Friday, September 23, 2011
I've also decided to move my blog over to 6sided.net. I like the fact that they've created a blogging mechanism for those into tabletop gaming, and hope that I can share my work with a greater amount of like minded individuals over there. So this will be my last post on blogger. However, if you want to continue to follow my progress, you can check out the URL below to find where all of my work has moved to:
Hope to see you all over there!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
John pops smoke to cover the advance of his Paratroop Cadre towards an Objective.
The civilian stand has been taken, and my Jaguar does it's best to take on the fire from its Southern advisaries.
My fourth and final draw had me up against DP9 forumite Hapotte. Hapotte had stepped in for his father Jean who had to leave and fielded a Northern force of: a Light Tank Squad with 2 Bandit Hunter Klemms; a Field Gun Section with two field guns; a Dragoon Squad, and; a Strike Squad. Both of us had the same Objectives: two Wipe Them Out orders to be randomly determined on our units. I knew I had to be aggressive to keep myself in the game. My first Field Gun shot took out one of his Field Guns and knocked a Sturdy Box of a Hunter. He also had his Rabid Grizzly go stationary to attack my quickly advancing White Cat (which took so much fire without a real scratch and should get Gear of the Match honours), a mistake I quickly capitalized on and had my Grizzlies take it out with HGM fire. My Artillery Strikes really paid off as well in this game as I rolled boxcars for my raw roll, and it took out both his Kodiak and a Cheetah. All of that happened in the first turn, quickly swinging the game in my favour. In the end I ran out the victor 4-0 VPs, and only lost a single Gear in the process. Here's a couple of pictures I took of the last round in action.
I quickly begin apply pressure to my left flank, with elements of my GP Squad holding a building, while the rest of their squadmates advance.
On my right flank, my Grizzly takes cover behind a structure to rain mortar fire over the battlefield, while a Hunter stands guard to the left.
In the end I ended up with 4 tournament points, which were not close enough to eventual tournament champ Izzy's 7, and could not defend my 2010 title. Congratulations to everyone that participated and I must say that playing with everyone here is always one of the highlights of the year. Can't wait to do it all again next spring!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Another May 2-4, another CanGames attended! What seems to have become an annual spring rite for me as come and gone too quickly. I've never been much of a tournament player over my hobby life, but the Heavy Gear Blitz Canadian Championship has become an event not to be missed by me. It's great to come to Ottawa in the spring, as the snow has finally receded and the first spell of warm weather brings Canada's capital back to life. People come from far and wide to play in this tournament (many an American travelled from all over the Northeast) , and it's great to be able to share that obsession for giant robot combat with like-minded individuals. Another great thing about this tournament is the general atmosphere: Ottawa has a much slower pace than where I come from (Toronto) and I think it influences the nature of gaming; there are no high-pressure situations with players trying to bend this and that rule to their advantage, just good-natured gamers that want to get in a few competitive games of Heavy Gear Blitz and maybe win something while doing it. You also see every type of army being fielded at this event, which not only looks great on the table, but speaks volumes of the balance of Heavy Gear Blitz. While I brought my traditional Northern Guard force, there were everything from Badlander mercenary companies consisting of a hodgepodge of Terran Novan designs, to Strider-heavy Humanist Alliances forces and uber-elite Black Talon teams, and everything in between! Here's just some of the pictures I was able to take of the action while I wasn't involved in my own games.
How I fared in the tournament and a report on each of my rounds are soon to follow. And no. BeerMonkey, I will not edit out my losses ;)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"I Cheetah all the time!"
For those not averse to Canadian pop culture, that quote comes from a rather atrocious energy drink commercial in which disgraced Canadian olympian Ben Johnson flushes the remainder of any self-respect down the toilet while professing his love for said energy drink to brand owner, wannabe badboy and all-round slime ball Frank D'Angelo. What does this have to do with Heavy Gear? Absolutely nothing, but I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for clever play on words, so I'll invariably drop a dud or two. Anyways, here are the two Cheetahs I've been working one. The left is everybody's favourite White Cat version, and the right is a vanilla one.
Friday, March 18, 2011
John elected to keep his two Paratroop Cadres off the board, and started with his FS Cadre as the lone combat group on the board: