31 October 2016

A Five-Year Mission

Well, it felt like it anyway.

The Space Cadets met for their most recent episode of Star Fleet Battles on Sunday afternoon. We played a scenario that Mike had stumbled across a few weeks prior. The author's flavor text:

(SP 1966) Warsprite over Gas'Lak 
Y168 Patrick H. Dillman USS California
The 12th planet for the Rigil system, Gas'Lak, is in a very erratic orbit that puts it inside the biozone for only about 18 months out of every two year orbit. It has some of the most pure Dilithium cystal deposits in known space and mining those deposits is only profitable during the time that the atmosphere isn't frozen into meters of snow.
As the planet leaves the biozone, the Rigilian government has sent the NG CA USS Warsprite to help evacuate the NG personel from the small ground defense base and the small fighter ground base with its six F-4s.
In orbit next to the planet and nearly done with the evacuation, a cloaked LR is discovered in orbit with the Warsprite and it uncloaks, fires a Plasma F and recloaks. The Plasma takes down shield number 3 and causes a critical hit to the warp controls and starts a fire in the starboard engine.

With all due respect to Serviceman Dillman, the mixed tense and spelling mistakes should have been a huge warning sign and I did have some misgivings going in. We carried on regardless. David drove the Orion pirate. I helmed the Guard Cruiser and Mike controlled the fighters and bases. 

Hot half-inch counter action! The stupid Orion cloaked ship made things annoying for Mike and I.

At one point I found him (the red dot) and tractored him. I let him win an 8-point tractor auction a turn later to deprive him of power assuming he'd run. He shut down engines and we lost him. Gah.

It turned into a very drawn-out game of angry cat and mouse. It took a while but we finally found him skulking, You can see how I've marked up the map to indicate where Mike and I should concentrate our efforts. I was right, as you can see from the re-appearance of the red dot of annoyance.

On turn 10 (yes ten turns of SFB!) David's XO pushed the cloak button while the commander was in the crapper. Drones were immediately launched from distant fighters and I got my cruiser positioned to blast him.

Two drones, two ph-3, four ph-1 and two photons later, the pirate ship was no more. As it should be.

The game took over 4 hours. It didn't feel like it at all. It felt more like 12-18 hours. I kid, Time flew by, really. It was a hell of a thing since we let David use hidden movement so only rarely did we have a really good idea of where he was. He'd move and stop, move and stop. It was a great tactic for staying alive but it really hurt his chances of winning.

There was no way he'd ever be able to steal the crystals from the base - because we knew his general vicinity, he'd have been screwed the moment he decloaked, which is exactly what happened. We decided that maybe he should have attempted a quick smash n' grab on the base while the cruiser was crippled and reloading its photons. Oh well. Next time, right? Good game guys!

27 October 2016


It's no Thousand-Acre Wood, but it's a start. I found some appropriate-for-6mm trees at Joanne's Fabric and Craft store last weekend. They were 40% off, so eight trees per bag for $4.19 per bag was a deal too good to pass on.

48 Trees. Two wildly different shapes.

A bit of green spray paint and some flock on the bases and there you have it! My 6mm tree collection doubled in size for less than $30.00 and maybe an hour's worth of labor.

I think it's Dystopian Wars Saturday. Zig has finished his Polish land force and will be giving them a try. Should be interesting.

23 October 2016

Recently Finished and The Next Project

I finished the last six Legionnaires from the Dystopian Legions box I bought early in the year. I'm quite happy with how they, and everything else DL, came out.

I didn't realize until I started assembling them that many of these are very different sculpts than the first squad I painted which have many rifle grenades, etc. I'm quite pleased with the variety.

My next big time sink with be these guys:
I found them for $29.99 each on Amazon last weekend. Each box normally sells for $70.00. With a $5 Amazon credit it was one terrific deal. There were a few other boxes of this, that and the other which Ziggy and David quickly snagged.

16 October 2016

Back to Normal

Hurricane Matthew is now a memory and it's on to normality for a little while here. I got a bit of painting done Saturday, finishing up a couple of Steampunk characters. The first is Master Queeg, a Malifaux model who I thought would make a fine "Indiana Jones" type. The other is just a neat Reaper Aquanaut who I thought would be an interesting addition to the collection.

A couple of weekends ago David came by to help playtest Rubber and Lead, my destructive car racing game. Junior also joined in the automotive mayhem.

David is a miserable driver. Here he is clipping Junior moments after the race started.

A bit later, Junior serves up a bit of revenge by dropping some mines right in front of Dave's truck. My yellow car had just been taken out by David's side-mounted flamethrower.

 Race 2. I drew the blue milk truck. Junior got Copper Top and ran away with it.

Witness more suspect driving by David, whipping right in front of my truck. His car took a ton of damage from the ensuing wreck. Junior won the race easily as David and I couldn't get out of our own ways.

Race 3. I drew the Jack O Lantern. David was in the convertible. Junior again schooled us. David tried to drive fancy and got me all hemmed up.

There was much oil on the track in race 3. It made for a very aggravating race for we in the back.

The R&L playtest was very successful and well-received. I'm extremely happy with the way it works and it will definitely get playtime at Gnomecon in March.

Last evening, Zig and David came over for a big game of X-Wing. We each used 120-point forces. I used Imperials, Ziggy the Rebels and David was the Scum and Villainy group.

Our deployments.

 The Imperials.

The Rebels.
And the Crooks.

We had quite a brawl for a couple of turns but my ships zipped and crashed stupidly. But then my Punisher got it's act together and dropped this beauty of a Seismic Charge, clipping itself and the entire Rebel group. Kath Scarlett and Boba Fett dueled in their Firesprays.

A second very-well placed Seismic Charge hits four more targets on the next turn. David and Ziggy were officially sick to death of my bombs. Kath finished off Boba Fett's Slave 1. Huzzah!

And a turn or two later, Valen Rudor snaps off the last couple of hit points from Dash Rendar's YT-2400. The Imperials score a major win, woohoo! I'm still in love with the TIE Punisher. It's "The bomb."

12 October 2016

Hurricane + Pictures!

Well, nearly 60 hours without power now. I'm at work approving timecards, etc. The power is back on here, so tomorrow will be a "normal" work day. I've taken a bucket of pictures over the last few days of the camp-out and wreckage. Enjoy!

Kids banging away on their computers while power was still good on Friday. This is in the employee breakroom at my office.

Junior and I did get in a game of X-wing Friday afternoon. The new ARC-170 is pretty sweet.

Our first walk-around in the morning. Still very windy with occasional rain.

A big pine down in our parking lot.

Camp Rekowski. I ran generator power into the breakroom to keep a laptop running, power phones, etc.

I took Junior and my father in law back to the house Saturday morning to check things out. Heartbreaking. We know these folks - life continually deals them bad hands - both the husband and wife had breast cancer at the same time, now this. Count your blessings, folks!

The road to my house is blocked. We went on foot.

Yup. That'll do it!

Reason 117 to rent. The landlord's gate was smashed. Our only damage.

As we were leaving, road crews arrived to clear the tree blocking the way. We gave them a big thank-you.

A power pole snapped in half.

And a tree snapped in half, the other direction.

Entertainment on Saturday night - sparklers.

Things are getting back to normal. We got our power back at 7:30PM Monday evening. Ziggy is still without, as is a lot of Savannah and the surrounding area. Hopefully this won't go on much longer.

09 October 2016

Post-Hurricane Post

I'm posting this from my office which has active internet and some generators.

Wow. We took a solid hit from Matthew as a category 2. The large building we stayed in shook, which is pretty scary at 2:30 in the morning. We journeyed back to our house yesterday morning and found it to be completely intact, thank Goodness. The power outages are widespread, to say the least, but we've got clean running water and enough food for 4-5 days, maybe longer depending on how we ration. Hopefully stores will re-open and re-stock within a day or two. Oh nice - I just saw a big grocery-store 18-wheeler drive by.

Be well out there. Hopefully the southeast coast will be able to return to normal very soon.

06 October 2016


I'm really getting tired of these damn things.

We're not evacuating. If it starts to look really scary, I'll run the family up to my office which is a big sturdy thing with a generator and we'll camp out until it blows over. Here's hoping it isn't too bad for us!