2016: The year that wasn’t as good as we hoped, but 2017 should be better by default.

With 2016 winding down to an end (thankfully), there’s much to look back on during this year and also much to look forward to in the next. At this point in time I’m not sure how often I’ll be writing at the House of Paincakes, it’s been a slow year over yonder with about 4 semi-regular authors there. Sinsynn’s taken up residence over at Gmorts, with some guest posting. Regardless of what happens to the House next year, I figure I’ve at least one post left- HoP does Cancon 2017. Gonna go down for some SAGA as I’l be able to meet a couple of other HoP regulars in person and have some fun. Couldn’t get rules for Anglo-Saxons due to print runs and such so I’ll be using Anglo-Danes. Need to find dane axes for the hearthguard but can easily go without for the time being.

With work, night shift is going to be the way of it until placement next year in Feb- passed Cytopathology and work’s taking me on for placement! Hopefully my advanced standing goes through for already being in a lab, cutting 4 weeks off. With placement there will be a bunch of day shifts and half-days/full days off which should allow for some Wednesday night gaming to happen. As it stands, I’m getting rid of most of my collection due to an irregular amount of gaming. Between Malifaux and occasional SAGA games there should be enough to satisfy gaming needs/desires until The Other Side comes out.

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For those not in the know, Wyrd games is making a larger game, played on a 6×4 table with fire teams of models. The setting is the same one as Malifaux but on the Earthside of the Breach. There’s just been a bunch of faction overviews (of the four thus far) released and if there’s interest locally I’ll invest in the Abyssinians as mechas are cool. That all being said, there’s been numerous games throughout this year I’ve either tried getting into and failed; or failed to source opponents for games before even getting into said game. Infinity being one of those, AoS being another. The former community being WAACish and the latter being disinclined to leave Northside (being I need to travel 45mins plus by car if I want a game or hit up a GW, all 3 are further out). Reiterating the point that Ipswich, QLD is a gaming hole unless you play Magic. So! Away it’ll all go beside Malifaux, SAGA and some LOTR models that do see occasional play. As sad as it is to get rid of so many half-started projects, it’s for the best. A resolution to buy less, paint more is gonna come in effect.

Getting back on a positive, I am excited for The Other Side as it looks fun to play and the fireteam bases will make for excellent coherent basing projects. I’ve also booked my spot in the SAGA tournament at Cancon, gotta book accommodation and flights soon- Going to aim for mid/late Sat arrival and leaving first thing Monday morning, so there’s a need to find accommodation that allows for early check-outs. Haven’t organised a holiday before that’s included accommodation- it’s either been done by parents or more recently by me, but staying at my dad’s place in Echuca, VIC (slightly left of the Middle of Fucking Nowhere). Gotta time things so I can be back for work on the Monday, unless I ask for that off. Really cannot wait to meet internet friends in real life and have a good time.

More importantly, on the 6th of November, I finally won my first game of Malifaux! It went down literally to the wire, with Lilith vs Lynch. My opponent had 5 cards in hand, aiming to use Final Debt (damage = cards in hand) to kill Lilith, preventing me from getting VP for the strat. A previous attack would have put me on 4 wounds, had I not prevented one measly bit of damage to sit at 5 wounds. With no soulstones and 5 wounds left vs 5 cards in hand, it came down to me flipping a 13 on a wp duel to force my opponent to cheat down a Red Joker, landing the attack but only doing 4 damage. I ended up winning 6-5, but damn it was hard-fought and well played. I did it, heh. Finally. Then in my most recent game I asked to fight uphill- my fixed list sucks horribly at corner hold missions, but I still gained VP- lost 3-8 but eh, gotta figure out what my list can and can’t do.

In the new year, there’s also Briscon happening in April. Unsure if there’s any Malifaux on that as my local Henchman is a tad wary of the organisers as they didn’t respond to his query last year. If games happen, they happen. Before that though, there’s the painting course with Meg Maples in March. It’s an intermediate level class but I figure I’m probably ready for that class. The painting skill has improved markedly this year alone. Gonna paint like a fiend before hand to push the limits to be ready and then use skills gained to paint Titania’s crew as I want to go whole hog on those models.

I also want to transition over somewhat to painting in acrylics on canvas, just for something different and outdoorsy. Acrylic is a medium I’m familiar with (cuz miniatures) so learning stuff on a canvas can be applied to minis and vice versa according to brain logic. With the nature of my joint surgery back in October, I can’t do impact sports until April >.> didn’t really do any of that but I’m feeling far more mobile than I was before and haven’t experienced a flare-up in my joints since the surgery. Life’s good.

Unsure if I’ll fit another post in before Jan 2017, so if I don’t post anything I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Happy Hogswatch!

-The Warlock

Sono Pazzi Questi Romani

Cedric’s most recent article over at The House of Paincakes (Da House under my Realms of Interest tab) reignited an interest in ancient history, particularly regarding ancient Rome. Sadly over the years I’ve never had much time to delve into ancient history properly despite a few books on ancient Mesopotamia and one or two on Vikings. At the very least, I enjoyed reading the Asterix comics my Grandma had at her place when I was a kid and loved the indomitable gauls and the name puns. Oh god the name puns.

Once my last exam forever is completed on Wednesday, I’ll endeavour to read through the multitude of ancient history books I have sitting around the place. A dodgy memory puts this ‘multitude’ at ‘around 20 or so’ covering Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome, Medieval periods and some Vikings thrown in. I do feel woefully ignorant on this part of being a member of this Genus (only extant species of Homo represent!) though to my credit I’ve made a few albeit brief forays into learning more about our ancient cultures and how they dealt with the existential existing of existence. Apparently that last sentence contains no obvious grammatical or spelling errors. Weird.

Moving on, this is an interesting time for me as long delayed surgery happened and I’m almost a month into recovery and that in a rather odd turn of events, I find my interest in sci-fi and fantasy waning in favour of ancient history and steampunk. The latter of course, is to do with Malifaux being steampunk in nature and that magic can quite happily coexist in such a setting. I’m honestly not sure what spurred this change in thinking though I’m suspecting it’s an age thing and that time is becoming more precious to me, leading to gaming taking a back seat. As I type this I’ve just had¬† good one hour binge session of Skyrim but that’s pretty much it for the week- progress can be saved and resumed at a whim, so there’s no need to keep playing all the time. It’s enjoyable, but only in small doses.

Getting it back to ancient history, it turns out my little bro is keen for some Broken Legions as he’s an ancient history fan as well (though he’s more of a medieval buff) though he may prefer ancient Greeks rather than Romans. Did not even have to convince. I’ve already gotten a box of Caeserian Romans, which are Late-Republican Romans and a surprise was that the miniatures do not come with bases.Very much outside the norm of what I’m used to!

There’s plans to meet up with two HoP folks at Cancon 2017 in January so depending on what time I get there (work won’t let me have the 27th off for a 4 day weekend) but hopefully can get a game of anything in with them over a beer/drink/whatever. It’s going to be awesome to meet people from the internet in real life. Might…consider Saga in the future too if Cancon allows for some gaming (there are Romans and Huns in the new book thingy According to Thuloid). The rising interest in pseudo-historical gaming must be an age thing. Truly it must. I’ve already resolved to have one last, final downsizening and clear out everything that has been sitting around doing nothing. Every half-done project, every “one day I’ll use this” mini and so forth that doesn’t light a fire in my hobbying heart will go. That will go towards funding something, perhaps essentials or just allow for the occasional theatre ticket, etc. Plus I won’t have a plastic mountain of things to paint or get stressed out/demotivated by looking at it. Between Malifaux and the odd historical-esque game there won’t be much time to play anything else, more so when I hit my final semester. Gonna be a headless chook in that 13 week period- I need to find old assessment pieces to prove competency in my degree, or something to that extent which requires the hoarding of old assessment items.

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The Warlock

Thought dump: A rare piece of introspection or an attempt thereof.

After a few days of back-and-forth over choosing a 30k Legion, the interim decision until the books arrive is Blood Angels. This decision is most definitely subject to change but feels ‘right’ for the most part in fulfilling two self-imposed criteria of ‘Must be Loyalist’ and ‘Must be present near or at the Battle of Terra’. Once the books and the second Calth set arrives, army composition can then take place though it really will be a case of marines in rhinos with few supporting elements.

AoS ogre painting is slowing down, if only for a desire to change things up and paint something else. The project is wholly enjoyable as I’ve been experimenting with flesh tones and trying to vary the force to push the limits regarding painting skin. I’m also finding it to be good practice in figuring out where highlights ought to go, which translates across to Malifaux where there’s less edge highlighting and more directed highlights or whatever the particular art term is, I’m not an artist. Well, not a “proper” artist armed with better brush coordination, colour wheel mastery and proper artistic nomenclature but rather simply a dude who enjoys putting paint on little plastic dudes. I’m getting there though. Cue Emperor Palpatine’s “soon…soon…*creepy old dude laugh*” quote. In other news I found an OOP mini (sadly Finecast) that I need to send away as I’ve commissioned his paintjob. The mini in question is Thorgrim Grudgebearer- Overall leader of the Dwarfs in the late-WHFB and one of the Lord choices in Total Warhammer if one chooses to play as a beer-drinking Scotsdawi. I’m kinda stoked about this commission as I’ve seen the commissioner’s skill increase by orders of magnitude since the start of the year and that’s freaking cool to be able to see that; there’s definitely a lot of enthusiasm tied up with modesty and the desire to keep pushing the limits (and this person has inspired me to lift my game though I’m nowhere near close!).

As the year draws to a close, I’m surprised at how close my graduation is despite it being at the end of 2017 and not 2016. Tomorrow the second of three placement meetings happens- though work is willing to put me on and I can get advanced standing on top of this. What it means is that instead of a 12 week long placement I can do 8 weeks, which reduces the time unpaid by 2-4 weeks (Work usually does 1/2 day, 1/2 night placements as different things happen at different times in the lab). In any case, it’s exciting. I’ve been studying at uni since 2010 and the Arc Fatigue is real. It took 2.5 years to find the degree I wanted to do and avoid being relentlessly shoehorned into research, coupled with another half year doing an interim course while I waited for the next intake. Then there was the two part-time years of 2013 and 2014, followed by quitting a job I loathed (for a multitude of reasons) and going full-time to get almost everything done. Had family situations not imploded during 2014, I probably could’ve quit 6 months earlier and be graduating this year but life is what it is and I’ve made to this stage regardless. A little late, sure, but I’m there nonetheless.

In light of the next-year graduation, I’ve been thinking about my life in the next 5-10 years and where I want to be more than what I want to do. I’ve spent a good 16 years in Queensland, moving up from South Australia in ’98 when I was 6. Right now I feel like I should aim to get a job interstate after I graduate as I feel ‘tired’ of life in QLD; or at least I am very tired of living in the suburb of Ipswich and having almost everyone else who I socialize with living 45 mins away minimum. Coupled with this is a desire to finish uni studies and actually, y’know, live. Get the job, save for a house, find someone who I can share my life with, engage in hobbies, etc. All of it really. It’s rather sad to say that I haven’t spent much thought until recently about long-term plans for the future until the aforementioned surgery was booked (and then happened). It felt really, really odd that I should be entitled to have life happen to me as it feels like it happens exclusively to other people. That I should have something that classifies as ‘life’ happen to me seemed absurd- as if a mistake was made in allocating me a piece of life. Stranger things have happened.

In lieu of anticipated gains in mobility and an almost imminent 13 week break from uni, there’s plans afoot in regards to self-betterment which includes going outside and not looking like a kinda-unfit pale wraith. Regarding work, I’m sort of itching for day shifts rather than 1830-finish shifts as I’d much rather the evening than the morning. Tis psychological in that if I have to get ready for work in the late afternoon, I feel like I can’t go anywhere during the day or at least can’t plan anything major. It’ll also free up mid-week gaming opportunities as Wednesday night is when most people seem to go gaming- weekends are filled with other commitments. Currently it’s difficult but given a year or so, there’ll be more opportunities. I’d love to stay with my current job though if I fail to obtain a scientist position shortly after graduation I’ll whore myself out application after application. While I do like the company I’m currently working for, I very much want to use my degree once I get it and that’s pretty much it regarding that. Hopefully things will work out as the company is growing quickly so expansion may be on the cards in the next year. I know I’m about fourth in pecking order regarding a scientist position so again, hopefully growth enables me to not have to leave.

While my blog isn’t the best place for a thought dump, it does feel good to get thoughts out in the open as I’m loathe to use facebook or other forms of social media. If you’ve made it this far, I appreciate the time you’ve spent reading over my thoughts and hopes. I intended this blog to be about painting bits of plastic but it feels more of my own personal thought space coupled with whatever it is I feel should be shared with the internet.

In any case:

Witty Closing Remark,
The Warlock

Proof of life.

Hey.

I’m alive, I just don’t feel like blogging to be honest. Games are still played and I’m keen for certain releases; it’s mainly a feeling that my hobby blogging has run its course for now, you know?

There’s not much I want to blog about, though come August 9th that may change with the release of No Man’s Sky. Honestly, since the House has for all intents and purposes closed down, I don’t really feel excited or motivated to pop round the various blogs and see what’s up. Given the fact that blogging seems to be on a decline for the hobby (and Facebook seems to be taking over) I’m unsure on whether or not to move (again) to FB. A tad dismal, though there’s some hard reality there.

Until whenever,
The Warlock

Build night!

I mashed the keyboard and made a blog post. I’m also out of hobby knives!

Currently building models for use in Tara’s crew. There’s her crew box, 3 guild autopsies and 3 death marshals. Aionus will be part of the line up, but he’s one-piece. Once the Scion of the void appears, she’ll be included as well.

One also sucks at painting infinity modelsūüė¶ Not sure whether it’s the detail, or I’m rusty of white priming is a bad idea. Bleh.

Good god, he’s alive?!

It’s been a while since I last checked in (almost two whole months) and that’s mainly because I haven’t felt like blogging much at all. Part of this is from the complete absence of many regulars over at the House of Paincakes, which is a bit of a spirit dampener. Coupled with that is that I don’t feel that most of my hobbying is worth talking about all that much.

Nevertheless, here I am. Alive.ish. Aliveish. Not dead and certainly not undead and feeling solidly whelmed with uni and work. Whelmed in this instant is being used incorrectly as a ‘between’ over and underwhelmed. The root word means something pretty different from what people would think.

In the past…time…period…thing, I’ve been moderately productive and this calls for a picture dump!

Malifaux:

Mysterious effigy, Translucent sorrows and poltergiest, then some forests (yub yub) and finally a teddy  which are from the Neverborn faction (besides the forests)

At this stage I tempted to pack away any non-Wyrd miniatures and just focus on painting up their sweet, sweet plastic goodness to reduce the risk of flitting about from one project to the next. Gaming is still a thing, which is awesome save for this month where a bunch of family birthdays and such prevented a lot of games (and two tournaments). Hopefully next month will be better, we’ll see.

Outside of the hobby, I’ve been reading books like a fiend! The Thrawn trilogy and X-wing series were read voraciously as was the latest in Brandon Sanderson’s mistborn novels. Additionally I bought the other cosmere books and read those non-stop. Then there’s the not-quite-fantasy fiction in The Martian and Ready Player One, which is a thrilling read and depicts a pretty plausible future. Lastly, and at 24 standard Earth years of age, I finally read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The humour and dry wit makes for a great read.

Anyhow, til next time

The Warlock

Hobby status update

Hey all,

A lot’s been happening since the month or so I’ve not posted anything. Put bluntly, I just don’t really ‘feel’ like blogging much- I’m getting games in and work’s going fine, as is uni aside from microtomy. Seriously that shit needs to be done in a near vacuum- a¬†very slight breeze can ruin serially cut sections which are about 2um in depth. Had a nice line of 18, got 1 viable section from that. Thanks, wind. Gotta get a line of 20 for exam purposes later in the semester so it’s always handy to practice.

With Malifaux I realised something- I’m not really an Arcanists player. I’m a Ramos or Marcus player. None of the other faction masters appeal to me O.o Unlike the Guild masters, particularly Hoffman, Lucius and Sonnia. I do love me constructs made of metal, I blame my older bro and the original Mirrodin block for MTG. Hell, the neverborn have more appeal to me as I’m determined to get¬†every model with the black blood ability (Yes I’m a fan of Soul eater plus the nephilim look pretty sweet). With black blood Shamans being released soon, I feel this list will dominate 2016:

Lilith, Angel Eyes, Scion of Black Blood, 2x BB shamans, 2x Bloodwretches, with remaining soulstones going into upgrades and maybe a terror tot. Growing that would be nice and extra scheme runners are always welcome. It might not be the best list as there’s no Barbs (can’t be arsed saying Barbaros, he’s Barbs/Barby now) but Lilith in and of herself is pretty nasty in melee. Plus rooting people to the spot then pushing them is evil ^^ However, I do need to focus more on the Strats and schemes for 2016 instead of Hurr durr me push models to fight, why me lose 1-7?

Tis a bit of a challenge coming from Warhammer as the objectives were pretty much kill things til they’re dead but hey, Malifaux is epic funtimes.

On a different note, I’ve painted a grand total of 0.5 SPEHHS MEHRENS from the B@C box set. What can I say, Malifaux is fun. Plus awesomesauce paints arrived for my stuff so OSL is sorta happening. At least, everything but Joss’s axe follows conventional light reflecty/refracty physics stuff. I DON’T KNOW HOW I PASSED FIRST YEAR LEVEL PHYSICS, THIS IS A MYSTERY TO ALL. The shit I do know from physics is horribly basic and mainly pathologically based.

Anyhow, stuffs been happening but I haven’t felt like chatting about it much.

Witty closing remark,

The Warlock