Monday, 30 April 2012

Harbinger vs pButcher

Was testing out a new pButcher list, although any list I made with pButcher would be new considering I haven't used the guy before. The list itself is a bit weirder than normal since surprisingly, it doesn't contain MOW , Winterguard death stars or Kayazy Assassins. 

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Iron Fang Pikemen

  Man, I've been busy lately and haven't had much time to paint, what with moving house, work, buying furnishings, fitting in games of warmachine and other stuff. But I've finally managed to finish my Iron Fang Pikemen unit. That's right, plain vanilla IFP.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

313 Orchard Road, #02-50
I have GOT TO stop letting my sense of curiousity dictate what I eat. While sometimes it pays off, sometimes it goes really really bad. Like this for instance. Well, I guess I sort of suspected what I would be getting into when the frigging creation is called "Break the Law" in the first place.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Karchev VS Mortenebra

Jack Heavy vs Not so Jack heavy. Kind of makes me wish I was playing my all-jack list just so that I could see how Karchev does against an all-jack list with an all-jack list.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Cryx Vs Khador: The Rocky I version

Right, so I'm Rocky and Cryx is well...Cryx -_- I'm out to test Karchev's tier list, which will be an uphill fight because frankly, Karchev does NOTHING to help all those MOW democorps I'm fielding. Plus I'm really clueless about how to use greylords. 

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The House of Robert Timms

501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880
Right, so I dropped by this place the other day out of curiousity. The decor is fairly nice but there is one thing that will definitely grab your attention once you have a chance to sit down and peruse through their menu. That's the fact that the place is very, very expensive. How expensive is it? Well, steaks start at 40++ SGD and the only dishes below that price are mostly sandwiches, wraps and pasta. Well, it's not like I haven't paid that much for a steak before but I just wasn't feeling it from this particular joint. Nonetheless, I decided to try it out anyway. 

So I ordered myself a main and a drink of Hazelnut frappe; without the whipped cream. The drink was fairly decent but again, it was somewhat overpriced. I consider the coffee I took at Tea Cosy to be better. And cheaper to boot. 
And then finally, the steak came. I ordered a T-bone and I'll say this, it was large. But it's hard to fuck up steak. Most restaurants can do a decent or average steak but it's hard to find a truly delicious steak. 

With that said, how was the steak? Well, it was...sad to say, average. Granted, it's a huge portion of meat so perhaps the average taste could be balanced by the fact that it's a fairly large serving. However, what tips the balance is really the price. Comparing the steak at Robert Timms to the steak at TGIF (which is another restaurant whose steak I frequently eat), which is also about the same price point, I would have to say TGIF wins hands down. And by quite a substantial amount as well. 

So there we have it, large servings but fairly bland taste. It just wasn't worth the 50 bucks I paid for it since the meat itself probably only cost at most 1/3 of that price. For the remaining 2/3, I'd expect the restaurant to be able to cook it better to add more value to the meat.

I was planning to try some of their deserts but considering a slice of pie costs 14 after tax and feeling somewhat let down by their mains, I decided to  skip it. As it is, this meal cost me 60+

End Result: 3/10

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hammer VS Elephant

Wait...those aren't Menites...
Had a 35 point match against Skorne today. Was pretty interesting cause it was the first time I've played against the faction. All I can say is "Elephants...hit hard..." Also, the sheer number of weapon masters Skorne can field, mind = blown.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tea Cosy

Plaza Singapura #05-10
Had a chance to drop by this unique looking cafe/restaurant the other day. In case people haven't spotted it before, it's by Spotlight on the 5th floor and it really, really doesn't look like a restaurant.

This is what it looks like from the outside. I've passed by it several times before without even realising it was a restaurant. It looked like an accessories shop to me, and being situated next to Spotlight didn't help either.

However, this time I decided to go in and try it. I ended up trying something new and ordered their set dinner menu where the main was a large Portebello Mushroom wrapped with bacon and with an egg somewhere in the package. I don't know where it was, but it was pretty good. But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, they served us drinks; good news for everyone, this restaurant DOES give free ice water despite looking like the type that doesn't. My set came with a choice of 3 drinks , coffee, tea or lemonade. But I chose to upgrade to their special Minty Coffee. 
Yes, that IS the mint at the bottom. Anyway, it wasn't bad and you could certainly taste the mint. I'm not certain I would pay the full 6 dollars for the drink but since upgrading only cost me 3 bucks extra on top of the meal, I'd say it was worth it.
Next came the soup. The soup itself was nothing special but what stood out for me was the bread they served with the soup. It's not clear in the photo but there is a layer of something on top of the bread. It's not butter but rather, it tasted like the top of a Portuguese egg tart. 
Finally, came the main. That bacon wrapped goodness? That's the portabello mushroom with egg somewhere in the middle. Despite my initial apprehensions (mostly because in the menu, the word Mushroom was in singular form), I found it to be quite filling and tasty. It came with loads of mashed potatoes at the bottom and some greens as well.
And finally, at the end to top it all off, the desert, Creme brulee. Well, it was nice but I wouldn't say it's outstanding in anyway. I found the top coating a bit too thick but that would just be my own preference. Either way, it's not a meal that I can fault.

What was also nice was the fact that they don't charge GST at this place. Only service charge. So this meal ended up costing me about 29SGD in total after the service charge, which wasn't bad because frankly, I've had far worse for more expensive. On the plus side, the service staff was friendly, competent and actually fairly attentive, often appearing to clear my plate a few minutes after I was done with it. So yes, I would probably recommend this place. 

End Result: 8/10

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dust Tactics: Gorillas in the Mist

So what do we have? Gorillas. With Power fists. Man, if only more miniatures could remind me of Hellboy (although seriously, I would love a Hellboy comic inspired army.)

Anyway, with the news that Dust Tactics is going to become a tabletop wargame, I've finally taken a small plunge and bought some models for it. Before, I thought it was somewhat cool but frankly, as a board game, it kinda limited my options for play since most of my friends don't like wargames masquerading as boardgames. 

Anyway, the box was really really light. So much so that I thought there wasn't anything in there at first. I even shook it to try and see if I could hear any rattling inside. But turns out they have plastic inner layers to hold the figures firm. Although this actually means the box doesn't need to be quite that big. It could actually be smaller. It also comes with the stat card for the models for use in Dust Tactics.
As you can see, the models come fully assembled. You might be able to twist off the powerfist but I didn't try because it didn't seem like it would come off easy and I didn't want to break the model. 
I like the bases though. I wish Privateerpress would make and release these kind of bases with miniatures. Mostly because then it would be very very easy to see where each models front arc is. 
I didn't bother priming them but the paint sticks pretty well to their default matt-grey surface. So I did a quick paint job on them and tried different colors for all 3 of them. I think I like the orange one the most. 

So what am I going to use these for? Well, until I get a copy of the dust tactics rulebook, I'll probably use them as proxies in Warmachine. The bases are the same size and they come with their front arcs clearly marked. I was in fact thinking of proxying them for doom reavers but that would mean having to get another 3 gorillas.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Young Justice S1

So Young Justice S1 is finally over. About time, it only started Jan 7 2011 and ended in April 2012. That's 15 months for 26 episodes or an average of 1 episode every 2 weeks. 

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Drakhun ready to go

After sitting on my desk for a couple of months, I finally decided to finish up the Drakhun over the weekend. Mostly because I fell sick, lost my voice and didn't have the energy to go anywhere. 

As usual, I hate painting horses. Seriously, why do the horses seem more ornately armored than some of the people they're carrying? INCLUDING Warcasters. At least this one wasn't as troublesome as the Gun Carriage horses -_-. Those I loathe. And are also a huge factor into why I never want to paint another Gun Carriage again.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Crack vs Crack

Had a VERY VERY long game against Cryx. Which ended up being mobile artillery VS army of undead. I also have no idea why people think 2x Gun Carriages are unfriendly. I almost never see people run 1 GC, let alone 2. Unfriendly would be running an IronFlesh caster with Kayazy or WinterGuard -_-

Friday, 13 April 2012

Cheese VS Crack

Or in other words, Legion vs Khador.

There's something about Legion that basically gets me. It seems to me like their units have deceptively long and good range attacks and before I know it, suddenly my caster is dead.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

GunCarriage = LOVE

Just had a 35 point match against a fellow Khadoran. My list? A super-cracky one that basically goes on the basis that if One GunCarriage is good, TWO GunCarriages must be awesome. You can guess the gist from there. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Kayazy Eliminators

Finally finished my first unit of Kayazy eliminators. It's been quite a while since I ordered these and now that I've finally painted them up, I can stop proxying them with random stuff. 

They're pretty much the best thing that came out of Wrath for Khador and whenever I put them on the table, the opponent usually tries his damn best to kill them because they're just that much of a headache.

For their color scheme, I wanted something muted but yet a bit vibrant at the same time. Was originally thinking of using red instead of orange but decided that red may be a tad too vibrant in this case. The grey fits in perfectly for stealth. The 2 models basically have their color scheme swapped so that what's orange for the other is grey. 

Monday, 9 April 2012

SW RPG Session 070412

Right, a brand new session and a brand new scenario after a 1 month hiatus.

Our fearless adventurers this time around are

Hiara shak (hiara'shak),twilek noble and daughter of a prominent slave trader in coruscant. She's out to have fun and try out new things. Towards that purpose, she has hired some tough looking guys to try out bounty hunting along with her friend, Alicia.

RC-1148, 'Prime'. Soldier. Republic Clone Commando, leader of Gamma Squad. Engaged with Separatist forces on Fellucia when Order 66 was issued. Refused to follow orders due to morality conflict. Killed squad mates when they refused to follow his orders to stand-down. Now a fugitive and on the run. Currently serving as a mercenary.

Zuul; human scout. Enlisted in the army after the clone wars but dropped out of boot camp as he found military life not to be to his liking.

Tyler; human scoundrel. One with many secrets and connections
Mahsid: Ex-republic starfleet officer. A mon calamari. Introduced to the party by Seamus Yung.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

eIrusk VS Borka 35 points

Had another game last night, this time against a former Khador player turned Trollblood player. 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Winterguard Mortar Crew done

So I finally managed to get my Mortar Crew from Maelstrom. I only ordered it in JANUARY -_-. Seriously, wtf d00ds. Anyway, now I can stop proxying random jacks for the mortar crew.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Khador VS Legion 35 points

So I had my first game of Warmachine in a month. And against Legion as well. As expected, things didn't go too well for me. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Windows 8 CP: One month later

So it's been almost a month since I started using Windows 8 CP and have my initial impressions of it changed? Not much, although I will say this. I do recommend Windows 8 as an OS. Ever since I installed it, my bootup times have decreased. A LOT. I would say exponentially in fact. When I was using Windows 7, my boot times were a real drag but now, on the same laptop, my boot time is very very fast. How fast? I haven't timed it yet but I would say probably 30s-ish. 

Anyway, a few things new about Windows 8 CP that I didn't have time to discover before my first blog went up. Now, you can apparently drag certain built-for-metro programs to the side where they'll act like a side bar. This is pretty much just an aesthetic choice since you can still alt-tab to find your programs in normal windows mode but it can still be convenient at times. Especially if you don't want to leave the metro interface.

If you want, you can also pull the dividing line so that you can temporarily have a full view of your sidebar program. This will also allow you to see which programs you have running in the background as well on the other sidebar. You can then click any of those programs to minimise the first program into the sidebar again. 

I also like how they've changed the interface for folders. It's not a huge change because everything that was there in the old file menu etc, is still there but the icons really make it nicer to look at now. Again aesthetics. But at least with the icons, they've arranged most of the icons out in the open so I don't have to click through a menu, find a submenu and then click on something. It's also made it a lot easier for me to decide 'hey this folder should be arranged for pictures/videos or general'. Which was quite troublesome to do in Windows 7.

I also like how they let you directly view what's in .zip files without having to unzip it. No such luck with .rar files though. 

One issue I've had with Windows 8 however was 'HTF do I shut the computer down?' I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one since there is no obvious 'power-off' button anymore. I couldn't find one in the start menu either and typing power in startmenu just brings up a program called Windows power-shell. Turns out the answer is somewhat hidden and yet somewhat easy at the same time. 

The first way is to move your mouse to the right side of the screen at which point the systems bar will pop up. Click on settings and there you'll see the power button. Click that to shut down. 

The other option however, is much simpler. Simply click ctrl-alt-del at which point the log-off screen will come up. At the bottom left, there's also a power button. No need to drag your mouse anywhere. 

TLDR; I love the speed of Windows 8 at the moment. It's incredibly swift. However, there are still a few issues that can be improved and I'm worried about backwards compatibility for a lot of my old games.