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Saturday, January 29, 2011

A New Perspective on Mechanized Tyranid Forces

Wait a second, mechanized Tyranid forces don't exist, do they?  Well I guess that just depends on your perspective. 

We all know that mechanized forces supposedly rule the current 5th edition 40k landscape.  The inability of Tyranids to field a mechanized army has often been cited as a reason they are not competitive.  Why more people don't recognized other non-mechanized armies like BA jumpers, bike armies, foot IG, whatever the hell it is Tau do these days, foot BT, etc etc as being viable alternatives to mech I'll never understand, but that is a whole different argument for a different day.  I'd like to briefly raise a point today, instead, about the Tyranids' true answer to the mechanized force- the Tervigon.

Friday, January 28, 2011

User Content Friday - The 4 Things Every 40K Army Needs To Have

One of the sad side effect of the whole blogging thing is that posts often become disposable - even when they're really not.  The following bit from Sandwyrm and the boys at the Back 40k is most certainly not something to throw away.  It may be a healthy one year old, but the advice therein is the kind of stuff that'll be relevant for the entirety of 5th edition's lifespan.  Especially to the players who are less comfortable with list building.   In this day and age of list optimization and pissing matches between WAAC and FAAC, its real easy for the new guys to get lost.

Sometimes, you look at the army the other guy is putting on the table, and you just go "What the...?" That happened to my twice this week. So I thought I'd go over some of the things that every army needs to have in order to be effective.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Cheap Miniature Cases

This week we've got a guest Gaming on a Budget article from Dave G of N++ Wargaming Tradecraft.  Since he sent me stuff for every article so far I invited him to do his own article.  There's lots of great stuff in here, so listen up.... or read closely...

Lets face it, wargaming is an expensive hobby. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not your friend - they just want you to play so there's someone they can beat or so they won't be the n00b at the local store anymore. To offset just how expensive this hobby is, there are corners you can cut - and I don't mean "cut" as in, did you know brake lines make good scale metal tubing? That would be highly inappropriate... cheap terrain is going to be another article.

If you're looking for a way to carry your models around that won't scratch them up, there's plenty of options besides dropping a ton of money on professional carrying cases. Most of this stuff you can get from around the house and often for free.

Source: Bolters and Balsa

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Mellow, Drama

There I was sipping Brandy in my Study when I received the strangest letter. It was from Not Brent of all people. Til that minute, dear readers, I wasn't entirely convinced that he was real. Yet there was his missive nestled between adds for underwear I'll never have the figure to wear and various bills. Note to self: my gas bill seems excessive - Fire Jenkins and split up his marriage on the off chance he's embezzling.

When I opened the letter in question, I was aghast to find documents pertaining to the mental health of our Mutual acquaintance, (regular) Brent. I quickly rushed to make much needed changes to this Week's Top X. 

What follows is the Normal Top X and one man's decent into the depths of mental illness.

Have fun!
Brent came with warning labels.... if only I'd listened
(From Brent’s desk comes the following letter, soaked with tears and not just a little snot. In fact, it’s pretty disgusting. You can include his behavior in that - is this a grown man or what?)

Dear reader,
I’ve taken one hit too many. My Empty Digital Headache aches. I thought perhaps some progress was made... and then I read the last blog in this week’s Top X.

I’m glad I have Lauby to lean on. I think he’s got my earlier reactions before... before... AAAGGGHH!

Yours in Digital Tears and Much Regret,

(I guess we’ll have to read on to find out.
Signed, Not Brent... especially today.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Competitive. Not necessarily a dirty word.....

I accompanied a group of friends to Warhammer World in Nottingham this weekend as several of them were entering the 'Throne of Skulls' tournament.

For those of you who don't know I've been to the tournament pretty much every year for the last five years and enjoyed the format greatly. All the missions were standard ones from the rulebook so they didn't require altering your standard army in any way just because some pillock decided to include a 27 objective mission for no apparent reason. There were no 'Comp' scores whatsoever so you took whatever you thought would work best and the only 'Sportsmanship' score was a box to tick if your opponent was a complete twat.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Member Monday - Three Blog Night

Another week, another group of new members.  I gotta be honest - its more than a little gratifying that we've yet to have a new member-less Monday.  The system works!  Today we've got three new guys all lined up to be introduced and welcomed in to the relentless, inexorable machine that is the House of Paincakes.

HoP: the skull-faced, killing robot of the blogosphere
But also:  NEWS!

Thanks to some handy advice from Rob of Warhammer 39,999 fame, we've managed to bung together a snazy new custom email address for all of your HoPpy inquiries.  So you can go right ahead and forget whatever old crap we were asking you to use and add this to your address book:

Who knows, in the future we may even get more of these going.  For those of you who are interested, take a look at signing up for Google Apps and refer to this help document.  Please note that you will need a custom domain name to make this happen.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Girlie

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Girls are great, gregarious, gorgeous, goofy, giggly, gifted and good. Also aloof, affronted, accusatory, annoying and angry- at times.] 

-hopefully not too 'girlie' - Entrant, In my contest 


I found it more than a little telling that a stranger- someone who has seen my personna only via electronic words- could completely understand that I am not, nor do I LIKE, "too girlie".

As I've mentioned before, I have three younger brothers. While I could  have used my gender to separate myself from them and to cement an identity, I didn't chose to do that. I dove right in and fought, kicked, yelled, teased and laughed just as hard as they did. I defined myself in terms of my peers.

As I became a young woman and then moved into adulthood, I was always ok with being a girl- but I had a firm limit on what I considered "too girlie".

I'm not a huge fan of makeup, doing my hair, nails, and accessorizing to "look cute". I'll admit I have a SERIOUS purse problem, and just recently discovered an intense affection for high-fashion shoes; I just can't afford the habits.

While I might like some of the "girlie" trappings, I don't let them define me. I've found that I'm a lot more "middle of the road", and not at one extreme or the other of feminine nor  masculine. I'm just me.

While all of this is true, I noticed that I have taken the time to build an "online brand" as a female gamer. I've worked hard to show you a different perspective, and to bring ideas and considerations to your attention that might not come across any other way. I point out that I am a unicorn, and I do exist.

[By the way, Brent's recent article was fantastic and well worth the read. I appreciate that digital headache more and more every day.]

Some of this comes back to my post on identity recently, but some of it comes to a general (but complicated)  question. How does a woman, who doesn't want to be seen as weak, treated with favoritism or bias, doesn't want to be regarded as a pariah- but is ok with being a woman- express that in a group of men?

It's a tough balance being a woman today- can't be too aggressive (or be regarded a b*tch). Can't be too passive (or be regarded as a p*ssy). Can't ask for favors (or be regarded as wanting preferential treatment). Can't be too touchy (or be seen as a man eater). Can't stand off (or be regarded as an ice queen). Can't be too strong, successful, career minded or goal oriented (or be seen as a ball-buster). Can't stay home with the kids (or be seen as 'wasting a life').

I don't know how to make that balance very well. I make a lot of mistakes. I don't want to be defined SOLELY as a woman, but I'm not afraid of including that label in my 'overall descriptor'.

I don't want much. I just want to be viewed and described fairly- as a person (who happens to be a female), a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a gamer, a friend and much more. But I like words and accuracy, so I use the feminine variants of those words because I AM female.

Just not too girlie.