Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Star Wars: Legion - Unit Expansions Announced!

Today Fantasy Flight Games announced the new Unit Expansions for the upcoming Star Wars: Legion miniature game.  This announcement brings additional cards and abilities to some of the units available in the Starter Set, but also includes two brand new units to the game - the trusty Rebel Snowspeeder and the iconic Imperial AT-ST.

One of the biggest revelations is the prices for these new expansions, helping give a view into upcoming costs of future expansions:

  • AT-RT Unit Expansion $24.95
  • Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion $24.95
  • T-47 Airspeeder Unit Expansion $29.95
  • Stormtroopers Unit Expansion $24.95
  • 74-Z Speeder Bikes Unit Expansion $24.95
  • AT-ST Unit Expansion $49.95
Game Components:
  • Dice Pack $14.95
  • Movement Tools and Range Ruler $14.95

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Painting" 40K Space Marines with Sharpie Pens - Build+Paint Land Speeder

After I painted a small contingent of Space Marines with Sharpies, I decided to pickup a Build+Paint Land Speeder to attempt the same quick, basic paint job.

Below is the work in progress, showing the model primed and then after less than an hour of work with the Sharpies.  I decided to give the Land Speeder some battle damage to match the scars on the Dreadnought.  This was achieved by outlining silver splotches with black ink.

I'm hoping to paint the flesh color on the Space Marine's face this weekend, then dip the model soon afterwards.  As usual before dipping, it looks like garbage at this stage.  However, dipping should tone down the stark contrast that the pens achieve, give the colors some depth, and create a better overall effect.  I'm still curious to see how the finished model will look without a terrain base like the rest of the Space Marines.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Star Wars: Imperial Assault - Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack

Fantasy Flight Games has just released the Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack for Imperial Assault, bringing the plucky force user to the tabletop for the first time!  

Her miniature has her wielding her twin lightsabers, and the pack also a number of cards and two new skirmish missions for your Imperial Assault games.

A favorite of my daughter's for a long time, I'm excited to possibly use this Ahsoka miniature in upcoming Star Wars: Legion games, (with proxy rules).  Due to Legion's larger scale compared to Imperial Assault, I'm hoping that her miniature will scale appropriately.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

USS Missouri (BB-63) - Axis and Allies Game Piece

A few years ago I painted up a small model of the USS Missouri - the model itself is an old game piece from an Axis and Allies boardgame.  It is based on a Games Workshop cavalry base.   I quickly painted it one evening to test out water techniques for Dreadfleet. Being an Axis and Allies game piece means that most details are missing (especially the height of the turrets), but it was still fun to paint.

The USS Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa-class battleship and was the last battleship to be commissioned by the US.  It hosted the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

The "Mighty Mo" is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  A few years back, I got to tour the ship with my dad, father-in-law, and daughter, which was one of the inspirations.  If you visit Oahu, I highly recommend taking a day to visit Pearl Harbor and take the tour.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Best Dice Roll Of My Entire Gaming Lifetime

Strom and I played another game of 40K 8th Edition a few weekends back.  This time, it was the Grey Knights versus my new Death Guard from the Dark Imperium starter set.  We are still learning the rules, but the game was fun and played fast.  It was pretty close at the end, but the Grey Knights were victorious and had a few models remaining on the table while all my Death Guard forces were destroyed.

In the game I rolled the best dice roll of my entire gaming lifetime.  When rolling saves for my Poxwalkers, I rolled 8D6 and came up with 7 sixes and 1 four, which saved 7 Poxwalkers from extinction.

Looking at it another way, that roll is a sum of 46 on 8D6.  I ran the calculations - that sum or better on 8D6 is only 45 chances out of 1,679,616 rolls.  That simplifies to a 1 out of 37,324.8 chance....  Quite impressive indeed.