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  1. Well, fingers crossed, I hope it works out. Your stuff is certainly commision worthy.
  2. Sorry to hear that feltmonkey. I hope the source of stress is relieved soon. What's happening?
  3. Nah. You underestimate yourself. Honestly, for the most part, all the rules just transfer. If you can't find a direct match, go with Rule Number One: choose the coolest outcome and go with that.
  4. The variation between the editions of CoC are quite minor to my mind. Just gentle iterative improvements along the way. Last edition I bought was 5.6, but I bought my friend 7th and he runs games using that and any of the old supplements all mixed together without any fuss. You are best starting with the latest edition, but don't shy away from old supplements, and playing with them too. There are so many classic adventures out there. And retrofitting them to the new edition will not be difficult. You can probably do it on the fly in most cases.
  5. On the history of UK RPGs and wargames I will share some things: I hope you already know of Awesome Lies. If not you are in for a treat. Gideon is in the process of writing a definitive a history of WFRP as we will ever see. It is well worth a read. I grew up in Sutton-on-Trent in the 80s. We got into GW stuff while Citadel Miniatures were still based on Victoria Street in Newark, the nearest town. I visited there once and remember meeting Jes Goodwin and John Blanche, who was thin back then. My local Wargames Club was The Newark Irregulars who still run the Partizan games show up there. That club was set up by Duncan McFarlane who used to edit Wargames Illustrated and who nurtured my wargames passion and introduced me to some awesome historical wargames stuff. Particularly English Civil War and Marlburian period stuff. He wrote good simple rules and had an amazing collection. The fantasy gaming was a bit of a off shoot sub-culture in that club, but we occasionally got the odd GW person come by and try stuff out. I played games with Rick Priestly, Rich Halliwell and the Perry Twins, including early versions of 40k. Not that any of them will remember me I should think. I was actually at Crecy (although not by the cannon at the time) when Michael Perry got his hand blown off. It was my mate that held the wound shut while proper medical help was fetched. When Bryan Ansell took over, they all moved to Nottingham and were seen much less, but I certainly understand why North Nottinghamshire is the epicentre of so much wargaming in the UK. Most UK Wargames owe a huge debt to those people in Newark and Nottingham back then. Still, the move to Nottingham brought us 3rd Edition Warhammer which was possibly their best. And 40k, and so much more. Bryan Ansell may have been an arse to some but you cannot deny what he built.
  6. I have played every edition of WFRP (always wuff-rup, never W.H.F.R.P. or other such nonsense) some more than others. First edition was a classic because it created the world and the tone, but the rules were flaky and GW dropped support for it when Bryan Ansell took over Games Workshop and refocussed purely on miniatures and the wargames that encouraged their sale. Consequently the end of The Enemy Within campaign, as published back then, is a damp squib. (I will write a separate post about this time later. I grew up in Newark, right near this stuff when it happened, so got to watch through teenage eyes with no understanding then, but some hindsight now.) Second edition was a much improved rule set and had fantastic ongoing support, but I did not like the fact that their world had forwarded the timeline to after GWs Storm of Chaos. A bunch of stuff had been moved on in the world, for the worse to my mind. So I did not get on very well with their adventures, but the rules and most of the source material was pretty good. Combat was super whiffy. You could go round after round with nobody hitting shit. Third edition was a radical change rules wise, an attempt by Fantasy Flight to introduce an element of board game like mechanics and digital copy proofing I think. The rules were just weird. The adventures are also post Storm of Chaos so have the same problem as second edition in that, and some felt like they sort of missed the tone a bit. I find it hard to articulate why, maybe they did not have quite the same sense of humour. Lots of nice art though. So to Fourth edition from Cubicle7. Most definitely the best edition so far. There are varying opinions on the rules, but I like them, much improved in the areas that matter. Sometimes we have struggled to grok them though, particularly combat, but we are mostly past that. I am very much a flavour first GM, so I use the rules to facilitate good stories and ditch them as soon as they get in the way. Mostly this edition has been good for that. But the area where fourth edition totally nails it is the world. Back to the 2512 timeline of the First edition. Richly described and illustrated. With the involvement of the long term talents of Graeme Davis from way back in the day and Andy Law who knows The Old World like few others and does the best maps. The adventures set in Ubersreik (The Starter Set and the others), and the detailed campaign world created to support them are really something in themselves. They have facilitated me running some cool published adventures and, just as importantly, having the material to glue them together, ad-lib when necessary and put together and include my own tales, all the while making it feel like a seamless whole. And then we have the director's cut of The Enemy Within, I have the first part and its companion volume and, knowing the campaign well having run it before and re-read the first edition one only a few years back (then never actually running it again), I am happy saying that it really is the thing I wanted. The classic campaign, updated, expanded and enriched in all the right ways. And this time they should end it the way it was intended to go, I am so looking forward to that. Your interests coincide with mine. I recommend it very highly.
  7. Call of Cthulhu has been a stalwart of my play since I was at school in the 80's. Alongside Warhammer Fantasy Role Play (which owes a huge debt to CoC) it has to contain some of my top RPG memories. We have tended toward the pulpy side, although I have run and played some more traditionally horrible shorts. As Lying Cat said, that style is not so good for long term play, but it does work well for one-off things. I played an epic campaign of The Masks of Nyarlathotep that was lead by my friend James and resulted in us players having a cork board covered in maps, photos and clues. All linked by ribbon and pins, it spread onto the surrounding wall and must have made my room look like the home of a crazy conspiracy theorist. Having returned from my time working in the jungles of Indonesia, I ran my my friends through The Realm of Shadows which ended up having some epic jungle madness happening at the end. There were The Cult of Ghouls, South American pyramids and a mute jungle guide with an Elder sign tattooed on his chest. He ended up being 'heroically' sacrificed by the players to save the world and they all ended up being bums in mexican slums with scars and severe mental health problems. James kickstarted the re-issue of Horror on the Orient Express which I hope to persuade him to run for us at some point, although we are all playing 4th edition WFRP at the moment and probably will be for some time to come. The stuff they are releasing at the moment is going down very well with my players.
  8. Have a great time. Sorry to say I will not see you there. In the end I did not get a ticket for the Adeptus Titanicus event that is happening at the same time. Probably just as well. My painting has slacked off in the last few weeks and I would have had some kind of rush to be ready. Take pictures of cool things and post them here.
  9. Second Legio Atarus Warhound done. I am pleased with this one. I now have a small maniple of these completed, although I am still painting some Warlord weapons. All weapons and heads on these are magnetised so can be swapped out. There is a Reaver on the desk in process and I am hoping to get another Reaver for Christmas. Once done, they will be a reasonable little force. Here they are together:
  10. I like the game, although I have not played a lot. It is very much an old school styled game. It plays quite slowly because it simulates quite a lot of detail. It is designed to feel like you remember the original was like. Although in actuality, it is much improved on that. Battering down the big guys feels like a massive war of attrition against the god-machines that they are. I was attracted to it by nostalgia and the ability to paint everything I wanted for it without going mad and ending up with dozens of models. Instead I will go mad painting yellow and black flames. Another thing I have liked is magnetizing the weapons and heads, so I can achieve a lot of variety with just a few models.
  11. And they're done. These have taken soooo long. Yellow takes ages. Flames take ages. Tidying up mistakes in black, with yellow, takes ages. I have a Warlord to go too but that is on pause while I refresh on something else. If I get to the event in February, it will be with my Legio Atarus. I can't see me painting enough of these by then. Still I am pleased with this pair.
  12. Nah! You have a great depth range in your shade and highlights. You demonstrate an instinctive appreciation of colour theory in your mixing of red with the green. You are doing well. Practice and expanding your range will build on that. Watch some YouTube, read a little and just paint. The most significant recommendation I share is: Get and use a wet pallete. It makes getting a smooth finish so much easier when you are not constantly trying to manage paint that is getting sticky because it is starting to dry.
  13. Well if we do end up there the same day. Let's meet up and I'll buy you a pint of Bugmans's XXXXXX. I'll post here once I confirm that I am going.
  14. They look sweet! I too am hoping to do a Febuary event at Warhammer world. But the Adeptus Titanicus one. Got to get my painting on though. Regretting starting on Legio Fureans. They look great but take forever.
  15. "Sorry if it's not any good!" Oh come on! Your modesty is totally unjustified.
  16. This weekend, after ages painting yellow, I have mostly been painting black flames: Legio Fureans Don't do it. It is a sanity sapper.
  17. GW are much better these days with games that provide starting point. Although 7 might be a bit young to tackle the rules, which tend to be aimed at an 11+ age bracket, or older for some of the specialist stuff. Getting into the minis does though... Perhaps some of the novels aimed at younger readers, alongside some matching miniatures to assemble and paint, will be a good starting point.
  18. You totally do have the skill to blend when it comes to control and should try it. The main advice I would give is that it requires patience. Use lots of thin layers, thinner than you think they should be. Milk thin. Put a bit down, move to a different area until sure it is dry. Repeat! Over and over again. Move up through you highlight colours as you progress. And not too much watery paint on the brush, otherwise it might run into you recesses and need mopping up. All just patience.
  19. My experience of them (previously shared in the UK Games Expo thread) led me to the conclusion that they will be a great help for those with less patience or brush skills. They will save a load of time, but they will not make you better if you already paint well. Tidemarks and overspill avoidance is hard work. I cannot see me using them extensively, although I think they might help me with some of my pile of shame. I bought a whole bunch of Sylvaneth Dryads and Treemen ages ago. I suspect they will be a great help with those because they are nicely textured but also not very varied when it comes to colours on a single miniature. Blocking out the masses fast and leaving tidy up of the few details later might go super fast.
  20. GW have addressed the out of stock issue on their community site: https://www.warhammer-community.com/2019/06/10/contrast-not-just-the-red-ones-that-go-fasta/ There will be stocks in the shops but you might want to get there early Saturday to be sure. Or wait until they come back in stock.
  21. Mostly, that miniature was a single coat over primer. The tips of the horns were a second coat with a darker brown. The axe head was a mix of their black and white paints. The flesh was green first, then flesh after. The red spots where applied after that. I was experimenting a bit. I think with a range of colours, you could knock out half decent armies in no time. A thing to be aware of: Applying them neatly is tricky, at least it was with the crappy brush I was using. See the overlap on the hands and axe head. You could always come back and tidy up after if you wanted. Ican paint much better than this (but not in just ten minutes) I can see me using this for some stuff, getting it to a point where the fun detailing happens really fast. I have a Sylvanneth army to paint that this will be a dream for. For those who can't be bothered, or who do not paint well, this is going to make a lot of difference. I think it will be a pretty big deal.
  22. That was probably me. I missed you in the end. So much stuff to do, I barely scratched the surface. Chatted to the Shadows of Esteren guys. I kickstarted that. Thanked Sandy Peterson for saving Chaosium. Tried out the Citadel Contrast Paints which were interesting. I painted this in literally ten minutes with a shitty brush that someone else had already splayed. Bought the WFRP stuff which I am liking a lot. Picked up Fog of Love. Got a miniatures carry case for my Adeptus Titanicus stuff. It was a good day.
  23. No I had not. I knew they were reworking the campaign and that those working on it were some I consider legends. A lot of the original crew. But that set is going to have to be mine. I guess I should start saving now.
  24. I'll be there on Saturday. Not sure what to pick up. New WFRP probably, alongside anything else that takes my fancy. I'll swing by the SU&SD stall and make sure I say hi this time.
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