Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day: Remembering What We Lost

Memorial Day 2012:

On the 6th of September, 2007 just after 23:00 hours local time outside the city of Mosul, in Northern Iraq, three soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry were killed when their vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb. They were brothers, fathers, husbands and sons who signed up to ride with the Cavalry knowing full well what lay ahead. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TFM: Radio Lab, A Little OT

Hey all! Just dropping a quick line to encourage some readers to have a listen to the most recent (At the time of me posting this.) offering from Radio Lab. I am huge fan of this Podcast anyway, but this episode discusses and has a lot of cool discourses on colors. The covers of different color related songs are cool as well. As someone who enjoys painting miniatures, I in turn also enjoy thinking about colors to put on them. The connection is tangential to the content of the podcast, but I found it fascinating. Perhaps others will as well.

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TFM: Fire Warrior Needs A Base

From still practicing_
On Saturday I was hanging out at the park with my wife and kids. While my wife was following our toddler around, my son and I were hanging out a bench watching the bedlam that is play equipment at a public park. I noticed that the outfit my son was wearing would make for a pretty cool scheme. So when we got home later that evening I grabbed a fire warrior, because I have a jillion of them, and tried it out. In all I like it. But I always like painted fire warriors. That mini gets a huge pass from me because I think they look so cool.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Adepticon 2012: Part IV (A New Hope!)

After completing my first game against my Necron opponent it was time for lunch, basically a 45 minute break for all 250 some odd players in the room. I quickly found Tim and found out that his game didn’t go as well as mine. Looking around we decided to make a bathroom run, top off the water and check on the Forgeworld line. Unfortunately the Forgeworld line was obscene so we went back into the hall and ate some fiber bars and drank some water while we reviewed the next mission. After all my research on Adepticon there was one piece of advice from Sandwyrm over at The Back 40k that stuck in my mind, DRINK WATER!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Adepticon 2012: Part III

The Adepticon Grand Tournament starts at 9 am on the schedule, but in reality that is check-in and army display preparation. So if you get down to the grand hall at about 8:30 AM Friday morning and people are milling about turning in army lists and checking in with the scoring table. Once you hand over your army list you get your mission packet and the judges let you know that the first round starts at 10:30. You find a spot and set up your army for display while frantically going over all the missions to determine how screwed you are. My first thought was ‘Crap! Every mission has kill points’ I even sent a text back to my buddies at home to let them know how screwed I was with my 19 kill point list as I glanced around at Grey Knight armies with 5 and 6 kill points!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adepticon 2012: Part II

Simply getting to Adepticon with army in tact is an experience all in itself. I had my army figured out months ahead of time and spent the money on a Battle Foam case, this proved to be almost a requirement. I flew to Chicago with a bag for my clothes, a bag for my army and a small separate cardboard ‘picture frame’ for my simple display board. Two things about traveling, number one is spend the money on a good case if you are going to fly (more on that later) and make certain you have some extra room for the return flight! After the event was over I had to buy another bag to carry all the things I just could not live without that I bought (or won) at the event, conveniently enough there is a Target less than 100 meters away from the hotel.

Just getting there is half the battle!