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  1. Weekly Hobby Update : 12-13-17

    Happy Wednesday everyone. The snow seems to finally be hitting the country around where I live which means plenty of time to get some Hobby time. My "Great Aelven Rebasing Project" has slowed down a bit as I am waiting for more bases I have ordered to arrive, but thankfully there is plenty of other Aelves needing my attention. Not to mention the games that need to be played! Recently I purchased some old metal Executioners and other various aelves and I felt it was time to get some paint on them as I make my final push toward winning the Hobby Hero Award for The Rend 4 Club's Hobby season. I really like the old metal Executioners and they paint up rather quickly so a few hours saw twenty of them completed to tabletop standard. I also built and primed the two Aelves released so long ago with The Silver Tower game. I should have these painted up within a few days as well. My club mate Matt B. gave me some Pheonix Temple Bits he had lying about from his brief time in Age of Sigmar. Extra bits are always great and I there was enough to build a Caradryan/Anointed Hero on Foot. After he was built I knew I had to immediately paint him up and I finally got to use my new Citadel Painting handle for it as well. It felt great to hold and really kept my hand from fatiguing even slightly. As you read in my recent post I had a tough showing at a recent one-day event so I thought painting up my Baelwind Vortex would make me feel a bit better and it certainly did the trick. Hopefully, it can see me to some victories sooner rather than later. I also took some time this week to work on updating my local club, Ligonier Legion Wargaming, Facebook Page as well as work up a club shirt for us as well. I put up a few initial ideas and received feedback that led to the final design below. I placed my order and set up a group order for everyone as well. A good number of us are attending Adepticon this year and hopefully, we can coordinate to all wear them on the same day as we support one another even though we will be playing in different events. I was able to get a game in with my good friend Matt H. with my usual Stormcast list versus his, test, Party Boat list. We played Duality of Death and due to smart tactics from Matt, despite poor shooting rolls, he pulled ahead to win the major by turn four. Matt has been struggling with Kharadron Overlords for a while now, but he seems to be finding his feet and with the shooting potential I worry for the future of my Khorne Army in my local meta. Hopefully, your Hobby is flowing and your dice are rolling to your heart's desire. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  2. Halflings claim Best Order!!

    My Gosh did my confidence go from 100 to 0 right after that picture you took lol. Great Job out there Aleks. One day my Khorne will beat your Free People!
  3. Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to cover a recent one-day tournament I attended hosted by The Rend 4 Club based in Northeast Ohio. The event was held at their local store, Battlegrounds, in Ravenna, Ohio*. The store had an excellent set up with their product centralized between two separate rooms for Board and Card games on one side and Dedicated, specially built tables for Warhammer on the other. The shop was about a three-hour drive from my home, but I was joined by my good friend Aleks for the trip and a day of great games as we represented our club, Ligonier Legion Wargaming. If you read the recent interview with Neil you will know he organizes The Rend 4 Club as well as most of their events. Neil really invested a lot of effort into his first Matched Play Tournament with Awards for Best in each Grand Alliance, Best Overall, Best Painted Model, and Favorite Opponent. He even brought in the Club Trophy where he has the winners name, from select events throughout the year, engraved. When Aleks and I walked in we were greeted by some familiar faces we know through the clubs Facebook group as well as everyone else we ran into as we settled in for a day of gaming. While this was an Ohio clubs event we had great representation from the Pittsburgh area with Mike and Roger from Steel City Sigmar attending as well. It was great to have locals to cheer on and talk tactics with as we attempted to invade the Ohio scene. The atmosphere was great and the credit goes to all the players. We all brought lists to be competitive but throughout the day it was evident that fun was everyone's goal. Neil added a very nice touch with nameplates for each player and the club they are most associated with. It really showed how different clubs can grow together and form a larger and more diverse scene to play Age of Sigmar. I plan to use this idea for my events going forward. The other great touch as one of the players traveling from farther away was how the local players brought in snacks and Neil had a basic lunch planned out as well. Neil event tested out brief post-game interviews with the players after the first round and I really enjoyed participating and watching these on their Facebook page the day after. All of this, as well as a club Shirt and Dice for the entry fee, made the event worth the drive. Playing Age of Sigmar and meeting new players was the cherry on top of the day! While not the most competitive list I could have brought I had my heart set on taking Blades of Khorne to their first tournament and see how I faired. I took the Gore Pilgrim's Battalion along with lots of bodies and Heros to capitalize on a few of the scenarios. I felt confident early in my games, in part to my opponents fearing Skarbrand, but then would quickly watch my army melt before my very eyes. I have dived into my Hobby Journal to review the game notes to hopefully improve in the future with the army. We were using Scenarios from The Generals Handbook 2017 as well as some fun Secondary Objectives themed toward each army. My first game was not a walk in the park as I faced Tzeentch being run by Tyler of The Rend 4 Club. The scenario being used was Duality of Death and my higher Hero count gave me hope. Tyler had an exceptionally painted army with beautiful blending and transitions. My poor photo skills do not do it justice, but playing with two fully painted armies really took the game to a new level. I began very aggressive and took priority at the top of the turn. Sadly I would not win another priority roll in this game which really hurt. I was able to stay in the game into the final rounds with some unfortunate casting rolls on Tyler's part and careful use of my Blood Tithes points, but losing the priority really kept me on the back foot after my initial push. Tyler played cautions and it paid off as he was able to take the Major win in the final rounds. He was a great opponent who made the game fun exciting and fun and I was very happy to have an opponent like him to begin my day win or lose. Thankfully I was able to score my secondary to keep myself on the mid tables in the next round. After judging for the best-painted model and some lunch we went in to round 2 and much to our surprise Aleks and I squared off in Battle for the Pass. Aleks had brought his custom Free Peoples "Halfing" army. Up to this point, my Khorne had never beaten his Free Peoples and sadly this day only continued his streak. Once again I took priority in the first round and pushed very aggressively striking him hard and fast. While up on points his shooting, as it typically does, began scything through my army with abandon. While I had some poor dice rolls on my end the biggest was my failure once again to win any of the priority rolls seeing my windows of opportunity close quickly. I admit there was a moment in this game I got a bit salty with my luck, but Aleks being the true friend he helped me get back on the right mindset to enjoy the game and my day. Aleks took the Major win and held me from taking any of my secondaries promptly kicking me to the bottom tables. It is always great to play Aleks and having him around to cheer me, along with the other Pittsburgh crew, was a blessing to help me through a rough day os losses. The last game was using the Starstrike Scenario and I typically do well with this type of objective as my mindset is more adept and adapt and overcome then plan ahead so I was hoping to salvage part of my score with a win. My opponent was Matt, who was bringing a strong Clan Skyre list. While it felt odd I had a good feeling about having many more bodies on the board them him. He openly joked that one of the requirements for playing the list was guilt for what it does. His attitude was jovial and relaxed through the whole game and it was an enjoyable game. Matt had the choice of priority for the first round and he offered it to me. I stayed a bit cautious as I waited for the comets to fall and it was a mistake. While I did have a few emphatic victories, like finally winning a priority roll, his shooting and dishing out of Mortal Wounds had taken out my protection and biggest combat threat in turn two. Admittedly he bet heavy and put his force on one side of the board prior to any comets dropping as he tried to take me out as soon as he could. His bet paid off as the comets fell right into his lap. I managed to score my secondary again this game but winning the scenario slipped through my hands very early on. Matt and I really got into the game as we cheered for each other and lamented each other's failures, but he had the Major win at the end. While my third loss it was a great game to finish the day. While my performance was poor I managed to stay out of dead last due to my secondaries. Roger from Steel City Sigmar took the day and it was great to watch his results and cheer him on as he battled it out to take home the top spot for Pittsburgh. Aleks managed to come away with Best in Order and it was great to see another win for our local area! Everyone had a great attitude and it made for enjoyable games for all. The painting award was also claimed by Mike from Steel City Sigmar, who you might remember I interviewed recently as well. He puts in maximum effort into each model of his Stormcast Eternals army. His Stardrake took the prize, but I am confident he could have out any model from his army to compete and still be very likely to have claimed the prize. There was a lot of exceptional models on display for the award this day and it was a great line up as the judging happened. The first event for The Rend 4 was wonderfully run with opponents I hope to play again sooner rather than later. Congratulations to the winners and to Neil as well for organizing the event and getting the groups together for a day of merriment and Age of Sigmar. Neil plans to have more events going forward including mixing up the formats to keep it fresh and fun. After we gathered for a parting shot we headed over to grab a drink. While my performance on the table was very poor it only made the drink with friends, both new and old, that much better. it was great to have local friends there as well to cheer each other on chat with one another throughout the day. Aleks and I parted for our three-hour trip home and chatted for a good portion of the drive about the fun we had, how I could improve my list and play, and excitement to Hobby and play even more! Be sure to check out The Rend 4 Club's Facebook Page for even more pictures from the day. Until next week, Happy Hobbying. *As a fun side note that got me excited was that this town was full of Black Squirrels. I am not sure why but these little critters really brightened my day as it was something I had never seen before. I was informed they were everywhere and are a breed from England that was being studied and ultimately released by a local college. If you are ever passing through Ravenna, Ohio keep eye out! View the full article
  4. Weekly Hobby Update : 12-6-17

    Hey Everyone! Welcome to my 100th blog post! I don't know if that is an achievement or not, but it is fun to say nonetheless. I have had plenty of Hobby over the past week and with the madness of the Holidays coming up I am doing my best to squeeze in as much time to complete all my projects while enjoying the fun with family and friends. Also, Tomorrow is the last day to take The Big Community Survey put out by the Warhammer Community team. It is a good chance to submit your feedback to Games Workshop and have a chance at a gift voucher as well. Be sure to take a few minutes today if you can to complete the survey. My "Great Alven Rebasing Project" is still in its infancy, but I have managed to rebase all my Dragons as well as every Infantry Hero I have in my collection. I am still debating on exactly what my basing scheme will be, but just getting everything on rounds is a big step so I plan to rebase all of my Aelf Armies before I decide. Chances are I will stick to a unified theme with pieces to match my Stormcast Eternals so I can easily play mixed order and have it look uniform. The rest of my Bases should be coming in from my online purchases in the next few weeks and I hope to have everything on Rounds before the New Year. After that is done I will be committing my hobby time to wrapping up some exciting community projects and painting my Adepticon army. While rebasing has turned out to be more enjoyable than I originally thought I still need to keep paint flowing off y brush. Thankfully I have a bunch of Aelves in need of some color and I finished priming them just the other night. These will be done for Christmas so I can shift my Focus to the previously mentioned projects in the New Year and help me earn some more hobby points for a fun competition for The Rend 4 Club run by Neil who I interviewed recently. The deadline is the end of the year and I am currently sitting in third and need to push hard to take the win. I have also very excited to have my Aelf models be a part of Battletome: The End Times and I have been working to improve my photo quality and sending as many as I can over to Alexander to for review. I am not sure what all of mine will end up in the book, but I am happy to have contributed even in a small way and I cannot wait for the final document to be released. Speaking of The Rend 4 Club. They held their first one-day tournament this past Saturday and I was lucky enough to attend along with other great hobbyists for a fun day. Neil and the store ran a great event and I plan to cover the day in depth with Fridays post so be sure to check back in a few days to see more*. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! *Spoiler: I didn't do well at all. View the full article
  5. Hey Everyone! Today I will be continuing my series on "Life Lessons and Wargaming". The point of this article series is to look at the little lessons we learn throughout life and how we can apply these to our Wargaming hobby. In today's article, I will be exploring both the Success and Failure you will encounter while working toward your goal. Expect to encounter both of these concepts as you grow and work towards your goals, but you must never let failure discourage you and never being afraid of success. Even one of the greatest players of the NBA failed regularly You might fail, but don't let that bother you all that much though. Failing is part of life and we have all done it through our lives, usually in small and regular tasks. While we accept these small moments of failure we typically don't take failing in larger goals and tasks as well as we do in the smaller ones. However, in order to succeed we need to embrace our failure. Failure is essential for us to grow and for us to gain knowledge to succeed. Basically, when you are working toward a goal or task and fail you have learned one of the ways to not achieve that goal or task. While failure is simply a step in the process of success it is often where most people simply give up believing that this single failure is the end. They give up despite that fact knowledge has been gained and they are closer to succeeding in their goal or task. Let's look at an example common in our hobby to explore success and failure a bit more. You have set yourself the task of winning a gold medal at a painting competition. This specific goal will alter based on if it is a Local Competition, a National Competition, or even a Global Competition, but the concepts are the same as the concepts are universal toward any goal you set for yourself in life. There is a painting competition coming up in a few months or so and you set to work, or have been hard at work, on a piece for the competition. You may have been painting for years or perhaps only a very short while, but you are pouring hours and hours into your piece using all the skills you have accumulated. Now to get to the level where one feels comfortable in submitting a piece for judging would typically mean they have painted many figures to practice techniques and most likely are considered failures as they work to perfect the technique they are practicing. However, they should not be considered failures as they each model, each brushstroke has helped to get the technique right that will be used in a competition piece. I should take a moment to acknowledge the fact that I have never met a competition painter who views their models this way because they are viewed as a step in their process. These are small steps in the process to our goal of winning a painting competition and are usually viewed as such, but how would not winning the competition be viewed? It is likely that something that has had, potentially hundreds, of hours put into it would become a source of pride and attachment, which seems totally normal. The piece is submitted at the painting competition and after a stressful time waiting the result is revealed. The piece lost and it didn't even receive a finalist pin, which at a lot of higher level events is a win in and of itself. You failed, there is no way to sugar coat the fact you failed at your goal. There are two choices after your failure. Give up on competition, or realize that your failure could be the catalyst for your future success. The piece might have failed this competition and could possibly succeed in another competition. What the piece has done is taught you what might not work for the competition, assuming you requested feedback and looked into the detail about the pieces that did win. You only gained this knowledge by failing your goal, not by succeeding. If you had won gold in your first competition you might not have asked how to improve and while you accomplished your goal you are ultimately failing at improving for the next event. Don't be afraid to fail, embrace it when it happens. I am not advising purposing failing as that is completely counterintuitive to success. When you do fail, though, don't hide from it, be happy that you have taken another step toward the success of your goal. Changing how your mind views failure will only help you on your way to succeeding your goals. Until next week, Happy Hobbying. Previous Articles in this series: LifeLessons in Wargaming: Goals and Purpose LifeLessons in Wargaming: Self-Discipline vs. Self-Control Life Lessons andWargaming: Don't Focus on the Outcome View the full article
  6. Weekly Hobby Update : 11-29-17

    Happy Wednesday everyone! We are fully into the Holiday season now and I hope you are finding plenty of time to work on your Hobby. I finally began getting back into my Hobby grove last week and I am trying to kick it up a few levels this week to carry me through to the end of the year. I am happy to say "The Great Aelven Rebasing Project" is in full swing! Soon my Aelven forces will be marching to war in The Mortal Realms! I decided to get things going with my rebasing by putting some recent acquisitions onto round bases. While I don't have plans for a Darkling Covens army as of right now I am well on my way when that time comes. I also took an evening to count all of my Aelf models that are being rebased during the cold winter months that are coming fast. In total, I have 954 individual Aelf models and thanks to a bit of friendly encouragement, I will add more to ensure I have over 1000 Aelves by mid next year. I am also very excited to be helping with Battletome: The End Times creator Alexander Nygård of Fjordhammer with some key battle pictures with my newly rebased Aelves. Hopefully, my photo skills will do this project justice. Outside of rebasing units for specific battles, I decided to rebase my Heros first. I will be sticking with the expected sizes for the Heros but for the older named compendium Heros, I will be upping the size a bit just to give them the presence they deserve on the battlefield. While they will not be used as their older named representations they are still fantastic models that feel right being on slightly larger bases. With rebasing in full swing I finally got around to painting my Orion Model I have had for a while now. While I am a bit sad that I never fielded him in The World That Was I am still happy I held on to him as he is a great looking model and it was great putting a brush on an Aelf model once again. My last bit of Hobby has been purchasing all of the models I need for my Adepticon 2018 Army. I have about half of what I need so far and in a few weeks, I will have the rest on my Hobby desk. I plan to crack into that project before the end of December and I plan to do a small article series as the project comes together so expect a lot of With Aelves in the future. Be sure to come back Friday as I continue my "Life Lessons and Wargaming" article series, until then, Happy Hobbying. View the full article
  7. Hey Everyone! Today I am happy to bring you another interview with a community leader, Neil. Neil runs the Rend 4, Age of Sigmar Club located in Northeastern Ohio and has really done well creating a friendly group to share and support hobby with the clubs page on Facebook. I was lucky enough to get to know Neil on Twitter before finally meeting him at Adepticon this past year. He participated in the Coalescence event I held at my local club and I will be attending his first club tournament in only a few weeks and I am excited to meet more members of his local scene. If you are in Ohio be sure to look him and the club up! Neil winning a well-deserved prize at Coalescence 2017 Chuck: "Neil, what is your Warhammer Origin story?" Neil: "When I was 11 yrs old I received my first Warhammer set, it was the 4th ed Elves and Goblins starter box. My younger brother took goblins while I went for the elves and have loved them ever since. Over time I picked up some extra heroes for my brothers growing WAAAGH and my Noble Elves to give us strong heroes in our games. I played all the way through college adding a unit per year while only getting a few games every year with my brother in classic basement hammer style. Later on, I found a shop in Columbus Ohio called The Guard Tower during 6th and 7th ed that really got me going into the game and hobby even more so until I went Grad School." "During Grad School, my hobby was mostly listening to Garagehammer and reminiscing about past games, but sadly there wasn't much time outside of my studies. After grad school, I came back just as The End Times wrapped up and Age of Sigmar began. I saw it as a great fresh start and dove full in and haven't regretted a day of it." Chuck: "What Armies do you currently play/own and what do you have on your future hobby table?" Neil: "I currently own and play Blades of Khorne as my main army. I also have a small force of Nurgle and a bunch of Tzeentch which are mostly slaves to Darkness. Outside of that, I have various Aelves I am working on expanding such as Order Draconis, Phoenix Temple, and various units from the old Dark Elf range. My brother recently gave me his old empire army as well so I plan to build on these in the coming year if possible." Chuck: "What is one of your favorite memories of this hobby?" Neil: "Adepticon 2017 without a doubt. It was inspiring to me. I had built up my club which was very rewarding, but going to Adepticon for my first time and getting to talk and play with all the hobby heroes from across the podcasts and Warhammer Community. It really stuck with me and validated all the effort I put into this Hobby." Chuck: "How do you balance Hobby, Work, and Family?" Neil: "I try to Hobby after the kids head to bed. My wife will be grading papers for her work and I take that time for myself to paint a few hours a week at least. It is really about sticking to a routine. Mine typically is going to the gym in the morning, taking care of the kids during the day, spending time with my wife, painting and then to bed." Chuck: "What is your favorite part of this hobby?" Neil: "Community Building. When I set out to make Rend 4 I wanted to find people who love this Hobby as much as I do. I love talking to players about what they enjoy and listening to their stories as much as telling them mine. It is such a joy seeing people have fun at events especially if you had a part in making it happen. I feel this hobby is the community more than the game itself and it gives meaning to the games and the work we put into all of this." Chuck: "What is your least favorite part of this hobby?" Neil: "It used to be painting, but as I did it more I began enjoying the process of painting more and more. Now. however, it is the members of the community that are more divisive than constructive. Sometimes it can be negativity for the sake of being negative. I don't know the purpose of it and I would rather rally around positivity." Chuck: "You created and also lead "Rend 4: Age of Sigmar Wargaming" club. Can you tell me a bit about the club?" Neil: "It is built to have something for everyone, Hobby, gaming, competitions, tournaments, etc... I intended it to be focused on the local area and branch out to the smaller isolated groups to help connect them all. I met up with a few locals through an online map I heard about on Twitter and Facebook and I decided to start a club with those locals and I wanted to give everyone a name to rally around with T-Shirts, etc... I also wanted a place where people can celebrate what others are doing in our community. Any levels are welcome and we want to encourage and grow by staying positive." Chuck: "How has the Age of Sigmar Scene grown in the area and how has the club helped?" Neil: "Where I live there are two local shops and I would post on the forum for the shops, but I felt like an outsider trying to intervene with people more established at this shop. It was intimidating, but starting our own Facebook page was a way to help alleviate that feeling. Originally it was just me posting and try to get the communication going. I wanted everyone who joined felt included in the group and make sure if someone posted their hobby that someone would respond to engage. Honestly, I feel I need to do more, posting flyers and trying to connect the isolated groups out in my area a bit more." Chuck: "What Challenges, if any, have you encountered growing the club?" Neil: "It is a challenge getting people motivated to participate. The barriers to entry monetarily for the game has dropped, but the barrier of entry regarding the social contract and interaction is still high. It took me quite a while to branch outside of basement gaming and meet new people and I think that is still a challenge overall, especially for new players." Chuck: "What are the plans you see for the future of the club?" Neil: "I want to grow. Ultimately, I would like to run a two-day Grand Tournament. I am running some one-day events to get practice currently. I also plan to travel to other shops in the area more to meet new players and help connect them through the club. It would be great to grow the connection all the way throughout Ohio creating friendly rivalries across the state between the clubs." Chuck: "How can someone reach out to you or The Rend 4 Club?" Neil: "You can follow me on Twitter and search Rend 4 on Facebook and join us there. Even if you're not in Northeast Ohio we would be happy to have you as part of the Facebook group so please feel free to check out the page to share your love for this game and hobby." Be sure to head to the clubs page on Facebook and check it out. If you haven't followed Neil on Twitter yet be sure to do so as well. Come back next week as I continue my Article Series "Life Lessons and Wargaming". Until next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  8. Weekly Hobby Update : 11-22-17

    Hey Everyone. Hope your hobby week has been going strong! I have finally managed to get over my painting lull I have been in the past few weeks thankfully as my Adepticon Army is going to require quite a bit in the very near future. Speaking of Adepticon, registration happened this past Friday and events fill up fast. I signed up for the Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament as well as the Team event. I am also assisting Paul to run the Narrative event on Thursday which will be a real treat. Currently, the event is full but waitlisting is never a bad idea, expect more info on this event as we draw near! It feels good to have my Hobby Train back on track again and some of the motivation was due to the start of the Firestorm Escalation League we kicked off at my local club this past weekend. If you are in one of the countries that celebrate Thanksgiving I wish you happy feasting and hope you get plenty of time to get some hobby in as well. This past Saturday saw my local club begin our Firestorm Escalation League. We had a nice turnout for the first month and expect a few more to join us as we progress. I used the basic outline of the Firestorm campaign but added a few other elements and simplified others to have it work for an escalation league to help everyone get their models painted. We began at 1000pts this month with plans to go to 1500 in December and cap it all off with a 2000pt tournament in January. There was already a lot of painted models for the first round and it really helped encourage everyone to catch up for next month. Our missions are being pulled randomly from the Open War cards to help keep the games varied and fun. The deck is really great for more relaxed events such as this and it helps prevent burnout on the scenarios in the Generals Handbook as we go into the new year of Conventions and tournaments. I am a fan of Trophies as handouts for events. I enjoy handing out awards just as much as I like winning them so I created some for the conclusion of the League. I took a piece of artwork for Age of Sigmar, added the club and blog logos as well as the prize name and event name. I went to a local convenience store to print them out on photo paper for $0.46 each and bought frames for around $1.00 each. I first did this at Coalescence 2017 and they went over very well so I decided this will be my go-to method for awards going forward. As I mentioned above I finally go my Hobby Train back on track and after weeks of slacking off, I finally finished the five Bloodreavers I had on my desk. Since Blood Reavers are minimum units of ten I decided to use these extra ones on my Bloodthirsters base as it was a bit too barren. It really helps make the model feel a bit larger I feel and while it is a lot of work for looks I would happily do it again on future models if the opportunity arises. Also, the nominations for Warhammer Heros has officially begun. I love this idea and I hope everyone goes out and nominates someone they think is a true Warhammer Hero! May your week be full of Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Hobby. As always be sure to check back Friday for another post. This week I have an interview with Neil who runs Rend 4: Age of Sigmar War Gaming Club. Until then, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  9. Hey Everyone! Today I will be continuing my series on "Life Lessons and Wargaming". The point of this article series is to look at the little lessons we learn throughout life and how we can apply these to our Wargaming hobby. In this article, I wish to explore the idea of not focusing on the outcome. You may think back to my original article where I wrote extensively about visualizing your goal and wonder why I am now telling you to not focus on it. At first, it can seem that way, but visualizing your goal and not focusing on your outcome are two distinct things. Focus on the climb and not the view at the top Visualizing your goal is essential to achieving your goal as it keeps it at the front of your mind and gives you the clarity on what you are working to accomplish. However, if you focus only on the outcome of your goal then you will ultimately fail as you lose sight of the all-important hard work that will get you to the outcome you desire. As time goes on and you are working toward your goal you will begin to lose the passion and motivation in the process of achieving your outcome. A real-world example would be making more money in your career. If you focus on making money you will trip up and most likely not make it where you want, but if you focus on the here and now with the process, which in this example is doing your current job to the best of your ability will more likely lead you to the goal of making more money. So how does this apply to our Wargaming hobby? Let's assume our goal is organizing and developing a local club to play games with on a regular schedule. You will most likely begin by enjoying and crafting the idea of a room full of like-minded players enjoying gaming together for a day of fun and dice rolling. This is a great thing to imagine as you can visualize what your goal is and you can keep it in your mind as you work toward your goal. However, if you only focus on the outcome you will be distracted from the work and little details that need to be tackled to achieve that goal. When you set up a club you need a venue, tables, terrain, a way to communicate to your community, and a lot more to really get to your goal. If you keep daydreaming about the room full of gamers rolling dice you could easily miss that you don't have enough terrain or you lack a way to communicate. You might show up to your first club day with only one or two other players and maybe no terrain. At this point, most people will become discouraged and likely give up and their visualized goal will never come to fruition. Mistakes will happen and you will forget items as it is part of our human nature and those little lessons that we learn as we grow outside of our comfort zones. However, if we focused on the work and the preparation then our mistakes would be minimized and there is a good chance you would get the word out better and have enough terrain, etc... Now you may still only have a few people showing up, but by not focusing on the outcome you will see the beginnings of achieving your goal rather than the failure of your goal. The other key to learning from mistakes that happen as you work toward your goal is by living in the present and focusing on the hard work to achieve your goal will allow you to learn from those mistakes much quicker and prevent repeating them. If your mind is always cast forward to the outcome then you will likely repeat mistakes and prevent yourself from achieving your visualized goal. Mistakes will happen, but don't fear them. Embrace them, learn from them, and move beyond them. The joy we get from visualizing our hobby goals gives a small sense of satisfaction, even more so when we begin to work toward the goal. Although a lot of people focus on that goal so much that when the amount of time and work to achieve their goal begins to reveal itself they lose that sense of a satisfaction. The feeling of satisfaction is tenfold if you put in the work and focus on the process of achieving your goal. It seems odd, but the best way to achieving your goal is to not pursue the goal directly. Continuing the example of having a successful club to wargame you need to figure out exactly what needs to be done to achieve the goal. You need to direct your focus on the tasks to achieve your goal and not the goal itself. Create a Facebook group to communicate and make it look nice and invite community members into the group. Make sure you have the venue set and there are enough tables to have more then you expect to show up for a club day. Put in the effort to have enough terrain and mats to game on. Set up a club day and keep it consistent to create consistency so everyone has an idea of the next club day before you post the details. Keep posting about events over and over to make sure everyone sees what is happening. If you direct your energy to the details and hard work of achieving the visualized goal you will find at some point your goal has been achieved without putting the emphasis on the goal. It is also very likely that by this point your goal might have changed a bit and that is a fantastic thing to happen. You have begun to enjoy the hard work and the process and subconscious realized your goal will happen as you visualized so you began looking at what is next. You are working to more than just a single goal. You are working toward the constant improvement of the club and yourself as a hobbyist. This idea, no matter if you are using it for Wargaming, Hobbying, or any aspect of life is the real key to thriving and not simply existing. Ultimately the concept can be broken down living in the present to achieve the future you want. If you are working toward your hobby goal then focus on the tasks at hand to achieve the goal and let the realization of accomplishing your goal arrive naturally. Until next time, Happy Hobbying. Previous Articles in this series: Life Lessons in Wargaming: Goals and Purpose Life Lessons in Wargaming: Self-Discipline vs. Self-Control View the full article
  10. Weekly Hobby Update : 11-15-17

    Hey Everyone. I hope your hobby has been going well this past week. Mine hasn't been as fruitful as I would like with painting and gaming, but despite that I have been busy building lists, reading through warscrolls, looking at points, and diving into some other community projects that have really taken center stage in my mind and hobby. A visit to my local game store this past week did give me a chance to play a game of Shadespire. It was the first time I was able to play Khorne and despite the learning curve I enjoyed their playstyle and I am going to focus on them for my next few games to get a good feel on how I want to build their deck. I was also able to pick up the new Citadel Miniature Holder and despite never really buying into using cork or an old paint pot with some tack to hold models I must admit I really like the feel of this tool and plan to use it when painting Hero's and side projects. If you haven't picked one up yet I recommend you do so as it feels great and is very affordable. The small bit of painting was getting a bit more color on some Bloodreavers I have been slowly getting through. I also started looking at painting the Dark Angels I rebased during the release of the latest edition of 40k. I am not sure when I will dive fully into my 40k army as I have also begun collecting the models I need for my Adepticon Army and with the prospect of over one hundred models to paint in a few months, it might take priority on my desk. My local club also hosted an Apocolypse game for 40k this past weekend and while I was unable to join in myself I was able to stop in to watch a round and see all the fun that was going on. One thing I did realize after taking these pictures is that our club lacks chairs. Thankfully everyone made due with what was around in the form of rocking chairs and wheelchairs. Sadly no one utilized the baby high chair against the wall. I am currently traveling for work down near Jacksonville Flordia and had a chance to pop into the local Games Workshop store. The store was impressively large for the small one-man stores I have seen on my travels and while it isn't as large as a lot of FLGS's we have over in the U.S. the store could easily host multiple games comfortably. Each table had great scenery and the store had a great atmosphere overall. The manager was working away on trophies for an upcoming event and we had a great time talking about the hobby and our shared passion. It was a great time and if I find myself back down here in the future I will be bringing an army to get a game or two at this shop. I hope your hobby is going strong and if you are in a rut with painting like I am set a deadline to help build that urgency to push through it. I plan to have my Bloodreavers done by weekes end and you can expect to see them painted in next weeks Hobby Update on Wednesday. Friday I will be back with another installment of my Life Lessons and Wargaming series so be sure to check back then. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying. View the full article
  11. Interview with Mike of Steel City Sigmar

    Drinks and Sigmar are always great. Love what you are doing for the community! Dec 2nd it is sir!
  12. Hey Everyone. I recently got to sit down and chat with a local Community builder Mike from one of the local clubs I belong to called Steel City Sigmar to talk about his experiences building the Age of Sigmar Community in the Pittsburgh Area. The club is one of the bigger groups in the area and if you have seen me around Adepticon or Nova Open you can often find wearing the clubs shirt on one of the days. Mike is a man after my own heart as he has really involved himself in building the community for Age of Sigmar to connect the separate groups in the area and it was a pleasure to sit down and chat with him about his experience creating the club. Mike with a club shirt he made for Dan of AoS Shorts -------------------------------------------- Mike, Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you found yourself in this hobby? "I got into the hobby at the age of thirteen when I was playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering. I went into a local hobby store to buy more cards and saw an army of High Elves being played at one of the tables. I left that day with Dwarfs instead of the Magic cards I went in to buy originally. Ever since then I played garage Warhammer up until the release of Age of Sigmar and having an official Warhammer Shop opening in our area around the same time. What Armies do you play or plan to play in the future? "Since the release of Age of Sigmar, I was grabbed by the Stormcast Eternals. I enjoy their narrative and the look of the army. They also have a great deal of diversity to how they can be played which really keeps me coming back to them again and again. I have had some interest in starting a Kharadon Overlords, but their one-dimensional play style has held me back from buying an army." What is your favorite part of this hobby? "I really love the Age of Sigmar models. They have all been fantastic and keep getting better and better. They are packed with so much detail and I find assembling models really scratches my hobby itch." What is your least favorite part of this hobby? "It is painting without a doubt. I really enjoy playing with painted armies, but I am very obsessive in perfecting my painting on each model to the point of making a chore out of it. It isn't stopping me from painting mind you, but it is my least favorite part." What is one of your favorite memories of this hobby? "It was the first Age of Sigmar tournament held at the newly opened Warhammer Store. It was the first time I really played with strangers and outside of friend's basements or garages. Everyone was having fun playing and meeting each other and I felt I had finally become part of the Warhammer Community I had only read about as a garage gamer." Can you share your dream hobby goal? "That is easy. I dream to head to Warhammer World to meet the people who make the models and the game and play some games there while having a beer from Bugmans." You created and also lead the Steel City Sigmar Club. Can you tell me a bit about the club? "I actually Co-lead it with a great gentleman Jose Cosme and it was created as a club for Age of Sigmar gaming. The club is built to get players together within the Pittsburgh Region while trying to connect the various smaller communities in the surrounding area. The idea was really inspired by a podcast by Ben Curry about "Building your Community"." How has the Age of Sigmar Scene been going in Pittsburgh? "We have been hosting one event a month at one of the larger stores in the area with an average of twelve people at each event. There has been a bit of plateau in attendance and we haven't been able to really attract much new blood, but the regular attendees are very committed to the game and the club." What Challenges have you encountered as well as any victories in setting up the scene? "The biggest challenge besides attracting new players to the group is trying to consolidate the separate groups together. Despite trying a wide array of events it is a struggle to get the groups playing together. My biggest victory was the first event as seeing the turnout and the fun everyone had really validated all the effort I put into getting it together. I want to give big thanks to my friend Bill for helping push the event as hard as he did to really get the word out." What are the plans you see for the future of the club? "We have had a successful first year of consistent meetups, but my future plan is to connect the different and separate Age of Sigmar groups in the community. I also hope to really engage the wider community with Social Media as we only have a small Facebook Page at the moment." Mike's Stormcast Eternals Army How can someone reach out to you or Steel City Sigmar? "We currently have our own dedicated Facebook Page called Steel City Sigmar, but we also post out events to the Pittsburgh Warhammer Fantasy and Age of Sigmar group as well. You can also email SteelCitySigmar@gmail.com" -------------------------------------------- If you are close to the Pittsburgh area be sure to check out the Facebook page for events or even pickup games. The club usually meets at the end of each month on Sunday for friendly tournaments as well as relaxing hobby days at one of the local shops. I have been lacking in attendance myself, but hope to remedy that in the coming year. Until next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  13. Weekly Hobby Update : 11-8-17

    Hey Everyone! It has been an exciting weekend of Age of Sigmar with Blood and Glory happening over in the UK where they had some exciting announcements as well as Holy Havoc happening over here in the US. Twitter was full of great armies and games being played! While I was not fortunate enough to be attending either of these events my friend Matt was running a one day Age of Sigmar Narrative called Fawkes Hunt at his house which really made for a great end to the weekend. While I have been a bit lacking in painting lately I did begin work on five extra Blood Reavers I had around that I plan to use to spruce up my Bloodthirster's base in preparation for an upcoming event I am attending in December run my Neil over at the Rend 4 club on Facebook. The Fawkes Hunt event was small with only four players, all close friends, with Matt acting as The Wizard Fawkes as well as the Game Master. We really had a lot of freedom in adjusting parts of the game and creating cool moments by interacting with The Wizard Fawkes throughout the day and Matt ran a great event with the focus on Fun and telling our Armies Narrative. I created up a short narrative for the event using my Khorne with Direct Focus on having one of the other player's army as my nemesis. I wanted to help set the move for why my bloodthirsty army would be here at all and what my main focus would be. Ultimately, my goal was to cause Chaos and shed blood. As I found out Khorne cares not where the blood flows. Matt also created special spells and abilities we could purchase from The Wizard Fawkes throughout the games with coins we earned while playing. Despite it being autumn we had Thunderstorms moving through our area. Perhaps it was Sigmar's displeasure with me at taking a break from playing Stormcast Eternals. The storms managed to knock out the power for an hour or so, but thankfully books and dice still work without power and the natural light of Matt's house allowed us to push on through and keep gaming! At the end of it all Dave and his mixed Aelves, who were also my nemesis, managed to take a commanding lead and come out on top. Dave is still a new player, but his focus on gathering up coins and avoiding the politics of Triumph and Treachery helped him secure the treasures and leave with the blessing o The Wizard Fawkes. It was nice playing in such a casual one-day event with a small group of friends. We got to hang out, share a meal, and play some Warhammer which will always be a fantastic day in my book. I hope your hobby and gaming is moving along nicely as well. Let me know what you are working on in the comments below. Please come back on Friday when I will have an interview with Mike who is a prominent member of my local Age of Sigmar Community and one of the Organizers for The Steel City Sigmar Club. Until then, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  14. Hey Everyone. Today I wish to continue my series on "Life Lessons and Wargaming". The point of this series is to take lessons we learn throughout life and how we can apply them to our miniature wargaming hobby. We often will learn these life lessons and put them to use here and there, but often these lessons are universal and can be used to improve every aspect of our life, including on the tabletop. The topic for this post is the difference between Self-Discipline and Self-Control and how to use both of these life tools to improve your hobby as well. Kobe has truly mastered his mind. Can we do the same for wargaming? I would like to begin by defining what each tool is before we explore their similarities and differences. Self-discipline is defined as "Correction and regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement" while Self-control is defined as "Restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires". Both are very clearly their own tool, but they also work together and work off each other in a cycle of constant improvement. These tools combined are immensely powerful in wargaming as well as in life. Looking at Kobe Bryant and his "Black Mamba Mentality" you can see how his self-discipline and self-control were cultivated and used to give him an edge that set him farther above the rest. Based on my prior article in this series regarding setting goals and having a purpose you may be wondering exactly how to achieve the goal you are visualizing. Let's look at a new example within wargaming and assume we have the goal of winning first place in a Grand Tournament. The path toward any goal is often quite simple. If you want to win a Grand Tournament you need to practice a list while studying the games changing meta and examining other high-level player's tactics. It is not the "How", but the "how do we practice" the "How" that is the most challenging. The secret to achieving any goal is simply hard work. These two words are what ends the quest for our goals before we even start, but there is no way around them to get where you see yourself and achieve the goals set for yourself. So let us get into the hard work of achieving our goal and using the tools of self-discipline and self-control to make hard work simply become work and potentially even fun. So let's continue with the idea that you wish to win an upcoming Grand Tournament and you are visualizing your goal of holding that first place trophy aloft at the end of the event. You begin looking at the top lists from various events across the global community and begin to assemble a list. You need to begin cultivating your self-discipline because the community will focus on something new and change often, sometimes week to week, and it's tempting to chase the new shiny army or jump on the new off boxed game, but you need to have the self-discipline to stay your course and focus on your goal and keep examining your army and playing your army. After a while you will find your interest waning, but not due to any change to your goal. You will be so far into doing the hard work for your goal, but you might not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps you are losing game after game despite adjustments to your list based on your games and studying the meta. The hard work will not appear to be paying off, but this is simply not true. At this point, your self-discipline is what will keep you going. It will keep you adjusting and studying your list. The hardest part in developing and maintaining your self-discipline is that you will never know when the hard work really begins to pay off. It is hard to pinpoint just when it begins to click because by maintaining the self-discipline you will be growing, even if you feel as if you are losing every game with your top tier list. However, at some point, you will be winning more and more of your games and finding the flow of the meta is matching what you are doing just as you are matching the meta. Each moment spent on studying lists and playing games is a moment closer to achieving your goal. Use the tool of your self-discipline to become almost obsessive at achieving your goal. Now how does the tool of self-control help you achieve your goals? You might feel that self-discipline covers everything regarding self-control, but it does and it doesn't. Let's continue the example to explore this a bit more. If a new army that grabs your interest comes out you might want to run out and buy it, but if in doing so you know you will build and play with them a fair bit then you need to use and develop the tool of self-control. You might have the self-control to buy the new army and set it aside until after you have accomplished your goal, but others do not. Self-control is not switching armies due to a potential meta shift, it is not making drastic changes that do not appear necessary to your list based on what you are examining in the meta as a whole. Self-control is choosing to throw yourself against the toughest opponents to improve, it is choosing to do the hard stuff while using your self-discipline to reach that goal through hard work. Having the self-control will let you maintain your self-discipline. It will keep you on track toward your goal as your discipline keeps you looking toward your goal. However, it does not guarantee you will achieve your goal. You can and will fail on your way to your goal. Failure is a way in how we learn and you should not be afraid of failure and I will look at Failure in a future article in the series, but for now, know that you will need both self-control and self-discipline to fail and get back up and chase your goal. Your self-discipline and self-control will only help you become the best hobbyist version of yourself be it in gaming, painting, or any other aspect of our wonderful hobby. When you use these tools of self-control and self-discipline you develop a mental state that is essential for achieving your goals. Once this mental state and your discipline and control are cultivated and moving you begin to see the change you are after in order to get to your goals. To our example, you might find that lists you once feared are nothing to worry about and scenarios that might have put your list on a back foot now become a smaller and smaller hurdle. Then the discipline and control you put into your work will become a habit and perhaps even enjoyable as you develop your routine around these tools to help you improve and ultimately reach your goal. There is no way around putting in the hard work to achieve your goal. Push to be better and always improve and use your self-control and self-discipline to keep the mental edge to get to those goals. It will not be easy and will not always be fun until you realize that these tools and hard work are getting you closer and closer to your goals. Let me know how you are using your self-control and self-discipline to push for your goals and develop that mental edge. Until next week, Happy Hobbying. Previous Articles in this Series: Life Lessons and Wargaming: Goals and Purpose View the full article
  15. Weekly Hobby Update : 11-1-17

    Happy November everyone! I hope you had a ghoulish All Hallows Eve as well as a great Parade day for Age of Sigmar Armies on Parade this past Saturday. I ventured out with my Harvest Sylvaneth and came away with a few awards myself. I got to spend the day chatting with some local friends and gamers while playing Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire so, all in all, it was a good day of Warhammer despite a few critiques I have for Armies on Parade overall this year. I also want to give a shoutout to the Neo's and gamers at the Realms at War 2017 even that happened in the UK this past weekend as well. My Twitter feed was overflowing with amazing pictures from the Narrative event. Check out the Hashtag #RAW17 on Twitter to see all the fun! This year Games Workshop decided to mix up their event with additional awards and splitting of the two game systems into separate Parade Days. All these changes were put in place with the intention of improving the event and it is great to see Games Workshop working to improve their events. however, in my store at least, splitting the event really hurt the overall atmosphere as we do not have an even split amongst the two systems. I don't feel there was a lack of competition as everyone who joined it at my local store had great looking armies, but the amount of participation suffered greatly. In all honesty, I prefer to compete and lose against a large number of opponents then win against only a few. The day's event didn't feel like much of an event and to an outsider looking in would seem to be a typical day at the store. I felt that the Store Manager was also left a bit in the dark on how to run with the new changes. He gave it his all and made the best of what he had, but it was obvious that perhaps he was not provided all the tools he should have had to make the event as big as it could have been. The final critique I have was seeing how Warhammer Worlds Facebook Page handled their Parade Day. It followed none of what was posted and instead appeared to run the event as it has the previous year with a single 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medal and combining all the game systems into a fun and exciting day. The pictures and my Twitter feed really gave me the feeling their atmosphere was as exciting and fun with a plethora of great Hobbyists out to show off their best work and have a fun day. It felt odd to see their event run in a similar manner as the rest of the stores across the globe. Armies on Parade has always been an event I anticipate with a lot of enthusiasm. Before I was lucky enough to have a Games Workshop store near me I would eagerly scan the pages of White Dwarf to see the entries and hope to one day participate and create armies and boards as amazing as the ones I saw. Last year was my very first Armies on Parade and it was an exciting atmosphere in the store as gamers from 40k and Age of Sigmar all battled over the coveted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals. I was humbled to be voted number one and it only inspired me to do even more this year. I diligently kept up on the posts from the Armies on Parade web page, but I was honestly a bit saddened at the lack of consistent updates that normally help keep the enthusiasm going. There was never a very clear message on how the parade days would work so it felt a bit more ad-hoc then prior years. If you participated in the event, or plan to this weekend in the 40k Parade day and come away with new inspiration or some awards for your hard work I want to offer you my deepest congratulations, despite and hiccups the awards are well deserved. I do hope Games Workshop continues to work on making the event even better and put forth, even more, of an effort to hyping it up and creating fun atmospheres for the Parade Days while defining the event clearly to the benefit of all. I know I will be participating next year despite this year's critiques as this will always be an event I look forward to participating in with my fellow hobbyists. Sticking with the topic of Armie son Parade I did add a few last minute additions to my board I wanted to keep secret, even from my previous blog post. I felt I captured the whimsy of Autumn Harvest festivals in my board, but I also wanted a dark aspect almost hidden from first glance. Above you can see the somewhat subtle additions to the board to give it the creepy Halloween vibe. I was also able to complete my Khorne half of the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire set. Just in time for the next expansions to come out and be put on my Hobby table. It is really a great game and if you haven't had a chance to play it yet I strongly suggest you do. May your week be full of Hobby as we venture into the Holiday months and begin planning our armies and projects for the upcoming year. Be sure to check back Friday as I continue my series "Life Lessons and Wargaming". Until then, Happy Hobbying. View the full article
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