Wednesday, 19 November 2014

I'm Opening a Gaming Store Update 2!!!




Hey!

Been a while since I updated. The last post was very early idea stage! Now I have been clearing, painting and the like - I'm almost ready to start work on the gaming tables!! woot!!

Its been a long hard slog so far as I'm also working full time, I do feel however, like I'm seeing the start of the end of all this... I really want to be up and cooking before Christmas and I think I'm probably two weeks behind what I originally wanted. I underestimated how much work needed to be done front end!

Also I'm have a little website.....  Just a teaser for now...

MY NEW WEBSITE!

The work on the gaming tables is going to be intense. In my mind if I'm charging people to play on them they have to be of the quality a lot of people wont have at home. I have planned what I am doing and as of next week I'm going to be pulling out all the stops to get the tables done and looking awesome!






I have decided the companies I'm supplying, etc.. its a question of putting my money where my mouth is when the time comes!

Cheers... next update the place will look like a hobby shop!!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Im opening a gaming store! Update 1

Hi

Yup, the plans are underway... now before I get the neighsayers telling me of the lack of profit etc, etc.. I already own a shop.. in the centre of a very busy market town... I have a full first floor empty (or at least I need to empty it!). It pretty much just needs painting/cleaning and a small counter making. Oh yeah and all the boards making etc. I already have all the shelving and display stuff... so Im pretty much set... or am I? I came to a crossroads, as I do have a budget to kick this off, a pretty small budget as it happens and I have made what in my mind is a brave (hopefully not stupid) decision not to stock GW. This for me is a difficult thing to do as Im trying to create a store in a way that I feel a GW should be.

Ok theres not a lot I can do about the price of the product all companies minis are expensive its just how it is. I'll offer a discount naturally, but what I want to do is sell the hobby and then hopefully the hobby will sell the product and customer loyalty to me. These days the GW alternatives are actually pretty good and by all accounts popular... with potential to reach out to new gamers or gamers already embroiled in the usual systems. Other company sculpts are no longer worse (lets be honest GW have had that in the bag for a long old time!) and Im not going to say better, because their is good and bad things about every range so to start saying all the products are so much better would be wrong.

I would have liked to have had the chance to stock some 40k stuff, but the way GW wholesale isnt as mainstream as usual distributors and I feel I would be tied to buying dead stock so I could reap the benefits of stocking their product. Now I could be wrong and I may change my mind, but for me to make the store into what I want my budget wont cover everything. It has come down to just GW or the other ranges, not both which is ideally what I wanted...

That said customers will be welcome to use the gaming boards, paint bar etc to paint GW products so actually it may not end up being such an anti establishment vibe...

Anyway here are my start pics... I have a lot of work to do so I will keep adding the pics to the blog.






I have enough room for 3-4 6x4 boards and 3-4 4x4 boards the paint/model bar is already installed... Im both nervous and excited by the venture. I have no competition for this in the town and unlikely to get any knowing how much rent is. I am in a unique position here I hope I can use it!




Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Winter is coming, time to dust off the Raven Guard!



Yello! whats poppin?

Well, I have been so distracted with Infinity that my Raven Guard have pretty much been ditched. I was looking at the pics last night and realised I had some nice Forge World stuff. Now I'm not going to lie, I watched a few 40K bat reps on Mini Wargaming last night, and, MAN, the game is SLOW, even when played at a fast pace! I hate the turn sequence, its so boring compared to the reaction based shooting in Infinity!! So the game is not drawing me in, and actually neither are the standard Marines... the models are meh compared to the magic that Corvus Belli can produce with metals. Unfortunately I'm a completionist and  I feel they are there at the back of my mind, constantly niggling me to get them done... so I think I'm going to blast on and get them shifted! I hopefully have a desert FAT mat arriving over the next week or so, so I may be able to talk someone into a game in the next month or so.

I want to try something out I saw on Beasts of  War... basically completely nicking the turn sequence off Bolt Action.You place tokens in a bag for the amount of units you have and randomly activate a unit once you have drawn it out of the bag. The units then complete the move shoot - or whatever the hell the sequences are now. I don't think it will alter the balance of the game and actually might make it more tactical. The bat reps I saw were pretty much rolling a lot of dice!! I haven't actually played since 5th ed and only tried 6th once and I found it to be totally bogged down with rules.. We shall see. 

Oh a quick tip on standard Marines, to make them look more anatomically correct use a small amount of green stuff to create a spacer for the abdomen off the legs and the same for the helmet... only needs a few mm but it takes that squashed look away... it looks better IMO...

Infinity, I'm almost fully painted and can whack paint jobs together as I need them now without to much bother. I have a Pan 0 force, but I'm going to wait until next year before I set to on that. My Combined army including the Morats can be added to and painted as and when. 

So updates soon...!








EDIT***

I have been digging around my cupboard and I think I have decided, Im not going to concentrate efforts in one area, instead do a little of everything. So this week im planning to get a couple of Raven Guard donw, and some Pan Oceania glued up... thats the plan...


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Back from the Torny! Bagged Best Army :)

Hi

Sorry for the delay not posting this earlier I was waiting for the pics to come out...

Anyway had a great day in Leeds. The boards and terrain were amazing. I can safely say there wasn't one single board I would have wanted to avoid. The event was set up by the Northern Alliance (based in the UK, Leeds) but feel free to join the facebook group to talk about Infinity, even if your not based locally! Friendly bunch and a busy group!

Infinity Northern Alliance


Back to the torny, I bagged 3 wins and a loss, not bad for me. I should have worked harder to gain more objective points to place higher than mid table, but to be honest I had 3 really enjoyable games. The last game was against Morats, but I white washed them with my Anathematic and really the game didnt have any tense moments really. The other three games were great, PanO up first and I thought I was doing reasonable well until I got my core army flamed by an airdropper... just couldn't kill it with any ARO's. The next army i was against Combined and my Charontid hacker had a hacker stand off against an Anathematic. I was a touch lucky in that my Sapper knocked 2 wounds off him when he came out of camo... that probably won me my game to be honest. The third game was against Aleph and my Sapper was having another field day through a fire lane, he just couldn't miss! My Charontid hacker loving the -3 to claim objectives with the high WIP. My opponent had a ton of orders soaked up trying to claim the bloomin things!

Painting, I managed to bag best army! Really pleased and the prize were some sable Rosmery Co brushes and the ITS winners pack with sniper bounty hunter (just started painting her, will have her done next week!). I have to say, the guys made up a really cool party bag for everyone that included an awesome paint rack, cheers!

Anyway pics of the day. Guess who I am in the pics! (unless you know me, that would be pointless!)


My army...

This was a really spiffing Haq force... lovely blending (photo not quite showing it...)


Prize haul!


Some scenery highlights!









Guess me...



I'm on here as well somewhere..



A big thanks for the event guys! My good friend Chris Jarrett is setting up a torny at the end of January at our LGC Hulls Angels headed by our group Hulls Infinity... looking forward to that.

My future Infinity plans include... back to board building I have a FAT mat that should be arriving next week (used in this bat rep..) cant wait, going to build a 6x4 board to lay it on. Will give me the option to play 40k being 6x4 if that ever comes up again!

Also its Pan O next. I'm going to give this force my full painting attention, no rushing! hopefully will use that at Chris's torny end of Jan...

Again thank for looking - more updates soon!