Looking through my blog there are a few games that I have posted about that I no longer play. So I thought I would look at each game and discuss why I have moved on from them.
There is not a thing I really dislike about Malifaux. I love the setting, the card system is incredible and the game itself and the scenario structure lead to some really exciting and unique games. Sadly aside from one local player I couldn’t get in any regular games. I really just want to game now and not build a community for a game and so despite wanting to play it more Malifuax was sidelined due to lack of local interest. This is a clear example of why smaller companies spend so much time, or should, trying to build up local demo teams and getting gamers interested. A local community of players can make or break a game and in this instance the lack of a larger community made me move on.
If you know people locally that play Malifaux then you should check it out as it is easily the best tabletop miniature game developed in the last decade. Seriously. If you can play it do so. You won’t regret it.
Again I love the Warmachine game but there were two factors here. I really don’t like the Colossals and the war engines. I think it moves the game into a direction that detracts from the skirmish nature of the game and is, I think, the precursor to a larger scale game. I also just don’t like the Menoth models for both of the large engines/Jacks. And I really only have time for a single core game and it with the re-introduction of Epic: Armageddon to my life Warmachine really didn’t have any chance. I like Warmachine but I have never, AFAIK, been as involved or obsessed with the game as some people have and so it isn’t really difficult to have my time for the Warmachine drift into a different game.
This had to really be one of the stranger years I’ve had. After living in Vancouver for over twenty years, Michelle got a job in Calgary and the family packed up and moved. As part of that move I sold and gave away quite a lot of gaming material, terrain and figures. I also sold off all of my Warmachine and Hordes figures including my rather sizable Cryx force. I still rather regret that since it was a fun faction and I had over 100 points of painted figures.
It has been an interesting week here. The entire family is suffering from a cold and prior to that I had another bout of something that laid me out for a few days. So there hasn’t been a lot of updates on the blog or much of any work on projects. I finally finished building my Blood Bowl Ork team and got it all primed. There were also quite a few 40K Ork banner poles in my bitz box that I used to make turn markers, reroll markers and a score marker for the team.
I also managed to pick up some more Island of Blood High Elves so I now have more than 30 of the plastic Sword Masters and Sea Guard. I also took some time to assemble Teclis and the seven Shadow Warrior figures I was able to pick up. I am still looking for a suitable proxy model for the High Elf Great and so my force is sadly missing flyers in the force.
Well busy for me that is. This weekend is the Malifaux tournament at MythCon 2. I don’t suspect that there will be a lot of people competing at it but it will be a fun evening in any case and I should be able to get in three or four games of Malifaux.
The week after will be the regular Thursday night Warhammer night at Myth. I am hoping to have at least one Great Eagle to put into my army by then but I am not optimistic about getting one.
I am going to bring out my Phoenix Guard for the next game. I’ve had two games in a row now where I could have used their 4+ Ward Save to help fight against something big and nasty. They are, aside from the Dragon Princes, the hardiest of the High Ef troops and a good candidate to help take out the monsters that pop up quite frequently in the game.
Following that is the Skirmish Demo Day at Myth Games where there will be Malifaux demos aplenty (one hopes).
During my drive to Myth to play Dystopian Wars on Saturday I stopped in to Sentry Box looking for a few additions for my High Elf force. I managed to pick up some Shadow Warriors but didn’t see a good proxy for the High Elf Giant Eagle which is really a sad looking beast. I like the Eagle figures from the Lord of the Ring range but no-one seems to have it in stock. I’ll check out a few more stores and hopefully find it or perhaps order in something from Reaper.
Today brought in a few more Prussian Dystopian War vessels from Wayland Games. I picked up the Dreadnought, Escorts and Destroyers for the Prussians so I can have a fleet with similar vessels to my FSA fleet.
Or at least that is the excuse that I am using :-)
Thursday is Warhammer night at Myth Games and so I headed out with my High Elves to play my second game with the force against Matt and his Skaven. I have not ever played a game against a Skaven army in any iteration of Warhammer and so this was going to be an interesting encounter.
I’ve spent the last two evenings building some Mantic Games Undead figures. I built 30 skeletons and nine zombies. The skeletons were a bit fussier to assemble than I thought they would be but the assembled models look quite good in a unit. The skeletons are “true 28” scale and are a bit smaller than GW figures meaning that the Vampire Count character models. On the plus side it makes the vampires look doubly impressive when added to a unit.
The zombies were quite impressive. There are fewer model options than the skeletons but they assemble in such delightful poses. There appears to be no way to put the models together in a way that doesn’t look inhuman and tortured. I was quite pleased with how they look in a unit.
I have a few more skeletons and zombies coming from Mantic, enough to build a zombie horde and two units of 25 skeletons. More than enough for a decent core for a Vampire Counts army.
So the High Elf army that I am assembling is part of a plan to get two forces together to play and demo Kings of War. Originally I planned on building a Dwarf force but I think that I will perhaps start getting figures to build an Undead/Vampire Counts force.
I am a big fan of the Undead miniatures that Mantic make and I also want an “evil” army to have to use as a opposing force. I also like the Undead figures more than the Dwarf figures that Mantic makes. While the Dwarves aren’t their worst figures, they aren’t, to my eyes, as nice as the Undead. The Undead also have cavalry and I really like can in fantasy games.
The Undead also make much better Vampire Count figures than the current GW figures. And at a much better price. As good as the GW plastics currently are the Zombie figures they produce are probably their worst plastics and perhaps some of the worst plastic miniatures on the market today and so being able to replace them with something that looks better is certainly a plus.
Mantic certainly make a good game and the ability to effectively get a Warhammer army “for free”. So while I am building an Undead force for Kings of War I can play Warhammer as well.
Quite a bonus.
I took some time this evening to assemble some more some more figures from my High Elf force. I built more of the Island of Blood Swordmasters and Lothern Sea Guard as well as the Griffon figure from that set. I now have a unit of 20+ Lothern Sea Guard and 15 Swordmasters. I have some more of the Island of Blood figures coming in so I soon might have a full unit of 20 Swordmasters as well as two units of 20 Lothern Sea Guard.
Next up to assemble are eight Silverhelms and another five Dragon Knights and I need to replace the halberds on some Phoenix Guard as well. Once that is done I will have close to 3000pts of High Elves done and will need to start basing and priming them for painting.
I am planning on painting the extra command figures for the Swordmasters and Lothern Sea Guard to use as Prince and Noble figures to cut down on the number of pricier GW figures I will need to buy.
So I took my newly acquired High Elf army down to Myth Games to play a game against Ryan and his Tomb Kings. I recently traded my Chaos Daemon army to a fellow on Bartertown for his High Elf force. I want to build two armies to do some Kings of War games and I only had a Chaos Daemon army so I attempted to trade it for Elves or Dwarves and managed to get a fairly substantial High Elf army.
We played one of the tournament scenarios that the store has terrain and rules for and Ryan kicked the shell out of me. I got trapped by his Skeleton horde and wasn’t really equipped to deal with his Necrosphinx. Both units ripped through my most elite troops (well slowly ground down my Dragon Knights in the case of the skeletons) and by the end of turn four the game was a bit of a foregone conclusion.
There were some fun moments. Ryan’s Hierophant almost died after miscasting a spell and then being caught with some lucky bow fire. Settra almost died after overrunning a unit of my archers (who had just managed to kill a unit of three Sepulchral Stalkers. Settra and his chariot unit overran then and then ran into a river. Settra failed his Dangerous terrain roll and then took 3 wounds.
Sad that the most damage done to his characters was by random happenstance and not me :-)
Despite getting quite trounced I had a good time and am looking forward to getting in another game soon.