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June 30, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-30-10

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Pic submitted by Michael Kho


Now thats what I call a party!

BoLS Leagues Launch!

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I know we have a ton of players who like a bit of competition around here, and today we have something very special for you.  The BoLS Leagues are here!  More after the jump:

FOW EDITORIAL: Firestorm Campaigns

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Battlefront Miniatures publishes campaign sets collectively called "Firestorm" for use with Flames of War.  But are they worth the money versus just doing it yourself?

40K NEWS: Tyranid and Blood Angel FAQS Up!

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Get em while thier hot!  Games Workshop just put up the latest Tyranid and Blood Angel FAQs.  Lots of thorny issues get addressed... like Doom of Malan'tai stuff... More after the jump:

40K BATTLE REPORT: Marneus Marines vs Eldar (Video)

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Hi everybody.

The BoLS video battlereports continue. This week we bring you Iamaddj's Space Marines led by Marneus Calgar facing off against Bigred's Eldar. The Master of Ultramar vs Khaine - who shall prevail? Check it out folks and tell us what you think!

June 29, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-29-10

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Taking in the beauty of the French countryside...
WW2 Caption Contest...GO!

NEWS: WAR Games Con Arrives

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Hi BoLScon Fans, so have you heard the news about WAR Games Con?

WFB RUMORS: Island of Blood Minis

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So the WFB boxed set is due out in September, and all the net is atwitter regarding its contents.  Lets see the latest rumors after the jump:

Blood Angels Review: Predators & Vindicators

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Hey all, Jawaballs here!

Some time ago I wrote an article comparing Space Marine tanks with a biased emphasis on Baal Predators.  Well, this time I want to write about just two, The Predator and The Vindicator.

40K Armies: The Also Rans of June 2010

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Hi all, Jwolf here. Last time we covered the top half of the 40K army heap; this week we'll sort through the rubbish.

June 28, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-28-10

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Ready, Aim...

HOBBY: Painting Orks by the Numbers

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A guest column by Jim

Today lets take a look at some step by step instructions involed in painting up some fantastic looking Orks.

Blood and Coin: Mercenary Warcaster Drake McBain

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The Iron Kingdom's newest gun for hire, Drake McBain is a mercenary in the truest sense. Unlike Magnus, Ashlynn, or Shae, McBain has no agenda, and is solely concerned with expanding his coffers doing what he does best. Lets take a closer look after the jump.

40K RUMORS: Dark Eldar Latest

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Its been really quiet on the Dark Eldar front for a while, but slowly but surely the trickle continues:

Goatboy's 40k Thoughts - What do your Troops do?

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Goatboy coming back at you again with some 40k thoughts. We all know that in the beginning 5th changed the landscape of the game pretty drastically. The move away from VP being the win condition and having troops become a valuable part of your army has really changed the game. What I want to talk about today, is what are your troops doing now?

June 27, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-27-10

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Pic submitted by Jason

WOW, Now that is a top-notch Brass Scorpion!

Hobby: Buying an Airbrush Setup

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Today lets talk about buyin and setting up your first airbrush.  My first foray into the world of airbrushing was 12 years ago...

Warmachine: Tokens and Tourneys

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This week a bunch of new play aids from Privateer. More faction goodies after the jump:

Charity Drive: Angelic Intervention

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So today all of the wargaming community has a rare chance to really make a difference.  Today I want each and every one of you to read this post and see if you lend a hand to worthy cause: helping a sick child.

The Merits of Goofball Gaming

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As you've probably noticed, I'm not a hardcore tournament player. Nor am I a brilliant painter. One thing I am, though, is a person that likes to play Warhammer - the non-ball crushing kind.

June 26, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-26-10

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Pic submitted by Scott

"Serg, how do I become a veteran?"
"Let the Dreads go first private."

FFG NEWS: Deathwatch RPG Video and Free Adventure

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Hi folks.  FFG has just unveiled a new video for the upcoming Deathwatch RPG, and a free downloadable module titles: Deathwatch: Final Sanction.  More below the jump.

Warhammer Fantasy: Brave New World

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Gentlemen, I have called you all here to discuss the future of our dear hobby.

40K Editorial: What Would Dino De Laurentis Do?

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What Would Dino De Laurentis Do?

A Look at Cinematic Rules in Warhammer 40,000 by Todd V. Ehrenfels

Ever look at a rule and wonder, “What the heck were they thinking when they wrote this?!” I know that I did… until I developed a philosophy for reading the rules that makes everything a heck of alot more fun. That philosophy: What Would Dino De Laurentis Do?

June 25, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-25-10

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All fear the Razorback!

FTW Games- Richmond, VA's Fully Operational Gaming Battle Station

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Rejoice Virginia Gamers! Much like the Death Star in RoTJ, we are now fully operational.

We offer most tabletop wargames, card games, board games, and hobby supplies such as paint and tools.

HOBBY: Painting Fur & Circle Orboros Armor

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This is another guest article by Austin's very own Nick. You may remember him from the Skylight Primer Highlighting Article from a few months back, and you can look forward to seeing more of his Circle minis in the Circle of Orboros faction article coming soon.

Wargaming ASKEW: Taking the Plunge

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You can smell it. It is like new born smell, sweet and fresh or maybe it is like a pinata! You hit it and you never know what is going to fall out. It is that rare time every four or five years where many (for six months at most) cross over to a different side of wargaming. It is that special feeling whenever a new edition Warhammer Fantasy is released.

As most of you know my studies focus on the life and times of 40k players. This summer though I am taking this gamer extension course at the local JC that focuses on the lives of aging gamers. What better way I thought to explorer aging gamers than looking to Warhammer Fantasy players.

It is common knowledge that as gamers age they become more and drawn to realism in their gaming experience. What makes Fantasy players so interesting is that many of them have "graduated" from 40k to Fantasy because only real men play with dragons! Once they make the leap they typically never look back. If they make any jump after it is towards a more realistic wargame. Usually developing some some sick desire to reenact the Battle of Cannae because who doesn't want to play with Elephants!

Now I could go on and on about the differences between the 40k culture and the Fantasy culture, but didn't someone already mention yahoo message groups? Instead, let us talk about my second favorite topic...me. I am going to give the real college try on this one. I am going to rank up and move in a block and attempt to play Warhammer Fantasy. Luckily, I have a great group of guys to help me. They make the BoLS gang's competitiveness look like Lebron James against the Celtics. Sometimes though it sounds like good ol' boys harking back to the times of yore, where Chaos Dwarves were playable and Halflings hadn't revolted. What I didn't know: the more competitive you get in Warhammer Fantasy the more bitter you become when faced with change.

So like any gaming group that is faced with a new edition many are freaking out. Now since I am a Fantasy noob I cannot image that the changes can be any bigger than what happened from 4th-5th in 40k. Maybe it is my youthful vigor or blissful ignorance, but never have I seen this many grown men argue so violently about little pieces of painted metal and plastic and it is not even over the Internet.

At this point I started to wonder what I was getting into. Then, it was explained to me that most Fantasy players have issues of denial. This usually appears as unreasonable expectations that the Fantasy Warhammer rules are more balanced than any other game system. Typically stemming from their long removal from other game systems which are only remembered for just how "unbalanced" or "untactical" they were.

So it made sense when I discovered that Fantasy rules are sometimes needlessly complicated. That doesn't seem to change with 8th edition. For example, you have to roll randomly for what type of carnivorous forest will be eating your army. I am all for man eating forests, but really this feels like a bleeding forest tree plastic kit coming.

Things like that make me wonder: does Games Workshop uses Fantasy as some social experiment or a semi-elaborate shell game-- recycling past edition rules in a tedious bowl of rigmarole. It also could be that GW knows that Fantasy players have seen it all and nothing really shocks them at this point. I am finding that Fantasy is like taking an entrance exam to a school you already been accepted to.

The scary part is like new born babies they are fun when they are not yours. From the wacky magic, to having to retake statistics for list building. Even the wheeling, reactions, and reforming is just goofy fun. Fantasy's biggest problem is how does the new guy break in? At least I am old enough to know what I am getting into. What about the kid that is making the choice between Fantasy and 40k? What is he really going to choose? What about the age gap that I find among Fantasy and other wargamers? This new edition looks to make big changes, but keep the core mechanics intact. So GW cuts that fine line a little close this time. Most Fantasy players remain addicted, but every new edition peels a few away and still more die to old age. I am afraid that if this edition doesn't work than GW might have to do a Fantasy lobotomy the same way 2nd to 3rd edition was for Warhammer 40k.

Even with all the questions and uncertainties I giving Fantasy my first real try. Besides Dwarfs are the only chance I have at playing Squats.

What advice would you give 40k player making the move to Fantasy? Should GW make Fantasy more "kid friendly" ? Are you going to give the new edition a try? As always visit TastyTaste at bloodofkittens.com

40K NEWS: Apocalypse Formations Released

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A set of new Apoc formations just got released on the Games Workshop website.  See who got the goodies after the jump:

June 24, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-24-10

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Pic submitted by Joe Musacchia

Objective Secure!

Hobby: Angels Sanguine Terminator Squad

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After some marathon painting sessions, the last of which I pulled an all nighter, the first squad of terminators are finished for my Angels Sanguine.

Flames of War Missions: Hold the Line

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Scenarios 103 - Hold the Line
By Bluestroll

Remember, Flames of War is all about the objectives. You take them, you win. Let me repeat this, you take them, you win. Know the scenario, win the game. This time, lets look at Hold the Line.

Dust off the Tomes! Fantasy Tactics #1

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Dust off the Tomes! Eighth Edition Fantasy Tactics #1
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If you’re a fantasy player and haven't been living under a rock, you should know that 8th edition is a big restart button on the fantasy rules. With the preview copies floating around stores across the world and the book going on sale in early July, you need to stay ahead of the pack.

40K Adept Interview - Wyatt Traina

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An Interview with Wyatt Traina
by Reece Robbins

Reecius (Reece Robbins) here with some more interviews with our fellow wargamers.  I was able to catch them for some 40K talk and get their input into what makes them such effective tournament players and what aspects of the hobby they enjoy best.

June 23, 2010

40K Hobby: Building Sternguard Veteran Bolters (Storm Wardens Project)

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It has certainly been a busy three weeks since the first announcement of "The Great Storm Wardens Project" made it's way onto the blogosphere. John and Mike from Santa Cruz Warhammer had a vision, a vision of a cadre hobbyists/bloggers coming together to work on a collaborative army build that would be able to be turned into raising money for a charity.

40K NEWS: Allies are GONE! DH-WH PDFs Released

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Hot off the presses, Games Workshop has released the long rumored Codex Daemonhunters and Witchhunters as PDFs on their website. More here:

40K NEWS: Forgeworld Ork Meka-Dread

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The Orky goodness apparently NEVER ENDS!  Forgeworld has put out yet more goodies for the Orks as part of the latest Imperial Armour book.  Behold the Meka-dread:

40K BATTLE REPORT: Alamo GT with Orks (Video)

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Hi everybody.

The BoLS video battlereports continue. This week we have a special treat. Minus67 takes you through the 40k 5 round Alamo Grand Tournament. You guys get to be backseat drivers, and watch Minus67 take his Orks through the event, and get a great view of what a GT Circuit event is like. Check it out folks and tell us what you think!

Editorial: Why do YOU play?

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We all play wargames for different reasons. This is one of the most obvious comments ever, but a lot of the arguements, disagreements and general flaming that plague forums, comment threads and blogs are down to this simple fact.

June 22, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-22-10

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Pic submitted by Joshua Dearth

Thats gotta hurt
Haiku Caption Contest...GO!

40K Hobby: The Iron Bevo

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A model so potent it needs no introduction...
Yep, that's a Longhorn Shadowsword, aka. the Iron Bevo.  I built, converted, and painted it for one of the local painting competitions.  It was one of the most fun models I've ever done.

WFB Editorial: Everything You Know is a Lie

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8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles preview copies are finally  in stores for us to read and with its arrival, everything has changed. forget everything you every knew about the game, it is a whole new world.  

Rating the top 40K Armies, June 2010

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Jwolf here. The world has changed a lot since the last time I rated the armies (unless you are Necrons). Some armies have risen, others have fallen, and unsurprisingly some of the newer books have displaced older books in the top 50%. Without further preamble, here are my top 8 armies in the current environment of 40K.

E3: THQ Dark Millennium Interview

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Now lets continue with part two of our E3 coverage, a Dark Millennium interview with THQ shared with us by our friends at Game Kudos.  Lets get to it:

June 21, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-21-10

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Pic submitted by Philipp Nordmeyer

"I've got more tanks than you!"
Crazy Apocalypse Caption Contest

Warmachine Hobby: Painting Retribution Myrmidons

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Hey guys, the Col here to give you some insight into painting Retribution of Scyrah myrmidons!

E3: THQ "Space Marine" Photos

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My what a big chainsword you have!

Hi folks, today we have a peek at some of the E3 displays THQ had up for the upcoming Space Marine game being put out by Relic.

WFB: Island of Blood 8th Box Set Announced

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Games Workshop has announced the Warhammer 8th Edition boxed set: Island of Blood. Due this September, read all the details below:

Goatboy 40k: What to Do Before a Game Begins

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Goatboy here again talking about some of the preparation my mind goes through whenever I start a game. These are the little tricks and thoughts I do before the game to try and plan for whenever the game starts.

June 20, 2010

Wargames Gallery 6-20-10

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Salamanders on the move
"Where's Vulkan?" Caption Contest

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