23 May 2020

Rolling Dice ....Finally

Yep, finally I get to roll some dice in our first tabletop game in over 2 months, now that the 
COVID19 lock down has been lessened up.

 Mark, Ian and myself got to play a game of Battletech Alpha strike. Mark chose to be the umpire/rules man as its been awhile since we last played. I rolled out my Jade Falcon vs Mark's new Clan Wolf marshaled by Ian. We just grabbed 10 mechs each randomly and throw them down.

Mark had made up a great table of a beach side city.

I got a bit gung-ho and my lights got blasted quickly.

We danced around the building both trying to out gun each other

The crossfire in the middle of the table got really heavy

It ended in a close up slog fest with my guys taking heavy casualties. 

So it ended in a good win to Ian.
And a great day to actually roll dice and have human interaction beyond family.
I'm already looking forward to next weekends games

12 May 2020

Van Halen 5051

Just finished listening to Van Halen 5051 album off my new turntable, managed to pick it up cheap online. Had forgotten how good album's can sound... I can see my record collection growing in the coming months.

No gaming or painting for a couple of weeks now. With our new house build taking off and birthday duties along with mother days time just ticks by.

The great thing is the house foundations were poured today, so we should find out an completion date by the end of the week. Renting is a bit painful on the wallet and has been extended thanks to COVID19 by a good 6-8 weeks, but at least I'm still working.

My Snake men finally turned up.. half of them anyway, still waiting on the order form the US, but at least I've started putting the one I have together. A mission for the next few days to try and get them all assembled.

01 May 2020

May Day ... AKA Birthday week... AKA torture week

So its Friday the first of May, otherwise known as May day, and the week of my Birthday. With this COVID19 lock down still in force at Level 3 for New Zealanders its gonna be a bit of a different birthday that's for sure. I've already got a couple of my presents sitting in boxes in my room. My super awesome wife agreed to chip in for my latest new toy, a nice turntable for good old vinyl records. So I've got the turntable and a couple of records that also turned up on the courier as well.... fully ready for some new sounds blasting out from my Yamaha TTN503. It's gonna be a long week waiting to unbox and crack it up.

 I've already got the evil eye from the boss and told I have to wait until my actual birthday,  so I'm being good and waiting ...damn it.
Soooooo looking forward to playing the some "Fat Freddy's Drop" and the new album Special Edition Part 1.
The album artwork is just awesome - its screaming Slannesh for sure.

On the modeling side, my order of Snakemen is still missing in action somewhere between US and NZ, hopefully it will turn up at some point. Really looking forward to busting out a full Snakeman army for Warlords of Erwhon

So now off to play some Classic Battletech and drink scotch.

27 April 2020

Blast from the Past

So not much painting or gaming getting done in the last few days. I did start another game of BattleTech with Mark using the Steam Table top simulator but only got a few turns into that. I have however been on a Blast from the Past ride. First up was my very very old T-Shirt from the Cyber Cafe days and doing all nighters after work playing the classic "Marthon" first person shooter. Busted out the T-Shirt for some serious gardening on the new section. Took down about 200 Privet trees today which need to go, they grow like damn weeds her in NZ. (the joys of owning an ache section with native bush)  

 I have also been looking a turntables and stereo systems for the last few/six months, and with my birthday coming up I thought it was time to take the plunge and get myself a turntable. So dropped a bit of cash on a new Yamaha turntable. All going well I should get it in a few days with NZ moving to level 3 of lockdown tomorrow,. Which means more people can start to go back to work. hopefully this sexy beast will be busting out some serious Pink Floyd in a week or so,

24 April 2020

Classic Battletech : Game 2

So this time around I got to create the map for Game 2. We also set out for a 2500 point game and choose our own mechs, At that points level it meant we kept at about 2 or three mechs.
 With Mark going Dragon Combine and me of course going with Free Worlds League.
I managed to find the sheets and Mechs for the game so we are ready to rock.

Hopefully tonight we will get time to crank out turn one.... once I figure out some objectives for the game.