Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Age of Sigmar miniature photos leaked.

Bit behind on this so anyone who is actively following the upcoming Warhammer Age of Sigmar has probably already seen these... but look! 

But Randroid! What do you think about all these changes and shiny new models and stuff!? Well...

The name has already flown out and stuck to the Sigmarines. From the photo I am not in love with the look but I am also not a fan of Space Marines which these are clearly using as a design aesthetic.

The Chaos forces look cool but I am always a sucker for barbarian type dudes in various forms of undress rampaging about with their blood and skulls. I can see plenty of uses for them in other games I play too like Mordheim and Blood Bowl. So yeah I like them.

Round bases? Eh... I am not going to rebase my old WHFB minis. I can live with it.

New rules? Well the rumor that at least this starter box will have free rules available is pretty cool and certainly more in line with other current gaming companies. I certainly wouldn't mind a more skirmish focused ruleset as I don't have the time for long games of WHFB anymore in my life. Hopefully they scale up nicely to include larger units or blocks of infantry. I certainly won't be working on any of my WHFB armies in (eternal) progress until I learn more.

But what about Ogres!? Shit man!! I don't know! I hope they make it into this new world and 9th edition. All I can say is my love for Ogres and monsters will never die and worst case Ogre lovers can always fall back to 8th edition or roll into Kings of War or something. They will survive!

Now the waiting can begin until the official announcement comes around. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Progress Report 6/1/15 - Working backwards in time.

So May happened eh??

Short list of things that I did but did not chronicle here on the ole blog:
- Converted up some Chaotic Cultist types for a Possessed Mordheim warband
- Played a big game of Mordheim for the campaign Furry is patiently trying to run
- Messed around with a bit of terrain for Mordheim
- Kinda painted a little bit of some dog things for general WHFB/Mordheim use
- Attended Headbangers Ball V in Xtreme's garage with Chaos Dwarfs and won the coloring contest (got a test pressing of the new Blood Bowl Da Gof Rockerz sawblade vinyl so that is cool)
- Re-started/re-upped the Carlsbad cinematic Unisystem game I was running over a year ago
- Ran a session of Pathfinder Societies
- Worked. A lot. 
- Started a side business making and selling pizzas

Sadly none of that got any attention here! Need to find a better way to balance my very limited free hobby time and the blog updating. I suppose the first step is a giant collection of photographic evidence?!!

This game was a bit of a let down. Spent the majority of it being shot to death by Skaven with slings. Finally routed with just 4 Heroes and 1 Zombie left - Vampire, Necromancer, and a hero Ghoul. On the plus side my Necromancer finally managed to make it to the top of a tower (by starting there) where he failed to use his BS5 for anything useful. 

Slapped together this ruined building with the Chaos summoning/worship site in it. This beastman is ready to party in the ruins!! 

Here we are at Headbangers Ball... my favorite Blood Bowl tournament of the year!! This time it was held in Xtreme's Garage on a pissing rainy humid shitty day. Perfect!! Beers were drank, metal lyrics and band names were shouted, moshpits and guitar heroes were enacted, and I was the lone overachiever in the coloring contest. Oh and I finally got to drink the Iron Maiden Trooper beer thanks to my pal Jonny P. Can you spot me in that last group photo? (Hint - I am the one looking metal as fuck).  Oh yeah and I played Chaos Dwarfs themed after the almighty Bolt Thrower (Block Thrower) and ended up 1-2-1 for the day. Should have returned with the Goregrinders (my Ogres) and held on to my Warpig (most Cas) trophy!!

Now on to a fantastic summer of slinging pizza, playing games, and getting down to the lake! June!! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beer Review - Odell Brewing Loose Leaf Ale.

Odell Brewing Company - Loose Leaf American Session Ale
Beer Type: American Blonde Ale - 4.50% ABV

Appearance: 12 brown bottle and another nice artistic Odell-style label of a forest and river. Beer is a light pale yellow color and a nice little off white head that left lacing.   

Smell: Some straw and malt and something a bit sour smelling? Not getting much else.        

First Drink: Sour/bitter almost lemon flavors followed by biscuit and just a touch of hops. Not too much of anything really.   

Mouthfeel: Light! Very light. Super light?     

Last Drink: Not getting much I haven't tasted already.         

Drinkability: It's got session in the name, and I could kill a six pack easily, but I have had better session beers!          

Notes: A good beer but far from the best I have had from Odell.         

Verdict: 3 out of 5. Didn't disappoint nor does it wow.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beer Review - Odell Brewing St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale.

Odell Brewing Company - St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale

Beer Type: American Pale Ale - 6.50% ABV

Appearance: 12 brown bottle with a classy Odell-style label of a saint of hops/grain printed on it. Beer poured a hazy-straw yellow color with a thin head that faded quickly.   

Smell: Bit of piney hops and bready malts. Not too sweet smelling. Pretty mellow aromas.        

First Drink: Bitter up front followed by a nice sweet orange malt flavor with a bitter hop finish. Yum!  

Mouthfeel: Medium body but nice and smooth going down.     

Last Drink: The sweetness is coming out more now with a flavor that is a bit like honey. Also getting more of the hops bitters throughout.         

Drinkability: Pretty darn interesting flavors for a pale ale!          

Notes: I have been a fan of the Odell beers for awhile now and this one does not disappoint. Pretty sure this is a seasonal brew.         

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Good flavors and easy going down. What more could you want out of a session beer? 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Progress Report 3/30/15 - A building a day keeps the foam away.

Remember when I said I was going to post some photos of my Mordheim game last week? Yeah well that game didn't happen as I was absorbed back into the giant all encompassing produce beast known as my "job". But! I did manage to get in a couple quick games earlier this week against a nasty little group of Possessed and I even managed to snag a couple shots too. 

First match was a Treasure Hunt. The Undead got it on the first roll of 2D6.
Second match we used the same board setup for a Wyrdstone Hunt.
Even with a nasty Possessed running to the top with two shards the Undead came after him.
Innocent bystanders filmed the Possessed last seconds before being taken out by Corin the Vampire.
Two games and another two victories for Corin's Heroes! As a Vampire he is getting quite nasty with boosts to his Initiative, Weapon Skill, and Wounds! He also has Sprint and Lightning Reflexes and found a Lucky Charm in his last exploration of the cursed city. Can he be stopped? Will the rest of his Dregs stop dying every game!? We wait to see...

In other Mordheim news I worked on building up a broken siege wall with rubble strewn about. I also failed to take very good WIP shots but here is where I started out. 

Have since added a bunch of debris and random detritus scattered outside the broken wall as well as base coating it all for more paint! More WIP photos to come...

Then I slapped together another bit of rubble (I will get to full building soon I promise!) since I had some stuff laying about and wanted to get it out of the way.

Bricks in giant chunks? Check. A bit of wood and some weapons? Sure! Now where did those other parts of the ruined building go? Hmmm...

And finally I spent a little bit of time today putting together my "dogs" for the Witch Hunters and whatever other game requires some beasts in it. I used these LoTR wargs because they are cool and cheap! Everybody wins. 

Plus you can see the progress I made on that ruined wall in the background! I doubt the dogs made that mess though.

Speaking of messes I figured my pal needed some actual mutants for his Possessed warband (though the Deadzone minis are doing a decent job of standing in) so I slapped together a couple out of bits I had lying around. I am quite pleased with the results! 

May still add a bit of greenstuff to give them a more "finished" look but I think for a quick hack job they turned out quite nice. 

That's all there is for now! Will return later in the week with more WIP photos and perhaps even a finished piece of terrain? Who knows!?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Progress Report 3/23/15 - Slow build to a quick decline.

Almost  a month since my last update. Most of that time has been spent working at my new job but in the times when I am not sleeping or working I have been steadily building up my Mordheim terrain and minis for our current gaming fixation. 

First up I needed some Zombies to add to my Undead warband - Corin's Heroes. 

Then I jumped on to the terrain making train and got started on my first Mordheim terrain... an abandoned watchtower (with dirty watering hole). 

Started with some foamcore with the paper removed for the top.
Then I sculpted some sculpy around a carboard tube.
Beastman for scale with the roof on.
Added some pink foam stone for the tower top.
The view from above the tower.
Based it on this old lid with a space left open for water effects.
Should look nice once I finish painting it!
I have a few other terrain pieces in mind but next up I will probably just make some various rubble and ruin piles before I tackle another full on building.

Bitten by the bug I have also started work on another warband... the Witch Hunters! First up we needed a couple of Flagellants. I made these out of a few different bodies and heads and zombie bits I had laying around with some small greenstuff additions. I think they turned out nice!

Then we needed a Witch Hunter Captain to lead the warband and I just happened to have one sitting around for a few years now. A great model so no additions needed aside from a skull on the base of course. This is a miniature I got from Gorgon Studios at Adepticon 2010. 

Next we needed a Warrior Priest and I had this gut sitting in my Bones box who fit the bill quite nicely (even if he does have a little too much hair). 

And while rummaging through the Bones I found three different yet similar Witch Hunters to join the warband. Still working out their backstory but I think they are three sisters who all have their own reasons to be hunting out those who are tainted. 

And finally a couple of Zealots for inclusion later on down the road. A pack mule sort and a really excited young lad (who is from the Middenheim range for Mordheim I think?).

Just need to get a few dogs built and based on this one is well on the way... leaving me room to work on the Possessed one next! 

Also managed to get in two additional games of Mordheim this week and I hope to play one or two more today! Photos and details on those to come later this week... I promise!