October 21, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #42

This past week was not actually bad for me, a pickup from the previous month.  Models were painted and games were played, so that's a plus.

First I was able to paint up some new models for Warhammer 40000 with the 'Eliminators' for my Black Templars army and began assembling my 'Redemptor Dreadnought', though he is taking longer than expected and getting him painted this week may be tough.

Then this past weekend, my son and I were able to get in 3 games.  2 games of Batman Miniature Game, a 350 Rep and a 250 Rep practice games for the Renegade Open where we played a time game for both (for the practice) on Saturday.  You do not get many Turns in and really need to take advantage of the first 2 Turns, the first game at 350 Rep, my Joker crew had lost, but the second game at 250 Rep, they managed to pull out a win.

On Sunday, we broke out our Warhammer 40000 armies and I played my first game of 8th Edition with 1000 points.  I knew this first game was going to take us a lot of time (as we were searching rules and FAQ's), but my Black Templars got the victory over the Salamanders.  We just played an Eternal game with 5 Objectives (no Tactical Objectives) and we are still getting a hold on what everything does.  I think a few more basic games exploring different Units and then we can add some Tactical Objects.  Neither of us were running any Psychics or Librarians, so we still need to figure out that Phase of the game.  A few more games at 1000 Points and then we can up the game to 1500 Points.  Currently my table is a 4'x4' so anything larger than 1500 Points will be pretty rough unless I can figure out a 6'x4' table for the basement.

Models Completed: 3
Games Played: 3

October 20, 2019

Daily Chronicle: Litko Movement Templates and Clear Bases for Warhammer 40K

As I mentioned last year when I was purchasing templates for Arena Rex, I have been using Litko for nearly 16 years now when it comes to having custom tokens made and there were my first go to for my purchase of clear bases.

Now that most of the Space Marines for Warhammer 40K need to be on 32mm bases, and all of mine are on 25mm, I thought the easiest solution would be to just glue my existing model with the 25mm base, onto the clear 32mm base.  This way it will save me a lot of time repainting bases and possibly screwing up my models.  It seems like the trend has been moving to clear base anyways, why not have both.

While on the Litko site, I had to peruse the other products that I had for W40K and came across some items I liked:

Objective Tokens Numbered 1-6
Victory Point Dials
Command Point Dials
Movement/Shooting Gauge 12"
Close Combat Gauge 6"

So of course I had to get 2 of each for my son and I.  Order was placed this past Tuesday, and yesterday they all arrived at my door.

Later today will be my first game of 8th Edition, we shall see how it goes!

October 17, 2019

W40K: Black Templars 'Primaris Eliminators 1'

Well it has been 4 years since I last painted anything for Warhammer 40000 (W40K) but this past weekend while attending the Michigan GT for Guild Ball, I did purchase some new models there and at a gaming store on our way home.

One of the models I purchased were the 'Eliminators' a Heavy Unit for the Space Marines.  This is a good Unit to have in your army, but I am also purchasing models now that I have never had before while I played W40K, just to have some "newness" to my collection.  Ideally I should get 2 more Units of 'Eliminators' and run them as 3 (which I will in the future), but for now we have just the 1.

Unfortunately all of my decals from years ago are now lost so I could not place any iconography on the shoulder pads, but if I come across some Black Templar decals in the future, I may go back and add them.  I think the black armor with the white shoulder pads though are a good distinction for the Chapter.

 Eliminators 1

Eliminators 1

Painting Points: 6

October 16, 2019

W40K: Coming Soon, Salamanders, Imperial Fists and More!

Salamanders and Imperial Fists are getting a new Codex Supplement next week October 26th, 2019.  Games Workshop is taking pre-orders this Saturday October 19th, 2019 for the new Codex Supplements along with a few new Space Marine models.

For new models, both the Imperial Fists and Salamanders are getting a new character, 'Tor Garadon' for the Imperial Fists, and 'Adrax Agatone' for the Salamanders.

A new assault vehicle with the 'Impulsor' and two new squads, 'Infiltrators' and 'Incursors'.

So what am I going to purchase if anything? I am leaning towards 1-2 of the new 'Impulsor' transport vehicles to carry 2 squads of 'Hellblasters', I am still debating this and have not done a pre-order yet, part of me wants to purchase the 'Repulsor Exectioner' first.  My son pre-ordered the Salamanders Codex Supplement, Datacards and the new Captain.

October 14, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #41

It still was a pretty slow week, but as I mentioned in yesterday's post, this past weekend was the 2019 Michigan GT and I was hosting the Guild Ball event on Saturday, so nothing was painted this week, nor any games played for myself.

That will change this weekend and my son and I have a weekend of gaming planned.  Originally this coming weekend we were going to attend the Guild Ball US Eastern Nationals in Chicago, but plans had to change and we will not be attending.  Since my son had already requested the weekend off, we are going to take advantage of it and game at home.

The Renegade Open is next month and I still have to finalize my lists for the event, after this weekend I should have a better understanding of what I want to play.  Originally my plan was to play 'Joker' in Friday's 250 Rep event, and 'League of Assassins' in Saturday's 350 Rep main event.  With the lack of playing time recently, I think I need to decide on one crew and play that crew for both events.  This way the rules of the crew will stick better for me.  Now I have to decide between the two, but I am leaning towards 'Joker' for now.

The plan for Saturday is start off with a 250 Rep game, then move right into a 350 Rep game while we have the table setup for BMG.  Afterwards we'll clear off the table of terrain and roll out the Pitch for a game of Guild Ball.  With watching everyone else play this past Saturday, I now want to get in a game.  Once we wrap up with Guild Ball, we'll start to get the table ready for Sunday.  Sunday is going to be "trying" Warhammer 40K 8th Edition for the first time, and my first game in a long time.  We are just going to do a 1000 point game just to get our feet wet and go through the rules of the game.

On Saturday while I had some time between games, I did check out the main hall at the Michigan GT and some of the vendors that attended.  I came across a W40K model that I thought looked cool, and it was new to me and a good price, so I had to pick it up, a 'Redemptor Dreadnought'.  The on the way home, we stopped at a game store in Kalamazoo and I picked up a box of 'Primaris Eliminators', both of these will be nice additions to my Black Templars army.  More than likely, the 'Eliminators' will be my next models to it the painting table.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 0

October 13, 2019

Daily Chronicle: Michigan GT Guild Ball Championship Recap

Yesterday in Lansing, MI was the 2019 Michigan GT Guild Ball Championships and I was the Host for the event.  Originally when inquiring about interest for the event there were over 25 people that had said they would attend, which would be a really nice turn out, unfortunately only 15 people attended (which I am still happy for), but having the Guild Ball US East Nationals announced shortly right after, and next weekend in Chicago, I think hurt attendance.

But I am grateful for those that attended and I Thank You.

The results for the event can be found here on Longshanks, but here is a brief recap of the winners.

Awards for the following:
Earning the Double is Zach Grogan, Guild Ball Champion and State Champion.

2nd Place: Cory Walker
3rd Place: Josh Rigelman
4th Place: Josh Chichester
5th Place: Jacob Nix
6th Place: Eric Bemus
7th Place: Thomas Rasor
8th Place: Tony Palazzolo
9th Place: Dale Gibboney
Wooden Spoon: Don Casteel

Best Painted Trophy: Cory Walker
“Golden Boot” Trophy (most goals): Cory Walker (11)
“Off The Pitch” Trophy (most taken outs): Josh Rigelman (22)

October 9, 2019

W40K: What Did I Do?

Oh My God! I really cannot believe I am actually writing this post.  A few years ago I had told myself I was done with Games Workshop (GW) games, and like everyone says, they just pull you right back in.

Warhammer Fantasy back in 2002 had gotten me into miniature gaming, then followed by Warhammer 40K and so on and so on.  Over the years my interests had shifted to smaller model count games (like Guild Ball) and lower prices.  Recently my gaming has been between Guild Ball and Batman Miniature Game and still do like both games a lot.

Last week, Knight Models were making a lot of announcements about their upcoming 10th Anniversary week (10/4-10/14) and that a lot of info was coming out.  Well it has been just about radio silence from them except oh by the way we are discontinuing these models and these models can now only be played in DCU with no explanation.  At least Steamforged Games does keep their website blog updated when they have news and information to be released.  So with what is going on with Knight Models, it had got me thinking the past few days about possibly pulling out some of my old Warhammer 40K armies that I still kept in the shed.

It is not just the issue with Knight Models, but it is with most of the games I play is that none of the local gaming stores carry any of these games (with the exception of X-Wing).  Sometimes it is nice to walk into a store browsing, and then come out with a model.  Most of the stores carry Games Workshop, so it is not an issue with W40K.

Now it has been 4 years since I played any W40K, and as of now I have no intentions on playing it competitively (with my limited travels to Cons in 2020) but playing a few games at home may be fun, the issue is the game is now in 8th Edition and we need the rules.

On our way to the Detroit Red Wings game last night, my son and I stopped in at the Warhammer store in Ann Arbor....  well, we know own the rules.

stay tuned.........

October 7, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #40

Well at least I was able to get in one game of Guild Ball this past weekend (on Saturday).  I found out my son will be off work next Saturday for the Michigan GT, so we played a game to shake off some of the rest.  For the first time ever I tried to pay with the Alchemist's Guild, that was probably a mistake since I clocked out in Turn 2 and probably did not give much practice to my opponent.  I did manage to score a goal with 'Kami', but my dice were really terrible and the failed dice rolls then cost me a lot of time trying to think what I was going to be doing next.

It has been a slump for the past month and half, playing and painting....having the Michigan GT this weekend is giving me the itch to play more Guild Ball, and I know I still need to get games of BMG in to prepare for the Renegade Open next month.

My final quarter for painting also started last week and it has not been looking to good an I am not sure when I will break out of that groove, usually a convention gets me motivated to paint, and I basically have what I need done for the Renegade Open, and just about all my conventions for next year will be cancelled, so right now I am lacking motivation.

Hopefully after this coming weekend I can get a few models on the table.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 1

September 30, 2019

September 23, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #38

Nothing new at all to report this week, just got back from a week's vacation and I have not actually thought about any modeling or gaming.

This coming weekend I will also be busy, but then I will need to start to get back into the grove and get ready for the Renegade Open in November.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 0

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