December 1, 2020

MeSBG: New Ruined Terrain Has Arrived

I mentioned yesterday that I had ordered some new terrain for Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game, and all 3 orders have finally now come in from Amazon.

It is not MeSBG specific, but actually Warhammer Age of Sigmar terrain, but it is part of their Azyrite series of terrain.  All these pieces are ruins and I thought they would look great to represent the ruined cities of Dale and/or Osgiliath.

Azyrite Ruins

Azyrite Shattered Plaza

Azyrite Townscape

Azyrite Ruined Chapel

I am not exactly sure when I will take the time to assemble them all (in no rush at the moment), but who knows, maybe this Sunday while watching some football.

November 30, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #48 (Black Friday Weekend)

First lets start with how the week went for Modeling/Gaming.  I did not think I was actually going to paint anything this past week, and it turns out on Thanksgiving day I did sit down at my painting table and knocked out a model.  My 'Primaris Lieutenant Indomitus' was completed for my Imperial Fists army.

In regards to gaming, we spent the whole day Saturday playing the new edition of Blood Bowl, and I really enjoyed myself (just need to be a bit faster).

Now onto the rest of Black Friday Weekend....all I can say is that I think I spent too much and will be plenty busy in 2021 building/painting models.

First there is Blood Bowl, besides the new boxed set, we also added quite a few teams, Halfings, Humans, Elven Union, Skaven, Wood Elves, now some of these are for my son and he WILL paint his teams, but I have at least 3 that I would like to get completed during 2021.

Then on Thanksgiving while painting, The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies was playing on my TV....big mistake, this got me thinking about all of our MeSBG models and got my brain churning, then I ended up watching all 3 movies again over the weekend.  So of course I had to go and make a purchase for some Hobbit Army models for MeSBG.  I know my son still enjoys this game, so we are going to try and do a better job adding in more games of it during 2021 (while still playing Warhammer 40,000 and Blood Bowl).  To go along with new models for MeSBG, we cannot play on a bare table, of course I added more terrain that is slowly trickling in from Amazon (mainly ruins for now, I need to check my hobby train boxes for any existing trees I can use).

I am really looking forward to next month when I start working on my yearly recap and plans for 2021.

November 29, 2020

Battle Report: Blood Bowl 11/28/2020 (Humans vs Wood Elves)

Our pre-order for Blood Bowl Second Season Edition was picked up by my son on Friday from our LGS, and yesterday was our first adventure in the game (my first Blood Bowl game in 15 years).

My son was playing a new Wood Elves team that he recently purchased and assembled, and I went ahead and quickly assembled a Humans team a few days before to have ready for this game.  The box set does come with a team of Imperial Nobles and Black Orcs, but I knew I was not going to be staying up late Friday night to assemble these.

We played a full game of 11 players each on the Pitch, 8 Turns each per Half, and I knew that since this was our first time that it was going to take awhile, I had planned on starting at around 12:00 PM and finishing by 6:00 PM, and sure enough I was right on schedule.  The goal eventually is to get these games down to about 2.5-3 hours, but that is also the reason why I have invested in Blood Bowl 7's Pitch's to speed up the game (smaller Pitch, 7 players a side, 6 Turns each).

Also in this game we wanted to try out situations where there may not always come up as much, especially with Fouling and Long Passes, and those Long Passes sure came in handy.

For the Humans first Touchdown (my team), I went for a Long Bomb Pass to my 'Catcher' in the End Zone, and the dice gods were with me as I made the Pass and Catch for the Touchdown.  Later in the Second Half I also did another Pass (not Long Bomb) to my 'Catcher' in the End Zone for a second Touchdown, but that one was to tie up the game 2-2.

It came down to the final Turn for each of us and I had another chance for a third Touchdown, my good ole 'Thrower' who was reliable all game went to pick up the ball and failed his Agility roll, it was my last chance, I just had to hope the Wood Elves had nothing going for them.  Sure enough where the ball landed, it was just out of reach for the Wood Elves to score, so the game ended in a Draw 2-2.

The game was fun, really needs to be shorter for us, it would be nice to be able to get in 2 games in this time frame.  I think next time we will try 7's and see how that plays.

November 28, 2020

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Primaris Lieutenant Indomitus'

On Thanksgiving day playing on TV was The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies and I thought to myself this would be a perfect time to watch the movie an get some painting done (along with getting the turkey ready).  Next thing I know that by the time the movie was over, my model was just about completed also.

Since the release of the latest Space Marine Codex for Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition, you can no longer run two Captains in a single Detachment which has hurt me in some of my existing lists, I guess Games Workshop wants us to start using some of the Lieutenant models they have released in the recent years.

As you saw a few weeks back, I finished a Lieutenant in Phobos Armour, now I was working on the Lieutenant that came inside the Indomitus box.  I am sticking to a pattern with my Character Units, my Captains and above all have a Gold right shoulder pad, with my Lieutenants I decided to go with Silver and have done the same with this model.

Primaris Lieutenant

Primaris Lieutenant

Primaris Lieutenant

Painting Points: 2

November 27, 2020

Blood Bowl: Mats by Mars Green Meadow Fantasy Football 7's Pitch

Last week when the urge to get into Blood Bowl for the first time in 15 years, I was also looking into the NAF website on alternative ways to play the game that may speed it up a bit.  The NAF site does have a page that does exactly this and I came across a version called 7's.

Blood Bowl 7's is basically the full game of Blood Bowl, but instead of 11 players on the pitch, there are 7.  Re-rolls also do cost double and the game is played on a smaller pitch.

The smaller pitch is what kind of scared me, because the length and width are both shorter (so it is not as easy as to just "tape" the sides) and I started googling for a 7's pitch.   I then remembered that Mats by Mars makes vinyl pitches for Blood Bowl and took a look at their site.  Besides selling full size pitches, they also had quite a few choices for Blood Bowl 7's.... perfect.  I then proceeded to order the "Green Meadows".  No thanks to FedEx, my pitch finally arrived this week.

The pitch rolls up for storage, and as you can see in the photo, it does lay nice and flat when unrolled.  I like this mat so much that Mats by Mars is currently having a Black Friday Sale (code: BFCM2020) for 25% off, that I ordered 2 more, 1 in a Frozen Tundra and 1 in a Tavern.

November 25, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #47 (Wisconsin Dells Recap)

I know I am a few days late with my weekly post, but Monday we were traveling back from Wisconsin Dells and yesterday I got busy catching up with real work.

My son and I spent an extended weekend (Thursday-Sunday) at our timeshare up in Wisconsin Dells just relaxing and getting in some games.  We packed up our Alpha Gaming table and boxed up our terrain and armies and headed to the Dells.  Since we had the points to spend on a larger unit, I booked us the 2 bedroom which also had a decent space in the living room for us to play.

After a long day of driving and shopping at Noble Knight Games, Warhammer and Cabela's we spent Thursday evening with a game of Blitz Bowl.

Friday was our first day of playing Warhammer 40,000.  The plan was to play 2 games at 2000 points each on a round timer of 2.5 hours.

My Imperial Fists got the victory in game 1, and then for game 2 we also elected to play on a chess clock with 1:15 on each clock.  Again my Imperial Fists pulled off another victory.  After a nice sushi dinner, it was another game of Blitz Bowl.

Saturday was a shorter gaming day for us.  We started the day off watching the latest Games Workshop preview show and then got the table ready for a 1000 point game.  I brought my Tau army with me and it was the first time playing with all the models for them.  The Tau managed to squeak out a victory.  We did pause the game around lunch time and headed out to town for some lunch and do a little sight seeing.  My wife and I always wanted to get a chainsaw carved bear for our house, so we stopped at Watson;s Woods (a Grand National Champion caver) and I found a bear that would be perfect for us.  He even carved in "Welcome" for us on the bears sign.  After dinner is was another game of Blitz Bowl (and final game for the weekend).

The plan for Sunday was a 3000 point game of Warhammer 40,000.  By the time we woke up and got the table ready, it was around 11:00 AM.  We set a time limit to finish by 6:00 PM so we can go for a nice final nights dinner.

Unfortunately for my son, my Imperial Fists had one heck of a Turn 1 and really crippled his Dark Angels army, it was going to be a long uphill battle for them which they could not pull off.  By the end of Turn 5, I managed to wipe out every model from his army.

So for the weekend we managed to play 4 games of Warhammer 40,000 and 3 games of Blitz Bowl.  The Blitz Bowl games were all pretty close, not so much with the Warhammer 40,000 games.

Well this week is Thanksgiving week and I do not think there will be any painting done (maybe start on a few colors) but there will be a few games played.  I am thinking another game of Blitz Bowl and possibly X-Wing on Thursday, then on Saturday we should have our new boxed set of Blood Bowl and hopefully we can walk ourselves slowly through our first game (we shall see how that goes).

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 7

November 17, 2020

W40K: Tablewar New Size Gaming Mats


Well it took FedEx forever to deliver my packages (over  a week), but yesterday afternoon my new Warhammer 40,000 gaming mats from Tablewar arrived.

Tablewar is having a 15% off sale for the month of November and existing customers can take take an additional 10% off, so with 25% off, I thought it was a good time to purchase some Warhammer 40,000 mats in the new sizes.

With the release of Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition, the board went down in size.  What used to be played on a 6'x4' mat is now 60"x44" and for smaller scale games (500-1000 points) the recommended size is 30"x44".

Frontline gaming recently released new "borders" to convert your 6'x4' mats (which I also did purchase), but I went ahead and ordered one mat in each of the new sizes from Tablewar.

I like to change up the board mat every now and then so we are not always playing on city ruins, this will do that for us.

These two mats are coming with us on our weekend trip and should be seen in future blog posts.

November 16, 2020

Weekly Chronicle 2020 #46 (X-Wing/Blitz Bowl Recap)

I am pretty happy with how week #46 turned out.  I was able to get one model completed for my Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Fists army with a 'Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour' and my son and I got in quite a few games over the weekend.

On Saturday we started the day off with a game of X-Wing where I decided to fly Scum with two 'Firespray' ships which I have not done in a long time against (one of them being 'Boba Fett') against four T-65 X-Wing ships led by 'Luke Skywalker'.  I managed to take out at least one T-65 but I lost 'Boba Fett' early on (rolling 8 blanks on defense on 3 rolls is bad) so it was an uphill battle.  I do like that list and will be trying it again next time.

When we wrapped up with X-Wing it was time to learn the learn the game of Blitz Bowl.  As I mentioned yesterday, our first game took us some time to finish with my Humans losing to the Wood Elves.  I then decided to try the Elven Union cards (proxy with Human models) and was able to get the victory over our forest siblings.

Most of our items are all packed for our trip this week, but we opened up Blitz Bowl for one more game yesterday afternoon just using the Humans and Dwarfs from the box.  I elected to try out the Dwarfs for this game.  This game was tight the whole time and it came down to the very last play of the game and my Dwarfs just barely got the victory 16-14, it was a lot of funny and we are getting to the point that we do not need to reference the rulebook much either (which is  good thing).

No painting is going to get done this week with the two of us leaving for Wisconsin Dells early Thursday morning, but when I get back I have a couple models I want to paint next for my Imperial Fists.  I have another 'Primaris Lieutenant' from the Indomitus box all ready to go on my table, and I just recently purchased the new 'Primaris Techmarine' that I think will be painted at the same time.

There will be gaming this week though.  Some games of Warhammer 40,000 (not sure how many yet as we are going to be trying 2000 point games along with a big 3000 point game) and we will be mixing in games of Blitz Bowl in the evenings.  It will be a good week, I am going to try and remember to take some photos this week for a weekend recap.

Models Completed: 1
Games Played: 4

November 15, 2020

Blood Bowl: Pre-Ordered Season 2

Well I actually bit the bullet yesterday and ordered a copy of Blood Bowl Season 2 from our local gaming store down in South Bend, IN.

I kept going back and forth, "should I or shouldn't I" and made the "yes" decision.  By the time I made this decision a few of the other items I wanted they were already out of stock for the pre-order.  Luckily come 1:00 PM I was able to jump on to the Games Workshop site and grab a few more items.

Blood Bowl Season 2 Box Set

The core game is the Season 2, 2 player box set that comes with 2 Teams, 'Imperial Nobles' and 'Black Orcs'.  Not sure if the 'Black Orcs' will ever see the Pitch, but the 'Imperial Nobles' most definitely will.

Special Play Cards

The Special Plat cards re used to have some fun with the games and can even up the odds when playing against a Team that is over powering.  These cards are not needed for a regular game of Blood Bowl, but I thought we should have set "just in case".


The 'Treeman' can play for either the Wood Elf or Halflings, and since my sons main team will be the Wood Elves, I was able to get one of these ordered for him.  In all honesty, I wanted to order the model just for 'Akhorne the Squirrel'
Akhorne the Squirrel

Along with all the new items for pre-order, I also ordered another Team for myself, the 'Eleven Union Team'.  I like passing in Football games and the Elves can pass the ball.  I wanted to order them so I can have a different kind of playstyle.  It will be fun seeing these guys go up against the Wood Elves on the Pitch.

Elven Union Team

I am really glad I made the decision to order the above yesterday.  We ended up playing 2 games of Blitz Bowl yesterday and the game is exactly what I expected and wanted.  Our first game took us some time to get through as we were still learning the rules, but our second game took us exactly and hour (and I know we can speed that up a bit too).  We ended up splitting the 2 games, a win/loss for each of us.

Although Blitz Bowl is fun, I can see myself in the future wanting a little more depth in the game (when time allows) and that is what Blood Bowl is for.  The full 11 player game of Blood Bowl may occasionally take too long, but there are variants out there like 7's (7 players on a smaller Pitch) that I see us playing more frequently.  Instead of a 3 hour game of 11's, maybe just a 2 hour game of 7's.

Well our new items do not get released till November 27th, so I still have two weeks of waiting.  Until then, more games of Warhammer 40,000 and Blitz Bowl.

November 13, 2020

Blitz Bowl: Welcome to the Pitch...Again

For the last few years whenever I referred to "Pitch", I usually meant for a game of Guild Ball.  This past year Steamforged Games dropped the product that started it all for them, our Guild Ball.  There are some die-hard fans that are going to keep it going and we shall see how it goes (it can work, as you will see below).

Sometime in the 2000's Games Workshop had dropped their game Blood Bowl and the fans kept it alive for many many years.  Then in 2016 Games Workshop re-released the game with all new rules and plastic miniatures.

Two years later in 2018, they released a smaller version of the game called Blitz Bowl, to be played with 6 miniatures on your team with a playing time of around 30-45 minutes (once you know the rules).

I did not jump on any of these games because, well I had my Guild Ball.  Come 2020 and time have changed.  Back in September Games Workshop released Blitz Bowl Season 2 and in just a few weeks, Blood Bowl Season 2 will be released.

I am always looking for games that can be played quicker (to fill in some time when we are not playing Warhammer 40,000) and I thought Blitz Bowl may just now be that solution.

You can only purchase Blitz Bowl in US from a Barnes & Nobles retailer, so I placed my online order this past Sunday and my package arrived yesterday afternoon.  I quickly opened my box and got the miniatures assembled so it can be ready for a test game this weekend and then we will bring it with us next week on our getaway.

Now the question arises, do I pre-order Blood Bowl Season 2 tomorrow?