Monday, May 30, 2011

English Civil War Megagame

On Sunday Harley and I attend the megagame event held down here annually- Last year it was ACW but this year it was the English Civil War.

Harley and I chose to be royalists and stood up to defend the king against parliament and its wicked ways.  The rules where modified Black Powder.  to sum up the objective of the day here is the blurb from website:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Update on GW price and embargo

Recently a letter was sent by one of the members of the face book page group GW Australia and New Zealand Price Petition Link

The letter is as follows:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Return to Warhammer part 2

Well I wont lie,

The last week has left a real sour taste in my mouth when it comes GamesWorkshop the company.
So much so I have been a little hesitant when it comes to the blog around what my discussion around the hobby does in terms of how it relates to my opinion that the Company has made a serious public relations blunder.

Suffice to say this point going forward the mantra here at 5th column will be about "enjoy then game" but I will not talk about only GW product and will expand my discussion around what else is out there to use for the game. Further more at the heart I am an historical gamer so some content around that aspect of my hobby needs to make a return so some balance returns to my hobby overall.

Put simply I think allot of us forgot myself included, that while GW make one of the largest ranges of fantasy models out there, there are other companies who make equal product, but probably not on the scale of GW and probably because we the wargamer have become lazy and just spent our money with GW in the past.

What do I mean?  well Avatars of War - are a great small Spanish company with some truly wonderful models for your hero's and they are expanding into plastic themselves with dwarf berserkers- which I personally think are better than the GW version and when I start my Slayer Army later this year will be the product I use.

There are heaps of other companies who do a range of wonderful fantasy models - now for the tournament player this may be problematic but, maybe since GW don't sponsor tournaments , maybe its time TO's start to allow other products to be used in armies so that people can continue to enjoy and play the game without having to average 140$ aud for a unit of 20 warriors.

Anyway enough about Mark Wells, dumb customer relations and price gouging lets get back into some gaming.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GW Price's and The growing disquiet

Well a small update here,

I promise ill have some hobby related items soon!

Anyway anyone who thinks that GW have got it wrong and feel that a message needs to be sent

Please join this face book group Gw Australian and NZ price Petition

So far the only comment we have seen from GW is from their web team :

"Hi everyone,

Well, we can see that there are quite a few of you with strong feelings about several issues, and the threads have gone a little crazy. We’re sorry many of you feel frustrated. We have read all of your comments and  because we (the web dudes) don’t have the power to act on any of them, be assured that we have passed your comments on to the higher levels of management in GW.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GW Price rise and Trade Restriction

I ask all to read this- understand it even comment as sign of support or even post it on your blog as well.

An Open Letter to GW by Kirby

From the Desk of Kirby:

I normally hate these type of posts and avoid writing them like the plague. Most of these type of articles just end up complete whining or asshatery (though I did love SandWyrm's)which isn't really necessary but what has happened recently has lead me to write this. Before we get to the letter though some information. Games Workshop has changed their terms and conditions for stores in the United Kingdom to only allow shipping to countries within the European Union and other parts of Europe. They have increased their prices again come June and have announced the released of resin and mixed resin/plastic sets instead of metals with an approximate increase of 2.5-25% depending upon the set. None of these sets are new but rather re-casts. 

Letter time!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Return to Warhammer Part 1

So as I mentioned last night I'm returning to Warhammer after a very long brake.

Back in the day I owned a Wood elf Army, a Dwarf Army, an Empire Army and  a Dark Elf Army. Suffice to say Warhammer was what it was about for me, that is after historical gaming.

I loved the system,  the story, the character and the imagery.  That was then, I was 13 and I was having a blast, over that period of 5th ed and then 6th ed i built those above armies and loved every moment of it over those intervening years.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

High Elves 3000 points

Hi all,

Well from a gaming perspective 40k is taking a back seat for the next few months, well at least till Arcannacon,  painting will continue and I should have an update in the next week with another completed squad.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fluff Revisited

Thanks to Mike Mini's recent post on the back ground of his chapter Sons of Minos which I recommend you all go have a look at.  I felt it was time I worked out and settled on the proper back story and fluff for the arctic templars.

Of course the time to do with with has more to do with the fact I put my Back out last week so I cant paint!

So fist off why is fluff so important. Well to me it give my lads something else other than a nice paint job and seeing as they are going through a rebirth of sorts with new paint jobs and new models for some of the older models and considering Ive progressed along in the hobby as well.

Additionally it allows me to plan future work with little more than just a list and color scheme to work with. Some depth of story sets up for a few new characters maybe, and ability to also then work on unit histories as well.

So I got out my Deathwatch - Rites of Battle book and the deathwatch book as well which I have stowed away for all sorts of tidbits of lore etc about the 40k verse and got to work.

So I present the rebirth of the Arctic Templar's:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

We want YOU!

Thats right fellow bloggers and other assorted people who trawl the interwebs for stuff that could or could not be hobby related... stuff it, YOU! A while ago Jp issued a challenge to himself and I. "Paint your unpainted miniatures!" Well im doing my bit, even under the weight of assignments and with exams looming just over the horizon I have painted my very first of what im now hoping to be one of many, many, many, many... well its a lot of rats!
Its Uncle Skalm!