Monday, April 27, 2015

April Shenanigans

Theo wanted a poppy to "Remember the soldiers"
on this special centennial ANZAC Day.
April is nearly over and I've been remiss about posting things to the blog. This is mostly due to the fact that I'm still sorting out a new hobby schedule around the new job and a slightly more active 3yr old...

At any rate, I thought I didn't have much to report, but when I flicked through my phone's pictures for hobby-related stuff, I was surprised there was actually quite a lot. Over the past few weeks I've had some FoW games, several Saga matches, tried out Netrunner, bought a new Warmachine army, expanded my X-Wing collection, and even got a neato Lego set for my birthday.

Also, before we get started, I just wanted to mark the passing of the 100-year anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Here in New Zealand and Australia we hold annual memorial services on that day commemorating ANZAC Day. Like Veteran's and Memorial Days in the US, it's meant to be a time to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. It has been very moving to see NZ remember, and I am honored to have witnessed it.

Lest we forget.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

So Long, and THANKS!

Well, this post has been a long time in coming, possibly because I didn't know what or how to say it, but here it goes! About four weeks ago I resigned my position as a writer at Battlefront to join an emerging computer game design studio here in Auckland. It's been a big move in my life and now that I have officially started at my new work. it's all sinking in and I'm ready to unpack this a bit more for those interested to read on.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Busy Weekend!

The weekend past was a busy one in terms of hobby fun. Between BattleCry, the Howick Military Tattoo, and a TCOW meeting, there were a lot of reenacters firing weapons either by using dice or black powder.

BattleCry 2015
The big hobby event of the weekend was BattleCry. The event has a lot of interesting games being played and this year it was in a new, smaller venue. This pushed all of the games together into a smaller space, which was difficult on the players, but made it easier for photo taking!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Liri Valley Counterattack: An AAR

After too long a break, Patrick and I threw down a game last weekend. Pat was keen to give a tournament list a try and I wanted to get my German medium tanks on the table.

I also wanted to have the excuse to put some new terrain on the table. I've been spending some time working on my terrain collection, fixing it up, etc. I've also made up a couple of more forest bases and based up some pine trees I had lying about. Finally, I wanted to make sure that my new railroad pieces made it on the table, including my new curves and switches pack and the switching tower. I love these little sets adn would highly recommend them if you haven't got them already!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Carried to Victory: DanCon II

Well, dice were rolled, tanks destroyed, infantry pinned down, and aircraft shot down at TCOW today as 22 players descended on the club house for DanCon II: Electric Boogaloo.

As I mentioned in the previous post the format was a bit unusual. 700 points, Late War, Doubles (pairs randomly picked each round). So we had different partners for each of the four rounds.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jagged Panthers!

It's almost Auckland Anniversary Day, and that can only mean one thing...
Electric Boogaloo!

Last year DanCON was a standard tournament and I took some US Paras. Hosted at TCOW, the environment was super laid back with lots of fun had by all.

This year Dan's gone and had some fun with the format:

700 points
Late War
Doubles (pairs randomly picked each round)

This means that you will be playing with a different partner each round. What's more there's a distinct possibility that you might end up Allied and Axis forces fighting together! I'm all sorts of excited about this as now and again, you just need something different and this certainly fits the bill!

The question was, what to take? Jagged Panthers, duh.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014: A Year In Review

Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to look back and reflect on highlights of the year, then realize the hopelessness of New Years Resolutions, and finally make hollow promises for the following year.

Well, what can I say about 2014? Well it was a quiet one on the blog, with my lowest post count for a full year. Why's that? Well, a combination of a much more active toddler, the reintroduction of a good computer in the household (finally able to finish Fallout New Vegas!), X-Wing, and some other life-things have come together to form a pretty epic hobby slump. So, without much being built on the hobby bench, there's not a lot for me to report here. I have, however, been building a lot of terrain, but more on that in the New Year!

So what did I get done this year? Let's have a look...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Introducing: DEROS!

It's been a bit quiet on the hobby front as I've been feverishly organizing myself some Vietnam terrain. I've been building jungle, rivers, tree lines, palm trees, hooches, rice paddies and more. There is also the small issue of a brand-spanking new Local Forces Battalion sitting on my hobby bench...

I've got a few articles lined up covering those adventures, but I did end up wondering: what the hell am I going to do with all of this stuff? Answer: 'Nam event!

Introducing DEROS: 2015. This is something I've been working on for a few years now, but something has always gotten in the way, be it life, a toddler, or another hobby project. But this year I'm going to actually make good on my intentions and get this thing off the ground.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TCOW Fury!

I haven't seen Fury yet, but I am positive it didn't have much in the similarity with the Flames Of War game I just played last weekend where I ineptly led 15 tanks and one jeep in to the light and cruely allowed one survivor jeep to deal with the fallout...

It was club day at TCOW last weekend and there was a lot happin'n! Warmachine, Flames of War, Drop Zone Commander, Kings of War, and Saga all made it to the tabletop. I brought a 1600-point late-war list of US tanks from Remagen and my Saga Vikings and Normans.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Highway to the Reich: The Dramatic TCOW FS:MG Finale!

It’s the 70th anniversary for Market Garden this year and the gents at TCOW (that club out west) have been celebrating it with a Firestorm: Market Garden Campaign over the past few months. They have been building up for the final battle, carefully planning and waging a merciless war. The stage is now set and the guys extended an open invitation to all FlamesCon goers to stop in and lend a hand toward final victory!

On Saturday night we ran a Market Garden huge multi-player battle to mark the dramatic conclusion of the TCOW Firestorm: Market Garden Campaign. The game was a mega-battle format with several tables lined up to make one large table. Players took charge of an army and played for the cause they joined.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Highway to the Imminent Peril Zone!

With TCOW's Market Garden event at FlamesCon, I needed over 30' of highway for the five tables I intended on using.... And I needed it in less than a week's time.

Imminent Peril!

So I got with Patrick and we came up with a plan. Pat had recently purchased a road set from Toshach Miniatures, which is a printable PDF version. I had some cork flooring tiles kicking around and I put two and two together.