So, going with my promise that I wouldn't start any new projects until the Vikings were finished, I painted up four more Viking Bondi or Huscarls or Warriors as they are known in the SAGA: the Viking Age system.
Viking Bondi by Wargames Factory
That means four more measly points towards my painting total for the year. At this rate I'll be lucky to break 100, not that I'm counting this year, mind you. But, I am painting again, and that's a good thing. I'm also making sure not to get too distracted, also a good thing.
So, I've been avoiding looking at my frugality pledge page, because I knew that lately I've been pretty free with the hobby spending.
The reason's easy. I'm unhappy. I won't get into why, because I'm wise enough to know that private life =/= public blog. But when I'm unhappy, I spend money. It's one of the reasons why I set up the frugality pledge, because while I know I spend money when I'm unhappy, I don't always know when I do it. I don't realize the gaps between visits to the book store or the hobby store or the comic book store are becoming smaller. So I track it.
In April and May, and I'm not entirely sure when I bought these things specifically so I lumped them all together in May, I purchased the Castles & Crusades Player's Guide, the C&C Monsters & Treasure, four Viking Berzerkers from Gripping Beast, and Interface Zero (a cyberpunk supplement for Savage Worlds).
That's one item for a game I'm actually playing (Saga the Viking Age), and three RPG books that have nothing to do with the campaign I'm running and intend to run for several more months at a minimum. Time to stop and take a moment to reflect here. After this recent flurry of RPG purchases, I need to slow down and focus on the game I'm running. If you read the RPG blog you know I've got some doubts right now about how long-term the campaign can go as weaknesses in the system begin to show, but I'm pretty committed to it easily through the summer. I need to finish painting the Vikings, which is about a dozen figures. That's a good week, maybe two, of work right there. What's more, it's figures that are actually seeing table time. Those should be the priority for the painting table.
Once I'm done with the Vikings, I can start thinking about what I need for the VSF project with a freshly-revitalized monthly budget (I can do a GASLIGHT warband/army on $60 easy with money to spare).
Now here's the part for those of you who might worry about a relative stranger: I'm working on the things that are bringing me down right now. No big resolution yet, but at least I've had my hobby-intervention here.
Hey, isn't this supposed to be an active blog? You wouldn't know it lately, mostly because I've been over at the RPG blog more these days. The reason is twofold. One, I haven't had a ton of time to paint miniatures lately. Two, when I've had the time, I just haven't had the mojo to do it.
Well, one thing I've learned is that the best way to get the mojo going is to take those unpainted miniatures and let them battle some painted ones. Once the shame settles in, you'll be ready to start painting again.
So Saturday I went over to Bill's house and played with him and his friend Scott a few rounds of Saga. We each played two games and won one and lost one, which was pretty gentlemanly of us. Here's some photos from the action.
So, now I'm going to try very, very hard to get the rest of my six points of Vikings painted by next weekend, or at least before I play Bill again. And since he's trying to get me to paint up a VSF force, I really need to get going because I've told myself I won't start anything else until I finish this.
Two games, the crossing the bridges scenario and the hold the sacred ground scenario. Six points each, my Vikings and Bill's Scots. Bill's shooting and my lousy dice rolling cost me the bridge game, but my incredible die rolling and some general bad luck on Bill's part cost him the second. So to date, we're both 2-2 in this game.
Google Chrome is consistently blocking Cyborg Trucker's blog on the grounds that it has malware content. Since I really don't want to risk going, I can't inform the blog owner of this problem. It's been this way for a couple of weeks. Is anyone else having this problem, or perhaps could let him know?
I had really hoped to be making more headway on these guys over the last two days, but it didn't work out. Their flesh and some of their clothes are base coated but that's it. Hopefully I can make serious headway on Friday.
So I've never been to Recruits before, and in fact haven't been to a wargaming convention in ages, but Bill over at Wargaming from an Armchair talked me into going despite the fact that he couldn't be there himself. Recruits is located in a high school gymnasium in Lees Summit, MO, just about an hour from where I live. Because of some schedule issues I knew I'd be able to get there in time for the 9-12 session Saturday, bum around the sellers' booths for a bit, then head back home.
After meeting the Baron for the first time (and learning that his game was already full) I wandered over to a guy putting together a pirate game with some truly outstanding looking ships. Apparently the game, using the Warhammer Historical pirate rules Legend of the High Seas, was a bit of a demo for the company, Laser Dream Works. Like I said, the ships looked great and the pirate miniatures were very well painted. The rules were pretty easy to learn, being derivative of the Lord of the Rings rules.
The scenario was a large British ship and a small on-shore contingent of marines were being attacked by three small pirate ships in hopes of overtaking her. Where the game fell apart was that the large ship had been given large cannons, which were capable of blasting apart a small ship in two shots easily, while the small ships had small cannons that couldn't sink the ship even after it had been hit a dozen times.
Unfortunately my crew, in an attempt to quickly close with the ship and get into melee combat took an early cannon ball, lost half its hull points, and then my captain failed a courage check and the crew dove into the sea. By the end of the game the pirate crew (short a few members who couldn't swim) made their way to an island, where they fought and lost to the on-shore contingent of marines.
Here's my collection of pics from the game.
That would be my crew, abandoning ship despite not a single person being killed.
There was a lot of good humor and gentlemen at the game, so I had a great time. I cruised the vendors but didn't see anything that demanded my attention except a couple of cheap used AD&D sourcebooks. I may have to order a viking ship from Laser Dream Works, though.