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Evan's Characters and Their Favourite Things
  • Tate: Tate's favourite hobby is watching you from afar, even doing mundane things like reading a book or listening to music, simply because when Tate likes you, he is infatuated with you.
  • Kit: Kit's favourite hobby is dancing. Badly. Almost every night, he'd turn on the radio, sing along and start to dance, letting you watch him in amusement for a few seconds before pulling you up to join him.
  • Kyle: Kyle loves reading. After being resurrected, he adopted a new found appreciation for learning to read and books in general. He also adores when you read to him, mainly so he can close his eyes and listen to your voice.
  • Jimmy: Jimmy enjoys intimacy, but especially with you. When he's with you, he's never as quick or cocky as he is with the girls who pay him. Sometimes he's even awkward: fumbling to do things, tripping over the well-rehearsed suave pickup lines. But he always makes sure you're okay during intimate moments.
  • James: Aside from murder, James loves his hotel. I suppose in his case the two go hand in hand, but he enjoys taking you around the grand building and showing you all the secrets inside. He thoroughly enjoys letting you run off until he finds you, claiming it's 'exhilarating'
Tabletop Void War: A love letter to Battlefleet Gothic

If you stopped a random pedestrian in the street and asked them what BFG means, assuming they didn’t just tell you to fuck off, they’d either say its that book with the tall, big eared fella by Roald Dahl, or its that room-clearing superweapon from DOOM with a rude word in the middle.

Or, maybe, if they’re anything like me, they’d say, ‘Battlefleet Gothic’.

Battlefleet Gothic is, without question, the tabletop game I have the most fondness for. I’ve played quite a few, not just GW published ones, and BFG’s system of huge space battles sticks in my head like no other. I remember getting it for my 13th birthday, the apex of my love of Star Trek and Warhammer 40,000, opening the box and digging out these cool plastic spaceships and gawking at the incredible artwork in the rulebook, published in landscape to specifically showcase these grandiose, kilometres-long warships. I liked the focus of it, how it didn’t cover the entire galaxy like 40k but instead focussed on this one conflict, on one of Abaddon’s black crusades. I miss that rulebook. It’s the only one I’ve not kept, the cover came off and it started to fall apart.

Most of all, I liked the context it game me. BFG was the game that really sold me on the premise of 40k, that everything was huge and insane and archaic, that the Imperium, crewing their ships with generations of indentured labour that lived their whole lives to crew a building sized plasma cannon, were not the good guys. It showed me not just how people got around the galaxy, but what that looked like. I loved the scale of it all, trying to get my head around how even a minuscule Cobra destroyer was a kilometre long, how fighters and bombers were the size of jumbo jets and the massive Retribution class battleship was longer than the distance between Leeds city centre and the far edge of Headingly. And even then, the model ships were just for show. The rules said that the actual game presence of the ship was represented by the 2-3mm plastic flight stand. Amidst the vastness of space, these colossal starships were too small to even represent accurately.

Everything was so well characterised: Imperial ships were grand cathedrals and ornamental rapiers, Chaos ships were sacrificial temples and ritual daggers. The Eldar sailed in beautiful, lethal porcelain arrowheads while the Orks took to space in single minded brutality given form. This character was reflected in the rules too, Chaos ship harkened back to an older time, massive long-range broadsides designed to cross the enemy’s T and blow them apart like galleons of antiquity, whereas Imperial fleets were a counter to this, armoured for a frontal assault against a gunline, launching spreads of torpedoes to disrupt before delivering the killing blow at short range. The Eldar danced in and out, just out of reach, every attack run either triumph or oblivion. Orks were random, haphazard, unpredictable. They’d fall apart or destroy everything and it’d be fun either way. I liked the verbose, needlessly poetic quotes in the book.

As much as it helped me to contextualise the 40k universe it also helped me to realise that wargaming wasn’t just this small thing I did with my friends, but this much larger hobby with a community, all message boards and zines and home-brew. Rules for ships and fleets, hobby articles on kit bashing and terrain making, community campaigns. I remember rules for doing crazy things like firing a torpedo spread into a moon’s gravity well so it’d slingshot around and pursuers. I loved reading the articles on building your gaming table, spattering a black sheet with white flecks of paint, airbrushing nebulae and using gravel and stones as dust clouds and asteroid fields. There was an abstract quality to a good BFG table that I found strangely beautiful. It wasn’t a war torn hellhole, it was space. And if there’s one truism that’s stayed constant in my life, its that I bloody love space.

Sadly, Battlefleet Gothic went the way of most of GWs ‘specialist games’. Support for it became less and less official, miniature quality dropped and eventually it quietly disappeared with Mordheim, Epic Armageddon, Necromunda and the like. However, its legacy is still felt in the game today. Fictional descriptions of 40k void war are based around the lance-battery-torpedo trifecta that were established in the rules. Lunar class cruisers, ancient chaos Grand cruisers, Space Marine battle barges are the way they are because of how they played in the game. The climactic events of the first Gathering Storm book could have only come about from the fiction established by BFG, with Abaddon crashing a Blackstone Fortress into Cadia to kill the planet forever.

I’m breaking my own rule on nostalgia here, wanting BFG to return. I want it back as I remember it, but with better models. I never had the money to play it properly, my fleet was the kind of scrappy mess limited pocket money could make, and I want another go with a bit more disposable income and a wiser(ish) head on my shoulders. There’s the Battlefleet Gothic Armada video game, which is cool, and Spartan Game’s Firestorm Armada means theres a similar kind of fleet combat war-game in the tabletop space.

But neither of those are quite there for me. I like my FA Sorylians, even though I haven’t played in ages and my fleet is still mostly unpainted, but it’s not what I grew up with, it’s not what I know (although if someone I know plays I’ll happily dig my fleet out). 40k is my Star Wars, it’s my shit. I’m hoping that GW release some kind of one off box game, like what Dreadfleet was to Man O’ War, but I’m not holding my breath. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait though. After all, as the saying goes, ‘You may as well try to catch starlight as bring Eldar to battle’.

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Random newly arriving plunder post.

Even though I have no interest in Funko figures like most of the masses, and there’s something incredibly wrong with a happy, adorable Wily, I caved on the Dorbs set. Essentially getting them for free helped, but they actually fit in with Bobble Buds, minus the bobbling.

I totally forgot the Worlds Unite collections were a thing that actually got printed, considering the status of Archie and all. So I picked those two up while they are still in print, since I never actually read that whole thing, not being a Sonic subscriber when it was going on. ‘Course, if Volume 3 never comes out, I guess I never really will read the whole thing, will I?

And then, finally, a few cheap deals. Took forever to find anyone selling the X novel, and even though I can’t really read it (until the fan translation is done at least), man there are some tasty Iwamoto pics in there. Also got Izuki’s Rockman and Forte omnibus, complete with Rockman Burning Shot and R10 Extra F (R10 Arranged CD) comics, plus nice bonus images from Ariga and Iwamoto at the end. Wrap it up with one last model kit, Bly Noise. I think for Mega May, I’m just gonna focus on putting together all these kits. They’ve piled up since Hobby Rock…^^;

My inarticulate, store bought, hangover hobby kit, it talks. It says, you are, you are so cool. Scissors shaped across the bed, you are red, violent red. You hollow out my hungry eyes.
  

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Hologram humans from the past are a lot shorter than I thought!

X has finally built that capsule!!

And man, it’s big. I was hoping it would fit on my shelf with all my D-Arts figures, but it’s too tall! Guess I have some rearranging or adjusting to do.

I still don’t intend to pull my First Armor X out of his hadouken pose, so this will be X4 Ultimate Christmas Tree Armor’s home instead. Even if the capsule doesn’t glow green like that version.

Sure, I probably could do a little paint touchup to this, but I liked how little assembly was needed for this sweet display case. For the most part, I’m good with leaving it as is for now.

Only problem I had was one of the LED lights (for the top) is extremely dim and probably busted. But they’re just those cheap little push circle lights, and I probably can pick up replacements for like a dollar or two. It’s maybe a little bit of an inconvenience to pull the figure and the glass floor out to turn on the light whenever I’d want it on, but it really is such an ingenious creation, that’s it’s no big deal.

I’ve got a little time off from work now, so I hope I can finally get a few more Hobby Rock kits started, if not fully painted and assembled, this upcoming week.

I’m still just so psyched I actually have a capsule display!! This thing is just so cool! XD

signs as names of group chats i've been in

aries: todd chrisley pulls trade at art basel
taurus: stevie wonder isn’t really blind i saw him wearing a watch
gemini: girl once is a instance but twice is a hobby
cancer: thirst aid kit
leo: sisqo’s passionate vocalizing at the end of thong song
virgo: crest anal bleaching strips
libra: the real modern family
scorpio: when u wanna steal the ps2 at the party but that’s where the musics coming from
Sagittarius: joe bidens coke stash
Capricorn: what kind of mole people
Aquarius: every white person at coachella
Pisces: twitter thots have no furniture

meet うささん(usasan)、ひろき(hiroki)’s favorite childhood toy that he still keeps on his pillow after he makes his bed for the day.

hiroki’s tiny one room studio apartment is usually adorned with posters and such of his favorite giant mecha series, and one corner of it is reserved for his model kit hobby. usasan adds a little speck of cuteness to this “cool shounen” exterior. i’d say he’s a perfect metaphor for hiroki’s personality.

http://1989nk.tumblr.com

i have started a development diary blog for 1989nk, most stuff will still get posted here but a whole bunch of other stuff will get posted over there. i’ll be boosting this post quite a bit over the next few days so i’m sorry if that annoys anyone lol. also, if anyone could help me find a nice cute theme for this blog, i’d appreciate it a lot.