Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LEGO Frostgrave - The Plan!

I tried to find a funny picture featuring 'The Plan' and I think this fits the bill.
Good evening all, Counterfett here. So, I managed, through sneaky subterfuge, to figure out what the opposing force for the weekends' game of Frostgrave will entail. Well, actually, I just asked. But that rings less of strategic acumen. My leaderless, and as yet unnamed, band of rapscallions will be facing an Elementalist and apprentice, along with a trio of Barbarians.

I don't know this game that well yet, but that is a bone-crunching, hard hitting list right there. I think. But what it is short on is manpower. Seriously, he's only bringing five dudes (or dudettes) to the table. Which he's letting me set up! And Barbarians don't even move fast! And I'm supposed to make the table windy and cluttered! I tend to get lazy on terrain, and since I have a hard time with new games, I think he's taking it easy on me, so he's letting me stack the deck.

So, taking total advantage of his naivete, here's the plan. I call it Operation Loot and Scoot. It's a multi-part plan.
  1. Take the maximum number of bodies. This is hard, starting out, since 40% of your starting funds are slotted for the apprentice. This means fodder units. 
  2. War Hounds. Sure, war hounds won't last long against Barbarians, but they don't need to. They just need to keep them pinned down for a round. Maybe two. I'm fixing to bring three hounds.
  3. Thugs. Thugs aren't great melee units, but they're decent, and cheap, and unlike war hounds, they are scoring, meaning they can drag treasure out. I'm thinking of bringing two along.
  4. Thieves. Thieves are even worse in a fight than Thugs, but they cost the same...cheap. They're faster to boot. The Thieves' job is to grab the treasure, and hit the table edge. As soon as they're off, they're safe. I am planning to bring two Thieves.
  5. Crossbowman. I always love bringing crossbows. The Crossbowman's job is to troubleshoot. Pun intended. This is the second costliest unit I am bringing, and it will function sort of as a junior apprentice. Essentially the Crossbowman will stay out of trouble and try and pin down or injure one of the enemy units. It doesn't matter which unit, as they are all powerful and costly.
And that's the plan, in all its simple, ignorant glory. I even have a bit of a warchest left over, so I might buy an item or two for my wizard or apprentice to help their longevity. Not sure what yet, as I have not really researched that part of the book a whole lot.

Also, I haven't made my Wizard yet. I have not been struck by inspiration yet. Since this is likely to be a one-off game, and not turn into a campaign, this is not too much of a commitment as of yet, and since I am pretty sure I ultimately want to run a Necromancer or Lich (once that expansion comes out, anyway), I figured I should experiment with something else for the first outing. Maybe a Chronomancer to focus on the 'Scoot' aspect of the plan? Or maybe an Enchanter, to buff my otherwise weaker individual units? Bringing along a Construct to add even more numbers might be a good plan too.

Hmm, decisions.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Olives - Why I Should Not Be Allowed On The Internet When I'm Sick

Yes, I made my own art. Why?
So, it has just been brought to my attention that I should not be allowed to post on the internet when I am ill.

See, I have this friend, that I have known forever and ever. She's the best. A wonderful person. I would never say anything mean to her. Seriously. We've always been supportive of each other through various bad decisions. She's also kind of a 'whole food' nut. It is what it is. Not that I think organic is bad, per se, far from it. However, I know enough about what goes on in foods in general, and how they interact with the body in particular, that I don't worry about it a whole ton.

So, when she posted a thing on facebook about 'nature' foods vs. 'factory' foods a few days ago, I responded with a joke that all of the 'nature' foods were in fact from factories as well. I further joked that "Olive Oil doesn't grow on trees you know."

Enter internet know-it-all-ism. "Well, you know, olive oil does grow on trees, it just has to be pressed out. It's not made in a factory. It's called cold pressed, there's no factory."

So I went and looked. Turns out, olive oil doesn't grow on trees. It's like wine, it doesn't happen naturally. See, you don't even really eat olives off the tree. They taste bad because they have resins. The 'olives' you and I eat are 'cured,' or fermented, in a brine or lye solution. Sort of like pickles. Olive oil is the same. They are brined or cured in lye for a few days to a month, then pressed whole. This is why it's called olive OIL and not olive juice. Because it's not natural! Cold pressed means they wash the LYE off. That's why Lye or Brine are not in the ingredients. This doesn't mean olive oil is bad for you. It also doesn't mean olive oil is good for you. It just is the way olive oil is made. Additionally, any olive oil you see that's clear has been extensively filtered. They're pressed whole, remember? It's murky and gross in its purest state.

Some of this I knew from growing up around olive trees (remember the 'They taste bad' part? Yeah, I've tried). Some of it I knew because I bothered looking it up before I said anything. And you know what, I actually bothered to reply to the ignorant comment that started all of this with the above specifics, and then I deleted it. Because it was my best friend's DAD. And being right isn't worth antagonizing my friend.

But do you know what's really interesting about olives?


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gaming With LEGO - Frostgrave

So, I bit the proverbial bullet and got Frostgrave, which is that new Necromunda-esque game that everyone's been talking about. It's put out by Osprey, and it looks pretty fun. But of course, rather than paint miniatures for this, I figured I would just assemble minifigs. This way, I get to have more fun and less work. Also, I am more likely to convince my kids to play with me. How I can find a way to include my daughter's Monster High Mega Blok figures will continue to pose a challenge, however.

Anyway, now that the cat is out of the bag, expect to see some progress shots of how the warband is coming along.

But now I can't wait until the Lich expansion comes out next month, so I can make Momonga from Overlord!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Is This Too Subtle?

After a run-in with a particularly annoying, and quite frankly fraudulent door to door salesman the other day, my wife decided that our old (chrome!) No Soliciting sign was simply not cutting the mustard. So she is making a new one.

I suppose this could also go in the "Cool Stuff My Wife Made" series, but I wanted to caption it this, since Solicitors seem really not to be taking the hint lately.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LEGO Minifigure Wave 14 - Vampire Lady

Okay, I don't know how much of this I will be able to use for anything else, but this figure is simply amazing. Female vampire face (which my wife is certainly going to use for Serana from the Dragon Age Dawnguard expansion), Spiderweb themed ball gown, spider, white hands, spider themed beehive hair do, transparent plastic cape and collar. There's really just a lot going on here!

Maybe I need to use some of these pieces to make Shalltear Bloodfallen from Overlord to go with my upcoming Ainz Ooal Gown?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cool Stuff My Wife Made - Custom Axe Carrier

So, you all know how I finally got an axe that was made to satisfactory specifications the other day? Well, Mrs. Fett, in one of her periodic episodes of sheer awesomeness, has made a custom axe carrier and sling for me to pack it in.

Here it is with the sling attached. We are planning on getting some quick releases for it tomorrow at the fabric store, but you get the idea.

With the guest of honor present. Again, we are planning on obtaining buttons tomorrow for the closure. We need two, since she is making a blade cover as well, and it would be nice if they matched. I'll have more pictures of it once it is completed, but we were both so excited that we had to have some WIP shots.

Anyway, that's all for now. Thank you for stopping by. This has been our monthly service reminder that my wife is more awesome than yours.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Legend Of Zelda - Fairy In A Bottle Necklace

This might just be the dorkiest thing I've ever bought. It's a necklace of a fairy in a bottle. I got this because my wife was buying a bunch of My Little Pony figures at Hot Topic, and needed to spend $10 more for her $15 off coupon, and this was $10.05. So it actually cost -$4.95.

Every time I pick it up, the secret music from Legend of Zelda plays in my head and my heart containers fill up. Best -$4.95 I ever spent.