Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Saga of the Vostroyan Commander finally comes to a close.

Well he's finally complete so I thought I'd post up some pictures of him. It's been a long time coming and in all honesty I'm glad to see the back of him. I'm now looking forward to what else I can do for the army. Something unit focused I think as I feel like a break from characters for a while. Now that I've got a few models it's probably high time I started coming up with some fluff for the army. My original impression was to start with a couple of fireteams based around urban sweep and cleanse missions. I'll work on it over the next week and post up whatever I come up with. In the meantime if you have any suggestions or ideas then post them in the comments. Here are the pictures of the Commander:

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Where does the time go?

So it's been a long time since my last update and I'm feeling a little guilty. I haven't progressed much with finishing my half started projects as work has gone completely nuts, but that's another story in itself. Another long...boring...tedious...story.

I have been sitting on some game photos for a while so I thought maybe I'd knock together a quick post in case any of you are worried I've fallen off the edge of the earth. This was of a practice game for "Warclouds over Woolston" (otherwise known as WarCOW) which is a doubles tournament held during Waitangi weekend here in Christchurch. Carl, a mate of mine, is a tournament virgin so we thought it would be a good way to introduce him to tournament gaming where he'll have a bit of help learning the rules (more likely from our opponents than me) and simply because doubles tournaments tend to be a bit more laid back. Scene setting done let's get on with the game:

This was about the second turn. Carl is on the background with his Vampire Counts and I am using Carl's Orcs in the foreground. The big unit of Orcs on the left of the photo have actually occupied the huts in the centre of the battlefield. I'm facing off against Sass' Flagellant heavy army while Carl fights Chris' more regular Empire army. Things weren't too bad at this stage and I was rating my chances of very foolish.

Here you see the combat joined with the Flagellants and the Black Orcs. The Black Orcs did ok...unfortunately ok is not enough against martyred Flagellants who only miss 1 hit out of 20. In other words my Black Orcs got trodden on. All was not lost though. I still had a big unit of about 30 Big Uns with additional hand weapons hidden in the Orc Huts. More than a match for Sass' big unit of free company approaching from the back of the board...

So here is what's left of my army by about the 4th or 5th turn. The Big Un's rolled terribly and the Free Company rolled terribly well so the poor Orcs were left running for their lives. Needless to say things didn't go well at all for me in this game and unfortunately Carl fared no better.

The really frustrating part is that this is a typical game for me with the Orcs. Every game I've played I've measured the odds of the combat and things have always been in my favour. Yet it seems every game my Orcs roll unbelievably poorly while my opponent seems to have uncanny good luck. So from this I can only ascertain that I am playing the Orcs all wrong. I should not be considering tactics. I should not be working out odds and averages, and because I have been doing this Gork and Mork have not been showing me any love with the dice. So I have developed a new plan for when we attend WarCOW based on pure and simple Orc tactics: Bash 'em! No cunning feints or baiting units. Just get stuck in and give 'em a good beatin'. The way things have been going it couldn't possibly get any worse.

The tournament is in less than 2 weeks time so I'll put a post up soon with our results and hopefully a few pictures. However if our first games go anything like our practice games I may be in no sober state during the tournament and make no apology for any shoddy photography.

Friday, 6 January 2012

First game for 2012

My first game for 2012 has resulted in the match being called off due to poor light. That is I took so damn long with my turns we didn't have enough time to finish  ; )

I have been keen to get back into a bit of gaming so asked a friend of mine if he would like a game of Dystopian Wars at the local gaming club. Jas has been running a Dystopian Wars campaign now for a few weeks so he and a few others have been getting in a good number of games and are getting a much better understanding of the rules, so who better to help me out with my rather lacklustre knowledge of the game. Jas brought his Prussians and I played my regular Japanese. It was a big game for me at 1200 points but I managed to scrape together enough models. My only frustration is that they were not all painted. I'm sticking to my New Year's Resolution though - get the half started models finished so I can look at finishing off my Dystopian Wars later in the year hopefully.

On with the game: Here is our deployment with the majority of my force on my right flank and the Battleships and Cruisers on my left. The plan being to pelt Jas' smaller vessels at long range with rockets, take out his air forces on his left flank and once clear push the torpedo planes and what was left of my army through to destroy his Battleship, Dreadnought and Cruisers.

Things plodded along for the first turn with neither of us really having range to do much damage. By the time we got to the second and third turn things started getting pretty vicious. I also discovered Jas had a LOT of anti aircraft fire which put a big hole in my plan in that my rockets were next to ineffective for the first two turns. Below is a shot of the very start of the third turn.

By the end of the third turn it was getting pretty late and we had to call the game off. It was a shame too because the game was just starting to get very interesting. I had mostly destroyed Jas' left flank yet his big ships were untouched and supported by a huge flock of dive bombers. Most of my army on the other hand were sporting injuries of all kinds. Here's how it looked when we packed up.

In conclusion I really enjoyed the game. Taught me heaps about my own army and the Prussians and also taught me a lot about the rules. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next game.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Years Resolution - The Year of Completion

2011 was a year of great upheaval for most Christchurch residents. With the constant earthquakes we have suffered through a lot of stress, anguish and trauma. It's always easy to see the negatives in these situations and sometimes quite difficult to see the positives, though they are certainly there if you look. As the saying goes "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" and for those of us that have stayed in Christchurch over the past year we have all grown and learned from our experiences.

In relation to modelling the last four months have really shown me what I can get accomplished if I put in a little planning and a little focus. I have painted more in these four months than I have in the past two years and am keen to carry this trend through to 2012. Better yet I hope to build on it. My biggest weakness in modelling would have to be 'completion'; never seeing projects through to their end. I have so many crazy ideas going through my head that I quickly find myself distracted and projects only just begun or half way through find themselves gathering dust at the corner of my desk. This has affected my hobby life in that the only armies I have fully painted to game with are my Salamanders for 40k and my Empire of the Blazing Sun for Dystopian Wars. So this year my desire is to become more involved in the gaming aspect of the hobby which will require me to finish all those projects I have never completed.

The first goal I've put in my sights is to clear my painting desk. Here's a shot of all the 'dust gatherers' I've accumulated that I would like to have finished in the next 3 to 6 months.

I realise 3 to 6 months is a long timeframe to have so few models painted. The reason for this is because I am also going through some serious upheaval in other areas of my life. I've got a lot to do in my professional life as well as re-landscaping our entire property. Add to this some painting commissions and there is very little time left for painting my own models. None the less 2012 has left me feeling optimistic that it will be sooner rather than later. In saying that I best sign out and put this new found optimism to some practical use on models. Keep your eyes open for updates very soon on the first in line to be finished...

The Vostroyan Commander!