Hey folks, just a brief and, late, update on our new members before I need to get back to overseeing extended hours at the information mines.
Cigar Box Battles
Keywords: tabletop wargaming (all), role playing games (all), board games (all), total gaming knowledge
North of the Golden Throne
Keywords: 40k, being bad at identifying when someone wants you to give them more than one descriptor for a website
Like I said, I'm pressed for time, so I'll leave you with a contest that was brought to my attention:
Air Supplies (the compressed air specialists - not the performers of "I'm all out of love") are doing a pretty easy-peasy contest for a free air compressor. One of these, to be exact:
All you gotta do is send them a photo of your favorite model. As in, one you actually own, not just one you like. No idea if they'll ship to people outside the UK, but full contest dealie-bobs can be found here.
As usual, the House of Paincakes is not being paid for our time, nor are we endorsing airsupplies.co.uk.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Hey, folks. SinSynn here.
One of my biggest weaknesses when I played my Tau in 40k was my fondness for Shadowsun. It wasn't like my whole strategy for winning revolved around her, at all. No- I ran 6 Broadsides and a Railgun Hammerhead, 3 squads of Crisis Suits, bubblewrap Kroot, lane-blocking Piranhas and all that good stuff. And yes- I was fully aware of the fact that Shadowsun wasn't an 'optimal' HQ choice, but really- she wasn't that much more expensive than a decked-out Crisis Suit HQ, and I never met the Landraider she couldn't stop with her dual Meltas.
And Shadowsun is awesome. Full stop.
|*Ack! You're stepping on my gaping chest wound!*|
Ultimately, the cost of adding Shadowsun to my Tau army didn't really compromise the 'competitive effectiveness' of my army list, and I was a Tau Vet when I finally settled on my Tournament list...which pretty much looked like every other Tau Tournament list, except I insisted on running Shadowsun as my HQ choice.
The problem was that when Shadowsun was threatened...I would totally flip out. If anyone even shot at her I would start getting agitated.
'You can't shoot at her.'
My opponents would all pretty much react the same way.
'I said you can't shoot at her.'
Uh, well...Ok, this is a problem...Sigh. Suck it up, SinSynn...just admit yer lil' 'thing,' and move on...
'Because I have a completely unreasonable attachment to her, that's why, and GOD FORBID you actually manage to kill her, these walls will not contain my howls of anguish. Now, stop shooting at her, cuz I'm starting to freak out over here.'
Normally I feel a tad defensive when I break out with the 'Shaddup, and Don't You Judge Me' right around this point, but this time I feel totally justified, cuz some of my gamer friends where such jerks that they would start the game gunning for Shadowsun, just to vex me. Special lists were tailored to assassinate her- and don't try and tell me otherwise, cuz I've had dudes proxy 3 Whirlwinds in games against Shadowsun. When do you ever see a Beakie player run a single Whirlwind?
Not never, that's when.
Naturally, when my game strategy went from 'kill the other guy' to 'protect Shadowsun at all costs,' my chances of actually winning went downhill drastically. Ultimately I had a really good win/loss record with my Tau- everybody played some variant of Beakies in 5th, my Tau were designed to kill Beakies and were pretty much 'Beakie Kryptonite,' but I'm more proud of having kept Shadowsun alive and in one piece throughout the vast majority of the battles I fought with her as my lil' tabletop General.
Of course, Shadowsun isn't the only model I've ever held an unreasonable attachment to...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Well, well, well...it seems you fell for my cunning ruse. When I said PROJECT: INFINITY wasn't about getting my new Infinity forces ready for a tournament...it really was.
That's right, Commissioner Gordon! While you were off chasing diversions and wasting your efforts, my forces gathered and struck at the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. None were spared!
Okay, some were spared.
Fine...it was about 50/50. To the viewscreen!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The wargaming blogosphere is a place of cyclical trends. Certain questions or ideas emerge, attract commentary from wargaming community leaders and great bloggers of note and importance (of which I am not one) then the topic putters out and dies only to reemerge a year or two later to the same treatment. Maybe there just isn’t all that much to talk about in the wide world of wargaming, or, more likely, the same problems (real or perceived) remain unresolved and so return to the fore now and again.
One perennial topic is the ‘social contract of the wargamer’. What is and is not acceptable behavior at the wargaming table; and, by extension, what minimum standards a wargamer can demand his opponent meet. Personally, I don’t want to weight in on one social questions. While it might be fun to debate how many days a wargamer should be allowed to let his neckbeard grow, anyone with any sense knows how to behave in a social setting, and if he doesn’t his worries extend far, far beyond being unpopular at the FLGS.
The is the closest thing to justice a wargamer can expect
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Hey, folks. SinSynn here.
There are many, many things I love about our hobby.
I love the plastic crack, of course. I own a great deal of it, and like a lotta hobbyists, I'm always on the lookout for my next plastic crack fix.
Sometimes I'll be eyeballing some stuffs on da interwebz, and The Hamster That Lives In My Head will start spinning elaborate plots and plans...
'If I go the next 25 days without eating, I can buy a couple of starter sets.'
'If I work 60 hours of overtime this week, I can order that on Monday.'
My plots and plans never account for the fact that I might be dead from starvation and/or exhaustion, but whatevs. That would take all the fun out of my plots and plans, don'tcha know...
I say blah to that.
It goes without saying that plastic crack, as cool as it is, is kinda useless without a game to make use of it. Lemme tall ya, I love the games, man.
Our hobby has really opened up in the last couple of years. There's so many companies making so many games now, it's...bewildering.
Fer realz- I'm bewildered.
Happily bewildered, though. There's so many choices, so much variety! It's a really good time to be a mini gamer, and that's fo' sho.'
For me, though, the greatest thing 'bout the hobby is the people I get to interact with because I'm a part of this wacky community that's sprung up around it. I am blessed indeed to have an enormously diverse bunch of Terrans to share this insanity with. Whether I'm cracking a 'corner joke' with Captain Kellen or being pestered by my good time gaming buddy Nascar at midnight with a barrage of Infinity army lists, I consider myself a lucky Xeno because I get to experience all this silliness with them. Despite how vastly different our 'real lives' may be, we somehow find ourselves here together, drawn like metal shavings to a magnet in the shared interest of the hobby.
|*Nascar just started a new job, so naturally his Hamster is spinning wildly and he's planning on building fifteen different Infinity armies. It's a REALLY good time to be an Infinity player, what with the new 'Dire Foes' models and mission packs releasing. Details can be found at the Infinity website- you should go and check it out*|
I personally think the internet is an awesome tool for hobbyists to use for a variety of purposes, from simply keeping in touch, all the way to playing games remotely. You can learn to paint using that crazy non-metal-metal technique by watching a YouTube video, you could chat with one of the developers of the game you play in a forum, you can find many a kindred spirit just clicking around the blog links right here at the House of Paincakes. I think it's all pretty awesome, actually.
I'm actually a bit perplexed by the fact that there's a lot of hobbyists out there that don't surf the blogs, or that don't make a 'hobby to internet' connection beyond maybe lurking in the forums at the official homepage of whatever game they play.
But then again, sometimes I see the stupidity in the comment sections, or I get a whole 'you're doing it wrong' vibe from one of those 'tactical' posts, and I'm like, 'ah, right.'
Something about the internet emboldens a certain type of person to...behave like an idiot, I guess.