Episode 115 is finally here! Bryce and Adan join Carl to discuss the 2014 Warhammer 40k Year in Review. And what a year it was! We had heard late LAST year that Games Workshop was going to be moving even faster than 2013 and we don't see how anyone could have predicted the pace and sheer amount of releases that took place!

We cover every aspect of Warhammer 40k releases, from Games-Workshop, Forge World, Black Library, Fantasy Flight Games and others. So prepare yourself, because this is going to be a long ride.

And just when you think it couldn't get any more incredible, Loopy from Masters of The Forge, and the master of our hearts, joins Carl to announce the winners of the 2014 Hobby Progress challenge!

All of this and the usual Hobby Progress and Games Played segments make for an incredibly long episode. We hope you enjoy it!

Happy Holidays.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:02:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:52:20 - 2014 Year in Review (Part 1)
  • 2:01:40 - 2014 Year in Review (Part 2)
  • 3:03:25 - 2014 Hobby Progress Challenge Winners
  • 3:34:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep115.mp3
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Episode 114 of The Independent Characters is a lengthy discussion about playing Warhammer 40k both inexpensively and then how to embelish your play to take things to the next level.

As usual we have a Hobby Progress and Games Played segment, where we meander a bit and talk about some new developments in the 40k Community over the last week. Namely base sizes and rumors of the 40k End Times.

On top of all of that - we have an interview with Caleb Wissenback to talk about how the Las Vegas Open is helping you bring your painting to the next level!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:54:45 - Frugal Warhammer 40k
  • 1:53:45 - Lavish Warhammer 40k
  • 2:44:20 - Intervie with Caleb Wassenback
  • 3:03:10 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_114.mp3
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Episode 113 of The Independent Characters is full of Chaosy Goodness!

Once we get the hobby progress and games played out of the way we launch into a lengthy discussion and review about Imperial Armour 13: War Machines of The Lost and The Damned! With both Justin and Carl being very excited Chaos players, we take an in depth look at this book.

Then, when you think you cannot handle any more Chaos, we open fire with Forbidden Lore: The Talon of Horus! To join us for this coverage we bring in none other than Aaron Dembski-Bowden himself AND the return of Geoff! Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND in this coverage! So if you haven't read the book yet, you may want to skip this section until you DO read it!

Very special thanks to not only Aaron Dembski-Bowden for joining us for this coverage, but to Geoff Hummel for returning (via Skype) to help delve into it.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:03:05 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:38:30 - Imperial Armour 13: War Machines of The Lost and The Damned
  • 1:35:20 - Forbidden Lore: The Talon of Horus with Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • 2:34:05 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing
  • 2:39:35 - Interview Outake

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep113.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:08pm PST
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In Episode 112 sees The Independent Characters return from their short break.

Carl has returned from Nottingham and The Black Library Weekender and we spend time talking about a massive amount of hobby progress and games played and then spend time discussing The Black Library Weekender and what occurred there.

We want to thank you for your patience while we took a short hiatus. But we are back now and we have a ton to talk to you about!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:03:05 - Workbench with TONS of Hobby Progress
  • 0:59:10 - Games Played with TONS of Games Played!
  • 1:40:30 - Nottingham and The Black Library Weekender
  • 2:23:25 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_112.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46pm PST
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In Episode 111 of The Independent Characters has us covering the enigmatic Eldar in Show of Force: Aspects of The Fallen Empire.

We will go into great depth about this historic Warhammer 40k force. We discuss the background, and all the support you can get for the Eldar from Black Library, Forge world and elsewhere before we discuss some of the rules that make this army great!

As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, where we say a final goodbye to Geoff.

In addition to all of that we have an interview with Black Library author, Guy Haley to get his take on the Eldar! It's a great episode and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did putting it together!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:20 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:52:15 - Show of Force: Aspects of The Fallen Empire (Part 1)
  • 1:57:45 - Interview with Author Guy Haley of Black Library
  • 2:19:45 - Show of Force: Aspects of The Fallen Empire (Part 2)
  • 3:02:45 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_111.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:03am PST
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In Episode 110 of The Independent Characters we talk about the process of building missions in Warhammer 40k. Whether you want to create (or leverage!) the ultimate 40k Tournament Missions, or make a really exciting and fun narrative mission for your event or friends, this is the episode you want to listen to

We enlist aid from some of the best in the tournament scene at the moment to delve into their different (but somewhat similar) philosophies on mission design and what makes for a balanced experience. Reece Robbins (of The Las Vegas Open and Frontline Gaming) and Mike Brandt (of the NOVA Open and NOVA Open Charitable Foundatin) both join us to give us some insight into how the missions for their respective events were developed.

As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, which is quite extensive as we participated in a few events over this period of time!

That's not enough you say!? Ok then - how about we throw in a long interview with none other than Black Library author, and probably secret Chaos agent, Aaron Dembski-Bowden for good measure!? This is an amazing interview with insight into many things Black Library and his latest novel The Talon of Horus (on sale now!) without any spoilers.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:07:45 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:33:45 - Developing Missions in Warhammer 40k
  • 1:27:35 - Interview with Reece Robbins (Las Vegas Open)
  • 1:45:00 - Interview with Mike Brandt (NOVA Open)
  • 2:11:35 - Interview with Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • 2:46:20 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode110.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm PST
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Episode 109 of The Independent Characters is a listener suggested topic from our forums titled "From Diapers to Dicebags". In it we explore gaming and having kids. We look at how you can continue to game when you become a new parent and all the way through them leaving.

To help us out with this we have also enlisted the aid of several of our kids and a special guest SRM, from our forums!

As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, which is quite extensive as we participated in a few events over this period of time!

This episode may not be for everyone (yet!) but we think there is some good information in here! We hope you enjoy!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:20 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:56:50 - From Diapers to Dicebags
  • 1:52:40 - Interview with SRM
  • 2:10:25 - Interview with Carls daughter Tabitha
  • 2:25:35 - Interview with Adans son Jake
  • 2:38:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_109.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm PST
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Episode 108 - Show of Force: The Greater Good

Episode 108 of The Independent Characters is all about The Tau! We cover it with our patented (not really) Show of Force approach. This time it's Show of Force: The Greater Good. We talk about everything Tau, from the history and details of the race, their reliance on futuristic technology and weaponry. We go inside the background, rules, supplements and excitement of the youngest race in the Warhammer 40k Universe!

We will discuss our experiences playing the Tau and how they perform on the tabletop in comparison to their backstory. To help us through all of this, we have brought in Jason McCurry of our local gaming group. Tau were his first army, and although he isn't actively playing them right now, he helps walk us through the confusion of marker drones, and ethereals!

Additionally, as recommended by Reece Robbins, we have Israel Sanchez to walk us through playing Tau in the competetive environment.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:30 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:52:00 - Show of Force: The Greater Good (Part 1)
  • 1:52:50 - Show of Force: The Greater Good (Part 1)
  • 2:22:45 - Interview with Israel Sanchez about Tau
  • 2:56:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep108.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:17pm PST
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Episode 107 covers Imperial Armour 4: The Anphelion Project Second Edition!

We talked about the first edition of this book way back in Episode 37 and we are revisiting it now that it has been updated. Get all the ins and outs of the new edition as well as an interview with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming!

I would like to take a moment to thank my co-host of many years, Geoff, for all of his service with the show and being a great friend. I will miss you as you move back to Virginia and I wish you the best!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:04:20 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:40:20 - IA4 The Anphelion Project 2nd Ed (Part 1)
  • 1:13:05 - IA4 The Anphelion Project 2nd Ed (Part 2)
  • 1:41:25 - Interview with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming
  • 2:02:30 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep107.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm PST
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Episode 106 has us barely standing the heat in The Boiler Room. The Air Conditioning at the studio is broken and things get pretty hot. You can tell we start losing our minds. However, before we do we spend some time discussing Hobby Progress and swapping armies.

We also include a discussion Justin and Carl had with Chelle, Carl's wife, about her Eldar (The Chelledar) from Dave Paints. We talk about how she has gotten into 40k, what appeals to her about it, and Justin offers her some advice on playing. This was originally intended to be released as bonus content while Carl was on vacation, but we held on to it until now.

Last but not least, we have a Warrior Lodge segment with Aaron, Bryce and Jason. We discuss our impressions of 7th edition now and talk about specific changes to the game.

We hope you enjoy Episode 106!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:35 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:32:15 - Swapping Armies Discussion
  • 0:59:00 - The Chelledar: A discussion about eldar with Chelle Tuttle
  • 1:33:15 - The Warrior Lodge
  • 2:20:50 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode106.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:25pm PST
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