Funny Things

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Von Show #16 - All Good Things...

Lovely up-the-nose shot there. And still no pop guard for my microphone. I bet the cat's nicked off with it.

Sometimes, you'll get lucky, and your hand will be forced by forceful forces beyond your control. Sometimes, you'll be clever, and pin it all on Mysterious Circumstances. Sometimes, fate and fortune will conspire against you, and you'll have to face the most onerous trial a gamesmaster ever has to face...

Ending The Game.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Homophones and Forgeworld

Hello and welcome back to another Lauby flavored Top X at the House of Paincakes!  I'd also like to give a big special thanks to Laundry Girl (who ever she really is) and SinSynn from the bottom of the robotic pumping machine that passes for my heart.  Last week's post was pretty amazing and you should all read it again.

Now, on to my craziness.

Deep Diction
My original idea for today was to do a Top X based upon my new favorite homophones:  ado and adieu.  But it turns out that singling out people who write 'without further adieu' when the really mean  'without further ado' is not the way to go about making friends.  Some of them could have seriously be rocking one of the cleverest puns I've ever seen.  Plus, I already have enough enemies.  So I still want to mention this little factoid, I just don't want to be any shittier about it than I have to.

Moving on.

Contest Alert - Frontline Gamer and Winged Hell Beasts

Hey Folks, Just a little reminder on behalf of Frontline Gaming for ya today.

He's been on a BaneLegions kick lately and has an absolute double whammy of a post that you should all check out.  It's an interview with a certain amiable fellow by the name of Rob Lane who is one of the Maelstrom Games honchos.  The whole thing is as in depth as it is interesting, but what's more, contained therein is the key you need to enter a fantastical contest to win one of these bad mamajamas:

I shit you not, a 165mm tall resin model is up for grabs and all you have to do is some leisure reading.

So get to it!  The post you need to immerse yourself in for the clues is right here. We've even saved you a step.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month- Ogre BSB part 2

As with last week, before I kick this into high gear don't forget that in 2 weeks I will be highlighting your -dear readers- creations made from spare parts.  Send an e-mail with "spare parts month" in the subject line to me at  Be sure to include some pictures of your work and a link to your own site (if you have one) and anything else you might find to be pertinent information.

When we left off last week, I was elbow deep in converting an Ogre Battle Standard Bearer from spare parts.  This has consisted mainly of using the extra ogre gunner left over from making the Scraplauncher instead of the Thunderfire Canon. 

Before getting to far into the standard itself, I was careful to prep the arm to hold it.

The arm I used is positioned perfectly for the task of holding a standard.  It was originally holding straps to aim the (still very dumb) Thunderfire Canon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FoW Supplemental: Battlefront keeps the party going

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

Flames of War players continue to bask in the glow of new releases from Battlefront, and the next few months are going to see some interesting things hit the shelves.

Blood, Guts, and Glory is on the way, and with it comes a veritable plethora of new kits.
American players are getting pretty psyched up for new Jumbo Shermans and Easy Eight's. The basic Sherman kit is also seeing a makeover, and the Ultimate Rival is already planning his THIRD tank company as a result.
For my part, I look forward to blowing all these things up, and I'll be getting new lists to do do it with.
Battlefront has yet to announce a new kit for the Jagdtiger....but here's hoping.

*For every one Allied tank it destroys, it scares another dozen to death*

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Member Monday - So Close and Yet so Far

Dethtron and I...  actually, lets be inclusive on this one.  The ENTIRE HoP staff has been eagerly awaiting the day when we hit 400 blogs on our rolls.  And we're very, very close to that.

According to blogger we have 398 blogs on our rolls.  My google  custom search says we have 400 sites indexed!  So we're either a hairs breadth away or full on there.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] The Bubble Part 2

A while ago, I talked about 'the bubble' as I see it. to me, the bubble is a sphere of influence, ownership or shared responsibility for an undertaking. It might be a sports team, a girl scout troupe, or a small business. Those INSIDE the bubble know what's going on, when, why and how- and those outside the bubble know what is told to them by those inside it.

I've been on both sides of the bubble. Recently, GW told my store that they were making a big change to its paint line. They wouldn't tell us what KIND of changes, but I figured "hey, that's ok; they will tell me what I need to know". I also assumed that I was closer to the "inside" of the bubble than the "average consumer" since I sell theit product for them.

I got my official email after several large blogs had broken the story. I read about the new paint line and colors online at major hobby blogs before I read it from the company I'm supposed to be partnering with. I discovered that despite a heavy cash investment, I am NOT inside the bubble. I find things out when everyone else does (and sometimes later).