Monday, December 31, 2012

All Washed Up

 A while ago I attended a Games Workshop store opening.  To be honest there is a really good FLGS that is much nearer to me (), but hey, nice new store, free swag and I figured it would be fun day even if I'm not sure when I'll need to be going back.  They had a painting competition where they supplied the mini and you brought your own paints, and a conversion competition where you got to pick from a range of chaosy bits and had to use your own tools.  My kids and I all happily kit bashed away and then switched to the painting.  By the time I got brush to mini we were running a bit late.  I looked at the paints I'd bought with me and decided to try and something different.  No Citadel paints.  I had P3 white, a bunch of , and a couple of .  And not much time.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dear Santa - Lantz

===========Written December 3rd, 2012===========
Dear Santa,

Here's the deal. I don't believe in you. Not since I was seven years of age did I ever bother myself with the lies my parents fed me of a magically overweight and jolly fellow that travels across the world delivering present to every girl and boy that writes them a letter. You may be wondering why I would write a letter to someone I don't believe in. Well, the answer is simple; while I don't believe in you, I do believe in irony. I love irony in written word. Anywho, if I recall, the rules of this game are if I'm a good boy for a whole year you'll give me things and stuff that I desire. So while I've been less than honorable this year with copious amounts of debauchery, it should be no surprise that I don't expect much from an already imaginary man, but also that my wants in the plastic-crack department involve the Chaos God of Slaanesh. So let's get to it, shall we?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2013 Wish List - The Eye of Error

With 2012 closing it's doors and 2013 opening them it's time to think about what my Hobby Wants and Hobby Goals for the new year.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Dear Santa Claws: HOTpanda

Dear Santa Claws,

Hey Ho, long time no high five Santa.  I have thought long and hard about what I, a HOTpanda, wants for Christmas.  Unlike the other pandas on the plateau I care little for bamboo or kung-fu lessons.  I want lasers that I can shoot from my eyes and light my cigarettes. That's right you grumpy old man, I said I want LAZERS.  The sheer power that I would possess would allow me to cook the meat off the faces of those I choose to eat.  Chinese remedies my furry little behind.  I will show them a taste of their own medicine that they will never forget.  I will make Godzilla look like a joke.  This is of course when you bring me my shiny new laser eyeballs.  If that is not possible bah humbug to you and your tiny little elves.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dear Santa - Drkmorals

Dear Santa,

I know we haven't always seen eye to eye on things, and there are those years you brought me coal. (you funny guy you) I think this year I have been steps above at least the previous years actions, clearly the naughty thing is graded on some type of bell curve because the neighbor kids always get gifts and I think one of them literally has horns and a tail. I know that I tend to sneak up on or hide and scare my kids every chance I get, but it's all in good fun. Even when I embarrass them in front of their friends they eventually forgive me, so I figure you should have by now as well. The dogs still bring me the ball no matter how many times I fake throw it, and they still curl up by my feet no matter how often I sit on the floor so they can watch me eat bacon. Despite what you may have heard I am not responsible for all the office pranks at work or hanging those funny yet unprofessional signs in the bathroom. I cannot confirm nor deny that I know anything about my boss's constant computer issues and email problems. So now that all that is out of the way let's get all "amazon" and talk about a wish list.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dark Angel New Goodies

In case you haven't seen, the new White Dwarf is full of Dark Angels.  The link below will take you to a lot more photos of pages with assorted troops including Deathwing Knights and a command squad, Black Knight bikes and a Ravenwing command squad and flyers including vengeance  landspeeders and some bigger flyer that looks like a bigger storm talon.

Apparently the first posts were on Dakka and these gents were the first to broadcast it to the civilized world.  Not that I'm implying anything about Dakka.  :)

What does everyone think of these new offerings?  To be honest I really don't like these heavy land speeders.  Bikes with twin-linked plasma guns is nice though, and all the Deathwing looks good.  Very detailed models and they all look to be up to the excellent standards of GW plastic.  Of course with the likely prices they need to be excellent.

And the flyer?  I like it, definitely be picking one of those up! 

The Eye of Error 2012 Year In Revierw

2012, what a ride! Hopefully the apocalypse won't be in 2 days when the thirteenth b’ak’tun of the current age comes to an end. However, if decides to impact earth from out of no where or the alien mothership makes contact and enslaves the human race; I would remember 2012 fondly for the few minutes I'm left alive while the earth gets burnt to cinders!

Monday, December 17, 2012

2013 wish list - all praise the Empra

We've talked about last year in the hobby already, but what am I after at the moment (if Santa brings me presents and not coal like he fething did last year).  Not just that, aside from trivial things like world peace, end of starvation and cure for cancer what am I hoping for next year.  You know, important gaming related things, spoken of as rumor and heresy in the series of pipes known as the internet.

edit:  Apologies, one of my kids just told me the internet is in fact made of cats not pipes/tubes.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Champions of Chaos - Winners

The champions of Chaos contest is now a thing of the past. We had several outstanding entries and great support and feedback for the event. If nothing else it has us talking about the time frame for the next contest and what theme we should go with in the future. First off a thanks to all who submitted your hard work for a chance at glory, and another big thanks to everyone who help spread the word about the event. Also a big thank you to Secret Weapon Miniatures our sponsor for this event.  Our winners ended up being:

BEST CONVERTED with 25 percent of the vote


Friday, December 14, 2012

2012 In The Hobby - Lantz

It looks like it's my turn to share. Wow, what a year. We've laughed, we've cried, we've finally collectively discovered Martin Freeman. But enough about emotions and acting genius, let's talk shop. This year saw the release of 6th Edition, Chaos Space Marines and Necron players such as myself still chuckling to themselves after years of praying for a tie as we now poop whatever Necrons poop on their enemies. I'm going to guess it's Gauss bars or something, I don't know. All of this rules talk for most of the year has really hit me with a hard realization; I'm caring very little for the game and very much for the hobby as time goes on.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Year of our Lord 2012 - Drkmorals

2012 has been a crash course of a year for me filled with its share of ups and downs. Glory and disappointments (I am looking at you Expendables 2) However like every year it was busy and crazy which is how life is. I would encourage all of you to do a little year in review of your hobby and even overall. It's always a great chance to compare against previous years, see if your hobby lived up to your projected goals and plans, see if your painting improved or your game play, or even stop to see if you are still getting together with good friends on a regular basis to throw dice and unwind.  So let's take a  short walk through the sands of the year of our Lord 2012 for Myself as we do a year in review here at the Standard Template Construct.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Champions of Chaos Reminder: Taste the Chaos

The taint of Chaos runs deep in the either world of dreams.  The dreams of gamers who refuse to age with time are plague by the nightmares of the dark gods.  Each of them corrupted at a young ripe age when they were easily influenced.  Each of these gamers traded their mortality for a life of servitude to one of Chaos' deities of the warp.  Their immortality that cherishes their youth acts a prison of servitude for an eternity to come.  They each have been touched by Chaos and are forever mutated by its foul nature.  Two of them will be crowned champions by  and their wrath will be set free on the imperium of man.  Unleashing the stain of their bowels onto the galaxy for all those willing to share in their blight.  Puking forth a rainbow of insanity and hatred they are here to solicit the taste of Chaos.  So make your voice heard amongst the Eye of Terror by casting your vote in our humble contest.  For two of them are going to be crowned Champions of Chaos.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Year of the HOTpanda

We interrupt your regular scheduled Chinese Zodiac for this HOT HOT HOT message. "Many of were hoping it was going to be the year of the snake.  Well news flash suckers, I ate the fracking snake!!!  That's right I stuff my fat gut with your lucky snake and let me tell you it was spicy.  Despite having the runs for a week it was well worth the stomach ache.  With the slimy snake out of the picture I am replacing myself, the HOTpanda, as the official representative for 2013.  That's right you freaks and geeks it's the year of the goddamned panda, the year of the HOTpanda!!!  Bring on the PANDAEMONIUM!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 in the hobby - Citizensmith

Us here slaving away in the bowels of STC decided to do a year end wrap up.  What did we do in the hobby this year, what did we think were the biggest changes and such. Gamers come from a range of backgrounds, and while there is certainly a gamer stereotype (apologies white dudes who could lose a few pounds) it doesn't take much looking around to realize that a lot of folks of us don't fit that mold in one way or another.   So these posts from the STC tech priests are so you can see a bit more about us and the strange, warped little worlds we live in.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Champions of Chaos - Judgement

17 stepped forward as leaders to via for Chaos glory and gifts. Putting their blood, sweat, and souls on the line in a contest to grasp at some type of favor from the fickle Chaos gods. "Are you not amused? Is this not why you come here?" The line in the sand has been drawn and the games shall now commence. Behold your champions awaiting your support as they rise through the ranks.