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June 30, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-30-11

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I think that guy in the robes has a serious problem...

40K HOBBY: Ork Deff Skull Apocalypse Army

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Rabscutle here again from Hatetoad to wrap up my run to the Narrative Event at WarGames Con.

HOBBY: Painting White - Retribution Style

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A guest article by Nick.

When I bought my Retribution of Scyrah army I had no idea how to paint white. My past attempts had always turned out poorly. Simply painting black, grey, and white layers on a mini left a muddy mess. After some research followed by a bit of trial and error I’ve become comfortable with the color.

Warhammer 40000 at E3 2011

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Hey, everybody. I’ve made it a habit of sending in reports of 40K activity to Bell of Lost Souls, starting with last year’s E3 and then with PAX East earlier this year, so I had you all in mind when I arrived at THQ’s booth at E3 2011 for my press appointment.

40K RUMORS: What a Tangled Web We Weave...

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So the Hrud are on the way.  It must be true because you're reading it on the internet...

June 29, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-29-11

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Pic submitted by Seth Hancock

40th millenia alleys are still dangerous... Cap it GO!!!

WargamesCon 2011 - See You Next Week!

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Its time to make sure you have your event tickets, and start the packing folks.  The Third Annual event is July 7th through 10th in Austin.  Come ready to have a blast!

40k Audio Book Review - Garro: Legion of One

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Rabscutle here, reviewing the latest Audio Only chapter in the Horus Heresy, Garro: Legion of One.

The story picks up about a year after the events of Oath of Moment. We start with Nathanial Garro landing on an unnamed planet, with a task from Malcador to recruit one last person for his team. Tylos Rubio, the Ultramarine psycher introduced in Oath of Moment, joins him along with a new character, Mesa Veron, a former World Eater. Mesa is only introduced and acts as a team member, but his incorporation into Garro's band is not detailed.

They find themselves in conflict with a warrior who calls himself Cerberus, who is obsessed with death, killing with reckless abandon the zombie like inhabitants of the planet. He hates them, because death has rejected him, and he will end all he sees.

I won't give away where this goes, but there are spoilers out on the Internet if you want to find them. The conflict of the three battle brothers, searching for their charge and facing off against Cerberus is the sole plot of the audio book. This isn't a full blown novel by any means (the audio novel runs just shy of 70 minutes). This is one episode, and it is told well by James Swallow. He keeps the story tight and the mysteries of who Cerberus is worth finding out.

As good as the script is however, Toby Longworth's performance brings it to another level. His sense for the dramatic and powerful voice carries the tension of the story magnificently.  Each character has his own voice and personality. You can hear Garro's vigilant intensity, Rubio's brooding mind and Veron's barely held back rage in each voice. Cerberus sounds like a truly mad man who has passed beyond reason. This is my first listen to an audio book in the Heresy series, and I very much enjoyed what I found here.

Score: 5/5
The big reveal at the end combined with the excellent performance by Longworth brings home a worthwhile listen. We aren't talking high fiction here, but instead a great bit of Warhammer 40k pulp storytelling that progresses the tale of the Heresy and hints at the origins of what might become the Inquisition or even the Grey Knights.

40K BATTLE REPORT: Dark Eldar vs Blood Angels (Video)

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Hi everybody.
The BoLS video battlereports continue - with new fancy graphics and music (you'll see)! This week Minus67's Sanguinary Guard Blood Angels face off against Caldera's Dark Eldar and its new Razorwing fighter You just know its gonna be bloody!

40K: The Hellion Gang and Baron Sathonyx

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Some people don't  like the Baron. The Baron doesn't like those people.

June 28, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-28-11

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So many ways to take this one... GO!!!

Outside the Box 06-27-11

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Hello from New Hampshire today, I finally got soem time to get you up to date. I have news from Mantic Games, Kromlech, Warlord Games, Pulp City, Taban Miniatures and Spartan Games for you! And an interesting announcement from Raging Heroes!

Painting: Women's Faces and Hair

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Faces are easily the most important part of any miniature. And while they can also often be the most challenging part, that just means getting it right is that much more rewarding. Women's faces require special consideration as a subtle touch is required to maintain the appearance of femininity.

Embracing Basing

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Today's Terrible Tuesday offering isn't glamorous, nor is it controversial.  Here's hoping you enjoy it, but its not likely to run up the comment-count, is it?  No, today we're embracing the oft overlooked art of basing!

GW RUMORS: The Road Ahead - 2011-2012 Schedule?

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Every loves their pet army.  Here is the collated wisdom that's been murmoring on the wind regarding the upcoming year's schedule for both Fantasy and Warhammer 40k...

June 27, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-27-11

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Sneaky Lizardmen Caption Contest...

Dukes Lounge Recap

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Duke on Languages:
 "Unless the whole blog post is going to be in Spanish, don't start with 'Hola',"

Hey internet Duke from Dukes inferno here... Time to go over to the Lounge and see what has been happening this week.   There has sure been a lot of discussion out there, so lets get right into it.

Warmachine: Initial thoughts on Lord Arcanist Ossyan

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Guest article by Nick
The Retribution has been hurting bad for new warcasters and jacks since their initial release 2 years ago. Thankfully, Wrath came through with 5 new myrmidons and a very promising support caster, the time mage Lord Arcanist Ossyan.

NEWS: Warpath Forgefather's - Pt.2

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So by all now, you've all heard of Mantic Games new Sci-fi game coming this fall: Warpath.  Lets followup on Part 1 and take a more detailed look at the other initial race being rolled out, the Forgefather's.

40K EDITORIAL: Goatboy - So is this the Future?

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Goatboy here again - doing the nasty with the pasty and getting all them Unicorns hot and heavy for some glitter and pop rocks.  Lets wade through the last round of 6th Ed. rumors.

June 26, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-26-11

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I can't tell who's more afriad of who?!
You cap it!

This Week in 40K Podcasting – 6/17/2011 – 6/23/2011

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Welcome to another "This Week in 40K Podcasting,”

Warmachine - Steelheads

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With Captain Damiano on the horizon, I thought that today's martial house focus should look at the Steelheads.  Steelheads are the consummate mercenaries of the Iron Kingdoms, willing to get the job done, any job, as long as the pay is right.  There are several specializations within the Steelhead Mercenary Company, so today we will examine them individually.

WFB NEWS: Storm of Magic Advanced Orders

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Storm of Magic has shown up at long last on the Games Workshop advanced order page.  Here's what's headed your way:

Yme-Loc Memorial Army: Update with PICS!

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It's been awhile since I've posted an update - we are in the midst of tournament season down here, so work if going a bit slow while other, more pressing projects are being completed by the crew. What has been showing up at our FLGS on gaming night is amazing, though.

June 25, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-25-11

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Orks - What can't they loot?
Talk like an Orky pirate contest -GO!

Warhammer Forge: Carmine Dragon

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The latest out of Warhammer Forge to terrify the Old World...

Plastic Dudesmen # 15 - GET THE RED KEY!

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Another Goatboy/Wyatt comic strip of pain! PAIN!!! The seals name is Tasty hah.

NEWS: Warpath Forgefather's - Pt.1

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So by all now, you've all heard of Mantic Games new Sci-fi game coming this fall: Warpath.  Lets take a look at the other initial race being rolled out, the Forgefather's.

June 24, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-24-11

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Pic submitted by Miriano

"So Mortarion, a Custodes and a Rabbi walk into a bar..."
You finish it...GO!

Overview: Classic BattleTech - Gameplay In a Nutshell

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The BattleTech system revolves around the Battle Mech; a 20 meter tall, 20 to 100 ton robot piloted by a Mech Warrior (you).  Lets take a quick look at the gamesystem. 

40K RUMORS: 6th Edition - Round Two

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Remember that first 6th Edition rumor dump?  Well, hold on you to hat because this next one doing the rounds all over the net is monumental.  You've been warned.

EDITORIAL: The Casual-Competitive player

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Hey everyone... I posted this topic on my personal blog (Dukes Inferno) and it generated quite a bit of buzz, as such I thought it would be good to bring it over here and present it to you fine folk.  Lately I have been referring to some gamers as a "Casual-Competitive," gamer, today I wanted to talk about what that is.

June 23, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-23-11

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Why does this remind me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
Quoteathon - Hit it!

40K Hobby: The Kustom Meka Dread

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Rabscutle here from Hatetoad, with more MekBoy madness.

E3 NEWS: Warmachine Video Game Trailer

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So remember that low level talk of a Warmachine video game that's been out there for a year or two.  Look at this E3 trailer!

Warmachine BATTLE REPORT: Retribution vs Pirate Mercs (Video)

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Hi everybody.
The BoLS video battlereports continue - (our new fancy graphics will be back next week) This week Gentleben's Pirate Mercs take a shot at Nick's stunning Retribution forces - which include the new Arcantrik Force Generator!  Lets see some Battle Engine action!

EDITORIAL: The Pitfalls of 40k Net Lists * Part 2

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Okay, this is my second article on net lists. I'm going to call out some of the more popular ones, and cover their pros and cons individually.

June 22, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-22-11

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Pic submitted by Jack Campbell

Coleman Stryker is very, very lost...
  Gladiator caption contest GO!

WargamesCon 2011 - T-Minus 2 Weeks and Counting!

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Its time to wrap up those lists, start double checking your painted minis, plan your wardrobe, and start to bank sleep (you'll need it).  The Third Annual event is July 7th through 10th in Austin.

Warmachine: Wrath Review

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Wrath is out: a big new book of Warmachine goodness.  Lets take a look.

40K EDITORIAL: Proper Terrain Setup

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Terrain setup is perhaps one of the most important aspects of playing 40k properly. It's outlined quite specifically in the rulebook and is an assumption the balance of the rulebook and army books are based off of. Unfortunately, you'll often hear people complaining about terrain, specifically too little. Let's take a look.

40K TACTICS: Imperial Guard, Dark Eldar, and Grey Knights - Oh My!.

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Hi all, Jwolf here.

The topography of 40K has changed, and the Imperial Guard commanders have to change with it. Let’s consider some of the important problems presented by Dark Eldar and Grey Knights.

June 21, 2011

Wargames Gallery 6-21-11

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You know, these days it's hard to feel sorry for Grey Hunters...
  Space wolves smacktalk edition - GO!

40k HOBBY: Darkwynn's New Black Templar by Bushido

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Hey there BoLS, decided to do an update on what I'm working on.  A few weeks ago Darkwynn asked if I would be willing to paint his updated Black Templar army since he had created a new list he liked (mostly using Bigred's Death Guard).  He had all the models, but wanted them painted nicely.

I took his new Marshal and did a test scheme to see what Darkwynn thought of it.  Here's the result:

Darkwynn is not the most skilled with a primer can... I had to work around some seriously bad priming, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  I did not want to do black because I don't like the way it looks with no shadowed area.  I decided to use a valejo color called "Heavy Charcoal" which is the darkest grey I could find.  It worked exactly like I wanted it to.

The shield is one of the Forge World bits as well as the shoulder pads.

The mantle is from the Chaos Lord box.

I've got all the models and I've been spending the past week or so building some of them, or mounting them to my paint dowels and getting them ready for priming.  His Emperor's Champion as well as some other pre-painted models are soaking in Simple Green getting stripped.

~Don't give Darkwynn too much grief for his Death Guard counts as battles, I've got his army and it's getting done.  It should be pretty nice when it's done.  Keep an eye out, I'll post new updates as I finish more models.

Outside the Box 06-21-11

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Hello everybody, it's me again, and it's time for the weekly news. This time with Mantic Games, Scibor Miniatures, Warlord Games, Highlander Studio, Secret Weapon Miniatures and Spartan Games. And finally, some news from Dreamforge Games.
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