Episode 146 of The Independent Characters goes back to 2016 to discuss the year that was.

First we open with some hobby progress, a dip into our plans for 2017, and then move into a quick interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours to discuss the Geekend out with Miniatures in the UK tour.

After that we launch into a lengthy list and discussion about how Games Workshop treated Warhammer 40k in 2016. What a year it was! Not only do we discuss what products came out in support of Warhammer 40k, we also talk a bit about where we think they may be going this year.

Even as we were recording, Games Workshop released the brand new Lord of Change model (and Kairos Fateweaver), and we spend a few minutes trying to catch our breath after seeing that! All of that and more in this episode! We hope you enjoy

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:06:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:10:50 - Geek Nation Tours Interview
  • 1:28:05 - Warhammer 40k 2016 Year in Review (Part 1)
  • 2:21:25 - Warhammer 40k 2016 Year in Review (Part 2)
  • 3:11:50 - Show Closing

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Episode 145 of The Independent Characters takes a close look at conflicts within gaming groups. This isn’t a show about how to deal with ‘that guy’ at a tournament, but an episode we hope helps address problems in groups that have long standing relationships.

We have all witnessed poor behavior while gaming. However, when it is friends or communities impacted by this type of behavior when do you say something? And more importantly what do you say? Hopefully this episode shines some light on a complex and difficult topic.

We are lucky enough to get Jason Mullins from the Sons of Heresy Podcast onboard to talk with us about the main topic of the show as well! Make sure you check out his new show.

We also have two quick interviews. The first with Caleb and Kat of CK Studios. We talk about the upcoming airbrushing class they are doing in the Bay Area and all about their studio and outlook on painting and the hobby. This is followed up by an interview with Adam ‘Loopy’ Fasoldt from the Masters of The Forge Podcast. We go into the results of The Independent Characters 2016 Hobby Progress Challenge, which he has been kind enough to spearhead for us over the last two years.

There is a slight sound issue towards the end of the Hobby Progress segment. We think we might have an issue with our soundboard and are going to replace it. Fortunately it doesn’t impact the rest of the show and isn’t too terrible. Please bear with us. We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:08:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:58:00 - Conflict in Gaming Groups (Part 1)
  • 1:28:10 - Conflict in Gaming Groups (Part 2)
  • 2:09:10 - Interview with CK Studios
  • 2:29:20 - Interview with Loopy
  • 2:46:10 - Final Notes and Show Closing

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Episode 144 of The Independent Characters addresses the topic of the many various ways you can now play Warhammer 40k.

We have Justin and Adan back in the studio to record with us this session. As we go through each way to play we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each and talk about our own personal preferences.

Of course we have our usual hobby progress and games played, but we also include a very short interview with Doug and Todd of Tablewar who have a short announcement at the beginning of the episode. We hope you enjoy the show!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:35 - Tablewar Announcement
  • 0:15:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:01:30 - Variety of Play (Part 1)
  • 1:33:50 - Variety of Play (Part 2)
  • 2:18:20 - Final Notes and Show Closing

 

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Episode 143 of The Independent Characters brings us back to the Show of Force format. This time it’s Show of Force: The Dark Kin of Commorragh.

To help us uncover the secrets of this awesome army, we have brought none other than Brian Harvey (evilspaceelves) of the Splintermind Podcast into the studio. We also give him a chance to unburden himself with his hobby progress.

One note: the final thirty minutes of the show has some audio interference that appears to be either from a bad mic cable or a failing sound board. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do to get rid of it. Hopefully it isn’t to distracting as the content is really quite good.

We also have an interview with the owners of Tablewar! Doug and Todd join us to talk about their newest Kickstarter - The Macromats! If you are posting pictures of your miniatures online, you NEED this product! Not sure why Doug sounds like Darth Vader during this interview - but such is the problems you deal with when using Skype.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:12:45 - Interview with Tablewar on Macromat Kickstarter
  • 1:28:15 - Show of Force: Dark Eldar (Part 1)
  • 2:29:50 - Show of Force: Dark Eldar (Part 2)
  • 3:28:35 - Show Closing

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Episode 142 of The Independent Characters includes The Warrior Lodge, a lengthy moderated discussion on several current topics.

Thanks to our guests for joining us this episode. We are joined by Colin Ward, Justin Keefer and Douglas Neale. You all know Justin by this point. Doug and Colin have joined us on several episodes now and we thought they had some strong opinions on the various topics we cover.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:43:25 - Extended Warrior Lodge Part 1
  • 1:28:35 - Extended Warrior Lodge Part 2
  • 2:08:10 - Show Closing

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Episode 141 of The Independent Characters addresses the thirteen black crusades of Abaddon!

For years people have maligned the leader of Chaos as a failure. We are here to tell you that is not the case. This episode, in honor of the release of Traitors Hate, we take a close look at the 12 previous Black Crusades led by the chosen of Chaos and then take a deep long look at the 13th Black Crusade.

We apologize (again!) for the delays in getting the show out, but Carl was in the hospital for dehydration as a result of the stomach flu. We are back though. Our next episode is already scheduled for recording, so we shouldn't have any more delays. We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:48:15 - Geek Nation Tours Announcement
  • 1:10:20 - Renegade Open GT
  • 1:21:45 - Abaddons first 12 Black Crusades
  • 2:10:40 - Abaddons 13th Black Crusade
  • 2:46:00 - Show Closing

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Episode 140 of The Independent Characters continues our Show of Force series. This time it is the Adeptus Mechanicus and Skitarii forces that we cover in depth!

To assist Carl, we have brought on two members of our gaming group that play the AdMech and Skitarii forces. Michael and Colin are both very strong painters and players. The wealth of knowledge between the two of them will providde insights that we are certain you will find entertaining.

Because we have a new guest on the show, he lets slip with some language you wouldn't normally hear on our program. It's nothing to terrible, but I felt we should warn you up front. It's for this exact reason we carry the explicit tags on all of our episodes.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:02:45 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:57:15 - Show of Force: Disciples of the Machine God (Part 1)
  • 1:42:10 - Show of Force: Disciples of the Machine God (Part 2)
  • 2:47:15 - Show Closing

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Episode 139 of The Independent Characters continues our coverage of Horus Heresy 6: Retribution!

This is the second of our two-part coverage of this incredible book by Forge World.

As you know, last episode Carl lost his voice while recording. This episode we pick right back up where we left off. We complete our discussion around the background and storyline and then move right into the campaign system and description of the Shattered Legions, Black Shields, units and characters.

If you liked last episode, we know you are going to love this one!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:48:00 - Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution (Part 3)
  • 1:54:45 - Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution (Part 4)
  • 2:57:00 - Show Closing

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Episode 138 of The Independent Characters is a long one... that we end up cutting short due to Carl losing his voice.

The primary subject of this episode is our long awaited coverage of Forge Worlds Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution. This is part one of our two part coverage of this incredible book.

In this part of our coverage we discuss much of the background of the book as well as a general overview of what is contained within.

In addition to that we have two great interviews! One with Dave Taylor about the Nova Open Charitable Foundation and the incredible raffles they are running this year for a great cause. But please don't join them because Carl is trying to win and has already bought his tickets!

Next up is an interview with Jason about the Wargasm 40k event in Calgary! This sounds like a great event if you are in the area and looking for some incredible Warhammer 40k to attend.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:02:40 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:56:15 - Interview with Dave Taylor
  • 1:17:25 - Wargasm Event Interview
  • 1:29:45 - Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution (Part 1)
  • 2:01:30 - Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution (Part 2)
  • 3:07:00 - Show Closing

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Episode 137 of The Independent Characters takes us back to some basics. And by that we mean basic tactics.

After a lengthy Workbench and Games Played discussion, we get into a two part segment on Basic Tactics with Jody and Jason. This covers each phase of the Warhammer 40k game as it is played on the tabletop.

After that, we figured we would kick off an ongoing segment on Basic Tactics about each army. We of course, start with the Space Marines.

For more advanced players of Warhammer 40k, some of this information may be redundant. But we have found that going back to the beginning, sometimes reminds you of insights you may have overlooked. Either way, we hope you enjoy the show!

Don't forget to listen to the end after the credits to learn about our new contest! 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:00:35 - Basic Tactics: Part 1
  • 1:29:45 - Basic Tactics: Part 2
  • 1:58:45 - Basic Tactics: Space Marines
  • 2:36:20 - Show Closing

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:47am PST
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