Tuesday, December 29, 2020

WIP, Terrain, Games and Young Blood

That's a heck of a title.

Hi guys.

The year end is approaching. But before that, it's not too late to wish Merry Christmas to all of you my friends. 

The Covid situation here is still not pretty. Papa Nurgle is not satisfied with the amount of pestilence spread in the world, so the nurglings is doing overtime. As usual, please wear mask when you are outside, use hand sanitizer, maintain your hygiene, keep social distancing and so on.

1) WIP: Painting GW Stuff - Part 05

With the new paints stock in hand, I'm scrambling to clear my painting backlog ASAP. Need to clear the grey mountain fast if I want to add more to the collection. 

So, I present thee...the last of Morghast quadruple.

Boy band pose

Next up, another set of Immortis / Necropolis, and after that the Mortek guard. Then the OBR side will be complete and I can move to completing the Ogor side....still a long way to go.

2) Making terrain

More specifically, making forest for TANKS / Battlefront minis. Since I have a lot of tanks and I have completed painting my TANKS stuffs...so it is appropriate to have a decent selection of terrain to play with.

With that in mind, and after hours of rummaging through the endless tide of boxes in my storage room, I finally found all the items needed to make the terrain....sometime it is a good thing you are a junk collector, you never knew when the item will becoming handy, especially during those eureka moments.

So this is my eureka moment:

I may have gone a bit overboard with the quantity. Somehow I feel like I've made too much. But in the same time I also feel like it is not enough...how conflicting. Anyway, it turn out pretty nice. The variety of tree type and height give a bit of natural vibe of a forest.

Test shot terrain with Tiger I

Test shot terrain with Tiger I

3) Playing board game

I managed to get Fireball Island : The Curse of Vul-Kar for the kids to play...at least. The game is interesting and engaging enough for my eldest son to remain at his sit throughout the game play. 

The other two boys however, were delighted to play...not the game, but just playing the marbles over and over again. They went HYSTERICALLY laughing and screaming while flicking the marbles through the island walkway and in Vul-Kar. Several fighting had to be intervened before they accidentally break the board game. 

Need to have strict parental guidance if you want to play this with under age kids.

Other than that, I've included my eldest son to play Kingdomino, Point Salad, Bears & Babies, and King of Tokyo (which is his favorite). I'm hoping to let him exploring into more "heavier" game for him to learn and train his cognitive and critical thinking skills.

Protesting as he wasn't allowed to play.

4) Playing World Of Tank : Miniature Game

I finally got my WoT copy just before Christmas. And my eldest son is really interested to join in. So as a fellow gamer would do, I introduced him to this hobby. I teach him the basic rules to use and played a couple of rounds to get him familiarize.

Look at the smile

We played for a few rounds, which he kicked my butt through out the game (Newbie luck). It is a good feeling when seeing your kids try and enjoy the hobby you have, It gave me much opportunity for bonding with the boys aside from being a strict parent to grow them.

Accompanying his brothers while playing

Quite a post this time.
Well, it is a pleasure for me in this chaotic year 2020.
A lot of achievement done (I presume), and a lot more to be done.

Stay safe guys.

See you next year.

Till then.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Paints!!!! ....& Boardgames

 Hi guys.

Hope all of you are in good health.

Finally the gov. have lifted up the travel restriction and CMCO in most places, so all of us now can have a breather. However, please take care as Covid cases number is still high. Take care of your hygiene, always wear mask and use hand sanitizer, keep your social distance while outside and etc.

Okay, moving on.

1) Paints & Painting GW Stuffs

So, after a long procrastinating....I have finally bought some paints to replaced the expired ones. 

Now, losing excuse to being lazy, I am now resuming painting my Ossiarch Bonereaper minis.

Finish my 3rd Morghast. Eyeing to complete the last one before month's end. I still have a boatload of minis begging to be completed.

2) Playing board games

Got myself buying more boardgames...just....can't...stop. So as usual my lovely wife is my sparring partner on trying these games, which in most of the times winning even though she is not a avid gamer (hmmmm...)

Ticket to Ride




The Cikgu Life (local game)

Usually when I got new games, I will always do a playthrough for a couple of times to judge the difficulty of the games before I get my son to play along in the next session. In this way I can know if he can cope up with the mechanism of the game or will be confused by it during his play. I don't want that as it will made difficult for him to understand and enjoy the game.

So that's all for now.

Stay safe guys.

Until then.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

As you expect: more boardgames...and making insert

 Hi guys.

Another update from me.

Embarrassing enough, in October & this month, I was unable to meet my minimum blog posting target of 2 posts per month. Reason : as usual...blame it to the real life interruption (don't we all). 

And PSA: we still in the midst of MCO here in my place. Although no CMCO implemented here, a lot of other states had to observed CMCO by the gov. agencies. So stay safe guys, take care of your hygiene, always use sanitizer and face mask when outdoors, follow proper social distancing and etc.

1) Boardgames

So, as the title says...more boardgames acquired....again. However, this time they are all preloved games. I stumbled across a boardgame group on Facebook and saw they frequently made prelove sales. And from there, I made my purchases.

The first purchase was a bundle of joy (ahem....boardgames of course :P). I get myself these :

1) Zombie Kidz Evolution

2) Colorpop

3) The Magic Labyrinth

4) Zooloretto

5) Dice tray (the wooden box with magic circle illustration)

The aim of this purchase is to get some family friendly games so that my eldest son can play. Of all the games, he loved Magic Labyrinth the most. The simplicity of the games plus with the risk / reward he got while playing, is just nice. He really enjoyed it and we always start our session with several rounds before playing other games.

Another purchase I made was for King of Tokyo 1st Ed. with Power Up & Halloween Expansions under a good bargain price.

Again, this game is enjoyable for family to play. My wife and kid LOVED to kick my butt (in game) whenever they have the chance. Another gem to keep.

2) Card game insert

On a side note, I've been making homemade insert for my card games. Some of the games does not come with insert, making the cards jumbled up together and kinda messy and took time to arrange back.
I'm using foam sheet for the inserts, which then I realized I should have been using foamcore sheet instead. Although foam sheet is easy to handle, it is quite fragile compared to foamcore. However, since I've bought it already, I might as well use it up.

So I've done a simple insert for:

1) Nak Makan Apa? (local game)

2) Sushi Go Party

As you can see it is a simple insert separating different cards, making arranging and picking much easier for the games. I'm thinking to do more for other games I have...my OCD is growing.

That's it for now.

See you guys later.
Stay safe.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Even more boardgames

 Hi guys.

Hope all of you are feeling well.

Right now Malaysia is having its 3rd wave of Covid-19. Cases are spiking up at a lot of areas and all of us are in cautious. Hopefully the government won't activate the nationwide MCO again. So please take care your hygiene, always use sanitizer and face mask, follow proper social distancing and etc.

Okay, PSA done :)

So in this few weeks I just played more boardgames rather than painting. Apart of it is due to my paint stock have ran out and I'm too lazy to pull my ass out to go and buy. Another reason is as my eldest son showing more interest in playing games, we decided to regularly include him in the session, usually after me and wifey have tested the game first.

So far we have played these new games apart from existing ones:

Malaysian dream

Trash Panda


Camel Up


Salad Point

It is very refreshing to have my eldest son showing his interest in playing board games. It can be as a learning lesson for him to do decision making and critical thinking. Me and wifey are not playing competitively with him (yet) so it's good for him. Now I'm thinking to expand my collection with more child friendly / family games for all of us to enjoy.

Ok guys.

Until next time.

Stay safe.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

More games & table work

 Hi guys.

Back for another entry.

1) More games on board

Another batch of local games have arrived in past few weeks. I purchased two card games; Kuih-Muih cardgame which to my personal opinion its more like Sushi Go + card drafting, and Drama Pukul 7 cardgame which is a direct parody of Malaysian soap drama that always being televised at 7pm, hence the name.

Between both games we enjoyed playing Drama Pukul 7 more, as my wife delightfully scheming (which is a success) to dropped my HP & losing the game. (She's kept getting better at playing...ouch).

Anyway, I'll keep increasing my collection stash for her to play more (my excuse on buying more games hehehe).

2) Reworked on the gaming table

As I have bit extra time, I decided to spruced up my gaming table a bit by adding table legs. Initially the plan is to have the portable gaming table to be set up on another table, but as the dining table is usually occupied I came to that decision.

Materials used:

56 inch x 3 inch x 12mm thk repurposed pallet wood - 4 length

2 inch x 2 inch wood - 2 length

Self locking table leg foldable bracket - 4 pieces

Materials for the leg

Existing table

The plan is to add the pallet wood underneath the existing table for the additional leg support and adding the table leg. The table height is based on my IKEA Melltrop table so I can have a good clearance for leg area when sitting.

Below are the WIP photos:

Setting the support for the table leg

Support added

Cutting 2 inch wood for table leg

Sanding work

Spray painted the whole table

Attaching the brackets and legs

Close-up of the bracket

Table done...and being inspected by officer :)

Gaming table with leg folded

...and photos of the table being test played.

The table is sturdy enough to have game played on it as the pallet wood acted as additional support for the existing table from bowing at the center. However, the table is a bit wobbly due to the mechanism of the bracket. As long as the table is at one place and not being heavily push or leaned to, I think it is durable for the usage.

Another thing is due to the additional support & leg, the table now is significantly heavier compared to before. During the previous set-up, I can easily carry the table to anywhere without breaking a sweat. Now I can feel the weight during the movement. Well, that's the compromise for making a table to stand on its own.

While doing the table, I had to work under watchful eyes of these 'officers'.

So before all of you jump the gun and shoot me with all inappropriate words, let me clarify that THERE IS NO WAY THESE KIDS ASSIST ME IN THE WORK. They are merely do a pretend play during my preparation before the work commenced. ALL sharp objects, tools, nails, screws and anything that can injure my kids were properly kept out safely from their reach AND THEY ARE UNDER MY STRICT SUPERVISION when using my tools. I let them play for 10 minutes before locking them back inside the house before I started my work.

So yeah...let it end here.

Until next time.

Stay safe guys.