Proof of the Musings HoBBy!

So the one thing that my last article was missing was some evidence of the photographic type. I therefore the following photographic evidence a true representative of some of the hoBBy related tinkering that I have performed in these last few weeks. I have used Happy Seppuku stamps on Milliput for the bases for the Adeptus Mechanicus – a cracked earth stamp. Hopefully these will look better when painted! Enjoy.

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Musings

So apparently the last time I wrote something here was July 19th. I’ve had a very up and down time since then. Some of you may know that my youngest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing chemo for the last few months. I got to see my sister for the first time in a good while and I must have given something away in my body language because her response was “yes it’s a bit of a shock”. She was shaven headed and had put a fair amount of weight on. She looked well though which is a good thing. My mother died of cancer so seeing someone else family wise going through this is when I think about it now …. an experience that I would not wish on others. One of my friends and colleagues from work whilst I was at GE Healthcare had cancer of the anus. His character was such that he would joke about it (and he had this attitude despite having gone through his wife having cancer years before and getting through it all). He joked about trying to go to the toilet after his anus had been bombarded with radiation – a painful experience. The good news is that my sister today has finished her chemo. There has been very big reductions in the cancer and they will be moving on to surgery in September. The other positive thing is that they have talked about curing rather than treating during the various consultations that she has had – a mark of catching it early.

With my current job role based in Southend-on-Sea, I’ve found myself more and more in the evenings being dog tired. This unfortunately means less hobby which is frustrating as well as I love the hobby and gaming. Being realistic though about how much I can hammer my own body is something I have had to come to terms with these last few years. Falling asleep at the wheel driving at 70mph regularly is not a good thing and so trying to get to bed at a decent time in a moderately calm state fooling my brain in to thinking that I have achieved what I needed to in an evening is a trick I have had to learn. Essentially its about being realistic and managing expectations. If I’m too tired, then I’m too tired. There is no point in pushing myself to the point of exhaustion. The good news is that I am moving my role to London. Not a new job, I’m still looking for that to get me to where I was from a salary perspective to where I was at 2014 rather than earning a salary that I was earning in my 30s – but it is a job! So if you need a very good Scrum Master in London – I’m your man! Moving the job to London should mean that I cut my traveling time down hopefully getting at least an hour back of my evening/day. I’m hoping that I will have more energy and more time and clearly this means HoBBy!!!

With Mike dropping the “pseudo competitive” nature of #FDWHP (a good thing IMHO), this becomes a blog about hobby and whats going on in our lives as such. I have blatantly not moved on with the 2nd platoon of Brits for Bolt Action. I have built an Isengard troll for my slowly emerging LoTR force. I need to build some more Warg Riders for this to move to roughly 500 points and then I can potentially have a game too!

I’ve had my first game of Mythos with my gaming buddy Nigel. My initial thoughts were, is this a Malifaux substitute? I’m not playing ‘faux at present. I have no interest in the game. I have no idea where my mojo for the game has gone. However, after reading the Mythos rule book (yes we got a few things wrong) and scenarios, posting some questions on the Facebook group/page and getting answers from Gav at Paranoid Miniatures, I am definitely interested in the game and will look to be putting some paint on the figures at some point soon (honest)! The game is definitely worth a look folks so go check it out.

And then came 40k 8th edition. I  purchased the rulebook as it was clearly something I wanted to get back in to. I flicked through the rulebook and smelt the pages – new book smell is lovely! I then ummed and aarghed over what faction I would look to play. Initially my thoughts were with Tau. I love their vehicles and flyers. However as I looked more and more at their troops and suits (apart from Kroot which I love), I was not excited by the range. I have to be engaged with the models and excited or it means I wont be playing or enthused about the game. I mentioned this to my various friend groups and Mr Spooner came up with the eminently sensible idea (2 in the same year Matt!) of going Marines but specifically Imperial Fists to link in with my Epic army. As the club I attend (Tanelorn Wargames Club) is looking to run a combined 40k and Epic narrative campaign later this year, this seemed like a brilliant idea and I started to get excited. I played my first game borrowing my friend Nick’s Space Wolves but using them as generic Marines. I enjoyed the game but was playing versus Nick’s Eldar (filth!). What amazed me most about the game was the simplicity of the ruleset and yet the level of tactical challenge still coming about by the rules, the armies and the scenarios. Since that time I have had another game as normal marines before switching to using the space wolves as space wolves. In the meantime I was pouring over the GW site looking at marines and became more and more aware of the fact that I was not happy with marines as a faction. The figures were not doing it for me despite the Imperial Fist idea.

The new club venue (EXP Leisure) now has a gaming shop associated with it, namely Magic Madhouse. You may already have used them to buy sleeves or CCG folders for your ‘faux cards. I know I have. Little did I realise but these chaps do tabletop stuff too and as they had the new combined codexes at the shop at the club, I was able to flick through them. They also had the Space Marines starter set, something I was considering buying for the Imperial Fists but had gone off. They also had a Skitarii Starter set too. As soon as I saw the dunecrawler and the look of the models, I felt excited. I found these guys in the Imperial 2 book and looked at them – the Adeptus Mechanicus. I asked Nigel if these guys were any good and he said yes. Looking over the pictures of some of the units (how good do electro priests look!!) it became very clear to me that this was the faction I would be collecting. I bought the Imperial 2 book and so wanted to buy the Skitarii Starter set but stopped myself. 2 days later I bought it. All I want to do is build the stuff so I can play a 1000pt game.

I’ve been selling stuff on ebay with a view to using the monies to fund the new 40k army. I can tell you that some of that has happened now and building has started. The Swedish Chef Tech Priest Dominus has been built and today I started to build the Skitarii Rangers leader – the alpha.

Its been interesting building GW plastic kits compared to the Wyrd plastic kits. I had my first experience recently with the Isengard troll. That was plastic. The first thing I noticed was mould line. I hate mould lines and despite the technology and material, it was still there. Apart from that, getting parts to not have gaps is something I will need to pay attention too more or I am going to have use the liquid green stuff or fill!

Moving on to the 40k stuff, its pretty much the same thoughts but at least I have parts that I can hold and not lose forever (queue Tan Po’s beard jokes – not Yan Lo!)

I’d like to begin painting again but I think in all honesty I will be building until I have enough to play a game with the Adeptus Mechanicus. I’m also worried that with the driving too and from work, my left had (the one I had surgery on last year) has started to get some severe burning sensations and pins and needles. I’m going to have to go to the quacks about it as painting (when I am in the zone) is hugely rewarding and relaxing for me.

Thats me done for now. All hail the Omnissiah.

MIND Follow Up

Its seem like we struck a nerve with the A little bit of seriousness article from the other day, as its become by far the most read and shared piece of writing in this young blogs life.

This frankly is how it should be, everything else pales in comparison with the issues we discuss in it.

ka-logo-type-2.jpgAnyhow, we aren’t the only ones talking about Mental Health and gaming as an excellent article came across my twitter feed this evening – Depression and Boardgames an unlikely friendship by Katie Aidley which I highly recommend to you all.

I’m going to reach out to Katie and see if we can get her to come on the show to talk about it as well, it would make for a very interesting chat.

Mike

Giving Up

The purpose of FDWHP was to bring some focus to our flighty minds and keep us concentrated on getting stuff done.  An lofty aim when you have a million and one hobby projects on the go at any one time.

However for me it has turned into a millstone around my neck and is actually preventing me from doing any hobby as I look at the tasks that I am supposed to be doing and then look at what I actually want to do on any particular day and finding they don’t align at all.

Which means I don’t do what I am supposed to be doing but also don’t do what I want to be doing which just leads to nothing getting done.

Hopeless all round.

Its like the stupidness of making New Years resolutions every week.  Start off with great intentions but ultimately nothing happens.

So for me at least I’m done with the concept.  Work on what you want and paint what you want when you want.

I’ll still be updating every week on what hobby I’ve done, I just won’t be predetermining what I am going to work on.

Simples

 

Tortured Dreams

Space should not tear but there seemed to be no other way to describe the shimmering hole that hung above the surface of the planet. It sparkled with a myriad of colours and if you looked hard enough you would swear that you could see shapes moving beyond the event horizon, though of course that couldn’t be the case as the surface of the planet was desolated by war for miles around.

This was not the first time that Joshua had been here and each time he looked, he could see subtle differences. This time it seemed bigger and there were subtle whispers, just on the edge of his hearing, that hadn’t been there before.

As he moved towards the phenomenon it started to pulse like some sort of luminous heart and the whispers became audible if not intelligible. Would this be the time that he would make it all the way and discover what was on the other side?

Beep! Beep!! Beep!!!

Inquisitor Joshua Rands eyes snapped open at the insistent sound of the proximity alarm and the visions vanished into the aether as quickly as they had come. Stifling a muttered curse, he stabbed the open channel switch on the vox caster beside his cot.

“Inquisitor, apologies for disturbing your meditations but we have just entered orbit around the planet and have started our initial scans. So far we have not detected any unusual readings. We have also received an astropath transmission from the Heart of Terra. Lady Kara has been delayed and will not make the rendezvous for another two days”

“Acknowledged” replied Rand, “The will of the Emperor be done. Inform Techpriest Anderson that he has two additional days to get his charges ready. As soon as Lady Kara arrives we will be heading down to the surface.” With that he broke the connection.

Kara’s tardiness was not a surprise, she had been disappointing him ever since the Ordo had placed her with him for training. If only he had been able to mould that rebellious streak into something more productive, though of course she didn’t see it like that, to her that spark in her nature was what made her a great inquisitor. Still there was no one else in the whole of known space that he would have trusted with this mission, such was its importance to the future of mankind.

Or at least he thought it was important to the future of Mankind. Once he got down to the planets surface he would soon know if the visions he had been having were from the Emperor himself or if the whispers were from more insidious sources.

2 days, what in Dorns name could have delayed Kara so …

Competition Time

be6b-88a0-4456-9130-ab29fcc4fbe5.jpgThanks to our lovely friends at The Terrain Shed we have a £25 gift voucher to give away so decided that we should have a competition.  But what to do?

Well if you are old like Matt (youngish apparently) and I you will remember the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow and more importantly the quiz that they did every day called Bitz and Pieces.  It was often the highlight of a summers day (when there was no cricket on)  Yes Matt had a very sad and lonely childhood.

Anyway, we decided that we would blatantly copy this idea and because I am a lazy so and so, I’ve just lifted the tracks from the movie soundtrack playlist that I put together for our recent road trip to Stockport.

So 20 tracks and we need the Artist, Song Title and the movie it is from.  Point for each, best score wins the voucher.  In the event of a tie, some sort of random pick method will be employed.

Email your answers to foolsdaily@outlook.com and the closing date is 11th August.

Direct download is http://www.foolsdaily.com/bitspieces1.mp3

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Qualities

R’alai took another deep breath before opening his eyes.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The feint praise was amongst what Ethereal had said. The pause in the statement carried more meaning than the words themselves.

He focussed again on the holo-image floating in front of him. The planet was a rock. A desert, stripped of life. It was also a strategic lynchpin in the expansion around the wound that now split the galaxy in two.

‘A warrior with your…..qualities’

The humans knew of the value of the planet too. Sensors had shown that the rumours shared by the Water Caste members across the system were true. Imperial troops were also en route. The Ethereal  been clear. The Empire must control this world or the fifth phase expansion would be in jeopardy.

R’alai turned his head slightly and acknowledged the Shas’El waiting patiently by the door.

‘Prepare the Darkstrike. Ke’lshan goes to war.’

Alone again, R’alai closed his eyes and focussed on his breathing.

‘A warrior of your…..qualities’

He felt the heat and prickle rise as he thought of the war ahead. T’au would die, they would suffer and perish. Yet the anticipation of battle stirred something within R’alai. Animalistic and angry. Mont’au still burned within him. His men knew, the Ethereal had known, and now the humans would know.

‘A warrior of your……qualities’

Do..Do..Do…the funky gibbon…..ooh..ooh..ooh

Mike and myself went on our much delayed trip to watch the latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot – War for the Planet of the Apes.

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We had both enjoyed the 2 previous movies (Rise and Dawn) and, I think, both had high hopes that this one would be as good.

SPOILERS – if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know what happens – bugger off!

The story picks up 15 years after the first movie with the Simian Flu apocalypse well established. The Apes are in the forest and the less pleasant humans from Dawn have called for help. A Special forces Colonel is hunting Caesar and his simian pals in the forest with a view of wiping them out.

Fights, death and gorillas ensue.

The movie has surprisingly little spoken dialogue and yet conveys a lot of feeling and touches on a lot of emotive themes. Throughout the duration of the film it has moments of Westerns, Racial/Slavery, War, Revenge and rites of passage.

Whether deliberately or not, it has heavy overtones of Apocalypse Now (with Woody Harrelson doing a passable Colonel Kurtz), Little Big Man/Man called Horse (with the Apes as the native Americans), Gladiator/Spartacus (Caesar seeking revenge) and even The Great Escape.

Despite there being some clearly derivative elements, and some scenery chewing by Woody Harrelson (why do bad guys insist in wearing sunglasses at night!!!?), I really enjoyed it. The performance of Andy Serkis/CGI as Caesar was astounding, often conveying emotion through nothing other than the breathing and eyes of the ape. I don’t know how, but surely it is time that Serkis’ work in motion capture acting is recognised by an awards body.

Well worth seeing, if you enjoyed the previous 2 Apes movies. Get your arse to the cinema and stop………..monkeying around.

Yeah, I know. Sorry.

Cuddles and violations of personal space,

M

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A little bit of seriousness

Last weekend Matt and I ran a very successful (even if we do say so ourselves) Malifaux event at Wayland Games.  Its one of the ongoing Showdown series of events that we run and has been growing steadily event on event.  This one pulled in a fantastic 48 players.

Now according to the MIND website approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Just think about that.

It means on average 12 of the people playing games that weekend will have a mental health problem this year.  Thats a lot of people.  But thats if we just take the average.

Now think about the sort of folks who tend to be gamers.  We tend to be just ever so slightly out of step with ‘mainstream’ society, hence the nerdy and geeky tags the hobby often gets labeled with, so what do you think  about what that probably means about the mental health of a typical bunch of gamers.

Of my close gaming friends nearly all of them have some form of mental illness (no jokes please about how they have to have to be friends with me).  They might not talk about it publicly but it’s there.  Depression, Social , Suicidal Thoughts and worse.

It as also affected my family life as my eldest daughter has (and still is) suffering.  Every day is a battle for her and I am so proud of how she has pulled her life back from the brink and continues to get up each day.IMG_0346.jpg

So with all this in mind (no pun intended) we at Fools Daily have decided that we are going to do what we can in our own little way to support MIND.  At the event last weekend we held a raffle as we normally do but this time we allowed folks to buy extra raffle tickets and their amazing generosity meant that we raised £150.   Thats fantastic but I’m sure we can do better.

From now on every Fools Daily organised event will have some sort of charity focused component and at our Xmas Malifaux Story Encounter, all proceeds including ticket prices and the super duper charity auction that we are organising will go to MIND.

You can find out more information about Mental Health here and if you fancy just making a donation then I’m sure they will be happy to take your money.

Right, seriousness over, silliness will resume soon but thanks very much for reading.

 

Every day, in every way…

Better week for me this week. Got the DMH stuff written and published .

Expect the Ascension Tribune to be reporting on incidents through the ages.

Got the point of Saga Knights done too.

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And got a couple of units of Tau built. Have written the post but just seeking some photos…half points are a thing, right?

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This week sees me with an urge to do lots of different things across several systems so focus may be an issue! No bloody change there then!

1) Work out a 50PL Tau force and get it assembled and based

2) Paint some more Saga Crusaders

3) Paint and work on some Samurai scenery

Hopefully I have a bit of time at home over the next couple of weeks and get get a good chunk of stuff done………bwahahahaha!

Snogs and spanking

M