I didn’t notice this, but in the latest version of WordPress, those who design the program decided, “Y’all don’t need that links widget…” So I’ve fought with the Internet most of the night to find something that would bring links back. I found it, finally!
After a lot of rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth, I finally got the hosting set up and the nameservers pointed to the new host. So, I am back online! I will be having a change on the demands of my time after I leave my day job, so hopefully I will be able to start back to painting and fighting.
Please, check back and see what I will have underway soon!
No, I am not dead. Just very busy.
I am backup this blog and moving to new hosting this week. It may be up and down as I move and the new address propagates through the net.
For all of you who don’t know, Mid-South Hobbies is hosting a Battletech Tournament this coming Saturday, August 14th, 2013. Here are the details:
Start time: 10:00am
Cost: $5 admission (for lunch).
Lunch: Pizza will be provided at 12:30. A 30 minute lunch will be allotted.
Rounds: 3 matches with a hard 2.5hr time limit. Scenarios will be randomly selected with an emphasis on balanced force lists, see Domination.
Points will be awarded for respectively for a major victory or a minor victory.
And lastly 1 point will be awarded to overall score for bringing a fully painted army.
Forces: 5000bv2 lists consisting of canon units and unit types described in Total War (IE, no warships- though 5Kbv makes that moot). Anything experimental needs to be cleared by the TO (Anthony Wilson).
Currently Cleared Equipment:
Super Heavy Mechs
XPulse Laser variations
Smoke rounds (and their rules).
Artillery (and the tacops rules therein).
Rules: Tourney Legal (TotalWar). Be mindful that there are plenty of advanced and TacOps rules in circulation in the local group. Whenever there is a digression to the rule book, TotalWar rules take precedence over all other supplements unless prior agreed by both opponents; see sportsmanship.
I just got the news a couple of hours ago. GameCon Memphis is not only cancelled for this year, it’s dead. Good news, though. A new organization is already rising from the ashes.
The full news here.
Finding a few minutes here and there over the past multiple weeks, I finally accumulated enough to put my Tips and Tricks and Tactics 101 pages up. Read and enjoy!
Okay folks, I know it’s been 6 months since my last entry here, but things have been rather hectic, up to and including me knocking on Death’s door, literally. I spent 12 days in the hospital for the grand cost of $125,000 for a piece of food getting stuck in my throat, and I hobbled out with sciatic neuropathy in my right leg.
I have been playing Battletech pretty steadily over these months, including in a tournament. I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and document these things. On and off the job, I have been as busy as a one-armed paper hanger.
I am now in a place where I can start scheduling some time to work on Group W’s bases, at least. My order for three 2.5″ hex trays came in last week, so I can put the Krushers and Group W together in the same Army Transport and know that they are safe.
So, please come back soon, I hope to have a battle report up after my next battle, which should be around the 13th. Of this month, just to be specific.
I just wanted to let you all know that I am working on multiple articles. I will have a “start here,” “tactics,” “painting” and “assembly” to start with. There will be pictures, and maybe even a video or two.
I am looking to convey all of the basic knowledge possible, all of the lessons I have learned the hard way. I am by no means an “authoritative expert.” I know a lot of tips and tricks, and I like to share most of what I know. There are three rules of success. 1. Never tell everything you know.
So, stay tuned and I’ll put them up as soon as I can.
This past Saturday, I spent some time at Mid-South Hobbies, and a gentleman approached me and asked if I was Mark. I replied in the affirmative, and he introduced himself as Jomo, and told me that he wanted to learn everything about Battletech. He had the 25th anniversary box set, but had never played because the rules confused him.
So, I told him to pick out two mechs, and we would play a game. I taught him how to move, how to determine his to-hit number, and we discussed tactics along the way. We had a great time.
Jomo was also wanting to learn how to paint his Mechs, and he knew zero about the subject. So I gave him some websites, helped him order the Total Warfare rulebook, and quickly covered painting.
All well and good, you’re thinking. I did exactly what one is supposed to do to introduce someone into Battletech. What does this have to do with New Years resolutions?
This: As I sat here in the last couple hours of 2012, I decided to make a resolution, something that I normally abhor.
First, I am going to post more here during 2013. Rather lame, as that is what I should already be doing. But thinking about it and actually doing it is two different things.
Second, I decided I am going to impart all of the knowledge that I have about Battletech here. Painting, tactics, you name it. I am still working out the logistics of this one. I don’t want to just make regular posts that will scroll off the front page, quickly to be forgotten. If you notice, there is a black bar under the header graphic. I can put “pages” up there, stickies as you will. I need to figure out how to do it, and all that stuff.
So, as I go forward with this project, look for exciting changes happening here.
See you next year!
I realize it has been almost 6 months since I have done any significant war gaming, or posting here. Group W has languished on my workbench, along with the stragglers of my 1st Davion Guards made up of the plastic mechs from the starter set.
I am going to try and get some Battletech in at Mid-South Hobbies this weekend. Failing that, some Epic, and 40k as a last resort.
Since I have to pick up a second job soon, this may be my last game for a while. I better make it count.