I've been meaning to update the blog for a little while but have found time today finally!
3 posts in 2 months isn't too bad really by my standard.
Painting, I finished my first crew of this year! I'm aiming to get at least 5 done this year after the last 2 years paultry output. Yan Lo in all his glory
Happy with the way the crew turned out. Izamu's eyes were my first proper attempt at OSL other than a couple of half-arsed ones, think I'll be trying it a bit more with other stuff.
Next crew box I'll be doing is Salvage and Logistics, make a start on playing the Outcasts I've wanted to play for a while.
I've made a start on other goals for this year too, I've entered 2 best painted contests at tournaments which is already half of what I did last year!
I won both of them as well with the Yan Lo crew which I was pretty shocked about, other people not so much, but I'm always suprised if I win a best painted.
Gaming wise I've tried out Yan Lo which I'll try more of, I think he's probably lacking in some respects as everyone says but think I might enjoy him. Only more games will tell.
I've been trying to get Seamus to finally work for me after a few failed attempts since M2E started, but I think I've finally cracked him which pleases me immensely as he is one of my favourite masters in terms of fluff and style. Now I understand the way he plays a lot better, I really like his playstyle too as it's very thematic to his background and fun. I also feel it satisfies certain sets of strats and schemes that other Ressers struggle with so win:win
Kirai has only seen table time lately at tournaments for me and I had a single game with Jack daw also, someone who I want plenty more with.
Continuing with the getting along with my aims for the year, my competative game keeps getting better I think.
In the LoEH I played with Ressers (Kirai/SeamusKirai) against (Lilith/Pandora/McCabe). First game was very close, I managed to take out Nekima before she could do too much damage and managed to just deny one point of turf war making a 10-9. 2nd game was cool, Nekima killing off a very wounded Pandora to gain melee master and wreak havoc. 3rd game I was on table 2 last round in contention for 2nd place of the tournament, timing called at a very in-opportune time for me and meant I ended up losing by a point. If it was called 30 seconds either way I would've won by a point minimum. Frustrating, but thems the breaks.
Then I played in Ante up taking Ressers again (Seamus/Kirai/Seamus) against (Pandora/Kirai/Kaeris) a memorable moment in the first game was my copycat killer lobbing the head of a fully fit Nekima with a flourish and then dying to black blood!, it took some patient waiting and a bit of set up but well worth it! The Kirai-off was a very tactical tit for tat game but good fun. The last game would have been a lot closer if it wasn't for my awesome luck getting iniative just when I really needed it even though the odds were against me, making me able to heal up Seamus to full from 1 wound left, and able to still score Entourage.
I ended up on 3 wins at the end of the tournament and taking out first place! as well as 1st for painting!
That's pretty much my hobby since last post, hope to get another entry in soon after I complete more models or go to another tournament!
So, I thought I'd do a kind of resolutions post, a look towards what I want to get done or achieved for the coming year. Or at least what I'll be doing hobby-wise in the very near future.
I'll start with gaming, there's nothing too much with gaming for me. The main thing is to have fun and play as much as possible, the fun takes care of itself, so I'll try to attend more tournaments than 2015 which was 8 in total. Anything over that will be a win.
I also would like to try out lots of new masters, probably in new factions. I'm a big Resser player, I just love the fluff and summoning mechanics so while I'll be looking to build back up my resser collection in plastics after selling pretty much the entire faction that was fully painted in metal, I'll be looking to expand to some new non-resser masters. I've always used Outcasts too in the form of Viks and Von Schill so trying out most of the other Outcasts and maybe further afield would be nice this year. I may even work in painting puppet wars stuff into trying some new masters for Malifaux.
I would also like to continue to improve my competative game in tournaments, feel it's been improving over the last year or so, maybe a podium would be nice at some point, but this is all definetly not at the expense of fun.
Painting and hobby-wise?
Well, for a start I want to really up my crew painting this year. Over last year and 2014 I managed to paint a grand total of 1 new crew which is pretty pathetic for me. This wasn't helped by commission work and non-malifaux focused painting which took up most of the time, as well as dwindling painting time due to general life commitments.
Think I'd like to end the year with at least 5 new crews/crew boxes painted altogether for Malifaux, maybe more. Also a fully painted Guildball team and more progress on my Puppet wars stuff is a goal I'd like to get done.
Entering more 'best painted' competitions than last year will have to be a goal too, after only entering a shock 4/8 possibles it shouldn't be too hard. I'd also likè to beat the 25% win ratio on those from 2015, but wouldn't we all?
The plan for the time being for painting?
Currently trying to finish a Yan Lo crew, this'll be based the same style as the Kirai crew for a coherent interchange of models.
Done these chaps for it so far, just need basing
Yan, a Soul Porter, Izamu, Yin and the Emissary are pretty much what I need to finish to complete the crew, there's some other bits on the painting table too to finish at some point...
After the Yan Lo crew I've got these two to do too
From there? who knows? but I have my eye on a few bits....
I've decieded I'll start a blog on this here site, it seems to make sense being as most of my hobby focuses around Wyrd games. I also run a blog on Wordpress, so it'll be the same post as on here, if I like posting here more I might move over altogether, but will see for now.
First up, a look back on my hobby for the past year seems to be a decent place to start.....
I've been meaning to do a little look back on what I've been up to last year in both gaming and painting, as much as for myself as for the blog. It being a fair old while since my last post I thought I'd better.
Thinking back to the start of 2015 gaming wise I was still playing a lot of Molly and got my highest placing of the year at the leauge of Extraordinary Henchman in January (6/30). I played in four tournaments from Jan to March, LoEH sat and sun, Vapnartak and Lemonentry, using Molly in 3 and Viks in 1.
I then had a massive tournament hiatus not going to another one until September, playing a lot of Guildball in the time between as well as Malifaux.
I sold most of my Resser collection in the spring and then learnt how to play Kirai, using her in tournaments for the rest of the year. Attending From the Shadows, Drunken Monkey, Into the Quarantine Zone and the UKGT 2015. Best result from these was probably the UKGT, finishing 32/88, winning 4/7 games.
Favourite tournament of the year was the UKGT, it was an awesome weekend, as weekend events tend to be, 7 great games and the social side was amazing, not least because the of the awesome night out on the Saturday. I must say 2 day tournaments are by far my favourite because of the total immersion you enter into, but these are few and far between for me due to family commitments etc which makes them all the more special.
So a total of 8 Malifaux tournaments in 2015 which is fairly low considering 2014 was 10. I have a feeling there'll be more for me this year.
Non-malifaux and Guildball gaming consisted of family gaming, Puppet Wars (fricking love this game) a game of Dreadfleet and the usual board style games, Forbidden Island, Dobble, Takenoko, Small World, Ticket to Ride, Love Letter, Zombicide etc.
Painting has been pretty lacklustre this year for me I think.
The year started with me finishing of a 30K Worldeaters army commission
Another Commission in the form of a high level Fisherman team for Guildball
After this I decided I was giving up commision painting for several reasons so focused back on painting up my own models.
I Painted up a couple of Puppets
Also a full Puppet crew, in a week, to play Malifaux in the GT
Did some Dreadfleet terrain and other bits (not finished)
Painted and textured some boards to make a gaming table
Made myself a paint rack
Put together two Guildball teams, made a goal and painted one model
Painted some random Malifaux models that needed finishing
And pretty much finished painting the whole of my Kirai crew
So actually looking at it like that I've just convinced myself I haven't been too unproductive with the painting/hobby in 2015, I just haven't painted many Malifaux crews I guess.
Awards for painting in tournaments?
Well, I entered into 4/8 best painted competitions of the tournaments I went to (really seems like more than that, actually shocked that it's that low!)
Of the 4, I won best painted once with my Viks crew and placed 2nd in best painted trinity of models. 1/4 and 1 2nd place isn't bad at all, happy with that.
Next up I think I'll write a post on what I'll be planning on doing in the coming year and my aims/goals for it, so until then!