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Monday, January 13, 2020

Welcome to Race Night!



So,

This past Friday night, my Buddy Mike from Dagreenskins blog got together for another race of Gaslands Re fulled. We each took 50 cans of vehicles. Mike one Truck and a buggy, while I had two cars and a buggy. We are still getting the rules down and just did a straight up race, here are a few shots from the race, which was an absolute blast!


Cars take off!

Flying through the first corner!


Buggy hot on my Bumper

Bone Crusher way in the lead!
We had many folks stop by to check out the game which people first thought was Car Wars, but were pleasantly surprised at this new (well over three years old) game. We also talked and will be doing a Demo day in February for our local shop, I will keep you posted.

Also while at the shop I picked up the North Star Implements of Carnage plastic sprue for Gaslands. On it you get various weapons, rams, drivers guns and well as two motorcycles! So after seeing that I knew I wanted to do a team of Buggies and Bikes, so Saturday morning I went to my local Walmart for a few items as well as a couple of cars. I found a great Sand rail car that would be the the start of the new team. I added a driver and two MGs to the top from the new sprue. Still trying to decide a color scheme.

Buggies and Bikes baby!

Also I decided that I wanted to do another Bone Crusher model, but this time I wanted to add a turret with a mini gun and once again the new sprue has just that. I also added new header pipes that come on the new sprue as well, here is the completed model next to the very first car I built.

Bone Crusher #1 & #2

Really love this car!
 I also picked up a 74 El Camino that has a jet engine in the bed which comes stock on the car. So I took out the windshield and added mesh, placed two 30 cal looking guns to the front and added this cool looking plow! Guns and plow from the new sprue.

In the picture below, I started to sand down the factory paint and add the parts. I have since added blue paint o the car, but after looking at this picture, I may do another car just like this one and only sand down the paint and add my weathering to it.

El Camino ready for the paint shop???
So there you go, a few of the cars I have been working on for Gaslands Refulled!

Oh and as you saw at the top, here is something a buddy and I came up with for this crazy car building, needed a name for the garage (aka game room!)

My Gasslands garage logo!

TK

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

GSC for Kill Team

So,

To start the new year off I thought I should work on the Genestealer Cultist for Kill Team. As I mentioned before I thought I had used my GSC stuff for Kill Team, but going back and thinking about it, I used them for Necromunda and not Kill Team. Now I had used a few of Roberts GSC figs when we first started messing around with Kill Team. below is a group shot of the figures I

GSC for Necromunda I painted a few years ago.
I knew that I had a few extra GSC figures, so I went and pulled them all out, what I found was more then enough to do a Kill Team with. So I got to assembling them last night and below is a shot of what got assembled.

Last nights assembly progress.
 Nice thing is i had an unopened box of GSC that I could use to add all the special weapons for the team. Also I decided that I would base all the models on the Necromunda bases as well. When I did my Necro GSC stuff, the bases were hard to get outside of each gang, now GW has released them to purchase separately. So first up the Heavies, which include the Mining drill, Seismic Drill and good old Heavy Stubber.

The heavies!
 Next followed the Hybrids, I still have three more to base, I ran out of the Necro bases.

Hybrids
 Following them came two Abhearentss that I had left, these are the heavy hitters in close combat.

Abhearents
 I then moved onto the Cult leader and second in command, I then saw that the GSC can have their cult icon in Kill Team, so I put him together as well.

Cult leadership team, would you like to know more???
 next up were the cultist themselves , the box set comes with a bunch of cool shotguns, so I put together three of them.

Shotguns, come get some!
 Followed by three GSC members with Autoguns.

Plain old Autoguns.
 Lastly I add three special weapons, Grenade launcher, Flamer and Web rifle.

Blue Light Specials!
 So after all the assembly was complete, I was looking at about 60 models in the GSC which is more than enough for either Necromunda or Kill Team. Oh and not pictured are the three Pure Strain Genestealers that of course started the whole thing.

The whole cult!
There you go, a good start to a new Kill team, I plan to re base the painted models to use the Necro bases, so I need to pick those up and also need to pick up the GSC Kill Team box that my store has. Sad that all the Kill Team box sets are now out of production, I really love have the command cards and tokens for each Kill Team. Well next up is painting, so until then!

TK

Monday, January 06, 2020

Let’s Try this for the Year


So, 

With it being the first week of the New Year, I have been thinking about how I want to tackle the new year going forward. Usually I do a bid post about what I will do and then at the end of the year look back to see how well I have done. It’s supposed to motivate me and keep me accountable to my hobby, but I find that I forget about some goals towards the middle of the year. So here is what I am going to try, I will do quarterly updates, taking the year and breaking it down to 4 quarters of 3 months each, hopefully this will keep me focused and allow me to see how I am doing on projects.

So, with that said, what am I going to be looking at for the 1st quarter, let’s take a look:

Kill Team – After playing a bunch of games this past year, I will be working on a Genestealer cult Kill team. I had thought I had used my Cult in games of KT, but actually it was for Necromunda two years ago. So last night I busted out about two dozen unpainted figures to use or add to my necromunda GS cult. I have enough figures for variety and my local shop still has the KT box set for the GS Cult. So will be looking to pick that up as well as the KT annual.

FoW – So I started a Mid War Soviet force and am slowly adding to it, I also have been working on some German forces to go along with 4th edition, so I will be adding some new units to my collections this quarter and getting in games with Rob & friends.

Gaslands – Well I just added a couple of new cars to the painted and have about 30 more to work on. My buddy Mike of Dagreenskins is going like gang busters on the game and we are talking of doing a Swap meet/Race day at our local shop. So I see this being something that I work on going forward.
More Blog Post – Well I have not done enough to keep the blog posted, so I will force myself to update the blog more often then a few times a quarter.

So, there you go, new plan for 2020, lets see how I do!

Friday, December 27, 2019

Review of 2019

Okay folks,

Time to look back at 2019 to see how I did with my goals. For the most part 2019 was a good year and I feel that I got a lot accomplished. So lets take a look:


Fantasy

AoS - So, the purchase of the AoS box set never happened, in fact I don’t even think the box hit the shelves of my local store. I had hoped that GW would release the one new figure in the box, but that never happened either. I did play a couple of games with Robert, but for the most part, AoS was not a high priority this year.

Frostgrave – Never hit the table, was mentioned that we would like to get it on the table, but nothing every happened and it seems that it’s a dead game.

Shadspire – I was able to completely paint everything for Shadespire, each expansion I bought I got painted. We got in a few games, fun was had, but that was it. I did take it out to play much more and has now gone onto the shelf.

Warhammer Quest – never hit the table again this year, after my brother and sister inlaw moved back to GA, I stopped hosting games. I tried to see if any of my local friends wanted to play, but no one wanted to commit to the game (other then Robert). So back on the shelf it went, I did not even want to paint anything more either.

LotR – Well I ended up trading a Blood Angels started set for the new LotR game, read the rules, pretty much the same but different and also got the Battle Companies book this year. Talked with a few people about playing, built a few models, painted a few models, but no game play as of yet.

Sci Fi 

40K – Well I had a starting box of a Blood Angel army, assembled figures, bought the codex and command cards, but did nothing with it. 40K just doesn’t do anything for me anymore, I still love the universe, but the game itself just is blah to me. So when Matt was looking at trading off his LotR box set, we swapped armies. I was happy and Matt was happy for about a week then sold off the army! LOL

Necromunda – I bought a Van Saar gang, painted it up and played a few games, I completely painted up my Death Ray Designs set as well as a bunch of scatter terrain for the game. We played a few games and talked about starting a campaign and tried to get at least one more person to play, but nothing more happened with it. Necromunda is best played in a campaign setting then one off games, but that was all we could get played.

Kill Team – Wow, this game has been hot with Robert and I, I think we have well over a dozen games now and only feel like we barely scratched the surface of the game. I have at least Six kill teams, Tyranids (aka Genestealers), Genestealer Cult, Rouge Trader, RT Chaos, Chaos Cult and Death Watch all painted up! Robert and I both love the game and will continue to push this around in the new year. I am planning on doing yet another new kill team, looking at three, Necrons, Plague Marnie’s or Dark Eldar. It really depends if I can find the big starter sets. Kill team does a few things for me, one it is a skirmish game with a few figures, two is played on a smaller board. So, its pretty quick to get new teams and terrain to the table, it also is in the 40K universe so it’s a win for me.

Speed Freaks – Robert and I got this to the table a few times, we each have gangs painted and love the game, it’s a great beer and pretzel sort of game. I got two vehicles painted as well as all my terrain done for it. It’s a great game and is small enough to play a few games a night, once again its set in the 40K universe so that’s a plus!

Space Hulk – Well I got all my figures for the game painted this year, took me a while to paint the bugs, but I finally decided and committed to getting them painted. Now everything is done, but I have not put it on the table, just never had time for it.

Gaslands – Well this has been off and, on all year, I have amassed a large collection of cars (38 to be exact!) and Robert gifted me the new rulebook. I ran a game for our buddy Mike and he became hooked. I have built a few gates and am in process of painting them now. More cars will be modified, and more games are a going to be played. (This week for sure) So Gaslands will be a huge push next year.

Modern/Historical 

Flames of War – Well this was a big surprise, we have played a ton of FoW games this year and I started a Mid War Russian army! For the longest time I was on a break from FoW, but now its something that I am wanting to play more regularly. I see this being played a lot in the new year and as I expand my Russian army.

Bolt Action – I started off the year working on my IJA army which is now all painted, got in a lot of games and have a lot of fun with it. We are talking of doing a Operation market Garden campaign in the new year, so I see Bolt Action being played more this upcoming year.

Fate of the Nation – Saw me getting my Syrian army painted and we got in a few games. I still need to add a few more units to the army, but the local shop is having issues again with ordering items. So when I go to other stores I look for the units I need. Not a huge push to play, but at least I have a painted army ready to go.

Cruel Seas – Well got everything I have painted and ran two games with Robert and Mike, we all enjoyed it, but other than that have not done much with it. Once again, our local shop is not carrying Warlord products, so have to go elsewhere to get items. It may return to the table in 2020, we shall see.

Fistful of Lead – Got in a few games with Robert, but the big push was hosting a multiplayer game of FfoL Horror on my birthday. Painted up everything for the game and had 6 folks playing in which all had a blast playing. FfoL will be back in 2020, but I will be doing this as a group game going forward.

Pulp Alley – About all I did for Pulp Alley was back the kickstarter for the 2nd edition book. Wanted to get it to the table but sadly it didn’t make it. I am planning on doing a group game in 2020, so at least I have plans for it, but other than that may be a sleeper this year.

Black Powder – Well, Robert and I talked about getting this back on the table and I had hoped to add more to the armies I have, but it never made it out. We have talked about doing another game in 2020, but right now its just really Robert and I working on this.

Purchasing – There were many purchases through the year from 40K to Hot Wheels. I had done a previous post about limiting the purchases in 2020, but lets be honest, that will not happen. My wife has already told me that in January we will be doing our Christmas shopping for each other, so that will mean I am buying in 2020.

So, once again 2019 was a very productive year and I got tons of models painted, games were played and plans were made.So stay tuned for 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Mars is a Lie!


Mars is a Lie!

So, a few months or so ago the Gaslands Refueled book was gifted to me from my buddy Robert. Basically, the rules had the errata and extra stuff from Time extended added to it. It was awesome to get the gift as I had the original book and could always print off the extra stuff.  



Well, another buddy, Mike W of Dagreenskins blog took an interest in the game as well. I met up with him and ran him through a game to show him all the gasoline glory that is Gaslands. He was hooked. He bought the book and went out buying cars like crazy.



With Mike taking an interest, it has filled up my tank for Gaslands as well. (Always good to have someone to play games against). So I just went out and bought about a dozen cars, which I really did not need and am planning on building a board for it. I have also joined a local AZ Gaslands FB group and Mike and I are planning on doing a Car Swap meet day at our local shop where other Gasland folks can meet up, talk shop, swap cars and play a few games.



One interesting thing that I have noticed with Gaslands is the fact everyone that gets involved goes nuts in buying Hot Wheel cars and who could blame them, at .99 cents a car its not bad spending $10.00 for a bunch of cars compared to other companies’ models. I know for myself, it is a touch of nostalgia of being a kid and playing “cars” in the back yard. What kid didn’t do this and “shoot” the other cars?  It also harkens back to building race tracks for those cars and having a great time with them. As a side note, the toy manufacture Mattel has seen an increase of sales from Hot Wheels, I am sure its because us crazy gamers are buying tons at a time!


So it looks like 2020 will see me out in the wasteland racing a few cars for the glory of going to Mars!

TK

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Changing things up

So,

 I need a change here on the old blog, going for something a little different, hoping this will allow me to get excited about blogging again. One main part for the lack of posts is primarily I use my Ipad and the blogger app for IOS is not that great. In fact it sucks and I am rarely using my laptop anymore.

So I am going to try to get more content up here and see what the new year has in store. But first up lets change some things up starting with the layout and colors!

TK

Monday, November 11, 2019

Could You???


So, the other day a friend posted an idea for a New Year’s resolution/hypothetical question: Could you go a whole year without purchasing any new models for a whole year and put the money towards retirement.

His question had me wonder if I could do that for a whole year? And honestly, I am not sure if I could.  So, I asked myself on twitter about the same thing. I had a lot of responses, but one thing came through the most is why would I do that?  The main question and why would I have started me thinking about my hobby and what it has become.

Like most gamers, I love the new shiny things that companies put out and I have done some very big purchases over the last two years. That has led to many new games being brought to the table and lots of painting to still do. But as I talked with my buddy who posted the original question, we found that we were not loving what our hobby had become. It seems that our hobby had turned into hunting down the latest greatest thing or chasing expansions for games we hardly played. This seems to be driven by most game’s companies approach to their games, limited quantity releases. This causes gamers to rush out and buy it now before it’s gone from the store shelves or companies’ websites. This is certainly great for the game companies as it helps sales for them, but as a consumer it can cause financial hardship and creates gamers some stress about trying to get everything you need to play the game.

My group certainly is starting to feel this as we seem to be not playing the same game but bouncing from game to game. Now a little history of our group, for the most part, we all played the same game for years. It started with WAB and we had a vary active group with no less then 40 armies, we played each weekend and attended tournaments and hosted tournaments. But then as WAB died (thanks to version 2) we all switched over to Lord of the Rings which once again we had a good size following and hosted and played in tournaments, but then that too died thanks to the company “fixing” the rules which lead to them breaking the game. We then moved onto Flames of War which once again, same thing as the other two systems, which when rules changes made us jump ship to Bolt Action. Now after going through four game systems throughout the years, we did not really push Bolt like we did other games (probably thinking we would be moving to another system).

All these jumps to other games sort of wore some of us out, I know it did for me. Ironically, we started playing more variety of games, then another game company started to release new versions of older games with lower pricing. We all got excited and started picking them up and started dabbling with them and of course the game company started putting out releases quicker and we started having to feel like we had to get them all. My buddy made a bold announcement that he would get every Necromunda release that came out, as myself said ai would do that with Blood Bowl. But sadly, our pocket books could not keep up with this. We also started trying to get a rotation going of what were playing, but that too was hard to keep with all the stuff coming out almost weekly.

So now, we are all pretty much trying to figure out what we are doing, hence the question to start this topic. So, after thinking about it, I want to try to not buy anything new for 2020, I want to get back to just playing a few games I really like and, in a way, put blinders on to stay focused. I have a closet full of miniatures waiting to be built or painted. I want to get back to enjoying the hobby aspect of the games I play, not the chase or the hunt. I really think this will help keep my focus and just play games, although I am sure new things will be released for many of the games I am playing, but I will try to resist and only focus on what I have. I have already started to look at projects that have been sitting for many years to be started or completed.

I can already tell this is changing my attitude about the hobby, its almost freeing really when you have to re-focus back on what’s important and what is important about your hobby. I was watching a few buddies play Flames yesterday and I was thinking about all the models I still must paint for the game, something that I have not thought about in weeks. Plus there are a few things like painting up some Command stands for my ACW armies that I need to do to add variety for the armies. So it is already working.

Now as I pointed out, there are still a few more weeks left in the year, so I could go on a shopping spree now and not have guilt for next year, good thing I do not have a lot of extra funds lying around! So it will be interesting to see what 2020 has in store, stay tuned!

TK