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Turning towards "the God scale"

With the moving of places completed, and me slowly getting round to unpacking everything and loading up the new cabinet with figures, it might be time to make some big changes.Well, big is perhaps a bad wording for what is essentially a serious downscale in the hobby... literally.With me and Nemesis jumping into BKC4 recently (our forces are being constructed, or at least doing their journey in the mail), I have been reading up on the scale a lot.  Also for painting articles and YouTube being a good friend for this once again...Now, I understand more then ever the benefit of what is referred to as the "God scale".  Not so named in yet another discussion what is the best scale to game in, but in the fact you overlook a battlefield with huge armies from a God's point of view.  Storage benefits (as seen on the picture how another blogger did it), transport ease... I can see the great plusses for someone with limited ability on both accounts.To that end, bar FWC and BKC4, Im going to be dabbling in

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CRISIS 2019 Shopping List

So our annual event is coming very close now, and as every yer, traders came and traders went in the final weeks running up to the event.Personally, Baccus was the biggest loss for myself, as I had a devilish plan to lure Nemesis into historical musket age games...But that also means it is that time of the year to draw up the shopping list for Crisis, and I divided my shopping list into three parts: the must haves (figures I`m out to score at the event), the essentials (supplies) and those if permitted (stuff that intrest me but will depend on deals of the day).So without further ado, here we goThe Must HavesNot that much is found in this category, as I am only after the lookout for two packs of Adler 6mm figures: Italian infantry and Italian support weapons, adding to them some Italian command strips.And that is about all there is this year I really want to getThe EssentialsOn the hobby supply front, my shopping will be very limited as well.  I`m after a few bottles of Vallejo Iraqi sand, and some Afrik

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Firing up those cardgame numbers again...

Okay, so we are all settled in, we have made selections in which armies could move along and which ones went to new owners... and now we have a heap of additional free time (at least until the little hobbit arrives) and a private schedule that is totally overhauled.I realize I won't be able to get to the club anymore every friday, even though my presence was already slaughtered during the whole renovations and pregnancy cycle... but I need my geek out moment so it's time to go on that occassional draft again.This will be by participating in MTG game events on low scale left and right, in the beginning by doing drafts and perhaps in the far future playing some standard again, as I'll be rebuilding one of my "25 dollar mono-red deck" decks again to do just that.  No thinking required, just boom boom boom and win or lose in 15 minutes games.  It worked in the past...I'll also be dabbling my toes a bit in other "sanctioned" cardgames along the road, but all of them will be without any ambition bar tryin

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Looking for Missing History Case 1

A bit of an odd title actually, yet it isn't.You see, memories and nostalgia are a curious thing.  Ever so often, they pop up, and one starts to wonder about what happened to it.To that end, I'm looking for some things from my wargaming past, things I am rather proud off, things that had great fun... but also unfortunatly things that are in the first case part of the pre-internet days.The First Case: Ranking Der Nederlanden year 1Long before there was T3, TSA was at the founding steps of what would become De Ranking Der Nederlanden.  Bundling the efforts of several clubs, a championship that ran over the course of a year was formed, and all the results would count together into a year ranking.In that first year, 6 tournaments where held for Warhammer Fantasy, and in later years Warhammer 40k joined in as well as the numbers of tournaments expanded.  Held in both Belgium and The Netherlands, this resulted in some big scale events and some awesome stories to tell.But, unfortunatly the first 2 yea

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The YouTube plans

A few days ago, in THIS post, I talked about how I'd want to update my YouTube channel more often and take it to the "next level".Now, to that end I have some ideas about what I'd want to do, as well as bringing in some more regular features to the channel.For example, I'll be going back to taping as much as possible my weekly painting desk videos, instead of the back to pictures I have been doing the past years (bar some short intermezzo's) due to time constraints.  but now that I'm all settled in in the new hobbit hole, it is a more feasible thing to do again.On the same note, I am going to make videos now with all the monthly finished models, using the "insert pictures in video's" style that is often found in our hobby channels.  On that note, I have some other ideas to do with this style of videotaping as well, namely...Battle Reports.  I don't have the space to set up a full studio and tape whole games, but I can make a narrative as I insert the pictures I take on my games into a longer vi

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New life... and a new hobby life

Well, this has been quite a suprise, as Noshi is pregnant of Little Ipsqueek.Against all medical odds, my best miniature ever made is growing inside her now, and of course that means big changes to our personal lives now.Sure, I have to give up the mancave even before I ever had it, and our journeys will be closer to home now for the coming years, not to mention how the whole of daily life will be changing.And of course, that has a serious influence on my hobby life as well, as storage will be reduced from a whole mancave sized room to the smaller room that was suppossed to become our dressing.  But it is worth it.Let's just call it a Hobbit Hole instead of a Man Cave shall we... However, that also means serious cut downs in the forces and games I'll be keeping, and after a whole lot of thinking, I settled down on of course my lord of the Rings as a stayer, but also a smaller sized force for 40k in the form of my T'au Gundam force, a cross use Slaanesh demon force for 40k and Age of Sigmar, and a tournam

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The Big 3 for 2020

Well, it might be odd posting this halfway of september, but bear with me.As one might know, not only am I moving this year, there is a little hobbit on the way as well!Now, that means of course that the room that was designated man-cave has been forfeited, and I moved into the smaller one once labelled dressing, to become my private little hobby space.However, chin up and soldiering forward, that won't mean that I'll be forfeiting all (or at least some) of the big plans I wanted to launch in 2020.  While the cosplay creation will be falling down the wayside, as I won't have enough space to carve up blocks of foam for the foreseebale future, that doesn't mean my other plans will be down the drain.The first of those will be YouTube.  The hobbit hole will serve as the studio, as I'll be trying to go to a three uploads a week schedule for the new year, and of course, you will be able to find all of them here on the blog.  I plan on putting out weekly episodes of the On the Painting Desk again, whi

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The Crisis Traders and Wish List

So, our trader's list for the Crisis 2019 show in november has been completed, and that meant for me time to look on what I might be intrested in to get.If you want to have a full look at the list, you can find it here: ABC BrushesAdler MiniaturesArchon StudioArts of War T ShirtsAsymetric WargamesAtlantis MiiaturesBaccus6Bandua WargamesBargain GamesBattlefont Miniatures EuropeBaueda WargamesBears Head miniaturesBlack Scorpion MiniaturesBrigade ModelsBrother VinniCaliver BooksCCG WinkelCharlie Foxtrot ModelsConquest GamesCrooked Dice Game Design StudioDave ThomasDavid Lanchester's Miltary BooksDax MagicDeep Cut StudioDio HistoryDrowned Earth MiniaturesEagle FiguresEarly War MiniaturesEmperor Toads EmporiumEmpress MiniaturesErwin Strip en Boek AntikwariaatEureka Miniatures UKFoundry MiniaturesFreebooter MiniaturesFrontline GamesGames N StuffGame trollGlenbrook Games & Painting ServiceGM BoardgamesGringo's 40Hagen MiniaturesHeer 46Hexy StudioJiver MiniaturesJW BHR BVKarwansaray PublishersKore ThinkingK

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Going to game on a Budget

Roight, time to budget the hobby a bit...You see, buying a place, renovating it... it all costs heaps of coin.So that means cuts have to made left and right, especially if travelling is on the menu as well, together with some other factors I'll come back to on a later post.  But just how much should I limit myself to?Well, I have been compiling a list of all the stuff I want to get "sometime", and then saw at what was feasible to put aside on a seperate account just for that.  The added benefit is that the incoming models hopefully will be lower then the models I actually get finished over the coming 2-3 years, as I'm looking at a pile of almost 1000 models at the moment, and that is only a quick count of some boxes... there are more out there somewhere, and I just need to sort through all those as well still.Now, a first list, using the retail prices at the manufacturers, brought me to this calculation of figures that catched my fancy, or better said, that I really want:Titan Forge Dragon Empire -

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The Summer Project 2019: clean up that desk

It's perhaps a bit of a shame that an upcoming move of places has to be brought in to get myself focussed, but hey, any motivation is good motivation...But normally, the new place should be ready around november, and that means by then a lot of packing up and stuffing into boxes, in order to go from place A to B...While I have a lot of boxes and carrying cases just to do that without any problems, it is also a good motivation to spend the limited painting time between then and now to try and finish all the things I have standing around primed, half painted or just assembled so far.As such, for the upcoming months I won't be adding anything new to the ranks, just go with what is now on the desk (and the "back up closet") and round those all out, painting up as we go to make it a more "pack together easier" event AND actually see that desk empty before it has to be moved itself.  And mostly, as I said in an earlier post, go for the relatively quick to finish, short term projects first I listed in there bef

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Goals 2019 - the Halfway mark

June has ended, and the year has already been cut in half.So where do we stand on our goals, whom have been "disrupted" in their schedule by finding a new place months before planned.The first goal of the year, the AHPC Challenge, was succesfully completed on it's deadline, so not really a suprise there.But then we come to the painting goals, and that is a totally different story for the moment.  Neither the Blood Bowl nor the Crisis figures have had their numbers swollen so far, and it'll be doubtfull I will be able to fully complete either of them as time stands now.The same goes for the 1000 points of Rohan I had planned before the 11th of november, to be able to create a tournament force.  It stands lowly below 100 points so far, and I don't have any prognoses of actually being able to expand on them big time for now.On the other hand, both 700 point goals of a Minas Tirith and a Mordor force are going strong, and they will easily reach their target before the end of the year I hope.  In th

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Confessions of a Wargamer Butterfly

Okay, I admit, I'm a wargamer butterfly.  Or a squirrel.The term generally means in the hobby "someone that darts from game to game", but now at the half year mark, I found my niche: MESBG.You could read about that during the past year, and how me and Noshi enjoy gaming that system against each other, and hopefully expand it either in the club, or at least with some games in our new home once it is all finished.But that also brings with it, a new sereen feeling of stability.  And a dedicated time schedule in which I migh actually get back to a regular paint schedule of perhaps even as simple as an hour a day (most of the days), which will mean my collections will steadily grow as I get round.  Noshi can re-emerge herself in her biggest passion, being online MMO's, but I doubt I myself will be spending much time on that.You see, during all these months leading up to the restoration and moving in in the new place, I have been parting with a lot of figures, but also found some old treasures which

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The Keys to Paradise

Even though in the first months, I'll probably be more then likely cursing as renovations go around...But here they are, the keys to the new place, and a small tour of the place.The ballroom aka living room The kitchen... and how she looked after the first trashing part...The master bedroomThe dressing room, and the floors afterwards that have been removed alreadySanitorial relaxation rooms, depending who of us you ask...And all this connected by a big hallway with a lot of build in closets for storage... yeas, that is my bag for work as well... I'm a colourful figure x-DIt also has two terraces, one in the front which has all day sunshine, and another at the back perfect for a grill place...And this is the mancave room, which will be styled in a sort of Anime-decorated based room.  Now of course, this being a hobby blog, and the purpose of this post being to reflect on the effects for the blog for the coming months.Well, obviously of course the amount of battle reports will be going down a little, as wi

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A good talk with Noshi

Okay, I love the girlfriend, she has that way of getting into my thick skull...As you all know by now, the appartment has been bought, the loans approved, and the kitchen will be ordered soonish.Now, that is also an expensive thing of course, and I was really intending to sell some of my armies for some more leeway in the budget, as unexpected costs will definitly be popping up along the road.  And after all, I still have a lot of models to play MESBG amongst others with against Noshi or any intrestee at the club.Enter Noshi.  I discussed it with her, putting all my arguments on the table: barely any paint time, I won't be able to attend the club every week anymore (the big battle for example won't be in it for me, as exactly that weekend we will receive the keys and we need to do a lot of measuring for floors etc), extra funds for said floors and the likes... not to mention furniture.  And the fact it all has to be moved, even though my love for some of those is really dying out...She basicall

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Building a collection of scenery

Well, the past weeks have been a rollercoaster on the level of blogposts, as I have been sharing insights in the future for both my real life as well as my hobby life.As followers of this little corner of the internet know by now, I bought a new place, and like with everything housing related, our initial cost estimate was... insufficient hehehe.Well, not really in a way of what we would need to freshen the place up, but as you go to stores and look around, something fancier always catches your eye, but as fancy goes up, so does the price tag.And that brings us to the point where I'll be not only be taking benefit of finally bringing order in my stack when moving places, but also the decision to part with a lot of the collection that has either lost my intrest (hello Dark Age Irish), frustrates me to much to really enjoy a game (looking at you 40k) or just won't come round to in the foreseeable future to not only paint, but also game with (yeah, you Age of Sigmar).  Couple this with the shared liking of

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