September 16, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #37

Right about now I am walking onto our Disney Cruise boat, so not much is getting done this week, nor much was done last week.  We did manage to get in a game of Batman Miniature Game on Friday night to start shaking off some of the rust, and I realized again how much I hate 'Gordon' for The Brave and the Bold.  Luckily I decided to strike at him instead of 'Batman' and that really changed the game for me and came back for the win.

Maybe if I have some alone time sitting on the deck of the cruise ship, I'll work on a list for my painting queue for when I get back.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 1

September 10, 2019

Guild Ball: Second Wave Of FCD Rookies Arrived!

To be honest, I actually kind of forgot about these models, I have been busy in "real" life trying to get things ready for a big vacation for next year that I forgot these models were coming in soon.  Well yesterday afternoon, the second wave of my Free Cities Draft Rookies arrive, 'Champ', 'Flea', 'Kami' and 'Nomad'.

Honestly, it will probably be awhile before they get painted, but maybe Thursday night I will work on getting them assembled and put away.

September 9, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #36

It is already a real busy Monday morning "real" work wise, so just a quick Weekly Chronicle.

I was amazed to actually finish painting 3 models last week, the 2 Harvey Dents and Talia Al Ghul, I was not planning on any, as it looks like for this week and next.

I was able to get in one game on Saturday, a 250 Rep BMG game, it was good to start shaking the rest back off.  Hopefully I will be able to get in at least one more this Friday or Saturday, I need a lot of practice before the Renegade Open in November.

Models Completed: 3
Games Played: 1

September 6, 2019

BMG: Two-Face (Dark Knight Harvey Dent) [Joker]

Today is the counter-part to yesterday's 'White Knight' model, the better half of Harvey Dent, it is 'Two-Face' from Dark Knight.  Unlike 'Two-Face' for my Organized Crime, this version is affiliated with the Joker Crew.

This is probably the last model for the week as I did not get anything new prepped for the week and will not have much time to paint this weekend, nor the next two weeks, so it looks like September may be a slim month.



Painting Points: 1

September 5, 2019

BMG: The White Knight (Harvey Dent) [BatB]

While I was prepping to paint 'Talia AL Ghul' the other day, I had also decided to assemble my "The White Knight & Two Face" blister so I could start working on them next.

Well, the first of the two are now completed and here is 'The White Knight' (Harvey Dent).

 The White Knight

The White Knight

Painting Points: 1

September 4, 2019

BMG: Talia Al Ghul (Comic) [LoA]

I finally have gotten around to some painting this week, with being out most of last weekend at NOVA Open, I had to get the groove going again to get motivated.  I was one model shy of completing all of my League of Assassins, so I decided to finish that model first, here is 'Talia Al Ghul', the Comic version.

 Talia Al Ghul

Talia AL Ghul

Painting Points: 1

September 2, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #35 (NOVA Open 2019 Recap)

Well this one is going to be a little long since I will be recapping some of the highlights of this past weekends NOVA Open 2019.

First off with our standard weekly recap of models completed and games played while at home.....none....OK that was easy, onto the recap of NOVA Open 2019.

Thursday 8/29
Thursday was suppose to be our travel day and relax when we get onsite, but at the last minute we decided to sign up for the Guild Ball Regional Cup event that started at 12:00 PM, so that meant we would have to leave late Wednesday night in order to arrive in time.  The drive was very uneventful (which is great) and arrived onsite shortly after 10:00 AM.  Once we got situated with valet parking and checked-in with the NOVA Open, I got a text saying that our room was already ready which was great as we were able to drop off a few our items.  Once we did that, we headed downstairs to the ballroom floor and proceeded to the Steamforged Games room and checked in or the event.

During the pairings of the Rounds, they forgot to check "do not pair up with friends" and my son and I got to play each other during the First Round, I was actually OK with that since I was really tired from the long drive.  It was a very close game between the two of us, and my sons's Hunter's Guild got the win over my Butcher's 12-11.  Seeing how a "ringer" was being used for the event, I decided to drop out to make the players even again and go upstairs to our room for a nice nap.  When I awoke, the event was over and my son received Best Painted for my Hunter's.

Now that I was refreshed again, we headed out to grab some dinner before the evenings Keynote with Steamforged Games.  When we got back from dinner we proceeded to the seminar room and arrived a few minutes early, the Keynote was scheduled to start at 8:30 PM, due to technical difficulties, the actual Keynote did not start till 9:00 PM, the Apple MacBook that SFG brought with them did not have a HDMI port for the projector, luckily I had packed my Chromebook with me and they used it for the presentation.

 Dom with SFG doing the Guild Ball presentation.

There was a lot of exciting news coming from Steamforged about Guild Ball and Godtear and I did take pictures of every slide for Guild Ball, but Steamforged Games made a blog posts the next day and you can read about Guild Ball HERE and Godtear HERE.

Once the Keynote was over, we hung and chatted a bit with Dom and Steve from SFG and picked their brains with a few more questions.  It was nice to actually talk with them in a relaxed environment.

We then retired for the night to get ready for the next day's X-Wing Grand Championships.

Friday 8/30
Friday was the X-Wing Grand Championships and my plan was to get in 2-3 games depending if I won game 1, basically once you lose 2 games, you are out of the event.  Well after game 1, I decided to retire.  Competitive X-Wing is not for me, I enjoy playing the game casually, but these guys are 'serious'.  I packed up my stuff and dropped it off in the room while my son continued on with his second game.  Once he was done with his second game we crossed the street to a nice deli grill for some lunch.  We came back and did a little shopping (picked up the new started decks for Star Wars Destiny) and then decided to go downstairs for a rematch of Guild Ball, my Butcher's lost again to his Hunter's.  Once we were done with our game, we headed up to our room and played a couple games of Destiny, I finally got my first win for the weekend.  Dinner was next at one of our usual locations Buffalo Wild Wings and then hung out a bit downstairs when we got back.

Saturday 8/31
Today was our main Guild Ball event, the Saturday Regional Cup, 12 Players were signed up for the event, so we were looking at 3-4 round event.  This time my first game was not paired up again my son, but instead I played Josh P who was playing The Order Guild.  Oh my god what a fun game this was, and I think my opponent had fun too, the jankiness the Order can do is amazing and it was a pretty tight game, but my Butcher's lost 12-8.  My second game was not as fun, I was paired up against Farmer's led by Thresher.  The Thresher playstyle seems to be just to sit back and wait and pick off your models one at a time, when I see this happen, it just puts me not in a good mood.  I ended up losing 12-8.  After Round 2, there was a player that dropped, so that left me with a Bye for the Round.  Instead of just sitting around, Dom from SFG filled in for a friendly against me, and guess what, it was Farmer's Thresher.  Now I knew what to expect, and the energetic level that Dom was playing with actually made the game more fun even though my Butcher's were being Taken Out left and right.  There was some excitement in Turn 1 when Layne went for a Goal run but Peck the Mascot from the Farmer's made a diving save (Get in the Goal!) luckily the ball bounced back to Layne (due to direction of scatter hitting Obstruction next to Layne), top of Turn 2, Layne was able to bury the ball into the back of the net.  I think those were the only 4 points I received and lost 12-4.  Due to the paired down player losing Round 3, the event actually ended after 3 Rounds.  Because of my Bye, I officially finished with a 1-2 record, my son had the same.

After dinner, my son and I came back down for a fourth game, I wanted to try a strategy that Dom had mentioned to me with Ox and my Butcher's, I finally got a real win in Guild Ball for the weekend, beating the Hunter's 12-10.

Our gaming for the weekend was now over...not too bad, 7 miniature games played and 2 games of Destiny.

Sunday 9/1
When we attended NOVA Open last year, we had spent the Saturday afternoon sightseeing Washington DC, well on that trip, we forgot to visit the National Archives Museum, so on this trip, we planned to visit the Museum on Sunday morning before driving back home.

Once again the drive home was uneventful (perfect) and we arrived home shortly before 11:00 PM.

NOVA Open is a good time, the drive is a bit long and honestly do not think we will be attending next year (as of now it is a very slim chance).  I think for next year it may be limited to just three conventions for the year,

 Items from my swag bag (which some will go to the trash)

Items that I purchased, kept it reasonable

August 27, 2019

Guild Ball: Art Of War Studios 'Steppers'

While watching the live stream of the Guild Ball English Championship two weekends ago, I noticed some of the players using the "Steppers" from Art of War Studios.

That Sunday morning I decided to place an order and hoped that they would arrive in time for us to leave for the NOVA Open this weekend.  Well yesterday afternoon my package arrived and I started working right away peeling off all the protective coatings off each of the Steppers.

I ended up ordering the 30mm/40mm/50mm Steppers for my Butcher's Guild, and then also did the same for my son but for his Hunter's Guild.

August 26, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #34 (Week of NOVA Open 2019)

Post #285 for 2019, what does that mean? In the 10 years I have been writing this blog, 285 posts in one year sets a new record for me (last year was 284, previously it was tough to hit 200).  There may not be that mean blog readers anymore, but for me, the blog keeps me motivated in the hobby and a good diary of the models/games I have completed and played.  With 4 full months left in the year, there is plenty more reading to come.

First, lets start off with our quick usual weekly recap, this past week was not the greatest, but at least items did get completed and a game was played.  I managed to complete my Limited Edition 'Shank' and 'Tenderiser' for my Butcher's Guild which can be played for the Cook's Guild, and we did manage to get in a practice game of Guild Ball of Friday night (which I lost to the clock to again).  I was hoping for another practice game yesterday, but that did not happen and I will have to use Thursday at NOVA Open as my practice day.

On the drive to DC and back, I will also be working on what will be hitting my Painting Queue next, I still have a lot of Batman Miniature Game models to be completed (and we will be getting more games of BMG in also to prep for the Renegade Open) and probably will occasionally through in a Guild Ball model here and there to change it up a little bit.

That leaves me to the title of this post, starting this Thursday through Sunday, it is the week of NOVA Open 2019 out in the Washington DC area and my son and I will be attending for our second straight year.

Originally our plan was to leave early Thursday morning and use Thursday as a travel day and relax when we get in around 3:00 PM until the Steamforged Games Studio Spotlight at 8:30 PM, Friday was/is the X-Wing Grand Championships, Saturday was/is the Guild Ball Regional Cup and Sunday was our travel day home with a stop at the National Archives Museum first before heading home.

Well there is a slight little change to that schedule.  Friday - Sunday are all staying the same, but we will be leaving late Wednesday night instead, around 11:00 PM and arrive at the convention around 11:00 AM for check-in.  We are then going to be playing in the smaller Thursday Guild Ball Regional Cup which Kicks-Off at 12:00 PM.  Currently there are not too many players signed up, so it will be a 2-3 round event, which getting in 2 games would be great for practice.  We will be tired after the long drive, but it should still be a fun time.  We can play our 2 games, get a bite to eat for dinner, then relax the rest of the evening.

I am trying to earn the Butcher's Badge on Longshanks (30 games played with same Guild in one year) and my son the Hunter's Badge, and we need 10/11 games by November to earn these.  With adding the 2 games on Thursday, we should then accomplish this when we play at the East Coast US Nationals in October.  Once I earn the Butcher's badge, I will then look at playing another Guild for awhile, or multiple Guilds.

I am not sure if I will have time to do a daily recap of NOVA Open this year, if not stay tuned next week then for a NOVA Open recap.

Games Played: 1
Models Completed: 2

August 23, 2019