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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The 'C' Word.....

So I had an army project of mine called 'cheesy' recently and was to be honest a bit offended.


Of course in this particular case 'Cheesy' translated as 'that would kick my arse'  which I don't think is a bad thing but it got me thinking.....Other than a tasty addition to a cream cracker or a delicious yet simple sandwich filling what exactly is this 'cheese' we speak of?

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Monday, February 21, 2011

New Member Monday - Dick Dastardly is a Chump

You can't see it, but at this very moment I'm rubbing my hands together - Snidely Whiplash style.  Why you may ask?   Surely, Lauby has nothing to celebrate after Brent and GMort foiled his plans (once again) to derail a train using the bodies of Dethtron and Loquacious.


Not so, my fine feathered fiends. Not so.  For you see, I have another diabolical plan to derail trains for no reason.  This one will surely succeed.  NOTHING CAN STOP IT!  Not once I have pitted Brent and GMort against each other using their mutual love of flan and the textile arts.  Mwu hahahaha!

More importantly, however, It's Monday.  The most evil day there is.

New Member Monday

Grandemaestro
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, Apocalypse, Terrain, scratchbuilt, space marines, Southern Legion chapter, tabletop, paper model, campaign, template, tutorial and... titans!!!

Faaris IV: The Second War
Keywords: 40k campaign, background, photos, battlereport, rules, scenery, unintentional rhyming

Star Forge
Keywords: Warhammer 40k... and NOTHING ELSE!  Certainly none of those WIP's that seem to be popular. Or even product reviews.

Followers of the Machine God
Keywords:  Warhammer 40k, forcing the HoP admins to make up keywords, animal husbandry, Douglas Adams, hitchhiking

Warhammer Armies
Keywords: Warhammer Armies,40k Armies,Warhammer Figures,Warhammer Painting, Battle Reports

And now, the winning essay of the week.  This time, from Starforged at the Star Forge

I don't think you'd understand even if I explained to you, it's about temporal distortions, a dose of tachyons and a very big Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

I do understand, my man.  My towel has a nutrient enriched corner.  Of course I understand.  That's why you won.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] How To:

Make someone quit [whatever game you're playing]

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! A treatise on treatment, belaboring on behavior.]

"Stop, Don't Do It...." Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Relax
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Being cliquish, or sticking with the “good buddies network” is a great way to alienate a new player.

I know that gamers as a rule are inherently less skilled in the social cues and aspects of human relationships. I can't, for the life of me, figure out why some of the smartest people I know have so little human compassion. Every single one of you gamers, geeks, nerds, dorks and otherwise socially outcast people has been left out, excluded or otherwise been given the cold shoulder by a group of peers. Being a stranger in a group of new people is hard enough. Being left out by the same people you share interests and hobbies with is a buzzkill and has a lot of fuel to make one quit entirely. 


Being “too” friendly can creep someone out and make them seriously consider never returning.

This seems almost contradictory to what I just talked about, but it’s essential to pay attention to personal boundaries and non-verbal communication. Additionally, if whatever it is you’re doing/saying/showing would make you uncomfortable if done/said/shown to a friend or relative, you’re going too far.

Endless questions, “let me tell you about my (X)”, immediate invitations to your home or hangout, and standing too close can be overpowering and are ways to make someone wish they’d never shown up at your club, store or game.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Pay it Forward Contest

The evil benevolent genius behind Miniature Wargame Conversion is at it again and has managed to scrounge together a fantastic list of prizes for his newest "Pay it Forward" contest.  Through the generous donations of his supporters, a few vendors, and even himself, Mr. Conversion is bringing to you such fantastic prizes as Warhammer and 40K Battleforce boxes and a set of 8 signed Black Library Novels in addition to some 10 or more other prizes. 

Entrance to the contest is completely free, as always, and has no stipulations other than to remember to "pay it forward" when you are able and help out other gamers in need.  The community outpouring for this series of events has been absolutely jaw dropping as more and more people continue to donate product for what is quickly becoming a recurring contest.

Check out the full contest details here and good luck.

This contest makes me feel almost as happy as this Orangutan

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A Delicious Contest from Tastytaste

Tastytaste is running another sweet-ass contest over at Blood of Kittens.  It involves art and a chance at fame and money. The contest is also a chance to put all those years of surfing the internet to use.  So maybe all those times you were looking at the Cheezburger Network while pretending to work will finally be worth something.  Only registered BoK members can win, but it's hella easy to register.


Just whip up some meme art and you're in for a chance to win 50 bucks worth of GW and maybe a mini-gallery showing of your genius.

Click here for details.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

User Content Friday - Take Your Hobbies to Work Day

Here's a bit of my own work from Laubersheimer Industries from about a year and a half ago.  I was stressed out at work and 'behind' on some projects at the time.  My solution was to set up a hobby travel kit and went about trying to kill one or more birds with my new stone.  What follows below is my original post from about a year and a half ago with some added commentary to reflect some thoughts I've had in the meantime as well as make me feel better about some rough spots in the writing.

Recently, I've begun experimenting with painting at work during my lunch hour.

So far, its been GREAT!!1!! Blagrhwwertght! Flrppt.

No, seriously, its been a really good experience. Not only does it help with my stress levels, but it also has helped speed up Project Future Boys (the code name for my long standing Eldar project). I recommend it for anyone who has a lunch hour and works at a place where this will fly (that last bit is super important - not every job is gonna be cool with your potential mess). Here are my reasons:

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Making Rubble

Big ass pile of sprues from project Vendetta
Today's waste/cost reduction technique has long been a favorite of mine, because I'm going to be breaking shit.  It should be readily apparent by know that in my own Howard Hughes kind of way, I excel at trying not to throw away anything related to my gaming purchases.  Everything from the miniatures to the packaging has a use (yes even shrink wrap, but that's a topic for another day....).  As you can clearly see in this picture, plastic sprues do not escape my pack rat ways.  There are a number of ways to use these, but today I'll be talking about running them through the meat grinder- literally!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Weekly Top X - War: What Is it Good For?

... For OUR purposes, war is actually quite useful.  It's the whole point of the game, a useful learning tool and just plain fun.  I'm feeling feisty and today's Top X is mostly about battle reports (and a super sneaky secondary theme).  And crushing your enemies and, possibly, hearing the lamentations of the women.  If there are any around (re: unicrons unicorns).  In the spirit of pushing our little plastic mans around to simulate violence, here's a semi-related video:




All right. Enough seriousness. Let's get this show on the road!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's easy to blame the dice.....

I have on several occasions put forward the theory that the dice are intelligent creatures whose only goal is to roll 1's when I need to pass a Terminator saving throw or double 6 when I'm rolling for a crucial Leadership test.....Of course that may just be because I remember when they screw me over but don't notice at all when they roll average.....

This picture may have little or nothing to do with the following article. I just happen to like it.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

New Member Monday - Happy Valentimes Day!

What better way to celebrate the torture and martyrdom of an early Christian saint then by reading blogs and watching a clip from 30 Rock?






You see, love is in the air.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Romance

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy!] 

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Accentuating ardor, amour, admiration and affairs; regaling relevant rules for relations.]

O for the gentleness of old Romance, the simple planning of a minstrel's song!   John Keats

Got a special someone? Lady Friend? Dr. Girlfriend? She Who Must Be Obeyed? Wife? Man? Sexy Thing? Dude? Husband? 

If so, no doubt you've noticed that Valentine's Day is quickly arriving. I've heard countless times from many of my male gaming friends that Valentine's Day gives them something of a complex- they simply have no idea “what to do”. I thought I'd toss you guys a bone and help you out. 

Yes, I know I'm a little late on the scene. I probably should have followed my own, best advice when it comes to wooing;


1- Do a little planning. 



For us gamers, being prepared is either second nature, or a terrible burden. I know countless guys that come to game ill-prepared (no dice, paper, pencils, nothing). For them, thinking ahead is an actual chore. Then there's those of us who are just a little crazy about being ready for anything. I'm personally guilty of having no less than 3 pens at any time and I usually have a pad of paper, too. For me, being prepared is second nature to who I am. 

Regardless, when it comes to romance, planning ahead is essential. Don't wait until the last minute- or you'll end up giving wilted, terrible flowers from a gas station, bad lingerie from Kmart, or Little Debbie's Valentine Cakes. (Sometimes those terrible gifts can turn into a goofy tradition- but be aware at least some frustration will come of it before your Sweetie thinks it's “sweet”.)

What kinds of planning has a LOT to do with your special friend, and almost nothing to do with “what the media says”. Here's an example:

If your Significant Other adores Motocross, getting her a hearts & flowers gram is not going to be as effective as getting tickets to the nearest dirt track show. If he likes SCA and RenFaire stuff, he'll most likely be far more tickled with a trip to Medieval Times than going to see the latest Jet Li movie.

Having tickets to these sorts of things takes thinking weeks (if not MONTHS) in advance. Many of these sorts of adventures involve travel. That can include hotel stays, dinner out, and distractions other than the intended event. Coordinating all of the said itinerary ahead of schedule with consideration to your partner's tastes can turn you into a hero overnight. But all of those ideas need at least an element of 

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Friday, February 11, 2011

User Content Friday - Painting Motivation

Today's re-blog is actually two posts from the same blog on the same topic: painting motivation.  These posts came up in the traditional 'witty banter' portion of the HoP membership acceptance dance.  I was asking about some thing or another and I was quickly and dutifully linked to both of this posts on Rathstar's Ramblings They really struck a chord with me. Motivation is something I always wrestle with and I know I'm not alone out there.  I think what follows is some pretty useful advice - much of which I've already been doing.  Bear with me as I did some moderate editing to keep things flowing and on topic.  Be sure to check out the links to the original posts to get the full awesomeness.

From One Year Old :) & Painting Motivation

...having a blog means is that everything is caught in black and white, and it clearly shows up that I haven't done anywhere near as much painting as a wanted this year.

It's always hard when you look at all the grey plastic and metal and think how long it's going to take to get the army fully painted.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Bulking Up

Today I'll be bringing you a useful money saving tip that you can easily apply to any part of your life, not just gaming- buying in bulk.  Provided you keep a few simple rules in mind, buying in bulk will almost certainly save you precious gaming dollars in the long run.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Weekly Top X: Will - Buy One, Get One Free

Brent and I decided to change up the focus of this week's Top X and touch on some different areas.  Normalyl we jump feet first into a sea of wargaming, painting and the sweet, sweet strategy posts of the large and talented pool of bloggers who proudly display the HoP badge.  But that's not the be all and end all of what we're about/  There's a whole bunch of other stuff we can all enjoy.  This week we're going to hit RPG's, game design and a whole bunch of stuff that surrounds the games we love.  

Plus, Brent promised not to try and type this weeks post with his boner.  Always a bonus.  


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Minature Wargame Conversion Contest Update

Looks like the prize support on the follower contest over at Miniature Wargames Conversion has just gotten infinitely more awesome, as a FW Malcador tank kit has been added to the mix.  Make sure you go follow the blog to be eligible to win that or a myriad of other fantastic prizes in what may become a long running fixture of that site. 


Details can be found here.

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Everybody's Entitled To My Opinion.....

A long time ago I decided that the best way of relaying my opinion to others without relying on tedious formalities like actually meeting them was to start a blog.....

My first post was about a Daemon army I was quite proud of. This was it.

I even took a picture.

Both my followers seemed really impressed by it....admittedly, One was me and the other was my girlfriend and we'd both seen the army before but it was a start.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

New Member Monday -

Judging from the dearth of comments last week, either a lot of you died from exposure due to the storm or the House of Paincakes just wasn't that noteworthy.  I'm gonna go with the weather thing.  Though maybe you guys didn't suffer agonizing, freezing deaths, but what I call the "Sunday Effect" may have played a role since you all got snow days. 


Fun fact: Brent, Dethtron and myself all got a snow day on the same day from the same storm - despite that fact that we all live at least 1000 miles apart.

Hopefully this week will be a bit more.. conversant.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Beer

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Bust out the beer, bro! ]

I like a good beer buzz early in the morning
And Billy likes to peel the labels
From his bottles of Bud -
Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do 

It's Super Bowl Sunday here in the US- a big day for true sports fans, for businesses that depend on the events for their livelihood (pizza/sub joints, catering companies, grocery stores, electronics stores), for the consummate entertainer/host, as well as the casual game water/social viewer.

It's something of a tradition to batten down, gather round and pig out at the Super Bowl Buffet table, enjoying a wide variety of food & beverages. It begs the question: if the food's so good, why is the beer so bad?



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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Contest So Nice They Ran It Twice

Looks like the folks over at Miniature Wargame Conversion are at it again.  They're running another contest for their followers.  Best part- all you have to do is follow the blog and you're entered.  So if you'd like to get a chance to win a brand new Storm Raven, $75 GW virtual voucher, or a set of 5 Mark V Heresy Armor marines With 5 Umbra Bolters from forge world, you better go and sign up now.

Click here for details.

+++updated+++
fixed the broken link above.  God knows what I actually had on my clipboard when I pasted that in.  Probably something to do with china cymbals or wind turbines, as that's what I was doing all day yesterday-  don't ask.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

User Content Friday - The Unknown/Uncommon Army Factor

Hey keeds! Its time for a Friday Re-blog! 

A little while ago I was sifting through 40k misinformation and came across a comment from a Necron player.  Basically, he was of the opinion that his army had an advantage because it was fairly rare.  And even though Necrons kinda blow, he was of the opinion that he was 'going against the meta' and that this afforded him some form of advantage.  Now I'm not gonna get into the debate about whether or not there's an actual metagame for 40k, but I do want to address the idea that simply being different is a path to success.  Actually, Kirby will be addressing this:

So I mentioned in my previous article I’ll be discussing Footdar in a vague sense. This article stems from a comment Fritz made on his blog or BoLS (can’t recall) about bringing an army or tactic to the table (specifically a tournament) people are unused to. Fritz points out everyone has seen Mech Eldar and should have a vague idea on how to handle it but a lot less people see a footdar/Elfzilla list and thus may be confused about it. I agree and disagree with this. Whilst I am of the opinion that footdar/Elfzilla lists aren’t competitive due to a general lack of mobility, survivability, anti-mech and general firepower, Fritz (and Brent) are clear to make the point they are experienced with that type of list and it works for them. Unlike others they haven’t gone around totting footdar as the best thing since I started this blog (or sliced bread if you want a cliché) or others I’ll fail to mention atm (remembering this isn’t about Footdar). Summary: this is not an attack on Fritz, footdar or BoLS. Now that we’ve got that out of the way...let’s look at Fritz’s point.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Cheap Foam Trays

Continuing along with last week's cheap miniature cases post, I thought I'd share the secrets of my homemade custom foam trays.  Full Disclosure - I actually have to give a lot of credit to a tutorial I found way back when I first started looking for something more customizable than the Sabol Design trays I had been using yet cheaper than Battlefoam.  Mike over at War Builder (formerly Warmahordes) had a great tutorial that fit the bill.  Mike, if you're reading this: thank! What follows is my take on things.

Like any good project, this one starts with a goal and some planning.  I've always been frustrated by the Sabol design trays in relation to my Eldar (and the cost of the Battlefoam stuff).  Basically, the size of the sabol trays means that each of my 10 grav tanks gets it's own 2" tray.  Expensive in terms of cash and in terms of storage space.  So what to do?  Abandon the idea that my Motor Pool case will be used for the Eldar and go DIY. 

I'm gonna try and be fancy with this tutorial, so here's a slide show (which you can click on to get full size picturs):





Not a lot to the whole process other than spending the time.  As far as cheapness goes - I got all the foam I needed for like $12 and had the tools on hand.  Not too bad.

Just a few last things:
  • I can't stress this enough: Test fit while you're cutting so that you know the models fit BEFORE you glue on the backing. It may also come up that your template was wrong in some way.  Better to correct it before you carve it into a tray 3 more times.
  • The green foam came from the upholstery section and the black foam came from the kids crafts section of the fabric store I went to.
  • Don't cut yourself.  At any given point I was likely to be waving a 3 inch razor around.  And poking through to the side of the object that I couldn't see.
  • You can special order larger pieces of the black foam. It'll make a better backing and will be cheaper over time, but for one-offs like mine, its a bit pricey.
  • If you check out this post, you can see what I was doing with the tape as well as a much nicer looking tray.  Again, be sure you'ree gluing things to the side you intended.
Well, that's all for now.  If anyone has any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them in the comments.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Semantics

Today is the day ladies and gentlemen. The House of Paincakes is officially live and open for business. After nearly a year of deliberation on the subject, it is with great pride that Lauby and I bring you this blog network. We're looking forward to years of hard work and promoting the table top wargame hobby to come.
 - Introduction to the very first HoP post

Collaboration Blog:An attempt by one person with vision to convince others who may or may not have talent to see his vision and work their asses of for no apparent reason or regard outside of benefiting the blog owner.’
 - The Strictly Average Dictionary, 2010 edition.

1) Capture and Control - Overwhelmed Workbench: Dark Eldar Edition 
Brent: This is what I call a Collaboration Blog, in that it’s got a long list of authors. Frankly, there aren’t too many really successful CB’s out there; a few spring to mind, like The Back 40K, The Hogs of War, and 3++ is The New Black. Although that last is really a CCB.
Lauby:  This is what I call a shit-ton of models to paint!
Brent: *waiting for the question*
Lauby:  <sigh>  all right...  all right.  Against my will, I ask you:  what is a CCB.
Brent: I’m glad you asked! A CCB is a Collaboration Compendium Blog, in that it’s focus is providing a resource for playing and winning games of 40K. It’s a knowledge base.
Lauby:   So... Capture and Control is not a CCB yet you felt the need to define the term.  I haven't seen this much sidetracking since the 80's.  C'mon man!  There's a great post from a great blog here!!


Brent: I don’t think I’m sidetracked here; I’m laser focused, as always! Oh, by the way, we should chat about Capture and Control... I really dig this blog, especially their Warmachine/Hordes work. They’ve made a great start staking out a claim in the crowded Blogosphere.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hobby Event Vs. Competitive Tournament.

Recently I did an article in which I stated that a different mindset was required for the more hobby based event than was required for an actual 'competitive' tournament if you actually wanted to enjoy yourself.....

I still think I was right about that, however I'd have liked to have been wrong.....

Whether you like it or not there is a distinctive difference between the two camps (both perceived and actual differences, obviously). But the more important issue at hand is why the two things seem to be mutually exclusive?

Before we attempt to answer that question, lets look at how the two different camps can be effected by certain similar issues.

Lets limit ourselves to the big ones though.....

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Miniature Wargames Conversions Contest

Hurry hurry, you have but scant hours remaining to join one of our newest members' site for chances to win fabulous prizes such as a scratchbuilt Thunderhawk or Warhound Titan. 

Go check out Miniature Wargames Conversions for contest details and to see a plethora of super sexy conversions and scratch builds. 

Image taken from Minature Wargames Conversions without permission, but I'm assuming it's cool since he asked us to promote his contest ;p

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New Member Monday - Plagiarism as a Viable Path to Success

All of the exciting news happened yesterday what with the photobucket misstep on Sunday.  That's all solved now, but it is a valuable lesson on the hidden expenses of being successful.  Something I hear the web comic artists experience as well.  The basic premise that the more people look at your stuff, the more expensive your bills get.  Hmmm.. there's a full article in that.  Other than that bit of old news, I fully intend to update the rotating subtitles with the last batch of entries as well as fix the grammar fuck-up that TKE pointed out.


New Member Monday

PlasticPolyhedra
Keywords:  intelligent strategy, dungeon crawling, mutant blasting, 28mm tabletop gaming, hopefully 15mm gaming when I get round to it - but it will be awesome, space combat, things going boooom, pics of nice minis, breadth of gaming geekiness-ness

Warmonger Gameday
Keywords: Wargaming in General, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine, Anima Tactics, Soda Pop Miniatures, Terrain, all kinds of other stuff, Huey Lewis and the Wargaming News

Miniature Musings of a Bear
Keywords: Warmahordes, painting, 40k, Malifaux, Dystopian Wars, Anything Shiny, making other people keyword his site

Best Overall
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Modelling, Converting, Painting, Listbuilding, Competition, Competitive Hobbyist, Yiffing. Errr... wait, how'd that get in there?


Miniature Wargame Conversions
Keywords: 40k, paint & modeling, raffles, ruffles, Rufio (from Hook), roofies.

Looks like Kirby wins today's essay contest since he wrote Purgatus' for him and it was the best one:


Another new blog you say? Well this one is Purgatus' and we all kinda like him right? Anyway his blog can be found here: Best Overall and the lucky bugger has already been added to my links and blogroll.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Codename: Special Lady Friend

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy - Lauby looks to lend his learning to Lo's lively lead-ins to lovely gamer ladies]

"Pellinore, that time king, followed the Questing Beast, and after his death Sir Palamides followed it."
 - Sir Thomas Malory - Le Morte d'Arthur

Man, alliteration IS hard - especially without making up words to bail myself out.  Now I know what Dethtron was going though when he had to cover for Lo.  What's that you ask?  Where is she?  No idea.  Vacation or something.  I dunno. I wasn't really listening.  She could just as easily be in the Jungles of Cambodia fighting insurgents or something. In any case, I'm filling in for her this week with something very near and dear to my heart.

Now, to live up to bar Dethtron set with his man's take on the [whimsy].  All right... I'm gonna take a running start on this one.  Turbines to full! 

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HoP Grows, Time Space Continuum Still Intact. News at 2:30

Our long (inter)national nightmare is over and the HoP logo is back to its non-out of bandwidth self.

Again, thanks to Counterfett and all the various members of the network who hit us up in comments threads. 

Other than that, with our new fancy-dancy photobucket PRO account, we shouldn't have any issues with this again until next January when we forget to renew the account.

Bonus: None of you had to do any work.  Just like we promised. 



I'm kinda out of stuff to write about, so while you waiting for today's Weekly Whimsy, go check out this bit on A Year of Frugal Gaming.  Its pretty handy and ties in nicely with our own Gaming on a Budget series.

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HoP Grows, Internet Explodes. News at 11:00

Oddly enough, it is nearly 11:00 in my time zone, and may well be by the time this is posted.

This morning you may have seen this image on your site in place of the HoP logo widget if you're using Blogger:



Now, if project mayhem were still alive, it would be safe to assume that this was me messing with you guys or that the House of Paincakes has changed its name to Upgrade to Pro today!  Bandwidth Exceeded.  That's not the case, however.  It seems that our little site has finally become popular enough to destroy the Internet.  Our logo widget is currently showing up on enough sites and being clicked on too many times and has grown in power too much to be contained by the mere mortal strength of Photobucket.

Fear not, we're on a mission to find a quick, permanent solution to this that won't require you to take any action.  We'll update everybody when this is fixed.  Thanks for your patience and thank you for helping to make the HoP network crazy huge.  This thing is only going to get bigger  and better from here- the biggest, most syrup drenched revolution the gaming community has ever seen.

Thanks go out to CounterFett for bringing this problem to our attention.

While you're waiting for the logo to come back on line with bated breath go check out this conversion.  Its epic.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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,
Brent

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

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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.

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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:

info@houseofpaincakes.com

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.

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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 

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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.

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