Question

If you take the total gross income for an average city in the US (adding up the gross income of all the residents), what percent of that goes towards interest? Any guesses?

Khorne-ly Army List


A client sent me this email, thought you all might get some insight:

fyi, here's my newest tournament list for 1750...thought you might find it fun.
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1. I know the standard tournament form has plague marines on objectives, berserkers clearing the way, obliterators and lash princes to rearrange the enemy and deal with them. I honestly don’t have a problem with this per say, but I would rather go for a more fluffy army that is still compeditive. As has been said, having been the guy on the other side of the table more than once, The lash combo works, but only so far. I also don’t like going with lists that can be reasonably expected by my opponent and prepared for.
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2. I’ve sunk a fair amount of change into making this army work and have become rather stuck on a fluffy khorne/berserker army. The more aI read, the more feedback I get the more the army appeals to me.
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3. I’ve revised the army with the understanding that it isn’t the ideal chaos army but there’s a good bit of synergy and redundancy as well as fluff. What I’d say to those against the dreads is that in a normal army I wouldn’t give them the time of day. The thing is that the world eater list that is both dreadnaught heavy and defiler heavy is unique in that the entire army is focused on getting to combat, meaning that even if the enemy hits one of the 4 heavy walkers or two, a few of them are getting to the enemy. Even if they don’t then 3 squads of berserkers with Kharne will. Either way I win. I did decide, both because of points and theme to go with 2 close combat weapons though to limit fire frenzy.
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Here’s the new list:
H.Q.
Kharne the betrayer
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Troops:
8 demons
8 berserkers, icon, champ, powerfist.
8 berserkers, icon, champ, powerfist, Rhino.
8 berserkers, icon, champ, powerfist, Rhino.
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Elites:
Dreadnaught, extra close combat arm, extra armor
Dreadnaught, extra close combat arm, extra armor
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Heavy Support:
Defiler, 2 close combat arms
Defiler, 2 close combat arms
Land raider, demonic possession.
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I really want the terminators, but this list is better than anything I’ve been able to come up with at 1750 with them in it.
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At 2,000 I’ll add a 10 man unit of chaos space marines, mark of khorne, flamer, champ, powersword, rhino.
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When we hit 2500 I’ll add a 10 man unit of terminators with 2 heavy flamers, each with a chainfist, a champ with a chainfist, and mark of khorne, plus some other random upgrades for the army.
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Having some actual games under my belt now in fifth and having been to a tournament, I’ve found that close combat is just head and shoulders more decisive than shooting, and more effective. Sadly, I love shooting, but with the profusion of ways to generate or magnify cover saves, my old favorites, plasma cannons and lascannons just aren’t what they used to be. I’d do a iron warriors list with vindicators and doom siron, Obliterators, lord, terminators, troops and some raptors/bikes, but it just doesn’t call to me. This army feeds my resin addiction and will look good, and might give me a shot at winning a tournament or two, certainly better than my eldar finish.

Saudi Arabia

This is what I'm watching this morning:

Note about Forge World

I'm making a Forge World order today.

If you want to commission a Forge World piece you can get free Express shipping if you piggyback. But you'd better get to me right quick about it.

I do FW quotes on an individual basis. I charge a premium for assembly. These models are waaaay harder to put together than most people realize. Things you wouldn't even imagine.

I will usually give three quotes: one for wargamer standard (I think FW figures deserve more love than this), an L4 "extra love" option (recommended), and then higher levels. If you give me an idea of what you're after that helps.

PS- a GREAT way to get an immediate response from me is Google Chat (bluetablepainting). I sometimes don't notice the permission request (which you need to get initially) so it's good to send an email concurrent with that.

Pre-dawn

Right now I'm up at 4:44am.

I've been up for over an hour and a half. I've been watching Galaxy Quest. Good thing I left my Magic cards at the studio, I have been able to get pretty much caught up on my webwork, though I do have 30 minutes of Morning Show footage to edit and put up.



Now my wife is up with the baby. Two of the older kids are up in our bed. It's like a little can of sardines up there. Not like that every night. We are watching Eleventh Hour, one of her favorite shows.

Baby Willow is healthy and happy. She is a contented burbly little pod. She's an "easy" baby. Just happy to be along for the ride.

Here's the deal with Friday. Tamie took the kids to the Aquarium up in Salt Lake. She's a really good Mom that way. The kids get a ton of life experiences. I was at "work" all day. I had a huge load of projects to work through and made good headway. The Thunderhawk project is almost completely assembled now.

It was ward temple night. Quite a sublime experience. I'm glad I went. There's always that resistance just before; to take the easier course.

We are slightly underbooked for March. There is still one golden slot open for the 30/30 special (which I am now expanding to include Warriors of Chaos and Vampire Counts). There are six slots left for March overall. If I got all those filled up today I think I would turn a back flip.

The studio is like a six-piston engine. Everyone is working harmoniously. The talent on board right now is through the roof-- each one dedicated to the craft.

Speaking of Red Food Coloring...

[I got this email from a client. It refers to a vid we made of us eating Chinese food.]

I was watching your new video and thought I would share a fun yet disturbing food fact about red food coloring.

The next time you get something with red food dye look on the back. If ithas the word "CARMIN" on the back guess what you are eating.

This is no joke it is for real.

It is a dried red beetle. They dry the beetle then grind it in to a powderthat turns food red. Simulating cherry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.

It is commonly used on yogurts, candies, and by the evil overlord of fast-food. McDonalds "CURSE YOU MCRIB"

Just thought you might find this interesting..

AK

Out and About


This is a commander from a Tau army in white and red. While the main color of the army is white, this is inverted for the HQ. I think this would be a very handsome color for a Tau army.

I took a day off today. A rarity to be sure. I went to my daughter's school for a presentation she was making, then off with the boys to get our hair cut. So, I'm looking pretty clean-cut.

Then various errands and returning home. I am still catching up on my emails. I will be putting in a solid day tomorrow for sure.

I have given up on Twitter for the time being. It's enough that I do this blog update each day.

Seekers



Here is our answer to Seekers of Slaanesh. These have been removed from the GW site. There are rumors that new ones (maybe plastic) are in the works. But no matter how cool those are, I think our snak-ey ones are really cool, and I expect that they will become a BTP classic.


Not liking Twitter so much. I feel like I'm beholden to it. Also, it can't be edited like the blog. I think that is done.


Tuesday was insanely busy. I wasn't able to get around to the various videos I wanted to get edited and polished.


I am expecting a wave of projects to come in completed today.

Update on Twitter

I am failing to see how Twitter is better than just the Facebook "what are you doing now" thing, so I'm going with that for the time being.

Twitter


I'm keeping things updated on Twitter.
I don't know if this is going to work out long term, but I plan on updating studio everyday items on Twitter. I'd love to hear some feedback after the first week trial run.
I don't see how this is better than facebook.

Chomping at the Bit


It was a gorgeous Sunday, just right
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I got up around 7am and spent at least three hours without anyone else getting out of bed. It was calm and quiet. Sausage and eggs and cheese for breakfast. My wife is using a local farm co-op to get some amazing food, a whole box of it for cheap. She got a few bundles of asparagus. That's good stuff and brings back a lot of good memories of Oregon. It grows wild in the orchards there and we would go out as a family on the weekends to pick it.
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I visited my home teaching families today, which is always an uplifting experience. It's great to get interwoven with others lives, to strengthen the community.
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Then off to church. Just the older kids today. Tamie is still staying home with the baby, to reduce exposure to various bugs. We had a substitute Sunday School teacher. She was really something else, so engaging and down to earth.
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As usual I have a lot of things on my mind, but I'm afraid it's creeping up on 11pm and I'm just going to call it a night.
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I have a hard time expressing religious/spiritual ideas because all the words I might use are already loaded with pre-conceptions.
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Is there a downside to life? Not really. I'm grateful. The kids are a joy. Exasperating sometimes, but toootally worth it.
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I am very excited to get back to work tomorrow. I have the regular giant pile of emails that has accumulated over the weekend. But don't get me wrong. I love it.

Ron Paul Fix

I.O.U.S.A.

You really should watch this. This is extremely well done.

What's Going On at BTP


In a surge of activity, we are getting caught up. We are still booked out a reasonable amount of time, but I am sitting here twiddling my thumbs.

I am still trying to sell off a 1900 point Eldar army. It's on the block for $475. That's $410 worth of models with like $85 for the work of getting it ready.

I also have that huge, huge Grey Knights army which is up for refurbishment soon. I'm going to be looking for a home for that soon. The easier it is to find that person, the lower the price will be.
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I have a High Elves v Dark Elves Batrep coming up on Friday with Mike Dunn taking the "evil" side. I'll be playing the Dark Elves. This will be a Notrep, just hap-hazardly reported.
I am looking for someone articulate to volunteer to scour the net for relevant information that I can put on our blog.
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I put a lot of political type stuff on the blog. If you have a point or counterpoint that you would like to make, please send that in. I'm likely to post it as part of the discussion. I am a political explorer. I am trying to get to the bottom of things. So far, what I'm finding at the bottom is the banks. Well, maybe something even deeper than that.
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We are playing Magic quite a bit, but still chugging along. I was afraid it would tank the productivity of the studio.
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I also have a collection of Heru, all painted, that I am not using. UPDATE: I have taken these off the block.
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I have a Batrep (fully documented) scheduled for the first Saturday in March. I'll be playing against Janene's Dwarfs. As usual, it will take a few days to get it all up and running.
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There is yet ANOTHER Batrep on the docket for mid-March. It will be Ultramarines vs. Whatever. With a giant push it might even be my neeeew Teal Eldar. We plan on playing a game of Aeronautica Imperialis first, and making it a related scenario.
Sarah is out on Friday, so packages will be going out on Monday.
We are not doing terrain at this time. We may start in Spring when the weather is warmer.

Hobbits on Roids


The new ratlings look much un-friendlier now.

Jobs not Work

I was watching the Rachel Maddow show* and they were mocking some guy for saying that government projects don't create jobs but rather just creates work. Rachel and her guest could not believe it and didn't seem to understand his logic (are they really incapable of grasping this?). To me, what Michael Steele said makes perfect sense.



I picked this up off a related thread, and I think it provides some valuable insight:
One difference is that when you choose to buy something you support the business with your money. When the government chooses to buy something, they support the business with your money. They make the choice, not you. Another is that businesses get paid for a product or service, governments collect taxes. Government has to continue to collect more and more taxes to continue paying. Businesses increase products, prices, etc to continue paying and providing future benefits.

There was a House committe on small business jobs not long ago. Small businesses provide more jobs, make money, and pay taxes. I sincerely doubt most small business owners are rich. Some are truck drivers, some work from home, some have small store fronts. Many small businesses are moving towards bartering more, so they may not need your handout. The government may just have to learn to do without the taxes however. The underground economy may grow even if the US economy doesn't.

At least as far as educators the jobs will likely not go away, they will create future debts for those states. So expect the states to continue hitting up the tax payer for both salaries and benefits as well as retirement for the educators.Whether you see it or not the problem with government jobs is that they are paid for by the tax payer. So if the jobs stick around our taxes go up, up, up.

The only thought I would add here would be that the government does have a role in creating infrastructure for business and "life" to take place. IE roads.

However, I have also noticed that every time I speak out against over-taxation the protest is "what about roads, police, and fire-fighters?" Which is of course improper logic. I'm not talking about those things (which are mostly paid for locally-- not at the federal level). I am talking about maintaining Empire, and excesses at the federal level.

Don't think I like the republicans so much either. Those half-wits** blew through money like drunken sailors for eight years. Literally blowing it up on the desert sands. [sarcasm on] Oh, but now they're taking a stand against waste. Wouldn't want to spend it domestically. [sarcasm off]

In my opinion they have lost the moral high ground. Another party will have to take up their banner.

*I voraciously consume all sorts of media from both sides of the aisle. I think they are all bought up by the Powers that Be, the Bankers. Debate is an illusion. What is real is that a HUGE chunk of the net income/work/productivity of any given household/city/country is going into the pockets of people who do not work nor produce nor (in many cases) even invest money they have earned.

What I do love are independent sources. I am a huge fan of Ron Paul. I still have his 2008 presidential run sign out in front of my house. I don't plan on taking it down.

** I was going to say "ass-wits" or "jack-wipes" but that seemed bit non-sensical.

Avatars of War Chaos Lord


Check out this sweet fig!

Valkyrie Pictures

The Valkyrie is not yet on the GW site, so to me that means release in April, maybe May with the general IG release.

I can't believe how good this kit looks. I am amazed that they made a Stompa. I wonder what is next. Here are my predictions:
First, the things that are made will coincide with the release of new armies. I've heard that Space Wolves are coming out later this year, but I can't imagine what kit would come out for them on that same scale.
I'm going to take a stab and say the next large kit will be a Tyranid type. Those are some of the hottest FW items.

Here's the rumored release schedule from http://www.warseer.com/ .
Jan ---- Ork Stormboyz, Nobz, Gretchin, Battlewagon, and Characters
Feb --- Lizardmen
Mar-- - Apocalypse stuff Stompa/Shadowsword
Apr --- War of the Ring
May ---- Imperial guard
June --- Empire Greatswords, Archers, and Steam Tank (+ some LotR stuff)
July ---- Planet strike. Not Space Wolves. Not Missions book.
Aug ---- Elves for LOR
Sept --- Possible Space hulk re-release
Oct -- --Space wolves?
Nov ---- Beasts of chaos
Dec---- Nothing?

Early 2010
-Dark Eldar

Other 2009 releases:
- Plastic Valkyrie
- Eldar Bikes
- Plastic Daemon Prince
- Assorted Collector's Range/Bitz Packs

2010 Releases
- Dark Eldar
- Blood Angels
- Tyranids
- Inquisition













Dead Sexy Beast








For your viewing pleasure, the new plastic Baneblade variant kit.
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Does anyone know the names/number/stats of these? I'd love to post it.
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Retail cost is $95. BTP client cost is $76. Assembly $95. Painting $130.
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For March we're having a special: $79 assembly, $79 painting. Four slots open for this. That's $243 delivered in the US (+$16 overseas) for a finished product delivered to your door.
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If you let us paint it how we want, cost is $10 less. That's Artistic License.
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Contact me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com to set this up.

Where Money Comes From


If something sounds fishy, you understand it just fine.

Willow


Here's a picture of my newborn daughter. She's about eight weeks old.

This dress was hand-made by Tamie's mother.

Extraordinary Times call for Extraordinary Measures

You can be sure that when you hear that phrase that the little guy is about to get worked over. Of course, this is nothing new.

Here are two opposites, presented for your consideration.

The first is an address put out today by Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman (?). I should note that the "Federal" Reserve is a private organization.

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2) I tried to look up a certain book on Wikipedia and it is notably absent, but I found this article:

Griffin enrolled in the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.[16] He became a Certified Financial Planner in 1989, and described the U.S. money system in his 1993 movie and 1994 book on the Federal Reserve System, The Creature from Jekyll Island.[1] This popular book[17][18] has been a business bestseller;[19][20] it has been reprinted in Japanese, 2005, and German, 2006. The book also influenced Ron Paul during the writing of a chapter on money and the Federal Reserve in Paul's New York Times number-one bestseller, The Revolution: A Manifesto, which recommended Griffin's book on its "Reading List for a Free and Prosperous America".[21]

The title is his depiction of a November 1910 meeting at Jekyll Island, Georgia, of seven bankers and economic policymakers who represented the financial elite of the western world.[22][23] The meeting was recounted by Forbes founder B. C. Forbes in 1916, and recalled by participant Frank Vanderlip as "the actual conception of what eventually became the Federal Reserve System".[24]

Griffin argued against the debt-based fiat money system on several grounds, stating that it devours individual prosperity through inflation and it is used to perpetuate war. He also described the framework by which central bankers have been observed to underwrite both sides of an ongoing war or revolution.[25] Griffin says that the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Bank are working to destroy American sovereignty through a system of world military and financial control, and argues for United States withdrawal from the United Nations.[10]

Edward Flaherty, an academic economist[26] described Griffin's description of the secret meeting on Jekyll Island as "conspiratorial", an "amateurish take on history" and "highly suspect".[27] Griffin responded to Flaherty's analysis on his website by stating that Flaherty has grouped the book with other publications and has effectively labeled any criticism of the Federal Reserve as the result of a conspiracy theory.[28]

Griffin's dreams of a free-market, private-money system superior to the Fed caused economist Bernard von NotHaus to deploy such a system in 1998. Griffin states that von NotHaus's private silver certificates, known as Liberty Dollars, are "real money".[29]


Here is something I came up with about the book. I have not made my way through it entirely.

Time = Money = Less Stress


[This was a response from the client for whom we did the rustbucket Orks.]
LOL!!!


Most people don't realize how hard you guys work, you know. It's only when you get out there and get a dozen or so figures and it is time to assemble and paint that you go: OH, NO, HOW WILL I EVER FINISH THIS? That's why the service you guys offer is so cool. Within a month, you can go from wanting to have an army and playint to HAVING A BEAUTIFUL ARMY that's table-ready!!!


That's worth a lot of peace of mind, and TIME!!!

Cheers, V.


Now booking new projects. I am at your disposal for any matter:

801 372 8545

Talent

Here is some art by a new artist who will hopefully take root here. I would love to see her do a Wood Elves, High Elves, Tyranid, Legion of Everblight, Orboros, or perhaps a Slaanesh Daemons army... Artistic License of course. Any takers?







It's a Beautiful World by Devo- song of the stuck in my head all day

Scar Veteran Standard Bearer


Look at this little treat I found. I have no details. Does anyone know price/name/release date?

Army Book Release Schedule


This is brought courtesy of www.warseer.com
Order of army books that were released during 6th edition
Empire (oct 2000)
Orcs & Goblins (nov 2000)
Dwarfs (jan 2001)
Vampire Counts (apr 2001)
Dark Elves (jun 2001)
High Elves (jan 2002)
Skaven (mar 2002)
Hordes of Chaos (jun 2002)
Tomb Kings (jan 2003)
Lizardmen (may 2003)
Beasts of Chaos (aug 2003)
Bretonnia (feb 2004)
Ogre Kingdoms (jan 2005)
Wood Elves (aug 2005)
Dwarfs* (mar 2006)
*redo
Note that the last couple of books were written when the 7th edition rules were almost completely done and so they work much better under 7th edition than most other 6th edition armies. For that reason they are not very likely to get an update at all in 7th edition and will more likely be redone in early 8th edition.


7th edition
The seventh edition of the rulebook was published in september 2006 and like the change from 4th to 5th edition, going from 6th to 7th changed relatively little. All army books remailed useable, though naturally some things became more or less useful than they were.


Army books released so far during 7th edition
Orcs & Goblins (oct 2006)
Empire (jan 2007)
High Elves (nov 2007)
Vampire Counts (mar 2008)
Daemons of Chaos (may 2008)
Dark Elves (aug 2008)
Warriors of Chaos (nov 2008)


Upcoming known army books (in order)
Lizardmen (feb 2009)
Skaven (july/august? 2009)
Beasts of Chaos (late 2009 / early 2010?)
Tomb Kings (late 2009 / early 2010?)


Army books just behind the horizon (order not known)
Ogre Kingdoms (early 2010?)
Bretonnia (first half 2010?)
Note that releases more than a year away are always subject to change (though this does not happen very often), so we can only know things that are reasonably close for certain anyway.


8th edition
At the moment it looks like 8th edition will hit us medio 2010, with a release schedule probably similar to what Warhammer 40K had in 2008 - a new rulebook in july(ish) and a new starter set in september(ish). Most army books will have been released by that time, the starter set will be four years old (common lifespan for an edition of the core games is 4 years) and GW will likely want to put out a new, fresh one to attract new customers and tempt the veterans with deals that are "just too good not to get, even if I don't play either of the two armies". It is important to understand that new editions are primarily made to keep the excitement about the game high and NOT primarily about balancing anything. So expect rule tweaks to make the game more immersive and intuitve first and foremost.

The starter set will almost certainly include two set starter forces, quite different from each other. It will most likely be one "goodie" and one "baddie". The odds of it being Orcs & Goblins versus Empire are quite high.

Wild suggestions that will certainly crop up are:
- all existing army books will be invalidated (rubbish)
- Warhammer might switch to a D10 system instead of D6 (rubbish)
- the turn order might change from I Go, You Go to some kind of integrated system (rubbish)
- the game background might change dramatically, with the Empire being conquered by Chaos or something similar (rubbish)
These things always turn up when a new edition is underway and should be regarded with a healty dose of skepticism.


Army books or projects far off or uncertain
Dwarfs (early 8th edition?)
Wood Elves (early 8th edition?)
Chaos Dwarfs (GW "will develop them when we will have the time to, and resources")
Dogs of War (no plans to develop them)

A Testimony Vibrant and True

Ensign, August 2005
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By President Gordon B. Hinckley
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We often sing in our congregations a favorite hymn, "An Angel from on High," whose words were written more than a century and a half ago by Parley P. Pratt. 1 They represent his declaration of the miraculous coming forth of a remarkable book. Exactly 176 years ago this fall that book was first being set in type and run on a press in Palmyra, New York.
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It is inspiring to learn how Parley Pratt came to know of the book about which he wrote the words of this hymn. In August of 1830, as a lay preacher, he was traveling from Ohio to eastern New York. At Newark, along the Erie Canal, he left the boat and walked 10 miles (16 km) into the country where he met a Baptist deacon by the name of Hamlin, who told him "of a book, a strange book, a VERY STRANGE BOOK! . . . This book, he said, purported to have been originally written on plates either of gold or brass, by a branch of the tribes of Israel; and to have been discovered and translated by a young man near Palmyra, in the State of New York, by the aid of visions, or the ministry of angels. I inquired of him how or where the book was to be obtained. He promised me the perusal of it, at his house the next day. . . . Next morning I called at his house, where, for the first time, my eyes beheld the 'BOOK OF MORMON'—that book of books . . . which was the principal means, in the hands of God, of directing the entire course of my future life.
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"I opened it with eagerness, and read its title page. I then read the testimony of several witnesses in relation to the manner of its being found and translated. After this I commenced its contents by course. I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.
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"As I read, the spirit of the Lord was upon me, and I knew and comprehended that the book was true, as plainly and manifestly as a man comprehends and knows that he exists." 2
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Parley Pratt was then 23 years of age. The reading of the Book of Mormon affected him so profoundly that he was soon baptized into the Church and became one of its most effective and powerful advocates. In the course of his ministry he traveled from coast to coast across what is now the United States, into Canada, and to England; he worked in the isles of the Pacific and was the first Latter-day Saint missionary to set foot on the soil of South America. In 1857, while serving a mission in Arkansas, he was shot in the back and killed by an assailant. He was buried in a rural area near the community of Alma, and today in that quiet place a large block of polished granite marks the site of his grave. Incised in its surface are the words of another of his great and prophetic hymns, setting forth his vision of the work in which he was engaged:
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The morning breaks, the shadows flee; Lo, Zion's standard is unfurled! . . .
The dawning of a brighter day Majestic rises on the world.
The clouds of error disappear Before the rays of truth divine; . . .
The glory bursting from afar Wide o'er the nations soon will shine. 3
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Parley Pratt's experience with the Book of Mormon was not unique. As the volumes of the first edition were circulated and read, strong men and women by the hundreds were so deeply touched that they gave up everything they owned, and in the years that followed not a few even gave their lives for the witness they carried in their hearts of the truth of this remarkable volume.
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Today, a century and three-quarters after its first publication, the Book of Mormon is more widely read than at any time in its history. Whereas there were 5,000 copies in that first edition, about 5,000,000 are currently distributed each year, and the book or selections from the book are available in 106 languages.
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Its appeal is as timeless as truth, as universal as mankind. It is the only book that contains within its covers a promise that by divine power the reader may know with certainty of its truth.
Its origin is miraculous; when the story of that origin is first told to one unfamiliar with it, it is almost unbelievable. But the book is here to be felt and handled and read. No one can dispute its presence. All efforts to account for its origin, other than the account given by Joseph Smith, have been shown to lack substance. It is a record of ancient America. It is a scripture of the New World, as certainly as the Bible is the scripture of the Old. Each of these volumes of scripture speaks of the other. Each carries with it the spirit of inspiration, the power to convince and to convert. Together they become two witnesses, hand in hand, that Jesus is the Christ, the resurrected and living Son of the living God.
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The Book of Mormon narrative is a chronicle of nations long since gone. But in its descriptions of the problems of today's society, it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems.
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I know of no other writing which sets forth with such clarity the tragic consequences to societies that follow courses contrary to the commandments of God. Its pages trace the stories of two distinct civilizations that flourished on the Western Hemisphere. Each began as a small nation, its people walking in the fear of the Lord. But with prosperity came growing evils. The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras.
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No other written testament so clearly illustrates the fact that when men and nations walk in the fear of God and in obedience to His commandments, they prosper and grow, but when they disregard Him and His word, there comes a decay that, unless arrested by righteousness, leads to impotence and death. The Book of Mormon is an affirmation of the Old Testament proverb: "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
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The God of heaven spoke to these people of the Americas through prophets, telling them where true security could be found: "Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ" (Ether 2:12).
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While the Book of Mormon speaks with power to the issues that affect our modern society, the great and stirring burden of its message is a testimony, vibrant and true, that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah, He who walked the dusty roads of Palestine healing the sick and teaching the doctrines of salvation; who died upon the cross of Calvary; who on the third day came forth from the tomb, appearing to many. Prior to His final Ascension, He visited the people of this Western Hemisphere, concerning whom He earlier had said, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (John 10:16).
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For centuries the Bible stood alone as a written testimony of the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. Now, at its side, stands a second and powerful witness which has come forth "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations" (Book of Mormon title page).
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As I indicated earlier, at this season exactly 176 years ago the first edition of the Book of Mormon, which had been translated "by the gift and power of God" (Book of Mormon title page) was being set in type and run on a small press in Palmyra, New York. Its publication preceded and was a forerunner to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which took place on April 6, 1830.
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We studied the Book of Mormon in Sunday School this past year. Nonetheless I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon. If you will read a bit more than one and one-half chapters a day, you will be able to finish the book before the end of this year. Very near the end of its 239 chapters, you will find a challenge issued by the prophet Moroni as he completed his record nearly 16 centuries ago. Said he:
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"And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust? . . .
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"And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true" (Moroni 10:27, 29).
Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.

The Machine


Things are running smoothly and surging ahead at the studio. The crew has never been more synchronized-- talented and harmonious.
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So much so, that we are catching up on all our projects.
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If you have an army (or any size project) for us to assemble and/or paint, by all means let's get that set up. Projects can get immediate attention.
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My phone number is 801 372 8545
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I am at your disposal for any matter.

Valentine's Day

When you don't see anything on the blog, it means that there is a lot going on.

Here's a summary:
Saturday was Valentine's day. My wife and I went out with her sisters and their husbands. We all get along ever so well.

We went to Rodizio Grill which is a Argentinian type steakhouse where they come around with all sorts of meat on skewers and cut you off a chunk if you want. Alligator, boar, pork, steak, and so forth. Sort of like Noah's ark gone wrong.

God: ding! Billy Bob, what happened to all the animals?
Billy Bob (Noah's lesser known cousin-- in redneck accent): Weeeell, we was gettin' a little peckish ya see...

Then off to a local playhouse for some wholesome entertainment.

That was quite a night.

On Sunday we had over relatives and friends for a lunch-type thing. At church we gave Willow a name and a blessing. Afterwards, sitting in the pew, I cradled the sleeping baby girl in my arms for about a half hour, just looking at her admiringly. It felt like everything faded away and we were alone inside a giant egg of peace and tranquility.

Lizardmen of the Topaz Temple



It's official, the studio Lizardmen army is underway. Here's what's in it:

Slann Mage Priest (we are going to incorporate new Engine of the Gods parts on this) x1
Scar Veteran x1
Skink Priest x1
Skink Priest on Stegadon Engine of the Gods! x1
Saurus Warriors x20
Skinks x24
Skink Scouts x10
Kroxigors x3
Temple Guard x20
Stegadon x1
Barbed Razordons x3

I have plans on converting up a Tetto'Eko, too. I think he is outstanding. The ability to re-arrange 1d3 friendly units after deployment is outstanding. I think it's a game-winner. Nevermind that it seems like a really fun model to make.

We've got everything in and being assembled except the Razordons. We are working on color scheme.

The skinks are already done. Some of you may recall that I painted up 34 of them for my D&D game last year, using them as Kobolds. That's a nice head start.

All told the army is 2500 points. So, it's plenty big.

The major decision was to include a Slann Mage Priest instead of an Oldblood on Carnosaur. Of course, you don't need a huge old Carnosaur with all those Stegadons running around. They are harder to kill than a Giant. I guess we'll see the army in action soon enough and find out what's what.

On another front, I'm painting up another unit of Black Guard for my ice elves army. I can't wait to take them for a spin.

Book your projects for March now. I'm running a really good special and there are still some slots left for that (see 30/30 special below). We would just love to do some Tyranids especially.

You might remember "Hive Fleet Hades", a refurb army that we have now sold off. I got some really good feedback on that army list-- shooty and hitty. Doing that army again, that same list, but maybe a different color scheme would be a dream project.

A little-known fact: I am available by appointment to create armies. I will help you set everything up over the phone, including advising on all aspects you want. The whole thing can be underway by the end: instructions, concept, models ordered, and deposit paid. I can type everything for you.

I am a demon on the keyboard.

New Lizardmen spreadsheet ready


Want to get a quote on a Lizardmen army?
Get a detailed spreadsheet of costs here.
Here is a video on how to use the spreadsheet. You do not have to fill this out yourself. I will be happy to work from an emailed list.
You need to RIGHT CLICK on the link and click save as.
Remember: there are a few slots open for the 30/30 special for Lizardmen.

Ogre Freaks


Many years ago I converted and painted this Ogre Kingdoms army of grotesque monstrosities for my own amusement. Now a good friend of mine is selling it.

Look at the freak show.

Own a piece of Gately History.

30/30 Special

Here's the special I'm running for projects booked for completion in March 2009. Projects need to be set up ahead of time, so this special will run from today until the slots are filled up. Project would need to get set up during February. There are six slots open for this special. I will announce when they run out.

You should ask for the special by name. That way I know how much business is generated by it.

For the following armies you can get 30% off on materials and 30% off on painting if you give Artistic License*:

  • Cryx
  • Legion of Everblight
  • Tyranids
  • Necrons
  • Vampire Counts
  • Lizardmen
I am doing a similar special, but 20/20, for these armies (four slots open):
  • Orks
  • Eldar
  • High Elves
  • Dark Elves
  • Wood Elves
  • Khador
  • Trollbloods
*You pick armament/weapon options and how they are assembled. We pick basing and painting style/colors. The limitation is that they have to be within the genre (ie no pink vampires), but we do get a broad interpretation there.

Alternate Earth


I came across this unusual game. It's set in some kind of Alternate Earth sci-fi World War Two setting.


What's Next? A Land Raider!

Mournful Knight

Song of the Day (stuck in my head)



I started listening to Devo when I was in junior high. My 7th grade class book had a picture of a computer with this caption: "Computers: wave of the future or passing fad?"

Hot Potato

http://lenderama.com/2008/12/how-much-is-the-total-us-debt/

I wonder how they're going to wind-down Social Security. They all rolled over and one fell out.

Imperial Guard Rumors and Opinion









Here is a veritable tome of IG rumors and verifications with my own comments in bold.
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I also might add that I have various IG items for sale.
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All of this was lifted from http://www.warseer.com/ and thanks to "the dude" for taking the time.
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Also not that in there you see a concept sketch for a Dark Eldar splinter rifle. The Dark Eldar are going to be huge.
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General info
Release Rumoured to be 2 May 2009.
Holy crap, that's really soon. I thought it would be later this year.

Rumoured to include at least 2 waves of releases. It is unclear when the second wave will appear.
I'm not a fan of the two wave release, since I can't finish the army until months later. But it's better than NO second release!

The following pic is from the March WD and confirms some of the rumours below including Orders, New Ratlings and the Valkyrie.

http://warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=52118&d=1234148406

Rules
Army-wide Special Rules

Doctrines
Doctrines have supposedly been replaced by Platoons options, so for example, rather than Armoured fist squads a player would buy Chimeras for a whole platoon, or buy the whole platoon grav-chutes to give them deep strike, or drop the heavy weapons from squads and give the platoon Scout. No details on exactly what upgrades are available have emerges as yet. This system would allow “crusade” style armies of multiple regiments.
I'm glad to hear that the doctrines are going to be in there somehow. This is consistent with what is being done generally: rolling all the rules into the main army list itself. One of the funnest things to do with an Imperial Guard army is to theme it. The IG list has also been the default list for a lot of unusual armies, like Squats. It looks like there is enough flexibility here to do some weird armies.

Another rumour says that there will be multiple flavours of Platoon with varying rules and options, such as Heavy Platoons, the squads will have the option of taking up to three heavy weapons teams; Assault Platoons, able to take up to three assault weapons; Stealth Platoons possibly able to infiltrate. It is not clear if this was based on a proper rumour or mutant wishlisting.

This has been given some credence with catdubh posting the following:
Originally Posted by catdubh

From the way I was told it an assault platoon can only take assault weapons, 3 flamers fine, 3 G/L fine, 3 plasma no. From both a fluff point of view and game balance it seams fair to me.
Also told Heavy Weapons squads are now 10 men not six and that the rumour of all squads in a platoon being able to take 3 Heavies per squad is not quite right. Instead a Heavy Weapon Squad can be attached to a platoon. Very similar but as to which one is correct we will have to wait

Orders

reds8n broke the news on Orders with the following:
Originally Posted by reds8n

I believe that command squads will in fact be able to give actual orders to their troops-- I assume perhaps only the ones under their direct command perhaps ? These have various affects, the ones I heard about being one that reduces their chance to hit ( for guard ! ) but ignores/lowers cover saves.
.... and one that in affect puts the platoon onto overwatch.



Orders are given by Officers to a squad (note not the whole Platoon) within command radius or via Vox channel. Orders generally make a squad do something such as make them better shots, rally, or recover from things like pinning or gone to ground. These orders are not automatic and will probably require a Ld test.
Orders will be one or maybe two orders per Officer per turn, and it is assumed Platoon Officers will only be able to order their own Platoon whilst army Commanders will be able to order anyone. This has not been confirmed.
Some rumoured Orders include:“TAAAANK!!” which allows the squad to add +1 to penetrate armour for a turn of shooting.

"Front Rank Fire, Second Rank Fire" which allows the squad to shoot twice to represent your men firing in well timed volleys to increase rate of fire. This is probably just Lasguns.
Overwatch would supposedly allow them a round of shooting during the enemy’s shooting phase at the cost of not shooting and assaulting next turn (effectively going to ground).
I have been told the Orders system works a bit different to how it is currently rumoured above, but wasn’t able to get clarification yet.
Bring on the Orders. It's an additional complication to playing the game, but I think it will give some good flavor. I will be glad to see Overwatch come back in some form.

Miscellaneous
Some squads will supposedly have access to heavy flamers, but it is not clear which ones.
HQ
OfficerCan reportedly be upgraded for x-amount to get Storm Troopers as Troops
This is the best news and I hope it's true. One thing I don't like about 40K is that all the fun choices are outside of the Troops list. Troops are boring. I wish they would stop forcing me to take them. It's so contrived. But Storm Troopers are cool.

Primaris PsykerApparently able to blast tanks with a psychic power. No further details have emerged as yet.
Well, almost anything would be improvement over the old pieces of crap. Rolling powers randomly is lame. If they were like zoanthropes as mid-range heavy hitters to support other units that would be cool. But more than that I'd like to see them as viable support units.

Commissar Lord Early on was rumoured to allow Stormtroopers as Troops choices. This has since been debunked. Newer rumours say he is described as having lots of inspirational powers (possibly fearless) and will supposedly allow more freedom in selecting Commissars for other squads.

Inquisitor and Retinue Very early rumours pointed to an entry for IG as an HQ choice, which would supposedly appear much like the elites from the current Daemon Hunters/Witch Hunters books. There has been no recent mention of this however.
This is another great opportunity for using out-of-the-ordinary miniatures. Great possibilities for conversions here. This is along the lines of miniatures crossovers like using imperial vehicles for Ork looted stuff.

Commissars Are supposedly now squad upgrades, technically allowing a lot of Commissars to appear in an army. Rumours now say they are allowed to attach to “certain squads”, However once a Commissar Lord is taken they have more freedom and there can be more of them. They are also supposedly cheaper (almost half their current price).
Commissars are overpriced now in my estimation. It's the old eggs and hammers thing. If a model is very weak on defense it doesn't matter so much how much offense it has. Of course, being in a giant unit, a meat shield is a sort of defense. Eldar suffer from this a lot, and you see that people won't take these units. Like Swooping Hawks. They have a zillion powers, but they are T3 and low armor. Same for Shining Spears.

GGM007 also offered the following from a GW Manager:
Originally Posted by GGM007

He said that command squads could be accompanied by 3 types of 'Councilor' which were 'Fleet liason officer' some kind of psyker/astropath and an artillery spotter/officer.
Master of the FleetRumoured to allow some type of orbital bombardment, details unknown.
AstropathSupposedly has a 'predicting' ability, possibly similar to Sicarius's ability to re-roll "seize the initiative".

Master of the Watch
Artillery Officer. Rules unknown.
There are apparently a few other things that you can give the Command Squad to affect the army. No further details are available as yet.

Elites
StormtroopersThe assumption has been made based on the WIP Stormtrooper mini that Stormtroopers will be able to take shotguns this has since been refuted, with the new rumour being they are for WH Arbites-style Stormtroopers.
Are there going to be Storm Trooper plastics? If so, this would be consistent a la the Temple Guard for Lizardmen-- a new plastic kit of an Elite type.

You can supposedly have a Storm Trooper Squad/Platoon as a Troops choice (not clear if this means both or one of), but this is reliant on an upgrade to the Officer leading the army. They may also get to pick from a list of mission 'operations', such as outflank, deepstrike etc. They may be able to infiltrate if not transported.

Bestiaparda offered the following:
Originally Posted by Bestiaparda

Hellguns will be now AP 3 as I said in the other long dead post, making stormtroopers capable of dealing with a lot of different (MEQ) opponents...
Yeah, but what will they cost? This sounds quite powerful ifi you ask me. Of course, people don't take Thousand Sons that often.

This has been confirmed by one of my Ninja who said that AP3 "hot shots" for Hell Guns will be in there, but wasn’t sure if it was a permanent thing. He gathered it's more likely going to be like the Dire Avengers’ Blade Storm skill.
This sounds more like it. Like that first volley is lower AP.

OgrynsRumoured to be T5 with a 4+ save and Feel No Pain. Further rumours said EITHER T5 or FNP will make the final cut, but probably not both. More recently rumoured to be 25 pts, S5 T5 A3 Sv4+ Furious Charge.
See? They are starting to give more defenses to some units. You'll notice that things cost less points in 40K than they do in Fantasy. That's because a Lascannon is a great leveller.

Sniper SquadsCan supposedly infiltrate, get stealth, range finders and all models in the squad have sniper rifles and BS 4. A new rumour says they will also get camo cloaks.

Veteran Squads Have been rumoured to become upgrades to platoons rather than Elites choices and may work like Ork Ard Boyz in that you may upgrade one unit in the whole army. Although a newer rumour says they probably won’t be upgrades for platoons.

Troops
Imperial Guard PlatoonsPlatoons will supposedly be structured as follows: 1 command squadPlus up to 5 of the following taking into account specific limitations -2 - 5 infantry squads0 - 5 heavy weapons squads (this is suspected to be a typo)0 - 2 special weapons squads0 - 1 conscript squadThe entire platoon with all these squads will only take one Troops selection in the FOC.
OK, so they are taking all these elite type squads out of the command section?

Platoons are rumoured to be able to attach sentinels, chimeras, and hellhounds as support vehicles, but not demolishers as previously thought.
Well, this is great, because the problem I had with my IG army was not enough slots. The more that can get crammed into the Troops section the better.

Platoons will supposedly benefit from a special rule called "Platoon Drill" which grants the ability to ignore any other squad within the Platoon for the purposes of determining the enemy's cover save. What this means is that the Guard squads will get a cover save when being shot at through a squad in the same Platoon, but their enemy will not get one when the squad shoots back. This will supposedly only work if the Vox network is still intact.

Platoons have been rumoured to have a great number of options available to them including attaching various support vehicles like sentinels, hellhounds and demolishers. They still take up a FOC spot, but become part of the platoon and so will benefit from “Platoon Drill” and other Platoon-wide rules rule. Platoons are rumoured to be able to merge into one big unit (sort of the opposite of Space Marine combat squads). So for example the platoon HQ and all its squads can merge into a single unit to hold an objective. Some more rules are probably applied to this but no further details have emerged forthcoming.

Kill Points for Platoons have been ruloured to be 1KP per half of the Platoon killed. More recently, this has been rumoured to be 1 KP for the entire Platoon, although there is some conjecture about whether Officers will yield a further KP. This could possibly be related to the ability to merge the Platoon into a single unit, thereby giving up a single KP.

There has been much talk about a point decrease to 4points per Guardsman. This has also been rumoured to be 50 point Infantry squads (10 men with Sgt, Heavy Bolter & Flamer). Another rumour says the basic squad load-out will be 10 Lasguns or 9 Lasguns and a Laspistol for 40 points.
GW really screwed the pooch with the Orks. Now every single army will have their basic models compared to the 6 point Ork boy, which is (as you can tell by all the Green Tide armies springing up) a very effective warrior. However, this is a positive thing if you want to get Troops back into the mix. I have long argued that if you want the game to revolve around Troops you have to MAKE THEM GOOD! My prediction is that guardsmen will be cheap, cheap, cheap.

Heavy weapons teams will supposedly be required to be on large bases. It is assumed there will be some sort of rule making HW Teams a single 2W entity, like a Space Marine Attack Bike. Nothing has been rumoured on this yet though.
This will certainly solve a serious problem. I predict this is right. They will invent some kind of universal rule that is the same. Along those lines I predict that Eldar heavy weapons will see a similar merging when the Eldar are re-done.

Conscripts Originally rumoured to be a Troops choice that didn’t take up a FOC slot and come with a command squad of a Commissar and three teams of Heavy Bolters. The Heavy Bolter team guns them down the conscripts if they break adding bonuses. This rumour has been refuted by several sources. Other rumours say conscripts will disappear altogether, or remain only as “naked” Platoons.
I predict that conscripts will disappear. They are a vestigial limb. If regular guardsmen are cheap, these guys will go the way of the dodo. They were a lame idea to begin with if you ask me.

Penal Battalion50 pts. 1 Custodian and 9 Penal troopers. Ld 8. Rifle and close combat weapons. Scouts, Stubborn, "Desperate". No news on what the last Special Rule may entail.
Another reason why the Conscripts will be gone.

Transports
Chimera 55 pts. 12 10 10 Tank, Amphibious, Mobile Command Vehicle. Multi-laser, hull Heavy Bolter, searchlight and smoke launchers. Options: Upgrade Multi-laser to Heavy Flamer or Heavy Bolter - free; hull Heavy Bolter to Heavy Flamer - free; Storm Bolter or Heavy Stubber +10pts, Hunter-Killer Missile +10pts, Dozer Blade +10 pts, Extra Armour +15pts, Camo Netting +20pts.

Valkyrie Skimmer. 24" move. Troops may disembark at any point in its movement, but more than 12" and they take a dangerous terrain check. Was rumoured to allow embarked troops to deploy after deep striking. Another rumour says they will be able to DS more accurately like Drop Pods. It was originally rumoured to only be a transport for Stormtroopers, but more recently it has been said it will be available to all units that have access to Chimeras.

Fast Attack
SentinelsWill be available for both Fast Attack and HS slots, with the slot determining the weapon and upgrade options, as well as special rules. Fast Attack Sentinels will retain Scout, but only have the option to be open topped.
That sucks. I really like the look of enclosed sentinels. Well, no reason they can't look that way at least.

Hellhound12 12 10 Tank, Fast. Inferno Cannon: 12" Template, S6 AP4 Heavy 1 (like the previous version but there is no roll to hit and no partials, but reaches 12").
This is my MVP pick for the imperial guard force.

Devildog12 12 10 Tank, Fast. Fusion Cannon: 24" S8 AP1 Heavy 1, Blast, Melta.
I really like this one. A Hellhound with Bite. Note that this is a Fast vehicle.

Banewolf12 12 10 Tank, Fast. Chemical Cannon: S1 AP3 Heavy 1, Template, Poison (wounds on a 2+ to targets with a Toughness stat).
I am giddy with these new tanks. These are really great. And to see them in the Fast Attack slots is really the best. It allows for more tanks. Are there any Elite tanks?

Valkyrie (possibly Valkyrie Vendetta)The “up-gunned” version of the Valkyrie is rumoured to be a Fast Attack Choice called the Vendetta. There is much speculation about this.

Heavy Support
Spearhead Sentinels Heavy Support Sentinels will supposedly lose Scout, but will be enclosed, have slightly better front armour and have options for heavy weapons such as the Plasma Cannon.

Leman Russ Can reportedly be bought as a squadron so you can get 3 for a single FOC. It is unclear if this is a true Vehicle Squadron, or a three-to-a-slot situation.

Russ’ have been rumoured to cost 150 points with increased Sponson cost, so a LR will supposedly cost 180 points with 3 HB.

They have been rumoured to come with a hull heavy bolter, smoke launchers and searchlight as standard.

Leman Russ Battle Tank14 13 10 Tank. Battle Cannon.

Leman Russ Exterminator14 13 10 Tank. Exterminator Autocannon: Heavy 4, Twin-linked.

Leman Russ Vanquisher14 13 10 Tank. Vanquisher Cannon: AP2 Heavy 1, +1D6 penetration.

Leman Russ Eradicator14 13 10 Tank. Eradicator Nova Cannon: 36" S6 AP4 Heavy 1, Large Blast, Ignores cover saves.

Leman Russ Demolisher14 13 11 Tank. Demolisher Siege Cannon.

Leman Russ Punisher14 13 11 Tank. Punisher Gatling Cannon: 24" S5 AP- Heavy 20.
Keep your eye on stuff like there. There is a slow and substantial change to 40K. It used to be about armor and AP. You will start to see more effective counters to the Horde army (that is how they will balance out that army type). You will also start to see other Horde army types with other lists, like this one-- four point guardsmen will mean you can spend 800 points and have 200 models in your force. This also jives with the "move to Apocalypse" view.
Do the math-hammer.
I may actually take some Scatter Lasers in my Eldar army.

Leman Russ Executioner14 13 11 Tank. Executioner Plasma Cannon: 36" S7 AP2 Heavy 3.

Lumbering Behemoth rule - Can choose to move 6" and fire all weapons or fire nothing and move 6" +1D6".
I really like this. I hope a lot of tanks have this. It allows them to break out of the stationary gun-platform role.

Basilisk12 10 10 Tank, Open Topped. Can be enclosed

Medusa12 10 10 Tank, Open Topped. Medusa Siege Gun: 36" S10 AP2, Ordinance 1, Large Blast. "Fortification Buster" Ammunition: 48" S10 AP1 Heavy 1, Blast, +1D6 penetration. Can be enclosed

Colossus12 10 10 Tank, Open Topped. Colossus Siege Cannon: 24-240" S6 AP3 Ordinance 1, Large Blast, Ignores cover saves. Can be enclosed

Griffon12 10 10 Tank, Open Topped. Griffon Heavy Mortar: 12-48" S6 AP4 Ordinance 1, Large Blast, can choose to re-roll deviation dice roll. Can be enclosed

Manticore12 10 10 Tank. Storm Eagle Missile: 4 only. 24-120" S10 AP4 Ordinance 1D3, Large Blast.

Deathstrike12 12 10 Tank. Deathstrike Missile: 1 only. 12"-960" S10 AP1 Ordinance, Blast (radius 1D3+3").Special Rules:
- Cannot be fired on Turn 1. Each turn roll a D6, weapon can be fired on a 6. Modifiers: +1 per turn, -1 for each crew stunned or weapon destroyed results sustained. Can always be fired on the roll of a natural 6.
- Any weapon destroyed results received are ignored, the only effect they have is to delay the launch.
- Hits on vehicles in the area of the Deathstrike Missile are not calculated at half strength but at S10.


Minis
First Wave rumoured to be as follows (US$):
IG Codex $25
IG Primaris Psyker $15
IG Ratling Snipers $20
IG Sentinel $25
IG Cadian Command Squad $25
IG Catachan Command Squad $25
IG Valkyrie $50
IG Cadian Shock Troops $22
IG Catachan Jungle Fighters $22

The green of the Commissar Lord can be seen here:
http://warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=41307&d=1214001137
New Ratlings have supposedly been spotted and have cloaks and hoods.

The new Sentinel box is rumoured to have all Heavy Weapon options including at least a Plasma Cannon, as well as the Armoured Crew Compartment bits in the box.
Thank goodness. I am not a fan of kits that do not have all the options in there.

The Cadian Command Squad Boxes will supposedly include all the special weapons in plastic (1 of each), 3 different officer heads, several different close combat weapons (Swords, Fists etc), various embellishments, 2 suits of officer armour, one more practical one more dressy, and 4 Cadians with a few new/special heads. Also said to have a “Drill Instructor style” underarm swagger stick.

The Valkyrie will be different from the FW version, but not hugely. A CAD picture of the interior can be seen here:

The Cadian and Catachan Boxes are most likely 10 man sets with a heavy weapon included. Nothing has been said about whether the box will include multiple heavy weapon options, or if individual heavy weapons sets will be withdrawn. The Catachans are rumoured to be a slight improvement in sculpt more in line with the recent Heavy Weapons team than their original incarnation and will have scaled down arms.

GGM007 has dished the following info from a Manager:
Originally Posted by GGM007

He said Cadians will be repacked from 20 to 10 but he didn't think it would include a HW team. The Battleforce would also change (prob losing the Russ and gaining Sentinals or something, basically Troopers are about to get more expensive..........)

There will apparently be a Direct Only blister with the three advisors: Master of the Fleet, Master of the Watch (Artillery Officer) and Astropath.

CAD drawings of some tanks have been spotted but it is not clear if these are simply concepts or if they are in production. The CAD picture of what is thought to be the new Hellhound (the Devil Dog) can be seen here:
http://www.warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=51588&d=1233353300

Apparently the Leman Russ box will include parts to make LRBT, Demolisher, Vanquisher, and Exterminator. The Chimera box will have parts for 3 other variants (including Hellhound). The Basilisk box may come with parts for Medusas and Griffons. They don’t seem to be included in the first wave.

CAD Images of what is believed to be the Leman Russ Executioner Turret and possibly the Griffon or other Heavy Mortar can be seen here:
http://warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=52171&d=1234206422Plastic Roughriders in the Cadian style have been rumoured. They will supposedly be in the “1.5 wave”A WIP Stormtrooper with shotgun (assumed to be Plastic) has been seen. It is unclear when or if this will be released. It doesn't appear to be in the first wave, but is rumoured to be released with an “Inquisitor supplement oriented around Planetfall”.
They are supposedly 10 models to a box from £12-15. No further word on box contents. WIP can be seen here:http://warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=51084&d=1232629639

Ogryns will not be getting new models just yet

There have been rumours of Greatcoat plastics for some time, but these have been consistently shot down by those “in the know”. Despite this, it seems quite a few GW managers are reporting that plastic Greatcoats are in the pipeline, possibly even as soon as 2nd wave. They will supposedly make Steel Legion, Kreig, and/or Valhallans, which some people believe to be a sign the rumour is untrue, as the look of those regiments would need to be drastically altered to create them all from one kit.

Background & Art
The front cover of the codex supposedly features Cadians.

All Hands on Deck


Picture: an Ultramarines Captain with lightning claws. See more pics here.
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Guess what? We're going to get to do one of those new Brass Scorpions from Forge World later this month!
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Let's get started shall we? The last two days I've actually slept through the night. I like that. I've noticed that no matter how well things are going I find ever-smaller things to gripe about. I need to break that cycle.
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We went to a dinner in my brother-in-law's honor on Monday (did I mention that already?) and we got home late. There's something magic about carrying sleeping kids in from the car. I can't believe we have four children. It feels like our family is complete. The two older kids were sick.
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I have two new Artists down at the studio training. Well, that's not quite the word since both are already an accomplished, award-winning miniatures painters/artists in their own right. The first is a real geek, jumping in to quote Star Wars or Monty Python with the rest of us. So, not "training" really, but more like cross-pollinating with other artists including myself so that their style will merge with the studio style in a cohesive way.
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I usually don't present new artists for the first three to six months. We monitor carefully for "implosion". New artists tend to crumple under the strain, and I've found it's a good bet to reinforce them with a lot of mentoring and careful follow-up. You've got to see some of their stuff. I'm going to have some pics up in the near future. I couldn't even believe the talent that came through on this round of hiring.
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I got in sixteen vypers on a trade. I will probably be able to salvage eight or ten of them. Many are missing cockpit covers, which I would be thrilled to trade in if somebody has any, any at all. Two of them are being prepped for painting right now. I hope to have prototypes up soon. That's for the Teal Eldar.
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Yesterday, Tamie took all the kids, dressed in Sunday best, to the dedication of the Draper Temple. I very much wanted to go, but there was absolutely no escape from my duties at the studio.

Robot Chicken Star Wars

Watch this while you can.

"Stormwing" Eldar Warhost- first wave

All right, here's what I have for the first wave, which I plan to finish this week:

2x Night Spinner
2x units of Dire Avengers
3x Vypers

Song of the Day- Rocket Ship

I heard a snippet of this in a Futurama movie: Bender's Game.

"Nanny" Tax

Here's an interesting article about Payroll Taxes. They call it the "Nanny Tax" but it's what is applied to any employee, as far as I can tell.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/183487

I am surprised that most people don't know that the employer has to match part of the tax. It works something like this: If you make $12 per hour, the employer takes out about $1.00 for "with-holding" and then has to send that as well as another $1.00 to the Feds. On top of that there are labyrinthine state taxes.

If you could choose, would you forego the benefits to Social Security etc. in order to make 12% more?

Why is the payroll tax split? Why not make the employer pay it all? Why not make the employee pay it all? It can't be an accident.

It's also interesting to see how the various parties (employer, employee and the government) spin the various portions of the tax. What do you think?

I for one, don't trust faraway bureaucrats to administer a worker's money to their best benefit. I think that in the end they will take the money, mis-use it, over-extend, and ultimately the worker will be left to fend for his-her-self in the end anyway. That's what you're going to see in the coming year: government agencies at all levels howling how the money is all gone and how people just need to stand up and take care of themselves and each other. Hmmm... sounds like paying twice to get the job done once.

Then again, I know a lot of people that wouldn't save up for retirement left to themselves. They would blow it on soda and twinkies, then have to live in a box and eat Alpo in their golden years. I mean, heck, I blew my retirement money to start a miniatures painting business. So how smart could I be? Do I need a benevolent and all-powerful government to take care of me and make me do the right thing?

It's my opinion that individuals and small communities are well-suited to taking care of themselves most efficiently. Of course, it's easy to believe this when living in such a tight-knit community as I do. We have monthly collections for the poor, that are administered carefully through a local man well-known for his integrity (and with oversight-- this is called Fast Offering*). When a woman gives birth, the local Relief Society starts bringing meals to the family. Same for if someone is sick or injured. Help with medical bills can happen, too. There are two de facto public parks. One family even built a pavilion on the edge of it. Another a basketball court. Children play there under the watchful eye of a ring of two-story houses. Yards are well-tended and planted with flowers. If you move in here, and someone notices, it won't be long until a brigade of volunteers shows up to lend a hand with the boxes. I can recite almost every family by name in a three block radius.

When we moved here, our house wasn't ready to move in to. A local family took us in. For FOUR MONTHS.

This is what is called in an LDS community a "Ward". Ours has 105 families. And we take care of each other quite well. On top of paying our Payroll taxes. I'm living in a Utopia of sorts. The main feature (invisible) is that it is voluntary. For me, that is the most important part.

Last thought: it is easier to fight and terminate local corruption than it is to fight corruption at the federal level. Where there is money there is rotten-ness. Where there is a LOT of money, there is a festering and putrid swamp of putridity. If you want to get rid of mosquitoes you have to drain the standing water.

*I realize this idea/practice is not unique to the Mormon people. In fact, I think any group of people could perform a similar function. Heck, you see this spontaneously at some game shops, where everyone bands together to help a member in need.

 

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