Sunday, 23 July 2017

Brigade Models Imperial Skies Italian Fleet


                 
Imperial Skies is a table top wargame of lighter-than-air ship battles, played out over the land and sea of the early 20th Century.

Fleets of flying ships are pitted against each other in fast-paced aerial tactical combat. Gather powerful fleets of your favourite nation including Battleships, Dreadnoughts, Cruisers, Destroyers, Aircraft, Bombers and Patrol Boats. (From Brigade Models website)



This is the start of my Italian Forces for Imperial Skies. It consists of 2 x Re d'Italia Class Battleships, 1 x Giulo Cesare Class Light Battleship, 2 x Pisa Class Cruisers and 3 x Rosatelli BR-88 Seaplane Bombers.

Next additions will be flights of Seaplane Fighters, 4 x Frigates and a large Dirigible. I have my first game against a friends British fleet beginning of August so look out for the upcoming battle report.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

UK Games Expo 2017



I recently attended this years Games Expo in Birmingham and yet again it was a fantastic show. I could only make one day however and this year it was the Sunday. 

Apart from being quieter than I usually know it too be I did find that I had a better, easier time walking around and finding great new games to play. 

Meeting up with friends new and old is also a cracking part of attending these shows and I got to say hallo to Karl and Helena from Crooked Dice, Jason (Tritex) of Tritex games and Laurence from Wotan. 

Wotan are currently running a Kickstarter for their brilliant Norse mythology boardgame - War of the 9 Realms and I managed to get a couple of games in, winning a nice new mug!

I bumped into Jason Frowde of Painting Knights and was really pleased to express my delight in the commission work he did on my Star Wars Imperial Assault stuff. 

So onto the games I got to play. As mentioned I had a couple of War of the 9 Realms. A cracking introduction to Warhammer 40K 8th Edition. I have never played 40K but love the background and was suitably impressed with the game I had. 

I joined in with a game of Adrenelin (boardgame) Ore-Some (fun mining cart family game by One Free Elephant) Cash for Guns, The Lost Expedition by Osprey Games and also joined in on a game of the forthcoming Batman boardgame. 

Amongst all these I also got to shop a bit and picked up new Star Wars Imperial Assault Jabbas Palace, Carentan for Heroes of Normandie and a load of new Bloodbowl stuff. 

Another highlight was also watching the cos play parade. See pics below.

Cracking day out and next year so look forward to attending the show the whole weekend. 

 
   
 
   
 
The Swag. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Games Workshop Shadow War Armageddon - Skitarii



Games Workshop recently released Shadow War: Armageddon
This is a narrative skirmish game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe based on the brilliant Specialist Games classic Necromunda.  

A huge surprise hit for GW in my opinion which saw the box set 
which included some wonderful terrain, selling out very fast and now going for ££££££,s in the secondary market. An online community for the game has sprung up and seems to growing expenontially.  

However successful this game has been on release, some complaints have been filtering through the most ardent fans and these are mostly about balance. Certain factions are seen as over powered etc.

Well have you seen what a Harlequin trooper can do against an Imperial Guard squad or the Grey Knights that can waste a whole underhive full of Orcs. 

Balance shmalance this game is bloody fun and after years of critism GW have seemed to have given us that back. 
I have jumped in with something completely different to the Space Marines/Eldar/Necrobs etc and chosen to put together a Skitarii kill team. 

 

Not knowing anything about these Adeptus Mechanicus troops led to lots of reading of 40K fluff and it's stirred my interest in the whole 40K universe again. 

Now to start building and no doubt collecting other kill teams. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

May the 4th be with you. Happy Star Wars Day.

Happy Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you always.

Whatever your doing today, have a great time doing it. 

 
 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

New Plastic Dwarves from Osprey/Northstar


one exciting thing I managed to pick up at Salute, were a couple of sprue's of Northstar's new plastic fantasy Dwarves. Stoutly sculpted in the same vein as their Frostgrave figures and Gripping Beasts Vikings and with a Tolkienesque style these Dwarves will allow you to field characterful skirmish warbands or mass armies.

Northstar and Osprey have stated that these will be the first additions to a forthcoming fantasy game which will also include new plastic Goblins and Elves (amongst others I would surmise) but they would be suitable for any fantasy setting, Frostgrave, Song of Blades and Heroes, Open Combat etc..

Each Sprue contains enough bits to make 5 miniatures with a mixture of weapons including bows, spears and hand weapons. Also you can make a leader and standard bearer if desired. Buying a couple of sprues meant I could make 10 minis.

My only criticism at the moment is that there were no crossbow weapon additions on the sprue but I have heard that their will be extra dwarves released including these.


 
    


Top image credited to Wargames Illustrated*

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Salute 2017

Hello everyone. I have returned from the unforced wilderness of non-blogging. Unfortunately real life has taken its toll since the end of last year, and this is my first post since September 2016.

What a way to return! posting about my annual pilgrimage to the church of wargaming - SALUTE 2017!. Over the last couple of years I have come away from Salute feeling like there should have been something more... its hard to explain, sometimes the organisation has been lacking or the abundance of decent demonstration and participation games etc, one thing that is never lacking though is the amazing bunch of people/friends that I get to meet at this event.


Anyway this year saw me arriving early as usual to beat the crowds (yeh right) and I was devastated not to be at the beginning of the queue (I was in the first 100 though) this was mainly to sitting down enjoying a yummy hot jam croissant on the concourse and catching up with Morgan from Crooked Dice Miniatures and trawling Facebook to see if friends have arrived yet, and finding out that Ray and Postie had already managed to blag their way in at 8:30ish!! jammy sod's.

The doors opened (finally) at 10:02 the ravaging hordes of gamers descended. I spent the whole day just wandering around and picking games to play that took my fancy instead of the semi arranged timetable I had used over the last few years and I had pre-ordered a lot of stuff to collect so there was minimal extra shopping. Who am I kidding!!! I spent loads, and came away with a huge haul.

I got in quite a good few games this year including the fantastic new post apocalyptic skirmish game (on kickstarter now) The Drowned Earth. A really good cinematic skirmish game where the action action point mechanic allows you to do imaginative things using the board and terrain. At one point I had my Gorilla bruiser hanging upside down from a overgrown flyover, leaning round the pillar and shooting his dueling pistol and an enemy model.

Another new game on show was 4Grounds fantasy skirmish/battle game Fabled Realms, this turned out to be a fantastic demo/game as I bumped into a wonderful German fellow I played a few years ago at a Bushido tournament. Great fun was had and this will be going to kickstarter in June and should be worth a look.

A massive table portraying Jurassic Park saw a very intense dice rolling escape game. You had just over 4 minutes to escape the park in a jeep whilst a mean ol' T-Rex chased you down. The dice had various symbols such as wheels to give the jeep extra movement, a T-Rex which slowed the gribbly down and gates which helped you open park gates. Each gate you got to needed a set number rolled on the set of dice for you to get through. This game went right to the wire, I was trying to roll the dice so fast but the timer went off just on the last roll I got enough gates to get out the park and both I and my jeep became Dino chow.

Quick games of both new 4th Ed Flames of War and Battlefronts TANKS were fun and I got a free German Panzer tank to boot.

At 1pm I arrived at the centre of the hall for the annual Bloggers meet. Attended by less numbers the the previous few years but still great to catch up with good friends old and new.


Some of the highlights of the show were the Drowned Earth Game - Fable Realms - and the amount of lovely people I got to talk too and meet this year. One of the best though and I couldn't stop giggling whilst playing was the game and introduction to Rumbleslam at TTCombats stand. I had seen this on kickstarter in the past and didn't really take notice of it, but now I am hooked and bought the base game as well as a few extras and will soon be ordering the MDF deluxe wrestling ring (only £14.95)

A fabulous day out and I am already looking forward to nexts years event. Below are some of the best pics taken of the games and tables as well as the final picture showing my haul of goodies for this year.

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The Swag