Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How geeky are you?

Sooooo..... What's makes a person geekier than another in this hobby, other than creating a survey to see how much of a nerd you are? *ahem*

I was having drinks with a gaming kaki when we started wondering what means we could use to measure involvement in this hobby (read: geekiness).

We sorted things out into 5 categories, then came up with 4 statements about each. The idea is you score 1 point for each of the following, to come up with a total 'geek' factor.

It's subjective as hell and utterly inaccurate, but it's all for a good laugh.

Also we're thinking of adding a points weightage to the system, since some statements have more nerd-weight than others (haha).

See anything that needs adding? Let me know in the comments.

Background knowledge:

1.Writes own fluff
2.Knows fluff of armies not in own collection
3.Able to identify fluff changes
4.Has strongly disagreed with fluff before


1. Paints in a group on weekends regularly
2. Paints at home regularly (2-3 times a week)
3. Scratchbuilds/kitbashes models involving parts from at least 4 different models
4. Converts models for purely aesthetic reasons


1. Familiar with rules from at least 3 codeci for army not in collection
2. Has played at least 3 games without needing to check rules
3. Owns a copy of FAQs for armies outside of collection
4. Has played a game from each expansion at least once (Battle Missions, Cityfight etc.)


1. Owns non-competitive choices and used them at least thrice
2. Able to field at least 80% of an army's available units, less unreleased models
3. Owns Apocalypse-ready force (3000pts painted including 1 formation/super heavy)
4. Able to max out one section of the force organization chart with multiples of 1 unit type (not HQ)

Buying behaviour:

1. Orders new releases the same month they are made available
2. Owns at least 1 Forgeworld fully-resin kit of at least 60 pounds in value
3. Has bought at least 1750 points of models in one go
4. Owns at least 4k of models for one army, painted or unpainted

Internet behaviour:

1. First to know about a new rumour on an army not in own collection, on at least 3 separate occasions
2. Visits at least 5 unique wargaming related websites a week
3. Regular visitor to a website focussing on one faction in 40k
4. Regular contributor to a gaming forum

It walks!

The secret project's not so secret no more.

It's a Subjugator Titan for Apocalypse, one of the more obscure Chaos titan variants back in the days of old Epic.

It's mostly scratchbuilt, barring a pair of defiler arms and a few pieces off the Chaos vehicle accessory sprue.

Lots of fun times had sourcing for parts and endless sanding, and sanding (and sanding) all of that Milliput. Lots of frustration at times too.

You know you're enjoying a project when you want to look at it first thing in the morning after a night spent working on it, and you sketch it endlessly during work.

Now it's mostly complete, just needs more time on the paintwork. I might also add a rivet or two here and there to break up the plainer areas. It's funny how you only notice these things when there's already colour on the model.

Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Secret Project Time!

And here it is!

Care to guess what it is?

(Shh to those I've told about it already)

Next: need arms!

Where's all the painting hauls gone, ya lazy git?

Well I'm glad you asked, sonny.

The simple answer is that I spent the last two months on a new Chaos list for a local tourney and on another top secret (until I get around to posting pics anyway) project.

Here are pics from the tourney, shamelessly filched from the organisers' Facebook:

Sardaris's new look! Still can't get the girls though.

The list of models I completed for the tourney:

1 Land Raider
1 Vindicator
1 Daemon Prince
5 Berserkers
11 Chaos Space Marines

Oh and Sardaris got an update, with a shiny new blue sword, face and wings. Plus I did sundry icons, combi meltas and other whatnotz to get the army tourney ready.

Lots of little details left to add, like detailing on rivets, bandages and other odds and sods that I will work on every now and then, but pretty good eh?

So how did I do? Better than expected I guess. Won three games on the first day, then crashed out on the second, but it's already better than I'd hoped.

Got voted Best Painted though, so no regrets!

So here's a big chunk of my painted Chaos army as it stands now:

Sardaris missed the group photo above, and there's still unfinished Terminators, Bikes, another Defiler, and sundry power-armoured dudes.

Oh and The Secret Project!