May 2011

Here they are, Mrs. Kratikoff and a min. unit of Man-o-war shocktroopers. Already painting 2 more to max them up (and 10 more on the workbench… yes, ten!)


They are lovely figures, way prettier than any light jack I’ve seen and rumour has it the coming up in mechanic officer from Wrath will be able to repair jacks and these guys as well!! In case you’re not familiar with Warmachine, yes, that is a cannon sticking out of their shields.

Later this week not one, not two, but three Small Table battles with pictures!!!

A bit of hobby update finally!!

First, the scenery from Dust Tactics. I just felt like painting them. Yeah, the figures will be too, those are just too pretty.

If you’re wondering why they rest on a textured CD base you will see soon enough when I share my Dust Tactics hack to play without the board 🙂

And thought I’d share these WIP of 3 Khador warcasters I’m painting. Plastic Sorscha, the Butcher (gorgeous mini… and amazing model on the tabletop!) and epic Irusk. I still have to paint Karchev and put together Strakhov. No shortage of warcasters for Khador here.

Probably on the weekend I will show you the painted metal Sorscha and the Man-o-war unit. Meanwhile, some interesting comments on the post below. Be sure to check them out and share.

Today I visited a comic store which had some wargaming stuff. There was some GW scenery in there I’ve been meaning to get. After browsing and deciding on what to get, I had this crappy feeling. I looked at the GW boxes on the lot and just felt bad, almost uncomfortable. All week reading about the stuff they’re pulling and worst, all the news items about the Finecast range as if it’s something new or revolutionary or never done before. I dropped the boxes and just went home with some other random stuff (a couple of resin scenery packs and some comic books). I mean, this stuff wasn’t even from the Finecast range, nor did have the price increase… just backlog stuff that was in the store. And yet I felt like an ass for a while.

Did this ever happen to you? Feeling bad about buying something as harmless as toy soldiers is way strange for my world. Am I just a dumbass and should stay away from the internets for a while or is it possible that GW really put that feeling into me with the last couple of weeks’ news? I’m no ad or PR professional, maybe someone out there can shed a light.

You know the difference between Privateer Press and Games Workshop?

PP lets me, lowly South American, buy their figures from wherever the fuck I want. And yes, it is a very big difference.

In other related rants. PP is still dealing with the Mk. II wave of new players. After the Adepticon master stroke and the recent GW retardness, there’s a new wave of players hitting on them like a fucking tsunami as we speak. Time to show you got a pair, PP.

A heads up in case you don’t cruise Ganesha’s Yahoo Group, Aleksandar Šaranac over at BattReps has posted a two part solo rules for Song Drums and Shakos, based on the ones posted right here. A different twist and I think it suits the style of play of SDS very accuratelly. Check them out!

Different times require different creative outputs. I will be posting random Iron Kingdoms snippets here:

No, I´m not moving out or anything. Drop by if you´re curious.

Been playing around with Dust Tactics. From the outside it’s an honest to god boardgame. You know, not a minis wargame. The box is sturdy and functional (to put the pieces back in it after playing… something you don’t do with, for example, your Warmachine starter battlebox). The figures are primed in two colors, grey for the Germans and green for the Americans. And of course it has a board to play in.

However, it is written mostly as a miniatures game. Yes, the square board is important, but the designers note (I might disagree in some of those notes) that the board can be expanded, the scenarios improvised, and even new rules added to create your game. It doesn’t give the vibe of a heavily balanced and enclosed boardgame which just happens to have miniatures, like Memoir ’44.

And the figures… wow. They are amazing. Some of the best miniatures in my collection by far, and the walkers are positively the most amazing kits (they are kits after all, they just come assembled!) I have seen in the sci-fi/www2 genre. So you’re left hanging in the middle there. Is it a boardgame? How long till I paint those gorgeous figs? And then what? Will I still want to play in god-awful carboard squares instead of a realistically modeled tabletop? Should I use them for another game system?

Well, the game is decent. I don’t see anything revolutionary yet, but it is easy to dive into and quite tactical. I still consider the robots are too easy to kill with just 4 “wounds.” But it’s definitely a game of “shoot first” tactics.

Now, I have to confess I am geometrically challenged. The LOS rules are confusing at best, and easily picturing lines of fire on the board is hard for me. And I know it’s just me. I’m sure lots of smart people out there are thinking “it’s just squares dumbass” and measuring from their centers is a piece of cake. I hate to admit it makes my head hurt. I’m a tabletop man, and at best a hexagons man as well. I love hexagons and they make life easier (and prettier… seen all those in Tron: Legacy?)

The future for the game looks nice as well. Robot boxes with 4 different weapon setups, infantry squad boxes, new models coming out, and quite a few campaign expansions. Not to mention the alien army that’s promised in the fiction. So what does it take to make the game tick for me? A simple adaptation to tabletop.

Real tabletop. Killing the board without killing the game. And I’ve been thinking about it. In fact, to the complete dismay of my girlfriend, I dreamt with rules for this on Saturday night (what… you don’t dream with wargames rules?). And I tried them!! A few very simple tweaks here and there, simple guides for the 3D scenery you will be using and it’s done. Played almost all of the scenarios from the basic game so far with these, and they’ve improved the game for me. Not only visually, but I don’t have a headache anymore!

I will keep tweaking them, seeing if there’s something obvious I’m missing. I haven’t checked the online activity for the game so far, though I have a couple of rules questions I will need to post at some forum. I don’t know if anyone adapted the game to be played without squares yet, and I will share my document soon after more play, but just in case, does any of the readers know of a good online community for Dust Tactics?

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