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.