Saturday, 28 April 2012

Round-up for the month

With a hectic social calendar impinging on my time (my daughter's, I don't have one) I thought I'd best do a round-up before we hit month end.

Gaming-wise, I was knocked out of the BB play-offs by Dan Atherton (just realised I never wrote that report, oh well) and I've played three games of 40k with the Tzeentch Daemon list.  Drew against Jim's Daemons and Dan's IG, but lost massively against Dark Eldar as having loads of models with decent toughness means shag-all when you're facing 20+ poisoned shooting attacks that wound on 4+.

I've had another month of failing to put paintbrush to model, but I did manage to make headway on the Mordheim board, add wings to a Daemon Prince and repair Jimbo's Lord of Change.Regarding the Mordheim boards, two have the stone patterning around the edge finished and have been sealed and I've just about managed to finish that one road section.

Speaking of which, I've made a massive mistake there and as it's going to be extremely time-consuming my target for next month will be to make some buildings and get the table playable at least.  Lee has helped in this regard by kindly donating a castle model he's never completed, so I have a couple of city wall sections and a garrison for the middle of the board that I intend to convert into a watch-house (it is Ankh-Mordheim after all)

With the arrival of my new airbrush I might even be able to add some paint...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Things have gone a little Pete Tong...

Yeah, so I had this great idea to water down the pva a little and it bit me in the arse. Apparently lentils will absorb any water in the mix, so I'm desperately hoping I can get a good seal over them later to prevent them from rotting or two hours work goes out the window...

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dodgy daemons and derelict dice

Jim asked if I could take a look at his broken Lord of Change model. So about 7ish he arrived and presented me with the model, the finecast model that is supported on one leg, the leg Jim had broken or more accurately snapped off...

This was my first real experience with finecast and there are definite pros and cons with the stuff, the main issue is that the pros ARE the cons!

Finecast is easy to reposition, this its what Jim was trying to do when he snapped the leg, he just forgot to warm it up first.  Stick the piece in a bowl of recently boiled water and pretty soon its floppy and malleable, scarily so. There were a couple of times where I thought I was going to cause irreparable deformation, but I soon got the hang of it and in quick order a wing was repositioned and the leg aligned.

Finecast is soft and easy to drill into, its also very flexible and wobbles like a chuff making the actual drilling a perilous proposition.

So after interruptions, (getting the girls into bed and fixing my pin vice) I had finished the repair job on the leg and stabilised the model by pinning the staff to the base and magnetising the staff arm so that it can be removed. 

By 10pm we were ready for another daemon on daemon rematch and my modified Tzeentch list made a dent in Jim's list before succumbing to the 'we can't die, cos we're within 6" of the Fateweaver' bastard units in turns 6 and 7. Game was a draw with us both holding one objective, but Jim won on Vp because I couldn't kill enough thanks to his Weaving of the Fates.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Okay, breaks over...

I've been a bit quiet this week after the almost daily updates at the beginning of the month, but there's been very little progress so that's why.

I did a test using the split and unsplit lentils and the unsplit ones came off too easily, so I've had the unenviable task of sorting the lentils into split/unsplit before I could continue. 

In the interim (particularly Wednesday night) I trimmed down the griffin wings and pinned them to the daemon prince. A couple of dabs of superglue and e voila:

Monday, 16 April 2012

Hyperactive baby means no work on boards...

however, I did knock together a claw/leg for the torso of the Soul Grinder so that I can use him as a daemon prince.

He looks like an evil Zebedee, lol.

Well its a start

The lentils are going down, but I'm going to need a faster method as this little section took an hour!
Anyway, you will notice that the stone work around the edge has been completed, as have the gateways for the river/sewer and the basis for the retaining wall glued down.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

No progress to report

Well got off to a good start stencilling in the brick work on the outside of the canal board, but have managed sod all today. Seems I made bigger mess than I originally thought with the routing and had to spend a couple of hours moving the garage around in an effort to clean up. Still not completely done, but tidying whilst looking after two little uns isn't go to be the most productive use of time. ;-)

I really want to start work on buildings but am just about managing to keep enough self control to finish the job in hand. Lol

Friday, 13 April 2012

About routering out all the roads

In a word, no. I forgot how bloody messy using a router is, until I get chance to sweep up the garage will be henceforth known as the sawdust desert! Operation lentil will commence anon, going straight on to of the roads as they are now. I'll just have to be careful not to stray into the lines.

The error...

I said it was a school boy error, using a bolt to secure the ends of a folding frame works if there is only one joint, when there are two, things tend to slide horizontally. As I said though it's a quick fix, just putting a hook and eye on the interior joint, what's annoying is I should have realised this earlier and just used the hooks in the first place...

Plans went awry...

Well, I managed to build the frame to support the boards (ish, made a schoolboy error but its a quick fix), then played Jimbo at 40k instead of doing any work on the boards.

Last time we played I bigged up my Tzeentch Daemons then lost massively, in some part due to the dice, but in the main because I'd FUBAR'd my list.  Today we played a rematch, Daemon Undivided vs Pure Tzeentch and I got the list right!  Three units of four Flamers are absolutely devastating, everything else is just icing! Game ended as a draw, (no surprise really) but I'd kept Jim on the defensive for the entire game and pipped him in the VP's by a 100 or so points, so I'm claiming the moral victory. lol

The main things I took from today was that 40k can still be an enjoyable game and that if I concentrate I can still write awesome lists.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Almost time to go lentil!

Okay, all the squares are cut out and the foam glued onto the base boards so tomorrow's job is to router the edges to level them off and start the lentil cobblestones.

You may notice that the holes are quite ragged, this was deliberate as I plan to fill the bottoms with debris to represent collapsed buildings.

Speaking of buildings I've got 28 squares from the cut outs and only needing half to secure the buildings in place means I can potentially make 56 buildings from these alone!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Oops (or dear god no)

Three out of four boards now have their inserts cut out and two are glued onto the backing boards so I thought I'd have a look at how the red lentils will look as cobble stones.

The picture below is an inch and half square filled with the lentils, can you see the problem?  Yup, although the lentils are great scale-wise it turns out they come split so each lentil is going to have to be laid by hand... Can I start crying now?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Modular board

Polar opposite to Andy, I've been desperately trying to find time to start work on the boards, two little girls do not make the using of power tools convenient.  Anyway, I've started mapping out the board layout and after completing the first I'm going to scrap the original idea of 4 completely different boards as I worked out I could achieve the same effect with just the buildings.

So, here's the first layout. The squares are to be cut out to provide the basing slots and anything outside the marked areas is going to be routed down and lentil'd to make cobble stone roads. The large blank section will form one quarter of an optional town square.

Only three more to go then I can start cutting!

Planning done

Not much to add to that except a photo. :-)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pics of the bedroom

They're a bit washed out, sorry had to rely on artificial light (sun buggers off as soon as I'm able to enjoy it)

Monday, 2 April 2012

Ichibo lox vs Prozac Prolapse (Its taken 4 days to write this, sorry)

It was sheets of snow and ice as a Blizzard swept in just before the game started, but Prozac Prolapse win the toss and still elect to receive despite being reduced to the short game.  The ball lands fairly deep but Jon benefits from a quick snap to pull his front rank out of danger, then easily picks up the ball and forms a cage.  A blitz action opens up my right flank and two elves dart through to take up position within a GFI of the touchline.

My turn and I punch a hole through Jon's line but this costs me my blitz action and all I can do is surround the ball carrier and the elves in my half with tackle-zones.

Jon manages to block and pushback the Skink putting a tackle-zone directly on the ball carrier, my fault for misunderstanding the Dauntless rule, then declared a Blitz with his ball carrier on the other Skink blocking his path before realising that it would mean he'd need a GFI to get clear.  He changed his mind and elected to do what Elves do best (apparently), two dodges got him clear to hand off to another elf in two tackle-zones that promptly did the same double dodge trick to escape and run around my line, pulling off another two dodges (though the team reroll was required for the second) and passing to his 'Nerves of Steel' catcher who didn't care about being in three tackle zones.  Successfully catching the ball, she skips through the tackle zones and risks a GFI to score.  0-1.

Changing weather marks the start of the next drive and from a blizzard it turns into a glorious day for Bloodbowl.  Ichibo Lox find out what a difference a point of armour makes as they pummel three elves to the floor and injure another (yes really!) and set up for a drive down the left, Jon moves to counter by setting up a ton of potential blocks with his swift moving elves so Turn 3 I use the Skink's speed to switch to the right flank. Jon also switches but I try to use the Saurus to hem them in, so for his turn 4 he's committed to that side.  I sneak a Skink to nine squares from the Touchline on the left flank and skip over to hand off the ball. Jon manages to get a blitz on the ball carrier and the ball is dropped but lands in an empty square.  I then get a  break as one of Jon's linesmen tries to dodge away from the Kroxigor and falls prey to the Prehensile Tail.  With the skink on the floor having Jump Up, I know I can get a touchdown next turn but I try to be greedy.  Several blocks bounce a catcher onto the ball and it scatters next to my downed skink, but try as I just can't free him from tacklezones, oh well I tried everything else.  Jump up, Dodge out on 3+... successful, pick up the ball on a 3+... yup!  Run down to the touchline and risk a GFI... Touchdown turn 5!  (Yeah, I forgot to take a photo)

Set up again and kick to Jon, Brilliant Coaching nets me another re-roll and I try to minimise the mistakes I made last time by leaving the Skinks free to engage breakthrough artists but it's only partially successful.  I managed to get the Kroxigor to do as he was told and set him up to apply his Prehensile Tail onto the elves.  The elves seemed to be aware of the tail though and hop and skip through into my half.  I move all the skinks onto the two catchers but only manage a pushback on one.  Jon's turn 8 and he Dodges out the ball carrier, hands off to a lines man and I'm getting Deja Vu.  Yup, pass action that I fail to intercept and Jon needs a 3+ to throw it accurately, its a 5 so no worries, now for the 4 tackle zones, I smile...Jon tells me she's the one who has Nerves of Steel...I stop smiling...Caught!  Dodge on a 4+ required, 6!  Dodge on a 2+, 3!  Single GFI and he scores in turn 8.

Set up for my turn 8, Jon puts the sacrificial three linesmen on the touchline then everyone else on the Touchline, rolls for Kick off and its a Riot! My fans are getting restless, but it causes the clock to go forward and I lose my chance to mangle the linesmen.

Start of the second half and I'm receiving. I get a Quick Snap and push forward with a quick hand-off, pass action but leave the ball carrier insufficiently supported,  the skink goes down and the ball bounces to the floor a thrower scoops up the ball and dodges out of two tackle zones to pass the ball over to the player on the right flank.  My turn 2 and I start by Blitzing the ball carrier, the ball bounces out of bounds and I get lucky as the ball is thrown back on lands next to Jon's touchline.  The Kroxigor doesn't get bonehead and pushes back the catcher allowing the Skink free rein to attempt to pick up the ball and GFI to score.  He manages both and its 2-2 in the second turn of the second half.

Set up again and get a Blitz action.  With the ball landing one place behind the central elf I clear a gap and risk running around to attempt to catch it. Unfortunately, the ball bounces to no.8 who was placed behind the catching skink to protect him and he's promptly ko'd. I repay Jon by stunning two of his elves and picking up the ball to run it down the right flank.  Supposedly loosely caged, Jon applies cancelling out players on my supporting skinks before pulling off a 3 dodge blitz, skink down! The ball bounces but Jon has sufficient movement to scoop up the ball and move the blitzer into a two-sided cage.  My turn 4 and a blitz with a Saurus puts the elf carrying the ball onto the floor, the ball bounces onto a downed skink and then onto the empty square next to him.  A quick check and yes, it's number 9! Jump Up, pick up the ball and run it in to make it 3-2 to Ichibo Lox at the end of turn 4!

Well that was a briefly enjoyed lead!  Jon scores in his turn 5 making it 3-3 with yet another "Seriously?", we're the Elves and we scoff at your tackle-zones, 7 dodge, quick pass and hand-off in several tackle-zone plays.  I hate elves...

Anyway, its obvious the home fans are really upset by this as yet another Riot pushes the game straight into turn 7. With only two turns left Jon and I agree that it ain't gonna be no damn draw!

So here we go, I punch a hole through the middle and send No.9 with Jump Up to within scoring range, he's followed by No. 8 of the Dauntless Block fame and then I pick up the ball and run the skink up the centre next to the Kroxigor, at this point I realise I forgot to declare a "Pass Action", Jon lets me off and lets me attempt the throw. I should have known better... The ball's fumbled and lands on a downed elf, scatters again and ends up one square from a elf thrower.

Jon dodges a catcher into my half and then pulls off the dodges required to pick up the ball and get it safely into the hands of a thrower who proceeds to accurately pass it to the Catcher, he then fails a block and suffers a turn over.

Okay, its the last turn.  I've got a skink 4 squares from the catcher, so if I can put down the Catcher there's a good chance I can pull off a hand-off and pass action to score.  All I need is to push the elf applying tackle zones on two Saurus with one of them then Blitz the catcher with the other, neither Saurus have Block but both rolls are two dicers and I just need a push-back with the first one...

Yeah, double block dice, somehow that hurts worse than just getting double skulls.  Unopposed, Jon runs the ball in to win 4-3.

I'm ashamed to say I sulked because I'd gotten myself into a position where I was reliant on the dice to pull off a draw and can only apologise to Jon for any unsporting behaviour.  It was a brilliant game with plenty of highs and lows and there was a slight silver lining! I managed to win 5-0 on casualties including one by the Kroxigor, so he's finally levelled up and has now has Break Tackle.  One of the Block skilled Saurus managed to get another skill so I decided to make him Frenzied for the laugh and yet another skink earns Jump Up.

Well that's the end of the League and Ichibo Lox placed sixth so we're into the play-offs, but not the Chumpions League.  Here's how we ended our first season:

Barring any serious mishaps in the play-offs, they will be back in the premiership next year!

Done some painting...

...but it ain't miniatures.  Spent the last three days decorating Isabelle's bedroom with Lou and her dad, stripped the wallpaper, painted the walls and ceiling, laid a new carpet, repaired the wardrobe and put her new bunk bed together.

Will take some pics tomorrow and add them to the post, can't at the minute because she's asleep in there...