Monday, May 30, 2011

Goblins Galore!


It is almost June 1st and that is the deadline for the four of us competing in this challenge. So far Mike over at Da Green Skins has his first models ready. Jerry at Jerry's Big Picture has his models finished, that leaves me and Rob of Drunken Samurai painting Blog to get our acts in gear to be finished by the 1st.

Well I am happy to report that I have finished up my first 175 points this weekend and with out further ado here is my Goblin army!

First up Durburz, the Goblin King!

Next up is the Goblin Kings bodyguard, 8 Prowlers with two handed weapons. I had a chance last week to pick up another 8 Prowlers while I was down in Memphis, but I passed, now I wish I had!
Next we have 6 Goblins with hand weapons and shields, these guys will be the core of the army, so that means there is going to be a ton of them to paint!

Lastly our 5 spear armed Goblins, like the hand weapons goblins, these guys will make up the bulk of the army as well.
So here is the gang all together, all 20 of them ready to unleash terror on the world of Middle Earth!
My next 175 points will see me adding some bowmen as well as more troops, or perhaps a Goblin Shaman to add some magic to the list.

So stay tuned, next up will be the points for this month, we are now waiting for Rob to get his Dwarfs done, than we can play some games while we work on our next increase.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

18 Miles To Memphis!!!


As some folks may know, last week I made a pilgrimage to Games Workshop Headquarters in Memphis to do a week of training for the on call program.

While I would have loved to been able to talk about what I saw while inside of GW HQ, I am not at liberty to discuss it. I would have also loved to have been able to take pictures while inside, but alas, could not do that either.

But I did get some shots of the Games Workshop Memphis Battle Bunker and the outside of the GW HQ. As seen below, you can't miss the building, it has a huge Imperial Eagle on the front as well as a seven foot tall Space Marine statue out front! The main entrance to the HQ is on the left while the Bunker is on the right.

Inside you find a small but well stocked GW store that had most products (what they did not have they could order from the warehouse in the other part of the building). They also had a few tables set up for painting as well as vending machines. But adjacent to the store was the bunker with all the tables. Here is a shot of the overall set up from the store.

All of the tables were GW's Realm of Battle tables with stock GW terrain on them. Now I was a little disappointed in the quality of the tables. They were good, don't get me wrong, but they all looked the same with a few exceptions. Take for example this awesome Epic table that had a ton of the old buildings on it. I know Mike from the Da Green Skins blog would have loved this table!

Also there was the cool table from Gamesday a few years ago as well as an other Space Marine statue.
Along the front of the bunker were display cabinets with just about every army that is currently out, from 40K, WHFB and LotR/WotR. I tried getting some pictures but the glare from the outside kept washing out the pictures.

Now one thing that did catch my attention was these 3 huge campaign maps that were hanging from the wall. They had three of them (40K, WHFB & LotR) and they used the Mighty Empire tiles. Just to give you scale, each board was at least 8'x4' in size, so just imagine how many tiles it took to build these! man it must be nice to run to the back to get whatever you need!

All in all it was nice to visit and get to see the Bunker as well as GW HQ. My training went well and now I just wait for the Emperor to call, which will probably be for Gamesday in Chicago.

Wish I could talk more about what I did, but unfortunately being a sort of employee means some things you just can't talk about. Sorry folks.

On a side note, I will be making another update for the Tale of Four LotR Gamers in a day or two, my 175 points are done and ready, just need to take pictures...


Thursday, May 05, 2011



Thought I would let you folks in on a few updates here at Cursed Treasures, so here we go!

Last weekend Rob and I went driving around the Valley of the Sun looking to buy some models. Recently Rob has taken interest into the Napoleon era and has been thinking about jumping into doing Napoleonic Wars in 28mm. With companies like the Perry Miniatures and Victrix it is hard not to get into gaming this period. But I have to tell you, the Napoleonic Wars just do not do anything for me. In fact I was going to buy some Victrix models but Rob talked me out of it since I was only buying them to have something to use against Rob.

Well anyway, on the ride back, we talked about what period do I really like, well I have always had an interest in the Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence). So Rob suggested that instead of Napoleonic Wars, why not do what I have an interest in and do AWI. Wow, sometimes I can be so blind, I did not see it even though it was right there in front of me. Suddenly I knew what I had to do, it was time to start looking to do an AWI army or two!

So once I got home I did what most people would do, is head to the internet to see what sort of problem I could get into with this new venture. Well first up was rules, after talking to Rob that day, he finally sold me on the Warlord Games rules called Black Powder!

I have borrowed Robs copy of the rules, but could not read them due to all the cool pictures in it. In fact, I refer to the Black Powder rule book as either Lead Crack or Lead Porn! I may have wanted to read the rules, but the pictures in the book just kept calling to me! So a trip to old Amazon and I had the rules ordered. (Will be here in the next few days).

My next stop was Old Glory Miniatures to take a look at their range and it seems that OG has AWI figures in the Old Glory Second Edition line as well as their original line. Also saw that the Perrys have a nice range and they are going to be releasing plastics! So while I wish I could tell you that I bought some new minis, I didn't. I am waiting to see what the Perry's come out with. Plus I want to read the rules first. So stay tuned for more AWI goodness soon.

The other small bit of news is that as of May 16th, I will be working for Games Workshop! That's right, you heard right, I will be going to work for GW. It seems that GW is going to open a new store here in the Valley of the Sun this summer and they need folks to run the store. Well I wish I could tell you I am the guy, but alas I am not. GW offered me an interesting program called the On-Call program.

The Program is to help with coverage of the store and with events for GW. Basically if the manager has to take a day off or needs to go out of town, GW will give me a call. If it does not interfere with my regular job, than I will go in. The nice thing is that I will be paid and I am considered a GW employee. So that means that in the next few weeks GW will be flying me down to Memphis TN for training just like a regular manager. Now I wish I could go into more, but that's all I can really say for now, if you want the whole story you are just going to have to talk to me in person.

So there you go...