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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.