Podcasting? – Specialist Games, Podcasting, and the desire for Content

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Hi guys,

A bit of a different post for today, but something that has bothered me for a while and recently come to a head.

Why are there no Podcasts which cover Specialist Games?

Now, I know that a great many hobby podcasts already exist especially for 40k and Fantasy (I regularly listen to Garagehammer, the Independent Characters, and Jaded Gamercast), and that these very very occasionally have one off episodes covering a particular specialist game, but there is no sustained engagement with Specialist Gaming.

I also know that there are a number of Bloodbowl specific podcasts – which kind of suggests that there would no problem content or audience wise for a podcast focused on Specialist Gaming. Given the fact that GW no longer support our form of hobbying, it seems to me that the communities that we do have become ever more important and I think a podcast would help to bind together the communities that have formed around each game, while also bringing together those disparate communities to allow for the interchange of ideas and inspiration.

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Given all this, and the wealth of stuff that the podcast could cover (fluff, proxy models reviews, batreps, campaigns, new rules development, tactics, scenarios, terrain and modelling, expansion books) over so many games (BFG, EPIC, Necromunda, Warmaster, Inquisitor, Mordheim, Gorkamorka, Aeronautica etc), setting up a Specialist Games podcast of some kind is something I want to give alot of thought over the next couple of weeks.

In that vein I would love any input that any blog readers might have on this, and any suggestions!

Thanks,

Gus

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BFG – Arbites Punisher Class Cruiser, Dauntless, and Enforcer Class Light Cruisers – Part 2

Blanche's Arbites

Blanche’s Arbites

Hi guys

Back to the little Adeptus Arbites series I have going on here, this time to look at the Dauntless and Enforcer Class Light Cruisers that make up the fleet along with the Punisher Class Strike Cruiser detailed earlier. I think the Light Cruiser size fights neatly with the Arbites theme – they are given responsibility for planetary governance, imperial law, trade lanes, and pirate suppression so I think Light Cruisers are alot more appropriate for that kind of work than the big lumbering Navy ships.

2 Dauntless Class Light Cruisers

2 Dauntless Class Light Cruisers

2 Enforcer Class Light Cruisers

2 Enforcer Class Light Cruisers

The two Dauntlesses are the worst cast of the ten I bought, with real issues and needing alot of work to make even slightly presentable. However in this day and age needs must and they work ok if you don’t look too closely! On the other hand the Enforcers are made up of a converted recast Dauntless and a transplantation of an Enforcer Class from my Bakka fleet to this one. Both are a very easy conversion just replacing or covering the weapons batteries with launch bays instead.

Prow

Prow

Enforcer Class

Enforcer Class

The Enforcer Class is another Light Cruiser variant, being a 6DC, 25cm speed, 1 shield, 2 turret, 5+ armour ship. Instead of the usual weapons batteries, it is armed with a launch bay on each side which, unlike the Punisher Class, can launch both bombers and fighters as well as three 30cm forward facing lances. This makes it unable to engage in ship-to-ship duels without weapons batteries to knock down shields, but a very useful support ship in launching attack craft waves and finishing off wounded ships with its lances. Both roles I think are rather fluffy, given that most of the prey of Arbites vessels would be escort sized pirates etc.

I hope everyone has a good bank holiday weekend!

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BFG – Arbites Punisher Class Cruiser, Dauntless, and Enforcer Class Light Cruisers – Part 1

Symbol of the Adeptus Arbites

Hey guys

I have recently been reading the Execution Hour and Shadow Point books by Gordon Rennie which are set around the Gothic War and the space battles of Captain Leoten Semper aboard the Dictator Class Cruiser, the Lord Solar Macharius. I may well do a post detailing these books in the near future but the reason I brought them up now is that the Adeptus Arbites play a very central role in the first book in the form of Arbites Marshal Byzantane and the Punisher Class Strike Cruiser Inviolable Retribution.

Punisher Class Strike Cruiser

Punisher Class Strike Cruiser

As any followers of the blog will know, I have a bit of a thing for all of the smaller organisations and institutions of the Imperium that do not commonly make it onto the tabletop – hence my interest in Arbites, Inquisitors, Ad-Mech, Void Whales etc etc. As part of this, and part of recently reading the Gordon Rennie books, I came around to painting up some spare ships I had as a kind of Arbites Strike force.

I had two Enforcer Class Light cruisers, and two horrendously cast Dauntless’s left over from my recast order. Adding to them, I had the spare body of a Space Marine Strike Cruiser which I had converted into looking like the Punisher Strike Cruiser above so it all came together rather well.

Arbites Strike Fleet

Arbites Strike Fleet

Punisher Class

Punisher Class

It is rather strange given how powerful the Punisher Class is, being easily the equal of a full Imperial Cruiser, given its small size. It has a 6 hit frame, 6+ prow, 5+ all-round armour, 1 Shield and 2 turrets. That is pretty standard in relation to a SM Strike Cruiser though a little less armoured. However, it weaponry is rather formidable: FP4 30cm Weapons Batteries on either side, which are unimpressive, but it also has 2 launch bays, and a L/F/R FP4 Bombardment Cannon. If that isn’t enough, it also fires six torpedoes, with a choice of regular torpedoes, melta torpedoes, or barrage bombs (I will cover these in a future post!), receives +2 Ld for enemies on Special Orders, as well as bonuses to to planetary assault and boarding.  not bad for 180pts!

This post is getting a little long, so expect a part 2 detailing the Enforcer Class and the Dauntlesses I have appropriated. I hope everyone is enjoying the recent posts etc and please let me know in the comments if there is anything you want to see covered on here.

Thanks

Gus

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BFG – Dark Eldar Fleet WiP pics

Hi guys!

Just a super quick post with some pictures of my WiP Dark Eldar fleet.

Just before spraying the last few ships

Just before spraying the last few ships

Obviously it is a converted fleet, using the old style Reaver jetbikes. I know alot of people are using the new style ones to do their Dark Eldar fleets, but I feel the older ones are closer to the aesthetics of the actual GW Dark Eldar BFG models and work better in relation to the GW Eldar BFG models.

I still need to get around to painting them, but I am planning to keep it nice and simple with these.

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Additions to the Blogroll – Home of Cadaver, Sepulchre of Heroes, Miasma of Pestilence, and Lazy & Distracted

CherubaelHi guys,

I haven’t added any new blogs to the blogroll for a while but recently I have come across a few great new blogs that you really should be checking out. The blogroll is just the list at the bottom of the page, but it regularly provides me with inspiration or just that “That is so cool!” moment.

1) Home of Cadaver – beautiful Arbites conversions (not just infantry, but vehicles and terrain too!) plus a really lovely painting style.

2) Sepulchre of Heroes – currently involved in updated the Additional Ships Compendium for BFG (one of my favourite things – hence why I enjoy using / making the ships from it!) plus a great mix of general hobby articles.

3) Miasma of Pestilence – Great Inquisitor themed conversions and awesome fluff pieces to go along with it, the guy obviously invest alot into the type of gaming I love – narrative, structured, fluff-centric…

4) Lazy & Distracted – Lovely Oldhammer stuff – mostly Chaos (including my favourite Palaquin model!) but also some other things too including sensitively included more modern figures.

I hope these blogs bring you joy, as they have done for me. I love seeing what other people have been up to, so please do check them out and give their authors (none of whom I know) some love.

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BFG – Space Marine Fleet Pics

Boarding Action

Boarding Action

Hi guys,

I recently finished painting up my Dark Angels Fleet to go with my Dark Angels Epic Army here. The fleet now sits at 1,500pts which is about half the size of the fleets I normally like to build. This is because I find the Space Marine fleet list rather boring, with only one battleship, one cruiser type, and three escort classes to pick from. This limits the variety you can do, and I am not really interested in just having loads of the same type of ship.

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The fleet is made up of a single Battlebarge named the Angel of Retribution, three Strike Cruisers, the Salvation (with lance trade), and the Sword of Caliban and the Redemptor, both with the additional shield upgrade. Supporting these are four each of the Nova, Gladius, and Hunter class escorts.

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You may have noticed that these escort models are not the GW originals. Sadly Marines are still quite popular, probably because of their 40k popularity, and this makes the GW-originals more expensive than I am will to pay for. You may have noticed, that I am incredibly stingy :P

Instead, I decided to use some Ground Zero Games miniatures again, exactly like I did for my Tyranid fleet here. The models here are the from the Neu Swabian League range available here. I think their blocky shape fits in well with the Space Marine aesthetic and with the same colour scheme I think they work quite well at a fraction of the price.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading that and please leave a comment if you want.

Thanks!

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BFG – Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

4 Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

4 Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

Hi guys,

Just some quick photos of some stuff I have recently been painting, this time some more of the recast Dauntlesses I bought a while ago that are now part of my Rogue Trader fleet. The RT fleet has quite a heavy focus on escorts and light cruisers so the Dauntless works really well in it.

Purple

Purple

Red

Red

Again the casts are not great with bubbles all over the place and incredibly flimsy flight stems, but compared to trying to hunt down four Dauntlesses on eBay, they have been great. I have recently bought some magnetic lenses for my phone camera, but although the zoom is now better I am not very happy with the fish-eye effect this seems to have caused.

Green and Orange

Green and Orange

Given how much BFG I now have painted, colour schemes are becoming a difficulty! I wanted my Rogue Trader fleet to show off the individuality of the ships differing captains, but still look cohesive and coherent on the tabletop. I went with keeping the bodies of the ships the same colour, though adding a few aerials just to provide difference, while going for different coloured prows for all of the ships. This necessitated a split in trim colours, brass and silver, but I think tying the prow and trim colours together coherently matters quite alot!

I will have some full fleet pics of my Rogue Trader fleet (3,000pts) to come soon.

Thanks!

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BFG – Gray Knights Strike Cruisers

Strike Cruisers

Strike Cruisers

Hi guys,

Just another quick update post with some recent BFG painting I have been doing – four recast Gray Knight strike cruisers. Again the quality was not great on the cast, but the price and rarity of the originals more than made it worth it.

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They are very simply painted in silver with a wash with bronze used as the main contrast colour.

I hope everyone is having a good time and getting lots of hobby-time in!

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BFG – Desolator / Conqueror Class Battleship

Hi guys

Sorry I have been quiet for a while, a surprisingly large amount of work has come my way. On the hobby front I have not been doing a whole load apart from buying some bits and pieces, including a Chinese resin cast Ad-Mech Battleship which I will get round to putting pictures up of. This post is just a quick update on my recent painting.

Chaos BB

Chaos BB

Prow

Prow

This is a Desolator Class Battleship model, minus the weapons battery pieces that go on the side, and will be part of my Beserker Fleet that was previously featured here. It will either be used as a Desolator or as the Conqueror, which is the World Eaters Battle Barge.

Thanks for reading!

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BFG – Tyranid Hive Ship 2

asHi guys,

Back again with the second Hive Ship in my 1,500pt fleet. This one is a classic carrier style Hive Ship that forms the cornerstone of almost all Tyranid fleets, the aim is to be the biggest toughest carrier possible and swarm the board with ordnance.

Hive Ship 2

Hive Ship 2

This is another Phalon ship from Ground Zero Games, an FT814. Difference compared to the other one is that it is slightly bulkier and has two of the protuberances rather than the one.

Hive Ship 2

Hive Ship 2

I settled for the addition of some 4k Nid bits as underused little flappy legs just to bulk up the outline of the ship in comparison to the other ships. The ship in the list is more usual than the previous one, being a Hive Ship with Ld9, Prow Pyro-Acid Batteries, Thorax Launch Bays, 3 x P/S Launch Bays, 2 x Reinforced Carapace, Extra Spore Cyst. This means that the ship has 8 Launch bays, FP 8 45cm Front Weapons Batteries all mounted on a 12DC 5 Shield base. This makes it really rather tough and able to pump out great amounts of ordnance at a pretty decent Leadership value. All rather good for 380pts.

Comparison shot

Comparison shot

Once again the ship is perhaps a little small for a 12DC ship in comparison to the Imperial Battleships but I feel It can be pulled off as these are some of the bigger battleship sized vessels in the game.

I hope everyone is having a nice Easter break and getting on with alot of hobbying. Sadly I haven’t had a game of any game system in absolutely ages, but modelling and painting are going well.

Give me a comment!

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