Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6th Edition Looms...There is only GAMING!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, everyone knows that the 6th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 releases this weekend. I, like countless others will be searching between seat cushions and emptying piggy banks to grab the new rulebook.  Sadly, I had little time to play 40k's 5th edition, but all that is going to change.  I'm going to make time to actually learn this that. I'm going to MASTER this version. Now I my only dilemma is deciding on an army.  I want my next project to be a single-minded project that I attack with a passion.  So, I'm not sure what that will be, but we'll see after this weekend.  I continue to whittle away at my Grey Knights, but I want something that I can call my own and actually COLLECT long term.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Of course, my dad never got into wargaming and therefore doesn't even know that this blog exists.  Nor does he know what a blog even is, but I love him just the same.  He's one of my heroes and today, I wish him all of the best.  Happy Father's Day, dad.  Love you.

I'd also like to wish all of the dads out there a Happy Father's Day!  Enjoy, you deserve it.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Good 'Ol Days

I got into gaming back in 1979 with Dungeons and Dragons and those were some great times.  These days, it seems that wargames and roleplaying games have become to complex and companies are producing and selling every tiny gaming aid that they can think of, just to make money.  What happened to the good 'ol days when friends could sit around the table with a set of dice, some paper, pencils and about a dozen miniatures between them and enjoy hours of fun and adventure?  Those were great times! AND mom and dad always knew where you were.  There was no need for cell phones and text messages to keep tabs on your kid.  Just call Joey's house and check with his mom to make sure you were safe.

Well, I was at a local book resale shop, cashing in some stuff I no longer had any use for and what did I find?  The Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set from 1980!  The box was a little worn, but the rulebook and module was in great shape.  Immediately, all those memories flooded back into my head and when I regained consciousness, I was at the check out counter and the cashier was ringing up my purchase.

As I got home and started reading the old book, I thought how easy it was to play this game and I started rolling up characters.  My daughters saw what I was doing and and asked me about it, so I shared some of those memories with them and now they want to give it a try.  We're going to sit down and roll up some characters this weekend and see how it goes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grey Knight Test Model

I finished painting (except for the blade) my first Grey Knight model.  This is my first model with he new paint line and so far, I don't have any complaints.  The colors went on smooth. While I'm still learning to manipulate the various types (bases, layers, etc), I do like the darker tone of the armour.  I haven't painted the blade yet because I'm not exactly sure how to paint that part.  I was at my local GW store yesterday and one of their master painters showed me a way to paint.  It looked great, but I"m going to have to practice before implementing it.

I plain to try the new texture paints to the bases later this week. But I'm going to get to work on the rest of the strike squad to move things along.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New (Old) Project - Grey Knights

I've decided that my lead project for this blog with be a Warhammer 40k project. An old project that I have a renewed interest in and one that I intend to work on this summer.  As my lead project.

Grey Knight will be my choice. After reading the Horus Heresy novel, Know No Fear, I immediately jumped into The Emperor's Gift, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.  This is a brand new novel about the Grey Knights.  So far, it's been a great read, with no lull (at least, for me) in the storytelling.  I had started a Grey Knights project when the codex was released, but I quickly lost interest due to the lack of CURRENT background.  The older novels were out of date and didn't match the codex. It seems I can be a bit neurotic when it comes to my armies adhering to published material (call me crazy - it's just my thing).  But this new story is loaded with material.

So I'm starting my project with a single box of Grey Knights and a Stormraven Gunship (which I had laying around, unassembled).  My plan is to work on a 1,250 point list and move forward from there. Summer's here and as I had mentioned in earlier posts, my schedule has opened up a bit, so I have every intention of getting some heavy 40k gaming done.  Consider this a Warhammer summer!