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Everything posted by Charlie

  1. Organized Play Update

    For me the jury is still out on this. I agree if I had the chance to take an 8 player list for more chance of winning the kick roll I'd bite your hand off. That said Ratcatchers look like a goal focus team and it's possible that they struggle to get the ball back quickly or deal with conditions reliably? In my experience when you play into a football team the challenge is often stoping them scoring the last goal. It might be that, in some match ups they struggle to get the ball if it's not kicked to them. Add that to the slow burn problem of condition damage and they may well not have enough turns to get to the ball twice before they have killed themselves? Turn one goal reliance might be part of the balance? It's all speculation I know and will be interesting to see how things work in reality. On another note I can't see a problem with being allowed to put your opponent on the clock if you choose your card first.
  2. It's an older episode and not Brewers specific but the STW guys talked about some ways around this situation. http://strictlytheworst.libsyn.com/episode-19-make-the-other-player-go-first
  3. Building bigger bases

    Good to hear. Personally I feel the base is about 40% of the model for me. I really like a lot of your work already so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
  4. Building bigger bases

    Latest painting project is done and, unlike my last effort I have remembered to take so work in progress photos as I went along. I don't normally take photos as I'm working but a couple of people of late have asked so here goes. Why build a bigger base at all? In this case because I'm starting to paint a new Hunters team but I also hade one eye on the winter painting contest and that rather left me thinking I need something that really stands out but will still work on a gaming table. Building up gave me more room to decorate but also let me overhang the area normally occupied by a gamming base without getting in the way of measuring aids or other bases. this is what I came up with..... What follows is something of a step by step of how I built this base. Ok the first thing I did was prep Hearne, assemble him and lightly glue him to a 40mm base for when I painted him. I do this first because it gives any glue or green stuff I've used plenty of time to dry . step one. find an other 40mm base and a candle! WTF? answer - it shapes well and has a bit of weight to it. Herne is a big lad and putting him up off of the table is asking for him to fall over. this one also has a shape that is slightly wider at the top than the base so giving me I little more room to work. Wick out. just pulls straight through. Add more weight. Hearne is a big lump after all. this is a fairly dense ball bearing from a washing machine. hole gouged into base of candle before it is then attached to the gaming base. Cut cave shape into wax. PVA and sand for areas of exposed rock. small bits of wire pushed into wax for icicles A few rocks for the top and PVA brushed on to wire to build up the ice. Undercoat by hand after sealing the whole thing with a layer of PVA. Paint ice and snow now because it will be harder to work with once you start on the top. Nothing looks more like trees than small bits of tree. just have to make a couple of adjustments... cut and pin to achieve new shape twig. And the same at the bottom to attach tree to base. Like so. Add climbing plants to break up the large area of grey rock face. This stuff can be picked up at most hobby stores that cater to model railway fans. woodland scenic produce it. I found however that the flower arraigning area in my local hobby craft had the same thing. it was called "moss effect decoration" and for some reason cost less than the same stuff packaged for gamers. go figure. Grass. These are from army painter. Last job. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. this was from GW. I find with snow it works best to build up light layers rather than go to heavy to soon as it can smother other details. Final step was to give the ice a heavy coat of gloss varnish and touch up the highlighting on the rocks in the middle of the ice. And that's how its done. I hope its of interest to some and maybe even helps try something new. there is a lot more space on a model base than some people realise
  5. Kdogs completed stuff

    Best thing about having random stuff on the side is that even procrastination ends up getting something done
  6. Building bigger bases

    Cheers. Don't quit. Learn. Add to what you already do. Make something even better.
  7. Building bigger bases

    Thanks guys. All the time there's an interest in "step by steps" I'll keep trying to put them up.
  8. Building bigger bases

    Next project is up and running. This base is for young Theron. He is still getting finishing touches added but as this post is about bases I thought id put this next step by step up now. Mysterious ice pool base. Strait off the bat there are two things that you cant see in this picture. one is that the internal light flickers rather than being static. two the picture doesn't do justice to how much the lighting inside the base increases the felling of real depth in the water. if I can find a way to photograph it better I will. So where do you start with an internally lit 30mm base? really small electrical parts is where This came as a single bag kit from Zinge. they make a lot of useful parts and accessories. this sample pack was only 3 or 4 quid (I've had a couple of them sitting in a draw for a while so cant remember the exact cost) I use a normal pair of clippers from my modelling tools to trim the wires to length. And it fits something like that. I probably could have made things easier for myself by ordering a could solder pen but I'm impatient so muddled through without. And the bulb sits on top like that. as you can see the first problem is that LEDs are really bright. not really helpful when I want "mystical glow" The solution to this is to defuse the light with a latex, plastic cover. (also from Zinge) These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. drill a small hole in the plastic and it fits right over the LED. Now it glows. Next job is to get around the fact that the battery housing is slightly deeper than the plastic base. All I've done is cut two 30mm disks of card. cut a space in them for the housing and attach them to the gaming base. The card I use I get from the local craft shop. I think its intended use is mounting photos. its really good for models as it cuts well and can be sanded to give a smooth finish. Next job is building the basic shape of the base. I use Polly filler for this as its cheep and easy to work with. Two things to remember if you are going to use Polly filler in this way. one is build up in stages. Filler is very soft so too much will slump out of shape. two. once you have a shape and its dry cover the whole thing in a couple of coats of PVA glue. Filler on its own crumbles really easily and in this case we also want to add a water effect that will just soak into the dry filler if its not sealed first. Next add sand for exposed rock areas. I picked out a couple of larger bits of gravel to give a bit of detail to the bottom of the pool. Then added some reeds. These are bristles cut from and old decorating paint brush. Then paint. I've also added a small jewel for more detail in the bottom of the pond. At this point we start to add the water effect resin. I got this bottle from Woodland scenic. its a little more expensive than buying the dry grains and preparing your own but I find its worth the cost for the not having to mess about. also I've hade the same bottle for over a year and its not dried out so it keeps well. The syringe is from a kids cough syrup and is ideal for adding small quantities of resin. when you do this the trick is to add a small amount at a time and let it settle and dry before adding the next layer. If you have never used this stuff before it can do some odd things when used in a small amount like this. it will often dry in a bowl shape, clinging to the side of the space you want to fill. it may also develop holes where air has worked its way out. Don't panic! as Douglas Addams once said. just keep building up the layers and all will be well. About half way full is a good time for extra details like fish. Fill to top. Next we need ice. This is the lid of a plastic take out tub. cut into small parts and glued in with PVA. Add the same tufts and shrubs as used on Hearne for a touch of continuity. Finish with snow
  9. A new blog dedicated to the Hunters guild

    Was a incredibly challenging game. I thank any close game is always going to hinge on one or two key moments and that Theron/ Seenah activation was massive at that moment. I definitely felt we both only ever had tough choices in almost every action. I'm looking forward to the rematch now I've had time to recover. Cheers again man.
  10. A new blog dedicated to the Hunters guild

    Normally I would favour oHearne over vet Hearne myself but I think it massively depends on play style. One of the things I find most interesting with Hunters is how different people favour different players in the same situation and even people who use the same player don't necessarily use them in the same way. They seem to be more affected by player style than most other guilds.
  11. A new blog dedicated to the Hunters guild

    No vet Hearne in that match but I never leave home without Chaska and almost always play him. We ran the same 5, @ForestRambo ran Minx I ran Chaska
  12. A new blog dedicated to the Hunters guild

    Ever the slave to your public hay dude?
  13. Is a 'pure' footballing team viable?

    When I have played with or against a football brewers team it used Esters, Quaff or Scum, Mash, Friday, Spigot and either Hooper or Stoker. The team has a lot more T results than people expect and Spigot + Easters gives some real flexibility in movement. Football legend makes everyone a viable kicking option. However all the things you want to do take setup so it's not often the charge, steal ball, dodge away, score game like fish or Alchemists. It takes more time and preparation. In my experience when playing into another football focused team you find yourself going back to beat down because they are just better than you at football. The team has goals in its locker but I'm not convinced it has a strong "pure" football game.
  14. Winter Painting Contest - Winners!

    Wow. Absolutely blown away to have won. Genuinely didn't expect to come first as there are some really nice paint jobs in the finished entry thread. Thanks for running a really fun contest @Mako. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
  15. Building bigger bases

    Your welcome. Hope you found it useful. If people are interested I'll do something along the same lines with future builds and conversation work.
  16. Building bigger bases

    Before I painted it I sealed the whole thing in PVA glue. So in effect I was panting on to that rather than wax. Took a couple of coats to get an even coverage but nothing more than that. I've not risked spraying over it because I didn't want to risk a reaction between the wax (if there was still some exposed) and the solvent. In theory if the glue seal is good spray would work.
  17. Building bigger bases

    Your welcome guys. Happy someone found it of interest. Thanks
  18. @masterkdog really like the ice effect man.
  19. Winter Painting Contest

    @Mako haha let's hope I paint better than I type
  20. Winter Painting Contest

    cheers for getting back to me. turned out changing brouser fixed it.
  21. Vet Hearne all done. guess i have to do 9 more now
  22. Winter Painting Contest

    I'm having trouble uploading a picture of my entry from Imgur. The URL I'm pasting in is not doing anything. any advice would be appreciated. thanks in advance
  23. Zarola ..... and playing her well

    Sounds like you have a solid understanding of what she does and how to use her. She is, for the most part a walking character play that can normally do what she wants for little or no inf. Being a battery for others is useful in its self. The issue sounds like position rather than role. I play a lot of Theron hunters and almost always with her in the team. She normally sits just left or right of central in my formation. Normally between Theron (central) and Fahard (closer to the wing) and normally behind where Theron is and preferably with cover. For me if she is not involved in a goal run there is little need to have her up as far as your front line just be conscious of range for Blessings so she is not left short. Hope it helps
  24. Vet Zarola

    If you were going to make changes I would be interested to see how a legendary play that could link to any other team member would work. It would have value under both captains and as once per game I don't think it would be OP. However I'm assuming that she still has MO. Without that it's pointless and for me she never gets on the pitch ahead of her current incarnation
  25. The Goal Post Thread

    Thanks for the compliment. It was scratch built, mostly from card and small diameter wooden sticks from a local craft store. The door began life as a table from a dungeon terrain set I had and the round widows are green stuff into some old shields. The scythe I chose to leave on because I couldn't remove it completely without causing a lot of damage to the rest of the pice so I opted not to move it at all. The smaller accessories on the balcony all came from the farmers guild box apart from the bucket that was from an old ww2 model kit I had. The rope holding it is thin picture wire.