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Geekatude: Witch Hunters & Returning to 40k

There are previous posts about my geekness.  I’m a guy who still plays D&D (3.5 with the same guys who I’ve been playing with for about 20 years), I love scifi, horror, & fantasy and I’m a Warhammer 40,000 gamer.  I’m going to let my freak flag fly and start doing blogs under the Geekatude banner where I’ll talk about stuff I’m doing associated with my hobbies and whatever else seems kinda’ geeky.

To start I’m going to show off some of the current hobby projects that I’ve either just finished and the ones I’ve just started.  First things first – I’ve FINALLY finished my Mordheim Witch Hunters warband! For the un-initiated Mordheim is a Games Workshop table-top skirmish game.  You can learn more about it HERE.  The last time I played this game was 2003.  Yeah, it was a long time ago.  I’ve been a bit busy.  The Witch Hunters are religious zealots who wander the streets of Mordheim beating mutants and rat men and anyone else who crosses their path.  Insert your own political joke here.  The Witch Hunters themselves look like really mean pilgrims and they are followed by crazies and flagellants and keep warhounds.  Here’s the whole warband:

I was playing in a league when I put these guys together and did well enough, but I’ve always wanted to play them again, I’m hoping I’ll get the opportunity in the next league – Mordheim is not a widely played game.  These are some of my favorite guys:

This is a warhound based on Frankie.  This bit of resin is 1000 times more vicious than the real Frankie.

This is my WH Captain.  That contorted face is the face of righteous anger!

This guy is so zany he fights with a hand puppet.

This was the guy I finished when I started painting again this year.  Started in 2003, finished in 2011.

This is the bounty hunter I finished before starting the new project.

On the “New Project” front I have started filling in the troops for my Warhammer 40,000, AKA 40k, army (learn about it HERE).  I used to be a Space Marine guy, at the time I had more money than sense and bought a LOT of armies – Nurgle Chaos Marines, Tau, more marine stuff and loads more plastic and pewter than a man could ever paint or use.  These extra bits came in handy when it came time to pay for my divorce, but I kept the Imperial Guard Army because deep down that was always the army I wanted (although I have had some pretty good Space Marine ideas again… but they’ll have to wait…).  This is the state of my paint station as of this afternoon:

If all goes to plan, as slim a chance as that might be, then I should have a fully painted 1,500 points of IG by the end of summer…

…or a lot of primed plastic.  We’ll see how things go.

See you tomorrow!

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Project 365 10-2-2010 D&D & Birthdays.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a geek.  I play Dungeons & Dragons un-apologetically and a few other different table top war games like Warhammer 40k and Mordheim.

I play D&D with my oldest childhood friends and so the game really becomes an excuse to get together and catch-up…

…in addition to killing orcs, goblins, and lord only knows what other monsters.

Part of tonight’s game was eating cake for my friend, Liz’s, birthday:

See you tomorrow!


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Talk Radio

I wanted to start this by talking about “how old I am” and emphasizing age and being cranky, but that’s not really what this is about and I’m starting to annoy myself with how much I talk about being “the old guy” at 32. Mind you, when I’m at Shmimprov or surrounded by my students, it’s easy to feel like that when everyone else is 25 or under, but when it comes right down to it I’m still “young” in the eyes of society.

What I will bitch about, though, is that at 32 I am pretty set as an adult. You won’t find many people that will say that at 32 you don’t have any responsibilities or notice that your tastes have changed at least a little and that’s really what I want to talk about, changing tastes.

I knew that I had entered “adult life” the moment I discovered podcasts.

Yes, that’s what I said, podcasts.

Or, as I like to call them, talk radio for Generation X.

While people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s listen to Rush, Dr. Laura and the other freaks on the radio people in their 30’s and younger listen to the freaks that record via Skype on all manner of esoteric topics like Star Trek, Doctor Who comic books and such-n-such. When I first got my iPod I was all music all the time. I spend the better part of a month uploading all of my CD’s onto the computer and then importing to iTunes. I scoured my friends music collections, my parents, any stranger who would let me and added it to the mix. I got obsessed with making playlists that would be perfect for any particular occasion.

Then, during a trip to the iTunes store, I stumbled on these things called podcasts and they had titles like iFanboy, Around Comics, Gallifrey Embassy… all very geeky and all up my alley. I started by downloading anything that looked like it might be good. That habit stopped very quickly. Just because you have a podcast doesn’t mean that it’s any good. The only quality control there is are the reviews that are written by the most committed of listeners. But to the point, as I explored further I found the combination of podcasts that satisfy all of my needs, from news to geeky pursuits. Just like the talk radio so popular with the older adult demographic, I now know that I’m close to joining their ranks, at least in spirit, as I get more enjoyment from listening to fanboys talk rather than Panic at the Disco.

Here is a list of the pocasts that I currently subscribe to for your perusal. I would add hotlinks, but I got all of these from the iTunes Store, so I suggest getting them there.

  • Around Comics – Round table discussion about the world and culture of comic books. This is one of the best out there.
  • BBGeeks – All Blackberry news. About 10 min. long with news and rumors.
  • The Bugle – An English version of The Daily Show in audio form. Funny and timely.
  • The Crankcast – Comic book creators talking about the business, shows they like and regular Joe stuff. Hard to describe, but one of my favorites!
  • The /Filmcast – Movie news and commentary with writers, directors and actors often as guests. It’s a companion to /film.
  • iFanboy – My favorite comic book podcast! Every week they run down the best, and sometimes the worst, comics released.
  • JapanesePod101 – This is where I learn Japanese.
  • Marvel Podcasts – I’m a Marvel Zombie.
  • NPR: Story of the Day, World Story of the Day, Pop Culture & Technology Podcasts – This is all the news I ever need.
  • Real Time with Bill Maher – I love it. I hate it. It might be the whole show, might only be New Rules.
  • Tom vs The Flash – Tom Katers reads and comments on every silver age issue of The Flash. It is awesome.
  • 40k Radio – This is a Warhammer 40,000 podcast that is only for the true gamer. If you don’t play the game skip it because it will scar you. Not scare you, scar you. Gamers and their fanaticism are not for the faint of heart.

See you tomorrow!


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Geek-A-Tude Update

So I’m getting back into the swing of things and getting my “paint” back on practicing on the remaining unpainted Which Hunters in my Mordheim warband. Is it Greek to you already? No problem, there’s no more “game speak” from here on out, just “art speak” and even that will be at an elementary level.

Half of the fun of playing the games that I play is the “crafty” half where you paint and put together all the toys you’ll eventually play with. After dusting off all my stuff from storage I was met with the rather unfortunate situation where a little over half of my paints were dried out! Yikes! Paint isn’t expensive, but it isn’t free either and when you have to replace over half of a color palette that includes about 80 shades it means that getting back to full takes some time.

In my off hours the last few days (between 9pm and 2am) I’ve had a chance to whip out the brush. The picture at the top of this blog shows my current works in progress. No, not the one on the left, he’s finished and there to remind me of my color choices for this warband, but the two on the right. The center guy is a Which Hunter – think Salem Which Trials, but less tolerant and more trigger happy – and the guy on the right is a bounty hunter. All that aside I was able to finish their faces last night.

As you can see on both the completed Which Hunter and the WIP Which Hunter I’ve gone for very contrasting skin tones so that they look gaunt and pale, like they spend too much time inside torturing prisoners. I also tried to keep the areas around the eyes unusually dark to add to the “crazy stare” appearance. Tunics, weapons and capes will have to wait, however because I don’t have all of those colors yet – close but not quite!

The bounty hunter is a bit different. I still went with high skin tone contrast, but favored healthier looking skin since this is a fella who is probably good at his job as evidenced by his ability to buy food thereby adding to his corpulent appearance. He also has a rather prominent mole on his chin. I’m still trying to figure out how best to show that it is a mole. As it is right now it is a dark mole. I’d put hair on it if I could.

Up next I’ll be painting some war dogs. I have all the colors for those and fur is fun and quick to paint.

See you tomorrow!


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