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Friday, December 10, 2010

User Content Friday - Using Unused Units!

Sometimes getting people to volunteer content for Friday is a lot like playing Marco Polo with deaf people.  Sometimes its significantly easier than that.  Nick from IDICBeer hit us up for some pimpin' the other day and we were happy to oblige.  As a kind of twofer, check out Nick's work around for the missing spore pods before jumping in with the food for thought below.

Nick speaking,

So I have previously talked about how playing different scenarios and missions can really change your army, and how Cities of Death really helped my Wulvenkind perform on the table, even with my old Codex. But the best thing about playing something different, is that it can unlock those units that you don't usually play with! And that is what I love about playing Cities of Death...

I have found that it also makes a big difference to my Eldar army as well, allowing me to take advantage of the buildings and scenarios, and getting a different type of list on the table is what it's all about. Here is a peak at my standard 1500 point list for Cities of Death.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz? - a gLantzing Blow

We've still got plenty of Lantz puns, friends. Plenty.

Lantz still has plenty of pictures too, as it turns out.  Here's one of them now:

Lantz sez: "Next in line for the Crimson Fists' special characters. Joke not appropriate for those under the age of 13."

Lantz, you irreverent rascal!  Is there no line you wont cross?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Don't Fight the Feelin'

Today feels like a day for some Rappin 4 Tay. You see, Brent and I finally got our shit back together and its an old-school Top X (or as old school as a 3 month old feature can be).  The post selection is a bit eclectic and the commentary is pipin' hot.  Plus Lo helped out a bunch with our selection process.  Its a Top X super group on top of everything else.  

1) Home of Cadaver - Another Land Raider Storms In
John: You’re back. Good. Now don’t run off this time, we’ve got a lot to cover.
Brent: Man, I don’t know where that came from! I’m here, aren’t I? Anyway, this post was on my shortlist too - beautiful, crisp work, and it’s well worth gawking over.
John: That Land Raider is definitely tankin’ like a BOSS. One of the interesting thing about tanks in general is that due to their size, a lot of the techniques one would use to paint a single trooper can’t be used in exactly the same way. It has a lot to do the sheer size of a model like this - large flat areas and a ton of detail. On the other hand, there are a lot of things you can do on a tank that just don’t work well on your little mans. What I’m specifically talking about is how Cadaver used weathering and chipping techniques as stand ins for line highlights. Its simple and effective way to break up the lines of the tank and give it some character while sidestepping the all to frequently cartoony look that can happen with line highlights. Cadaver has done a simply - and I’m going to get a bit Limey here - splendid job on this beastie.

See, 'cause its a godhammer pattern LR.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dethtron's Imperial Armour 8 Elysian Codex Review- Heavy Support

Sadly we've now come to the very end of this- the least read, swearingest codex review of all time.  Hopefully those of you who have read this have gotten inspired or at least been able to see the wonderful job Forge World did in creating their first list in the history of the universe to actually feel like it might be balanced and suitable for wider play than just games for funsies with your pals.

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Member Monday - Let's Have a Threesome

After having done a large number of these Monday Updates, I've come to two important realizations.

1)  I just plain don't like squash
2)  There are only so many ways Dethtron and I can humorously describe that we have no news to report.

So, unless there's actual HoP related news to share, we're just going to call it New Member Monday and give the new guys a bit more attention.

New Member Monday

Dice Rolla -
Keywords:   Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine/Hordes, de bellis antiquitatis, The Simpsons, Book Reviews, Travel, Terrain Building, AAAC

Chaos Kingdoms
Keywords:   Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40, Battletech, D20, miniatures, mods, painting, gaming, etc....

From the Fang
Keywords:   40k Space Wolves

Now, since Monday's will be short, it's time to make those essays count.  From now on, the best application essay from the bunch gets posted.  Papa JJ from Dice Rolla is this weeks funniest author:

Congratulations on the burgeoning success of your blog community. I am happy to report today it reaches the pinnacle of accomplishment as I, God’s gift to the internet, seek admission to your network’s blogrolls. I believe the inclusion of my blog, diceRolla, will prove to be a great coup for the House of Paincakes, the reasons for which I am prepared to detail for you in a manner completely devoid of pomp or hyperbole.

My innovative painting style puts Golden Daemon winners to shame and has even inspired a series of articles at Laubersheimer Industries. My tactical and list building advice provides a foundation for imitators the world over, including YTTH and 3++ is the new black, prompting their authors to send me daily emails asking for help. My battle reports are more epic than The Iliad. Dethtron even had to coin a new phrase in order to adequately describe my gaming prowess, AAAC, which means, “Awesome At All Costs.” In short, I have had more impact on our hobby in a year and a half of blogging than the other JJ has had after decades of designing games.

But diceRolla is so much more than just the most valuable gaming resource on the...

YUCK! Even joking around that’s more internet bluster than I can muster. I admit there is nothing groundbreaking about my painting and I’ve not yet written a single battle report for my website. Further only someone truly desperate would seek my advice on tactics or army lists, and a sense of propriety precludes me from offering any out of consideration for my dismal win-loss records. Even Jervis Johnson has accused me of peddling meritless articles, and that’s really something coming from him.

I like writing for my blog and other people seem to be enjoying it as well, but I certainly do not consider myself God’s gift to the internet. I nonetheless think I would be a good member for your online community and would strive to my utmost ability to contribute in a positive way. On most days I’ve got a cheerful disposition which I think is reflected in my approach to blogging and I try to offer support and encouragement to those who share my passion for the hobby. While that may not be a terribly exciting prospect for many in your network, I do very much look forward to engaging with your associate members and having some fun.

A much more fun Monday, I think.  I look forward to getting some feedback - mad props or otherwise.  - Lauby

Sunday, December 5, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] Lexicon

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Loquacious' love of language laid low.]

Do You Even Understand The Words Coming Out of My Mouth? - Chris Tucker, Rush Hour 


I am very purposeful and pay close attention to intent when I chose my words. Some days, I am a lot more casual and off the cuff, and others I'm much more deliberate. I'm always aware of what the words I am using mean, even if it's a simple complement, or a quick one-liner. I'm especially careful when talking about myself in regards to gender.

I was given a challenge a while ago to find a single word that one could use to describe "women" without the word having reference to or connection with "men".

As a student of words, meaning, history and how they fit together, this was a pretty interesting challenge. I started a collection of words commonly (and sometimes not so commonly) used to describe the female kind and started taking notes. By using Webster's, Roget's, Bartlet's and a few other (more obscure) resources, I have a pretty comprehensive list here.

[An important comment on sexism here: I'm specifically and deliberately talking in a fairly "binary"sort of way on this post merely because it's expedient. I have no grudge or disdain for the trans community, and I am not trying to leave them out of any future conversations; just this one.]

Also, this post is intended mostly as a tool for discussion from all comers, and really has less relevance to the gaming community than my past entries- but it's a subject I find truly fascinating. I thrive on the intellectual considerations behind the words we choose, and hope that by considering this, I can bring some illumination and introspection to the way we interact with each other.