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!

Time Stamps:

  • 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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:13am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:41am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT
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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.

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  • 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 PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT
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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 PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:46am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:24pm PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:11pm PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm PDT
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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 PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:41pm PDT
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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...

 

Time Stamps:

  • 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 PDT
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Episode 180 of The Independent Characters comes right on the heels of Episode 179 and is set to destroy your ears with four hours of Warhammer 40,000 enjoyment!

First we have an in-depth Hobby Progress section with lots of fantastic tangents!

Then the fun really starts with our Show of Force covering The Thousand Sons. You knew Carl could talk a lot, but you didn’t know he talks even more when it is his favorite subject!

We don’t know if you will want to play a Thousand Sons army after listening to this episode, but we are CERTAIN you will consider it time well spent. We hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:19:45 - Show of Force: Thousand Sons - Part 1
  • 2:34:30 - Show of Force: Thousand Sons - Part 2
  • 3:53:30 - Final Thoughts and show closing
  • 2:03:45 - Jason Mullins Hobby Progress...

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:48pm PDT
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Episode 179 of The Independent Characters brings you a somewhat silly episode.

We were lucky enough to have three very special guests. Jason Mullins from the Sons of Heresy Podcast, Adam Fasoldt (Loopy) from the Masters of The Forge Podcast, and Robo Ed from Life After the Cover save!

Since Carl had all three of these individuals at his house, he felt it would be a travesty not to record an episode with them! So here you go.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll kiss three buck goodbye!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:50 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:41:35 - Clash of The Titans - Part 1
  • 1:15:45 - Clash of The Titans - Part 2
  • 1:56:55 - Final Thoughts and show closing
  • 2:03:45 - Jason Mullins Hobby Progress...

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT
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Episode 178 of The Independent Characters brings you about two and a half hours of fun, laughter, and Warhammer 40k. Not necessarily in that order.

We have our usual Hobby Progress and Games Played section which goes on for quite awhile as we have three guests in studio. However, the conversation diverges here from time to time and we bring up some interesting points along the way.

Then we launch into our Warrior Lodge Episode - where we have a moderated discussion about several topics close to us personally and gathered from the ICs Facebook Group and larger Warhammer 40k Community.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:55 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:24:30 - Warrior Lodge Part 1
  • 1:57:15 - Warrior Lodge Part 2
  • 2:41:30 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm PDT
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Episode 177 of The Independent Characters brings you nearly three hours of entertainment!

As usual we have our hobby progress section in which we introduce our guest host, Austin Lin. Austin is an incredibly talented airbrush painter, a Space Wolf (and Tau) player, and all around good guy.

Then we finally get to the meat of the episode - our Show of Force episode on The Executioners of the Emperor: The Space Wolves! Many people have waited a long time for this, and here it is.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:12:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:56:00 - Show of Force: The Space Wolves - Part 1
  • 2:03:10 - Show of Force: The Space Wolves - Part 2
  • 2:46:00 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode177_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:40pm PDT
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Episode 176 of The Independent Characters is finally here! We bring you nearly three hours of content... and yes, as some of you had feared, we have a slight echo in the new Astronomicon. We will have that fixed before next episode though and it isn't terrible.

This episode we are discussing the "Pillars" of the Warhammer 40k Hobby. These are the components that, in our mind, make up the hobby as Games Workshop sees it. It's an episode full of opinions and deeper thoughts. We hope you enjoy!

We then take a look and give our opinions on a recent New York Times article titled "In praise of mediocrity". An interesting article about hobbies and what drives us.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:05:50 - The Pillars of the Hobby: Part 1
  • 1:11:30 - The Pillars of the Hobby: Part 2
  • 2:06:20 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_176_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:51pm PDT
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Episode 175 of The Independent Characters brings you over three hours of entertainment for your earholes!

After our standard Hobby Progress section, we spend some time discussing Chapter Approved 2017 - and where we think and hope it would go in 2018. Adan did a lot of research on this one so you are in for a treat.

We then have a couple of interview for you that we think you might enjoy.

Last, but certainly not least, after the final music we have an hour long interview with Black Library Author (and all around gentleman) John French. For our Forbidden Lore segment, we cover everything about his latest book: Horusian War - Incarnation. Spoilers abound so be warned!

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:47:50 - Chapter Approved 2017: Part 1
  • 1:11:30 - Chapter Approved 2017: Part 2
  • 1:41:30 - Architects of Destruction Kickstarter Interview
  • 1:57:25 - Interview with Greg Dann
  • 2:06:20 - Final Thoughts and show closing
  • 2:11:15 - Forbidden Lore with John French Horusian Wars: Incarnation

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm PDT
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Episode 174 of The Independent Characters compares two of Games Workshops skirmish game offerings. It's Necromunda vs Kill Team!

A lot of discussion has revolved around whether or not Games Workshop has made the right decision in releasing another skirmish game. Is there enough room for both of these games in the 40k Universe? We discuss the ins and outs of both of these games, their systems, and how they are released and give you our final opinions on what GW has done right, and wrong.

Carl is joined again by Jody and Austin as guest hosts as we take a deep dive beneath the hive cities of Necromunda and wage war across the tight confines of Kill Team.

Don't forget, if you are looking for the best surface to play your Kill Team Encounters on - you can find them at Tablewar.com where their new Kill Team sized mats will blow you away. Use the Tablewar code for The Independent Characters (IC201808) in the month of August for a further 10% off your order!

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:55:50 - Necromunda Overview
  • 1:33:20 - Kill Team Overview
  • 2:12:20 - Final Thoughts and show closing
  • 2:31:00 - Two Tracks from the band: Corporate Citizen

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT
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Episode 173 of The Independent Characters introduce a new guest host, Austin! Carl met Austin at Adepticon just before he moved to the area and has already become a fantastic member of our gaming group. So after we introduce you to Austin, we have Jody and Josh join as well for a long Warrior Lodge episode.

For those who don’t already know, The Warrior Lodge is a moderated discussion around several topics. We get various opinions and thoughts on things related to Games Workshop, Warhammer 40k, and the community in general.

This episode was recorded on several different days so I apologize now for some of the disjointed feel of each segment. In a couple of places I reference segments that come later - however, they actually came PRIOR to me mentioning them on the show. Either way… deal with it! The topics and conversations are great.

Not only do we have all of that for you, we also include an interview with Joe from Firmer Terra, the makers of The Alpha Gaming Table, as well as Dave Taylor about the current NOVA Open Charitable Foundation raffles going on!

We really hope you enjoy what we have for you in Episode 173!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction (Austin)
  • 0:20:37 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:49:30 - Warrior Lodge with Jody and Josh
  • 1:43:30 - Warrior Lodge with Jody and Austin
  • 2:20:50 - Interview with Joe from Firmer Terra
  • 2:37:20 - Interview with Dave Taylor of NOVA Open
  • 2:55:20 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:54pm PDT
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Episode 172 of The Independent Characters is our Show of Force episode on Deathwatch!

We have been unable to schedule time to record for nearly a month so we play a little catch up with each other and see how things have been going on the hobbby front before moving into our lengthy coverage of The Deathwatch. After that, we have a short interview with CK Studios to hear how their trip to the UK (and Warhammer World of course!) went, as well as the class they taught there.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:20 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:55:45 - Show of Force: Deathwatch (Part 1)
  • 1:49:50 - Show of Force: Deathwatch (Part 2)
  • 2:23:00 - Interview with CK Studios
  • 2:47:40 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:52pm PDT
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Episode 171 of The Independent Characters sees us return for the final installment of our Chaos Resurgent series. This time around we talk everything Tzeentch!

Prepare yourselves for a lengthy and productive hobby progress and games played section and then prepare to be mystified as we cover the topic of our fourth and final Chaos God in a descent into madness!

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:06:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:11:00 - Chaos Resurgent: Tzeentch (Part 1)
  • 1:58:35 - Chaos Resurgent: Tzeentch (Part 2)
  • 2:38:45 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Episode 170 of The Independent Characters has us discussing Adepticon 2018. It was through the generous purchases of listeners such as yourselves that we were able to make it possible for all of us to go and meet with various guests that you will hear over the next few episodes (including this one!)

After a lengthy Hobby Progress section we will move into a discussion about Adepticon 2018. This is followed up by three separate interviews. The first is with Dave Taylor in support of his Armies & Legions & Hordes kickstarter. You should really check this thing out as it only has a couple of days left as of this recording. Then we move into an interview with Uncle Atom of Tabletop Minions fame to speak about his companies app 'Gamefor' which you may find interesting. And last, but certainly not least, we have an interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:22 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:13:00 - Adepticon 2018
  • 2:07:35 - Interview: Dave Taylor for Armies & Legions & Hordes
  • 2:07:35 - Interview: Uncle Atom for Gamefor
  • 2:07:35 - Interview: Teras Cassidy for Geek Nation Tours
  • 2:03:35 - Final Thoughts and show closing

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Episode 169 of The Independent Characters continues our four part series looking into each of the Chaos Gods. This episode, we are covering Slaanesh.

While this Chaos Gods future is somewhat up in the air at the moment, we have high hopes that GW will embrace the deity for all it is worth, and in all aspects. We think you will enjoy this Chaos Resurgent episode!

We also include in this episode two different interviews. One interview is with Colin Ward, from Legalized Mischief Productions and the other is from Kat & Caleb of CK Studios. We think there is some great information in both of these pieces.

We really hope you enjoy what we have for you in Episode 169!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:51:30 - Legalized Mischief Interview
  • 1:15:30 - Chaos Resurgent: Slaanesh (Part 1)
  • 2:05:40 - Chaos Resurgent: Slaanesh (Part 2)
  • 2:31:40 - CK Studios Interview
  • 2:47:30 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:56pm PDT
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Episode 168 of The Independent Characters brings you the second of our new four part series; Chaos Resurgent. In this series we will discuss all aspects of each of the four Chaos Gods. This time around it's all about Khorne! We will do a 'Deep Dive' into all things Khorne, from the concept of the God themselves, all the way to their worshippers and how they are best represented on the tables of Warhammer 40,000.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:55 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:43:30 - Chaos Resurgent: Khorne (Part 1)
  • 1:31:20 - Chaos Resurgent: Khorne (Part 2)
  • 2:03:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:22pm PDT
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Episode 167 of The Independent Characters brings you about two and a half hours of overdue entertainment! This episode we are focusing on our new four part series; Chaos Resurgent. In this series we will discuss all aspects of each of the four Chaos Gods. To get us started we have Nurgle. We will do a 'Deep Dive' into all things Nurgle, from the concept of the God themselves, all the way to their worshippers and how they are best represented on the tables of Warhammer 40,000.

The episode is well overdue as a result of Carl getting quite sick over the last few weeks. But we are back in action and back on target. We have already laid out plans for our next episode.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:05:55 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:59:00 - Chaos Resurgent: Nurgle (Part 1)
  • 1:42:25 - Chaos Resurgent: Nurgle (Part 2)
  • 2:24:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:53pm PDT
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Episode 166 of The Independent Characters comes in at around three hours as we go back over all of the releases from Games Workshop of 2017 and complete our annual retrospective.

During our Hobby Progress section you will get to hear how much of our 2017 Commitments we failed to accomplish and what we did instead.

Then it is on to two full hours of discussion around releases and what they meant to the game of Warhammer 40k, the community, and the company.

We hope that all of you are having a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2018. Thank you for listening all throughout 2017. We hope you enjoy the show!

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:08:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:55:00 - 2017: The Year in Review (Part 1)
  • 2:06:45 - 2017: The Year in Review (Part 2)
  • 2:42:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:57am PDT
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Episode 164 of The Independent Characters is late. Super late in fact. Let us explain:

As you will hear in this episode we have an interview with Steel Wool - a video game company working on a great new game for Warhammer 40k. Unfortunately, we also talked a lot about this interview and its contents. Their announcement was subsequently delayed due to… reasons. As a result, we could not release the episode or even just remove the interview and release it on time, and in fact released it out of order (Episode 165 dropped a few days ago).

We apologize for the delay and we have learned our lesson to never again tie an episode to a PR Announcement of a release!

So with that out of the way, let’s talk about what this episode actually contains! First we have a fairly long and meandering Hobby Progress discussion which also weighs in on a few new announcements from GW and other thoughts and ideas about the community.

We then move into our (delayed) interview with Steel Wool about their new Betrayal at Calth video game! Trust us when we tell you that this thing is VERY cool. Listen to the interview and you will see why.

We then have an interview with returning guests Kat and Caleb of CK Studios. They have some amazing events coming up and we get some insight into what they have going on.

Last but certainly not least, we have a short discussion about our home campaign The Permutation of Arasys, which we have been playing through. We talk about the structure of the campaign, how it is going so far, and what our expectations are going forward.

Again we apologize for the delays in releasing the show, but we really hope you enjoy what we have for you.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:04:15 - Steel Wool Interview
  • 1:45:45 - CK Studios Interview
  • 2:34:40 - The Permutation of Arasys Campaign
  • 2:59:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:31am PDT
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Episode 165 of The Independent Characters is a super-sized, nearly four hour episode! The first thing you need to know though, is that this episode is being released in ADVANCE of Episode 164 as a result of a PR announcement tied to that episode which was delayed. This forced us to delay the release of 164, so we hurried up and released 165 as soon as we could. This episode is our Show of Force covering the Grey Knights!

(I know. It's confusing.)

To help us through this episode, we have brought on two guys who are incredibly passionate about the Grey Knights. Aaron (also known as Magneto) and Adan. I want to thank them very much for joining us on short notice so we could get this episode out to you guys and not make you wait even longer for Episode 164.

Our Show of Force episodes are some of our most positively reviewed content - but just when you think it cannot get any better we top it by bringing on Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Geoff Hummel to complete our Forbidden Lore segment on Black Legion. Aarons follow up to Talon of Horus! It's an hour long interview full of spoilers and fanboy gushing, but we think you will enjoy that!

Thank you for your patience as we have dealt with this fumble of timing. We hope you enjoy the show.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:08:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:55:00 - Show of Force: Grey Knights (Part 1)
  • 2:06:45 - Show of Force: Grey Knights (Part 2)
  • 2:42:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing
  • 2:48:50 - Forbidden Lore: Black Legion with Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm PDT
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Episode 163 sees The Independent Characters return after a short delay due to illness of one of the guest hosts. When we come back though, we come back strong! This episode is an extended "Warrior Lodge". The Warrior Lodge segments are a moderated discussion about topics which are relevant to the Warhammer universe and community in which we all participate.

To help us through this episode, we have three special guests who have joined us on previous episodes. Colin, Jody, and Josh join Carl to talk about topics which have been on our minds and possibly the minds of others throughout the community.

Then we launch into a special interview with Ross Watson. You may know the name from all of the work on the RPG Warhammer 40k games from Fantasy Flight Studios. Ross is working on a new Warahammer 40k RPG, called "Wrath and Glory" with a brand new publisher. We get a bit of the inside scoop on what is going on with this new game and what we can expect!

We hope you enjoy the show.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:04:15 - Warrior Lodge Part 1
  • 1:45:45 - Warrior Lodge Part 2
  • 2:34:40 - Interview with Ross Watson
  • 2:59:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT
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Episode 162 of The Independent Characters takes campaigns to the next level by incorporating other systems into your campaign to represent the different scales of conflict.

NOTE: If you are reading this - the times in the shownotes may be slightly off. We will correct that with an update soon.

We also have a couple of interviews. First up is a discussion with Todd Kinkade from Tablewar about their new Kickstarter for the GEOMat. We also speak to Greg Rizzer of FanKicks about their Warhammer 40k themed shoe line.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:10:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:05:00 - Interview with Todd Kinkade of Tablewar
  • 1:30:00 - Multi-Tiered Campaigns (Part 1)
  • 2:00:00 - Multi-Tiered Campaigns (Part 2)
  • 2:30:00 - Interview with Greg Rizzer of FanKicks
  • 2:56:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:14am PDT
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Episode 161 of The Independent Characters brings you our latest episode in the "Show of Force" series. This time it's The Angelic Host! More commonly known as The Blood Angels.

To help us out with this episode, we have brought Chris Morgan from the Forge The Narrative Podcast and Brian Harvey, who is just starting out with a Blood Angels army, from The Splintermind Dark Eldar Podcast! Additionally we have a remote interview with Paul Murphy, Chris' co-host on Forge The Narrative.

Be warned that these types of shows tend to make people buy armies. We're just saying...

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:05 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:43:35 - Show of Force: Blood Angels (Part 1)
  • 1:56:40 - Show of Force: Blood Angels (Part 2)
  • 2:46:40 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:33pm PDT
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Episode 160 of The Independent Characters covers part 2 of our revisit to the question “What army should I play?”. We hope you are relaxed or have a lot of painting to do, because this episode clocks in at over four hours!

Back in Episodes 42 and 43 we ran two linked shows which explored each of the faction (on the surface) and sought to answer just that. At the time, the show notes were so long the hosts decided it would be better to break it up into two episodes. One which was an Imperial Edition, and the other which was a Xenos Edition.

Those are some great episodes, but that was all the way back in 5th edition and SO much has changed since then (and some things have stayed the same!) that we felt it was time to update this series.

We aim to provide you the definitive guide for looking at all your choices for Warhammer 40,000 armies and making the right one for you.

This is part two of these revised episodes, the Xenos and Chaos Edition.

On top of all of that great content, we have our Forbidden Lore Segment near the end of the show. This is an hour long discussion with Black Library Author John French about his latest book, Horusian Wars: Resurrection! I was lucky enough to be joined by Geoff Hummel, our original co-host for this great interview. WARNING: Spoilers abound in this episode though! If you are interested in reading this book - you may NOT want to listen to this interview until you have completed it.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:08:25 - Which Army should you choose? Xenos Edition (Part 1)
  • 2:10:10 - Which Army should you choose? Xenos Edition (Part 2)
  • 2:58:00 - Forbidden Lore: The Horusian Wars: Resurrection
  • 3:57:35 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:24am PDT
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Episode 159 of The Independent Characters revisits the question “What army should I play?”. Strap in because this is a long episode with some great pieces!

Back in Episodes 42 and 43 we ran two linked shows which explored each of the faction (on the surface) and sought to answer just that. At the time, the show notes were so long the hosts decided it would be better to break it up into two episodes. One which was an Imperial Edition, and the other which was a Xenos Edition.

Those are some great episodes, but that was all the way back in 5th edition and SO much has changed since then (and some things have stayed the same!) that we felt it was time to update this series.

We aim to provide you the definitive guide for looking at all your choices for Warhammer 40,000 armies and making the right one for you.

The first of these episodes, the Imperial Edition, is this one. But don't worry, we are going to follow up episode 159 with an updated version of the Xenos Edition in episode 160, by the end of the month.

Additionally, we have a couple of AMAZING interviews. The first is with Jes Bickham of the Warhammer 40k Design Studio! We ask him a bunch of questions around the development of the game and gain some insights into what the thinking was on many of the questions that have arisen since it’s release. THEN we talk to Dave Taylor, who tells us all about the NOVA Open Charitable Foundations efforts to raise money for those in need, and how you can get a chance to win some amazing prizes by helping out.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:08:45 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:58:50 - Which Army should you choose? Imperial Edition (Part 1)
  • 2:03:00 - Which Army should you choose? Imperial Edition (Part 2)
  • 2:58:00 - Interview: Jes Bickham Warhammer Studios
  • 3:29:00 - Interview: Dave Taylor for NOVA Open Charitable Foundation
  • 3:48:30 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:49pm PDT
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Episode 158 of The Independent Characters see us discussing the evolution of the Warhammer 40,000 lore. We have seen the timeline move forward a bit and we spend some time talking about what that all means. Taking a look at the various factions and what the impact of the changes are on each of them.

Additionally, we have an interview with Jay Wilson. He was the original creative director for Dawn of War 1. We spend some time talking about that much beloved video game and how it all came to pass.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:10:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:01:20 - Updates from the 41st Millennium (Part 1)
  • 1:48:00 - Updates from the 41st Millennium (Part 2)
  • 2:22:00 - Interview: Dawn of War 1
  • 2:47:30 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:27pm PDT
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Episode 157 of The Independent Characters provides you with our further impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000! (aka: 8th Edition)

Now that we have had time to play many, many games of The New Warhammer 40,000, we feel a little more qualified to give you our opinions on the game. Recently someone stated on our Facebook page that it seems as though all we do is talk about how much we love Games Workshop. Well if you are that person, and that bothers you, you may want to skip this episode.

Once we go through the regular Hobby Progress and Games Played sections, we get down to our continuing discussion of the game, the changes, and what we think it all means. Then, in keeping with the show spirit of making you feel like a part of our gaming group, we pull in four other players from our group and have some discussion with them about their opinions and thoughts on the game. All in all it makes for some pretty interesting and entertaining discussion.

Then, just when you think it's over, we have an interview with painter, artist, renaissance man, Caleb Wissenback. Caleb has just passed over to Carl the Chaos Reaver Titan he was commissioned to paint, and the results are incredible! So incredible, we brought Caleb on to share how the whole process worked.

We also have some discussion about kicking Adan off the show. You will have to listen to find out why.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:56:45 - New Warhammer 40,000: Second Look
  • 1:33:45 - Discussion with Jody and Colin
  • 1:56:15 - Discussion with Doug and Josh
  • 2:15:25 - Interview with Caleb Wissenback
  • 2:46:20 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:42pm PDT
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Episode 156 of The Independent Characters continues to explore our early impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000, but the main focus of the show is about how to bring new players into the game.

With the release of the new edition, the time couldn't be more perfect for people to join the community. The game is easier to learn than ever, but contains enough depth that older players are returning in droves. After a fairly long hobby progress section, we go over some thoughts and ideas on what you can do to help ease people into playing Warhammer 40,000 and not scare them off!

We hope you enjoy the show.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introductions
  • 0:04:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:11:50 - Introducing new player to Warhammer 40,000 (Part 1)
  • 1:47:20 - Introducing new player to Warhammer 40,000 (Part 2)
  • 2:10:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT
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Episode 155 of The Independent Characters provides you with our first impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000! (aka: 8th Edition)

While not a totally in depth look at the game, we provide an overview of how it works and what our initial impressions are. We are certain there will be more to come as we get to play more!

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:14:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:00:00 - New Warhammer 40,000 (Part 1)
  • 1:37:00 - New Warhammer 40,000 (Part 2)
  • 2:23:30 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:27pm PDT
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Episode 154 of the Independent Characters is all about Shadow Wars: Armageddon! Ok well maybe not ENTIRELY about SW:A, we have a bunch of 8th edition discussion in here as well as a couple of great interviews!

Our first interview, is with the Terrafirmer! They have a brilliant gaming table product that you are going to want to hear about and see (See show notes links below!)

We then launch into a discussion about Shadow Wars: Armageddon. A tremendous offering from Games Workshop, where the initial run of boxes and rule books sold out too fast! We go into the background the game is based on, some of its historical relation to Necromunda, and then talk about the rules and campaign system a bit.

We then launch into an interview with Matei Lungu (Or Matt as he is known!) about the Warhammer 40k scene in Bucharest, Romania. This is hopefully the first in an ongoing segment titled Warhammer 40k: Around the World, in which we talk to different people from around the world and compare similarities and differences to their gaming scene.

As a side note, Carl has been sidelined with some family issues and so we recognize some of the links didn’t make it into the show notes that should be there. We will add those in the next day or so on the Facebook page. We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:20 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:53:30 - Interview with FirmerTerra
  • 1:09:45 - Shadow Wars: Armageddon(Part 1)
  • 1:38:00 - Shadow Wars: Armageddon(Part 2)
  • 2:08:30 - 40k Around the World: Bucharest, Romania
  • 2:32:30 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT
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Episode 153 of The Independent Characters brings you the conclusion of our coverage of Horus Heresy Book 7 - Inferno!

To help us out with this coverage we have once again enlisted Josh Sawyer on this episode. Josh is a member of our local gaming group and a huge fan of The Thousand Sons, and has helped us pour over this massive tome and has prepared extensively for this episode!

This episode we close out our coverage talking about the forces of the Imperium. Meaning the Space Wolves, Custodes, and Sisters of Silence.

Last episode saw us cross our 3 MILLION total download mark and we just wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who listens to the show. It has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:30 - Winner of TABLEWAR! Macro Mat Contest announced
  • 0:05:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:46:00 - Horus Heresy 7 (Part 3)
  • 1:28:25 - Horus Heresy 7 (Part 4)
  • 2:26:30 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50pm PDT
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Episode 152 of The Independent Characters begins our long awaited coverage of Horus Heresy Book 7 - Inferno!

To help us out with this coverage we have enlisted Josh Sawyer on this episode. A member of our local gaming group and a huge fan of The Thousand Sons. Josh has helped us pour over this massive tome and has prepared extensively for this episode!

Before we launch into our coverage of the latest Horus Heresy Forge World book, we spend a few minutes talking hobby progress, the latest on 8th Edition of Warhammer 40k (which had just announced the day before we recorded), and include an interview with Paul Murphy of the Forge The Narrative Podcast - where we ALSO talk about the excitement around the new edition of Warhammer 40k!

All in all, it looks like a great time to be involved in this game. We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:52:00 - Interview with Paul Murphy of Forge The Narrative Podcast
  • 1:23:30 - Horus Heresy 7 (Part 1)
  • 3:13:00 - Horus Heresy 7 (Part 2)
  • 3:51:30 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:29pm PDT
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Episode 151 of The Independent Characters brings us back to our Show of Force format. This time around we talk about the Servants of The Star Gods - or in more common terms, The Necrons!

To help us out with this coverage we have enlisted Aaron Nascimento on this episode. He is a regular member of our gaming group who has played Necrons prior to them even having a Codex!

Before we launch into our Necron coverage though, we have a lengthy Hobby Progress section, which includes a discussion about our time at Adepticon this year. We also have two interviews, one with The 13th Legion, the guys responsible for the massive Helsreach battle that took place there. The second interview is with Justin Jones, a player in the Helsreach game who has lost his vision. This is a really interesting interview which can help many put their gaming lives into perspective.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:23:30 - Interview with The 13th Legion
  • 1:41:30 - Interview with Justin Jones
  • 2:03:30 - Show of Force: Necrons (Part 1)
  • 2:54:15 - Show of Force: Necrons (Part 2)
  • 3:46:45 - Show Closing
  • 3:49:55 - Outtakes

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:26pm PDT
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Episode 150 of The Independent Characters is all about dealing with change in the hobby.

With 8th edition Warhammer 40,000 right around the corner we are sure to see some people get upset about many of the changes. We talk about some good ideas for how to deal with the upcoming upheaval. We start by taking a look back through changes we saw from 5th to 6th and 7th edition and try to put some perspective around how some changes, that were thought to be catastrophic to the game at the time, really panned out.

Building upon this perspective, we talk a bit about good strategies for dealing with change from the point of view of those who deal with this kind of thing on a regular basis. Then we launch into a discussion about what changes we might see ported over from Age of Sigmar into Warhammer 40,000 with this new edition.

We hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:05 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:02:00 - Dealing with Change (Part 1)
  • 2:14:05 - Dealing with Change and AoS rules in 40k (Part 2)
  • 2:49:00 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:26pm PDT
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Episode 149 of The Independent Characters covers not only the 2 day airbrush class we all just attended, but we also delve into the hidden benefits of Warhammer 40k.

A couple of years ago we covered the hidden costs of Warhammer 40k, and this time we look at the other side of that coin.

Before we jump into that though, we start off with an interview with Kat and Caleb of CK Studios. We have a discussion about what our expectations are and what the class is going to cover, and then immediately follow that up with our Hobby Progress section which takes place immediately AFTER completing the class. It’s a nice follow up and closure to the whole thing.

We hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:07:00 - Interview with CK Studios
  • 0:42:20 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:31:20 - The Hidden Benefits of Warhammer 40k
  • 2:01:45 - Show Closing

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Episode 148 of The Independent Characters sees us focusing on The Gathering Storm 1: Fall of Cadia.

Before we dive into one of the latest releases by Games Workshop, we jump into Hobby Progress and Adan gives an overview of his experience at the Las Vegas Open last weekend.

We then jump into the story of Fall of Cadia and how it compares to the original start of the 13th Black Crusade, the Eye of Terror Campaign. We then go into the details of the story, the characters and the ultimate resolution. Afterwards we provide our thoughts around where this is leading for 40k and what our opinion of the book is.

We hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:06:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:42:15 - Fall of Cadia (Part 1)
  • 1:23:10 - Fall of Cadia (Part 2)
  • 2:19:45 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT
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Episode 147 of The Independent Characters returns to our Show of Force. This time it is The Great Devourer! Better known as the Tyranids.

First we open with some hobby progress, then a quick interview with CK Studios about their airbrushing class, and then we move into our coverage of our love/hate relationship with one of the most iconic Warhammer 40k Armies.

This is a lengthy discussion of where the Tyranids come from, both in fiction and as it relates to the Warhammer 40k game.

We hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:06:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:48:10 - Quick Interview with CK Studios
  • 1:01:20 - Show of Force: The Great Devourer (Part 1)
  • 1:45:40 - Show of Force: The Great Devourer (Part 2)
  • 3:04:40 - Show Closing

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:49pm PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:07pm PDT
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:26am PDT
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

 

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  • 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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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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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!

 

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  • 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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Normally we wouldn't release an episode this long, but this massive 5+ hour episode is bittersweet for us here as it is indeed the final episode of The Independent Characters. We want to thank every single one of you for listening to us over the last few years. It has been an incredible journey and we have enjoyed it tremendously.

127 may be a bit self indulgent as we check in with many of the guests that we have had on the show and find out where they are heading. We tried not to be too repetitive, but some of it cannot be helped when you conduct as many interviews as we have here.

We also add a few segments for our final episode that we hope you enjoy. Thank you once again for listening, providing feedback, and generally being the best friends we could have ever asked for. Good gaming!

I would also like to just take a moment to thank all of our sponsors over the years. KR Multicase, Secret Weapon Miniatures, Smells like Wargaming, and Wargamma. We made a promise not to advertise products that we wouldn't use ourselves - and these guys provide some of the best on the market. Please do go check them out and at least give them a look, as the show would not have been possible without their support.

Farewell!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:02:46 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:16:40 - Interview with Jason
  • 1:37:05 - Interview with Jordan of Axis of Awesome
  • 1:55:50 - Interview with Bryce
  • 2:12:20 - Segment: Creating a Gaming Community
  • 2:32:30 - Interview with Steve
  • 2:51:20 - Interview with Lars
  • 3:04:50 - Interview with Jason Mullins of The Overlords
  • 3:21:00 - Interview with Doug Johnson of Tablewar
  • 3:37:45 - Segment: Dealing with change
  • 4:08:30 - Interview with Paul Murphy of Forge The Narrative
  • 4:21:25 - Interview with Aaron
  • 4:33:35 - Interview with Josh
  • 4:45:05 - Interview with James of Wargamma
  • 5:01:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing
  • 5:13:05 - Interview with Chelle and Tabitha Tuttle

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:50am PDT
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Episode 126 of The Independent Characters has finally arrived and conclued our two part series on Horus Heresy 5: Tempest by Forge World!

Due to scheduling issues, we were unable to get Adan on this episode as originally planned, but Carl is joined remotely by Geoff for a lengthy discussion about the rules, army lists, missions and campaign that make up the Battle of Calth.

There is only one episode left after this one, so we hope you enjoy!

 

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:05:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:34:55 - Horus Heresy 5: Tempest (Part 3)
  • 1:30:25 - Horus Heresy 5: Tempest (Part 4)
  • 2:16:10 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm PDT
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Episode 125 of The Independent Characters covers part one of our two part series about Horus Heresy 5: Tempest by Forge World!

Carl is joined by Adan and Geoff for a lengthy discussion about the background, lore and the tale of the Word Bearers sneak attack on the Ultramarines at Calth.

We are down to our final three episodes (of which this is one), so we hope you enjoy!

 

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:54:35 - Horus Heresy 5: Tempest (Part 1)
  • 1:49:50 - Horus Heresy 5: Tempest (Part 2)
  • 2:33:45 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Episode 124 of The Independent Characters covers Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks!

Carl is joined by Adan and we spend a few hours discussing one of Forge Worlds latest releases. This volume compresses the previous three-volume set into one massive tome. We spend time discussing if that was the right move or if too much was left on the cutting room floor!

Clocking in at just over two hours long, this is a relatively short episode for us, but we hope you enjoy the show!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:10:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:41:10 - Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks (Part 1)
  • 1:20:20 - Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks (Part 2)
  • 1:51:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Episode 122 of The Independent Characters covers our Show of Force episode titled Faith and Fire, in which we talk all about the Adepta Sororitas, also known as The Sisters of Battle!

Carl is joined by Adan and Jody to discuss as we delve into the lore and function of the Sisters of Battle. We discuss everything about their backstory and how they play in the current edition of Warhammer 40k.

Additionally, we have a great interview with none other than James Swallow - the author of three different Sisters of Battle stories (Faith and Fire, Hammer and Anvil, and the Red and Black Audio Drama).

Hold on tight, because this is over 3 hours of great content. We hope you enjoy the show!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:09:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:57:00 - Show of Force: Faith and Fire (Part 1)
  • 1:56:50 - Show of Force: Faith and Fire (Part 2)
  • 2:47:45 - Show of Force: Black Library Author James Swallow
  • 3:13:40 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Ep122.mp3
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Episode 121 of The Independent Characters contains three hours of discussion about Adepticon 2015.

Carl is joined by Adan and local gamer Cristian to discuss our experiences at one of the greatest miniatures conventions in the world!

In addition we have two great interviews for you. First up is Teras from Geek Nation Tours, who we spent a lot of time with during Adepticon. He tells us all about Geek Nation Tours and how it has changed over the years. Then we have Steve from Modcube. This is an awesome new product coming out which is going to revolutionize the way you use markers on the gaming table.

We hope you enjoy the show!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:04:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:10:25 - Adepticon 2015
  • 2:21:35 - Interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours
  • 2:42:40 - Interview with Steve of Modcube
  • 2:54:40 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Ep121.mp3
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Episode 120 of The Independent Characters clocks in at almost three hours to make up for the last short episode.

Carl is joined by Jason Mullins of The Overlords Podcast as well as Michael Dunsmore from our local gaming group for a lengthy discussion about how to get involved with Horus Heresy Gaming (also known as 30k).

We take some time to talk about some of the fundamentals of 30k and what our approaches were to getting into it.

We have a pretty lengthy hobby progress and games played segment this episode - which as it so happens, coincides with the overall theme. We talk about some of our 30k games played in the last couple of weeks and some things we have learned. On top of that Aaron shows up to surprise Carl with a going away gift, the likes of which he could not believe. Thank you so very much for all those who contributed and who listen to the show.

As it turns out, we now have a copy of Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks in hand, and it is virtually impossible for us to end the show without covering that one... so we have extended the show another episode before we close the door. Our suspicion is that Horus Heresy Book 5 is going to release before the end as well... so we MAY end up extending it even another episode... we shall see!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:02:35 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 1:08:35 - Horus Heresy Gaming (Part 1)
  • 2:08:35 - Horus Heresy Gaming (Part 2)
  • 2:42:30 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode120.mp3
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Episode 119 of The Independent Characters is a short one (at 2 hours long!?).

Carl, Adan and Justin spend some time discussing their Hobby Progress and Games Played before we move into the main topic of the show.

We spend a good amount of time talking about Carls visit to the 2015 Las Vegas Open and everything it entailed. Additionally we spend a few minutes discussing the current state of competitive Warhammer 40k.

We also have a short discussion with James Hakola (aka: Mr Dandy) of none other than Wargamma.com. We find out what is going on with Wargamma as well as the answer to whether Mr. Dandy really does like chimichangas!

With only four remaining episodes of The Independent Characters, we plan to make the best of them! We hope you enjoy this one.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:15 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:51:25 - The 2015 Las Vegas Open
  • 1:41:50 - Interview with Wargamma.com
  • 2:03:20 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Ep119.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT
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Episode 118 of The Independent Characters is our long awaited Show of Force: The Angels of Death!

Carl, Adan and Justin spend some time discussing their Hobby Progress and Games Played before we move into the meat of the show.

You may or may not realize it, but The Space Marines are a pretty large part of Warhammer 40k (who are we kidding? You know that!), and so this Show of Force takes quite a bit of time to go through. Even with the length of this episode, we are still only scratching the surface of the most popular army in Galaxy!

Additionally we get none other than Douglas Johnson of Tablewar fame to join us, and talk briefly about the Tablewar offerings.That's great and all, but you may not realize Doug is also an incredibly accomplished Warhammer 40k Tournament player, with multiple GT's under his belt and several appearances in the Top 16 at the Adepticon finals. Doug also happens to be a huge fan of Space Marines and spends some time with us talking about them in competition.

With only five remaining episodes of The Independet Characters, we plan to make the best of them! We hope you enjoy this one.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:40 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:43:18 - Show of Force: The Angels of Death (Part 1)
  • 2:05:45 - Show of Force: The Angels of Death (Part 2)
  • 3:14:30 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode118.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:38am PDT
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Episode 117 of The Independent Characters continues our two part coverage of The Horus Heresy Book IV: Conquest!

Geoff has returned again to help Carl and Adan with the coverage. We spend time talking about the campaign system, the Solar Auxillia list and the Questoris Knight List.

All of this and the usual Hobby Progress and Games Played segments are there for your listening pleasure.

With only six episodes left after this show - we hope to bring you the very best we can until the end!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction
  • 0:03:06 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:45:15 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part 2)
  • 1:41:45 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part 2)
  • 2:31:45 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Ep117.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT
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Episode 116 of The Independent Characters arrives in your ears to discuss Horus Heresy Book 4: Conquest!

This episode is part one of our two part coverage of the latest Horus Heresy book, and in this one we are discussing the background and setting for book four. We will discuss notable battles in the area and the various planets around which the fighting occurs.

All of this and the usual Hobby Progress and Games Played segments are there for your listening pleasure.

Additonally, at the end of the show we have a special announcement and news about the 2015 Hobby Progress Challenge. Please do listen for it.

We hope you enjoy episode 116.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:03:25 - Workbench and Hobby Progress
  • 0:56:30 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part 1)
  • 1:52:30 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part 2)
  • 2:19:30 - HPC 2015 Announcement and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: TheICs_Episode_116.mp3
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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
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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 PDT
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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
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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 PDT
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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 PDT
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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 PDT
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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 PDT
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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 PDT
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Episode 105 - Campaign Redux

Episode 105 sees us returning to the subject of Campaigns. It has been about four years since we discussed them in depth and in that time we have learned a lot about running and playing in them. We have special guest Mike with us to talk about his experiences working at Endgame Oakland and running events there.

We of course talk Hobby Progress and games played. We also have a short interview with Dave Taylor about his work for the Nova Foundation Charity Organization (Part of The Nova Open), AND we announce the two winners of the first half of the 2014 Hobby Progress Challenge. You can hear that part right at the end of the interview with Dave Taylor.

We hope you enjoy Episode 105!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:34:40 - Campaign Discussion (Part 1)
  • 1:17:35 - Campaign Discussion (Part 2)
  • 2:02:10 - Interview with Dave Taylor and Winner Announcement
  • 2:14:35 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_105.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:34am PDT
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Episode 104 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator

Episode 104 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our Show of Force segment. This time the subject is The Primoridal Annihilator, or demons to those who don't dwell in the dark corners of the galaxy! We go into great depth about Demons, how they play, some of our favorite units, and how they are supported in the game of Warhammer 40k!

As usual we have an extensive Hobby Progress and Games Played segment, which has Josh, our resident Demons expert joining us as well.

The two interviews we were supposed to include with this episode unfortunately both fell through, we hope to have those interview in the next week or so and release them as a supporting download of this episode.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:08:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:56:20 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator (Part 1)
  • 2:02:10 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator (Part 2)
  • 2:37:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep104.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT
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Episode 103 - Dataslate: Technology and 40k

Episode 103 is a new format for shows, in which we cover topics that are perhaps not lengthy enough to warrant an episode entirely on their own, but can be strung together into several segments. We refer to these as Dataslate episodes.

In this episode we have a discussion of the use of Technology and 40k. From Facebook, Blogs, to apps and tablets. We discuss how we have used these various pieces to improve our gaming experiences. We then have a short review of Games Workshops Altar of War book.

We follow all of that up with two interviews. One with Dave of Dave Paints. This is the commission painter who has painted Carls wifes Eldar. (The Chelledar) The other interview is with Reece Robbins as we discuss the upcoming Bay Area Open. This has some significant changes and news recently. So if you are interested in going, you aren't going to want to miss this.

Of course we have our usual Hobby Progress in which we have... actual Hobby Progress!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:06:30 - Technology and 40k
  • 1:51:45 - Interview with Dave Paints
  • 2:15:45 - Interview with Reece Robbins
  • 2:27:20 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_103.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:51pm PDT
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Episode 102 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our coverage of Horus Heresy 3: Massacre for our second part of the two part coverage.

First Geoff returns to talk about Hobby Progress and games played with Carl. We will see how that has gone. We also touch slightly on 7th Edition here and our initial impressions. But that's not what this show is about...

We spend time discussing the mechanics of the Legions represented in this book as well as an overview of the Titan Legions involved and the Mechanicus forces.

Then we leap over to discuss the two (yes we said two!) different campaign styles of play that are in this book. Anything that has us playing the game in different ways strikes our interest and this is no exception!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:02:30 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:42:45 - Horus Heresy Book 3 - Extermination: Units and Army List mechanics
  • 2:07:05 - Horus Heresy Book 3 - Extermination: Campaign Play
  • 2:33:40 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode102.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT
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Episode 101 of The Independent Characters focuses on Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 3: Extermination! This is part one of our two part coverage of the latest amazing book, and conclusion of the Istvaan Trilogy. 

In this episode, we go into depth about the lore surrounding Horus Heresy 3. This includes what happens immediately after the events of Massacre and other actions that take place in the neighboring systems. We then discuss the four Space Marine Legions represented in this book. Talking about their history, their disposition of forces during the Horus Heresy and some eximplary battles they have taken part in.

Geoff joins Carl for this episode and we will find out if he has completed any hobby progress in the intervening time since Episode 100 as well...

We also have an interview with Justin Tan of Arcane Factories about their Kickstarter project which is halfway through its cycle at the time of this release. For some reason audio quality for calls to Canada really suffers when doing these Skype calls. So we have tried to clean it up as much as possible. Please bear with the audio here as Justin has some information which may be of interest to 40k player, and in particular Sisters of Battle players!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:04:00 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:31:30 - Horus Heresy 3: Background and Theaters of War
  • 1:31:40 - Horus Heresy 3: Legion Discussion
  • 2:43:00 - Interview with Justin Tam of Arcane Factories
  • 2:56:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_101.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:39am PDT
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Welcome to Episode 100 of The Independent Characters! It has been a long journey for us to get here and we take a brief look back on how far we have come over the last four years.

We have an extensive Hobby Progress section (which contains a lot less purchased products!) in which even Geoff has a tremendous amount to talk about! We can't believe it either!

We spend some time this episode talking about what you should consider if you are thinking of starting a Podcast of your own. Hopefully this is interesting to people who would also just like a little behind the scenes look at what we do here that makes us think we are unique.

In a market crowded with 40k Podcasts, we would like to thank you for selecting ours as worthy of your time to listen to. Thank you for a wonderful four years and here's to four more!

This episode is dedicated to Echo and Winston. Our two best friends, who left us way to early. We miss you guys.

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  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:35 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:21:15 - Where we've been and where we are going
  • 2:21:30 - Long term hobby objectives and Good Podcasting
  • 3:10:30 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: the_independent_characters_ep100.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT
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Episode 99 - Show of Force: The Unforgiven

Episode 99 of The Independent Characters focuses on our second "Show of Force" episode. This time we are discussing The Unforgiven. We go into great detail about many aspects of the Dark Angels army and how Games Workshop supports them.

We have taken feedback from our previous Show of Force episode and tried to incorporate some of that into this episode as well. Even taking all of that into account - we realize some things we can do to improve this format even further for the next time!

We want to thank Ken Fritts for joining us for this episode, his knowledge and insight into The Dark Angels was very helpful and we couldn't have done it without him. Additionally, we owe a big thank you to Gav Thorpe, who took time out of his busy schedule (and even put up with our missed appointment quite graciously!) to talk to us about his Legacy of Caliban series, and a look at The Dark Angels through a Black Library authors eyes.

The epsiode starts off with a huge amount of Hobby Progress. Well, since we include purchases in our "Hobby Progress" we think you can see where this may be going...

Either way, we hope you enjoy Episode 99 of The Independent Characters!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and feedback from Ep97
  • 0:05:35 - Workbench and Games Played - Featuring Geoff!
  • 1:21:15 - Show of Force: The Unforgiven - Part 1
  • 2:21:30 - Show of Force: The Unforgiven - Part 2
  • 3:10:30 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode_99.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:36pm PDT
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I had some time to sit down with Dave Taylor of Dave Taylor Miniatures and discuss his new business as well as spend some time talking to him about his, very different, approach to assembling large Forge World Models!

I think Dave does a great job of de-mystifying these models, and provides some amazing advice.

I really wanted to thank Dave for taking the time to sit down and talk with me at Adepticon. He's a very busy guy!

Please forgive the sound quality here - I did my best to clean it up.

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Direct download: Bonus_DaveTaylor_2014.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:05pm PDT
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Episode 98 - Adepticon 2014 Preperation

Episode 98 of The Independent Characters has the return of Geoff! At least for this episode anyway... 

We spend some time catching up with the former co-host of The Independent Characters, talk a little about the feedback from Episode 97, and then launch into our discussion of Adepticon 2014 and what we are doing to prepare for this magnificent event!

We also take some time to speak with Matt Weeks, one of the primary organizers of Adepticon, before we come full circle and have a conversation with a couple of our friends who will be attending with us this year.

Adepticon is always a lot of fun and we highly encourage you to make the trip out to Chicago at some point if you aren't already. 

Not only is this episode slightly delayed, but we also apparently ran into several sound issues. I have done my best to clean them up a bit. Our apologies about that.

We hope you enjoy Episode 98 of The Independent Characters.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and feedback from Ep97
  • 0:17:35 - Workbench and Games Played - Featuring Geoff!
  • 1:09:15 - Adepticon Plans
  • 1:49:35 - Interview with Matt Weeks of Adepticon
  • 2:13:20 - Interview with Aaron and Steve
  • 2:24:50 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: Episode_98_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:22pm PDT
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Episode 97 - Extreme Forge World Modeling

Episode 97 was supposed to be about how assembling large Forge World models is really not as difficult as you think it might be. However, occasionally a show goes in a direction you didn't expect. What we ended up with is a deep dive into the world of Extreme Model Building!

Tim has a background in assembling model cars and trains, but his love of assembling complicated projects has now moved over into the Forge World arena. He is the individual responsible for the incredible assembly work done on Carls Titan and Thunderhawk.

We thought bringing Tim on the show would show people how they shouldn't be intimidated by these large (and expensive) models, however we didn't quite know what we were in for. We think however, you will find some great ideas in this episode and will gain an appreciation for just how passionate some people are about this hobby!

In addition to our regular Workbench and Tabletop discussion, we also present you with The Warrior Lodge #10. Joining us this time around are Ian (aka Crimson Fist Ian), Jason, and Josh (aka Santa Cruz Josh) to tackle a number of topics we have gathered for you.

Last, but not least, we have a quick interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours. He comes on to talk about Warhammer World (You might have heard Carl went there) and how he can help you get there soon! Sometimes you have to just sit back and enjoy the journey, not necessarily the destination! We hope you enjoy Episode 97 of The Independent Characters.

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Start
  • 0:07:55 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:55:20 - Extreme Forge World Modeling
  • 1:54:05 - The Warrior Lodge
  • 2:49:20 - Interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours
  • 3:12:50 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep97.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:31pm PDT
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Episode 96 - Show of Force: Veterans of The Long War


Episode 96 of The Independent Characters introduces our new special named Show of Force. This Episode Show of Force covers the Veterans of The Long War. We go into depth about the forces of the Chaos Space Marines. From Where they come from, what their objectives are, some of our favorite units, the models, the support from Forge World and Black Library... we attempt to answer the question "Why should you collect this army?".


To help us out we bring in John French, Black Library author of Ahriman: Exile (and the upcoming Ahriman: Sorcerer) to help us understand this complex villain and the nature of Chaos itself. Additionally, we have input from Alan Dehesa, a tournament Chaos Space Marine player who has placed well at some of the most challenging events around, to give us some insight into how he makes this army perform.


We have the usual Workbench and Games Played segments, but of course the real "meat" of this episode is our coverage. This is our first such episode and we are very interested in your feedback before we move into the next one (3 to 4 episodes from now).

We hope you enjoy Episode 96!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Start
  • 0:04:55 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:24:30 - SoF: veterans of The Long War (Part 1)
  • 1:30:45 - Interview with John French
  • 1:56:05 - SoF: veterans of The Long War (Part 1 Cont)
  • 2:04:25 - SoF: veterans of The Long War (Part 2)
  • 2:42:45 - Interview with Alan Dehesa
  • 2:55:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep96.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:13pm PDT
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