Wednesday, 13 June 2012

In a Galaxy far far away...


As I mentioned a while ago I am working on a "secret project". Now many of you said they would like to know what this project would be but if you were hoping for historics you're sadly disappointed... Mark and I have played a few games of Space Dreadnought 3000, this is a strategic level game rather then the tactical games we usually play. Now while Mark got a decent fleet and the rules on the last Crisis in Antwerp, I used a fleet cobbled together from Battletech stuff I have lying around. First I was content using this hotch-potch force since we were not going to play this game much anyway, but... well Mark has a professional laser cutter and did some brilliant terrain-tiles and ye Gods its a nice and fast game so bugger all else and get me a fleet. Now to be honest I disliked the fleets offered by the makers of the game Kallistra, and so went in for a few figures from Studio Bergstrom. It will be no surprise that I went for mini's from the Scythe Empire and ordered some testers in. I got the two really BIG Star-destroyers and two smaller ones together with some fighters. Now this is too small a force to game with successfully so yesterday I ordered a second batch of the beauty's.

What also was needed are some spacestations and civilian craft, I got these mostly from Spartan Games's Firestorm Armada range.

As we speak I have also finished the two large Star Destroyers, but the weather is horrible so I can't make any decent pictures. Also the second order for my fleet from Bergstrom has arrived and when I have the entire fleet painted up they'll feature in an army-showcase all of their own ;-)

Hope you like the pictures,

Cheers Sander

Listening to:  "The Empire Strikes Back, soundtrack" by John Williams

Sunday, 10 June 2012

IMPACT 2012, part 2


As promised here's part 2 of my Impact showreport. Why two showreports, while I usually do just one on any show I attend? Well this one rather had more involvement on my part then others do. First off is the fact I participated in the demo game for Black Powder organised bij Jan-Willem, second I participated in a painting contest for the first time in my life and last but not least this is the only convention of this kind in the Netherlands I know of and I want to see it succeed and grow over the following years.

Let's start with some more pictures from our Black Powder demogame:

Jan Willem and me dicing off:

some close ups of the action taking place:

Some of the other fun going on is next.

The SAGA demo in full swing:

An Urban War demo:

The Scrapheap challenge which proved immensely popular:

The Militia Brabantia guys doing an Ancients demo (sorry I forgot which ruleset they used but the mini's looked awesome!)

The painting contest:

This dragon was painted by a guy who eventually took home two prizes, one for best fantasy monster and one for the best battlescene. You guessed it: I forgot his name too...shame on me!

In the historical single figure category only two models were entered, mine and this Octavia by Josse. Upon seeing it I really thought I'd had it because come on, who doesn't like this mini?

In the end, as told in the first part of this show report, it was decided I won due to the level of detail on my base and the fact I was able to give a 20mm figure a facial expression.More close ups of my figure will follow soon in a separate blog-post.

Koen giving away the prizes:

Talking about the prizes, Scibor miniatures, who could sadly not be present, had offered some excellent mini's and conversion packs. Each winner was allowed to choose a mini from the offered sets, I chose this Celtic sf warrior.
Most of these pictures were made by others so here's a big thank you to Jan Willem and Bert. A few pics came from this Dutch newspaper article and here's a movie Koen made as impression of the Impact convention.

Hope you'll be inspired to come along next year!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Alternative 4" by Anathema