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 PST

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


Relevant Links:


Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode102.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:20pm PST

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


Relevant Links:


Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_101.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:39am PST

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.

Time Stamps:

  • 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


Relevant Links:


Direct download: the_independent_characters_ep100.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:26pm PST

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


Relevant Links:


Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode_99.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:36pm PST

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 PST

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

Relevant Links:

Direct download: Episode_98_Complete.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:22pm PST

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

Relevant Links:

Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep97.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:31pm PST

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

Relevant Links:

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

Episode 95 - Gaming Clubs

Episode 95 of The Independent Characters takes a broad look at Wargaming Clubs. Are they useful? How do you find one? How do you join one? And more importantly how do you go about starting one?

To help us with this discussion, since we really knew very little about it to start, Adan has done some research on local Gaming Clubs to us as well as discovered some of the history of a club he belongs to, The 40k Fight Club. In addition, we have conducted interviews from around the world to give us a bit of a global perspective on the scene.

As usual, we have our Workbench and Games Played segments.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:08:50 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:50 – Gaming Clubs. Framing the Discussion
  • 1:19:35 – Interview with Chris Jones of A-Club
  • 1:36:00 – Interview with Steve and Jason of The Overlords
  • 2:03:15 - Interview with Ryan Herbranson of Wargamer in Japan
  • 2:15:50 – Final Thoughts and Show Closing

Relevant Links:

Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep95.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm PST




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