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Monday, May 7, 2012

New Member Monday - Pegasi UNITE!

Look, I've been staring at a blank page for a while now.  I have no idea for what kind of pithy and life changing words to write here.  So I'm going to do what I do when I'm out of ideas:  the old fallback.

Here's a video to lighten up your Monday:

To this day, I remain convinced that the "Marzipan Girl at the Silver Lake Lounge" line is totally about a real person.

[UPDATE]  Von and the rest of the HoP staff would dearly love it if you took the time to vote in the poll you can't help but see there at the top of the page.  DO IT!

New Member Monday

A Downward Spyrle
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, Fantasy, Raven Guard, Imperial Guard, Space Wolves, Eldar, Wood Elves.

And a winning essay from the proud author:

Thank you for ignoring this essay. My blog is the result of my consolidation of two other blogs, "For the Wolftime" - that focused on many armies, and "The Medusan Triple Nickel" - that only dealt with my Imperial Guard. I have combined them to hopefully provide more frequent and higher quality articles. Once upon a time I wrote a tutorial on how to scratch build a treeman, it is pretty good. I also did one on making long barrelled heavy bolters, it didn't suck. Anyways, thanks for getting this far and considering to add me to you illustrious list of blogs.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Value

In talking about the internet for the past few weeks, I have found that a lot of you are surprised by how much influence it appears to have on my business.

As one of the last bastions of brick and mortar, the internet is always something I have to consider when considering how to conduct my business. 

Many times, my answer is "I'm not doing that"; but I still think about the competition and how to react to it as well as how to learn from it. 


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Stall

Frontline Gamer and I still haven't managed to get together to put the final touches on our ongoing series.  Which kind of ruins the 'ongoing' part now that I think about it.

In the interim, I thought that maybe His Lordship, Von Chesterfield Worchestershire Billingsworth III might be ready for his comeback.  Unfortunately for your chances of a Saturday post, he needs some information first.  So we're going to be running a poll that you see at the top of this page (that you couldn't help but notice).  For about a week.

Sorry in advance to the authors and readers for the layout change - but it's only temporary and this is important, damnit!


Friday, May 4, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Unusual and True Stories

Howdy all!  We've got another hot steaming bowl of Top X goodness to pass around and there's more than enough for everyone.

Like this, only with blogs.
This is the exact point where I've run out of juice for today's intro, so lets just jump right in!

1) The Buddy Times - Girls and Robots!!! the miniature variety
For a long time I've had my eye on some of the Soda Pop miniatures stuff.  By now we've all got a fairly good handle on what Super Dungeon Explore is all about.  But they make other stuff to. Hashshashin here, picked up one of those 'other' models and I have to say that it looks pretty rad.

2) Watching Paint Dry - Skaven Doomflayer Complete
I've actually been following this one all week.  I was lucky enough to catch a look at one of the in progress updates and decided to include it in this week's Top X.  Then I got extra lucky and and Mr. Graham went and finsihed the thing.  Bonus points for this being almost entirely done in the new GW paints.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

On Sci Fi Tropes and GW

Discussion time folks.  I fully expect and encourage a lively, spirited debate on this subject, so please pay attention.

Warning, Sci Fi nerdery ahead

A while back, I had some choice words that I wanted to say about how all of the new Necron models look like they were ripped straight out of the Battlestar Galactica reboot.  Time slipped away from me and I never got to write that article.  Now, in the face of a 2nd wave of Necron models, I think it's time to bring that discussion back.  Since I've also had several months to think about it, I'd also like to highlight a few other pieces of Sci Fi imagery that GW has worked into their models.

After the jump I'll be displaying some of the greatest and most blatant offenders from the GW canon.  Feel free to link to more in the comments and participate in the discussion that will ensue.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pushing the Limits of Decency.

Not talking about 40K this week...well not the 'on a tabletop' variety anyway...except we do use a table-top...because we sit around a table and our stuff is on the top...well using the bottom wouldn't make a lot of sense what with gravity being as single-minded as it is.....

Wait...let me start again...

Some time ago a group of friends of mine decided to venture into the world of RPG's...or re-enter for some of us as several of us had done them before...Fuck it I'm rambling again.....

We started with Deathwatch as being a giant armoured Space Marine was kinda fun...being an Evil giant armoured Space Marine is obviously even more fun so several of us gradually turned to the forces of evil or into an Obliterator...still not sure I've forgiven Tom for that...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Drove My Chevy to the Levee

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

When I was a larvae, my parental units would bring me to the Terran institution known as Nathan's, where the culinary delights know as 'hotdogs' are served aplenty. Hotdogs were only one of the reasons I loved to go there, though, because in the back of Nathan's was a gigantic arcade.
I believe I was about 5 or 6 Terran standard years of age when a new cabinet was nudged in between the endless rows of pinball machines. That cabinet contained....

*Somehow ironic, or something*


Monday, April 30, 2012

New Member Monday- 1st World Gamer Problems

All right ladies and gents, the Warhammer 40k rumor train picked up some speed over the weekend and it sure as hell spooked me.  Probably a bunch of you as well.

Pictured:  being spooked

Change is scary.  Especially the kind of high-minded and out of touch change that those zany guys at GW HQ seem to love so much.

But you know what's re-assuring and maybe even comforting?  The House of Paincakes.  Especially the New Member Monday and all the warm fuzzy community stuff that it implies.

New Member Monday

Kanediens War's
Keywords: General wargaming tutorials, articles and battle reports

Sound Officers Call
Keywords: Historical Miniature Wargaming, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Hobby, Bad Painting, Complaining, Bitching, Good Painting, and Griping

Keelhauling for Fun and Profit
Keywords: Freebooter's Fate, Pirate Miniatures and Games, Pirate Movies, Pirate Books, Pirate Comics, and:



Sunday, April 29, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Talking Heads

My little "series" about the internet continues as promised,  with a discussion of podcasts and youtube videos up next.

As a store owner, the influence level of podcasts is pretty minimal. I don't see or hear very many of my customers being total fanbois and/or falling into cults of personality when it comes to podcasts. When I talk to folks about them, their interests are generally fragmented and personal; with no single show being the 'head and shoulders above the rest' or anything like that.

I wanted to check out the different programs that had been recommended to me, or I'd heard of somehow. I went over to Itunes to try to find some of them, and found them all right, but I totally failed in the ability to subscribe to podcasts. Somehow it never worked, and I just got all cranky and so I headed to the sites directly to stream or download so I can listen later. Here's my review of the places I checked out, as well as other pithy comments.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tea and Biscuits - Intermission

Some sustained interference from Real Life has prevented Frontline Gamer and I from getting our part 4 ready for posting.

So enjoy this song about Orks while you wait for Lo's next installment on Sunday.


Friday, April 27, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Devastatin' Daves

All right everyone, before we get into the Top X today, there's a little bit of old business we need to cover.  You see, Dethtron committed a cardinal sin yesterday when he showed you the album cover for Devastatin' Dave but did not link to the 'song' itself.  Luckily, I'm here to save his, and everyone else's immortal souls.  From the evils of drugs.  With a song that was almost assuredly co-written by Bill Cosby.

A timely message for our troubling, modern world.

The Weekly Top X

1) Creative TwilightApril Assault 40K Tournament – Kamui’s Review
I know there's a lot of hate out there for heavily comped tournaments and I'd be lying if the very idea didn't bug me as well.  But you need to do more than complain!  There is a great deal of value in taking a good hard long look at 'em.  Like Kamui did here since he also participated in one.  And had a great deal of fun while he was at it. So double good on him.  Triple if we're counting his excellent review.  Which we are now doing.

2) Sons of Sanguinius -Reader Question Time - Count As and You
This is a little somethin' somethin' directly responding to what GMort was on about this week.  It's a grand discussion about the nature of count's as.  And I do mean discussion - the comments on this bad boy are great!  As for my own opinion of counts as... well, let's just say that it's explicitly supported by the mothership and that's pretty awesome.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: DIY Movement Trays

Since today is the first day off I've had to myself in a while (though it's looking increasingly likely that I will have to go in to work to fire somebody later today...), I decided to shirk my responsibilities and bring you an excellent community post.   

A couple of years ago Hoagy- my good friend, fellow band mate (if you click the link and then like us, I'll be happy- if you download our ep from iTunes or Amazon, I may even take off my pants for you), and purveyor of the excellent blog "When Canons Fade" (you should also click this link and like this page, but I'm not as likely to remove clothes for you as with the band thing)- wrote up an excellent piece that fits into the budget paradigm on building your own movement trays.  Apologies in advance for the non-existence of all paints mentioned in the tutorial.  I'm sure you all can figure it out, though.  Hope you enjoy and see you next week.  

Article after the random picture from my collection and the obligatory jump.  JUMP I SAY!

Hoagy, artist's interpretation


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Crazy Lady Hasn't Killed Me Yet

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

 When I reflect upon the actual time I've spent in my life doing hobby-related stuffs, I can't help but think it's the best time I've ever wasted.
 I'm under no illusions that painting my lil' tankie-tanks is important to anyone but me, really. The endless array of army lists I create serve no lofty purpose other than to amuse myself, after all, but amuse me they do. Sure, the Crazy Lady I Live With is convinced the recently culled milk crates in the closet are filled with 'toys,' but what does she know?
 Ok, maybe, technically they could be classified as 'toys,' but you and I know they're so much more than that.


*Dreadnaughts think disguises are for chumps*


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The 'Poop Rules, Great Model' Dilemma

For all the issues that Games Workshop has, there's one thing that I think we can all agree upon...

Their models are fucking awesome*

*With some minor exceptions *Cough* Stormbrick..I mean Stormraven *Cough*

Unfortunately Games Workshops ability to write balanced rules is somewhat hit and miss. This creates an issue whereby a certain army and unit combination comes into favour amongst the competitive (and semi-competitive) community which with some codices best unit choices can occasionally look quite dull on the table-top. Even those individuals with exceptional painting skill will be hard pressed to make twelve Razorbacks look interesting...


Monday, April 23, 2012

Cool Stuff: Roll20 -- Virtual tabletop gaming that tells a story

A while back, Dethtron regaled you with the epic tale of how we managed to create a stable RPG group despite the fact that only two of the four of us lived in the same state.

For those of you unable or unwilling to click on my handy embedded link, the basic idea was that we used a collection of free online tools as a replacement for actually being in the same room.  It worked pretty well and it was free, but it was not without it's issues.  Mostly due to the fact that it was essentially a bunch of stuff duct taped together.

That was then.

In the present, I discovered something pretty neat on Kickstarter.

Essentially, it's a completely web-based bundle (no downloading) of all the tools my buddies and I were using in the past years. Plus, like a million other features. It's also integrated so you're only using ONE program rather than 4+.

The kickstarter has already met it's funding goal, and I am by no means urging you to spend money.  I just wanted to bring this to your attention since it seems like it'll be pretty neat once it's done.  Also, I was wistfully thinking of Von the other day and this just jumped out at me.


New Member Monday - Refer Madness

As ominously promised, part two of the weeding was completed last week.  So I thought I'd make a reference to everyone's favorite drug scare movie.  And then make a pun in the post title on account of all the reference I'm making.  Look...I know it's lame.  But weeding is depressing.  Obtuse jokes are all I have right now!

Well, obtuse jokes and cheap hooch.
Anyway, same deal as last week, first the good news, then the butcher bill.

Remember, if you want your blog moved to a different roll, now's the time to let us know.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] On Blogs

While the internet is full of oddities, there is a lot of cool stuff out there. What I have found interesting is the way the web has changed.

I've been on the internet for a good 16 years or so- way back in the days of dial up, Tripod, Geocities, AltaVista and Yahoo. I've seen a lot of interesting cycles- from when "blinkies", flashing bits, popups and/or GIFs were all the "best" the web had to offer, and when IRC and ICQ were all the rage, to rings and endless linkbacks and cluttered interfaces, to today with blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

remember this? 


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tea and Biscuits with Lauby and Frontline Gamer: Starting the Hobby, part 3

Here we are with part three of the conversation Frontline Gamer and I are having while we sub in for the delightfully bearded Von.  Last week we ended things up on a discussion of the the perfect gateway product - the trashy novel!  But you can read all of that here.

FG: I think we’ve pretty much covered the whole gateway product haven’t we? I think we agree that it’s certainly not just the product itself, but more that the industry needs to do more in general to engage with potential new customers. Is that about where we are at? The idea that perhaps simply preaching to the converted isn’t going to rope that many new people in. It seems to this observer that many games companies are willing to leave it to Serendipity when it comes to recruitment. That’s no way to run a business in my mind, but they’ve relied for so long on the goodwill of us gamers to do the hard work for them, well I say we need help because the player base for a lot of these games remains fragile and underdeveloped in many regions around the globe. I mean you’ve said to me that you’re basically living in a gaming wilderness, what’s that like?

Pictured: a typical gaming wilderness


Friday, April 20, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Smiles and Hugs FOREVER!

FOREVER!  I really got nothing for an intro today, so enjoy this Parry Gripp tune, get pumped and get reading.

1) Blood of Kittens - Meat for Meta: A friendly 6th edition reminder…
This post really resonated with me. Equal parts impassioned and measured and on a topic that is quite important for me This may seriously be the only post about 6th edition you’ll need to read until well after it comes out.

2) Eldar Addict - Custom Talos WIP and Space Hulk Mission List
I dunno much about the Talos except that this dude’s painted examples are one of the best sales pitches you could find for the kit. The rest of his Dark Eldar ain’t too shabby either. And by that I mean they are amazeballs.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Getting Buggered by the Empire, a Review of Sorts

Fair warning in advance, since that's apparently what we're doing this week- this post will be a return to form for your old pal dethtron.  If you're not sure what exactly that means..... you're about to fucking find out.

It's on!

I'll get the budget part out of the way first, since that's what I'm allegedly here to do.  Simply put, if you happen to be sitting on a few Empire miniatures, it's time to make an army on the cheap.  Given the recent points increases in the new book, your army list just got a shitload smaller.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Lowest Common Denominator

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

I should probably warn you straight away that this post contains cursing, and a lil' venomous ranting.

I haven't even written it yet, and I know it will contain these things. As I type these words, it's just a concept in my mind. I know what I want to convey to you, but it's a subject that fills me with such animosity that I'm fairly sure that at some point I might just lose it, and start...going off.
Today I will be discussing that segment of the Terran population I've dubbed 'the lowest common denominator.'
Very few things on this planet make me quite this angry.

*I nailed all the exits shut before setting the fire*


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Is My Army Any Good?

So you've decided to invest in a new army.

Maybe your bored of your old one, need a new a challenge, have discovered some hideously broken combination in a new codex or are attracted by some new pretty models or interesting background material...whatever the reason, I'm presuming your going to use the army at some point and perhaps would like to win a game or two with it.

Of course if you don't care about whether your army is going to win a game then feel free to ignore this article completely or just skip to the end and I'll include a picture of Kate Beckinsale for no apparent reason.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Community Announcement: Headshots from the Heart Charity Drive

Here's a little something to warm the cockles of your collective hearts this fine Monday evening.

Seriously though, they do look pretty cold.
The illustrious and talented Dave G of Wargaming Tradecraft is gearing up for what promises to be a fascinating combination of a video game marathon and painted model auction.  For charity!

Specifically, Child's Play.

Here's the skinny:

Dave and his wife (and a whole host of other fine folks) are planning on playing Borderlands for a day straight (24 human hours to you SinSynn) and raising money from pledges - either a lump sum or based on how many headshots the charitable team can produce.

Beyond that, Dave will be painting up some themed miniatures as part of a two-pronged assault.

Did I mention that the whole thing will be webcast?  A crack team of support people are involved so you can follow along in the action.

Full details can be found at Wargaming Tradecraft or the Headshots from the Heart page.  I urge you to head on over there and donate whatever you can - money or just plain ol' gettin' the word out.

Since this event doesn't take place until late may, I recommend that you stay tuned to the Headshots mainpage to check in on the painting progress that'll be there.


New Member Monday - Trade Deficit

All right ladies and gentleman, we've got a lot to cover today.  First, the happyfun news:  New members! Three of them this week.  Well... two and a move.

I see Lead People
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Bloodbowl, Imperial Guard, Night Lords, WIP, Conversions

Armoured Sentinel
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Tyranids, Imperial Guard, Doubles Tournaments

Watching Paint Dry
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Skaven, Space Wolves, WIP, Ogre Kingdoms, Orcs & Goblins, Blood Angels

On a less exciting note, we completed the first round of weeding.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] A Funny Thing Happened...

Last week I set out to talk about the internet in an in depth way, with the idea that I would try to avoid painting things with broad strokes. I mentioned that I have a lot to say about the weird and wonderful web. Now it's time to get to it.

First up, I figured I would talk about the subject I know the least about, so let me know if it's lame.

Yeah, that way I have plenty of time to be told I'm wrong and learn my lesson...

Forums have a definite place in the structure and ranks of the internet, offering a place and opportunity for communicating ideas and information.  The ability to be heard on a topic, and discuss with others interested in the same ideas gives a lot of us geeks some kind of hope.

And that ability also gives us a bad reputation.

I haven't ever been a member of a forum, but I've read them many times. I spent quite a lot of time perusing places like DakkaDakka and Bolter & Chainsword, and I continually came away from those experiences profoundly disappointed in ... well...just about everything...

Somehow, the very nature of forums allows the worst of us to come out, and act like  jerks to each other. I found instance after instance of downright creepy and mean attitudes, snark and general jackassery.

Forums have very little direct impact on me or my business. However, when a topic is hot or very popular on one of the sites, we get some conversation in the store. That's usually a pretty good thing, and I am generally grateful. It pains me to see people getting butt hurt over them, but when customers want stuff or talk about whatever they heard about on the 'net, I can't complain too much.

I know there's a lot I haven't addressed- but I don't know a lot about forums.  I'd love to hear what you have to say, and talk about it with you further in the comments.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tea and Biscuits with Lauby and Frontline Gamer: Starting the Hobby, part 2

Frontline Gamer and I are still subbing in for Von while he's on walkabout.  Last Saturday we kicked off a conversation about starting the hobby in this day and age.  Our intention was to wrap things up in one post and move onto other important questions like "do red ones really go faster?" or "what's the deal with airline food?".    Once we were past the first paragraph, it was quickly apparent this was gonna be a multi-parter.  So begins part 2 right were we left off last week.

Lauby: Ah good, we’re moving on to a game company that’s worthy of my scorn! Actually, I can’t afford to be quite that flippant. Starting over: I think there are a lot of flaws with Privateer Press on the whole. Obviously, none of them seem to be crippling the game but they’re there. Now, as much fun as it would be rake HoMachine over the coals, it could quickly take over the conversation.

Get it! hahaha.


Friday, April 13, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Fearful Symmetry

9 New Members this past Monday and 9 Top X picks?!  It'd be fate if it weren't for the simple fact that I fudged the Top X part.  Like anyone would believe that it was just serendipity that I happened to only picked 9 posts anyways.

Anywho, it's symmetrical.  Like book ends. Kind of.  Except for Saturday and Sunday.  Hey!  Look over there!!

1) Incarias Speaks - Warhammer Fantasy: My Reactions to the New Empire
Every time a new army comes up the ol’ tubes immediately get clogged up with people trying to be the first one to comment on it. Actually, it occurs to me that I am being a dick. The point is that this post by Incarias is so much more than a simple look at new kits. There’s a real commentary on how 8th edition is shaping up and it’s worth your time.

2)Warhammer In Progress - Ideal-Ideas #1 - Spawn
This is what I call a Top X value added feature. A post about more posts. I could stop now and this would technically be a 8 count Top X. To bring us back to the point of this entry: Warhammer in Progress has collected a bunch of cool homegrown spawn and were not moving on until you look at all of them. Speaking of Tenuous links to William Blake, this is also a fantastic link back to our latest Gaming on a Budget post since it was also pretty spawn-tastic.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month HoP Member Project Extravaganza

As promised, week 8 or so of spare parts month will close out the series with a collection of projects submitted by HoP members.

We had some great submissions and I even found a new blog to drool over in the process of this.  Thanks to everyone who submitted.

How it feels to be pimped by the HoP; artist's interpretation

Without further hoopla and ado, here are the creme de la creme entries. (Hint- blog names are links to the site that submitted the project)


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Epic Spring Cleaning Battle is Epic

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

Have you ever noticed that Terran females have a way of saying your name in such a way that you just know you're in trouble?
A certain tone, a certain pitch, and lethally cold chills will run up your spine. Bladders and bowels may be voided, as well. At the very least, a Terran female calling your name in 'that manner' will immediately make you do a quick mental rundown of your actions since the last time you got in trouble....
'What did I do? Think, man!'

*You can bet she's not yelling 'Come fulfill yer fantasies with me NOW!*

Since the Crazy Lady I Live With is blessed by Satan with the ability to yell my name in such a way that I immediately fall to the ground in convulsions, I knew I was doomed the other day when she announced....
Spring Cleaning.
'It's time for you to do something with all those models in the closet you never use.'
If I wasn't having spasms on the floor, I would have attempted immediate resistance. As it was, all I managed was a strangled sounding whine.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Noble Art of Arguing...

There have been several posts on both this network and on various forums about the relative merits of arguing, valuing the opinions of others and other related subjects...The general consensus being that a good debate as long as it's done with mutual respect for the opinions of others can be a constructive force for change for all concerned.....

Which is all-right in principle as long as the other persons opinion is worthy of respect...but more often than not it blatantly isn't and presuming it's going to be of equal merit as your own is like starting a game of Warhammer with the intention of playing for a draw.

I don't play to draw, I play to win ;-)

Therefore with that in mind I'd like to present my guide to winning arguments on the internet.....

1) The Imaginary Friend.
Well my mate *insert made up name here* always wins with Daemons.....


Monday, April 9, 2012

New Member Monday - Lorem Ipsum

We've got another absolutely humongous crop of new blogs this week.  Huzzah, and so forth.  I'm just gonna jump straight in. Also, I'm about 5 hours behind on writing this.  So there's that as well.

Verily, and such.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] "Versus" the Internet

"Don't even get me STARTED on the internet"- Me, to Dethtron; sometime last year

I have a lot to say about the internet -as a game store owner, there are certain level of assumptions that are made about how the internet interacts with retail businesses and their ability to continue to operate. It's not just a whistle in the dark, either. Conversations like this one happen on a long and frequent scale. I have definite information (and even evidence) about that topic, but I really haven't talked about that because it tends to cause arguments (or people ignore my POV because it doesn't match their assumptions).

Rather than argue with a stump, I just leave the arguable things alone.

I think I'm done with that for a while, and I'm discussing the internet. I'll be talking about the topic in what I hope will be an in-depth way, and I'm open to commentary and suggestion. If you want to ignore me, that's cool too.