Wednesday, October 31

The Hobby Butterfly Effect

With Bunker Bowl over with, I thought I would try to review what hobby projects I've bought into and see where I stood with them.  Today is Halloween, after all, so I thought I would scare myself...

A Call To Arms: Star Fleet - Mongoose Publishing

For this game I have a big Federation fleet (as detailed in an earlier post), plus two other fleet box sets for Klingons and Romulans.  At present I have built one, yes just one, Federation frigate.

Firestorm Armada - Spartan Games

For Firestorm I have a usable Aquan fleet but I have a number of other ships that need some paint on them, namely a cluster of Stingray destroyers, a Manta battle carrier and a Medusa dreadnought.  I've also got a Dindrenzi starter fleet which is basecoated - plus another Dindrenzi starter fleet I bought from a friend and a bundle of extra ships for them (Gladius gunship, Trident destroyers and a Retribution dreadnought).  I also have a Terran starter fleet somewhere.

Dystopian Wars - Spartan Games

While I'm listing the Spartan Games stuff, I do have a Prussian Empire naval battle group box set that I recently bought.  Still in the box, of course.

War Rocket - Hydra Miniatures

I have three War Rocket fleets; Galacteers, Imperial and Zenithian.  Again, all untouched so far.

Urban War - Urban Mammoth

I've recently started looking at Urban War as the figures just look great.  I've bought a VASA strike force box and will be getting some Syntha to give the VASA something to battle with.

Kings of War - Mantic Games

Although I don't own a Kings of War army, I do have a huge Undead army that my friend Gareth has given me to paint up and use.

Blood Bowl - Games Workshop

Ah, Blood Bowl.  Of the twenty-one teams in the Competition Rules PDF, I have eight painted teams.  I do have the other thirteen teams which are still need some attention.  I've been challenged to use Vampires next CBBBL season so I will have to get them painted at some point.

So - I have a lot of stuff to get on with!  I am, however, doing my best to reduce some of the wargames toys I have in storage as I've been selling off my Warhammer and 40K models.  I don't intend to play either of those games again so my piles of plastic have recently been much reduced,  At some point I will be selling off my Crimson Fists army and my Howling Griffons while I'm at it.  A shame but I don't have endless amounts of room for games I'm not playing...

I need to knuckle down and get my hobby on so I'm going to try to get the Prussians and VASA built and painted in the next month.  As they are small projects I'm hoping they can ease me into getting back into the painting habit.

Tuesday, October 16

Bunker Bowl III

The Bunker Bowl is over for another year and it seemed to go very well.  Unfortunately, I couldn't attend on the Sunday due to a family emergency but the guys at the Chelmsford Bunker did a fine job without me.  I did get to play three games on the first day though - here's how they went...

Game 1 was against my mate Rich Mcadam.  This was his first game ever using a Nurgle team and he did really well with them.  The beast of Nurgle is exactly the kind of player that Amazons don't want to face - as soon as he got next to them they were trapped thanks to his tentacles!  We finished 1-1 in the end.

Game 2 was against Joe Hainstock - he's well known in the Blood Bowl community as he's a member of the NAF and a fearsome opponent.  He's ranked in the top five players in the world for a number of teams including the Lizardmen that he was using against me.  I managed to hold him to a 1-0 loss for me but it was a tough match as I was losing players all over the place.  An excellent chance for me to test my mettle against a superior coach so there's no shame by losing to a player such as Joe.

Game 3 and I was on the bottom table facing a team of nothing but snotlings, coach by Sam Griffiths.  Sam was brilliant in this game, playing to the strengths of his rather puny team.  He scored first and I was up against it just trying to equalise - I only managed that on the final turn of the game.  So - a 2-2 draw but I think Sam proved who was the better coach.

So - with me having to bail on Day 2 it wasn't my best tournament.  It was officially my worst ever tournament result in fact!  Oh well.  These things happen.  Let's hope Bunker Bowl IV goes better for me!


I recently created a video for Bunker Bowl III and put it on YouTube - you can see it here :

Tuesday, October 9

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Bunker Bowl II Champion - Steve Chambers

I've been really busy the last couple of weeks getting everything ready for Bunker Bowl III this coming weekend.  Any kind of tournament or campaign is a huge effort so I'm sure a lot of wargames event organisers know exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about.  We're nearly there now and it's only a few days to go - and I can't wait.  We have been lucky to get some prize support from Mantic Games for this tournament - they are donating two pre-release Dreadball teams plus some other pre-release models and, on top of that, they are coming to the event to run demos of their new game.  I'm very impressed with that as they've not even officially launched the game yet.  I will take lots of pictures of the weekend to splash over this blog...

I am taking part in the tournament this year as Sherwin (picture above with last year's winner), the Bunker President, is going to look after the "spare player" duties for us as well as organise and act as referee.  I have been playing a Chaos team in my Blood Bowl league but I wanted to take a different team to the Bunker Bowl.  My NAF record shows that I've played Necromantics in the first Pearly Kings and Queens tournament in 2004, Halflings in the Blood Bowl GT 2008, Humans at the first Bunker Bowl in 2010, Skaven at the Carrot Crunch V in 2011, Halflings again at Bunker Bowl II in 2011 and lastly Halflings yet again at Carrot Crunch VI earlier this year.  This time I was thinking either Amazons or Skaven - but at my friend Darren Lysenko pointed out "Come on, Darren. Nobody likes a Skaven player..."  So - Amazons it is.

I'm hoping to play them in a style often attributed to Wood Elves.  That is to run away so you can't get punched - a very sensible decision when you only have AV7.  For the tournament, we allow a 1.1 million gp team and then five skills can be added to whatever players you like at the start - one of the skills being a double.  I've skipped that option and I'm going to try this roster :

4 Blitzers - 360K
1 Thrower - 70K
1 Catcher - 70K
7 Linewomen - 350K
4 rerolls - 200K
1 Apothecary - 50K

For skills - Sure Hands on the Thrower, Block on the Catcher, Guard x 2 and Tackle for three of the Blitzers.

I haven't played Amazons since 2009 so I'm obviously well practiced with them!  As long as it's fun and I get a decent result I will be happy.  I'm going to aim to get at least three wins with them - I'll let you know how I get on.