Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Years Resolution or Things that May or May Not Get Done in 2015

I decided to try a list of things I am looking at doing for 2015 to serve as a did I get everything done I wanted to when I look at it next year.

Laser Cutting

I started the year off hitting the laser cutter and had a blast. Started with a test run of my Silhouette markers and command tokens. 
Need some additional work but happy with the progress and very happy with the suggestions and help from my gaming group.

Gaming

Infinity 3e is top of the pecking order.  Had a blast with 2e and I think 3 e will be even better.  Hoping to improve my rating (ended ITS2014 ranked 43 in the US out of roughly 420). I have still yet to play a game of 3e but looking forward to getting a game in before the first tournament at the end of January.

I did get a game of Malifaux in last week.  It was a blast and I really enjoyed it.  I will probably play in the Story Encounter this year at NOVA again.  It was a nice time and very relaxing.

NOVA's Schedule came out and looks like two ITS matches and one campaign.  I would like to see more Infinity events but it is what it is.

I actually got Zombiecide for Christmas and played a game with the kids.  I loved it.  The kids had a blast and they worked together.

All in all, I am looking at a great 2015 and enjoying the hobby.  Best wishes to all of you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 is done. 2015 is up next.

2014 has been a banner year for gaming.  I have actually managed to accomplish a lot and have been very proud of my achievements in the gaming arena.  It has been a very busy year as far as gaming goes.

40k - I basically stopped playing.  I know 7th changed a lot but the fire has died. I love the fluff but that's about it.

Malifaux - Had a blast at NOVA but I really need to actually paint the rest of my Ressers.  Probably play this more with Todd (SincaiN40k) the coming year.

Attack Wing/X-Wing - I didn't play a lot of X-Wing but played a fair mount of Attack Wing.   Not sure what 2015 holds in store.

Infinity - Man has this been a great year.  It even ended big.  I started playing seriously in February after finding a great group in the guys at Games & Stuff.  After getting my head bashed in in every event, I managed to get 1st (with team mate Stephen) in the team tournament and finished their ITS season with a 2nd place finish missing a tie by 1 point. Looking forward to continuing the improvement with ITS2015.

I managed to make it to BOTH NOVA and GenCon.  Man, was they great.  I can honestly say that the beatings at the hands of the G&S crowd has actually helped make me very prepared for both event.  While I won't be back for GenCon this year, I will be at NOVA.  I loved the event and really looking forward to it again.

Laser Cutting - I really enjoy it but I have to say it's a pain in the arse to design items and get time to cut them.  I don't see next year being any better but I can still say cranking out stuff for personal use. 

Moving into 2015 - I am starting a board game night with the kids.  First, up is Zombicide.  Not sure what game will be next but should be fun.

I am behind in my painting (like always).  I haven't touched a brush in almost a month and have been playing a lot of video games.  I need to work on my Secret weapon tiles and get them done.  I also picked up all those Nomads which I think I now want to change their color.  Damn them. 

All in all I can't wait to see what 2015 holds and sharing it with everyone. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Infinity: Farewell Old Friend...We Barely Knew You (or Sepsitor was beast mode).



Games and Stuff had their final N2 ITS2014 tournament.  It was a small turn out (7 players) but most of the regulars were there.  I decided to not play Tohaa or my Haqqislam.  Instead, I wanted to try the cheese that is Combine Army.  I made two lists.  One based off of some discussions with Denis (eypyeash) and another list with Avatar/Speculo Killer combo for Annihilation.  Never played the army before and wanted to get in on the cheese before they changed everything.  

Round 1: Quad Control - I get Denis and won initiative.  Not a good match up.  I rushed to an early turn 1 lead but he pushed back in turn 2 to tie.  Due to my inexperience and the time constraints we had to call it at turn 2.  It ended in a tie but he would have clearly beat me in turn 3.  He killed my Skiavaro, Ko Dali and The Anathematics.  I was left with a Spec Ops and a few Witch Soldiers.  Not a lot to report.  I fumbled through this and Denis really should have won.  He was also really patient and helpful. Tie (3-3)

Round 2: Front Line - I got Rodger but I won initiative.  He was very new.  I apologized for what was about to happen to him.  It was a route.  I was septorizing everything in sight and what I wasn't taking over was dieing.  He got better as the rounds went on and Jeff helped him a bit toward the end.  I tabled him in the top of round 3.  Win (10-0)

Round 3: Annihilation - I got Steven as my final opponent and I won initiative.  Steven actually was my first opponent almost a year ago when I started playing Infinity at G&S.  He kicked my teeth in.  He was having a rough go this event.  He had three pieces that worried me.  A Deva hacker, a ML Fusilier, and a Aquila Guard HMG.  I parked the Speculo Killer behind the Fusilier and deployed the Avatar on the side with the Aquila and Deva.  The Speculo Killer failed her WIP roll (man I miss WIP 15) but was prone within striking distance.  She kills her target and then kills his spec ops with a combi shot.

Next up was the Aquila.  Avatar moved over carefully looking to avoid the Deva.  I didn't want to challenger her but in hindsight BTS 9 would have been pretty good footing if I wanted to add a hacker to my pool. I got the Aquila and then used him to kill the Deva.  I also used the avatar to make friends with Auxila FO.  With the main threats neutralized, I used the Aquila to set up a suppression fire.  In the end Steven took out 59 points of models.  

Denis and Len played for first.  Len beat him enough to allow me to get 2nd place while Len took 1st and Denis made 3rd.  It was a great event and a nice way to say bye to 2e. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Infinity: The Great Escape

Well...CB posted pics of the rules printed and ready to go.  I say ready to go but they aren't shrink wrapped or in any way looking like they are prepared for shipping.  Still 2 days later than they originally expected is great.  I am actually excited.  UPDATE: UPS says it's "Out for Delivery".  Looks like I will have some reading for the weekend and my trip.

With the holidays and work, I haven't posted enough and I feel bad.  Just mainly speaking out as a way to guilt myself.  I like to assume that no one reads this blog as a way to manage expectations.  NOTE: I know I have readers and some very vocal ones.  :)

It has not been all work and no play.  I got some games in with my Tohaa.  I am liking them a lot.  Still working on understanding them and their are a few models I need to pick up but liking them.  I also started picking up some CA for when the new starter drops.  I painted a few because I wanted to try out using "liquid mask" again.  I had better success than in the past but still took longer than I wanted.  I also have a few models I need to touch up due to paint coming off the models.  Nothing too bad but I am waiting for me to get the other models I need assembled and then priming them and hitting the bare metal.


I also picked up a ton of Nomads in a trade.  Nomads are mainly designed for my step-brother.  He wants to play Nomads and PanO.  Luckily they are both in the O:I box set.  Picked up one of those at Gencon and need a few models for PanO to be complete.  He should have the models he will need to play both.  Not that he has a lot of time.

Speaking of PanO.  I won the raffle at the Baltimore Brawl for a painting credit with Swift Brush Studios.  I spoke with Nick and explained what I wanted to go with (dark blue and greys) for my TAG.  He sent a cool pic he found online. Matched my design.  First of the year, I plan on sending it off to him and getting him to paint it up as the center piece for the rest of the army.
 I picked the level from his options that would be the easiest to mimic with my limited skill.  His work ranges from great to awesome.  I really can't wait to see what he does with it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Infinity: One door closes and another opens

We are in the final throws of Infinity N2 and the cusp of N3.  ITS 2014 is a few short weeks left in it and then start of ITS 2015.  G&S is having their final N2 tournament on December 13th.  I am actually kinda excited about the changes.

November has been crazy busy at both work and the house.  I haven't had much time for the hobby between life and a few video games.  I have started back at painting my Tohaa and working and a few other models I have picked up.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal abounds.  I did hit Miniature Market but missed the only item I really wanted which was the Geckos.  I did pick out something to finish a secret project I have been working on.  Not that it's that secret but I wanted to spring it on the guys at the last tournament of N2 and ITS2014.  Not sure if everything will work again with the changes in N3.

N3 is a little over a week before it ships.  I ordered a copy and should get it around Christmas/New Years.  I really can't wait.   G&S has a pretty good following and I can only see it grow with N3.  Only three of us jump around with different armies.  It should be cool to see what each of us try out with the change.

I guess by New Years we will have a lot to talk about.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big City Lights

My SWM Urban Street tiles arrived and I started getting them ready. Part of getting them ready was to make a new city of my own terrain.  Designed and cut by yours truly.

As I mentioned before, I have a few different designs going around but I was looking for a theme.  I have been doing a lot of trail and error.  I find it easier to progress when I have a theme going.  My normal table is a street part and an amalgamation of several different company's buildings.  The new one being designed by me needed a theme.  I loved the city theme and want to keep that but I really needed something to tie it together.

At the Brawl, George (from G&S) and I were discussing what to do next.  I mentioned the guys wanting a cyber/VR brothel but I was leaning toward a strip club.  As we continued to talk, I decided that a "Red Light" district was the way to go.  Moving forward, I was able to finish my Pho Soup restaurant and most of the strip club.

Below are some more prototyping of the Pho restaurant.  More pics tonight.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Baltimore Brawl: The Aftermath

Saturday was the Baltimore Brawl.  It was the first event of this size in MD and it was well attended.  I think the final numbers were about 30 participants.  Not bad for a start.


I brought my Haqq for a final outing in ITS2014.  I went 2-2 and ended in 13th place not bad considering the competition.

Round 1 was against Mik for Haqq on Haqq violence on Supplies.  Mik won the WIP roll and choose initiative.  I decided to choose deploying first to use Saladin to his fullest.  The match was pretty even.  He took a box and then got killed.  I then took a box and had the lead going into round 3.  Then it fell apart.  I tried to my classified when I loss my box but Mik got me.  My Fiday was useless. LOSS 7-0.

Round 2 was against a very pregnant women named Tiffany on Antenna Field.  She played JSA and the first thing she said was, "I never played Haqq before.".  My Fiday was the all star.  Killing the CoC and part of a link then surviving a ton of AROs and killing her LT and hacker.  The game went south for her pretty fast.  She was loss of LT the entire game and hurting.  She did stop me from getting my classified but couldn't do much. WIN 9-0.

Round 3 was against Ryann and his Nomads for Quad Control.  Game was fun.  I basically had a great start.  I managed to take out 5 orders from his pool and started at 2-0.  Unfortunately, I played too aggressive and should have stayed hunkered down but I didn't and it cost me.  He came back well and took the game in the end.  LOSS 4-3.


Round 4 was against Jeff and his JSA on Seize the Antenna.  He said he was having a bad dice day.  I started off with 2 antennas.  He proceeded to dismantle me on his active phase.  He sent me in retreat.  He looked at me and said, "you in retreat?"  He then smiled and started complaining about breaking his rule.  WIN 6-0.

It was great event.  I managed to get a $50 GC for Swift Brush.  The bad thing about that is I will have a great model or models painted by him next to my suck arse painting. :)

Thanks to Bloodgod for some of the pics.