Sunday, 11 February 2018

Total War again

So I have played a fair bit of Total War. I do love it. The mechanics is good, the races are well done I think (you can always moan about something that is missing but it is clear it was done by gamers who care and understand... the bulk of it is there).

People do say Empire is a good starting place... well.. maybe I am a bit thick but I struggled every time I played them. Granted the first time I was unaware of a lot of things and how to go about things. But I gave them several goes and each time it ground to a halt and I got hemmed in and bashed up.

I actually preferred the Dwarves. They were much easier for a newbie to play through. They have a decent starting position with their flanks pretty much sorted and their infantry is tough and forgiving, if a little lacking in get up and go.

I loved playing Bretonnians. These were my fantasy army. Playing them in Total War I did enjoy, although I am still so frustrated by how poor their cavalry come across (I never really understood, agreed or liked the fact that Empire got much better cavalry than Bretonnians in the tabletop game, and it is almost true here as well).

I played a little with the vampires but to be honest I have never really enjoyed the "bad guys", be that Orcs, Chaos or Vampires.

I did enjoy playing as the Wood Elves. I think their units give a nice little twist and make you play in a different way and keep things interesting.

All in all the game is excellent. Getting it on a Humble Bundle just made it such good value it is unreal. I rarely pay for any DLC but the Wood Elves were worth it (the Bretonnians were free DLC).

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Total War!

So I have had my eye on Total War: Warhammer for some time.

I actually bought it in a Humble Bundle Monthly deal, which was excellent value for money. Loaded it up. Could hear the sound. Got all interested. Nothing. Not a thing on the screen!

Turns out, after much fretting and checking, that my good old graphics card just was not enough to cope (GT 9600). I could not afford a new one so it all went on the back burner.

Over the next few months I tried to scrimp and save a bit...very difficult at the moment... all my real cash goes on the family and house, as it should. But I did take part in a long survey for SKY and earned £50. I also got £50 for my birthday in August. And during spare bits of time I did a lot of the surveys on Opinion Outpost, earning £2.50 in Amazon vouchers here and there.

Eventually I count my pennies and do some research. A 1050 Ti looked like a good bet. It actually used much less power than my old card (it takes it all from the rail), was quieter (fans only spin up when put under serious load) and was a decent price point (expensive for me, but decent bang for your pound).

I did a lot of research and tracked down an EVGA slightly overclocked one on Amazon. Totted up and added on all my vouchers. After £90 of vouchers (!) and £50 birthday money it actually only cost me £5 of real cash! Bargain!

I was not looking forward to the change over, having worked with IT for so long and seen so many things go wrong. In the end, absolutely faultless and painless. Even put the old card into my wife's PC downstairs to boost it a bit.

First thing I loaded after checking everything? Oh yeah... Total War!

Finally! An oh boy was it worth the wait. I have always wanted Total War to come into the Warhammer universe, and to be honest, they have done themselves proud. I have now played through several campaigns, trying the Empire several times (once getting trounced late game as everyone around me declared war at the same time, another giving up after a time), Dwarves (to completion, enjoyed that one) and I am now into a Wood Elves campaign (yes I paid £10 for the DLC... wanted to try them out as something different, and given I had a bit of cash on me at the time and I had saved so much over the last year with the package I treated myself).

More to come!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Blast from the past

Next up on the painting board are these (and some unpictured friends). A bit of a blast from the past!

Manual Labour

I have had these two for some time now and I thought they had earned a bit of paint. I tried to spread a few spot colours around but still get the same dirty, muddy look the rest of my IG has.

Archers! Fire!

Another unit of archers done. Again, like with every Man at Arms unit, they will be matching one of the Knights of the Realm in terms of colours.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Command Models

I dug out some of old models that I painted up ohhhh.... too many years ago... that served as the command for my Imperial Guard. Alongside these I have painted up one of the minis I got for Christmas from my lovely wife (I just do not how she knows exactly what I like *cough*Giftster*cough*).

I always loved the look of the cigar in the mouth with the sword pointed forward. The old standard bearer harks back to Rogue Trader days but still does the job. The lieutenant I thought was a brilliant model, just a shame at the time in 2nd Edition they did not do different versions or poses of him. The new model is a resin one that I believe fits in nicely as a Fleet Officer. The scale is not that too far off even if he is not 'heroic' 28mm. Especially with the older IG models which are not quite as huge.

Squires! Mount up!

So with my 20+ year fear of putting any paint anywhere near my Bretonnians I have finally made a start. Well... at least they are riding a horse. These mounted squires are my gateway into tackling the massive number of knights waiting for a paint job.

The plan here is to make each of the four units I have attached to my large knight household or city with a common colour scheme. They may even match some of the men at arms schemes to represent an important noble bringing some of his units with him to battle

With these now complete I have actually started painting up two Knights Errant. These will literally be my first knights I have ever painted since I started collecting this army more than 20 years ago!