zaterdag 16 december 2017

TSA Clubevening 15th of december 2017

Yesterday it was clubnight once again, as it is almost every friday of the year.

And as I didn`t have anything planned in the form of a game, I could calmly look around to what games where played and share it with you guys.

Under The Raven Banner was played, as vikings came ashore in a daring raid.

Another Dark Ages game was in full swing as well as a game of our Dux campaign saw the "Raiders" player try and steal sheep from the Romano-British.


World War 2 was also played this evening, with two seperate games and rulesystems being in action.




Iron Hands try desperatly to hold off a large green tide of Orks.

In the Wild West, a gang of gunslingers faced off against Indians as they tried to chase each other out of town.



Starfleet Battles was played once more, as Klingon vessels encountered strange triangular vessels nearby a starbase.

Two seperate groups where playing boardgames as well this evening, the first being part of the long running Heroquest rpg-like adventure, while the second group tried to Terraform Mars.


A big naval battle took place somewhere between the islands of the pacific.


In the meantime, troops tried to advance Beyond the Rhine...

So another varied selection of games this time around, with some great looking scenery and all... which made Noshi decide she wants to go and paint houses.  I like that idea a lot, as I personally hate doing that ;-)

Until next time!

The Haul Report 112

After last weeks big gathering tour, this week is far more modest.

Heck, it would have been empty even until last evening at TSA.

One member came along with a big box of Black Library novels he was selling off, and 11 euro later I had two books for the collection added.

So that`ll be some fine bus literature for the future...

vrijdag 15 december 2017

On the Painting Desk 25

Hello everyone to the weekly instalment of what did I get done painting my figures.

And it has been, even though I only had one day / evening, more then I expected.

Remember that still to undercoat Knight from last week? 

A big painting marathon past saturday, whoch was basically the only painting day, has progressed the Knight along nicely.  As well as some small odds and ends.

The coming week the GF has some more night shifts, and I hope to finish up the big guy then, doing the fresco, some details and the base as well as giving him a coat of nice and shiny varnish.

After that, I`ll be trying to complete the units on the table, before the big push into all things demonic begins as I`ll be working towards the august big battle of Age of Sigmar, for which 4k of Slaaneshi daemons are planned to take the table.

For the power of Pink!

donderdag 14 december 2017

Hobby Goal Failures of 2017

With 2017 slowly coming to a close, I can already draw a line on projects that won`t make the mark this year.

Now, the list is actually pretty long, considering I quit LEGO, which had a few "marks" on the list pat april, to inmerse myself again in the lovely world of wargaming.

In a way, it was like coming home...

But as such, a lot of red is in the sidebar on the left of this post.  Planned building projects never got finished, or even start, because of this.  Things like the planned Fredericksburg ACW build, or the various Lord of the Rings projects, ended mid build or even in the planning stages as such.

Another result of this are the planned 50 build reports, which initially would be one every week with some leeway for holidays.  However, even though I tried afterwards with some backlog marathons to compensate, it didn`t work out as I couldn`t find the "drive" to type them all up anymore, so they ended after publishing 28 out of the 50 planned ones this year.  Considering I had material to take me well into 2019 on a weekly basis, that means a lot of sets I had build never will see the pages of this little corner of the internet.

The same goes for exposing at "geeky" and Lego events.  I had set a moderate goal of 5 for this year, but I only did Comic Con Brussels this year, as my run in that hobby came to an end just before (and also due to things surrounding it) the second one I would participate.  So that clocks of at a single show as a result.

Then, the wargaming began again, and I`m rather happy to say I`ll only strand on two projects not reaching their goals in 2017.  The first is a 1000 points Witch Elves (Daughters of Khaine) force.  I talked about it before how the General`s Handbook massacred my force this year, so I shifted to my Empire force as a result, and the no longer able to be allied Dark Elves fell of by the roadside. 
In a totally different vain I won`t reach the 1000 points Slaanesh force either, as I have been painting other units for 40k instead of my daemons lately.  That force will be back in numbers in 2018, with a large bar set for the Age of Sigmar big battle in august, but the initial start number wasn`t reached.  But I do expect to get around 200 points extra done in that force though for this year, so it`ll be with a small margin that I`ll fall short.

So all in all, that is a rather okay ratio of not reached targets.  Next week, I`ll be putting down some words about the goals I`ve set myself hobbywise for 2018, after that I`ll look back at the best things and biggest disappointments I found for myself from 2017, only to round off in the last week of the year with the achieved goals of 2017.

And then... a new year is upon us!

Marco Polo season 1

A suprisingly fun series to watch compared to the critics online, Marco Polo is a Netflix original series telling the story of the Silk Route trader.

In this first season, the focus is on how he is abandoned by his father in service of Kublai Khan, so that he and Marco`s uncle could make use of the famous trade route.

This leads to Marco being interred in the life at the Monghol court, which is preparing to take the city of Xiangyang and unifie the whole of China under the great Khan of Khans.  Opposing him is the fantastic Chancellor Sidao, a man of pure intellect, military strategy and political machinations.  I really liked this fella, compared to Noshi who got shivers from him.

When the initial assault fails, combined with a failed assassination attempt on both the Khan and on his wife, it is suspected by Prince Jinghim, the Khan's son, that Marco actually works for the chinese... and it is up to Marco to prove him wrong.

The series, which in the first part might have a bit of to many "bubs" around in order to not be taken for a gratuite show, is a rather epical series, with swordflashing, kung-fu and intrigue, and makes as such for a nice mixed viewing experience.  It has some weaker points, but the strongpoints for sure on an acting level are Kublai himself (a sublime Benedict Wong), the blind monk "Hundred Eyes" and the excellent and crafty empress Chabi.  Whom all compensate by far for the actual rather weak initially Master Polo himself, though he gets better and more to the forefront in later episodes.

It`s enjoyable, and the all mongol / asian culture the series bathes in makes for a welcome change of setting from your usual semi-historical series.  Not the greatest of series, but definitly not as weak as it was meant to be believed going by reviews in my opinion.

And now Noshi and me are going to watch season 2, laters all ;-)

woensdag 13 december 2017

Moana

I watched this film with Noshi, who told me it was really great, and I still had it on my immense backlog, past monday.

And I love it!

The tale goes about a young islander princess, Moana, who finds a legendary stone in the ocean.  She has always been attracted to the wide open waters, while the rule of the island keeps her land bound.  Until her grandmother convinces her otherwise, while the island seems to get infected by a strange disease.

Together with the (rather idiotic) rooster He-He, she sets out in the wide seas to look for the legendary demi-god Maui, and to bring the stone back to the place he actually stole it from ages ago.

I liked this film because Moana isn`t the typical Disney princess, and this is a film of courage, but also of incredible stubborness.  Another great thing about it is that the movie tells a story not really much heard in the Western world, as it is based on an islander legend from the Pacific ocean.

And if that all fails to convince you to watch this Disney movie...

IT HAS AN ARMY OF KILLER COCONUTS!!!!




dinsdag 12 december 2017

The Orville season 1

Aaaah, The Orville, Seth McFarlane's hommage slash parody on Star Trek and perhaps a series that never had such differentiating ratings on Rotten Tomatoes in the past years.

Critics gave it 21%... viewers 93%, that`s a big difference!

And I actually understand it.  Noshi, who doesn`t like Star Trek, was totally enjoying this show and the fact it`s a mixture between comedy and some seriousness and adventure.  And that is indeed a true statement, as it are in essence not only episodes that look as if they could be from the 90s Trek with the special effects, costumes and sorts of stories.  It also has a decent humor twist (Isaac is superb for example) wihtout devolving into a slapstick buts-tits jokes show.

The setting of a captain who finally gets his ship to set out and explore, only to be saddled up with his cheated on him ex-wife makes for a special dynamic, and while the series quickly gets over the difference, it keeps bringing it up from time to time without it becoming a guiding red line in the series (think Voyager / Maquis).  This causes funny episodes, but not overarch and hinder the series.

Add in a whole plethora of famous "genre actors" (heck, even a DS9 regular is on the core crew) and even Charlize Theron, and you get some nice interactions on the screen. 

While originally scheduled for a 13 episode run, season 1 ended after 12 as Fox`s christmas period schedule would have created a long gap between the last episode and the one before from past week.  As a result the 13th will be the opening episode of the already confirmed season 2... so more Star Trek-esque humour is on the way.

And yes, I liked it as well, for just that reason as many other viewers.  It`s ties to 90s Trek are strong enough to play on the nostalgia feeling, while the Galaxy Quest sort of storytelling.

It was fun, period.