Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Lle naa haran e' nausalle

This week my goodies from the Games Workshop finally turned up. I ordered the battle magic spell book for Storm of Magic (the latest Warhammer expansion). Yet to order the actual rule book for Storm of Magic but as experience has taught me you are better getting the limited edition stuff first than scouring EBay at a later date when you think 'oh that would be useful'. To take my order above £10 and qualify for free delivery (does that count as Cheaphammer Kieron?) I added some codex grey. I needed this to paint the steeds as part of July's painting target.

So with the paint pot arriving this week I have completed the horses. I need to finish the bases but these are just a sand layer painted with scorched brown, then dry-brushed in snakebite leather and Dheneb stone. I then spread PVA glue in random locations before dipping in grass flock. Nothing as fancy as Craig's sandstone pavements but I think they suit the elves well and the green/brown compliments the blue/silver garb of the elves.

So I'm now moving onto my second character model for this month a mounted High Elf mage. With just under 2 weeks of painting left I can feel the pressure waning.

Most of you will probably notice I haven't been to the club recently for any war gaming fix. My young family is again owning my time. I am  however, still managing to get some board gaming in (If you can call it that?). At the weekend we played a eight player game of Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition.

For those not in the know Twilight Imperium Third Edition is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to seize the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression. The galaxy is created from various large hexes which represent space or planetary systems. The later offer your civilization resources and influence on which to build your empire. It is basically a massive strategy war game set in space which I think is an excellent substitute for a good table top war game. The only downside... we started playing at 11am and didn't finish till midnight! Wow! 

I was a race known as the L1z1x Mindnet.  I could build lots of cheap, powerful dreadnoughts (powerful capital ships). I also started with some healthy technology meaning I could quickly build warsuns (the most powerful unit in the game) I must of scared the opposition off as not once was I attacked by my fellow players. I did however play a very bad game. As with most boardgames the aim is to claim victory points not terrorise your neighbouring alien races with your large arsenal. I forgot this and spent most of the game annoying races on the other side of the galaxy by utilising a handy nearby wormhole. Craig on the other hand didn't, he played an excellent game claiming points each round and securing victory. As we finished the galaxy looked like this:

I was using the purple units. Its a great game and if anyone is interested in playing let me know! We are always on the look out for new blood players.

Twilight imperium and my recent warhammer/painting obsession probably says a lot about me. Maybe I do think I am King in my imagination. Its not the easiest of hobbies to maintain while rearing a family but I love it... and so to make sure I can spend time painting my other hobby, reading has gone out of the window. I was actually reading the entire Disc-world series before this 'Tale of x gamers' competition (and now campaign started). I was reading 1 book a month and had reached novel 25 The Truth. Got me thinking, what if anything have my fellow gamers given up so that they can fulfill their painting targets?


  1. Socialising :-D No seriously, summer term is a doddle and i have no family or girl friend to worry about so i do as i please. I have been painting while watching tv lately which has got me painting more.

    So yeah i need to get a life... o_O

  2. Painting is taking up all of the time I usually set aside for procrastination.