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.


2014 – A Quick Review of Major Gaming Changes

Well, it’s been a major year of developments for the wargaming hobby, with lots of new systems or updates that have shaken things up a lot.

Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K has seen lots of revisions over the last 12 months. ¬†The latest 7th edition was released in May this year as part of an absolutely frenetic release schedule. ¬†Almost every codex has been updated¬†by at least an eBook release, and a new format of “campaign” box sets, aimed at experienced gamers, has tied in to campaign books and novels. ¬†White Dwarf has gone weekly, while the monthly magazine is now just a simple model showcase.

Its generally a really brilliant time to enjoy the 40K hobby, though the pace of change is currently hard to keep up with. ¬†If you are challenged for time, maintaining awareness of the releases can be exhausting. ¬†In addition, the incorporation of major tanks and war machines into the standard game as “lords of war”, especially after the 6th edition ¬†aircraft changes, has been off putting for those who really enjoy a¬†more tactical combined arms approach. ¬†There is an element here where those who can afford the newer releases are more likely to win.

Fabulous models and a cracking universe keep it the champion sci-fi war-game on the market!

Warhammer Fantasy Battle

While no new version has been released directly, the series of “End Times” books with awesome combined armies (I’ve been tempted to get out my Dark Eldar and add some High and Wood Elves!) have really shaken up the game, and made it much more appealing. ¬†Tomb Kings and Vampire Counts? ¬†That’s how it rolls!

Its a huge gamble, with major characters being killed and areas of the world being destroyed, but seems to be paying off – the general enthusiasm for the game is higher than I’ve seen for years!


I’ll hopefully be doing a complete review of the new N3 rules for @docbungle, but the new book is gorgeous, and the upgrades to the rules fantastic. ¬†The biggest change is that the rules and universe are much more accessible – much more care and attention has gone into ¬†the language. ¬†Its going to really gain popularity, especially with the starter set – Operation Ice Storm, and the continuing high quality of the minis.


Although hardcore fans will disagree, I’m sure, Malifaux has stayed reasonably static this year, after a major update in Oct 2013. ¬†That’s no bad thing – lots of new mini releases have come out matching the 2e rules, and its been a tremendous year for playing – there just haven’t been the huge shakeups we’ve seen elsewhere.


The new Scum and Villainy faction announced in August really opens up X-Wing to a very different approach, with lots of unique ships and the prospect of more complex multiplayer battles!  Having the option to play rogues and pirates, rather than just Rebels and Imps is great.  Continuing releases have been fascinating, though for me TIE fighters, X-Wings and Y-wings are where its at!

Open Combat

A new skirmish game released this year, Open Combat is great fun.  The rules are mini independent, so you can roll up those historical models with your mordheim gangs for some mixed up fun!  A great game, and my surprise hit of the year. Check it out at Second Thunder!