Moving on to the next life stage of gaming

Howdy everyone, Severus here.  You probably have not heard much from me over the last few months for a good reason.  I moved to Alabama and started a new job.  This job is VERY demanding of my time.  To make matters worse I went from having a good gaming store 5 minutes away to one almost an hour away.  In short, my gaming has come to a halt.

Yet despite the fact that I have been out to game twice since June, I still am interested in the hobby.  I have slowly started work on some Iron Hand Bikers and a Bike Chapter Master.  I know, it’s a douche squad.  But the gaming group I ran into at the new store is a much more competitive group than I am used to.  Not a bad thing by any means, I just need to adjust my lists.

Over this past weekend, I had the urge to pick up a Storm Eagle.  Forgeworld is having a free shipping on 100 pound orders until the end of the month.  I have NO use for a storm eagle other than horus heresy.  I know no heresy gamers here in Alabama.  Yet I still want that lovely flyer.

Then today it came to me.  I am entering into a new life stage of being a gamer.  Work is much more important in my life now, and family and friends are taking up much of my spare time.  My gaming time is no longer focused on building lists and playing games.  It is focused on reading books and painting.  I am becoming the Adult Hobby Gamer (AHG).

I had seen AHG’s before.  They came out once every few months when they could get away.  Their lists were never updated to reflect the current meta.  They played when they could to have fun.  They hobbyied when they could to make cool looking models.  Their models live on shelves in cool dioramas, not in travel cases.  The best part is they still seemed to be enjoying themselves.

So I embraced my new life stage.  I started unpacking a few models and laying them out on the shelves today.  Only painted models that look good together.  I am making some slow progress as a biker holding a grav gun.  And I am really really close to ordering that storm eagle.

It feels good.  I am not fighting to be something that I am not.  I will build stuff I like, and paint stuff I like.  I will hobby when I have the time and the mood strikes me.  Games will be few and far between, but when they happen they are epic.

So there you have it.  How many of you have been through the transition to Adult Hobby Gamer?  What did you change with your hobby?  Until next time, this is Severus saying have a good one and take it easy.

I Caved: Part Two

Last week I wrote about how I caved and decided to build myself a command squad on bikes without play testing them. I have now played them against the Tau twice, and lost both games. They were mostly unproductive. Actually, a command squad of sisters with the feel no pain rule lasted longer in the second game. However, I will continue to play the command squad with my sharks. I will probably drop the banner, but keep the squad.

Now I have decided to cave again. I have caved to the whims of GW.

Today I have started to rebase the Carcharodons on the 40mm (edit: meant 32mm) bases. I like the new sizes, I think they better represent the size of the marines. But how does one do this? Severus bought new bases that one can drop the old ones into. A little texture paint covers the cracks, and you are good to go. I decided to go in a direction that the Lord Primarch talked about. I cut the rims off of the bases and glued what was left onto a 40mm (yea…. 32mm again) base. I think it is a good start. The slight increase in height is barely noticeable, and again, once you add some texture, you can hide the changes. Here are some photos of how I started this.

rebase 1

rebase 2

 

 

rebase 3

rebase 4 rebase 5I apologize for the poor lighting, but I believe you get the idea. The models do not stand any taller than a model on a normal base. Sure, you could shave a little off the bottom to make them closer to the correct height, but I decided to take the lazy mans way out. I a just starting this, but maybe now I can focus on my Carcharodons and take a break from the Tyranids…