Red Templars


Forge World Order is IN!

Here's what showed up (100% fill rate):

Warhound with four arms
1x Blood Angels rhino doors
2x Nurgle dreads
1x Deathguard dread
4x Nurgle dread arms (we will convert two others)
4x Death guard marine conversion packs
AI Thunderbolts
1x Avatar with spear

Seven Down



All seven of the initial run of Pandora's armies are done. Final count is: two each of Deathguard, Wood Elves, and Tau; then one Imperial Guard. Pics are up on the website. I couldn't make vids of all of them. I am especially pleased with the Wood Elves; one of my favorite armies and the color scheme came out cohesive and vibrant. Often, they are done in a theme according to a season; Autumn, Summer, and Winter are common, but I've not seen a Spring yet until now.

I am in the middle of acquiring models for the next run. There is one open spot, but you'd need to move fast to claim it. Then I will start the preparations for the September run.

Of course, you can still commission any project you like. Anything, anytime. We're ready whenever you are. If you see any of the Pandora-type armies that you like, you can just ask us to replicate it, even with some modifications. They usually weigh in at $1100 to $1350, everything included.

We are also painting up some models for BOLScon in late August. I have about five Forge World figures and three other projects going for that. We are not physically going to BOLScon this time.

I also got in a few specialty pieces for the studio Lizardmen army: an Oldblood on Carnosaur, which is a fabulous alternative to the Slann Mage Priest. He's hell on wheels, starting with five S5 attacks. A skink shaman with feathered cloak, and a new Scar Veteran Battle Standard. That's it for that army. It'll be 3000 points without any magic items (and about 500 points worth of open space for that, including magic banners).

I'm picking away on the side at a Wood Elves force. Not sure where that is going. There's a lot still to be done. I just have some of the specialty pieces. So many games, so little time. I'm hoping to get a game in this weekend. And maybe a game of Hordes. No, I have not forgotten about that-- the other players in my little group have been swamped.

I got in my book "Myth of the Rational Market". I'm a few chapters in. I thought it would be the opposite of the other two books I've read (both from Ron Paul's reading list) but it isn't. It's just in another area. It seems to me that all of them miss the obvious. Banks and their ilk should be done away with entirely. Their fundamental truth is that they take away more than they give; produce nothing, provide no useful service, and indeed leave every region they touch poorer than before. Each bank is a vortex that sucks away the life essence of the community like the Skeksis life-draining machine.

Just to be clear on that last point. When I say "do away with banks" I mean, "do away with the defining characteristic of banks which I think is the source of the problem" which is Fractional Reserve Banking and it's degenerate cousin, Usury. It creates a fundamental distortion which is unfair; like giving certain connected citizens counterfeiting machines and immunity from prosecution on charges of counterfeiting.

Nurgly Blast from the Past

A Pestilent Surprise





Today, 4200 points of Deathguard were unveiled for the Pandora's army special. This is the type of thing we are making for this. Vid is forthcoming.
For each army I do something special: a conversion, an unusual unit, something eye-catching or clever or just a few extra pieces.
http://www.bluetablepainting.com/view_gallery.php?galleryID=3027
Here's the army list:
2100 Pts - Chaos Marines Roster - Deathguard AW

HQ: Chaos Lord (1#, 170 Pts)
1 Chaos Lord @ 170 Pts
Bolt Pistol (x1); Plague Bringer; Fearless; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Wings; Mark of Nurgle

HQ: Daemon Prince (1#, 165 Pts)
1 Daemon Prince @ 165 Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Fearless; Wings; Mark of Nurgle; Nurgle's Rot (x1)

Elite: Possessed (10#, 320 Pts)
9 Possessed @ 320 Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Daemonkin; Fearless; Icon of Nurgle; Mark of Nurgle
1 Possessed Champion @ [36] Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Daemonkin; Fearless; Mark of Nurgle

Troops: Plague Marines (8#, 261 Pts)
6 Plague Marines @ 261 Pts
Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon; Bolter; Flamer (x2); Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle; Rhino
1 Plague Champion @ [63] Pts
Bolt Pistol; Power Fist; Bolter; Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle
1 Rhino @ [50] Pts
Twin Linked Bolter; Extra Armor; Searchlight; Smoke Launchers

Troops: Plague Marines (8#, 261 Pts)
6 Plague Marines @ 261 Pts
Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon; Bolter; Flamer (x2); Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle; Rhino
1 Plague Champion @ [63] Pts
Bolt Pistol; Power Fist; Bolter; Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle
1 Rhino @ [50] Pts
Twin Linked Bolter; Extra Armor; Searchlight; Smoke Launchers

Troops: Plague Marines (8#, 271 Pts)
6 Plague Marines @ 271 Pts
Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon; Bolter; Meltagun (x2); Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle; Rhino
1 Plague Champion @ [63] Pts
Bolt Pistol; Power Fist; Bolter; Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle
1 Rhino @ [50] Pts
Twin Linked Bolter; Extra Armor; Searchlight; Smoke Launchers

Troops: Plague Marines (8#, 271 Pts)
6 Plague Marines @ 271 Pts
Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon; Bolter; Meltagun (x2); Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle; Rhino
1 Plague Champion @ [63] Pts
Bolt Pistol; Power Fist; Bolter; Blight Grenades; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Fearless; Feel No Pain; Mark of Nurgle
1 Rhino @ [50] Pts
Twin Linked Bolter; Extra Armor; Searchlight; Smoke Launchers

Heavy Support: Land Raider (1#, 240 Pts)
1 Land Raider @ 240 Pts
Twin Linked Heavy Bolter; Twin Linked Lascannon Sponson (x2); Daemonic Possession; Searchlight; Smoke Launchers

Heavy Support: Obliterators (2#, 150 Pts)
2 Obliterators @ 150 Pts
Power Fist; Obliterator Weapons; Fearless; Slow and Purposeful

Total Roster Cost: 2109

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Tron Legacy

Bracing for Impact


I am on standby to set up new projects. I am available to you (yes you) for any question.
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The Pandora's Army special is still running. There is still time to get on this round (expected to be completed near the end of August.
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Anyone who has a project that needs to be completed for an event, or by a deadline should contact me today in addition to your regular checkin. I want to make sure everything is lined up just right.

Email at bluetablepainting@gmail.com
Phone number is (801) 372-8545
Facebook ID is bluetablepainting http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=633040196
Google Chat ID is bluetablepainting (this is an extremely good way of getting a hold of me quickly)

Wading Pool


I was supposed to go into work today, a Friday.
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Starting bright and early in the morning, I practically cleared my inbox. All artists are on track and verified. I kept pushing back my time of departure until finally I decided to just hang out at home with the family. A slow and lazy day.
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I am over half-way through Star Trek TNG season 7.
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In the afternoon I headed to the pool with the three older kids to give my wife a much-needed break (sure, I left her with the baby, but the baby is very mild, more on that later). That was an adventure. We had pink-frosted sugar cookies for a snack. I followed the youngest around to be sure he didn't get into more trouble than he could handle. It was extremely crowded, probably from being a Utah holiday. G and I waited for a long time to go down the water slide, but once it was our turn they turned him away for having life-jacket inserts in his suit. He took it very well. We were there for a few hours, measured in layers of sunscreen, before a distant sighting of lightning scared up a chorus of life-guard whistles and we had to evacuate. I convinced the kids of the wisdom of heading to a local burger joint to eat and play on the playground.
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My wife needed the time to cook dinner for a family where the mother has recently died of pneumonia. So, I kept the kids out of her hair for a few more hours. It was a young mother, younger than I by a few years, and a neighbor just down the block. My wife knew her, and was her friend and visiting teaching companion. She's pretty shaken up. This morning (now Saturday) she headed off to the mortuary to do the make-up. After saying a short heartfelt prayer with her and another neighbor-lady I looked up to see both of them already broken up. As usual, my response will be delayed-- stone-faced until everyone else is done. I think it took almost eight months when my own father died.
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My daughter, now ten years, had some straightforward questions: What happens when one parent dies? Does the other one get remarried? I gave her straight and short answers until she seemed satisfied and went off to play. These last few weeks she will sleep in whatever room I am in, curling up on floor, chair, couch or whatever like a faithful pup.
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On the way home from the pool, in the final leg of the journey as we made our way up a gently curving road to our home, I had a moment of bliss. Where the joy seems almost too much for the mortal frame. In front of me, the mountains loomed over a green cloud of trees. They looked to me like a Titan with long pale sandy fingers holding a moss-covered rock. To the right the storm front was moving in, making the entire mountain range disappear into pale greys and white, as if an artist had not finished the painting. In the rear-view I could see my sons, the youngest with sun-bleached hair, touseled and smiling, eyes sparkling with summery bliss as the shadows of the trees marched over him.
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A moment when the longing for heaven is overtaken by a realization that I am already in heaven. There is a shard of it inside of me. I feel it like a cell-phone feels the cell-phone-tower. I feel the Heavens yearning for me, opening my heart's eye skyward.

Assault on Strongpoint 01

Death Korps vs Redjaw Orks
Five part battle report

Tank-flavored Candy


Redjaw Orks: Assault on Strongpoint 01


2020 Pts - Orks Roster - Redjaw Clan Assault on Strongpoint 01

HQ: Big Mek (1#, 100 Pts)
1 Big Mek @ 100 Pts
Choppa; Kustom Force Field; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!; 'Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Mek's Tools

HQ: Warboss (1#, 145 Pts)
1 Warboss @ 145 Pts
Power Klaw; Slugga; Twin-linked Dakkagun; Stikkbombs; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!; Attack Squig; Bosspole; Warbike

Elite: Burna Boyz (12#, 180 Pts)
10 Burna Boyz @ 180 Pts
Burna; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!
2 Mekboy @ [30] Pts
Kustom Mega-Blasta (x2); Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!; Mek's Tools

Elite: Nobz (7#, 298 Pts)
6 Nobz @ 298 Pts
Big Choppa (x2); Choppa (x1); Power Klaw (x3); Slugga (x5); Shoota/Skorcha Kombi-weapon (x1); Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!; 'Eavy Armour (x6); Ammo Runt (x1); Bosspole (x1)
1 Trukk @ [50] Pts
Big Shoota (x1); Armour Plates; Red Paint Job

Troops: Boyz (30#, 245 Pts)
29 Boyz @ 245 Pts
Choppa & Slugga; Rokkit Launcha (x3); Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!
1 Boyz Nob @ [41] Pts
Power Klaw; Slugga; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!

Troops: Boyz (30#, 245 Pts)
29 Boyz @ 245 Pts
Choppa & Slugga; Rokkit Launcha (x3); Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!
1 Boyz Nob @ [41] Pts
Power Klaw; Slugga; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Waaagh!

Fast Attack: Warbikers (5#, 165 Pts)
4 Warbikers @ 165 Pts
Choppa; Slugga; Twin-linked Dakkagun; Exhaust Cloud; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Warbike
1 Biker Nob @ [65] Pts
Power Klaw; Slugga; Twin-linked Dakkagun; Exhaust Cloud; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Bosspole; Warbike

Fast Attack: Warbikers (4#, 140 Pts)
3 Warbikers @ 140 Pts
Choppa; Slugga; Twin-linked Dakkagun; Exhaust Cloud; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Warbike
1 Biker Nob @ [65] Pts
Power Klaw; Slugga; Twin-linked Dakkagun; Exhaust Cloud; Furious Charge; Mob Rule; Bosspole; Warbike

Heavy Support: Battlewagon (1#, 150 Pts)
1 Battlewagon @ 150 Pts
Armour Plates; Boarding Plank; Deff Rolla; Grabbin' Klaw; Grot Rigger; Stikkbomb Chukka; Wreckin' Ball

Elite: Kommandos (16#, 265 Pts)
15 Kommandos @ 265 Pts
Choppa & Slugga; Burna (x2); Stikkbombs; Furious Charge; Infiltrate; Mob Rule; Move Through Cover; Waaagh!
1 Boss Snikrot @ [85] Pts
Mork's Teeth; Stikkbombs; Furious Charge; Infiltrate; Mob Rule; Move Through Cover; Waaagh!

Heavy Support: Deff Dread (1#, 85 Pts)
1 Deff Dread @ 85 Pts
Dreadnought CCW (x2); Big Shoota (x1); Skorcha (x1)

Total Roster Cost: 2018

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Elephant in the Room

Hey Shawn,
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Being a teacher with summer vacation gives me time to read blogs! I was triggered by seeing your sensible post about the F-22, but not seeing anything about why the government would have started something so foolish in the first place. You noted that the government may or may not be acting in the interest of citizens. But then ask whose interest it is acting in.

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I almost mentioned this a while ago when you made the Oligarchy post and talked about the elephant in the room and that you've studied some Latin American history. I don't think those businesses approach US citizens with any more morality than they approach the people of Latin America. The elephant in the room to me seems to be corporations.

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Health insurance, banks, oil producers and refiners--these are not run by the government. Private corporations are in charge of all of those industries and have far more responsibility than the US government for crises within them (50 million people unable to see a doctor, the economic meltdown, an oil market divorced from supply and demand). I am not omitting the government, but I think the logic needs to go one step further. The failings within the government are that it serves those corporations more readily than it serves the interests of almost everyone else.

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Top lobbying industries according to
www.opensecrets.org
1 Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $2,558,205,8822
Health $2,298,865,0533 Misc Business $2,257,719,5394
Communications/Electronics $2,092,700,7595
Energy & Natural Resources $1,670,116,4516
Transportation $1,358,911,1637 Other $1,252,273,8198
Ideological/Single-Issue $848,747,4269
Agribusiness $819,757,77110
Defense $668,009,65311
Labor $265,459,71412
Construction $264,698,10113
Lawyers & Lobbyists $188,142,079
Note: These amounts do not include campaign contributions.
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Look at how much the first two categories account for. Nearly 5 billion dollars. Have you heard about any problems in those industries lately?

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I see massive problems with our government. However, I think it is wise to ask why it operates as it does. How are decisions made? I think the above list gives a answer to that question ... the people in the government have billions of dollars telling them to do what corporations want. What do corporations want? To make money--that is their legally-bound obligation. Spending billions of dollars must come with a payoff for them. If it didn't, they would be breaking the law for wasting shareholder money. Unfortunately that influence makes a problem for everyone else. Corporations have no morals because they aren't people--at least not at the level of large international companies. Corporations are legally bound to act in the interest of profit. There is no such binding to morality. Massively rich and powerful actors with no morals seem like an obvious source of problems.

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Although government is part of the problem because of this influence, I still see it as the only viable solution. The government should serve as the agent of the people to force moral sense and bigger goals than making money onto corporations. I am not saying get rid of business. I am not saying get rid of government. I am saying that the two of them in a back scratching-fest (I'm tempted to put it more obscenely) is what does us in. I think the solution is in severing that relationship.

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Regards,

M
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as a side note:"What would it look like if the federal government lived within its means? What would you see on the news? If a president or some members of congress took a stand on staying within budget, what do you think would be said of them?"A Rutger's professor said, "By the end of the Clinton presidency, the numbers were uniformly impressive. Besides the record-high surpluses and the record-low poverty rates, the economy could boast the longest economic expansion in history; the lowest unemployment since the early 1970s; and the lowest poverty rates for single mothers, black Americans, and the aged." Many others including a great many newsmen said, "He lied about cheating on his wife."
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I have plenty of problems with Bill Clinton, but there is your balanced budget of fairly recent history.

Response to Equilibrium Post

Shawn,
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Quick response to one of your recent posts.
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1. I believe what was actually cut was funding for additional f22s, not the entire program. That was the quote from cnn and Robert Gates a few days ago anyway.
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2. If I may be so bold as to offer a dissenting opinion (said with a smile.)Defense projects like the f22 employ hundreds, often thousands of Americans in the private sector. Sure, there are government workers who contribute, no question. But the materials for the project and the construction of the craft are most often done by private companies. You should check out how most military contracts are gained, often competing private companies produce prototype products, and then are contracted for that item based on availability, performance, and political concerns.
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This obviously only deals with procurement, but the military is one of the few branches of government that draws heavily from private industry to fill its needs.The cost to the taxpayer and the relative need for new military inovation aside (a discussion that is worth a few hundred thousand words at least) the U.S. military structure funds lots of inovation and start up companies.
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P.S.I, personally have been converted to the cause of the conservative independent since this last election. Get the facts, ask questions, question statements involving dollars and numbers, what I've found is that nearly every number quoted today in politics to justify this program or that is an intentional distortion of reality, twisted to serve the speaker's personal opinion. Now having done some research, I truly feel the 2 party system has failed the American people by condencing our political options down to a few limited moderates who only differ from one another on a few token issues used to distinguish themselves from the other party.
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--end soap box rant--

Dice Trove


Here's a great source for dice:

My faves:




You can order any of these with your army, and at our standard discount (20% off; 30% off for military personnel). I can order these as part of any order.
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Matching dice are really the icing on the cake for an army.
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PS- I hope these pictures match up. Not totally sure.

Play Nice

New 40k Radio episode:
http://www.40kradio.com/archives/594

Death Korps 551st: Defense of Strongpoint 01


Army list for Battle of Strongpoint 01. Game now in progress.


2020 Pts - 5th Edition Roster - Death Korps 551st

HQ: Company Command Squad (5#, 180 Pts)
4 Company Command Squad @ 180 Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x4); Lasgun (x4); Carapace Armour; Regimental Standard; Vox Caster; Lord Castellan Creed
1 Lord Castellan Creed @ [90] Pts
Carapace Armour; Frag Grenades; Refractor Field; Hot-shot Laspistols (x2); Supreme Commander; Tactical Genius

Troops: Infantry Platoon (45#, 555 Pts)
1 Infantry Platoon @ 555 Pts
Infantry Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad
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4 Platoon Command Squad @ [135] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x4); Lasgun (x2); Platoon Standard; Vox Caster; Plasmagun (x2); Commissar
1 Commissar @ [45] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Power Weapon; Stubborn
1 Platoon Commander @ [10] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Power Weapon; Junior Officer
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9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
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9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
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9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Grenade Launcher (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
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3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [105] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Lascannon (x3)
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3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [75] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Autocannon (x3)
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3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [75] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Autocannon (x3)

Troops: Infantry Platoon (45#, 545 Pts)
1 Infantry Platoon @ 545 Pts
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Infantry Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad
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4 Platoon Command Squad @ [125] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x4); Lasgun (x2); Platoon Standard; Vox Caster; Meltagun (x2); Commissar
1 Commissar @ [45] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Power Weapon; Stubborn
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1 Platoon Commander @ [10] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Power Weapon; Junior Officer
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Grenade Launcher (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [75] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Heavy Bolter (x3)
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [75] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Heavy Bolter (x3)
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [105] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Lascannon (x3)

Troops: Infantry Platoon (45#, 535 Pts)
1 Infantry Platoon @ 535 Pts
Infantry Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad; Heavy Weapons Squad
4 Platoon Command Squad @ [130] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x4); Lasgun (x2); Platoon Standard; Vox Caster; Meltagun (x1); Plasmagun (x1); Commissar
1 Commissar @ [45] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Power Weapon; Stubborn
1 Platoon Commander @ [10] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Power Weapon; Junior Officer
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Flamer (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
9 Infantry Squad @ [55] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x8); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x9); Grenade Launcher (x1)
1 Sergeant @ [0] Pts
Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [60] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Mortar (x3)
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [75] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Heavy Bolter (x3)
3 Heavy Weapons Squad @ [105] Pts
Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x3); Flak Armour; Lasgun (x3); Lascannon (x3)

Elite: Storm Trooper Squad (10#, 195 Pts)
9 Storm Trooper Squad @ 195 Pts
Carapace Armour; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x9); Hot-shot Lasgun (x7); Hot-shot Laspistol (x9); Meltagun (x2); Special Operations
1 Storm Trooper Sergeant @ [10] Pts
Carapace Armour; Close Combat Weapon; Frag Grenades; Hot-shot Laspistol (x1); Krak Grenades; Power Weapon

Total Roster Cost: 2010
This guy counts as Usarkar Creed.

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Quantum Flux


At this moment I'm creating posts etc. and watching season 7 of Star Trek TNG.
Today, four thousand points of Tau came into existence. This represents the first two results from the Pandora's army special, first booked up approximately four weeks ago. See pics here and here.
There are four thousand points of Deathguard and four thousand points of Wood Elves being painted up right now. Amazing. I worked with Sarah2 on the wood elf prototypes until we were happy with the result.
What else? We will be doing a Luna Wolves warhound titan in the coming month. Complete with all weapon options magnetized. I'm excited about that.
As usual, I'm working on all sorts of army lists. Orcs and Goblins with two huge blocks of Black Orcs (including Grimgor Ironhide as army general). I've got eighty goblins already painted up. I did them for my D&D game. Those are the onerous part of an Orc army. For 40K I've got no current inspiration.

June 2009 Empire Releases

First things first. After seeing all this sweet kit, I want to see an Empire army come through the studio. At the end of this article I've got a a deal cooking...

You can see the entire Empire range here. In the last year, there have many spectacular, unheralded releases for this line. There are numerous evocative models.




Empire Greatsword Plastics $41.25 USD
This box set contains 10 multi-part plastic Empire Greatswords. This 132-piece kit includes: 13 different heads, 12 different arms wielding two-handed swords, six variant bodies, and five different sets of legs. Also included are all the pieces needed to assemble a champion, a musician and a standard bearer, and a host of additional components for customising the unit. Models supplied with 20mm square bases.


Shawn's Comments: I haven't seen this kit, but it seems to have quite a number of parts. This is the most expensive kit I've seen, at a hefty $4.15 per model. This is what is normally charged for metal figures. I don't understand it.







Empire Archers $24.95 USD

This box set contains 10 multi-part plastic Empire Archers. This 107-piece set includes: 10 different archer bodies, 20 different heads, and all of the components needed to assemble one archer as a marksman. Also included are a range quivers, swords, arrows, pouches, and even a dead Orc with an arrow in his gut. Models supplied with 20mm square bases.





Empire Steam Tank $57.75

Steam Tanks are monstrous, smoke-belching creations that rumble towards the enemy, firing deadly cannon balls from their steam-powered guns. The advance of these iron behemoths is terrifying to behold, as arrows ricochet from armoured hulls and enemy warriors are crushed beneath their immense bulk.


This box set contains one multi-part plastic Steam Tank. This 72-piece kit includes: two variations of cannon, an Engineer with choice of three heads, a host of Empire icons, and full interior detailing. Model supplied with a 50mm x 100m base.


Shawn's Comments: A steam tank is one of those units that is such a huge problem that it causes a panic check... in real life. It's a Rare choice for 300 points, so it takes up a good deal of pointage. It helps anchor the Empire line-- it causes Terror, is Unbreakable, and with Toughness 6, Armour Save of 1+ and TEN (yes TEN) Wounds it's not going anywhere anytime soon.


Take one if you want to be mean. Take two if you want to be cruel.



Marius Leitdorf $29.75
Marius Leitdorf is known as the Mad Lord of Averland. He is sullen and morose, and given to bouts of screaming and rage. A skilled swordsman, Marius fights with two blades; a Runefang in one hand and a long-bladed dagger in the other - a style of combat he has mastered better than anyone.
This blister contains one finely-detailed, metal Marius Leitdorf. Model supplied with a 25mm x 50mm base

Shawn's Comments: Like many models in this range, this would make a great generic Captain.

Book an Empire army for completion in August and get 35% off on your materials.

March to War Empire Special
Alternatively, we will create a 1500 pt Empire list (reasonably competitive and fun!), acquire the models, assemble and paint them, complete with magnetized movement trays for $950. Upgrade the army list to a 2000 pt list for +$250. For this deal we get to pick everything; army composition, basing and color scheme.

Pick your province for +$100. See here for the various options.

Pull the trigger for half down. I accept almost any

This is a limited time offer. Until further notice.

Zero Dollars a Day


Not a proponent of this. But here's something that just might blow your mind...

Ron Paul Fix

Equilibrium


Out past the city limits in Eagle Point, Oregon is a dirt road leading around a bend in the river, and out of sight past a hay field on the left and copses of tall whispering trees on the right. My wife and I lived on her Grandmother's seventy acre ranch for the summer. It was the summer after I graduated from college and Tamie was heavy with our first child. Her grandfather had died earlier that year and I was tending to the hay farm; fixing the tractor and moving pipe.

Grandma Ernie had a soft spot for cats. We counted fifty-six at one time, most of them feral types keeping to themselves under the porch or out in the woods. She would buy fifty pound bags of cat food and split them open with box knife on the back porch. Raccoons and other local animals would join in the nocturnal feast.

When Grandma Ernie passed on I imagine most of those cats died of starvation. Whole litters of kittens reduced to bones.


In unrelated news...


I read this morning that the F-22 program was cut. Here's an excerpt:


F-22 supporters complained the action would be a blow to long-term national defense — and cost thousands of jobs in the middle of the recession.


My humble insight: The F-22 program already costs jobs. It sucks them out of small businesses like mine. For everything that the government does visibly, it evaporates something in greater proportion invisibly. This is effected forcibly through a trio of evils: taxation, inflation, or public debt.


The difference is that in the private sector the job is created by actual demand of someone like you who chooses to buy a product or service, whilst in the government sector the job is created through other forces that may or may not be in your interest. It is done by force. How much government is good for the general welfare of the people? In my opinion it's about one quarter what we have now*.


Blue Table Painting exists because you want painted miniatures. You are best suited to decide what your money is good for. The more local the decision, the more efficiently and wisely it will be done as a general rule.
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What would it look like if the federal government lived within its means? What would you see on the news? If a president or some members of congress took a stand on staying within budget, what do you think would be said of them?
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Mmmmm... Rachel Maddow is delicious(ly engaging). And she's talking about the same thing.
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*if the income tax were eliminated and replaced with nothing it would reduce the federal budget by approximately 40%. It is my opinion that the government could do everything it needs to do with that amount of revenue. Imagine for one glorious moment what that would mean: no tax returns, no revealing your money matters to a stranger every year. For my miniscule business it would mean one more person could be hired.

Saruman Speaks



Notice how they don't want to be audited. They are "warning" Congress (ie your representative up there) not to do it.

The common man cannot possibly understand all this. How much smoother things would be if we left it to our betters.
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Time to get on the phone. Here is how to get contact information for your Senator (you have two):
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And Congressman (your have one):
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Remember, you represent all the people who didn't call!
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An Idea from the Left:
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Higher Enzymatic Content


My electric shaver broke today. Well, more like "died of natural causes". I bought it the week we arrived in Utah. How little at the time I knew the distress and joy I would experience here.
Anyway, the shaver had a cleaning station thing, that required the purchase of special solution in pairs, $25 a pop. That's how they get you. But I just cleaned it by hand this last year. Suckers. No more solution-gouging for me!
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Wouldn't it be funny if that's what burned out the shaver?
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It was an insanely busy day. I still have three slots open for this round of Pandora. It makes me happy.
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I am in the process of refurbishing a Tyranid army. I am adding some things to it. Those should arrive later this week.

Pandora's Permanency

I plan on running the Pandora special until further notice. So, hop on board when you are ready. I'm still going to do them in "runs", like trains that depart with a small group of passengers about once a month. But you can get on whenever you like.

Pick your options and send half down. Don't need to ask permission.

Next train departs in about a week. Then once a month after that. Approximately. You can be "seated" any time you please.

Remember, if you've ever had an army painted by us, you can trade it in for credit for a new one. I account for the total price you paid (not just the materials) as part of the offer. Case by case basis. More details a few posts back.

Low on the Hog


I'm becoming some kind of suburban mormon hippie. Sulking against the machine.

Dane lent me some Regina Spektor. She's sort of a slightly happier, less abstract version of Tori Amos. Who I adore.

I picked up a desk for my home office off of freecycle. My wife found it online. So cheap and juicy! One morning, unshowered, I hopped in the car and headed down there to pick it up, my four-year old son coming along for the adventure.

I am convinced now that you can live well off the leavings of the wealthy. Of course, wealthy is a relative term. I've heard that by having a car, a fridge, and a toilet you're in the top five percent. Anyone want to back that up?

Once, when my wife and I were childless and broke and working for poverty wages, we dreamed of how much money we'd like to make every month. A number that seemed at the time so high (when we were bringing home like $850 a month), more than we could possibly spend, like who could possibly even blow that amount of dough every thirty days, now doesn't seem like that much. Of course, we were clueless as to how much it would cost to maintain four kids.

She also found three really nice dress shirts, pressed and dry cleaned, for $1.00 each at a garage sale. They are high-thread-count-tastic. I sprayed them with some of my cologne to make them my own. The human version of pissing out my territory.

Say that reminds me of a story. While tracting (door to door) on my mission in Chile (possibly the most onerous task known to man-- a labor of love, be nice to them, I believe it's good karma) we ran into this guy, who in a thick accent called his dog to introduce them to the Mormons. This pony-sized black creature trotted out and sniffed us. Then it lifted a monstrous left leg and gushed out a torrent of musky urine on our dress shoes. "Ali!" he chided (for that was the dog's name), "bad dog, these are our guests!". But I think I detected the edges of his lips curling upwards.

And if you made it this far without slipping into a coma, I have published two posts below that I had taken off so as not to inundate you with non-gaming stuff. But what the heck, why let them go to waste.

For those still conscious, I will tell you what I had for breakfast. A ham and egg sandwich on an english muffin with pineapple juice. Nighty night.

For you young people, keep your chin up. Life gets way better. Behind the veil your ancestors are rooting for you. And I'm rooting for you, too. I remember well the electrical storms in my mind.

Dream of the Tickets


I had a dream last night. I was standing in front of the stage in the church (which in the dream was also my home and my studio) and a government worker came up to me. He told me that he had money to give me, but instead he handed me a roll of tickets, about the size of a hockey puck. He said they were valuable and that the following day I could go to the bank and find out how much they were worth.

He then proceeded to hand me three more rolls, each larger than the last which was the size of a movie reel.

Then he handed me a giant mass of disorganized tickets. I was thinking how I could keep them safe overnight. I opened the cupboards and they were packed full of food.

Here is my take on the meaning of the dream. There will be four years of significant inflation, then in the fifth year there will be an unraveling. It is wise to keep real commodities stocked.

Not saying anything prophetic here. Just a dream I had. Even an idiot can see the writing on the wall. Now, I'm not a doomsayer. I have great faith that even through trials the good men and women of this great country will hold together. They will do it in spite of the crooked policies of the degenerate elite. I believe the key is in the education of the masses. We should be asking questions, getting involved, communicating, reading, and calling our leaders to account. We must be like wolves; brazen, organized, independent-minded.

If I can take it a step further. I have been thinking a lot recently about how to apply all this in a practical and useful way. I read a conspiracy theory book last year. It didn't help much. Even if it were true, I couldn't do anything about it. Where is my power? I cast my vote and I feel like it's like throwing a pea at a tank. In Utah the vote goes like 70% republican no matter what.

But I have this blog. Pretty sure readership is over 2000. It's my dream that ten people will vote Independent (or Real Republican or even fiscally conservative Democrat! Good grief, anyone who will stay in budget looks good now) in 2010 on account of my influence. That will make my day. Let me know if you're one of them. I want people to feel sassy about their constitutional rights. Even if you go in for the exact opposite; great, at least you jumped in the ring.

Anyway, my short term goal (for 2009-2010) is to disconnect from the banks. I don't want anything to do with their dirty business. Whatever I can do to assert my independence. More to come on that.

Blarg, these wouldn't be so long if I weren't such a demon on the keyboard!

Game Wise


Firstly, early next week you're going to see 4000 points of Tau coming off the line. We went for a true red and white color scheme. Armor plates are red, and white is a solid accent. They look quite striking, and patches of green static grass make them pop.

Likewise for Deathguard, two armies, each 2000 points for the Pandora's army special (still booking for that) are going under the brush this coming week. Same for Wood Elves. Same for Imperial Guard (but only 2000 points).
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We are very happy with how the Pandora's armies are coming out.
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I was planning on playing Death Korps vs Orks today, but Renn didn't show up until later, so we are postponing it until Monday.
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Tomorrow is the Batrep of Vampire Counts vs Warriors of Chaos.
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I am going to start painting up Legion of Everblight for Hordes. We have a bunch of models ready for paint. Dane is taking too long.
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We got in a few of the new Planetstrike terrain kits: Shrine of the Aquila and a Strongpoint. I did a video review of those, they should be up soon.
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We are really busy and I haven't been able to drum up any games of Hordes. But I am still intent on keeping that going. I have no other armies in the works.
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I got a Tyranid army in trade (black carapace, orange/yellow skin) and I plan on refurbishing that.
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I'm booking projects for August. We are running our usual specials. Additionally, I have four slots still open for the Pandora special (see below for details).
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On top of that I have one spot open for the Hero of the Imperium deal. I have the intention of never running this again. It is by far the best deal ever. See post below for details.

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson

[Picture: Thomas Jefferson reincarnated in our day.]

Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; And the sixteen being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; But be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers; And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering...and the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences.

The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.

And lastly,

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. [I daresay this is the case in our day with talk radio]

Oligarchy


As I'm thinking all this stuff over there is an elephant that keeps sneaking into the room.


What prevents the accumulation of wealth and power into the hands of a few? I imagine some Libertarian paradise if only the government would leave us alone, but more likely an oligarchy-type thing would just raise up in its place.


A progressive tax code (ie more taxes the more you make) is one way to accomplish this. If only the government could be trusted to administer it equitably. The worst situation is when government is in bed with the business, becoming, effectively a tool to force the will of the oligarchs on the people.


This is apparent in the book Open Veins of Latin America. Long story short: capitalism didn't work out so well for the central american indians.


The consolidation of power and resources is the root of Tyranny. The dispersal of those things is Liberty.


As a side note this ties into Mormon cosmology: Heavenly Father disperses unlimited resources to the individual and gives freedom of choice. His Adversary vows to take the treasures of the earth and consolidate military, economic and religious power to oppress mankind.

New Lamps for Old Program

If you have ever bought an army from BTP, and would like to trade it in for a credit. Let me know what you have. I will trade it in for 20-35% of it's full original value (in credit for service/materials), plus a credit for the shipping back. Email me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com if you are interested.

There are some materials that we cannot acquire with credit, notably Forge World.

Health Care


Someone suggested that I post my comments on the Health Care "debate" going on.

I haven't really been following it. I am absorbing other material right now (economics).

I can say this though: the Federal Government does not have a great track record with getting rid of something once they are started. You are still paying income tax because of the sixteenth amendment from 1913 (right around the time that the Federal Reserve came into being).

So whatever happens, plan on it starting small (social security started out a 1% and is now a hefty 6-7%-- double this to include the indirect tax on the employer) and then turning into an iron band around your neck. Of course, this will need to be raised in order to "save" the program after the money has been blown on other stuff. What we need saving from is the incompetence and voraciousness of the federal government.

The thing I keep wondering is if there is a shortage of doctors? Or of medical equipment? This problem should be attacked by increasing the supply of thing people want. Isn't that so obvious? If a doctor's appointment, say to get a checkup, were only $15, then there would be no problem just paying for it out of pocket.
Part of the reason healthcare is so expensive is becuase of the stratospheric rise in malpractice insurance costs.

There's no talk of how to increase the availability of health care. It needs to be less expensive. Talk of making everyone get insurance somehow so they can afford something just boggles the mind. And if the insurance is too expensive, then how can that be cheaper.

It can't help the cost of healthcare when giant, black tick-like beings (called trial lawyers) are sucking the life out of the system either.

The story of my ingrown toenail is illustrative.

When I returned from South America in 1992 I had a mother of an ingrown toenail. It was red, pustulent, painful and infected.

I went to the major hospital in my town; a monolithic building squatting in a pool of asphalt. They wanted over a thousand dollars just to book the surgical room. It was a major deal. It's my opinion that these prices are a distortion of the system caused by government involvement.

Then I went to a family practice. It was insanely busy, the doctor scarcely had time to look me over. He wanted to get an x-ray. He prescribed pain medication. We left about $80 poorer and with no solution.

Finally, my mom found a local podiatrist. He had an excellent reputation in the entire valley. He was in a clean, yet modest office in a downtown building. There were several elderly people in the waiting room. On the walls were various diplomas, one of which indicated that the Doctor was a surgeon in the Korean war.

He sat me down, looked my foot over, disinfected the lot then cut a notch in the toenail. Then he took a chisel-like tool, gently inserted it into the notch, then (without warning) rammed it all the way into the matrix. It was a searing lance of screaming agony. In a swift motion he used another tool to pry out the offending shard. He washed the whole thing down with iodine, bandaged me up, and the sopped the blood off the floor with paper towels.

Total cost: $35 cash in hand. I walked out of the office and went to work pushing carts at the local market the same day.

Now that's affordable health care. Pay cash for what you need. Keep a modest policy for catastrophic stuff like brain tumors.

People should have a choice. They should be able to choose what option they want.

Employers have expenses. Here's an example of the types of things a business has to pay for:
Rent
Insurance
Advertising
Materials (to sell)
Office Supplies
Payroll (which includes all subsets of "things that are required to keep people on the payroll")

What's left is profit.

When the government makes employers add expenses for regulation and taxes, what do you think gives in that budget? Shall the business stop paying rent? Advertising?

The place that gives is Payroll. That is what will happen when employers have to provide benefits by law. Wages will go down. Plain and simple. Or people will get cut.

Every so often I get the exciting privilege of giving my workers a raise. I have occasionally asked, "would you like me to give a raise across the board or provide health insurance?" The answer is invariably, "Just give me the money, I will take care of my own insurance."

Profits do not give, that's a myth. It simply does not exist. A business exists for the profit. Once the profit falls below a certain level, where it does not justify the risk, then the business closes doors and everyone gets a pink slip. Goodbye jobs.

Make no mistake. The Feds don't care about you. They only care about lining the pockets of favored constituents (ie not you).

The Federal Government is like an evil reverse Midas, everything it touches turns to dog crap.

There's a good reason why the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES limits the Federal Government to a specific list of things and then reserves everything else (including health care) to the States or to the PEOPLE.

If the Sixteenth Amendment (income tax) were repealed you would get a 20% raise. And the government would still be able to fund all necessary functions quite easily. Could you take care of yourself with that 20% extra?

If fractional reserve banking were abolished, you would (in my estimation) get about a 30% raise (in terms of net purchasing power). Could you take care of yourself then?

How much would you give to charity if there were no Federal programs for the poor?
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Comments from a Client
Hey Shawn, believe it or not, im writing to you not to beg again for information on the army I am eagerly awaiting, but to comment on your thoughts on health care. Pardon the surely endless spelling and grammatical mistakes, this is a spur rant. I welcome your responses, for or against.
Whenever I hear people talking about how amazing socialized medicine is, I am reminded of the old grass is greener saying. There seems to be this grand ideal about it that all other countries in the world have amazing medical care for all, for no cost, and they are all living happy, sickness free lives without a care in the world. But the fact is, there is no perfect system. Nothing is going to provide everyone what they want, or maybe even need. It is the way of the world.
I honestly think that if we as a country develop a plan of health care paid for by the government, or by businesses, it would be one of the biggest mistakes in our history. The costs for just medicare and medicade now are astounding, and would balloon to unimaginable numbers if spread to cover everything. The only way to pay for such huge costs would be to tax the american people to death. And that only hurts the lower class more than they already have been. Everyone likes to talk about how much this would help people who cant afford health care now, but how will they afford a home when they are paying crushing taxes? And we can't lay all of it on the wealthy, because the moment we try to do that, they will be gone, and we will be in much worse shape then.
Another point to consider is that as it stands, we provide, I feel, some of the best care in the world. We have many of the best doctors and scientists working for us every day. When was the last time you heard of anyone having to go to another country to have a special procedure? They all come here. Because we have the best. And why? Because in our system they will not be making the federal wage for a doctor. I think the moment the government starts deciding what to pay our doctors, they will be gone. They go where the money is just like the rest of us would.
A great irony I think is that people believe people are just falling dead in the streets because the hospitals wont admit them. Maybe I missed those news bits. Because it seems to be the other way around. In the socialized medicine countries, they have to wait weeks or months for care, even if they need it immediately. But in this country we have immigrants who come into the country illegally, have nothing, but if they need care, they can go to the hospital, and get the care they need.
It seems to me we are going about this in the wrong way. Why are we not working to reduce the costs of health care now, instead of just band-aiding the problem by having the federal government write a blank check to the health insurance industry? I think everyone would agree that health care costs are totally out of this world, so why are we just ignoring this? Isn't it a better idea to work on bringing them down than just throwing up our arms and saying "oh well, just pay them what they want?"
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And a counter argument from another...
I've been enjoying your blog and also giving feedback, and I wanted to chime in on your healthcare post.
"Employers have expenses. Here's an example of the types of things a business has to pay for:
Rent
Insurance
Advertising
Materials (to sell)
Office Supplies
Payroll (which includes all subsets of "things that are required to keep people on the payroll")
What's left is profit."
One big point in the healthcare debate that has been pointed out repeatedly in interviews and articles I've come across is that currently insurance companies use 15-30 cents of every dollar they take in on overhead costs--mostly those things you listed above including profit. The other 70-85 cents of each dollar is spent on medical expenses--doctors, nurses, equipment, and medicine. Shareholders in these companies want that profit percentage as high as possible and encourage the companies to limit those medical expenditures as much as possible. These limitations basically mean that they do everything they can to avoid treatment ... which sucks if you are sick and need treatment.
The hope is that the government system would be able to drastically reduce that overhead. They don't have to pay for those expensive TV commercials. Those evil bureuacrats everyone fears have much more reasonable paychecks than the evil CEOs people tend to ignore. The government, as much as you hate it, is not for profit in the same sense as the insurance companies. Most sources I've seen assume the government overhead should be somewhere around 3-5 cents on the dollar.
Insurance companies only real goal is to make money, and they are very good at that. However, I think the goal of healthcare needs to be making people healthy. The government can prioritize that in a way that insurance companies cannot.
"There's a good reason why the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES limits the Federal Government to a specific list of things and then reserves everything else (including health care) to the States or to the PEOPLE."
Of course their is room for interpretation and such interpretation will depend greatly on your other beliefs, but in Article 1, Section 8 I think it is pretty easy to place healthcare under the category of "general Welfare." You can certainly argue that governement run healthcare isn't in the best interest of everyone (I would disagree), but I don't see the unconstitutional argument.
"The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States"
"Make no mistake. The Feds don't care about you. They only care about lining the pockets of favored constituents (ie not you)."
Although you certainly are right about many elected officials I don't think you are right about all of them, and most people in the government are not elected officials and I think many of those people (again, not all) do care deeply about taking care of their national community.
I've rambled here, so in closing, would you agree that some change needs to happen even if you don't think the government system would work?
WHO Ranking of healthcare systems:http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html
WHO Ranking of % of GDP spent on healthcare:http://www.photius.com/rankings/total_health_expenditure_as_pecent_of_gdp_2000_to_2005.html
WHO Ranking of healthy life expectancy:http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthy_life_table2.html
Right now US healthcare is expensive and crummy by developed world standards. If the government isn't the solution, what would be?
Regards,
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My only response here is the "general welfare" clause. By that interpretation there is no limit on the federal government at all since they will simply claim that whatever they are doing is the general welfare. You name it. Thomas Jefferson said (paraphrasing) that if that were the case, the constitution may as well be a blank piece of paper.

3000 Projects

Blue Table Painting has now completed over 3000 projects. That's the equivalent of about 500 full armies. Probably more. Yay!

Cruising Speed


Picture: grav tank from Heavy Gear.
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I feel like I am spinning my wheels. No matter how I work I can't seem to move the studio ahead. I've been in the "badger hole" for 18 months and there's no end in sight. Granted of course we're having a groovy old time.
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Wood Elves (4500 pts) are out of the assembly-works for the Pandora's army special. There are extra points in both of these armies to account for a heavy amount of heroes. Each army is at least 2100 pts without magic items.
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Deathguard (4000 pts) ... ditto. Ready to paint starting tomorrow.
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Imperial Guard Strike Force (2000 pts) ... also ready to go. We used about 60 space marine scout bodies with cadian rebreather heads to make a delta-force looking army with FOUR valkyries as transports. And plenty of support units, a lot of them converted up.
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That's the rest of the five Pandora's armies ready for paint. The 4000 pts of Tau are already underway. Test fire warrior was completed this morning and looking sharp. Red and white is one of my favorite color schemes. It stands out very well.
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Follow BTP on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bluetable
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Plan on doing a Batrep with the Death Korps of Krieg (with client's permission).
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I also got an inventory done of the Khador we have (new in box/blister). You can buy the models at half off (bulk deal for all) for $495. Retail is $990. Email me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com if you are interested.

Unit Name
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The Butcher of Khardov
1
The Dark Prince Vladimir
1
Komandant Irusk
1
Karchev the Terrible
1
Old Witch of Khador and Scrapjack (2 models)
1
Fenris Dragoon (2 models)
1
Epic Kommander Sorscha
1
Greylords of Ternion (3 models) L4
1
Behemoth
1
Berserker
1
Destroyer
1
Devastator
1
Juggernaut
1
Marauder
1
Spriggan
1
Iron Fang Ulhans (box of 3 models)
2
Doom Reavers (box of 6 models)
1
Iron Fang Unit Attachment (2 models)
2
Iron Fangs Pikemen (box of 6 models)
1
Kommandos (box of 6 models)
1
Kossite Woodsmen (box of 6 models)
1
Manhunter
1
Manhunter alternate pose
1
Man-o-War Demolition Corps
3
Man-o-War Kovnik
1
Man-o-War Shocktrooper
3
Mechanik Chief & Assistant (2 models)
1
Yuri the Axe
1
Widowmakers (box of 4 models)
1
Winterguard Field Gun and Crew (3 models)
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Evil v Evil


First off, the Pandora's Army special is back. Deatils are a few posts down. But if you're too lazy you can click here. This is one of the best deals we've ever done. Possible the best.
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This Saturday we'll be having a studio match. Renn vs Skymarshall Anonymo playing Warhammer Fantasy. Vampire Counts vs Warriors of Chaos.
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We painted up a unit of Marauders with Wulfrik and a Shaggoth for the game. Yum! The Batrep should be up on www.youtube.com/bluetablepainting early this coming week. I'll be referee-ing and and taking footage of the battle.

What's Hot


First off, the Pandora's Army special is back. Deatils are a few posts down. But if you're too lazy you can click here.
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The first week in August I 'm making terrain. It's not going to be a huge thing. I just want to make some for the studio and for personal enjoyment. But if you want me to make you a set, just set a budget (of $200-600) and give some general parameters. A typical set will cover a table heavily, and two tables reasonably. With a higher budget I make it more detailed, expansive or just make more pieces (or even different sets). As usual I need half-down.

Cities of Death: Testimonial


Dear BTP clients and future clients,

There's a group of us, all old friends who now live in different parts of the country. We started with Spacehulk back in college, and now play 40K. We try to all get together about twice a year, set up a table or two, get out the armies, and go to war.

Its always a great weekend of too little sleep and, no matter how much we play, not enough 40K.At the last get together we all started talking about Cities of Death and so myself and another player picked up some of the sets and a third from our group (who's not a modeller) sent us a couple more. Well life got crazy, as it often does, with the date of our next mass get together less than two months away we start cataloging the CoD scenery that we've been able to complete.



It's not good.I start making phone calls. People still want to go CoD for the next get together, but its just not going to happen. Finally one of the other guys says, "Who did your Chaos Space Marine Army? Do they do scenery?"I thought they did, so I log onto the Blue Table web site and start digging through the galleries. It doesn't take long before I'm sending out links.The emails start to come back, everyone is liking what Shawn and his crew have produced in the past and they're saying that its exactly what they were hoping to play on.But we're around seven weeks out and we want to get an Omega size table worth of stuff done. I'm not thinking this is going to work, but I fire off a message to Shawn at Blue Table anyway.Its big, its crazy, but Shawn thinks he can make it happen. I'm looking at all the plastic, most of it still on the sprue, and I know I can't do it in the amount of time I have left.We work out the details and one of the other players and I split the deposit. I get all the unfinished kits that we have and I box them up.



Shawn starts ordering the extras that he will need.The next weeks were just a blast. Because of the tight schedule Shawn and I stayed in regular contact. He kept me up to date on the progress and tantalized us all by including the scenery in his YouTube vids.I got home from work the day before our big gaming weekend to find two big boxes sitting inside my front door. It was all I could do to wait until some of the other guys showed up that night, but I knew it would be better if we opened them together.


I think we took over an hour to carefully pull those models out of the boxes, gently unwrap them and carefully remove any Styrofoam peanuts that insisted on tagging along. Each piece was carefully and critically examined from every angle by multiple sets of hands before it was placed on the table. It quickly became apparent that Shawn and Blue Table had really come through for us, the pieces were exquisite.And that's how the next day went. The guys would show up with their armies and spend long minutes appreciating the new scenery. Then they would get out a codex and start working on a list for the Cities of Death. Everyone wanted to play on that table. We got a lot of use out of the scenery that weekend and I know we will get a lot more in future gaming sessions.

Not Going Back.... to the Wild West

I was watching the Daily Show tonight and the book featured sounds like the exact opposite of what I've been reading. So I'm going to get it and read it!

Justin Fox: The Myth of the Rational Market

The thesis as far as I can tell, is that when left to themselves people would make a worse situation than is had with government interference.

Perfect, a book with a counter-argument. I'll let you all know how it goes.

The Inner Light



Hello all. For some reason people seem to be interested in this blog, so I keep plugging away.

Let's go back to Saturday. I took the boys out to a burger place and let them play on the little indoor playground thing for a few hours while I takked away on the laptop. I'm constantly working it seems. Does that make me a workaholic? I do make/take time for family and other areas of life, so I suppose not. Then we headed out to Wal Mart to pick up some fruit.

I am working on the Terradons for the Lizardmen army, which will complete that force. Everything is done for the entire 3000 pts, even movement trays. It's a really nice army. I'm proud of it.

My wife went out grocery shopping Saturday night, which is an all afternoon affair. I am well aware that this is a time for her to get away from her regular routine. She likes to do it. We are always well stocked. She doesn't shop for shoes or clothes. She shops for food. So that's a good thing.

I spent a good part of the afternoon making army lists and dreaming of a new army. Wood Elves? Kroot? What would be fun to play? But best to concentrate on a new round of Pandora's armies. I am very excited for the second run, which I will open the door for this Monday.

The whole house finally conked out around 11pm. We just sort of dropped where we were in random beds or couches. I woke up at 2am, and momentarily refreshed watched my favorite episode of Star Trek ever. It always brings a tear to my eye. The Inner Light.

When I was a boy of about twelve, we had just moved back from Alaska and were living next to my father's best friend. They had an enormous house, four levels in all. He was a woodworker and was constantly improving the home with decks, balconies, and add-on rooms. During the summer I would go over there and watch Star Trek, a small pile of penny-candy on my lap. The mother, Marilyn, was dark-haired and with a warm face, always kind and ready with cookies and milk and a kind word.

I am hoping that my own kids will discover Star Trek, dusting off my DVD-seasons of them.

For young people reading this I give a word of encouragement. Keep an eye on the horizon. Things will get better in ways that you do not envision at this time. You are worthwhile.
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Here's what I believe. The galaxy is not empty. The opposite is true. It is full of life, hardly any place uninhabited by the celestialized race of mankind. It is we on this earth who are in quarantine, thinking we are alone. That's what I see when I look up the night sky.

Spirited Away

If you haven't seen this movie, you're a dope. Here's a clip.

Junkyard Kroot


[Pics from http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/ These weren't painted by us.]

I've been percolating a new army.

I'm thinking of doing Kroot. The problem is the Kroot Mercenaries list is really sad.

But then I noticed that Kroot are a Troops choice in the Tau list. The concept is to make a Kroot force that has put together a ramshackle force with Tau leftovers. Instead of battlesuits I'll have Knarloc Riders. The hammerheads will be these ramshackle things with kroot gunners in the hatches (for smart missile systems). The whole thing really looking like it's tied together.
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Anyway, back to the Knarloc Rider "battlesuits". If I can, I'm going to get two riders on there and they will not necessarily have tau versions of their weapons. For example, they might have an imperial flamer, or a space marine meltagun. These guys are scavengers.
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This will also account for the multi-tracker upgrade. Hmmmm... or maybe a guy on foot nearby.
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Three units of Kroot: ten kroot and ten hounds form the core.
Six Knarloc Rider "battlesuits"
One Knarloc Rider leader (or two)
Three Knarloc Rider "broadsides"
Two Hammerheads
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That would be a start.
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The tactics here present something unusual. For a shooty army, like Tau, the enemy keeps advancing until they are broken or they clean up on the weak-in-combat Tau. But what if there are giant units of close combat troops coming in from random board edges?
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Since this poste I have got a lot of input. Here's one:
BTP,

your blog comments are limited to team members only, or so it seems.

I wanted to comment on this post - http://bluetablepainting.blogspot.com/2009/07/junkyard-kroot.html as follows:-

If you want some good inspiration along these lines, take a look at Marco Chulze's Kroot Renegade army, who have captured a Tau Ethereal and forced the Tau to do their bidding - http://www.hivefleetmoloch.de/kroot_renegades.php

Remember that for a codex-legal Tau army you need 1+ battlesuit commander and 1+ unit of Fire Warriors. You can proxy these, of course.

It might be worthwhile taking a look at the Kompletely Kroot 5th ed Kroot Kodex as well. It is unofficial, but very impressive nonetheless. Perhaps you could make an army that works with the Tau and Kroot codexes.

Lastly, on the subject of Kroot units in Tau armies themselves, I use two units of Kroot all the time. I prefer large units (10 Kroot & 12 Hounds). They are good for so many things, they are practically indispensible. 2+ cover saves in woods/ jungles, deploy to push back deep strikers, droppods and daemon armies, infiltrate to deny enemy scout movement (esp Valkyries and Vendettas) and outflank to attack backfield armour or to threaten objectives. Oh, yes, they are fairly handy in close combat as well if you pick your fights ;)

I have lots of Kroot, inc FW Kroot, so I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this one.

DM

 

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