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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kill Points.....Balanced or Bollocks?

Most successful articles either go for controversy in order to drive home their point or aim for a balanced point of view in order to inspire reasoned debate.

I'm going to be honest right from the start and say that I dislike the 'Kill Point' mission a great fucking deal and any 'balance' will need to come from the comments section at the end.....

I suppose I should tell you why though or this is going to be a bloody short article.


The fundamental basis of the game of Warhammer 40K is that points cost is equivalent to value. Now I know that certain units points value reflects the effect that they give the rest of the army but even that keeps to the 'points equal importance' system.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

New Member Monday - Moving Day

No no no, we're not moving.  But you could be.  Actually, its more of a spring cleaning...  huh...  I think that may actually be the first time I've ever gotten to use that phrase while it's actually spring while  I actually intend to clean.  Neat!


Right...  Now that we've gotten the four blog rolls up and running, its time to do some maintenance.  Over the next couple of weeks or so, we're gonna be going in and checking for and removing dead links.  We're also gonna re-organize the rolls so that the two fullest ones only have 100 items each.  Which means that roughly 20 blogs will be moved to another roll.  If anyone wants to go ahead and volunteer to move to the Krootberry Paincakes or Two Eggs and Chaos rolls, shoot us an email to info@houseofpaincakes.com.  I think we'll give it about a week before we actually move anyone.

Contest Winner - Reminder
Speaking of blog rolls, I just wanted to remind everyone that rkik from Meandering the Dune Sea won the day and walked away with $50 worth of Dragonforge bases (courtesy of MWC) and a Menoth Warjack.  Sweet!

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

[New Kid In Town] Getting to The Table

After struggling through making a LEGAL army list, the next task for me was to actually play a game. That would mean finding guys in my massive bags of doodz and finding the right ones. How do you pick when you literally have 100+ choices?

I think for most guys, this is the easy part. Grab some guys, put em on the table and go…

For me, it was pretty difficult. I didn’t buy, assemble or paint any of my guys, so I really didn’t have any connection to them. Some guys may have found a ready made army a bonus, for me it was a liability. I didn’t have any sense of what I had, or what I didn’t. I didn’t know WHY certain choices were made, and I didn’t have a clue what sort of order they were in- they were just sort of a big jumble to me.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Adepticoverage

Lauby? Laubersheimer, are you there, my man?

*echo*

Mmm... well folks, since I’ve been gone a week it seems I’ve missed an important memo. Here I am, ready to throw down on this week’s Top X, and there’s no Lauby to be found.

(I suspect he’ll show up by the time I finish this introduction!)

I think most of you know where I was, but if you don’t then let me spell it out for you: A D E P T I C O N ! What’s that spell?

Lauby: *loud yawn* woah... fell asleep there... been working too hard.  I hope that whatever the hell those letters are, they spell waffles. I’m hungry!

Brent: Ah, there you are! I love what you’ve done with the place this week - I see we’re starting out with ‘Labels’ instead of articles. I guess we’re giving you Top X’ers more than your money’s worth today!

Lauby:  Hells yeah!


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News Flash!

Oh happy day everybody- the HoP just hit 242 follower in Google Friend Connect.  Thanks to everyone who's helped to make this possible.  Now for your enjoyment....


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Thursday, April 7, 2011

CONTEST WINNER!

All right, folks - we're finally here. The voting is over and the dust has settled. The HoP blog rolls have new names:

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

Congrats go to rkik for winning it all!



Allright, buddy, here's where it gets fun:

You should have already been contacted by Red about the MWC portion of the prize pool. So there's that.

Now all you need to do is email us at info@houseofpaincakes.com to let us know which fantabulous prize from our own prize pool you want.

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Digital Waaagh! - One of the 36 Chambers

Just a quick reminder on behalf of Auberon over at Digital Waaagh!

Apparently he's worried that people might have though his Feature Friday Premier was some kind of elaborate April Fools' joke...  that Alessio Cavatore was in on.

Not so!  Not only is it legitimate, it's legitimately awesome.

This Friday, Auberon returns for a second installment of Feature Friday with none other than Andy Chambers!

Or Andy "Fucking" Chambers if you prefer.  Ladies?  Am I right?

Sexxy!
Anywho, while your expectantly but calmly waiting for the interview, be sure to check out the first interview with Alessio!

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Gaming on a Budget- The Joy of Wallpapering

behold- the clutter!
Hey folks, I'm back for my regularly scheduled slot on showing you how to stretch your gaming dollars.  Big thanks to Lauby for putting out a great article last week in my stead.  You should go check it out- it rules.  In spite of a busy couple of weeks*, I've got a great tutorial for you that should blow a few minds with its simplicity, savings, and some other word beginning with S to keep this alliteration alive (snark?).

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

User Content Wednesday - But I Can't Paint Like That

While poking around a new member's blog last week, I came across an amazing post (if you disagree, it automatically means you have space herpes) by NockerGeek.  And goddammit, this is the exact kind of thing I wish I had written.  It's educational, its about painting and it's just the right kind of reassurance a new hobbyist needs. 

But I can't paint like that!


While at this weekend's tournament, I tweeted a picture of my army all set up on the display tray (you can see a cleaned-up version on my tournament post). A friend of mine (who also plays Tau) promptly responded:

see this is why my army isn't painted. I cant make it look like that...

I have one thing to say to that: Nonsense. There's nothing that I'm doing that anyone else can't do. I'm not a professional-level painter by any means, or even likely to win any competitions. I'd be lucky to score a 6.0 on CoolMiniOrNot. All I'm doing is going for a decent tabletop-quality army, something that looks good at arm's length. Believe it or not, it's no hard to do. While the actual painting takes time, it's what comes before that - the mental preparation - that's the most important part. It's a combination of inspiration, planning, study, and focus.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Are Death Stars.....Dead?

We now live in a world of 40K where mechanization is king, MSU armies are everywhere and 'Torrent of Fire' is the new 'punch it in the face'.

So where does that leave every-bodies oldest friend the 'Death Star' unit?



Of course the phrase 'Death Star' covers a wide variety of evils.....Lets look at a few different types and see if they're all they're cracked up to be.....

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Pay It Forward Future Info

And good morrow to you all ye Churls, Knaves and wifmen!  Verily!  

Just a quick note here from MWC who wanted to make sure people knew how the prizes were gonna work for the April Pay it Forward drawing.  This is important stuff since it also affects the winner of the Blog Role Naming Contest (Voting is still open for almost two days!)

I'll let Red take it from here:

So, as most of you know, the next give away winners will be drawn on April the 7th at 12 noon, Central US Daylight time. After trying a few different ways to see whats best, its most logical to post the winners on the blog at noon. I will then wait for the winners to email me the priority list of items they each want by the following morning. I will then take each winner and draw thier names out and the order I draw them out will be the order that priority choices are taken from.

So for example say John, Jeff and Jake are winners. They each mail me in a list of the 3 items and the order of "most wanted down to least wanted" . I then draw there names the following morning after I've gotten the lists from each of them. The order now is Jeff, Jake and then John. If all 3 had the same list of wants, Jeff would get his #1, Jake his #2 and John would get his #3. Sounds complicated but its really not. But if anyone has questions feel free to let me know. (miniaturewargameco@gmail.com)
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After the April 7th Drawing there will be one more large drawing of prizes on the 1st of May. After the May drawing, Pay it Forward will be scaling down. But don't fear! Pay it Forward isn't dead. For 1, it will stay active on the MWC blog but will consist of mainly smaller prizes and things I personally can donate, or my own local group can. Secondly, and I already hear you guys and gals asking, "What about the big stuff??" Well, its got a new home. That's right, after the May 1st Drawing, Gifts of Mork, run by Jason/Arch and using the 40kforums.com as a platform will be handling the main things as well as expanding into even more ways of helping out other gamers.

Gifts of Mork, info can be found here along with where you start following to get in on the action, is a great new idea that has spawned from the brainchild of Pay it Forward. It will be a much more group run event with people from all over the world helping. Not only will there be free swag but other non profit charity style events. Not only will the idea of people being able to donate and have the chance to win things but it will consist of painters, modelers and hobbyists from around the world working for the greater good. Full info can be found here:

http://www.40kforums.com/vb/entry.php/259-Outlook-for-the-Future

That should cover the big stuff. I hope everyone has a great day and I do apologize for sending out an email Just seemed the best way to pass on important info. Any other normal news will be posted on the blog as usual.

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New Member Monday - Adepticon Aftermath

Hello eveyone and welcome to the week after Adepticon!

Its the time of year when all the lucky people who just got back from Chicago will have loads to say but no energy to do so.  We should see lots of battle reports, tournament pics and maybe even a few rants.  Good times to be sure.  I'm sure the HoP might even have something to say on the event seeing as our very own Dethtron was there with Crusader to meet people face to face and then melt those faces off.


While we're all gearing up to read about an event we all wish we had been able to go to, here a Monday tradition to start things off right.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  I've started putting new members in the as of yet unnamed blog rolls this week.  I figure its less work for me later when I move things around.  Plus, we'll have names for them in three days anyway. Also, stay tuned for an important announcement later this week concerning which roll your blog appears in.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

[New Kid In Town] Making a List

As a new player in 40K, once you decide on an army, usually the next thing to do is make an army list. Most folks find this pretty straightforward, but for me, it was a headache.

I just honestly didn't understand how to approach the idea whatsoever. I looked at the codex and all I saw was a lot of confusing choices, without any real sense of why I needed something (or didn't) and no true concept of how to pick forces that would make an army instead of just a jumble of people on the board.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Plus V

And a happy Adepticon to you guys!  That's right, its the weekend of the big con and ye old blogosphere is all atwitter and abuzz about it.  Which is great!  I love all the battle reports, list discussion and stories of camaraderie that the event generates.

Though there is one downside - the Weekly Top X is missing the Hooch to its Turner, Brent.  He's off at Adepticon - playing games, learning all about my favorite state and even getting to see Crusader in action!  What's more, he only ever gave me some cryptic hints that he'd be too busy to write. So the today's Top X is gonna be super sized but super brief. That son of a...

Aw.  Who am I kidding!  Go BRENT! 

1) Sons of Thunder - Color Choices
Sgt. Brisbane notes that choosing just the right shade of gray can be a real bitch. I totally agree.

2)  The Man Cave - Dark Age Hovel 
This dude's huts are freaking amazing.  Ignore the gaming on a budget tutorial - build these instead!

3) Subject to Stupidity - Interesting discussion - painter or gamer? 
The age old question. 

4) Mid-life Gaming Crisis - On Spam - The Case for a Flexible Force 
An alternate take on making flexible armies.  A must read for this week.

5) The 19th Legion - Happy Retirement - Tau 
Raven Guard puts his Tau out to pasture.  Sad times.  But at least they're in one of those swanky rest homes that doesn't smell like despair.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crusader Adepticon Metal Show

Generally, I try and avoid self-promotion on this blog, but due to a series of uncontrollable events, I need to let everyone at Adepticon know that my band, Crusader will be playing a FREE! show Saturday Night a mere 10 minutes from Adepticon, in spite of rumors started by me that said show would not happen.  I promise not to use this blog as a shouting post for my non-gaming interests in the future, but I needed to let as many people know about this as quickly as possible, so I'm blanketing the blogosphere with metal.  Just in case you were worried about a lack of gaming content, though, fear not- everything from the band's name to many song titles and lyrics may be rooted in a few of the games that you love.

More info after the break.

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Gaming on a Budget - Spending Money to Save Money: The Paint Brush

Dethtron's taking a week off this time around and has graciously entrusted me with another entry into the storied tradition that is Gaming on a Budget.

The other day, Dethtron and I were were having a chat about the direction of Gaming on a Budget series.  It seems to be a huge hit with the fans and something we hope we can keep going as long as possible.  As good as it's going though, there's a bit of frustration.  We can't seem to get past terrain making and hobby supplies!

I think the reason for that is that once you get past buying a kit or a figure, EVERYTHING else is an expendable.  All that paint, glue, plasticard and sand goes away in the process of making the things you need to play.  Hell, even your tools will eventually deteriorate and fail - they too become expendable.

And then you have the fact that all of these materials expenditures and so forth are very much a hidden cost.  A new player buys that $35 box of space marines and finds out that in order to do things up right he needs another $35 (probably a lot more) worth of stuff he didn't even know existed.  Hell, I get caught out on supply costs and I've got 17 years worth of experience and an established hobby room behind me.

That's where we pick up with today's topic:  spending money to save money.  Its part getting the right tools the first time around and part preventative maintenance - but all long term and all about saving money.

Paint Brushes
The paint brush is perhaps the single most important tool you're going to be using when you get a miniature ready for the table.  It's also becomes a very personal choice if you start getting serious about them.  You're gonna be using your brushes constantly and it behooves you to make some good choices.

I'm a Windsor and Newton man, myself.  I have a lot of them and I would recommend them over almost anything else to anyone who wants a really, really good brush.


But I'm not gonna sit here and say that spending $10-$20 on a single paint brush is for everyone.  Some people just aren't all that serious about painting. And as much as a great tool will help improve your work, its not magic. You don't need a great brush, you just need a good one.  You'll get better results and, importantly, you'll spend less money in the long run as better tools generally last longer.

So, you need to spend money to save money.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

User Content Wednesday - Adding a bit of value to your models.

Last Friday, Seb seemed kinda bummed (to put it mildly) that his own tutorial on using nearly worthless coins was passed over in favor of another.  Unfortunately, his post was just a bit too old to be considered for the Weekly Top X (and had more grots than propa Orks!), but is the perfect age for a User Content Friday.  The HoP is nothing if not committed to gluing money to things.  So enjoy this bit from Warpaint Studio


Plastic models are the way forward and GW is bringing out more and more plastics. This way they can keep the costs of producing lower then with metal models and for us it makes it easier to convert models. The amount of detail is getting better and better with plastics but it has one drawback, plastic models are very lightweight. They have the tendency of boouncing to the other end of the room when you drop them.
But there's an easy sollution for that. I stick a 5cents euro coin in the bases to weigh them down a bit and it works really well. Models don't get knocked over on the table and stay in their place nice and sturdy. I imagine that every currency has a coin with the size of a base so if you're not in the euro zone you might have to have a look wich coin fits. This way you also add a little value to the models. A unit of 10 models costs me €0,50 so that's not much .



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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fluff, 'Counts-As' and other 'Grey' areas.....

I amongst a few others like *mentally insert your name here if you think it's appropriate* believe that it's possible to have a competitive army and use conversion and a little imagination to make it 'fit' the necessary fluff.

Of course there are those people who design there armies completely around the most optimal units and those that select only the truly 'fluffy' choices. Though both of these methods are entirely valid parts of the hobby in their own ways the fluffy gamer might not necessarily be on as solid ground as he might like.

I hate to break this to those amongst you who fit the 'Fluff Nazi' mould but there isn't a 'Holy Grail of Truth' out there for what's right and wrong. The primary reason for this is that Games Workshop aren't very consistent about their own background and more importantly they change their bloody minds a lot.

How GW's design team make decisions.....


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Monday, March 28, 2011

MWC's Monday HoP Modeling Top 10 - #2 Youtube Edition

MWC here with another installment of the Monday HoP Modeling Top 10! This week with the Youtube Edition! Ive gathered up some of the most helpful modeling videos that I could find. Each one has helped me greatly so I hope that they can be of help to some of you out there as well!

So enough of my rambles! Lets get on with the list!

10) Factory Building - A pretty cool and easy enough building for 40k or any other sci fi 28mm game. I actually cant wait to get a chance to make something like this!

9) Sewer Terrain - Ever wanted to play in the sewers of an Imperial city? If your like me you sure have ever since City fight came out with the sewer fighter rules. Well, now you can!

8) Terrain and Gaming Tables - Not really a tutorial but more of a, look at the pretty stuff that we would all like to build, this is a pretty nice video. Ive gotten some great ideas from watching it and I'm sure you guys and gals will too!

7) Urban Basing Tutorial - A pretty solid way to make Urban Bases for any sci fi miniature game.

6) Dipping your models - I personally have never tried to dip anything but after watching this video, I may just have to give it a shot!

5) How to Make and Paint a Rocky Base - Right to the point! If you are looking for a tutorial video that gets right to the point in making bases for your fantasy army, then this is the one for you!

4) Painting Eyes - Or better know as the windows to the soul, this video is one of the best when it comes to painting the thing which most of us fear so much. Eyes!

These top 3 happen to all be from the same person. A very talented guy that has done some amazing work. His tutorial videos are some of the best and these 3 have been my personal favs by far. If you want your models to have that realistic touch, these are the videos for you!

3) How to Build and Paint a Space Marine Vinidcator

2) How to Paint Rust

1) How to Make Chipped Paint Effects

So that's it for this week folks, see you all next week!

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New Member Monday - Remember to VOTE!

Hello ladies, gentlemen and planet eating super robots!  If you can't tell from the fucked up weather we're having, its spring!  Which means that the three months that most remind you of your wasted youth are right around the corner.  That's right.  Summer!

Contest Reminder
This is just a quick reminder to go and vote in the HoP Blog Role Naming Contest.  You can choose any one of six (6!) fine entries of which only 5 are breakfast food related. Voting ends on the 5th of April, so you've still got plenty of time to help someone win some swag.


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Digital Waaagh! Interview Series Coming April 1st

Auberon of Digital Waaagh! has just let us know that he's got a whopper of a new series starting this coming Friday.  Here's part of the e-mail we received from him describing his plans:
  Every Friday begining on the first of April, we will be interviewing various persons within the Gaming industry! Whether it is a games developer, novelist for the Black Library, head of Games Workshop retail, or just one of you, our followers, you never know who we will “Feature”!  (Unless of course we send you the interview requests/questions, then you would know…)  
Yeah, how friggin' awesome does that sound?  I have it on good authority that the April 1st installment is going to be a pretty big interview with someone very high up the ladder at GW.  I won't spoil the surprise, but barring an April fool's hoax ala the Terrence and Phillip episode, I think we'll all have a little something to look forward to.

Everybody enjoy the rest of your weekend and don't forget to head over to the Digital Waaagh! this Friday to see who their first mystery guest is.

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[New Kid In Town] Getting An Army

As a new player, after choosing an army, one of the toughest things to do can be acquiring little space doodz. It might seem pretty simple: just plop down a pile of money on a battle force and maybe a small squad box or two. But that's expensive; and most of the new players I know are at least a little frugal.

For the frugal-minded, there's Ebay; or buying used from friends. My problem was knowing what to look for, or knowing what I was getting. I was (and honestly AM) still new enough that I didn't know what units were good, and which were crap. I could have easily bought any number of Ebay auctions and still wound up with nothing but terrible choice simply because I didn't know better.

I definitely think going from a horde/Xenos army (Orks) to a Marine army made a difference- the names, composition, style and rules were completely different. Absolutely nothing "carried over" and I had my work cut out for me when it came to knowing which guys were worth buying. Time did not help any, either. Having last seen models in 2nd edition, I honestly didn't know what anything LOOKED like, and certainly had some frustration in trying to assemble a force I liked when I didn't have a clue what to look for.

So my solution was to do things slowly- maybe get a single, identifiable piece and slowly build from there. I planned to get an Emperor's Champion; as he is so iconic and outright gorgeous it's a shame not to have a dedicated model. I figured after that, I'd get a battle box of Marines and build the figures I wanted.

As the wife of an overly-indulgent and very loving enabler, I should have known better than to make plans; but I did. TheDude (my wonderful husband) likes to help people enjoy their games, and he REALLY likes to spoil me. When he got a chance to do both at the same time by buying a guy's army because he was getting out of the game, he took it. My Christmas present was literally thousands of points (and dollars) worth of Space Marines, all from a good home (and for a VERY good price).


Not all new players will be so lucky as to have The Great Enabler as their spouse. For them, I definitely suggest asking around: what units in my army are good, which stink, etc. Make a list, and then hit Ebay, Craigslist, friends, forums and even the blogsphere. I've seen some great armies come up for sale via blogging friends; so take advantage if you can. Or, support your FLGS and go ahead and buy the battle box, AoBR, and a couple squad boxes- whatever works best for you; but get guys in your hands so you can field them and play.

Actually playing means building a list, and for me, that was a headache I still can't get over. Check out next week, when I talk about the struggles of list-making as a newer player.

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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.

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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. 

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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
Left
Right
Up
Down


3) From fuzz
paincakes
deathwaffles
murdercrepes
evilmuffins

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
Scrambled
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!

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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).  

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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.


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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......

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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


PX40K
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.

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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.

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