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A Little Bit More in the Studio

The past couple of weeks have been a bit boring, but I did do a touch more work to improve the studio

First up I bought the last bits for my controller board, and fitted them leaving me with this as the final result!

Really happy with how this turned out, and it looks super cool.

What we have on it, are:-

Playstation Controller (USB)DualShock 3NES ControllerSNES Controller
Tribute 64Gamecube ControllerGamecube Wavebird
Mega Drive Controller (USB)Mega Drive 6 Button Controller (USB)Saturn Controller Model 2 (USB)8BitDo SN30 ProHyperkin Duke
PC Engine Turbo Pad (USB)A500 ControllerUSB-C CableMicro USB Cable8BitDo Neo Geo CD ControllerShelf with some adaptors
Hyperkin XenonDualSenseSwitch ProXbox Series XAmazon Echo Dot
Google StadiaAmazon LunaSteam ControllerNVIDIA Shield

So yeah really happy with how its turned out, expensive but worth it!

And I also mounted the Xbox Series S under the desk, just to keep the desk top clearer, becuase it was in a funny situation with no where to be because the place it was, was no longer an option as the new monitor was in the way.

I imagine the next few weeks will be more of the same, just getting stuff better and more tidy, I still may wall mount the PS5 and/or Switch, but lets wait and see.

What I Am Modelling

I started by finishing some Chaplins for the Ultramarines, and a Judicar.

After that it was a Spartan for the Death Guard

Then a Rotor Cannon Support Squad for the Imperial Fists

Followed by 20 Termagants with Devourers

And finally a pair of bases of Rippers!

So whats up next for me?

  1. Chaos Familiars
  2. Loonboss & Zarbags Gitz
  3. Ultramarines Infiltrators x 10
  4. Battle Sister Squad x 10
  5. Baal Predator
  6. Lilth Hesperax 
  7. Ork Trukks x 2
  8. Putrid Blightkings x 5
  9. Shootas x 20
  10. Minka Lesk x 2

What I Am Reading

I listened to Bang-Bang-a-Boom! by Clayton Hickman and Gareth Roberts, which was

I have read with The End and The Death: Volume II by Dan Abnett, and that was a hell of a book is all I will say!

I have started listening to The Fall of Cadia by Robert Rath and that’s pretty good so far, very surprised that they had yet to do this story!

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

Got a game of Horus Heresy in at club on Friday myself and Russell started a campaign, and well I wiped the floor with him, but I did have 3250 points to his 2500 so it was an unfair match up!

What Video Games I Am Playing

I finished Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, which I have been streaming!

I also played through Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – The Lost Archive, which you can see here on YouTube.

We will be playing The Tyranny of King Washington next!

What I Am Creating

I made a little experimental video about the army list I took to Scotland at the beginning of October.

Also a little short on painting lights!

What I Am Spending

It was Humble Choice this week, so for my £8.99, I got the following

And I bought myself Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 3 Remastered as well.

I also picked up the Space Marines and Tyranids datacards for Warhammer 40k.

And a Vindicator to add to my Imperial Fists.

Getting on Top of Things

Stuff is getting better and I feel a lot more in control the past couple of weeks, but there is still more to do.

I need to be a bit more forthright about asking Lindsay and Megan for help and assistance.

Currently waiting on some work being done on the house and this is sort of creating a limbo situation for me, so a few bits are on hold, but I think I might be able to end this year feeling a lot better.

But lets keep up the progress and see what happens.

What I Am Modelling

I started with Evander Garrius for the Imperial Fists

Along with the obligatory Lascannon Squad for them too.

After that it was some Apothecaries for the Ultramarines, so thats a Primaris Apothecary and an Apothecary Biologis

Followed by some Vienna Class Escort Frigates for my UCM fleet.

And finally Gardus Steel Soul from Stormbringer

And finally a Heavy Support Squad for my Death Guard, also armed with Lascannons, given that its obligatory now!

So what’s coming up next week?

  1. Blood Angels Infiltrators x 10
  2. Blood Ravens Balistus Dreadnought
  3. Ork Boyz x 10 & Nob
  4. Marshcrawllla Sloghoth x 2
  5. Dialogus
  6. Imperial Fists Rotor Cannon Squad x 10
  7. Death Guard Spartan
  8. Termagants with Devourers x 20
  9. Grots x 10 & Runtherd
  10. Chaos Familiars

What I Am Reading

I finished listening to Blood of Iax by Robbie MacNiven, which was fine, just kinda generic really, but ok.

And I finally finished Secrets in Scarlet so expect a review soon.

I am now reading The Prisoner of Tartarus by Richard Lee Byers which is good so far.

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

I had a game of Heresy with Graham the other

What Video Games I Am Playing

Got a couple of sessions of Assassin’s Creed Revelations in on stream, and finished the game, so I will be starting Assassin’s Creed III on Tuesday!

I have also been playing a bit more of Starfield.

And some Bayonetta along with a bit of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

What I Am Cooking

I managed to cook for the first time in forever and I made some beans and sausage wraps, which were quite nice.

And a serving of dirty rice for myself and Lindsay too

What I Am Spending

Bought a couple of Humble Bundles, the Cities: Skylines Build Today, Plan for Tomorrow bundle and the Control the Narrative bundle.

Plus I bought Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2.

I also bought for myself as a birthday treat, the Hyperkin Xenon controller, which so far has been amazing to use, feels so much like playing games in 2005 again!

And after a bit of hunting I found some nice cables to use for my controllers, these nice chunky rubber ones are just right, very dieselpunk and feel really substantial, I love them!

I also had to buy a pack of Heavy Weapons with Volkite Culverins, Lascannons and Autocannons for the Horus Heresy to build the Death Guard Lascannon squad, I got them from Element Games of course!

And finally some AirTags and a new wallet, so hopefully no more losing the wallet when I need it!

My Knee Hurts

The other week, I hurt my knee, I feel down the stairs and my knee went through the wall.

Its healing, and I can now move it, but any weight I put on it, results in excruciating pain.

I ended up going back to hospital, only to be told, that I am just old and don’t heal up as well as I used to.

I have exercises to do, and have a referral to physiotherapy, very annoying but it is what it is I guess.

What I Am Modellng

I started the week by painting a trio of Istanbul Monitors for my UCM fleet.

Then some units for my Orruk Warclans, starting with a unit of Gutrippas.

Plus Da Kunnin’ Krew.

And a unit of Man-Skewer Boltboyz

Then came a Terminator Librarian for the Blood Ravens

After that it was a tactical squad for the Imperial Fists.

So what’s up next?

  1. Deffkilla Wartrike
  2. Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun
  3. Stealth Team x 3
  4. Canoptek Wraiths x 3
  5. Gutrippas x 10
  6. Elathain’s Soulraid
  7. Tzaangors x 6
  8. Strike Team x 10
  9. Termagants with Spine Fists x 20
  10. Mandrakes x 5

What I Am Reading

I pushed through the headaches that were stopping me from concentrating and finished Sisters of Sorcery, and you can read a review here.

I then started on Secrets in Scarlet, an Arkham Horror anthology edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells.

I am still listening to The Martyr’s Tomb by Marc Collins.

What Video Games I Am Playing

I finished the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt after 181.8 hours of gameplay and well, that’s a very very good game isn’t it!

On Steam Deck I started playing Tomb Raider, which is a very nice game with an interesting story.

And I managed to finish it as well, which is cool!

I have now started on Disney’s Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, only done the first level or so in, but its good so far.

What I Am Creating

Another episode of Edge of Empire is in production, but in the meantime, here is a little Tik Tok video on painting Burgundy Leather!


Burgandy Leather Painting! Warmongers WarhammerCommunity WarHamFam PaintSlam23 Painting PaintingWarhammer PaintingGamesWorkshop PaintingLeather MiniturePainting MiniturePaintingTips

♬ original sound – biggeordiegeek – biggeordiegeek

What I Am Winning

I won a water filter and some cartridges for it too!

What I Am Spending

Bought a few games,

I also preordered the Starfield Premium Edition Upgrade, which will give me all of the premium features with my Gamepass subscription.

I got the Baldur’s Gate & Beyond Humble Bundle which netted me

I got a few games I already own, so I donated them to friends!

I got a Ballistus Dreadnought for my Ultramarines.

And a trio of Monitors for my UCM Fleet

An Assault On Eternity

Last Saturday I attended The Mighty Dice Wargaming clubs first Horus Heresy event, An Assault on Eternity, a Siege of Terra themed event!

Played over three games, the first two were played at 2000 points, a bit unusual for Heresy, but this is the list I took for that.

Rite of War: Templar Assault (IF)

+ HQ: +

. Champion: Artificer Armour
. . Bolt Pistol
. . Chainsword: Chainsword
. Champion

Sigismund: Warlord

+ Elites: +

Apothecarion Detachment
. Apothecary: Artificer Armour, Bolt Pistol
. . Chainsword: Chainsword
. Apothecary: Artificer Armour, Bolt Pistol
. . Chainsword: Chainsword

+ Troops: +

Templar Brethren: 9x Brethren, 9x Combat Shield, Legion Vexilla, Meltabombs
. Champion: Bolt Pistol, Combat Shield, Master-craft a weapon, Solarite Power Gauntlet
. Land Raider Proteus Carrier: Twin-linked Bolter, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter

Templar Brethren: 9x Brethren, 9x Combat Shield, Legion Vexilla, Meltabombs
. Champion: Bolt Pistol, Combat Shield, Master-craft a weapon, Solarite Power Gauntlet
. Land Raider Proteus Carrier: Twin-linked Bolter, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter

+ Heavy Support: +

Kratos Squadron
. Kratos: 2x Heavy Bolters, Flare Shield, Hull (Front, Right/Left) Mounted Heavy Bolters, Pintle Mounted Havoc Launcher
. . Kratos Battlecannon

The final game was a big 3500 point list and for that I took my 2k list replacing the Champion with Fafnir Rann, and adding a Warhound Scout Titan and a few other bits!

Rite of War: Templar Assault (IF)

+ HQ: +

Fafnir Rann

Sigismund: Warlord

+ Elites: +

Apothecarion Detachment
. Apothecary: Artificer Armour, Bolt Pistol
. . Chainsword: Chainsword
. Apothecary: Artificer Armour, Bolt Pistol
. . Chainsword: Chainsword

Contemptor Dreadnought Talon
. Contemptor Dreadnought: Gravis Autocannon, Gravis Autocannon, Havoc Launcher

+ Troops: +

Scout Squad
. Legion Scout Sergeant: Bolt Pistol, Nemesis Bolter
. Legion Scout: Bolt Pistol, Nemesis Bolter
. Legion Scout: Bolt Pistol, Nemesis Bolter
. Legion Scout: Bolt Pistol, Nemesis Bolter
. Legion Scout: Bolt Pistol, Nemesis Bolter

Templar Brethren: 9x Brethren, 9x Combat Shield, Legion Vexilla, Meltabombs
. Champion: Archaeotech Pistol, Combat Shield, Master-craft a weapon, Solarite Power Gauntlet
. Land Raider Proteus Carrier: Twin-linked Bolter, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter

Templar Brethren: 9x Brethren, 9x Combat Shield, Legion Vexilla, Meltabombs
. Champion: Bolt Pistol, Combat Shield, Master-craft a weapon, Solarite Power Gauntlet
. Land Raider Proteus Carrier: Twin-linked Bolter, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter

+ Heavy Support: +

Kratos Squadron
. Kratos: 2x Heavy Bolters, Flare Shield, Hull (Front, Right/Left) Mounted Heavy Bolters
. . Kratos Battlecannon

Sicaran Squadron
. Sicaran : 2x Heavy Bolters, Heavy Bolter
. Sicaran : 2x Heavy Bolters, Heavy Bolter

+ Lords of War: +

Warhound Scout Titan
. Warhound Scout Titan: Plasma Blastgun, Vulcan Mega-Bolter

Game 1 – Damian

I played Damian’s World Eaters in game one, and my lack of weapons that could intercept was a flaw that allowed a Leviathan to drop down and kill my Kratos.

The Contemptors were a bugger to deal with, but I managed to take them out, but at the end of the game I just had 5 Templar Brethren and a Champion plus Apothecary left!

Game 2 – Richard

The second game, I had to take in more World Eaters, the Melta Predator Squadron took out my Kratos in turn 1 before it got to fire anything.

But my Templar Brethren ate through his infantry and at the end he was left with two Contemptors and the Predator Squadron, but I got tabled!

Game 3 – Vs Jacob

Game 3 saw us take on the Heretics as the defenders on the wall, and it was a pretty epic set of scenery!

I played against Jacobs Sons of Horus, and the addition of a pair of Sicarans, and a Warhound Titan really changed things up for me!

The Sicaran is, if I am honest, a bit more effective than the Kratos, but the Kratos actually did get to shine a bit here, until it was taken out by a Terminator!

Sadly however, my bane was a pair of Leviathan Siege Dreadnoughts which over 4 or 5 rounds of combat took out my Warhound, but it was only able to do 6 wounds in response, I just couldn’t hurt them.

In the end I won, destroying everything in the table apart from the Leviathans and a couple of straggling Veterans.

My Thoughts On The Event

Pretty good event, the tables terrain was nice, especially the last games.

A few teething issues, particularly around general admin at the end, but show me an event that doesn’t deal with that, and as an EO myself I thought they did really well.

If they run anymore Heresy events, I will be returning for them, really really fun day!

Imperium Expansion

We have known for quite a while now that Warhammer 40,000 Imperium was being extended by 10 issues, and I thought, why not mention what I think about the contents!

Issues 81 – 83

The Sisters get a hell of an expansion with the Paragon Warsuits, spread over three issues, costing £8.99, that means you get them for £26.97, saving nearly £20 off the RRP!

These are great looking models and I have ordered an additional two of each issue!

Issue 84

A Skitarii Marshall, seems a bit of a let down when compared to the stuff the other factions are getting, yeah it’s a lovely model, but still, would have preferred something else, but to be fair, the Mechanicus range isn’t easy to grab something from for this.

Issue 85

The Hexmark Destroyer is one of the best looking models in the Necron range, ok, a bit pants in game, who cares when it looks like that!

I already have one, but I don’t mind having another!

Issue 86 – 88

The Space Marines get the full multipart Redemptor Dreadnought, which is a great kit and pretty cool to have in here.

Personally I would have preferred the Invictor Tactical Warsuit, but that’s down to my personal collection!

Issue 89

Inquisitor Draxus is a cool looking model, but we subscribers already got an Inquisitor in the form of Katarina Greyfax, so this whilst cool, wasn’t the greatest choice, personally I would have replaced this and the Skitarii Marshall with a two part AdMech kit.

Still great model and I can’t wait to paint her to join the rest of my Inquisitorial forces!

Issue 90

Not only does Illuminator Szeras represent great value, but also, is a wonderful and beautiful model for your collection!

Really over the moon we are getting this amazing character

In Conclusion

We are getting some really nice models, for my personal collection, a couple don’t make sense, but hey, it’s not all about me.

The only thing that I am currently wondering, is where to put the Redemptor Dreadnought.

Not sure any of my Space Marine armies need another one, but it’s likely going with the Ultramarines.

What I Am Modelling

Started off urgently beavering away to finish the bits for the Imperial Fists for the event by painting first up a pair of Sicaran Battle Tanks.

Followed by a squad of 10 Templar Brethren.

And then a Land Raider Proteus for them to ride in!

During the week I was also working on some Inquisitors for my Imperial forces.

I then rebased an old Reiver Squad for my Space Wolves, originally built for Kill Team in the last edition, but on a different basing scheme, when I convinced myself that my Wolves wouldn’t have any Primarise stuff!

Anyway, they now join the Infiltrators, Redemptor Dreadnought, Ragnar, Aggressors and Repulsor that currently comprise the Wolves Primaris forces, and I have more on the way at some point!

Then, the last Tomb Blade was finished for the Necrons!

I painted a few small bits of terrain for my box of scenery I keep at home, just the mini ruins from the Ruined Factorum kits.

After that I turned my attention to a unit of Drukhari Wyches.

So what’s coming up next?

  1. Kainan’s Reapers
  2. Blood Ravens Firestrike Servo Turret x 2
  3. Drukhari Reavers x 6
  4. Ultramarines Assault Intercessors x 10
  5. Man-Skewer Bolt Boyz x 6
  6. Triarch Stalkers x 3
  7. Kairic Acolytes x 18
  8. Drukhari Helions x 10
  9. Imagifier
  10. The Guild x 8

What I Am Reading

I am still reading Squirrel Girl: Universe by Tristan Palmgren!

I finished listening to The Iron Kingdom by Nick Kyme, which has me wishing we got more Indomitus Crusade books.

Also listened to Dust Breeding by Mike Tucker, which was pretty good, makes me wish we had more TV stories with 7 and Ace!

After that it was a return to 6 and Evelyn with Bloodtide by Johnathan Morris, which was pretty good, plenty of great acting.

And I have started on the last of my Space Marine Conquests audiobooks, Fist of the Imperium by Andy Clark.

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

Played a game of 40K on Friday at Mighty Dice with my T’au.

Got tabled by turn 4!!!

What Video Games I Am Playing

Been trying to play The Witcher 3, but the latest update has caused an issue with random crashes, so I may have to abandon the game for a bit until that’s fixed.

I did get a couple of hours in Control: Ultimate Edition on Tuesday afternoon.

What I Am Winning

I won a copy of Round Rush Invaders on PlayStation

And also a copy of The Closing Walls for PlayStation as well!

I also won a copy of Heroish on Steam, which looks pretty good.

And I won a copy of the Conquerer Edition of Black Desert Online from a Govee completion.

A physical prize will be following, but I will talk about that when it arrives!

What I Am Spending

I used some Steam credit a won a little while ago and purchased Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition for Steam!

And noticing a decent deal on Fanatical, I got myself The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which completes my Elder Scrolls collection in Steam.

I bought myself some Necron objective markers the other week, which finally arrive!

And my first two Paragon Warsuits from Forbidden Planet arrived, looking forward to getting these built and on the table!

The second issues of Paragon Warsuits also arrived, in extremely quick time!


This past weekend, I got to work at Airecon, a wonderful little board game convention in Harrrogate.

I spent the weekend showing people how to play Star Wars Legion, using a capture the flag scenario that gave people a very very basic taste of the game, to tempt them to join the Dark Side and crush the rebels!

Got to stay at the Crown Plaza, which was nice, until they nicked my pizza, but that’s another story!

Really nice breakfast though and I got to have Eggs Benedict on Sunday, weirdly served with bacon, and I ate probably very badly, existing on pizza, burgers and Coke Zero!

I showed off Star Wars Legion to a total of 77 individuals, which I feel was good going.

Lindsay and Megan came as punters on Sunday and I think they had a good time, Paul did have them pick up a Zatu mystery box for him.

Hopefully we will be back in 2024!

I started the week by painting the Imperial Fists Kratos, it’s less than a month until the event, so I need to get the fists done!

What I Am Modelling

After that I painted up the Drukhari Succubus.

Followed by some Tomb Blades for my Necrons

And then Some frigates for my UCM fleet, a pair of Limas and Taipeis

So what’s in the painting plan for next week?

  1. Templar Brethren x 10, Land Raider Proteus & Sicaran Battle Tank x 2
  2. Drukhari Wyches x 10
  3. Inquisitors x 3
  4. Kainan’s Reapers
  5. Blood Ravens Firestrike Servo Turret x 2
  6. Drukhari Reavers x 6
  7. Ultramarines Assault Intercessors x 10
  8. Man-Skewer Bolt-Boyz x 6
  9. Necron Triarch Stalkers x 3
  10. Kairic Acolytes x 18
  11. Drukhari Helions x 10

What I Am Reading

I listened to the Garro: Knight of Grey by James Swallow audiobook, which was great, after that I listened to Loups-Garoux by Marc Platt, a fun 5th Doctor story.

I read Primacy by Marc Collins, you can see a review on Edge of Empire here.

And I finished The End and the Death Volume I by Dan Abnett, and you can read a review on Edge of Empire soon!

I am now listening to The Iron Kingdom by Nick Kyme.

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

We played Gorechosen at Warhammer World on Monday, of course Megan knocked me into a pit early on and of course she went on to win as usual!

What Video Games I Am Playing

I have completed Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood!

I now streaming Control Ultimate Edition, which I am playing on GOG.

I have also been playing some Borderlands on Switch, and PC Building Simulator and Portal with RTX on PC.

What I Am Spending

At Warhammer World, Megan bought me a Raider for my Drukhari, which will complete my Wych Combat Patrol!

And I needed to hook up the Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5 and printer to the network physically, so I bought 3 Amazon Basics Cat 6 ethernet cables to do this.

So they now connect to the network switch under Megan’s desk.

And my copy of Imperium 78 arrived, so I have what I need for the Command Barge!

I bought myself the Türkiye-Syria Earthquake Relief Bundle from Humble Bundle.

It’s for a good cause and it get me a fair few new games for Steam, which were:-

I saw Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on sale on the PlayStation store, and being a huge fan of the game, I ended up buying it!

I also grabbed a couple of DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2, Cabin Accessories and Scandinavia.

I grabbed Fallout 2, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition and Fallout Tactics for Steam, kinda decided I am going to buy a Steam Deck at some point in the next 12 months, so grabbing a bunch of games I really enjoy that are cheap specifically for Steam.

And finally I bought Model Builder, along with the The Witcher & Cyberpunk 2077 DLC and Into The Stars DLC.

What I Am Winning

I won a £50 voucher for Revl, which was really nice, and we spent it right away and bought for ourselves:-

  • Tango 330ml Can x 6
  • Rekorderlig Mango-Raspberry Cider 330ml Can x 15
  • Pepsi Max 330ml Cans x 40
  • Gordon’s 0% Alcohol Free Gin 70ml Bottle

I mist admit I was tempted to get 100 cans of Pepsi Max, cause I don’t drink, but Lindsay wanted some alcohol free gin and cider, so I ordered that for her, and then made up the remainder with soft drinks, total cost to us was £1.75!!!

I won another game in the form of Row of Numbers for the PlayStation.

I also won Quiz Thiz Spain from a Twitter competition for the PlayStation.

And the next day I won Quiz Thiz France!

Angron and Pippin

We got rabbits, they are adopted from a rescue and so far are acting cute, but I know they are up to something.

I am sure these little gits are planning trouble, just know it!

They are brothers and are named Pippin and Angron Eater of Cables, and yeah, they are gonna be little shits!

Ok to be fair they are hella cute and when they snuggle up and cuddle it’s heckin adorable, but still, they are up to something!

What I Am Modelling

I painted up a squad of Templar Brethren and their Land Raider Proteus transport.

The Land Raider was finished first.

Followed by the Tenplar Brethern thenselves.

After that I painted up the Hobgrot Slittaz for my Orruk Warclans army, really hoping these guys might see use in a Chaos Dwarves army one day!

The Leagues of Votann Kâhl & Einhyr Champion have got to wait a little bit as I need a specific shade, and I am topping up paint in the 6th.

So I then moved on and painted The Crimson Court.!

I got the Lieutenants for the Ultramarines on the painting desk now!

So whats coming up next?

  1. Silver Tower Skink Priest & Starblood Stalkers
  2. Leagues of Votann Kâhl & Einhyr Champion
  3. Ultramarines Lieutenants x 8
  4. Battle Sisters Squad x 10
  5. Ogroid Thaumaturge
  6. Killaboss x 2 & Stab Grot
  7. Drukhari Wyches x 10 & Succubus
  8. Necron Tomb Blades x 6
  9. Imperial Fists Kratos
  10. Inquisitors x 3

What I Am Reading

My review of The Veiled Masters by Tim Pratt can be read here.

And I published a review of Garro: Knight of Grey on Edge of Empire, here.

I listened to Sword of Orion by Nicholas Briggs, which was a bit fun, nice to hear the Eighth Doctor take on the Cybermen.

I finished The Flower Path by Josh Reybolds and you can read a review here.

I am now reading Daybreak Legacy by Stewart Hotson.

What Tabletop Games I Am Playing

On Sunday evening I played a game of Carcassonne: Winter Edition, I came second, Megan played her usual excellent field game!

What Video Games I Am Playing

Started on Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection again to get that completed, streaming it as planned.

So I managed to get in 6 sessions, which are also on YouTube.

Goldeneye 007 finally hit Gamepass on Friday and of course it’s now downloaded to both the Series S and Series X!

Had a quick play on Friday and oh my it’s good!

What I am Creating

We published the very first episode of Edge of Empire for 2023 on Saturday!

And on Monday, I published the first Battle Report of 2023, a match up between the Ultramarines and the T’au Empire.

What I Am Winning

I won a copy of The Jumping Muffin Turbo on Thursday!

And a book I won arrived, not my cup of tea, but will go in the Christmas present box.

And I won a copy of The Bat Quiz too.

And I won Woodle Tree 2 Deluxe on Saturday!

I also won a Bunch of Butts, not sure where from but, it’s gonna be something to give away next Christmas.

What I Am Spending

Had to replace my Vortex mixer as the one I bought in October just died, so Amazon replaced it with the same one.

Happy New Year

Ok well 2023 is here and I am really hoping it it’s not gonna be the massive bag of dicks that 2020, 2021 and 2022 were, I really want this to be a better year.

I have planned out some resolutions and ideas I want to carry out, which you can see here.

For New Years Eve I spent a couple of hours at Paul’s, but the damn cold/flu has still kicked my arse and I am struggling with spending time out of the house for far too long.

So I returned home and played some The Witcher 3.

New Years Day we went to Megan’s parents and had a roast dinner, but the ill left me barely conscious for most of it.

A Less Ideal Bit

Sadly our street saw a murder this week, and a fella was purposefully run over, we ended up stuck in the house for two days unable to leave as the whole street was a crime scene.

It’s left us all a bit shaken, I mean it’s the last thing you expect, but it is what it is.

What I Am Modelling

I started off by painting the Lord Veritant for the Stormcast Eternals, need to sort out a list for the AoS Weekender for them.

After which I painted the Contemptor Dreadnought, for my Imperial Fists.

I then painted up a pair of apothecaries for the Imperial Fists too!

I then painted up Sigismund to lead my Imperial Fists in the great battles of the Horus Heresy.

And finally I finished up the Land Raider Spartan for the Imperial Fists!

I am currently preparing to work on a squad of Ultramarines Intercessors for my 2023 Resolution army.

So what’s coming up next week?

  1. Ultramarines Intercessors x 8
  2. Silver Tower Heroes
  3. Blood Angels Repulsor
  4. Templar Brethren x 10
  5. Hobgrot Slittaz x 20
  6. Kâhl & Einhyr Champion
  7. The Crimson Court
  8. Ultramarines Lieutenants x 8
  9. Battle Sisters Squad x 10
  10. UCM Vancouvers x 3

What I Am Reading

I published a review for The Siege of X-41 by Tristan Palmgren which you can read here.

And a review of Stars and Stripes by Sean Grisby and Stewart Hotson which you can read here.

I read Age of the Undead by C. L. Werner and that’s was alright, a review will come next week.

I have since started on The Veiled Masters by Tom Pratt and i have read one chapter thus

I did listen to the audio book of Hostile Takeover by David Liss and it was okay, it was fine just not up to the standards of the Aconyte novels.

What Video Games I Am Playing

New Years Eve I started my new play through of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition with the next-gen update.

So far I have logged 4.9 hours.

What I Am Winning

I won a copy of the model railway game, Blocks Tracks Trains, which looks fairly cool.

I won a copy of The Jumping Cookie on PlayStation, so that was cool!

I also won a copy of Wobbledogs on Steam, which is cool.

I also won a copy of The Whisperer, which looks like a cool game.

A copy of Theatre of War was also won!

And for Xbox I won a copy of Silenced: The House.

What I Am Spending

I bought a little tool kit for electronics, specifically for the Nintendo Switch Triwing bit.

Megans stocking had a new shell for a Joycon, in her favourite colour, purple!

So this means in the house we will have a Joycon in the favourite colours of myself (green), Lindsay (pink), Paul (blue) and now Megan!

I also picked up some Command Strips to help me mount a few things on the wall, specifically an extension lead for Megan’s dressing table so she can easily use her hair straightens and hair dryer.

Plus it means at long last we can mount her Hue Light Strip, all 3 meters of it.

On Friday, from a yet to be announced sponsor, a new webcam, the Elgato Facecam, which really has elevated my setup above and beyond what the Logitech C920 did!

Really happy with this bit of kit, it required a bit of work on my set up, but damn it looks good now in OBS


Well Christmas happened, and I spent most of it ill, which wasn’t fun.

This cold/flu is kicking my arse and I just can’t shake it, it’s got my sleep cycle all to pot and taking away any pep I have.

Anyway I did enjoy Christmas, me and Lindsay went to Paul’s for Christmas dinner which was lovely.

Present wise, Megan got me a Lord Veritant for my Stormcast Eternals and Lindsay got me some Death Maidens and Wyld Runners for my Escher gang. I also got some tools off Paul which will come in lots of help, alongside a £15 Xbox voucher.

But alas most of it was spent dying in bed 🙁

What I Am Modelling

First up I painted up a Scout Squad for my Imperial Fists.

I then painted the T’au Cris Suit Team, and a Commander, all armed with lots of Plasma.

So what’s up next?

  1. Imperial Fists Contemptor Dreadnought
  2. Ultramarines Intercessors x 5
  3. Silver Tower Heroes
  4. Blood Angels Repulsor
  5. Templar Brethren x 10 & Sigismund
  6. Hobgrot Slittaz x 20
  7. Leagues of Votann Kâhl and Einhyr Champion
  8. The Crimson Court
  9. Ultramaines Lieutenants x 8
  10. Battle Sisters Squad x 10

What I Am Reading

I published a review of Shadow Avengers by Carrie Harris that you can read here.

I also consumed Planet Havoc by Tim Waggoner in more or less a single session, really really good book, my review is here.

I then started on Sword of the White Horse by Elsa Sjunneson, an Assassins Creed novel, and I demolished that as well, the review is here.

I then read some short stories starting with Harrowhand by Evan Dicken, which was a fun little story.

I then turned to Warhammer Horror and read Pain Engine by Chris Thursten which was a little predictable but still very creepy.

After that I hit up Somewhere Sister by Jeremy Lambert, which was fairly unsettling.

Next up was The Fields of Abundance by David Annandale, which was a lot of fun!

Then I read The Stacks by Chris Winterton which was quite scary and horrific!

Moving on, I read Sacred Hate by David Annandale, a fantastic little Word Bearers story, for a Legion I love so much!

After than It Bleeds by David Guymer was an interesting little story, very interesting World Eaters story that shows how hate can consume you and turn you into that which you loath.

Then it was A More Perfect Union by Rich McCormick, which was an interesting Emperors Childrens short.

Then it was The Shel’Tain Affair by Jude Reid, which was a really good story!

After that I started a full book with The Siege of X-41 by Tristan Palmgren, which I got finished fairly quickly, review coming next week.

Then I moved on to Stars & Stripes by Sean Grigsby and Stewart Hotson, review coming next week!

And then I started on Age of the Undead by C. L.Werner.

What I Am Creating

The final (probably) Edge of Empire episode of our 6th year was published and we delved into the Liber Imperium.

What I Am Winning

I won a copy of Warhammer 40,000 Darktide for Steam which was cool, alas I already owned it, so I gifted it to a member of the Edge of Empire Listeners Community in a contest of my own!

I also won a copy of Night of the Scissors on Steam too, which was really cool.

I also won a code for Cubic Parking for PS4, but the code was for Japan (sad face, make sure to read T&Cs) but I have a friend in Japan so the code was passed to her.

To continue the prize winning, I won a Steam code for Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Continuing a great streak, I won ForeVR Cornhole for my Meta Quest!

I also won a Flexipot BS9 chair on Twitter which turned up on Thursday.

What I Am Spending

I did but myself the final Far Cry 6 DLC, Lost Between Worlds for the Xbox.

And I also bought Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition in the Steam sale.

Controllers Galore!!!

So yeah, I live controllers, especially retro ones, because there is something just right about using ones that are as close to the originals as possible.

So following on from my Mini Consoles post a couple of weeks ago, let’s look at my controller collection!

C64 Joystick

This is the oldest style controller I have, an old school joystick that came with The C64 mini, it’s not the best build quality, but it’s ok.

I heard the individual release is a bit better so I might pick that up.

NES Joypad

The joypad for the NES came from the NES Classic, and it’s a great little controller, the dimensions are just right and the buttons are pretty much identical to the original.

Whilst the NES doesn’t hold anything special for me, cause being British, they were a real rarity growing up, it’s still cool.

When emulating Master System games. It’s my go to controller as it’s as close to that as I have in my collection.

The criticisms I have are that the lead is way too short, and also, the use of a propriety connector means having to use an adaptor,

PC Engine

The PC Engine had a similar controller to the NES and Master System with just two buttons, but the TurboPad had Turbo Switches which gave you additional speed settings.

I got the first controller with the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini, and a second one from eBay.

Mega Drive

This is the controller that defined my childhood, the good old big 3 button Mega Drive Control Pad.

The Mega Drive was the first console that I owned myself (along with my brother Paul), and this always being back such fuzzy wonderful memories for me.

This came with the Mega Drive Mini, and I have a pair of them, which are just perfect for emulation.

There is also the six button controller, which was a bit smaller, but still great, and ideal for fighting games like Street Fighter II and Eternal Champions.

This one from Retro-Bit is a very faithful replica, and officially licensed, it’s not quite the same as it adds left and right shoulder buttons, but that’s cool, just opens up more options.

SNES Controller

The SNES is another console, that I never had any great nostalgia for, simply because pretty much everyone I knew growing up, had a Mega Drive, and one mad lad with a PC Engine and another whose dad had a Neo Geo.

It’s kind of iconic as it introduced the diamond four face button configuration which most consoles to this day still use, as well as shoulder buttons.

I don’t use this pad as often as I think it deserves, but it’s cool. Came with the SNES Classic and needs an adaptor to use it.


Ah the Amiga CD32, Commodores last release before they went bankrupt, I knew a lad with one of these, and to be honest, it wasn’t any more advanced that the A1200, but it did have some cool games.

The pad was a bit awkward to use, but this has a slight redesign, which makes it a little more comfortable to hold.

It’s a pretty cool little pad, that came with the A500 Mini, but I haven’t had much of a chance to use it yet.


I never really got on with the PlayStation controller, the shape was always very uncomfortable.

My brother Daniel had one, not long before I left home, I instead preferred to play on the N64 and Mega Drive still, and was just starting to get into PC.

This controller does feel right for certain games, such as Wipeout, but it’s never really appealed to me in a big way, but you can’t deny the iconic nature of it.

Tribute 64

The Nintendo 64 was my console of choice during the 5th generation, and it’s controller was something different, it’s like they were absolutely digging deep into the cocaine, to be honest, that’s kind of Nintendo’s approach to all controllers since then!

I never had an issue with the Nintendo 64 Controller, I always found it actually rather comfortable to use.

For emulating N64 games, I chose the Tribute 64 from RetroBit simply because the US B clones from most companies are kinda rubbish and break very easily.

This is a solidly built and comfortable controller and I have to reluctantly admit, just that bit nicer to use than the original.


I never had a Saturn, much to my disappointment, but I was a poor child from a poor family, and it was just way too expensive.

But when I did get to play it, oh how I enjoyed it. Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Sega Rally, all amazing games, but what the Saturn really excelled at, was 2D games and the fighters was a genre it absolutely slated the competition in.

And it’s controller was absolutely one of the best for fighters ever made, in fact to this day when I fire up Street Fighter V, it’s the Saturn pad I reach for.

This one by RetroBit is frankly amazing, it feels exactly as the original did and it feels great in your hands.

NeoGeo CD

Ah the Neo Geo a wonderful console, one that cost an arm and a leg and the games themselves where sometimes as expensive as one of the other consoles.

But oh the games, games like Metal Slug and King of Fighters were utterly amazing.

The Neo Geo CD came with this pad, it was a cheaper version of the console and more accessible, but wasn’t as good as the original console, but still amazing.

This controller is great, other than it’s lack of microswitches in the joystick, but it’s still a lovely controller.

Xbox Duke

This is my all time favourite controller, it fits my hands oh so well.

This one made by Hyperkin is supercool as it’s as close to the original as you can get, and the centre button is a mini screen that runs through the original Xbox boot animation!

It’s an absolutely cracking modern update of the original and gets more use than anything else, other than my Elite!


Nintendo love their cocaine, and they came up with this for the GameCube!

Super uncomfortable and not the easiest to use. For use on my PC I need to use the same adaptor as used for the NES and SNES controllers.

However the WaveBird is actually a lot more comfortable to use, and whenever I play GameCube games, this is the controller I reach for, but I have to mention, it actually belongs to Lindsay!

Again, needs an adaptor to work with PC.

Xbox 360

For many, this is the gold standard controller that all others have to beat, now I agree it’s a great controller, but the D-Pad is kinda sucky.

This particular controller is in desperate need of some TLC as it was attacked by our recently departed rabbit Gandalf, and he loved to eat thumb sticks.

I need to replace the thumb sticks or get some nice covers for them, clean it up, and grab a USB wireless adaptor to use it for the PC.

Playstation DualShock 3

The DualShock 3 is the second PS3 controller, succeeding the SIXAXIS.

In form it’s pretty much similar to the other DualShocks before it, but the position of the analogue sticks and general shape always made it feel uncomfortable.

The batteries in this one are still pretty good, but long term they will need replacing eventually, that was always a major issue for these controllers.

Xbox MadCatz Arcade Joystick

This is a mad joystick, adapting the modern controller configuration into what many people thought was an ugly and uncomfortable mess.

Truth be told, it’s suits old school arcade games very very well, Pac-Man is amazing with this thing, but I would be very reluctant to use it with more modern games.

Xbox Series S/X

I do own an Xbox One controller, but it’s now used solely for use with my iPhone and Xbox Cloud gaming.

But the Series S/X controller is mostly identical apart from a few little changes, like the microtexture on the back, share button and new D-Pad.

This is a brilliant controller and one that I absolutely love using, cannot fault it at all!