Episode 196 of The Independent Characters takes a close look at what happens when you have to move. How do you take your hobby with you? How do you ensure that everything transports safely? And how do you join a gaming group or form one once you arrive?

We have our usual Hobby Progress section followed by a solid two hours of discussion around moving with your hobby. Then we launch into an interview with Todd from Tablewar, who is talking about the new Tablewar Charities foundation.

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Time Stamps:

  • 00:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Elite Choice
  • 00:15:00 - Hobby Progress and Games Played
  • 01:05:00 - Moving With Your 40k (Part 1)
  • 01:49:00 - Moving With Your 40k (Part 2)
  • 02:38:30 - Interview with Todd from Tablewar
  • 03:00:20 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_196_Complete.mp3
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Episode 195 of The Independent Characters is back and to celebrate we have three guest hosts! Adan comes into town and joins, Josh and Jody to discuss Kill Team. We take a close look at where it came from, how it has evolved, and where it is going! At least where we HOPE it is going.

We return with a lengthy hobby progress section, then launch right into our exciting coverage of Kill Team!

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it!

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Elite Choice
  • 8:28:00 - Hobby Progress and Games Played
  • 1:11:50 - Kill Team: Evolution (Part 1)
  • 1:58:00 - Kill Team: Evolution (Part 2)
  • 2:53:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_195_complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:13am PST
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Episode 194 of The Independent Characters is a bit of a train wreck. We aren't going to lie.

When Carl was going to be doing so much traveling in September, we expected that he would be able to fit in a couple of interviews. Justin Hill, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, John French, maybe even Robin Cruddace. However, delayed flights, jetlag, expired Drivers licenses... all kinds of things conspired against him to toss those plans right out the window.

In the end we wound up with a great interview (with mediocre sound quality in Bugman's Bar) with Justin Hill and then an extensive Hobby Progress and rambling intro section with Jody and Carl. This is NOT our strongest showing, but we do think it IS a fun episode. It's just not particularly well structured.

Our next episode will have us back on track and back on schedule. No more traveling and just a lot of gaming. But until then we hope this episode tides you over and you enjoy it as much as we did recording it!

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Elite Choice
  • 0:38:50 - Hobby Progress and Games Played
  • 1:34:50 - Show and Tell: Tactica Imperialis
  • 1:51:45 - Interview with Black Library's Justin Hill
  • 2:23:20 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_194.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:41am PST
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Episode 193 of The Independent Characters arrives delayed by about two days since Carl had to deal with majore work issues all weekend.

This episode we are discussing how to get some extra life out of all of your old hobby publications. Be they old campaign materials, old codexes, old mission books, or just old anything - we discuss ideas for how you can look at these things at the changing of an edition and still make them useful in your gaming experience!

This episode again comes in at about two and a half hours. We know folks like the longer ones and we have some things coming up which are going to fill your time at great length. But this is a solid two hours of content and discussion... and it will also be of value to how long you get to use all that old stuff you bought.

Carl and Justin are heading off to the NOVA Open after this and the month of September is incredibly busy with travel and other activities, but we will fit in new episodes where we can. Expect a lot of interviews with people in the industry and some other surprises coming up. We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Elite Choice
  • 0:13:30 - Hobby Progress and Games Played
  • 0:46:30 - The Warrior Lodge - LIVE!: Part 1
  • 1:42:00 - The Warrior Lodge - LIVE!: Part 2
  • 2:11:45 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_193.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm PST
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Episode 192 of The Independent Characters where we run our second ever Warrior Lodge LIVE Episode!

For those worried that Justin and Adan had been fired, you can put those rumors to rest as Adan flies into the area to record and Justin finally DOESN'T have to fly somewhere to teach airbrush classes!

The episode comes in at a much more reasonable two and a half hours - but it's a solid two and half hours featuring some guest callers from our Patreon as well!

We hope you enjoy!

(Edit) I realize I neglected to edit out the portion where we drop network connectivity for live viewers. By the time I realized this it would have required pulling back the episode and just wasn't worth it.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Hobby Progress
  • 1:06:45 - The Warrior Lodge - LIVE!: Part 1
  • 1:56:30 - The Warrior Lodge - LIVE!: Part 2
  • 2:25:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_192_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46am PST
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Episode 191 of The Independent Characters has us doing a deep dive into the ideas, fiction, fact, and fantasy that spawned the lore of Warhammer 40,000. If you hate long episodes, this one might not be for you as it is over 4 hours of content. But that's what the timestamps below are for!

We include our usual Hobby Progress section and then we leap into an interview with none other than Miniwargaming Dave (or Chaos Dave as some call him!). We discuss some exciting things he has done lately and the new Mini Wargaming Bunker you can visit!

Then we leap into the main topic of the show for about an hour and a half of solid conversation.

This is followed up by an interview with Kat and Caleb from CK Studios where we discuss the entry for the NOVA Open Charity Foundation. An amazing Warlord Titan assembled and painted by some of the best in the industry. Find out how it can be yours!

You may also notice fewer advertisements this episode. Thanks to our Patreon we are dropping most advertisers with two exceptions as we move forward. Tablewar and soon, Miniwargaming. We hope you enjoy the show.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:09:40 - Hobby Progress
  • 1:13:30 - Interview with Chaos Dave
  • 1:52:30 - Foundations of 40k - Part 1 (Cont.)
  • 2:58:00 - Foundations of 40k - Part 2
  • 3:35:30 - Interview with CK Studios
  • 4:02:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_191_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm PST
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Episode 190 of The Independent Characters has a return to our Show of Force series - and this time it's all about The Insidious Curse... We take a deep dive into the horror that is The Genestealer Cults!

To help us out with this, we have brought in our resident Genestealer Cult player, new guest host, new member to our gaming group, AND new 40k Player (since January!), Matt Bruner! He is a long time friend of Jodys and we think you will love him as much as we do! We kick off the show getting to know Matt, then launch into a lengthy hobby progress and games played section with Jody talking a little bit about his experience at the Boise GT. You can hear even more about that on the Splintermind Podcast (link below).

Then it's time to launch into our coverage of The Genestealer Cults. What an amazing army this is! While the concept isn't new, the army IS, and you will hear all about it here.

Finally we have a short interview with Facebook Group fan-favorite Jeremy Wood. If you aren't a member of the group, you are really missing out on some incredibly work Jeremy does with his dioramas.

Then it's time to say goodbye as we close out another episode. We hope you enjoy it. We couldn't figure out why it was taking so long to record... until I put it together and it is nearly four hours of content!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:16:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:22:10 - Show of Force - The Insidious Curse: Part 1
  • 2:42:50 - Show of Force - The Insidious Curse: Part 2
  • 3:37:10 - Interview with Jeremy Wood
  • 3:52:10 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_190.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:49am PST
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Episode 189 of The Independent Characters sees us diving headfirst into the incredible game that is Adeptus Titanicus!

We include our usual Hobby Progress section and then spend the rest of the evening doing our best to tempt Jody into joining Josh, Carl, Austin (both of them), Thom and a couple others of our group to investing in and playing Adeptus Titanicus.

And to help Josh and I convince him we brought out the big guns! Specifically, we invited game designer James Hewitt for an interview. If you don't know what James has worked on here are a couple of tastes: Age of Sigmar, Silver Tower, Blitzbowl, and of course Adeptus Titanicus. We think you will love this interview!

We really hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction and Hobby Progress
  • 0:57:15 - Adeptus Titanicus - Part 1
  • 1:41:00 - Interview with James Hewitt
  • 2:12:00 - Adeptus Titanicus - Part 1 (Cont.)
  • 2:32:45 - Adeptus Titanicus - Part 2
  • 3:17:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_189_complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:46am PST
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Episode 188 of The Independent Characters is our very first LIVE show! And this time around it is an episode of The Warrior Lodge!

Our new equipment (thanks to our Patrons) has allowed us to make you a part of our gaming group more than ever before. This time around we are able to have a few luckly listeners join us to give their points of view on some of the topics we discuss. This won't be the last time we do something like this, so we hope you become just as excited about it as we are!

We tackle quite a few topics and struggle our way through some new technology, but overall I think we are very pleased with how the entire thing came together. We hope you agree.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:13:40 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:00:00 - The Warrior Lodge - Live!: Part 1
  • 1:35:00 - The Warrior Lodge - Live!: Part 2
  • 2:31:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_188_complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:24pm PST
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Episode 187 of The Independent Characters contains brings us nearly to the end of our Heroes of 40k series with the Enigmas of the Xenos!

We include our usual Hobby Progress (or lack thereof) section and then jump right into our main topic of the show.

This is the first episode recorded on our new equipment. I'm still dialing in a few things but I think you will already find the audio quality improvements significant!

We really hope you enjoy what we have prepared for you.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:08:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:50:30 - Enigmas of the Xenos Part 1
  • 2:05:00 - Enigmas of the Xenos Part 2
  • 3:10:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_187complete.mp3
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Episode 186 of The Independent Characters is a deep dive into the Cities of Death rules. These can be found in the narrative section of Chapter Approved 2018 as well as a slightly expanded version in the rule book for the Urban Conquest campaign set. This episode clocks in at a more reasonable two and a half hours. Which is a nice change for us from the marathon recordings we’ve been doing lately.

Justin and Adan are back and we discuss what has been going on lately with about forty minutes of ‘Hobby Progress’. Carl also spends a little time describing The Somnium Stars Campaign which is launching for Legendary Level Patreon members in June!

Then we launch into the main topic - Exploring the Cities of Death. We will tell you why this is the best way to play Warhammer 40,000 ever! (Well maybe).

We really hope you enjoy the program!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:10:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:00:00 - Cities of Death - Part 1
  • 1:41:30 - Cities of Death - Part 2
  • 2:12:30 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: 186_The_Independent_Characters_Episode_186.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am PST
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Episode 185 of The Independent Characters contains about four solid hours of great content for you!

After a lengthy Hobby Progress and Games Played Segment - we dive into our Champions of Warhammer 40,000. This time we explore some of the Powers of Chaos!

When we are all done with that amazing topic, we have a discussion with Dave and Mel about their Kickstarter for Terrain Essentials, followed up by an interview with Dan and Campbell of the 40k Badcast Podcast! We love these two guys and I think you will too!

We really hope you enjoy what we have prepared for you.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:24:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:17:50 - Champions of Chaos Part 1
  • 2:30:00 - Champions of Chaos Part 2
  • 3:30:00 - Interview with Dave and Mel - Terrain Essentials
  • 3:48:45 - Interview with the 40k Badcast
  • 4:04:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_185_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am PST
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Episode 184 of The Independent Characters brings back The Warrior Lodge!

This is a moderated discussion around topics that are top of mind in the community, our Facebook Group, or just things we generally want to discuss!

This episode has Carl joined by Jody, Lars, and Austin… along with a special piped in guest host, Skari from The Skaredcast! Not only that we have a great interview with Dave Taylor speaking about Armies & Legions & Hordes, his book which was originally available through Kickstarter but is now available direct, and his new upcoming Terrain Book! You will NOT want to miss out on that Kickstarter!

Stick with us as it’s a great episode. We hope you enjoy this new series as much as we are excited to bring it to you!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:06:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:05:00 - The Warrior Lodge - Part 1
  • 2:15:40 - The Warrior Lodge - Part 2
  • 3:04:00 - Interview with Dave Taylor
  • 3:23:50 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode_184.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm PST
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Episode 183 of The Independent Characters contains a massive four and a half hours of content for you.

Now we wouldn't normally put out an episode this long, but with the loss of the Astronomicon computer, and the replacement, and scheduling... it had been over a month since we recorded. So you try to think of it as two episodes that are each two hours and twenty minutes long.

If that wasn't excitement enough for you - this episode is all about The Death Guard! It's our Show of Force: Heralds of Decay! We go into great depth about the army and the impact it has had on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Not only that - we have an interview with Black Library author, Chris Wraight about his novel "Lords of Silence" and the outlook of the Death Guard in general!

Then, just when you think the torture is done, we have a great interview with Mike and Emma Basc! Two of the Warhammer Heroes Awards winners. We discuss what they have done to help revitalize the 40k scene in Perth Australia, their Objective Secured Podcast, and a bit about events they are running in the Perth area!

Our next episode should be coming out just before Adepticon. We promise to try to make it on time this go around. But until then - we hope this keeps you busy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:18:00 - Show of Force: Death Guard - Part 1
  • 2:25:00 - Show of Force: Death Guard - Part 2
  • 3:11:00 - Interview with Black Library Author Chris Wraight
  • 3:37:00 - Show of Force: Death Guard - Part 2 (continued)
  • 4:04:00 - Interview with Mike and Emma Basc
  • 4:37:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:20am PST
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Episode 182 of The Independent Characters brings you a new series we are launching…

In the 41st Millennium there are those who stand out among all others. Shining beacons of light or blackened embers of darkness. In this new series entitled ‘Champions of 40k’, The Independent Characters take an in depth view of several of their favorite heroes in the game.

In this episode we explore the lore around each of them and what makes them qualified to be counted among the greatest of their kind. And in true ICs fashion, we go deeper. We look at how their model represents them, how they function on the table as well as how they compare to their fiction!

This first episode will explore several ‘Heroes of The Imperium’. We will pick our favorites and dive into how they have helped to turn back the tide of Chaos and Xenos alike.

After all of that, we have an interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours, who describes some amazing new tours they have set up for the miniature gamer, role-playing gamer, and general geek enthusiast!

Stick with us as it’s a great episode. We hope you enjoy this new series as much as we are excited to bring it to you!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:16:05 - Heroes of The Imperium - Part 1
  • 2:11:15 - Heroes of The Imperium - Part 2
  • 3:09:15 - Interview with Teras from GNT
  • 3:35:50 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Episode 181 of The Independent Characters brings you our 2018 wrap-up episode.

Let me just first say that if you do not like our Hobby Progress segments, we apologize, because this one is extra long, coming in at nearly an hour and a half as we talk about our 2018 commitments, where we succeeded or failed, and then make new ones for 2019. There is also quite a bit that was accomplished over the holiday break by everyone and we go into detail about all those... including a few tangents here and there.

Then we launch into the 2018 Warhammer 40k review! We go over every release from Games Workshop, Black Library, and Forge World, with a sprinkling of 3rd party releases thrown in here and there. We love these episodes because it really boils down to our opinions on a lot of things here.

We hope you enjoy the episode as well!

PS - Yes we also realize that at the very end we forgot to mention the Primaris version of Marneus, his guards and the new Black Legion Commander...

 

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:34:20 - 2018 Year in Review - Part 1
  • 2:25:15 - 2018 Year in Review - Part 2
  • 3:07:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:02pm PST
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