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Signal Lost

rogue trader Emperor

This classic image is somehow strangely fitting.

I was a bit shocked last week when Von closed GAME OVER after four and a half years.  It is one of the blogs I’ve read and commented on since the beginning of Warp Signal.  But I understand why he’s made that choice, and I’ve actually been thinking something similar was in order for me over the last couple of months.  After a few days consideration, I’ve decided to follow his example.
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Games Workshop Claims Rights to the Term ‘Space Marine’

…world slaps forehead.


Some of you might have heard this already, but here’s a link to an article sticking up for a science fiction writer who has had her book removed from Amazon in response to a request from Games Workshop.  Because it has the words ‘Space Marine’ in the title.

That’s right, good old GW have decided to expand their muscle tactics beyond the small world of hobby games and miniatures and have started telling sci-fi writers that they can’t use those two famous words.  I’ll be interested to see how this pans out – bullying garage miniature sculptors is one thing, telling authors (many of whom presumably have publishers much bigger than GW) that they can’t say ‘space marine’ is a whole other kettle of fish.

As one of my mates said: “why don’t those asshats just fucking trademark ‘war’ and ‘future’ while they’re at it?”

Another internet commentator pointed out that in the US, the Unites States Marine Corps owns the rights to the term ‘marine’, and that they do in fact have actual, real-life marines trained for space.  So good luck prosecuting that one GW, you monumental basket case of blundering, flailing evilness.

You know, really nothing they do surprises me any more.  I don’t know why I bother even paying attention.   It’s fascinating, I guess…?

Two Painters

One of Ben's "Helm" paintings.

One of Ben’s “Helm” paintings.

Hey everyone, hope you had a fine festive season etc.

I just thought I’d show you all a blog that belongs to a good friend of mine.  He lives in Melbourne now, which is an eight hour train ride from my place, but he visited me for a couple of beers recently and we talked about miniature painting and books and stuff.

Anyway, his name is Ben Guy and he’s a painter.  Not a miniature painter (or indeed, a house or sign painter) but a picture painter.  Specifically, he does a lot of comics, fantasy and sci-fi based art as well as landscapes.  I happen to think he’s really good, and I’m not the only one – he was recently showcased in a French book about Geek Art.  If you’re in the market for some original art then you could do a lot worse.  Just contact him via the blog I presume.

Also, for those of you who haven’t heard, Larry Elmore’s Kickstarter ended as the second highest funded Kickstarter ever in the publishing category.  This makes me really happy, as Elmore was always my favourite D&D artist as a kid.  I’m friends with him on facebook and it’s really warmed my heart to see the total gratitude and shock he’s expressed.

It just goes to show that if you just keep on doing what you do, you’ll most likely get there in the end.  Not that Elmore hadn’t made it already.  But now, as he says, he has money to fall back on when work is slow and it’s all because of the ordinary people who love his work.

I always wanted an Elmore original but I doubt I’ll be able to afford one after this!  Well done Larry.

And even though I couldn’t afford to contribute to the Kickstarter (the postage was huge outside the US), my brother Chris (also an artist, strangely enough, and with quite a funny blog about D&D) gave me this for Christmas:

Larry Elmore's iconic "Red Box" in T-shirt form!

Larry Elmore’s iconic “Red Box” in T-shirt form!


It’s an Anomaly


I logged in to check my stats for the first time in a while and was pretty surprised to see that on the 5th of December (last week, that is), Yahoo Image Search was used to find Warp Signal 776 times, bringing my hits for that day up to 874.  This is by far the most hits I’ve ever got in one day, and now it’s really hard to interpret my traffic graph.  The 5th of December 2012 is now a towering skyscraper of popularity and every other day is roughly the same tiny height in comparison.

Stay tuned for a real post some time in the next couple of days.  I’ve been working on something…

Liebster Blog Awards – better late than never I suppose…

Frontline Gamer has very kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award, which appears to be a feel-good pass-it-on chain thingy for blogs which I am supposed to continue by nominating five blogs I particularly enjoy.  I’m going to do it, because it’s always a nice feeling to be recognized for the work you put in.

I’m truly honoured to be given this recognition by Frontline, given his super-blogger status.  I’m also grateful to Headologist at Do You Have A Flag?, who gave me an honourable mention.  I’m afraid though that if I honourably mention every blog I like that’s already been nominated we’ll be here all day.  So if you have a nomination already then I’m not giving you one, sorry.  Tough luck Porky!

Right, so here are five blogs on my roll that I check regularly, and enjoy reading/ogling.  I think you’ll probably like them too if you like my blog. Continue reading

A Few Modeling Resources

Hey everyone, I thought today I’d give a bit of a heads-up on some useful stuff I’ve discovered.  I do a lot of talking and fancy pontificating hereabouts, and it’s been too long since I actually posted anything of practical value to the community.

Firstly, my mate Capn Stoogey lent me his Forgeworld Imperial Armour Model Masterclass books, and if anyone hasn’t seen them you should check them out.  They remind me of when I was a kid, I used to sit in the local library reading these manuals on historical military model building.  I think those books were as much an influence on me as a painter and modeler as GW was.

These Forgeworld books are full of step-by-step instructions on how to achieve realistic weathering effects.  The first one is particularly good as it was written before FW started making their own weathering products.  This means it gives you practical tips on how to use other companies’ products and even everyday materials, such as – crushing up cheapo artist’s pastels to make weathering powders!

Similarly, when I was in the newsagent the other day I picked up a military modeling magazine.  I normally just kind of ignore these.  The magazines I get are either video-game mags, Fortean Times (to which I’m subscribed) or sometimes White Dwarf if it has, oh, I don’t know, a Sisters of Battle codex in it.

Anyway, the military modeler’s magazine was basically one of those Forgeworld books but for ten bucks!  The main article was a step-by-step weathering of a German tank using the hairspray technique, one of the methods described by Forgeworld.  It even had some useful info that Forgeworld left out, i.e. that hairspray comes in different strengths and you need to use the weakest or you’ll lose your paint down to the plastic.  There was also an article on how to paint a realistic horse.

So if you haven’t tried to weather vehicles yet but want to, or just want to lift your game generally, pick up a military modeling mag.  Seems obvious, but I only just thought of it so there you go!  And get the Imperial Armour Model Masterclass if you want a useful and beautiful book to put in your toilet/on your coffee table/let your kids pore over.

The other thing I wanted to pass on is this excellent list of alternative parts suppliers for converting 40k models at Twitchy Droid Painting.  This blog is a new addition to my roll, but I found this post really useful.  Check it out.

My Perry Miniatures British Hussars arrived, so hopefully this weekend I can make a start on 40k-ing them up into some St. Arkham Lancers.

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