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700th Post! Gothmog's Guide to Wahammer Meme Making!

Well, 700 posts. For a small time, no revenue hobby blog with predominately one contributor and the occasional post from his friends, that is quite an accomplishment IMO. I know at times it picks up and goes down. I've had years with over 100 posts. I've had others with less than 50. I have written some posts that seemed to set the 40k world on fire (the Petition) and many more that haven't. I've hobbied, been opinionated, started a podcast, and just generally been passionate about wargames.I want to thank you all for checking out my little corner of the internet for all those years (since Dec 2008) and posts.As a thank you, here is my guide to making 40k memes.IF you don't follow us on Facebook, you should, because that is where all my meme magic happens. SEPULCHRE OF HEROES FACEBOOK PAGEMagic like thisThat is probably the most successful meme I've made to date. If I had to say why, it is because it is something we all can relate to laid over a reference we all understand.&

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Allies of Inconvenience: Episode 19- The Big FAQ 3 Discussion and Review

Apologies for the delay on this one, but after having to completely re-edit the episode it is ready!Enjoy!Join us for our review of the Big FAQ 3 (or rather April FAQ 2019). We start out with some brief hobby progress but then launch into our thoughts on the errata and FAQs and when they all mean for the game,. This is followed by some talk on faction specific FAQs covering interesting items of note in them.Listen/Subscribe on iTunes Listen/Subscribe on SpotifyListen/Subscribe on Google PlayListen/Subscribe on Stitcher00:00 Intro02:14 Hobby Progress15:12 The Big FAQ48:54 Codex Specific FAQsSongs and SoundclipsBlue Mark- Atlan UrtagKaap mere- BugotakClip 1- GhostbustersClip 2- Robot ChickenClip 3- Robot Chicken

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Projects New And Old

Although I am more than happy with my total output of figures, for a while now, I have been casting around for a new project. Whilst there have been no shortage of projects it has only really been the Viking game that has been what I would call a major operation. This has geared most of my fantasy stuff as well although there have been a few similar projects, like the gnolls, that have caught my eye. Part of me would like to get back involved with this project but I think it's time for something else.The majority of my work so far this yearGoing back to what I was saying not so long ago about getting involved in projects with others I have an eye on that. This is tempered with the need to do something that other people might actually play. Titansgrave was the only thing in the last year or so that has really hit home. When I started on it I had the expectation that there would be a little more support which hasn't materialised. There are minis that I am struggling to find (space elves that are not wearing com

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30 Years Of The World Wide Web And Being A Gamer

I have been gaming for a long time, a lot longer than 30 years than the World Wide Web has been around. There are people in my social circle that have not known the world without the web. I remember a time when it was new and exciting. Now it is just a tool  that has replaced mail order.When I was studying for my degree it was something that people were talking about but nobody seemed to know anything about it. It was largely academic. By the time I got online at home, in the mid-nineties it was starting to become a thing. I mean more that just pron and news groups. It had stuff about gaming.Back then it was pretty basic. There were a few photos but they were fairly low resolution. You could get bigger files but who had the time for them to download at 28.8k (which sadly is pretty close to the kack service I get where I live now). Pretty much everything was done by people who could create a webpage as there was little choice to do anything else.As a gamer I am a bit of a tinkerer. The web initially gave

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If normal Marines are staying, GW has to fix its Primaris problem

For the sake of this article, we are going to take GW at face value and believe them when they say "Old Space Marines aren't going away." I know a lot of people don't believe that. And it is hard not too. All the new artwork is Primaris. All the new Space Marine models are Primaris. The lore just makes Primaris better in pretty much every way... so why would old Space Marines even remain a thing (outside the Horus Heresy range).But going forward we are not going to ask "Why?" We are going to ask "How?"The title of the article claims GW needs to fix their Primaris Problem. Well "what is that problem?" you are asking. It is really a two fold issue.1- Primaris are better in everyway to space marines as is. Lore wise they are bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and have more enhancements. They have newer weapons with greater range and damage. They have a few new vehicles which are pretty impressive. They are just, as I said, better in every way. To top it off, they are also better than how the Emperor designed them

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Slow Progress - But A Good Day - And A Rant

I was enjoying myself too much on Tuesday  to do much painting or much of anything else really and yesterday, well I think I just fell asleep. This was supposed to be Tuesday's post but what the hell. It was only really been late last evening that I have managed to get down to painting. This seems to be much like the old days. Even so I managed to get a few colours down and all twenty five figures for the week now have some paint on them. Today I have faired a little better so far and things seems like they are going well. I might get the first batch of the Home Guard done relatively quickly.Some progress but still a bit too blobby fora closeupSome of my time has been spent on doing some work on my Viking game. Specifically rules for slaves, or thralls in this game. It made me kind of awkward. Part of me knows it's just a game that I am trying to recreate an ancient world in. ANother part of me knows that there are a few people that would object to the whole idea. Don't get me started on religion. I fell

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What Next?

So I am in the middle of the biggest painting binge I can remember and I am worrying about my mojo going. It's not quite irony but I can't think what else to call it.I was saying that I have been enjoying painting figures for my Viking game. Viking history has been a big part of my life during this process too and I have learned a lot and enjoyed the process. Over the years gaming has caused me to do a lot of reading especially in the area of history so it has to be a good thing. So I guess I am looking for the next thing to catch my imaginationPart of me wants to say that I am running out of figures to paint for this game (I think have painted at least 550 figures so far). Obviously I am not running out of figures. No figure painter ever does. There are boxes of the things, some older than most of the gamers I know.The thing is what I have isn't lighting my candle much into a few weeks away. Having been subject to the random shaftathon that is life I have gone from being relatively wealthy to being the poore

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Shedding Light (Well Lamps)

My eyesight seems to be getting worse. A few years ago I started to need reading glasses and it was never much good anyway. I have been using a magnifying lamp for years and this helps my figure painting become acceptable rather than a bit blobby. Still, I do okay I think.When I was in the process of setting up the table I went to find my old lamp. The picture below shows you what I found. it was a bit of a blow. It was a great lamp. Good magnification and the anglepoise made it pretty much perfect. On top of that it was mispriced when I got it and it cost less than half price. An absolute bargain. It's well over ten years old and has seen some action.Even more of a blow as I am a little short of money at the moment. So it came as a pleasant surprise when I found this in Aldi for £20. It's a fair but smaller, not anglepoise and for the most part the magnification is not quite as good.Cheap has a quality all of its own. For something this cheap it works well enough. There is enough posability to make it work.

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Custodes Beta Rules Review: Part 4- LoW, Dedicated Transport and Closing Thoughts

Over the next few days I will be breaking down the Adeptus Custodes Beta Rules for Warhammer 40k that were released last month. You can download them here (for free) if you haven't had the chance to check them out yet.Part Four below goes into the Lord of War and Dedicated Transport, as well as closing thoughts on the Beta rules.Part One covered the Elites Choices. Part Two covered Fast Attacks. Part Three discussed the Heavy Support Choices.Coronus Grav-CarrierWell for starters, it is better than the Land Raider for what it does (Deliver infantry to the enemy lines), though not as tough. But you don’t need it to be as tough (besides it has that 2” buffer from Gravitic Backwash). You need it to live into turn 2 or 3 and deliver its cargo. And this transport can and will do that.What makes it better?  Simple the fact it is cheaper and faster. Sure the Land Raider is still by far deadlier. But the point of these vehicles is to transport something even deadlier inside. And seeing how the Coro

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Custodes Beta Rules Review: Part 3- The Heavy Support

Over the next few days I will be breaking down the Adeptus Custodes Beta Rules for Warhammer 40k that were released last month. You can download them here (for free) if you haven't had the chance to check them out yet.Part Three below will discuss the Heavy Support Choices.Part One covered the Elites Choices. Part Two covered Fast Attacks. Part Four will go into their Lord of War and Dedicated transport, as well as closing thoughts on the Beta rules.Caladius Grav TankThis is another great choice in the Beta IMO. Last time I did a lot of comparison of it to the Pallas Grav-Attack, and really it just out shines the Pallas in every way. Yes it is twice the points, but it outshines TWO Pallas at the same points cost. It has one more T,  nearly double the range with the Accelerator Cannon, more firepower at a higher quality, and degrades at essentially the same point you would lose one complete Pallas (7 T7 wounds vice 8 T6 wounds).To me the no brainer load out is the Twin Iliastus Accelerator

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Custodes Beta Rules Review: Part 2- The Fast Attacks

Over the next few days I will be breaking down the Adeptus Custodes Beta Rules for Warhammer 40k that were released last month. You can download them here (for free) if you haven't had the chance to check them out yet.Part Two below will discuss the Fast Attack Choices.Part One covered the Elites Choices. Part Three will cover Heavy Support. Part Four will go into their Lord of War and Dedicated transport, as well as closing thoughts on the Beta rules.Agamatus CustodesI love what these guys bring to the table. If you liked playing Jetbikes, they are an auto-include IMO. Replace 3 of your Dawneagles with these Gyrfalcons (the actual name of the bikes them selves. The unit is Agamatus where the ones in the Codex are Vertus Praetors) and you are set.These guys bring some potent anti-vehicle potential to the list with their Twin-Las Pulsars. This is the standout weapon, though it pushes each bike up to the 120 point range. But that is fine IMO for what you are getting. The S8 is a key feature here,

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Custodes Beta Rules Review: Part 1- The Elites

Over the next few days I will be breaking down the Adeptus Custodes Beta Rules for Warhammer 40k that were released last month. You can download them here (for free) if you haven't had the chance to check them out yet.Part One below will discuss the Elites Choices.Part Two will be about the Fast Attack. Part Three will cover Heavy Support. Part Four will go into their Lord of War and Dedicated transport, as well as closing thoughts on the Beta rules.Contemptor-Achillus DreadnoughtOther than the fact I think this is the cooler looking for the two Custodes Contemptors, I prefer the Achillus on paper to the Galatus (we will get to him next). The Dreadspear is just a beast of a weapon, and at the cost of 1CP, you can get this guy  DS in imminent threat range. Have him deep strike with some terminators or land near some bikes, and your opponent will have a hard time what to prioritize if you fail to make the charge out of DS. But burning a CP on rerolls to ensure that charge is worth it, because the dreadspea

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[Rant] Wherein JP admits he's an a-hole

Last year, I began a collaboration with someone for a project. He is an artist whose works I've used before, and someone I like: he's a decent guy and a good artist. He has his art genre and is very good at it. He's an artist, I'm a writer... The project was a D&D adventure that featured iconic monsters. Monsters I had not used up to now, and that I could not see myself using very much in the future. To add to that, I was in something of a funk at the time: I had many on-going projects but no direction, and no real inspiration to finish any of them. The project seemed like a good idea: a few dungeons, a few traps, iconic monsters, and a good artist to help the illustration. He had an outline that was basic, but that could be expanded into something tangible. I found myself liking the idea and thinking this might pull me out of my funk. "Bah! Might as well do it, could be fun," I thought to myself. So we talked some more, I expanded his outline, we signed some paperwork for compensation, and off I went. I

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Allies of Inconvenience: Episode 16- Chapter Approved, Terrain and Tomfoolery

Come Join the Allies of Inconvenience Crew as we close out 2018! We start off as usual with hobby progress (I think our shortest yet) before launching into Chapter Approved discussion! We then move onto Terrain releases, Fortifications and the place of useable faction terrain in 40k and as compared to Age of Sigmar... and then slowly get derailed into just general hobby blabber, rants and "Tomfoolery"So check out our final Season 2 episode before we start off with Season 3 in 2019!Listen/Subscribe on iTunes Listen/Subscribe on SpotifyListen/Subscribe on Google PlayListen/Subscribe on Stitcher 00:00 Intro01:47 Hobby Progress44:05 Terrain and General DiscussionSongs and SoundclipsBlue Mark- Atlan UrtagKaap mere- BugotakClip 1, 2, 3 - Ghazghkull Thraka

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Happy New Year Or 2019 - The Plan

So the end of a another year. Time for the usual renewal and looking forward to the future kind of post. Right now it does feel like a time of renewal. The new year appears to be a time when my life is about to change. Significantly so. In previous years this has been an upbeat post. It is odd that it was this day last year that everything started to change. Today things seem very precarious still. My predictions for the year to come seem to be more vague ideas than they have been in years gone by.This year has seen me me lose my auntie, my home, my relationship, my beloved car and about seventy five percent of my income. I have recently quit my job and now have to find one. Where I am living may be untenable soon. Many of these problems may sort themselves out and I have a feeling they will. Sadly it looks like nothing is going to sort out Fallout 76.This year has been a bit of a let down on the gaming front at least so I am at a bit of a loss of what to write this year. After splitting up at the beginning o

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