I’ve been slowly getting things up and ready to unpack the basement and the more I work around down there, the more I see how to use the space. One of the things I’m excited about is the open space to set up games in. While the basement is unfinished (unlike the last house), I’m starting to like the flat concrete floor as I’m now fascinated with casters and making everything mobile. It started as a way to lift my shelving up off the floor in case of a low flood out but now the potential has opened up other options.
With my latest Pit session ending my run through of the hammer figures, I wanted to get back to the campaign side of The Walking Dead: All Out War again. One of the things that slowed me down was getting the maps done. Since I like using the official maps but their color scheme doesn’t match my B/W scheme, I need to scan the maps, edit them into B/W and then reprint.
FedEx Office had the scanner so that went pretty fast and was ultimately only about $3 per map when I had the machine convert it to grayscale for me. The biggest issue is that the maps are folded even more so than from the core set and it makes for some garish lines.
We had our first chance to play the new beta rules of Dropzone Commander (currently version 2.4.1). It was nice to see Dropzone hit the table but since they’ve only released stats for the four core factions, I was relegated to playing with my friend’s UCM models. We decided to keep it simple and play with only the starter set of models and out of five of us, we had all four factions covered.
I ran across something the other day that really got the hamster wheel turning and tangented off all over but eventually landed me on the topic painting styles in miniatures. I’ve studied art while in college and know a bit about the emergence of styles and schools of influence and so when I look at painting miniatures, I wonder what the prevailing styles and schools of thought are.
I still feel very new to the painting scene and so I might be missing a lot of cultural knowledge but I’m always surprised by the lack of diverse styles in the industry. Maybe they are too subtle for me to recognize but it seems to me like the art of painting minis is still in its infancy with painters focused more on trying nail down techniques and not develop an actual style.
I was able to dig out a little and get another Pit game in this week. This week, we stick around with Tyreese and continue with the “who wielded it best” competition.
Tyreese, Blinded By Rage is up next. I had to bend the 75 point limit a bit to keep Tyreese in the “hammer builds” so he weighs in at a bloated 85 points. I don’t have a lot of confidence in this iteration of Tyreese as his damage output doesn’t look much better than Pro-Football Tyreese and he’s 11 points more. He also has a bad power, “Raging!” that ups threat even faster, which will make this pit venture harder.
A new Kickstarter shipment arrived late last week and I was able to get it to the table and see it in action. I’m a huge fan of the dexterity game, Catacombs and when Elzra Games announced they were making a lighter/simpler version, called Catacombs Conquest, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get my kids involved.
I didn’t shoot a comparison shot but the game box is pleasantly small making it quite portable.
Just a quick note since the images will be lost on Facebook after a few days, Mantic hosted their Spring Open Day and had a few preview images to show off. All images were from Mantic’s Facebook page.
I previewed the Governor’s gruesome “TV” display earlier when it was leaked on Facebook before but now we have this image to show more of what this set might include.
Still not a lot of time the week but I did find my paints and quickly finished up the last of the hammer figures: Tyreese, Prison Advisor. Of course my camera and lighting is also still packed away as well so we’ll have to deal with the dining lights and iphone camera.