Saturday, 20 May 2017

Model Box Review 2

No dice.

No literally, no dice.

So the theme this month is Barbarians and they've certainly delivered, with 2 barbarians and bag 'o skulls. Even the paints are barbarians themed with a bronze fleshtone and dried blood, both from Game Color.

I didn't notice the bag 'o skulls at first and was feeling distinctly miffed by the lack of stuff, then they dropped out of the packaging materials. They would be more impressive if I wasn't already in posession of an even bigger bag o' skulls from a previous Kickstarter. Still, they'll all come in useful for basing, well, anything really, but particularly the undead army I'm supposed to be building.

There's a nice Hasslefree lady barbarian showing some tasteful underboob; I see they're switching it up from last week.

As it stands, I did a quick price check online, and it looks like some barbarian has actually run off with some of my loot. Maybe they're just continuing a theme. Maybe the frontload a lot of value into the first box. As it is, Model Box may consider itself on notice - and just when I was planning on paying for a longer, better value subscription.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ramming Speed!

Boarding party!
Played the first few very satisfying turns of a naval wargame written by John Curry.

Before I left I'd managed to de-crew two Greek Triremes at Salamis, however, the remainder of the Greek fleet had wheeled round to my contingent, giving them concentration of force.

I hope my co-admiral fared well after I left!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Model Box Review

I don't really have the highest opinion of subscriptions boxes. In fact, to borrow a term from Jim F Sterlingson they should properly be called tat bundles.

I saw a review for one once which had an exclusive piece of "merch" which turned out to be a door hanger. A fucking door hanger. The seemed less underwhelmed that I would have expected. Maybe the video was being sponsored by the suppliers.

These things are usually themed around a particular fandom - I think the review I watched was for a Simpsons box - and part of the problem is that I don't use slavish adoration of mass market intellectual property as a substitute for self identity and therefore don't need to collect vast amounts of branded crap.

But it's the crap that really get to me. Hoovering up the last remaining non-renewable resources of this planet to manufacture into literal mountains of useless crap, processed by child labourers in China, packaged and shipped throughout the Western world - using up the last of our planets hydrocarbons - and no doubt mostly destined for the Pacific trash vortex in short order, all to satisfy Gen X nostalgia and gnawing Millennial ennui.

Suffice it to say that you would never catch me subscribing to a...


So this is the bit where I justify my disgusting behaviour.

To be honest, a wargaming model box makes a lot of sense - he said, desperately trying to justify himself. There's something you can do with everything in the box, even if it's just pass it on to another wargamer or enter it into the endless bring and buy resell cycle. Individual models can make nice character figures or find a place in scuffle scale games or RPGs or even inspire new modelling projects.

Even the d6's are useful - although I do already have a lot of d6's. I wonder if they'll provide other dice types in further boxes.

As for the paints, they're Army Painter so they're not bad. My paint collection mostly consists of paints in various minutely different shades of grey and green so I was hoping for something more colourful to help round out the selection, but Goblin Green and Crystal Blue (presumably matches to the GW line) are good staples.

Lets get to the meat of the matter: the figures.

This box was themed around "the women" and Model Box have done themselves well with offerings from Bombshell Miniatures, Raging Heroes and a Bad Squidoo repackage. I was planning on making a comment here along the lines of Aha! They should have gone to the Dice Bag Lady, but they did! so they get points for that. If I'm honest, I was expecting more bikinis and fetish outfits; I'm pleasantly surprised.

Rounding out the selection is a rather nice set of "Ancient" bases from Micro Art Studios, which is especially useful as I'm starting a new game of Pathfinder, and I can mount my character on one when I find a suitable mini.

And here's the tat. A cardboard beer mat and a bookmark. Don't like bookmarks, never have, and my mother has a habit of buying me coaters as Christmas presents on a fairly regular schedule so; recycling for you!

I had a quick look at online prices and was surprised to find that this particular box does actually provide value for money against RRP. Obviously you don't get to choose what's in the box, nor may you have uses for everything in it, but that's not the point.

In the end it's not really about the physical items themselves. It's about the anticipation of the unboxing and finding out what's in the box. The excitement of receiving a box of goodies every month; convenience consumerism, packaged and delivered to your door. The format speaks to be base acquisitive nature of humans, delighting the filthy consumerist pigs that we are.

4/5 would subscribe again.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Operation Good Fortune

Look it didn't go well and I cant remember many of the details.


 The whole thing turned into something of a fighter spam fest.

I did kill this bastard though, so there's that.

 Only these two got away.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Operation Lunar Eclipse

Counter-revolutionaries aligning themselves with the extremist Jedhadist faction have begun operating in the Corellian Sector. Even while declaring allegiance to the defunct and corrupt Old Republic they have begun a campaign of terror, raiding trade routes, sending VBED's against military and civil administration installations and infiltrating the civilian population, especially criminal elements.

Two space stations have been identified as serving as hubs for insurgent activity; providing fuel and supplies for smugglers and as a staging post for raids. Task Force Broken Anvil is to locate and destroy these stations. As the stations have been under insurgent control for so long, there will be few civilians remaining and those who are present will be actively collaborating with the insurgents.

Task Force Broken Anvil
Threat assessment
Minimal - while some dissident polities are suspected of supplying the insurgents with money and in some cases actual ships, no hostile warships have been detected in the area.

Initial Phases
Intelligence on enemy presence instantly proved wrong upon dropping out of hyperspace. Insurgent ships present in force. Gozanti carrier groups GC-N78g and GC-Y49g are thrown into disarray and collide with each other and VSD Illustrious.

GSD Demolisher begins it's attack run on the left flank while Illustrious attempts to hold the centre. Cruiser Dragon attempts to reorientate itself to protect the Illustrious' stern.

Fighter wings under Mauler and Howlrunner tie up and destroy insurgent fighters, intelligence later reports that several important counter-revolutionary leaders had to make emergency jumps to evade destruction.

Later Phases
Demolisher completes it's attack run, destroying one station, right before having to make an emergency jump out of combat, having suffered major damage.

Insurgent bombers manage to breach the defences of the Illustrious forcing her to make an emergency jump.

Dragon attempts to jump out but is damaged mid-jump. She is recovered later suffering from major damage. GC-N78g is also forced to make an emergency jump after suffering losses. GC-Y49g manages to gather up the remaining tie fighters before making a safe jump out of the system.

Destruction of one insurgent station has severely degraded terrorist activity in the area. Intelligence suggests that the remaining station has been repositioned, and it will be some time before it can begin to operate safely again.

However, the casualties sustained by Task Force Broken Anvil cannot be sustained. The insurgent fleet suffered very little damage in return. This must change.

Monday, 6 February 2017

A Farewell to Arms

This post is little more than a photo dump for the 40K I am trying to offload, but it's worth noting that the Cadian mortar team below is my first ever wargaming miniature, if you don't count the fighter jet I converted to a Lightning Strike Fighter after I got into 40K.

I haven't played 40K in over a decade, and my parents recently transported the last of my stuff down to Bristol so they're here, taking up space. Time to downsize.

That nostalgia though... I might have onto the mortars.

Tank goodness!


A scratchbuilt Leman Russ "Cyclops"

A Vanquisher and an Hydra Platform when back when having some Forgeworld stuff in your army was something special...

The collection of infantry below is really quite paltry, I was always really about the tanks...

Squad w/missile team

Simple Police/Enforcers scheme

Spare flamers

Fourth sniper not pictured - kneeling pose

Also available

Blue metal SM not for sale

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Battle Fleet Gothic

I managed to sneak in just a little bit of nerdery before the end of the holidays with a game of BFG against a friend who is getting back into it. This was my first game.

Lets just fly two fleets at each other and see what happens

Insert you own Space Balls joke
There were a lot of criticals in this game. Things started off pretty well for me, when I nailed Peter's flagship with both my nova cannons (not pictured), leaving it crippled and with its port weapons non-functional.

Things went down hill from there...

Peters bombing run strikes home
Having lost a capital ship to a cheeky bombing run I also quickly ran out of escorts.

Things started to look up again after I annihilated another enemy capital, and the energies of the warp did a number on an adjacent vessel.

I finally killed Peters flagship (again not pictured) with a critical hit to the plasma reactors which this time did a lot of damage to my adjacent (and unshielded) flagship

The models are just lovely

In the end both fleets were whittled down to the point where my one capital was facing off against 2 of Peters, one of them heavily damaged.

We also broke open my new copy of Scythe, which not only lives up to the hype, but is surprisingly simple to play once you get past the bewildering number of counters and cards.

Technology cubes...