September 21, 2018

Battle Report: X-Wing 9/20/2018

Last night my son and I finally got in a couple of games of X-Wing 2.0.  Just to begin with and refresh my memory on how the game plays (since it has been over 3 years since I played X-Wing) we elected to just start of playing with the Starter Sets.  My son was flying the Rebels with a T-65 X-Wing and I was playing the Galactic Empire with 2 Tie Fighters.

Game 1 Deployment.

It was actually really fun playing again, our first game (as with all new games) we had our heads buried a lot in the rules manual, it was more of me forgetting on how things worked.  I spaced out my 2 Tie Fighters in deployment to try and draw the X-Wing towards one of them while I flanked with the other. In this game, the X-wing managed to destroy 1 Tie Fighter and the second Tie Fighter finished off the X-Wing.  A win for the Galactic Empire.

Lone Tie Fighter destroys X-Wing,

In game 2 I deployed both of my Tie Fighters next to each other (no pic, just to try something different).  This game moved along much faster as we did not have to reference the rules manual as much.  It was another win for the Galactic Empire as I still had both of my Tie Fighters still flying.


In these two beginner games, not much of the 2.0 rules were actually used, I did do some Barrel Rolls just to see how they work now.  We still to get some more games in with adding more of the 2.0 rules into the game.  I am hoping this weekend to give it another try, a few more games played and then we can start adding in the game timer.

September 19, 2018

Daily Chronicle: Trying To Get Organized With X-Wing 2.0

Last Friday night I headed out to Kalamazoo to our semi-local game store to pick up our pre-order of X-Wing 2.0 conversion kits.  We had ordered 2 Rebel Alliance, 1 Galactic Empire and 1 Scum & Villainy conversion kits.  We also purchased 2 of the Starter Sets through mys sons work and now it was time to open them all up and start to get organized.

We started on Saturday night after our game of Arena Rex and hoping to get in a small game of 2.0.  Well I am still sorting through all the stuff and trying to get organized.  One hold back was a place to store all the cards.  All the cards are now full sized (besides the Damage Deck) and I did not have enough boxes to store them in so I had to wait for my son to go to work yesterday and pick up a 4 row 3200 count box.





The cards are all now organized and its time to move onto the ship cards, bases and dials.  For those I went and purchased some more Plano boxes for the ship cards and Sterilite boxes for the dials and they should all fit in them.  I went with one per faction.




Once I get all the dials and ship cards put away, I will move onto the tokens from the Starter Sets and those will go into their own box.  This is all for storage at home, I will have to try and find easy way to carry these items for when we play at a store, maybe a smaller box for the ship cards/dials that we will actually be playing with.  I cannot see carrying more than 7-8 dials and that is when playing with a Tie swarm.

My plan is to hopefully wrap up tonight while my son is at work and then tomorrow night we can finally get in a game of X-Wing 2.0.

September 18, 2018

MeSBG: The Dead of Dunharrow 'Warriors of the Dead' x10 (1)

The new Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game starter box came with 20 'Warriors of the Dead' and I ordered 20 more direct from Games Workshop, so I have 40 'Warriors of the Dead', 5 'Riders of the Dead' and 'The King of the Dead', that is enough points to easily make 750-800 point armies.  I really wanted 8 'Riders of the Dead' so they can be their own Warband, but GW only had 5 left in stock, I'll have to keep checking back with them.

Anyways, back to my Warriors.  With 40 models, I decided to break up my painting of them into groups of 10 for ease of painting and the feeling you get when you finish a model.  If I would paint all 40 at one time, it would get very boring and repetitious.

There is not much to painting the 'Warriors of the Dead', they are dead after-all, and there are a lot of different paint schemes out there on the internet.  I recently came across one that I really liked a lot, and if I did not come up with my own, I probably would have used his (white primer, Coelia Greenshade wash, Terminatus Stone dry brush), but instead of reinvesting in GW paints, I went with the P3 paints I currently own.  I ended up priming my model all black followed by heavy drybrush of Ironhull Grey.  Once that was dry it was a full wash of Army Painter Dark Tone to darken my grey some.  I then did a full light drybrush of Underbelly Blue, followed by a light drybrush of Morrow White on the top halves of the bodies.  The last step was to add some shades of green in a few places (I saw this on the GW studio models and I liked it a lot), this was done using Army Painted Green wash in just a few places.

I actually did have to buy some GW paint for the bases, I wanted the brown ring around the base to match the existing models I painted years ago.  For these bases I did a full basecoat of Battlefield Brown followed by a light drybrush of Menoth White Highlight.  The ring was then done in GW's Mournfang Brown

10 Warriors down, 30 to go.

 Warriors of the Dead x10 (1)

Warriors of the Dead x10 (1)

Painting Points: 10

September 17, 2018

Weekly Chronicle #37 2018

Another week has flown by and at least I did manage to get a few models completed last week ('Nero' for Arena Rex and 'The King of the Dead' for MeSBG) and a game of Arena Rex played on Saturday night.  My son and I were hoping to also try X-Wing 2.0 after our Arena Rex game, but the organizing of all the new 2.0 items is taking longer than expected.

This week we are hoping to get in some more games of Arena Rex with my friend TJ, and more than likely finally trying out X-Wing 2.0.  We'll see if time allows to get in another game of MeSBG.

Warmachine Weekend is approaching fast in early November, and to be honest, right now I am not to excited about it.  I think the main reason is the lack of information from the event organizers.  Their website has been offline all year, and with 45 days left till the start of the event, there still is no information.  A few weeks back I even posted on their Facebook page, with no response.  It would be nice to see what events are happening so I know what armies I want to bring with and play.  If it was not for their "no refund" policy, I think I would have asked for a refund.  I am still thinking about sending them an email asking for a refund for their lack of information.

I have too many games and not enough time, new TV shows are starting up next week and it is going to get even worse.

Also in early November, AdeptiCon will be releasing their events schedule (take note Warmachine Weekend) and I need to decide what I will be playing in 2019.  More than likely I will be giving Arena Rex a try at AdeptiCon, after that, I will need to see what fits in my schedule around Arena Rex, and what games are still interesting to me.  Who knows, it may be some MeSBG, X-Wing, or even Batman.

Models Completed: 2

Games Played: 1

September 16, 2018

Battle Report: Arena Rex 9/15/2018 Ludus Magnus vs Legio XIII

Last night my son and I played our first 5v5 game of Arena Rex.  Yesterday morning I quickly assembled 'Septimus' for my Ludus Magnus Cohort, and 'Sulla', 'Valen' for my sons Legio XIII Cohort.  With 'Nero' already being completed, we were now able to play a 5v5 game.

Scenario: Munus
A classic match evolved from funeral traditions, the Munus is a standard combat between equally matched cohorts.

Deployment: Cohorts deploy in base contact with their controlling player’s arena edge.

Cohorts: Both players bring cohorts of equal value.

Restrictions: None

Victory Conditions: The last player with models remaining in the arena is the victor.


As with all my previous games (but 1) my original 3 Ludus Magnus models went down pretty quickly, but it was 'Nero' and 'Septimus' that changed the game for me and pulled out the victory.  Slowly but surely I was able to bring down all of the Legio XIII.  I actually do have to give some credit to 'Micon', at least in this game he was able to push a model into a Pit before he fell to his death.

I still need some more practice with 'Nero' and 'Septimus' as playing with Mount is a bit different.

September 14, 2018

MeSBG: The Dead of Dunharrow 'The King of the Dead'

It has been 8 years since I last painted a model for Lord of the Rings SBG (now Middle-earth SBG) by Games Workshop, and I honestly did not think I would be painting any more.  There are two reasons for that, first, I stopped enjoying playing the game, second, Games Workshop really marked up the prices for the models.  When I first started playing, you used to get a box of 24 plastic Warriors (2 sprues) for $25, they then decided to cut it down to 12 Warriors (1 sprue) for $36, that is a huge price hike.  With the new release of MeSBG on 9/1, Games Workshop went back to some reasonable prices.  Once again you get 24 plastic Warriors, but now for $40.  It is not as good as $25, but it is much better than 12/$36.

In the new starter box that I recently picked up, it came with 20 plastic 'Warriors of the Dead', I never had this army before and I thought it would be a fun army to try and it looks to be easy to paint.  I went ahead and ordered another box of 20 'Warriors of the Dead' and some 'Riders of the Dead' direct from Games Workshop to add to the 20 I already had (they just arrived yesterday afternoon).  Now I had to find the 'The King of the Dead' to lead this army, and luckily I found one on eBay and he arrived the other day.  So unlike most people and testing their color scheme on a plastic warrior model, I decided to go right to the top and get my 'The King of the Dead' painted first.  I really like the way he came out, and the paint time was quick.  Now I have 40 more Warriors to finish and 5 Riders.

 The King of the Dead

The King of the Dead

Painting Points: 1

September 13, 2018

Arena Rex: Beasts 'Nero'

I was able to squeeze in some time the other day and work on 'Nero' for Arena Rex.  'Nero' is a Beast and a Titan, and he is also part of my Ludus Magnus when he has his rider 'Septimus' with him.  When you use a rider for the mount, you also have to provide a foot model for when they dismount.  So my riding 'Septimus' will be painted at the same time I do my foot version.

'Nero' also comes with two cards, or better known as Stages.  Once his Vitality Track is completed on one card, then you play his second card.



 Nero

 Nero

Nero

Painting Points: 5

September 12, 2018

Daily Chronicle: FLG Mats Grasslands 1 4x4

Back on my post for the NOVA Open recap, I had mentioned that I purchased a new 4x4 gaming mat from TableWar Designs while I was there.  Actually he did not have the mat in stock with him, so he offered me free shipping from his warehouse.   When I got back home, I received an email on the 5th that my item has shipped with a tracking number, awesome.  I was tracking it all week and the status was still just "shipping labeled created".  This past Monday I emailed TableWar to check on the status, it turns out they only had 1 mat left and it was damaged.  So I had then cancelled my order and was given a refund (it was going to be mid October before they received anymore).

I then went to the Frontline Gaming website and took a look at some of their mats.  I recently purchased a 3x3 for BMG from them not long ago and I knew they had a lot of choices to choose from.  I found one that was pretty close to the Grassy Green that I ordered from TableWar and placed my order with Frontline Gaming.  Let's hope there are no issues with this order.

Here is the mat I ordered from Frontline Gaming.






September 10, 2018

Weekly Chronicle #36 2018

Wow, I really did not get too much done last week.  For MeSBG, I did manage to assemble 20 'Warriors of the Dead' along with the 'King of the Dead'.  For Arena Rex, I did assemble 'Nero' for my Ludus Magnus.  Now I need to decide who I am going to paint first this week, I am leaning towards 'Nero', although he wont be completely done until I also finish his rider 'Septimus'.

Once 'Nero' is done, I think I will go ahead and paint the 'King of the Dead', I probably should start with a Warrior model a a test subject, but I know what colors I want to use, and he should come out pretty decent, he is dead after all.

For games played last week, just the one game of MeSBG this past Saturday, not sure how much we will play this week as I have a pretty busy work schedule this week, more than likely it will have to wait till Friday night or Saturday.

Models Completed: 0

Games Played: 1

September 9, 2018

Battle Report: MeSBG 9/8/2018 The Kingdom Of Khazad-Dum vs Minas Tirith

Last night my son and I broke out our Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game armies and had our first game with the new rules that were released last weekend.  We elected to start off with a smaller point game (400 Points) just to get our feet wet in the water again, and since it has been about 7 years since I last played a game.

In our lists, we had no Monsters nor Cavalry, so honestly to me, it did not seem much had really changed.  Yes, the Heroes did get some some new abilities, which I did not get to use because of the scenario that we rolled.  So to me it felt like the same game I left years ago (the part of the game I did not enjoy).

It probably was because of the scenario we rolled, but it was just a big scrum in the middle of the battlefield with who can roll higher for Combat, then who can roll a 6 to Wound...rinse and repeat.

The scenario we rolled was "Contest Of Champions" which honestly I fell is a very bad scenario.  I remember the name of this scenario from years ago, but they changed the deployment.  Both leaders and their warbands are deployed within 3" of the center.  You score Victory Points based on how many kills your leader does throughout the course of the battle.  My problem with this scenario, is that you can lose the game on Turn 1.  Charge into your enemy leader, you score 3 Victory Points right off the bat for killing the enemy leader, then another 3-7 depending on how many more models your leader kills.  Once you kill the enemy leader, there is no way for your opponent to win the game.  It is possible to still score 2 Victory Points based on being Broken, but no way to win the game.  Like I said, I feel it is a bad scenario.  Our game lasted 3 Turns since we had some bad dice rolling for Wounds, but my 'Dwarf King' finally fell to 'Boromir'.

I have not yet had a chance to look over all the other scenarios, but I am hoping they are better than this one with at last some objectives in the game.

Here are the two lists we played, since we were just playing for fun again, we let it slide to be a few points over 400.

400 Pts - The Kingdom Of Khazad-Dum - 401

1 Warband, 204 pts
   1 Dwarf King (Army Leader; Hand Weapon; Two-handed axe; Heavy Dwarf Armour)
   8 Khazâd Guard (Hand Weapon; Two-handed axe; Heavy Dwarf Armour; Bodyguard)
   4 Dwarf Warrior (Hand Weapon; Dwarf Bow; Dwarf Armour)

1 Warband, 197 pts
   1 Dwarf Captain (Hand Weapon; Dwarf Armour; Shield)
   6 Dwarf Warrior (Hand Weapon; Dwarf Armour; Shield)
   3 Dwarf Warrior (Hand Weapon; Two-Handed Weapon; Dwarf Armour)
   2 Dwarf Warrior (Hand Weapon; Dwarf Bow; Dwarf Armour)
   1 Dwarf Warrior (Hand Weapon; Dwarf Armour; Banner)

Total Roster Cost: 401

400 Pts - Minas Tirith - 404

1 Warband, 267 pts
   1 Boromir, Captain of the White Tower (Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Horn of Gondor; Shield)
   6 Warrior of Minas Tirith (Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Shield)
   6 Warrior of Minas Tirith (Hand Weapon; Spear; Heavy Armour; Shield)

1 Warband, 137 pts
   1 Captain of Minas Tirith (Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Shield)
   4 Warrior of Minas Tirith (Hand Weapon; Bow; Heavy Armour)
   4 Warrior of Minas Tirith (Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Shield)
   2 Citadel Guard (Hand Weapon; Spear; Heavy Armour; Bodyguard)

Total Roster Cost: 404

 Getting the battlefield setup with our 2D terrain.  Makes for a quick setup and easy storage.

The scrum in the middle of the battlefield, with the Dwarf King losing to Boromir.

September 8, 2018

Daily Chronicle: A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That (Arena Rex/MeSBG)

I did not get much time this past week to assemble any models in my backlog, so I spent a little time this morning working a few models.

On my table I have some 'Warrior of the Dead' models from The Dead of Dunharrow army that I received in my starter set, and I have another box of 20 coming from Games Workshop any day.  In the background I did find a 'King of the Dead' model on eBay, and he arrived yesterday.  The 750 point list I put together may not come out exactly as planned.  I had ordered 8 'Riders of the Dead' from GW, and they are short on quantity, I do not know by how many, I am about to make that call shortly.

Also on my table is 'Nero' from Arena Rex.  I cannot wait to get him completed and give him a shot in my Ludus Magnus cohort.  I'll be painting 'Nero' separate from his rider 'Septimus', as I also have a foot mounted 'Septimus' that these two will be painted together.

Back to modeling....



September 6, 2018

MeSBG: Unboxing The Lord of the Rings™ Battle of Pelennor Fields

I am a little late with my post on the unboxing of Battle of Pelennor Fields (as most people revealed them last weekend), but better late than never, being out of town and then sick delayed my unboxing.

I picked up my copy of Battle of Pelennor Fields right after our Middle-earth seminar at the NOVA Open.  At first I was not going to purchase the starter set, but just the new Rules Manual, but while waiting in line for sales to open, I changed my mind.  I figure for the extra cost of $90, all the models that were included were well worth it.  The plus side is, I never owned a Fell Beast nor Warriors of the Dead, and my Riders of Rohan and Morannon Orcs are still in Arizona.  So the majority of the models included in the box set, I currently do not have with me.  The Winged Nazgul an Troll alone are $100, so all the other models are basically free.

Here is a description from Games Workshop site on what is all included.


Miniatures 

Good

- Théoden, King of Rohan on Foot and Horseback: this character is supplied as 2 models, 1 on foot and 1 mounted and charging. Both models feature options for a helmeted or unhelmeted head, and both are clad in heavy armour, and armed with his sword, Herugrim. On foot, Théoden holds a shield; mounted, that shield is stowed;

- 12 Warriors of Rohan: foot-soldiers who make up the rank and file of the armies of Rohan. 4 models are armed with bows, 4 with hand weapons and shields, and 4 with spears and shields;

- 12 Riders of Rohan: horse-masters beyond compare, renowned for their great skill and bravery. 4 are armed with spear and shield, 4 with bows, 2 with swords and shields, and 2 with axes and shields;

- 20 Warriors of the Dead: restless spectral images of their former selves. 14 are armed with hand weapons, and 6 with spears.

Evil 

 - The Witch-King of Angmar on Fell Beast: the greatest of the Nazgûl, and Sauron’s most deadly lieutenant, the Witch-King of Angmar carries a sword, wears the Crown of Morgul and attacks with the Fell Beast’s teeth and claws;

- A Mordor Troll: spearheading attacks and breaking down fortress walls, this enormous creature wears heavy armour and is armed with a hand-and-a-half hammer;

- 36 Morannon Orcs: hailing from the Black Gate these are a stronger breed of Orc than those who man Sauron’s other bastions. They wear brutal-looking, thick armour – 18 carry hand weapons and shields, and 18 carry spears and shields.

Rules 

This box contains the complete, unabridged 208-page hardback Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual, packed with essential rules, guides and information covering Open, Narrative and Matched Play with your Middle-earth miniatures. Everything from the basic fundamentals of movement and combat through to fielding siege engines and casting magical powers is here, in an easy to follow format with annotated diagrams and photographs demonstrating the flow of battle. It even features beautifully-painted example armies, providing inspiration for your own collections.

As well as this, there’s a 16-page booklet – this contains the scenarios and profiles you’ll use in conjunction with the Rules Manual to recreate the Battle of Pelennor Fields with the miniatures in this box. 4 Scenarios are included to play through – Charge of the Rohirrim, Théoden’s Last Stand, The March of the Dead and The Battle of Pelennor Fields – each of these in turn adds more and more miniatures from the box, increasing the scale of the battles as you play.

Accessories 

A selection of gaming accessories are included, necessary for play:

- 12 6-sided dice;
- A 12" Rohan range ruler;
- A 12" Mordor range ruler;
- A double-sided sheet of punch-out tokens, used in game to denote effects and statuses of models.










September 5, 2018

Daily Chronicle: Caught A Bug...Not The Hobby Bug

Ever since coming home from the NOVA Open, I have been feeling pretty sick, I must have caught a bug while at the convention.  I should have taken advantage more of the sanitize dispensers they had setup through out the convention.

To be honest, I also did catch a new hobby bug also, well actually it is an old bug revisited.  Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, now known as Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game.  I started playing this game 10 years ago, and it has been a long time since I played last, I skipped over the Hobbit books when they came out.  While at the NOVA Open, my son and I sat in seminar by Adam Troke about the future of Middle-earth SBG, and the game started to give me an itch again to play.

Once the seminar was over, Games Workshop was able to sell the new rules manuals, army list book, and starter sets.  So we picked up a starter set box and army list book.  This past Monday night I broke out my old models and started to play around with some list ideas to see what I can come up with the models I already had, plus the models in the starter set.  I am actually in pretty decent shape.

Now the problem I have is, how do I fit all the games I have with the limited I have.  I still love the game play of Arena Rex and quite a few models left to finish for them, I have Warmachine/Hordes with a bunch of models and armies to finish, Batman Miniatures Game, and now Middle-earth SBG (let alone Guild Ball which I have not touched in awhile, and X-Wing 2.0 coming out next week).

I need to sit down and re-prioritize my games and model building so I can get through all the models.  Out of all the games listed above, I think Warmachine/Hordes has the greatest following in my surrounding area, but MeSBG may be picking up in the South Bend area soon.

I have a feeling it will come down to:
Arena Rex
Middle-earth SBG
Warmachine/Hordes
X-Wing 2.0
Batman Miniatures Game
Guild Ball

Now I just need to come up with a gaming schedule and hobby schedule.

September 3, 2018

Weekly Chronicle #35 2018 (NOVA Open Recap)

Well the NOVA Open is now completed.  You may have (or not) noticed that there was no post for Day 4 yesterday, that is because we decided to leave for home a little bit earlier so we could make it back at  decent hour.  So I got to miss "Speedmachine" and all my practice for it, but I am ok with it.

This was the first NOVA Open I attended and I had a really good time, here are few pros and cons (nothing major, just my thoughts).

Pros:

  • Location; it was nice being really close to Washington DC and being able to take a few hours for sightseeing.
  • Food Trucks; it was great to have food trucks right outside the main entrance to grab a quick lunch or even dinner if we didn't want t stray to far away from the hotel.
  • Silent Auction/Charity Raffle; that is a nice touch for their causes.
  • Bar/Food Discount; they offered 20% off at the breakfast area for coffee and pastries and each night the bar had a selection of $4 beers.
  • Vendors; it is always great to have vendors at cons like this since I am more of an impulse shopper.  Most of the vendors also kept longer hours which was nice.


Cons:

  • Physical Space; the physical space for me I thought was a bit weird and tight.  Some other players may like the separation, but I thought the separation was too much.  They had events across four different floors, and if you did not have an event on that floor, you would never visit there or the other games.  I can understand the space limitations and some can say the quietness is nice, but if we did not look for the Warhammer 40K hall (on a different floor) we would have never known it was being played there.  I understand that is the limitation of the hotel and how big the event is growing, but it may be time to look for a smaller convention hall in the area.
  • Gaming Space; I really loved the extra side boards that used in between each 4x4 mat for Warmachine/Hordes gaming area, the problem then became they had no dedicated Iron Arena area space.  You had to find an open event table and hope it was not going to be used (it had happened to us and we had to clean up our stuff and find another table).  LVO/AdeptiCon they all have dedicated tables for Iron Arena.
  • Open Gaming; there were no tables or an area setup for Open Gaming.  They had a board game room, and if you asked nicely they would let you play in there (until needed for a board game).
  • Vendor Area: this was in a weird location.  It was setup in the common areas of the main floor all spread out in between the elevators and escalators, no dedicated hall for them.  It was nice you could get to them easily, but it was a little sporadic down there.  Some of the vendors were even on a different floor. Having the vendors in their own would be better, and that common area could be setup with open gaming tables.


I am going to wrap this up with just a few pics of some of the items I picked up this weekend.