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  1. I’ve seen it referenced once or twice, but it’s usually in the context of a larger fluff piece about how the “present day” Imperium relies so heavily on ancient technologies that they no longer properly understand and are of questionable reliability... But we don’t need to roll dice to make sure our Imperial Guard Tank Squadron was loaded with petrol and not diesel, right?
  2. Just because something exists in “the fluff” doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to happen on the tabletop.
  3. Or we could play Frostgrave... Just sayin’.
  4. Citadel Miniatures actually sells a great big box of skulls. 340 of them for a mere $30.00 USD! Mostly human, but there's some orcs, tau, and a big old monster-alien-demon thing too. Secret Weapon Miniatures sells a Sack O'Skulls too. They're resin and a bit nicer looking than the Citadel ones, IMHO, but its only 50 of them for $15.00 USD. And, of course, you've got a 3D printer. I'm sure you can probably find files for piles of skulls. [Insert obligatory Khorne reference here.]
  5. I’ve always wondered why GW uses a three-step process (roll to hit, roll to wound, roll to save) to accomplish what most games do with a two-step process (roll to hit, roll to defend or roll to hit, roll damage). Were it up to me, I’d just scrap the “roll to wound” portion of the whole procedure... But if your goal is a retro-clone of WH40k 5th Edition, you probably should stick with as many of the existing rules as possible.
  6. Remember that old Portlandia sketch, “Put a bird on it?” The Citadel Miniatures design team seems to follow a similar philosophy: put a skull on it. If you need to replace the random rock or tree stump that GW puts under the feet of a lot of their minis, you can’t go wrong with a skull. A helmet also works. Bonus points if you have a specific army (e.g., orks) that you love to hate and use one of their skulls. Ammo crates, random cables, or industrial piping might also work.
  7. In Imperial Cadia, tanks protect you! In Imperial Valhalla, you protect tank!
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    D+D Maps

    Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!
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    R.I.P. Terry Jones

    @Raindog you know that's a photo of Johnny Cash, right? It's from the back cover of his album Strawberry Cake.
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    R.I.P. Terry Jones

    All eight episodes of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives can be found on YouTube... and if you enjoy the, you should also track down Terry Jones' Barbarians from 2006 which deals with the Goths, Celts, Huns, Vandals, and Greeks (yes, the Greeks) with an equal mix of history, myth-busted, and comedy. The Story of 1 is also a great one. It's a single hour-long documentary about the history of numbers... Yeah. Sounds incredibly boring and/or really freakin' weird, but Jones' knack for storytelling, natural charisma, and flair for comedy makes it work. I'm less fond of his 1995 series The Crusades, which is still quite entertaining and much more historically accurate than most "edu-tainment" works about the Crusades, but suffers heavily from the presentism. Cambridge historian Sir Steven Runciman, CH FBA, was a consultant for the series, appears on camera as an interview subject, and his work serves as the foundation for most of the show. Runciman is well-known in academic circles for his bias of always portraying the Crusaders negatively and the Muslims favorably. Terry Jones' show suffers (IMHO) for it's reliance on Runciman... Having said that, it's still damn entertaining and a much better overview of the period than you typically see on The History Channel or other such sources. Just, y'know, apply a few pinches of salt.
  11. Did it specifically say “postal code” rather than ZIP code? If so, double check that you didn’t inadvertently put Canada or some other country in the country box... or that clicking or scrolling someplace else on the page didn’t accidentally reset the country box. I deal with a boatload of poorly designed web forms all day at work, this probably happens to me twice a week.
  12. It’s an abstraction, either way. Just like every other game mechanic... I mean, the chittering swarms of Tyranid biohorrors don’t all stand still while the Space Marines take it in turn to shoot them, then politely take their turn standing still so the Tyranids can shoot back.
  13. $2.50 for the mini and $7.50 to the Australian RSPCA... Which is a well respected and well regarded charitable group.
  14. Reaper Miniatures have put together a set of special miniatures to raise funds to aid the work being done, by the RSPCA South Australia, to help ease the suffering of animals impacted by the bushfires. For each miniature purchased, Reaper will donate $7.50 to the RSPCA. They have already donated the production and tooling costs and $5,000 to get the ball rolling, and have already raised over $12,000 in total.
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    R.I.P. Terry Jones

    Monty Python was a huge influence on my life, but what truly made me love Jones was his post-Python career as a historian and an advocate for modern society to take medieval history seriously: But, maybe not too seriously...
  16. Rod Stewart believes it’s cooler to be on the cover of Model Railroader magazine than Rolling Stone.
  17. Big model train show happening at the Portland Expo Center this weekend. I’ve always found model railroading a good source of tools, techniques, and gadgetry for wargaming terrain and model making. A mere $9.00 gets you in the door... Might be a fun way to kill a cold, rainy weekend. http://trainshow.com/portland/
  18. Units of toy soldiers just don’t look right without a standard bearer, a musician, and a leader of some sort...
  19. I made a really bad pho pun in a Vietnamese restaurant and the owner threatened to bahn mi.
  20. “Faux Pho” serving only vegan pho.
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