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August Update

Well August has come and gone and a very quiet month for me. No posts on the blog and no painting done. I did manage to play seven games with Epic Kreoss and the High Reclaimer, winning three of those and my first win with the High Reclaimer.

I have no tournaments planned for the rest of the year at the moment, in fact I should be at Iron Wrath today but couldn’t make it.

So September and I really need to get some painting in !!


July Update

July was a better month for me on the playing side.  With the ETC last month I managed to get in ten games, winning three of these. I am determined that August and the coming months to get a lot more games in.

On the painting side again a lot of progress has been made. I have completed three Wreck Markers and the dismounted Gravus. So started on the Monolith Bearer and the mounted Gravus.


What’s next?

After painting Exemplar Errants plus UA and Sceneschal, followed by the Daughters of the Flame and Nicia I need a change of pace. All of these needed painting in time for the ETC last week, so needless to say it was a bit of a rush at times.

What is next? A solo I think, something I can spend some time over. Now my Epic Kreoss list needs some attention to bring it up to fully painted standard, and this brings me onto High Exemplar Gravus. This miniature works well with all the Exemplar miniatures in the Kreoss list. But more importantly it provides an anti knock down ability for all these Exemplars, the Covenant is in the Thyra list for character restriction purposes.

So High Exemplar Gravus it is. But before I make a start I need to finish the three wreck markers I have started, this isn’t going to take long so expect some updates on Gravus in the comings weeks.


2012 New Year Resolution Progress

Lets see how I am getting on with my new year resolutions?

1. Play at least 175 games of Warmachine during the year. Not a chance, don’t even expect to play 150.

2. Improve my Warmachine 20% win ratio. Yes it has improved so far. Of the 45 games I have played this year I have won 13, so that is 29%. Therefore on average I would expect to win 2 games in a 6 game tournament.

3. Improve my UK Warmachine ranking on Rankings HQ. I started 123rd and currently at 92nd. So its an improvement.

4. Play in at least 12 Warmachine tournaments. So far including the ETC I will have played in 5 tournaments. I have planned another 3 over the next six months.

5. Fill my KR Multicase with painted Protectorate of Menoth miniatures. The case is full with only one space for a singe small base miniature. Still got a load of miniatures to paint. I am going to need another case!

6. Improve the paint quality of my Protectorate of Menoth miniatures. Not really had a chance to do this. Been busy painting Exemplar Errants!

7. Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures. Not really posted more often, lets see if I can change this.


June Update

June was another very slow month on the playing side. I only played two games all month against Tyler and his Mercenaries, winning one of these games.

On the painting side a lot of progress has been made. The Exemplar Errants, Unit Attachment and Errant Scenschal are all complete. I have started on the Daughters of the Flame and Nicia, these have to be painted in time for the European Team Challenge next weekend.


300

This is my 300th post on the blog. I started blogging on my war gaming back in January 2009. I see this blog as “my online scrapbook” for my war gaming and painting hobby.

Since the start of this blog my war gaming has evolved from painting and playing Warhammer Fantasy. On the painting side I also painted a Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard small force, and the Mines of Moria box set.

Then back in June 2010 I started playing Warmachine. Since than I have only played and painted Protectorate of Menoth for Warmachine. All of my Games Workshop miniatures are now all sold to fund my Warmachine addiction.

In January 2011 I started a Flames of War, US 101st Airbourne army. These miniatures are still in the box, with only a few assembled. May be one day I will get these painted. But at the moment its all Warmachine.

I can’t see myself playing or painting anything but Protectorate of Menoth for Warmachine in the near future. I want to start a Hordes faction (probably Legion of Everblight), but with the releases for Warmachine coming thick and fast I can’t see myself finding the time. I have plenty of Protectorate of Menoth miniature to paint, which will see me to the end of the year. Then next we have the Colossals!

So onto the next 300 posts!


May Update

May was a very slow month on the playing side. I only played a single game all month against Tyler and his Mercenaries. The target of 175 games I wanted to play this year is well and truely out of my reach, even going to struggle to play 150 games.

On the painting side, I still have the Errants on the painting table. Been slow on the painting as well as playing. It seems I lost steam in getting the Errants painted, I think I burnt myself out and lost all motivation to get these done.


Current Focus

During May, June and July I have no tournaments planned, even though the big three (Welsh, Masters and ETC) will all be taking place. However from September it starts to pick up again. In September I have on the 2nd Iron Wrath IV at Maelstrom Games, on the 9th its another Hardcore Heat at Chorley (possibly if Tyler wants to attempt qualifying for the final) and on the 22nd its the London Steamroller Series at Harlow. In October on the 6th & 7th its Scrap Metal VI at Maelstrom Games. In November its Blood and Oil in Leicester and December the Hardcore finals at Maelstrom Games.

So my current focus is to pre-build three 50 & three 35 point lists with character restrictions in mind, also considering the miniatures I can have painted in the next four months. This is with a view of playing all the lists constantly over the coming months, before attending these tournaments at the end of the year. Also every game I play will be with a Steamroller scenario. Hopefully this will improve my tournament playing performance!

So what needs painting? Of course the Exemplar Errants are nearing completion, so after those its the Daughters of the Flame, Nicia, Tear of Vengeance, Exemplar Vengers, Holy Zealots, Monolith Bearer and High Exemplar Gravus. This is a lot of painting to complete in four months, so had better crack on!


April Update

Compared to March when I played twenty six games, I only played a lowly eight games during April. However I did win half of those games.

The painting of the Exemplar Errant is progressing. I should just be able to hit my ten week target for painting this unit.

On the playing side I have built three 50 point lists and three 35 point lists for character restricted Steamroller. These are the lists which I will be playing in tournaments later in the year. I will post these lists in the next couple of weeks.

The big three tournaments (Welsh, Masters and ETC) are coming up over the next couple of months, all of which I am not attending. This has seen a fall in the number of smaller one day tournaments over the next couple of months, so can’t see me attending a tournament any time soon.

I have seen myself rise in the UK rankings for Hordes and Warmachine to 74th. This has been due to the York Grand Slam tournaments being added. However because I am may not be attending any tournaments in the coming months, then I will probably drop down the rankings a little.


March Update

I played a massive twenty six games during March, attending four tournaments. In the last three tournaments I have placed mid table, close to being in the top half. This is a big improvement over usually being placed last or close to last. So very happy seeing some progress in my playing ability.

Having played this amount of games during March it means that I am only nine games from being on target for playing 175 games this year, and three up on this time last year.

Painting wise progress has slowed down on the Errants. I have hardly picked up a paint brush in the last week. So need to make some progress. No tournaments planned for April, so its concentrating on painting all of those Errants.


February Update

Played six games during February, winning only one with Epic Kreoss against Tyler’s Mercenaries.  However had two other games which I should/could have won. Really enjoying play Epic Kreoss at the moment,

Another month of progress on the painting table has seen the Vessel of Judgement complete, and the Knights Exemplar near completion. So its the Vanqisher next to be painted.


January Update

Been a slow start to the new year on the gaming side, with only two visits to Maelstrom. So only two games played, both against Tyler and his Mercenaries. I lost both games, really can’t handle that army list at the moment.

A lot of progress on the painting table this month.  The Vassal Mechanik is complete.  Epic Kreoss is nearly complete with only basing, a few highlights and shadows to do. But I have made a lot of progress on the Vessel of Judgement.  The model has been completely base coated, having spent an entire weekend devoting myself to getting it painted.  So another two days this weekend and I should see the light at the end of the tunnel.


2011 Review of my blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Only Painted

I made the decision today to only play Warmachine with my Protectorate of Menoth with only painted miniatures.  I have been thinking about this for some time now. The decision was based upon the number of unpainted miniatures I currently own. This was causing me to dilute the number of times I play with certain minatures.

Another reason for this decision is that it may motivate me to get the miniatures painted.  For instance I have a full unit of Errants, Gravus and the Vessel of Judgement which I am enjoying playing, but are not painted.  Will these miniature be painted in time for my next big tournament? May be not.  So hopefully I will play better with my painted miniatures, having played more games with these.

On the painting table at the moment is the Vessel of Judgement, a Vassal Mechanik and Grand Exemplar Kreoss.  The Mechanik is almost complete.  I have painted the two miniatures and base of the Vessel of Judgement, but the Vessel its self is going to take some time to complete.  Grand Exemplar Kreoss is still to be primed. After these are complete its onto the unit of Errants with the banner unit attachment and a Errant Seneschal.


2012 New Year Hobby Resolutions

Its a little late this year, I usually have these sorted by now.  So here are my 2012 New Year Hobby Resolutions…

Play at least 175 games of Warmachine during the year.

Last year I set a target of 150 games, which I feel was achievable if I hadn’t had a break so this year its 175 games.

Improve my Warmachine 20% win ratio.

I am currently only winning 1 in every 5 games, which sums it up really.  Plus if I am going to achieve the next resolution this needs to improve.

Improve my UK Warmachine ranking on Rankings HQ.

I am currently 123rd with 67.1808 points.  Ideally top 32 would be nice, but not setting any target.  So just going for an improvement on 123rd.

Play in at least 12 Warmachine tournaments.

Last year I played in 9 tournaments.   So this year I would like to play more tournaments.  Especially the UK Masters, which is a tournament I have yet to attend.

Fill my KR Multicase with painted Protectorate of Menoth miniatures.

The case is nearly full with only space for a few more miniatures.  But is mostly unpainted.  So lets fill it all with painted minatures.

Improve the paint quality of my Protectorate of Menoth miniatures.

I feel that the quality of my Protectorate of Menoth miniatures could improve.  So once I have a few more miniatures painted for tournaments I will be going back over my whole collection.  Ideally a painting award is my eventual goal, but there are a lot of better painters out there.

Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures.

Finally post more often on my blog.  This was a resolution for last year, but I didn’t really achieve.


Closing off 2011

After Scrap Metal in October last year I took a break from the hobby, hence no posts in the back end of last year.  During this time I sold the Warhammer Fantasy Ogre Kingdoms army and purchased more miniatures for my Protectorate of Menoth collection.  So I have a lot of painting to do.

Scrap Metal in October was probably the worst I have played in a Warmachine tournament since I started playing.  Now I need to concentrate on the 2012 Hardcore heat in March and Scrap Metal, Iron Wrath in April.

Because I had a break from playing I did not achieve the 150 games of Warmachine last year.  I eventually managed to play 139 games, so the 150 games were achievable.  My win ratio during 2011 was 20.9%, so during 2012 I am very much hoping to improve on this.

So lets have a look at my final 39 games in 2011…

Date Faction Player Game Size Won / Lost Caster
Tue 2 Aug Protectorate Stuart 35 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 2 Aug Legion of Everblight Robert 35 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 2 Aug Khador Phil 35 Points Lost Thyra
Thu 4 Aug Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost Thyra
Thu 4 Aug Khador Harry 35 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 9 Aug Legion of Everblight Robert 35 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 9 Aug Cryx Simon 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sat 13 Aug Protectorate Chris 50 Points Lost eSeverius
Sat 13 Aug Khador Bruce 50 Points Lost pKreoss
Sat 13 Aug Cryx Richard 50 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 23 Aug Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 28 Aug Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost pKreoss
Sun 28 Aug Trollbloods Liam 35 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 4 Sep Khador Tyler 50 Points Won Thyra
Tue 6 Sep Khador Tyler 50 Points Won Thyra
Tue 6 Sep Minions Paul 35 Points Won Thyra
Thu 22 Sep Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost Thyra
Thu 22 Sep Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 25 Sep Skorne Marc 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 25 Sep Skorne Mark 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 25 Sep Retribution of Scyrah Richard 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 25 Sep Cryx Tim 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 25 Sep Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost Thyra
Tue 4 Oct Legion of Everblight Robert 50 Points Won Thyra
Tue 4 Oct Cryx Simon 50 Points Lost pKreoss
Sat 8 Oct Cygnar Jake 50 Points Lost pKreoss
Sat 8 Oct Circle Orboros Dan 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sat 8 Oct Trollbloods Robin 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 9 Oct Minions Andy 50 Points Won Thyra
Sun 9 Oct Legion of Everblight Robert 50 Points Lost Thyra
Sun 9 Oct Minions Sam 50 Points Lost eSeverius
Tue 11 Oct Khador Tyler 50 Points Won pKreoss
Tue 18 Oct Khador Tyler 50 Points Won eKreoss
Tue 20 Dec Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost eKreoss
Tue 20 Dec Khador Tyler 50 Points Lost eKreoss
Tue 27 Dec Mercenaries Tyler 50 Points Lost eKreoss
Tue 27 Dec Mercenaries Tyler 50 Points Lost eKreoss
Thu 29 Dec Mercenaries Tyler 50 Points Lost eKreoss
Thu 29 Dec Legion of Everblight Robert 35 Points Lost eKreoss

So lets look at my 2011 resolutions.  Both the Flames of War resolutions were shelved due to concentrating fully on Warmachine.  Of course the 150 games of Warmachine target failed, and also the remaining due to having a break from the hobby.

  • Have a fully painted 50 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of April.  Achieved
  • Have a new 35 point Protectorate of Menoth army fully painted for end of June.  Achieved
  • Have a fully painted 100 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of October.  Failed
  • Play in at least six tournaments with my Protectorate of Menoth during the year.  Achieved
  • Have two decent size Flames of War forces (US and Germans) fully painted by the end of the Year.  Shelved
  • Build and paint a static Flames of War, World War II 6 x 4 gaming table by the end of the Year.  Shelved
  • Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures.  Failed
  • Play at least 150 games of Warmachine during the year.  Failed

So this closes off 2011, now onto concentrating on 2012!


New Year Resolutions – Update

Blimey its half way through the year!!  Lets have a look back at my 2011 New Year Resolutions.

  • Have a fully painted 50 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of April.  Achieved
  • Have a new 35 point Protectorate of Menoth army fully painted for end of June.  Achieved
  • Have a fully painted 100 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of October.   On Progress
  • Play in at least six tournaments with my Protectorate of Menoth during the year.  On Progress
  • Have two decent size Flames of War forces (US and Germans) fully painted by the end of the Year.  Shelved
  • Build and paint a static Flames of War, World War II 6 x 4 gaming table by the end of the Year.  Shelved
  • Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures.  On Progress
  • Play at least 150 games of Warmachine during the year.  On Progress

Really the only two resolutions which at the moment are the Flames of War ones have either been achieved or are well on target to be achieved.  This is because all year Warmachine has taken all of my time and interest.  So looking forward I have shelved Flames or War for the immediate future, and concentrating 100% on Warmachine (with a little bit of Magic the Gathering).


This one’s a No-Brainer!

I spotted the text on the Zombies box below Tyler in the the picture from Gifts for Geeks and thought it quite funny!  It was taken at the Blood & Oil March Mayhem tournament in his first game against Kirt and his Trollbloods.  Sorry Kirt I couldn’t resist posting the picture.


Battlefront Customer Services – Five Star Rating

I have to give Battlefront Customer Services a Five Star rating.  These guys in the UK Customer Services at Battlefront are excellent.  Here is my story…

I recently purchased the Open Fire box set and had a few problems with the content. One of the Stug’s had broken side skirts, and whilst handling the other that one also broke.  After a day the cover of the rule book fell off, and a few days later more pages started to fall out.  Plus one of the dice had a mis-print, whereby the two looked more like a three.  In fact the only parts which were satisfactory were the Shermans and the German dice.

So I emailed the guys at Battlefront Customer Services in the UK.  Within THREE MINUTES I had a polite reply. They were very sorry with my experience of Battlefront and the Open Fire box set and would be sending out a replacement.   Also they said they would check and repack with extra foam.  The NEXT DAY I received my new Open Fire Box, packed in the extra foam!

The overall content of my new box is a lot, lot better.  I have noticed that the new rule book is about 3mm thicker than the one in my first box.  So they must have fixed the problem with the binding on the rule book.

This is what I call Customer Service.  A response within minutes with a replacement the next day!

 


Painting an Army – The Need for Variety

I have been painting my Warmachine Protectorate of Menoth army now for nearly eight months.  At the moment I am painting Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and Honor Guard, and I have to admit it is getting very tedious.  Painting the same colour scheme on miniature after miniature is starting to bore me.  The next miniature to paint is the Avatar of Menoth, when that is finished I will have a fully painted fifty point army.  Next I was planning on painting a full size Exemplar Errant Unit, with Officer and Standard-Bearer and a Seneschal, thats eleven miniatures all with the same colour scheme that I have been painting for nearly eight months.

I need a break from painting the Protectorate of Menoth, after the Avatar of Menoth is complete I am giving myself a break from painting the army.  Once the Avatar of Menoth is complete I will start painting my Flames of War US 101st Airborne.   Thats a different challenge all together!  One hundred and eight fifteen millimeter scale miniatures with a completely different colour scheme.


New Year Resolutions – Changes!

I have given my 2011 hobby new year resolutions some more thought over the past couple of days, and have changed a few, and added a few more!

So here is the amended list

  • Have a fully painted 50 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of April.
  • Have a new 35 point Protectorate of Menoth army fully painted for end of June.
  • Have a fully painted 100 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of October.
  • Play in at least six tournaments with my Protectorate of Menoth during the year.
  • Have two decent size Flames of War forces (US and Germans) fully painted by the end of the Year.
  • Build and paint a static Flames of War, World War II 6 x 4 gaming table by the end of the Year.
  • Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures.
  • Play at least 150 games of Warmachine during the year.

Whats has changed from the previous post?

I have added having a fully painted 100 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of October.  This is for the Mansfield Mosh tournament at Maelstrom Games in November.

I have changed the Flames of War, World War II scenery resolution to build a static Flames of War, World War II 6 x 4 gaming table.

Lastly I have changed the target Warmachine games to play this year to 150, I felt that 100 was too easy, and maybe 200 was over ambitious.


New Year Resolutions 2011

As usual at this time of year I come up with some new year hobby resolutions, so here are my resolutions for 2011.

  • Have a fully painted 50 point Protectorate of Menoth army for end of April.
  • Play in at least six tournaments with my Protectorate of Menoth during the year.
  • Have a completely new 35 point Protectorate of Menoth army fully painted for end of June.
  • Have two decent size Flames of War forces (US and Germans) fully painted by the end of the Year.
  • Build and paint enough 15mm World War II scenery for a 6 x 4 gaming table by the end of the Year.
  • Post more often of my blog, especially more pictures.
  • Play at least 100 games of Warmachine during the year.

So this year my hobby focus will be on Warmachine and Flames of War.  Warhammer Fantasy was been shelved for the year, I may have the occasional game.  I am not expecting a new Ogre Kingdoms book and miniatures to be released this year, but Games Workshop may surprise me!

On the topic of playing at least 100 games of Warmachine during the year.  I will be keeping track on this blog of games played and how I am doing in getting in 100 games.  With a game every week, plus a few weekend tournaments as well then 100 games should be achievable.


What I have been upto?

Not posted during December, this was due to my internet router breaking and having to get a replacement.

On the painting side of the hobby, my Protectorate of Menoth 35 point army is fully painted and will be fully varnished by the end of the week-end.  This was a target for the doubles tournament at Maelstrom Games being held this week-end, but alas myself and Tyler were unable to attend.

On the gaming side of the hobby, played a load of games over Christmas with Tyler and a few guys up at Maelstrom Games.  Really starting to get to grips with the Protectorate and starting to win more games.  The next thing I want to achieve is to build another 35 point list with the Protectorate with a different Caster, and have a fully painted 50 point list.

With the doubles tournament at Maelstrom Games a none starter for us, we have signed up for a one day casual days playing Warmachine at The Games Vault in Daventry on Sunday the 16th.  This is not strickly at tournament, there are no prizes, its just a casual day playing Warmachine.  It will be using the new Steamroller 2011 tournament rules, so should be something different.

I have finally decided to start a new gaming system and its Flames of War.  It was a choice between this game and Napoleonics, but I opted for World War Two.

I have purchased the Open Fire box set over Christmas, for the mini rule book.  Plus started an American 101st Airbourne army, which is strongly influenced by the TV series Band of Brothers.  My first purchases were the Platoon Rifle Company, the dice and tokens for the 101st Airbourne, along with the book Hells Highway.

This is going to be a back burner project during the year, so not expecting to get any meaningful size games in until well into the new year.  I will also be starting a German Fallschirmjäger army as well, so thats two Paratrooper armies!

Warhammer Fantasy is well and truly on the shelf for the immediate future.  I will be concentrating my gaming time to Warmachine and the Protectorate of Menoth.  And my hobby painting time will be split between Warmachine and Flames of War.

So a new year and I had better get down some New Year Resolutions!


Protectorate of Menoth Painting Progress

I have nine weeks to paint a unit of four Choir, a Reckoner Heavy Warjack and a unit of five Bastions.  Why nine weeks?  Well my self and Tyler have signed up for our second tournament, Double Penatration at Maelstrom Games in January.

Double Penatration is a doubles tournament over two days at Maelstrom Games.  As per the usual Maelstrom rule packs a fully painted army is required.  So I will have a fully painted Warmachine 35 point army by the end of the year.

My plan is to paint the four Choir miniatures for the end of November.  The Bastions next month running up to my Christmas break.  Then over a two week Christmas break paint the Reckoner.  For me thats a lot of painting to do in nine weeks.