The end of the weeks is near. Well I've really been enjoying Freebooter's Fate. This might be the next big thing in skirmish games. I'll be playing more of it this weekend too, so the review won't go up this week as planned sorry.
I'm still putting the finishing touches on 15mm infantry for the Flames of War article, and I just can't seam to keep motivated long enough to finish them. Mine are definitely not going to look 100% historically accurate. I've always enjoyed the dark gray colored SS German troops, and since I lack a dark enough gray shade of paint, and didn't feel like mixing paints, or driving 20 minutes to buy it, I simply opted to use the gray I had with a blue wash. Honestly, they're looking more blue than I had expected, but I think I like it for the pure fact that my little 15mm German Infantry Platoon look very much like Cobra soldiers from GI Joe now because of this. lol Flames of War purists I'm sure will cry foul, but I don't care. That's the thing too, I think people really should have FUN with any game that they play, and by all means express their individuality through their figures.
Warmachine for instance, I can't stand how everyone paints their armies based on the colors that Privateer Press has laid out in the books. Blue Cygnar, Red Khador, mostly white Menoth, black and Green Cryx. Yuk! In 40k the same is true, how many of those very same bland Space Wolves color schemes can you stand to stomach seeing? I've always been one to break free from the norm, and to paint my stuff how I see fit. I WANT to stand out in the crowd. I want people to see my stuff and say “wow, that's really nice, because it's different”. I dare to be different!
My Cygnar for Warmachine are black with flames, very much like a hotrod. My Space Wolves are dark blue, so that they fit in with my Ultra Marines, and I regret even making my Ultra-Marines dark blue, but they're blue and gold, instead of blue and yellow like the norm. My Retribution of Scyrah army is gold with some blue details, instead of plain old boring white with the aqua details. I thrive on being different, because I've always been a rebel, and why not allow yourself to paint you armies based on your own personal preference? Just because the rulebook, or websites shows pieces painted a certain way, doesn't mean you have to stick with those colors. Even changing one of the colors out for something different, in my opinion, usually looks a lot better and in some cases improves upon the existing color scheme.
Don't be afraid to try something different. Granted I've screwed up some figures trying different colors before, but nine times out of 10 the results have been better than I imagined, because I thought outside the box and let myself try something different. You might want to try that next time you sit down to start painting a new army for any given game system. Even something as simple as deciding your zombies will be sickly blue, instead of gangrenous green, can drastically change the end result.
Lastly, I'm really tired of waiting for some companies to get their stuff together. One in particular I've waited over a month for now, and it takes these people freakin' weeks to reply to a single email, because they use a single email firstname.lastname@example.org instead of individual ones for the entire company.
They finally replied today and sent me a tracking # today, and yeah it shows the package was delivered, but it wasn't delivered to me. Ain't no way a package also gets from Spain to here in the US overnight, unless they paid crazy overnight costs, which no one is yet to do from that far away. It just doesn't make sense cost-wise to overnight heavy rulebooks and miniatures that far. My guess is that the tracking # is for another package that they sent someone else. Sad part is I'll probably be waiting another week, or longer just to get a single reply back now to get to the bottom of this. I just don't get how in this day and age it's so hard for people to check and reply to email in a more timely manner.
I also suggest that if you're a reader, and there's a game that you want to see me cover, by all means email that company direct, and let them know that you'd like to see a review of their products at WarGameGuru. Because there are some that just don't get it, and that I won't be covering, for the pure fact that they just see no value in having their products covered. These products are currently selling well, and their full of themselves, and find that reviews of their products aren't needed for those products to sell. They'd rather that you the customer purchased their products, and didn't like it and was stuck with it, than being able to make an informed decision, which only proper reviews can help you make.