Friday, December 27, 2013

End of Year Review

This was a busy year.  We have seen a lot of changes in the hobby and a lot changes with some major game systems.  Since I generally see something pretty and buy it, I have always been purchasing more and more pieces from multiple armies and game sets.  I am sure one day I will need to back off but the wife hasn't threatened divorce yet so I think I am fine for now.

Below I am going to go into each of the areas I spent a good bit of time and some of the other highlights.

The Year In General

Hobby wise it has been a mixed bag.  I say that I have improved a great deal from the previous year but still a long way to go on being one of those guys that paint something and have people go crazy over it.  The end of the year has been a mess.  The time that I have set aside to do work during my Christmas break has been eaten up by a bathroom remodel.  Who would have thought that something as small as that would actually dominate over two weeks of your free time.  Even when you weren't the one needed to do it.

I got another airbrush, Badger Sotar.  I like it but still think I need more time to appreciate it.

My blog has been neglected since just after NOVA.  Work and basic family issues ate up a lot of my free time.  I love posting to it but haven't had a great deal of time to get my projects down on the blog.  I have been able to post stuff to Instagram though.  The ease of one button posting.

Warhammer 40k

This has been the biggest turmoil.  I started Tau for NOVA and really enjoyed them.  Eldar came in and wrecked face shortly after and then that was followed by Space Marines.  The issue I have is from their everything went topsey-turvey. I have no idea which side is up any more.  I haven't played much since NOVA and really can't find the urge to finish much of the items on my bench.  I just don't want to drop a few hundred bucks on manuals/dataslates/updates/kitchen sink to be competitive.    I think it is slowly being relegated to my Warmachine status.

There are a few new models I plan to pick up for some fun games but I think this might be a year off from any real competition unless I get talked into it by friends.

I haven't touched a model since last year.  With 40k being in such a shamble, I am actually looking at breaking the guys out to at least paint them.  We shall see what next year brings.


I bought two crews because the looked cool.  I painted them up and played a game.  I have to say that I really like it so far.  May pick up another box set or two to paint up the figures.  I thin the easiest description is it's the Street Fighter of wargaming.


I started Infinity last year and liked it but I never invested in it.  This year I have went balls to the walls and almost have a complete set of the Yu Jing models.  I went crazy on terrain for it and have even gotten a few new players involved.  I like the fast pace and the ability to put a list together and not have it suck.  This has been my go to game of choice.  I missed a few local tournaments but got a lot of games in.  I have had a blast painting the models and thing I will continue to have fun since I am not painting the same model over and over again.

The other aspect I like is the narrative play.  I really like the scenarios and the story lines.  Very interesting concept.


This has been a down year for tournaments.  I need to get back into the swing of things.  The end of the year I planned on a 40k team tournament and an Infinity tournament.  Other obligations go in the way.  I guess it sucks being an adult.  I plan on doing NOVA again but probably Infinity and maybe the Trios or Narrative with Todd.  If they have Malifaux, I may do that.  I may even try some Warmachine.   I just don't want to spend a grand on 40k for the event.

While I have been down on 40k, I will probably make the Beltway Gamers Spring Tournament and probably the Dropzone GT again.  They were fun and I think it's good to get out of the house a bit.  It would depend on what the rules/restrictions would be.

I may also do an Attack Wing Tournament.

Other Games

While I stopped playing X-wing, I started picking up Attack Wing.  I have to say that I love the game play more than X-wing plus the prize support for tournaments is much better.  I plan to pick up Netrunner.  Game seems fun.  I also plan on getting either Zombicide and/or Super Dungeon Exploreer.

All and all I think next year will be a great hobby year.  I can't wait to see what each game system has coming out for the new year.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Updates: Infinity WIPs

Tis the season to be busy.  Been working on some Infinity models and buildings.  While I did get a few practice games in, I still a long way from understanding all of the rules.  There is a tournament this weekend at Games and Stuff and I wantt o go and get my face kicked in.

I have been working on a few lists.  I want to run a sectorial list but have no experience.  I actually think I like the Imperial Service better but will run a Japanese Sectorial for this event.  The Japanese list is smaller and easier to follow.  Fewer moving parts for me to get used to.

Then it's time to paint.  I have been doing a little here and there below are some of the pics of the models I have been working on.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Infinity: Terrain Issues

Using the new GW random terrain setup, a friend once said, "man the battle fields of 40k are mainly barren plains".  I have to agree.  One of the things I liked about the "City Fight" expansion was the fighting in the streets and in buildings.  Having see the wonders that Infinity brings to the table, I can realize my hopes having large cities (OK moderate sized) where two sides fight for supremacy. 

I played my first game a DW and their setup was great. 4x4 table with lots of terrain and streets.  When I played Dave at Chuck's, I asked, "Do you have enough terrain?"  The table looked like this:

This is taken from the center line

A deployment zone
Chuck's had one MAS building and another building that looked middle eastern but had removable floors and was very cool.  The rest were your standard 40k fair.  I would say there is enough "buildings" but not enough to provide cover.  The other issue which I have struggled with is balance.  What advantage is it to pick your deployment zone if they are virtually the same?

Let's talk cover.  The game I played Dave each side had a tall building perfect for snipers.  I tried to block fire lanes but only so much can be done with GW buildings.  He put a sniper on the white buildine and the smaller building on his deployment.  I placed a Shang Ji with Spitfire.  Unfortunately for him, I went first.  The snipers were done for and I set up a suppression zone.  The moral of the story neither him or I had proper cover to move very far from our deployment zone.

The second issue is even train.  The picture below is from another game at Chuck's.

  The setup was slightly better more buildings.  The ability to have more models blocked but the deployment zones are basically the same and one tall building is located within infiltration range.

This was a setup in a recent game.

The first thing is the fire lanes still exist but aren't north to south.  The GW buildings still don't block enough but there is more cover in general.  One side clearly has an advantage with cover.  Plus most of the buildings are on the one deployment zone.  This gives a person the deployment player a reason to choose a side.  We played ITS mission 1 on this.  The cover allowed for a repeater to easily make it to the coffins for the player losing initiative.

These setups were far from perfect.  I should have my Warsenal order before this weekend.  I plan to play a game using all of my buildings at Chuck's with Dave.  I will have enough scatter terrain plus a ton of cover.  I am still learning the art of terrain.  Infinity more than anything else is terrain heavy.  Hopefully, I can give a good BATREP for Saturday on Infinity with new terrain.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Infinity: Urban Warfare

So I have been getting into Infinity.  I love 40k but with the money grab GW has been making has made it easier to try something new.  I have been expanding my Infinity holdings.  It also helps that it's been picking up steam in this area as well.  I also love the idea of urban warfare.  That being said, I have been doing a lot of work getting stuff ready to play.

I have been dying to get my hands on some of the Micro Arts Studios buildings.  I bought two a few weeks ago and finally got them together.  I started painting them and have been very pleased with these buildings in general. The construction is solid and I didn't require and glue.  I would recommend using glue though.  I think my next purchases will be glued together. 

I need to work on the green side a bit more. I am doing a OSL effect and finished the orange and will be doing the same with the green.  Below are pics I did with the orange.

I have been working on a lot of the models as well.  I haven't gotten all of my models uploaded yet but here are some WIPs.
Su Jian Heavy Infintry (Mobile Form)


That's about it for this post.  My Warsenal shipment is on the way and that should keep me busy for a few weeks.