Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beer Review - Noble Brewer Red Hot Mama Ale

Noble Brewer - Red Hot Mama Ale

Beer Type: American Strong Ale - 9.00% ABV

Appearance: Noble Brewer bomber bottle. Beer pour a dark brown-red color with a thick beige head.

 Sweet toffee banana like malt with some spicy hops aroma too.

First Drink:
 Caramel malt followed quickly by the spicy bitterness and a slightly soapy finish.

 Medium with a good amount of fizz.

Last Drink:
 Sticky high ABV syrup time as this warms up. Still bitter.

 Not super complex but not exactly what I would expect out of a strong ale either.

 Like all Noble Brewer beers this is a seasonal/limited release.

4.25 out of 5. It'll getcha drunk.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Progress Report 1/14/17 - 52 Minis Week 1 & 2.

Here we go! The first of (at least) 52 miniatures I will paint this year as part of my hobby resolutions. As I was gone out of town the past week I'm playing a bit of catch up with getting these posted here to the blog. I'll try to be more timely moving forward. I dug out my light box and set it up so I could get more consistent/better photos of my work. I think it helps!

First up we have this older GW Nurgle Chaos Warrior of some kind (honestly not sure what edition it is from):

I built him on a 20mm base and I wish I had gone with a larger (more AoS appropriate) base but oh well. Since I have no idea what I will use him for I suppose it doesn't really matter what the base size is. I painted him roughly in the scheme I used for my Nurgle Daemons and I am happy with hot he turned out. 

Next up is another Nurgle like mini that looks to be more 40k related:

For this mini I wanted to test out a few color schemes for my Skaven Pestilence force and overall I would say it was successful. I'll likely use this guy on the table in TNT if nothing else as he looks a bit mutant. 

And that's all I have to share this week! Working on a few Dwarves and more Chaos stuff so who knows which will be the first to be completed for the week 3 mini. Only time will tell.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Beer Review - Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter

Oskar Blues - Hotbox Coffee Porter

Beer Type: American Porter - 6.50% ABV

Appearance: Oskar Blues style brown can with green printing. Beer poured a dark pitch brown color with a tan head that left lots of lacing.

 Dark chocolate and cold brew coffee. Something a bit brighter as well though I can't place it.

First Drink:
 Roast coffee and malt with a nice tart/acidic flavor.

 Medium with good carbonation.

Last Drink:
 Smoky roasted coffee and chocolate malt are still the main flavors. Reminds me of cola a bit for some reason?

 Cold brew with some coffee malt basically.

 Limited release in my area. A bit pricey as well for just a 4 pack of cans.

3.75 out of 5. Fairly easy drinking but not my favorite porter. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Beer Review - New Glarus Two Women Lager

New Glarus Brewing Co. - Two Women Lager

Beer Type: German Pilsener - 5.00% ABV

Appearance: 12oz brown bottle with the brown craft colored label of New Glarus and two women on it. The name is a reference to the two woman owned breweries who worked on this brew. Also something about vikings and sumerians. Beer pours a orange amber color with a thin white head.

 Something a bit like apples or apple juice and a bit of grain.

First Drink:
 Sweet malty apples with just a little bit of hops coming through at the end.

 Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Last Drink:
 Malty biscuits and grain with more of the floral hops and honey apples.

 Woah I wasn't expecting this beer to be quite so good!

 Another winner from WI that I can't get on a regular basis. Guess I will save it for road trips!

4.5 out of 5. A very tasty lager. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Progress Report 12/31/16 - Smell you later 2016.

I got in a few more games this year! Actually played a bit of both Blood Bowl and some Age of Sigmar. On top of that I did get a bit of painting done as well. 

First up here are a couple things I painted up for TNT. I've since finished these bloat flies with some additional details and basing but I didn't grab a photo of them yet. 

Buzzz buzzz this is our trash buzz buzz

Also built this Steam Bike from Max Mini which I can't wait to paint up and use on the table!

Furry stopped by during a nice little snow storm earlier this week and we played 3 games of a Path To Glory campaign. We went with Death Rattle (Death) vs Bloodbound (Khorne Chaos) because that is what I had the best minis for right now and we wanted to learn the rules for their respective units. 

We made a couple small alterations in the rules as we went and overall it was fast and furious fun! I started with a Wight King and 10 Skeletons while Furry brought the Mighty Lord of Khorne and 5 Blood Warriors. 

First scenario we played was a "Find The Treasure" scenario with three searchable objectives on the board. First Hero to find the treasure and leave off the table edge or kill all the enemy units won a Major Victory. 

Ragnar the Blackhearted and his small but tenacious horde of Skeledudes 
Blood Warriors lined up and ready to spill... bits of bone!?
After moving toward the near by objective Ragnar spots Blood Warriors sneaking around a wall!
Skulls and bones for the Skulls and bones god!
The Skeledudes managed to get the charge and chop down the warriors.
Meanwhile.... this sneaky guy is trying to come kill Ragnar!
Ragnar tries a tactical retreat but it ultimately charged by the MLoK and slain by his damned axe.
But then the Skeletons come to save the day! Chop chop down goes the MLoK.
After the first game Ragnar gained enough fame to lure in another.... 10 Skeletons! Oh boy. Meanwhile the Bloodbound brought the big guns with some Wrathmongers (played by half built Nurgle Knights this time around). 

The second scenario was to kill the monster in the center of the table and claim his magical weapon stash. It was a very short game with Ragnar's forces taking the initiative and the Chaos Gargant charging at the nearby Bloodbound. In the process it killed almost all of the Blood Warriors and left just one wound on the MLoK who proceeded to slay the monster with his damned axe in one round of combat. Game, set, match!

Giant toilet or crumbling tower? You be the judge. 
For the third and final scenario of the day we completed a "take and hold" type scenario where two comets fell to the battlefield and our warbands had to control them to gain points. It was a close fought and strategic battle but ultimately Ragnar's forces were able to hold out against the Bloodbound and secure a Major Victory. 

Staring down the Wrathmongers on the flank. 
These guys are nasty! 
With freshly devoted followers the MLoK hopes to crush his skeletal nemesis.
With some fancy footwork the Skeletons get the charge and contest the objective!
"It's just Skeletons you dimwits!!"
Meanwhile... the Wrathmongers fall to the Skeleton Warriors. Thanks for the extra attacks!
And Ragnar gets a bit broody.
Path To Glory is not balanced. If you can get over that and are playing with someone who can see the silly it is actually pretty darn fun and a good way to learn the basics of Age of Sigmar. I'm looking forward to painting up these minis and finishing up this campaign with another 2 or 3 games. Not a bad way to wrap up the year - a few more games under our belts with excitement for gaming in our blood! See you in 2017!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Beer Review - New Glarus Fat Squirrel Ale

New Glarus Brewing Co. - Fat Squirrel Ale

Beer Type: English Brown Ale - 5.80% ABV

Appearance: 12oz brown bottle with a fat squirrel on the label in the middle of a bunch of text. Favorite part of this label is the story on the side - "There are some seriously fat squirrels out there. They are running all over the neighborhood. I think I should brew a Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale." Beer poured red/brown/amber color with a good sized off-white head that left lacing.

 Malt and just a touch of something nutty. Pretty subtle.

First Drink:
 Kind of chocolate malt flavors up front and something a bit metallic/alcoholic a bit like a winter warmer style. Mellows out to a nice toasty malt flavor.

 Medium bodied and maybe a bit on the dry side?

Last Drink:
 A little more sugar and bread flavors coming through now.

 A mighty fine brown ale good for drinking in cool fall weather.  

 Can't get this regularly as there is a big lake (Michigan) in between me and WI but its not bad at all!

3.75 out of 5. Nice toasty brown ale and no squirrels were harmed in the making.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

...on to the next - 2017 Gaming/Hobby Resolutions.


This year will be a year that goes down as a fairly bleak one overall. In stark contrast my personal life has been quite good! While I managed very (very) little gaming and hobby time I did accomplish quite a lot in my first year in a new job, made time for creating and playing music, started pursuing a degree in art/illustration, and the bit of gaming and hobby time I did manage to squeeze in was quite fun.

I didn't make any specific resolutions last year though I did have a few I kept to myself. They were:
  • Make time for games and have fun while you are doing it:
    Seems obvious but sometimes even doing the thing you like can seem like a chore or a bother if you are not in the appropriate frame of mind. This happens to me more often with RPG games.
  • Paint as many minis as you can and don't buy more:
    Well that was a fail. It is truly a disease. I have quite the collection of unpainted but assembled minis now and I intend to start cranking through them in 2017. I'm hoping my new painting setup will help.
  • Attend all three Blood Bowl majors:
    Done! I did average/bad at Zlurpee and Chaos Cup but quite respectable at Underworld with Ogres. Looking forward to next year with new players and teams/rules coming from GW!
This year I  have a couple goals/resolutions I would like to achieve:
  • Play games more regularly:
    I don't have a group of regulars I can pester into playing so getting games in requires a bit more arm twisting of friends and family. Hoping to get at least one solid game in each month of 2017. This seems achievable.
  • Paint at least one miniature to tabletop standard each week:
    Worst case I end up with 52 painted minis at the end of the year. I am leaving this open as I tend to bounce around on projects and I want to allow myself the freedom to paint what looks like the most fun and fulfilling project at any given time.

  • Don't buy more miniatures than you paint:
    Best case I won't buy any miniatures but I know that isn't likely to happen. If I can paint quickly I can buy more otherwise... no way. 

Also have plenty of school work, band time, work, and general life stuff to accomplish during the year but these three goals seem reasonable. Here's to the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017!