Assemble the Fleet -web exclusive  Saratoga Class Light Cruiser 


With the relaunch of the Hawk Wargames Website, the folks at Hawk, offered for a limited time an alt sculpt for their New Cairo class Light Cruiser from Dropfleet Commander. 

I chipped in with a couple of other guys and we got some goodies. Gameplay wise, the Saratoga has the exact stats as the New Cairo Light Cruiser, but as I needed a few  extra ships to grow my fleet, and as they are visually different from my other ships, I wanted them.

I have to give it to Hawk Wargames, in how they have worked the Saratoga class into the Fluff of Dropfleet Commander…
…The Saratoga is an experimental development of the New Cairo class Light Cruiser with a focus on efficiency, incorporating the very latest systems. While the New Cairo inherits many core attributes from the older Rio class (itself several decades old), the Saratoga features an entirely new prow and amidships superstructure, conceived from the ground up.
Early field reports of the class in action have been exemplary, showing the ship able to provide equivalent combat performance to the New Cairo while consuming less energy and requiring fully half the crew to operate effectively. The few in service have served with distinction and none have thus far been lost to the enemy, leading officers and enlisted to declare it a uniquely lucky class.
Unfortunately for the Admiralty, the Saratoga’s were built exclusively at the FSI (Ferrous Shipping Industries) yards over the planet Ferrum which were entirely destroyed during the Scourge onslaught in late 2671. The yards had turned out a meagre 12 vessels for early void trials before their loss, making this one of the rarest ships in the UCMF. Compounding this, several proprietary systems were integral to the design and the subsequent collapse of FSI makes future construction of the class unlikely.

I look forward to when I go ‘Weapons Free’ with my Battlegroup of 2 Saratogas, and 4 Taipai and rip into some Xenos or renegade UCM with their burn through lazers.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Winter is Coming… And a change to how we game

Winter is coming… And it’s bringing a change to competitive  gaming.

From my point of view, things have recently really started due to the recent lawsuit by Judges of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ against Wizards of the Coast (WOTC), and Privateer Press’s (PP) recent announcement regarding their Press Ganger program.

A breakdown of the Wizards of the Coast ‘Magic: The Gathering’ case is Here.

Basically, Judges of their (WOTC) tournaments, feel they are treated as employees, and should be due recompense, due to WOTC controlling the Judge program, and are in overall control of the tournaments and Judges duties during those tournaments. WOTC, of course, feel differently.

And given Privateer press’s recent announcement regarding their winding down of their Press Ganger program, which can be found Here.

So the way I see things is on one hand we have a company who expect a group of loyal fans and supporters to act as employees and to run big tournaments, without them benefitting from the rights and entitlements of employees.*

And on the other hand, (it looks like at least to me), that we have a company, that’s (A) trying to avoid a similar situation with their Press Gangers, and (B)  partially using it as part of a cost cutting program. As they’re also planning on no longer releasing cards with their models, instead relying on digital downloads and a print on demand program.

So given what’s happening with these two game systems/ companies, what’s in store from other companies. 

I’m looking at Paizo’s Pathfinder Society and WOTC Dungeons & Dragons organised play, to see how things play out. Both rely on fans and volunteers to run and promote their systems. 

Are we entering a period of gaming where more and more game companies will be leaving it up to the game stores to promote and run their systems. Instead of their previous fan base/ volunteers. I’m aware some systems already have an organised play system in place with game stores, such as X-wing by Fantasy Flight Games and Friday Night Magic  by WOTC, as in my local meta. 

But what about others such as Privateer Press, who relied on their Press Gangers for promoting and organising tournaments (big and small), and who’ll now be leaving things up to the brick and mortar stores. 
It’ll be interesting to see how things develop further.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

* I’m aware previously WOTC have rewarded judges and volunteers, with limited edition cards, playmats, and other such merchandise, for their contributions and effort during and after tournaments.

Wicked Kingdom by Wylie Beckert 

Last year The Man Cave backed an illustrated playing card project on Kickstarter. That project was Wicked Kingdom by Wylie Beckert.

The Man Cave fell in love with her art style and needed to get himself a deck of these wonderfully illustrated playing cards.

If your a Roleplaying fantatic (such as D&D), these make a fantastic addition to your DM kit. As I use them in a similar vein to ‘A deck of many things’, and D&D’s Curse of Stradh’s Tarokka Deck. 

Check out more about Wylie Beckert’s illustrated playing cards Here!!!

And join me as I show off my deck.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos Part 3


Unfortunately I still haven’t gotten any ‘actual’ work done on my Cosplay done yet 😔
Instead of getting a refill for my printer, so I could start printing templates. I got a chance to pick up the Numenera Starter Set by Monte Cook Games and have a piece of art commissioned for myself.
My middle daughter wanted to get in on making a cosplay, so she decided to try a little test costume.

In the meantime Andrew DFT, has released the first part in making a helmet for a Titanfall costume.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #3 – Engine/ Thruster glow


Painting engine/ thruster glow can be a bit difficult and time consuming, but here we have a simple and effective method for painting engine/ thruster glow.

All credit to Hivefleet_Horror, for this tutorial

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos Part 2

I got a bit of work done on my Titanfall Cosplay this week, sort of.

I found a tutorial for armour on YouTube. It’s by AndrewDFT (the armour is actually for a Halo ODST but it’s a cool armour design, and using it as a base I can modify it),  and I actually bought the templates from his Etsy store. It only cost €4.18.

I also found a tutorial on how to make a CAR SMG from Titanfall, again by AndrewDFT, and downloaded the templates for free.

And then I hit a snag, when I went to print the Templates I found my printer was out of ink… D’oh. I’m a bit broke this week so the ink/ templates will have to wait till next week.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #2 – Self Healing Cutting Mat Care

A lot of us hobbyists have a cutting mat. Usually we have them so that either we don’t get paint on the table or that we don’t cut chunks out of our tables. 

But how many of you know how to maintain them?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave