18 February, 2020

Seraphon - aka Space Lizards!

It's been a long while since I last started an "army" scale project. The last few game systems I have been involved in have been smaller skirmish systems like Infinity that only required 10-20 models at maximum. Now granted, Age of Sigmar army sizes are much smaller (total model count wise) than the Warhammer fantasy of old. Yes you can choose to paint up units of 40+ Skaven clanrats but really the game rewards smaller more mobile units because there are actually very few scenarios that require one to "camp" an objective. This is due to this specific rule:

"Once you gain control ofan objective, it remains underyour control until the enemy isable to gain control of it."

The beauty of this is that you don't have to babysit objective to score them each turn. It encourages mobility, which leads to more back and forth during a game - something I really enjoy. But enough about the core rules (they are free here : https://ageofsigmar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/06/AoS_Rules-ENG.pdf ) let's get back to Seraphon. I have been busy the past 10 days.....

11 February, 2020

Returning to where it all began...

Well, not exactly. My first war game was Battletech. Bought my first Ral Partha pewter mechs in the late '80s when they looked like this :

I have kickstarted the recent reboot of Battletech along with Battletech: Clan Invasion by Catalyst Games (I will cover more on that later) but this isn't exactly the "roots" I am speaking about. The first war game I really got into, played in stores, and collected and built many armies for was.......

Wait for it.....

04 February, 2020

2020 - New Beginnings

A new year. A new decade. Looking back at this site, all the way back to 2009, I see why I started it. It was a way to log my hobby and gaming interests. That was it. A simple idea that I have not always stuck to, but I haven't stopped in the hobby arena. In fact, my interests have grown more diverse and interesting (at least to me) and my skills have slowly improved. So with that said, this is my note to myself to get back to the basics. I plan to post a few times a month, hopefully weekly, with the progress I am making across the different games an interests I have, and just see where my 2020 hobby takes me.

So let's start with what I have been doing in January. For xmas I picked up the new Steamforged Games release - Godtear. https://steamforged.com/godtear

This is a departure for me from the usual war games I play as it's closer to a board game, except with Champions you buy and paint and choose which you want to use each time you play. It's kinda like a cross between a MOBA (like Dota 2 or League of Legends) and a miniature war game. Here is a trailer for it:

06 August, 2019

Kingston Schwerpunkt 2019

Recently, Kampfgruppe Kingston hosted our second tournament of the year; Kingston Schwerpunkt 2019.  This was a one day, 70 point, Team Yankee tournament accepting army lists from all official Team Yankee books including Czechoslovak Peoples Armies, Polish Peoples Armies, and Oil Wars. The More Missions pack and victory conditions, as well as Battle Plans, were used for three rounds of play. 

Darko's Soviets move to secure the bridge

18 July, 2019

Lions Awake

Before Battlefront had come out with the Oil Wars, I was working on coming up with a Iranian Army for Team Yankee.  I was a little disappointed that some possible Iranian formations did not materialized, specifically an Iranian cavalry type formation. Nevertheless, I am pretty happy about the fact that I can finally, ‘officially’, get these guys on the table. Their first outing will be at the Schwerpunkpt 2019 tournament in Kingston on 28 July.

11 April, 2019

Motivational Reading for Team Yankee's Oil Wars

“The Iranian company commander had ordered his tanks not to fire until instructed to do so. The forty-odd M-60A1 and Centurion tanks that made up the composite battalion was the last major force that stood between godless Communists and the holy city of Qom…Once the Iranian tanks of the battalion were gone, there would be no more. Winning or losing, however, did not matter to the company commander… His only regret was that they were fighting the Lesser Satan. How much better it would have been were it Americans who were about to die….” Sword Point by Harold Coyle.

Sword Point, Harold Coyle's second future war book.

04 April, 2019

Kingston Spring Offensive 2019

On 31 March, Kampfgruppe Kingston hosted what we hope will become our annual Spring Offensive Tournament at Kingston Game Nexus. We started out looking to host 14 players, but in the end, expanded to 16 in order to get everyone who wanted to play into the tournament. We were fortunate enough to draw players from Ottawa, Laval and St Hubert with an even split of eight local players and eight from out of town.

The Generals of Spring Offensive 2019

Seraphon - aka Space Lizards!

It's been a long while since I last started an "army" scale project. The last few game systems I have been involved in have be...