost me a round of control.  He took advantage of that and took two quads.  WIN 6-2.

Third game, Transmission Matrix v, Tohaa - Nice game.   Unfortunately, I lost the sniper battle.  His viral sniper scored a hit and I fail both rolls.  Dead Maakep.  I also should have been more aggressive with my Skiavoros.  We both held the towers in our DZ but he was able to sneak a Makaul up there and keep it for two turns.  My Noctifier ML was great up until he was killed.  Earned his points back and then some.

I really wished I would have played Jeff on this mission prior to list submissions.  Having multiple Fraacta or even Fraacta and Ko Dali would have helped.  Loss 7-2

Last mission (Nimbus Zone v. Caledonian) - This was the game that I blew in the last round.  I had a great first turn.  My Preta actually made it into my opponent's DZ and then locked down his link and LT.  I made two critical errors.  The first was thinking I could have a different specialist take from a console that I already owned.  The second was  not capping the Nimbus antenna because I thought disconnecting was the same as destroying.  Not a good game and one I want to forget.  Loss 9-1.

In the end, I started out hot and ended luke warm,  I really need to play much better but I am really liking CA.  Out of all of my armies, they seem the best for my play style.

More PICS!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Road to NOVA: It all starts with the I4 Invasion

The "Dire States: I4 Invasion", Saturday, will be my first recorded ITS 2015 event.  GnS has been slow to get the required codes to have their events recorded officially so this will be my first to get my rank.  My Combine Army is with me in Florida to help represent my store, GnS, and state, MD.  The list of notables from the 2014 season attending this event is pretty impressive.  Many of the top 10 in the US will be in attendance.  Looks like a very tough field.  Little old meal will be fighting against 31 other opponents for mid-table obscurity.

The missions are as follows:

Cold Sleep
Transmission Matrix
Nimbus Zone

I have been getting a lot of practice with Cold Sleep and Transmission Matrix.  I am 1-1 in that mission.  The issue is that my last try at it was against Jeff and his Yu Jing.  It showed a few glaring weaknesses in the list.  I showed have added Ko Dali and possibly another Fraacta but it's too late to make that change.  Lists are in and now I am stuck with what I have.

I have worked on getting everything painted.  The goal of getting everything painted by I4 failed. Not a miserable failure but one nonetheless.  I have a lot of models mostly painted.  Just not enough.  Next goal, fully painted by Gencon.  Very good chance.

While I am working on that I also need to work on getting my new table cut and painted.  A lot of plans.  I will actually say that I will work to have that done by NOVA over having my army painted.  The idea is a glorious one and very ambitious.  It's a PanO TAG factory.  I have been working on the idea with the guys from GnS.  A lot of good ideas and I want to make sure I capture it.  I want to keep it a mystery but will show a few items.  The items below are for the center objective room (Armory).  Todd and I bounced some ideas on what to do.  I wanted the weapon lockers and he gave the idea with weapons suspended (second pic).  I think they came out well for prototypes.  

     The plan to launch our Kickstarter is in full gear.  The table will show what we can do.  We have been working on a lot of cool things.  I am actually using most of my own items for the I4.  Made a new insert for my troop tray and replaced my tokens with some prototypes.  Not happy with all of the prototypes (spacing issues).  I also didn't make my own camo markers.  I need to make them and some mine markers.

I also have to thank my wife who sacrificed a carry on for my troop tray.

I will post as much as possible from the event.  I promise....

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Road to NOVA: Time is of the Essence

I have been very busy of late.  Too busy it would seem to even update my blog but that's another issue.  The Dire States: I4 Invasion is about 3 weeks away.  I have a few lists I am going to try out but I also need to get the lists painted.  Not a lot of work in such a short time but still pushing the envelope.  Tested both lists and they did well.  No tweaks yet but I plan on having more attempts this Thursday.

Next of course I have to prepare for GenCon and the big end of year blowout that is NOVA.  The thing is I am trying to go ahead and get a new table designed, cut, built and painted by then.  That is really not a lot of time.  More so with work heating up and the wife wanting to get the house patched up.

This gets even crazier since I have been actually having people wanting more of my laser cutting work.  Not enough to call it a business yet but maybe by NOVA.  Like us on Facebook to see what we are up to (https://www.facebook.com/BlackMariaDesigns)

Below are a few things I started working up with the laser cutter for I4 and a few other people.

Work for the Dream Wizards Game of Thrones CCG Regionals.  Power tokens for the swag bags.  Not too late to fight for the Iron Throne:

Started doing custom templates for the I4 Invasion:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Swift Brush Studios

I won the $50 GC from the Baltimore Brawl and decided to use it to get my Cutter painted.  I love to paint but figured PanO was just going to be for my Step-Brother to use.  I dropped it off about a month ago and last weekend he sent me photos of the completed product.

This is the highest level he offers and I think he did a bang up job and looks very close to the pic he sent as a sample for the colors.

My problem now is I have to paint the rest of the guys to look like him.  Todd actually asked if I was going to have him paint the rest.  I told him I have thought about it and will consider it as I put everything together for this army.

UPDATE: Here is the link to the studio.