Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hobby Variety Hour

Hey folks,

Here's some pictures and such about what I have been working on hobby wise lately.

First of all here are some Flames of War vehicles I have been working on to reinforce my Airborne.

Here we have a full platoon of M18 tank destroyers, with security section. 

These are M4A1 Shermans from Plastic Soldier Company. 

Here we have Khaleesi supervising me working on some light 105mm artillery.

The start of my new Steelheads force for Warmachine. We have our Warcaster Captain Damiano, a full Unit of Steelhead halberdiers, a minimum unit of Steelhead cavalry, and Stannis Brocker. This is 

Now onto some other geeky things I have been into lately that don't involve glue and paint. 

Above is a shot of me reading the Numenera core rulebook at a great bar called Hay Merchant here in Houston. I'm drinking a 512 Pecan Porter if anyone cares, it may be my favorite beer. Numenera is a recently Kickstarted RPG from Monte Cook, he got to make the game he always wanted. Every new part of the game I went through I kept thinking, oh wow that's so elegant or well done for all the mechanical aspects of the game. It uses a d20 for almost all rolls, but is nothing like other games out there right now. Also it has the most useful and relevant GM's section that I have ever seen.

 I totally recommend this game for someone looking for a new experience. 

Now onto what I had a friend ninja me from GenCon, the new Iron Kingdoms RPG setting book that focuses on the Iron Kingdoms themselves. The history of the 5 Iron Kingdoms is presented in great detail, as well as adding a lot of new player information, with new careers, and modified existing ones, as well as equipment, a ton of new warjacks, a few new labor jacks, and new themes for your adventuring group. I totally love this book, it's just shy of 400 pages of goodness. The only thing is I wish it was a little more focused on the day to day lives and culture of the different Iron Kingdoms instead of mostly a list of kings and battles and coups. The good stuff in my mind is the detailed information of the different regions, cities, and such subdivisions of each nation. Now you have a place for your character to be from, or a place for them to belong and adventure in. 

Now for a few things that I have received from projects I backed on Kickstarter. 

 Deadlands updated to the 1930s, and beyond with the companion they also produced with the Kickstarter campaign. Good stuff.
All the cool stuff from the first year of d20 Monkey one of my favorite geeky webcomics. I can't wait to see what else he has in store for future projects. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Podcasting Happenings.

The best stock photo a Google search can buy. 

Hey folks,

This week I'm going to plug a bunch of podcasts that I enjoy and listen to.

First of all, I'm now a "Foreign Correspondent" on the Hitting on 3s Podcast. All the way down here in Houston, I've done the first of an occasional series, called "Old Man Wargaming with Bryce", where I talk about my hobby experiences in historical wargaming so far and introduce it to a 40k audience.

The first installment of OMWB can be found on Episode 31 of the podcast. I'm working with the Ho3s boys to get another one recorded about the hobby aspects of historical wargaming for the 40k player. Hopefully that happens soon.

A new to me podcast is After Ullanor, dealing with the Horus Heresy books. I'm only a couple episodes in and I'm really digging it. It's been a while since I read the books as they were coming out. So the earlier stuff is a little hazy. I now want to go get Horus Rising at HalfPrice just for how good they make it sound. This is an offshoot of the Garagehammer podcast, I'm not familiar with them, but I'll give them a try too, even if they are square basers.

Another mention is Deep Strike Radio, I never really got into the story of the Dawn of War games, I was just thrilled to have a 40k RTS. So I didn't know much about the Blood Ravens chapter, but thanks to the latest episode I am chomping at the bit to make a force for them. Lots of Librarians, seeking knowledge, a mysterious(loyal Thousand Sons remnants) origin. They are basically what my 3rd Ed homebrew chapter was but given professional writers that know a lot more about 40k than I did at 13 and 14. So yeah, way cool.

That's all for now folks.