18 April 2014

Happy Easter and a Poll

I hope you all have a great break with your families and enjoy some quality Hobby time too!  I'm sure the odd bit of chocolate wouldn't go amiss either!

In the wake of the painting challenge I've been pondering a new gaming genre to get into.  I've done a lot of 28mm skirmish type gaming in recent years, from Blood Bowl, to Dark Ages and SAGA, to Bolt Action and Chain of Command.  I'm still enjoying all of those, but am feeling an itch for more 'grand tactical' gaming with Brigades and Higher Command and Control challenges.

I've put up a poll on the left hand side of the blog, with a few genres which interest me, some for a long period, but which I've not before delved into. I'd be interested in your thoughts and suggestions, not only on what genre but also what rules to look at. Feel free to add other ideas or suggestions in the comments section too.

Thanks and Happy Easter!

15 April 2014

Blood Moon

If you look up tonight (here in Australasia anyway), you will see that the Gods are angry with us. The harvest may be affected, and sacrifices may be required to appease their terrible wrath.
Some heretics have suggested that the moon’s orangey-red appearance this week is due to a syzygy — or a perfect alignment of three celestial bodies — of the sun, the Earth and the moon.  They were the first to be sacrificed to the angry Gods.
I have interpreted this event to be a sign for me to return to the Man Cave and paint more Dark Ages figures while drinking a horn or two or ale...

Aussies can best view the eclipse:
Adelaide: Moon rises at 5.48pm; eclipse ends at 7.03pm
Brisbane: Moon rises at 5.27pm; eclipse ends at 7.33pm
Darwin: Moon rises at 6.41pm; eclipse ends at 7.33pm
Hobart: Moon rises at 5.33pm; eclipse ends at 7.33pm.
Melbourne: Moon rises at 5.49pm; eclipse ends at 7.33pm
Sydney: Moon rises at 5.28pm; eclipse ends at 7.33pm
Perth residents will unfortunately be unable to view the phenomenonbecause you are all damned to wander the Afterlife without Hope anyway. 
Dont blame me, its your fault for living on the other side of the country.

12 April 2014

New Blood Bowl teams make their appearance

The new season of our local Blood Bowl league kicked off this week with a Dad vs Lad faceoff!  Starting new teams in the Rookies Division, the lad fielded his new Pro Elf team, the Sherthor Sorchers, against my new and not quite so resplendent Chaos Dwarf team, the Darkland Decimators.  To make it even better, we borrowed Comrade Jame's fantastic pitch.  I won the toss and elected the receive in the good weather, hoping to grind some elves into pitch paste early.

Which is exactly what didn't happen. The ball dropped right on my backline where a hobgoblin failed to pick it up on turn one, even with a re-roll, and then showed identically dazzling ineptitude the next turn despite using another reroll.  Right Stuff had no such trouble and his elf catcher sprinted through the lines to pickup the ball in a tackle zone and score after just two turns.  Not an auspicious start for me.

Resetting for another drive, I managed to get the ball into a Bull centaur's hands and bash my way upfield, where he got crowded in and lost the ball.  A hobbo scuttled in though and managed to squeek over the line to level the score with a few turns to go in the first half.  

The next kickoff saw a Throw a Rock! event, which managed to badly hurt a player from each team.  Sadly, Right Stuff lost a Lineman while I lost a Bull Centaur.  It was going to be a tough second half.  This was where Nuffle decided to take an interest in me and I started to finally take some elves off the pitch.  Mostly KOs, but two injuries, one an Armour busted lineman who the elf apothecary attended, and an Elf Catcher badly hurt.  However, I got the player advantage, managed to sack the elf ball carrier and got the ball into a Bull centaur's hands.  Gleefully bashing his way upfield, he scored to take the Chaos Dwarves up 2-1 and leaving the pointy ears just two turns to equalise.
However, Nuffle ignored Right Stuff's pleas and demonstrated that even Elves can fail a dodge roll or two, to give the Decimators a win in their inaugural game. 

Post game management saw an Elf catcher skill up with a surprising Strength boost - as a 4AG 4ST player with no negative traits, he will no doubt become the bain of the league soon.  In the meantime, I had a Chaos Dwarf skill up, rolling doubles to take a mutation - Claws!  I also bought an apothecary with my winnings and am now saving up for the 6th Chaos Dwarf.

The Man Cave will be hosting the Round Two matches over Easter, with both our opponents simultaneously in a double header match-  should be a hoot!

09 April 2014

More Trees

...because you can never have enough really!  An orchard, some medium trees and a shrubbery!



04 April 2014

Forest base


About a year ago I got around to basing some trees that I had kicking about (see here).  I was pretty happy with this result, until I went to usee them and realised I had no base terrain for them to be placed on and clearly mark the wood edge.  So I got around to knocking one up recently, out of a bit of scrap mdf.

I deliberately made it without anything that make it scaled - so its equally useful in different scales adjusting the tree size.

03 April 2014

We wants one precious

New from 4Ground for Salute -  little more affordable than the lovely resin Great Hall that appeared at last year's Salute!

http://www.4ground.co.uk/Default.aspx?page=268&pid=724

The full farmstead set is pretty nice too:

http://www.4ground.co.uk/Default.aspx?page=268&pid=722

01 April 2014

Drop bears inhabit closed canopy forest in the south-east of Australia. 

Drop bears are less likely to attack people with Australian accents, according to experts at the University of Tasmania.

DROP BEARS TARGET PEOPLE with foreign accents more often than those who are Australian-born, according to new research.
The study, conducted in a drop-bear hot-spot in New South Wales, aimed to gather data around the behaviour and ecology of the elusive species.
There has been relatively little scientific research into the drop bear (Thylarctos plummetus), which the Australian Museum describes as a "large, arboreal, predatory marsupial related to the koala." Populations are thought mainly to exist in forested coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, stretching from the Cape York Peninsula to Tasmania.

Tracking drop bear behaviour

Dr Volker Janssen, a research associate at the University of Tasmania, led a research team into Morton National Park, 120km south-west of Sydney, in search of drop bears.
Given that ordinary GPS tracking is difficult to apply to tree-dwelling animals, Volker came up with a new approach to study the animal’s behaviour. “It involves tracking the prey, rather than the predator. The location and timing of attacks is then used to map the animal population,” he says.
Members of the research team were tracked using GPS devices, and dispersed in the study area. The findings, published in the journal Australian Geographer, have revealed that six drop bears inhabit the study area.
"Drop bears are known to be very territorial," says Volker. "They do not stray far from a relatively small number of trees in close proximity that are used as hunting ground."

Australians less likely to suffer attacks from drop bears

In a second study sample, a number of Australian-born research assistants were monitored and their data compared to that of assistants of international descent. Statistically, the results suggest that people born in Australia are significantly less likely to be attacked by drop bears.

Credit: Volker Janssen
“The analysis has provided valuable insights into the animal’s hunting behaviour,” Volker told Australian Geographic. “It has been confirmed that foreigners are much more likely to be dropped on than Australians.”
Volker attributes this selective behaviour to a number of factors, the most significant of which relates to Australian people’s taste for Vegemite.
“By-products of the interaction between chemicals found in Vegemite and those found in human sweat repel drop bears,” Volker says. “Most Australians eat Vegemite at least once a day, so they permanently exude these chemicals through their skin and are thus protected.”
Drop bears are also thought to be able to discern Australian accents, and seem to be less likely to attack people who have them.

How to avoid drop bears

“While drop bears are now not as common as they used to be, there have been many sightings of them over the years, mainly by bushwalkers hiking off the beaten track,” Volker says.
According to previous studies, drop bears hunt by ambushing ground-dwelling animals from above. Once prey is within striking range, he says, the drop bear will plummet several metres out of the tree, skilfully latching onto the neck of its victim.
“Drop bears do not specifically target human beings, but there have been several cases where bushwalkers have fallen victim to drop bear attacks, resulting in serious lacerations and even death.”
Volker suggests several methods bushwalkers can adopt to defend against potential drop bear attacks. These include wearing forks in the hair, spreading Vegemite behind the ears or under the armpits, and even urinating on oneself, to deter the species.
Further study may raise awareness for the species, which is believed to be in decline.
"The drop bear is a peculiar and uniquely Australian animal," says Volker. "A better understanding of behaviour and ecology will allow us to ensure that a sustainable population is maintained by enhancing conservation efforts."
Find more information about the habits and ecology of drop bears, as well as a distribution map here on the site of the Australian Museum.
Volker says he hopes his journal article is a useful discussion of GPS/GNSS techniques in ecology, and also an example for students of how to put together a research paper.

28 March 2014

Dux Brit: The Raiders

If you've been head down, bum up busy with the last weeks of the painting challenge and unwanted 1:1 scale modelling projects like me (stupid laundry...) you too may have missed the news from Lard Island that the first supplement for Dux Brittaniarum, The Raiders, will be released at Salute next month!

From the Lard Island Blog:

Great news for Dux Britanniarum fans who are attending Salute is that The Raiders supplement covering the Irish, Scotti and Picts will be released at Britain’s premier wargaming event in the heart of London’s docklands.

This long awaited supplement won’t just include the addition of the three new and exciting factions for Dux Britanniarum, but will also provide two beautiful new maps over which to fight your campaigns covering modern Ireland and Scotland. Once again the stunning artwork has been produced by Coral Sealey and we’re sure you’ll agree that they really set the tone for a campaign in the Age of Arthur.

The will to game in Arthurian Britain grows stronger in this Man Cave..

27 March 2014

A Dux of a plan

Aficionados of this Man Cave blog may recall that last year I was subjected to unethical coercion by Comrade James when he bought me the British Army book for Bolt Action last year...when he knew I didn't have any figs or the core rules, yet.  Clearly, I folded like a deck of cards and got into the game.

Now Alan aka Dux Homunculorum himself has taken a leaf out of this evil book of persuasion, sending me the Dux Bellorum rulebook from the sale at War and Peace Games when he knew I was trying to be good and resist such temptations.  A gamer can only take so much, or maybe its just me?

It isnt fair really, and lovely eye candy it is too....

25 March 2014

Something a little different.....

In my quest to find the best colours to use in my Saga warband, I came across this excellent blog, and in addition, an amazing post....

http://1000footgeneral.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/lego-goes-to-war-brickfest-2013.html
Can we convince Paul he now needs enough Lego for his Bolt Action army...?
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