My West German's for Team Yankee still have some finishing touches to do, so rather than chuck up a partial post I decided to use the time tonight instead to talk about future hobby plans and where the rest of the year will probably be heading. Taking stock of the games we play in my group and where things are it's actually a positive picture. Frostgrave is ready to go as far as I'm concerned as the henchmen are done, a good selection of monsters wrapped up for the bestiary, scenery ready, gaming table (mat) on site and my first wizard plus apprentice ready to rock. Kev's even invested in some treasure tokens and a deck of the spell cards so it's actually in that nice position [...]
The King is dead, long live the King. By that I refer of course to my original and long since retired site at dropship.org.uk. But why I hear you cry? Quite simply because it was hosted with a different provider to this one and the package is shortly up for renewal. Don't worry though, I have a copy archived away and all of the articles that remained up until this afternoon will be popping up right here over the next fourteen days starting Monday, so it's not really news after all. I'll probably even replace the hideous notice page with something more fitting at a future date for all the johnny-come-lately.
Ahh the summer hobby hiatus. Or as I like to call it the "lounging around, incinerating food, drinking too much and generally complaining about the weather". Normally my hobby output significantly drops at this time of year and occasionally struggles to get going again in the autumn. Strangely enough not so much this year as I'm still pretty motivated, regardless though it's a really good opportunity to kick back, appreciate the great outdoors and relax with a good rule book. It's also a good time to take stock of the year and the hobby to decide if any projects need trimming as I am a bit of a hobby butterfly at the best of times. I like to think of this as 'weeding' just to keep [...]
Was watching the Corvus Belli GenCon presentation last night and their plans for the product range into 2016. Some great looking designs and well worth a watch, but one of the standouts for me buried in the slide deck was the Yu Jing Guijia TAG re-design. Even though I only just finished painting the original I'm really looking forward to seeing that in its final form. What new Infinity releases are you most looking forward to and why?
on the workbench this week: Imperial Assault Allies and Villain packs, Covenant Cruisers, UNSC palette test and more Infinity.
Painters rule #1: You are never too old to learn something new. I've a day off so spending it outside with my notebook and the excellent 'Figopedia' by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul.
At the start of my Infinity journey I really knew virtually nothing about the game or it's background beyond the concept of reaction orders being a significant component. I also knew nothing about the four factions we were given to choose from at the boot camp, so why did I end up picking Yu Jing instead of one of the others and how do I feel about it now I've reached my initial target of getting them painted? Pretty good truth be told. Out of the four factions, all appealed from a visually aesthetic standpoint. I very much liked the look of the Ariadna miniatures, but the palette was nothing I hadn't done before in other games. The Acontecimento looked great as well, but having [...]
A bit of hobby navel gazing today as I sit in the garden with a table full of rule books. There's no arguing that this is a pretty good period for wargaming, with more manufacturers and rulesets to choose from than probably any period in the past. In many ways it's actually a little too good for the older hobby pack-rat like me who is literally scurrying from one system to the next spoilt for choice. I'm still exhibiting the behaviours of a legacy 40K collector, where the norm was often to collect multiple armies and almost certainly every Codex. The thing is, the rules changed a while back without me noticing and by that I'm not referring to the rules of 40K. Prices ballooned [...]
Today, I have been having a brush cull. I say that matter-of-factly, but when you have been dabbling in the hobby for over three decades you tend to accumulate a lot of brushes. Even worse, if like me you really hate throwing away a brush. There is always some task it can be put to, be it mixing paint, dry-brushing, applying weathering or that final sad role ... glue brush. Suffice to say I reached the point today where I accepted there was going to have to be a bit of a drastic culling. Even I was a bit unprepared for just how many brushes I managed to round up from all corners of the workshop. Below is the pile that had quite simply reached [...]
I am disappointed, but not hugely surprised to be informed that Dark Space Corps Kickstarter: Beyond the Gates of Antares has been cancelled at their request. The project has struggled to attract meaningful backing almost since inception and although it reached a credible one third of the way to their honest and realistic full funding target of £300K, it was clear from the way it had stalled the past few weeks it was unlikely to realise its full ambitions in the remaining fortnight or so. I really saw the potential in this project, hence why I backed it from day one at the level I did, and continue to do so now I am aware of it. I have no doubt Rick and Rik will regroup and [...]