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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

Cake

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

Sorting Things Out

10/13/2014 3 comments

Wow, two posts in one day!

Anyway, without wanting to create a negative atmosphere I haven’t painted since Dad died last month.  While it’s my intention/hope to pick up a brush by the end of the week right now I’ve been easing myself back into the hobby swing by first getting the blog back up and staggering and secondly by gritting my teeth and finally sorting out my paints.

As with all hobbyists, I have amassed quite a collection of paints in the past twenty three years, and I’ve never bothered to properly go through them.  Until no.

First of all, I decided to limit my ‘active’ paints to those bought since I returned to the hobby in 2009.  This meant that paints like these have been relegated to the bottom drawer.

Memories, memories :-)

Memories, memories 🙂

I’ve toyed with the idea of breaking out these old paints and attempting to replicate older styles of miniature painting on appropriately venerable models.  Not now though, far too many half-finished and planned projects, one day though.

Right, back to the cataloging.  After a happy hour or so, I’d arranged my paints by rough type and alphabetically therein.  I ended up with this.

Paints!

There is a significant amount of organisation at play here, really!

Finally I came to the part I was really looking forward to, building my database!  I love spreadsheets, I work with them all day and genuinely enjoy applying what I do for a living to my hobbies where possible.  Therefore, it did not take me long at all to knock this up.

Paint Database

As you can see, I’ve not only listed the paints I have but I’ve also made a start at recording which colours are used for which army.  I didn’t have time to get this part fully logged but give me time.

And the numbers, you ask?  After everything was logged I was able to ascertain that I have 93 different colours (including technical paints) and of these 93, I have 32 duplicates of which most of those are a result of stocking up on Devlan Mud and Catachan Green before they were discontinued.

Miniature painting and spreadsheets, what’s not to love? 🙂

 

Games Workshop’s Great Rebranding Experiment

10/13/2014 Leave a comment

By now, most of you will be aware that GW have launched a trial rebranding of their shops in Bath, Chiswick and Edinburgh. Gone is the venerable Games Workshop logo and in its place we have this.

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As I live in Edinburgh and work five minutes’ walk away I decided to pop in and have a wee chat with the staff about the change and some of the reactions they’ve had thus far.

They explained that there were two main reasons as to the change. The first is down, unsurprisingly, to brand recognition. Many people have heard of Warhammer via mediums such as PC/console games, novels as well as other media (don’t mention Ultramarines, don’t mention Ultramarines) but don’t necessarily link this to Games Workshop. It makes sense to capitalise on this, much in the way that the majority of car showrooms place a greater emphasis on the main make they sell rather than the name of the showroom itself.

Secondly there is a reason why these particular three stores were chosen. All three receive a comparatively high number of people through the door and, particularly Bath and Edinburgh, have a high number of tourists popping in, although in Edinburgh’s case it’s probably for directions to “the Harry Potter café” (bad luck, it’s now a Chinese buffet restaurant), the Castle or “The Fringe” (sigh). Anyway, in theory this means that these stores will be best placed to judge the success or failure of this experiment.

When asked how long until a decision is made as to the project’s success it appears that they don’t have a set end date and are happy to see how it goes. While I understand the need to be flexible my inner Project Manager nearly had a heart attack!

According to the chaps on duty today, the feedback thus far has been for the most part encouraging. I can see why, it’s always nice to see some experimentation and quite frankly, I love seeing people encounter and take up the hobby so anything that may be able to do this is to be applauded. There have been a few negative comments, almost exclusively on their Facebook page, but that’s the internet for you.

As for my feelings, I like it. From a design point of view I think it’s has a far more contemporary feel and I do think it has the potential to accomplish its objective. Time of course will tell.

Also, one final thought. If GW does go ahead and rebrand its stores, where does this leave the LOTR/Hobbit game? Could this be the start of a phasing out process? Personally, I would not be surprised.

Remembering Dad

09/27/2014 Leave a comment
Douglas George Ferguson (28th July 1945 - 20th September 2014)

Douglas George Ferguson (28th July 1945 – 20th September 2014)

 

As any occasional readers of my blog will note, I’ve been somewhat quiet of late.  As I previously mentioned, my father had been seriously ill with cancer, unfortunately he died last Saturday.  Understandably, this has meant that most of my time has been spent on family matters.

While we knew for quite a long time that Dad wasn’t going to make it, death still comes as a shock so I don’t know when I’ll be able to resume my semi-regular mutterings as, to be honest, I don’t really have my energy for the hobby at the moment.

Nevertheless, I want to do something to mark not just Dad’s passing, but his life.  Therefore I’ve set up a Just Giving Page to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, you can visit it here.  It would mean a lot to me if you’d consider donating to this cause, it doesn’t have to be much, I know how tight things are for most people (myself included) at the moment, so even a couple of pounds will make a difference.

The reason I chose Cancer Research UK is because their research I’m sure allowed Dad at least an extra couple of years of good life, however towards the end I was bowled over by the work of the palliative care nurses provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.  Very recently, my friend Dave lost his Mum to cancer, he decided to raise money for Macmillan in the most wonderful way via his Wargamers Against All Cancers (WAAC) campaign which has already raised many thousands for Macmillan.  You can read about this on his website (which I’m sure you all know) here and donate to WAAC here.

Both these charities do amazing work, please don’t feel you have to donate to both, but a small gift to either will be much appreciated.

I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to blog again, hopefully soon but certainly not in September.  Anyway until then, thanks for reading.

 

John

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