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We Be Playing War Of The Ring, And I Be Painting Uruk Hai With The Army Painter

As ZombiePirateXXX has already mentioned we played our inaugral battle of ‘War Of The Ring’ last Thursday at Castle Carabus.

It was pretty entertaining, and it seems like a smooth, flowing system. Magic and heroes seem important but do not appear to be game breaking as I feel they are in Warhammer Fantasy.

Some things I have learned are – put you troops in long lines, so you have maximum frontage available to fight if required. We still have some outstanding queries regarding the rules, for example, in an ongoing fight do the forces seperate and leave the fight at the end of a turn, only to have to re-charge next turn, or do they stay in the fight until it’s over? I am sure we will find out soon enough.

As for my deal with ZombiePirateXXX – that I wouldn’t buy anything until he has his army painted and based, well that went out the window when I saw and bought the Isengard army deal of the year on eBay. Anyway, in one swoop I picked up pretty much everything I need. Bargains! As for ZombiePirateXXX getting his stuff finished – he has assured me he will. He has already finished seven models at my last count, hopefully that tally will steadily increase!

So with renewed vigour and second hand models to paint I set about doing a bit of Army Painter dippage over the weekend. Here are the results:

Uruk Hai Speed Painting

At gaming distances these look pretty presentable, and I feel I am getting the hang of The Army Painter techniques. In all I finished 24 Uruk Hai in one session.

The technique:

1) Assemble and grit bases as required
2) Black spray undercoat
3) Heavy drybrush mithril silver
3) Paint bases and flesh Burnt Umber
4) Retouch black areas appropriately
5) Paint details on shields and drybrush bases in Bleached Bone
6) Army Painter strong tone dip and shake

I will probably add some patchy static grass long term to finish these off. Next up I will do a few testers for the millions of wargs I now own!

6 Inch Move Plays War of the Ring

Last Thursday in a rare display of total feminine compliance, the entirety of the 6 Inch Move blogging staff were given permission slips to congregate for our inaugural game of War of the Ring. The venue used for this event was le Maison de Carabus, a worthy addition to the normal wings of the floating citadel. We were a little worried about descending from our well protected aerial fortress but at the risk of scraping automobile undertrays along the road we reversed up to our destination in a very clandestine fashion, what with it being dark and all.

After we had unloaded the cars and stood around chatting for a while we came to the conclusion that it would be Carabus and myself fighting it out with our respective 1000pts forces. My Easterlings and Haradrim would be up against the forces of Gondor, it being our first game we were looking forwards to making all kinds of mistakes due to not knowing the rules properly, grave tactical errors and generally not knowing what the hell half of our stuff was capable of. Gribblin even flopped his Elves on the table (he had an Ent, many “I’ve got wood jokes could ensue”) and his 1000pts you could fit in a hanky!

We mutually set up terrain on the 8′ * 4′ board we were using, a little overkill perhaps but not without a sense of the dramatic. I took the following from the Fallen Realms list;

  • Dark Marshal (Leader)
  • 4 Companies of Haradrim with Chieftain and Taskmaster
  • 3 Companies of Easterlings with Dragon Knight and Captain
  • 2 Companies of Easterling Archers
  • 3 Companies of Haradrim Raiders
  • 1 War Mumak of Harad
  • 1 Company Watchers of Karna (who I forgot about the whole game)!

The Gondor army facing me was as follows;

  • Faramir, Captain of Gondor
  • Prince Imrahil, Knightly Ponces of Gaydor
  • 4 Companies of Poncy Swan Knights of Dol Amroth
  • 4 Companies of indeterminate sexuality Knights of Minas Tirith
  • 4 Companies of Warriors of Minas Tirith
  • 4 more Companies of Warriors of Minas Titties
  • 1 ROFLSTOMP Trebuchet
  • 2 Avenger Bolt MLRS systems

From my portrayal of the units I reckon you can guess how this game went. I got tabled in turn three. We rolled for the Seize the Prize scenario with Shieldwalls for deployment. While I’m not going to make too many excuses for my performance (I learned a lot and with it being a first game someone had to win and someone lose) however my problems started with deployment. A lot of what I learned stemmed from the deployment. I won the roll off to go first and take Priority, this was probably my first mistake. I had a couple of prizes on turn one though and then proceeded to ignore that and go for the throat of my enemy, a noob mistake but I wanted to see combat and learn the game. My Mumak was on one flank completely away from everything else, it got spanked by the Trebuchet and stampeded, it was an unlucky dice roll on my part but these things happen in gaming. It ran into a building and died. My cavalry on my right flank got hit by the Bolt Throwers and were wiped out in one salvo.

As mentioned above I forgot to bring on my ambushing Watchers for the two turns I could have played them, I also put the Dark Marshal in with my Archer Cohorts, this was Warhammer mentality of protecting the wizard, this doesn’t work with Nazgul in War of the Ring, he needed to be in the middle of the fighting.

Combat in War of the Ring is a lot of fun, normal shooting is a bit rubbish but artillery can really smush stuff as my Mumak and Haradrim learnt first hand. Improperly extending my line left me with only my infantry by turn 2 and a cavalry charge into the flank of my Easterlings by the Swan Knights showed me what they are capable of doing, wiping the formation out in one round. I would have been better not moving them out of the defensible terrain they camped in on turn one. This left the Haradrim to get rear charged by the Minas Tirith knights who were unopposed on the flank after the loss of my Raiders. My Dragon Knight did spend his single might point on a Heroic Duel against Prince Imrahil but I rolled low, I lost a few Easterlings in return.

Even though I lost I got a feel for things, infantry Vs infantry is quite grindy as combats go, a cavalry charge can devastate infantry and artillery can be nasty if it has a target it can pick on. Luckily I was out of Bolt Thrower range after turn 1, although I did lose my cavalry to them. Magic can have an impact on combat but leaving the Ringwraith skulking at the back robbed him of a lot of the options he had for disrupting the enemy. I’ve since reviewed my army list in light of revelations from this battle and changed a few things. I haven’t dropped much really, just enough to swap some things around and make a couple of changes. While I had a lot of units I realised I didn’t have a lot of “threats”. The only thing people were generally afraid of was the Mumak and after rolling a 10 on 2D6 when I needed a 9 or less that threat was gone rather quickly.

I’m looking forward to getting a rematch at some point, no doubt Carabus will have made some tweaks too and I am still looking at a list I can use against any of our players with their varying armies. I’m not writing a list individually for each of them after all. While we did have a few stops and starts due to having to look up rules the game does play really well and I enjoyed playing. I look forward to this becoming one of the staple games of our little troupe. I may even review my other hobby spending in light of this, we shall see.

Sauron’s forces will not lie still, maybe next time we’ll see some Uruk-Hai getting to grips with someone?

Conventions in Painting – Work Area

After a recent diversionary foray into building my 3000pts Warhammer army I’ve readjusted my priorities towards getting my War of the Ring stuff painted. Saturday night saw the recently expanded (welcome Carabus) 6 Inch Move team released from their individual cells to commune in one of the floating citadels grand gaming halls (Servitob’s lounge). It’s been a while since we’ve done so, so long in fact that Gribblin just stayed away and spent time with his girlfriend!

After a game of Firestorm Armada, we sat around talking about War of the Ring, in fact, Carabus and I were talking about it while Servitob and nBreaker were playing. This has done a lot to rekindle the fire I had when I first bought the rulebook, the fire that meant I actually had a fully painted unit for a game I was going to play prior to playing. In order to facilitate this change I have cleared my working area (no, the picture if not of my work area) and moved all my Warhammer bits away. I was going to fully assemble the Warhammer stuff to give me something to game with while I was painting the War of the Ring, but really, I’d be better off painting my War of the Ring and then assembling my Warhammer stuff. The plastics are pretty decent and easy to do but the off few metal items I have need more extensive work with greenstuff and maybe some pinning too.

After having cleared stuff away and had a tidy up I’ve reviewed the amount of space I take up as well as the amount of stuff I have out. Currently I have the Easterlings sitting on my mat along with my usual pallet and water pots (one for metallic and one for normal paint) along with a few tools. All my paints are stored in a little cardboard box and I put my brushes and tools in here when they need moving. The only paints that are on the mat are the ones I am using for the particluar model at hand, this means I have within easy reach the seven colours that comprise my Easterling paint job. This is a trend I want to try to continue as the virtue of a clean and tidy painting area is worthwhile sticking too.

The more crap we clutter up our work areas with the greater the temptation to move onto something else. It can be quite a daunting task looking over a fully ranked up unit let alone a whole army. As I’ve talked about before I’ve broken my army down into a structure that provides a range of things to paint. I already have over the 1000pts we’ll be using to play although the parts I am not using will stay safely wrapped up until we have played and I have therefore painted that 1000pts.

A clean paint area also means that I can find what I need, organising things as I have should allow me to focus on actually getting the models painted, the Easterlings have a deep wine red as one of their main colours, this is a pain to paint as it is quite thin normally out of the bottle and I thin it some more to get better coverage. While I have the unit arranged I can see how far I am through finishing the whole formation and while this may seem daunting to start with as each one gets a coat of paint for a particular area the workload decreases. I need to reign in my fickle nature now and continue to get stuff done, interspersing painting with some Mass Effect 2 should help keep me committed as I get a reward for having so much done, unfortunately that exact amount is a little arbitrary right now.

So Interwebz, I’d like to exhort you to the benefits of maintaining a tidy work area. Not only will this help you out in terms of reducing potential wife-aggro but should also provide a safer environment for all your loot. I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to find something so organising everything or even just sitting down and thinking how you could do it better is a worthwhile exercise in all aspects of life. Now that I’ve taken the time to clear things away and streamline what I have ready I’m looking forward to getting it painted again, at least until I make a start on those multi-coloured Haradrim infantry…

Virtual Vs Fantasy Worlds – My Fight

I suppose the fact that I have waited this long was reasonably fortuitous considering Servitob’s post regarding gaming pal CaRaBuS and his new-found War of the Ringness. Currently there is an agreement between myself and Servitob regarding this game which has been mentioned on this very blog, that he will not get his army for it until I have completely finished painting mine. I have, of course, made some progress on this front and the first fruits of that endeavour have been posted upon this very blog. I was assembling some more stuff a few weeks back but have to admit that for the past few months the painting has been on the decline. This is a situation I want to remedy and therefore as I am talking about getting War of the Ring stuff painted you may wonder why I have started off the post with a picture of the box art from Warcraft 3?

Aren’t you glad I am going to tell you? But first, a small aside, on July 21st 6 Inch Move was blessed (and quite excited) to reach 10,000 hits on our motion tracker, yesterday we hit 20,000. It took us almost a year to hit 10,000 and a little over a month to double it, so, another thank you to our readership for continuing to stop by.

When you mention the word gamer I think there are really two sub-categories that can be fallen into, Video Games and Tabletop Games. I also believe that you will be hard pressed to find a tabletop gamer that doesn’t play video games, the opposite would not be so difficult. Obviously tabletop games have been around longer than video games and were the herald of the nerdy/geek image movement. Yet with the advent and steady increase in availability of computer systems and their prevalence in society, the stigma associated with gaming is lessened on the video gaming front but still firmly attached to those of us who spend out time with toy soldiers. While there are still people who will ostracise those who enjoy spending time on their PCs the massive prominence of consoles makes gaming as a past time much more acceptable than it once was.

I am not going to try to blow open a debate on this though, as a tabletop gamer I also have a thing for video games, I believe that the same thing that grabs me about the worlds brought to life through physical gaming is what also attracts me to a virtual environment. You get to spend time in another world. With all of the stresses and endless array of work that normal everyday life throws at you a bit of escapism can be a welcome break from that day of banging your head against a brick wall after getting hassled by your boss. Whether that is spent gluing some Orcs together in the privacy of your own sanctum or kicking their asses into tiny pieces to see how many of them actually have a liver for some bizarre hand in on a quest if a personal choice. However, while video gamers are not in the majority tabletop gamers, we tabletop gamers do like our video games and this, at least for me, causes problems.

To assemble and paint an army requires a LOT of effort, it is not an endeavour that we take on lightly, nor should it be. We make a commitment when we get into a game that a fully painted army is what we are headed for, our ultimate goal if you like and nothing looks better than playing a game with two armies fully painted, I’ve done it in the past and I’ll do it again. I know that for some people the game is more important than the painting and they don’t feel it a requirement to ever apply paint to their models, this isn’t my take on the hobby as I consider painting your force to be integral to the gaming, therefore the ultimatum from Servitob becomes more relevant. I have all the models, I just need to actually finish painting them and having skipped a few months I am behind where I would like to be. I am also trying to rapidly assemble my Warhammer 8th army so I can play with that while finishing my War of the Ring painting.

What has got in the way for me is the video games, I got Final Fantasy XIII for my birthday last month (that’s right Internet, you never even got me a card, let alone a present, you are blackmarked come Christmas I tell you!) as well as I’ve picked up Naughty Bear, Mass Effect 2 and Super Street Fighter 4 all for my 360. While I haven’t done a lot of gaming on my console I have spent a lot of time on the PC, time I could be putting to better use on my more physical gaming. This is the distraction from getting my models finished, there are virtual worlds that I enjoy being in and they do help me relax and offer rewards for completing milestones (some of these quest-giving NPCs must have vast pockets to keep offering characters the choice of 5 or 6 armours or weapon items for collecting random body parts that are worryingly absent from some creatures). Yet, when I spend time on these games I look over the table at my array of models and feel like I am betraying them. For a few months now I’ve not painted a thing, only assembled pieces here and there, I need to get back into the habit of painting and have a whole formation of Easterlings ready and waiting for me to paint them, no work other than dipping the brush in the paint pot is required to start them.

With Autumn fast approaching and the darker nights rolling in painting is going to get harder (I do have a daylight lamp for painting at night) and I don’t want to fall even further behind. So I ask you, Google spiders, what do you do to avoid the distraction of other worlds in order to help you get that last unit finished?

I need to break the PC habit and crack on with the items for War of the Ring, now I’ve publicly stated that, maybe that will help me give it a go.

Gaming Tumbleweed Moment

So for me all has been a little quiet on the gaming front. It seems that a bunch of events have conspired against me (not all of them bad) which has curtailed my jammy dice rolling.

A freak storm of ninja bears made a good game of Silent Death impossible, then a clown car traffic jam stopped me from getting my freak on in a game of Sengoku.

Fortunately however, we managed to get a decent game of Dungeons and Dragons a few weeks back, courtesy of ZombiePirate being the DM. He did a good job for a first attempt and put in a good bit of effort behind the scenes. Slaughtering half the party by the third round of combat in the first encounter in retrospect was an amusing move, but hey, these ‘learning opportunities’ are what make D&D memorable!

I also managed to get some games in with long time gaming veteran and all around good guy CaRaBuS, firstly teaching him how to play Full Thrust. It’s a good game once you get the hang of it. A simple tip we can all learn from – don’t get in the way of a Kra’vak K-Gun, M’Kay? I’ve also somehow got him into War Of The Ring, which is amazing considering I’ve never played it and only have a few miniatures and a rulebook. He seems keen to go for a Gondor themed army. Something to do with swans. I’ve never read the books but I suppose it’s an army that generally honks a lot, has the fly special rule, chases ducks, suffers no penalty crossing rivers, steals your picnic and breaks your arm on a roll of a six.

That’s all for now spambots, I’ll let you know the next time anything exciting (or not) happens in the world of 6InchMove!

War of The Ring – First Unit Finished – Isengard Warg Riders

These have been sitting around on Mrs Servitob’s kitchen table for the past week and I have been gradually adding bits of paint here and there to get them to a gaming standard. I don’t think they look too bad.

I am particularily happy with the basing in which I tried some new techniques and relatively rapid pace of painting, which is something I am becoming infamous for!

I don’t think the gloss varnish does much for the photo. I am also not too sure on the colour of the orc skin. Having never read LOTR, and only seen the films at the movies years ago I cannot be too sure. The Sherriff always lead me to believe orcs were green, but various people have informed me that orcs from The Midlands or Midworld were brown. But as always with my paintwork, it’s been a learning experience. Enjoy!

Isengard Warg Riders

6 Inch Move Review – Ruins of Osgiliath Terrain Kit

Don’t worry Interwebs, we are still here, despite a very quiet week last week while I was availing myself of some time off work. Splitting my time between sojourns into the mind of Robert E. Howard via Age of Conan and getting some quality time in with various pieces of plastic that may one day end up looking like an army of Haradrim and Easterlings.

With Games Workshop releasing extras to their Tolkienesque line of models and the current furor we are feeling here at the 6 Inch Move floating citadel I thought I’d make a post regarding one of these new releases, pictured at the top of this post.

While it is a generally held belief that GW have really pulled their finger out with their model quality over the past few years (in the face of increasingly hard-fought competition) the one area where I really have to commend them is the new lines of terrain they have produced. When I first started in the early nineties the terrain was generally non-existant or rather poor, it was easy enough to get stuff from other companies, after all, GW’s bread and butter was metal and plastic models to sate our fantasies. Yet for the majority of us we would rather get our terrain made for us rather than having to slave over a hot glue-gun in order to make something ourselves. I am not saying that we are unwilling to experiment but as it takes me long enough to paint stuff anyway, making my own terrain, well, I might as well give up on ever playing a game again.

My current frenzy over War of the Ring is getting me back into a habit and drill of painting (I will get faster as I get back into more regular painting) but when it comes down to what we are going to fight over, I’d rather have stuff that I can plonk straight on the table right now. One of the greatest things about our hobby is that each game can tell a story and this works really well when you have themed terrain to fight over. Hence when the new Ruins of Osgiliath kit came out I dropped the £15 and picked up a box. I have to say that I am really impressed. Take a look at the sprue below;

The only thing you can’t really see here but stands out more in the picture that started the topic is that these ruins are chunky! They are not thin bits of nothing that will break at the first sign of action, there is some meat on the bones of these buildings and you can assemble them exactly as shown in the instructions or grab yourself a couple of kits and go to town on making your own crumbled buildings. They really do look like what you see on the screen from the films, I’m probably going to grab a couple more in the future to get more of a Lord of the Rings feeling to the battles we’ll be playing rather than just using my generic terrain collection.

This new kit does build on the foundation that GW is setting for solid releases in their terrain collection. I even find the prices of these things pretty reasonable and fair too, a very odd statement to be able to make when you consider the company that we are talking about. If you were looking at adding some themed terrain to your War of the Ring games, you could do a lot worse than grab some of these ruins, I would recommend them to anyone that asked.

Painting Figures – What’s your motivation?

I think we’ve already firmly established over the history of this blog that I am a slow painter, nBreaker bless his socks also seems to be well on his way there too. Considering he has been painting for a matter of months his stuff is really impressive already. All those years of computer games seems to have done wonders for his hand/eye co-ordination.

However, from a personal point of view the excessive amount of time I lavish upon my figures, aiming for a standard I probably do not have the skills to achieve can sometimes leave me a little dejected. Gribblin is probably my nemesis here, he can paint stuff very quickly and that actually looks really good. His armies look impressive on the tabletop and that is really what we are all trying to achieve. Servitob of course has his own unique style of painting but he is also getting stuff out there that looks really good considering the level of effort that is put in to it.

So I am wondering how people out there in the big wide world of the Internet go about keeping themselves motivated to paint their armies? Is it just a case of really connecting with the models you are painting? I really like a lot of the War of the Ring stuff that is on my painting table or on its way. Sure there are models I am looking forward to painting more than others but we are all subject to having to paint the rank and file parts of our forces before splashing out on the exciting characters, monsters, war machines etc…

What I am trying to do is that I’ll break up the painting, each infantry or cavalry formation will be interspersed with a character, I am probably going to use my command companies to be the characters due to the fact that the majority of my 1000pts War of the Ring force is infantry companies. It’s not like I am playing on taking all 9 Ringwraiths and can fit them in between the normal troops.