With two sick boys and a sleeping baby, my wife stayed home from church today. I went with my daughter. It was splendid. I actually got to listen and enjoy. Everything was just what I needed to hear, among which was a lot about Gratitude. I came away completely with tank on FULL.

Other than that I just ate turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie covered in whipped cream. And watched movies on TIVO.

My new home teaching companion has the skill of making custom speakers from scratch. He hopes to make a business of it and I think he'll do well.

Fateweavers: second incursion

First off, we've built this army twice. The first version was sold. The second version is at the studio right now.

What follows is one incarnation of the Fateweavers army. This is an all Tzeentch Daemons of Chaos army. The strength of the army is in the magic. The Heralds can have a power called Master of Sorcery which gives them every spell from a single one of the basic lores. This allows you to tailor your army to any particular threat. There are a zillion dirty tricks to play with this.

Against a heavily armored foe, like Chaos Knights, I like to take the Lore of Metal. It's a lore not often used. The first spell allows for sniping of heavily armored enemy characters.

Bolt of Change is possibly the best magic missile in the game: 12+ to case, 24" range and 2d6 S D6+4 hits. In the game on Saturday I got this off with nine S10 shots. Nothing can survive that. The key is to run enormous blocks of Horrors. They are super expensive, but they are the solid engine that runs the army.

One thing I want to experiment with is the Standard of Chaos Glory (all daemons within 12" are Stubborn). This means that if I make the LD7 (typically) test then nothing happens. Daemons are very resilient. And even if I fail I only lose a few daemons. It's essentially unbreakability. There is also a banner that reduces all enemy leadership within 12" by -2. I'd like to try that one out on a leadership poor army that needs to pass tests to charge Fear-causing daemons.

On another note: this is a great army to make if you're short on cash and long on money. You can scratch-build a lot of the stuff out of eight boxes of Spawn (about $190 USD) and a ton of tyranid parts. That's the trick, you've got to have a friend with a lot of Tyranid extras. It's very, very labor intensive though. My army has 90+ horrors in it and let me tell you it's quite a trick to make each one unique but still have a cohesive look.

If you'd like the friendly folks at BTP to make you a Fateweavers army the cost is as follows:
1500 pts for $1150
2000 pts for $1350
2500 pts for $1550
3000 pts for $1750

2600 Pts - Daemons of Chaos Roster - Fateweavers

Lord of Change (1#, 630 pts)
1 Lord of Change @ 630 pts (Flaming Attacks; General; Hand Weapon; Level 4 Wizard; Causes Fear; Causes Terror; Daemonic; Flyer; Immune to Psychology; Large Target)
1 Dark Magister
1 Tzeentch's Will
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch
1 2. Boon of Tzeentch
1 3. Glean Magic
1 4. Gift of Chaos
1 5. Bolt of Change
1 6. Tzeentch's Firestorm

Herald of Tzeentch (1#, 185 pts)
1 Herald of Tzeentch @ 185 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Locus of Tzeentch; Level 2 Wizard; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Disc of Tzeentch (Flaming Attacks; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Flyer; Immune to Psychology)
1 Master of Sorcery
1 Flames of Tzeentch
1 1. Rule of Burning Iron
1 2. Commandment of Brass
1 3. Transmutation of Lead
1 4. Distillation of Molten Silver
1 5. Law of Gold
1 6. Bane of Forged Steel

Herald of Tzeentch (1#, 165 pts)
1 Herald of Tzeentch (Battle Standard Bearer) @ 165 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Locus of Tzeentch; Level 2 Wizard; Battle Standard Bearer; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Flames of Tzeentch
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch
1 2. Boon of Tzeentch
1 3. Glean Magic
1 4. Gift of Chaos
1 5. Bolt of Change
1 6. Tzeentch's Firestorm

Herald of Tzeentch (1#, 165 pts)
1 Herald of Tzeentch @ 165 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Locus of Tzeentch; Level 2 Wizard; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Spell Breaker
1 Flames of Tzeentch
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch
1 2. Boon of Tzeentch
1 3. Glean Magic
1 4. Gift of Chaos
1 5. Bolt of Change
1 6. Tzeentch's Firestorm

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (30#, 451 pts)
29 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch @ 451 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Musician Mus; Standard Bearer Std; Daemonic Icons; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 The Changeling (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Banner of Change
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch
1 4. Gift of Chaos
1 5. Bolt of Change

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (30#, 403 pts)
30 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch @ 403 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Musician Mus; Standard Bearer Std; Daemonic Icons; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Banner of Change
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch
1 4. Gift of Chaos
1 5. Bolt of Change

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (10#, 157 pts)
10 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch @ 157 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Standard Bearer Std; Daemonic Icons; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Banner of Change
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (10#, 157 pts)
10 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch @ 157 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Standard Bearer Std; Daemonic Icons; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology)
1 Banner of Change
1 1. Flickering Fire of Tzeentch

Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 140 pts)
4 Flamers of Tzeentch @ 140 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology; Skirmishers)
1 Flames of Tzeentch

Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 140 pts)
4 Flamers of Tzeentch @ 140 pts (Flaming Attacks; Hand Weapon; Causes Fear; Daemonic; Immune to Psychology; Skirmishers)
1 Flames of Tzeentch

Validation Report:
Army Subtype: Daemons of Chaos; Edition: 7th Edition; Game Type: Normal Game; Special Rules: Forbid Storm of Chaos, Forbid Albion, Forbid Lustria
Roster satisfies all enforced validation rules

Total Roster Cost: 2593

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Happy belated Thanksgiving to all. Thanks for reading and watching. Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. And thanks most of all to BTP's excellent clients who make the dream (for both me, the artists and our families) possible.

About Thanksgiving day:

I was a complete bear all day long. I was grousing and griping. I nagged the kids, grumbling at them to keep quiet, and why did they need to be in the same room as me? I groaned each time my wife asked me to help her out. In word and deed the polar opposite of the spirit of the day.

For the Thanksgiving prayer I went off on one of my stupidities where I ask God to smite any germs on the food, to cleanse it from unclean-ness and filth, and to commit genocide on the microbes that may be lurking in the turkey; to hunt them down and leave only a single survivor so it can tell the tale to any other bacteria that might come near the food. And so forth until all the young nieces/nephews are giggling and I can feel the burning stare of the good-woman's disapproval.

As usual, Tamie made a whole spread of gourmet quality food from scratch: pumpkin, pecan, lemon meringue pies; and so on. She is a saint of some kind; mild, loving, unselfish, unpretentious, genuine, and a demon in the kitchen.

Then instead of helping out with the dishes I crawled into bed, put an episode of Red Dwarf on the laptop, and went to sleep. All this citing a (real) headache.

The tale of Friday and Saturday is one of making myself exceptionally useful, and being ever so pleasant. Saturday morning was a moment of paradise with the baby crawling around in our bed in her pink sleepers; she was propped up on my back watching Red Dwarf with me and laughing and giggling whenever I laughed. She doesn't understand a word, of course, but she knows when a larf is being had!

I did make it down to the studio for a game on Saturday. I got to play a 2600 point game using the Fateweavers (pure Tzeentch Daemons). I love that army. Final score was something like 1800 to 2500. The Horrors burned almost the entire enemy army to a crisp. It was outstanding. That army is ever so fun to play.

In a subsequent game for the campaign at 800 pts (Warriors of Chaos vs my Dark Elves) I got all but tabled, a complete rout. I forgot to use the cauldron of blood twice, and on one occasion gave Bloodshield (5+ ward save) to a unit that already had a 4+ ward save. Pathetic.

Extra Hand on Deck

If you live locally (ie 20 minutes or less to the studio in Spanish Fork) and would like to give us a hand with Assembly during December and January please contact me at

This could work into a more permanent arrangement, but not for absolute sure.

I need a well-adjusted and all-around happy person who can walk in knowing what to do. You need to have assembled several armies and know how to do quality work. Basic green stuff and conversion work a must. Scratch sculpting a plus.

If you want to apply, please send an email with "Assembler Needed- Your Name" as the subject line. In the body of the email put a short blurb about yourself and your hobby background.

Absolutely do not mention anything to do with protected class (eg race, gender, religion, family situation). I only want to hear things relevant to the job.

Please, only apply if you are local. I don't want anyone to move here for this. And only if you have the skills needed already under your belt.

Basic Training Army Special

I'm starting a new special for December (and possibly January).

I was laying awake the other night thinking "What's the least expensive an army could be done?" This was brought on by the multitude of inquiries I get for the cheapest route for getting a painted army on the board.

$775 for a 1500 pt army ($325 down pulls the trigger)
$960 for a 2000 pt army ($425 down pulls the trigger)

This is with BTP getting to choose everything (you pick 40K or Fantasy, but we pick which army), and painted to a basic level (L2).

The standard is we choose from more competitive armies with newer rulebooks unless you want to open up other possibilities.

Within this parameter, I promise to make the coolest army possible. But remember, I was going to call this the "Beggars can't be Choosers" special!

All I need is a deposit to get started. You'll have your army in about thirty days.

Here are some examples of armies we might do for this:

Tau 1500
2x Shas'o battlesuits
3x Battlesuits
6x Stealth Suits
24x Fire Warriors
2x Devilfish
4x Shield/Gun Drones
2x Hammerhead

Deathguard 1500 pts (actually a bit higher)
2x Daemon Prince with Wings
21x Plague Marines
3x Rhinos
2x Vindicator
3x Obliterators

2x Farseer
10x Fire Dragons
20x Dire Avengers
3x Wave Serpent
1x Wraithlord

Open for Business

Hey all. I'm hanging out at home on Thursday. I'm ready to set up new projects. Still a few slots open for December. And January is wide open.

I'll be at the studio for most of Friday and some of Saturday.

And will someone please move Stargate: Universe from the Sci-Fi channel to the Lifetime channel!


First ONE HUNDRED Skaven just came off the line for the "Cravin Skaven" special.

Holiday Hours

Blue Table Painting will be closed Thanksgiving Day (though I will probably be on line here and there), but open Friday for full-bore. I'll be down at the studio Saturday as well. So, don't hold off on inquiries and booking projects.

In fact, if you want to help old Shawn relax over the holiday, then bug me about a new project. Once I have it booked out to a certain amount I can breathe a sigh of relief.

Dumpster Diver

By my desk in the family room I have a low trash bin (really a deep sweater bin conscripted for trash duty). Today I found Willow torso down and fishing around for goodies. She already had an apple core in her mouth. Inspecting it, washing it and finding it fit for human consumption I watched with intense curiosity while she annihilated the entire thing with her two bottom chompers. Outstanding.

It was like watching Mr. Peepers from SNL.

She is teething. Her nose is runny and she's irritable. But she wants to eat constantly.

She is nearly one year old.

I have been sleep deprived this week. I can feel tired-ness in my bones. My eyes are heavy, but worry props them open. Last night I got a really good night's sleep, then a reprise on the couch in the morning after an episode of The Mentalist.

My wife at this moment is making apple cider from a box of apples. She is constantly cooking and our larder is always well stocked. When she was young, a venerable Patriarch prophesied that if she would always be willing to serve her fellow man she would never want for anything. I have certainly seen both of those the last fifteen years. I have been the beneficiary. She goes through life without a single worry.

Another great thing about Tamara is that she is forgiving. She never bears a grudge, large or small, for even ten minutes. That makes for a good marriage. Food and Forgiveness. She is a Good Woman.

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl.

The last few months, any time I have found my usual good nature with church-related service, and indeed towards my fellow man, to be dampened, like on Sunday morning there is a sheet of lead draped over me.

That seems to have been lifted today. I was only a few minutes late to church. I actually got a moment's peace. I just love church. It's like taking a shower. I can't imagine not going every week! My life has been so enriched.

I am breaking my conditioning. Everything on TV, Radio, and Print (with the exception of books) has been teaching me how to believe. It's really starting to chap my hide. What if everything I've been taught is a lie? College sure was. Or what if there is a deeper layer even under all that. I don' t feel at the present moment like taking this any further. You can breathe a sigh of relief now.

That's the missing link with the banks (ie the fractional reserve banking thing). So there are huge profits that drain the resources of the general population. Who benefits? Does the wealth then become more or less evenly distributed back somehow? I don't know. I have so many questions.

The kids have been taking music lessons for a few years now and it really shows. The can read music and belt out a few tunes. They love to sing, too.

Chicken Vindaloo

First off, I just saw this vid report of a tournament and this guy had a Skaven army with 180 slaves/rats and another 180 clanrats. No magic, no casters, just a wave of brown.

Friday was Paint Fest. We went over basing styles as well as how to paint more efficiently. Here is one of a many number of slides about setting up an efficient station. This is my view of one of the best setups for painting. Everything is scrunched in close, everything handy. Water dish is shallow and broad and filled up just over half way.

I have recently started using an even larger water dish, a small tub actually.

Julie is working on a Lizardmen army that is just beyond belief. The saurus are sandy colored with deep jade colored armor, brass weapons with crystal blades. They look better than any lizardmen I've ever seen. You'll get to look those over later.

Paint Fest had a fabulous turnout. It's college level education intended to expand techniques and make sure that everything is homogenized: all painters should be able to do the same work as the others. And also cross-pollination of skills.

I have to shamefully say that I didn't paint anything for Paint Fest. I just sat there and chatted, and read army books. Sad.

Friday evening I went out with Tamie to a small concert featuring her sister's husband's band. Afterwards we went out for pie. I bought a pecan pie to take home. I made myself sick on that the following morning.

Saturday afternoon I put in just more than a half-day at the studio getting everything caught up. I watched like ten episodes of Red Dwarf. That show is beyond awesome. What a great adventure. Loads of fun. And good sci-fi, too. Not for kids, but probably more tame than your typical episode of Seinfeld. Though evidently the middle finger is all right on the UK airwaves.

Once home, we bundled up all four kids and headed to the local grocery store. There is a certain one, Macey's (not the clothing store Macy's) that is particularly beloved of the locals. It is bright and well-stocked, and on a Saturday night it is packed, and we're sure to run into a few people we know. It's closed on Sunday, which is why we like it-- the story is that they have been standing against larger chains open 7 days a week.

The kids love it. We like to pick up a little baggie for each child of those scoop-bin candies. I also picked up fixins for hamburgers which we had for dinner.

What I really want right now is to play a game of Warhammer Fantasy. I have no new plans for new armies. I do have multiple full armies ready to be painted up, on hand and ready to roll. As usual you get a break on price for just letting us make an X point level army for a set price. No waiting-- when the half-down deposit comes through I just walk the materials into the assembly room.

  • Vampire Counts
  • Imperial Guard
  • Orks
  • Orcs and Goblins
  • Lizardmen
  • Space Wolves
At the top of our stairs is a wooden lip. I ran up full bore tonight and rammed my toe on it, smashing off a jagged, bloody quarter inch of nail. Then that magical ten seconds where you know you're hurt but the endorphins have kicked in.

Mmmmmm... Endorphins.


Just some random reminders:

I have three copies of Space Hulk ready to be painted up.
I've got Type II Cobra and Scorpion tanks for Eldar on the block at $160 each, ready to be commissioned.

More to come...

Advance Scout Report

Thanks to Advance Scout Paul for this summary of rumors and useful articles.

Here's some events happening in the mini wargaming world. Other than people squabbling on release dates for GW, not much is happening.

Here's the release months (pretty finalized)

January: Tyranids
Febuary: Beastmen
March/May: Blood Angels
June/july: Fantasy 8th edition
Septemer: 8th edition box set

Beastmen cover (codex release in feb):

New Warmachine khador warcaster Kommander Strakhov:

More Warmachine Cygnar trencher commandos. They are some really cool looking steampunky figs:

Skaven Banners from GW here. Just color them in photoshop, print out, glue down, and paint around the edges.

Nowhere to go but up!

Custom Dice

Check out this site for custom dice. Came recommended by a client.

Also chessex.

Wilma Flintstone

I fell asleep last night watching Red Dwarf, then woke up again at 2pm, my mind doing ponderous windmills. So, I gave up on sleep and watched like four more episodes until I fell unconscious again for a few hours. Dawn came soon. I am majorly sleep deprived.

Against my better judgment I filled a mixing bowl with generic brand Capn Crunch and sent my pancreas running for cover.

I took Willow for a ride in the stroller. It snowed overnight, the mountains are powdered with it, and there is perhaps a good inch layer on the trees.

I tried to be on time for church, but didn't make it. Next week it shall be! For some reason I'm in a real funk on Sundays. There are like six families in the ward having a hard time right now so I've nothing to complain about.

Maybe I'm "crashing" around church time.

We cooked up some dumplings for dinner, so delicious and filling.

We "gobbled" three families: leaving cookies with a note to forward it to others. We were gobbled earlier this week.

Just more of the same, warm snuggly family life.

It's Cold Outside

This is the astounding new Queek Headtaker model. It makes for a great Warlord as well.

Today I hung out with the family for a few hours, watching kids cartoons and eating breakfast with my lovely wife. I have a lot to get accomplished at the studio (had, I guess) so I headed down around 10am or so. My wife headed up to visit her sister along with all the kids.

I'm just hanging out down here by myself. Yup all by my pitiful lonesomes. It's pathetic. I'm really down in the dumps.

My inbox is cleared.

I'm going to go home and hang out. I'll be on and off, so if you'd like to set something up that would completely make my night.

Blue Hats

I ate an omelette and orange juice for breakfast, kitty corner at the dining room table with my wife, sitting primly in silky pink pajamas. We talked about money, plans for the kids, and the daily news.

At the studio today there were at once eight people in, coming and going with various projects.

I have models on hand for several armies, as I've mentioned before:

  • Lizardmen
  • Imperial Guard (see below for general list-- this isn't set in stone, you can add/subtract things)
  • Skaven
  • Space Wolves
  • Orks
  • Orcs and Goblins
  • Khador
Just email me for details. I can get them started straitaway.

I have a dream that one of these will be set up by the end of the day on Saturday.

I've become quite a fan of Red Dwarf. I also rediscovered an old favorite album: Hounds of Love by Kate Bush.

I used to listen to this tape when I worked for Raven Maps back in Oregon as a single young man, I think 19-20. I was the sole warehouseman, packing and shipping giant maps. I was by myself down in this huge building. I loved it. I got to organize everything. I improved the methods of packing. I got the job because the owners frequented the video store where I worked before that. I earned $3.55 an hour. When the Map job was offered at $7.50 an hour I thought I was the richest man on earth, nearly double raise. I used to buy cookies at the Cookie Connection just up the street. There was a girl named Tamara (not same as my current wife) there who I had quite a crush on. She ended up marrying the owner of the local bike shop.

I played a couple of games for the studio Warhammer Fantasy Campaign, in the 300-400 range. We're trying to get everyone worked up to a full 2000+ pt army. I'm the only one who works at the studio with a full army (Dark Elves). Here are the army types and point totals:

Dwarfs 800 pts
Ogres 500 pts
Skaven 1000 pts
Empire 800 pts

I take that back; Janene has a 1500 pt Dwarf army. She is refurbishing it and adding some cool current edition models.

I left a bit early. Sarah was just finishing up packing, a monster day of packing, and just barely making it to the Post Office. It probably won't be until over the weekend that confirmations will be out. So, rest easy. If there were any stragglers I plan on getting those out Saturday (tomorrow).

I gave my wife a much-needed break to go out to some Twilight shindig with her girlfriends. I got to be home with the kids, each one a delight. Not an ounce of frustration (tonight!). I fried up some dumplings, put them in a giant shallow bowl with soy sauce in the middle with several forks and a huge glass of orange juice and another of milk, and we all ate off the same dish. And a side of green beans. Deeelish!

Here is a view from the plateau on which Spanish Fork rests, looking south over the dales and farmland. It doesn't show, but I'm a good fifty feet above this valley.

Life is so good. I have this last year, been waiting for the other shoe to drop. How could life be so sweet and not have some terrible punishment in store? This is not what is waiting for me. The thing that I thought would be the best case scenario is only the foothill at the base of the Mountain of Goodness that the God of Creation has in store. He is full of grace and mercy. The only question is will I open my hand broadly enough to receive it. Will I have the courage and faith to embrace it?

When things go wrong I start to waver, perhaps like Peter on the water. I clamber for the edge of the boat. I must have greater faith that the Good Lord is showing me to something good.

Chaos Notes

Hey, saw your post in the blog, thought I'd give you some thoughts on that (I used to play chaos.)

First off, I think chaos terminators are far superior to normal termies. For one, their guns are actually twin linked bolters, as opposed to storm bolters that normal termies carry. Though they don't get two shots from 24 inches, but they are twin linked and rapid fire. Next, they get normal power weapons as opposed to having power fists stock. This is good because it lets your thin out the ranks of termies before their power fists get the chance to attack you. And, for the same price as a normal termie (40 points) you can have your chaos termie as a champion (3 attacks, and everyone in the squad can be upgraded this way.) This will help you wipe out a termie squad before they even have a chance to fight back.

Chaos rhinos are also pretty useful (seeing as how oceanic eldar cant kill them :) Seeing as how 5th ed is all about mech, chaos rhinos can fill their role as transports well because of demonic possession. While it is 20 points, it lets you fearlessly charge your rhino across the board and into your opponents face (so what if it lowers your BS to 3, not like your supposed to be shooting with a transport much anyways.)

Defilers are also amazing. I would recommend two. This way if one gets shot to hell you still have another. The battle cannon seems like the most useful weapon on a defiler, but most people aren't aware of its prowess in close combat. If you get one, give it all close combat weapons, and charge it (or use the battle cannon if it still has it) and use fleet to get into the opponents face. Defilers are probably the most fun heavy support choice in the chaos list.

If you plan on giving your regular marines a mark, the one that I recommend is mark of tzeentch. A 5+ invuln certaintly helps them capture objectives. Slaanesh is also really useful against regular marines as you can attack before they do and hopefully wipe them out. Mark of chaos glory also helps in case you lose combat and need to make a reroll for moral. (Dont forget a termie squad can deep strike and not scatter within 6 inches of a mark)
Finally, I would recommend taking at least one squad of berserkers in a land raider. This allows you to rush your berserkers into combat and then assault out of their transport. Possessed also fill this role fairly well, but a pricey value.

Hope this helps, I got a couple more ideas but let me know what you think. Oh and the eldar army turned out great :)

Wheel of Doom!

Pics of the new Doomwheel!

I've been able to see the Doomwheel in action a few times.

Like most Skaven machinery, it has a chance to work spectacularly (eg double-time it across the board and Terror three units off the board) or to actually kill your own guys.

The Doomwheel is a wrecking machine, virtually no down-side. Let's take a closer look.

The Doomwheel is Toughness 6 and has Wounds 5 and a 4+ armor save. It also causes Terror. This puts it on par with a Giant for overall durability.

The Doomwheel moves 3d6" a turn for an average movement of 10-11". This makes its overall movement better than a chariot of cavalry on average since this is not slowed by models being nearby (ie it has no March move, it just trundles along at a steady pace). Even better, it does not need to have line of sight to charge, it can just zig around the board without a care in the world.

The machine does suffer d3 S4 hits if it moves into difficult terrain, but so what? On average that's two hits, and each one needs a SIX to cause a wound. It takes d6 S10 hits if it moves into a building or impassable terrain. Ouch. But at least it's not automatically destroyed.

The Doomwheel shoots three lightning bolts every turn. They hit automatically. Strength is an Artillery dice.

Tired.... more to come.

Imperial Guard- Raw Recruits and Xenos Heavies

Just got in some raw materials, enough to make an Imperial Guard army, easily 2500 pts:

6x Valkyries
70x Various Troops and Leaders
8x Heavy Weapons
2x Leman Russ (demolisher and battle tank)
1x Baneblade

You can set this up a la carte for regular prices (but 50% off cost of models).

Or you can just have us do it up how we want, 2500 pts worth, for $1500. Need $750 down. It can be done by December 15-20 if it's set up soon.

If left to our d'ruthers we would very likely do an urban-type color scheme.

Oh! I also have two Eldar Grav Tank Type II heavies on the block; one Scorpion and one Cobra.

Cost of model: $160
Cost of assembly: $120
Painting L3: $240
Painting L4: $360
Painting L5: $480
Painting L6: $620

Stoke me a Clipper

I've started watching Red Dwarf on Youtube. That show is absolute genius. I love it. I can't get enough. Smegging Hell, I get at least three good belly laughs per episode.

My main concern right now is that we're a bit light for December. See last post for details.

I have the following armies on hand (unpainted/unassembled) if you want to dive in headfirst I can get them started the next day.

  • Lizardmen
  • Orcs and Goblins
  • Space Wolves
  • Orks (40K)
  • Skaven
  • Khador

Getting home tonight was an absolute delight. My house is warm and happy. I just love my wife and kids. Little Willow was in the center of the kitchen floor in her purple Bumbo (a soft sort of low chair) eating mashed potatoes. They were all over her face. She was squealing and smiling with delight. Later, as I was laying on the couch watching TV, my wife brought her in after a bath, with her pink sleepers on and I just got to snuggle with her and smell her delicious hair. She was smiling and chirping and making her monosyllabic baby-talk.

Ho Hum

Ayup, I'm just sitting here. All caught up and ready to set up new projects.

The studio has never been more organized and professional. The level of talent is amazing.

Yawn. Just waiting for your call or email.
801 372 8545

I had a client call me once while he was out at a restaurant eating dinner. He set up his whole army, dictating painting instructions to me and then paying the deposit over the phone.

Currently booking:

  • Regular projects
  • Pandora Armies (for December)
  • Turbo Armies

See details here

Chaosey Ideas

I need help making a Chaos Space Marine list. What is competitive and fun besides Deathguard? What's a good list?

Now booking projects for completion in December. It's still not too late to get your project done in time for Christmas. We can still do a whole army.

Random Thoughts for the Day

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I
was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm
pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how
the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at
work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I
don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks
e if I want to save any changes - to my ten-page research paper that I
swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this
thing I have-- ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?
Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and
goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not
seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not
to answer when they call.

18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what
would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well..

20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet, on any given Friday or
Saturday night, more kisses begin with Bud Light than with a Kay jewelry product.

PS- I didn't make any of these up-- a client sent in this list.

Lunchlady Land

Spanish Fork is on a plateau, so the sunset is almost parallel with the land. For just a few minutes the sun beams in from the side and lights up all the trees.

This is going to be short. I was a burned out husk of a man. I really just did not want to be bothered. I'd like to just stay in bed for a day. But now I feel recharged.

I was up in the wee hours watching a few episodes of Ghost Whisperer, the odd program that both my wife and I like.

Then I slept in until 10am. I basically just frittered away the morning. And the afternoon.

My wife made sloppy joes for dinner. We went with the baby bundled up the stroller to deliver some relief society invitations.

Willow is doing well. She's the calmest, most personable, amiable, even-centered person in the house. Sad when the baby is the model of maturity. She just loves to be along for the ride. She can demolish almost any kind of food with her two little chompers.

Galangal Soup

Pics: Rhino eaten up with bio-acid and swarming with roach-gaunts. See the big one here.

Yesterday morning G. (my four-year-old son) went missing. We were distraught. The whole neighborhood and the police were out looking for him. Turns out he went to a neighbor's house, people we know well and are good friends with, and was playing in their play room. They weren't home, he just went on in. When we came by looking for him (with the owner's permission-- this was one of the places we thought he would go) he hid behind the couch. It wasn't until the police showed up (again, with permission) and announced "Police!" that he came out and showed himself.

I guess his little-boy brain was like, "It's the fuzz! The jig is up!"

I was just shaking and crying with relief. It was terrible. And joyous to hold his sweet frame in my arms again!

Friday night I went out to Thai food with my darling lovely wife. Oh, she's the love of my life. I just can't get enough of her. What a good person. Married life can have a depth of warmth and comfortableness that I had never imagined.

If you live in the area I recommend Thai Drift in Orem. Very, very good food. And the best game shop in the tri-valley area (Blakfyre Games) is right next door.

Today I just hung out all morning, recovering from terrain fest and an insane Friday. I watched a new episode of the Mentalist. I do so like that show.

I did hit the studio in the afternoon, and stayed late to catch up. No tugs on the line, though. I was sad. No new project set up. I did get four new vids up, though.

Mentalist Rules

Ayup, I'm just sitting here. All caught up and ready to set up new projects.

The studio has never been more organized and professional. The level of talent is through the roof. It's insane.

Yawn. Just waiting for your call or email.

In other news
Fateweavers second incarnation is done. The remaining models (two heralds on disc, two heralds on foot) are all ready to go. I plan on giving the whole thing a once-over over the weekend. And Julie brought in some prototype Fire Dragons for the Oceanic Eldar. They have pale blue armor. It's outstanding. I will be painting up eighteen more over the weekend.

Skaven Update

If you follow the youtube channel you know we got in about 700 Skaven models of various kinds.

Now that I have the Skaven book I've taken several hours to look it over and updated the sheet. Some things are less expensive, and I included new entries.

We plan on doing conversions for various entries where there is no published model. Of particular note are the two new kinds of weapon teams: the doom-flayer and the plague mortar.

The Hell Pit Abomination is something that we are actively trying to come up with something for.

Here are details on various Skaven deals.

I have enough models on hand to make a Skaven army for the first person that takes me up on it.


Check out these psykers I just put on the block.

See just the pics.

Fractional Reserve Banking Explained

Something for Nothing

The main street of the small town that I live in is about fourteen blocks long. I have counted about eight large bank buildings, each with attractive landscaping. This has led me to think: what are these banks making or providing that is so important that my little town needs eight of them on the main drag? Other than restaurants (food) they are easily the most numerous of any given type of business.

What are they making or producing or providing that improves the lives of the locals?

If you could view the economy of a city from above you would see a boiling pot: business that are making something, expanding quality of life, creating goods. The cobbler repairs shoes, the baker makes bread, the beautician cuts hair. Blue Table Painting paints figurines.

A bank could be seen more like a whirlpool, a vortex that serves to suck out the resources of the local community. Invisibly but efficiently.

I compare the process to that by which a fly eats. The fly barfs out stomach acid (credit) then sucks up both the acid and the now-goopified food matter (goods bought on credit).

Fractional reserve banking works like this: a bank gets $20,000 on deposit. It then puts that money "on reserve", a special deposit that banks make (I think with the Federal Reserve). It is then allowed to make $200,000 in loans.

It keeps on reserve a fraction of the loan, thus fractional reserve banking.

So, where did the extra $180,000 come from? It came from nowhere. No one invested it, no one saved it. It does not represent labor or goods.

Let's say the loan is made for someone to buy a house. That person then pays back the $200,000 with interest for a conservative payback amount of $300,000. Let's say further that person makes $60,000 a year. That means that he will spend more than four years doing nothing except working to pay the bank the invented part of the principle.

But what is the real exchange here? He will have traded four years of his life (non-refundable! the only asset any human has) for the initial deposit of $20,000.

If you default, the bank now gets the house. It owns the home outright. But what did it trade for the finished product?

Imagine every debt that you have reduced to one-tenth. That is the real money involved.

Think of it another way. A bank is allowed to take gold, mix in 90% lead and then go spend that as if it were gold. Plus get interest. Then when the bust comes, harvest the homes and goods of the citizenry. In a more fundamental way, a bank harvests your very life; like the Skexis from the Dark Crystal-- they are vulture-shaped husks that have to feed on the life essence of captured podlings.

I propose to you, dear reader, that this is a fraudulent exchange. It is legal. But I suggest to you that it is a monstrous fraud (by definition) done to nearly every citizen in this country. Every day.

There's more. It is this concept, coupled with central banking, that allows a government to debase the currency (mix in lead so to speak) and go to war without the real cost being revealed to the citizens until later. Central banking makes it much more likely that countries will go to war.

A $5000 car in 1975 now six times that amount thirty years later. How is that? Prices aren't going up. The value of the dollar is going down.

This is not conspiracy theory. It's a simple fact of everyday life. It is the foundation of our so-called financial system.

For my part, I am working at reducing the number of transactions I have with banks. I am approaching this from a consumer's point of view. I no longer wish to purchase a certain type of service from the bank.

I believe a more equitable way of doing things would be to require a 1:1 reserve ratio.

In recent years, the Treasury Secretary loosened these reserve limits. Some investment firms had 30:1 ratios or higher. Meaning they created out of thin air new debt (new money) at the rate of $300 for $3 on reserve.

Lastly, I would like to clarify, that I am only here being critical of ONE function of a bank: fractional reserve banking. I believe it is harmful. Banks provide other functions, eg the warehousing of valuables and the safe transfer of money (like Paypal). These are proper functions of banks. They can be good.

Terrain Fest

The last few days I've been making terrain. It's a miserable process, and I don't see myself doing it much in the future. It's all good to make a set once in a while, but I usually get myself in over my head and it turns into a misery. I am, of course, just venting. Oh, TERRAIN, I can't stay mad at you!

  • Tzeentch Daemon terrain (for a client-- turned out genius)
  • Alpine (expansion to current set-- made a lot of trees; it's a misnomer it's really just regular forest)
  • Toxic Waste
  • Chaos Mortals Display (for a client)
  • Badlands (this is the best and largest set of terrain we made for the studio)
I tried some new techniques, for more realistic rocks, combining all the techniques I know: sandstone cutting, sanding, heat, and another one where I superheat a coat of wet housepaint and it makes tiny irregularities. I got a pretty handsome result.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day at the studio tomorrow.

Cravin' Skaven Special

The Skaven Spreadsheet has a special on it: a deal for 60 clanrats in a bulk shot.

Here's the other one I'm going to be running:

A run of 100+ clanrats/slaves as follows:
$115 for models (that's over 30% off)
$325 for painting L2 (that's $3.25 per model)
$200 for assembly

TURBO! Skaven
1500 pts for $1100 (deposit of $550 pulls the trigger)
2000 pts for $1400 (deposit of $700 pulls the trigger)
2500 pts for $1700 (deposit of $850 pulls the trigger)

Go for a L2/4 split and get it for less:
1500 pts for $900 (deposit of $450 pulls the trigger)
2000 pts for $1200 (deposit of $600 pulls the trigger)
2500 pts for $1400 (deposit of $700 pulls the trigger)


Check out this sunset. This lasted for like ninety seconds. I turned around and it was gone.

Just put up some Ork boyz on the block. There are 27 of them being sold in groups of nine. And a nob. I plan on doing more of them. You can buy as many as you want, in fact, we can get them done as soon as you like.

The Skaven.

The Skaven are on the way. Gah! I can hear them in my mind!

They'll be here on Friday. I ordered enough to do one extra army. I just need a taker. Someone who is all hot to trot to get their Skaven army done. If you're that person I'm willing to sweeten the deal: the army will be done by November 30, and you'll get free shipping.

First time clients get 30% off on the cost of models on your first order.

I am currently booking projects for completion in December. We're ready whenever you are. The studio has never ever been more muscular.

PS- here's the extra Skaven on order:

Screaming Bell (coming end of November)
Warlord Queek Headtaker 2
Deathmaster Snitch 2
Warlord with Staff 2
Warlord 2
Warlord with additional hand weapon 2
Warlock Engineer 2
Assassin 2
Skaven Army Book

Clan Pestilens Plague Lord 1
Skweel Gnawtooth 3
Clanrats (box of 20 models) 8
Storm Vermin (box of 20 models) 4
Ratling Gun 6
Warpfire Thrower Team 2
Rat Ogres and Giant Rats (7 models) 3
Plague Monks (box of 20 models) 4
Warplock Jezzail 6

Doomwheel 4
Warp Lightning Cannon and crew 1

We also make a mean scratch-build Warp-Lightning Cannon.

We also plan on making conversions for unusual army list entries for which there is no published model.

Monday Monday

Hey all, it's Monday morning and I'm pretty much caught up. I'm just sitting here by the phone/in-front-of-the-computer waiting to set up some new projects. I'm available for anything you might have in mind.

Some little-known facts:

  • You don't have to do it all by email. You can (if you want) call me and set everything up by dictation. I will type all your instructions, discuss army options, make suggestions and take your deposit by credit card; all over the phone.
  • I accept payment by almost any method you could imagine: check, money-order, cash, precious metals, and even trade-in. And of course credit card by phone/email or Paypal.

I forgot to put up the link to various tanks and fateweavers.

I'm currently setting up for the December run of your Pandora's Army or a Turbo Army.
Pandora's Army is the least expensive option: we pick what army you get and what's in it and how it's painted; but you can narrow it down. You pick the point level.
Turbo Army is you say "make me a certain number of points of this particular army" for a flat rate. We decide what's in it and how it's painted. For example: $850 for a 1500 point Warriors of Chaos army.

See here for details on those particular specials.

There's more. In the next week or so I plan on making a run of terrain. If you want some made I need a budget (usually $200-600 for a set) and your general directions of what you want done...

Just checked the weather. Looks like it's on for this Wednesday, November 4. And Thursday most likely.

Multiple Weather Personality

Big news in Gately's life: I just finished season one of Arrested Development. What a hilarious waste of time. No regrets.

Autumn in Utah is schizophrenic. Green trees of summer, trees are yellowing, and snow is already starting to fall. It's the short autumns. Fall in Oregon is very long, and sort of merges into winter. It rains a lot. Oh, how I miss the rain.

Thank goodness for Sunday. It really gives me a chance to recharge.

Today in Sunday School my wife came in with Willow. She is ever so mild mannered. Even when she fusses it is in a soft sort of muted squeal. I've never seen anything like it before. The teacher played a little something on the piano, and when she saw that it's all we could do to restrain her. She got away, crawled over to that piano and somehow got a hand up there. CHUNG!

She's a musical baby.

I had a two chicken pot pies for dinner with a thick chocolate milk (hot) with marshmallows to wash it down. So filling.

My back is screaming, hurting as much as it's ever hurt.


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