Filthy Ressers!

Normally this sort of post would be my proposed Ressers list, but I’m a total Malifaux beginner, and am struggling for ways of linking my models together.  I thought I’d pop up a list of the models I have, and ask for some suggestions about how to put together a crew from it (or what models would be best to add for a reasonably straightforward crew that plays quite well!).

I think the only obvious starting point is McMourning for the Master and so the Zombie Chihuahua for the totem?  I’m a total novice, but I think avoid the canine remains and flesh construct, and summon them rather than take them in the core crew?

If anyone has any suggestions for starting a crew from this, it’d be gratefully received.   I’ve heard a lot about needing Rotten Belles and maybe Rafkin with McMourning, and I’d be open to getting a new master if it’d be an easier starting point.

I’m not taking credit for the amazing paint job on these minis – I won them from some brilliant painters and players thanks to #WAAC – Wargamers All Against Cancer.  Look out for #WAAC events with @docbungle on Mini Musings of a Bear!


McMourning (Master)



The Valedictorian (Resser, Henchman)

The Valedictorian

Sebastian (Resser, Henchman)



Zombie Chihuahua (Resser, Totem)

Zombie Chihuahua

Lost Love (Resser, Totem) – unbuilt


Performer (Arcanist, Minion, Mercenary)


Nurse (Resser, Minion)


Nurse (Resser, Minion)


Nurse (Resser, Minion) – Miss Pack Limited Edition

Miss Pack

Canine Remains (Resser, Minion)

Canine Remains

Canine Remains (Resser, Minion)

Canine Remains

Flesh Construct (Resser, Minion)

Flesh Construct

Necropunk (Resser, Minion)


Necropunk (Resser, Minion)


Necropunk (Resser, Minion)


Punk Zombie (Resser, Minion)

Punk Zombie


Johan (Outcasts, Enforcer, Mercenary)


Bete Noire (Ressers, Enforcer) – Unassembled, transparent red

Carrion Effigy (Ressers, Enforcer) – Puppet Wars Rotten Belle model

Carrion Effigy


2016 – A Tabletop Gaming Retrospective

Well, with Christmas out of the way, its time to look back at the last year, before we start looking seriously at hobby plans for 2017!  I’ll start with my thoughts on the hobby in general!

Well, the big change in 2016 has to be the sudden change in GW’s approach to community engagement.   Bringing back old models periodically, classic games like blood bowl, opening up multiple routes on social media, a genuine sense of humour in things like dealing with leaks and the – its been fantastic.  They aren’t perfect, by any means, by they’ve massively changed their approach from almost actively antagonising wargamers to reaching out, and engaging us again.  With the release of points in the General Handbook, popularity of Age of Sigmar has soared, giving them a credible fantasy alternative again.  I’ve personally been a little disappointed with AoS, both as I find the ruleset a little clumsy with the loss of any speed variable in combat (and I like fast Aelves!), and the lack of any Aelves for about 2 years, to be followed up by essentially just releasing the old starter set.  I’d been very excited by the Mistweaver from Silver Tower and the aesthetic there, so it feels a bit of a cop out.  I still want new pointy ears!

Guildball has continued to expand, though we’ll have to see how it does now a 800 pound gorilla like Blood Bowl is back on the scene.  I’m struggling to keep up with the rule changes every season, but as I’m not actively playing, it may just seem harder than it is.  I don’t find the same issue with Malifaux, though, and I haven’t really been actively engaged in that either.  The horde of gremlin options on the market is particularly fantastic ūüôā

Big names have continued to sneak into the war-games market, with Star Wars doing particularly well with Imperial Assault, X-Wing and Armada.  Star Trek and Halo have pretty credible entries too, and Aliens vs Predator is a really solid game, together with the The Walking Dead in the zombie sphere.  Its an interesting time, where major franchises are competing with entrenched systems – I’m worried it’ll hammer smaller systems and model makers particularly hard.

I think one of the trends I’ve seen is a distinct breakdown into 3 types of model buyer.  You tend to see collectors, who either play rarely or just play for fun with fluffy games using some of their more obscure models and have enormous collections.  You see players, who are increasingly moving to skirmish games with much lower model counts.  And tournament gamers, who play the larger systems but with much more focussed armies than ever before. 

Its unusual – in the past, I knew 40k gamers with loads of models and different armies, and I’d see them field a different one almost every game.  Now?  Even if they collect them, they just have one actual force they play with.  Its too much time and effort for them to keep up with the rules otherwise.  Games like Rogue Stars, Open Combat, Frostgrave, Malifaux, Imperial Assault and Kill Team are massively more popular than ever before.  It’ll be interesting to see if this changes up with a rumoured 8th edition this year.

I keep hearing the good thing about AoS is the low cost of entry compared to WFB, but all the games I see people playing and talking about are exactly the same sort of size as WFB ever was – I just hear a lot of current or former 40k players loving the models, collecting and painting them too, which didn’t use to be the case.  Even if I’m not a big fan of the system, I’m glad to see it do well, as I think the market needs a range of different fantasy games.  I hope we don’t see model creep stopping people getting excited for it in the same way we did with WFB, but I think the really well priced “start collecting” sets will help there.

With moving over 150 miles to a new home, all my local stores and clubs are different, so its really thrown my normal gaming options out in the latter half of 2016.  Hopefully I’ll find plenty of options to get my game on in 2017!

Hobby Roundup (Week 6)

Well, unfortunately the joys of real life meant I didn’t get time to update the blog as much as I’d like, so you’ll notice a bit of a jump to week 6! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to pop in a few notes for weeks 4 & 5 retrospectively! ¬†In fairness, though, pretty much no actual hobby except for some vicarious dribbling actually took place, so you didn’t miss much!

I’ve decided I need a bit of an OTT hobby project after being called “sensible” the other day, so I’m currently looking at a fully decked out Deathwatch squad from a range of different chapters. ¬†Mind you, given the rumours of a deathwatch/genestealer cult game coming, I may well hang on. ¬†I am tempted to go sillier though, with an Ork Nobs mob called Wotcha Deff! ¬†Painboy, silvery robot left arms, black armour…. muahahahahaha!

Also considering an Eldar Revenant titan for ludicrous scale silliness! ¬†Knights just aren’t enough!

Currently very into looking at getting Bloodbowl teams sorted out, and Bear¬†has been painting his Armada models which has got me excited to paint up my Armada and X-Wing too. ¬†Time is very difficult at the moment though, with 2 little ones and we’re in birthday season!

I thought the new Space Wolf stuff might get me excited for some old school marine action – my first RT marines were wolves! ¬†The Wulfen pics I’ve seen look like were chicken poses in biker spandex, so not floating my boat …. though in fairness, GW pics are often a bit under par and don’t do models justice. ¬†The new character models are nice though, but I already have Krom from the limited campaign set.

Struggling getting excited for guildhall going through the rules and options, and its the same hangup I have a bit with Malifaux¬†too. ¬†I generally prefer systems like frostgrave or mordheim, where the war band slate is a blank. ¬†Having to pick established characters doesn’t get me into the game quite as much. ¬†Cracking rulesets¬†though. ¬†I was looking at trying to field an all female guildball team, but can’t work out a good way of doing it without losing too many team synergies. ūüôĀ ¬†Mind you, I never win anyway!

Anyways, onwards and upwards!

2016 – The Year of Skirmish!

Well, its 2016, so like everyone else, I’m looking at the New Year and wondering what my hobby plans should be. ¬†I’m not going to go as far as resolutions, as I suspect I’ll crack like a twig at the sight of new shiny models, but I have a definite approach in mind.

2016 is the year of the skirmish (and board) game for me, I think. ¬†Why? ¬†It’s simple – time to paint, time to play.

With 2 small children, and my regular opponent having a small boy too, big chunks of hobby time just don’t come together often, if at all! ¬†Smaller chunks of time for a quick game, though? ¬†Thats possible! ¬†Painting a ¬†few models here and there? ¬†Doable! ¬†Painting a whole army? ¬†Thats more of a stretch, at least without compromising on quality more than I’d like. ¬†In addition, I am a hobby butterfly – without much time to throw at something, I’ll have lost interest in a bigger force before I finish!

So, what’s on the agenda then! ¬†In terms of 28mm gaming, I think there are 3 main games going to be grabbing my time – Dungeon Saga, Star Wars Imperial Assault and Malifaux. ¬†Bloodbowl, Guildball and Frostgrave are all likely to get a turn too, but probably more painting than play time.

Star Wars Armada and Star Wars X-Wing are definitely going to get play time. ¬†Minimal work is needed to field a force, and the games are easy to set up and fun to play. ¬†I’m hoping to customise a 100pts X-Wing tournament force with a squadron paint job too, but thats a bonus extra.

I’m going to mix it up a bit by painting for some of the charity armies for WAAC – so Lanyssa is being purchased for an upcoming Minions (from Warmahordes) army raffle. ¬†I may be moving this year, so not sure I’ll be able to organise a #WAAC 40K raffle like I did last year though – time will be very difficult!

What are the hobby losers then?

  • Infinity looks like it’s not going to get a look in this year. ¬†I love the models, but I don’t have any local opponents to get into it, and the same sort of Sci-Fi slot is being grabbed by Imperial Assault.
  • Age of Sigmar – well, that’s a blog post in its own right, but Dungeon Saga and Frostgrave fill the skirmish end of the fantasy spectrum already.
  • 40K, surprisingly, isn’t likely to get much of a look in. ¬†Despite being my favourite game for years and years, the length of games, setup times and size of forces make it unlikely that I’ll be able to get to play much. ¬†Add in the ongoing rules update costs, and the continual rules emphasis on new or underselling models to keep changing up forces, and I just can’t keep it up. ¬† I might pick a single army to work on over the year, but can’t see myself doing too much, though I may explore the new “Path to Glory” rules and look at maybe doing a 40K warband.
  • Warmahordes – I love the models, but¬†just don’t have time or local opponents to get really into it. ¬†My Cygnar are likely to go unpainted and unfielded! ¬†Shame, as I love my swans.
  • Dropzone Commander – I absolutely love this game, but just don’t think I’m going to get time to sort out a new system and build techniques for painting a new scale in large numbers.

I don’t plan on axing or reducing my collection unless it becomes necessary, but will be aiming to have a much smaller collection of active games and models. ¬†However, hoping to keep hobby enthusiasm high and participate more in things like Vassal and as part of the Warmongers over on twitter!

Kipper’s Resolutions for 2015

So, after a very ambitious set of resolutions for 2014, and achieving almost none of them, what should I aim for this year? ¬†ūüėÄ

1)  Blog More!

First up, I really want to blog more regularly. ¬†It¬†shouldn’t be too hard to aim for one post a week – I’d like to do more, but I’ll see that as a bonus! ¬†Battle reports, thoughts for the week, painting progress (and maybe record my paint choices to make it easier to go back to older projects!) ¬†I’d love for people to read them, but the main aim is to be fun for me to remember my hobby!

2) ¬†Paint more – “Complete” some forces!

Last year I had a huge number of projects I had outstanding. ¬†I’ve since added to that list! ¬†My main goal is going to be to “complete” forces. ¬†What do I mean by that? ¬†I mean a complete force for the standard size game, painted and ready to play! ¬†My main goals here are:

  • Imperial Fists – Finish the fight! ¬†Or at least the yellow! ¬†I have a reasonable force approaching completion. ¬†I have a storm raven, vindicator and assault terminators I could add … but that’s a bonus, not a goal!
  • Silver Skulls – I am loving the simple paint job I’m doing on a AoBR set for these, so will try to go ahead and expand it out to a full army. ¬†I’m looking at magnetising icons on the rhino chassis for these, so I can share them with my silver SoB – 2 for 1 timesaver!
  • M2E Guild Hunters – the Lady J crew! ¬†I really love the Malifaux rules, and want to get at least one decently painted crew together. ¬†Maybe some gremlins too …. bonus extra!
  • Infinity the Game Nomads – I want to get at least a reasonable starter force painted and ready to play! ¬†I love the range of strange anime and alien inspired models here!
  • Infinity the Game PanO – Again, I’d like a matching starter set to play against the nomads, and try a lure a few people into giving the system a go!
  • Enter #WAAC2015 painting again with a unit – maybe a Salamanders command squad, or an Ork Painboy!

I’m afraid finishing Orks, Blood Angels and Tyranids are definitely on my bonus¬†list at this point, not my goals.

3)  Play more!

With a 2nd munchkin on the way, time is going to be pretty limited. ¬†I’d still like to get back down the Overlords at least a few times to play some 40K, but weekend time is pretty limited! ¬†I’ll get a few games in against my brother, but its likely to be pretty restricted.

With that in mind, I have 3 main goals here:

  • Play more video games on the new xbox one! ¬†Really looking forward to getting my Halo on! ¬†I’m also looking forward to getting some Warmachine in on the PC ūüėÄ
  • Try to work in some #vassalfaux – I feel some later night games after the kids nap may well be a great way forward. ¬†Its also a great way of trying out different crews before investing hobby time in buying and painting up models.
  • Play more X-Wing! ¬†I know several people playing X-Wing, and the quicker games and smaller space needed make it a heck of a lot easier to get a game or two snuck into the agenda.


My 2014 from a gaming perspective!

Well, 2014 is almost at an end, and it hasn’t been terribly successful in terms of actually getting in many games, or actually getting much hobby done! ¬†There were many grand plans for the year … and few of them have come together. ¬†Next year needs to be a touch more realistic, I feel!

I still have plastic mountains of models that need to be assembled and painted! ¬†If anything, the plastic mountain has grown significantly, with Orky enthusiasm. ¬†None of my armies have actually reached the state¬†I wanted to class as finished (with the possible exception of the Ultramarines!) ¬†Though I’ve loved reading about Malifaux and Infinity, I haven’t painted my starting forces or played even a single game. ¬†I do have a complete starter force for Retribution of Scyrah in Warmachine, but not managed to get that going either (though I am loving Warmachine Tactics on the laptop). ¬†My major passion in 40K has been Orks for the last couple of months, and I’ve been gathering and planning an Ork Waargh (though that’s being somewhat derailed by the brilliant Blood Angels models being released right now, and enthusiasm for Silver Skulls!)

What has gone well? ¬†#WAAC 2014 was amazing fun, with events around the country, and I’ve ended up with an brilliant range of gaming gear, from T-shirts, to dice, through to templates. ¬†I painted some models that I think came out really, really well, and won a great book and a pro painting of my Bonesinger by Peter (@minimodelpaint), which is coming on amazingly well! ¬†I’ve tried playing X-Wing, and absolutely loved it.

I’ve loved interacting with (and meeting some of) the #warmongers. ¬†Twitter has been a brilliant hobby outlet for me, and that’s definitely going to continue!

I’ve got some brilliant hobby resources, with brilliant brushes from Gears & Games and Army Painter really making a difference, a full Army Painter set of paints in decent paint racks letting me dip in and out of painting to do little bits here and there around the demands of being a Dad – demands that are going to increase in 2015 with the arrival of another one in May! ūüôā

I haven’t played much Xbox 360 for various logistical reasons over the year, but did manage to sneak in some Transformers and Halo, and completed Injustice! ¬†I’m hoping I’ll get more video games in next year, with an Xbox One arriving for Xmas … Halo! ¬†Destiny! ¬†Titanfall! ¬†There’s some amazing games coming out for the PC just now too – Satellite Reign as a long awaited “Syndicate” style game this week. ¬†Elite Dangerous looks amazing, and comes out this week! ¬†As mentioned, Warmachine Tactics¬†is great.

I’d like to have reported much more hobby fun … but its been a cracking year. ¬†I’ll try to follow this with my plans for 2015, and maybe write a summary of what I think the biggest changes have been in the hobby world in general.