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  1. The grand alliances were one of the biggest things that drew me to Age of Sigmar. They provide a framework for making some brilliantly createive mixed armies, without going as far as saying that anything can team up with anything (which we have open play for). My current dwarf army is 50% dispossesed, 50% ironweld arsenal 50% kharadron overlords. Its not particularly good, but I'm glad it exists. This seems to be missing the point of grand alliances entirely. It is most certainly an army composition role. Deepkin are unavailable as allies to Fyreslayers if they want to maintain the full benefits of being a Fyreslayers army. Deepkin ARE available as part of a larger GA order force that also includes Fyreslayers. So you can compose your army differently and still be matched play viable, while sacrificing some army-specific rules and gaining GA specific rules. It's perhaps the most interesting compositional choice that's ever existed in a warhammer game. I would be very sad if they removed it.
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    Sentiment about the new releases

    I don't read all of the rumour thread, but I had a look at what I assume is the post you are referring to. You made a case for why they may have been quick to make. That doesn't mean they are objectively inferior or the designers lazy. For a quick release re-using assets might be very sensible since they will have a good idea about how each detail might interact with the printing process. This might have allowed them to fit something into a short time window that would have otherwise meant that nothing was released. You also said that GW is a £2 billion company, which I'm not sure is correct. It has a market cap of < 1 billion and thats based on a share price that the company admits is inflated. The company still has to balance its resources against everything else. Nobody is saying that you should never criticise GW and always be grateful, people are just criticising your criticism.
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    Sentiment about the new releases

    You don't like the sculpts. This is a possibility for all releases. You can't extrapolate your opinion of a sculpt to infer the effort made by the team. We also haven't seen the rules yet to know how powerful the terrain pieces are, but if even they are powerful, they are only enforced in the same way as every powerful unit i.e. you may feel compelled to take them to maximise your list. This is also true of every release.
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    Oh god this article...

    The heroin comparison, as tongue in cheek as it is, is something that I agree with and actually get quite passionate about (EDIT: the cost bit, not the social life bit). Almost everyone I know who plays this game is unable to control their purchases, unable to complete what they wanted to complete. Most purchases are made with some grand plan in mind and rarely ever get to that stage, which does make me sad. I wonder what % of GW purchases go unfinished? I wonder what would happen if a magic omniscient thing could tell you, "by the way, you won't finish these" before you bought them. Would you buy them? What if you know that you only ever complete 20% of what you buy, would you buy them if it had a big sticker saying "80% chance you will never finish these" on them? Add this to the fact that at least two of the people I know who can't control their hobby purchases are not in a great financial situation, which means that it suddenly becomes a real problem beyond shrugging off as an inconsequential hobby with little plastic men. I sympathise massively, it took a great deal of organisation on my part to rein in my own purchasing habits. I won't go into it much more here, but I do think that talking about the hobby and addiction in general are discussions worth having. I thought the article was great by the way.
  5. My one wish that would make me switch to getting everything through the app? Link the Azyr app purchases to the warhammer digital store instead of tying them to the apple and android app stores. I have an android phone and an iPad. I already begrudgingly pay twice for the azyr subscription. But to buy a book through the app? Knowing that I only have access to it on one system? Knowing that if I want to switch at some point that i'll effectively lose that content? No I can't bring myself to do that. I will continue to buy the physical books, or occasionally the epubs through warhammer digital.
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    Combating the Dreaded Hobby ADHD

    If your problem is that your painting is unfocused, rather than not painting at all, you are already doing better than most of the people I know in this hobby, so thats awesome I am quite passionate about this subject, because I believe this is a huge problem within the hobby. Very few people buy a box of minis thinking "I'll never finish these", they always buy them thinking "Ooh wouldn't X look cool if I did Y". But for some people I know, I can say with almost certainty whether it will happen or not, and that makes me sad. In the last year I have gotten pretty disciplined with my painting (I have painted everything I have bought in 2018, other than the unit I bought this week that I am currently painting), so here are some tips that have helped me. Keep a log of everything you buy and everything you complete. Not only is it strangely satisfying to make progress on a physical list, but it gives you an idea on how much you can complete in an average month and then don't buy more than that in any given month. Its fine and dandy getting a bit painted here and there, but if your purchase rate outstrips your completion rate then your backlog will always grow along with any related anxiety. Try limit yourself to only playing with painted models. To make this easier, give games like AoS Skirmish, kill team, shadespire and path to glory a go. If a warband is fully painted, even a small skirmish game is elevated to new levels. Too much of this hobby is focused on 2000pt matched games where every new army idea is 100 models that cost £500. A lot of people will struggle to complete that even once a year. Embrace grand alliances! The loose and large alliances in Age of Sigmar allow us to have a load of variety and bring disparate forces to the table. You will have a load of fun bringing a hodge-podge of alliance stuff that is more painted rather than an efficient mono-faction battalion of grey plastic. Gives you an opportunity to think of a story about why they are fighting together. As @RuneBrush said, use deadlines where you can. Enter things like painting competitions, path to glory campaigns and armies on parade. Nothing motivated me more to finish my dwarfs than having a looming armies on parade deadline. It was tough and got stressful at points, but I'm so glad I did it and got it finished. My main tip for the undisciplined gamer like me? Don't buy more than unit at a time. Ever. What about that battleforce thats a great deal? Don't buy it. What about shipping cost savings by getting everything at once? Not worth it. That huge endorphin rush you get by buying a bunch of models in one go will end quickly, and soon they'll just be another source of hobby anxiety as you stare at a huge backlog. By gettnig single units, You will actually spend less money and end up with more completed stuff. Last year I spent £700 on warhammer and ended up with £200 painted. This year I spent £400 on warhammer and painted £600 of it by focusing on single things. Hope that helps
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    The Painting Contract - November 2018

    One thing down! Probably won't get the ruins done this month, but longbeards are on track.
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    Can we trust "fan" sites and channels?

    I've been reading this as it goes and now I feel I should add my voice. Just to start by saying that like @JPjr I am very skeptical of conversations about "journalistic ethics" in the nerdier community. They are rarely a mature discussion of whats ethical, but a mix of conspiracy, witch-hunting and over-exaggerating the most minor of things. This thread so far hasn't really changed my opinion. There has been no example that comes anywhere near what I would describe as unethical. In fact barely an example that I would even describe as unintentionally misleading. Some of the things brought up are actually more representative of problems within the community itself i.e. overreacting and misunderstanding the hobby. Stuff like the space wolf codex errata and sequitor numbers, units being "unplayable". Not mentioning FW price increases? Surprised MWG didnt bring it up in one of their gorkamorka campaign videos? No I'm afraid you didn't have a specific example at all, you made a vague assertion about some talented content creators based on how "critical" you felt they were about GW, without making any distinction between the sort of content that those creators tend to make and what you might expect them to produce. The sort of people who decide to devote a huge chunk of their time to creating fan sites tend to love the hobby. Their outlook on things is skewed towards the positive. They are excited and close to the action. Thats it. Even if they were being positive towards Games Workshop for the sake of it, the net impact on you would likely be nil.
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    Unit Designation?

    I pick out a small detail that can accomodate variation easily without distracting from the theme. For my Longbeards its Blue vs Purple gemstones. For my Orks its triangle vs Check patterns etc. However, I am finding that these are a bit too subtle. I have to focus quite a bit to be able to tell in a pile-in situation.
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    The Painting Contract - November 2018

    Trying to do this properly this month! Setting my sights very low after a big build up to armies on parade. Target 5 remaining Longbeards 1 Fungoid Cave Shaman Stretch Target Azyrite Ruins We'll see how it goes!
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    The Rumour Thread

    I love these new models! I hope they flesh them out to be their own subfaction, or use them to significantly expand the grot factions. Destruction needed something to capture the spirit of the grand alliance, breaking out of the greenskin/ogor mould without overlapping the Chaos Marauder types. I think this is perfect, a wild expression of nature itself, and probably doesn't care for your normal ethics or allegiances! Here's hoping its more than the warband
  12. @Ben Subscribed and donated. Might go on a liking spree! Happy to contribute to this site, its a really welcoming and friendly community. I think the subscriber features look great, nice bonuses without creating a radically different experience for those who do and don't subscribe. I would echo a consideration about whether advertising could be disabled for subscribers, however if advertising is kept as hobby-related as possible then it helps the site and the industry as a whole and I'm all for it.
  13. Thanks! I made some decisions so I could play with the board in the future, but I didn't focus on it too much. For example, the road ends before the board edge so that if I make other board pieces I don't have any issue lining up. It would be fun to do a defence scenario where the outpost is attacked, but castling up can get boring quickly. If I do ever make the other 5 pieces, i'll post them up here. Cheers I maaay give it a go. I have some ideas but I need to make sure I can get the design right and source the bits. If I did do it, it would probably be only once and most likely I would go straight for the Ironclad.
  14. Thanks! I made some decisions so I could play with the board in the future, but I didn't focus on it too much. For example, the road ends before the board edge so that if I make other board pieces I don't have any issue lining up. It would be fun to do a defence scenario where the outpost is attacked, but castling up can get boring quickly. If I do ever make the other 5 pieces, i'll post them up here. Cheers I maaay give it a go. I have some ideas but I need to make sure I can get the design right and source the bits. If I did do it, it would probably be only once and most likely I would go straight for the Ironclad.
  15. I did use splines. The tree was just fiddling about with poly curves until it looked a bit like a tree and then mirroring it. The knotted pattern round the edge was done by setting up some control points for a portion, doing a polar array of those points and drawing a spline between them for one wavey curve, then duplicating and rotating it slightly to get the second wavey curve. I remember it being a really tricky once I wanted to make them 3d and patch them onto the surface of a curved shield. I really like Rhino 3D. I wouldn't say I'm the most experienced with other packages, but mostly because I give up and go back to rhino. Whether that's because it's easy to use, or it was just the thing I learnt first is hard to say.