Let's have a look at those games :
GAMES I PLAYED :
Inquisimunda : The quest for the Golden Phrogg
|Great table, great guys in a great venu, what could go wrong ?|
|Lucas Stern and his crew get ready to complete their mission.|
|How can that guy even consider himself as a servant of the emperor ? (that's Jon's warband btw)|
|The redeemed chaos champion has found a prey for his long rifle, time to get shooting|
|No time to be shy, everyone heads for the central tower where the objective lies...|
|That moment when the enemy psyker fails a psychic test... (Jon's astropath)|
|That's the likely result of underestimating the danger of sniper rifles in the hands of ratlings...|
|As the end of the game nears, I guess it's time to play my trump card, funnily enough, Graham and his genestealers played the very same but he did so very early which explosed him to the wrath of all the other warbands...|
|With only the 2 weakest members of the warband up, time to try and win my objective by taking down the genestealer trying to hack the portal computer (yes, you read well, that's how silly this game was) ...|
|A little group shot with all the main protagonists (represented by the miniature of their leader here).|
|Oh and here's a shot to show you how original we oldschool guys are...|
Do rogue traders Dream of Electric Goats ?
This game is one I organised via the Oldhammer forum. The idea was to recreate the cyberpunk ambiance you get from Blade runner and Iron Maiden's "somewhere in time".
|The board realised with the combined efforts of Jon and Colin|
|Some rioters start demonstarting but they seem to ignore the kind of troubling they're about to face...|
|While a drunken metlhead flees from the fights, the cops start interogating some of the protesters|
|Part of the action focuses on the center of the table, involving many teams...|
|As Geoff's kind hearted punk saves one of theReplicas, James' (probably blinded by jealousy) tries to run over them... to fail.|
|The poor mafia agents have been mowed down by Ash's Replicas|
I've come to realise I really need to prepare my games more than I do (I've had great examples to learn from during this WE) so I'll try and come up with something better next time. However I think it was a nice appetizer and a splendid opportunity to gather so many good looking models on a lovely board to get the exact vibe I was hoping to get.
Rogue Trader Vs Fallout :
As some of you may have noticed, I've been a Fallout fan for years and Rogue trader is obviously a huge influence for me. Having those 2 combined in a game made this game one of those I didn't want to miss.
Organised by Legiocustodes on the forum, this game provided even more than the great promise it was.
First of all, the table was absolutely brilliant, you could see the great care that went into it and all players were placed in places that made the game feel natural.
SOme little details like bottles of Rad-X and boxes of Mentats as well as Nuka-Cola bottle caps (used for rerolls) were only some of the little touches that made us feel in the proper mood. (I could almost hear Mark Morgan's Soundtrack at that time)
|The mutants scan the landscape, there will be blood... oh what a day ! what a loveley day !|
|After suffering heavily from the fire of teh laser gatling, the mutants finally engage their main targets : the Brotherhood of Steel... None of them can survive, the futur eof the mutants depends on it|
|Meanwhile a group of careless wanderers dive into the pool of radioactive mutating goo (despite all the warning signs) and they emerge as fresh ghouls and mutants (to my greatest pleasure).|
|This time, the mutants are going to take down the city...|
|The supermutant and his centaur pet team up to erase all the remaining threats from the city...|
|Jeremy the Centaur gives its own pathetic life to take down the last Knight of teh Brotherhood (thus completing the band's objectives), that sacrifice will not be forgotten...|
|In a desperate act of rage, Lenny the supermutant decides to clear all the area from human presence...|
|... Only to end up shot between the eyes by one extremely bold and lucky NCR ranger...|
Anarchy in the UnderHive :
|Rogue trader Camilla Weis and her Venator mercenaries have been missioned to escort a Slann diplomat to safety by Lord Helmawr's authorities.|
|First encounters for the bounty hunters but the rioters are no threat to the well trained and disciplined mercs...|
DEATHRACE 40k :
A game a lot of people were expecting that one, 12 players and even more cars built for it, scenery coming from 3 people (and 2 continents),
|All rides lined up before the race, look at Paul with his feet shaking in excitment and the look in his eyes saying "C'mon, C'mon, C'mon..."|
|The scene is set, teh actors are all here, let the show begin...|
|The Chaos D.O. grav attack make it to the first line...|
|The chaos D.O. throws a couple of rockets at the Dave Grigger to get its wheels to bits...|
|Colin offers some of his special FX skill to make his own car fly above the lava pit|
|That moment when Colin's buggy falls into one of the lamest traps ever thus missing the ramp and faling from a cliff into a stone pillar...|
|That moment when my Chaos D.O. catches on with Harry's own Hovercarft to miss by a couple of inches...|
|Taht moment you think you won the race to then realise your first lap didn't count as it was not complete|
|That moment when you realise you haven't taken much damage even though you're one of teh lightly armoured ones...|
|And that moment when you're the fastest vehicle with only half a lap left and noone in front of you and you get shot by an angry ork with a f****** plasma gun...|
The game was cinematic, full of perfectly crazy ideas with just the right amount of competition. I think I'm not far from teh truth when I say everyone who played it would play a seocnd one and all those that saw it would have loved to be part of it.
With The GM Captain Crooks coming from Australia for the occasion, this game was a real blast. Any Jealousy you might feel right now is totally normal and sane.
What I saw :
On top of getting gaming opportunities, making a trip to Newarkl and Nottingham has got to be an opportunity to get a full dose of miniature porn.
|One could spend hours just looking at that one diorama...|
|An absolute vafourite of mine with Brettonnians, strange characters in the background and lot sof nice details...|
|There's always something weird being 1,9 m tall and having to look up to see all the details of a single diorama...|
That day at the Warhammer World was really nice actually, The bugman bar was enjoyable as I got to :
- enjoy a meal with my gaming friends,
- shake Jes Goodwin's hand
- have a game
- See plenty of models (without buying any)
The gallery is a little expensive at 7£ the visit but that's a once in a lifetime occasion and in all honesty it is very well made. A few models are in poor shape and the music (some sort of pseudo war theme) kinda gets annoying at the end but nothing unbearable and even th eparts that didn't interste me (like most of teh Horus Heresy stuff) were still very nice to see).
The contrast was actually very fun with the Foundry where Cabinets are just here for everyone to look at :
I think there were even more models on display than last year and it was really cool to see upclose some of the models we've been admiring for about 25 years or so...
Celebrity wise, after shaking hands with Jes on Friday I had to raise the bar even higher ...
|Tany yates was here, drawing sketches to people for free...|
One of the other very intersting things we we given to see was the actual casting of some models. Some of you may already be familiar with the process but I only knew the theory of it and had yet to see it with my own eyes.
|The raw alloy bars that will get melt to be cast|
|moulds are put into the spinning machine after having beeen heated up in an oven...|
|The operator pours a spoonfull of molten lead into the mould and let it spin|
|The mould can be opened after letting it cool for a while and the models appear all shiny and gorgeous !|
Obviously apart from my own games and the activities you can find at the Event, tehre were many games which looked excellent and that gave the will to push some more lead (or cardboard tokens in some cases) :
Now just look at that happy bunch of gamers :
And just look at this moronic bearded alcoholic teaming up with that lunatic galactic perverse ! (and check their models too)