Thursday, September 19, 2019

More 7TV With My Disaster Dice

I got a chance to head over to Beau's again for some more 7tv a few weeks ago and it was a blast!

And the table was just gorgeous as you can see 😃

This factory complex was just incredible and it had a real James Bond feel to it.

Goldeneye anyone?!

He did an amazing job painting up all the computer consoles, data banks, and cooling panels from Crooked Dice (made by Figurebitz). I have a boatload of these myself and have only built a couple, but seeing what he did makes me want to go back and copy his paint scheme instead.

As usual I was too focused on getting crushed to take but a couple of photos. I did take a few but almost everything you see is courtesy of Beau.

Beau's cast was pretty heavy on minions as you can see with all the orange suited models above and below, so while he had a superior model count I definitely had a much more powerful cast. Completely forgot to take any pre-game photos of my cast.

What was really fun was he had two tables set up next to one another so he and I had a game and then Chris and Bob had a game of their own going on at the same time - no photos from next door unfortunately 😕

Chris was nice enough to lend me one of his casts that had a lot of really neat aspects to it - which of course I completely mucked up at every possible roll of the dice lol!

I had models that could teleport anywhere on the table, which in hindsight totally should have been used to grab objectives early on.

Each of us had a team of dogs and a handler which was fun!

A good scientist always has gadget and this model had one to get him right to the top of the platform.

Which made this first objective easy pickings for Beau.

Orange suited minions just swarmed across the factory floor pinning several of my models into a corner.

Flamethrower model leading the way around the corner.

A heavy weapons team protected his right flank from above.

A really fun part of the game was this poisonous gas cloud (represented by the orange blast template) that moved around the floor of the factory compound randomly at the start of each turn - I even managed to muck up those rolls lol! I totally could have caught orange suited minions in the cloud several times in the game but who is the only person to possibly roll a 3 on two six sided dice (the number you rolled on the two six siders represented the amount in inches that the cloud moved)??!! Yeah, you guessed it, this guy.

Despite my failures, these types of random events in a game are things that I absolutely love and always try to work into my games somehow.

Chris and Bob played with the same random event and during the talks of each of our games afterwards the poisonous cloud was the game changer for Chris as his star succumbed to the effects of the cloud and ended up turning sides which helped Bob win right at the end.

While it was disaster dice on my end, Beau was just crushing it on his dice rolls. I can't quite remember if this was his heavy weapons team die roll, but regardless he hit on every single added dice and pretty much summed up the night.

This was my one objective grab of the game, utilizing the teleporting ability of this model.

This photo represents what was my big plan and my BIG failure at the same time. This was my most powerful model of the cast - and by far the most powerful model on the entire table. So first activation of the game for me and I immediately use a grappling hook gadget to her up two levels to the top of the catwalk with the cylinder containers as I was going to go after Beau's scientist who'd already grabbed one objective on the other end of the platform. If this worked (and how could it not work with this particular character!!) I could easily put myself in a flanking position and really cause havoc for Beau's crew.

Well, the dice had other ideas. As I mentioned this was the most powerful model on the table, hitting on a base of +10 (average for a model is usually about +8) and getting 2 attacks! Well, needless to say when I announced my attacks all I needed to hit was to get three's or higher on I think it was five dice and sure enough missed on everything!!?? It summed up perfectly how the rest of my night would end up going with rolling the dice. By far one of the most disastrous night's of rolling dice I can honestly ever remember lol!

I did at least have one fun cinematic moment where I was able to take out Beau's flamethrower model - we both agreed it would have been fun to house rule an explosion next time if that model gets taken out! Needless to say I got absolutely crushed - claimed but one lonely objective and had more than half my entire cast eliminated. But despite how badly I played it was still a ton of fun regardless of the outcome.

Remember the Alamo? Well, I got all the roofs, doors, and windows all painted up - and what a huge difference it makes.

I will tell you that in researching the Alamo I have bought a several books, with The Illustrated Alamo 1836: A Photographic Journey being far and away the greatest resource if you want to accurately represent the Alamo on the tabletop. The big question is do I actually want to go that route? I think there are some things I definitely will change on the Hudson & Allen model to make it more accurate, but it does make me wonder where H&A got their information from on how they designed their model - there are some things in the model that are no where close to being accurate. Though it could simply be changes/decisions were made purely from a gaming standpoint. Anyway, stay tuned.

Until next time, thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Undead Conquistadors With Contrast Paint

Truth be told I really don't like painting figures at all. And if I could commission out every figure I own I would in a heartbeat. But alas my financial situation won't ever allow that to happen lol!

And so enter Citadel's new line of contrast paints - designed to get your models on the table quickly and to an acceptable quality. If there is something out there that is going to help get my figures painted quickly, you can bet that I'm going to at the very least give it a try.

These figures were from Antediluvian's Kickstarter they ran last year and they represent zombie Spanish Conquistadors. When I saw them I thought they would be perfect for an Indiana Jones/pulp type of game set in the jungles of South America - I think it could have been neat to have seen de Orellana and all those other Conquistadors come back to life when Indy and Mutt were searching that tomb in the last movie 😃

I did the entire 12 figure lot with the new contrast paints, not using any of my Vallejo paints and I'll be completely honest, I'm pretty impressed with them. I did prime them with the Citadel special contrast primer Grey Seer too, which is "allegedly" designed to work specifically with the contrast line. Are these paints for everyone? No. Is it another tool in the box to help you paint? Yes. I think this is a perfect range of paints if you're doing more fantasy types of figures as I'm not quite sure if they will work very good for military/ historic figures, but it's something I do need to give a try.
Let me just go on one quick rant about Citadel paints - first and foremost, those pots they come in are just awful. Why after all these years can't they make a container that stays open?! Second, who the heck comes up with those names for the paints?! Aggaros Dunes, Gore-grunta Fur, Warp Lightning, Wyldwood, Plaguebearer Flesh… what's wrong with trying to make it possible to actually know what color the paint is by it's actual name on the bottle lol?

So pretty neat stuff though I do wish there was a bit more variety in each of the figures poses - there are only six unique poses so I have two of each in the horde.

And finally a bit of family news as we just got a new puppy after the loss of our dog three months ago. This is Lucy, but I'm calling her Miss Lou.

She is all of eight weeks old so it's like we have a baby in the house again. But dad already has her all set with a Liverpool collar 🤣

Until next time, as I'm still cleaning up several "draft" posts from months past and I'll have another report on a game of 7TV after meeting up with Beau and his crew - where my dice rolling was on a whole new level of absolute awfulness it was laughable! - thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


I go through these cycles where I obsess on certain genres and I am currently back into an Old West type of theme big time right now. So I've finally gotten some of my Knuckleduster Vaqueros based up, with a couple of mounted Boot Hill models and a couple of GEG figures too.

As I start working on the Alamo (see way below), I think these types of figures will be a fun way to get some mileage out of the Alamo model with some Hollywood-esque gunfights in and around it while I begin to collect Mexican army figures for the real showstopper of a battle.

I think I can use this model in the cowboy gang from Tombstone seeing as he has a red sash and all.

These mounted Boot Hill models are just fantastic.

I have made a pretty hefty order from BH for some Alamo defenders so hopefully those will be here soon and I can start on those.

Remember the Alamo? Yeah, blame for that joke is going solely to Kieron but it's absolutely hilarious and believe me, it is going to beaten like a dead horse over the next year or so lol!

I got a really nice prime and initial painting of the walls done with a color that I'm super happy with. I've just begun to work on some of the wood on the roofs,etc. Regarding the roofs I'm not 100% sure on my color choice. I went with something lighter in tone as I figured the sun would have 'bleached' it more, but I'm not sure. Maybe it should be darker?

This is the first time I've ever worked with a foam model and it's been pretty fun. Painting has been super easy, and what's going to be nice is all the areas where the pull from the mold has left bubbles or imperfections, all of that can easily be fixed with the Pegasus Models bricks I have and railroad ballast for dirt and rocks.

This week will be the annual Conneaut D-Day living history event and I'm really looking forward to it as this is the 75th anniversary of D-Day - and they are pulling out all the stops to say the least. They have a C-47 that you can purchase tickets for and take a ride in, so I'm really thinking that I need to do this!

The big Allies v Axis football match is on my Friday schedule so looking forward to that.  Can't wait to share photos with everyone in the next couple of weeks.

As Always, thanks for looking!