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Testing the Waters

Dear followers, friends and foes!

I’ve been invited by the amazing folks over at Dice Troop to begin a weekly video-cast on varying topics of tabletop RPGs.

This seems like an amazing opportunity, and I’m both flattered and excited to begin.

However, I repeat and will continue to repeat, I would not be anything without all of you.

My confidence as a writer heavily outweighs my confidence in speaking (Which is hilariously ironic as a GM!), and most of you have been around long enough to know my opinion on that.

If I may beg your time for just a moment, please answer the following questions for me.

1. Would you be interested in watching myself and a few others speak on tabletops weekly?

2. Is there anything specifically you’d like to see, or see us talk about?

i.e. Topics of writing, analysis of systems, telling stories etc.

3. Any suggestions for the name of the show?

Your feedback is appreciated! If I can be honest and slightly personal, I’m anxious over losing my slight anonymity, but if there is interest in something like this, I’m in!

I couldn’t get here without you all. Would you join me there as well?

EDIT: Regardless of any other project, this blog will remain up and running without interruption. Posting for clarity!

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The Hammer Episode 25 - Warhammer News, Rumours and Topics Show (by Dice Troop)

This is the twenty fifthth episode of the Hammer!

Daddy Toxic, and his unruly children, Savage and Seb bring you the latest news and rumours as well as most of the usual segments

Week in Review

News & Rumours

Topic: Model availabilty for indepenent stockists

Shamehammer: Savage,Seb and GW

Unit of the Week:  Logan Grimnar - Space Wolves

Hobby Tip: Finecast Vs Metal

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Lorekeepers - Tabletop Gaming Lore Discussion - Episode One Intro to Forgotten Realms (by Dice Troop)

This is our very first episode of the new Lorekeepers show, which is going to be an RPG episode - Introduction to Forgotten Realms

Join Seb, Brett and Corruption points as we give you a very brief overview of the Forgotten Realms setting

We shall be looking at:
The setting of Faerûn 
The main Races in the current edition

Next episode will be next Thursday - CCG - Intro to Magic the Gathering - Part One with Seanography

Next RPG episode will be 11th July

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Lorekeeepers Episode Six - Intro to Warhammer Fantasy (by Dice Troop)

This will be our sixth episode of Lorekeepers show, which is going to be a WHFB episode - Intro to Warhammer Fantasy

So join Seb and Fox as we discuss an overview of history, geography, as well as looking at Sigmar, Dwarves, Greenskins and Chaos

Next week will be  40K episode - Necrons (followed by D&D: Dark Sun and MTG: Plaines and Ravinca)

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Battle Bros Toxic and Savage start their journey into the world of Yu Gi Oh with their first episode of T2D.

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Lorekeepers - Tabletop Gaming Lore Discussion - Episode Three Gods & Deities in Forgotten Realms (by Dice Troop)

This is our third episode of Lorekeepers show, which is going to be an RPG episode - Gods & Deities in Forgotten Realms

Join Seb and  Corruption points as we give you a very brief overview of the Forgotten Realms Gods & Deities, as well as the most important events in their history

Warning does contain extreme Bard-Rage - You have been warned

We shall be looking at:

The Time of Troubles

The Spellplague

The Pantheon and main gods of the major races, as well as a few of the ‘wacky’ ones

Next episode will be next Thursday 18th July - Warhammer 40K - Topic TBC

Next RPG episode will hopefully be 15th August

First Lorekeepers done!

Thank you everyone for watching and Corruption Points for joining us for the first time.

I had a lot of fun and would like to apologise once more for my noobing, mispronunciations and any inadvertent speciesist or classist comments…unless you happen to be a Kobold Bard, a Kobarld if you will.

Today was a big overview and we would love to hear from you regarding any topics or tabletop games you would like to see discussed.

At the moment we are working on a RPG, CCG, 40K and Warhammer Fantasy/ other game system each month with one a week

Next Thursday will be an intro to Magic The Gathering with Seanography

Thanks again everyone who came to watch or will watch on the blogs and YouTube - The video will be posted shortly

-Seb

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The Hammer Episode 24 - Warhammer News, Rumours and Topics Show (by Dice Troop)

This is the twenty fourth episode of the Hammer!

Toxic, Savage and Seb bring you the latest news and rumours as well as most of the usual segments, plus we are joined by Cheese as we discuss Commission Painting and Press moulding

Week in Review
News & Rumours
Shamehammer: 1-Click Collection’s MORE EXPENSIVE!?
The Lab: Savage’s Cheesey Basilisk List
Unit of the Week: Cheese and his Press Moulding Conversions

Lascannons in 6th edition. 

Before I start, I would like to touch on that fact that this article is about Lascannons in 6th edition and not high S low AP weapons. 8 out of 16 armies can take Lascannons and let’s be honest with ourselves here, I think we can all agree that over 50% of the armies we play and/or face can take lascannons. 

Lascannons were big in 4th edition, they were the go-to anti tank weapons. I do not want to spend to much time going over why this was but to make it easy, they gave you the biggest boom for the buck… All jokes aside you could one shot a tank on a glance making the S9 weapon a formidable foe when paired with it long rang.

What happen in 5th edition? Tanks became a little harder to kill thanks to the new damage chart (more to this but really don’t want to bog down) and the trusty (or un-trusty for most) melta gun became the new go to tank killer. With its double D6 to penetrate at S8 AP1, this thing could drop tanks in a single shot. The battlefields of the 40k were littered with this little killer.

(sure you can argue that missile launchers rules in 5th but I am still giving it to the melta…try and tell me the missile launcher was big before the Space wolves codex)

A new day now dawns on 6th edition and we see a new weapons spreading across the battlefields like wild fire. The ‘please don’t kill me’ plasma gun.  With the addition to hull points players could now take lower S weapons to take out both tanks and heavy infantry.

I know I am not the only person who sees the problem here. Yes, a S7 AP2 weapon can take on tanks however making that your go to tank killer is crazy. When people stop moaning about hull points and realise that the Land Raider is still king on the tanks everyone who is reaping in the glory of plasma spam is going to have a quick realisation. 

It’s time to bring out the big guns, girls and boys. This is why I come to you today with the humble lascannon. Sure he costs more and sure it’s only 1 shot but lets take a look what he can do for you. 

At 48" it’s hard to hide from a lascannon. The Problem I have with the melta and the plasma is then range. Finding that I only get to shoot once before I am getting shot off the board or stuck in combat. I don’t know about you, but I would rather pay double for a gun I can fire twice if not more. 

At AP2 the lascannon is getting a bonus on the damage chart just like the melta did in 5th edition. This not only gives you more chance of blowing a vehicle up (5+ over a 6+) but you are also getting better damage table results. Now I don’t want to go into to much detail here as it could be it’s on article. The thing with hull points is it makes your vehicles stroner when it comes to damage results (you don’t get them on a glance). Meaning that when you do get them they hurt. The Lascannon being S9 gives you them more often and at AP2 is giving you  the worst results. 

Finally I would like to talk about snap shots, letting you heavy weapons reposition and still get shots in (at BS1) means they never have to have a down turn. 

So we have Longer range, high strength, AP 2 got a boost and snap shots give you more manoeuvrability. 

Lascannons are really something to look out for when coming up against a smart player who can over look the  cost and see that it's nullified by its ability to snipe tanks. 

What do you think am I talking a bunch of shit? or have you wasted to much money on shiny new plasma guns when you could of just dusted off your good ol’ lascannon. 

- Toxic

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The Hammer Episode 26 Warhammer News, Rumours and Topics Show (by Dice Troop)

This is the twenty sixth episode of the Hammer!

Toxic, Savage and Seb bring you the latest news and rumours as well as most of the usual segments

Week in Review

News & Rumours

Topic: Supplements

Shamehammer: Scortched Earth and Dodgy Tau Stealth Suit Buttermint Recasts

Unit of the Week:  Lord of Skulls Conversions

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Lorekeepers Episode Five - Magic The Gathering - Planeswalkes (by Dice Troop)

This will be our fifth episode of Lorekeepers show, which is going to be a MTG episode - Planeswalkers

So come along and join Sebt and Sean as we discuss the main Planeswalkersof the Magic The Gathering Multiverse