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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Happy Little Trees

It's been a bit of a rough week:  Brent got food poisoning, Duke Nukem Forever got pushed back to July and the new Grey Knights codex has apparently made both of my 40k armies suck.  But if there's one man who can help me out of my existential ennui, It's Brent.

Here he comes now.

And he's brought a Weekly Top X with him!  Huzzah!!

1) MI40K - Troops:  The New Black?
Brent: The blue’s got me straight tripping, Boo. So if there’s a Big Blue Sharktank, is this the Little Blue Sharktank?
Lauby: Hmmm... no.  You know Bent, I know you're still smarting over the cyber-stalking charges, but there is an article here.
Brent: I was getting around to it! There can never be enough ‘Troops are Useful’ articles because this is a message that folks seem to forget. They’ll head to the Elites or Heavy Suppport section, then kick a bunch of ass in 2 out of 3 games before losing the objective.
Lauby: He's right, kids.  Those crazy elite choices may seem glamorous.. but its a dead end.  A one way ticket to nowhere's ville.
Brent: “I contest this, and this, and this - but I don’t actually own anything..!”
Lauby: Well, maybe not a one way ticket...
Brent: Has anyone else noticed the current crop of ‘best’ books have the most efficient and points-effective Troops choices? There’s a reason.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Huts Part 2

Greetings everybody!  Today we'll be working on finishing off those huts that we started building last time.  In a week where, for me, nothing seems to be going off without a hitch, several techniques that I tried out for the first time failed to yield results.  Hut #4, the experimental one, has, therefore, not been finished at this time, but I will be showing you how not to make a beautifully thatched roof for your building projects.  Well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad, I guess. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blog Roll Naming Contest - Finalists!

All right, ladies and gentlemen (plus unicorns and Unicrons), Dethtron and I have processed the entreis and narrowed it down to six (6!) finalists!

Our in boxes were chock full of good entries (as well as adds for penis pills of varying levels of dubiousness). But with a bit of ruthless efficiency and some Indian leg wrestling, we've narrowed it down to the following entries

1) From rkik
Rooty, Tooty, Big and Shooty
Belgian Waaaagh!-fles
Krootberry Paincakes
Two eggs and Chaos  

2) From admiral drax

3) From fuzz

4) From 1inchwarriors
Original Recipe
Extra Crispy
Slow Roasted
Honey BBQ

5) From Auberoun
Mmm Bacon
Bacon Fried Bacon
Bacon Donuts
Canned Bacon

6) From adebodt
Sunny side up
Over easy
Hard boiled

Remember, for this leg of the contest, our devoted readers and mildly interested passers by will be voting on the very future of the blog rolls.  At the end of day on April 5th, voting closes.  The winning entry will be announced on the 7th and the proud contributor will get to take a pick from the fairly fabulous prize pool from the HoP admins as well as a pick at the waaaaay more fabulous April Pay It Forward give away from MWC!

So what the hell are you waiting for!  Get voting!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fluff Vs. Balance.

I like the background to 40K because (to be honest) I like the whole 'we're all fucking doomed lets kill shit anyway' vibe.

The background moves the whole idea that I'm basically playing with toy soldiers and turns it into a grander more enjoyable experience that sets the imagination working. It's an environment where I can get up one day, invent myself a Space Marine Chapter from scratch complete with it's own squad markings and history and play a game with it using the established rules without anybody batting an eyelid. Even those annoying twats the 'Fluff Nazi's' don't complain too much as long as you haven't picked the wrong founding, put their home-world in a sector that's been specifically stated as eaten by Tyranids in a 20 year old edition of White Dwarf or some other unforgivable faux par.....

I also like writing balanced lists that are capable of kicking peoples teeth down their throats regardless of the army they're using.

I'm of the opinion that these two things are not mutually exclusive but can live in harmony......Unfortunately they occasionally get in each others way through no fault of my own.

Who's fault is it then you ask?


Monday, March 21, 2011

New Member Monday + ANOTHER COntest Reminder

New week at the HoP and a new batch of fine, upstanding new members.  But, first:

Today is the LAST day we'll be accepting entries for the HoP Blog Roll Naming Contest!

You've got until midnight tonight (US eastern time) to send in your suggestions.  After that, Deathtron and I will be selecting the finalists for the voting portion of the contest.

If you haven't entered yet, I urge you to take a look at our own prize pool as well as the the insanity that that MWC has put together - remember the HoP winner is also an MWC winner!

Now, its time for the fresh meat!


Friday, March 18, 2011

The Weekly Top X - [Placeholder Title]

Ah life. It’s bigger, you know? Bigger than you. And me. But you’re not me. The... something something something - distance in your eyes.

What were we doing again? Ah, Top X! Let’s take a look at more blogs that aren’t Strictly Average and are probably much better for it.

1) Miniature Wargaming Conversions - Asst. Knight Paladin Stuff
Lauby: I know MWC writes for us and Kirby and probably has enough fame,  But Jesus Christ that is cool.
Brent: I agree with you; I wish I had the mad talent to look at a Sentinel and think, “That’ll make a good face!” Then do it!
Lauby: I know, right?  Dude's gotta be part mechboy.  Probably on his mom's side.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Huts Part 1

Hey there boys, girls, kiddies, unicorns, furries, hoplites, and children of all ages (wow, not sure if that was a Brent intro [a Brentro] or the start of the scariest circus of all time).... dethtron is back from his super busy vacation, speaking in the 3rd person, and quite ready to show you, loyal reader, how to build a hut for next to nothing.  This is going to be a bit of a big project and as such I'll be breaking it into two parts to make it more readable- I promise you that decision had nothing to do with me being really behind on life, sick, jet lagged, and procrastinating.  Anyway, in honor of the recent Orcs release for WFB, I'm going to be making 4 huts for pretty much free using mostly crap found in my kitchen.

This pic should give you lots to.... digest (ughhh!)
Some of the more astute among you may recognize the following project from the halcyon days of White Dwarf circa 1994 or the fantastic GW publication How to Build Wargames Terrain from around the same time.  Well, you'd be correct, but I will be updating the project for these modern times and adding a few twists of my own- besides, most of you are probably too young to have seen, let alone own, a copy of any of those things.  There will probably be a few more articles adapted from those books down the road, because that period of GW represented a time where they were great at being creative in helping you build quality scenery as cheaply as possible.  It was a glorious time to be alive!  Rather than pimping $35 building kits, they showed you what could be done with some Spackle, a few pieces of cardboard, Popsicle sticks, and some imagination.

This will also represent the first of many times I find inspiration in the kitchen.  As an avid home cook, I have access to lots of materials and waste related to preparing food.  I'm always looking for ways to use all this crap in gaming.  Seriously, check out the fullness of that pantry (if you think all those hot sauces are ridiculous, you should see my mustard collection in the fridge).  


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

User Content Wednesday - 40K Basics: How to be a good pick up game opponent

Today's re-blog is of particular interest to me since I'll soon be in the process of trying not to be a jackass around strangers.  This little gem from Sons of Taurus has all the basic stuff you'll need to keep in mind to avoid all the pitfalls of the stereotypical gamer social awkwardness.  Plus, I'm sure a ton of you out there have info to add as well.  Don't be shy!

When I manage to get down to the local store to try for some pick up games, I try to be prepared. For most folks, the time they have to actually go down to the store and devote to the game is much more limited than the potential time they have to prep for it, but I still see a lot of people that just aren't prepared. It's not that hard, and it really helps give both you and your opponents the most bang for your available game-time buck.

First of all, there's the really basic things, like don't be a jerk. You don't want this pick up game to be your last!

Aside from the human side of things, there are some simple, strictly organizational things that can make things run more smoothly.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.....

Apparently Games Workshop are working on a new codex featuring a race called the Iwinfucku's.....All their units have 10 wounds, have all the special rules of every other army, cost 1 point each and if you lose against them your girlfriend is required to perform sexual acts on your opponent......and you don't even want to know what happens if you don't have a girlfriend.....

Just kidding.....They only actually have 9 wounds.....

I swear if half the people on the internet forums were around in prehistoric times we'd all still be living in a bloody cave, worshiping rocks and sacrificing people from other caves to make sure the fucking Sun came up each morning.....

Let's talk about Grey Knights for a moment. I'm in a state of shock you see. Apparently somebody on the internet was wrong......


Monday, March 14, 2011

New Member Monday + Contest Reminder

Hello everyone and welcome to a wonderful new week of HoPpy goodness.  Before I launch into enumerating the newest batch of blogs to join us, I have some other things to deal with.

First, we've broken 200 blogs AND 200 followers.  So a big and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has joined us on out little adeventure.

Second, our ongoing Blog Roll Naming Contest!  We've gotten some solid entries and many have broken the 'lol barrier'.  But we need more!  So go to the contest rules and then submit you ideas.  There are actual prizes involved, people.  MWC has even added yet another cool thing to the April give away (which the lucky winner gets a winning slot in).  You don't even have to have a blog on our rolls to enter!
We'll be nagging you all week, so expect to harped upon.

New Member Monday

War Gamer Hub
Keywords: WHFB, 40k, Painting, Modeling, Blood Angels, Vampire Counts, Warriors of Chaos

Brian Carlson's Miniatures Workbench
Keywords: 40k, painting tutorials, modeling tutorials, blood angels, orks, space wolves, imperial suns

The Shadow Fleet
keywords: Warhammer 40k, Tyranid, Hive Mind, Shadow Fleet, Epic Win

Keywords: 40K, painting, unnecessary nerd rants, local swedish tournament scene

The Emperor’s Codex
Keywords: 40k, 40k 101, saving the world one pouty sister of battle at a time, keywords are for sissies

Collegia Titanica
Keywords: 40k, RPGs, Painting, Background, Fiction, Art, Sci-Fi, LotR, Scenery, Titans, Apocalypse, Space Hulk, Reviews, Longwindedness, Overthinking

Unite All Action
Keywords: warhammer, 40k, orks, hobby, ACTION!, FIGHT!

And a winning essay this week from Drkmorals of The Emperor's Codex:

This site was recommended to me to try to request a link and join by a BOLS article I read. Normally I don’t believe anything I read on BOLS and discount everything written by Brent (advice from several other blogs one of them actually Brent’s) However I don’t give a damn what other people say I can or can’t do I am American after all. (Wait he told you not to trust his own advice? PARADOX! ) So I am requesting membership, however I might cancel right away if you let me in since I don’t know that I want to be a member of any circle that would have me as a member. Disclaimer offer not valid in all states, I may not actually discount all advice from Brent just all advice in general, no purchase required, BOLS, Brent and anything else you could possibly sue me over in this paragraph is actually property of its original owner, copyright and other such nonsense.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

[New Kid In Town] Picking An Army

After hanging out at the FLGS and deciding that I'd like to play 40K, the next item on the agenda was picking an army.

About 2 years ago, I was under the impression that I'd never play 40K again. I had absolutely no interest at the time, and so I gave away a HUGE!!!!!!!!! Ork army to a guy that plays at our store. I knew TheDude would probably have a fit if I wanted to pick up Orks again, despite absolutely loving them. (I have a little bit of a reputation for getting out of a hobby only to get back into it 6 months- a year later.) So what to do?

I started by watching a lot of games, and finding which armies looked most interesting (either visually or thematically). I found myself watching my buddy FunDave playing his Eldar pretty much every game. I was really entranced with the smooth lines and sleek look of the Space Elves, so I asked to borrow the codex and took it home for a week or so.


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.