Plans and Ideas

It was mooted a couple of years ago, that the Scottish WM/H community could organise a Scottish Masters.  Several ideas were considered, but it was the location and venue that always made it difficult.  Hiring somewhere will always be expensive, something any organiser will understand.  It has the knock on effect, of those costs passing onto the attendees to some extent.

This year a new store opened up, Common Ground Games in Stirling.  In their own words, a purpose built venue for gaming needs great or small. Steve Fettes is the owner, is someone who certainly seems passionate about the gaming community and the store he owns.  The venue has space enough for five 24 foot long tables, standard 4 foot wide.  There is room for additional gaming like CCG’s or boardgames, as well as the store itself; selling large range of gaming equipment and systems.

They will be holding their first WM/H event on the 27th July, with a Convergence of Cyriss book release.  With the low points armies and free play aspect, it is a great way for new players to get involved in the competitive scene of the game.  Who knows, it could lead to a Scottish Masters being held there in the very near future.

 

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UK Nationals Day 2

The follow up is a little delayed, as most of it was spent resting. The full effects of the long weekend, added to the lack of proper medicine regime (being anaemic can be crippling, if not controlled); culminated in a a very lethargic few days.

However, getting back to the action; we left it off with my narrow defeat at the hands of pKruger.  Following day was the day I did better, at least that is what my battered self esteem was telling me.  The body on the other hand was telling a different story, with painful feet and legs from the standing the previous day.

Round 5 – Skorne (Garry Burgess) v Cryx, a match up that I have fond memories of playing against our local Skorne player.  pMorghul v Mortenebra, with her usual tactic of Deathjack to the face.  It was quite a funny game, in that by the end Morty and Deryliss were my only models left on the board.  Yet my opponent had to take 2 turns to kill her.  Mind you camping 7 focus, when she has no offensive spells* will help to drag it out. Loss via Assassination, with 0 CP claimed; Process of Elimnation scenario  *Doom Spiral wasn’t going to work on warbeasts

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Round 6 – Legion (Bex) v Cryx This is the one game I am really really annoyed at myself. pThagrosh v pDenny was turning into a great game, with my Seether just hammering through the two Scythian’s; with Grab and Smash.  The first Scythian I hit, throwing it in the path of the Kraken to munch on.  The second one, got the same treatment; only this time thrown at Thagrosh instead.  Meanwhile McThralls are steadily grinding their way upfield, respawning with the Necrosurgeons; with Denny behind heading to claim control points on the flag. The killer to this whole game, I timed out myself by not watching the time.  With about 10 minutes on my clock, I got this horrid sinking feeling; as 10 minutes in game time goes in the blink of an eye. Loss via Deathclock, with 1 CP claimed; Into the Breach scenario

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Round 7 – Cryx (Lee) v Cryx  After the Legion game, I think I hit the lowest point of the whole weekend; which is probably why I don’t remember much of the last game.  What I do remember was facing Gaspy the Hellbringer, with the Coven.  It all went wrong from the start, with the Coven deploying in a corner; pretty much trapping themselves in Killbox.  Having to take freestrike hits from Cankerworm to get out of the Killbox; putting them smack in the road of Bane Thralls/Tarty/UA.  The one highlight of the game though, was Malice Possessing Deathjack and making him hit Tartarus.  Sadly the devastation of the Iron Lich Overseer’s and their marshalled jacks; brought the game and the whole tournament to it’s ungracious end. Loss via Assassination, with 0 CP claimed; Close Quarters scenario

For my first ever big tournament environment, it was a little overwhelming. While I didn’t even dream of winning, I hoped to come away with some wins at least.  That said, despite the losses; all my opponents were gracious and willing to discuss the game we had hopefully both enjoyed.  Will I be back next year? Not sure at the moment, if I do go; I certainly plan on practising more than the 5 games I got before I headed down.  So to close off, thank you to PP, North West Gaming, the Judges and PG’s and of course all the players for making this a great success…..hope to see you again next year.

LXG Correction

I’ve always been aware that credit should be given where it is due.  So when Tom Haswell messaged me this morning,  to point out that my original post was incorrect.  Tom co-founded the LXG with 4 others, who all contribute to the site.

Other than Belgarath97, Second Class Elitist and LXG; I’m not aware of who the other members are; however this shouldn’t detract from the contributions of the other members.  If you haven’t already, check it out at League of Extraordinary Gamers.

Malifaux Commission

I’ve finally got started on this, after stripping them of primer; twice now. The second time was my fault, due to the cold weather we have been having here. Trying to do it indoors, isn’t always a good idea; as it still stinks no matter how little you spray.

Having painted some of the original metal models from Wyrd, I was looking forward to getting my first look and painting; of the new plastics. Sadly this has been a bit of a disappointment, which I hope is only restricted to this crew.

So what are the problems:

Lots of moulding gaps and seam lines. Thankfully a lot of the cleaning was done before hand by the client, but there is still a lot of large gaps that needed filling. One of the worst was on Mei Feng, around the hairline a gap of about 0.5 – 1mm; made it look like she had a badly fitted wig.

Sculpting is very lacking, with hardly any definition on the bodies and especially the faces. These are supposed to be 32mm ‘heroic’. which is nowhere near what these are. At best they are 28mm true scale. This can be seen clearly in the photo, with Kang, the largest of the models against Privateer Press 28/30mm Bane Lord Tartarus.

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The plastic is very flexible, which is great if you want curves and arches. In the handles/shafts of weapons (shovels, mallets in this case), bendy plastics are not a good thing.

I appreciate that this is new to Wyrd, as it is with many of the companies switching from metal to plastics/resins. However, this isn’t endearing me; to take up Malifaux again given these issues. As I said originally, I hope this is only restricted to this particular crew; but we will see.