Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wargaming Weekend with Junior Fett

So, while my daughter was away at a Birthday Party / Sleepover, I decided to play some LEGO wargaming with my son, who likes gaming, and loves LEGO. We used the "Fistful of Honey" rules from Eureka miniatures, because they are simple and kid friendly, but still reasonably involved.

We scattered about a decent chunk of terrain, blocking stuff up a bit. I got a good lead early in the game, because unlike many of the other games we've played, this one does not use dice. Thus, Gavin's major dice luck was not working against me. The above photo is after the first turn, when my archer had disabled his combat drone.

I had a bit of a hard time convincing him about cover and LOS. He was insistent that since he could see all of my figures, his guys could shoot at all of my figures.

Here, Hera lines up a shot on Gimli. That's not something you say every day. She was the star of the show, doing most of my damage, ultimately being removed from play in turn 5.

The end of the game bogged down a bit, as once you are down to only a few figures, if you miss shots, the turns are essentially over, since each figure can only be activated once per turn. This is a bit of a shortcoming to the random number generation represented by a pack of playing cards. The last few figures were rubbing their faces on each other. Junior Fett and I agreed to implement a house rule on subsequent games where a 'melee' situation such as this will be decided by each of us drawing cards, and high card wins.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Battlesuit - At Long Last

The original Steve Jackson game "Battlesuit" came out in the January 1983 issue 59 of "The Space Gamer" magazine. I was three years old at the time. I have been looking for a copy for almost that long. Long time readers might remember the significance of this game to me from this post.

At long last, I have laid hands upon not only Issue 59, but the subsequent issue 60 (a must, as it has the corrected counters required to play the game correctly) of The Space Gamer. It would not be an exaggeration to say I have sought this for my entire adult life. And nearly all of my childhood life.

It's that big a deal folks.

I will probably come up with some way to play this with miniatures soon, and you can count on photography of it when it happens.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Toys R' Us Exlusive C3PO

Hey all, sorry about the rather dramatic decrease in posting frequency of late. I've been having kind of a hard time at work, and in addition to leaving me tired, I've been rather unmotivated on the hobby front to boot.

That said, I have got some stuff that was post worthy. Take this Force Awakens version of Threepio that I got from TRU a while back. I think we got this solely because he was an exclusive. I don't think I can really use this for much.

But at least...well...I guess it's a Star Wars purchase, and this is nominally a Star Wars related blog. So there you have it.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Making My Mask

Welp, I have given up on anyone ever making a decent Mandalore mask for me. So I have decided to just make one myself.

To that end, I have printed a template (which had to be modified, as it had eye holes and not a T-visor), purchased a sacrificial trash can, and got to cutting.

So far for this project, I am set back the $1 the can cost me, after taxes. I shall let you know how it goes. Stand by.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chirrut Imwe Bobblehead

Hey, it's my favorite character from Rogue One! Is what I would see if I had even seen Rogue One. But I haven't so I guess...It's a bobble head of Donnie Yen, my favorite martial arts actor that happens to be in Rogue One!

Was that better?

I ended up getting this at WalMart today, as I was about to give up on finding it in the wild. I just hate to order things like this on the internet. But then again, I kind of wish I had looked at this one harder before getting it, since the paint isn't spectacular, the staff is bent, and his head just refuses to look straight.

Funko used to be such a quality brand.

But hey, a bobble head of Donnie Yen!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Star Wars Rebels Captain Rex

I never watched Star Wars Rebels, but finding out that grown up Ahsoka and Old Man Rex were in it kind of made me wish I had. I say "Old Man" but how old is Rex here, really? 20?

In any event, I saw this a few times, and wanted to get it, because I love me some renegade escaped clone characters (see Aurodium Sword or Snoova tags below for old, out of date, proof), but the price was what I considered absurd. It's got the least articulation I've seen on a Star Wars figure since Kenner was still solvent.

Still, when I caught it on Clearance at Target for $3-ish, I figured what the heck. I'm glad I did, because he's pretty cool in most respects. Aside from the beef about the articulation (which is legitimate), he has pistols which can fit in his hands, and also slide into the molded holsters. That's something I've always loved on Star Wars figures. Here's looking at you Cloud Car Pilot! The helmet fits fine too.

I was going to take out of the package pictures, but honestly, there's no point. This figure, you pretty much can see what you get.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

LEGO 70603 - Raid Zeppelin

We've wanted to get this set for a while, because it has a lot of cool parts, and it is also reminiscent of a Fire Nation war blimp from Avatar. But the price tag held us at bay for a while. But then, a few days ago, it was on clearance at Target, and my son had a Target gift card and was looking for a good deal on a LEGO set.