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!

Infinity

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.

Malifaux

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.

X-Wing

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!

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.

Star Wars X-Wing – Its Awesome!

Well, I got two copies of Star Wars X-Wing (so 4 TIE Fighters and 2 X-Wings!) for my birthday, and popped round a mates house (who has ALL of them) for a game.

I took a Y-Wing, X-Wing and A-Wing against a TIE Advanced, TIE Bomber, and 2 TIE Fighters for around 85 points a side, when torpedoes, astromechs and the like were taken into account, and we had an asteroid field mid-board.

It was so much fun! ¬†The manoeuvre dials for each ship really capture how they fly, particularly when combined with special actions. ¬†The faster TIE fighters zoom about, with barrel rolls making it hard to lock in or stay out of their fire arcs, while the solid rebel shield are more forgiving of mistakes … fortunately, I was playing as rebels!

Its fun, fast, easy to play, and with ready painted models it lets me start playing right away.  You can always add details (my mate had added engine glows and customised astromech colours for example), but given limited hobby time, being able to buy and play a ship that day is a big plus!  Possibly my new favourite game, though 40K is great for the whole hobby experience.  Intriguing!