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Some Chaos at Work

04/06/2015 1 comment

Recently my team moved to a different part of the office, we even got new not in any way hideous carpets.  As such, I decided to bring in a few models to sit on my desk to both inspire my creativity and advertise to all and sundry my wargamer credentials.

Here’s my new desk.

Honestly, it's always this tidy...

Honestly, it’s always this tidy…

And here’s a close-up of my monitor stand.

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Work for The Work God!

Veteran readers may remember that these models were my 2013 Warmongers Secret Santa gift.  Before I moved jobs I used to have some old Cadians and Eldar Guardians that I’d previously used to test out colour schemes but they were really poorly painted and didn’t really reflect what I’m capable of.

Plus hopefully I can channel some of the, erm, straightforwardness, of Khorne in my daily tasks.  Either that or I’ll start reaping skulls in the greater Leith area…

Wild West Exodus : Unfinished Business – Final Three Days

03/28/2015 Leave a comment

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Outlaw Studios are currently running a Kickstarter to produce the final four WWX factions, The Confederate Rebellion, Dark Nation, Golden Army and Watchers.  You can view more details and pledge by visiting their Kickstarter page here.

L-R: Confederate Rebellion, Dark Nation, Golden Army & Watchers Factions

L-R: Confederate Rebellion, Dark Nation, Golden Army & Watchers Factions

Why should you pledge?

At time of writing, $138,289 has been pledged, more that matching their $65,000 target so everything should be fine, right?  Well it turns out that crowdfunding trolling is a thing.  Some people seem to get their jollies pledging then withdrawing their support the next day and there is evidence that this is happening with this project.  There has been talk on some forums that the owner of Outlaw Miniatures can be somewhat unpleasant, not having seen evidence for or against this it’s not my place to comment on these, but even if it’s true then just don’t buy from them, don’t deliberately jeopardise a project that a lot of people really want to make happen.

As such, even though I don’t have the time or resources to commit to another game, I am going to pledge $1 in support because these trolls can’t be allowed to speak for the whole community.  I strongly urge others to do the same.

2014 in review

12/30/2014 1 comment

The WordPress.com servitors prepared a 2014 annual report for my little blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Categories: General

40K End Times: Why It Won’t Happen (yet)

11/14/2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday Spikey Bits posted a letter from a hobbyist claiming to be a former GW staffer detailing some ideas regarding what would happen to our favorite grimdark universe should The (False) Emperor finally get around to shuffling off the mortal coil.  You can read the whole article here.

First of all, please remember that this is not presented as something that GW is currently bouncing around its Nottingham fortress, rather this is work of supposition and fan fiction.  Indeed this is not the first (nor will it be the last) attempt for fans to progress the narrative forward from the perennial two minutes to midnight 40K’s been stuck at.  My favorite interpretation has Guilliman healing and assuming the mantle of Emperor by stealing his pop’s corpse and thus angering his also newly returned brothers and instigating yet another civil war.  Such creative endeavors are healthy and can create nice alternative scenarios in which campaigns can be run.

Here’s why I think there won’t be any official Warhammer 41,000 any time soon.

  1. Forge World’s and Black Library’ Horus Heresy series.  GW are ploughing major resources into this outstanding series, it’s nowhere near halfway there and it would be foolish to create a third major historical setting without the ability to do it justice.
  2. Codexes, Supplements and Campaign Book.  The advent of the seventh edition has created a new paradigm which has allowed a wealth of publications with alternate rulesets and thus far I believe they’ve only released the tip of the iceberg.  I’m sure that over the next few years we’ll see more campaign boxes (Shield of Baal is arriving imminently), a continuing deluge of supplements and codexes to allow players to explore the 41st millennium better than they’ve ever been able to before.
  3. Warhammer Fantasy End Times.  While this emerging series is, thus far, absolutely freaking awesome, it’s still not clear how it will play out on the long term.  Is it a new way to play Fantasy or is it eventually going to replace the established universe?  Also, will it make money in the long term?  These questions still need to be answered and I can’t see GW taking another risk until they have them.
  4. LOTR/The Hobbit.  Remember this game?  Until GW gets shot of this property I can’t see the wanting to expand further.

Personally, I’d love to see a 40K End Times, but as an optional ruleset.  The main drawback with Warhammer Fantasy is that the Warhammer World is so small compared to the Imperium of Man, there’s less scope for stories in it so it needed a massive upheaval to keep it fresh, interesting and profitable.

When will 41K happen? My bet is a decade from now, after The Horus Heresy concludes.

Unless of course they do the Great Crusade…

Straight Shooters…

10/31/2014 3 comments

As it’s both pay day and the last day of my current post before I move (on promotion, yay!) to a new role in government, I thought I’d treat myself.

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There’s a running joke between myself and this blog’s most frequent guest contributor Tim that his scout snipers can’t hit the side of a squiggoth at ten paces*. I’ve decided to see if I can do better.

These kids will join my Dark Angels army allied contingent and I’m hoping to paint their camo cloaks similarly to this example from the back of the box.

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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to manage this but I’ll give it a shot 🙂

*In fairness they usually manage to hit something. Eventually…

Games & Gears Ichiban Studios Pro Line Brushes – Arrived!

10/24/2014 Leave a comment

Returning home from work yesterday I was met by the first part of my pledge from Games & Gears and Ichiban Studios’ Kickstarter.

Seriously look at them 🙂

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I’ve seldom seen anything as beautiful and I super pinky promise you Hugo that I’ll take great care of these bad boys.

Such artistry demands that they’re only used for the best projects, as such I’m going to have to think very carefully about on what to use these.  Watch this space, I can’t wait to get started 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Years Old!

10/24/2014 1 comment

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Three years ago today (after some gentle prodding) I finally got this blog set up.  So much has happened to me personally, professionally and hobby wise, so much so it’s quite daunting attempting to stock, so I won’t 😉

 

Rather, I’ll leave you with the first ever article that appeared on this inglorious blog.

Categories: General