Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Tides of War

Mantic Games has nibbling away at the heels of Warhammer Fantasy players for sometime now. A slow nibble but one, none the less. The success of the Mantic Kickstarter project is truly awesome. Over $350K from 1500+  backers and average of $230ish dollars a contributor which is roughly about half of what you'd pay for a GW army, your getting some amazing stretch goal pieces plus a great deal for your contribution.  I did not get in on this myself, given I have an Undead Army still in shrink wrap  but am lamenting I didnt even at the at lower level for at least  the rule book. The kickstarted funding has allowed all manner of new pieces to be added to the schedule and your looking at a big splash from Mantic in the next 12 months culminating in Grand Tourney at Adepticon 2013 with a $1000.00 1st place cash prize.

KoW has made the rounds here as well, we had our second KoW only outing Tuesday evening where and it was a big success with the guys liking the game even better on the second go. The rules, while simple have alot of nuance and the games reminds me of a stripped down version of  7th ed WFB with simple system for Magic and Artillery which is in no way as fluffy but plays way better. The affinity to Hail Caesar (the current game of choice for us), is obvious, if you have played both you'll see there is easily room for both games to co-exist side by side. It's easier for us without having to worry about delving into homebrew HC rules for Fantasy so Kings of War fits the bill nicely.  I expect big Fantasy wargaming will be returning to the tables around here a bit more often moving ahead, while I wont be playing in the Mantic Tourney next year ( as the current LotR US Champion, I must return to be unthroned!) I will certainly be checking it out. I am looking forward to building my Perry Bros Human army ASAP.

To quote one recentposter on our local WFB forum summing up Kings of War, he wrote:
"Alessio basically took all the garbage that makes Fantasy a joke and either threw it out, or replaced it with rules that don't suck."

Pretty much the opinion around here too.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Gallery and status update

If you're interested, I added all my entries from this years Lead Painters League on the Lead Adventure Forum as one photo gallery on the left for easy viewing. I know the blog has been kind of dry of late. I have found myself seriously busy this summer.  The Club is meeting Tuesday Night for what looks like  Hail Caesar! and Kings of War. I've got new models and terrain in the pipe. Hopefully life will let me get them posted soon!.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Skirmish Dungeon Expansion.

 While I havent had much of chance for an update in awhile, I have been working on a couple of things. I finally finished this piece which is the upper section of my Skirmish Dungeon. Working on this inspired me to the expanded original piece to double the size with a much larger water cavern section. The base here, with descending staircase is entrance to the dungeon. In in the final state
this is going to fill up most of 6 x 4 table
 Chris and I got a chance to do some more playtesting on my home brew skirmish game. These games are always pretty interesting. Without more focus objectives the just grind down into bloodbaths but the battles are always pretty memorable.
 I'm past the full design stage and into the casting process, so I hope to be posting results this month. The basic expansion and painting shouldn't take that long its all the little details for instance it took me long to build and paint the base here, than it did to build the actual model. Once you become seasoned with working with HA stuff, it goes pretty quick.

Some Fantasy skirmish action, more on this soon, its just going much more slowly than I hoped due to time between playtests..its coming along quite nicely thou, we tested the magic system this evening.
 This side tunnel leads to the original staircase entry in the dungeons 2 x 2 form , it remains as is, its just the Dungeon over all is growing 100% overall. While the upper ruin serves as the entrance.
I need to add some led lights..
Looking forward to running a ton of games on this, an epic project for sure but when you space them out over years..they arent as daunting plus any any particular time, you look back and you're half way done!, or in this case more than halfway,.

I'm way behind my self imposed schedule on my Saxons,as I have 2 Ancients armys in the que, and whole bunch of of LotR to do for fall and tons of skirmish fantasy figs to do.. We gearing up for an Antiquity Campaign second half of summer, So we'll just have to see how quickly I get this done..
time has not been my friend of late....


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