DIY Budget Mat/Board

It's me, back from the dead! Two months without posting. Work, family, blah blah. Also, I went into shell shock after Adepticon.

And now, there's a new version of Warmahordes coming in a few weeks, I've started a Frostgrave warband, I got excited by and then completely disillusioned by Dicemasters, I bought, opened, and then put away


(I went crazy) Auctions and Adepticon

One of my favorite FLGSes is actually 1.5 hours from my house. Games Plus is located in a quiet suburb of Chicago, and it's been around for close to 40 years. I went there when I was a high school freshman, when the shelves were lined with Avalon Hill, Steve Jackson, and Ral Partha. It still has the most diverse inventory of any game store I have visited in my life. Of course, there are the complete lines of GW, Corvus Belli, Wyrd, PP, Flames of War, FFG, etc. There's also all the older and obscure stuff like Microarmor, Star Fleet Battles, many flavors of historicals, and every RPG and board game I've heard of.

Twice a year, they hold a three day auction. They've been doing it for decades. I had missed every one of them until this year. Sunday was the miniatures auction (RPGs and board games are on different days), and with my 11 year old daughter in tow, we waded into the fray.


UPDATE: Not so incredible deal

Soooo close!!
So a 6 weeks ago or so, I posted what should have been the deal of the century: 4 W&N brushes in modeler's sizes for under $20.00. While I was hardly the first to notice this deal, that post was widely shared on Facebook thanks to the incredibly generous blog networks of Faeit and House of Paincakes. But now, there's been a snag.


TL;DR I surrender

So. Tired. Can't. Even.

I was going to title this post "I give up", but that has really negative connotations, and this is not necessarily a negative communication. But I have finally, without a doubt, surrendered to the torrent of ever-changing rules from GW this year.


Warhammer 40k goes back to the mainstream.

If you've been online today and surfing 40k sites, I'm sure you've seen the breaking news: GW is going start selling model kits as, well, model kits. It's actually a pretty smart move on their



EDIT: Not sure if you have to be a Prime member. Please comment if you get the deal (plus shipping) if you are not Prime. Thanks! Also, if you successfully purchase, be aware that they don't ship until March.
I have no idea whether this is an error on amazon's part, but these brushes are normally over $70.00US. But for the past two days they


Some love (?) for Sigmar

Jake over at Ex Profundis wrote an interesting article over the summer about Age of Sigmar and its implications, but today was my first time seeing it.


Organizing your work area, pro-level

Are these enough Skavven for AoS?
Happy New Year, everyone! ZeroNyne here. Yes, I've been pretty much off this blog for about 9 months. Real life is hectic, and as is natural sometimes, the blog started to fall away. But no longer will this site be neglected! The goal is two posts (or more) per week. Since I don't really consider relinking or sharing someone else's blog as a post, I'll have my work cut out for me in the new year.

So, have you made any resolutions? I have.


Adepticon 2015: Photostream

Craftworld Burgundy 
Well, another Adepticon has come and gone. Each year, it gets harder and harder to carve out the time, but this one was special. I attended Thursday and Friday. I will have separate reviews of the some of the games I played, but for now,


Harlequin Solitaire On Deck!

Up to 7D6" movement ignoring all terrain with ten attacks? Wow.

I am really looking forward to


Corsec Magnet Applicator

Once in a while, I will stumble across a product that solves a minor chronic problem so elegantly that I can't figure out why I hadn't looked for it before. These are not wholly innovative gadgets; rather, they are things that have existed, but I just had no idea since it didn't fall within my tiny sphere of attention. I want to show you one of these products.


REVIEW: Novus Design Studio Buildings

Like Nagash, I'm returning this week after a long (six month) absence. Hello, readers, sorry for abandoning you. I'll have a separate post for why I've been out of the blogosphere, but today, let's talk about buildings. Particularly, buildings from a little known vendor Novus Design Studios.

Interesting packaging


Batch Painted (Speed Painted) Plaguebearers

I'm on a roll these days getting back into the painting groove. I think it's because Daemons are so different from power armor and Nids. The multicolor scheme that I chose for Nurgle is not as cartoony as I thought, and I like the idea of allying CSM and Daemons...very fluffy.

So I had the presence of mind to document the batch painting of my plaguebearers. As usual, they aren't going to win a slayer sword, but they are definitely at least TT quality. Click any photo to enlarge.


Speed Painting Nurglings (+ a little ranting)

So much has happened in the last few weeks in terms of 40k, but the biggest personal impact has been the advent of Games Workshop's new codex release schedule and its digital/print disconnect. I am loose with WYSIWYG when it comes to an opponent. I'm not "THAT GUY" when it comes to playing against people with unpainted models. But I am a completist when it comes to core rules. I like to have all the rules handy.


Kickstarter: Creature Caster

Wow, look at that detailed bastard. Amazing.
Ex-Ultraforge founder Jeremy has launched a new company and has a Kickstarter spinning up.


Holiday Gift Guide for 40k Widows, Widowers, and Moms, Part 1

Hello, fellow 40k denizen. Is your girl or guy complaining about not knowing what the hell to get you for the holidays? Click on the "read more" link below, slide your laptop/ipad/phone over to your significant other, and scuttle out of the room like a 2nd generation genestealer. Now scat!


Speedpainted 40k Buildings

The University of Chicago
I've been on a one month hiatus from the hobby due to work and family commitments as well as my perennial revamping of the home recording studio. In the meanwhile, several supplements have been released (Inquisition and Iron Hands) or are in the process of being released, and there are rumors of Nids and IG flying around. All exciting stuff. Being away for a while has helped me focus on what I need to do to really start enjoying eternal warfare. The first task is to finish my home table. In a previous post, I show the frame and boards.


Scale Diagram of Almost Every Space Conveyance Ever.

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This awesome chart, from Deviant Artist DirkLoechel, actually includes a ton of Battlefleet Gothic Ships. I love stuff like this, and he did a great job. A few closeups:


R.I.P. Donald Featherstone, creator of the saving throw (and other things)

This is from Reddit this morning:

Ladies & Gentlemen,
It has been announced on the oldschoolwargaming yahoogroup that Donald Featherstone, one of the Godfathers of wargaming, has died at the age of 95.
If you play Warhammer, you have been touched by this man's work, energy and passion - his "Skirmish Wargames" was one of the inspirations for Necromunda and he invented the saving throw.