Friday, November 25, 2011

Thinking about 2012, part the first

Upset because Christmas is already getting too much attention?  I'm already onto 2012, my friends!

Actually, I'm just spending the holiday season thinking about what to do next.  If you read my RPG-related blog you know that I'm trolling about (no pun intended) for a new game, but I don't have super-high hopes on the project.  Oddly enough, 40K seems to be in a dry spell at the FLGS.  I've got more sci-fi terrain than I know what to do with now because of what my friend sold me dirt cheap a few months ago.  All of this leaves me a bit adrift in terms of a project, something that frankly I have been at for a while now, and it is getting me bummed out.  Any time I find myself watching a ton of television, I know I've hit a quagmire in my hobby pursuits.

So, big birthday coming up, new year upon us, and I'm ready to turn the page.  Here's what I'm thinking about these days:

Solo Wargaming  I've noodled this around before, but it might be fun way to get me painting/building again, and I could spend some time on my day off playing.  If I was really clever I might find a game I could play solo or with someone else (a sort of "hybrid" option) on the off chance someone could stop by to play a game.

All Things Zombie  A sort of corollary of the solo wargaming enterprise, I have a whole blog dedicated to this project but haven't done more than paint the odd survivor miniature.  I think Two Hour Wargames has some of the best options for solo rules out there, and it seems to me that it would be an easy game in terms of the number of miniatures necessary to play.

Hostile Realms  A dusted off this game recently.  I got it while back as an "alt Warhammer" possibility, and the rules heavily favor a solo option.  At the time, the game just didn't click for me, but on the second glance I am starting to understand the philosophy behind the game design.  Much like ATZ, Hostile Realms eschews the IGOUGO pattern for something more random (which helps with the solo usage).  I keep telling myself, though, that it would be okay to spend a couple of hundred dollars on two armies for a game no one plays.

Heroclix I wouldn't have seriously considered this until I saw a guy at Solo Nexus doing a whole solo campaign using them.  Then my FLGS is doing a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter and was auctioning off 500 Heroclix for a song.  I put down a bid and to date am the current high bidder.  If I'm not outbid by the end of the month, I may be building some clix-sized terrain in the next few months.

My Terrain Opus Magnus  Since I started building my own terrain using Hirst Arts I have dreamed of building the grand-scale project, the entire gaming table fully kitted out.  No golf courses or parking lots--a total city done in Hirst Arts.  It could easily take me more than a year and certainly more concentration and focus than I've ever show in any project, but it is something I've always wanted to do, and with less and less time out of the house, it might be the way to go.

Well anyways, Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed beginning to the Advent season. I'll let you know how it goes.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Delaque Gangers

I don't think the Necromunda campaign ever actually took off at my FLGS, but I did get my Delaque gangers painted up.  I decided to try to make their bases look like concrete, or at least do something different than the typical "earthy" look.  I did use the dip on them, which made a huge difference.

Well, that's eight for November.  October wasn't much, but I've been trying to do more on the RPG side of things.  That hasn't worked out so well, however, so maybe I'm back to painting minis for a while.

Friday, November 11, 2011

My Veteran's Day Story

This one was a favorite tale around my family, and gets circulated at Veteran's Day every year.

My great-grandmother (known to me as "Great Grandma E") had three sons who lived to adulthood: Fred, David, and my grandfather Ralph.  All three served in World War II.  Ralph was in the Army Air Corps and flew cargo planes in the Middle East.  David joined the Marines and ended up at Iwo Jima.  Fred joined the Coast Guard and was stationed on a hospital ship.

So David is at Iwo Jima, fighting in the trenches in that long siege.  One day he's sitting there in the trenches and he sees a empty can of peaches a few feet away.  Now they had told him that you were supposed to bury your cans in the dirt so that the Japanese couldn't see the reflection.  So he crawled over to where the can was and started covering it with dirt.  Well, a shell landed right where he can been, so the can of peaches saved his life.  Unfortunately he did take some shrapnel in the leg from the shell and was evacuated to a hospital ship: Fred's.

When Fred saw his brother's name on the list of injured on board, he requested that he be assigned to his brother's care.  He also sent a note to his mother, saying that David was hurt but was going to be okay.

Fred went on to become a scientist for NASA, and worked on the Apollo program.
David became one of the nation's best woodcarvers.  You can see his carved birds in the natural history section of the Smithsonian.  He also built the "Fairy Tale" attraction at Busch Gardens.
Ralph opened a sheet metal shop in Florida and spent most of his free time making things like telescopes and pedal cars for his grandchildren.

But brother caring for brother?  That's what Veteran's Day is all about.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Playing 40K again

Things aren't looking for for those terminators...
So, I decided to head back to the FLGS for another game of 40K.  I was surprised that so few people showed up.  I was actually there almost half an hour before someone came, and sadly for me he brought tyranids.  What's worse, I left some of my guys at home by accident, so I had a lot of meltaguns for a tyranid fight.

Short version: lost badly.  But I'm playing again, and that's all good.


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