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Wargaming Aspirations for 2015 (better late than never…)

1 Feb

It’s not often that I have the time or concentration lately to consider my gaming aspirations for the new year ahead. Still, there are shed loads of random ideas knocking around in my skull, that may or may not come to fruition in the next 12 months, one can still dream on.

I thought I’d share a few while I have a spare hour to kill at the moment, as with life, I might not get the opportunity to blog it when it’s more appropriate than this month. (Well, it’s still the beginning of the year, sort of..)

2015 is the Year of…Co-operation

I’d like to think that 2015 might be a good time to brainstorm some more complex ideas, stuff that I might find difficult to get into gear by my lonesome. Generally, at the best of times, my ideas can be a little surreal or insane, so getting others to steer me in the best direction is something I always consider. The ability to bounce ideas around with others is great, and other people’s take on stuff can be refreshing and bring a new level of detail to boost sometimes stagnant thoughts. I am a team player and while I enjoy being credited for the things I do, I think it’s just as good, if not better to get achievements working alongside others. Much more can be done, things of a higher magnitude than by oneself. There are quite a few individuals that I am thinking of as I write this, so guys, if your reading this, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Hell, I’m even up for new ideas or projects collabroratively (if it sounds good!) Let me know.

2015 is the Year of…Dungeoneering

I’d like to think that the seed of a few ideas is starting to develop. Not just with a massive modular dungeon board system, but I quite like the idea of doing a wargaming version of the old Fighting fantasy system. All fan homage of course, free as the wind to all those who want to use it. I think the system would lend itself easily to miniatures, just a few adjustments for the missing rules, I reckon with the bare bones with the best and most appropriate bits taken from the old FF RPG, and advanced FF. Throw in Out of the pit for the most of the monsters (devise new stuff for models that would need covering) and it’d be sound. Hell, I’d even attempt at some weird dungeon monsters too (sculpting wise that is) Could be fun….

2015 is the year of…Thinking out of the box

In order for me to kick myself up the ass, I’m going to need new inspiration, some mad self induced projects that will challenge myself to further my skills. I do have a number of things in mind, but these will involve planning, research and self education. Plus some cash would help for some (maybe I should stick a paypal donate button here and there…hmmm) We all need shit like this to keep dementia at bay.

2015 is the year of New Miniatures

Hopefully, looking at my stack of books containing my scribbled brainfarts detailing miniatures I’ve always planned, there are some nice ideas I have to revisit. With Grinning skull miniatures due for their next set of releases, more mad shit will need to be done. Plus, since creating a nice 15mm space orc warband with my own designs (CP Models), there are things I want to add to the 15mm choice (Bionic Trolls, Cyber Wyverns, Warg bikes, crazy orky bits etc) Loads of other things too I’d like to have a go at.

2015 is the year of…Finishing what has already begun

You know this. Getting done some stuff that needs to be finished. We all have it, and unlike ebola, it’s a resolution we could all share for the positive.

So I guess the moral to this is, will I manage it all? Well, fuck knows! I would like to think of them as directions in which to steer the USS Grimace toward. If I get half done of what I try, that’ll be ok for me. These aren’t set in stone, more like they are sculpted in plasticene, with the advantage that I can squidge over the marks and edit them.

 

 

Belated seasonal greetings everyone! An alternative Xmas message!

28 Dec

Ho, Ho, Fucking Ho!! 

Hello there! It seems ages since I posted here on the blog, so with the new year promising a new positive start and the fact I am starting to get settled back into posting and some constructive stuff, I wanted to wish you lot some seasonal jubilations, and the hope that you dear readers have had a better time than I over this festive season.

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Coming up for air….

3 Sep

Jeezus…it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and quite frankly put, it’s been no walk in the park recently for me.

As the title says, I think it is time to come up for air from the sea of crap I’ve been drowning in these few months and get back to doing what I am good at (suffering and wallowing might be something I’ve been accustomed to lately, but I’m not that good with it)

Blogging, wargaming, painting and modelling have seemed like nothing compared to the soap opera of life, so my focus shifted to more serious matters, stress even having a real physical effect on my health puts less emphasis on the whole scene too.

But, I do realise that with all the focus on the shit side of life, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. We need these things in our our life to give us a distraction from the darker and stormy side of our dreary existences.

So, with that, I am starting to feel that it is time to kick myself up the ass and get inspired again, not an easy task (well, you lot might think it is, but I can assure you, how I’ve been feeling, it really isn’t) I’ll be getting back into all my blogging (I’ll try and keep it upbeat) and all the projects I’m doing (or had been doing) I’m not going to push it too hard for health reasons, but hopefully all will be well on that front (fingers crossed)

Again, thanks for your words of encouragement and good wishes, that have indeed kept me going this trying time, and made me realise that the time for being down and beaten is over.

The grinning skull has even more significance than ever, still grinning in the face of adversity.

 

Hey GW, Why no 15mm Warhammer 40K?

20 Aug
Rogue Trader - the first edition of Warhammer ...

Rogue Trader – the first edition of Warhammer 40,000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I have a bit of quiet relaxing time to myself tonight, chilling on my hols, I have been musing again over various stuff.

This one has been bugging me for ages. No doubt it’s a bane of contention for other 15mm wargamers the world over.

Why hasn’t GW jumped on this bandwagon, since 15mm scifi is a hot property at the moment (probably due to the economy forcing players to downsize their lead addiction from 32/30/28mm to 15mm) GW have an opportunity to get those disillusioned ex-40K players back in the fold, but alas for those 15mm-ers who crave to play 40K in the smaller scale, there are scant little decent proxy models for the various sides and races of the 40k fluff, unless your willing to faff about with dozens of miniature firms to get odds and sods. Sure you can even play old faves like Necromunda in 15mm pretty easily, just a shame they dropped it years ago!

Yes it’s true that indeed there are lots of us who’d jump at the chance of this, and many out there are busy scratch building and converting away to create their own versions of space marines or orcs etc, but if they are anything like me, I know they’d sell their first born for some decent official 15mm miniatures!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the fact that if Games Workshop actually get around to doing this, It will cost me a bloody fortune, maybe not as much as a 28/30mm force (Well, if GW have anything to do with it, it’ll be more than everyone elses stuff!) Speaking as a long time 40k player, I have been into the game for years and years, since the first edition (which is the best in my humble opinion) but since the Evil Empire emerged and crushed the soul from it, I have been crying inside…..

Still, would it be a good thing if they did a 15mm 40k? It’s bound the drive the price of 15mm figures up, which is pretty bad for us since most of us switched to 15mm to escape the over inflation of figure prices.

Personally, I’d like to throw this question out there to you people, and ask your thoughts on this.

What’s your opinions on this whole thing?

Let me know….

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