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Cangames 2012 Day 3

Speed Rally Day!  I thought I would try my game out on the last day, as I was unsure how many players I would get.  I ended up with three, a little disappointing considering how much work I put into it.  In my humble opinion, the track looked great and I did get a lot of interest in it, just not that many players.  I will run it again next year, but I will go for Saturday morning and try it out in the kid’s gaming area.  I think the subject matter might fit better as not everyone has a four-year old boy who made them watch Cars hundreds of times over the last few years.

Pre-race meeting

The trucks


President of the Elvis RV club standing beside the Jumbo-tron Screen

The fans in the podium and the dice-box garage

View from the cheap seats.

Rubbing is racing, son!

Leak-Less spins out in Turn 3, Al Oft films it all.

Aerial view of Turn 1, with the Jumbo-tron

Bumper Save crosses the finish line first!

The board was created from foam-core and whole lot of 4 lane printouts from the Speed Rally site.  I created the guard rail, stands and jumbo-tron using coloured foam-core.  The signage was all created from a variety of Cars fan sites and printed on to sticker paper.  Overall the track looked great, I’m kicking myself though, for not getting a few overview shots of the whole thing.

All in all, Cangames 2012 was great and I’m already planning a game from next year’s event: Apocalypse Averted.  I can already hear the zombies moaning in the distance!

Cangames 2012 Day 2

In previous years, I would have signed up for a game in the morning, and then spent the whole time dreaming about the marketplace.  But no more!  No matter how enticing the games might be at 10 am, I forgo them all and rush in with the initial charge and as always it pays off.  I need to update those figure totals, they’re way off now.

Overview of the Hall.  The Marketplace in the background, still beckons me…

There were several very eye-catching games that Saturday morning here are some shots:

Operation Varsity:  On Feb 25, 1945 the First Canadian Parachute Battalion was dropped beyond the Rhine River, five miles into Germany. Defended by elite German paratroopers, the DZ proved to be an extremely hazardous place. The area was caught in a triple crossfire from the West, North, & from a copse of trees in the middle of the DZ. Added to this was a jump in broad daylight. WWII skirmish using the Face of Battle rules (write-up borrowed from the Cangames Schedule).

A C-47 in trouble.

A Horsa glider on the ground. I won’t say landed, as I think that was a relative term with those things.

A nasty surprise for aircraft and troops alike.


Escape of the Sopwith: a World War I trench raid using last man standing rules.

British going over the top

Lewis gunner team

That afternoon…

Wanting to experience a western game I went with the Spaghetti Western, a homegrown game using characters from all the great westerns and using the basic plot of Once Upon a Time in the West.  The game mechanics were simple–each character has one action representing about a second in game time–and the board looked nice.  However, as with 99% of all large games (6+ players, in my opinion) there was a fair amount of time waiting for everyone to take their turn.  Playing as Angel Eyes at the far end of the table, it took some time to get into any action, I had allied myself with two friends so it took some time to get close enough to kill someone else…

The Harmonica claimed the first kill and many others after that.  The Ugly Tuco Ramirez was able to snag the “prize” and speed off the table.  Therein lay some of the difficulty with the game: overpowered characters.  Both these players had at least two cards in the deck and could (and did) move very quickly and cock, fire and reload very fast with very high numbers of dice to boot, whilst others could barely move or roll a single die on a target.  It became a bit frustrating being shot by somebody who could easily hit you and reload before you could even get a chance to move.  Perhaps giving the weaker characters more chances to act would counter the main character’s high shoot skills…

Angel Eye’s starting view of the ranch.

The Colonel and Angel Eyes take up position at the gate. Gun battle to ensue.

Harmonica with the first of many kills that day…


The Colonel’s first (and only) kill

The iconic shot of the three gunmen approaching the ranch. Cue the music…









Still one more day to go!

Cangames 2012 Day 1!

I just completed my first day of Cangames 2012!  I’ve been looking forward to this since Cangames 2011, it even started this blog–see New Year’s resolutions.  Unfortunately I was thrown into work at the last minute and missed my first game of the action at Chrysler’s Farm in the War of 1812, but I got a picture or two.

The game I missed. Darn it, there were lots of brightly coloured soldiers to play with!

The highlight so far was Bernard’s Empire Strikes Back game Fire and Ice–ironically, a Storm of Swords scenario was played beside us.  As Rogue 2 in Rogue Squadron I attempted to hold off the AT-ATs as long as I could, which as it turns out wasn’t very long.  I was able to fire my cable hook and get one pass around the lead AT-AT (the venerable Blizzard 1), and despite my attempt to play a flurry of cards to bring down the behemoth, I was brought down in the end.  Here is a glimpse of the action:

Imperial Walkers on the North Ridge!

I’m sure this shot is straight from the movie

Rogue 2 attempting to draw fire from Rogue 3.

The first successful tow cable deployment, by Rogue 2 (me!)

Cable Out!

My fate…

Rogue 3 takes down the first AT-AT, followed by a suitable victory roll.

Part of the rear echelon action against the marauding and semi-accurate walkers.

More Cangames Chaos and Carnage To Follow!


I always thought wordles were kind of neat, but I had no idea what they were called or how to create one.  A great teacher just told me what it was called.  I figured out how to create one all by myself.  Two Australian kids told me how to post it on my blog via Youtube.   I think any time I learn how to do something new I’m going to get some Australian kids to show me how–their accents are awesome, tee-hee-hee.

We are now in May and what have I done?  Nothing.  We got a new computer recently: a new computer, from this century, from this decade!  I have huge creative power at my figure tips.  Lots of processing power, and ram!  And what have I done with it?  Well, I finished Plants vs. Zombies, Farm Frenzy and I’m working through Vampires Vs. Zombies. Does that count?

Reality is, we’ve hit a few minor speed bumps in life at our house.  I’m taking a course.  Time is precious.  Summer is coming.  I promise I’ll do more then!  Maybe just after I finish this next game…

The First Quarter…

Well here we are at the end of March.  My career has taken a bit of a kicking, but I don’t think the painting has (I’m trying to look on the bright side here).  In looking at the numbers in the widgets, I have painted or finished 30 figures in 3 months–not bad considering a pseudo-career, a three-year-old and life in general.  10 figures a month, or roughly 2 1/4 a week is acceptable in my books.  I won’t worry about the other 1195 still floating around, it will only take 195 months or 16 and a quarter years to finish up if I don’t buy anything else–yeah, like that’s going to happen.

The numbers are in! And Yikes!

Well, I just finished counting most of my 28mm collection (metal and constructed plastic ones anyway) and wow, I’ve got a lot of stuff.  I don’t even want to think about plastics still on the sprue, or previously sorted out.

The Total:  1225

I’m pretty sure there are more in the garage…

Buying vs. Painting Totals 2012

Resolution #1:  Already begun before the new year!  How about that for success.  People have just suggested that I do this as a blog posting.  Easy enough and after staring at the admin site for a moment and wondering what the hell a widget was, you will now notice my totals on the right hand side. Now the extent of my addiction is there for all the world to see!
Basic Rules:
  1. I am counting my entire collection, not just starting with things I’ll buy this year.  Knowing me, I tend to jump around;  just because I bought it, doesn’t mean I’m running home to paint it.
  2.   Plastic parts are hard to count.  I have bits and pieces of all sorts of figures (mostly GW) lying around which I cannibalize for other things.  Should I count these things? No.
  3.  Multi-part plastic figures will be added as they are assembled.  Some unassembled figures may give up their lives for bigger and better projects.
  4.   This is only a record of  28mm stuff because that is what I’m doing these days.  So for those of you keeping score at home: No, the Epic Armageddon, Warmaster and Battlefleet Gothic sitting in the garage doesn’t count.  Neither does the shed full of 1/35 scale models. Or the collection of GHQ WWI ships…
  5. How to count terrain pieces?  I dunno.  I’ll deal with that when and if it happens.
Over the coming week I shall delve into the collection and figure out exactly how many figures I have floating around.  Expect big numbers.

Season’s Beatings!

the Christmas Spirit is alive and well at our house!

It’s that time of the year again when we all gather around with friends and family and wonder where the hell did these people  come from and am I really related to them.  Just kidding.  Sort of.

It is also the time for NEW YEAR”s RESOLUTIONS.  Hooray, a bunch of promises I make that I don’t keep.  Well this year is going to be different (same thing I said last year)!  Am I going to try to eat healthier?  Probably not.  Am I going to exercise more?  Who am I kidding.  So this year I decided to come up with hobby resolutions, ones that will be fun and easy to keep!

1.  Get a counter in the corner of the blog that shows the number of models I have vs. the models I’ve painted.  Expect negative numbers (models>finished work)!

2.  Run a game at Cangames this year.  I’m thinking Speed Rally Piston Cup.

3. Try at least 3 new painting techniques this year.  First one I’m thinking of  is the chipped paint technique with salt and hairspray.

4.  Continue to post on this blog with some regularity.  The whole idea of this blog was to share things, so I need to start sharing more!

5.  Run at least one campaign I have in mind.  Either Legends of the Old West or .45 Adventure…

6.  Cast a few things in either resin or Instant Mold.

7.  Photograph the trench.  Photograph figures.  Photograph games.

8.  Teach my son how to play board-games and practice taking turns.  Stealing the dice and knocking over the pieces is only cute for so long.

9.  Try to eat better and get more exercise.

There you go.  My year in neatly summarized in 8 easy steps.  Should be fun.  Happy New Year to all!

Projects from the Summer

Flame marker to show a really bad day playing Wings of War/Wings of Glory. Tutorial to follow...

Group shot form the header photo shoot

Okay, not really this summer. Green Fury Van from Monsterpocalypse, in 1/50 scale.

For any post zombie apocalypse city or park; what better way to illustrate the end of the world than a bench with litter around it.

Another shot of figs from the header

Sorry, I’m still here!

As a substitute teacher, I find September to be an incredibly hard month to deal with.  I try to put my best foot forward and be the cutest quietest and most useful version of myself in a variety of schools, in the hopes that someone falls down some stairs or ends up with some horrid disease so that I may jump in and replace them.  Yes, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my career is based on the pain and suffering of others.  No luck this year so far… 

After dealing with the self-doubt and a hurt ego, I find myself feeling guilty for not blogging.  Despite the lack of typing and posting, there are a lot of projects going on: I’m painting cowboys for a wild west campaign as well as gangsters who are building up supplies of hootch (thank you very much Boardwalk Empire!); Modern US Marines and civilians for a zombie apocalypse; and a nagging desire to paint up some pulp heroes and nasty nazis to duke it out in a progressive campaign.

In reviewing my previous posts I decided I probably need a little help in the camera department (and the grammar department too, according to some).  So I’ve decided I will wrangle the brother-in-law’s camera and get some shots posted of my modular trench pieces for the trench raid game I tried out a few summers ago.  There, I’ve put it online, now I have to follow through with it–just like a compromising photo on Facebook–its out there forever.