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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.