This blog is mostly focused on creating the vision of Middle Earth that I share with my wife. But that is not all…
Despite agreeing to limit this hobby to one genre I slipped down a slippery slope thanks to a really great EBay auction and now I have a sci-fi distraction. Focused mostly on starship battles but also likely at some point to get into planetary complications.
Now I know a lot of people recommend X-Wing… but I like big fleet actions with capital ships. Armada? Yeah well maybe but I like painting my own ships and having a little more creative flexibility.
Winning an auction for some Dropfleet Commander ships convinced me to give it a try. First impressions, I like the mechanics. I love the ships… and fortunately my wife likes the ships too! She particularly likes the Scourge ships but not the Scourge lore so we may end up making up our own fluff. I really like all the fleets but I think I will focus on the UCM and let my wife play all the other fleets in opposition to me.
I am still undecided on the UCM color scheme, but most likely UN or MCRN from the Expanse. My wife wants her primary fleet, the Scourge to be in aquatic metallic colors. The Shaltari in a green theme and the PHR in the white of the box art. We do not have any resistance ships yet but when we do, I am thinking hodgepodge tramp freighter colors.
But it isn‘t all starships on my mind. Keeping a sharp eye on eBay I have some projects far down my list… such as GW Tau miniatures for the PHR, Mantic GCPS for UCM, and GW skinks and saurus warriors for Shaltari. Not so sure for her Scourge. We thought about her ships being like Moya in Farscape with a mixed crew of various freedom loving races.
Part of this is to make use of some minis I already have going spare… but also at some point I would like to work on 28mm sci-fi terrain.
But what rules? Gates of Antares reminds me of Bolt Action which was ok but a little too… streamlined for me. Good for tournaments with strangers in a shop but not really my thing. I do like the miniatures though.
I do not know anything about the Mantic sci-fi games but they have some cool miniatures.
So many interesting miniatures from so many different games… what to do? Stargrunt 2! I stumbled onto this thanks to a discussion on the Lead Adventure forum. Free game rules, hard sci-fi infantry focused wargaming. Old school and I love the look of it so far. Only problem is that it seems a bit one dimensional, focusing only on war. It would be great to have something with some other elements, like exploration. My wife had an idea of one game a month, with each game being an away team Expedition to a new world.
Any recommendations or suggestions on these future plans are greatly appreciated