Tag: Kickstarter

Off to Eastercon

Right now I am on my way to Eastercon, my first since I was 17, and I am really looking forward to it. It’s going to be Lindsay and Megan’s first time at an Eastercon and I hope they have a good time. Megan is very very nervous and anxious, so she is going to be sticking with me and Lindsay for the weekend as opposed to doing anything on her own, so we have arranged our program around her. There is a lot of stuff on my program I am looking forward to, and I am going to try and make time to chill out and listen to some Filk in the jamming space.

Last time I was at an Eastercon I borrowed a bodhrán and had a great time just drumming away on that, so perhaps I might get to do that again. I occasssionly think of buying one, but I am terrible at music so usually don’t proceed beyond putting it in my cart and then immediately closing the browser window.

This year Eastercon is particularly looking at disability in SFF, and I am attending a number of panels around this theme, I am specifically looking forward to “Characters with Disabilities Kicking-Ass” and “Curing Disabled Characters in TV”. We will also be attending a screening of the first episode of the new Season of Doctor Who on Saturday, followed by a pyjama party, for which I have bought myself a new pair of Batman pyjamas! There will also be a groan-a-long viewing of Plan 9 From Outer Space, which should be good, lets face it, it really is the worst film ever made, and Megan and Lindsay will be watching it for the first time.

There is also a 24 hour game room, so Lindsay and Megan aren’t expecting me to get a lot of sleep, I am taking along Splendor, One Night Revolution and Thunderbirds to try and play with people there. Oh and there is a LARP session going on as well, which should be fun, its been a few years since I did any LARP

We stopped off at Warhammer World on our way this morning for breakfast and so I could pick up a few things for people, Graham wanted some Thudd Guns, Aidan some shoulder pads and SOR a t-shirt. It’s always nice to pick up things for people and share the booty from a trip to Nottingham. I picked up a few things for myself but I will talk about those later.

We actually arrived at Warhammer World a full 25 minutes before it opened, I programmed in a much longer stop at Wheterby services for Lindsay to get her coffee, our quick stops there so often turn into a full hour! But this time we were quick, popped into the toilet, I grabbed a doughnut so I could take my pills, Lindsay got her coffee and she and Megan got some mini hash browns from Burger King and away we went!

I had a full English breakfast, they always do a good job of that here, I did want the Ogres Breakfast but Lindsay and Megan said no, apparently it’s too much meat and would make me ill!!! But they did let me have the deluxe Easter hot chocolate as a way which was nice, I would never have thought to put mini eggs in hot chocolate!

What I am Modelling

I have a big pile of stuff to paint so I am cracking on with that, and the first thing that has hit my desk is a squad of Tartaros Terminators for my Word Bearers. These guys are armed with three Power Fists, a Chainfists, Heavy Flamer and the Sgt has a Grenade Harness and a Power Axe. I haven’t got much done with them, I have the base coat of Mephiston Red done, got them washed and one has been tidied up. Alongside them I am also doing the Praetor Tribune as well.

What I am Reading

I listened to Magnus – Master of Prospero by Graham McNeil at the beginning of this week and I was very impressed, I will be giving my thoughts on it in the next Edge of Empire episode which should get released mid-next week so look out for that.

What I am Playing

IMG_9469This week I got in a game of Splendor with Lindsay and Megan, it was our first time playing in a while so I was a little rusty at first but a few turns in and I was back up and playing with ease.

I really enjoy Splendor, I got it in a Secret Santa on Board Game Geek a few years ago and its a firm favourite. I had thought I was won, I claimed 3 of the 4 nobles and when I picked up my last card, I got 16 points and declared myself the winner. I had that feeling for all of 5 seconds, when Megan piped up to say she also had 16 points, she thought we played until 20 points!!!

So my excitement at winning a game was crushed and Megan got to win again!

I still love the game though and I am taking it with us to Eastercon along with Thunderbirds.

What I am Backing

I am still backing Gloomhaven, which is an unusual campaign given that it’s a simple reprinting with no stretch goals or anything like that, but the updates are interesting and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

I am also have a good look at Vikingar, a Canadian project, I am very much on the fence about it, but it’s reasonably cheap at CAD $70 which is about £35ish, anyway I have stared the project and will look at it again in the last 48hrs to decided on if I am backing it or not.

I got three Kickstarters in the post this week, Sliced Quarterly Volume #1, Paranoia and some expansions for Ember.

IMG_9467Sliced Quarterly Volume #1 was a quick turnaround and I am very impressed with the package, the colouring book is so much better than I thought it would be. Lindsay is particularly impressed with the Book Plate I got with it, the otter design really got a smile out of her.

As usual Kens ran a wonderful well oiled campaign and it’s a really nice book, and I will continue to recommend his projects to others, because I think they are worth it.

I have backed all of his projects so far, and I will certainly be backing any others he runs, he has the Kickstarter process down to a well refined machine now.

Paranoia was the first delivery, I pledged for the Ultraviolet boxset with all the add ons. Yesterday I took the first delivery which was the main Ultraviolet boxset, GM Screen, and Forms Pack and I am very impressed, it has quite a bit of heft to it. The books are only A5, but in all honesty I had no expectations about that either way, but a lot of other backers seemed to have been expecting A4, and to be honest since the PDFs were released, its been pretty obvious they would be A5.

IMG_9479In the box we got the Players Handbook, the Gamemasters Handbook, Mission Book, a Guide to Alpha Complex, 6 dry erase character sheets, the cards needed to play and some dice.

Now you can tell that some corners have been cut in final production, for example, the outer covering of the box is not fixed with the kind of attention to detail I expected and the paper in the books is a little thinner than I would have liked. Now saying that, this project went to print late last year and the reality is that the £ was worth a lot less than it was when this project funded, so I am guessing that forced them to make some budgetary decisions that they might not have wanted to do, and the paper isn’t exactly tissue thin, its about as thick as the paper in 5th edition D&D books.

The two areas where they did in my opinion screw up, are the GM Screen and the player dice. The GM screen is pretty poor on the joins between the screen sheets, its just really poor attention to detail and should have been done better, it doesn’t make it unusable, but frankly it looks pretty crap. There are two different dice, we get a 16mm Computer Dice for the GM which is OK I would have preferred the symbols be etched in rather than printed, but they are ok, but the player dice which are 14mm, are really crap. They are the kind of dice one would expect from a really crap supermarket version of Snakes and Ladders, or out of a Christmas cracker, they are just bad, they are cheap and shoddy and they lower the quality of an otherwise pretty good boxset.

Now I understand why they did it, as I said, the financial situation changed between when the game funded and when it went to print, but personally I think they should have tried to do better on the dice, or to be honest, not included them and just gave us the Computer Dice, D6s are easy to come by, every FLGS will sell them to you.

But don’t let those complaints take away from the fact that this is a really good package, if you backed just for this in the Kickstarter it would have cost you £30 which frankly is an amazing deal, I paid £95 simply because I wanted everything they were doing, and James Wallis, the lead writer is a friend and I know and trust his work, yes he took his sweet time with this, but it really was worth it in the end, plus he is going to autograph it at the UK Games Expo in June for me!!!

FullSizeRenderI also got some expansions for Ember a card game I backed from District 31 games last year, the guy lives in Scarborough so its sort of local, but when we meet him at the UK Games Expo last year his enthusiasm for his game really infected me and Lindsay, so I have backed the two projects he ran for expansions since then. They were From the Ashes, which has he put it, was designed to supercharge Ember, and the to two mini expansions that formed the Light and Dark project.

now the truth be told, I am yet to actually play Ember, but its the guys passion which got me hooked in, I really need to actually get round to playing it as its part of my pile of shame, games that I have yet to play, which i might blog about in a few weeks. Anyway the art in these is lovely and he also included some nice player sheets which list the stages of play, so that will be handy for when I actually get round to playing it.

What I am Spending

This week I have kept my spending small given that I am going to Eastercon. Although when we stopped off at Warhammer World I picked up a few things, I got a Space Wolves Legion transfer sheet, Space Marine Command Tanks, the reprint of Rogue Trader, a Reikland Reavers and a Space Wolves t-shirt, some MKIII Ultramarines shoulder pads, pack of Volkite Chargers and Varag Ghoul-Chewer for my Gouged Eye.

I did take advantage of a £10 off voucher from Warlord Games and ordered my myself a Blitzkrieg German 75mm LeiG 18 light artillery for my early war German army for Bolt Action. I already had one of these, but I bought it before they released a Blitzkrieg version, so it doesn’t really match the rest of the army, but now I have one that will. So at some point I will be selling that one which is currently unbuilt.

I also spent $9.99 on Robots of Unusual Size, the first mission for Paranoia outside the boxset which Kickstarter backers are just getting in their hands now, and from what I have read so far, is a pretty interesting adventure.

Also Thrawn was also released this week and I have had it on preorder for ages, so it was nice to be able to download it and then pop it on my Kobo, not to forget I also got the audiobook as well. I am very much looking forward to reading that, but then again, I have all the new Star Wars cannon books to read still!

FullSizeRenderIn addition, its not really spending, but I did pay for the postage, I have been sent a copy of the Suicide Squad Batman Miniatures Game boxset to review, so look out for that in about a month or so. So yeah I paid for postage for that and I picked it up yesterday.

New Section!!!

I am trying out this new little section below, I am going to try and blog more frequently so this will make a lot more sense, I have pinched the idea from friend Monica Valentinelli‘s blog, which given recent events has got a lot of my attention this week.

So I present to you this section, which may or may not interest you, but who knows eh!

  • Mood: Jubilant
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 1, a Sugar Free Mountain Dew
  • In My Ears: (It’s Not War) Just The End of Love
  • Game Last Played: Ticket to Ride Germany Map
  • Book Last Read: Predator, Prey by Rob Sanders
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Suicide Squad Extended Cut
  • Current State of Projects: Tartaros Terminators Basecoated


A Relaxing Trip

To help celebrate my birthday, myself, Lindsay and Megan booked up a nice weekend away at a lodge in Otterburn. My plan had been to chill out and play games all weekend, the girls proffered the idea of visiting some places.

So Friday morning we feed and watered the animals and set off to spend a few hours in Rothbury a picturesque little town to the north northwest of Newcastle, where we had a nice little walk along the old fashioned ships and finally having some lunch in a little cafe. After this we set off to Otterburn and our lovely little lodge for the weekend.

And it was a really nice lodge, nicely decorated with comfortable furniture and best of all a hot tub! We had pizza that night and played Joking Hazard a game I backed on Kickstarter from the team behind the Cyanide and Happiness comic and it was a pretty good little party game.

The next day we drove up to Alnwick where we wandered round the market and Megan bought some mead from the Lindisfarne Mead shop. We had a nice dinner at the Dirty Bottles smokehouse and then went home via Barter Books, who to my dismay did not have an RPG section! That evening we had hot dogs and played a game of Munchkin Gloom.

The Sunday was dedicated entirely to games, starting out with with a nice game of Firefly Fluxx, after a lovely fried breakfast lovely prepared by Lindsay and Megan. Then we cracked open our copy of Tokaido Collectors Edition, another game we Kickstarted, the first one that we as a household Kickstarted together. We got it back in June, but it was only completed recently when we got the missing parts we needed. That was a fun game, which I won, but only because I decided to play as the game designer Antoine who wins all ties!

Then we moved onto Munchkin: The Nightmare before Christmas, a game which we had to import from America because USAoploy don’t publish their games in the U.K., but we enjoyed this version of the classic, I would have won, but Lindsay and Megan ganged up on me, wasting all the cards they had to mess with other players which then allowed Megan to win because there was noting Lindsay could do to help me stop her.

After lunch, Megan wasn’t feeling too well so she sat and watched some David Attenborough whilst me and Lindsay played Thunderbirds with the Tracey Island expansion, which is one of my favourite games. We managed to win that one, but it was close, another couple of turns and we would have lost because of of the missions was going to be so difficult to achieve.

Finally before bed we played a few rounds of Love Letter, which is always a favourite, me and Lindsay did want to play Carcassonne Star Wars Edition, but Lindsay wasn’t taking in the rules so we ended up not playing, which was a shame, I would have liked to have played more games that day, but the girls had a pace they wanted to play at. But we did have plenty of dips in the hot tub though!

Megan was sadly quite sick through the night, so we ended up leaving a little earlier than planned on the Monday to get her home quicker so she could recover for her trip to her Nana’s down in Oxfordshire.

On Tuesday I was due to play a 2500 point game of 40k but annoyingly the car decided to break down on the way to club, we did manage to get the car moving again before the RAC dude came out, and he found a fault on the booster pressure sensor, but the garage aren’t too worried about it, but we are taking him in next week to get looked over anyway, hopefully it’s just a one off, one in a million fault that won’t reoccur. 

What I am Modelling

Got my Millitarium Tempestus Kill Team ready to go. I went with the Kapic Eagles colour scheme because I actually quite like it and it’s easy to do following Duncan’s painting guide. I am seriously thinking of entering it into the Warhammer 40,000 Open Day Kill Team Tournament. I figure it will keep my busy, and not spending money, for much of the day, and I might actually stand a chance as not many players use the Millitarium Tempestus and thus they have a little bit of an unknown factor to them.

My list consists of the following

+ Troops (95pts) +

Millitarium Tempestus Scions (95pts) [2x Tempestus Scion (24pts), Tempestus Scion w/ Hot-shot Volley Gun (22pts), Tempestus Scion w/ Plasma Gun (27pts)]····Tempestor (22pts) [Bolt Pistol, Close Combat Weapon]

+ Fast Attack (100pts) +

Taurox Prime (100pts) [Taurox Missile Launcher (20pts), Twin-linked Autocannon]

The Scion with the Hotshot Volley Gun gets Relentless as an Indomitable Specialist, the Scion with the Plasma Gun is a Guerrilla Specialist and takes Preferred Enemy and one Scion with a Hot Shot Lasgun gets Sniper as a Weapons Specialist.

Hopefully this small elite team in the comfort of a Taurox Prime will manage to do some damage.

I have also started to paint up a Blood Angels Kill Team as well, but I will talk more about them next time.

What I am Reading

I have finished Ahriman Sorcerer, which was quite good, I liked how the story built up to the battle, but I was disappointed with the deaths of the characters who has supported Ahriman in the first book, it felt like they got very little in terms of appearances before they were summarily gotten rid of.

I have also been listening to some of the short stories around the Drop Site Massacre as I have been Modelling, stories you forget about like Strike and Fade, Veritas Ferrum and The Phoenician, and I am currently listening to the Crimson Fist, which I enjoy as Alexis Pollux is one of my favourite characters.

What I am Playing

A lot more than I have been of late, other than my trip to the lodge this is what we played.

Last Saturday night, me, Lindsay and Megan played a game of Bohnanza, a really cool game by Uwe Rosenberg, which is an old favourite of ours. It’s all about planting, selling and trading beans to make money, trusts me it’s better than it sounds. As usual Megan dominated the game, winning with 40 coins to my 24 and Lindsays 22.

The next Sunday, whilst Megan was at her sisters with her parents, me and Lindsay took a trip to Consett Tabletop Gaming Society, which meets on every second Sunday of the month. There we played a game of Ticket to Ride on the United Kingdom map, and I got bested very convincingly by Lindsay.

Then we cracked out Secret Hitler and we had 8 cracking games of this incredible hidden roles game. In the first 4 games I had the same Liberal card for all of them which cracked me up so much at the beginning of game 4 we had to redeal the role envelopes.

As when playing with Drew’s print and play set, I had an amazing time, it really is a game that gets your pulse racing. In one game we had passed 5 Facist laws and 4 Liberal laws and failed to elect a government 3 times, so we had to pass the first law from the top of the deck, unbelievably and statistically unlikely, it was a Liberal law wining the game for the good guys, but that game really did have my heart pounding.

The game went down very well with the Consett guys and I can certainly see them buying a copy for their collection.

What I am Backing

At the moment I am backing another project by my old friend, Sliced Quarterly. The stories in t you can read online so you get to try before you buy and they really are some very interesting stories and ways of telling these stories.

What I am Spending 

A lot less this week, simply because I have put money into Christmas presents, like an awesome Lego train set for one of the bairns. I did pick up another set of Lascannons to go with my Blood Angels Devastator Squad that Lindsay bought me for my birthday, so I can equip the whole squad with Lascannons and have them sit back and fire off laser death shots!

I also picked up as a birthday treat to myself a box of Blood Angels Assault Terminators, these guys are going to be equipped with Thunderhammers and Storm Shields and form part of my Archangels Orbital Intervention Force, I have a squad of standard Terminators already, so I am going to add another squad of Assault Terminators but give the second squad Lightning Claws. 

Not Enough Sleep

Struggled to get to sleep last night, ended up not sleeping at all. Not sure what it is that’s got me lacking the ability to sleep, but it’s been the same the past few nights, and it’s meaning I sleep in far too late in the mornings. I got a quick two hours in this morning and was up and about by 10am, not that I would say I was functional, but a sugar free caffeine drink saw me through.

Sometimes I think half the issues I have are because of all the medication I am taking, I mean here is a photo of my pills for the week, and it’s no wonder I rattle when I walk.

This week I did take delivery of Grifters and Coup G:54 Anarchy, two games I backed on Kickstarter from Indie Boards and Games. Now I am going to admit, I have an intense dislike of Travis, the man behind the company, he is rude, arrogant and treats his backers like they are an inconvenience, especially when they catch him out in a lie. That said, his last two cycles have been vastly improved and games have been delivered with minimal of fuss. Hoping to get both of these on the table as soon as I can, and hope they aren’t added to the list of perpetually unplayed games.

What I am Modelling

Got my Word Bearers Contemptor Dreadnought with Twin-Linked Volkite Culverins finished, and I must say I am rather proud of the model, this is that standard I hope to go forward with for the Word Bearers. Let’s just hope I can keep it up.

What I am Reading

Got a few more chapters of Praetorian of Dorn read and I am enjoying it so far. Still reading Facebook and Twitter too much instead of a book though.

What I am Playing

Stupidly still noting, it’s like I keep wanting to play, but then I don’t. It’s something I need to deal with because it’s really damaging my mental health, games really engage my brain and not having a job means that my brain does need challenges. It doesn’t help that Megan hasn’t been so good in the days, nor that we are currently running up to Newcastle every night to make my nana her tea, but I desperately need to play something, even if it’s only a small game of Fluxx. Perhaps I will try and convince Lindsay and Megan to go to Newcastle Gamers this Saturday after we see my nana.

What I am Backing

Right now I am backing, in addition to Cognition #1 and One Night Ultimate Alien, Luke Slotts Year of the Nightingale, a Bahá’í inspired album of music celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Now I know many of my friends don’t put much stock in religion, and that’s perfectly cool, you won’t hear me trying to twist your arm into believing, besides as a Bahá’í I am forbidden from the practice of proselytism, but I find the music of Bahá’í artists tends to be very soothing and lovely. Besides Luke is a lovely chap, when he played a performance at the Newcastle Bahá’í centre a few years ago he spent the night at my house and he was a brilliant and kind guest.

At this time the project has fully funded so I am looking forward to getting my digital copy of the album next year.

Anyway here is a video of his performance in Newcastle for you to enjoy.

What I am Spending

It’s the run up to Christmas, so my spending has gone up, as I purchase a few presents here and there for Megan and Lindsay. I also treat myself to a Pop vinyl of Spyke from Munchkin, mostly for the card, but the character will look nice in my man cave. And I may have purchased the Kill Team box, but the Tau in it will not, I repeat not become the basis of a new Tau army!

Oh and I couldn’t resist a Squirtle Squad t-shirt from Qwertee.

See you on the flipside guys  

Secret Hitler Has Arrived

On Tuesday my copy of Secret Hitler arrived, its a hidden identiy game from the guys behind Cards Against Humanity, I spoke about it in my last post. And boy was I pleased with the result, its absolutly amazing.

I got the version that came with the nice wooden box, and that is nice and hefty, ok so the catch and the felt on the bottom could be better, but the box itself is brilliant. For some reason I thought the wood colour would be darker, more like a cherry wood, but its cool as it is, the inlaid logos are lovely to just feel with my fingers.

Inside the wooden box, is the game box, which is quite long for a small game, but this is beacuse the legislative board are single boards as opposed to ones which fold up to make the box smaller. This means they are always flat and its this kind of attention to detail which convinced me to back the game in the first place, and those boards have lovely foil in them as well so they really do pop.

The cards are printed on very good card stock, not sure of the core, and I ma not going to tear one apart to find out, but I suspect its black core card. The biggest highlight for me are the two plaques for the goverment positions, those of Chancellor and President, they are both solid wood blocks with the instructions for each role on the back.

They could have made the whole thing with much cheaper components, but they didn’t they spalshed the $1,479,046 they raised back in December, and it shows. 

I can’t wait to get a group of 5 together to play this game, becuase the PnP version is good, so the physical; edition is going to be a bit better still.

What I am Modelling

Not much, I just really seem to have lost my mojo, I did a bit of edge highlighting on my Word Bearers Contemptor Dreadnought tonight, but I suspect I need to do something to get my mojo back.

Last time I was in such a position, I built and painted a 1850 Space Wolves army in a month, perhaps I need a project like that to get back into the swing of things.

What I am Reading

Too much of forums, Facebook and Twitter, I find myself getting angry with people on the Internet at the moment, especially with people who have been calling for a ban of the burkini, or demanding that Caster Semenya be reclassified as a man for her races.

Anyway stuff like that is dragging me away from reading books, I did get started on two chapters of Praetorian of Dorn, and I have put a few more serious science fiction books onto my Kobo, but I must read more!

What I am Playing

Because Lindsay was unwell Tuesday night I never got the Durham Raiders and with the next two weeks being dominated by looking after my nana whilst my cousin is on holiday, i won’t be getting any war games in, I will try to get something in on Sunday, but I may have left it too late to arrange a game.

I will however play a game with Megan in the daytime tomorrow!

What I am Backing

This week I backed Ultimate One Night Alien, yeah I know it’s not the worlds most sophisticated game, but I have the rest of the Ultimate One Night games as well as Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe and I do enjoy these games. Though I do confess Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe rarely gets a run out as I don’t often to get to play games in groups the size of what it needs and even then, Lindsay and Megan prefer the one night version and make thier feelings on that very clear.

Anyway the One Night games are a favourite when we go to Consett Tabletop Gaming Society and have lead to several classic moments, my favourite still being when Lindsay declared that Megan couldn’t be a Werewolf becuase she and Emily were, though I may have gotten the names wrong there. Its a game that gets a gaming session started and gets people in a good mood, and at the end of the day thats what counts isn’t it.

Its up on Kickstarter until the 28th September, so take a look and if you fancy it, go back it.  

What I am Spending

I got my PIP this week so I have spent a bit of money, I paid for entry to the Durham Dakka Warhammer 40,000 tournment, hoping to take my Adeptus Mechanicus, but the Space Wolves will be a back up if I don’t get those painted up in time. 

I also paid Harry of Mackem Productions for the work he will soon be doing on my Harlequins from Death Masque, as I said, I don’t think I could do them justice so I am handing them over to him to paint in the Veiled Path scheme from Warriors of the Laughing God, simply because I think it looks amazing.

One thing I have done when not in a good state of mind is spend some money I didn’t need to spend, I don’t know why,. but for some reason I purchased another copy of Deathwatch Overkill, I already bought it when it came out in March so why I would buy another copy is a loss to me. It really worries me when things like that happen, I am like my mother, when I am down and depressed, I spend money, usually money I can’t afford to spend. I belived up unitl this Tuesday that I had it under control, but clearly I haven’t. 

Lindsay and Megan are normally pretty good at spotting when I am in a funny turn like that, but in this case it was missed, it’s possible it happened while I was in Cardiff as that’s where the shop is I ordered it from, but I did manage to sell it for not too massive a loss to a guy at Durham Raiders.

Cooking Fat

Moving on from yesterday post about my being down and depressed, how about something a bit more positive for today!

So here is Cookie and Megan, Cookie was my Nana’s cat, but since she had to move into sheltered accommodation, Cookie now lives with us, he used to live with us about 10 years ago, but my Nana kind of stole him off us. 

So we already have 3 cats, Sweep Misty and Jenny, when Cookie came to live we use, we were told he had been done, this was it turned out, a lie. Cookie went on to have kittens with both Sweep and Misty, who are mother and daughter, one of those kittens was Maggie who is also currently living with us. Jenny is Mistys kitten from a few years later, so we have 5 related cats living with is right now.

Cookie and Megan have grown so close that we can’t separate them, at night Cookie sleeps wrapped around Megan’s head and he spends as much time as he can with her. Maggie however doesn’t like other cats too much so we are currently searching, without much luck thus-far for a new home for her, but Cookie won’t be going anywhere due to his bond with Megan.

One little tidbit about Cookie, his real name is Cooking Fat, my idiot uncle was his first owner and called him that, you just swap the first letters around, needless to say he just gets Cookie, or sometine Mr. Fat!

Anyway if anyone fancies a black 10 year old female cat who likes the outside a lot and is a bit of hard work, let me know!

What I am Modelling

At the moment I am modelling mostly Age of Sigmar models from the Storm of Sigmar set, I finished the Blood Warriors up and have moved onto the Liberators whom I am doing as Celestial Vindicators cause I love the colour scheme, not sure if I will stick with it for my final Stormcast colour scheme but this far I like it.

I am also working on some initial Word Bearers and you can see here on my painting table a Legion Champion/ Veteran, kitbashed from the Legion Champion kit, Wors Bearers heads and plastic MKIV Marines. Not pictured is a jump pack Chaplin I am working on.

What I am Reading

Books are still proving a chore for me at the moment and I am still working my way through Angels of Caliban from my Librarium membership in June. So far the book is quite good, I am halfway through it now, but I am finding the change in Zahariels motivation from the previous two Dark Angels books in the serious to be a bit hard to swallow.

I know it’s not serious Sci-Fi and just glorified bolter porn, but I do quite enjoy the Horus Heresy novels, probably because I enjoy the game so much, but it feels like the last vestige of action Sci-Fi novels that hasn’t been polluted by Vox Day and his awful followers.

Audiobook wise I just finished the Outcast Dead and Wolf Hunt. The first one is just a mess of continuity errors and a plot that makes little sense at times, in fact at one point when asked their motivation, one of the main characters replies “Just Because”. 

It’s a shame as it could have offered some interesting insights into the life for ordinary citizens of the Imperium and the political ongoings in the Imperial House and with the Astra Telepathica, but instead we got this mess, but it does have a Samurai Witch Hunter which is kinda cool. Too many characters without any real development time for them, a final fight that just leaves you feeling empty because characters are there and then suddenly not there, and a real anti-climax.

Wolf Hunt is a lot better and sets up a later novel a little bit as well, which is cool and I will eventually pick up that plot strand in time. It really should have been part of the Outcast Dead as it resolves the huge continuity error and ties up all the loose ends, but I suppose a short story to tie it all up is better than noting.

What I am Playing

I meant to have a game of Forbidden Island with Megan today, but my head has been hurting something rotten and it’s really hot, so I ended up having a three hour nap instead. Was a bit disappointed in that to be honest as its been a while since I have played a game.

I am also playing some Pokemon Go, I just reached Level 20 yesterday. It’s a hard game to play when you are stuck in the sticks, my village has just one Pokestop and it’s a bit of a walk away for me, so I frequently run out of Pokeballs to catch all those Weedles and Rattatas

What I am Backing

At the moment on Kickstarter I am backing Cognition #1 Mirror, Mirror. It’s a comic written by the amazingly talented Ken Reynolds, an old school friend of mine and illustrated by Sam Bentley. I backed the Issue #0 and quite enjoyed these steampunk stories of a steam powered robot with a human soul and a demoniacally possessed mouse from Victorian England.

Go ahead and give it a look, plenty of the pledge levels allow you to get issue #0 as well and the artwork is sublime.

What I am Spending

Not much this month, I have been a bit short on money having overspent in Cardiff when the good folks at Firestorm Games had a price too good to ignore for a deal with both Deathwatch Overkill, Death Masque and the Deathwatch Data Cards!

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