Archive for December, 2011

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Black Templar: A Third Army for Me, I Guess?

So, yeah: I’m building a small Combat Patrol force of Black Templar Space Marines now, because I am mental. If you’re not familiar with the Black Templars, they’re a chapter of the Space Marines that broke off from the Imperial Fists after the Horus Heresy, when the nearly-crippled Imperium of Mankind was trying to split up the remaining Space Marine Legions into smaller Chapters, so as to more easily nip that whole civil war thing in the bud, if you will. The Black Templars swore an oath to destroy the mutant, the heretic and the alien and since their founding, they have been on a non-stop 10,000-year crusade (or even multiple simultaneous crusades) to do just that. They technically don’t even have a home planet or main base of operations on some world; their main base of operations is their fleet of battle barges, strike cruisers and whatnot that are always on the move. These guys follow the ABC: Always Be Crusading.

Figure 1: a Black Templar Marshall and Emperor's Champion tear some stuff up

The fluff is cool and all, but the main reason I’ve chosen this army is because of the modeling and painting aspect, as is usual for me. Sure, they’re Space Marines (and there are a lot of Space Marines out there) but these guys have such specific iconography that I really dig. Their armor is mostly black (‘natch) with white shoulderpads and a little red and gold as accents, specifically on the veterans. Everything has got the cross on it, which is also a cool thing about this army: there’s an inexpensive upgrade box you can buy that just has tons and tons of cool bitz to make your Space Marines really look like Black Templars. It comes with specific shoulderpads, bolters, chainswords, tabards, helmets, even doors for your Rhinos and Landraiders, and all of it is covered with Black Templar iconography. For a pretty low price, you can get your troops kitted out quite nicely with a lot of custom bitz – special stuff that would cost a lot of cash if you were to buy the resin upgrade kits from Forge World.

Figure 2: Hey man... nice sword

Do I need a third army? Well, technically I’m not planning to build a whole full-blown army of Black Templar, just a much smaller Combat Patrol force. I already have enough stuff for my Tau and Chaos Space Marines to easily build 2000-point armies for each, so I don’t plan on going down that road again. That being said, the Tau are supposed to be getting a new codex rulebook sometime soon, between the next six months or a year. When that book comes out, I’ll check it out and if it doesn’t impress me, I could easily see selling my Tau army on eBay or something. Sure, they’re easy to build and paint, but there aren’t many cool options and the modeling is kind of dull, honestly. Chaos and Black Templar speak to me more as a modeler, I guess.

So that (and a little gamer A.D.D.) has caused me to place a small order for some troops and a few small vehicles. I played three games of Combat Patrol this weekend with different Black Templar lists, and I learned a few things, which is good. I’m sure you’ll see more on this blog as I progress forward with this plan. However, there’s a wrinkle: there’s a Combat Patrol tournament coming up on Saturday, January 21st, and I want to play in it. But, I need to make a decision – am I going to play the same list of Chaos Space Marines I played back in September, or a totally new Chaos list? Or am I going to try to crank out Black Templars in time? Or will the Tau make an appearance? I really have no idea at this point. Stay tuned, I guess.

Gaming Debut in the Nerd Bunker

I know this might seem at first glance like a repeat of my previous post about the Nerd bunker, but it’s not. The Nerd Bunker relates to the whole basement, except for the Outlying Territory (the root cellar) and the Forbidden Zone (the weird crawlspace area with the gravel floor). The studio area I built for shooting Beasts of War videos is only a portion of the wonder and greatness that is the Nerd Bunker. The majority of the real estate down there is set up for gaming, and this Saturday it got its large-scale debut.

Left to right: Kelly, Adam, Karl, Ben, Rick, Josh and Kevin are all blinded by the lights

Nine or ten guys showed up and played, painted, chatted, ate chips and drank some beer. I had my normal 4×6 table cleaned off and ready to go, and two new additional temporary 4×4 tables. Everyone mostly brought 400-point Warhammer 40k lists for Combat Patrol games, and the big table was used for team Combat Patrol, which worked pretty well from what I understand.

The battle rages, I guess? It's hard to tell with tabletop miniatures games

I need to work a few bugs out of the layout of the place, and finish the painting and the rest of the organizing, and then I just need to throw a whole bunch of stuff away, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It took a lot or work to get here, and there’s a lot more work to do, but now at leas the “deadline” is past and I can try and go at a somewhat slower pace, if that’s even possible.

I even got two games in, one against Rick and his Imperial Guard, which I only barely won, in my opinion (but I did successfully pop one of his Chimera transports *BOOM*) and one against Kevin and his Eldar War Walker list, which killed me so bad that there wasn’t even a stain left to clean up at the end (technically, I did kill a couple of his War Walkers, but he has so many of them). It was a good time, and I look forward to playing more games down there in the future.

My First Beasts of War Videos from the Nerd Bunker

I’ve mentioned them on Facebook and Twitter and Google+ and lord-knows-where, but I neglected to link to them here, so I’m fixing that right now. If you don’t know: I have been doing video reports for gaming site Beasts of War for two years now, mainly from Gen Con and Adepticon. Now, I have built a video set in my basement (known as the Nerd Bunker) and I’ll be doing videos for the website on a semi-regular basis, hopefully.

A screenshot from the MERCS CCC Faction unboxing episode of "What's in the Box"

It’ll start mainly with unboxing videos (“What’s in the Box” is the segment name) as that’s currently the intro graphic assets that I have access to. I’m doing all the editing myself, to help take the pressure off of Lloyd at headquarters. I enjoy doing it, and I’ll get better at working within their template as it goes along. Hopefully I’ll be doing some other spotlight videos, maybe some tips and reviews as well.

Anyway, here are a few links:

Check out the Nerd Bunker! Our new set in the USA – This is a short intro video for the Nerd Bunker set. Just explaining who I am and what’s going on.

Mercs CCC Faction Unboxed – This is the first full-blown video from the Nerd Bunker. I show off the six models from the CCC faction for the skirmish miniatures game MERCS. I take them out of the packages and show off the parts, then do a quick commercial and come back and show them all put together. This video is just under 15 minutes long.

There will be more to come, I’ll be shooting two more episodes this upcoming week. I’d tell you to stay tuned, but that metaphor no longer works in the day and age of web video. Hmm. I’ll have to work on that.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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