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As promised, here’s the Battle Report featuring my terrain set. All the feedback thus far is that it’s fun to play on and looks great, so Mission Accomplished!

About the Advanced Maneuvers Channel:

Advanced Maneuvers is a local group of awesome guys that have broken into the video battle report scene. Their format and production quality is top-notch, and it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. This format is what I’m hoping to emulate when I eventually start filming games.

You can meet Kevin and Herman, two of the guys behind the AM channel on this chat with Codex Dan and Miranda (WargamerGirl) as they discuss the topic of Faction Hopping.

After spending some time with family and puppy after the push to get the Khadoran Trenchworks done, I quickly needed to get a Painting Exchange model done.  The Exchange is next week (12/3), so I’ll post that model up after the victim gets their dues.

I didn’t want to lose momentum on the Aquablight though, so I set aside a night to work on the Teal Legion.  I also took a chance to test out my new photography setup.

Lo, and behold:

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All that’s left on these guys is autumn leaves and snow, just like my Khador.

So, what do you think?

PS: Of course I notice the bit of purple on the sword now, after the pictures have been taken. *sigh*

Holy cow, it’s a How-to Tuesday.  It’s been forever, right?  Libby and I are both very excited!  Ok, maybe she’s just excited about the peanut butter…

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As the Nova Nomads club grows, we wanted to focus on what we had to offer our members and the other nearby play groups around us.  One of these things is a positive and fun gaming experience.  For the longest time, players have owned and maintained their own terrain sets because up until our current store, we couldn’t store anything at the shop.  Given our new home store will allow us to do so, and we have club funding from dues (which also go towards club t-shirts, chess clocks, awards for events, etc), we wanted to get some club terrain.

In order to make this fun and exciting, and make sure we got the best looking terrain out of the time put into the project we made a competition out of it.  Club members were encouraged to group up into teams of two (or solo or threes) and com up with a concept for a table’s worth of terrain.  Lots of members had donated their personal sets to the club, so teams were free to take anything from that cache to use for their tables.  Teams were given a tupperware bin for their terrain to fit into, and each team had a $25 budget on top of whatever the club purchased for them to use.

Most of our existing tables use forests, hills and linear obstacles.  That’s great, but it leaves out lots of other fun terrain pieces like rough terrain, large obstacles, trenches, etc.  Not to mention, the terrain rules support custom combinations of things, like rough terrain plus concealment might be brambles or long grass; something that slows you down and also obscures your position, but doesn’t offer nearly the same advantages as a wall or building.

I wanted to tackle trenches, because moist of our tables look like the random countryside with hills and forests and no buildings or signs of civilization.  However, the Iron Kingdoms is full of battlefields and entrenched positions that nations feverishly defend and assault.  I wanted a real battlefield.  Since I had a ton of Khadoran bits laying around (mostly spare shields), I figured that faction was as likely to have trenches as any.

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So, here’s how I went about building an entire table’s worth of terrain from scratch, in about three weeks.

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Whenever there’s a con, I try and get together with some friends and doa combined bits order.  We get to snag whatever odd things we need to repair models, and we get to order some of the awesome, limited edition models that Privateer Press makes available.

Tis go around, during Warmachine Weekend, I’ll admit that I was upset that the Blighted Bather didn’t make an appearance.  She had sold out before out order was filled during Gen Con in August, ad my group missed out on getting ours.  Those misaligned feelings were quickly disregarded when I saw this beautiful lug:

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Not only is he a fun alternate sculpt, but he’s one that gives a nod towards one of the often disregarded (by manufacturers and event organizers) and my favorite part of the wargaming realm: the hobby.  Of course, I ordered one.

So, let’s have a look at what comes in the blister!

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This past weekend, there was a 35-pt 2-list event.  As I mentioned earlier, I took Legion.

The event had 20+ attendees, so there was a split into an upper and lower bracket after the first round.  There were trophies for the upper tier and coins for the lower.  I liked this approach, since it meant that the ‘game’ wasn’t over for anyone that didn’t manage to win their first game.

Anyway, I took notes and pictures of my turns during the games I played.

For those that want to skip to a particular game, here’s an index:

  1. Thagrosh1 vs Skarre2
  2. Thagrosh1 vs Hexeris2
  3. Thagrosh1 vs Kaya2
  4. Lylyth1 vs Rahn
  5. Thagrosh1 vs Father Lucant

Let’s fire up the post-game over-analysis machine, shall we?

*whir*  *click*  *bzzzzzt*

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