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8th edition 40k rumours – a burning eye view.

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Greetings all! See this thing I’m jumping on? that’s a bandwagon right there! So here we go, we’ve seen some confirmations from GW this past day about what they’re looking at for 8th edition, and we know it’s going to be within the next year. Here are my thoughts on what’s been said, and what I’d like to see happen!

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Spotlight on blogging part 10 – Code 40k

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Greetings all, time to shine a light on another little corner of the internet today – and this time my light falls on the Code 40k blog.

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Tactical Insight – Play the mission

Posted on March 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Greetings all, it’s been a little while since I last did a tactical insight article, and in replying to a comment elsewhere I was inspired to write a post about playing the mission and sticking to your objectives rather than getting distracted.

I should say at this point that this whole article illustrates one of my favourite things about blogging – a simple comment made in relation to one of my posts has inspired an entire new one – so thank you Mr Williams!

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Hobby update 20-3-17 – In 40k – everyone can hear you scream!

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all!
Welcome to this week’s glimpse into my studio!

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Funny Friday – I think you’ll find that’s mine!

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Have a great weekend all!

40k Road to Competence – games 6 and 7

Posted on March 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings all – welcome to the next installment of my Road to Competence series, where I look back and critically assess my games with the intention of becoming a better player. I’m getting my teeth into a decent number of games in this series now, and I think I’m starting to see the benefits!

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Spotlight on blogging part 9 – Cascadian Grimdark

Posted on March 14th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Greetings all – so after a week off the spotlight returns!

We have a blog that I discovered a while ago this week, and one where the hook that caused me to follow it was actually a sad story!

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Hobby update 13/3/17 – Fateweaver!

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Morning all, another week passes and more new projects get started on my desk – I really need to try finishing something sometime, haha!

welcome again to my workstation where I let you in on all the little projects I have going on. This week is more detail on my commission work, including a finished Librarian, and work beginning of Fateweaver – the most significant model of my commission service so far.

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Golovin 3 – Heartstrike

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Chaplain Ezequiel watched as Sergeant Reyes secured himself into the drop pod, the datascreen next to him flaring into cold green life as the pod’s systems detected the presence of the squad leader. “Remember Sergeant” he said, his voice a deep, earthy…

List building – Dusk Knights again!

Posted on March 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So we’re back to this again – another look at the Dusk Knights space marines and my efforts at creating a ‘standard’ list for use in my games.Given how I’m also trying to go back to ‘basics’ with the marines and how I use them, I also decided to go bac…

Hobby update – commission work begins in earnest!

Posted on March 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hi all, welcome once more to the little window into my hobby world, where I cast a light on my painting station and what wonders lie on it at the moment, haha!

This week marks the first hobby update where I’m looking at my commission painting. I’ve got a few projects on the go at the moment so I’ve decided to focus mainly on them this month.

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February review

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Blog aims.

  • Continue to post at or above 2016 levels, when I achieved 153 blog posts.
February was another bumper month, with 23 posts in 28 days, which takes me up to 43 over the first two months of the year. Keep that rate up and we’re looking at over 250 posts this year, which will smash my previous best.
  • Reinstate/create some regular features, including Funny Friday, and possibly we’ll see a return of ‘The Adept’ and his take on 40k’s particular style.

I’m continuing on with the new series ‘spotlight on blogging’ and whilst views on these posts have dropped for the last couple (could be that they’ve not been top article on the home page for as long) the series appears to be going down quite well. I’ve also done another couple of Tactical Insight articles on the marine codex, so feature series are coming along nicely.

  • Achieve over 20,000 views in at least 1 month of the year, and aim to average over 18,000 views per month.
I comfortably exceeded my 18,000 target once again this month, for a second month in a row beating the 20,000 mark (23,239 to be exact). In fact, had my viewing figures continued at the same pace and February had the same number of days as January I’d have beaten that record.
  • Continue to promote adsense on the blog, and actually get paid by google!
Well I honestly thought I was going to achieve this this month, but agonisingly I fell just a few pence short of the threshold for getting paid (the pot now stands at £59.50). Still, it’ll give me another month to increase the pot beyond that threshold so the payment will be nicer when it does arrive.
  • Feature a narrative campaign series of battle reports using the Dusk Knights.

This month saw the first of the narrative reports ‘Return to Golovin – Recon Strike‘. It seemed to go down fairly well with you all, though nothing like as well as the original game that inspired it. Interestingly, that report went up on a Friday night, which I’ve noticed before can tend to result in higher views, so from now on every time there’s a narrative game report, it’ll be published on a Friday night.

  • Promote a more ‘feature/spotlight’ style of photography post when I finish painting a unit.

I downloaded the camera+ app onto my phone this month, and I think the results of that are already beginning to bear fruit – when Greggles tells you your photos are better, then your photos are better!

I’m also going to start featuring a combination photo in these review posts of everything I manage to paint in a month.

    Personal hobby aims.

    • Buy no new 40k miniatures in the first half of the year (excluding those I’ve already committed to, which comprise a chimera, guardsman squad, and 12-14 genestealers).

    Tick, that’s now two months with no 40k stuff bought! In fact my only hobby spending this month was on a new brush and some paints.

    • Expand on commission painting services, getting a more formal structure in place.

    So far so good, I’ve got plenty of stuff in the pipeline in this regard, with two lots of tzeentch screamers (for two different commissioners) and fateweaver, a terminator librarian and more space wolves too. Soon I may be solvent again!

    • Buy the Dwarf Bloodbowl team, including a Deathroller.

    Not yet – it will be a while doe to funding issues I’ve already mentioned.

    • Continue to paint/build 300pts per month on average.

    Smashed it, this month I broke 800, though I did get a nice head start with some almost finished models on day 1.

    • Complete my first formation for the Genestealer Cult – the First Curse.

    I have enough models to get cracking on this now – and if commission work is completed quickly in March I may get the first few painted. I’ve already tried out a new test scheme that should work well on both the genestealer cult models and the guard stuff I want to accompany them.

    • Finish painting 1000pts of Emperor’s Children

    Still a way off – I may look to get more of this done in April, after my March commission month.

    • Begin the repainting of the Tau, at least 6 units to be complete by the end of the year.

    I haven’t started yet, in fact I’m contemplating possibly putting some of the Tau up for auction with a view to focusing the collection on the Farsight Enclaves.

    • Begin using an airbrush to increase the speed of my painting.

    I’ve not attempted this yet, still haven’t had the time or been brave enough to try it. However, I do have a whole day to myself in March when it might be a possibility.

    • Complete building my gaming table/storage space to enable battle reports on the GDB blog.

    Not yet, though the first GDB board is taking shape nicely – let’s hope the rest come together rather quicker!

      Gaming aims

      • Beat Ryan more often than I lose to him.

      Just the one game in February and it was another loss – I need to get the win back in March’s narrative!

      • Achieve a 60+% win rate with the Dusk Knights.

      Well I’m currently trotting along at exactly 60% so far this year.

      • Achieve a 50+% win rate with the Obsidian Enclave.

      Haven’t used the Tau yet this year

      • Get into the playoffs of MAD League 3 Bloodbowl.

      Didn’t play bloodbowl this month, I’m still waiting for others in the league to catch up as I’m several games ahead of most players.

      • Develop a consistently successful list for use with the Dusk Knights

      I’m getting there, though it’s currently quite heavily dependent on sternguard, and my focus has been on getting stuff done for the Golovin narratives

      • Place in the top half of two different tournaments.

      Haven’t been to a tournament yet this year.

        Weight: 100.5kg
        February seemed to go off the rails a bit for both myself and my wife despite a couple of kilos lost in the first two weeks (what can I say – Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday encouraged us both to indulge in rather more food than we should have!), but things are rescuable, and I’m back on it again now.

          Emperor’s children – a change to my forward planning!

          Posted on March 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

          Hi there, so, after I spent quite a while figuring out what I wanted to do with my Emperor’s Children this year (see article here), I’ve now changed my mind!Info coming out of somewhere (I’m assuming the Horus Heresy weekender) seems to suggest some lo…

          Funny Friday – your parents’ never told you this!

          Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Have a great weekend all!TBE

          Old stuff day: Dice – how do you roll yours?

          Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Hi all – it’s old stuff day today and I thought it would be nice to do something a little different, so rather than just re-posting an old article, I took the idea behind the article and re-wrote it with an updated twist.

          Here’s the original

          What do your dice say about you?

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          40k Formations – your views!

          Posted on March 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Hi all – well as promised in my article extolling the virtues of formations, here’s the follow up where you can find the thoughts of those of you who either commented on the original article, or emailed me afterwards!

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          Spotlight on Blogging Part 8 – Can’t Paint, Won’t Paint

          Posted on February 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Welcome once again to my weekly spotlight on the blogosphere and my own reading list within!

          This week it’s the blog of a clubmate who comes under the gaze! Can’t paint won’t paint

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          Hobby update 27-2-17 – here comes the vanguard!

          Posted on February 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

          Greetings all – another week goes by and we’ve reached the end of February!

          There will be the usual recap of the month coming but in the meantime lets have a quick look at the week’s progress shall we?

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          Funny Friday – the Twilight saga re-imagined

          Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Have a great weekend all!TBE

          40k road to competence, games 3, 4, and 5

          Posted on February 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

          Ok so this is a bit of an exaggeration, because whilst I’ve played another three games since the last review, one was unfinished (3 turns in) and another was so ruined tactically by my dice rolling that it hardly constitutes a solid basis for evaluatio…

          What is OP? And do we really know it when we see it?

          Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

          Tackling one of the big subjects today – OP stuff (and no, I don’t mean out of production).

          It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, and the thing is, I’m not really sure a lot of people genuinely get what it is or why something might be OP, and they simply use the term to mean something they haven’t anticipated facing or don’t know how to beat.

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          Spotlight on blogging part 7 – Cadia’s Creed: Warhammer 40k and the Imperial Guard

          Posted on February 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Greetings all – we’re back with another wonderful blog for you all to check out (if you haven’t already).

          This week, we’re taking a look at the excellent Cadia’s Creed.

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          Hobby update – The Eternal War

          Posted on February 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

          Greetings all – time flies, or so they say, and it’s Monday again, so that means a peek into my inner sanctum at what’s on my painting table!Last week you got a peek at some veterans I was working on – and they’ve once more been at the forefront of the…

          40k Tactical Insight – the Space Marine Scout Squad

          Posted on February 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

          Greetings all – welcome to the third of my tactical insight articles – this time I’m turning the burning eyed gaze on the space marine scout squad.

          Much maligned for a long time (by me if no-one else, haha) these guys got a significant boost in the last codex – how has that affected them?

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          Funny friday – this fish can fight!

          Posted on February 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

          I can assure you, I’ve been there. Ironically as the Tau player!Enjoy the weekend all!TBE