Posts Tagged ‘WH40K’

Aeldari New Year: Shining Spear Conversion Gallery

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick one because my computer has decided to start ignoring its USB ports (and thus I can’t get past the log in screen). These are my Shining Spear Aspect Warriors, made from Reaver Jet bikes and some old High Elf spear men kits.No one pay atten…

Craftworld Aeldar 500 Point Starter List, The Eldar Wild Riders

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Do you like lightning fast armies? Do you love having the most powerful guns? Do you still want to hit hard in close combat too? Well read on, my fellow space elf players. Read on.This is perhaps the least beginner collection friendly army I’ve ever wr…

Emperor’s Children: tactical marine

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Następna figurka z powstającej mini-armii Emperor’s Children Mormega. Zapytany o plany, nakreślił je poniżej.Plany mam ambitne, oczywiście jak na mnie: dwie drużyny taktycznych legionistów, dwa leviathany i dwa oddziały kakophoni. Uzbiera się razem mał…

Aeldari New Year: Warp Spider Conversions

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

“Chuc mung nam moi!” as they same in my adoptive home town, and Happy Year of the Dog as they say in my actual home village!As part of my continuing Aeldari/Eldar renovation project, I’ve finally sat down and finished doing the tabletop standard p…

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Imperial Florists!

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

A day late, but minor catastrophes abound when you’re in my job. My fellow neck beards…Valentine’s Day is typically a day of sadness, regret, and far too much junk food. Indeed, I remember a time where I ate an entire Valentine’s Day pizza set for tw…

Aeldar New Year: Guardian to Ranger Conversion

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Chinese New Year is this week, and my wife and I are busy getting ready for it (new clothes, roasted pork, roasted duck, lucky money packets etc.). As you can imagine from the total lack of new posts, hobby time is extremely limited, but I have two or …

Chorąży drużyny taktycznej Emperor’s Children | Emperors’ Children tactical squad Vexilla

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Kolejnym modelem z drużyny taktycznej Emperor’s Children pomalowanym przez Mormega jest “chorąży” – Legion Vexilla, mający zwiększać morale wojowników. Mormeg do budowy tego (i wcześniejszych modeli, pokazujących marines w pancerzach Mk IV), wykor…

Drugie Dziecię Imperatora | Second Emperor’s Children

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Drugi legionista drużyny Emperor’s Children z czasów Herezji Horusa w malowaniu mojego brata. Podobnie jak wcześniejszy, malowany z użyciem washów nakładanych na metaliczny podkład. Metoda, zdaniem Mormega, szybka, łatwa i dająca niezłe rezultaty. I z …

Female Steel Legion Astra Miliatrum Regiment, 650 Point Starter List

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

After a few games of sheer joy where my strategy and army composition worked perfectly, I’m going to upset my students and gaming buddies by making it even better! Well, hopefully. What follows is an update from this starter list, now I’ve managed to g…

Black Library Competition, Story 1: Fallen Legend Sample (Open for feedback)

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

As promised, here is the sample for the story. For a summary of the plot, go here.This part of the story takes place immediately after the confrontation between the protagonist, a Fallen Dark Angel looking to live out his existence in isolation on a ba…

Female Astra Militarum Regiment: Officer Conversions

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

A quick series of work in progress pictures for my all female Astra Militarum/ Imperial Guard regiment.The first up is the officer. This one was fairly easy; A head swap, which didn’t even require much in the way of making space for it. The head is fro…

Black Library Competition, Story 1: Fallen Legend (Open for feedback)

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

One of the best bits of advice for story writing is to create a plan before going into the detail. Annoyingly the next bit of advice is to write the whole first draft before fixing it with a plan. Whilst I’d prefer the comfort of a empirically verified…

Próbny legionista Emperor’s Children | Emperor’s Children test legionary

Posted on January 12th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Od czasu przeczytania “Fulgrima”, a później “Outcast Dead” czułem, że urok III Legionu coraz mocniej mnie kusi. Bywały chwile kiedy ten głos cichł, czasami jednak odżywał ze zdwojoną energią. W momencie kiedy natknąłem się w sieci na poradnik malowania…

Black Library Open Submissions 2018

Posted on January 12th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Black library has opened up it’s murky and labyrinthine gates in the webway to aspiring new talent. They are taking on submissions and pitches for new stories, and rather than complete jobs, so this could be your chance to become an Aspiring Champion o…

12 Days of 40K Christmas

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

On the first day of Christmas, Games Workshop gave to me;Ahriman on a Disc of Tzeentch.On the second day of Christmas, Games Workshop gave to me;Two Primaris Lieutenants, and Ahriman on a Disc of Tzeentch.On the third day of Christmas, Games Works…

Legionista XVIII legionu | A legionary of XVIII Legio

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

To drugi legionista XVIII Legionu. Malowanie dokładnie jak poprzedniego. Figurka pochodzi z pudełka Burning of Prospero, z tym że podobnie jak w przypadku pierwszego legionisty, hełm produkcji Forge World. Kalkomania jest natomiast z pudełka do Space M…

Inceptor

Posted on December 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Tym razem coś w miarę nowego – Primaris Inceptor z zestawu Dark Imperium. Skusiłem się jakiś czas temu na pudło nowej 40-ki, głównie ze względu na figurki Primaris Marines, które są naprawdę świetnie wykonane (choć niespecjalnie jestem przekonany do wy…

New Female Astra Miliatrum Regiment, 500 Point Starter List

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

Did you ever have an idea you couldn’t let go of? I wonder if you could help me put a name to it. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the new Escher Gang kit can be used to make an all female Imperial Guard Army. And I just can’t let go of the…

New Female Astra Miliatrum Regiment, 500 Point Starter List

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

Did you ever have an idea you couldn’t let go of? I wonder if you could help me put a name to it. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the new Escher Gang kit can be used to make an all female Imperial Guard Army. And I just can’t let go of the…

Insight and Clarity into the Arch Warhammer and Spikey Bits Drama

Posted on December 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I don’t really like delving into drama, unless it’s my own, and digging deep into the hot air produced to see if there’s anything valuable is never worth the time I’ve spent doing it. However, I would like to point out some bits and pieces I’ve noticed in calming my own rampant emotions on the topic.

As ever, the caveat to this is that everyone on the internet is wrong, particularly blogging teachers who really should be getting more than 3 hours sleep a night. And who should really be writing their Christmas reports, rather than adding to internet drama.

For the uninformed, well done for avoiding a waste of time that’s better spent painting toy soldiers. But if you must know what happened, Spikey Bits published an article about bullying in 40K. Arch Warhammer responded to this. Both sides made some fairly outlandish claims, that perhaps make sense in the context of the drama. To an outsider, it’s very much a storm in a tea cup… on both sides.

I’m a teacher, and therefore professionally obligated to sit on the fence. It’s not up to me to tell you what to think, only to present models on how to think. I work with children, and because of that I need to be careful about accidentally implanting ideology into their heads. However, in this case I can safely say I’m on neither side, and will refuse and refute any claims that there is a battle to be had in the first place.

I am going to take this opportunity to criticise Spikey Bits, both as a consumer and writer myself. There is a reason for doing so, but please indulge me some bitterness/saltiness as an ex-reader: the adverts break my laptop.

My work laptop is not the strongest machine around, but it runs most web sites well. In fact, in runs nearly every web site well. The only two it flounders on are Spikey Bits and Bell of Lost Souls. The pages are stuffed to the brim with adverts, so much so I cannot in good conscience recommend it to my students. My work laptop throws up so many warnings and works so hard to load each page, I’ve actually written to my IT department to check if it was okay to visit the site.

The verdict was; looks okay but maybe best to avoid. It looks very much like a spam site, perhaps unfairly so as sometimes the content is good. I get the reason for it, as they need to make money to produce content, but I think Spikey Bits and the model they work on is no longer tenable.

As such, I will repost the article that started the drama here, and pick out some points for discussion. It took ten minutes to copy and paste individual paragraphs.

The fact is, there are bullies everywhere, even in tabletop gaming. Some of this bullying may come off as passive aggressive behaviors, or posts to the local community page, but it still shouldn’t be tolerated. It takes one person to stand up and take action, but if no one takes that role then nothing is going to change.

Off to a terrible start, both in asserting that bullying is a problem in table top gaming because there are bullies everywhere, and in taking the frankly school-boy stance that you need to stand up to it. That’s not the way, and dealing with bullying requires monitoring and working with both sides to resolve issues. The implication is also that this writer (remaining anonymous for professionalisms sake), is going to be the hero standing up to the problem. I know he doesn’t state that, but I think the implication is clear.

There is no hero needed, or fight to be had in the case of bullying. The idea of beating back an aggressor, or evil person, presumes the person bullying to be evil. That’s only ever true in the most extreme cases of human behaviour, and at that point you’re well into criminality, and far from bullying.

The writer is setting the stage for conflict, not resolution. Perhaps he believes conflict to already be there, but I will lay a case for them to be mistaken.

I’ve personally watched our veteran players opt out of leagues and tournaments locally here because of one individual. Yes the league stays alive because there is always going to be new players getting into these games, let’s be honest, but the community here has slowly been shrinking in size, and there’s a major rift now…

Surely one individual bully can be spoken to, privately. When teachers find out cases of bullying, the first thing we do is have chats with those involved. In most cases of perceived bullying we don’t have to do much. Quite often it’s just social disputes, and whilst we keep a close eye on it, we have to let the children learn to sort it out themselves.

Obviously if we think harm might occur we step in, but we have a duty of care to children. I would have thought adults would be able to work things out for themselves… and those that they can’t would be criminal cases.

I think I’m getting off track though, but I wanted to give people insight into how bullying is dealt with in schools, by professionals who have training in it. It’s a procedural, yet compassionate approach, which doesn’t have the banner waving glory associated with the Hollywood show down. It’s also fairly wearing on the person working with bullies and victims, and leaves you tired rather than content.

I need to pick something out of that paragraph though, because I’d like to point something out about the direction the community is heading in… and how it’s actually positive.

Yes the league stays alive because there is always going to be new players getting into these games, let’s be honest, but the community here has slowly been shrinking in size, and there’s a major rift now…

That’s interesting. The Spikey Bits community is shrinking, but being kept afloat by new members. There is also a major rift, and I think that rift is potentially between new players and veterans, rather than between… bullies and victims? The writer is not specific.

I think the reason for the shrinking community can be attributed the Spikey Bits web site itself. In addition to the advertising problem I’ve encountered, the kind of content that drives traffic is no longer best found on websites like Spikey Bits. As a blogger, I know what drives my hit counter more than anything is rumours and news of new products.

Unfortunately for Spikey Bits, Warhammer Community does that from an official mouth piece.

Warhammer Community has been dropping official leaks and new product videos for about a year now, and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that other websites are starting to feel the drop in views. I know that I wouldn’t get nearly as much of the hits as I do without some kind of analysis to go with the latest rumour, and I know from researching articles for the blog here that a lot of rumour articles on BoLS and Spikey Bits amount to little more than an image and a sentence. I don’t think there is a market for simple image sharing anymore, not when it comes with advert spam.

Since Spikey Bits is losing traffic that way, it would follow that the community would also begin to drop. Rather than going to a third party community, people will naturally go towards the official community of, well, Warhammer Community. There are less strings attached to that one, and to support it all you need to do is buy models. I’m willing to bet that if an official forum were to be released, Spikey Bits and Bell of Lost Souls would entirely fold as a business.

This is nothing but a net positive for the hobby, as Games Workshop takes it’s customers more seriously, and offers the kind of end user support needed for such a time-intensive hobby. The time for amateur guides and reporting is gone, replaced with much higher quality and more accurate press releases and training.

Which puts the editors and writers of Spikey Bits in a scary place.

I don’t think they’re full time writers, as the income from such niche pieces without the weight of model and magazine sales is barely enough to keep a hobbyist in base paint, let alone provide for a family. It also wouldn’t be clear as to why view counts are dropping… surely with all this extra interest and community engagement from GW, business should be booming.

And what might be very hard for the writers and editors of those sites to come to terms with, is that their content isn’t actually that good.

I make no secret about how limited my opinions are, or how little I understand some aspects of the hobby. I’m not a professional writer, and fully expect even this article to be full of spelling and grammar mistakes. What I try to do is give interesting perspectives on tactics, lore and testing ways of painting miniatures. I try to make it as good quality as I can (although I sometimes catastrophically fail in that), but again, I’m not relying on this to feed my family… I have a 24/7 teaching/boarding house mastering/Duke of Edinburgh coordinating job for that, with a scarf business on the side.

Put simply, I can afford to botch the odd article here and there, and I can miss daily deadlines (such as right now… End of Term, writing reports, a sick wife etc.). Whereas BoLS and Spikey Bits are now in direct competition with professional copy writers, working for the Marketing Department of the company whose product they have built their jobs around. Without relying on click bait rumours and managing the news flow of the hobby, they will now have to focus on the quality of their prose and ideas.

If the article dissected above is any indication, they’re not going to do well in that competition.

It sounds as if I’m trashing Spikey Bits, and I am, but I really don’t intend to be mean spirited about it. It’s the same criticism I point at myself, and I am equally guilty of dropping click bait articles with little content. I don’t say these things to be cruel, but to be honest… in my poor, and ill-informed opinion as a fallible human being.

So, with all these factors coming together, a falling view count, falling numbers of community participation, and with all the usual tricks not working, looking for something to blame or to excuse the misfortune becomes paramount.

The threat of online bullies is something that has been in the news for a while. Ironically, they’re an easy target, and present an opportunity to galvanise your community. You create a new layer of identity to those that self-select to be part of that group, one that is attractive and clothed in high moral superiority. You present them, and your community leaders a nice target on which to lay all the problems you are facing.

Truth is a lot of time it just takes one person to say their sorry to help get things back on track. The answer is not refusing to apologize, pushing blame back on others, and telling them to grow thicker skin! 

This is OUR hobby, we don’t let outside influences tear us apart, why are we going to let something or someone inside our hobby tear us apart. We’re better than that. Stand up for your local community and the people in it. If you don’t who else will? 

It’s scapegoating.

Arch Warhammer is responding to this, with some scapegoating of his own, claiming that this is part of some grand conspiracy by Social Justice Warriors, Feminists and other elements of that political branch. He’s equally taking a stand, and gearing up for a fight.

There is no conflict though.

Arch Warhammer is fighting political phantoms undermining his community. Spikey Bits is fighting phantom bullies, undermining their community.

It’s a situation that cannot be resolved by attacking a perceived enemy. Spikey Bits simply has to realise that they might not be good enough anymore. Warhammer Arch is going to have to stop agreeing with this delusion, and acting the part of antagonist.

The only way to get through this is for Spikey Bits to up their quality of content. What they’ll need to do is… well, let’s have the Spikey Bits author finish us out:

This can all be solved by rebuilding, everyone taking a step back, and realizing we’re all here for the same reason, to have fun! The solution is not yelling at individuals, or public humiliation, and anyone seen doing or threatening these things are the reason strong communities fall apart.

Who wants to play with someone that acts this way? Who wants to play with someone who constantly has an issue with you if you have a different opinion than theirs? 

This isn’t anything new. In this hobby we see communities come and go. But we never actually take the time to see why the community failed. Instead of giving up on the community, try to find out what or who the problem is. Maybe the event can be reversed and handled differently, or the individual doesn’t know what they’re doing is causing a rift. Or maybe it’s just they think they know what’s best for the community, when in actuality they’re the reason for the fall and ultimate destruction of a once great community 

That’s all I have to say about that. Until next time.

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Insight and Clarity into the Arch Warhammer and Spikey Bits Drama

Posted on December 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I don’t really like delving into drama, unless it’s my own, and digging deep into the hot air produced to see if there’s anything valuable is never worth the time I’ve spent doing it. However, I would like to point out some bits and pieces I’ve noticed…

Another Death Guard Rhino

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

Finished 2nd of these this morning.  Quite useful for running small squads equipped with Blight Launchers up the board quickly

Another Death Guard Rhino

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

Finished 2nd of these this morning.  Quite useful for running small squads equipped with Blight Launchers up the board quickly

BREAKING NEWS: 8th Edition Dark Angels Chapter Tactics and Stratagems analysis!

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

By the Golden Throne… did the Dark Angels ever come back stronger?! The codex teasers have been revealed over on Warhammer Community, and it’s time to see how the 1st Legion have fared in the shift to 8th Edition. They’ve done quite well…I’m going …

BREAKING NEWS: 8th Edition Dark Angels Chapter Tactics and Stratagems analysis!

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

By the Golden Throne… did the Dark Angels ever come back stronger?! The codex teasers have been revealed over on Warhammer Community, and it’s time to see how the 1st Legion have fared in the shift to 8th Edition. They’ve done quite well…I’m going …