Friday, 16 January 2015

Blood Bowl- Chaos Star Player

Last year I painted the 'Chaos Leader Star Player' from Willy Miniatures. He's seriously big, being on a 40mm base.




I didn't enjoy painting him as much as Tentacle Man, but now he's done. There was some poor casting around the helmet and left arm, unfortunately, which I filed down a fair bit. I greenstuffed a gem to his belt icon. I wasn't sure how to do the spikez on his right shoulder and knee- bone or brass? I went for bone. I also meant to add a skull to his base, but forgot. I may come back and do that later.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Where there is discord- Falklands war report


I acquired a copy of the boardgame Where there is discord. This is a solitaire boardgame about the Falklands war, focusing on the political, naval, and aerial campaigns. There is a degree of abstraction throughout, but palpable tension as air raids target your thinly spread escort ships. The key player aims involve maintaining domestic government confidence and public support, keeping international opinion high and sanctions in place, and adequately defending the Task Force from air strikes, Exocet missiles, submarines, and the threat of Argentinian warship forays. All in a timely fashion, with limited assets in the harsh South Atlantic.

I didn't take any pictures of the game itself (it is a bit abstract) but did keep a log of events and enjoyed making the following report. Click to embiggen.


















What a fantastic and ultimately sobering game. Where there is discord tells a compelling and realistic ‘what-if’ story, where the player makes high level political and military decisions (always trying to choose the lesser of two evils), then watches the ramifications play out via dice rolls. The tension as aircraft approach closer and closer to your ships, while radars fail to lock on- oh my! I think I played a fair first game, balancing military and political needs while getting to the islands in fair time. Retaking South Georgia was the highlight. Losing Antelope, Plymouth, and the Sir Tristram full of Welsh Guards to land-based Exocets was a brutal yet plausible way to lose. I was grossly under-supported by the RAF Tridents, and realise I didn't make optimal use of my Harriers. If I could do anything differently, I would not have been so aggressive with my submarines early on, as they swayed international opinion against me fairly early and subsequently made life that much harder (note, however, that they forced the Argentinian navy to stay in port for most of the game). Highly recommended if you have an interest in the campaign.

Here's a picture from BoardGameGeek of the 104 x 72cm board.

All pics via Google Images. I was pleasantly surprised how much art there is covering this conflict. I used Comic Life 3 to make to make the report.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Necromunda

My club, the Newcastle Legion, is having a resurgence of interest in Necromunda. I tried to find my old figures, but all I could locate was my Scum and Bounty Hunter. I think they've held up OK after almost 20 years.





I did find some old pictures of my Delaque and Ratskin gangs- bound to stir up a bit of nostalgia amongst those of a certain age. I know I sold the Delaque, but I thought I had the Ratskins somewhere, as well as the plastic Goliaths and Orlocks. No luck so far in finding them, but if I do then I'll post some decent pictures.

Almost every figure has been converted









They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Happy blogday!

WwB is three years young now, I think that's a teenager in web years. I'm going to indulge in reflections on the past twelvemonth...


Most played (8 games) has been X-Wing, where I've had a lot of fun with the really really big ships. I've been involved in a Descent campaign, where my dwarf has been an epic tank- a highlight includes hacking down down monsters whilst I'm alight. My Blood Bowl league play was a bit of a disaster, with three losses from three games, deaths, and not as much time to game as I thought. I'll be bowing out of the finals later this month, sadly. I've dipped into quite a few other board, card, and dice games this year as well.

Rebels successfully defend the corvette
Particular hobby highlights have included:








I'm going to use this opportunity to plug The Wargames Website, an up-and-coming forum which is keen to do the right thing. Come and join us, the more the merrier!



Next year, I'm really looking forwards to Imperial Assault, the Star Wars/ Descent game. I'm keen to knock over another Blood Bowl team. And I'd like to keep a few surprises up my sleeves.

Imperial Assault
As I foresaw this time last year, this year WwB has been a lot quieter thanks to work™. This won't let up for a while, sadly. But WwB will continue to spawn posts at semi-random intervals- thanks for joining in!