Month: February 2015

Hobby projects, dropzone commander by @hawkwargames resistance starter box building

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So, after tearing the box open I tried to hold off the building whilst I finished a few other projects, but naturally that was never going to happen.

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As you’ll have seen there’s a lot of variety here from infantry to ramshackle vehicles as well as tanks and large dropships.

First up,

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I went simple, getting the tanks together- Hannibal battle tanks. these were simple enough, a turret popped into a hole on the top of the chassis. As you can see there’s a 360° choice for turret facing, but Iv kept it simple for these (anticipating storage).
There was a painful moment as I popped the turret in and the superglue splashed into my eye- luckily I was wearing glasses and most hit the lens- but a drop hit my eyeball giving me a sore burning sensation for some time.

Feeling braver I moved onto a tougher build

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The first dropship- the lift hawk medium dropship to get the tanks into position. This was a tougher build, simply because lining up the engines/thrusters to look right and even was tough- and you don’t get a second chance with superglue. You’ll see in the pictures alternate top hatches- either the AA gun or a vent style piece. I was torn between the both as well as leaving the piece off dependent on list, but with it being fiddly went for the gun (if in doubt whack a gun on it).

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Next up the easy infantry transport Jackson half tracks. Easy because they’re single piece models, so just needed a minor clean up. I know I mentioned it in the box opening but look again at the undercarriage detail on the 10mm scale models.

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The half tracks carry these guys into battle the resistance fighters. Again, single piece models (aside from getting them into the base) but for the scale the details lovely on them.

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Another highly detailed model the kraken hovercraft , there was the opportunity to leave the ramp loose, but I glued it into place to make painting easier (my future ones I may leave loose).

Onto my favourite models in the box- the gun wagons. Again highly detailed, and also several parts which are interchangeable between kits.

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I settled on three random setups of gun and ram (knowing I’ll have more of these to mix and match in the future) and glued them into place. Again I could have left the guns loose for movement but wanted them fixed for my first painting of them.

Another dropship later and my force is ready for war

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Or at least ready for the painting table

I have a dream, of relationships and weirdness

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So, another weird dream last night. It was a long and a lot of details have faded (and more are fading the more I try to get hold of it) so I’ll get straight into it

I’m walking down the street in my old home village when i bump into an ex girlfriend whos crying. I naturally ask if she’s ok, but she’s just lost a baby. I introduce her to myles and we go to the village library where we lose one of myles’ shoes- but replace it with one from a lost property bag.
As we’re leaving the library we bump into my my partner and my ex girlfriends parents. They all take Myles back to my mums house, whilst I get in the car with my sister and she drives me home. She then proceeds to show off by racing into the driveway and crashing into the house in the process. Pulling away from the house she does exactly the same thing again, before doing it a third time- this time covering us both in glass as the back end of her car is destroyed.
I go into the house to find my partner resting on the sofa with my ex girlfriends parents whilst my ex girlfriend is doing the same next to my mum.
At this point I realise things could be very awkward (it hadn’t occurred previously).
Next I’m eating Mexican food in a dark room with someone I went to school with, with the occasional passer by also looking like old school friends. The guys school time girlfriend sits down,eats some food that had been sitting there and asks me when I’m going to choose which girl I’m going to upset- this hasn’t come up previously.
Suddenly I have a timer infront of my face with one minute thirty two seconds ticking down.
My mind flashes over every ex girlfriend (I think) and I’m faced with a choice- not sure why I’m suddenly choosing all of them. Come to think of it I’m not sure why I’m choosing at all.
We’re back in my mums house where my parents and my ex girlfriends parents have decided I’m better off keeping both of them as they both need someone to look after them- physically and mentally each. I’m given no say and the two girls are too tired to argue.

Weird.

I wouldn’t know where to start in understanding the dream, the ex girlfriend isn’t someone Iv known in many years (though I suspect the faces are random in dreams) and I’m certainly not looking to cohabit with ex girlfriends or swap out rox for anyone (shed probably suggest I’d swap her for some peace and quiet).
In fact I’m not even going to try and decipher it

@mygeekbox February opening sidekicks theme

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So, once again a delay to opening my box as I was drinking heavily in belfast for half term (and doing family things of course), but this morning the neighbour dropped it round and me and Myles tore it open

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This months theme is sidekicks

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The magazine, better than normal as there’s more than just computer game reviews inside (hopefully more variety of content is to become a trend). A bit of disappointment as I didn’t win the clothing competition and whilst I wouldn’t necessarily say my tweet was better than the winning tweet I’m sure there were better out there.

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The modern day sidekick- a minion. The vinyl pop craze is terrifying, there are now hundreds of them. Whilst I can’t imagine many people have all of them I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Anyway, I’m torn between keeping this one or letting it loose in the toy box- eleanor does love minions. No doubt it’ll end up there anyway.

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Robin. Poor poor Robin, what a dopey sidekick he is. Now of course he gets cooler as the comics progress but as a young boy he’s just batman’s buddy. It’s a cool posted though.

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A Star Trek action figure. As cool as chekov is (hmm?) this may well end up in the toy box too- minus the small bits of course.

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And the customary t shirt. I really like this one, it’s a good colour (which is important) and the designs cool. I’m waiting on a replacement of a previous one that faded after a wash but this should keep me geeked out in the meantime.

So, the t shirts really cool, the box was ok, it felt a little like something was missing, sweets or something would be a nice little addition, but it’s all good.

Next months theme is anniversaries and landmarks due to it being a year since MyGeekBox started and hopefully we won’t be on yet another holidays when it gets her

I have a dream, of giving out my number

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So, I haven’t done a dream post in ages- not because I haven’t been dreaming (I have), but because my dreams have either been mundane and barely memorable or interspersed with other small dreams and untranslatable by morning, but last night I had a dream which was mundane yet memorable.

I had been in a hotel for a few days (it was attached to a bar very similar to my local pub) and was just packing my suitcase to check out but was running a bit late.
The maid came in to clean the room whilst I was finishing my packing and burst into tears. (The maid had a familiar face but I can’t remember now where from) Being a gentleman I asked if all was ok. I forget the next chunk, but after comforting her (and I believe getting the reason for the tears) I gave her my number and said she could call me if she needed to talk. At this point my phone rang and it was my partner.
When I hung up the maid slapped me for giving her my number when I had a girlfriend, which was a little unfair as it was entirely innocent- not that I’m in the habit of giving out my number.

When I told my partner this morning she had s grump on, so clearly I was wrong to try to help my imaginary maid.

Books, the return of Nagash by josh reynolds

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So, I put aside the various series of books I’m currently reading through (Gotrek and felix, malus darkblade, the original Nagash trilogy) as well as the huge pile of other books I want to get through to finally read my first Warhammer end times book- the return of Nagash by josh Reynolds.
And wow, what a way to mash game of thrones with the warhammer world- people die- many many people die. And not only people of coursea characters die.

I will do my best to avoid spoilers but I can’t promise anything

The beginning was brilliant, no world of peace with a book or two to set up the full prologue (I’m looking at you horus heresy). Some bodies looking over the world and seeing death, war and destruction in pretty much every corner of the warhammer world. Some of this is implied or set in the future but many of the events are current setting you into the middle of the story.

The story then moves onto Mannfred Von Carstein and Arkhan the Black meeting up and planning to bring Nagash back from the dead/undead/not dead, whilst they are both haunted by a ‘ghost’ from their past- Vlad and Nagash respectively.

Alongside this is a secondary focus on the High Elves, Dwarves and Humans (with a little of the Wood Elves) and their response to the forces of the Undead doing evil things.
It’s hard to review without spoilers, but it was really good to see an undead themed book that didn’t end with the leader being killed and therefore the army crumbling- though many people died/redied. It was also nice to see Nagash missing from the early parts of the book. The real success of the book was expanding upon Mannfred and Arkhan- as well as the vampires on the whole- and giving them a little more personality than just being evil masters of armies of skeletons. Seeing them with weaknesses and doubts that were covered up with arrogance was a nice aside to the politics and scheming of every vampire that appears in the book.

I’m now of course left with a new dilemma- move onto the second End Times book or carry on with a different series.

Hobby projects, @hawkwargames resistance starter box opening

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So, I’v gone on a bit of a dropzone commander kick and got to opening the starter set for my favourite faction the resistance. Hawk wargames have truly done some amazing work on this faction with a fantastic blend of sophisticated equipment and cobbled together big guns.

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First impressions are good, a load of resin and metal falls from the box and you can immediately see the care that has gone into it, every model/unit is individually packed with all its component parts in a little ziplock bag- a huge deal for me, who loves building (and lego) but finds finding the correct bits a frustration (especially when they are all the same colour).

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First things first- the paperwork. As with the starter set there’s a detailed assembly guide for everything laid out in a sensible way with clear instructions on different options for building the various kits. Additionally there’s a resistance crib sheet giving you all you need to start using the force in the box right away.

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My favourite piece of paper in the whole kit is this one, a warehouse slip detailing all the contents and signed by whoever has picked/checked the contents. I’m sure this happens in some format in most (if not all) companies- quality control being vital- but to have evidence of it happening makes everything just a little more reassuring.

Onto the models

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The dropships- a vital element as suggested by the name of the game- designed to get units around the board quickly, I like these, big fancy looking ships with a few bolted on sheets of metal indicating non conventional repairs to keep the best resources in the air.

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Troop transports- designed to get the infantry from the dropships to the objectives. These look like glorified towncars and don’t look to have any armaments. I like them but I think I prefer the battlebus look. I do really like the detailing on the models and the underside of these is indicative of just how good the sculptors at hawk wargames are- remember it’s 10mm scale.

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The big guns- the tanks. Awesome looking vehicles to do the real damage,

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Another transport option- and unique to the resistance- is the mighty hovercraft. I think this is a fantastic choice to cart vehicles into battle. From a young age Iv always had a fascination with hovercrafts so the idea of throwing one into a war zone sounds awesome- time will tell how smart an idea it really is.

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The game winners- troops. Apparently absolutely pants when out in the open- hardly surprising with other big guns around- but vital for taking buildings and claiming objectives. Whilst on the sprue and in the bag it’s hard to register the detail but I’ll be sure to get some close ups before I get them painted.

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Finally, one of the reasons I wanted to collect the resistance- the ramshackle vehicles. These are rocket mounted cars with a bodged together aesthetic and the faction as a whole has a load of various different types of these vehicles. I plan on taking as many ramshackle looking vehicles as I can afford/ fit/ feasibly use.

So that’s it, a fantastic starter for my army- I should have them built in a few days and hopefully painted soon after that

Hobby projects, dropzone commander by @hawkwargames starter set opening

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So, as already mentioned I picked up dropzone commander at the weekend whilst at the PAW gaming show. I also picked up the resistance starter (and have a couple of bits on order too) which I’ll get to in a future post.

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As you can see this is a really crammed box, with two forces, a full rulebook, scenery and mat and all the usual paraphernalia you’d expect in a starter set. This is an overview opening so I won’t be going into depth just yet, but that will be expanded upon as I get the models built and painted.

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As you can see a full box. The box by the way is fantastic, sturdy, with double folds and a secure top- it’s not a huge thing but it’s a big bonus whilst I’m storing the bits before they reach a case. As I said, a full box, no wasted space and everything well packed. I should point out I’d actually already dug through the box so had removed the bubble wrap, which kept everything nicely secured.

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The rulebook is fantastic- Iv spent a few minutes every night for the last week reading a couple of pages and haven’t even got to the rules yet because there’s just so much fluff, background and storyline to get through. For those that hate fluff (odd such as it is) the rules are clearly marked in a separate section of the book. The books full colour with a variety of art sketches and nicely painted miniatures throughout as well as a clear layout of information and well packed pages.

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The instruction guides are clear and simple. In all honesty there isn’t a great deal of intricacy to the assembly (due to scale limitations) so the instructions are probably not essential, but still it’s nice to have them available so well laid out- as well as being a good indicator for larger kits.

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Oh I love crib sheets. I especially love crib sheets that cover everything you need to know without overloading you with information. Reading hefty tomes of rules isn’t a particularly exciting part of any game so having a decent crib sheet allows you to get straight into it and then use the rulebook as a resource when bigger questions arise. The quick start rules are simple and straightforward and- as I’m quickly coming to expect- smartly laid out, whilst each faction gets a sensible double sided sheet of gaming information.

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Less exciting to me is tokens and counters, I like them, and use them and of course they are essential to any game, but I’m not a fan of card stock tokens. Still, these aren’t fantasy flight chunks of cardboard but standard essential pieces. Once Iv sourced suitable alternatives I’ll replace what’s here.

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One of the awesome things about the game is the scenery- as well as the fact it’s included in the box- and these are the mats used for the game. It’s handy to set the board size without assuming everyone can pull together a 6×4 space for gaming. The mats are decent quality paper and nicely detailed to add atmosphere to any game, as well as having posters printed on the other side

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As for the scenery itself…

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… Loads of it. A whole cityscape of buildings in fact. Despite my dislike of card stock tokens, I really like these buildings. Each is different, in a variety of sizes and with detailing equalling if not exceeding that of the mats.

Once built the buildings look like this

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This is a quick build- I haven’t decided whether to stick the tabs or not yet- but they have a lip on the roof meaning they are a bit more than just boxes. Once Iv made my decision on assembly I’ll put a city together and show it off.

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And onto the models. These will also get a better showcasing when I get them assembled, but the factions are the scourge and the UCM with a decent starting force provided for each.

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Finally, a fantastic addition to the box…

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… Gaming aids. Dice are standard of course, although the number of them is nice (a usable amount as opposed to a token gesture), but what’s also excellent is the tape measure. No whipping sticks, or plastic sticks or bits of string but an actual tape measure. A small sized hawk wargames tape measure perfectly sized to maneuvre round a crowded gaming area.

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I said finally, but forgot this bit- sensible next steps for the factions and game overall. Iv already got some bits on order so clearly it works.