Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DIY Terrain: Making a Bridge to go over my River sectons

Awhile back I made River sections for my War-gaming table(s), so I decided I needed a bridge.  So off to my local Dollar Tree I went in search of some cheap foam board and other terrain materials.  I love the dollar tree foam, it very easy to work with, of course its cheap.

So, I wanted my bridge to be made out of Stone and Wood.  So I decided that each of the sides would be a stone step structure, with a wooden platform to go across the water.

I started out with just cardboard I cut out of a cardboard box, then cut out sections and hot-glued them together to make a stair effect.


For each stair I used strips of the foam board cut out into small sections, I then used a pen to gouge into the surface of the foam board sections to make the individual bricks.  To get this desired effect, you first have to remove one of the paper backing on the foam board.  The Dollar Tree foam board works great for this, because its cheap, the backing paper comes right off with ease, without having to wet the board, etc.  I got this tip from DM Scotty and his YouTube channel theDMsCraft.


The Wooden bridge section, I used "skinny Sticks" which I picked up from Wal-Mart, I think they sell for right around a $1 or so, maybe less for a pack of 75 sticks.  In the package they are 5.75" x 0.25", and work great for making a variety of crafting projects.

I really wish I took staging pictures of each step better, the ones about I made up after the project was compete, lol.

So here is the finished project:

Designed the bridge to insert into the foam for easier storage.

Assembled and placed over one of the River sections
I really like how this ended up, and look forward to using it on the table.  I placed a couple of Cryx models from Warmachine to show a scale for the models.  I think this can be used in a variety of different games.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for terrain making.  Until next time, keep gaming, and keep crafting.  Both are a blast.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Terrain Build - Wooden Fences

Got a little bored today, and just was not in the mood to paint of build models.  So I decided to make terrain instead.

So, these are two of the fence sections that are complete, I have four more, one will include a gate.

I also started working on some buildings, and will eventually post about those as well.

Until next time, keep on gaming and having fun.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Warmachine: Khador Juggernaut Heavy Warjack completed

So, as stated in my last post, I started painting my Khador Battlegroup box.  I decided to start with the big guy, the Juggernaut Heavy Warjack.  This is such a cool model, and I had a blast painting him up.

I love the new colored plastics that Privateer Press is using for the new models.  It took my black base-coat very well, and did not need extra coats of that to cover the colored plastic.  Like I said in the previous post, I decided to stick with the Standard Khador Red color scheme, with some small deviations that I think look better.

In the next post, I should have both the Decimator Heavy Warjack and Lord Kozlov painted up.  Well, that's the plan anyway, so we will see, no promises, but no matter what I will have at least one done in the next couple days, and hopefully both depending on my spare time.

Below is my painted Juggernaut Heavy Warjack:

Still trying to determine where I want to go with this army.  So any suggestions on my next purchase is much appreciated.

Until next, keep gaming and always have fun.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Birthday Present: Warmachine Khador MK3 Battlegroup Box

A friend of mine bought me the Khador Battlegroup for my birthday, which is very cool since this was going to be my next Warmachine army that I wanted to start.  Trolls will be my second Hordes army soon, but for now, this will be a fun army to build, paint and play.

For the paint scheme for this army, I decided to stick really close to the original color scheme that Privateer Press uses, primary color, Khador Red.  It just fits, and after trying to think up of my own color scheme, every idea I had just didn't seem right.

I did get in a game this weekend with some friends of mine, we played at Odyssey Games in Scottsdale, Since I am new to Khador, and the fact that I don;t have any other Khador models yet, we played a 0-Point Battlegroup game.  My friend played Cygnar, and it was a fun engagement.  In the end, Khador triumphed, and put down the Cygnar caster in my first game with them, but it was a close one.

Here is a picture of the Battlegroup on the gaming table.

MK3 Khador BattleGroup
Here is what you get in the Khador Battlegroup box:


  • Warcaster: Lord Kozlov, Viscount of Scarsgrad
  • Heavy Warjack: Juggernaut
  • Heavy Warjack: Decimator
You also received, just like in every other MK3 Battlegroup Box the following:
  • Basic Training Guide
  • Battle Map
  • Intro Guide
  • Warmachine Prime Rules Digest
    • If its a Hordes Starter you get the Hordes Primal Rules Digest
  • 18" Flexible Plastic Ruler
  • 4 Six-Sided Dice
  • 10 Focus Tokens
  • 3 Spell Tokens
  • Obstacle Card
For more information about the Khador Battlegroup box, you can head over to the Privateer Website by clicking the link below

I started painting them today, so look for a follow-up post soon with the complete pictures.

Keep gaming!!!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Board Game for the Shelf - Betrayal at House on the Hill (by Avalon Hill)

Game Overview
From the Rulebook:
In Betrayal at House on the Hill, each player chooses an explorer to investigate a creepy old house. As you explore the house, you discover new rooms. Each time you enter a new room, you might find something . . . or something might find you. Explorers change over the course of the game (for better or worse), depending on how they deal with the house’s surprises. The house is different each time you build it. At some random point during the game, one explorer triggers a scenario called a haunt. When the haunt is revealed, one explorer becomes a traitor bent on defeating his or her former companions. The rest of the explorers become heroes struggling to survive. From then on, the game is a fight between the traitor and the heroes—often to the death. This game has fifty haunts, and each one tells a different story. All are yours to explore as you live or die in the House on the Hill.
I've been wanting to play this game for a long time, ever since I watched the play-through on Geek and Sundry's web-series Tabletop.  Its a real fun game, and if you looking for something new I highly recommend it.

My family and I have played this game a couple of times now, and look forward to playing a lot more in the future.  The game has tons of re-play ability, as each time you play the game its different, and the event end of being random.

Here are the links to the two part play that TableTop did for this game.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Getting some Warmachine Cryx Painted up (MK3)

Warmachine: Cryx

My son is also playing Warmachine/Hordes with me, and his army on the Warmachine side is the Cryx.  Its a great army, and if he was not playing them, they would probably be one of the armies in my bag.

He is still new when it comes to painting and basing, so I will be painting his Cryx army for him.  I love these models, and it will be a blast to paint and complete his army for him.  I think the next army he wants is on the Hordes side, and it will be the Skorne.  I think this will be his first army he will try to paint, with my help of course.  But your never going to learn unless you dive right in.  It will be fun to paint that army together.

So I decided to start with two of his Deathrippers and a Defiler.  I decided to kep the theme dark and a little dirty, but not too much.  I think they came out pretty good.

Defiler and two Deathrippers
I really need to buy myself a camera, I took these with my phone the picture above with flash on, and the picture below without the flash on.  Anyway, I like how they came out, and look forward to seeing them on the battlefield.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

What...why no posts.....ah life happens.....

Okay, been out of it for awhile.  But I'm back, between family, work, and other life events, I have not been able to post about what new in my gaming world.  But I will try to make up for that over the next week or so as I play catch up, so expect a bunch of posts over the next couple of weeks.

As you can probably tell from the home page, I made a few changes to the pages for this blog.  I decided to break down into different categories the types of games that I play.  I made a page specifically for Board, Card, Role Playing and Dice games.  And then another Page specifically for Tabletop Miniatures games.  I will also be putting link to any relevant posts under each game for if you just want to read my posts about a specific game you can go directly to them without having to search through the entire blog.

My entire family has gotten into enjoying a lot or different styles of games, so I will also start posting a weekly game night post about the different games we play, and giving a general overview of them as well.  We might also start posting videos of some of the game sessions as we play them, and may even do a live blog once in a while too.  Look forward to a link to our new YouTube channel in the months ahead.

So just a few of the changes that will taken place, and my thoughts.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Blogging and Happy Game Play.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Warmachine MK3 - Gameplay tutorial

This is a good way to learn the basics by watching it through game play.

Thought I would share this:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Legion of Everblight (mk3) - Getting more painting done on the models (Nephillim Bolt Thrower and Shredders)

Sorry I have not posted in awhile, but been busy with work and life in general, and I won't bore you with all the drama.

Got some more done for my Hordes: Legion of Everblight.

From the new starter box that just released, the Nephillim Bolt Thrower is done, and completed the 2 Shredders that came in that box, so now I have 6 completed and painted in total. And these go nicely with my Carnivean.

I plan on waiting until they are all completely painted before I finish the bases off.  I find that when I do that that way, they come out more consistent and look better as a group.

I really like how the Bolt Thrower came out, my camera on my phone does not take the greatest pictures, here is a closer view of the model.

Nephillim Bolt Thrower
From the new starter set, I now just have the Warlock Kryssa to paint up and the Heavy Warebeast Neraph to also paint.

Now I need to decide where to go with this army and what to pick up next.  Any suggestion leave in the comments below.

Until next time.......

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Unboxing: Hordes Legion of Everblight MK3 (MKIII) Battlegroup Starter Box

Hordes Legion of Everblight MK3 (MKIII) Battlegroup Starter Box
I have been waiting for this for awhile now, and so happy that I was finally able to get my hands on one.  To start of my new MK3 upgrade of my armies, I decided to start on the Hordes side and get the Legion of Everblight Battlegroup kit.  Ever since the announcement of the new edition I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on the first kits.  Those that were lucky enough to attend this years Lock and Load were able to get the new sets before they are released June 29th.

So, lets rip open this box and take a look at what inside:

The contents of th box are as follows:

  • 5 Models - and thier cards
    • Warlock: Kryssa, Conviction of Everblight
    • Heavy Warbeast: Neraph
    • Light Warbeast: Nephilim Bolt Thrower
    • Light Warbeast: Shredders x2
  • Basic Training Tutorial Guide
  • Battle Play Map - 2-Sided
  • Introductory Guide
  • Hordes: Primal Rules Digest
    • Mini rulebook, has all the rule and none of the flush
  • 18" Flexible/Paper Ruler
  • 4 Six-Sided Dice
  • 15 Fury Tokens
  • 3 Spell Tokens
  • Obstacle Card - Fold up rock wall to use as terrain

I love the new colored plastics they are using for each army faction, nice to see some color on the table if you decide not to paint you models right away.  Makes it easier to tell the two forces apart that way when you are first starting out.

Below is a few more shots I took of the box contents.

Closer look are the card, tokens and colored plastic minatures.
Very nice of them to include the full rules with each starter set.
This is nice for new players, great step-by-step approach to learning the basics.
 I will be of course doing a follow-up post when I have built the models, and then will go over a little about their stats, etc.

Until next time, keep on gaming and always have fun doing it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Games Workshop game news and rumors

There has been some news and rumors floating around about Games Workshop releasing a new version of the Lord of the Rings (LoTR) / The Hobbit.  There is a YouTube channel and a Facebook page that have been talking a lot about this.

The YouTube channel is Spillforeningen the Fellowship they have been releasing videos about this for awhile now, also you can get great news about this game by going to this Facebook page: Great British Hobbit League.

Here is what is rumored to happen:

  • Sourcebooks are being re-printed
    • New Sourcebook available in October
  • Out of production models will be bought back by Forge World
  • Adam Troke will be working on the new books for (at least) four years
  • Same overall rules but a new rulebook will be released with tweaked mechanics 
    • Name will change to Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game
  • Game might delve into the Lord of the Rings appendices for content in the future

I think this is great news as I love this franchise of games and love the movies.  Currently I have a Elves w/Legolas, and a whole hose of Goblins.

Really looking forward to this re-release and revamp of the game.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Beyond the Gates of Antares - The Battle for Xilos – The 1st Antares Game Supplement

The Battle for Xilos – The 1st Antares Game Supplement

This is cool, looking forward to the first game supplement for the Beyond the Gates of Antares game.  This supplement is a continuation of the events from the main rule book - triggered by the discovery of the planet Xilos.  This book contains a campaign system featuring a series of scenarios which cover all the stages of the battle over Xilos.

New Rules

The Battle for Xilos includes new content – including rules for including allies and mercenaries in your force as well as new army lists for the Ghar Outcast Rebels, and the mercenary forces of the Freeborn Adventurers and Boromite Clans, not to mention a host of special characters, new troop types, new weapons and vehicles, and some rather scary native creatures.

  • 6 New Scenarios.
  • Complete Campaign System, inclusive of force and character progression.
  • Rules on how to build your own characters.
  • New rules for incorporating allies either by combining forces or with mercenaries.
  • Xilos creature rules.
  • One Completely new Ghar Outcast Rebel Army.
  • Two new Mercenary army lists, The Freeborn Adventurers Army and the Boromite Clan Army.
  • Army list updates for Isorians and Algoyrn.
  • New Characters.
  • New troop types including Isorian Pulse Bikes, new Drone types, Ghar Outcast Support weapons and the Rebel Creeper…

‘The Battle for Xilos – The Builders Awake’ continues the narrative featured in the Xilos Horizon Starter set, and the launch is supported by a massive multi-player online campaign in conjunction with Beasts of War (link to their site).  And it looks like the online campaign will give you the chance to shape the history of the Antares universe.

This looks like it will be a very cool expansion to an already awesome game, I can't wait.

Until next time, always have fun, and always play more games!!!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Warmachine/Hordes Demo Gaming - Got in some Gaming down at Game Depot

Sunday May 29th, 2016

Decided to get in some gaming today, so I met my Brother and my Son over at Game Depot in Tempe, Az.  My brother is new to the Gaming world, and for his first Tabletop game decided to get into Warmachine/Hordes or as we come to call it Warmahordes.  He purchased the starter battle box for the Cryx army, and has them all assembled, and even has one finished painted and based, which is very cool.

You can check out his blog by clicking the link:  Havenstead Hobbies

You can also catch his updates in my blog roll on the right-hand side of this blog when he posts updates.

Below is a picture of his army on the tabletop ready for the first game.

In his first game, he did very well, he played against my son, which also plays Cryx.  With Cryx vrs. Cryx is was an intereting first game between them.  I basically play referee for them as they are both learning the game.  My Son has some games under his belt, so it was fun to get my brother playing and teaching them both about the rules as the game progressed.  Its quite fun to Demo games for people and will be doing more demos in the future with Warmahordes, Bolt Action, Gates of Antares.

It ended up being a very fun day of gaming, and look forward to many more in the future.  Its been awhile sine I played a game at Game Depot, is a 30+ min drive for me one way, but will try to make it back here more often.

Well until next time, always play more games, and don;t stress the small stuff, its only a game.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Got in some Lord of the Rings Gaming over at Desert Sky Games and Comics

So last night I met my friend Dragi down at Desert Sky Games and Comics.  Its been awhile since we through down a game of LoTR (Lord of the Rings), so I was happy to meet him at the game store.

Below is some of the pics I took of us playing and the table layout.  I ended up winning both games we played.  I was too tired to do a full write-up of the gaming, maybe next time.

I brought down my river sections to show him, and it was nice to have them on the table
My friend Dragi

Monday, May 23, 2016

Beyond the Gates of Antares - Concord Troops getting painted and based

I still have three of the five man squads to complete, but didn't want to wait till they were done to do a post on my progress and how they look so far.  I decided to go with my own color scheme rather than use that of the armies in the book.  I always like to be different, lol.

First 5 man squad complete.
I have been enjoying everything with this Gates of Antares starter set.  I did have one problem with one of the sprues that came in the boxed set.  It looked like something heavy either laid onto the box, or box dropped, not sure.  But when I opened everything, one of the Concord sprues was damaged and a couple of the arm were broken off at the wrists.

I got to say, Warlord Games has some very good customer service, and after I emailed them to let them know what had happened, they dispatched a replacement sprue which I hope to have withing the next week or so, and I will be able to finish the last of the five man squads.  My hats off to there customer service and willingness to help out.  I am totally impressed.

I hope to finish off what I can until the sprue arrives, and will also be making a post about painting up the Ghar models from the starter set.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Warlord Games - Beyond the Gates or Antares Starter Box Models built

I've been slacking again, but did find some time this week to put all the models together for the Beyond the Gates of Antares starter set.  This was a fun group of models to put together.  I really like the Ghar models, and look forward to buying more in the near future.

Was very impressed with what all came with the starter box, uncluding the full rules hardback book.
I will do another post after I get everything painted, as well as when I get my first game on the table.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Purchase - Starter Set for Beyond the Gates of Antares

So I purchased the starter box for the game Beyond the Gates of Antares from my local Hobby Store - Odyssey Games.  I have been looking at this game for awhile and decided to pull the trigger.  The starter box is an amazing value for the price.  I love the fact they give you the FULL hard-back full-size rule-book in the starter box, most starter boxes from other companies only give you intro rules, or smaller pint-sized versions of the rules.  Well done Warlord Games.

I hope to have these put together and painted over the next week or two, as I also have 3 other painting projects on my table already, but I will make room for them.  Nothing like keeping myself busy.  On top of this, next week I will finish off my gaming table and terrain, and I will doing one large post about that as well.


The starter set contains everything you need to start gaming.

  • Full color 260-page hardback rule-book.
    • Quick reference sheet.
    • Getting started booklet.
  • Ghar Models
    • 3 multi-pose plastic Ghar Battle Squad walkers.
    • 3 multi pose plastic Ghar Assault Squad walkers.
  • Concord Models
    • 20 multi-pose plastic Concord Strike Troopers.
    • 4 plastic Concord support drones.
    • 8 plastic spotter drones.
    • Strike Leader Kai Lek Atastrin metal figure.
  • 12 order dice.
  • Ghar distort dice.
  • 13 Polyhedral dice.
  • Launch Edition plastic templates and tokens.
  • 12 red plastic pin markers.

I'm not sure I will do a whole unboxing post about the starter set, as there are so many of them out there, but we will see.  Tonight I will get everything out of the box, and see where things take me.  I may do a unboxing video, and if I do, will post that to the blog.

Lots to look forward to on the blog over the next couple of weeks.

Until next time, KEEP ON GAMING.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Semi-Completed River sections for War Gaming Table

As promised, here is the the river sections so far.

They look a lot better in person.  I still have to put the varnish coat on for the water effect.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Building new terrain for my Wargaming Board - Rivers Terrain

Since I want to start gaming at home as well as my local hobby shops, I have decided to build my own gaming table from scratch.  This also will give me some projects to do, because I don't have that much terrain at home, so I will be making a lot of terrain of the next couple of weeks,

Medium Density Fiber Board (MDF)

I have to wait till next week to purchase the materials to make the table, so this weekend I decided to start on some of my terrain pieces.  I have always liked having some type of water features on my tables, so I decide my first terrain feature for the table would be a river that could run the width of the board.

Off I went down to my local Home Depot, and I picked up a 1/4 in. x 2 ft. x 2 ft. Medium Density Fiber Board (MDF).  I really like working with this stuff as its easy to cut and shape, and sands very well.  Basing the MDF is easy, and really stands up for using it as terrain.  Its also heavy enough that it will not easily move if the table is bumped.

So I started of today drawing out my shapes of each section.  I decided that I would have 4 straight section, each being 1 ft. in length, and two corner sections.  This will give a lot of variety of choices when placing the river sections down on the table.  Once I got the layout drawn out, I realized I had enough material left over to also cut out 3 round bases that I will use for other projects.  Maybe I will use them for maybe a swamp piece, or forest pieces of terrain.  Below is the pieces after I got them all cut out.  I borrowed a jig saw from my brother, and it made short work at cutting all the pieces out.

All pieces cut out, and bonus terrain pieces from left over material.
My next steps for the pieces was to bevel all the edges for the pieces would not have the flat edge to them.  Only where the pieces butt together was left straight.  I just used a utility knife and a sanding block to make nice clean beveled edges.  This will help the pieces blend more into the table when placed on the board for play.  Below are several images of my progress on this step.

Pieces with the edges beveled and sanded
For each joint I tried to match the bevel as best I could, I'm no professional, lol.
My next steps will be to base and paint the pieces to make them look like river sections.  I will be doing a followup post when I'm done with those steps, but will take pictures as I go like I did for this post.

Until next time, keep on gaming, and may your dice always be blessed.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

An Unboxing of the new MKIII Battlegroup Starter Sets

So the release date for the new MKIII (MK3) will be June 29, 2016.  So looking forward to this.  Over at the Peachstate Hobby Distribution website, they sat down with someone from Privateer Press to talk about MKIII and give an unboxing for two of the factions, Trollbloods and Cygnar, as well as a look at some of the other models.

Below is the YouTube video that they released.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Legion of Everblight - Painting coming along for the models of the Two-Player Battle Box

I got motivated tonight, and before I knew it, I actually had finished 5 models.  So if you recall I purchased the Two-Player Starter set for the Hordes awhile back, You can see that post here.  Well, I have been wanting to get these guys painted, and woot, got 5 done for the most part.

Got the base coat down
Now I'm not the greatest painter in the world, but I could say I'm average for the everyday war-gamer.  Here are some photos I took from my phone of the mostly completed models.

Legion of Everblight - Carnivean Heavy Warbeast
Legion of Everblight - Shredder Lessor Warbeasts

Over the next couple of days, I will be painting Lylyth, and then I will be painting the unit that came in that starter box the Blighted Ogrun Warspaers.  Those look like a fun unit to paint and play.  And I can't wait to see the whole group painted and on the table to play.

I'm still not sure what I want to do with the bases, I see some people go with winter theme and snow, and then other rocky and dry grass, etc.  But I have not made up my mind what I want to do.  If you have any thoughts leave comments below.