Monday, 26 June 2017

The Green Horde Is Coming… To An End

June seems to have been a very long month for all the wrong reasons, but one thing that has kept things interesting is the Zombicide: Green Horde Kickstarter. I had announced to Bull when I first heard about it that I was going all-in and would sign up for every optional extra and splash out big time, given that it's a fourth game at the moment. However, after seeing my pledge pass the $300 mark in the first fortnight I decided that I may have been a little hasty and scaled things back. It is only a board game after all, even if it is a very good one.

Having said that, the amount of loot you get for an initial $120 pledge is growing daily and with less that 48 hours before the Kickstarter ends, now is the time to get on board or miss out on the exclusives (of which there is a lot – see image above).

In the last 24 hours we have seen a stretch goal for a Giant survivor smashed, revealing a stretch goal for a Giant zombie! The stretch goals this time around have been a mixed bag I think, but true to form for a Cool Mini Or Not Kickstarter there have been lots of them as the project races towards the familiar $4M mark. Will it beat the last Kickstarter that managed $4.2M? We will see…

Friday, 23 June 2017

Return To 40k

Every time Games Workshop produce another incarnation of Warhammer 40k I feel obliged to take a look, given that it's played such a massive part in my hobby life over the years.

8th Edition has been slightly different in that GW have highlighted some of the the key changes in the build up to release. I've been intrigued by the simplification of the Warhammer world with AoS (without ever actually playing it) and what I was hearing was that 40k was going to follow suit. This gave me some hope that things may actually change to the point where I could welcome 40k back into my life. It's been a long time time since the glory days of 4th Edition and I've had no interested in the versions since, especially as things escalated towards apocalypse type battle with flyers and war machines.

Then GW played their ace card – Death Guard marines in the starter box – ah, dammit, this was not going to be a cheap return to 40k. As has become the norm in recent years, said models were of the highest quality (even if there are still a few dodgy poses). That was it then, I would have to shell out close to £100 to see what it was all about – even though the rules are technically free (how does that work?!).

I managed to miss the postman on release day and have to wait 24hrs to go to the sorting office and collect my parcel. I was excited, but with a certain level of reservation – disappointment for so many years will do that to you! Upon opening the box I have to say it is a very smart product. The only company I have come across that presents it's products as beautifully as this is Apple (they're in a league of their own, but this was pretty good). Taking the time and effort to present products to this degree makes the unboxing experience so much more enjoyable. It shows that the company cares what the customer thinks.

The contents was pretty solid. The fact that you got the hardback edition of the full rulebook, instead of an A5 lite version, was a good decision. That helped make it feel like a quality purchase and good value for money. The models are as stunning as ever and, again, helps to give a feeling of quality and value. The Primaris marines went on Ebay and sold in less than an hour, so I've made most of the cost back already.

After building my first few Death Guard models I decided to crack out my current army and rebase them on the larger 32mm bases. However, when old and new Death Guard stood side by side I noticed there was a significant scale discrepancy. Not unlike a Primaris marine next to a standard one, the size difference was quite noticeable and looked quite odd – disaster!

Now I'm left with a bit of a quandary. Do I relegate my old Death Guard to be standard nurgle marines and the new plastics are Death Guard? Do I sell my old DG marines and start a new army? Do I stick to the old ones and not bother with the new ones?

To complicate things more, my two favourite conversions of all time – my Nurgle Heldrake and Nurgle Forgefiend – can't be taken in a pure Death Guard army!! Neither can my Nurgle Biker!

So for now I'm simply putting together the models. Just like last time I built some Nurgle on the back of a 40k box set (above), I jumped straight in with a conversion. More on that another time.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

There And Back Again…

The blog has been quiet for the last three weeks due to me being away in the States with the family. A unique occasion to be sure as we travelled first to Illinois for a family wedding. It was a far more casual affair than we had anticipated and I stood out somewhat in a three-piece suit.

Next came two fantastic days in Chicago. Staying in a lovely hotel overlooking the river, I have to say it was the best time I've had on holiday since visiting Yosemite five years ago. We got to meet my 'glorious' friend Brian from Anvil Eight Games, who graciously took me and my family out to try some famous Chicago style pizza pie. What an experience and I can say hand on heart that I will never look at pizza in this country the same way.

Myself and Brian got to hang out for a while after dinner, drinking local beers and chatting about all things gaming. It was a very inspiring evening and makes me very excited for all things hobby related – not least the future of Anvil Eight Games. You will be hearing more about them soon as they raise their profile with more astonishing projects.

After our awesome time in the city we jumped on a plane down to Texas to hang out with the extended family once again. Whilst we didn't see much of this famous state, we did get to visit the Alamo… which was not what I had imagined.

Located in the middle of downtown San Antonio, and surrounded by a high wall, you could walk past the place and not know it was there were it not for all the signage. Crowded in on all sides by tall buildings, it was a far cry from the fort in the desert that I had imagined it to be. The site itself was interesting enough – a small exhibition and an enormous gift shop were sat alongside the famous church seen in most promotional material. The atmosphere on site was heavy with history.

Now we're home, the attention has swung back to hobby things. The new Zombicide Kickstarter launched on Tuesday and funded in 6 minutes. Whilst the stretch goals so far have not been terribly inspiring I'm hoping things will improve.

I have also just pre-ordered the new Warhammer 40k box set which is due out on the 17th June (day before Father's Day… cough). And just because all this hobby spending wasn't enough, I've also bought Massive Darkness Kickstarter on Ebay which is due to be shipped in the next couple of months.

I think I need a sit down – phew!