Episode 40: Wargames Con Warm-up

This is the first episode of the new hour long format. So get your brushes, glue, and hobby knife ready. This is your hour a night made easy.

Peter brings Dan and Glenn back from The Narrative Guys.

In this episode we talk about the history of Wargames Con, where its heading, and what The Narrative Guys have planned. When I say you have to experience this event, I mean just that. The Narrative Guys are firing on all cylinders when it comes to the Narrative play experience and once you participate you’ll be coming back year after year.

Episode 40

WarGames Con is held in Austin, TX, Aug17th-19th.

A shout to those companies involved in making items for the event.

Death Ray Designs

Gamescraft Miniatures

M3 Studios

Wargames Terrain Factory

Breaking out of Hobby Stagnation

Mark and I are breaking out of hobby stagnation one game at a time.  In our recent episode we talked about our struggles in the hobby and quickly figured out what the solution was.  Playing games.  Not just any games, games with friends and like minded players.  Games where we knew we would have a good time because of the company we were in.  We set out to do just that.

So I called Mark up and said let’s do this, and we agreed to play at my place.  I set the points to 1248pts.  We both have fun with these off the cuff point levels.  Then I set up parts of my canyon board, knowing it may be my last game on this board before I sold it.  Making it extra special, I set up some of the Mechanical Warhorse Terrain I had been working on and decided the scenario would be a War Torn Mining Town.

I thought it would be an interesting change to be fighting along the river rather than across it.  I used the Open War cards, hand selected the deployment and drew an objective.  I was going to hand pick this too, but the first one I drew I thought was pretty cool (The Comet).  The first draw on the Twist was interesting and appropriate as well (Dead of Night).

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I won the roll off and chose to go second, based on the scenario.  Mark brought a well rounded Astro Militarum Force.  I chose to bring my Honoured Sons painted in Detroit Mitus campaign colors.  I also decided now was the time to break out my RainbowWarriors and had two squad of Intercessors join the battle.

It was a hard fought battle and a blast to play.  In the end I managed to prevent Mark from being able to claim the objective, despite his valiant efforts to do so.  I learned Intercessors play like how I picture Astartes being in the game, tough as nails and deadly in all forms of combat.  I also learned that with the right orders, AM could put out an amazing volume of fire, hold their own in the face of certain doom and rely on powerful characters to stand their ground.

I had a great time and look forward to our next match.

Episode 039; Stagnation Nation

Mark and Peter discuss hobby progress and what gorilla glue is not meant for.

Segment 1: We discuss Hobby Stagnation. What got us into it and the simple remedy to get you out of it.

Segment 2: We answer a two part listener question about the collecting and expansion of your current army, and how to tackle lopsided victories in a campaign.

Episode 39

Closing out May with something heavy

We are back again with Lasercraft Workshop.  To close out May I thought Go Big or Go Home.  The best way to do that is with some of the largest heavy machinery pieces on the hobby market.

I present Lasercraft Workshop’s Zoned for Heavy Industry collection.  The pieces are large, creative and would make excellent centerpieces for any industrial operation.  Whether it’s mining, freight, manufacturing facilities or powering your hive cities, Lasercraft Workshop will not leave you wanting.  Well maybe for more of these awesome pieces in your terrain collection.

Let’s start with the manufacturing facilities.  These buildings are over 12″ long and would work well in just about any setting you put them in.

 

These next pieces are labeled as more of military complex items, like command post and missile silo, and they would work great for that, but I can also see them used as the control center for a chemical plant and the large floor vat.  Some imagination and the Lasercraft Workshop pieces can transport to a load of terrain uses.

 

These next pieces are thier Fusion Plant and Elevated Storage Tank.  If you wanted to go huge and I’m a fan of large terrain pieces.  The elevated storage tank could be the exhaust tower for the fusion tank, creating an epic skyline for your table.  Your whole table could be fought inside the power plant complex with the Fusion Plants at its core.  How cool would that be.

 

And now on to the closer of the month.  I present Lasercraft Workshop‘s Cargo Crane and Bucket Wheel Excavator.  These things are massive and a even more amazing to see first in person.  I can’t say much more than they are just Awesome.

 

Laser Craft Workshop has a lot more to offer than I had the chance to show you.  Check them out yourself at www.lasercraftworkshop.com  To keep updated on their releases, follow them on Facebook.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Looking For More Great Scifi Terrain

Hey listeners,

We continue our Model Terrain Company for the Month of May, Laser Craft Workshop.  This time I want to expand on the Sector 38 Fortress, by showing you the Sector 38 Sci-fi Habs and Terrain collection.

The Sector 38 collection has a variety of uses.  It can be used to create a hab block, an out post, a light industrial district, a commerce port, to say the least.  At Adepticon, another thing that caught my eye was the ruined kits.  I’m sure you’ve heard me carry on about how a corner isn’t always going to be the last thing left on a building.  Laser Craft Workshop has some great examples of battle damaged buildings and best part is, they have the undamaged versions of the same buildings.  So you can really expand the narrative by having buildings get ruined mid game or as part of an ongoing campaign.

The Sector 38 Sci-fi Habs and Terrain collection includes a several towers to help you create many different narrative scenarios.

Laser Craft Workshop also has several styles of Landing Pads to choose from.  Check out this landing tower, this thing rocks!

And what system would be complete without a wide variety of catwalks, stairwells and ladders.

I like bundles, you like bundles, who doesn’t like a bundle.  Laser Craft Workshop offers several money saving kit bundles to get you started.  Each picture is a different Sector 38 bundle.  They really were thinking about the gamer when they put these together.  And just how big is a Hab Block anyway?

I have a whole lot more to show you from Laser Craft Workshop.  Check them out yourself at www.lasercraftworkshop.com  To keep updated on their releases, follow them on Facebook.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Laser Craft Workshop

We continue our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  All of May we will be featuring the fantastic products of Laser Craft Workshop.

People frequently forward me company information and I’ve had my eye on them for a while.  Then I saw their booth at Adepticon, took tons of photos and knew I had to tell you all about what they make.

The first thing that grabbed my attention at the Laser Craft Workshop booth was a futuristic modular fortress.  I was blown away by the detail and fair price of this mdf kit.  Even the name is cool, Sector 38 Fortress.

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The Sector 38 Mega Fortress kit comes with all these pieces.

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That’s a whole lot of fortress.

Let’s say you can’t afford or don’t have the space for such a large set.  Laser Craft Workshop has you covered with their Outpost Set.  It too has a very reasonable price point.

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Want to build your own custom fortress?  Let’s take a closer look at the individual pieces.

This set is incredible and like I said, it was the first thing I spotted at their booth and was blown away by it.

I have a whole lot more to show you from Laser Craft Workshop.  Check them out yourself at www.lasercraftworkshop.com  To keep updated on their releases, follow them on Facebook.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Episode 38; A Journey in Writing

Mark and Peter discuss hobby progress and how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Segment 1: So you want to be a writer. Peter Walks through his journey in writing. Advice received in the Adepticon Black Library classes. Suggestions for moving your own writing goals forward as well as where he plans to go from here.

Segment 2: Mark and Peter answer listener questions on running campaigns, map campaigns, narrative missions and the possibility of a Battle for Detros Mitus mission pack.

Battle for Detros Mitus: We take you back a few years to where it all began.

Episode 38

Guys, where have you been?

Afternoon listeners.

I’m sure many of you are wondering where have we been.  Rest assured we are still around, in fact I’m busy editing Episode 38.

Mark has been insanely busy balancing school, family and his day job.  I have been busy with Adepticon, the Black Library submission, as well as finishing up my own children’s story ‘The Adventures of Tenian Fieldmouse’.

So hang in there, a new episode is on it’s way.

If you are wondering what I’m up to from day to day, follow us on twitter @ngc40k

 

Out Like a Lion

With March almost over I have one more blast from BlueForge Terrain, our Model Terrain Company of the Month.

I really like what BlueForge makes and as a hobby terrain maker they are great inspiration.  I’m always striving to improve my skills, learn new techniques or just get creative.  BlueForge custom makes this terrain and it’s amazing.  So if you have an idea for a board, go check them out at www.blueforgeterrain.com for your next terrain purchase.

As war gamers, we love our fortifications.  So let’s kick this off with some bunkers and emplacements.  Whether you are trying to protect vehicles, supplies or your troops, they have you covered.  The barricade wall is solid as well.

BlueForge Terrain also makes various structures and facilities to go along with their emplacements.  You want to spice up that base, how about adding a Missile Bay, Comm Towers, Reactors or simply adding a few Barracks goes a long way on a board like this.

Since you decided to add a list of assets to your terrain arsenal, you are going to need to protect them with more than a few bunkers.

BAM!!!!! You need to protect your assets with thick wall sections that were designed to take a beating and keep them out of your goods.

And when you need to ship in fresh troops to man those walls or you’ve had an epic wall breach and you need to skat the heck out of there, BlueForge Terrain has your answer.  Landing Pads.  My favorite of these is the lofted landing pad with the bridge, it’s just awesome.

Saving my favorite thing for last.  I just love the airfield set.  This board is my top pick.

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BlueForge Terrain has a lot more products than I was able to cover in a month.  So go check them out at www.blueforgeterrain.com and tell me what your favorite kit they make is.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k. A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.