Category Archives: Warhammer 40,000

Hobby Month Continues…

Well, my last week before working in East Lansing for two weeks is already flying by. Of course, I’m glad it is since I get one step closer to going back to school for good and leaving Mathnasium for good, so I don’t mind that much. Unfortunately, due to the holiday weekend, I didn’t do as much “hobbying” as I wanted to.

For starters, my airbrush will be arriving in two days, if everything is on schedule, so I haven’t worked on my two Valkyries at all (yes, I finished building and undercoating the second one). I built and primed the new infantry models, but that’s it.

I did, however, start painting up my last four Tau Fire Warriors, just to try to clear out my “to paint” box. Right now, the four of them just have a single coat of Codex Grey on the main armor, which isn’t much, but it is a very good start. Next up will be two coats of Fortress Grey on the undersuit, followed by another coat of Codex Grey, picking out some details in black and silver, then a wash and quick highlight. Not that much, plus the models generally look pretty good!

To finish up my Tau army, I have some Pathfinders and two vehicles left, plus whatever I decide I want to buy near the end of summer. My Imperial Guard army has the two Valkyries and the ten troopers to go through, plus the things that I’ll invariably buy near the end of summer.

I also decided to include my novel in Hobby Month, just because it will be one of the only productive things I’ll be able to do at camp. Right now, I have a little over thirty pages to read through and revise before I start typing fresh story. I decided that I would stop (right in the middle of a section, in fact) and revise everything I had before going on. It’s my way of being completely anal about the whole process, a way to double-check that things still make sense, check the timeline, make sure that descriptions stay consistent, plus it will be less work for me once the entire thing is finished! All good ideas, in my opinion…

Entering the Perdus Rift

Just a few moments ago, I made a relatively tough choice: I’m splitting my 40k-related posts from here to a separate blog. I figure that it will help me focus what I actually need to talk about, plus all of my fellow members at ATT can just go to that blog for my added thoughts on 40k instead of wading through posts about what I had for breakfast (waffles).

Anyway, if you are one of the people interested in 40k and my personal thoughts on it, point your browser windows to:

The Perdus Rift

I’ll be updating it semi-regularly, along with this blog, so no worries about one falling by the wayside!

Hobby Month

This July is my hobby and activity months, based on what I’ll be doing during basically all of my free time. While I would rather it just be “Hobby Months,” I do still need to have an income to fuel those hobbies… I’ll start with the “Activity” side of things.

For two weeks, I’ll be working as a camp counselor at the MST @ MSU Summer Camp, held on Michigan State’s campus. There I’ll be watching after ten-some middle school boys, taking them to classes, and planning afternoon activities for them to do. It will be really interesting to see how things go with that, plus I’ll be making around $1000 for the entire stint. I’ll be there from roughly the 11th to the 25th.

On the “Hobby” side of things, there’s a lot. First, I am receiving a free base for one of my Valkyries in the mail. I don’t know which bases, but hopefully it is this one, since it was my first choice when the offer came up. The only condition for that is that I will need to paint it up and take some pictures of it, with my finished Valkyrie, and send it to the company to be featured on their website.
EDIT 7.4.2009 0152 : I received “The Keep” base, and have it painted up. No pictures yet.

Speaking of finishing my Valkyrie, I ordered this airbrsh/compressor combo, which should arrive within a week. It will be used to paint the camo on my first Valkyrie and completely paint my second, as-of-now un-assembled, Valkyrie, along with the last few Tau tanks I have left. I am really excited for that, especially since I’m getting pretty frustrated hand-painting those vehicles…

So, through the first two days of this “Hobby Month,” I’ve hand-painted a few coats on said Valkyrie and worked on my army’s background story. Next week should see more action (especially after a trip to the store), as will the last week of July as I finish up these projects for their deadlines.

BOLS Competition


Earlier today, I finished the above Imperial Guard Command Squad for the Bell of Lost Souls Painting Competition to win a Valkyrie model. This was my first IG unit, and in fact the first unit that had a relatively large amount of exposed skin, faces, and cloth. My current army, the Tau, has no visible skin whatsoever and is largely composed of tanks and armored battlesuits. My army before that, the Space Marines, were completely enclosed by armor.

Anyway, I feel pretty proud of this squad, even though I would be a long-shot to win. This was my first squad that I completely based, and based well, which was great. I also did some minor highlighting, which I think helps gives it an even greater 3-Dimensionality. The photograph is also way better than some of my previous attempts, which is always nice. I also wrote up some good fluff (background) for the Captain (center, above) and the company as a whole.

All in all, this was a nice start to my summer hobby season. I’ll be buying some more models soon, but probably for my Tau army, plus finishing up the two Valkyries I currently own and the last couple of models for my Tau army. Should be a good summer…

Promotions and Academia

Like many of you may or may not know, I am one of currently ten Moderators/Administrators on Advanced Tau Tactica, the premier site for everything Tau and a couple things that aren’t Tau. I’ve had this honor for closing in on one year, and I’ve loved it. Sure, dealing with some arrogant or lazy ‘Saals has been frustrating, but they are ‘Saals after all…

Anyway, I am partially in charge of recommending members for promotion, since currently (as a ‘Vre) I do not have the ability to do it myself. It’s not too bad, and I usually just check members that happen to be on at the same time as myself to see if they’re fine. Recently, however, I and the other moderators have somewhat fallen off the promotion wagon, resulting in a ton of members that should have been promoted long before to wallow at their current rank.

We’re rectifying the situation right now, but it is a lot of work. We have almost 4000 members, and only maybe three hundred of them can be ignored during this process. Not good, if you ask me… Anyway, just thought that I’d throw up a quick summary in case some fellow ATT members read this. We are working on it!

Oh, this and the Academy Curriculum Development project. We haven’t forgotten that either…

Flight of the Valkyries

This post is a rarity: one devoted entirely to Warhammer 40k. Usually I just sneak in comments here and there, but my current involvement in the hobby warrants this completely separate post.

As you may or may not know, I am a moderator at Advanced Tau Tactica, the premier site for Tau players. I was pretty surprised when I was promoted, but it’s been a great experience for me. I own a Tau cadre that’s roughly 3000 points, including some models I haven’t finished yet, which is pretty big (and expensive). I’ve been collecting that army for a few years now, but am nearing the end (until a new codex is released).

This past weekend, I started my third army, the Imperial Guard. This is the main human force in the world of 40k, consisting of poorly armed men and a ton of tanks. My army, however, will be slightly different, following what I think is a pretty cool theme:

My main force will consist of Veteran Grenadiers riding in Valkyries, fast skimmer transports, and carrying some pretty dangerous anti-vehicle and anti-heavy infantry weapons. They’ll be backed up by a small force on the ground mounted in Chimera transport, along with some Hellhound flame-throwing tanks. There may also be some Hydras, but only if GW releases them in plastic or I save a lot of money (Hydras are Forgeworld-only models made of resin and very expensive, but are better detailed than the plastic counterparts).

Anyway, this army will take a long time to assemble. With my first purchases for my Tau army, I could play a standard game. For my Imperial Guard, it will be at least a year until I can do the same. Why? The Veteran Grenadiers are currently only available in metal in something like three poses, so I’m waiting for the plastic kits to replace them. I also don’t want to spend $60 on one unit ($118 when you include the Valkyrie), so I’m waiting it out. Hopefully I’ll be able to build and paint all of the vehicles before then (I’ll have a lot of time), so then once they come out I can play with the army almost immediately.

To further add to my geek-dom, I looked up valkyrie names in Norse mythology to start naming the vehicles which I’ll be buying tomorrow (two Valkyries). Yes, I’m just that cool.

EDIT: I bought both Valkyries, plus a small selection of hobby supplies, on Wednesday. I’ve finished building one vehicle and will be working on the other soon.

Taking a step back…

I thought about a lot of things today, most of which don’t really matter in the long run. I thought about some new models I was going to buy, how I was going to handle revising the rest of my novel, playing sixteenths on the guitar, and a lot of other things. Basically, from the moment I got out of bed around 1300, I was thinking about the future.

The future can be a scary place, especially if you believe that the Terminator series will come true (just watched Salvation tonight), but that wasn’t what I was thinking about. A lot of it was about me personally and what I wanted my future to be.

I looked up the process for becoming an astronaut. You apply either when they open up applications, which occurs whenever they need it, or you apply and wait. I wasn’t exactly sure which track is followed, since I can’t really even try to go through that process now. Then, if you are accepted, you go through two years of training before you are even considered to fly a mission. Even after those two years, if you aren’t selected to be an astronaut, you still have to work for NASA for at least five more years since they have you on contract.

There are just so many questions beyond those big ones that I still need to sort out, but I’d like to be able to sort those two out as soon as I can. The astronaut one won’t happen for another six-eight years, at minimum (I need to go through grad school), however…

I feel better when things have an answer, and even more so when I find out that answer. Maybe that’s why I like Math and Physics so much…

EDIT: Oh, and to get more little updates on my life, you can follow me on Twitter, although I can’t guarantee that what you’ll read will be meaningful…