#Hobby300… 10 days in…

Posted: January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

..and I’m still kinda on track!

Now I’m using the rule that states “Hobby means what it means to you” to play a little fast and loose for some I’m sure, but hey it’s my hobby.

The one part of hobby that does feel a bit of a stretch to me is that I’m counting some of the time I spend playing Eve Online… yes a MMO spaceship game. I like Eve, despite it’s spreadsheet in space looks and mind blowing complexity. I really don’t scratch the surface in terms of either time or knowledge. But its fun. I’m in a middle sized corp, who has plenty of fleets and only really wants you to play at least once a week. I’ll post more about Eve another time.

Warmahordes has accounted for hobby three days this week.

One day my time was spent sorting out tiebreak for the first tournament at Wargames Workshop MK on 2nd March (https://www.tiebreak.co.uk/mk-champions-march-2019/feed). It will be a 50 point Champion event, so ADR casters and themes only. Six signed up so far so looking like a nice healthy field of locals this time around.

Monday evening was spent sorting out tokens. Last year I bought the legion tokens from Frozen Forge, and jolly nice they are too (https://frozenforge.com/collections/faction-token-sets-mk3/products/draconic-legion-faction-set-mk3) so my old muse on mini’s tokens will be appearing for sale pretty soon.

Tuesday is games night at Northampton Wargamers club, with eight players turning up to play some WMH. I got a game v a returning Cryx player, who left Denny 1 just a touch too far forward, letting Typhon gun her down. Think that’s the first time I’ve ever won v Denny 1 🙂

Last night saw me back behind the screen running D&D 5e. It’s on online game using the Fantasy Grounds software. It was a lot of fun, with two new players, one player who hasn’t played in decades, and an RPG vet all battling their way through the opening scenes of the Lost Mines of Phandelver module. Plenty of laughs, some epic rolls, good and bad. A most enjoyable evening to kick the game off.

Think that’s about it for now, blogging is hobby right? #hobby300

Side note…. I must try harder to take pics of games and hobby activities!!

To get day one of #Hobby300 underway was a good one.

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I broke out my copy of Battle of Britain from the Plastic Soldier Company. I’d picked this up on Kick-starter a while ago and was keen to finally get it to the table.

The game is played at the strategic level, with German waves of bombers undertaking missions to bomb radar sites, airfields and cities while the brave RAF try to keep them at bay.

The game plays out over four turns, with seven phases in each turn.

The RAF first get to repair damaged airfields and radar stations, or return damaged planes to the game. The amount they get to do so is based on a dice pool generated by each sectors cities that aren’t damaged.

The next phase see’s both sides bring all their groups that are landed on home bases back up to full strength, three cards for the RAF and six cards for the Luftwaffe.

Next the Germans get to make their approach moves. The can be intercepted if they enter a working radar square, or when they move into a space with and RAF group. If a group arrives over it’s target it sets up to bomb. If the Luftwaffe can find a gap in radar coverage due to damage they arrive over the UK undetected, and can’t be attacked.

Now the RAF moves. First any Luftwaffe groups that are undetected can be spotted by local observer corps, another dice roll is needed here. Then any RAF groups can move three squares. If they land on a square with a German group they can then dogfight.

Now combat begins, Interceptions go first and are pretty brutal. Dice pools are generated and planes on both sides are removed. This is the quickest way for both sides to lose planes.
Next up are dog fights, these play one card at a time from each group involved, and planes can be shot down but more simply fight and return to each player.
Once all air combats are over the RAF groups must chose to either head home to rearm or stay on the board.

Now the Luftwaffe groups get to bomb. Again a pool of dice are generated and rolled to see if the target is destroyed or damaged. A single hit destroys airfields and radar, with three hits needed to destroy cities. Cities hold onto their damage so can be destroyed later. Depending on the dice results there is an Ack-Ack mechanic that my destroy more bombers.

Finally all Luftwaffe groups that reached their target have to return to base, and there is a chance that some planes will run out of fuel and be destroyed.

After 4 turns victory points are assessed by both sides, based on missions achieved and planes destroyed.

The game has three scenarios, that simulate early, middle and late phases of the battle. The second and third only differ by having a number of targets all ready destroyed and some Luftwaffe planes shot down.

We played all three scenarios and the Luftwaffe took it two to one overall.

Have to say I really enjoyed the game. Lot’s of decisions to make each turn for both sides. It plays at on OK pace, with a game taking about two hours start to finish.

The components are pretty good, and yes I do have the both the original ‘bendy’ planes and the new hard plastic ones. Being honest I didn’t think the planes were as bad as many said, but the new hard plastic ones are really nice.

Definitely I game that will make it to the table more in the future.

On to 2019

Posted: December 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

As the last day of 2018 hits its time to look ahead and make promises to myself that, if past history is any guide, I will fail to live up to.

I wasn’t sure what to try this year, then a post on twitter by Chris C caught my eye and I thought, you know lets give this a go. Here is that tweet:-

“Rules of the :
* “Do hobby” on 300/365 days in 2019
* “Do hobby“ is defined any way you like
* Keep a running tally of days of hobby days/total days
* Share WIP progress pics with the tag
* Enjoy it! This is supposed to be your hobby, after all!”

Seems simple enough doesn’t it? (Stay tuned for the December, I didn’t make it post!)

I’ve always counted playing games as hobby, I know many disagree but if putting paint on mini’s so I can play a game is hobby, then pushing them around the table is hobby for me too.

Due to recent events the amount of mini’s I have in boxes has been brought into stark relief. The WMH pile in itself has bot a bit out of hand! So the initial push will be to get a lot of that put together so I can then have some variety as I paint.

Gaming wise I think it will be more of the same, with WMH being the main game for 2019. I’m committed to both Bonescon and the Welsh Masters so far, and I’m sure I’ll be back to the English Masters too. I’ll also hopefully get in some local steamrollers to add to that as well. I also plan to run more events in either MK or another venue should dates for MK not work out, watch this space.

I also plan to get to more Epic-A events this year. Only two last year was an all time low for me. I will be picking up a season ticket in the next couple of days that gives me access to two one day events and the GT so should kick me to get to at least three events this year.

I would also like to get in at least a couple of games of Dropzone commander, once ships are built, and some historical games of some description. I think this is most likely WWII but could be ancients… time will tell.

I’m also having another go at herding cats by trying to run a D&D 5e game online using Fantasy Grounds. Lets see if this one lasts longer than the three sessions the last attempt did!

Well that’s about it for now, hope everyone has a great 2019, and all your hobby goals are met… well as close as hobby goals can be of course!