Monday, May 8, 2017

Just Another Mutant Monday

Another month where I've done nothing Mutant Chronicles related! But, I did promise that I'd check-in even if that was the case. On one note, I did propose (and was granted the permission) to run Mutant Chronicles as my RPG group's campaign in the late spring/early summer. I'll be running the updated Venusian Apocalypse campaign that Modiphius put out.

Meanwhile I've finished my 1,000pt Slaanesh army for Age of Sigmar, and the tournament was a success! I came in 6th place out of 21 gamers, and I won Best Painted! I'll post a picture as soon as my cellphone camera works again (long story). So now I have a bit of painting time before I expand the army to 2,000pts for the Wet Coast AoS tourney this summer. I plan to fit in some of my Capitol troopers in that time.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Procrastinating and Doom Troopinating?

So March was a bit of a weird month for my hobbying, in that my social life reigned supreme over all. Not to brag, or nothin' but I was super busy being popular, you guys.

Anyway, instead of painting daemonettes for the Age of Sigmar tournament that's happening in two weeks (eep!), I decided that my precious hobby time should be concerned with sorting 20-year-old cards.


So, it's a maddening process, mostly because I have thousands of Doom Trooper cards, and I'm organizing them in an insane method:

First I'm organizing them by set, chronologically. Then I'm organizing them by card type (color), then I'm organizing them by faction (icon in the top right corner), then they'll get organized alphabetically. But of course I'm leaving space open for any missing cards ('cause I don't got 'em all), so that's where that list on the clipboard comes into play.

That's a list of every card made for Doom Trooper. The problem is that it's not organized by set or type, it's just alphabetically with the set in brackets. So what I'm going to do is use different-colored highlighters to highlight the various sets, and then go from there. 

Now of course, this project is put on hold mostly because it's fucking insane and I need to work on these goddamn daemonettes before this Christ-cursed tournament!


Friday, March 3, 2017


Well lookey what GW released last weekend. Turns out I own the original Slambo (well, the pewter one that was available when they still had a Bitz Order service (mid-2000s)).

I'm gonna paint these two maniacs, and I'm gonna paint 'em Slaaneshi!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Martian Madness

So, things go slowly on the Year of Mutant Chronicles. Hey! Don't blame me, Cardinal damn you! Blame all the great stuff that Games Workshop's putting out (and blame the fact that I'm king procrastinator, and am dragging my feet painting my Slaaneshi AoS army).

So what has been done so far? Well, I've begun reading a book (haven't finished it. Got distracted by Designers & Dragons), and I did some bases!

These were all done using the new Citadel Texture Paints, specifically Martian Ironcrust. I agonized forever over what to paint the bases of my Capitol troops to get that particularly Martian look. I settled on some weird concoction that used a lot of inks and washes, and to be honest I was so bummed about how crappy it looked that I completely forgot what I did. So I cracked these guys off their bases (not easy to do with resin figures), and put 'em on new ones and just painted the Martian Ironcrust on using the M Texture spreader (which looks gimmicky, but trust me, it works). Then I drybrushed it gingerly with Kindleflame and voilà! As you can see, as the Martian Ironcrust dries it cracks, giving it that desert mesa look.

Anyway, I get that in the Mutant Chronicles universe Mars is terraformed, but I imagine there's still some rusty deserts out there.


Friday, February 24, 2017


You guys, I did it!

It only took me 2.5 hours, one glass of wine with dinner, and three beers, but I finished Morg 'n' Thorg! This bully's ready to hit the pitch.

Alright, I'm off to bed.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Ogre Enters Play

This Saturday one of the cards participants in Blitzmania receive allows them to hire an ogre for their team. Well, seeing as Games Workshop hasn't released an ogre figure for Blood Bowl yet, I'm painting one!

1990s Morg 'n' Thorg

Also, seeing as I won't have time to paint him tomorrow, I'm going to paint the whole figure tonight! Ladies and gentlemen, start your timers!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Very Mutant January

Actually not. Sadly, January contained no Mutant Chronicles madness aside from reading a book.

The month of January has been all about painting my Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team in anticipation for Blitzmania, the worldwide Blood Bowl league happening at independent games shops all 'round the world (more on that Tuesday or Wednesday).

However, my one foray into the Mutant Chronicles universe so far this year came when I picked up the third and final book in the Apostle of Insanity Trilogy: Dementia by Michael A. Stackpole.

The first book in the series was In Lunacy by William F. Wu: a cyberpunk romp that was very compelling, but laced with some eye-rolling catch-phrases ("Zowee!"). Overall I liked the first book a lot, and if you own the first edition of Warzone you'll notice that most of the pictures in the book follow the story of the novel. The second book was Frenzy by John-Allen Price: a military adventure with some cringe-worthy derogatory terms for employees of the Mishima corporation, and plenty of Capitol Hoo-Rah! Less enjoyable than Mr. Wu's venture.

Anyway, I'm actually just halfway through Dementia (what a statement!), and I'm enjoying it. Stackpole is so far the most talented out of the three, and it's a neat little spy novel, and will hopefully wrap-up the trilogy nicely. I will admit, despite the pulp nature of the trilogy, I'm really drawn in to what happens to Lorraine Kovan, the MacGuffin in the whole trilogy.

So yeah, not much this month on the Mutant Chronicles front, and not much for the next couple months either, as I scramble to finish a Slaanesh daemon army for an Age of Sigmar tournament in April, but after that I'll hopefully be pulling double-duty of painting my Capitol force, and running an MC campaign (should my gaming group vote for that as our next game). Hey! I told you I'd update you even if nothing's going on.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Crappy New Year!

Alright, it's been over a year since I posted this article where I set a goal for myself as if that year's gaming endeavors were a game. So how did I score? 13.75: Minor Victory. Callooh callay!

Let's break it down:

1. Blog More
Well this one just barely made a dent in the score. To be honest, I could've done better. Some months had only one post and the biggest gap was four months of not posting in June, July, August, and September! I'd like to keep this resolution for this year, but try to do so at least once a week. I think there's a lot of things I could post on, and a bit more self-discipline could maybe be the beginning of something more productive.

2. Paint 1000pts of Capitol for Warzone
Yup, didn't do this. More on keeping this resolution into 2017 later.

3. Run a three-session Mutant Chronicles campaign
I actually did more than this! It was fun, and I'd love to do it again (especially since Modiphius ported over the Venusian Apocalypse campaign to 3rd edition). More on keeping this resolution into 2017 later.

4. Play through the Age of Sigmar Path to Glory campaign
Nope... Didn't do this one either. Campaigns require a lot of commitment from everyone involved and my group didn't have that last year. Maybe I'll give it a shot again...

5. Speaking of campaigns: Run a Kings of War campaign
See above...

6. Attend at least one KoW and Star Wars: Armada tournament
I did two of one, and none of the other, though I did run the Star Wars: Armada regional tournament this year (note: I didn't count that in the score). I'll keep the Armada resolution, but maybe scrap the KoW one. I imagine if I get the impetus to play KoW again this year a tournament shouldn't be too hard to come by considering the traction the game has with my friends.

7. Paint an elf Kings of War army
Did not do this...

8. Play four new mid-level Eurogames this year
This year I played Kemet, and Isle of Skye (and correctly predicted that one's victory in the Kennerspiel). I'll keep this resolution for 2017

9. Play a serious game of Battlelore 2nd Edition
Sadly I didn't do this. I still love Battlelore and will keep this resolution, but it looks like Fantasy Flight Games might be stalling out on support for the game in favor of the Runewars miniatures game they're releasing this year (which I will probably give a miss to).

10. Just to make it an even ten: Run The Enemy Within Campaign for WFRP 1st or 2nd Edition
Nope. But I am playing in a 2nd edition WFRP campaign right now (The Thousand Thrones). I'd like to try this in 2017.

So what's in store for this year beyond the repeat resolutions above? Well it occurred to me while I was perusing the new 2nd edition of Warzone: Resurrection (which I love pedantically mentioning would actually mean it's Warzone's 6th edition) that there are a lot of Mutant Chronicles-based games available in 2017. There's Warzone and Mutant Chronicles RPG already available, with Siege of the Citadel and Doom Trooper on their way. This presented me with an interesting objective for this calendar year: I'm going to make 2017 the year of Mutant Chronicles!

I'll be checking in a least once a month to see what experiences I've had in that universe. Whether it's something as mundane as painting a Warzone miniature, to going to a tournament or running (or playing in) a Mutant Chronicles campaign. Even if I've done nothing I'll write about why that was, or how I plan to rectify that fact. Personally, I can't wait. I'll use the label "MC2017" to mark all the posts. See you all on Venus!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Secret Santa Painting Challenge 2016

Every year (for the past... I wanna say four years) the shop I work at hosts, what we call, a "Secret Santa Painting Competition," though there's really nothing competative about it.

Really what it is is an event where people enter a model for another randomly-determined participant to paint for them. They can give some instruction, or none at all. It's pretty fun and it can be a great excuse to get a model painted that you weren't excited to do, and ti's also a chance for you to paint something you never would've painted, or haven't painted in a long time.

In my case, I got to paint a Space Ork (that's right... I'm bringing back the "Space" in "Space Ork"). I haven't painted one since the early 2000s, and I even got to try out painting a checker pattern on his suspenders (the jury's still out on whether I did a good job or not).

Here are all the finished models.

Here's the one I painted for my friend and co-worker, Gopaul.

CHECK out them checkers...

Here's the one that was painted for me.
Anyway, good fun, and a great way to end off 2016. See you all on the other side.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Update of the Rings

Just a quick little update on how my games of the Lord of the Rings LCG are going. As you recall, I'm attempting to play through all the Saga Expansions that make up the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I'm beginning with "The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill" and goddamn is it hard!

I've played the first scenario four times now, twice with each of the suggested decklists at the back of the booklet inside the box, and I've only come close to defeating the troll brothers once. How the first scenario works is thus: It's divided into three parts. The first part only requires seven progress tokens to complete it, and the encounter deck is lacking in any type of enemies, so this is pretty easy to accomplish. In fact, the first time I attempted it, I breezed past the first part on turn one.

The second part is when the trolls come out to play. Tom, Bert, and William come marching out along with their troll cave, and spell doom for my party. The threat amount they dish out is enough to make you almost lose the game (and engage you, if you haven't made it to 50 threat) if you're not careful, so to mitigate this, I engage one on my turn. The problem with the trolls is that each one imparts a special rule to all of them. One makes it so that the trolls can only be fought by one character (and at armor 2, with 10, 11, and 12 wounds respectively, this isn't easy), one makes it so that no damage can be inflicted on them while in the staging area, and the third won't allow you to play attachment cards on them.

Now, it's still preferable to engage them, because if I don't, they engage me, and that means I draw a card from a deck of "sack" cards. These cards are only bad, as they immobilize various characters (each one's different) for indefinite periods of time. This means they can't do anything until the sack is removed (at which time it's put right back into the sack deck), and these opportunities come infrequently as I've found out.

Needless to say, this is a tough scenario. It only ends once the trolls are defeated or the encounter deck runs out of cards, in which case the sun comes up and the trolls are turned to stone. That's the third part of the scenario... It just ends. So really, the meat is in the middle.

So now I've tried each of the pre-made decks twice; it's time for me to deckbuild. I want to stick with heroes and allies that were present during the age of the Hobbit, and not stray into any LotR-era characters. I've never built a deck in LotRLCG before. I'll post it up where when I do and tell y'all how it went.