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Malifaux, First Thoughts and Other Rambling


Well it seems I haven’t exactly been active in writing here for a while so heres a new post!

Malifaux. It’s got the undead, some Wild West gun slingers, steam punk styling, and a host of other components of awesome. I’ve been waiting to take my Death Marshals crew out for a spin and see what it actually played like and I finally got a chance to have a game last night with our very own undead pirate. We played my Death Marshals box vs his Cult of December box. First turn or two was really just movement, except for Rasputina laying out a couple of annoying ice cubes to try and block my path to her. Eventually Lady Justice was almost on her when Rasputina broke out her big box-o-rape (see below for actual image of box-o-rape used).

Box of rape
Don't open it!

I realised at this point, after she destroyed Lady J in one turn, that this game really wants to be played fast, hard and brutally. No messing about with letting things happen, if you’ve got the cards to cheat fate or the soul stones to add to your total then you probably want to use them. To be fair it was good luck that Rasputina managed to bring so much whoop-ass (not so much good luck for Lady J), but now I’ve got less of an inclination to stash cards and stones now.

The fact that this game makes use of cards instead of dice adds some nice extra depth to the game play. It gives you the chance to either cheat fate by replacing cards that you draw with one in your control hand, or add a card from your hand to the total by spending one of your soul stones. It also therefore means that there are more tactics to think about, your opponent gets the opportunities just as much as you!

Without soul stones and without Lady Justice even managing to do any sort of damage what so ever, I was at a disadvantage from the start of the combat. Already half of my options for improving my flips were gone. You can now guess the final outcome of the game. It was certainly a good learning experience and I look forward to getting into another match, particularly so I can take revenge on the ice witch by slicing off her face with Lady J’s sword 😀

After tending to my wounds I got a tutorial of Warmachine which was a very enjoyable and was also turned out to be a very close match.

So, in conclusion, things I have learned from the evening:

1: I do enjoy skirmish type games
2: Play aggressively!
3: Lady Justice being blind really doesn’t help her find her target
4: Lady Justice needs an attack guide dog
5: I need more practise at these games

No doubt Mr Pirate will post a much more in-depth review later from an experienced gamer’s perspective.

In other news, I found myself in possession of a Star Craft 2 Beta invite today. Details will follow when I can be dragged away from it. Talking of sequels, and heading further away from the post than originally intended, Portal 2 has been announced! Today is a good day.

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March is here, spring is in the air and with Easter just around the corner it is the time of new beginnings. So, what does this mean for us 6 Inch Movers? Well, that’s a good question. This time of year generally makes me one hell of a lot happier than the dark and dismal sun-deprived days of winter. I obviously have some bear in my ancestry as the only thing I really want to do during these long nights is to curl up and sleep. However, with the promise of Day Light Savings coming to an end things look a lot err…. brighter… sorry, got nothing better for that.

Sunday afternoon we gathered the blog squad to Servitob’s house and cracked open the paints. During the winter I use a 60W daylight bulb to paint by, painting by horrible yellow light from normal bulbs really does mess with the colours and the shadows that are cast make it really hard to paint, especially if you are using a black undercoat. With daylight now lasting, naturally, longer this is the season where I begin to get excited about painting. Sure I still have my computer game distractions but I am hoping to fulfill my New Years Resolution by appropriate use of the extended daylight hours. If I can pull my finger out and get our garden sorted it’s possible we could have painting/gaming & BBQ days enjoying the (relatively) fresh air.

I have acquired another Battleship and 6 more Frigates for my Dindrenzi only to realise (thanks Servitob) that if we stick to a 500pts limit for gaming I would be unable to use both Battleships due to fleet composition restrictions. I’ll save it for later or try an alternate colour scheme on it as I am dangerously close to finishing painting the starter fleet Battleship as it is. nBreaker and I will also be demoing Malifaux to the rest of our gaming buddies in the near future. I have finally assembled my Cult of December box and have some ideas for quick and simple painting of the Ice Golem and Gamin. Rasputina will need some more work, especially if I go with the default colour scheme which is white, one of the most loathed colours to paint.

I’ve had stuff for this game for a while but I really am excited to be getting hands on with it. I’ve mentioned in posts before now that I am more of a fan of skirmish level games rather than ones that use hordes of stuff (even though I do have armies for those games). It may be that with my appallingly slow painting speed I feel I might be able to get these things done if I only have a handful of figures to start with. Over the weekend I also received delivery some more items for the my fledgling Retribution of Scyrah army for Warmachine. These will need to be scheduled in sometime although I’d really like to be demoing the Malifaux stuff with a fully painted set of models. I feel that this is doable, especially if I can get the right temperature to go outside and undercoat them before we demo things. I also need to make sure I have enough suitable terrain for this game.

So, please look forward to a proper review of Malifaux coming up over the next few weeks as we finally get hands on with it.