June 18, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #24

Once again another week has passed and not too much was accomplished.  At least I did actually build a few Khador ‘Kodiak’ Warjacks last week and I know it will still be a few weeks before I get any paint on them.  I have 72 days before NOVA Open starts, so that is my goal for my 7 models I need to complete.  7 models in 72 days should be easy, but life always gets in the way (especially with new puppies).  I am hoping once I get into my 3rd quarter for my painting queue I can kick up the production like I did in the 1st quarter (maybe not to that extreme, but better than 2nd quarter).  The puppies are getting better at being housebroken, so hopefully my modeling time will come back.

I know the lists that I am planning on playing at this years NOVA Open are not that competitive, but they may be fast for me to play.  The ‘death clock’ still has a tendency to beat me.  I have no problem losing a match to my opponent either by assassination or scenario, but I really hate to lose when I beat myself with the clock.  So my plan is to try and with fewer models so I can complete my turns faster.

So last week for me was no models completed, nor any games played (we did drive out to my friends house and my son got in a 75pt game while I watched).  This week I am hoping to get in some smaller games of Speedmachine (15pts)  and maybe a practice game of Breakfastmachine (50pts).

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 0

June 14, 2018

Daily Chronicle: 2018 2nd Quarter Painting Queue Update

I kind of expected going into the 2nd quarter this year that my modeling/painting would slow down, but I honestly did not expect it to basically come to a halt.  I knew that at the end of May I would be going back down to Arizona for a few days, and that is all that I had planned.  Well 2 bathroom remodels, a trip to Arizona, and now 2 new puppies has placed a halt on my 2nd quarter.

I decided today that instead of having 1 Painting Queue to act as my queue and backlog, that I would create a separate page for my actual Painting Queue Backlog and then move models from there to my actual Painting Queue   My original Painting Queue was getting a little hard to manage, by having the separate page I can move a few models a little at a time and keep it a bit more realistic.

I did manage to get a few models assembled from my new queue.  I have a Unit of Khador ‘Battle Mechaniks’ and 2 Khador ‘Kodiak’ Warjacks that are almost ready to be primed.  My plan is to have these model ready for the NOVA Open and I may want to get in a practice game with them next week before I start to prime them.  I think for the first time I may break out my airbrush for the Warjacks so I can basecoat the red them.  I have never used it on my Warmachine/Hordes models (only Bolt Action Tanks) but I think it should not be an issue, then I just have to pick out a few details and the Pig Iron metals.

Battle Mechaniks and Kodiaks.

New puppies for the family.

June 11, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #23

Boy time is flying by pretty fast this year, we are already into Week #23 for the year.  As you can see in my blog, gaming/hobbying has been pretty slow for me the last 2 months, and I am way behind in my ‘Painting Queue’.  I really need to re-evaluate my queue and start to get ready for the NOVA Open.  We picked up 2 more Siberian Husky puppies this past weekend, so house training them will once again take some gaming time away, hopefully I will be able to get a few models assembled shortly and start painting them.

On our long drive to pick up the puppies I was thinking of some lists to use at the NOVA Open, originally my plan was to play my Minions army (and I still may), but I feel more comfortable playing Warmachine over Hordes.  I came up with a few Warmachine Khador lists that I think I am going to try and complete for the event.  I always prefer to play with painted models at these large events (though it is not required for the NOVA) so that is my goal with my Khador,  I should be able to get these done in time (there really is not too many) and I still need to play with the lists for practice.  Lets just hope the pups get housebroken quickly so I can get back to playing.

Models Completed: 0

Games Played:

June 8, 2018

Battle Report: Warmachine 6/7/2018 Khador vs Circle (50 Points)

It has been some time since my last game of Warmachine/Hordes but last night my son and I finally got to get a game in downstairs in the man cave.  To keep things a little quicker we played only 50 points and I wanted to proxy in my new ‘Assault Chariot’ that had just arrived.

I elected to play ‘Vlad 1’ (I am really liking his spell “Signs & Portents” which for a bad player, it really helps out) and my son played ‘Kromac 1’ which is a change from playing ‘Kromac 2’ most of the time.

I went first and tried to quickly move my army up the table, especially with the ‘Assault Chariot’, I really wanted to see what kind of damage this model can do.  Turn 2 I was outside of charge range, so the ‘Assault Chariot’ advanced towards his ‘Tharn Ravagers’ and laid down some fire.  The ‘Assault Chariot’ was able to get 4 shots, and only 1 was not a direct hit (with S&P).  The ‘Assault Chariot’ managed to do quite a bit of damage leaving only 2 models with just a few boxes left, my ‘Winter Guard Rifle Corps’ were able to finish off the Unit.  My 2 Warjacks advanced forward but were too far for any charges.

I did end up losing the ‘Assault Chariot’ from multiple attacks from his Warbeasts, so I think the trade off with his Unit and my Chariot were even.  My problem now was a huge forest protecting his Warbeast from my charging Warjacks.

At this point my son had actually clocked out and I was really close with less than 2 minutes on my clock.  We decided to play out the next turn.

I ended up getting my ‘WGRC’ around the flank and got shots off on ‘Kromac 1’, with once again “S&P” which then Assassinated ‘Kromac 1’.

Control Point wise it was pretty close through out the Rounds with me leading by 1-2.

Scenario: Breakdown

June 7, 2018

WM: Khador Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot Arrived

This past weekend my Khador ‘Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot’ arrived from Black Anchor Heavy Industries (Privateer Press), and I was so busy putting our main bathroom back together that I forgot I received the package till yesterday afternoon.  Once I remembered about it, I had to open it and take a few pictures and I wanted to check out the BAHI truckers hats that came with it.

The flashing on the resin is not too bad, looks like it will be pretty easy to clean up, but one of the horses legs was broken.  Looks to be a clean break and should heal pretty good, does not look like I will have to put that horse down.

I do not remember when I assembled my ‘Dracodile’ from BAHI if it came with assembly instructions, but the ‘Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot’ does not come with any (wish that it did).  I did do a dry fit of some of the pieces and it does not look like it will be too hard to put together.  The two gun options also look like they can be easily swapped out (even without magnets) which is a nice option.

I am actually going to play a 50 point game tonight with my son and proxy base this model too see how it plays.  Currently there is no Theme for this model, so we’ll see how the game goes.

June 4, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #22

It has been pretty bad for my hobbying/gaming the last 2 months (ever since coming back from AdeptiCon), but both of my bathroom remodeling projects are now completed, my trip down to Arizona to move my son up to Michigan is completed, so now HOPEFULLY I can start to get back into the swing of things.

There is 85 days until our next convention the NOVA Open, I need more practice of Warmachine/Hordes and Guild Ball (which I have only played 3 games this year).  I am hoping there might be another local Guild Ball tournament in next few months so my son and I can get some practice in.

I also need to take a hard look at my painting queue this/next week and re-prioritize my models I need to paint.

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 0

May 28, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #21

Today is Memorial Day so a nice extended weekend to my few days of vacation last week.  We made it safely back to Michigan early Friday morning and got the car all unloaded once we woke up.  I still have to finish remodeling our main floor bath room this week in the evenings so there probably will not be much time for hobbying/gaming, there may be some time tomorrow night while I wait for our tiles to dry, but we’ll see.  Then this coming weekend we are adding 2 more fury friends to our family, so we will be busy with that.  Hopefully next week I can get back on some kind of gaming schedule.

May 21, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #20

I am back in Arizona for a few days for a graduation and we are starting to load my sons car up for the road trip back to Michigan,  We shipped 10 boxes via UPS and then the car is loaded up with another 6 and a BUNCH of army bags, some Warhammer 40K armies that you never know we may play again.

I did manage to pack up all the X-Wing models, so you never know, I may start to get my feet wet again with it.  The pre-painted aspect I seemed to always enjoy.

May 14, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #19

Once again, nothing new to report this past week and it will be like this for the rest of the month (at least).  Heading back down to Arizona this weekend for my middle sons High School Graduation, then driving back to Michigan next week with my oldest son.

May 8, 2018

WM: Khador Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot Pre-Order

Yesterday was the last day to pre-order a Khador Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot from Black Anchor Heavy Industries and receive a free Truckers Hat.  I thought the hat would look real nice with the T-Shirt I already have from ordering the ‘Dracodile’ late last year so I bit the bullet and placed my order yesterday.  Not sure when this model will get painted (eventually) but it is the first Battle Engine that I have for my Khador army.  I hear there will probably be a Man-O-War box coming out later this year also, I may also need to add that to my Khador army to change it up a bit from playing Winter Guard all the time.

The Man-O-War Assault/Siege Chariot kit includes:

  • Man-O-War Chariot
  • Man-O-War Driver
  • Horses (x2)
  • Weapons and equipment for Man-O-War Assault Chariot
  • Weapons and equioment for Man-O-War Siege Chariot

May 7, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #18

This is bad, another week without anything accomplished, and too be honest, I think it will be like this for the entire month of May.  This weekend and next week I will be working on renovating our main bath and then we are off to Arizona and do not come back until around Memorial Day.  Hopefully when my son gets uo here, the interest will be kickstarted once again.

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 0

April 30, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #17

Unfortuntaley no new updates for last week.  I would not say that I am in a slump, just too many other things are currently occupying my time.  Maybe we’ll get a model completed this week (but doubtful).  My 2nd quarter of painting for 2018 is not looking to good, my 2nd quarter queue may have to slide to the 3rd quarter.

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 0

April 23, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #16

As I mentioned last week my hobbying time is very slow due to other real life events.  I just finished remodeling the upstairs bathroon and now that the weather is getting nicer, I will have some outside yard work that will also need to get done.  My 2nd Quarter Painting Queue is not looking good at the moment.

I did manage to get in a game of Warmachine last week with my friend.  It was only a 50 point game, but it was still fun.  My Khador loss by assassination to his Cryx, it was real close though and I was doing a pretty good job killing models, but then left ‘Vlad’ a litte bit unprotected.

Models Completed: 1
BMG: Spartan (John Diggle)

Games Played: 1

April 17, 2018

BMG: Spartan (John Diggle)

I was finally able to get another miniature completed and this time I decided to try painting a model for the Batman Miniature Game.  I have yet to play a game or fully read the rulebook, but I wanted a little change from paintng Warmachine/Hordes.  In two months when my oldest son moves up here he will teach me how to play the game, then I will have to try and juggle my time between WM/H, Guild Ball and Batman Miniature Game.

I purchased a few models for BMG at this years AdeptiCon (Two Face force), but this model ‘Spartan’ I had actually purchased awhile ago in anticipation of playing the game.  He looked like a quick model to paint and I wanted to see if I could match my bases to my sons bases.  I got it pretty close.

Spartan (John Diggle)

Spartan (John Diggle)

April 16, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #15

Wow, this is the first week in 2018 that I did not get a model completed for the blog, that is what happens when real life gets in the way.  I have been busy remodeling a bathroom last week and that will continue on through this week.  I may have one model to show this week if time allows and that will be for the Batman Miniature Game.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I did make it out to a Steamroller event this past Saturday and get a couple of games in, so at least I did get some gaming in this past week.  I am also hoping to break away from some bathroom work Thursday night and get another game in (we’ll see as we get closer to Thursday).

Week #15

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 2

April 15, 2018

Battle Report: Steamroller 4/14/2018 (Toledo, OH)

Yesterday my friend TJ and I took a drive out to Toledo Game Room in Toledo, OH (it was about a 3 hour drive for us) for a Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller event.  This was actually my first official Steamroller I ever played in, I played in events at conventions, but never a SR at a local store.

When we arrived to the store we were told to head all the way to back of the store.  WOW! It is a big store with multiple gaming rooms and an event space at the back of the store.

The event space

Our armies ready for Game 1.

Khador and Trollbloods.

My Khador.

The event was a 2 list event but no DNC, so to save space in my bag I elected just to bring 1 list and that was my Khador.  As much as I love my Minions, I play Khador a little bit faster and I am always worried about the clock.  The reason behind just 1 list, I knew I would lose my first 2 games and be out for the day, so I decided just to learn and play the 1 list.

I had 2 very fun games and I hope my opponents did too.  Yes I brought a Colossal, but that was only to help me with the clock, less models for me, the faster I can play.

Game 1 vs Minions (Maelok 1) [Blake Hoppes]

Since I have been trying to learn my Minions better and playing with ‘Maelok’, it was nice to see how he can be played.  Even though I lost in Turn 4 via Control Points (5-0), I did not clock out and I only lost 1 model in ‘Kovnik Jozef’ and I was able to take out his ‘Blackhide Wrastler’ along with more than half of each of his ‘Posse’ Units.  It was close and I made some mistakes, should have concentrated a little bit more on the scenario and I could have been earning points with one of the flags on my side of the table.

Game 2 vs Khador (Vlad 1) [Bob Larson]

Bob was a “great” guy to play against and I had fun leaning about my Khador army.  He was running ‘Vlad 1’ and I learned how good Signs & Portents spell really is, I think I may have to try him soon myself.  Bob was running 3 ‘Juggernauts’ and 3 ‘Marauders’ along with 3 Min Units of ‘Winter Guard Rifle Corps’ with 3 ‘Rocketeers’ each.  The. Min Units of WGRC are typical for a tournament list and should be something that I play, I just do not have that many WGRC models yet.  I also lost this game 5-0 on Control Points and I still had a lot of time on my clock going into the bottom of Turn 3.  There was not much I could do to stop Bob from winning this Turn, but I had fun trying.  I cleaned up some of his WGRC and I ‘Butcher 1’ go into a Marauder and a Juggernaut and rip them apart on his Feat turn, it was cool.  Bob is from the eastern side of Michigan and I hope I run across him again at some future events.

That was my 2 losses for that day, TJ at this point was 1-1 and we both decided to make the drive back home stopping along the way for an early dinner and some shopping at a Cabela’s store since there is not once close to where I live.


April 9, 2018

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #14

Things are going to get a little slow on the model painting for the next couple of weeks, we decided to take on a little bathroom renovation so that will be taking up most of my evenings.  At least last week I was able to get a couple of models completed for Warmachine/Hordes, I was also able to get a game in, and this coming weekend I am actually going to play in a WM/H Steamroller (hopefully I will try and remember to take a few photos of the event.)

Week #14

Models Completed: 2
Mercenaries: Orin Midwinter
Khador: Decimator

Games Played: 1

April 6, 2018

Battle Report: Hordes 4/5/2018 Minions vs Trollbloods (75 Points)

It has been awhile since I met up with my friend for another game of Hordes (3/12/2018) just before AdeptiCon and last night it was my time to host the game.  I am leaning towards playing a ‘Rask’ Will Work For Food theme at this years NOVA Open Team Tournament at the end of August and I figure it is time to actually start getting some practice in.  I do not have ‘Rorsh & Brine’ assembled yet so they did not make the list last night and I also wanted to give my ‘Dracodile’ another go at it.

I am leaning towards the Will Work For Theme hoping that it may save me some time on the clock with less models to move around, well last night that did not prove to be the point and I still clocked out during Turn 2.  My deployment time was much better, but I was still referencing the rules a lot during my turn (especially with the Lesser Warlocks) and that chewed up most of my time.  We did play it to the Top of Turn 4 though.  Since the game was getting kind of long on time, I just walked ‘Rask’ up to his army and surrender.  Up to that point it was actually kind of close, the score was actually 0-0 and I had killed more models than he had.  He was running two Units of Champions in his list and this Turn 4 they would have finished off the ‘Dracodile’.

‘Skarath’ was a MVP for my army killing off a Unit by herself with her sprays and attacks (a big plus with OVERTAKE and a 2” melee range).  In all honesty I think my Warbeasts ‘Skarath’, ‘Snapjaw’ and ‘Lug’ did more damage than the ‘Dracodile’ and ‘Wrastler’.  ‘Orin Midwinter’ also made his debut and CHAIN LIGHTNING did help with some of his Units.  Seeing how the Trollblood list did not drop any smoke clouds, my ‘Bog Trog Mist Speaker’ really did not do much, but he is there just in case ‘Kolgrima’ decides to show up.

I still need MUCH MORE practice with these guys and to memorize my rules.

Scenario: Breakdown

April 5, 2018

WM: Khador Decimator 1 (Warjack)

I almost forgot to post this today (I was deep in thought about my Hordes game tonight) but I finally was able to finsh my ‘Decimator’ Warjack for my Khador army.  I started this model awhile ago and just was slowly adding colors to him as I had time, well last night I decided to actually finish him up.  This model came from the battlegroup box and I did not realize how crappy the plastic was until I started to paint him.  I should have taken some more time to really look him over and clean him up before I primed him.  I have another Khador battlegroup box on my shelf, when I get to those models I’ll be sure to really look them over.

Decimator 1

Decimator 1

Painting Points: 5