Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Well, it has been a very long time since I have posted anything. That is because I haven’t really had anything that I have been working on.

Actually, I have been thinking about Warhammer in general. Anybody who has read through much of my blog is probably aware that I don’t have many battle reports. This is mainly because I don’t get to play all that often. While I have been content to collect and paint my High Elves in the past, I have really had to take a step back and evaluate my investment in the hobby. It is hard to justify the investment that I have made into my collection for the little use that it sees.

It has been a few months that I have been considering this, but I have finally decided that it is time for me to part ways with Warhammer and my High Elves. Thank you to everybody who has followed this blog and I wish you happy gaming. This is good new for the High Elves, in general, since fewer of them will be dying and the race can continue on for a bit longer.

I will be trying to organize my army to sell it on ebay in the near future, so that I can clear out the space. Who knows, maybe in the future, I will return like a Phoenix springing back to life? However, for the time being, the ashes will settle.

“Man Cave”

Over the summer, we have been drastically rearranging our home. This has allowed me to finally claim a space as “my own”. While this is not the impressive rooms that many have, it is the best that I can do in a small house with a wife and 3 kids. Before, it was always frustrating, since I had to get all of my stuff out and be sure to put it all away before the little ones woke up and destroyed everything. It always seemed like this effectively wasted at least 20 minutes of time, and often discouraged me from starting at all.

Now (with the help of a bike lock to secure the doors), I can leave my stuff out mid-project. I am hoping that this translates into more painting and hobby time.

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From left to right: Top: Painting materials Middle: Basing materials Bottom: Rule books and reading books, Bits box Not pictured: Lamp

High Loremaster or Everqueen?

Well, it has been a long time coming, but I think it is time for some blog posts again. Now that my son’s baseball is over and the World Cup and my softball league are coming to a close, I will have a little more free time than I have had recently. Also, with a Warhammer tournament coming up in August (that I should be able to attend), there is some motivation again.

The tournament is going to allow special characters, and since I have never used one before, I wanted to take advantage of this. I like to have lots of magic in my armies, so I naturally gravitated toward Teclis and Alarielle. Now I have to choose between the two.

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Alarielle, The Everqueen

Alarielle has some cool special rules, but leads to more of a “death star” type build, since most of her abilities add to the unit that she is in (magical attacks, 5+ ward against non-magical attacks, immune to Fear and Terror). Couple those with the Banner of the World Dragon, and you have a proper “death star”. I don’t generally like to play that style of list, so it would be a bit of a change for me.

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Teclis, High Loremaster

Teclis, on the other hand, allows you to pick a spell from each of the 8 lores, so is much more flexible. I am strongly leaning towards him, since he allows for a lot of options in a build. The big choice comes down to the spell selection. Do I go for Loremaster on High magic with his +6 to cast and low casting costs, which can help him get a ward save that he is so desperately lacking, do I choose all of the magical attack spells from the 8 lores, do I choose support spells instead, or do I balance damage and support spells?

Hopefully, I can settle on all of this before too long, so that I can choose a list and get to painting again soon! I will probably start with some Ellyrian Reavers since they tend to end up in all of my lists.

Gaming is not dead

My blog has been fairly silent recently since I haven’t been doing any tabletop hobby.

I have still been doing plenty of gaming, but I have been spending most of it playing video games. I find that it is much easier to fire them up than to get all of my stuff out to paint some models. With that being said, I am starting to feel the urge to get back to painting, so hopefully I will have some updates within the next month.

My oldest son and I have been playing quite a few board games. We have played Civilization (with the Fame and Fortune expansion), Lord of the Rings Risk, The Hobbit, 7 Wonders (with the Cities expansion). I also played Letter of Marque with all 3 of my kids a while back. Having a 2-year old “play” that game makes it a bit of a wild card.

Although I have planned to try and finish painting the list that I used earlier this year, I have been messing with lists once again. Maybe the next one will be the same, or maybe it will be different. Regardless, the hobby is stirring once again…

Hobby Lessons – Plastic Glue

Plastic Glue

It has been a while since I wrote about lessons that I have learned in the hobby (mostly learned through mistakes). The previous one was about Army Building and how I had lost my spreadsheet that I use to write my lists. The good news is that I found the USB drive that it was on, and the file has now been backed up to my desktop computer! Now it is time for another lesson!

Back when I started in the hobby, I was still in college. Since I was operating on a very limited budget, I tried to only buy the bare essentials that I needed. Also, I was a bit of a “closet gamer”, so didn’t really have anybody to help me along or mentor me in the hobby. Most of what I learned was from GW publications.

When you are in the hobby, you tend to need to glue stuff together and there was mention of super glue and plastic glue. I figured that super glue is renowned for sticking stuff together so why do I need to buy plastic glue? Over the years, the super glue hasn’t really lived up to my expectations, with many of my models needing to have arms glued back on. It does a great job gluing my fingers together, but it doesn’t seem to be as powerful on models. I have tried various kinds of super glue, but haven’t really found any that live up to the reputation, at least when it comes to miniatures.

Being unsatisfied with my results using the super glue, and constantly being reminded about plastic glue from GW’s model assembly instructions, I decided to finally pick some up. Although, admittedly, I picked up 2 tubes of Testors from Wal-Mart, rather than the GW brand. However, I have been using that ever since. It really seals the plastics together. I think that I remember seeing/hearing somewhere that it creates a chemical reaction that actually melts the pieces of plastics together. However it works, I have been very impressed with its bond and wish that I had tried it sooner.

Obviously, I still need super glue for the metal models that I have, but I am still searching for a good kind. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Lesson Learned:

Plastic glue is superior to super glue when gluing plastics together

Hobby Lessons – Sprue Removal

Sprue Cutters

Well, it has been almost a month now since my last post. Needless to say, I have had a bit of a hobby hiatus. We have another tournament coming up this month, but I will miss out on it. The word is that the next tournament will require a fully painted army, so I really need to get that completed. In the meantime, I have another one of my hobby lessons for the new people out there…

This lesson that I learned is probably very obvious to some people, but I mostly came into this hobby on my own and didn’t have access to veterans to learn from, so I have made many mistakes.

When I really started in the hobby, I was fresh out of college, and didn’t have a whole lot of excess cash. With that in mind, I didn’t really see the need to buy some clippers to remove models from the sprues. After all, if I am careful, I can generally get them off by gently twisting the pieces until the join wears out, or for the ones that might break (spears, pikes, etc), just use an exacto knife. That leaves me more money (albeit not much) to spend on models instead.

For the most part, this method worked, but a couple of years ago, I decided that since I have purchased hundreds of models, and I have a bit more money than when I started, I would give the clippers a try. After all, the price for them is less than a model, and with a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby, it helps to bring the price down a bit.

I have not been disappointed with my purchase. The sprue removal is so much easier and quicker than before. Sure, I still need to do a little clean-up after clipping them, but it is much easier. I wish that I would have picked a pair up when I first started.

Has anybody else not used clippers to remove models or have you found something even better?

Lesson Learned:

Buy some sprue clippers

Hobby Lessons – Army Building

Lessons-Learned

I have been collecting models for probably about 10 years now, but haven’t really progressed much with painting, modelling, or terrain building, so I consider myself a novice when it comes to the hobby. I had been thinking about creating a “hobby lesson” type section based upon what I have learned with my blunders in the small amount of time in the hobby. I had been putting it off, but something just happened that I might as well write about.

Hopefully, I won’t be running across too many of these new learning, but I’m sure to run across them from time to time. I have a little bit of a backlog that I can draw from but for now, I will focus on the latest one.

When it comes to army building, I have typically steered clear of products for purchase such as Army Builder or Quartermaster. I have used Army Builder a little bit, and it seems to be a solid program. However (being cheap), I have generally relied upon my ability to create spreadsheets and created a custom spreadsheet to aid in my army building (and even planning). This provides the advantage of saving me money and being customizable however I like.

Well, this all works out great, so long as I managed to keep the file in a location where it is easily accessible. I have kept mine on my USB drive for quite a while now, since they are very portable and handy to use (and I sit in front of a computer all day). But, what happens when I can’t seem to locate it and I would like to write/update an army list? It doesn’t work so well. I checked on my desktop computer, and it seems that I forgot to back up the 8th edition version of the High Elf book on to there.

At least with this site, I still have access to some of my army lists that I have already created. I had a print off of one of my previous lists that I wanted to tweak slightly, and I had to break out the calculator and pencil to figure out my modifications. I didn’t realize how convenient (and quick) it is to have something that calculates it all for me. Now, I need to redouble my efforts to find said USB drive or write it off as lost and get another spreadsheet up and running. I don’t want to be writing army lists by hand for long.

So, this is kind of two lessons in one:

  1. Don’t write army lists by hand. Use a tool to assist you
  2. Make sure that if something happens to the tool, it is easy to recover from

So, when was the last time that you wrote an army list by hand? Maybe that is all that you do and it’s not as bad as I think? What tools do you use to aid in writing army lists and are you prepared if you lose the tools?

Cheater, Cheater

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Well, I was playing the Bohnanza card game with my son last night, and had to deal with an unfortunate issue… cheating.

The game ends when the last card is drawn from the draw pile. My son was one card away from playing another card, which would have given him another coin. I told him that the game was over, and we couldn’t play any more cards. As I was looking at the instructions to confirm the timing of everything, I see him place the card down.

I said something to him about it, to which he responded, “I was going to pick it up.” It’s unfortunate that he would cheat and then lie so boldly to my face about the situation. After thinking about it a little bit, I wish that I would have not said anything, and then see if he came clean about it without me saying anything. Oh well, I will be ready for it if it happens again.

I will admit that there have been times in games where I have cheated accidentally. Either, I read/interpreted the rules wrong (this often happens on the first playthrough of a new board game) or I just remembered the rule incorrectly.

I can still recall a particular instance when playing Warhammer with my High Elf Lord on Dragon. I recalled that Thunderstomps were distributed as shooting (i.e. hit the unit), so my dragon that was in a challenge, Thunderstomped the unit (when he should have stomped the character). Fortunately, it didn’t have a huge bearing on the outcome of the game, but I still feel bad about it (Sorry Erik).

What about you guys? Have you had any occasions where you have unintentionally cheated or have had to deal with cheating opponents? How have you handled the situation?

The Future of the Phoenix

Some people might have noticed that the number of posts have been dying down recently. This is largely due to the fact that I created this blog as a Warhammer-centric one and due to life circumstances, I haven’t been able to play any Warhammer for about a year now and I honestly don’t see it picking up too much in the near future.

I have toyed with the idea of adding my other hobbies to this blog, which mainly include video games, but also extends to board games.

With all that said, I do have another Warhammer book review that should be published soon. Let me know what you think. Would it be better to have more content that is not necessarily focused on Warhammer or to just focus on Warhammer?

Obviously, it is my blog and I have the ultimate decision :), but I wanted to hear thoughts. Thanks for reading!

Multiple Wound Models

So, when looking at this new list that I am planning to make, I ran across something I haven’t really had to deal with much before; tracking wounds on multi-wound models.

Previously, I have used a single die placed on the base to keep track of wounds on my eagles or characters. This can be problematic since dice can be knocked about if you are not careful, but usually isn’t that big of a deal since my eagles (and even characters) seem to be completely healthy or die all at once.

Since I will have a character riding a monster in this army, a new problem is introduced that I am going to have to track two sets of wounds on the same base. My thought at this point is to create some sort of removeable markers to track the wounds for the dragon (since he has a big enough base to add this extra feature) and something like Gale Force 9’s wound tokens to track the wounds on the rider.

When using a tracking method like this, another thing to consider is if the number displayed/markers present show the amount of wounds suffered or the amount of wounds left. I am leaning towards tracking the amount of wounds remaining, since I think that is easier for my opponent. If I track the wounds suffered, then my opponent has to know how many wounds my model has to start with to know how many are left.

So, how do you track wounds on your multi-wound models? How do you keep the count separate for characters riding monsters? Do you track wounds remaining or wounds suffered?