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Indecisions, indecisions: To Warhammer or not to Warhammer

01/17/2012 8 comments

Ever since the 8th edition of WHFB came out eighteen months ago I’ve been toying with the notion of starting an army.

Regardless of the fact I really don’t have time to devote to yet another hobby project, my resistance is being steadily eroded by the increasing numbers of phenomenal models released and the coercion gentle persuasion of my gaming buddies. The question is, if I am to collect an army (and I’d like to stress that this is still if), which army should I collect?

Since I already have one ‘good’ and two ‘evil’ 40K armies I think on balance I’d like to collect a good race. I’ve already had (and sold) a High Elf army when I played the game in the mid-nineties my plan is to steer clear of them, this means so far as I can see my choices consist of The Empire, Bretonians, Dwarves and Wood Elves.

So what do I do?

The Empire

There’s already at least one fellow I regularly play against who is building an army and while I – kind of – like the background I don’t feel any great connection here.


See above.

Wood Elves

Getting better, I like the models and their tactics seem like fun, plus no one I know plays them however there’s something about them that I can’t put my finger on. I think it’s because I used to collect High Elves and I’m currently building a Dark Eldar force and on some level I’m elved-out for the time being. So I guess that leaves me with…


Now this is more like it! The background’s fun and I do like the models. Plus I hear that there’s a good chance a new army book might be released later this year. My only concern is that I don’t think my painting skills are as yet good enough to do justice to the many different Knight liveries I have to paint.

In truth, I’m still very much at sea. While I’m leaning towards our Gallic friends, I know that I could still easily be swayed by another argument or really cool model. Screw it, maybe I should just play Orcs?

Anyway, advice would be greatly appreciated.

The Bear Speaks!

01/13/2012 Leave a comment

Isn’t technology wonderful? This morning the ever-innovative Doc Bungle has posted his first video review of some scenic bases by Evil Mushroom Games, you can view this here.

Even if these bases aren’t your thing I strongly urge you to check out EMG’s website, some of their scenery and terrain is simply awesome. I’ll certainly be picking up some of the industrial buildings for my 40K and Necromunda games in the very near future.

The Shell Case Beatdown

01/05/2012 Leave a comment

Attention all Twitter #Warmongers!

The awesome Caito Galenus is throwing down the gauntlet and considering organising a meet, greet and beat later this year.  If you’re interested check out his latest post here.

I’ll be doing my very best to attend, if only to help re-educate Mr Galenus out of his peculiar Smurf obsession 😉

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Gaming on a budget

01/03/2012 6 comments

Like it or not our hobby is somewhat expensive.  We all like pointing fingers at those in the big corner offices in Nottingham but no matter which game you play it’s a cruelly inevitable fact that in this economy we all have less to spend on shiny things, especially when one has bills to pay and a car with a very pissy Machine Spirit (more of that in a later post).

Increasingly many of us are turning to eBay and other online resources (like this) to both buy and sell models.  While this approach is beneficial it still requires access to funds and increasingly these are far scarcer than we would like.

However I have a solution; please allow me to present my Hobby Tin!

Into this I put any coins I have which are £0.10 or less in value and since I started this in late November I’ve amassed just over £12.  My goal is to wait until the tin is completely full but already I have enough for a small something from any number of companies so if something really takes my fancy I won’t have to feel as guilty indulging myself.

I sincerely hope that this approach helps and if anyone has any other ideas or tips which they use then please feel free to comment below.

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Miniature Monday

01/02/2012 Leave a comment

Can you believe that it’s been almost a year since the eminently awesome Doc Bungle first thought up Miniature Monday?  Well, it has, and if you don’t know what I’m jabbering about please check out his new post here.

It’s a truly brilliant idea and I for one have been helped by having an unofficial deadline in order to finish my latest batch of shinys so if you haven’t taken up the challenge I sincerely urge you to do so.

Short Story Competition

01/02/2012 Leave a comment

I always get worried when someone takes a suggestion of mine seriously but sometimes the results are unexpectedly good.

Take for example what happened yesterday, the fantastic chap that is Caito Galenus of the Shell Case fame asked what people would like to see on his blog this year and I suggested something fanfic-related.  As a result he’s only gone ahead and organised a competition!

You can check out the details here, I’ll do my very best to enter and it would be great if as many others can do likewise!

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New Year

01/02/2012 1 comment

By now 2012 is a good thirty six hours old from where I’m siting on this decaying ball of rubble we euphemistically call home and so far this year’s done nothing much to annoy me.  Which is nice.

2011 was a good hobby year for me, I managed to only loose marginally more games than I won, I met loads of new gamers in my area and massively expanded the number of lovely, lovely people who wargame on Twitter.  I also started this little blog which so far has proven to be a lot of fun and over 1,000 unique hits in the first two and a bit month is far more that I could have hoped.

Anyway, to 2012!  I’m not normally a resolution-type person but my wife and I decided to make a few this year and while I don’t want to speak for her, here are mine:

1 – Actually finish my Dark Eldar army

Well, no one ever really finishes an army but mine is so unbalanced it’s fairly useless in it’s current form.  However thanks to my Christmas haul I have more than enough units to remedy this and if I’m disciplined I should have a fully painted 2,500 force ready for April.  Which leads me on to my second resolution;

2 – Be more disciplined, hobby-wise

Right now I have four projects on the go; my huge Imperial Guard army, my Dark Eldar, my Chaos Marines and my Battletech force.  I’d almost painted enough Dark Eldar to form a decent force when I decided to start my Baneblade which ate up almost two months of my time, not including my further diversion which resulted in my completed Leman Russ Exterminator.  You see my problem, plus I also want to start playing Warhammer Fantasy again and try my hand at Dystopian Wars…

3 – Play more games

Currently I only have three regular opponents and while they’re all lovely chaps I’d happily let wed my hitherto non-existent daughter I’d really like to find some new players in the greater Edinburgh area.  I’m signed up to Needgamers but unfortunately it appears there’s no one else in my area.  Luckily the Edinburgh League of Gamers meets fairly close to my flat and I’d really like to give them a try this year.

4 – Attend Games Day UK

The last Games Day I went to was either in 1996 or 1997 and I gather it’s changed somewhat since then.  Plus, have you seen this year’s Games Day Miniature?

5 – Go mountain biking at least once a month

I know it’s not gaming-related but I’ve been really lax when it comes to my physical fitness over the past three months and it shows!  I love biking off road and given I live so close to so many wonderful routes it’s really not cool that I’ve been neglecting this interest.


Anyway, that’s probably the most planning I’ll likely do for a while.  I hope you all have a fantastic 2012 and may all your dice rolls be kind.  Except when you play me, of course!

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