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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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The TSA 40k League... and the future

Four months down the road, and the TSA 40k League is in full swing.With evenings of 5 League battles at the same time taking place, I might be as cocky as to pat myself on the back with this one.The goal I had when setting out on this road was simple: we had two groups of players playing 40k in the club, with barely anyone facing each other.  This has now been a thing of the past, as people mingle, chat and have a good time battling a variety of armies and people.Surely, not everyone will be able to play all the battles, but a points system that I worked out for the league, together with a hefty bonus for bringing at least once a full painted army along, makes it so that one day wonders or "picking on the little fish" in the League won't get you the trophy at all in the end.The League is now entering the phase where the big fish are slowly coming into each others waters, meaning some very hefty duels are to be expected to take place in the not so far future.  And like in any League, suprises do happ

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The Brick that forced my Hand

Well, it has happened, and sooner then originally planned.A new home is in the nearby future, and that does cost a bit more then your average Games Workshop kit.  Because the sale agreement has been signed, now it's just a bunch of paperwork to get around.Now, I always said that the moment I would be buying bricks, I'm seriously going to cut down on my collections, basically keeping my Lord of the Rings as the "main" hobby project, and Burrows and Badgers as the "distraction" side project.  With the added bonus they can "share" their terrain.That will mean that a lot of just started, planned or not really active projects will get axed before they seriously started, and some others will be cut down to "playable" sizes instead of megalomaniac projects of thousands of points (I'm looking at you, Emperor's Children).I can't guarantee that won`t mean I`ll be building up or plain rebuilding forces again afterwards, but for now, also because there will be a lot of work to be done, some just won`t see any c

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Dux Britanniarum... game over man

Readers of my blog know I joined in a Dux campaign that is running since last year over at the club, and at time of writing, I'm actually in the lead.But I don't like the ruleset by Too Fat Lardies one single bit.Now, this has as a result that I haven't been declaring raids for months now, and only play when forced, aka when people attack me.  And recently I'm turning those games into non-fights, withdrawing from the field after the whole process of setting up and such has been done, generally making it a non-game, even though I declared this in front that I don't want to play it anymore.The reason?  The rules suck, and as a lot of historical players tend to shout those sorts of things about GW rules, sometimes correct, I think it isn't obliged to be a TFL "fanboy" either because of those same reasons.  Well, in my opinion, and let me enlighted my standpoint on them with some examples.  Surely, it might be that this is how they interpret the rules at the club, but it makes for a really ble

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The 40k army I want...

People often ask me, aren't you tired of always painting and playing pink for your Slaanesh forces?Well, the answer is both no and yes...I like my army, ever since it first appeared in White Dwarf mid 90s as a part of their fluff series of articles, all detailing one of the original 18 Legions (as 2 are AWOL), and have been playing it ever since.  It was that deep purple and golden colourscheme of the pre-Heresy that attracted me to them, and the fact nearly no-one like painting pink back then.  Though I suspect that will change if they get their own codex this edition... let alone if those plastic Noise Marines materialize.Of course, before that I dabbled in other armies.  The first one I ever collected where the Dark Angels, and the Deathwing to be specific.  The sons of the Lion back then where not a mainstream chapter, the Imperial Fists held their place as one of the "big four".  Later, my very first codex was the Eldar one, I loved the Karandras model... but those armies never r

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The shortest hobby 2019 resolution ever...

Yeah, I give up on 40k, this is becoming silly.The League and the Big Battle, and after that, it's clean out time. I think I can already start choosing the colours of the new PC`s casing...I`ll just keep with "stagnant" games afterwards, who don`t require a trailer to move the books alone for example... or suddenly trash half of one's army.Oh well, now to see what to do with all those pink inks...

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Stepping into 2019, the goals!

A new year is upon us, and as a result it's time to set some new goals for the coming 12 months on the hobby front.Perhaps I should make a goal of not changing them during the course of the year though, but you know, attention span of a goldfish...I`m going to focus for the coming year on two game systems as the main targets to paint up for, because 2020 will see me moving and that cutting down on hobby time as well, so I want as much as possible ready for both my Emperor's Children and my Middle Earth during the new year.To that end, the "eternal" list of Emperor's Children will be pushed as close to the 10k points of  painted models as possible, as I still have a LOT of them to restore, unless GW keeps screwing up 40k as they are now. Then I'll be selling of the Emperor's Children and get a new gaming pc instead...On the other hand are the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game forces, aka Lord of the Rings.  I`ve set a goal of painting up at least three armies of them during the year, and hopefully a

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Looking at the 2018 paint numbers

The one set of goals that I want to look at a more in depth from the past year, is comparing the 2018 paint numbers versus those of 2017.The past year was the first full year I returned to the hobby, as it was april last year when I dusted of the brushes.Two things where immediatly visible: I painted less figures, being 609 versus 626, and the first half was a far higher turnout then the second.The reason for both being a change in working life and all the related time management adaptions that come with it.  Now for 2019, there is also Noshi's change in professional life, so further adaptations are kicking in.  Add to that the house we want to buy by the end of the year, and that will mean 2019 will drop further in finished models I expect.Now, the biggest increase in painted numbers the past year have been the 28mm category.  While the pure historical infantry dropped slightly, the cavalry went up, together with the addition of fantasy due to MESBG models coming into play.I do expect 28mm goi

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The Best of 2018

A yearly tradition, as I look back on the geeky year and give my completely biased, subjective best off results of the past year.Of course, many will disagree, because this is a list of totally personal taste, but heck, I never said I had mainstream tastes...So without further ado, here we go for the award ceremony, as the year for this "runs" actually as usual from the 20th of december 2017 until the 20th of december 2018, so any last week additions (like for example, last year`s Rogue One) carries over to the next calendar year...Best Movie: Ready Player One.  Pure nostalgia for my generation, and Gundam!  I thought the critics came down far to hard on this film to be honest, probably they where either to old to be from the 80s, or are the new generation of internet YouTube professionals (really, how the heck can those "react to" video blokes earn thousands of dollars, they aren`t even funny) who don`t get half the references.Best Series: Star Trek Discovery.  Really, it was great for a Trek

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The Temptation of the One Ring

It's a strange cycle to be honest... but I guess you can say I'm a Tolkien fanboy.And that is from LONG before the movies.You see, I've been wargaming since ages, and in some way, the Lord of the Rings always finds his way into my hobbies. Some might think my current craze is with the newest edition of the GW game, but nothing less is true.For that, let's go backwards in time.  During my break from wargaming, I did five years of LEGO moc'cing and expositioning.  And my "theme" I build in, and that could be seen here on the blog, was of course Tolkien...Before that, I played the GW Lord of the Rings game, just look at the current header of this blog for example, the Helm's Deep project we ran at TSA back in the early 2000s.  The Two Towers edition was out since december before, the Return of the King edition was on the way, and War of the Ring for mass battles wasn't even in eyesight.  So with all the one on one pairing rules, we fought this epic battle.My mate Jo had build the table and mo

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40k... not all is great

Okay, so during the past year and a half, Warhammer 40.000, or 40k for short, has been the game I've been playing and painting the most.This had mainly to do with the new edition coming out around the moment I got back in the hobby, and my clubmates embrased it to the fullest.And while I enjoyed the game a lot so far, I have my gripes with the current edition...First off, there is of course the whole Primaris thing.  Bigger, better, stronger posterboys, and more wounds each for not that big a price increase points wise.  And now the old characters are being upgraded to them as sell, making marine armies even more prelevalent.While the Astartes have always been the most popular army, this edition seems to be ruled by 3+ power armour forces when I look around.  Heck, in all this time, I still have to "meet" about half the armies out there it seems...And then getting one of the two main Marine forces becoming all two wounds troop, makes one wonder how Chaos can be winning in the fluff...A second i

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Been prolific lately, and have a question for my readers?

 Well, got a question for my readers? I am thinking of moving the blog to Wordpress. I like the features and it's got a lot more tools for me, but the $48 a year is a bit steep for me right now. So, were I to move, I'd probably do a paypal donation cup here to raise the funds. Yes, I know, it may not sit well with some folks, but if 12 folks gave $4 each, I could get the blog running for a year. And if we don't raise the money, we don't move and I will return the money, simple as that.   But before I do it, I'd like to hear from you, the reader, before I do it. I've given the idea some thought, and probably throw in extra content for those who do donate. Maybe dare I say it, a podcast, though that would be a rough road to hoe, as the only microphone I have are the iffy Samsung headphones that came with my phone! But I would give it a try!  But I really want some input from you all first. I've enjoyed this blog immensely, and the contest and the outpouring of interest has been a tonic

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