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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:57pm PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:19am PDT
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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!

Time Stamps:

  • 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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:12am PDT
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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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Direct download: TheICs_Episode141.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:57pm PDT
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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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Direct download: 140_The_Independent_Characters_Episode_140.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:25am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT
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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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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_138.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT
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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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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_137.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:47am PDT
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Many gamers feel like they have always had that novel inside of them, if they could just get the time to write it all down...

Episode 136 focuses on what it takes for your submissions to Black Library to get noticed. Who knows, maybe you could be the next great Black Library author! To help us out with this we have brought in three experts:

Guy Haley is probably one of the most prolific authors in Black Library to date. He writes more short stories and novels than just about any other author today. He also provides us a wealth of information on what the "Do's and Dont's" are when submitting material or pitching ideas, from an experienced writers perspective.

We also speak with Justin Hill, one of the newer authors for Black Library (but by no means a new author!) about his experience in getting his foot in the door to write Warhammer 40k fiction.

And finally we speak to the legend himself, Nick Kyme. Not only an author for Black Library, but first and foremost, one of the editors behind the portal that Ahriman himself searches for! As an editor, he and his peers are the literal gatekeepers to what does and does not get published by Black Library. He provides a wealth of information about what should go into your pitch for a story, and more importantly what should NOT go into it!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:43:30 - Interview with Guy Haley of Black Library
  • 1:12:30 - Interview with Justin Hill of Black Library
  • 1:30:40 - Interview with Nick Kyme of Black Library
  • 1:56:20 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_136.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:13pm PDT
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Episode 135 of The Independent Characters is packed to the brim with great content!

After the usual Workbench and Games Played segment we launch into a discussion on Speed Painting. Justin and Jody talk about tips and techniques for getting your army on the table quickly. Then, to reinforce that point, we have an interview with Dave of Dave Paints. He is the commission painter that painted the infamous (because they are MORE than famous!) Chelledar to such a great standard.

You might think that's enough for an entire show. And other shows might only deliver that - but then we have an interview with the legendary Gav Thorpe about his recent novels and the upcoming Angels of Caliban Horus Heresy novel!

And just when you are thinking 'This couldn't possibly get any better.' There's more! Carl and Doug spend some time addressing the topic of prepping and assembling Forge World models. We hit this topic again and try to dispell many of the myths around it. Sandbeds are NOT required! We promise.

It has been a fun episode to produce and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:54:05 - Speed Painting with Justin and Jody
  • 1:31:25 - Speed Painting interview with Dave Paints.
  • 1:43:40 - Interview with Gav Thorpe of Black Library
  • 2:06:00 - Forge World model with Doug and Carl
  • 2:46:45 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_135.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT
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Episode 134 of The Independent Characters is is a return to our Show of Force format. This time around we are covering the Astra Militarum, or as they are traditionally known, The Imperial Guard.

To help us out we have a couple of guests. First up is Douglas Neale, or as he is more affectionately known, Replacement Geoff. He plays IG as his primary army and has a love for the army. Additionally we have another Doug! Doug Johnson of Tablewar fame!

We go over every aspect of The Imperial Guard, from our favorite models to how to play the army. This is truly the episode for person who loves this army. We work to answer the question, "Why would you want to play this army?"

We hope you enjoy this episode of The IC's.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:09:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:45:50 - Show of Force: Hammer of The Emperor - Part 1
  • 1:40:40 - Show of Force: Hammer of The Emperor - Part 2
  • 2:45:00 - Show Closing

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:07pm PDT
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Episode 133 of The Independent Characters is here to tell you all about the various bags, storage, transport and display solutions available to you.

Justin was unable to join us for this episode as being a father takes real work. But Adan and Carl move ahead with hobby progress, games played and some other tidbits of information.

Then you are in for over an hour of discussion regarding the various carrying case solutions available to gamers. Some great information here provided by Adan and then followed up with a discussion around traveling with your models.

Eventually we end the show on a segment about storing and displaying your models around the home. Thanks to Jody for joining in on that topic.

We hope you enjoy this episode of The IC's. Prepare yourselves, because we have some thing special planned for next episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:02:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:37:00 - Carrying Case comparison discussion
  • 1:20:00 - Traveling with your models
  • 1:38:00 - Display of your models
  • 1:58:00 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_133.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:41am PDT
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Episode 132 of The Independent Characters returns after our trip to Salute and Warhammer World

The hobby progress section is flowing with all hosts contributing quite a bit of work this last few weeks. This section also contains a lot of good tips and tricks on how you can get more out of your hobby time.

Adan and Carl then discuss their recent trip to the UK where they were fortunate enough to attend games at the HATE club, The Overlords, Salute and ultimately Warhammer World!

Finally we wrap up the episode with a discussion between Justin and Jason in our continuing series about playing styles. This time we are talking tournament style play.

It's an especially long episode to make up for the missing one in mid-April, but we think you will enjoy the discussion.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:23:00 - Salute and Warhammer World Discussion
  • 2:15:50 - Tournament Style Play with Justin and Jason
  • 2:47:45 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_132.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:19pm PDT
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Episode 131 of The Independent Characters returns with two great topics!

After a large hobby progress and games played update we introduce our two guest hosts for our new segments. Doug (aka Replacement Geoff) is joined by Justin to discuss playing "Garage Style" games. What's the difference between this method and others? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages?

Then we get in the Boiler Room with Jason and talk about Basic Hobby Tools. The topic only sounds dry on paper though - as we go into where you can get these kinds of tools and what things to look out for.

We are hoping to put out one more episode before our upcoming trip to the UK for Salute and Warhammer World, but it may not happen. Either way we will keep you aware of what is going on through our Facebook page and website. We hope you enjoy!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:04:25 - Garage Style with Doug and Justin
  • 1:30:45 - Basic Hobby Tools with Jason
  • 2:04:40 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_131.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:49pm PDT
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Episode 130 - Paint Choices and Oil Washes

Episode 130 of The Independent Characters continues our return to the Podcast by covering two topics that we find interesting.

First we discuss the process and benefits of doing oil washes. We get Josh on to explain how they are done, why they are done, and what the benefits of doing them are.

Next up is a discussion between Justin and Jody all about the various types of paints avaiable to hobbiests. What the benefits and drawbacks of each type are, and under what circumstances do you want to use one over another! This is typically a hotly debated topic amongst people in our hobby, so while our opinions may or may not line up with yours, we felt it was worth taking the time to discuss.

Of course we have Adan and Justin joining us for the Hobby Progress and Games played segments. So hopefully you enjoy what we have been up to.

We hope you enjoy the show and don't feel like you are listening to paint dry!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:53:50 - Oil Washes with Josh
  • 1:16:45 - Paint Comparisons
  • 1:58:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: Episode_130_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:19pm PDT
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Episode 129 of The Independent Characters marks our return to the microphone after a six month hiatus with Carl, Adan, and Justin. Carl was apparently the only one that wasn't aware we were returning. You will hear all about the reasons for the return and how we have changed our format slightly to ensure quality family and gaming time!

After a massive hobby progress and games played update we introduce two new guest hosts for our new segments. Doug (aka Replacement Geoff) is joined by Zach (no not THAT Zach - A NEW one!) to review Fantasy Flight Games Forbidden Stars as well as talk about Faultline 40k, a new gaming club in the Bay Area that emphasizes painting, playing and the narrative approach to gaming.

We take some time to talk about what the plans are for Faultline 40k, where they are heading and how you can get involved if you are local to the scene here. Even if you aren't a local to the Bay Area, you may find the discussion inspirational and packed with some good advice.

We are happy to be back in the saddle. In some ways it feels like we never left. Thanks for all of your continued support while we were on break! It's because of the supportive comments from our awesome community that we have returned. (at least in part). Also thank you to Doug and Zach for helping out with this episode. We hope you enjoy!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction and an explanation
  • 0:12:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:28:35 - Forbidden Stars Review with Doug and Zach
  • 2:03:20 - Faultline 40k Gaming Club with Doug and Zach
  • 2:36:00 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Epsiode_129.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT
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It's 2016 and we felt like we just wanted to talk with all of you again, so Adan and Carl sit down to just chat a little bit. No specific topics other than what has been going on and what is coming up for us in the near future (Hint LVO, Salute and Nottingham!).

It's been a while, but we hope you enjoy.

Direct download: Episode128_complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm PDT
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