Industrial Terrain

First off, if this is confusing, you can just email me at set a budget and let me just make you an awesome set. I guarantee that you will pay less than the individual parts would be! Minimum budget is $120.

Note that this is all unpainted wood parts. See below for options for painting.

The following have rails and can be put on 3" or 6" risers (you pick)
Gantry Way set (three sections) $65
Octagon Landing Pad/Tower medium $65
Octagon Landing Pad/Tower large $85
Small Rectangular Walkway (2x6") $7
Large Rectangular Walkway (6x12") $27
Large Square Landing Pad (12x12") $60

The following have rails
Stairway (four steps) $7
Stairway (three steps) $6
+ Add a 2x2" landing to a stairway +$2

The following have NO rails and can be put on 3" or 6" risers (you pick)
Gantry Way set (three sections) $45
Octagon Landing Pad/Tower medium $45
Octagon Landing Pad/Tower large $65
Small Rectangular Walkway (2x6") $5
Large Rectangular Walkway (6x12") $22
Large Square Landing Pad (12x12") $45

The following have rails
Stairway (four steps) $7
Stairway (three steps) $6
+ Add a 2x2" landing to a stairway +$2

You can get your sets painted at +20%. Pick one of the following options:
Black Industrial
Rusted Out
Futuristic Grey
As of the date of this post we only have the Black Industrial to show you.

Dreadfleet Costs

You have to acquire the box set or models and have them sent to the studio. You can have it shipped direct from GW if you want. I may not be able to acquire more than a few copies.

Update: we currently have four sets available at $115 each. These are for commission only (ie we don't want to just sell the box by itself).

Assembly $110
Painting L2 $280
Painting L3 $390
Painting L4 $460
Painting L5 $680

10% less on painting if you give us artistic license.

Plain sails +$0 (a drybrush to pick out some detail)
Basic sails +$50 (general work to pick out bas relief on sails)
Detailed sails +$120 (solid paintwork with highlights)

That's for the models in the box.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, it was one hell of a week. It seemed to just fly by, just a blur.

I just love Sundays. It's time for some serious relaxation. I spent the morning playing around with various Tyranid lists, including a nightmare of gribblies, something I just have to see on the board against the worst things it can go against, like Draigowing or the Dark Eldar venom-heavy army (still for sale apparently).

My life is a paradise. I love my family ever so much and the kids are growing up so nicely. They get along pretty much all the time. My rose-brick cottage is a place of love and contentment. I chilled out in bed and watched like ten episodes of Stargate. We ate chips and salsa with garlic hummus. And a baked potato for dinner for me.

I am actually exercising these days. My wife saw a neighbor hauling out an exercise bike and she commandeered it. That thing is a godsend. I've been at it at least 22 minutes a day. I fire up a comedy on netflix (the IT crowd) each night when I get home and pedal away. I've also introduced some dumbells and my arms are ever so sore. I'm going from nothing to something at least. Tamie told me that for the weights I should only do them every other day for the time being. I feel good and have dropped seven pounds. Can that be right?

Every day without fail so far. I think I will make it. I definitely need to do something.

Then of course church. I actually went to Sunday School where the topic was Romans (epistle that is) which is precise timing since that's what I've been studying to the exclusion of all else for months.

In the evening we got the whole family into the kitchen and cleaned it up real good, even mopping.

I feel a ton better today, after a good rest. I am ready to tackle a new week.

Split Shift Saturday

I was up at 5am this morning and cleared out my Inbox. I'm as close to being caught up with everything as I ever am.

I am drumming my fingers just waiting to set up new projects this afternoon.

Call at 801 372 8545
Email me at
Skype bluetablepainting
Facebook Shawn Gately

In other news, on Friday I paid off the last of my SBA loan yesterday. I took out a $15K SBA loan in 2005. It was a bad move. At the time it only helped me perpetuate the mistakes I was making. I eventually made the needed corrections a year later. I paid on the net about $6K in interest on it over the years. I don't advise getting loans for a business-- shoe-string it and sleep well at night. It takes longer but is very rewarding.

This is in general how I have run my business. Slow and careful expansion.

That represents the last of the bank debt of the business. And for me personally I just have my seemingly perpetual student loan. No credit cards. No other bank loans. So, that's a relief.

Special for the weekend: 2000 point Iron Warriors army reduced from $950 to $750.

Studio Tyranids

First off, I got Tyranids cooking. They are out of assembly and going into painting.

1x Swarmlord (with magnetized arms so later it can be a hive tyrant)
3x Tyrant Guard with lashwhips
1x Tyranid Prime
1x Doom of Malantai

2x Spore Pods

40x Hormagaunts
40x Termagants
2x Tervigon
8x Shrikes
1x Tyrannofex

Also adding:
2x Tervigons (and re-doing the two already done Tervigons which will be going on the block tomorrow) for a total of 4x
60x Termagants
20x Hormagaunts

Something like that. Got to come up with a color scheme now. I'm thinking dark purple carapace and gruesome pale green skin. Need a third color though.

It needs 9x Hive Guard I think. Might mix in some Zoanthropes for kicks, I really like that unit. I want to make a Hive Guard conversion, roughly the shape of a biovore.

Pics from Father-Son campout

This is from high on a hill south of Spanish Fork, near the gun range. Below you can see the plateau at the foothills of the mountains on which Spanish Fork is founded. This is looking north.

My two gorgeous sons, age six and nine. I look a bit like a rabbit in this one.

Testimonial- Back in the Saddle

I got this from a client who had two armies stolen from his car. We traded in the remnants and made him a new army.

Hey Shawn,

Received the 2nd half of my models I ordered through receiving credit for my Tau trade in. After having had most of my models stolen from my car, I seriously thought I was out of the hobby for good. Rebuilding my Tau to a competitive format would have been prohibitively expensive, and 100% of my Chaos Daemons were gone for good. The value I received in trade is more than enough to put 2500-3500 points of Chaos Marines on the table and has allowed me to retain a firm place in the western Washington competitive 40K scene.

I'd like to thank BTP for turning one of my most disappointing experiences, into a positive new beginning for my favorite hobby. An extra big thanks to Janene for all her helpfulness throughout the process, to allow me to get the most for my credit.

Additionally, big kudos to whomever does the final packing and shipping for BTP. The models always arrive unscathed and packed with care, and within the most minimalistic packaging to get the job done. As an entrepreneur myself, I recognize that "extra effort" that is taken to not only ensure proper arrival of the product to the customer, but to minimize cost to the business. I wish I had someone as customer-caring and waste management minded packing for me!

Keep up the great work, Blue Table, you are doing great things for the hobby and the greater war gaming community.

Later days,

Hero of the Imperium- Wholesale

This is a limited offer; two slots. This is the absolute best special that BTP offers, and we don't do it very often. Indeed, it's possible that we may never offer them again.

You get a $4,000 credit (yes, four thousand) to be used for assembly/painting of figures for $2400.


You get a $6,000 credit (yes, six thousand) for $3300

You get a $10,000 credit (yes, ten thousand) to be used for painted/finished figures for $5300.

Once you pay, the credit becomes available by by degree each month, starting thirty days after you pay, at the rate of minimum $1000 per month. I sometimes fulfill them at a faster rate.
This credit cannot be used to pay off current or past projects. It's only for new, future projects.
On a case-by-case basis you can also pick up second-hand armies we have for sale.

It's the ultimate bulk deal.
I personally guarantee to uphold my end of the bargain. I give you my word to act in good faith. No shenanigans.
This is first come, first-served. Please contact me via email at if interested.

There are a few conditions. The credit cannot be used for materials (ie the models/kits).  It's for BTP assembly and painting service.

Also, while BTP has faithfully completed well over $100,000 of these credit, it sometimes takes a while to work them through.

If you are dis-satisfied in any way, you agree to notify us and let us make reasonable amends. This deal is subject to our normal Terms of Service in our service guide.

You can send models directly from a third party.

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Tentative Valhalla 2012 Dates

February 22-25 40k and War Machine

April 25-28 40k and War Machine

June 20-23 Warhammer Fantasy and War Machine

August 8-11 Warhammer Fantasy and War Machine

October 10-13 40k and War Machine

They are Wednesday through Saturday now. Get your tickets now before the price changes!

Other game systems welcome. You don't have to have to have an army, we can provide one. More details forthcoming.

Also, apparently, Frontier (airline) goes into Provo. You want SLC airport (SLC) or Provo train station.

This is pretty much the schedule. We may add dates. Each event has sixteen slots (ten tickets).

Ron Paul Fix

Your sweet Monday shot of Ron Paul.


Tinfoil Dinners

First off, I'll be opening up the door for two golden HOTIs in the coming days. It's the absolute best deal ever and I really don't like doing them. But I need to pay off a few sub-contractors so away we go.

Friday night I headed up to the reservoir above Spanish Fork to a Father-sons campout. I took my six and nine year old sons up there. It was beautiful beyond compare, I could see almost the whole of Utah Valley. My wife had prepared us tin foil dinners with hamburger, potatoes and carrots with her own amazing blend of spices and butter. I took some great pics, but for some reason when I email them to myself from my phone it takes like two days, so no pics here. I do love my sons so much.

Amazingly, I managed to cook them just the right amount. It was delicious.

On occasions like this, driving up there, I feel like I have to teach them some life lesson, or tell them something useful, but I think what really sticks with the kids is the stuff I just blurt out here and there when I'm not really thinking about it. Probably not all bad. For example, one day I took the kids on a ranting tour of the house saying "do you really want to live in a pig sty?!?" Well, turns out my eldest daughter took that to heart and is now a bit of a neat freak, which is fantastic. The neat one in the family. She's in middle school now, which is freaking me out.

Like how I used freak twice in that last paragraph?

I certainly didn't stay the night. Jonah stayed up there with my brother-in-law (who is an avid camper) and I took Griffin back with me. I got a good night's sleep. And went back the next morning for breakfast.

Flash back to Wednesday night. I got home with an ice-pick headache and the world crushing my skull. I could tell something was wrong. As I walked down the hall, my legs started buckling under me. "Help, Tamie, help" I couldn't even say it very loud, it was like a dream. My wife came out and half-carried me to the bedroom. Later I realized that I was convulsively curling up into the fetal position. I had a complete meltdown. My lovely wife made me a nice healthy dinner and helped soothe and calm me. I got a good night's sleep and was right as rain the next day. I had puked it all out (mentally speaking).

That episode helped me as a person. It made me realize that indeed mental stuff can actually physically affect your body. I get that now. Mind over matter goes both ways.

Anyway, I wanted to do a lot of writing today, and prepare the D&D adventure, but I really just lazed about in bed all day. I took the older kids to Stake Conference and visited one of my new home teaching families. But OTHER than that I was a useless lump. How can I be so tired.

I made a post on my facebook page about unemployment and some people took umbrage I am afraid. But I've been thinking a lot about it.

Let's say there's 9% unemployment. Of course even the number is suspect because it comes from the government. Are some of those people purposely unemployed? More interesting is teh question: are some people unemployable? I've been doing a lot of interviewing over the last few months and I'm convinced that some people are barely able to get themselves dressed in the morning. What they really need is a factory job where they are told what to do and when to show up. There's a sense of victimization that comes off of some people, like "what's the problem with you people that you won't hire me?" Or I've been applying all over, to hundreds of places. Smart employers have the hawk-eye out for certain problems, most of the time when I'm interviewing, the person will say something where both Sarah and I take a sharp breath (ie they just blew it). Now, if that person only knew the truth of the situation they could have avoided it.

I'm going about this all clumsily. I'm just saying that self-examination, and figuring out the truth of the situation is everything. If you're the victim, then you are indeed helpless. If there is a problem with YOU, then that's the best news ever because it means you can do something about it! The trick is to figure out what that is.

If the problem is everyone else, then there's nothing you can do, except maybe figure out how to accept it.

The other idea I had is: Why do you need a job at all? Wouldn't it be better to not have a job and just have all your time to yourself? Or to do community work. Most people don't want a job, they want money! Well, what do you need money for? You need lodging, food, entertainment, a car to impress the opposite sex or whatever. Well, how could you get those things without having money?

How could you live your life without a car? Get everything within walking or driving distance!

Find a nice home with lots of rooms. Get your name on the lease with the option of sub-leasing. The get three room-mates and divide the rent and utilities three ways; ie get them to pay your rent and utilities for you.

The Apaches had a list of like fifty foods that could just be foraged for out in the wilderness. I can't believe how much edible stuff is just out there.

Just an idea, I'm not saying it's a good one.

Let's say aliens came down and gifted every human a no-maintenance robot to do all labor for that person. How high would unemployment be then? Maybe unemployment's not bad on the net. The real problem is not having food/shelter etc.

Again, I don't mean to be insensitive. I'm trying to help. If you've been looking for work for a year and rejected a hundred times, you should take a step back and try and figure out the broader situation.

A) it's you. And you can research, refine and do something about it.
B) it's the hundred other people who are wrong in which case whew that's a relief and you can get on with your life in some other way. There are other ways to get money.

The Hawaiian Shave Ice stand downtown brings in about $8000 a month.

It kills me inside when I see people without work. It's one of the reasons I decided to grow BTP instead of play it safe. It's horrible to be unemployed. I remember the feeling well. In 1999 I just graduated and had that pit-of-the-stomach feeling going in hither and thither filling out applications. I really worked super-hard to get an HR position at a local community college. It paid $42K a year, a fortune for me and my dream job. I was crushed when I didn't get it. But it changed my life forever as it made me look outside the box. Next stop was San Francisco.

So, don't take offense. Unless that will help break your mind and see things in a new light.

This afternoon it started thundering and raining. My favorite.

Remain Calm

Thought I would forward something unpopular. I will probably lose clients and maybe even friends over it. I should have spoken up more often and sooner. I should note that I didn't write this, it's just one of the many political-type newsletters I get from various sources.

Quote of the Day: "The U.S. imperial project of the past 10 years has killed as many as 1 million people while displacing millions of others. It has nearly bankrupted the United States, and there are major costs still to come. It has rendered the world more unstable than it was in 2001. And it has made Washington hated by nearly everyone, everywhere. It is difficult to find a positive side to all this unless one is a defense contractor or a government employee. Because of all this the government has grown into a Leviathan twice as big and expensive as before. In short, there has been no benefit gained from the past decade." - Philip Giraldi (paraphrased)

It's been ten years since the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy of that day has been compounded by the Federal Government's completely reckless and irresponsible reaction to it. Even if you do not have a loved one killed or wounded in the wars, you have been paying a steep price in lost liberty and lost prosperity.

That's why I sent a letter to Congress using's "I Am Not Afraid" Campaign, and I invite you to do the same.

The hard-wired message says...

"I am not afraid of terrorism, and I want you to stop being afraid on my behalf. Please start scaling back the official government war on terror. Please replace it with a smaller, more focused anti-terrorist police effort in keeping with the rule of law."

I added these additional remarks, which you may borrow from or copy.

There were two winners from 9/11...

* Al Qaeda, whose stated purpose was to lure the U.S. into a costly war; beyond their imagination, the U.S. started TWO wars
* The Federal State, TWICE as big and expensive than ten years ago

Everyone else lost...

* On top of the 2,977 9/11 victims, 7,500 American service personnel have died, and tens of thousands wounded -- many seriously
* Combined civilian deaths of up to a million in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus two million displaced
* From torture, to warrantless surveillance, to TSA molestations, to "wars of choice"... The values that once made us "proud to be Americans" were severely compromised, as was our stature in the rest of the world

The "unseen" costs of greater poverty and economic stagnation are incalculable. Defense specialist Winslow Wheeler summarized the data. When considering...

* The cost of military operations
* Current and future costs of veteran's care
* Expanded domestic security costs
* The interest we annually pay for the DEFICIT spending that has financed the wars

... the total cost of the War on Terror by 2020 may be as high $5.4 trillion — "assuming everything in the future goes according to plan." Between $3.2 trillion and $4 trillion has already been spent. Here is a breakdown:

It is quite possible that the U.S. would have had very little or no deficit spending during the Bush years, if not for these wars. These wars continue to account for about a third of the deficits since the 2008 bailouts and 2009 stimulus.

Indeed, this unnecessary spending helped CREATE our struggling economy. As economist Joseph Stiglitz put it: (

"(T)he wars contributed to America's macroeconomic weaknesses, which exacerbated its deficits and debt burden. Then, as now, disruption in the Middle East led to higher oil prices, forcing Americans to spend money on oil imports that they otherwise could have spent buying goods produced in the U.S. The Federal Reserve hid these weaknesses by engineering a housing bubble that led to a consumption boom. It will take years to overcome the excessive indebtedness and real-estate overhang that resulted."

Almost NONE of these costs were necessary to go after Al Qaeda and other anti-American terror cells. Instead, our wars served as RECRUITMENT tools for terrorists. What DOES work in the pursuit of terrorists?

* Targeted investigations
* Intelligence
* Special military operations

We did not need to give up our liberty in exchange for safety. We certainly didn't need to invade other countries. And, we really didn't need to lose $5.4 trillion to deficits that slowed wealth expansion. Just about every post-9/11 policy -- from both parties -- has been a disaster.

We can't undo the past. But we can start NOW to make America a beacon of liberty and prosperity once again...

* Bring the troops home
* Abolish the Department of "Homeland" Security and the TSA
* Repeal the Patriot Act and other post-9/11 monstrosities

In many ways, the past ten years have been one long national nightmare. It's time to wake up.

Taking a Life: Thoughts on Labor Day

Warning: the following isn't very well-written, and doesn't quite express it... right. But I've already moved on so here's the barf-up of my jumbled inner thoughts on Labor Day.

In the US, we have a system of income tax by which some people have their money taken from them and it is given to other people.

I work with quite a few of these people. In fact, I am the person who has to extract their money from them, their labor.

Let's say someone who works at BTP makes $10 per hour. When it comes time to pay that person they get a list of "with-holding" items on their checks. This usually adds up to 10% or so. Then, I pay employer side taxes approximately the same amount. So, $9 to the worker and $2 to the government.

A fifth. A fifth of our labor is taken. What is the difference between taking a fifth of the life of five people and all the life of one person? Answer: one is called a taxpayer and the other a slave.

Additionally, I lose my time to the tune of about forty hours a year. Or I can spend time earning money so I can pay an accountant $65 an hour. I perform this service for the Federal Government without compensation. Should I refuse, I can be fined or jailed.

If I refuse to pay the money I get a letter in the mail. The letter is a threat. It says: we are ready to come and take it by force. The Sheriff will have a gun with him.

Where does this money go? It is swept into an almighty $1,000,000,000,000.00 pile in the middle where five hundred men get to vote on how it is spent. That is one big carcass and it attracts a whole flock of vultures.

So, who should be upset about this wretched system? Who will take to the streets? That's what amazes me: it's the tax-getters. They are out of their minds when the money stops flowing.

It's the tax-payers that should be upset. Me. I should be out in the streets. But I'm not doing that. Instead, every time I'm bothered by it, I make a donation to a constitutionalist candidate. I make a donation to Ron Paul.

I am including corporations, notably banks, in this list of parasites. In fact, they are the worst offenders, the biggest tax-getters. Juicing the masses through the income tax, higher prices, then getting the loot through the back door in the form of legislation and government contracts.

A fair tax? 0% What could be fairer?

That's the difference. There are some people who want to own their own lives. Nothing more. Just to not have to be forced to give over control to someone else. And there are others who think themselves wise enough to run other people's lives vicariously through government programs. Coercive Utopians. If only they can get the right person in charge. There should be no one in charge!

That's why I love Ron Paul. The President who doesn't want to run your life.


Costs for a Warhound are as follows:

$400 for assembly (this includes, necessarily, a nice base)

$400 for painting L3
$600 for painting L4
$900 for painting L5
$1200 for painting L6
$2200 for painting L7

You pick.

Prep and painting of extra arm (we can magnetize no extra charge) x10% of the main painting charge.

For the Reaver Titan as follows
$750 for assembly (this includes, necessarily, a nice base)

$750 for painting L3
$1100 for painting L4
$1650 for painting L5
$1950 for painting L6
$3200 for painting L7

Stompa is 1/4 assembly of Warhound, and 1/3 paint.

Revenant (Eldar) is same as Warhound.

Chaos variants are same cost as Imperial variants.

$9 return ship in US, $25 overseas.

Anti-fluxing the quadratonic warp manipulator

The weather has changed. It's a little cooler out every night. The first fingers of autumn are creeping around the hills.

I feel good. I slept for hour and hours this morning. The kids moving in and out of the bedroom, watching Spongebob on my laptop, jostling me partially out of unconsciousness with their squirming. I was pretty much useless.

My wife and I took a few laps around the block bright and early. I need to exercise more. Well, I need to exercise at all. I do love my darling wife. I couldn't be happier. I married a good woman; humble and forgiving. She always makes me want to be a better man.

My moustache is now noticeable and normal distance of human interaction. My wife hates it. She says blech when I ambush kiss her; scruffing My kids are fascinated by it.

My wife made peach jam today. And froze peach slices for later use in smoothies. This all from a crate we picked up at the farmer's market.

I think the long hours catch up to me on Sunday. My energy comes from resting up really well, sleeping plenty.

I am eating less than half the bad food I normally eat, replacing in fresh veggies and water.

Labor Day

When you're an entrepreneur Labor Day means "get down to you shop and labor"!

I will be completely available Saturday and Monday. And I might add quite eager to set up new projects!

We are white hot on turnaround now.

Remember, if you are local and want to head down on Saturday or Monday then bring some cash and look through our trade stock: most everything is 50% off retail or even better!


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