Thursday, January 23, 2020

The End of Star Wars Destiny from Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games announced that it will be discontinuing the Star Wars Destiny game.  I liked the game and started with the first two sets.  Unfortunately, the game never took off that well around the areas that I lived in.  And probably is a good reason why the game has come to a close, the game never seemed to get that much traction anywhere.

If you want to read the full story, you can click on the link here.

Until next time, keep on gaming and crafting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Hobby Goals and 2019 Recap

I have not done one of these posts for a long time, the last one was in 2016, and so regret deleting my old blog as I had several on that one.  This blog has been an interesting part of my life, with both ups and downs, and huge gaps that I now regret.  2019 was an interesting animal for me and the family, and not at all what I had expected and/or hoped for.  But let us not dwell on the past, and let us look instead, toward a new year with all new possibilities and new beginnings.

2019 ReCap

This will be short.

What can I say about 2019, not much happened as far as events and tournaments.  You can click on my Conventions & Tournaments tab and see what the plan was for, but unfortunately, the only event I made it too was The Bourbon Trail Open for Guild Ball.

I did get some gaming in for the last year, and my main games were Batman Miniatures Game, X-Wing, Guild Ball and Middle-Earth SBG.

2020 The Plan

I'll do this list like I did in the last one in 2016, I'll list every game I play and plan on playing for 2020, and again, just to be different I will list them in reverse ABC order, yes I'm strange.  Another new thing for this year is that I will be tracking how many Games I play for each game on a Gadget on the right-hand side of the blog.  Now on to the list:

With the new version of the game, came a lot of excitement and this is still one of my most favorite games to play.  My goal for this year is 30+ games.

What can I say about this game, it has really fallen off for me, and I did not even get in 1 game for 2019, and for 2020, I don't really see this on my radar at all.  The goal for 2020 will be 0 games.

Warhammer 40K
It has been a while for 40K, but my goal for this year is to complete my Crimson Fists, Start a new Tau Army (for my Son, wink wink), and for my 300 plus models of Orks, maybe bring them back and expand them.  My goal for this year is 10+ games.

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game
This will probably be one of my top 3 games of 2020.  I am currently working on 4 armies for this game.  Moria/Angmar, Mordor, Rohan and the Dead of Dunharrow.  My goal for this year is 30+ games.

Guild Ball
This game has fallen off the radar for me, Although 2019 did start off strong with this game, the interest in this game is hard to find, and not that many people (0) play this game in my area.  So the goal for this year is maybe 1 game.  It's still a fun game and may see some playtime if I can find someone to play.

Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)
I started working on a new campaign and would love to start up another gaming group sometime this year.  The goal for this year is a hopefull a once a month or more gaming session, but probably not to after AdeptiCon.

Bolt Action
I really do love this game, and I am sad that I don't get to play this that much.  My Goal for 2020 is 5+ games 😁.

Batman Miniatures Game
This game is another one that started off the year well, but with the new 3rd edition coming out, and all the unknowns about that, it has really fallen off the radar.  I'm still debating on getting the new edition, but who knows what 2020 will bring for this game.  Not even setting a goal for this one.

And the Rest...
There are a lot of games on my radar that I want to try.  I look forward to AdeptiCon and GenCon this year to try/demo new games as well as with some of my friends.  Also this year, I plan to VLog, and possible to some video battle reports on my YouTube channel, as well as post more unboxings and gameplays for Xbox and PS4.


I know some people hate these kinds of posts, but I don't care.  I think this post is really more for me than it is for anyone else.  2019 was, well not what I had hoped for, but that's okay.

I am looking forward to 2020......  So let's get out there and play.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game - Additions to my collection

So, some last-minute arrivals to add to the collection for Middle-Earth SBG.  Added to the rule-books that I have.  I now have the "War in Rohan" book that just came out.  Model wise, my Dead of Dunharrow army got some additions with the "King of the Dead & Heralds", as well as "The Three Hunters" box sets.  Looking forward to building and painting all of these, as well as getting them on the table-top for some gameplay.

War In Rohan
Inside this book there is a ton of information:

– The History of Rohan.
– 24 narrative play Scenarios.
– The War in Rohan Campaign.
– Sieges: Brand-new rules for fighting sieges.
– Armies: Rohan, Lothlórien, Fangorn, Isengard, and Dunland
      - Includes new profiles for a range of Heroes.
– Legendary Legions: Nine stand-alone army lists.
– And a cool Miniatures showcase.

King of the Dead & Heralds
This box set contains the following:

– The King of the Dead - This is an awesome model, great sculpt.
– 2 Heralds - Both of which have a banner and greats sculpts as well.

This will be a great addition to my The Dead of Dunharrow army.  All three of these models can lead their own warbands, and I look forward to seeing how I can use them in my army lists.

The Three Hunters
During the Battle of Pelennor Fields, the three hunters arrived at the Docks of Harlond when things seemed darkest for the White City, leading the Army of the Dead – and with them came victory for the Men of the West.

This plastic kit contains the following:

– Aragorn
– Legolas
– and Gimli

I love all three of these sculpts, and feel they are the best of the three models made for these characters.  They will make a great edition for the themed army I want to make for Dead of Dunharrow (Army of the Dead).

So pumped to have all this added to my collection.  I'll do separate posts in the future when I build and paint them, and will do breakdowns for each.

Until next time........

Sunday, December 22, 2019

AdeptiCon 2020 - Looking forward to the fun

So, this year will be my official first time going to AdeptiCon.  I was all set up to go last year, tickets were purchased, all events paid for (3 of them), it was going to be a blast.  Then Life happened.

Anyway, let us hope this year is better.  Once again, tickets and events are bought and paid for, even pre-ordered a 2020 T-Shirt this year. the main game I will be playing this year will be Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.  I'm signed up for a team tournament with my friend Dragi, I am also going to be playing in the Middle-earth Grand Tournament (Saturday Day 1, and if all goes good that day, then Sunday Day 2).

Here are the events and the descriptions:

I am looking forward to both.  I was hoping that my friend Dragi was going to be playing the Grand Tournament with me, but he will be doing a 40K team tournament both Saturday and Sunday, so maybe next year 😌.

I have a lot of things to do before AdeptiCon, and a lot of models to finish building and painting.  For the Middle-Earth Team Tournament, Dragi will be bringing his Minas Tirath and I will be bringing Rohan, a new Army for me for Middle-Earth.  I look forward to this event the most.  For the Grand Tournament, I will be playing my Moria//Angmar army, led by no other than Balrog himself.  It should be a blast.

Besides building and painting all the models, another huge challenge I will have is to build not one but two army display boards.  One for the Team Tourny and one for the Grand Tournament.

Wish me luck, lol.  I'm going to need it.

I'll be posting more on my progress towards AdeptiCon soon......

Monday, December 16, 2019

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game - Battle of Pelennor Fields Box Set

Wanting to get more into this game, I decided instead of just buying the main rule book, I would just go ahead and buy the "Battle of Pelennor Fields".  This is such a great value for the amount of money you have to spend.

Another good bonus about this box set is that my son has always expressed an interest in playing a full Mordor army, and what comes in this box will give him a great start toward that.    Also, almost all my models are on the Evil side of the armies with Moria and Angmar, so I wanted to start a few armies on the Good side of the game.  This single starter box will give me a start to two armies of the good, Rohan of course and The Dead of Dunharrow.


There is a lot of plastic in this box set.  So looking forward to building it all and getting it painted up and on the tabletop for gaming.  I know I still have a lot of unpainted models for Moria and Angmar, but hey, who doesn't, lol.  But that is the plight of all gamers I know, and probably will not change anytime in the near future, lol 😛.

Below is a list of all the contents that came in the box (such a great bargain):

  • Main Contents
    • The complete, 208-page hardback Middle-Earth SBG Rules Manual.
    • A 16-page Scenarios and Profiles Booklet.
    • 12 Six-Sided Dice (6 Green and 6 Red).
    • Rohan Range Ruler and Mordor Range Ruler.
  • Forces of Good
    • Theoden, King of Rohan (On Foot and Mounted Versions)
    • 12 Riders of Rohan
    • 12 Warriors of Rohan
    • 20 Warriors of the Dead
  • Forces of Evil
    • The Witch-King of Angmar on Fell Beast
      • I wish they would have given an on-foot version as well, little disappointed on this one, but still a nice model.
    • 36 Morannon Orcs
    • 1 Mordor Troll
I forgot to take a picture of everything together, so I snagged/borrowed the one off the GW website, you can click on this link (Battle of Pelennor Fields Box Set) to go see the official site for this box set.

I'll make posts of these as I get painted and compete.

Catch you next time.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game - Wild Wargs

After getting the Cave Troll completed, you can check out that post here, I decided I needed to get something a little faster into my army, as far as movement speed, etc.  After some thinking, I decided to go with a unit of Wild Wargs, and eventually the Wild Warg Chieftain to lead them.  These guys will not only bring speed but open up other avenues by having the ability to out-flank and get around the table much faster then my standard Goblins could.

Here is their description from the Games Workshop page, you can see then on their site here.
Ferocious wolf-like creatures that have found mutual cause with the vassals of the Dark Lord, Wargs are comparable in size to a horse and many times more dangerous than an ordinary wolf. Swift, agile and deadly, Wargs hunt in packs, usually led by a powerful Warg Chieftain. When the minions of the Dark Lord go to war, they often seek the assistance of such Warg packs, whose natural ferocity and speed makes them valuable additions to an army or warband.
Here is the Wild Wargs Stats:

I really enjoyed assembling them, and I feel they came together rather quickly and look better then I anticipated.  I did have to try to fill in some gaps, as you can see from the images below after assembly, there were some noticeable gaps, around the head area and near the rear and tail.  I do not have any green stuff and tried my best to hide the gaps, but not as well as I liked.

I really enjoyed painting these six Wargs, and trying not to have each one look identical to the next, I varied the paint scheme to several of them.  Two I base coated White and the other four I base coated Black, and I used several different shades of brown to help change the look of each one.

After painting, you can still see some of the gaps around the neck area, but other than that I feel they came out pretty good.  As a beginner painter/modeler, I feel that my abilities are slowly getting better.

These Wargs should be a blast when I get them on the table, and into the battle.  I look forward to seeing how well they do in the near future.

Until next time...