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Rogue Stars: Let the ideas start to flow!

16 Sep

So, with Osprey’s Rogue Stars ( Rogue Stars: Skirmish Wargaming in a Science Fiction Underworld (Osprey Wargames) ) winging its way to me through the post (yes, I succumbed to it in the end, the temptation was far too great!) I really look forward to getting it so I can have a really good read to ingest all the lovely space opera flavour I’m hoping there to be!

I’ve not really had much chance to peruse any osprey wargames rules other than Frostgrave, but I have read my share of other Osprey books (I absolutely love the Jason and the Argonauts book, review of which is here: Osprey Adventures: Jason and the Argonauts Review)

All these ideas flowing, with plenty more to come I expect, especially when I get a good browse at the rules and fluff has got me thinking. I am going to need a new baseboard or two and maybe some playing mats, plus a fair bit of 28mm scifi scenery will need to be made, not to mention getting the minis together (I think I have plenty of miniatures to fit this game already, but I have seen a load that I wouldn’t mind getting…!)

I’ll try my best to do to create more min scenic tutorials, just like the Grim’s Dungeons of Doom series!

What I would like to do is take this opportunity to invite you on my journey too, I’ll document my thoughts, ideas, miniatures purchases & painting, scenery tutorials and so forth, similar to Grim’s Dungeons of Doom and even share any battle reports along the way.

Both spotlights are working! There will be no escape for trespassers!

I suppose that this is going to start me off with a new article series as a result, but I reckon that those 28mm Sci-fi gamers of you out there (especially warhammer 40k, Oldskool Rogue Trader and other Sci-fi wargames that are available) will find plenty of useful stuff for them to justify it.

I’m thinking that I’ll make an interior set of terrain similar to Grim’s Dungeons of Doom, but not too much, that way it’ll be interchangeable with the walls, floors and other fantasy scenic stuff (the cavern walls will fit nicely in an Alien planet theme, maybe some alien flora and fauna, but then I’m going to have to do a few 28mm Sci-fi buildings and maybe something along the lines of the old Necromunda scenery from the 90’s. Where ever possible, I’ll point you in the way of useful resources and info too, which will be a nice change to 15mm model making in the Sci-fi wargaming I’ve got used to.

Like I’ve said, I imagine that there’s going to be loads of ideas free-flowing, but I really want to know what you think too. Is there anything I should be trying out? What scenics do you want to see me make? Just let me know by commenting below,  tell me about your ideas or your experience of Rogue Stars gameplay.

I’ll be back later with some possible miniature choices, that is, once I’ve plundered my lead piles…:)

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Oddball Outlet: More stuff for sale…

29 Aug

Well, more stuff is up for sale, quite a bit of 3rd Edition 40K in this batch, so I’ll waste no more time, and get on with the show! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310977680?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310970470?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310985479?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310982393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310958421?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311027938?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311032634?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311057284?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311004656?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310992804?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

So, if any of those interest you, please check out the links and go over to eBay to peruse them further! There’s a lot more stuff coming up, so I’ll keep you informed!

GW’s Age of Sigmar. Should I give a sh*t about it?

20 Aug

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So the old Warhammer is gone. Replaced by GW‘s latest brainfart, Age of Sigmar. As an oldhammer player and veteran since 2nd Edition WFB, I’m not sure how to take it. Of course, this effects nothing in terms of playing WFB, I’ll still be able to play, but this new direction GW has taken, leaves me a bit undecided about this new release.

I’ve read tons about it on line, with mixed reviews that usually end up as “meh”, and comparisons to sigmar’s lot being more 40K than Warhammer fantasy. It makes me wonder if it’s not the fault of the game, but rather us old guard making all the noise.

It’s a brave departure for GW to be giving away the rules free, we warhammer players can jump straight in and play no problem (I will, at some point) but on the other hand, I can see their move being a canny conversion tool, designed to suck in existing players to the new stuff. I just think I’m not excited about it at all.

I’m old skool, I was brought up with GWs products and minis, they played a large role in my childhood and beyond, but I’m not crying about how it used to be, but maybe we hold this old period of gaming history in too high esteem. I’m not saying that WFB is the best wargaming system to ever grace this planet, sure it’s ok, but, I think we older gamers are just used to it. We have become set in our ways and hold Warhammer on a pedestal.

On the reverse, there are some things with Age of Sigmar (AoS) that don’t float my boat. don’t get me wrong, I’m still tempted to get the boxed set, who wouldn’t be. Everyone likes loads of miniatures. I just have some issues with the models themselves.

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The Stormcast Eternals are my main gripe. I’m mixed about these. Even so years ago there were always going to be a celestial element versus chaos (ala the eternal champion influences from the early days) it had never panned out until now (only the chaos bit was expanded) The forces of order here, are a bit underwhelming, and far too space marine like for my liking. They are ok, but lack some oommff (So to speak)

Alternatively, if Sigmar is developed as a force, does this mean we’ll get some other new forces to represent the other lawful gods of the warhammer pantheon in a similar style? It’s possible, and could potentially create some really cool stuff.

The Khorne stuff in the box is ok, with a few good models and the rest sort of not. Again the similarities to 40k are apparent to me, so maybe this is trying to appeal to 40k players more than the rest. Since the 40k game is way more popular than WFB ever was, its a shrewd marketing move for them to do this, yeah I get it. Its just starting to feel like the warhammer fantasy flavour is from whats bolted on (like you can use your WFB armies and play it now with the free rules) Warhammer and all the miniatures from the previous incarnation, seems like its only now an afterthought to keep loyal WFB players who game in store, happy and subdued.

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Just how does this guy manage to wipe his ass?

Also, some of the Khorne stuff seems a bit too S&M slannesh to me. Am I missing something, or is it just me?

I dunno, what it is with this, i’m in two minds. On one hand, this could be good eventually, and getting onboard with the game would be good. There’s a lot of great models coming out, and even though I’m not a fan of the prices GW charge, I’d buy a few bits (the rest from cheaper decent manufacturers!) but, on the other hand, it could be a fail and not interest me enough to play with the game, only to return to WFB or kings of war etc. At least the rules are free. Jesus, you could just play the game without the boxed set and play with whatever minis you like!

With my time, concentration and funds limited, I can’t make my mind up about it.

Please, share your thoughts, do you like it? have you played it? what do you think?

 

15mm Space Orcs: More and more…

4 Apr

Well, I’ll start by wishing all those reading, a happy easter, hope you enjoy your choccy eggs!

I thought I would start todays blog updates with some extra shots of my 15mm space orc army. If you saw the last post, that just detailed what I had finished thus far. This time, I want to show you the rest of the other bits, although some aint finished, I thought it would be a nice touch to see what my force is growing into.

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First you’ll notice the addition of feral goblins, while these fellers are primarily used for my WFB snotlings, I see no reason not to include them in my space orc forces. They’ll just be a vicious mob of skirmishing cannon fodder, designed to tie up more deadly enemy units, while my other units take care of business. I have so many 15mm goblins lying around, I might have to develop a fantasy version of the goblinoid lot.

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Next up is vehicles. These are a work in progress. I’ve got anothe wartruck, based on a toy 4×4 monster truck. I think it’ll be suitably over the top, and a nice fit with the other. Loads of work to do on it before its done.

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Next up is an assault dropship, which is made from allsorts of bits. It did start as another project ages ago, which lay dormant in favour of other things. Fast forward to recent times, I decided to repurpose the original and add more bits (and I’ll probably add more) With these, its starting to feel like an invasion.

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Loads of things to be done on that, but it’ll come together eventually. Bear in mind as well that I have tons of orcs to paint up, drednaughts, runts and bits. Its probably time to think about what I should be doing to put an opposing force together. I do have a not-tyranid-ish force on the back burner, but I think I might have to try either an imperial force or a chaos one…or squats…or genestealer cult..or….!!

 

The Star Wars-Games Workshop Mashup? Is there any truth to the rumour?

4 Feb

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If you haven’t been living in a cave on Dagobah for the last year or so, you’ll know that Disney/Lucasfilm movie machine is now kicked into gear. The Force Awakens (also known as Episode VII) is set for a 15th of December 2015 release at the cinemas. Great news for Star Wars fans, eager to see the continuing adventures of Luke, and his space chums, even better news for Wargamers if the hushed rumours on the net end up being true.

I’ve been hearing bits about the possibility of Games Workshop getting the license to produce a miniature wargame about said franchise. So how much truth is there to the myth?

West End Games' Star Wars Miniatures Battles game.

West End Games’ Star Wars Miniatures Battles game.

I think if it happened, it would lure me back (even at their prices) as well as a lot of others too. I can imagine some pretty nice tasty miniatures coming out, even just from a collectors view they’d get loads of sales. I’m not saying it’s not been done before, remember back in the day WEGs skirmish game and the excellent 25mm Grenadier miniatures (plus Fantasy Flights X-Wing & Imperial assault, WOTCs collectable mini game too) but I do think GW would make some lovely stuff for it. They’d probably use their usual rules no doubt, or some iteration of, but that’s GW for you.

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With Disney now the proud owners of all things SW, lets remember that they invested over £4 Billion, money they will want returns on. A lot of that cash will come from licencing the shit out of the franchise, so you’ll end up seeing literally everything you can stick a logo on, being branded with Star Wars. From what I’ve read, there will be so much new official movies, TV, cartoons, comics, books and games adding to the canon, it seems they have huge plans to milk the fuck out of it, every last drop from chewbaccas tit (so to speak)

So, yeah, I’ve heard bits about there was some possibility of GW getting a license, but it all seems to be hush hush. I know that from time to time, people from GW pass this way, so they are quite welcome to get in touch with me (confidentially if need be) and send me a little tidbit of info, in fact if anyone could corroborate this rumour, I’d be happy to know. I know I can get on the hate wagon for GW sometimes, but it’s just the GW of today is not the GW we have now (blah, blah blah, back in the 80’s etc etc…) I would show some love for them if this is true (although I’m not putting any stock into it) I’d also cream my pants if it were to be released in 15mm….

Kylo Ren and his controversial lightsaber.

The Force Awakens Kylo Ren and his controversial lightsaber.

Say, even if they did, the success of the new movie would directly affect the success of the game. There’s no guarantee that Episode 7 will be any good. Sure it’s got the oldies (I think I’m ok with Luke doing the Jedi master obi wan thing, but the others meh…) but it might end up being panned for not living up to the hype, I don’t think that’d do a potential GW game too good. Still, it is Star Wars (It’s a game of swings and roundabouts) but we’re going to have to see what JJ Abrams can do.

As ever, if you have something to add on this subject, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, or if you actually know anything for sure, please get in touch via the comments section here or via the contact page.

May the Force be with you!!

 

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