Thursday, 22 February 2018

Positive signs for the future. Blitz bowl and Space Marine Adventures

I was really pleased to read this week that GW are returning to producing kid appropriate, entry level board games.

Even with the great nods GW are giving to their past (as well as realizing how profitable it is!!) it seems they have re-realized how important the 'game in a box' products are in getting fresh blood into the hobby.

My introduction to GW was via 'Dark Future' (1988). The game itself was shit but the important thing was my best mate and I could walk into a GW, put down a tenner each and we were 'in' the hobby.

It did not matter that the game was a bit shit because it was only a tenner each, so when Space Hulk come out the next year it was much easier to convince my mum to give me some cash to give another game a go.

Now Space Hulk was THE ONE!!! I still have the original set I bought in 1989 and it is a game I still pull out and play to this day!

So why do I think these games are important?

Well last week I was at the Warhammer store in Tottenham Court Road with my lad ordering some Shadespire stuff. While I was there I was approached by another dad who had a lad of a similar age to my son for some advice. His lad desperately wanted to get into the hobby but the poor bloke had no idea where to start!!

I have raved in the past about the Age of Sigmar starter set. But looking at this set if I was a dad with no idea it would be really daunting, and a lot of work sticking all the bits together before you can even get started.

Next I took him to the Shadespire starter set. Push fit figures and every thing you needed in a box but the lad wanted to play 'Space men'!

Thankfully the store had a copy of 'Lost Patrol' on the shelves and they ended up walking away with that . . . . BUT I am not convinced they will ever get round to playing it for the same reasons as the fella was unsure about the Sigmar starter set. . . It comes in so many pieces.

What I really wanted to recommend was this . . . .

Ultra Marine is a great introduction game to 40K with simple rules, one piece coloured plastic figures and a surprising amount of  tactical play for such a simple game.

My lad and I both LOVE this game!

What I have been trying to get my hands on for the longest time for a decent price is these . . .

And this is why I think these new games are important.

Low introduction costs, push fit / one piece miniatures that do not require painting, everything in one box and easy to follow rules.

Tick, tick, tick, tick.

Monday, 19 February 2018

1800 point WHF throw down and some Shadespire

With Lano and Phil away kicking arse at a Warmachine comp Lee and I decided to be Gentlemen and play WHF 8th instead ;0)

Once again we met up at 'The Ilford wargaming group' and set the table with our forces for Riotville LIVE!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Armageddon day. Part two.

With me singing shit 80's rock to myself  and with pizza freshly cooked and digested Shaggy was allowed out of the kitchen to play another game!

Game 4 would see my Orks ambushed by Shaggy's Chaos Marines.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Creative Biscuit. South Woodford wargaming with Scythe . . . and expansion packs!

 This Friday at the Creative Biscuit four of us met up to play Scythe.

This time Tim had gone out and bought himself the extra factions and Airships expansion sets.

Things were about to get a LOT more complicated!

SEE!! It's even more complicated!

Game one would see Ed and his Japanese be the first to lay down his six stars but when all the points were tallied up Shaggy was declaired the winner!

Game two would see us randomly draw our factions again and take to the skies!

Once again Ed was the first to throw down his six stars.

This time despite my aggressive expansion up the middle of the board Ed was declaired the winner when all the points were totalled up.

Got to love this game as displacing opponents workers causes your popularity to drop which means your resources and stuff are worth less in the end game!

It is a REALLY tactical game.

The air ships not only add additional elements due to their transport abilities but also generate random abilities which had a big influence on both games!

REALLY enjoying this game.

Second part of the Armageddon day coming soon!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Armageddon day! Part one.

 This Thursday I got over to Shaggy's bright and early so we could rip into each other apart via the medium of 'Shadow Wars'.

Game 1 would see us set the field for a meat and potatoes 'Kill team fight' . . . and what a table!

Not bad considering none of this stuff existed 6 weeks ago.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Tomorrow I'm Ar going to Gedd it On!!!!

Used the half term to crank out some last bits of terrain for Shaow Wars Armageddon tomorrow at Shaggy's.

First up is Observation post 21.

The base is the one I used for 'The Gatehouse' during the Badlands campaign.

I just grabbed another CD spool cover and gave it a quick and easy paint job.

Both the machine gun on top and the Servator are Ramshackle efforts! Please support Curtis he does great stuff.

The bulk head door is from a TT scenics set.

Is it a servator or an undercover Mechanicus looking for lost STC teplates in the war torn Armageddon?

Next up is an abandoned vehicle. Once again all the bits are Ramshackle bits!

There's that bloody servator again!

I have heard unconfirmed reports that there may also be some Eldar in the vicinity tomorrow!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

WHF 1800pts. My 'Heralds of Change' take to the field.

Last Sunday Lee and I threw down with our armies for RiotvilleLIVE! 2018.

I have basically gone with the contents of a 'Slaves to Darkness starter set' while Lee has gone with a really nicely assembled 'combined arms' force of the Empire.

I win the first turn and march forward aggressively to close with the Imperial forces and reduce the carnage from the Imperial gunline.

This is where I made my first mistake as my 'Lord' was a level 4 wizards with a plethora of blasty spells, unfortunately I ranked him up on the wrong side and he was unable to see any one to blast away at through the forest!!

You might also notice that thanks to the Imperial 'Hell cannon' my Chariot is no longer on the table!

Thankfully the next turn I do get the charge in on the Steam tank which means I get a round of combat in before it can retaliate.

But it does mean I am counter charged by both units of Imperial Knights!

Thankfully my 'Chaos Armour' and ward save allows me to take the brunt of the charge and keep standing!

On my right my flanking forces continue bolting forward. This does cause one of Lee's units of Handgunners to flee the table.

Back in the centre my Chaos Warriors have not only taken the brunt of TWO Imperial Knight charges BUT have also managed to cause one unit to flee!

However I cannot dispatch the Tank and it's constant grinding causes my Warriors to flee in the next movement phase!!

Thankfully they out run the pursuing Imperial general!

In a very deft move Lee flees with his Greatswords away from my charging Knights. Unable to make the charge or redirect they are forced to bolt forward from their cover and are suddenly staring down the barrels of the Imperial 'Hell Blaster'!!

Lets just say 'it did not go well'!!

Back in the centre my Lord manages to rally and finally gets to unleash his blasty spells. The Imperial General disappears in a puff of blue smoke and then my Lord turns his attention the bloody Hell blaster . . . . . . .

 . . . . . Of course I missed!!!!! . . . . . .

. . ., . and now my Lord is staring down the barrels of the Hell Blaster!!


Somehow my Lord manages to survive the cannonade of shot but with my Shrine unable to damage the Imperial Tank and the rest of my forces blasted to small pieces and scatted about the battle field I decide to throw in the towel and Lee is declared the easy victor!

In other news Lano unveiled the 'Lost Island' we would all be contesting this summer.

Looks the absolute business!!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Countdown to Armageddon . . . . .

So this Thursday is Sheduled for Armageddon!!

With that in mind I decided to finish up my bases for my Ork Warband ah well as assemble together the bits I have painted terrain wise.

Here is my leader 'Nobbie' with 'Klunker' and 'Spike'.

The rest of the 'ladz', from left to right; 'Grunt', 'John ConnOrk', 'Frangk', 'Old boy' and 'Kronkie'.

Finally some terrain shots.

I might get one more bit of terrain finished before Thursday but time will tell as I am now up to my eye's with Chaos Warriors.
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