Daily Episode 84 – Painting Motivation Revisited With Club 200

Painting Motivation Revisited With Club 200

Daily Episode 84 – Painting Motivation Revisited With Club 200

Today I talk revisits a subject that I talked about back on Episode 59 when I had Steve Wren on the show.  We discussed ways to stay motivated when you are in a big painted project and want to get though it, of staring at models and just trying to will paint onto them.  Since that episode I have really made a lot of painting progress and am getting through my Chaos Dwarfs but I have the feeling that it will be short lived and I can see the painters block setting in again.

To try and shif that block I am starting up with the Club 200 that is being organised by members of The Warhammer Forum.

So what is Club 200?

From the guy who set it all up:

Club 200 is the Glass Cabinet’s painting support group. Join now for the chance to own a fully painted 2400 point army!

How does it work? 

The basic idea is that each month you paint 200 points of your Warhammer army. At the end of the year, you have a fully painted 2400 point army. Hurrah.

How do I join?

Easy. Just add a reply to this thread!

What do I have to do?

Each month you goal is to paint roughly 200 points of your army, take a picture and post it in the Club 200 monthly thread.

What if I paint more than 200 points?

Sometimes your monthly contribution will be more than 200 points, that’s fine. You are aiming to average 200 points each month, but there will always be some fluctuations. If you paint a vampire lord one month, worth 400 points, you have a 200 point advantage, which you may well need the in the next two months when you have to tackle 100 zombies!

What if I paint less than 200 points? 

Again, that’s fine, you can make up for it in following months.

What if I miss a month? 

Real life gets in the way sometimes for us all, or we get tired of our toys, or something distracts us. No problem. You can take a break for 2 of the 12 months, either make up your losses in super productive subsequent months, or scale back your end of year target to a 2000 point army. If you miss more than 2 months, you are not “fired” from the Club, but you might have to face the fact that you were not up to the job!

I like the idea, but I wouldn’t be able to commit to a whole year. Can I still join?

Yes, you can. Real men can keep it up for 12 months, but we make allowances for part-timers in Club 200. The year will be divided into four seasons, so you could just join in for one or more of those.

What if I don’t play Warhammer? 

Then you are not a real man. No wait, I mean, No problem. Just scale your monthly target to your chosen system. If that doesn’t make sense, sketch out your whole unpainted army, divide it up into 12 roughly equal chunks, and you are ready to get started.

What if I change my mind about my army?

No worries. As long as you get something done each month, it all helps. You might want to use the Club to help you add on to several existing armies, rather than just work on one army.

When does it start?

September 1, 2012 is the official start date. That allows several weeks to get your plans sorted out, get your toys ready, start assembling, maybe even get a head start on the painting. September 30, 2012 is the first deadline, for your first 200 points of painted army. I will get a new thread started at the beginning of each month. You can post into that thread with your monthly effort, but I would encourage you to start a plog to cover your painting wips and plans in detail.

It all sounds good. How do I get started? 

Sign up in this thread. You can sketch out a plan for the whole year if you are really organised, or maybe a shorter term 3 month target, or just sign up now and decide in a few weeks what you will do.

I am so excited I don’t want to wait until September? What can I do?

Start your own painting log here in the Glass Cabinet. You can reference Club 200 in the title if you want, but you don’t have to. Tell us your plans, post pictures if you get started straight away. Get a head start on your project, don’t be shy!

That’s it folks. Many of you will have seen this kind of thing before, we have had several in the GC and there are plenty of similar schemes on other forums. Be warned, it’s hard work and the dropout rate is high, which is why there are no rules as such, just guidelines to help you stick to your targets. If you make it through to the end of the year, you get undying admiration from your fellow forumites, you may well find your painting skills have improved, you even get a fully painted army.

 

As I said already, this is run on The Warhammer Forum.  I will be taking part and it would be great if a few more Bad Dice listeners also joined in the fun and got back or keep up that painting motivation!

 

Episode 88 – ETC 2012

Episode 88 – ETC 2012

This episode is packed full of our ETC Coverage.  Ben, Gareth and Mark chat about the event then we have over 2 hours of recordings from Poland finished off by an ETC themed Query Corner.

Its a monster show at over 4 hours, but there is a further 4 hours of ETC Coverage on Snake Eyes!

 

0.00 – 1hr 17 – We chat about the ETC and give our post event review

1hr 17 – 3 hr 45 – ETC Recordings.  Intervews from the event recorded by Gareth.

3hr45 – End – Gareths Query corner and close of the show.

 

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Daily Episode 57 – The Empire iBook and War Room app review

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Daily Episode 57 – The Empire iBook and War Room app review

So Games Workshop released the Empire iBook, and I wanted to hate this.  I really did.  It cost around £25 and I thought it was goaing to disappoint, but how wrong was I!
It is simply amazing and I can see myself spending £££ on these in the future,
Here is the blurb from the Games Workshop Website.
Warhammer: The Empire
Warhammer: The Empire is the indispensible guide to the mightiest human realm in the Warhammer world, its noble heroes and glorious armies. This book details the Empire’s bloody history from its legendary founding to the reign of the current Emperor, Karl Franz of Altdorf, and provides full rules for fielding an Empire army in the Warhammer game. This expanded Warhammer Armies book features interactive miniatures galleries, handy dictionaries to explain game rules, and the comprehensive army list includes all the Empire’s machines of war.
Much like the Space Marine and Necron Codexes that we have already put on the iBookstore, the Empire army book is chock-full of new features. In addition to the army list, the bestiary and the miniatures gallery you’ve also got several new features such as 360 degree images of many of the miniatures and a rather handy shortcut button for accessing unit entries. A simple press of a button takes you from army list entry to unit bestiary, and a second click takes you to the unit summary sheet, which means even in the heat of battle you can look up units, rules and other information very quickly and easily. One of the biggest features, however, is that like the Space Marine and Necron Codexes, the Empire army book is entirely up-to-date with rules and FAQs and will be periodically updated when new FAQs are released. Great news all round I’d say!
Since recording I have spent another hour playing with the iBook and I am even more impressed.  It is pretty spectacular.  Its just a shame that I can’t say the same for War Room.
Whats Good.
  • Not much.  Very disappointed
Whats Bad.
  • Slow
  • unresponsive
  • errors on account creation with no reason as to why.
  • Can’t track individual models in a unit and some units give only 1 option to add damage
  • When choosing a faction it only shows their badge
  • Has a built in timer that doesn’t alarm at end and pauses on lock.   And doesn’t disable auto lock
  • small stuff like when a window is open and you press background it doesn’t close window unlike most other apps
Generally really really buggy and doesn’t feel like a finished product.  I’m hard pushed to think of any apps that I use that are as bad as this.  If I’d had to pay to download it I would have been asking for a refund, after the success of iBodger I am astounded that this have made it to release.
To accompany this episode I also created a video review of the iBook.  Leave a review on You Tube and let me know what you think

Daily Episode 14 – The Double Flee

Today I talk about the Double Flee tactic.  A nice trick to use to delay your opponents nasty units.

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Daily Episode 13 – Chris Tomlin talks Team Events

I chat with Chris Tomlin about Teams events and his experiance at the 6 Nations as an England player.

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Empire – The Army Book review

The new Empire army book has arrived and I wanted to take the chance to write my thoughts about it, I know I get to post on the forums, twitter and sound off on the show but I want to start using the website more and what better way to begin.  This is the first in a series of articles about my thoughts about the Empire.

So let’s take a look at the book

Cover Art

Continuing the awesome trend of 8th edition army, The Empire is a 96 page full-colour hardback.  The first thing that is instantly noticeable is the cover art.  All the hardback army books released since 8th edition landed in June 2010 have moved away from the ‘Gothic Warhammer’ of 7th Edition and gone more in the direction of the new plastic kits and wild monsters to give more of a cartoon feel to the current artistic style.  The Empire cover, on the other hand,  has a gritty feel yet still is clearly in the current GW art style.  The one aspect that did change was the focus of the art.  Since Warhammer first moved from a single rule book and into army books back in 4th Edition, the Empire cover art has always been a group of tightly packed men struggling in battle, this cover changes that and depicts a single hero front and centre manning the barricades with his army in the back ground.  A change in direction of the army?

Background

The background sections of the book are as you would expect, it runs through the history from the founding of the empire, the rise of Sigmar, uniting the tribes of men and defeating the Orc horde at Black Fire Pass.  The great campaigns against the Skaven, the loss of the Solland Runfang to Gorbad Ironclaw, the Wars of the Vampire Counts and Magnus the Pious shattering the chaos invasion in very Tolkienesq fashion (the relief of Helm Deep).  There is some stories of old missing, but quite a lot of new background revealed.  The events following the Crowning of the Everchosen in 2519 which were played out in the Storm of Chaos campaign are glossed over. The all references to Valten have been removed, from the timeline aswell as the background of Luthor Huss and Volkmar.  Upon discovering this I did some rereading of the other recent army books and the 8th edition rule book to find that the whole timeline has been reset to pre Archaon’s invasion.

The main story that has been added is the 3rd battle of Black Fire Pass.  Warhammer Forge were previewing an early copy of this book at the recent Forge World open day.  The conversation I had with the games developer in charge of the project said it is a new campaign book along the lines of Tamurkhan which centers around the events at Black fire Pass in 2522.  An Orc invasion is met by the armies of the Empire led by Marius Leitdorf , The Mad Count and Karl Franz.

New Units

The other obvious areas where new background has been introduced is to bring in the new units types.  The Demigryphs are captured from the depths of the Reikwald forest and broken to the will of their riders, while the witch hunters have always been deeply intermingled with the Empire history, putting them into the army book is a small step.  The 2 new Arcane Battle Alters , the Luminark of Hysh and the Celestial Hurricanum have been portrayed as inventions of the highest minds in the respective colleges of magic, and new technology that sits nicely alongside the creations from Nuln.

Magic Items

There has been an awful lot of discussion about the number of items that are included in the new books, I personally don’t see an issue with it.  There are 9 items in the Empire book and while I am not an Empire player I can still give a good summary of the background and attribute of each item by reading only its title.  Other than the Imperial Banner or one of the items relating to Magnus the Pious I am hard pressed to think of  any that are embedded so deeply in the history of the empire that they are worth a place in the list.

Artwork

By far my favourite piece in the book is on page 33 and shows a Fire Mage with his cloak billowing and staff ablaze.  This was a half page black and white image in the 7th edition book and has been reproduced in colour for the latest version.
So that about concludes my overview of the book itself.  Overall I am very happy with the feel of the book.  It’s packed with great art, background and cool pictures enough to be an excellent purchase even if you are not interested in the rules.Other new works that stand out are the images for the Luminark and the Hurricanum and the new art for Karl Franz.  The old images from previous books are still included, the stand out one being the image of the Griffon riders attacking the giants from the Warhammer 8th rulebook.

 

What do you guys think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

If you enjoyed this article you might want to keep an eye out for my views on the New Empire models in the next article and to round out the series I will talk about the New Empire Rules.