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Took a break for two hours to get some lunch (6" Subway turkey and ham on wheat with diet coke) and then stop by the local Games Workshop. Chris was there, and upon hearing me coughing, remarked, "Wow, that doesn't sound good at all!" Ah yeah, no, no it doesn't. Thanks! ;)

Today's the last day for Greg and Dan, the two guys who ran the local store. Apparently Games Workshop is doing a lot of shuffling of it's North American operations, and one of those measures is changing how stores are run. This is really sad for me since the reason that I decided to take up Warhammer and start going to that store was because I really enjoyed the two guys who ran it.

I suppose that at the end of the day business is business, but still. It's pretty sad. Over the past six months I've come to know these guys as more than just employees at a store. Greg and his wife also play in the Friday night LARP I'm in, so at least I'll still get to see him, but... ah well.

Time to get back to work though. This weekend I'm racking up some major overtime ... sadly I don't get paid for it, maybe I'll talk to my boss. ;)
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Dec. 7th, 2009 09:33 pm

past week

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While I'm procrastinating the weekly Dreamwidth update, you get a real life update.

This past week has been exciting in real life ways!

I participated in the "Battleforce Challenge" which was a Warhammer 40,000 event taking place at the local game store. The idea is, you buy a battleforce (army in a box) for $90 and then you are entered in a tournament event. You come and play and at the end of the tournament whoever has the most points gets their money back (or gets a second $90 box).

The bad thing about battleforces is that they're not all created equal. There is one for each army (Warhammer has a bunch of armies) and they all have a "box of models" but they're not all the same point value. (In Warhammer, units cost points. More points = better.) The rules of the tournament were that you could field anything that came out of your battleforce, in any configuration you want.

This means that my Tau Empire battleforce hit the field at 733 points. An Imperial Guard battleforce could only barely get to 500 points. The Space Wolves battleforce clocked in at 1,430 points. In theory, an army with more points will win, all things being equal. I didn't expect to win, and it turns out that I didn't.

My first game I played against Necrons. I managed to fight them to a draw, but only because the hour time limit was up. Had we gone the full length he would have whittled me down. (Necrons have a close to 1,000 point battleforce.)

The second game was against a guy named Ryan who fielded the Space Wolves. It was a grotesque slaughter and he beat me. That's typically what I expect when fighting an army that has twice as many points, though. In retrospect, I might have been able to get a tie out of him as well (due to the time limit) had I planned a little ahead, but I didn't and lost.

By the third game I knew I was going to be losing the tournament and I was up against someone with Imperial Guard (very weak battleforce), but he was also a really new player. We spent the game just going slow, very carefully and thoroughly going over rules and tactics, and basically turned it into a teaching game. He was very grateful for that and in the end we tied, so that was good.

I really like going to the games store, and try to make it over there for a few hours every couple days. The people there are very friendly -- and actually, a large group of Baptists, interestingly enough. Gives me some pangs of regret for no longer belong to a church -- not because I miss being religious, but I miss that sense of belonging to a group of people that are friendly and nice.

Anyway.

Another new thing that I tried, from hearing about it through the game store: LARPing. Yes. I went to a LARP. I've never done it before and I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be amazingly awesome.

One of the guys from the game store, Chris, helped me roll up a character. I'm Tom Peters, a Malkavian who was a photojournalist (read: paparazzi). Carries around a camera and notebook. Ends up being turned in Florida and then runs away as fast as possible, ends up in Mountain View. Then some Things Happen. I don't have time to go through it, but it was great and I had a lot of fun.

I've also played a little EVE lately. Mostly I'm trying to get the alliance I'm in (Antaeus Combine) sorted on their web properties. I did lead a roaming gang out tonight but there were only four of us (and one was a covops with no guns or scrambler) and we lost the covops and a Cerberus. And killed a Punisher+pod. Oh well, better luck next time. (Morsus Mihi scrambles quickly... lesson learned.)

...

Time to go write the update.
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Yes, I'm still coughing. Days later. It hasn't changed any in days -- my right ear is half stuffy (but not all the way, and it pops frequently enough) and I'm coughing. Oh well, I feel mostly well enough to be doing things, so I've started resuming my life.

Today I made it to the local Games Workshop for the first time in a week and a half. I walked in and Dan, one of the two employees, walked up to me and (jokingly) said "Hi, I'm Dan, I don't believe you've ever been in our store before..." It was great.

I worked on my Tau some more, and then played a short game against Ryan (one of the regulars). He was playing Space Wolves and he took me down pretty well. I would have done better had I not charged his squad with my Kroot. Turns out his higher initiative put the hurt on, and my entire squad died. Oh well. The Fire Warriors followed the next round when he charged them.

In other news, did a bunch of Dreamwidth work last night. Did more today, wrote a patch (myself, I coded!), email (answering questions for a potential article), hanging out on IRC, etc. Light day.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and thus begins the holiday season. I still don't like the holidays, so if I seem a little grumpier than usual (or a lot more so), that's why. Going to be flying out to North Dakota for Christmas, which should be fun. New Year's back here in California, probably celebrating a new nephew or niece (if the kid has the decency to be on time).

Don't ask me about NaNoWriMo. Hamthrax. Surprise visits from people. Thanksgiving.

That's about my life in a nutshell.
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Nov. 4th, 2009 11:33 pm

warhammer

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Thanks to [personal profile] zhent's advice, I have some halfway decent pictures of the models I've been working on. Here's one of the Tau Empire Stealthsuits:



That links to the gallery which contains two more pictures from different angles.

There are definitely things I'm not happy about, some areas I didn't stay 'in the lines', his feet look like hooves, and I'm not sure if I'm sold on the color scheme I made up. But overall I'm pretty happy with them, especially as they're the first things I've painted.

Comments welcome!
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Oct. 24th, 2009 11:20 pm

ahhh~~

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Warhammer 40,000 miniatures are harder than I ever expected to build. Honestly, I had no idea the "hobby" was this involved! I knew that people played war games with little plastic units, but I didn't know it was this involved.

I'll post pictures as soon as I have something neat to show, but so far it's pretty neat. I've asked Janine to buy me some of the units for my birthday/Christmas. I'm playing the Tau Empire which is pretty tactical and interesting.

Anyway. I just had to pull some one of my Fire Warrior's arms off because I decided to promote him to a Shas'ui (a team leader sort) and give him a markerlight. I also have to do some drone conversions to build shield and marker drones (all I have are shield drones) but that should be pretty easy.

Nothing is painted yet, and the quality of my work is quite readily apparent as "newbie" -- so I'm sure down the road (if I continue this hobby) I will look at my first little 500 point army and think "wow, they look terrible".

C'est la vie.

In other news, my novel planning for NaNo is going well. I have a few more plot points to work out and some character background to do (as well as try to identify more than two characters I have already worked up somewhat), but I'm excited to participate this year. May even try to go to some of the local events, not sure yet though.

In other other news, I need to do a code push for Dreamwidth this weekend. Probably tomorrow, as it's already late and I want to go to bed soonish.

For a complete change of pace, I've (today) finished War of Honor, book 10 in the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber. I have one more book to go before I'm done with the series until the next one comes out. This last book didn't appeal to me as much as the others because it was almost all political intrigue, and I'm more interested in the space combat and character based events. But it was still good.

Okay, time to go glue my little dude's new arms on.

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