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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.

Paypal – Placating my Wife and Saving our Bank Account

Preparations for War of the Ring are continuing apace. Despite my wife rolling her eyes at the mention of another game that we are looking at I believe I am appeasing her through the marvels of my Paypal balance.

Financing an army for any game will obviously require funding. Depending on which game you are playing the exact amount will vary, certain armies will also require more or less expenditure if they are more horde oriented or elites. What you also find is that many miniature gamers (people who play with miniatures, not folks of a diminutive stature) have more models than you can shake a stick at. I know I have and therefore many of these have sat on shelves, unloved and unused except for the brief excitement that caused me to purchase them in the first place.

There comes a time when you have to make some harsh decisions regarding your collection. I thinned myself out a few years ago by getting rid of an awful lot of stuff, this allowed my 40k Orks to come to life as well as my Warhammer Daemons and the latest addition of my Space Wolves. Last year’s model sales allowed me to buy over 2000pts of Skaven, a lot of which has been auctioned off to bolster my Paypal balance. It is this rolling fund that I use for my purchases. As something comes up that I want I evaluate all the stuff I have and get rid of that which I don’t want. Currently this means that as well as the remnants of my Skaven I also want to get rid of my Daemons (I have some 40k as well as Fantasy models for this army), my Space Wolves (prefer my Orks), my Hordes Skorne and I have already sold my Infinity models. I am probably going to keep my Warmachine Elves as well as the current batch of Malifaux stuff as I really like that game system and it fills my skirmish itch.

From the stuff I have already sold I have placed an order for a lot of stuff to bolster my War of the Ring. Everything I currently have is sprayed and my command groups have arrived recently and need assembling. I will paint these either side of finishing formations to break things up. There is a grand total of 4 boxes of infantry that are left to get to complete my 1000pts and I will not get these until my balance provides the funds for this. Not only does this stop me from being swamped with models it also allows me to save our bank account from the raping it would get otherwise. Thus is my long-suffering wife placated that although models are coming in, they are going out as well and the quantity going out exceeds that which is coming in. Thinning my herd like this will also help that I can focus on playing certain games with my friends, although it is nice to have variety we already have much more than we can easily play without setting aside specific times to play. We are all very excited about War of the Ring though and I haven’t seen this level of anticipation for a long time and it probably exceeds that which we felt for 5th edition 40k.

I should also be on holiday next week and am hoping to get through a large portion of all the Haradrim and Easterlings I have. A finished unit might allow me to win some games due to the spontaneous combustion of disbelieving opponents.