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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What does our choice of army say about us?

Loquacious's series of articles on starting in the hobby started to make me think about some of my own early choices about what army I used...

Some of my own choices may have had something to do with the time I started in the hobby. The current Chaos Space Marine Codex had just been released and that was what the Games Workshop stores were pushing. Obviously they were also pushing the newer kits that went along with it as well.

As time passed by I jumped from one Marine codex and back again with what was basically the same army. It just happened to be getting bigger and bigger....However in my head the army theme always stayed the same. Marines who did whatever they damn well pleased ;-)

I have since then done Daemon, Tyranid and even Infantry Guard armies but I always come back to those dirty renegade bastards...


Monday, April 25, 2011

New Member Monday - Zwei Vier Zwei

We hit 242 members last week!  Another important industrial strength milestone for the Haus of Paincakes!  Here's a video in honor of the occasion!  Jawohl!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Legendary Generic HQ's!

Back in February, an interested reader sent us an idea for post he wanted us to create.  I collected stories from almost all the HoP authors and then promptly forgot about until GMort reminded me about a few weeks ago.  I then forgot about it again.  So when Friday rolled around with a Weekly Top X much further from completion than I wanted, I finally remembered about the HQ info I had collected.

This one goes out to Skarvald the Troll-faced and all the nameless leaders who have suffered horrible and ignoble deaths never to be remembered.

Loquacious: I have Brother Darius, The Emperor's Chosen. He came to me at great peril to his person, crossing the wind tossed and tumultuous seas of the Warp in but the barest of protections. Never fear, Darius, slayer of Warbosses, Farseers and Chaos Lords, braved the trip to join my Brethren solely at the mention of my Crusades' lack of a Command. He brought his sword forth to do battle against the Xenos, Heretics and Witches nearest the Outpost. He has roused the troops' muster, causing them to bear the sincerest form of flattery (trading guns for swords) and has savagely taken on the venerable foes in this region.

[A kind reader sent me that gorgeous guy with a really big sword when he heard I didn't have one yet. He mailed it without any prompting or repayment whatsoever- just wanted to know that Darius was going to a good home. THAT, my friends, is a great community!]


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: See Deez Craterz

Alright, so here's last week's project, finally dried and ready for photos.  But first, a story (and yes, this actually did happen at band camp).  While practicing for marching band one summer, I exclaimed to one of the other quad players:  'hey I just got this awesome new CD.'  'Oh yeah,' he replies.  'Yeah, CDs nuts!'  Needless to say it was amazingly hilarious and after the 7th or 8th time I told him about my new CD and he still kept falling for it, it didn't get any less hilarious.

Ah, like all great comedic stories, I suppose this one just ends in 'well I guess you had to be there.'  Ah comedy gold, I tell ya.

Shit anyway, here's that tutorial I promised.  If you haven't figured it out yet, we're going to be re-purposing some CDs.  You remember what those were right?  How we used to get our music and multimedia content?  The things that came after records and tape?  Bah, you young whipper snappers.

Anyhow, if you , like me, happen to have scads of CD-Rs laying around, I've got some great uses for them.  Obviously, anything discussed here could just as easily apply to DVDs or on a larger scale laser discs (it's like a record but there's a movie on there).

Kompressor does not build terrrain


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

User Content Wednesday - For the Love of the Game

Today's article I found by way of Good Buddy Brent.  He was being a Good Buddy (what he does best) in the comments section of his latest underappreciated article over on BoLS and was gave mad props (deservedly) to the guys over at Capture and Control.  When it came time to rustle up this week's User Content, I headed straight over there.  I was immediately struck by two three things:
  1. There is a ton of good stuff over there
  2. It's one of the few multi-author blogs that manages to pull it off
  3. There is a ton of hate in the comments section - much of it by anonymous jack-asses.
Seriously, what the fuck is up with #3?  Where does the hate come from?  Why is the FAAC crowd drawn to a blog with an obvious tournament bent and why do they keep coming back?  Also:  screw those guys.  Capture and Control is a good blog.

Anyway, while I was digging around and marveling at the stupidity of some of the comments, I found this gem on  that fits right into the whole "competitive hobbyist" thing we think is about the best idea since garter belts. 

I am aware that this article being written by me is a bit ironic. I am known as a super competitive player who prefers tournaments and play off situations to just playing for fun.  This is a bit of a misconception since I love playing in story driven campaigns/leagues and Apocalypse games, but I know where you are coming from with your perceptions of me.  I spam, a lot, and I play in a lot of tournaments and often finish high on the list of competitors.  Also, a quick list of my armies will show you I lean towards playing what is "good."  Space Wolves, Imperial Guard, Blood Angels, Salamanders, Chaos Space Marines (double lash, but of course), I also play Khador (Vlad ftw!) and I used to own a meta-busting Ork army that is now in the hands of Disdainful.  So why am I writing an article about playing "for the love of the game"?  Simple, I do love the game, and often times I will play sub par lists or super fluff driven lists in order to just have a good time.  I don't write much about it, in fact most of the blogosphere doesn't; so I wanted to take some time and talk about how playing just for the love of the game can be awesome.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's Wrong With 5th Edition Anyway?

There's been some talk on various of the forums and blogs about the potential arrival of the 6th Edition of 40K.

The general consensus seems to be that the time-scale between rules edition updates is fairly consistent so were due a change.

The thing we actually need a change?

Personally, I like 5th a lot better than I like 4th. Of course that may have something to do with an incident involving a Vindicator, an 11" scatter, a Rhino's rear armour and an improbable number of sixes that resulted in the destruction of a Chaos Space Marine Rhino and the 250 point squad that was in it.....


Monday, April 18, 2011

New Member Monday - Hey! It's Monday!!

Hallo and welcome to you who has come to visit the House of Paincakes!  We have very many exciting blogs to be with you sharing!  They are of very much quality and are full of excellence to be enjoyed.  Thank you to you who are our readers.  As we say often, the infinite is unknown at House of Paincakes

Please to be enjoying the following excellent items:

Keywords: Warhammer fantasy, skaven, painting, rants etc. boxes, etc.

The Dark end of the street
Keywords: Dust tactics, warmachine, 40k, fan fiction (but not the gross kind)

The Golden D6
Keywords: warhammer,40000,malifaux,painting,miniatures,modelling,photos,space
marine,dark eldar,bloodbowl,mordheim,necromunda

Chapel of Angels
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, Dark Angels, Modeling, Counts-As, advanced rating systems

That Guy James
Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, Hobby stuff, news, views, reviews, pews

And you Monday moment in literary greatness - the winning essay from That Guy James:

As god's gift to the internet, I don't feel it necessary to explain myself under any circumstances. However, I am feeling generous today, and will grace you with my attention for a millisecond longer. You see, my powers extend so far into the net of inters that they have actually come out the other side. That's right mortal, I have so plumbed the depths of the internet that I have emerged on the other side, covered in ectoplasm and erupting in steam. I have no idea why this was so, but it definitely made for a much more dramatic moment; that and the lighting. You just can't overestimate good lighting when you're shooting a scene.

What? Oh yes. As I was saying, my interweb super power is that I really don't use the internet all that much in a given day. I keep myself to a strict '22 hours or less' policy in any 24 hour period you may choose to observe. In this way, I am able to keep myself 'unplugged', which allows me sufficient time to dedicate to keeping the omnipresent 'it' anchored in the realm of reality. You are welcome for this service. I ask no form of compensation, save for admission to your cakes of pain, which I understand go very well with blueberry maple syrup.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

[New Kid In Town] The First Games

As a newer player to 40K, I spent a lot of time researching. I asked a lot of questions. I looked for answers all over the web and couldn’t find what I needed, so I STARTED a 40K for Beginners compendium. (That is still a work in progress.) I watched a lot of games and thought I understood the basics.

Then I went to play an actual game. I wrote at length about the game and the results here . This report was pretty accurate in describing the action and the results of the game. What it didn’t cover was the mental aspect of the game.

I was completely and utterly nervous. I was really concerned about playing fairly and asked before I did EVERYTHING if it was appropriate and/or allowed. I felt like an idiot a lot, too. When my opponent asked me questions about Black Templar, my answer was invariably, “I don’t know”. For example- BS. I didn’t know. Does the EC have Eternal Warrior? I didn’t know. What was the armor save on specific models? I didn’t know. I had to look things up over and over and honestly spent more time flipping through pages than actually playing.


Friday, April 15, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Haute Couture

Here I am, hanging out in the bathroom of the International House of Paincakes all by my lonesome. Where the hell is he? This sucks, and if Ye Ol’ Blogosphere doesn’t watch out I’m gonna go full rant all over the place!

Lauby? Lauby old chum..?

Lauby: Sorry about that, matey... what the hell are we doing in the bathroom?

Brent: …...

Lauby: Anyway, I was out and about on the internet checking some facts then I got sidetracked by a fashion site I found. Midway in the process of trying to figure out whether I’m an autumn or a spring, I realized I had places to be. Though I think has some valuable tips for all of us.

Brent: Ah, Chainfist! Monty aka Mkerr, formerly from Bell of Lost Souls - it’s been awhile since I’ve checked it out...

...what the hell? Someone want to tell me what happened?

1) Blood Ravens Army Project - The Whole Damn Thing
Brent: Why am I starting this thing out - I’m still in shock. What happened to the mighty Chainfist?
Lauby: Dude, c'mon.  This isn't like all the other times where we can meander all over the place - this is some serious shit. 
Brent: No, no - I agree! I don’t want to take away from this site, which is basically a blog promoting a charity drive. These dudes are going to build a Blood Ravens army and hold a raffle so someone can win it, and of course all the money will be donated to charity.
Lauby: I think it'll do pretty well.  The Storm Wardens pulled in quite a bit of scratch and I think if the word gets out, these guys could do just as well.
Brent: I hate that I have to ask, but let’s put this out front: are we sure this isn’t a scam? This is all on the up and up, yes?
Lauby: That question's been asked a lot lately.  As far as I can tell, these guys are serious and I know Child's play is legit.  Would Gabe or Tycho lie to us?
Brent: Excellent! I’m looking forward to following this project, and maybe lending a hand at some point.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Going Clubbing

Full disclosure: this was not the article that I'd intended to write for today, but it seems like fate and the highly changeable weather of the Midwest are conspiring against me. Seriously, how does it take quick dry plaster over 24 hours to dry, even if applied quite liberally?

Regardless, we'll soldier on and dive into something that I was saving for later down the road: pooling resources with your friends to save money. It's time to build your own table and terrain.  Get help financing it- start a gaming club.  Next week I'll be giving you a full blown tutorial and will probably expand on what I was going to present, since I've got more time now, if that shit ever dries.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lets Punch Cancer in the Balls!

Just a quick heads up on a wonderful new project Red over Miniature Wargame Conversions is starting up.

With Pay it Forward coming to its end in the near future, Red is pumping his charitable spirit up TO THE MAX and starting the LiveStrong Wargaming movement to raise money for a cause very near and dear to his heart.

If you're interested, you can head on over to this post to get the full details.

There's even a little logo you can grab to show your support.  Red has helped us out in the past and his cause is so good that we couldn't resist flying it ourselves.


User Content Wednesday - Being Gamist: How and Why of Counts As

I figured that with all the 'discussion' about Counts As armies recently, I'd draw some extra attention to this post.  RayJ over at Hidden in the Warp has my vote for the best post on the subject.  Now, after you've al read this, can we get back to the more serious issues plaguing the games we love?  I am, of course, referring to the evil that isthe Achilles Land Raider

When someone normally mentions the words “Counts As”, what image pops into your head? Do you see a wonderfully converted army of kit-bashed miniatures wonderfully painted and modeled to represent the forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus? Do you envision Space Marines in robes and Dark Green armor being used with a 5th Edition codex, being led by Pedro Kantor, Logan Grimnar, or Mephiston? Do you envision a swarm of Tyranid creatures and monsters deep striking onto the planet below coming in waves using the rules from Codex: Chaos Daemons (or vice versa: using Chaos Daemons with Codex: Tyranids)?

This post is going to discuss the various opinions I have seen on the topic as well as give you my opinion on the subject. I’ll tell you straight up that most of you will absolutely disagree with me, and I can’t fault you for doing so. As with all articles in this series just realize that these ideas are coming from someone whose greatest enjoyment of Warhammer 40k comes from playing the game and mastering the system. I don’t want to deny you what makes the game fun for you, I just ask you give me the same courtesy.

I am gamist. Some would even say I play to win at all costs. In a competitive setting they are entirely correct. I will use the rules in every legal way possible to defeat my opponent. I will be gentlemanly and courteous. I abhor bullying (and conflict), but I thrive on competition. You see, being WAAC doesn’t make you rude or a cheater. Being rude and cheating do, and I personally don’t like much of either of them.

Keep that in mind as you read this post. What I am going to say will rub some people the wrong way, but it needs to be heard. For too long has this voice been silent, and with the sweeping changes to tournament formats the world over, this idea may just be able to gain some public acceptance.


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.


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  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!


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.


Friday, April 8, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Adepticoverage

Lauby? Laubersheimer, are you there, my man?


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!


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....


Thursday, April 7, 2011


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 to let us know which fantabulous prize from our own prize pool you want.


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?

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


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?).


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.


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.....


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. (

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 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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.....


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!


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.


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.


[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.