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Necrons

Necrons

I think I got my first Necron models very early in 2003, or late 2002. That’s quite a bit back now and I can’t remember what I had for dinner yesterday (that’s why I’m putting recipes in this blog). But I really loved the space robot, terminator aesthetic but they didn’t last long as I wasn’t enamoured with their pretty straightforward play style.

So I went green instead and stayed that way for a long, long time. Of course with the splash of red to go faster and blue for luck.

But the Indomitus new model releases, especially the update to the Warrior sculpt really had me interested and after looking at all the new models and interactions in the Codex I’m really up for jumping into this army with both feet, shins, knees, and even thighs.

I’ve nothing built yet but I’m going to be charting my progress on my Twitter account using the hashtag #HobbyStreak as suggested by Rob across at The Honest Wargamer on a recent podcast episode.

What I’ve got to build though is a wee bit:

  • Catacomb Command Barge
  • Overlord x2
  • Royal Warden x4
  • Plasmancer x2
  • Cryptothralls x4
  • Skorpekh Lord x2
  • Skorpekh Destroyers x6
  • Plasmacyte x2
  • Canoptek Reanimator x2
  • Canoptek Scarab Swarm – 27 bases
  • Necron Warriors – 90 models (I miscounted the Indomitus boxes)
  • Night Scythe
  • Hexmark Destroyer
  • Doom Blades x3

I’m going to try and build at least one model a day but want to get all the Scarabs, Warriors, and an Overlord done first.

I’ve also got some plans to kitbash Nightbringer and a Transcendent C’tan out of some Age of Sigmar stuff, so watch out for progress on that as well.

I’ll add a gallery below this as and when I build anything, and add to the list above as I buy things.

(This is another older post, but I’m just dragging all my gaming and hobby stuff back out of the shed)


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Vampire Tribal

Anowon the Ruin Sage

Anowon the Ruin Sage

I was playing about a bit on Tuesday after receiving a load of new cards and have started to put together a Vampire Tribal EDH deck with these (and other) cards, I know that this isn’t the finished deck as yet as I have to play it a bit but I will update this post as I refine the deck.

The commander is Anowon, the Ruin Sage, with other Vampire Legendary options if it takes my fancy.

Vampire Tribal

Commander
1 Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Planeswalker
1 Sorin Markov

Creature
1 Ascendant Evincar
1 Balustrade Spy
1 Barony Vampire
1 Blood Seeker
1 Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 Bloodline Keeper
1 Bloodrite Invoker
1 Bloodthrone Vampire
1 Butcher of Malakir
1 Child of Night
1 Gatekeeper of Malakir
1 Guul Draz Vampire
1 Irini Sengir
1 Kalastria Highborn
1 Malakir Bloodwitch
1 Necropolis Regent
1 Nirkana Revenant
1 Pulse Tracker
1 Quag Vampires
1 Ruthless Cullblade
1 Sangromancer
1 Shadow Alley Denizen
1 Stromkirk Patrol
1 Vampire Hexmage
1 Vampire Interloper
1 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Vampire Nocturnus

Enchantment
1 Attrition
1 Bad Moon
1 Baneful Omen
1 Exquisite Blood
1 Fevered Convulsions
1 Grave Pact
1 Haunted Crossroads
1 Hecatomb
1 Phyrexian Arena
1 Sanguine Bond
1 Whip of Erebos

Sorcery
1 Consume Spirit
1 Diabolic Tutor
1 Drain Life
1 Exsanguinate
1 Gruesome Encore
1 In Garruk’s Wake
1 Sign in Blood
1 Tempt with Immortality

Instant
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Dark Ritual
1 Silence the Believers
1 Urge to Feed
1 Vampire’s Bite
1 Vampiric Tutor

Artifact
1 Armillary Sphere
1 Blade of the Bloodchief
1 Caged Sun
1 Illusionists’ Bracers
1 Isochron Scepter
1 Mirari
1 Nevinyrral’s Disk
1 Sol Ring
1 Swiftfoot Boots

Land
1 Barren Moor
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Cabal Coffers
1 Crypt of Agadeem
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Homeward Path
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Polluted Mire
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Temple of the False God
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
26 Swamp

So far I’ve played it 1-on-1 and it came out really fast, creatures only and got Anowon out early with a Dark Ritual and that seemed to lock down the board.

Still to play a multiplayer game with it and to see how it runs then.

CP Models

Old Mage

Old Mage

CP Models is based in Hinckley, Leicestershire and have been going for quite a while now.

I’ve bought a few models from here over the years and one of my favourites has always been the Old Mage and their other adventurer fantasy range.

I’ve also used a few of their models for In Her Majesty’s Name, and a few of the Night Terrors for D&D.

Always pleased with the quality of the casts and the quality of the service.

Website: https://cpmodels.co.uk

Address:
Mark Dixon
CP Models
7 Tennyson Road
Hinckley
Leicestershire
LE10 0TH


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It’s a Gazebo!

It's a Gazebo!

It’s a Gazebo!

This is a bit of Roleplaying lore that’s been kicking around the Internet for as long as I can remember.

I found it going through my old documents in the loft as I was sorting out something for a campaign soon to start 🙂

So I will put it here verbatum, copied from the original punched print out.

Eric and the Gazebo

by Richard Aronson

Let us cast our minds back to the early days of fantasy role-playing… In the early ’70s Ed Whitechurch ran “his game” and one of the participants was Eric Sorenson, a veritable giant of a man.
 
This story is essentially true: I knew both Ed and Eric, and neither denies it (although Eric, for reasons that will become apparent, never repeats it).
 
The gist of it is that Eric… well, you need a bit more about Eric.
 
Eric comes quite close to being a computer. When he chooses a game, he methodically considers each possibility before choosing his preferred option. If given time, he will invariably choose the optimum solution. It has been known to take weeks. He is otherwise in all respects a superior gamer, and I’ve spent many happy hours competing with and against him, as long as he is given enough time.
 
So… Eric was playing a neutral paladin (why should only lawful, good religions get to have holy warriors? was the rationale) in Ed’s game. He even had a holy sword, which fought well and did all those things holy swords are supposed to do, including good and evil (by random die roll). He was on some lord’s land when the following exchange occured:
 
 
ED: You see a well-groomed garden. In the middle, on a small hill, you see a gazebo.
ERIC: A gazebo? What colour is it?
ED: (Pause) It’s white, Eric.
ERIC: How far away is it?
ED About 50 yards.
ERIC: How big is it?
ED: (Pause) It’s about 30 feet across, 15 feet high, with a pointed top.
ERIC: I use my sword to detect whether it’s good.
ED: It’s not good, Eric. It’s a gazebo!
ERIC: (Pause) I call out to it.
ED: It won’t answer. It’s a gazebo!
ERIC: (Pause) I sheath my sword and draw my bow and arrows. Does it respond in any way?
ED: No, Eric. It’s a gazebo!
ERIC: I shoot it with my bow (rolls to hit). What happened?
ED: There is now a gazebo with an arrow sticking out of it.
ERIC: (Pause) Wasn’t it wounded?
ED: Of course not, Eric! It’s a gazebo!
ERIC: (Whimper) But that was a plus-three arrow!
ED: It’s a gazebo, Eric, a gazebo! If you really want to try to destroy it, you could try to chop it with an axe, I suppose, or you could try to burn it, but I don’t know why anybody would want to try. It’s a @#%$*& gazebo!
ERIC: (Long pause – he has no axe or fire spells) I run away.
ED: (Thoroughly frustrated) It’s too late. You’ve awakened the gazebo, and it catches you and eats you.
ERIC: (Reaching for his dice) Maybe I’ll roll up a fire-using mage so I can avenge my paladin…

At this point, the increasingly amused fellow party members restored a modicum of order by explaining what a gazebo is. This is solely and afterthought, of course, but Eric is doubly lucky that the gazebo was not situated on a grassy knoll.


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