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Friday, September 24, 2010

Improving Hobby Skill: Supplies by Chaosgerbil

My copy of Island of Blood just came in the mail a few days ago and it got me a little nostalgic about the first Warhammer box set I bought (4th edition).  It brought up a lot of memories about my start in the hobby. It also made me think about kids just now picking up the hobby.  Sufficed to say, the new "Read this First" book that comes with IoB left a lot to be desired.  I put myself in the shoes of a new player and could see myself being quite unprepared for assembling and painting all of those shiny new minis in the box.  Luckily, in real life when I found myself in a similar predicament in 1992 I had my Dad's decades of model railroad experience to fall back on, but I'm sure most people are not so lucky.  So the following article from Chaosgerbils' Lair seemed like it fit in well with what's been running through my head this week.  It's a solid list of the essential tools you'll need that don't come in your IoB box and some good recommendations of specific products and how to use them as well (although Lauby and I prefer Duplicolor sandable primer to Gerbil's suggestion of Krylon [not really primer- a very very common mistake], but we'll get to that down the road- the most in-depth article on primer you've ever seen is coming soon). But anyway, read on for more hobby info than you can shake a stick at ~Dethtron

Everyone can improve their painting and modeling skills. I’ll start with the basics for a solid foundation.

A moderate investment in hobby supplies will pay off. Unless you are some kind of hobby genius, your work can only be as good as your tools. Old frayed brushes and cheap dried up paints will give you poor results.

Basic tools: Brushes, model paint, black spray primer, glues, razor blades or a hobby knife, clippers, and basing materials.

Optional tools: Files, pin vises, razor saws, sculpting tools, magnets, palettes, and paint additives.

Each of these will be covered in more detail below. (By the way, GW stands for Games Workshop)

Stop the Presses, Warhammer Forge Announced

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the amazing, yet somewhat slightly un-Necron looking Tomb Stalker and the rickety Mega Grot Tank, Forge World has announced the creation of Warhammer forge.  It looks like more details about this will be forthcoming from Games Day UK, but we're pretty chuffed about the project.  With GW getting more serious about making WFB a game that people actually want to play, it's great to see that FW will be falling in line to back them up. 

As of right now, it looks as though the project will include Imperial Armour style books in addition to resin kits. 

Here is a brief excerpt from FW Newsletter #250 explaining the project:

Veteran games developer Rick Priestley and Forge World sculptor Mark Bedford have spent the past few months masterminding a brand new project, a long-awaited foray into resin products and detailed expansions for Warhammer, The Game of Fantasy Battles.

Warhammer Forge unveil a veritable horde of work-in-progress resin kits as well as early layout copies of the first in a series of lavish expansion books for the very first time at Games Day UK.

You’ll be able to see the staggering range of resin models that have been created over the past year, and Mark Bedford and his intrepid in-house sculptors Keith Robertson and Steve Whitehead will be available all day to answer any and all questions you have. These intricately detailed models are some of the finest yet produced in resin, adding an incredible depth and breadth to the existing Warhammer range.

Looks like we'll have to wait until Games Day for more news on this.  Could this lend some credibility to the rumors about Chaos Dwarfs returning?  If you're going to be there let us know what the hell is going on and send us some sweet ass pictures.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Weekly Top X: FIGHT!

This weeks Top X is a bit special.  You see, today is our one-month anniversary and we're chuffed to bits over it.  As I've said before, Dethtron and I didn't think things would move so fast round these parts.  The mere fact that we've had enough material to already do 4 Top X's in a row is pretty amazing for us.  And we owe it all to you guys.  You guys rock pretty hard.  One could even say you're hardly rocking...

So lets all celebrate this 'milestone' just like any 8th grader would on their own 1 month aniversy - with heavy petting and shameful groping.  Wait!  NO!!.  Ok... maybe...

But lets also celebrate this day with the most appropriate post - a Weekly Top X chock full of dick jokes.  This week its Battle Reports (mostly) and Brent and I found some good stuff to share.

1)  Rumors of Heresy Orks vs. Double Land Raiders: A quasi-battle report

John: Oh Orks, when will you ever cease to amuse me. Is there ever a time you can’t make the world smile? So it’s not a full report, but it is a great example of the kind of introspection that Brent and I get E-Hard over. Its also a nice little cautionary tale about rock armies and outflanking.
Brent: I’m E-Touching myself right now! They should make an attachment for that - I could plug it into the USB. What are we talking about? Oh, yea! I really like Delusions of Grandeur and I have two comments about this post: 1) Orks aren’t broken, and 2) pictures make everything better.

2)  Blackjack and HookersDaBoyz GT Primer: Game 3

Brent: Okay, Lauby, you’ve hit a nerve here. First things first, Chumby is one of my favorite IP’s (that’s Internet Personalities for the uninitiated - I’m coining phrases lately) and any battlereport he writes should be considered required reading. Thing is, I’m attending Da Boyz GT later this year and it’s a heavy comp event. Chumby touches on that (E-Touch! Heh!) in this battlereport... and I have the feeling it’s only the beginning of a bigger conversation.
John:  I had a feeling you'd like this one.  But aside from all that comp nonsense, there's also an important and life affirming lesson in here:  talk to people, god dammit!  Chumby took a shitty situation for his opponent and made it not terrible through the simple act of being a good Do Bee.  Now if we can just convince the rest of the world to put on their big-boy pants we may have something.

Chumby, in the flesh

3)  Grimcron Warhammer 40K - Battle Report: Storm Giants vs Imperial Guards

Brent: Grim does some of the best battlereports... ‘cause he uses pictures! Really, guys, you’d be amazed how much more traffic your blogs will draw if you give folks something to look at. Also, he tends to use good lists and writes up what he learned; I love that. It looks like he’s given his blog a facelift recently, doesn’t it Lauby?
John:  His blog doesn't have a face, Brent.  You so crazy!  But I have to echo Brent on the pictures thing.  Unless you throw in some shots of the battle in progress, you have to spend a lot more time on your language skills to make things as clear.  Grimcron's post may be sparse on the actual text, but each one of his pics is worth 994.2 words (according to recent research, 1000 is slightly innaccurate).  Just by having his camera around, he was able to add almost 12000 words... without having to write anything.

4)  Mi40K - Fenton 40k Tournament Recap

John: While I do tend to like detailed analysis of single games, I’ve always had a soft spot for these kind of quickie tournament run downs. Sometimes, 3 full reports is just too much report. I like these kinds of posts for the fact that they highlight some of the crazy moments in statistical probability that can crop up as well as give you a feel for the event itself.
Brent: He had me with Thundercats! I think this is a blog to watch, but I’ll repeat my ‘pictures make it possible’ message here. Also, I spent a ton of time looking for the list he used - did I just miss it?
John:  No, Brent it just wasn't there.  But Lion-O doesn't owe you anything.  Not even a samophlange.

5)  The Buddy Times - Color Modulation Tutorial - part 1 and part 2

John: This one isn’t really part of this weeks theme, but its important never the less. You see, The Buddy Times was accidentally dropped from the blog rolls at one point. Since the HoP is all about the public exposure... of our members.... yeah.... I thought it would be nice to make up for lost time by showcasing this blog. Luckily for the sake of my free time, I didn’t have to go back very far to find something good great to show off.  These posts 100% belong on a Top X.
Brent: I’m going to publicly E-Expose my E-Peen that I’m E-Touching whilst shouting, “Buddy, it’s time!”
John:  I am beginning to regret getting you that 'medicinal' ecstasy.  Having had a bit of experience with color modulation myself, I can say that this is a very good intro to the concept. It covers a big chunk of the details without being any where near as intimidating as the dvd I own. Extra big props to anybody who goes out of there way to make a video tutorial and does it this well. Not only is it difficult, but there's this latent fear that if people hate it they’ll make fun of your voice. Amiright, Brent?
Brent: *sigh* You had to bring that up, didn’t you? The haters will always find something! I’ve had ‘em make fun of my voice and my hair... what’s next? Bottom line, if you feel a passion for blogging, repeat after me:  “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough... and people like (touching themselves) me!”

Welp, this Top X has come to a close.   Nothing left to do but obsessively wait for the comments to role in.  Thanks for reading, guys!  Oh and as always, if you notice that your blog isn't on the rolls and it should be, drop us a line.  I'm relatively sure we're missing one since one of the admins accidentally added a gmail account to the blog lists at one point - Lauby

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

40K basics: Are you using everything in your toolbox? By Sonsoftaurus

Today we're bringing you a nice, broad-spectrum tactics article/think piece from sonsoftaurus of Sons of Taurus.  Not only do we like that this article is well thought out and gives you some important food for thought, but also because it uses the word "tool" more than anything else read before it.  ~Dethtron

In 40K every unit in 40K has a variety of things it can do - some obvious, some not so obvious. Whether you're building a list or in the middle of a game, keeping the toolbox of options and abilities in your mind can help.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Call for Papers/Suggestions

Its been nearly a month since Dethtron and I lit this candle.  So far its been a fun and rewarding experience.  People are responding pretty positively to our mission and site traffic seems to be up across the board for our members.  On top of that, we've managed to bring nearly 70 blogs into the house so far.  In only one month!

But before we break out the drugs and call up those 'professional' ladies we know for the one month anniversary ironic 80's retro coke party, It'd be a good time to point out that we HoP admins still have a lot of work to do.
<sniiiiifff>  FUCK YEAH!

With that in mind, let me first give everyone a hearty thanks for helping us get such a good start.


Now, I need to let you all in on a dark secret.  Dethron and I were taken by surprise by how successful our first month has been.  To be quite honest, we expected to languish in total obscurity a lot longer than we have.  As a result, we're on our back foot a bit in terms of actual HoP content and a regular posting schedule.

This is where you come in.  The House of Paincakes is all about a lot of different things.  Standing above our policies on swearing, the promise of animal sexual magnetism and our totally sweet name, the most important part of what we're striving for is promoting YOU.  We're here to get the word out about YOUR genius.  Not so much ours or even an elite cadre of writers.  Its YOU.

So what can you do to help? Well, in a couple of fairly easy and monumentally important ways:
  1. Submit an article.  A couple weeks ago, Dethtron mentioned that we're more than happy to promote you by posting something of yours on our main page (with proper credit).  Apparently, most of you thought we were kidding.  We were and are quite serious.  Send us an old post you love, write something new  - we don't care!  Almost any submission will be given serious consideration.  Remember, we're here for your ego more than we are for our own.  All that we ask is that you promote the hobby in a positive way and that you be prepared for editing.
  2. Drop us a line.  Again, the HoP is all about the member blogs.  Dethtron and I have a notion of what we want to do to promote you.  But maybe you have a new idea.  We'd love to hear from you on a wide range of topics - including, but not limited to: your suggestions, praise, complaints, constructive criticism, ideas for a new series and/or testimonials.
In case you're too lazy to click on our contact info page, here's our email:

We look forward to hearing from you!