Episode 32: Hobby Happenings

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Welcome to the 32nd episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

In this episode we catch up on some hobby happenings from the last two months.

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Episode 31: Our Terrible Opinions on Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition

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Welcome to the 31st episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

In this episode Michael is joined by good friend Josh to talk about Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition and what they hope happens.

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Episode 30: Horizon Wars: Zero Dark

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Welcome to the 30th episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

In this episode we talk with Robey of Precinct Omega Publishing about Horizon Wars – Zero Dark. 

Precinct Omega Publishing: https://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/9963/Precinct-Omega-Publishing

Precinct Omega: https://www.precinctomega.co.uk/

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Episode 29: Pre-AdeptiCon Rush

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Welcome to the 29th episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

After a ton of holiday time off our hosts talk about all the hobby stuff they’ve been doing, 2020 goals, and AdeptiCon preparation. Thanks for listening!

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Comparing The Walking Dead: All Out War and Call to Arms

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The Walking Dead: Call to Arms from Mantic Games released in July and since then I’ve played about a dozen games. It is a great time and a good contrast to All Out War. But how do the two rulesets compare? This has been a hot topic on Facebook groups for a while now. In this article I’ll do my best to compare the two rulesets and give you an idea of what they’re like, as well as offer my opinion on how the differences stack up.

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Episode 28: Warcry

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Welcome to the 28th episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

Warcry was released recently and we’ve been playing and painting. We go through all the mechanics, strategy, and components of Warcry and let you know if its worth your time and money!

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Episode 27: Michigan GT 2019

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Welcome to the 27th episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

Michael went to the Michigan GT in Lansing, MI recently and had a lot to say about it.

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Mapping Out Possible Future Releases for The Walking Dead: Call To Arms

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The Walking Dead: Call to Arms recently released and I’m eagerly awaiting more TWD model releases. The latest set released included The Hunters, so we’re about halfway through Compendium Two (they’re specifically in issues 61-66 of the comic, out of 193).

I’ll be writing a series of articles about who I think should be included for the rest of the game and why, including the art of the characters themselves. I won’t include spoilers of deaths or anything huge. Mostly I just want to get a roadmap for what I hope to see. Most of the information will be from here. I’ll also be doing the novel series, because I love them.

We have seen a shot of some resin models (in May) that will be produced. It is hard to tell who is who, but it appears we have Jesus, Heath, and Aaron at least.

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Alexandria Residents

Aaron

Aaron is a major character in the comic book – he finds new groups, vets them, then brings them back to Alexandria. He is also a major character in the TV show. He plays a large part in most of the happenings after he’s introduced. I’d classify him as a Runner for sure.

Heath

Heath is somewhat of a minor character, but interacts with the main characters quite often. He’s definitely a Runner, as he goes out on missions with Glenn to pickup supplies and did that even before Glenn showed up to Alexandria.

Siddiq

Siddiq is not a doctor, like in the TV show. He is mostly known in the comic as a worker on the construction crew. I’d rate him as a Support character as he’s not really a frontline fighter, in my opinion.

Denise Cloyd

Denise is the doctor for Alexandria – before the outbreak she was a family doctor. She is always tending to people in the comic book and making sure they recover from sicknesses and wounds. I’d rate her as Support and give her a bonus to healing anyone.

Olivia

Another Support character – Olivia runs the Armory in Alexandria. She is one of the original survivors of Alexandria. She would likely give a bonus to reloading weapons or group ammo rolls.

Bruce

Bruce plays a huge part in the construction crew and Abraham’s rise to leadership in Alexandria. He is always giving advice to Abraham about Alexandria and why they’re on the construction crew. Bruce is either a Bruiser or a Marksman.

Tobin

Tobin is the leader of the Alexandria construction crew when Rick’s group arrives. He is not a good leader at all – so he would definitely over zero strategy dice, and might even have a panic rule. I’d make him a Marksman.

Holly

Holly is a tough teammate on the construction crew and plays a pivotal role in Abraham’s growth as a leader. It’s hard to come up with a spot for some of these characters – but I feel like Holly could be a Bruiser. She’s constantly fighting on the front lines, beating up walkers and clearing the way.

Eric

Eric is Aaron’s boyfriend and doesn’t really play a huge role in the comics, other than being Aaron’s boyfriend. I’d rate him as a Runner, like Aaron, since they both go on recruiting trips outside the walls.

Spencer Monroe

Spencer is a huge jerk. He’s the son of Douglas, the leader of Alexandria. He’s a pretty important character and I’m guessing I’d rate him as a Marksman.

Douglas Monroe

Douglas Monroe is the leader of Alexandria. He makes tough decisions and goes head to head with Rick when they first show up. I’d rate him pretty high on the strategy dice roll – he’s got a good hold on leadership and gets people to do things he wants them to do. For his combat stats, I’d likely just use 1Red. He’d be a Support character. If Regina dies he’d lose Strategy Points.

Regina Monroe

Regina is mostly a sideline character, but she’s important because of Douglas. She is a Support character and would likely have a connection with Douglas / Spencer where she adds Strategy Points to the pool.

Peter Anderson

Pete is a doctor and takes care of the people of Alexandria. He’s also a terrible husband and father – beating his wife and child. He has an enormous beef with Rick Grimes. He plays a large part in the story of Alexandria, being one of Rick’s first tests as a leader there, but he is not really a combat character at all. I’d include him as Support, with healing abilities, and make it so if he’s in the same group as Rick there are issues – like -1 Strategy Dice.

Jessie Anderson

Jessie is the wife of Pete and takes care of Ron. I imagine she’d be a Support character and have some special rules with Ron. She is not a huge part of the story but does play a pivotal role with Rick and Pete. I imagine a group with her, Ron, and Pete could be fun to play as either leaving Alexandria or defending it vs The Scavengers.

Ron Anderson

Ron is a kid and definitely would have the Just A Kid special rule. He is a weird kid, watching Carl sleep and making odd comments. He is not nearly as tough as Carl – who is – so I’d rate him as Support.

That’s it for early Alexandria – please check back again for more characters I’d like to see in The Walking Dead: Call to Arms!

Episode 26: NOVASode 2k19

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Welcome to the 26th episode of the Combined Arms Podcast, featuring Michael Ovsenik and Geoff Hummel! Our show aims to take a positive look at miniatures wargaming and the larger hobby of tabletop gaming in general. We hope to highlight games, products, and experiences that you may never have otherwise heard of before.

Geoff spent Labor Day weekend at NOVA, the wargaming convention in Northern Virginia, and Michael finished up The Warehouse. Thanks for listening!

Mentioned links:

https://zaxishobbies.com/

https://gameenvy.net/product/hobby-holder-painting-handle-full-bundle/

https://the-genesys-project.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

https://combinedarmspodcast.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/the-dockside-warehouse-by-phalanx-consortium/

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