Episode 60: Escalating the Hammer

Episode 60

The hosts get back together to record and there is a lot to talk about. Joined by guest Kenny Lull from the Combat Phase podcast again, the hosts focus on talking about the current escalation league that is being run in Madison, WI at Pegasus Games on Monday nights. The hosts delve into escalation leagues and how they can be used as tools for not just adding players and growing the group, but also to achieve and motivate a group to hobby. Several other pros and cons are discussed as well as just defining what an escalation league is.

Also the hosts just catch up. There is some side talk about recent geek TV and movies, as well as some random Bolt Action that is chattered about in there.

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Episode 59: Better Merry than Never

Episode 59

We apologize for how late this is coming out. I could go into a million excuses, but this is finally put together and coming out.

In this episode, we got together via a big Google Hangout and had various folks jump on through the night to talk about how much fun they had at Merry Mayhem 2014. Interviewed is overall winner Eric West and locals Davy Calkins and Paul Wagner. Be prepared, this one turned out much longer then expected, but was a ton of fun to listen to and record with all of these great folks.

All of the pictures from this years event that we took can be found in this great folder on Google. Merry Mayhem 2014 in Pictures

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Escalation League – Undead Legion Pt. 1

Over the next 3-4 months I’m going to be building out my Undead Legion army as part of our local Escalation League. I’ve not done an escalation league before but anything that adds variety to the hobby is ok by me. I’m not familiar enough on how others do escalation, but basically we are building/painting/playing 500pts/month. In January we’ll play 500pt games, February 1000pt, etc. And I’m taking on a pretty ambitious project with the theme of this army.

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Episode 58: Have Army, Will Travel

Episode 58

After much delay on the editing floor, episode 58 is ready for release. In this episode we talk about how to transport your models. Whether you are hauling your army around the world on a plane or just down to your local game store. Our hosts have used a number of different products and we give our honest thoughts about all of those different products.

Also, we announce our contest winners in this episode. A big thanks to all of our fans that wrote in with comments about what we are doing on the blog. We are looking into many of the options we can do to try to help continue to improve the blog and the content we bring.

Finally, as you may note Merry Mayhem, the Warhammer Tournament, has come and gone by the time we talk about it at the end of the show. You can check out all of the pictures from the event on Google.

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Revamping an old army

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So, after Screw City GT, I have been pretty excited about playing the dark elves again. I know, army wobble. No, I am not stopping work on the daemons. I am just taking it very slow and making sure the models are all at the highest level I can do. In the mean time, before Screw City GT I was really struggling with wanting to play an army competitively. While I have had a great time at events through the year, I just wasn’t digging competitive play. Playing this old stand by army and being successful with it, got me excited and made me think that I could use a couple of new units painted up.

Now, if I am going to put the effort into painting up new units for an old army, there is the obvious fact that I am much better then I was at actually painting models which means I either have to force myself not to put my best effort in, or if I do put my best effort in, that I still need to maintain that feel of the old models so that when both are on the table there isn’t a huge difference between old and new. I have opted with the later with a new unit of Cold One Knights.
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Episode 57: Team Nagash

Episode 57

Not quite so hot off of the Undead vs. the World mega-battle. We recap our big points in the game and sum up the strategy from the winning side of this game. We also delve a bit deeper into the organizing and running of a mega-battle, going through a couple of different styles of the game and what we feel works better and worse.

For Undead vs. the World here is a link to the rules pack we used: Undead vs. the World Rules Pack

The hosts also discuss a new contest. To get the details though, you’ll just need to listen to the episode. We will tell you that one of the prizes in the drawing will be a brand new, still in shrink wrap copy of the spell cards for the Lore of Undeath! We will be drawing for a winner in this contest on Halloween 2014. Good luck!

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Sculpting Banners

2014-08-30 13.16.49 I talked about taking a class at Gen Con to start to develop my underdeveloped sculpting skills and after the class, one of the things that was discussed was making a banner. With my Daemon army, I am planning on having 3 units of Tzeench Horrors so I thought this would be the perfect time to start trying out my new skills. After all, I had whipped out several chunks of chain at this point, a feather, and a purity seal. Heck I must be an expert right!

So, I am going to point out, I am no pro at this, as I quickly learned and I probably could use a few more lessons, but the end result is pretty cool. It will take a little bit to get better, but I figure I can take what I have have done here and with a some practice and watch some videos and ask advise and my next efforts are only going to improve. I am, however, righting this article to let you know that this is something that you can do too. If you don’t take on new projects and try to develop your skills as a hobbiest, then you are going to eventually get bored with the hobby, painting and modeling.
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Screw City GT 2014

Screw City GT is in it’s third year and this year, there be monsters! Lots of them. For a midwest event to have so many big monsters and creatures is truly awesome. Follow the Conesy via this post all weekend long for what’s going on.

Screw City GT photos on Google+

Round 1 – Bill Robertson, Warriors of Chaos
Bill is famously known for Warscore, the tournament scoring application. This year, though he brought a pretty standard warriors army. I went down to his army. Simply put, he played better and I didn’t handle the crazy movement as well of the speed of my army. I did manage though to use the Carmine Dragon to kill the chaos toad dragon, but that was about it.
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Episode 56: Lords of Undeath

Episode 56

The hosts get together to discuss the new hotness, Nagash and Warhammer: The End Times. A very opinionated discussion about the various changes and differences that are happening both in the fluff in this first addition to Warhammer with the End Times as well as new rules that are posed.

The hosts also discuss a new contest. To get the details though, you’ll just need to listen to the episode. We will tell you that one of the prizes in the drawing will be a brand new, still in shrink wrap copy of the spell cards for the Lore of Undeath! We will be drawing for a winner in this contest on Halloween 2014. Good luck!

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Code Name: Santa’s Slay

This project was mentioned in Episodes 54 and 55 as a conversion project I was working on at the time.  In Episode 55 I gave it the code name of Santa’s Slay for fun but as you can see it is my Black Coach.  It took quite a while to get all the little bits done but overall it is a pretty simple conversion.

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