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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.....

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

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

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.

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! 

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.

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.