Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Game Room

 After much stalling and dragging on and changes in plans and more stalling... The Game Room is finally complete... more or less... The rest of the basement still needs to be renovated and the scope of that has gotten much larger than originally planned/anticipated. 

Originally the room was the "Hobby Room" - where ALL games and miniatures and hobby & craft and painting supplies and history/reference books were to go. Much of that has spilled out all over the basement and the rest of the house. 

Not ALL of the game stuff is going to fit back into this room. Right now I have all the PAINTED miniatures - and MOST of the unpainted ones - in the drawers throughout the room. Most of my military history/reference books are in here. Some games - most of the miniature wargame rules and some of the  role-playing game books. 

The rest of the basement, when complete will include a art studio, a bathroom, and a TV room (which will also include my painting station, as I like to paint miniatures while sitting and watching TV and movies - often with other members of the family. But that is all a long way off before that is properly set up again. Part of the floor will be broken out later this week when the city's contractor comes to replace the water and sewer lines. When the rest takes place is really up in the air. Cost of materials have gone through the roof so I'm suggesting we wait... Amanda is, as always, insisting everything be done NOW!!! As we don't have any contracts signed, I'm king of hoping, at this point, most contractors will be booked for this summer anyway... We shall see... 

View from the Northwest corner - where one enters the room. The ceiling is rather high - for a basement - and there are two large windows in the Southeast corner - both of which open up to get a nice breeze through in the summer. Along the South wall I have some larger terrain boards and a shelf with larger terrain bits and boxes containing larger vehicles and such. 

View from the opposite (Southeast) corner, looking back at the entrance. Along the west wall are bookshelves. 

View from the Southwest corner - by the door to the closet under the stairs. those are all my miniatures in those drawers. Well, MOST of my miniatures. At least the 28mm ones. There are also a few 20mm minis in there. I do have a small amount of smaller miniatures squirrelled away elsewhere. 

View from the Northeast corner more stuff is squirrelled away in the closet under teh stairs. AT some point it all needs to be reorganized and will contain boxes with more terrain bits. Currently it mostly contains boxes of Pulpspotting, the Vimy terrain I've completed so far (4th Division's Area of Operation) and boxes of miscellany.

Terrain boards. 

At some point I was going to build a table-topper with the tabletop from the OLD game table that would fit OVER the new table for a slightly larger gaming surface for some truly EPIC miniature battles. Teh new table is about 3.5'x7' - the table-topper would extend that to 5'x8'!! The two boards that made up the old tabletop are in the next room and will shortly be hauled out to the garage to away me finiding time to clean them up, build a frame around them and paint them. (Not a bit hurry, as it doesn't seem like there are going to be any large miniature battles played down here anytime soon... 

Miniatures containers along the North wall. There are stacked on top of two "consoles" we got from Ikea (the bookshelves are also from Ikea). It is roughly organized with Fantasy over on the left and moving right there are ancients (Egypt, Greeks, Successors, Romans - and their enemies), then Dark Age (mostly centered around England - Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Danes, Vikings, Scots, Irish, Welsh, Normans, etc), the medieval,  Feudal Japan, English Civil War, Pirates and Swashbucklers, Seven Years War, Napoleonics, Assorted colonials (including Martians!) and, finally, The Great War.

Under the consoles are a few games - mostly GW box games and Hellboy.

Miniature containers on the East wall - these are mostly World War 2, Modern and Sci-Fi.

The drawers, when packed full, contain about 100-120 28mm foot miniatures - depending on basing... 

They're not ALL totally packed full.

But a lot of them are... 

Shelf on the south wall for Titans and Knights and big beasties and vehicles and terrain bits. 

The books... well... the ones I could fit in the room. 

The last two Boxing Days I wandered over to my FLGS - Dragon's Den Games - and picked up some big boxes to start some new armies... on both occasions Amanda insisted they be squirrelled away until I actually finished the Game Room. Achievement Unlocked! I now have a pile or Daemons and Snake-Ladies to assemble and paint. 

Our first game in the new Game Room was Wingspan - using the European Expansion birds.... Maybe that table it SOO big!? 

Works out fine playing this way... I love it. Going to be LOTS of space to play some of those bigger games - Railways of the World, Firefly, High Frontier, etc... 

The big table and extra room didn't help me play Wingspan any better... Ah well...

Now to get some MINIATURES on the table! 

Friday, April 30, 2021

April Games

Another month went by. We played some games. 


Friday, 2 April 2021

Kicking off this month's gaming, Amanda and I played some Warhammer Underworlds on Friday evening. After a few games in Shadespire, we switched scenes again and moved back to playing with the Direchasm board. I was trying out a new warband - Morgok's Krushas

Full Game Report can be found here:

Warhammer Underworlds: Return to the Direchasm (Game 13)


Saturday, 3 April 2021

On Saturday, Finnegan's D&D game was cancelled, so Amanda roped him into trying out a 3-player game of Warhammer Underworlds. 

You can read all about it here:

Warhammer Underworlds: Battle Royale (Game 14)


Sunday, 4 April 2021

MORE Warhammer Underworlds

Could almost call it MOREhammer Underworlds at this point. 

As always, there is another post with more pictures describing how it all went down... 

Warhammer Underworlds - Game 15


Thursday 8 April 2021

This week I finally got around to painting the walls in the Game Room. Over the last month or so, I've been on-again-off-again working on putting on layers and layers of drywall mud over the textured surface on the plaster that coats our basement walls and then so much sanding all to make it look somewhat even and smooth. 

back in the fall, Amanda had been in a panic to get the paint before it snowed and dragged me out to the paint sotore one day and said "YOU MUST CHOOSE SOMETHING NOW!!!" I couldn't decide. It'd been a rough summer and worse fall and i was at peak decision fatigue and I couldn't decided on anything and I ended up just picking something to make her shut up and we could all go home. It was something like dusty rose... or ducky raspberry or... something like that...? Anyway, in my minds eye, over the intervening months, the colour had darkened somewhat. 

So I was pretty shocked when I opened the can and it was a BRIGHT PINK!? WTF?! Is THIS what I picked?! 

Well, it's what I had and I wasn't going to even suggest getting something else... 

It did dry a bit darker and I was feeling a bit better once some of it got on the wall. 

Once I started rolling I was feeling less like I'd made a big mistake. 

In the evening we played Azul. 

Crushed it. 


Friday,  9 April 2021

While I was just starting to cut the second coat Amanda Palmer's cover of Pretty in Pink came on my ipod and. for a brief moment, I felt like everything was alright in the world. 

Second coat complete. Just need to do the trim and clean up and touch up the floors and then move everything back in! 

It still looks brighter in this picture to me. Amanda keeps calling it "pink" but it looks more like a warm purple to me... I guess I don't really care what anyone calls it, though. Call it pink if you like. I still like it. 

Another game of Warhammer Underworlds - trying out the freshly painted Grymwatch.

Full Game Report here:

Warhammer Underworlds - Game 16


Saturday, 10 April 2021

After finishing up the Grymwatch, I told myself I was going to clear off my little hobby station, to make space for working on all the Cursed City miniatures... That didn't work out... instead MORE and MORE things kept piling up there (I was suffering under the delusion that I might get one or two other things finsihed up before the weekend...) this is what it looked like Saturday morning before I headed out to pick up the game... I DID manage to clear most of it off after I got home.  

Saturday morning I rolled out to be FLGS and picked up the copy of Warhammer Quest: Cursed City that they were holding for me. Unfortunately they did NOT receive ANY copies of the novel tie-in that I was hoping to read with Amanda, while I'm still a pinting the minis,  to get us both fired up to play... (also, to get the card for Morrvahl Lobrecht, which came with the book...) 

It begins... 

Another evening of hobby chat with The Guyz. I was assembling Cursed City miniatures. Jon was painting stuff. Woody was assembling Orks he got for Xmas. Chris was just there to chat this week. 


Sunday, 11 April 2021

Century golem

Sunday evening we played a relatively quick game of Century Golem Edition: Eastern Mountains. 


Friday, 16 April 2021

Just for something a little different... we played Carcassonne. 


Saturday got together with The Guyz and chatted while assembling a few new Warhammer Underworlds warbands - the newly-released Crimson Court, along with Wurmspat and Hrothgorn's Mantrappers. I may have a problem... 

If I had to guess, I'd say Wurmspat will likely be the first to be finished. mostly because there are only three... and they're worshippers of Nurgle... so it's okay if they look a mess... 


No game on Sunday, as it was Graphic Novel Book Club night. 


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Amanda turned 50 on the 21st. We had a bit of a bird theme going on - we all painted pird pictures and got her a copy of Wingspan. 

(As a bit of an afterthought, we ALSO got Century Golem Edition: Endless World - because she found out it was now available and SUGGESTED we git it for her) 

Amanda and I tried out Endless World. we'd played the original (Century: New World) with our Friend Kurtis a while back... like... BEFORE the pandemic... so it took a bit, but it all came back to us eventually. Amanda, despite not having a clue at the beginning of the game, totally won.. Damn, if she's starting off with winning this one, I'll probably NEVER win... 

we also tried out Wingspan with the kids. It was a SUPER close game. I think I ended with 79 points, Finnegan had 76, and Amanda and Keira both had 75. 

There is a separate post about all of the days activities with more pictures. 

Amanda's 50th Birthday

Amanda was pretty excited about the game and suggested we play Wingspan every night for the next five days


Thursday, 22 April 2021



More Wingspan! Just me and Amanda, though. 

We tired out the more 'competitive' side of the Round End Scoring sheet. 

My board at the end of the game. 

Won the game. Things learned: a)Winning End-of-Round Goals is important - more important is, at the very least, having SOME of the goal - even if you don't win it. Amanda didn't have ANY of the nest types for the first two - and that put me WAY ahead, b) egg-producing engines. It can be FAR more efficient to get birds out with lots of egg capacity and just FILL those next with eggs - every egg is a point at the end of the game. 

She did have a lot of tucked cards - because she'd seen how many points that had gained me the previous evening - so she made sure to have some of THAT in her sanctuary. 

The two player game went much quicker, so Amanda suggested we play AGAIN! 

Different End-of-Round Goals

My board at the end of the game. Got a little more efficient at getting birds out there. 

Amanda pays attention and learns quickly... I was feeling like this would probably be the last game I'd win...  It's fun making engines, though, and seeing how efficient you can get. It's like running marathons. People don't run to WIN the marathon (unless you're, y'know in the top 1% of professional runners that actually does win marathons...), 99% of runners are just there to challenge themselves to beat their personal best! 


Friday, 23 April 2021

MORE Wingspan!

Amanda (purple) is catching on to the playing the End-of-Round goals - and realizing, at least in a two-player game, you only need ONE of the thing to come in second. (She only ever had ONE bird in her wetlands. but one is enough to score second place in a two-player game! Same with the Round Three goal - she only had one egg on one bird with ground nest) 

My board at the end of the game. 

Close. But not as close as the previous evening. 

So, we played again... 

Sets of Eggs in all three zones is a HARD goal for round one... I had two sets... Amanda just let that one go and focused on trying to get the other ones. 

I think she's cottoned on to the fact that you don't NEED to win all the end-of-round goals - or even play to the bonus cards... you can get a tonne of points just getting EGGS on the cards you have in play. 

I figured that out a few games back - and had thought of doing it... but I was just so determined to get the max points for both of my bonus cards - just to see if I could. 

Of course that meant four of the five actions in the last round I spent playing birds... the last one was picking up more cards. and the last few actions of round three was getting food to play those birds... If I'd just played easier-to-play birds (i.e. ones requiring only one food - ideally bugs or grain) and then just repeatedly doing the Lay Eggs action to fill all those bird's nests with eggs... I could have had a LOT more points... but... LOOK AT ALL THE BIG BIRDS I got into play!? 

Amanda can't be too disappointed with her present... She's actually asked about expansions - which she NEVER does - she always tries to convince me we DON'T need expansions! "We don't play that game enough"... "The base game is just fine"... I have a feeling I'll be looking into those expansions soon. 

I am curious to see how this plays with multiple players that actually know what they're doing! 


Saturday, 24 April 2021

Early in the morning Amanda went out to get her hair done. 

When she got back, we played some MORE Wingspan.

Finding that in a two-player game, this doesn't make THAT much of a difference. As long as you have ONE of the thing, you come in second place. I wonder if we should use the blue side for two player games...? 

My board at the end of Game One

"Let's Play AGAIN!" 

My board at the end of Game Two. 

Yeah... seems I'm done with winning this game. 

She suggested "Best two out of three...?" and I had to point out that that doesn't really work when you've already won the first two..? We played a third game, regardless. 

Round Three for Saturday.

Almost every game has worked out the same - one has been tied, one person wins two (and ends up with 17 points) and the other wins one (and ends up with 14 points) 

My board at the end of Game Three on Satuday. 

I mean, most are still pretty CLOSE games... 

In the evening I had a online paint-and-chat with these guys. 

Afterwards, Amanda and I stayed up stupid late and finished off Homeland Season Five - which we'd started watching earlier in the week. 


Sunday, 25 April 2021

I stopped by our FLGS and came home with these... 

So... of course we played it in the evening. 

spent the game looking across the table at a nice pair of tits. 

(like, the BIRD CARDS, on Amanda's board!) 

We tried out a few of the new end-of-round goals - which were a nice change of pace. 

Gah... just couldn't get it together... I ALMOST got the 7 birds with tcuked cards - had them in my hand, but I'd have needed one or two more actions to get them out there... 

Still... it was a close game. 


That's a lot of wingspan we've been playing. 

Almost enough to start calling it WingSPAM! 


Through the week I finally got around to cleaning up the floors. I had refinished them when we moved in (almost 20 years ago!?) and there isn't nearly enough wood to refinish them again - so I just did some light sanding and scraping to remove some spilled paint and other gunk and then did a few more coats of finish and hope that sees us through a couple more decades. 


Friday, 30 April 2021

Amanda took the day off on Friday - just using up some of the absurd amount of "flex-time" she's accumulated - let's not even talk about the vacation time she has accumulated. It would probably make someone in HR cry... 

In the morning we got the furniture in and all the mini boxes... but they weren't in any particular order. 

The new table and book shelves. 

Chairs that go with the table. 

We actually bought these a couple years ago and they've just been squirrelled away about the house until I got around to finishing up the room. 

The rest of the day was spent trying to reorganize everything. I started trying to sort out the drawers. 

But Amanda just kept bringing down more and more books!? 

So I gave up on the drawers, for the time being and tried to sort out the bookshelves. 

I will need to do some purging. 

More pics when I get it a bit more tidied up and organized. 

I'd hoped to have it sorted out in the afternoon and be able to sit down to a game in the evening - and Friday is normally "Game Night" - ad we've been pretty good at keeping up that tradition for the last few months.... but after spending the day moving stuff around, Amanda and i were pretty tired and the kids wanted to finish watching She-Ra (they only had a few episodes left in the final season) - so they did that and Amanda sat and watched it with them. I watched a bit, but mostly hauled more stuff downstairs and shifted things about in the basement. Maybe we'll get in some gaming over the weekend... 

I haven't gotten much painting done the last week of so. Basement. Other things. I tied ordering a couple of rollers from Green Stuff World to make some fancy bases for the Cursed City models... not that I NEED to get them BEFORE I paint them or anything... I don't know... I just haven't been motivated to paint anything - but I keep telling myself that maybe when they arrive I'll get back to it! When I checked the tracking number this morning, it did say the package had finally arrived in Canada! So, hopefully next week!