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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Tiger Blüd!

Hey keeds!  Its the Weekly Top X on its new official day!  For the Second week in a row, X=10!  The Romans would be proud.  I'm trying a new thing this week, so let us know what you think about the new X=Y+5 format in the comments.

1) Warhammer 39,999 - My Evil Plan: Old Stuff Day
Lauby: I knew Rob’s plan was evil. Evile, even. But I participated anyways. I love it when a plan comes together. Even if it is evile.
Brent: Why the extra ‘E’ - and what’s with your pinkie finger?
Lauby: I notice that there was no old stuff day celebration on your blog. Brent, I am disappoint.
Brent: That’s because he sent word out to ‘blogging giants’ such as Ron, BSMoove, and Col. Corbane - I’m like an ugly girl on prom night, getting no play. *sigh* I would have been sooo on board for this, too!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gaming On A Budget: Getting Stuff For Free

Today, in the gaming on a budget series, I'll talk a little about how to get stuff for free.

Dethtron's taken a good look at making the most of what you have. So far all of his tips have touched on how to re-purpose, maximize and utilize items you already own; or have talked about how to get said items on the cheap.

His series has struck a nerve with the frugal set, inspiring many comments, additional tips and comments. However the good ol' chap has completely missed one of my favorite skills; and totally overlooked those of us with broker-than-broke budgets. If you have no money at all, buying something inexpensive is not really any help to your budgeting problems.

What's the solution for gamers with the “no-money-blues”? Barter.

Done well and done right, you can find tools, toys, tips and trades that will enhance and enrich your hobby closet with no outlay from your pocket. What's better than free? Not very much- but a continuing STREAM of free stuff is pretty nice.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Blog Roll Naming Contest - Fame and Fabulous Prizes!

You read the title folks, we got ourselves out a contest! With real prizes and everything!

But first, some explanation:

We get the occasional email from our members asking what the hell the difference is between the Original Recipe and Extra Crispy blog rolls.  Truth be told, its little more than the difference between left and right - the original meanings lost in the fog of time.  But I suspect that while that answer is all good and fine for the fast-paced corporate environment at HoP HQ, it keeps some of you up at night.  Why am I not Original recipe?  What exactly are the 13 herbs and spices?  These are the questions we worry that people ponder and we want to help.

Further, we have 200+ members as of March 7th.  The extant blog rolls are nowhere near full, but with an increasing number of active posters, the competition for real estate on the top 25 visible blogs is fierce.  We're here to promote you guys and two blog rolls just isn't enough.  There is a metric ton (or tonne if we're going to be accurate) of cool shit out there and we want to make sure we're doing our job.  So we're adding two more rolls.

This is where the HoP army comes in:

We have no earthly idea what to name our blog rolls. 

But maybe you do. 

The Rules

We want you to send us your suggestions for the names of our (soon to be four) blog rolls.  We're not looking for anything descriptive, but we do like themes.  We also like things that are on the brief side and things that are funny as hell.

Send an email to us at this address with your suggestions:

 Additional Stuff:
  • You have to be a follower on our Google Friend Connect bullshit. 
  • HoP authors are prohibited from entering.  Favoritism and all that.
  • One entry per person.
  • You gotta name all four rolls
  •  Be sure to include "blog roll naming contest entry" in the subject line.
  • Include the account name you follow us as.
We'll leave the contest open for submissions until 11:59 PM on March 21st (US Central Time) and then Dethtron and I will confer on what we think are the best examples.  We'll make our finalist selections and set up a poll on the 23rd.  After that, the actual winner will be determined by the results of a popular vote that we'll run until 11:59 PM on on April 5th.

Now, on to the good part:


Unlike our previous 'contests', this one isn't a bunch of bullshit.  The winning entry (as determined by the poll) will not only be internet famous for naming our blog rolls, but will also get to make a single pick from our prize pool!  Which we will then mail to you at our own expense - anywhere in the world!

Dethtron and I have dug deep into our gaming pockets to bring you all kinds of cool stuff to choose from.  Here's the pool (all of it is new on sprue -but may be open- unless otherwise noted):
  • Menoth Castigator
  • 2x Cryx Stalker bonejacks (metal) (NIB)
  • Menoth Epic Severius
  • 1/48 scale Tamiya German Panzer kit (1% assembled)
  • Tyranid Genestealers
  •  8x oop metal Lizardmen Temple Guard (NIB)
  • Space Marine Command Squad
  • 10x 25mm dragon forge bases randomly selected from the Desert Wasteland and Urban Rubble collections.
But that's not all!

The winner will also get to a winning slot in the April Pay It Forward drawing from Miniature Wargaming Conversions!  Crazy!  OMGWTFBBQ!  It's a little early yet to know exactly what the full extent of the loot MWC has yet , but we'll post updates as we get them.  As of now its got a pretty big prize pool - including some NEW Grey Knights stuff!

So send in those entries folks!


    User Content Wednesday - Painting Tutorial: Sons of Horus

    So we all saw the first two posts from the newest HoP author right?  No?!  What the f... go read them.  NOW!
    You're back?  You're at least pretending you read them?  Good.  MWC is a man of many talents and I want to make sure people have a handle on the man and are aware that he isn't just some sort of divine good-will generating machine.  Enter the post below.  MWC does a lot more on his blog than just giving away free stuff.  He's an impressive conversionist (duh) and he also has a very, very snazzy Sons of Horus army.  Here's part of how he makes the magic happen.

    Hey guys and gals, I've had alot of requests to give a step by step guide to painting the my Sons of Horus marines.

    So here goes:

    First off, you will need to mix up a pot of Metallic Green. What I did was get 1 pot of Chainmail Metal 1 pot of Scorpion Green and 1 pot of Camo Green. You will also need 2 empty paint pots.

    Fill one empty pot half way with Scorpion Green. Then fill the same pot a quarter of the way with Camo Green. This should fill it to about 3/4ths.

    Now pour the Chainmail Metal into the other empty pot half way. Now take your mixed green and pour that into the Chainmail Metal pot, filling it the other half. Shake for 10 or so minutes or just stir it for 5 or so and that's it.

    You've now got a container full of Metallic Green.

    Now that you have your Metallic Green, lets get to painting a marine.

    Step 1 - I first undercoated the model with black primer. You can use white as well. I then base coated the marine twice with a light brushing of the Metallic Green. I try to get it all over while not coming out thick and hiding details.


    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    A Moment of Clarity

    As my token support for 'Old Stuff' day I posted an old article I'd written about Alpha Strike armies being a chore to play against.

    It's here in case you missed it.

    For those of you that are unaware (or just don't read my articles, in which case this bit is a touch redundant, lol) I'm usually of the opinion that the competitive mindset needs to be mitigated by a bit of common sense in order to make each game enjoyable for everyone involved.

    I had a fairly well thought out defense for this mindset and then somebody made a statement in the comment section of the aforementioned article that I thought was interesting.

    The appropriate bit went like this,

    "What people don’t enjoy is being a non-competitive player with a mixed up list Vs a competitive player with a competitive list where the play styles don’t mix. For example you play competitively with a competitive list, i dont so i wouldn't have fun playing you in a social game. But there are times like at a tourney where my mind set would be different and the army i play maybe different depending on what i wanted to achieve and i would have a fun game with you.

    When people try and dissect the information on the internet they assume everyone should be nice and like what everyone else does as we are in this hobby together which is total BS. Everyone is different and enjoys doing things different ways and should be left to it and not questioned, in saying that though its people forcing there way of hobbying onto others which just annoys me, if you don’t like it leave stick to what you do and do it with others that think like you"

    After reading it I had what I believe is referred to as a 'moment of clarity' about my attitude to the hobby. Specifically, that maybe I'm not as nice a person as I initially thought.....


    Monday, March 7, 2011

    MWC's Monday HoP Modeling Top 10 - #1

    MWC here with the first in a series of Monday Top Ten lists from around the net!

    10) Scottish Guard Conversion Packs by landomisfittoys

    9) Wolverine Space Wolf by Avalanche

    8) APC by Armored Fighting Vehicle

    7) Creating TL Flamer Turrets by sanguinesons

    6) AMAZING Nurgle Army by caiman

    5) FW Nurgle Drednought - Gold - large category. by camelsonart

    4) Blood Angels Furioso Dreadnought by Mihalis "Cadaver" Skalkos

    3) Warhammer 40K Doubles, Nominated Armies and Winning Army by Unknown

    2) Blood Angels Astorath by Mominis

    And last but by no means least, one of the most amazing Warhammer Fantasy freehand shield painting tutorials I've seen in a very long time.

    1) Best chaos shield painting tutorial I have ever seen by The Brush Brothers

    See you all next week with a top ten of GS conversions!


    New Member Monday and Monday News - Big 'Uns

    It figures... Dethtron goes off to Limey practice for a week and 4 of our latest plans come to fruition on my watch.  I've got a lot to cover today, so please keep your arms and legs inside the blog for the duration of the post.

    I'm at Least a Partial Dumbass
    Not a lot of bloggers would admit that.  But there it stands.    Last Monday, the HoP had an absolute ton of new members.  I managed to forget three of them.  Because I feel bad, and because all concerned were patient and understanding - let me take a second to point their blogs out again. 

    Crosser Modelling
    Keywords: Painting and Modeling extravaganza, WIP, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40k

    The Hogs of War
    Keywords:  Warhammer 40k, WIP, Painting, Modeling, Tournament Stuff, Super Best Friends,

    Excomminicate Traitors
    Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Painting, Modeling, IG, Chaos, WIPs, Super sweet Nurgle prince

    Sorry guys!


    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Introduction to a guy named MWC along with some free prizes!

    Hey Folks!

    Big 'ol Intro here from your good friend Miniature Wargame Conversions, better know to everyone as MWC. I've been graciously invited to write a few articles here including a weekly one every Monday on the top 10 tutorials, models and other amazing hobby related things. I will be taking requests for tutorials that you'd like me to do as well from painting, sculpting and plastic card work as that's my main skill set.

    Here are just a few of my past works completed over the last few years for clients.


    [New Kid In Town] Introduction

    Hi! I'm Loquacious, the new kid to the 40K block. Let me introduce myself:

    Some about me: I'm married, 30 something with 2 kids, a dog, 2 jobs. I have my own hobby blog over at World of Wonder, where I talk about my WIP, batreps, roleplaying endeavors and a few other things.

    I'm going to be sharing some insights on my progress and journey as a new 40K player with you here.


    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Contest Mania!

    Here's a little something to spice up everyone's weekend:  some intrepid HoP members are running contests and everyone (even you!) can enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes and the respect of a gender of your choice.

    If you're really lucky, you might even get to drink from the fire hose!
    Pig-iron Head Set Competition:  Star Forge is running a pretty nice contest that might net you some pretty cool conversion bits for your IG armies.  So long as you can follow directions, you have a shot.  But be sure to jump in on this one soon as it ends on the 6th!  Click here for details.

    The Far Side of The Galaxy: Creative contest!  The Creepy Corridor is running their own contest and wants you to design a logo for their wargaming group.  They give you a ton of inspiration and all you have to do is share some of your mind grapes.  But here's the fun part:  The prize for winning is a mysterious mystery!  All I know is that it'll likely be mailed to you and will have something to do with wargaming.  Click here for details.

    Badab Veterans' Competition:  The Fallen Princes in conjunction with BoLS very own Aventine need your help to move ahead with the revisions to the BoLS Badab war fandex.  Since Forgeworld went ahead and stripped all the mystery out of it, the BoLS crew are re-envisioning their work as supplement to the excellent IA9 and 10.  All you have to do is paint one of the characters the authors want pictures of and you could snag some sweet space marine related swag.  Click here for details.


    The Weekly Top X - Homework Week! (But we’re not so gauche as to grade...)

    Hello, hello, hello!  Welcome to this weeks Top X!  We're hangin' out on Friday due to Old Stuff day (voted least likely to ever have Hallmark cards) and Brent's 3 round bout with Space Chlamydia (or whatever he really had).  To make up for the sudden Change and in honor of that fact that we just hit 201 blogs, Brent and I are bringing you a super size Top X!

    1) Blunt Force Gamer - Mantic Games Skeletons vs Games Workshop Skeletons
    Brent: Here’s a nifty little article - so good you wonder why it’s not been done before. I rate this exercise as close to perfect, lacking only a paint job to bring it home. Nice, very nice.
    Lauby: SKELETON FIGHT!  Now that that's out of my system -  there are a lot of companies out there who use the 28mm scale - but it's always "28" in quotation marks thanks to a complete lack of standards.  This is an excellent paper on comparative physiology to be sure.

    2) For Holy TerraSalamanders Vindicator 
    Brent: It’s not enough for me to appreciate anything - for whatever reason, I’m always wondering about the man behind the screen. In this case, methinks the Great and Powerful Oz stretched his talent and tried something new. Fair play!
    Lauby:  That siege shield is super cool.  I absolutely  love the offset Salamander's symbol.  Now all we gotta do is get Paul to write up an Apocalypse Datasheetfor that crazy dream he has before GW does.  Seeing as how they're likely to give it a critical flaw that makes it useless all in the name of adding 'character' to the model.


    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Gaming On a Budget: Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

    Welcome back one and all for another installment in the best weekly money saving column written by dethtron.  Today I'm here to bring you some hot tips for saving yourself tons and tons of money in the long run by only buying the models you'll need and know will work together. 

    For the past 5 years a large, motley collection of Dark Angels has sat upon my miniature shelves collecting dust as a testament to not doing the research before making a substantial investment in miniatures.  Although recent FAQ changes have changed my extremely low opinion of the viability of Dark Angels, these guys have spent far too long riding the pine and not getting much game time in.  If I had it to do all over again, I would have tested out several combinations of units several times before purchasing a single miniature for this force- and probably gone with vanilla marines instead.  How would I go about doing that that?  Well read on to discover some strategies to help you try it before you buy it.


    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    User Content Wednesday - Building a Best of List

    As you may have seen or already heard, today is Old Stuff day. For reasons that have nothing to do with Brent being under the weather, we've shuffled our schedule around to match the occasion.  This week's user post is a Stelek classic from almost two years ago. The man is prolific as hell and while finding a useful post isn't hard, sifting through his archives is a full time job.  Enter one of my favorite bits from Yes The Truth Hurts.

    Some people just don’t understand how to build a Best Of list.

    Others don’t understand why you’d want a Best Of list.

    Well, let’s get this taken care of real quick.

    Best Of lists have several things going for them:

    Every unit possible can deal with armor AND infantry.

    The list is balanced, meaning it can take a lot of incoming fire and still beat an unbalanced list.

    Specifically, balanced lists have as many units as possible on the tabletop.

    Sure, Kill Points can hurt a list like this but Kill Points makes the game less fun–and that’s not good for the hobby. Probably why most people don’t really like playing Kill Point missions.

    Additionally, the more the opponent is trying to minimize his Kill Points–the better off your army is.

    You see, having lots of FOC slots filled means you have lots of targets. Until 40K becomes FOW, there are exactly two armies in the game that can split fire. Demons can, but are ineffective at it because they can’t torrent the enemy. Tau also can, and are also effective at it. So everyone else that has 9 bolters and 1 multimelta, will be firing the multimelta at tanks while the bolter guys stand around carrying their ‘I am a wound marker’ posters above their heads.


    Today is Old Stuff Day

    Thanks go out to the folks behind Warhammer 39,999's Old Stuff Day.  If you don't already have something set up to help make this not only the only Old Stuff Day ever, but the best one to boot, make sure you grab one of your own old posts and repost it.

    We here at the HoP are excited to see the outpouring from the community for this event.  It's great to see everybody working together towards a common goal like this.  Don't forget that whenever you have an old post you want to bring back out into the daylight again you can e-mail a link to for consideration for our User Content Friday.

    All of the details about Old Stuff Day can be found by following this link.


    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Duality, Redundancy, Optimisation and other bad words.....

    So there's a lot of 'buzzwords' used to describe what 'competitive' armies need (or are alleged to need).We hear the words 'Duality', 'Optimization' and 'Redundancy' thrown around a lot in the community but what the hell do they actually mean to the average gamer?

    You hear complaints about 'net-lists' making all armies end up the same or 'Spamming' units making your army competitive but boring to look at and/or use.


    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Contests and Community Initiatives

    It wouldn't be Monday if someone or something wasn't there to remind you about all the shit you forgot to do over the weekend.


    'Tie or Table' Adepticon Art Project TastyTaste and his team mates need your artistic mojo for their forthcoming victory in the Adepticon Team Tournament.  The rules are simple and the prizes are grand.  Cash and fame!  Be sure to submit your meme-art by the 15th of March.

    Pay It Forward:  Miniature Wargame Conversions is running another crazy-ass contest.  This time there are 12 prizes - one of which is some kind of mystery prize.  I imagine it's draped in some kind of red velour shroud.  Be sure to enter soon - the drawing could be anytime this week!

    Community Initiatives:

    Wargaming Tradecraft Find-a-Blog:  Our good buddy Dave over at N++ is compiling his own network index thingy of blogging goodness forged with the spirit of FTW in mind.  The general idea is that its a quick and easy way to find blogs with content you're interested in.  It's cool, its easy to get involved with and it even has infographics! 

    GDMNW BlogDex:  In a similar vein, GDMNW has started a similar project.  Enter the BlogDex.  Check out the details on his blog.  And tell him to join the House of Paincakes while you're there!

    You can never have enough exposure, right?  So go join both of these fine networking initiatives.

    Have any contests or initiatives of your own to promote?  Shoot us an email at, and we'll see what we can do!


    New Member Monday - A New World Record!

     [Edit: I missed one two three - Lauby]

    Holy cats has it been a busy week at the House of Paincakes!  I'm so shocked I can't even swear - and that's one of our main 'things'.  Jeepers and odds bodkins!

    Previous to this last week, our record for new members had been around eight.  This week we managed to clear 13 14 15 16!  I've got a ton of links to share, so I won't waste anymore space with my non-swearing.

    Oh, and if I missed anyone, give me a shout out in the comments and you'll get some special pimpin'.

    Heck, this NMM is so big it actually needs a page break!


    Sunday, February 27, 2011

    [Weekly Whimsy] For Ron

    [Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Forfeiting fidelity to family (for a moment) in favor of fans and far-fetched dreams.] 

    Look into my eyes - you will see
    What you mean to me
    Search your heart - search your soul
    And when you find me there you'll search no more

    Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
    You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for
    You know it's true
    Everything I do - I do it for you
    - Bryan Adams, Everything I Do, I Do It For You

    As most of you know, Ron put FTW in hiatus earlier this week. Many tributes and accolades have been made, many thanks have been said, and many comments posted about the great wealth Ron bestowed to the wargaming community. A great number of wiser, more eloquent and better spoken friends and fans have had deep words of respect and admiration for a man who put a heartbreaking amount of work into making our gaming lives all the better.

    Ron has spoken very passionately and honestly about his rationale for hanging up the ropes, and trying something different. It's honestly quite refreshing to see a man value his family this much and actually put words to action and do something to better his family situation, rather than just pay lip service to it.


    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Old Stuff Day is Coming

    This post about pimping an event hosted by the folks at Warhammer 39,999 was originally titled "Old Stuff Day is Coming....Grab a Towel," but even I have limits on decency.....   Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be telling you about this super awesome event that's coming up.

    On Wednesday March 2nd it's time to dust off some old posts from your blog that you're proud of, but haven't seen the light of day in quite some time.  Bring those bad boys out and into the fresh air again this coming Wednesday and support all of the rest of the blogging community participating in this.

    In addition to reposting old content, Rob of Warhamer 39,999 has asked that you also display the snazzy banner (below) that he has whipped up and that you link to an old and/or obscure post on another blogger's site that you're proud of.

    Full celebration details can be found here.

    We hope to see you and your antiques this coming Wednesday for the first ever Old Stuff Day.


    Friday, February 25, 2011

    User Content Friday - YOUR Hobby and THE Hobby-Running Events

    We all have our ridiculous opinions about our own little piece of the wargaming hobby.  It's human nature:  We develop preferences, form groups and try to reinforce them.  But there's a certain point where that becomes destructive.  This peice by Hulksmash of his very own Place, is a reasoned and excellently written call for some kind of peace.  Or at least tolerance.

    Oh, and I added some pictures in keeping with Brent's Law.

    Hulk... smash?
    So I've recently been in disagreement with a fairly local (San Diego) group that is going to be running a local GT in February. Now the primary point of contention when it started was simply the missions. They had massively improved everything else over last year and even though the soft scoring was something like 60% of the available points it was clearly laid out and that's fine. Upon commenting upon the scenarios and giving feedback on possible ways to improve them it eventually led to the then resigned scenario developer saying not so nice things about me personally and informing me to go enjoy Adepticon and Ard Boyz and leave them their tournament.

    That drama got me thinking about some things and I only post it so that the rest of this makes sense in context.


    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Gaming on a Budget: Scoring Paint on the Cheap

    Seeing that I've made reference to this in my past couple of Gaming on a Budget articles, today I'm here to talk about sourcing cheap acrylic paints.  I'll demonstrate this a little later, but you probably have already realized that brand name acrylic paints bear costs similar to precious metals when looked at in terms of per ounce price.  Given the quality of Vallejo, Games Workshop, P3, and Reaper paints, this is somewhat justifiable.  I'd never really consider painting miniatures with anything less.  Those paints just look too sharp.


    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    The Weekly Top X - The Art of the Dick Joke

    Hey everyone and welcome to our 25th Top X.  Its the silver anniversary!  Well, its the silver anniversary if there's some kind of time compression.  There's a lot of good stuff in here and there's even a bit of an emtional roller coaster Blahblah blah.  Blah blah..

    Brent: (Psst! Lauby may not have realized, but we’re starting and ending today’s Top X with articles I’ve written recently for Bell. Don’t let him in on it or he’ll change it just to mess with me!)

    ... Blah Blah.  So read on, intrepid Blogonauts!

    1) A Gentleman's Ones - ALACRITY RAFFLE: what ten dollars can buy you 
    Brent: Here we are again, Top X style! We’re opening with a blog everyone knows is my personal favorite, A Gentleman’s Ones. Many of the gorgeous pics he takes uses the Alacrity Space Hulk as a background - and now you have a chance to won the thing!
    Lauby: I remember when Space Hulk was re-released recently - the designers were tripping over each other’s boners about their foil embossed cardboard tiles. This is waaaaay better.  IN YOUR FACE, Space Hulk! Continuing with my extremely unfair comparison, this is potentially waaay cheaper than that other game.  You could pick up this treasure for 10 bucks. What are you waiting for!?
    Brent: I’m with you, Lauby my man. Who wouldn’t want the chance?


    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?


    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

    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.


    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

    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.


    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


    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.


    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:


    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!


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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