Saturday, 5 January 2019
Saturday, 22 December 2018
I painted the characters from the original Zombicide boardgame. I based them so they are compatible with my Walking Dead All Out War miniatures, and I can use them as potential extra characters in that game too. They're pretty good minis with some nice details considering they are designed as boardgame pieces...
Friday, 7 December 2018
Last weekend I drove over to Stockport to take part in the Winters End tournament at Element Games. Organised by Paul from "Weight of Fire", it was a thematic 4 round tournament for the Walking Dead All Out War miniatures skirmish game from Mantic Games. There were 16 players.
Participants had to design their own 250 point team - plus a 50 point mysterious survivor who would join their group at some point during the competition. Paul introduced some limitations on team building to try and level the playing field - weapons & armour items could only be taken once across the team - I thought this was a great idea, and it led to some interesting teams. You can download the PDF of the tournament rules etc from the link below:
|My Team - Sandra, Derek, The Survivor, Greg and Charlie|
This was my team (including survivor) - I didn't have a particular strategy in mind, I wanted to try out the new "Hunters" faction that has just come out, and my thinking was to try and get a mix of skills across the team. My team was 4 people plus the survivor. It turned out that the most popular team size was 5 plus survivor. The extra person giving more actions. I spent the equivalent in points of an extra person on a couple of the new Veteran skill cards for my team - which I didn't really get much of an advantage from.
The Hunters are interesting characters, but I couldn't use their special rules to any advantage in any of the games I played. They have cool benefits whilst in area terrain, but there wasn't any area terrain on any of the tables. The "Pick them off" skill never came into play - 8" is quite a large distance on a 24"x24" table, and when opponents are aware that you have it, they don't let you get the chance!
The 4 new scenarios that had been designed by Paul and Daniel were very very cool... (they are all in the booklet pdf - see link above). There have only been a handful of official player vs player balanced scenarios suitable for tournaments from Mantic (I'm not including the many scenarios in the expansions in this - they are for playing through scenes from the comics - and are great... but not designed for tournament style play) - so this has really opened up the game for me.
|GAME 1 - (pic from Weight of Fire)|
|(pic from Weight of Fire)|
|(pic from Weight of Fire)|
|Some of my loot... in addition to this all players got two booster packs (one signed my Mark Latham the game designer)|
|I came 15th out of 16.... but I won the "BEST PAINTED" mug!!! |
|(pic from Weight of Fire)|
Andy from the BLACKJACK LEGACY Youtube Channel was taking part in the competition, and he was live streaming on the day... Here's a link to the coverage of the top table in the final round (you can find the 1st 3 rounds plus a load of other gaming content on his youtube page)...
What a fantastic day out. Congratulations to Paul (and Daniel) for such a well organised event. Everyone was really friendly and helpful. I learned a lot from the experience, and I can't wait for the next one!!
Monday, 26 November 2018
DBA is played on 24" x 24" battlefield... and various bits of scenery are needed... I've been making various bits over the last few months. I've made two MDF boards - one for Desert, and one for all other battles.
|24 x 24 MDF Board... covered with PVA glue and sand... and dry brushed with cheap tester pots of house paint...|
|PLOUGHED FIELDS... house filler on MDF boards covered in PVA and sand, then painted...|
|MARSH... polystyrene pizza base, PVA and sand... plus some resin water effect and a few basing tufts...|
|ROAD.... 3 x 8" straight pieces of thin MDF, PVA and sand... and painted to look like roads..|
|RIVER... 3 x 8" pieces of thin MDF... sand and PVA just along the edges and painted to look like a river...|
|A RIVER / ROAD crossing place - I made one of these 8" x 8" sections with a bridge from Leven miniatures...|
|WATERWAY - 2 x 12" pieces of thin MDF, with PVA and sand beach/edge...|
|A selection of HILLS - Pizza bases with PVA and Sand...|
|I made a few plain one level bases like the hills - |
to put different removable items on to represent different things -
here we have a stone circle EDIFACE for the Ancient British.
|WOODS with removable trees..|
|SCRUB - small pieces of green scouring pads chopped up and covered in PVA before painting...|
|A FORT for the Ancient British. Huts from Leven Miniatures... fencing from coffee stirrers.|
|A CITY for the Romans. Buildings from Leven Miniatures... wall and gatehouse made from thick cardboard.|
|A FORT for the Romans. Tents from Leven Miniatures. Coffee stirrer fences...|
|The Roman CAMP.|
|The Ancient British CAMP.|
|An example of the board set up and ready to play..|
|24" x 24" MDF Desert board|
|Desert CITY - a couple of bits from Leven Miniatures - the rest made from cardboard...|
|OASIS with removable trees...|
|DUNES / DIFFICULT HILLS made from polystyrene pizza bases...covered in sand and PVA...|
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Yesterday morning I had the day off work. I always try and get a few days to myself around my Birthday. I dropped the family off at school and work, and I was off to Derbyshire. I got out to Edale carpark for 8.45am... it was a very nice 7 mile walk up and around the hills, I only met a couple of people up there, there was some light snow on the ground and it was a bit slippery in places, but at around 4 centigrade - not too cold. Visibility got better as I got up out of the valley, but unfortunately the views were a bit limited... I was back down in Edale again a couple of hours later, and back home for lunch. A really nice morning out.