March 29, 2010

Daily Chronicle: 3/29/2010: ACON 2010 Recap

I dont have much time at the moment to blog, busy getting the place packed and ready for the moving truck on Wednesday, but I just wanted to do a quick recap for my weekend at AdeptiCon 2010.

First I wont to thank everyone involved with AdeptiCon 2010, I know it takes a lot of work to run an event like this, so THANK YOU.

With already taking this week off from work, I was not able to take Friday off to attend any events, so Friday night my son and I hit the Con to check-in for the weekend, and to check-in our 40K Team for Saturday.

Saturday, my son and I were playing in the Warhammer 40K Team Tourney (4 man event).  Our team, "Taros II" consisted of all four of our team members playing Imperial Guard.  Myself and Allan H were playing Cadians, Jeff F was playing Elysians and my son was playing Tallarns.  It was a blast and I had 4 good games.  Each Mission was broken down into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary objectives.  For Primaries I went 2-1-1, for Secondaries, 2-1-1 and for Tertiaries 1-1-1 (there was only 3).  So I am happy for how I did this year.  Overall out of 110 teams that we played, we placed someplace in the 50's.  So it was a good showing for us, especially for a group of guys who just wanted to play for fun.

Sunday, I entered into the Warhammer Fantasy Team Tournament (2 man event) with my great friend Chris W here in Chicago.  This event we were going for the wins.  Our team name was "Double Dynamite", I was playing a shooty Dark Elves list with 84 shots per round, Chris was playing Daemons with Magic and Combat.  The teams we played were; Empire/Dwarfs, Wood Elves/Wood Elves with double Treeman's, and Wood Elves/Empire with Treeman and Steam Tank.  There were times in our games where I didnt think we were going to pull it out, but with Chris as a General, we managed to go 3-0 and won by close to 1000 victory points per game.  My double Bolt Throwers really paid off.  We did not happen to win any awards (we did not have an elaborate display base, and our painting is average to above average), but I think we still placed in the Top 10.  The results for the event have not been posted yet, but I really do hope that we placed high.

So for next year what am I going to do.  Not sure at the moment, one of our 40K teammates may play in the singles Championship so we may not have a team, and for the Fantasy Team Tournament, I'm going to let Chris lay with another local player.  So I'm thinking that I'll probably also just play in the 40K Championships, have my son play one last year in the 40K Youngbloods event and maybe play in the LoTOW tournament (if Jay decides to run one).  We'll then take a day to just relax and enjoy the rest of the con, demo games, seminars and so on.  We'll see what happens, I have a year to plan.

OK, back to packing..... next time I'll be blogging from Arizona....  stay tuned....

March 22, 2010

Daily Chronicle: 3/22/2010: LoTOW: 'Frontier'

Yesterday I decided to head out to one of the few independent gaming stores in the Chicago area (Games Plus in Mt. Prospect) to see if they have a WWII Skirmish rule set called "Rules of Engagement" by "Great Escape Games" that Rob over at "Drunken Samurai Painting Blog" has recently picked up. If there is a store that will carry this game in Chicago, it would be Games Plus.  They have just about every type of independent game and miniature available.  So I'm perusing the aisles and sure enough I find the rule book, as Rob mentioned it is a nice hard back style of rule book, but it also had a nice price tag of $52.00.  The next aisle over were all the rulebooks for Legends of The Old West.  I have the main rulebook for LoTOW, but I do not own any of the supplement books.  Seeing how I started this blog to chronicle my hobbying/gaming of Old West miniatures and I really have not done much of that, it made me really think what do I want to purchase.  A  new rule set that I only own a few miniatures for (WWII), or pick up the supplement "Frontier" for LoTOW.

Well after perusing the "Frontier" book and noticed that they have a section in their for competitive gaming and the rules for building your Posse's for competitive gaming, my son and I decided that we should probably pick up the supplement instead of learning another rule set.  As I stated in my New Years Resolution, I need to cut down on the new games I pick up and concentrate on the one's I have.  I also stated that I will be getting more involved in LoTOW this year.  Just 10 more days until we move, then my two core games will be Warhammer 40K, and Legends of The Old West.  This will be followed by Warhammer Fantasy and Lord of the Rings.  If time allows I will then also play other games.

Last year I purchased plenty of building for LoTOW to play the game, but we were lacking in the rest of the terrain.  Seeing how Games Plus has 'everything' there, I decided to check out some the terrain that they also have.  Tim K over at "Cursed Treasures" has gotten me hooked on loading the table up with terrain, and the terrain does really make the table look awesome and fun to play on.

I headed on down to the terrain aisles and came across the following items that I thought we would add to our games.

Wooden Fences - 6 pieces

Wooden Boxes and Crates (8) pre-painted

Wooden Barrels (approx. 22)

All of these items are made by "Pegasus Hobbies", and I already own one of their fence sets, so adding the above to our collection will nicely fill out our gaming table.

With LoTOW Frontier and the above terrain, I walked out of Games Plus for close to the same price as what the rule book for "Rules of Engagement" would have cost me.  I still would like to play the WWII Skirmish game (maybe if I meet up with Rob and Tim) but I really want to concentrate on LoTOW first.

April is going to be a real busy month for me in regards to painting.....  Now I need to add my Old West building to list of items to paint.

March 15, 2010

Daily Chronicle: 3/15/2010

I know it has been two weeks since I last posted anything, but with the move back to Arizona in a few more weeks all my hobbying supplies and models have already been packed.  I really did not want to wait to the last minute to pack everything so we have been getting items packed when we can.  So my hobbying blogs have been limited.

I have been working on a few army lists for a couple of armies that I have in the painting queue.  I'll try and post an Ork list I have been working on later today.

Other than that, just before I left back to Chicago after GitD 2010, I did pick up a Tyranid Hive Tyrant for my Tyranid army.  So I now have my Termagants and Hive Tyrant for that Army.  Assembly/painting will commence in a few more weeks once I get my painting station all settled in Arizona.

The first items that will get completed once I move will be to finish my Imperial Guard.  4 Heavy Bolters, 4 Chimeras and 1 Hellhound is all that is left to complete and I will have 2000 points completed.  I know I will be busy getting the new place all decorated when we move, but my goal is to also get the above completed by that first full week.  We will arrive on Easter weekend, barring any late night "work" items, by the following weekend they should all be completed.  Let's hope.  I really want to start playing with the full army and moving onto to painting the Tyranids.

One problem I have is that I am currently out of my "The Army Painter" 'strong tone' dip.  So I think for the rest of the IG models I will be moving to a brown shade from the "Minwax" line.  Hopefully they will look pretty close in color.  I will continue with the "Minwax" brand when I work on the Nids and future armies.  Cost and ease of purchasing are the main reasons for the switch.

Other items of mention:  AdeptiCon 2010 March 26th-28th is only two weeks away.  My armies for the Warhammer 40K Team Tournament and Warhammer Fantasy Team Tournament are all set.  Looking forward to one last big gaming weekend before the drive out.

Also in September of 2010, "Tide of War" will be coming back in Phoenix, AZ.  A friend of mine has been running that Fantasy event for the last three years.  This year they will be adding a 40K tournament also.  Both events will be taking place on separate weekends so that everyone has a chance to play in both events.  The Fantasy event will be called "Blood in the Sand" and the 40K event will be called "Desert Assault".  All the rules and information should be posted soon for both events.  So be sure and check out "Tides of War".

March 1, 2010

Painting Points: February 2010

The start of February I was still in high gear with the painting, but throughout the month it kind of tapered off with not painting anything the last week of February.  Most of the models I need/want to paint are already boxed up for moving.  I do have four Heavy Bolter Imperial Guard Teams that should be getting done this month and if time allows I may purchase the one last Hellhound that I need and try to get that completed.

Here is a recap of what was completed in February:

Warhammer Fantasy
10x Wood Elves Glade Guard (10)

Warhammer 40,000
Imperial Guard: 1st Infantry Platoon; Squads 1 & 2 (8)
Imperial Guard: 1st Infantry Platoon Command (5)
Imperial Guard: 114th Cadian 2nd Infantry Platoon (21)

Total Painting Points for the month: 44
Total Painting Points for the year: 179 

March will be a slow month, hopefully once I get settled back in Arizona the first weekend of April, I'll then be able to finish my Imperial Guard and move on to the Tyranids.