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Sunday, June 19, 2011

WWPD News From the Front Episode 21





"Mk IV AC Unit, Wall Mounted."

Steven, Joe, and Dirty Jon are in the hot box! A wall mounted A/C unit provides steady companionship throughout the episode. The boys talk Historicon, Cassino (Flames of War source book), and other nonsense! Plenty of "Wow"s abound with Joe back after a hiatus!

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • 0:00 - Intro- Charity events, AAR, etc
  • 0:15 - Historicon!
  • 0:25 - NOOB ZONE: Hit Allocation Importance
  • 0:31 - BF and Gamecraft Miniatures Reviews
  • 0:48 - Infantry Aces
  • 0:59 - Mail Call
  • 1:14 - Cassino Review
  • 1:46 - BF Communique
Download this week's episode directly: http://www.archive.org/download/WwpdNewsFromTheFrontEpisode21/Episode21.mp3
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Links discussed in this episode:
Historicon

Heroes of Armageddon
WWPD on Facebook
Wounded Warrior Project
Gamecraft Miniatures

EDITOR'S NOTES:
Apologies again for the A/C unit. The scotch started getting me by the time "After Hours" was recorded. That always means it's a great episode! Luke- feel better! Also- Dave Taylor DOES head up the Heroes of Armageddon site, I messed that up. Sorry!

15 comments:

Allen said...

Great episode, I just wanted to respond to the review of the GameCraft stuff.

I love it that my resin castings are of such high quality that you thought they were not resin castingsat all :) Yes, the pieces of the building kit are resin and they need to be washed thoroughly before assembly to allow the paint to stick well. The resin is slightly oily by it's nature and there is mold release used in the casting process. I use a Rust-Oleum grey auto primer on the buildings and have never had any paint peeling problems.

Regarding the gun location not fitting a large FoW base, point taken ... We'll do a larger version in the near future.

Thanks a lot for the honest review.

Allen from GameCraft Miniatures

indierockclimber said...

Hi Allen, thanks for responding? Wow, those *are* very good quality resin castings! I didn't see them before Jon's painting, but I'm glad to hear that you got the resin casting right :)

Again, the gun emplacement was just gorgeous. Great sculpt, and Jon did it justice (pics coming soon).

And as I said on the show, I've seen a lot of your other stuff in the wild. The church is a site to see, and is often the centerpiece on tables I see it on. Thanks for the opportunity to review!

Dirty Jon said...

@Allen - to quote Joe, "wow". They are very detailed and that is hard to do with resin. The gun emplacement is beautiful.

Dale said...

By the way, where are the links to the Flames of War variants you were referring to? I have a bunch of 40K and Epic figures collecting dust and it might be interesting to give those a try.

indierockclimber said...

The downloads page on this site: http://www.whatwouldpattondo.net/p/downloads.html

They are *very* rough drafts, but we had a blast with them: http://www.whatwouldpattondo.net/2010/09/something-completely-different-fowdy-k.html

jmezz382 said...

@ Allen ... Your sculpts are awesome! Thank you for the resin info and with that information we can give your awesome sculpts a beautiful paint job. I look forward to seeing more of your products.

Anatoli said...

Great episode guys, for terrain (houses) that lack texture you could always use the textured primer from GW "Roughcoat".

I also agree about the support your local store problem. I think it's universal no matter where you live. There are a few good stores where a gaming community might prosper, but imo there are way too many stores that just make me really angry - especially one nearby that suffers from the same problem as the one in your story. Complete lack of interest from the employees towards the customer, often a douchebag working there will chat with his friends at the counter ignoring anyone wanting to pay for something they picked up in the store. I've stopped buying products from that place.

I've also seen other hobby stores in the local area that just didn't work out since the business model was crap and it was indeed more of a gameroom with a cash register than a real store with professional people running things.

The only brick and mortar store I support right now is the place where I buy all my paints and brushes. The guy owning it is always friendly and can chat about the paints, boardgames or latest GW jokes floating around on the internet. He's more geared towards Warmachine/Hordes himself so not really compatible with any games I play. But a decent fellow, if you want to play in the store just bring some models and there is a gaming corner with terrain and stuff.

I buy all my models online, be it Swedish or UK/US stores. It is because the games I play are completely unsupported (people in hobby stores only play those GW turd systems) and buying online gives me at least 20-25% discount and free shipping. For someone on a tight budget that amounts to a LOT of cash saved during one year. There is also a culture here to own a gametable and terrain so you can play at your house.

Steven, I'm also familiar with your pain in regard to trying to show FoW to some. The complete lack of interest for anything that isn't a unpainted/halfpainted GW army with shit terrain - or as you say - ending up with you working your ass off for the store bringing your terrain/models/etc.

Anatoli said...

I've experienced that very same thing trying to show new games at clubs that have lots of GW gamers. Completely "inbred" atmosphere where you are left standing like an idiot completely ignored by the GW gamers who refuse to even take a short glimpse let alone and God forbid - try something else.

Sorry for the long rant :-)

Neal Smith said...

Well said Anatoli. I haven't listened yet, so don't know what's in the podcast, but just wanted to say there is hope! :)

On our FOW league night, last week, there were a bunch of collectable card gamers about also. We actually had one kid (13-14?) come over and ask "Is this Flames of War?". I told him it was and he sat down and watched. I did try to get him to play and/or engage him in more conversation, but he was mostly interested in just watching. He was intent on the figures and the terrain. Hopefully there's a glimmer of a spark there! :)

indierockclimber said...

Anatoli- agreed all around. I know it makes us sound like jerks, but so be it!

Neal- good luck! You might just nab a new player! How was the league game?

Neal Smith said...

It's going pretty well so far. I've gotten 3 wins and 1 loss. We started at 600 points and had 800 points last week. We'll be doing 800 points again this week.

I'm doing Cassino FJ. Other than the nebelwerfer battery I haven't really done anything else Cassino-esque in the list yet, but I'm working on adding fortifications for the 1000 point list.

Itinerant said...

In your discussion about the success of after hours, you mentioned something about Google not liking you mentioning stats like this. Why would that be?

indierockclimber said...

@Neal- nice! Will you be at the "Tough Old Gut" tourney in NC?

@Itinerant- it's part of the adsense agreement. I guess they don't want their advertisers to necessarily know that info for better or worse. I'm sure even talking about it is against the ToS, but I'll take the risk to respond :)

WarHighlander said...

Josh's army was outstanding at our circuit tournament. Nice guy.

Neal Smith said...

Tough Old Gut tourney? I don't see it on the tourney finder... :)

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