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Faceplant fail-sale

So yeah … I kinda had a bike crash last month been in hospital and out of it for a while, hence it’s been quieter than usual around here…

This has caused me some serious problems in all areas of my life, my job notwithstanding, being a contractor sucks when your not fit for work …

Subsequently I have been forced to use some of my abundance of free time to list all my unpainted DE for sale on ebay

there’s a couple of very nice bits in there.

Fail sale ebay listings

Help me out and grab yourself some toys !!

 

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6th FAQ or “The shower of shite”

Back again, been busy as all hell recently, parents have been visiting for two days, passed bike test on thurs in what can only be described as a biblical storm… no minors clean sheat, can I get a hell yeah ?!

OFC someone had to ruin it eventually and GW delivered. In spades. My disappointment stems from this, my bias to DE aside, 6th has the makings of an interesting game, I like alot of what they are trying for in there. DE took some knocks in the core rules which to some degree I had hoped could be fixed with an appropriate FAQ.

 

Agonisers simply cannot justify their cost, clearly overpriced now (they were anyway) huskblade (on its str3 platform) is never going to justify it’s cost, Vect himself may as well stay at home with his Failmobile, the inevitable deluge  of 2+ characters renders him pointless for his cost in fact I can’t be bothered to go on, clearly very little thought has been put into the faq at all I fear a deluge of vendetta/hydra armies with 2+ save allied characters and termies is probably on the cards. frankly it’s dogshit and I have lost the will to do anything with my army, I have no enthusiasm to even start trying to play 6th

I was really hoping alot of my questions about the book would be answered by 6th/faq but tbh I am more confused than ever… 6th was make it or break it for me and I think I’m done with it, I’ll prob finish my DE collection and simply display it, I’m not wasting time trying to play a game I wont enjoy playing, If I cant play with DE I wont enjoy it, another army is not an option allies as a crutch just leaves a sour taste in my mouth I had been using seers and dragons as a crutch for my eldar for most of 5th , having to use that same crutch on what is essentially a new army is BS, sure I would do it in casual games for a laugh so I can mix my collections sometimes but I wanted a DE army not Rainbow Crutchdar.

Guess my hobby budgets going on bike stuff now…

I’m not sure this post really conveys to you all just how angry, disappointed, sad and confused this all makes me. I have put alot of love into my DE and was hoping 6th would give me the kick I needed to finish painting everything and actually enjoy games again.

I think other than continuing to do comission paintwork I might just get out of the mini wargaming hobby .

On the plus side I forsee potential for a cracking new youtube Hitler rant , hopefully someone will do it or has done it already.

Rant off*

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WIP Thunderwolf Commission & 6th

Hello , back again , at least for a bit …. Heres some of the additional work i agreed to do to go with the Spacewolf army.

Obviously WIP at the moment but the doggies are complete, I’m hoping to get them done by the end of this week or next RL permitting.

On 6th, TBH my Initial reaction is not good, currently it looks like DE are getting a massive shaft, I sense Wards hand in this…

Welcome to IG supported Terminator edition, in the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium there is only SALES !!

Once I have the book have played some games with a proper DE faq and talked to some other folks I’ll make a post about it, possibly even a vid if I’m feeling fruity…

L8rZ

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Some News + Shard Sells out

Howdy people,

Things are afoot in my life, I finally sold old horse, he thusly avoided the glue factory however my life has me in a bit of a bind. Long story short I’m going to relocate a hundred miles asap and the whole car shenanigans has left me a bit empty of funds (well car insurance theives )

This leaves me having to have a bit of a clear out so 1. there is less to move and on my mind and 2. so I can top up my penniez a bit, It’s not entirely off topic because I am flogging some Eldar niceties and if we really stretch it the high elves count … to be fair my mega massive dragon centerpiece project for my HE Caledor army is worth a look.

Was hoping maybe some of you readers could help me out and spread the word a bit , maybe snag yourselves a bargain.

I’m sorry to use the blog like this and I’ll delete this ghastly ‘thing’ in a few days, I’m currently working on the last of the retro reviews as Eldar seem to be having a wee renaissance atm.

Here’s the linky - Ali Baba’s cave of wonders

 

Thanks for bearing with me

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Rant Activated.

Back in the saddle

 Maybe…..

Earlier today I was sat reading ‘this’ article on 40k for the new professional , Some of what he touches on there is relevant to my situation and general hobby malaise at the moment.

This is not so much an article as a stream of consciousness riffing on some similar feelings.

‘The hobby’ when is it not a hobby ? well for me that’s when it’s not fun ie work, a hobby by definition should bring pleasure in some form, so I want to talk about why I struggle with the hobby, especially 40k at the moment.

Not so long ago I essentially achieved what I thought was the possimpable, I completed a 40k army up to a fully painted 1750, admittedly there is some finishing out that could be done if I choose to, to achieve this I essentially had to sell out my entire life for 3-4 months every waking minute I could stomach painting I had to force myself to paint over and over again, I had help with the assembly, spraying and some of the base-coating too, it is a monstrous investment in time money and effort, that’s no hobby, I honestly felt like I was working two jobs. But that’s what it takes to get an army done in anything approaching a reasonable time frame.

I have about as much again, if not more left to do to have all the DE I own/want to own painted, I honestly cant face it, Army painting is not and never has been fun for me, sitting slumped in a chair for hours at a time that essentially vanish into the void is not my idea of fun/enjoyment, I do that at work already ….. nope, honestly I feel painting is a torture and it is something I only endure as I find an unpainted army about as aesthetically pleasing as a brick covered in slime, there is also a feeling you owe it to your opponents who have often endured the same torture to provide you with a more visually interesting game. The quicker we invent a machine I can program with my color scheme, load with mini’s and come back later to a painted squad/vehicle the better.

The subject of time is important here, I’m an adult (mostly) and I have an hour commute to work either way , I’m out of the house for 11 hours of the day and sleep for 7-8 otherwise I can’t cope with the mind numbing drudgerous monotony/mediocrity of my day to day grind at the salt-pits

If we knock of the hour in the morning getting sorted for work that leaves 5 hours spare a day, however I have to go shopping, attempt something which can pass for a social life /girlfriend, do exercise, household chores /RL stuff, cook/eat and facilitate any other interests in that time, iIncluding writing off one entire evening to run the club and actually play some games.

Weekends too are interesting, you can write off at least most of one day playing catchup from the week etc, Saturday night is often social or for gaming, it’s not often I’ll be able to make time for painting. So Sundays then ? well yeah, that’s pretty much it and often other stuff comes up, realistically on average I think maybe 8 hours a week is about what we are looking at , IF I ‘want’ to paint, which as we have discussed I don’t ….almost ever.

My army took well over 200 hours to sort to its current stage and it will take 200 more to ‘finish’ all the 3-4k , assuming I actually manage my 8 hour weekly average it would take me an entire year of consistent painting to do it… one army ….

Thinking about it I love the concept/design aspect of painting and doing a few test models is a pleasure and even taking that palette scheme and applying it to other types of models in that army but with some variation is again satisfying, this means I actually only enjoyed painting maybe 6-8 models in my entire DE army, woo wer’e partying now ! beyond that its just monotonous drudgerous grind (note the correlation with RL job)

So from a time perspective 40k seems like it is only a suitable hobby for well to do unemployed people with servants and a masochistic back pain fetish with no need for other stimulation….

That’s just the ‘hobby’ aspect of the game lets talk about the game and the other aspects which are ultimately involved.

I have played a-lot of 40k in the last two years, it’s safe to say it had come to dominate my life, if I was not playing it I was writing about it , reading about it doing something involved with it…. It’s taken a while for it to sink in that generally I do not enjoy the game of 40k…

Yeah, go figure… strangely it’s intangible and a variety of factors that make this so. I am comfortable saying that I am good at 40k, none of this has anything to do with success, if that was the one requirement for this hobby to be fulfilling I should and would be happy.

Often as not I get more stressed out and annoyed when I am winning, that means the majority of my games, I was happy enough with my DE, I kinda still am, as long as I continue to pretend GK don’t exist and am never forced to play them, it’ s driven me a bit mad that book, more so than any other book I can think of in my gaming history, I never played warhammer that much and kinda missed out playing against the deamon book that ‘broke’ warhammer so this is my first taste of something like that, books have come and gone that contained some questionable stuff/pointing but we move on and in the main cope with it , IG are a classic example and can be a tough game for DE, but GK I can’t let go of, can’t put it to bed and move on, I’m like a man with an ulcer he can’t stop tonguing…..

When people who can’t or have struggled to beat you with other armies for years suddenly brutally white wash you there is a problem, literally the only games I have lost or drawn in recent memory involved GK and are my worst losses in a very long time.

 I’m out of competitive 40k until 6th now (depending) I have resigned from the 40k GT, I simply don’t see it as worth the effort/stress

Hmm, this really lacks any coherency, I’m not satisfied with the game not at all, it’s not fun, maybe that’s my choice of army, but repeatedly failing to pop any kind of armour in a mechanized edition I have built for wears thin, it’s honestly no surprise the DE stick to Commoragh and only raid civvies in the fluff , their primary (only ?) AT guns are dire and overcosted.

Fortunately I like the guys I play with and the way my army looks so I’m not knocking it on the head, just taking a big step back and treating it much more casually, I’ll be interested to see what 6th means for my DE and this blog…

A lot of this has been bought up as I have started to pick up and play Infinity recently and It throws 40k into stark contrast. The game is intuitive with 90% of the rules making sense, as far as I know and can tell all the factions are about as close to balanced with one another as it gets in a wargame, things function and feel how they are described in the fluff and the startup cost is a fraction of a 40k army and even I can paint up a reasonable ‘full sized force’ in a couple of weeks (not half a year), which means I can realistically think about owning and adding to several forces even with my limited spare time.

I don’t need to spam , I will never have to paint more than maybe five of the same model again, due to the way the lists and game is , I’m not trying to find optimal units and min maxing infact in my limited experience it looks like spammy min maxed lists are at disadvantage here, I’m seeing the appeal of periodically changing up things in a given list to see how they work and to keep things interesting. Even more so I will now never have to wait more than a couple of months for something new or interesting for my chosen armies/race. I also feel it important to add, this is not as a neckbeard but as a qualified craftsman that I dislike finecrap, Infinitys alloy is wonderful stuff and I don’t resent coughing up for it, to be fair on a model by model basis it’s largly cheaper than finecrap and I have yet to see so much as a minor miscast or airbubble I particularly love how strong and stiff the fine weapons and blades are. Floppycast weapons set my teeth on edge, that alone is a dealbreaker for me.

I thought GW’s asking price was too much anyway, I won’t be buying anymore (Failcast), lol ,think about the cost of a full sized Beastmaster squad at the moment, when that gets the Fin£ca$t treatment it will be a single unit ‘worth’ as much as some entire armies, I love the models, I have wanted a unit for about a year now I can ’afford’ them they are simply not worth that much money and I doubt I would be comfortable paying half the asking price for a single unit which is sad as it’s the one unit I’ll need to truly complete the Invidious Requiem.

Will I continue to run Rant ? yes, for now, I’ll even get some actual articles up over Crimbo, It would be nice to maybe complete the reviews and hit some summaries, I’ll be looking to expand and expound on Infinity too, though as this is primarily a blog for faildar I will do Infinity ‘feature’ articles here and there unless I can find a better home for it. There wont be much to post beyond DE painting and maybe the odd vid bat rep, I suppose I can have a good write up of Doom of Mymeria, will have to get into gear when 6th comes out as knowing what it means for DE is going to be fundamental, I also anticipate the new Eldar book with eagerness, perhaps my Mechdar will be back? Conversely I am finding writing articles to be quite time consuming so I am considering doing some Shard TV,

Will I finish the Invidious Requiem ? I would like to, wether I can stomach that much painting is another matter entirely, there are still some units that have not seen any paint, Hellions have been asked for repeatedly by you lot , I also have scourges a Court a Reaper and a Tantalus to bring yet more variety to the show, who knows maybe I’ll hit the Tantalus over Crimbo too. There is still the snagging list from the first 1750 to address but it can wait.

Usual humor service will resume shortly. Behold Jewdacris, courtesy  of Lorenzen

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Life in ‘F’ major

Sorry there has been nothing on here recently, I would usually opt to keep this hobby pure, but I feel I should at least explain why it’s quiet around here and likely to remain so for at least a little while.

Not too shure where to start, this weekend was a write off for two reasons, by birthday and also me and my GF of 5 years have gone our own ways, we care about each other a great deal and have been through the ringer, but we just can’t make it work ,our reationship has been dying a slow lingering death these last two years and we were growing into people neither of us liked , she disliked me and herself and us, i disliked her  myself and us ….we had a big bust up over something ultimately trivial last week which I think after some days to think on it raised too many questions to just brush under the carpet and return to the vicious cycle.

I’m heartbroken, I must leave now, an that means leaving my cats too, I can’t split them up, the cats, or her from them, if anything she loves them more than I do and ultimately is in a situation to give them a better quality of life than I will be able to offer at this stage, the thing is I know that as always with these things we won’t be able to stay friends in the long run and will drift apart, this means ultimately the time will come very soon where I will have to say goodbye to my little girls for the last time .

(feels like someone is doing a number on my insides with a screwdriver)

At the same time I am in desperate need of a change of work location, I commute an hour or more each way at my own expense every day , due to the ridiculous cost of petrol and car tax in this country just gettin too and from work and facilitating that commute is eating entirely a third of my takehome or more a year, it’s costing me time too, my current car needs to go , additionally I have an unresolved fake accident against me under investigation atm which means I don’t get my NCB

so as well as having to try and deal with my break-up I’m having to keep going to the slave pits , sell my car, find another find a cheap enough insurance quote (it’s a part fucking time job apparently) and find somewhere else to live, because I went from a temp to permanent contract lately I have only had 14 days off this year and thats been used up so I cannot take any to deal with all this.

I was struggling to enjoy 40k as it is at the moment, I think I was wavering on burnout after ToS but I have no enthusiasm or energy for it atm, the missing part for my tantalus turned up yesterday , 2 weeks ago when I first finished the main assembly I would have  launched straight on with painting it, my birthday saw me 50% of the way to a complete court of the Archon too, Painting Mon’Keigh (will explain eventually) got me a Reaper from FW, everything else aside I’m lucky enough to know some wonderful generous people through this hobby.

Currently I look at my mini’s and feel dead inside I have even been questioning if I want to play 40k anymore it seems that I only enjoy a game very infrequently, all the mini’s to do just feel like more weight hanging round my neck, my new Morat force for Infinity arrived and I have barely even looked at them, I don’t even want to assemble them.,

Please forgive the gap in posting however long it might be. I need to sort RL now and the blog and the minis just feel like more work and frustration that I frankly can’t handle right now.

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Newsflash

So yeah, I’m not really one to let things lie, I may be having a little trouble letting go of the whole “your army is too crap for ToS thing” so I may have submitted a bunch of piccies into GW’s Flikr pool…..

I thought I might mention it in case anyone went on there, saw my army and thought that it was mighty strange it did not get even a sniff of a nomination .

Just to clarify I neither expected or deserved to win best army, I think the right person won in the end but some of the other nominations were frankly bizarre and the whole thing left a bad taste in the mouth, I’m by no means the first to point this out either.

Maybe a few of you reader types could throw me a bone here :oP

Call this an experiment if you will

PS, Conversely  if I’m being an arrogant Fapbag, hit me up in the comments, and no I don’t mean the usual Shard stuff, specifically in relation to just this M’kay ?

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This is why lances are cr@p

Aside from yet another game where volley after volley of lance fire  failed to do anything bar kill a single dreadnaught in the four turns of failure I could stomach.

Here’s some stats to prove how pants lances are. Over to you Sons of Twilight and a very interesting article called:

How many Missiles to the Center of a Razorback?

Now factor in cover/flat out and GK immunity to stun/shake stupidity ? yeah about as much ‘fun’ as being beaten in the man treasure over and over and over with a nine iron.  

I feel your pain bro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doc. H Innahouse!

One model to go, ONE model to GO !!!

Sinsynn, this ones for you buddy, literally, he’s on the way to the Bronx as we speak….

He’s left some instructions for ya too: Doc H’s Greatist hits, track 1

 

I’ll aim for a finish on the Archon tomorrow, then I can try and work out how to do an army shot and a glossy army list, Interim objective markers should be done before the end of the week too.

Back soon !

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Trueborn Finished, major army Milestone passed !!

Hey,  just a quick one from me today, though it seems the last rant was popular so I shall continue my work on the next one which may turn out to be quite a large thing …

yup just happily chipped away at these a couple of hours a night this week, It’s good to know I have a whole weekend and five nights left to do two characters, though they should be done and dusted by close of business on Sunday.

Then I just need to faff together some suitable objectives as I wont have time to do my slaughterhouse bondage concubine pain girls, I’m still trying to choose/find the correct models for that….

And then there is the small matter of a pimpy presentation of the list, any help or ideas are welcome at this stage.

Hopefully back tomorrow with a painted Heamy, though thats looking increasingly challenging the further into this bottle of knob creek I get…

Yes, so I may have rewarded myself for getting all the troops and vehicles done, conversely I intend some heavy ‘rewarding’ once the characters are complete, then its nothing but computer games for a few weeks, lol

Also Rant silently slid past the one year mark, so I’m arbitrarily going to set it’s Birthday on Halloween from now on and there’s going to be a competition and with any luck a brand new banner too.

Over and out !

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