With all the Game of Thrones fever going on, I decided to paint up my Song of Ice and Fire Iron Throne. This set piece from the Miniature game’s kickstarter is pretty much the ultimate in useless eye candy but I couldn’t help but pick up some more useless accessories and create a fun scene.
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Or rather, some of his rogue gallery… My friend wanted to get a dedicated minis game night going. The goal was to hit something we haven’t had on the table in a while. I must have baited him earlier by talking about the fact that while the “Bat Boxes” Knight Models was putting out were really cool, I have no need to get any. This wasn’t because there was anything wrong with them, rather I have tons of Batman models already needing painting and had no real compulsion to try. As if to challenge this lack of will, he decided he wanted BMG (Batman Miniature Game) to be the game of the evening. I took the bait and busted out my minis to see what kind of army I could field.
Kazuo Koike, co-creator of the amazing manga, Lone Wolf and Cub, passed away last week. During my rabid consumption of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, I stumbled upon the Koike/Kojima series about a dishonored samurai who takes a path of vengeance to right the atrocities suffered by his family, all done with his surviving toddler in tow.
I’m behind on my reports as I just finished up Mission 4 from Infinity’s Red Veil set but I was able to upload Mission 3. This time, we add some fun new rules with figures that have camouflage and jump capability. The objective is the same: kill ’em all so we kind of know what to expect.
Ever since I made my burned out building for Dropzone Commander, I’d wanted to do a specific shot with some infantry inside the building. The image in my head was always this scene of a huddled squad, taking shelter in a destroyed building while the battle rages on around them. I’d been thinking about it for months and tried several test shots but could never get it right.
I tried it again this week but was getting nowhere. On a whim, I decided to flip the perspective where I’d shoot from within the building instead of trying to see the troops from the outside and the image just clicked.
That change in perspective made all the difference and instead of fighting the scene, I was able to compose it all to match more of what was in my head. The shot lighting was no more than some tea lights and cotton (easy fire/smoke markers) and a flashlight handheld at a high angle.
The big wargaming convention, Salute, happened in the UK this weekend (well Saturday really) and TTCombat was to have some big Dropzone Commander announcements. Unfortunately, there was almost no new news on Dropzone Commander (that they hadn’t already shown at GAMA and Adepticon). They did have something new for Dropfleet Commander, however.
My first favorite board game of the modern era was Alan Moon’s Ticket to Ride. Even years later, it is still one of my favorite game experiences. Something about the cutthroat hidden plots, the territorial skirmishes, and frantic race to the end always make for a thrilling ride. Though the game doesn’t hit the table that often anymore, the 10th Anniversary Edition was a must-buy if, for nothing else, the nostalgia and respect this game deserves.
This week I entered Boardgamegeek’s Photo Hall of Fame. I first entered in January 2018’s contest and though I didn’t do very well at first, I was able to garner enough votes over the next thirteen months to make it in. What I like most about the contests is it has gotten me back into focusing more on photography, something I’ve been missing for some time now. The contests have also been a fun way to see other creative talent taking game photography in new directions. Below are the photos that pushed me through to the end.