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  1. Hey everyone! Happy Friday and Happy GenCon Weekend! Time is closing as Nova Open draws near Thirteen Days is all that remains until the big show and I feel vastly behind in my preparation, but determined as ever! Hopefully, the rest of you are nice and relaxed and fully prepared, but if you are like me and fully in the Nova Crunch I wish you all the luck I can spare. I have managed to get a fair number of practice games in with my Stormcast Eternals, but since I have been playing this army for the past few years I feel confident with playing it in the events. The one downfall currently, is the constant restructuring of my list. Not that tweaking a list is bad in any way, but I feel as if my list hasn't been all that stable since the release of the current Battletome for the army. I decided to look at this a bit further and honestly ask myself why it has felt this way and why was it more constant before the new Battletome. There is no doubt the Battletome brought a lot of great things to the army while removing some of the unfair, and to be honest, less fun shenanigans the army had in its utility belt. I thought back to all my discussions about my Stormcast army on my Blog, during my guest appearance on Warhammer Weekly, The Whatsapp chat and various talks with friends around the community and I found that I was always referring to my army as The Warrior Brotherhood style and that is why I played Hammerstrike Battalion as it is, in a way, a toned down version of the over-the-top Alpha Strike that Warrior Brotherhood brought and which I played all the time. After this realization, I decided to look at the idea of using The Warrior Brotherhood despite its changes at The Nova Open GT. I dug into the player pack for the event and the more I read the more I saw the benefit that the Warrior Brotherhoods board control could bring. I even toyed with the idea of taking the battalion to Adepticon, but I choose against it and in a way, I am sad I did, but not this time! I also plan to shelve my Stormcast for a while after Nova to play my Khorne and begin a new Aelf army so playing the Warrior Brotherhood is a great way to close that chapter of Stormcast being my Primary Army. While I have my list set, except for a few possible Hero changes, I still have one model to buy and paint. A Knight-Heraldor, the Toot-Toot himself. I plan to pick up one this weekend and hopefully get him built and color blocked as time runs out, but that will eat into time set aside for my Khorne Army. I had set a goal for myself to have the Army completely painted by Nova, but I am still slogging through one of the last units with some larger models still left. As much as it hurts to admit defeat I am afraid I must admit defeat in this aspect. I will have the army done shortly after, just in time to face Grandfather Nurgle's Ascendancy. As far as army transport is concerned I have had a wonderful Feldherr case for the past number of years that was given to me as a gift. It has always been my companion to my battles and has carried countless warriors, mages, cavalry, and beasts for me. However, after Adepticon it became painfully aware that the case was best suited for my older armies and smaller bases. The foam has also seen better days. Thankfully while at Adepticon I picked up the Case Mini from Battlefoam while in the dealer's room and I knew this was going to be my new Army Transport case. I have ordered a Pack 352 with Pluck foam to get started, but after Nova, I will order some custom foam for Storage and plan to do a full review when I do. With my list almost finalized and my new transport system on its way I am all set to print out my lists in color with custom images of my army using the Azyr App. Thankfully this is no more than an evenings worth of work, but with time running out I will need to get on this within the next few days in order to have it all set and ready. I also planned to order Custom Combat Gauges from 6 Squared Studios once again o hand out to my opponents and with my new logo I still want to do this, but looking at the time frame it might not be feasible to have them ordered and shipped to me on time but stay hopefully I can still get this done in time. I still have a bit of work ahead of me, but I remain excited about Nova Open and the fun to be had there. If you are going please reach out to me to meet up or at the very least stop me and say hi! If you are not attending I will be bringing you my coverage from the event via Twitter and will recap my games and experience in a few follow-up posts in September. Until next time, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  2. Hey Everyone! Time for another look at my hobby and games from the previous week. Also a brief salute to a man who has ingrained himself in our hobby minds and left his mark as a Warhammer Legend (not that he is done growing his legend yet!). Enjoy! Rob Symes finished up his time with Games Workshop as one of the Hosts for Warhammer TV last Friday. I think it is safe to say his commentary and insight will be missed on the streams, but it will also be nice to see him return to the community as a player and enjoy the creative freedom only he can bring. I want to offer him my thanks in all he has done for the community and I look forward to seeing what he has in the future and wish him all the best in his adventures. A 21 Toot Toot Salute. Thank you, Rob. I have become a Co-Host on my friend Ed Hornes (EvilEd) 40k Vod/podcast entitled HeresyCast. I am very much an Age of Sigmar player, but I have always enjoyed 40k as well and with the new edition I am excited to play both game systems. I still plan to keep a stronger focus on Age of Sigmar and if you check out the latest episodes (avoid Ep1...we had audio issues) you can enjoy me comparing everything in 40k to Age of Sigmar. much to the chagrin of Ed and our other host Chad. I am continuing progress on my Blades of Khorne. Currently up in my last large unit which consists of 30 Blood Reavers. I am still planning to finish the army this month, but it has been a daunting task. After this unit, I imagine the painting will move along much quicker as it is only Heros and Monsters left to do. My local Club has successfully moved into our new venue located in a local Church's Basement. They were generous enough to give us an area to store all of our Terrain between Gaming events in their Belfry as well. Overall everyone is really excited for the new venue as it gives us a bit more flexibility in how we run the events from the perspective of time, dates, etc. We may have an issue with needing more tables as we grow, but there is plenty of space to utilize and I feel we will be very happy at the new location. Also, I was asked to give a shout out to an upcoming event Da Boyz Grand Tournament in Rochester, NY on November 17th - 19th. They will be running events for multiple game systems such as 40k and Age of Sigmar. I might try to make it up there myself if I am able. You can register at DaBoyzGT.com or if you have questions reach out to @Khornelord on Twitter. I hope your Hobby is going strong and I would love to see what you are working on as well! I case you are counting like I am, there are only 16 days left until Nova Open and it is very much crunch time. Happy Hobbying! View the full article
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  5. Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to talk about Khorne in a light not usually seen, but these parts of his persona were integral in my choosing to follow the Blood God over any other as I began my Fall to Chaos. These character traits also helped in the choice of my color scheme choice of White and Gold across the army. Everyone sees Khorne being all about Blood, Rage, and Skulls and while these are indeed part of who Khorne is he also represents Strength, Honor, Discipline, and a Motivation unsurpassed by other Chaos Gods. Khorne is a warrior above all else and to be a warrior is to be steps away from being in his service. A lot of these positive traits can be viewed in Hero's across the Mortal Realms, Sigmar, for example, could be seen as Khorne's mirror image, but with the control to not fall so far into the Rage that consumers The Blood God. Khorne is about strength. He doesn't even skip leg day at the gym! Might of arms and the ability to kill any opponent you might face in hand to hand combat is his way and the way of those who follow him. Using other means to kill such as a bow, poison, magic, or having others fight your battles is a good way to earn his ire. We can all relate to wanting to be strong and wanting to be able to handle any situation we may encounter. Being strong allows you to tackle things head on physically and anyone who goes to the gym on a regular basis enjoy pushing themselves to be stronger. Khorne would be pleased. You always know where you stand with Khorne, he hates you, but he might respect you if you share qualities with him, qualities of an Honorable Warrior. He won't stab you in the back or use trickery to come after you. You can be certain that if Khorne is after you, it will be on the field of battle with weapons in hand. His honor will not allow him to kill you in any other way. He wants you to put up a fight and is not opposed to Champion Duels to settle things. He would rather see two champions fight to the death in an honorable duel instead of a watching an army slaughter the defenseless or cowardly. If his champion wins then his strength and loyalty will be rewarded, but if his champion falls then he knows he was weak and not worthy of saying his name. As I said you always know where you stand with Khorne. In order to follow Khorne, you must be disciplined of mind and body. While it is true the rage of his persona can ruin discipline among his followers that are only if his champions fail to maintain discipline. Why are his Champions able to hold Discipline in an army of frenzy murders? They are the most disciplined and examples of who Khorne is and what he represents. This filters down and while the army appears to be screaming lunatics running across the board they are in fact a disciplined army using their straight forward martial tactics to win the day. Sadly, Rage can cause this to break down from time to time, but the same can be true due to pride or the promise of power in other armies. Khorne's followers, to me, are the more proactive and motivated bunch. You don;t see them sitting around and waiting very often and if you do they are usually not happy about it. The Chaos Gods are always ascending and descending, but you never really see Khorne stop and regroup. He and his followers simply carry on killing as much as they can, even amongst themselves. Nurgle is happy to wait for his time in the sun, Slaanesh will revel in excess to extremes, Tzeentch will play his grand game. Khorne can receive the Death of a world as a gift and immediately go looking for more. He is always pushing himself and his followers for more. Khorne the Motivator! So I have fallen to Chaos and I plan to enjoy it a bit, at least until the Aelves drag me back into the light. I really look forward to finishing painting my army so I can get it on the board. I see a nobility in Khorne and that is what I am painting them with Whites and Golds as they are typical colors of purity. I will focus on their noble aspects and I do enjoy the duality the colors are giving to the models. Perhaps turning a blind eye to the rage and blood is proof of my fall? I think I will end my Falling to Chaos series here as I don't know where else I could take it at the moment, but I hoped you enjoyed my insight on Khorne and my new found love of Chaos. See you all next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  6. Thanks! Variation is the spice of life lol.
  7. Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope your hobby is going strong as we enter the final stages of summer. If you are going to Nova Open there are only 22 days left to finish up your army or projects! Here is what has been going on with my Hobby and Nova prep this past week. My Club, Ligonier Legion, recently moved venues due to some renovation at our local Library where we normally met. Our new gaming hall is the basement of a local Church which has plenty of table space, storage for our terrain and gives us a bit more freedom for our events in the future. The atmosphere is positive for the switch with the only down sides is a bit farther walk to our FLGS. We broke in the new hall with games of Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40k. My good friend Aleks was happy enough to help me test a potential list for Nova. I built my Stormcast very defensively to survive potential shooting heavy armies. He brought out his Free Peoples with plenty of shooting. I started with a good lead, but he clawed back to draw the scenario and get a minor win on Kill Points. It was a great game but forced me to reevaluate my list once more. Warhammer 40k 8th edition has really sparked my local club and they came out to play in order to prepare for our upcoming Fate of Konor Event at the end of the month. My Blade of Khorne are really beginning to take shape and I knocked out a few heroes to lead my force for some small point games as I paint the remainder in the coming month or two. I still plant o finish the army before Nova, but the life is a thing that can get in the way, but you can be sure I will be ready for Aelves when they release! Currently, I am painting my unit of 30 Blood Reavers and I played with Skin shades a bit and below you can see the four variations I am using across the entire army. Left to right the mixes are One layer of Reikland Flesh, One layer of Reikland Flesh plus a layer of Seraphim Sepia, Two layers of Reikland Flesh, And a mixture of Gorthor brown, Druchii Violet, and Nuln Oil. Also, I have set up a WhatsApp chat group for Aleves and if you have an interest in joining please get in contact with me and I can get you into the group. Let me know what Hobby you have going on as I would love to see. If you are going to Nova Open please feel free to hit me up and perhaps we can meet up to chat or at least say hi! Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  8. Thanks! Dan is a great guy and his podcast has become one of my must listens. It's odd to realize I have misplayed subtle things the past few years.
  9. Hey Everyone! Today I have a very special guest interview for you all. Dan from the new AoS Shorts Podcast took some time to talk about Hobby, Age of Sigmar, and his new Podcast. Dan is a great guy with a love for Age of Sigmar and if haven't yet, be sure to reach out to him. You will find his contact information below. AoS Shorts is a great tool to help tighten up your rules knowledge to improve your game whether you are a beginner or a budding top table player. I find myself listening to the short episodes multiple times to help smooth out my gameplay for myself and my opponents. Also, his companion blog for each episode is a great way to get the most out of his discussion topics. I hope you enjoy the interview. ----------------------------------------------------------- Dan, can you tell me about who you are and how you began in this Hobby? Hey, I'm a (predominantly) matched play gamer living in Auckland, New Zealand. I was born and raised in the U.K. and was aware of Warhammer while I was there but only really dove in with 5th edition after I’d moved to NZ. I took the Brets and played some 40k with Imperial Guard. Everything kinda then went on hold, until I rejoined the hobby when I was working in London in 2012-2014. I came back in by listening to podcasts from Bad Dice, Heelanhammer, Black Sun, Garagehammer and the Dwellers before picking up a dwarf army when the 8th Ed Dwarf book dropped. Really had to make the use of UK pricing and the VAT refund before coming back to NZ. Dan (pictured left) handing out some prizes What armies are you playing currently and what’s next on your Hobby Table? I’ve been playing Sylvaneth since the Battletome came out and absolutely love them. The sheer movement flexibility is amazing. I suspect that Death will be my next AoS army but I'll be holding fire until after GHB2017 and any signs of a new Death Battletome. There is something right about Death following Life. Dan's growing Sylvaneth Army Do you have a local Club or group you play with and how often do you get to play games and work on Hobby? Unfortunately, I don't get as much time to play as I would like due to my work and a young family at home. So I haven't ever really been able to commit to a club. I play casual games in mates’ garages, with the Auckland Model Citizens, and host tournaments with the Auckland City Guard. On the hobby front, I try to get a few hours in each week - usually 30 mins or so early in the morning and perhaps a night a week. Can you share with us your favorite Hobby movement? “Hobby movement” - what a great phrase. There are so many things that could be captured by this - the move to scenic bases, the #roadtoscgt crew, the NEOs, Games Workshop’s re-engagement with the community, the explosion of hobby podcasts, Warhammer TV. I can't just pick one. Dan's Hobby Area What about your least favorite time in the Hobby? The destruction of the old world was an unsettling shock, I played one game of AoS when it was first released and then decided to just let the dust settle and see where things went. Me and my mates played a Necromunda campaign, we dabbled with KoW and I picked up Guild Ball. In the end, I threw myself into AoS as the game grew and found new gaming groups (my 8th ed. mates are now all playing T9A or 40k). If Money and Time were not an issue what would be the one dream Hobby project you would want to tackle. I have about 3,000 points of Dogs of War (almost every unit from the 5th edition book) still sitting mint in box. With the death of 8th, I was going to use them in 9th Age or KoW but never got round to them. I’d love to get them finished as a painting project on large diorama bases. Other options would be a Luthor Harkon Undead Pirate army, a marauder Chaos force themed around a local raven god (which is actually a manifestation of Tzeentch), and a Harlequins force for 40k The dream army in the wings I often hear about challenges that our Wargaming Brothers and Sisters face being in this Hobby in your part of the world (New Zealand, and Australia), is there any insight you can share on this subject? The obvious issue is the pricing differential (significantly higher than the exchange rate plus shipping) however that is old news. Unfortunately, it really does limit new blood into the hobby and make it hard for local gaming stores to make sales because everyone just buys offshore. The more complex issue is that we are a country of just over 4 million people in a long country that stretches from Lake Erie down into Florida or from Scotland into Spain. Our gaming scene also split hard three ways with the death of 8th. So achieving a critical mass for gaming clubs and tournaments can be hard. We are only now starting to get 40 player tournaments and that usually requires about half the field to be flying (or catching a 10-hour bus ride) to get there. Durthu has great basing that Dan is using across the entire force You recently started a new Podcast called AoS Shorts. What can you tell me about it? AoS Shorts is a series of podcasts, videos and blog posts on strategy for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. This series will help you get better fast. Think of it as a Cliff Notes version of Facehammer etc. There is so much great information out there in the AoS community on strategy and tactics, but it is largely buried in 100-page forum threads, 3-hour podcasts or hundreds of hours of video. The aim with AoS Shorts is to distill this information for the time-poor gamer. Basically, I’ve started the podcast I wanted. Each show focuses on a key AoS topic, such as list design, deployment, and scenarios, and is accompanied by diagrams, tip sheets and a blog post for you to digest or refer to later. Who is your target audience for the podcast and what is your goal with the show? The show is aimed at people who want to improve their performances at tournaments or other competitive games. The show really isn't going to have anything new for top-end tournament gamers who usually podium. However, for players in the mid- or lower tables who want to start winning more games, or feel like they are in those games for longer, I hope my show helps. So far you have List Writing, Tournament Play Tips, Scenery in The Age of Sigmar, Deployment, and the Priority Roll what is next for the show? At the moment I'm trying to stick to the core mechanics of AoS until GHB2017 comes out. Once that drops, I'll have episodes on each of the scenarios, summoning, piling in and combat, certain list builds, scouting reports on particular factions etc. I also want to grow the show into videos because it is so much easier to explain strategy and tactics by showing rather than telling. I want to illustrate the key concepts of the game with great painted armies on good tables. What is the best way for someone to reach you and where can they download your latest shows? You can find me on Twitter at @antipodean7 or AoS Shorts on Facebook. All the articles and resources can be found at aosshorts.com. The show is on iTunes, Podbean, and RSS. ----------------------------------------------------------- I love what Dan is doing and I hope you take the time to check out his podcast and Blog. I plan to use them as some last minute tournament preparation to Nova Open as I listen to his previous episodes on my drive down to the venue. As always feel free to follow me on Twitter and until next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  10. Happy Wednesday Everyone! Welcome to the fresh look for The Realm Gate! I felt it was time to step up my game and give the blog a more professional look with a new logo I worked up as well as a cleaner design to the site. I made do subtle tweaks here and there and any input is appreciated. The new logo. I was originally going to commission one but decided to try my own hand at it in the end Now for another Hobby update as I have begun to find my Hobby Rhythm and gaining momentum each and every day! It is helping that Nova Open is right around the corner and nothing helps the hobby like a goal or big event on the horizon! Fresh faces and ready for Blood I am in the middle of painting my Blades of Khorne and finished up my Unit of ten BloodWarriors. I was surprised at how much detail these models have considering they were from the starter set. They took much longer to paint than I expected, but they are beautiful models to add to any Khorne army. Totems and Icons galore! After I painted up the unit I realized that I needed to add in an Icon Bearer and after an extra night of work I was able to convert up something simple but effective for the role. To treat myself I plan to paint my Bloodsecrator next. The set up before we all began to run right due to the meteor drops I managed to get some gaming in as well! My friend Matt hosted me for a game of Age of Sigmar and 40k. I took my Double Hammerstrike List I am considering for Nova Open against his Celestial Vindicators in Gift from the Heavens. It was a fun game back and forth, but my Stormcast Took Victory in the end. After playing the double Hammerstrike I find it powerful, but with a few weaknesses so I will be trying out a few other lists before Nova. Movement is really easy if you lose before you get to move After Dinner and some chatting, we dived into a game of 40k where my Dark Angels faced off against his Mixed Imperium List in a game built from the new Open War cards. Despite the cards creating a fun Scenario my lack of knowledge in 40k play and how my army truly functions led to me losing in the Top of Turn 1. Since it was all about the fun so we decided to just play on...until I was tabled at the bottom of turn 3. A great day regardless and I it really motivated me to improve my 40k skills to match that of my Age of Sigmar skills. Some of the great work people are contributing to this great Cause (various artists) I wanted to take a moment to share with you some Hobby Inspiration with the #RainbowWarriorsProject seeing the community come together for a great cause is wonderful and that they can do it using their Hobby skills makes it that much better! Check out The Lonely Havocs to keep up to date on this great Project and where you can go to for the charity raffle to win this great army. Until Friday feel free to follow me on Twitter and Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  11. Hey Everyone! There are only four more full weeks until Nova Open and my excitement is growing! While this is not my first Major Wargaming event, Adepticon 2017 holds that title, it is my first Nova Open and the excitement isn't any less. However, I have been much more relaxed about my preparations for the event. One of the best ways I found to prepare for a GT's is to listen to Podcasts and Videocasts discussing different armies that you are likely to see when attending these events. Lately, there has been a number of great shows doing just that. Tyler Emerson of Scurby & Wells discussed Tzeentch in his latest show with Rob Moar. Vince and Tom of Warhammer Weekly had Andrea Schwandt on this past week discussing her first-hand experience with Kharadron Overlords. David and Alex from Garagehammer just put out an episode about Beastclaw Raiders that I plan on listening to this weekend. I can also highly recommend you check out AoS Shorts by Dan S. which is a great quick way to tighten up your rules knowledge of the game. I was planning on taking a copy of my Adepticon Army. It has been nice to not have any Hobby Crunch Leading up to the event, but a recent change to my list has created some work for me, but thankfully not much. Beyond the addition of another unit to my Stormcast Eternals, I do have a short list of items to prepare as well. It seems the Hobby Crunch can never truly be avoided. To round out my list for the Championship I need to purchase, build, and assemble a unit of five Protectors. Thankfully they are one of my favorite units in the army so it won't be a chore of any sort, but I do need to make sure I have all the paint for the scheme on hand. I do want to add a bit of customization to this unit to differentiate it from my current unit of Protectors so it will add a bit more time to the getting the unit done, but I think it will be well worth it. I also plan to touch up my Display Board a bit as well, but thankfully it has been safely stored since I last used it at an event. During Adepticon this past March I ordered some custom Combat Gauges from 6squared Studios for this blog that I handed out to my opponents for some shameless self-promotion and give them a nice tool to use in their following games. I plan to order them once again for Nova this year and the sooner I get on this the better. I am working on having a true logo created currently, but sadly I do not believe it will be completed in time to put them on the Combat Gauges. This is due to my failing at sorting out what I want exactly, but once it is completed you will see it here first! Currently, I am signed up for the Team event with my buddy Matt for Friday, which is also the day we arrive. I am also competing in the Championship Saturday and Sunday, but thanks to Aaron Bostian I plan to add another event. There is a narrative campaign going on all weekend and I plan to jump into the games on Friday Night for some Narrative Driven Gaming. The template for the Combat Gauge at Nova Open At Adepticon I went all out with a short story explaining the Lore of my Army as well as color copies of my List from the Azyr App with custom Images I took of my Army. I plan to do the same for the Championship event, but the this is sounding more and more like it will be a last minute item to complete due to everything that needs to be done prior. As I do before any event I try to play as many games as possible with the Army to ensure I know what each unit does in order to keep my game moving as quickly and accurately as possible. I felt as if my game hasn't been as clean or tight as it could be as of late. Mostly due to my hobby time and energy being put into playing less and less. I want to try to get at least two games in per week before the event. All done...almost... I am also painting my Khorne to possibly take to the NArrative event. Currently, I have added 30 Bloodletters to my assumed total, but I will not truly count them unless they are based and I do not plan to base until the army is fully painted so it will be all or nothing on my end. Either way, it is fun to have a little hobby crunch to keep motivated! However, once I pick up the last box of Protectors I need they will move to top priority! I hope to see you at Nova Open if you are attending this year. If you are hit me up on Twitter and we can chat hobby for a bit. Have a great weekend and until next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  12. Hey Everyone! The Paint is really beginning to flow on my Hobby Table. Also with Nova Fast approaching, I am trying to play as many games as I can to prepare for all the events! It is an exciting time for Age of Sigmar as well with the announcement of the Generals Handbook 2017 coming in August, be sure to check out the video announcement. It is a real gem! My Blades of Khorne Color Scheme was decided and I got to work on my Bloodletters. It took a good portion of my Saturday, but I managed to finish the unit up. I am still trying to decide on how to base them, but I am saving that for the end of the Army to do it all at once. A couple of my good friends are getting back into the Fantasy side of gaming with Age of Sigmar and one had a group of us out to his place for some Basement Hammer. It was a blast hanging out, rolling dice, and eating pizza. It had been a while since I had seen some of them so it was great to catch up over some games. I also snagged my room for Adepticon 2018! I am much closer than I was last year which means I can join in on the late night gaming with everyone and with what appears to be a British Invasion of Adepticon it promises to be a great event! Hope to see you there! Let me know what has been on your table or what Games you have played lately by hitting me up on Twitter. Also if you're going to Adepticon 2018 I suggest booking a room soon as the Hotels are quickly filling up! I will see you Friday as I continue my Road to Nova Open series! Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  13. Hey Everyone! This week I wanted to continue my new segment where I talk to a club mate about his Hobby and his efforts in Community Building. Today I will be talking with DJ who I have known since I began playing Warhammer years ago. DJ has taken on a large task within our Local Community. While I have been trying to grow and develop my local club, DJ has been embracing Wargaming, Board games, and Tabletop RPG's by creating a group for everyone to chat and discuss all the tabletop goodness. The group he has created is Called Westmoreland Gamers Guild and the local clubs I run and/or play which slot in nicely to this larger and more collective group to help grow as a community. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ DJ, can you let everyone know a bit about yourself? I live in Western PA. and enjoy all types of Tabletop games, D&D, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, X-wing. You name it I will play it. I am usually around on Wargaming Forums with the name IGMeatShielf or SkullSplitter. How did you get Started in Wargaming? I was in 8th Grade at the time and I discovered Warhammer Fantasy and not much after that I found my way into Warhammer 40,000. I kept with it for a while until I was Deployed to Iraq, but when I returned I stepped right back into the games. What armies do you play in Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000? I have always played and loved Tomb Kings. Thankfully I have a large army of them from my Time in Warhammer Fantasy. As for Warhammer 40,000 I play Imperial Guard as well as Thousand Sons. I really enjoy the narrative of The Thousand Sons so I will stick with them for a while I think. Do you have a favorite Hobby memory? There was a tournament up in Erie, PA which is a four-hour drive or so from my house. I was young and drove early in the morning to attend so I could meet the (at the time) cast of 40k Radio. I got to talk with them and play a few games. It was really great. What about your worst Hobby moment? I was traveling to my first tournament outside of the local club. It was a long drive and shortly after one of my games began it was discovered that my opponent was cheating to win. Being a newer Wargamer at the time I couldn't understand why anyone would cheat in a game built for fun and it really put a sour taste in my mouth. I don't remember the details anymore, but I remember the feeling and I strive to play the rules correctly in all my games to ensure I don;t ever give anyone that feeling by accident. What is the Westmoreland Gamers Guild? WGG is a unifying group to connect gamers all across the county I live in (Westmoreland county located in Western PA). It allows gamers from all types of games get to chat and possibly share their game systems with others in the group. Why did you decide to start the group? It started as a Facebook page in order to connect groups I knew of in the local area to plan games and events. After seeing the Wargaming community begin to grow again I realized how much I missed large events with everyone smiling and having a great time. We use to have tournaments for Warhammer with a minimum of sixteen players on a regular basis, but it fell off for quite some time. I wanted to step up and do my part of growing the community again. What is the goal of the Group? I am hoping the group will gel and eventually we can have a large presence at major events such as Adepticon and Nova with Team shirts and having a great time together. If you want to find out more about the group you can find the Facebook page here. Have a great weekend everyone and if you haven't done so already the rooms are available for Adepticon so be sure to get a reservation soon! Until next week you can find me on Twitter and Happy Hobbying! Thanks for coming on DJ. I look forward to seeing the group grow! It will be exciting that's for sure! Thanks for having me. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you are in Western PA I highly recommend you join the Facebook group to get on board. Have a great weekend everyone and until next week, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  14. Hey Everyone! My Hobby is finally starting to gain some momentum. Considering Nova Open is about five weeks away it is about time I try to kick it up a notch. My recent vacation time has invigorated me to get back at it as well. Spending a week away from my Hobby table was the best thing to refresh myself and make a push to finish my Blades of Khorne. My Club held a Shadow Wars: Armageddon event this past weekend with the store kit and it was a fun and relaxed day despite there being prizes to go along with the event. My Squad of Harlequins set out for Glory that day and did not disappoint. I came home with best overall as well as a second place award in painting. It was a very fun day with five great opponents just rolling dice and having a laugh. Recently my wife agreed to paint her first model, but she said it had to be an Aelf! Austin from Shadowclaimer minis hooked me up with the model while I was at Adepticon. If you haven't checked out his Live streams you should as he does great work! She has always loved the lore of Warhammer Fantasy and her and I played the MMO quite extensively when it was up and running, but she never dove into the Hobby side of everything. She still has washes and highlights, but she has grasped what took me years to learn pretty quickly. My Wife wasn't the only one to get some paint flowing either. I managed to take my primed Blakes of Khorne and begin layering on two thin coats of Ulthuan Grey. It was maddening as it felt like I wasn't doing much at first, but after the second coat, it really began to smooth the models out. Next up is some actual colors! Hopefully, these close ups can help you see the difference between the Grey and White on the model. I would love to see what is on your hobby table so feel free to hit me up on Twitter and be sure to come back Friday as I do another player Spotlight on a man after my own heart who is working on building a stronger community in my local area. Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  15. Hey Everyone! If you have known me for a bit you will know that I prefer to play the "Good Guys". Aleves, Duardin, and more recently Stormcast Eternals are my mainstay. I enjoy their background and how in The World That Was Order was typically the underdog and on the backfoot, but despite the inevitable End Times they still fought and tried to save it all. Whenever I would buy a starter set or a bundle I would always sell or trade off the Chaos without a thought. I never truly identified with those armies, but that has all changed. Now that armies are quicker to get on the table and my skills as a hobbyist has improved I found myself looking elsewhere than Order. However, nothing really came out of that looking around. I attempted a large Orruk force I got a great deal on, but soon lost my inspiration for the project. Part of it was due to most of the units being compendium and the other just an overall wanting to go back to my Stormcast and hope for Aelves to be released. I did manage to keep enough motivation to create a small war band that might one day grow, but for now, is being used as my force for Skirmish. I was looking for a fun side project to work on with a few friends and Path to Glory seemed like a good fit. Everyone seemed keen to all pick a Chaos god for our armies and I agreed. After the decision was settled I was put with Khorne due to my lack of dedication I took who the god who was left out. I looked at Chaos, but never let anything sink its hooks in other than passing interest in the fluff without examing the army play styles. So I was gifted the Khorne Bloodbound from the Starter set since I had traded mine off long ago. However, I wanted the iconic Bloodthirster and a few Daemons to add as well and looking at building a 1000pt list for the total of our event it seemed like I was set. Shortly after they announced The Blades of Khorne Battletome and I knew I was going to do well in the campaign by having a great way to mix my new Daemons and Bloodbound into a cohesive force with army specific abilities. A few weeks later I attended Adepticon, which was my first Major event, and I was lucky enough to get an early look at the Blades of Khorne Battletome. This is when the Damn broke and my Fall to Chaos went from Bunny Slope to free fall without a parachute. I fell in love with the army and what it could do as far as fluff and playstyle. I am happy to say I have over 2000pts with plans to add more in the future. So far I have built and removed the mold lines for the army and have begun priming the force in preparation to paint. I am hoping to complete the army by Nova and take it along for some narrative or pickup gaming. As I paint the army over the next few months I will be bringing you my insights, hobby, and plans for the army. I don't consider myself an expert on the army in any way, but I am excited to share my experience. I hope you will join me in the coming months as I bring you Road to Nova and Falling for Chaos series. If you have any insights into the army I would love to hear them and if you are attending Nova Open 2017 I would love to say hi so let me know if you will be around. Until next week, BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, and Happy Hobbying! View the full article