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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.

A Muster of Forces

After another weekend of furious discussions regarding our building interest in War of the Ring, the final count for the 6 Inch Move team is in. All forces have been chosen and here below is what you can expect to see us using in the (hopefully) not too distant future;

  • ZombiePirate – Fallen Realms
  • Servitob – Isengard
  • Gribblin – Elves
  • nBreaker – Rohan

Overall it works out nicely as two armies on either side of the good/evil divide. I’m looking forward to seeing these armies take shape and we are even considering holding an inaugural battle at Warhammer World. Time to clear my schedule for painting.

ZombiePirate’s War of the Ring Update

With Lord of the Rings fever sweeping through our blogging team I thought I’d spend some time giving an update as to where I am. I sat down last night and worked out my 1000pts army list for my Fallen Realms list, it has a good mix of infantry drawn from the different options I have. Starting with 1000pts is interesting, I can see why the game really likes 1500-2000pts games with how things are built but know we’re not going to suffer from starting small. Each company may only be between 15 and 40pts but when you start adding in the command options things quickly get pricey and fill up. I have 6 formations in my 1000pts army, all drawn from options in the Fallen Realms list, no allies and only one Rare Formation, everything else is common soldiery, hopefully giving me a base to build up from.

I mentioned earlier in the week that I had gotten a couple of boxes to start my collection, the Haradrim Raiders cavalry box and the Easterlings box. Despite some rather busy evenings of late last night I finished cleaning and prepping the Raiders. I have left the riders separate to the horses and have based the horses and movement trays with sand. These will all be undercoated together (hopefully tonight) ready for paint application over the weekend. They’re not looking too bad right now, but then there isn’t really much to show other than grey plastic models with sand glued to their bases. I have also started building the Easterlings, these guys really are very simple to make, the only separate parts are normally the heads and either a weapon arm or shield. I’m going to need more sand to make sure I can get them all based, after all, a model isn’t really finished until it is based properly and a decent looking base can really set a model off. While the Cavalry are drying it should provide me the assembly and cleaning time I need on the Infantry I have.

In order to finance this new drive I have had to cancel some of my High Elf Internet orders (including the awesome custom bases). I don’t want two projects of this size on my plate thank you very much, I need to keep momentum here. Servitob has issued a decree that he will not get this game until I have a fully painted army for it, hence why I am currently spending my free time building stuff and flogging crap to buy more men. I’m kind of thankful for the extra motivation to try to finally have something done. I’ll definitely be trying to keep the blog updated with some pictures as I go. Don’t want to reveal everything I am going to use, would like some secrets for the guys to come across when we actually play.

Gribblin also has his pledge in place not to buy anything else until he has his Tyranids all painted up. Luckily it’s his birthday soon and I imagine he may be getting some Elvish themed gifts this year.

I am hopefully going to have some pictures up for you all over the weekend. Finally getting an army list written also lets me know not only how much stuff I have to get and how much it’s going to cost, but also how much stuff I am going to have to paint. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge and due to the fact that all formations are of the same size when you buy companies (8 infantry or 2 cavalry) no one is going to be painting massively more than anyone else overall. Apart from maybe Servitob going with the Uruk-Hai, but then a can or brown primer and some drybrushed metal and I think he’ll call it job done.

As a rundown then, here is what things are looking like in terms of the forces we are going to be collecting;

ZombiePirate – Fallen Realms, Easterling and Haradrim focussed

Servitob – Isengard

Gribblin – Elves or Rohan

nBreaker – To be decided

Mrs Servitob – Watch this space…

War of The Ring – Initial Thoughts

So ZombiePirate has already alluded to this in his recent post *here*. He is normally on the lookout for new games systems, and I think this time he may be on to a winner.

From a personal perspective, I spent many years playing Warhammer Fantasy Battles fifth and sixth editions and enjoyed it greatly. However I eventually got frustrated by the fact that everything seemed to always be in the favour of Chaos. They had ridiculous numbers of troop choices (I know this is no longer the case), most of which were superior to the normal troops of the other races. Forgivingly however, they lacked any real ranged ability. That is until some bright spark decided that they should have Hellcannons.

Slowly, the old fashioned GW imbalances and codex creeps were setting in. I always felt the magic item and spell system was completely random and made up on the back of an envelope anyway. It seemed that most of the time items and spells were included with a complete disregard for their actual game impact and associated points cost. So eventually, my frustrations grew to the point whereby I really couldn’t be bothered to play WHFB anymore.

So now I have been introduced to War Of The Ring. It looks intriguing! It seems like what I always wanted WHFB to be. Magic is limited, expensive and doesn’t appear game breaking. All the army lists are included in the rulebook, eliminating the possibility of codex creep. The heroes are tough but not one man armies. The mechanics seem simple and intuitive. The number of models required is of a manageable size, and for some bizarre unknown reason GW are selling them at what seems to be a bargain price compared to what us regular GW shoppers are used to.

So there you have it. I am looking forward to trying this game in future. I have my rulebook ready. I just made this daft commitment not to dive in until ZombiePirate’s force is ready! Arrrrgggghhhh the suspense!

6 Inch Move – Moving to Middle Earth

There is something of a minor revolution currently sweeping the 6 Inch Move team. I posted a while back how in terms of gaming I am sucked in by nice universes, the lore surrounding the game can be as important as the game itself. If the story behind the game sucks then really I’m not even going to look at it. I am also a sucker for really nice looking models, having a dining table crammed full of little toy soldiers does nothing to smooth relations with my non-gaming wife.

This also causes some unseen friction between me and my gaming compatriots, after all I am the one that sees all these new games and then try to punt them over to my friends, gaming isn’t a solo hobby. However, we can’t all afford to waste our cash on hordes of different games, some of us may not even have the inclination to play them either and so I do not like getting all over a new game being released and then going to our group and saying “hey guys, check this out.” These days I try to hold myself back.

From the intro therefore you can probably guess what is afoot. There is one universe that is incredibly deep, has been around for a while and tends to be quite well-known to the majority of gamers. I am of course talking about Lord of the Rings. I didn’t get around to reading it until I was 18 and I could really do with going through it again at some point, I’ve also seen the movies countless times. In my gaming collection I have the original box set for Fellowship of the Ring. I didn’t have a gaming group at this point so it didn’t take off for me. The skirmish style of the game also didn’t appeal to me, despite my usual penchant for games not needing many models. What I enjoy about Lord of the Rings is the big battles, things like the Battle for Helm’s Deep and the Pelennor Fields are what I imagine and that was what I was really after, Warhammer meets Tolkien really.

In 2008 Games Workshop released War of the Ring, the battle game version of their Lord of the Rings license. I read about it in White Dwarf and for reasons above left it well alone. At this point we were playing Warhammer and 40k predominantly and I was happy with that, as were the rest of the group. I left it well alone.

I have seen the book on sale in many places and it has stared me in the face during my regular visits to Questing Knight Games. I have held out for around 2 years on not getting this book, on a whim I finally bought it last Friday. It’s no secret really that I’ve been struggling with Warhammer Fantasy, I enjoy the game but trying to find an army I like has been difficult, you’ve seen the lack of progress I have been making with my High Elves (Archers are starting to look better at the moment) but really, not been finding my muse here. There are other things I could be painting and probably should but want to get the High Elves done first as 8th Edition comes out in around two months time now.

I read through the book in parts on Friday night and some on Saturday and have since gone and punted this at our gaming group. I have to say that out of a lot of systems that I know of, this is one of the best, it’s a very simple an easy system to play through judging by the rules. There isn’t the pages upon pages of stuff that you find in the other GW productions either. Even Servitob is getting behind this one too.

I’ve already started my collection by picking up a box of Easterlings and a box of Haradrim Cavalry, I’ll be going with the Fallen Realms list from the Evil aligned armies and I am really looking forward to putting these guys together and sticking some paint on them. Servitob has said that he will play, but only once I have a painted force so there is my motivation. We’ll be starting with 1000pts and I think it might be nice to put our progress up here in a “Tale of Four Gamers” style as we each progress through building our forces and getting them on the tabletop. I have put the High Elves on hold as War of the Ring has grabbed me far better than 8th Edition Warhammer has.

Personally I am very excited about this venture, there are some really nice models out there and it is much cheaper than the normal GW fare. The fact that the incoming price rises will not affect the prices of the regiment boxes is also another bonus. I’ve even told my wife that I’d be happy to get rid of all my other games (except Malifaux, I love that game) to play War of the Ring, that’s how I feel about it. Expect to see many more posts on this subject appearing in the future. We’re off to Middle-Earth.