Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's Back! My little effort to get more people to follow other peoples blogs has returned with another helping. I can only show you the door, you have to take the time out and click follow. I do this for one reason...


Hopefully the more followers someone gets the more they will post. With more postings comes more time spent delving deeper and deeper into the hobby thus promoting the hobby.

So every time you take the time out to click "FOLLOW THIS BLOG" you are promoting our hobby!!!

So here they are peeps...

There aren't enough Eldar blogs in the world. However the ones I've seen have been outstanding and this one is no exception. What we got here is a nice looking blog with a force that has some beautifully painted Harlequins. That's on top of a very nice piece where this blogger has written a cool back story to his army. Oh and the walker conversion is mega rad... THATS RIGHT I SAID RAD!!!

Awesome Mordheim figs and an even more outstanding built city for them to play in. With Warhammer Fantasy out in a brand spanking new and shiney edition I figured it's time to branch out to this other game and this blog does a brilliant job representing that.

Ok this is appalling... 2 FOLLOWERS? THIS GUY ONLY HAS 2 FOLLOWERS??? Damn that seems like a sin when you look at his figs. The dark, gritty way he paints adds a unique layer of depth and realism to his figures. Trust me you'll drool over these. Hopefully he'll do some tutorials in the future so we can see just how he does it.

Sorry but your about to drool again. These guys are clearly professionals. Really this is PROFESSIONAL work here and right now they have a post where they are painting some Space Marine Terminators that are just, well... go take a look.

If Eldar blogs are rare then Daemon Hunter blogs are damn near scarce. This blog has absolutely kick ass looking Daemon Hunters along with a very impressive Dreadnought. Couple that with Codex Civilians that he has featured and you have a nice unique blog.

That's it for this week. Remember if you have a blog or you know of one and would like it featured here just send me a message at and I'll get em posted on the next edition.

Until then keep rolling FTW!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last night was hard.

After dinner I had retreated into the bedroom leaving my family to enjoy themselves. The pain was damn near unbearable. Everywhere I went I limped my way there. Like a wounded animal I need some solitude, a black corner to lick my wounds. The plan as always would be to beat the pain with sleep. Most of the time it doesn't work. Pain has been known to keep me up for in excess of 24 hours before the exhaustion caves in on me forcing me to sleep.

As I lay there in hot summer night I felt ripped. A vast tug of war pulled inside of me.

I didn't want to sleep. I wanted to game, to paint, to model. It had been a long time since I had done any of that and I really, really wanted to do it. Problem was my body was recovering from a grocery trip I took with my wife and son. Did you hear that? I'm recovering from a grocery trip? The prolonged walking caused me to lean heavily on my cane which only transfered a bit of my foot pain into a lot of shoulder pain in my right arm. Even playing World of Warcraft in the wake of the outing was uncomfortable.

My back began to throb and stiffen on the bed. My mind was juggling between staying in the darkness or braving the increased pain my hobby activities would bring. What the hell? Years after my injury began I still have a hard time believing just what it cost me. The orders I obeyed carried with them the unknown reward of suffering. Pain in walking, pain in laying down, pain in painting a friggin miniature.

Just as I began to feel sorry for myself in the pitch blackness of my bedroom I was welcomed by a relativity new companion. Numbness began creeping up my thigh. My shoulder joined in concert. I moved around, rubbed my leg, tossed and turned to shake the swarm of numbness that was assaulting me. It only served to increase the pain with a burning that crescendo into a blaze then was snuffed by a rainfall of pins and needles.

I sat up, the gaussy moonlight that beamed through the window casted an eerie haze in the room. My eyes felt heavy, weighted by purple bags that hung beneath them. I wanted so bad to shake off the wanting. Wanting to paint, wanting to game, wanting life to be normal again. Everyone tells me to push through it. Well, what happens when I can't? What happens when this really does get the best of me? What happens when I'm just to damn weakened to fight anymore?

Luckily I fell asleep somewhere within all that torment only to awake to it all again. When I moved to my computer I was met by my homepage which is my blog. I felt even worse. The best part of my blog are the people that follow it and my damn injury keeps me from doing anything worth writing about. I don't want to just disappear, abandoning my blog, my hobby in despondency but really, right now, I don't know how to recover from this.

I guess there is no recovering from this. Just to take it day by day, hoping and knowing some days are better than others.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Just An Update...

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. JubieX's son is visiting us and well, it's hard to game with two kids in the house. As a matter of fact in nearly three weeks the only game we got to play was Pirates from the post below.

Just this morning it hit me. I missed my Top 5 Blogs and Storm Wardens Charity posts. Very sorry. The 4th of July weekend just added to the flurry of other stuff going on.

Once the visit is over and life gets back to normal a bit hopefully my blog will turn to normal and even more importantly, our game life. I had to drop you all a line though and wish all my fellow yanks out there a very happy 4th of July and don't worry, we're not going anywhere.

In fact we're just getting started :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I'm a sucker for discounted games. It's a thrill to walk into a store and see a game that you we're interested in practically being given away for free. Adding to it all is my love of gaming. Really, I'll try and play anything. Nearly no game in a game store is off limits.

So you can imagine my thrill when I walked into Target and saw the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game by Wizkids on a big time sale.
Here is a close up of that price

That is just the tip of the iceberg of the treasure trove of packs I bought. With the packs being only a dollar it was easy to get a sizable collection of this game for dirt stinkin cheep. The game is simple too. All you do is go around getting more booty than your buddy.

It reminded me of college :)

Since my best buddy lives with me now it was even easier to dive right in to the high seas.

JubieX and I each formed a fleet of 40 points (a standard game). We were off and set sail in less than 10 minutes. It wasn't stated really well in the rules but we found a 4X4 area with the aid of a blue bed sheet did the trick for a game table. Check out the pics below and see just who has the better booty grabin skills!

The table mid game.

Nearly right away JubieX set a destroyer to interrupt my treasure hunting activities. He found out the hard way of what happens when you go up against a 5 mast ship.

My Schoener racing his Junk ship to get the last of the gold on an island.

Near the end of the game you can see my gold count was 15. In order to win you have to have 16, which is more than half of the starting gold that is randomly distributed to the islands face down so we can't see em. I had no choice but to hunt down the rest of JubieX's fleet. With my 5 mast ship fully repaired I set out to sink the scurvy dog!

With JubieX down to one ship I set up a blockade in front of his home island. I was prepared to chase him down but the bloody pirate did something brave...


In a desperate attempted to tie up the game he went toe to toe with my 5 mast. I knew he was hoping a bad round of rolling would save him...

It didn't.

I blew him right out of the water, sending him to meet Davy Jones!

The game was fun and just after one session you can see all the different ways to play it. The tactical approaches a player can take are nearly limitless and what's most important, the game only took about an hour which my feet really appreciated.

So if you have a Target around you go check out their collectible card section. You may be surprised what booty you find for dirt cheep :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's Monday and you know what that means?


Just giving a shout out to Mik's Minis and Minions Of The Monster Master to help spread the word on a very cool project they have going on.

They are holding a raffle in July to win an entire Space Marine army! This force has some serious big names humping the painting haul to deliver what promises to be an exquisite looking force. What's even cooler is this is going to be The Storm Wardens... a never before seen chapter of the Emperors finest.

It's only a dollar a raffle ticket with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders.

So what are you waiting for? Go toss em a few bucks and you may just get tossed a heap of painted minis right back!

I'll be posting this every Monday to remind everyone out there until it draws to a close.

Good luck all and be generous!!!

You can see the contest here

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I always struggle what to write before I post the links. Since I got nothing maybe I should just shut up and post em eh?

Here is a nicely laid out blog with some nice posts on this guy giving himself the motivation to paint. We can all use a little kick in the ass to get our armies done (me especially). To see another hobbyist and his ability to pick himself up by the bootstraps and get em done is truly inspirational. Oh yeah, and the minis look fantastic too.

There are not enough Epic posts out there and even fewer Epic blogs. Well here is one that is not only epic but is a damn outstanding one to boot! The Epic Necron conversion is especially cool.

Scroll down and see his Champion of Tzeentch motivational poster... priceless. Oh his followers are at the bottom of the page and as you scroll down to get there you'll see some nice paint jobs along the way.

You've heard me say before that I don't have an artistic bone in my body right? So it's cool when I see someones green-stuff work and think "hey I can do that!" Very cool and simple custom bases.

Wow... just wow... NUFF SAID!!!

Again if you know someones blog that needs some extra exposure and is a cool ass blog drop me a line at and if you pay me a large sum of money in un-marked bills in a large bag and leave it someplace where you now I'll find it then sure I'll get em up on the post!

Heh, just kidding yo!

Or am I...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What do you get when you cross a little boy, season one of "G.I. Joe" and temporary tattoos... all near fathers day?

Gold, that's what!


How could I resist? Oh we didn't stop there. The boy had to be turned into a double agent!


Man, being a parent friggen rocks!

In case you were wondering my son is the best miniature I've ever made and he and my babies mommy did their best to make my fathers day awesome! My boy gave me this...
Of course as a parent I love anything he makes me. This one is right at daddy's work station :)

My wife continued to spoil me by letting me run amuck at the Games Workshop site! (within reason of course). Since I had been eying the new templates for Warhammer Fantasy I decided to get a set of Counters, Range Finder and Blast Templates. I almost pre-ordered the book but Opie-Wan's Jedi like wisdom prevented me. While the book looks awesome it's also bloody HUGE! Really, it's like a friggin weapon itself! Big tomes like that are unwieldy during game play. I'll just hold out for the boxed game when I get my hands on a nice miniaturized version of the rules... Oh who am I kidding. I'll eventually buy the big stupid rule book too cuz I'm that gamer ya know?

My fathers day didn't stop there though...

When I went over to my parents house to drop off my dad's gift and pay him a visit my folks gave me a gift of my own...
This one surprised me. My parents don't even know what Warhammer 40k is. They took my Uncle with them and he picked em out. That was really sweet of them to do that and it taught me a lesson too; No matter what your kids are into, at any age, you have to support them in what they're interested in and love. I hope my boy becomes a gamer and dread the day he becomes involved in sports but if that's what he decided to do, then I'm now a sports fan.

I'm truly spoiled. Thanks babe for a great day. Mom, Dad, I love you and I try to live up to the example of parenting that you taught me. And to my Mr. Boo's who made me the best picture frame ever! Thanks you boy! I love you and am so proud of you... YO JOE!!!

Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life.

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Monday and you know what that means?


Just giving a shout out to Mik's Minis and Minions Of The Monster Master to help spread the word on a very cool project they have going on.

They are holding a raffle in July to win an entire Space Marine army! This force has some serious big names humping the painting haul to deliver what promises to be an exquisite looking force. What's even cooler is this is going to be The Storm Wardens... a never before seen chapter of the Emperors finest.

It's only a dollar a raffle ticket with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders.

So what are you waiting for? Go toss em a few bucks and you may just get tossed a heap of painted minis right back!

I'll be posting this every Monday to remind everyone out there until it draws to a close.

Good luck all and be generous!!!

You can see the contest here

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Miss me? Well after a week off we're back with more blogs that need followers! In the two months this has been going on your support has been unprecedented in giving people the attention we all like to receive for our own work. It's your attention that really gives this a sense of community and for that you all friggin rock!

Ok enough of the mushy stuff... on to some blogs!

It can't be all bolters and heretics all the time right? Ok well maybe it can but if it is we're missing out on something great. We owe all our games to the rich and terrible history of warfare and without historical wargaming we wouldn't have games like Warhammer 40k. This is one blog that keeps that historical beacon shining with some great painted minis and an eclectic love for history. This guy gives homage to all eras of history and if you stop to take a look you'll see inspiration found in the past that game designers use as a template for future games. It's important to remember the past!

With the cool ass camo job here I'm really hoping for a tutorial. The camo job is damn near seemless and oh yeah, it's a Guard blog so major props!

Cool tactica blips on Dark Angels. Only thing missing is some pics. Hopefully this changes that considering this blog isn't HIDDEN IN THE WARP any longer :)

Nice battle reports and Pop Pods... nuff said. What's that? You don't know about Pop Pods? Well get on over to this blog for some serious schooling in how to porxy in taste and style!

A very well laid out and in depth Tau blog. Really a great and insightful read.

Well that closes out yet another installment! Again if you know a blog or if you have a blog that you want featured here just send me a message at and we'll get em up!

Oh and to all you fathers out there... HAPPY FATHERS DAY! For everything you dads do may the beer flow, the dice roll and may you never roll ones on your dangerous terrain tests!

Cheers all!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

My mailbox was invaded today by nearly two hundred Imperial Guard troops ready to be mustered for war. What's that you say? How do two hundred Imperial Guard troops fit into a mailbox?

Well it's easy when the force is 6mm!

I've always eyed Epic. While my fingers modeled in the 25mm scale my vision would wander over to the 6mm world. Who involved in this hobby doesn't like the idea of having a hugely massed army which is a complete combined arms force? An army complete with scores of infantry, tanks, air support and of course big !%$#@* war machines? It's always caught my attention and it's catching the attention of my com-padres JubieX and Opie-Wan. Our dream would be to have a multi faceted Warhammer 40k campaign that began in spacde with Battlefleet Gothic, continued into the planetary atmosphere with Aronautica Imperialis, decended into a planetfall with Epic battkles and closed out with some good 'ol 40k small battles.

A lofty dream but a friggin sweet ass one. It seems only fitting to start dreaming on a planet big enough to hold it all.

Planetary Empires offers just such a template.

Mine is all primed up, just waiting to be drybrushed into reality. This supplement is really nice. The detail is outstanding, especially with the spaceport tiles.

Now what happens when you take Epic and mash it with Planetary Empires? You get a really nifty way to chart your armies progress as you move to take over the planet and smash you friends, I mean enemies, forces.

Now those are just some of the things that are going on here at The 25mm Warrior but it's not the biggest. My gut has got butterflies swimming in it with what i'm about to type. I hope your ready cuz here it comes!


That's right! As I write this I'm working the bugs out and within the coming weeks we will be proud to introduce you to...


More to come...

P.S.: Sorry about the pics being too big. Something is up with photobuckets sizing matrix. Hopefully they'll have it fixed soon. The silly thing is if you click on the pics they are the right size on photobucket. Stupid technology :(

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's Monday and you know what that means?


Just giving a shout out to Mik's Minis and Minions Of The Monster Master to help spread the word on a very cool project they have going on.

They are holding a raffle in July to win an entire Space Marine army! This force has some serious big names humping the painting haul to deliver what promises to be an exquisite looking force. What's even cooler is this is going to be The Storm Wardens... a never before seen chapter of the Emperors finest.

It's only a dollar a raffle ticket with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders.

So what are you waiting for? Go toss em a few bucks and you may just get tossed a heap of painted minis right back!

I'll be posting this every Monday to remind everyone out there until it draws to a close.

Good luck all and be generous!!!

You can see the contest here

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Radio Killed The Blogging Star

We're gonna take a break from SUNDAYS TOP FIVE BLOGS THAT NEED FOLLOWERS to bring you this special announcement!!!


What a great group of guys! They had me on for a thirty minute interview about 40k, my blog, what's to come and a bit about myself. The only problems we ran into was a few initial mic problems and an issue with Skype dropping the calls. However their professionalism shined through it all and they delivered on an absolutely awesome interview!

They also were gracious enough to let me make a HUGE announcement on their show. What is it? Your just gonna have to go listen to episode 19 to find out :)

Again, a huge heartfelt thank you to the MINIONS team for a great and unique experience!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Cadians Progress

Man I love this scheme!

Man I hate how bloody long it's taking! The Army Painter is working brilliantly, it's the Catachan Green that's being a bitch. It needs more than a few coats to go on even and that is putting a monkey wrench in my painting quick motif. It's even discouraging me to paint these guys at all. If it weren't for the finished look below I would have gone with something like the Cadian 85th "Firedrakes" army. Spray red, dip... done. Only I don;t want all red Guardsmen. I want Cadian 8th looking Guardsmen. I guess there is always a price for what you want.

Anyway here is a little bit of progress. I only have over a hundred dudes or so to go



I obviously haven't dull coated this team yet. I'm holding out until I drag my lazy ass to go track down some Testors Dull Coat. From my understanding it's supposed to be the best. Since this is gonna be the army I take my time with I might as well do everything as right as I can make it.

I did manage to basecoat a commander and three snipers. They aren't dipped yet but this gives you an idea of what I'm doing to basecoat.

Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? Don't for one minute tell me that the Tortoise wouldn't go faster if he was givin half the chance.

Slow and surely = slow and annoying.

But damn do they look good...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Armies Are Now Mechanized

A huge box showed up on my doorstep yesterday and as I franticly opened it up I was excited to see this...

There was a big struggle for me in choosing between Sabol Designs Army Transport and Battlefoam cases. I settled on the above for three reasons. First, Battlefoam is extremely expensive for what it does and The Army transport is really the better value. Second, the above configuration completely holds my 1000+ point Imperial Guard force (which is sizable, as you'll see below). Battlefoam, for the same price would not have held it. Now third, and most important, The Army Transport above has a handle and wheels. Nowhere in the Battlefoam product line do they have a transport that offers that kind of convenience and what a much needed convenience it is. I walk with a cane and it's awkward to lug around a huge bag. This bag makes it easier for me to get out and game at the game store if I want to.

Sabol Designs Army Transport won hands down (and the black is cooler looking too).

I haven't done a muster pic of my Imperial Guard yet (I'd like to save that for when the whole thing is painted) but you'll get an idea of just how much this Army Transport holds. Not to mention that if it can hold an Imperial Guard army it will hold any other as well. Here it is in action.

Two inch foam trays for infantry.

Three inch foam trays for walkers and light tanks.

Four inch foam trays for big ass tanks.

Now my armies are comfortably mechanized and I can go anywhere with them. I can even load up my paints in the trays and paint wherever I want. The added space for storage is welcome and compared to Battlefoam it didn't break the bank. To top it all off it shipped quick too!

It's awesome when you get a great buy with a great product from a great company. I even got this at a discount because they have new deals every month!

You can see Sabol Designs The Army Transport website here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Diamonds In The Rough

It's amazing what you'll find in junk bins.

Our local game store has these miniature bins that are full of unwanted miniatures. The bins are apart of their second hand resale venture where gamers can dump their unwanted swag for store credit. The miniatures run seventy five cents for plastic minis and a dollar seventy five for metal minis.

Well my latest venture in mini dumpster diving unearthed a few nice buys.

First is this Cadian legs and body I stumbled across.
Now I have more than enough bitz to flesh him out. The boxed set of troops alone is twenty five bucks for ten Cadians. Simple math is all that's needed to show this is a steal at seventy five cents.

As I dug further I found my second treasure... a Space Marine Scout
According to the Games Workshop site three of these bad boys run fifteen bucks. A scout for a buck seventy five is a no brainer.

Now I saved the best for last. The pic say it all...
Thats right! Your looking at a 1987 Eldar in all it's hideous glory! Now I'm really gonna try to salvage this one and see what The Army Painter can do to fix him up a bit. You have to wonder while looking at this pic just how Games Workshop became what it is today. This mini stands as a testimony that success can really happen from meager beginnings and at a hundred and seventy five pennies this little piece of history was a must have.

With how expensive Games Workshop is now (especially with the price increase) it's cool to get some minis at a discount.

Just giving a shout out to Mik's Minis and Minions Of The Monster Master to help spread the word on a very cool project they have going on.

They are holding a raffle in July to win an entire Space Marine army! This force has some serious big names humping the painting haul to deliver what promises to be an exquisite looking force. What's even cooler is this is going to be The Storm Wardens... a never before seen chapter of the Emperors finest.

It's only a dollar a raffle ticket with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders.

So what are you waiting for? Go toss em a few bucks and you may just get tossed a heap of painted minis right back!

I'll be posting this every Monday to remind everyone out there until it draws to a close.

Good luck all and be generous!!!

You can see the contest here

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Here we are again! Man, Sunday sneaks up on ya doesn't it? Another week, another TOP 5 BLOGS THAT NEED FOLLOWERS!!!

A Tau blog is cool enough but a tau blog that has HALO Mega Blocks... gold! I also dig his paint scheme for his Tau using the Tau Army Painter program. Good stuff.

Titans, titans and more titans! Need I say more? Ok some interesting terrain pieces for Apocalypse games as well. Nice.

You have to admire someone that attempts sculpting minis. You have to stand in awe of someone who makes it look good! His Chaos Prince isn't done yet but you can tell it's gonna be mega tits!

The name should say it all but the content is even more enticing. Battle reports and enough Dreadnoughts to choke a camel! His Dreadnought rifleman conversion is especially cool.

If I was ever on the receiving end of all those drop pods I would be screaming like a little girl! A really nice Ultra Marines blog here yo!

Thanks for everyones time in supporting these blogs that really do deserve more attention then their getting. If you know of a blog that needs some follower lovin just send me a message at and we'll get em right up on the following post.

Here's to another great week of dice rollin, mini painting, blog filled fun!


A Big Announcement...

The details are being worked out but I'm going to be interviewed on the coolest podcast out there... Minions Of The Monster Master on Saturday June 12th!!!

I'm so excited! Not only am I a fan of the podcast but to be interviewed By Gyro of Miks Minis is a true honor. He is the blog I look up to when I think of how to do my own. Really, in the blog world, he would be my hero.

So you can imagine my thrill at the email I got asking me to come on the show for a few minutes.

Also they are letting me make an announcement of my own about my blog and the direction JubieX, Opie-Wan and I are going in. Really it's gonna be cool.

So mark your calenders! The 25mm Warrior is going radio!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just giving a shout out to Mik's Minis and Minions Of The Monster Master to help spread the word on a very cool project they have going on.

They are holding a raffle in July to win an entire Space Marine force! This force has some serious big names humping the painting haul to deliver what promises to be an exquisite looking force. What's even cooler is this is going to be The Storm wardens... a never before seen chapter of the Emperors finest.

It's only a dollar a raffle ticket with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders.

So what are you waiting for? Go toss em a few bucks and you may just get tossed a heap of painted minis back!

I'll be posting this every Monday to remind everyone out there until it draws to a close.

Good luck all and be generous!!!

You can see the contest here

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ooopps I almost forgot about this. Stupid holiday weekend, has me all turned upside down. I got 20 minutes to get it posted so lets get a going yo!

We all know how hard camo can be and we all hate people that can make camo look not only good but easy to do. Well here is another guy to hate! Really some of the best camo work I'm ever seen. Not only that but this guy is a DOCTOR! Damnit now I really have no excuse to not paint my minis. A big shout out to Big Papa JJ of Dicerolla for the heads up on this guy!

Cadian 77th Expeditionary Force
Awesome looking Guard is one thing... but a comprehensive tutorial on how to do em too? How does this not have more followers? Good luck trying to get them to look as good though :)

Anything But Ones
It can't be all paint and primer all the time. Sometimes content is enough to turn heads and this blogs "History of..." feature is really great. Go have a look fool, schools in sucka!

Fantasy Games
This blog has a cool feature... a nice list to guide you through getting your army painted! Go and join em and get your name up there.... hell I should do it too.

40K Battle Report Blog
I like battle reports, you like battle reports... how about a blog that has nearly nothing but battle reports? Nuff said yo!

Whew, still got 10 minutes to spare. Now I have to go show Opie-Wan the might of Cadia! See ya next sunday and until then...

Don't be a leader,


Can't wait for tomorrow. Me , Opie-Wan and JubieX are gonna spend the holiday doing what we do best... GAME!!!

Talisman, Magic The Gathering, painting and of course 40k will all be crammed into over 24 hours of gaming!!! (with the obligatory pass out time once Opie-Wan has drunk himself silly).

Junk food, booze, soda, movies with boobies... it's gonna be high school all over again!

However at 3 pm on Monday we will pause for the National Moment of Silence. According to one news station, "At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, May 31, Americans are asked to pause, reflect, and observe the Moment, and commit to Live Honoring America’s Fallen."

After the moment were gonna toast those fallen. Because the only reason we're gaming in a free country this Memorial Day is because someones son or daughter decided to serve and bled freedom into this country. Which is the greatest country on earth!

I hope yours is as fun and as meaningful as ours is gonna be.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

I have no shame.

See when your married you have to do the 'ol give and take. Since I just dropped umm about five hundred bucks on minis (and I'm in no way finished... see the post below) I figured I'd be cool and see "Sex and the City 2" with my wife.

"Wow, you'll really see it with me?"

"Sure baby. You were cool about the minis, your always cool about it. I can be cool too and cancel our tickets to go see Star Wars in concert and go with you to see if Carrie cheats on Mr. Big with Aden."

She then kissed me, "Your so sweet baby"... (this part has been blurred out by the censor).

So there I am, in the middle of the movie and it's torturous. I'll I will say is the opening "wedding" scene had my mouth just drop open.

"You owe me." I whispered.

Then the horrifing happened. Liza Minnelli comes onto the screen and starts dancing... in sexy pantyhose! She old yo! Ewww. I couldn't look away. The train wreck had my jaw on the floor.

My wife, chuckling, leans over and says "Your right... I do owe you. We'll go to the game store after."

So I'm all set to go get more miniatures when all of a sudden my stomach starts doing back flips in my gut. I go to the bathroom and puke my 40 dollar popcorn all over a toilet seat that is littered with gang art. '

Needless to say I didn't make it to the game store tonight.

So why am I telling you this? What's the moral of this story?

Well here it is...

If you go see "Sex and the City 2" you will be horrified, get more miniatures and then throw up.

Anything for miniatures! No price is to high, no chick flick too lame, no...

Yep, I have no shame :)

Ugg I don't feel too good.

Friday, May 28, 2010


I had fun tonight.

The game store here offers a 10% discount to Veterans and I figured tonight was a good night to head over and see about squeezing a 1000 points out of my wallet.

I decided to go with Imperial Fists. But not just any 'ol Imperial Fists army. I wanted a calvary army. I mean really? How often do you see an entire bike army of Space Marines? Now how often do you see Imperial Fists? With the way The Army Painter works on yellow with their Soft Tone Dip it seems I'll have a rare army in appearance and composition.

Hey... everyone wants to be an individual right?

It only seem fitting that a Space Marine calvary unit be yellow. I've become really interested in the American Civil War over the past year or so and the calvary of both Union and Confederate forces was devastating. Not to mention that for some reason both used the color yellow to identify their calvary regiments. Now I would love to do a historical civil war game however my two battle buddies JubieX and Opie-Wan really don't share the same interest. The Imperial Fists offer me a unique opportunity to do a unique army that to me meshes with my passion for the Civil War. It's a win, win.

So here is what I bought... I'll get the army list up soon.
Now this box set is awesome. I'm not doing Ravenguard so I'm stuck with a bunch of Dark Angels bitz however the six bikes alone if bought seperate is 90 bucks... which is the cost of the battalion boxed set. If you compare it I got an attack bike, land speeder and bitz for free. Wonder when GW will put an end to this.

Since I was a few bikes over I grabbed a command squad for later when I take these Marines beyond 1000 points.

Now as long as these guys don't act like Col. Stewarts calvary during the battle of Gettysburg I think I'll do just fine.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Dicepool Quiz!!!

I am a d8

Take the quiz at

You are a d8: You are the true adventurer! Dragons rescued, princesses slayed, and all that business while O Fortuna plays in the background. Your social calender is crammed with heroic deeds, and you've personally saved the world from ultimate destruction at least twice. You are reliable, perhaps a bit predictable, but overall a shining example of what happens when courage meets determination.

So what are you???

Big thanks to Imaginary Lives for this one. Looks like we have more than just dip in common :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

25mm Warrior here, Warpin it in style yo!

Another week gone, five more blogs that you need to be followin or lets face it, your just not hip.

I know you want to be hip and you can start by cruising over to these awesome blogs!

Another self proclaimed slow painter and a guy dedicated to the dip. Oh you know he gets the top slot just for that. What's an added bonus is he is a Minion! Pack that with some nice 15mm swag and I'm in hot anticipation to see his 40K work. It's obvious we aint seen nothin yet from this guy!

Their just aren't enough Eldar blogs out there. Maybe it's because the little buggers are hard as hell to get to look right. Well this blog doesn't have that problem. Awesome, friggin awesome paint jobs. The Bonesinger post is especially impressive.

Out of all the 40k armies out there players really seem to shine at coming up with cool color schemes for the Tau and this blog is no exception. The white, gray and orange armor is quite sharp and well painted. Hell, anyone that paints white has instant props in my book. Nice work!

It's cool when blogs step out of just showcasing what armies they got and actually show you how to do stuff. Tutorials are always cool and this guy has quite an extensive post on how to do custom basing for your minis. What's even cooler is he shows you how to make really good looking bases. Thanks bro!

I've said it once, I'll say it again... I love this paint scheme for Tyranids. I love it even more when they look as sharp as this guy makes em look. Oh yeah, and the blog name is priceless.

If you want your blog featured here or you know of one that should be just send me an email at and we'll get em the exposure they deserve.

So until next week...


It can't be dice and dip all the time...

Ok, well maybe for you it can but I have gamer ADD like a mother @!#&%#.

Chances are if you read my blog (or any other in the From The Warp family for that matter) than you are a GAMER. It doesn't matter what the game, table top, RPG, video games, hell even reindeer games would be cool if I knew just what reindeer games were.

In this case it's video games.

A new Diablo clone just came out not to long ago called Torch Light and i'm in love! Imagine Diablo meets World Of Warcraft. Now take out all the BS from both games, wrap it up in a nice, stylistic package and market it for twenty bucks and you have a game that is a welcome distraction from the drudgery that our hobby can be at certain times. Everything from the art to game play is top notch along with a nice unique world and storyline.

What's really cool about this game is the commitment each player can put into it. With four different difficulty settings (from casual to friggin insane) this game offers either passive entertainment or a real challenge. What I personnally love about Torch Light is that you can play it for 10 minute or 10 hours and walk away. Say your painting and your minis are pissing you off or your just not feeling the mojo of your hobby at that moment. You can go over and fire up Torch Light, play it for a bit, leave the game at any moment and go back to painting. With the game constantly saving your progress you can come and go as you please.

So if your in a rut with painting or your just looking for a cool game to screw with, Torch Light will guide you to hours of dungeon crawling fun.

Friday, May 21, 2010


If you haven't heard yet, today is Pac-Man's 30th birthday!

If anyone remembers I used to have Pac-Man up on my blog so people could play it. Alas someone changed something and it didn't fit right anymore and looked really weird so I had to take it down *sniff*

However to celebrate Google has the game up on their main search page. Just wait a sec and the classic music springs to life and you too can guide Pac-Man through the dangers of, well... you'll see.

You can see it here

It's just for today so hurry on up and go play! Don't worry, you don't need any quarters *wink*.


Monday, May 17, 2010

I was stoked when I discovered that The Army Painter came out with a bright yellow primer. Finally my dreams of doing either an Iyanden or Imperial Fists army seemed within reach. Yellow armies have always looked sharp to me. In a game where most things are dark or mid tone colors, seeing something bright is a welcome change. Not to mention almost no one ever does yellow because of the complexity. Out of all the colors a painter can do, yellow seems to be the one that is the most difficult. I've tried it and it never comes out looking right. Sure there are tutorials out there (done by master painters... who have artistic tallent... of which I don't) but who wants to spend that kind of time painting a mini?

However the primer is not without its own tricks as you journey towards the reality of having a good painted yellow army.

Take a look at the Marine on the left. Now look at the one on the right. See the difference? The one of the left was just an initial one coat spray. I about had a fit. The damned mini looked like it had a green tint. Where was the bright yellow? I continued to spray, two, three coats until I got the effect on the right. Then it came to me. The gray plastic of the mini was showing through!


If I continue this way I'll be spending a small fortune on Army Painter primer trying to get the solid, bright yellow tone that the lid claimed was in the bottle. This way is problematic anyway because you really run the risk of caking the primer on the mini and burying the detail. I had figured since the primer is "highly pigmented" one coat would have been enough. All the other Army Painter primers I had used in the past didn't run into this problem.

It became clear I need to help this primer out a bit to unlock the color that was hidden in the can.

I first gave the mini a light undercoat of white primer, then I hit it with the yellow. I got a little nervous as I had never undercoated a mini twice to get the right look but it worked like a damn charm.

Using the Soft Tone dip I took a Marine and applied the splash on technique (which is nothing more than painting the dip on instead of having the mini go for a swim in it) just to see what it would look like.

It didn't disappoint...
The shading is perfect and doesn't darken up the yellow to the point of making it look dirty. The mini isn't nearly as bright as a lot of the Games Workshop pics of yellow figures but this does give it a more realistic look.

I then got brave and pulled out an Eldar to see if this stuff would bring out Craftworld Iyanden...

It did.
This mini really attested to the quickness The Army Painter provides. The whole job took twenty minutes. I even tried to highlight the mini with a Bleached Bone drybrush before splashing on the dip. I don't know if it came out well in the pics but as you can see the product allows anyone to field a respectable looking Iyanden force with extremely minimal effort.

This exceeded my expectations. Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do. Since I want to do all the armies in 40k but not with all the same paint schemes I'm going to have to make a hard choice between Iyanden or the Imperial Fists.

It's cool to be torn this way :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Some great blogs out there this week and plenty that have next to no one keeping an eye on them. Join me as we try to change that for these five that have caught my attention this week...

KenStorm 989's Work In Progress
Think what you will about 40K Radio but it's no argument that Freebootaz are some of the most dedicated and talented gamers 40K has and this blog is no exception. This blog has answered the call to do the May Motivational Challenge and has some impressive looking Eldar and Orks models up along with a magnet tutorial. So get on over there and cheer this guy on and maybe as you take a peek you'll find some motivation to get some painting done yourselves.

Oh and P.S.


The Lost Chapter: Dino Riders In Spaaaaace!
What do you get when you take the Emperor's finest and mix em up with dinosaurs? You get one of the most original and well painted armies that's what! I think you'll agree with me that the four followers this blog has does not do this awesome work justice! I particularly like the SM shoulder knee pads on the something-a-sauraus.

Colorcrayon's Workshop and Exhibit
It was bound to happen. This blog has taken Imperial Guard and meshed them with the movie "Aliens." There is even a "Aliens" mission book this guy has made if you want to join him in taking 40K into the "Aliens" movies. Really very well done!

This blog has one of the nicest layouts I've seen yet. Combine that with some nice painted Orks and you got a blog you should be checking out. Oh and the printable terrain mat is pretty cool too.

Battle reports, Orks, IG and old school Space Wolves models. Nuff said!

I'll leave you with some follower "zen."

“Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.”


Have a great week guys!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Opie-Wans "Tau-riffic" Tau

Sup kiddies; the infamous Opiewan at your service, drinking all the wine and hitting on the bridesmaids.

So y'all have gotten a look at 25mm's shiny new Skynet wana-bees, as well as heard how he plans on keep us Gaussing (ug... I apologize for that one). So I figured I would follow suit, show off some of my works in progress (their all works in progress, more on that later), and expound on how the good will be greater.

HQ: XV8 Shas'el w/ Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Targeting array, HW Multi Tracker, (97 points)
-Running a pretty standard Fireknife here, and as a Monat as well (mostly because I don't have any more XV8's) That said he can toss a couple of high power shots from decent range, threatening light vehicles and small groups of heavy infantry. Might toss a Shield drone on him, as he is vulnerable to high Str weapons

Troops 1: Firewarriors: 5 Shas'la w/ Pulse Rifles, 1 Shas'ui w/ Pulse Rifle & Bonding Knife (75 points)
-These guys have 1 job and 1 job only, get me an objective. They probably wont get out of the Devilfish the whole game.

Troops 2: Kroot Carnivores: 9 Kroot, 1 Shaper, 2 Kroot Hounds (103 points)
-Again, flanking objective grabbers. As much as I would love to infiltrate 'em in some woods and see what bounces off with a +2 cover save... we don't have any woods. Gotta do something about that.

Elite 1: Stealth Team: 2 XV25 Shas'ui w/ Targeting arrays, 1 XV25 Sha'ui Team Leader w/ Targeting Array, HW Drone Controller, Markerlight, 1 Markerlight Drone (173 points)
-I love markerlights. You have a +3 cover save? Oh, thats nice. This squad will be getting another marker drone as soon as it gets here in the mail.

Fast Attack 1: Pathfinder Team: 4 Shas'la w/ Pulse carbines (whoopde$#!+), Markerlight (48 points)
-Did I mention I love markerlights? Only problem is my opponents seem to not like them. generally these poor 'la end up poorly deployed. and running around in circles while being shot to bits. Live and learn. Well... I live. They die horribly. Oh, and lets not forget they come with...
Dedicated Transport (which they will never use): Devilfish w/ Disruption Pod (85 Points)
-Hopefully this will be full of firewarriors, then staying the #3!! away from the Necrons, crashing (probably) into an objective come turn 5.

Fast Attack 2: Piranha: Fusion Blaster, 2 Seeker missiles, Disruption Pod (90 Points)
-I fully expect this to burn and die in a torrent of Gauss blasts. As an open topped skimmer, glances can destroy me. But I just painted it, I love the model, so +^&% it, it's going in the list.

Heavy Support 1: XV88 Shas'ui Team Leader w/ twin Linked Plasma Rifles, Advanced Stabilization System, HW Multi-tracker, HW Drone Controller, Shield Drone (115 points)
-Past few times I have used this unit it was without the ASS (too easy to make a joke here), as a result, like the Pathfinders he spends the game angling for a shot, and never actually shooting. So my Broadside went out and got himself some... wait for it... Advanced Stabilization System. Hopefully he will keep it covered. Or it will get shot off. Which would be a pain in the... ok, I will stop now.

Heavy Support 2: Hammerhead Gunship w/ Rail Gun, Smart Missile System, Disruption Pod,Target Lock, Multi-tracker, Targeting Array (180 points)

Army Total:966

So I still have some points to play with, which will probably be a Shield drone for the Shas'el, perhaps a few more vehical upgrades. I know this list is not optimized for taking on Necrons (tho it kicks Grey knights shiny, over priced backsides) and those 3 squads of Warriors are gonna give me fits, but it's what I have, so on the table it goes.

As for painting I tend to have a dozen projects going at once, all in various stages of completion, which is why only about half my Firewarriors and Kroot are done-ish, my Hammerhead still needs some lovein, and my Broadside has patches of greenstuff all over him.

But hey. Least I stick to one army.