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.

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

 

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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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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

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep95.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT
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Episode 94 - Commission Painting: The Full Service

Episode 94 of The Independent Characters takes a hard look at Commission Painting. Whether you are thinking of having a model or army painted by a commission painter or painting service, or whether you think you have the chops to become a commission painter yourself, we discuss the pitfalls you want to avoid as well as the benefits.

To help us round out our conversation, we also have interviews with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming and Frankie from Frontline Gaming. These are two distinctively different approaches to Commission Painting services and we ask them about how they do business and what others should look for.

As usual, we have our Workbench and Games Played segments where we delve a bit into Tyranids as well. 

Next episode we promise to present you with a brand spanking new commercial for Secret Weapon Miniatures as well as Smells Like Wargaming. So finally people can stop teasing Carl about not having recently attended a class by Mr. Justin!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:07:45 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:00 – Commission Painting and You
  • 1:23:30 – Interview with Smells Like Wargaming Commission Painting
  • 1:45:15 – Interview with Frontline Gaming Painting
  • 2:04:30 – Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_94.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:47am PDT
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Episode 93 - 2013: The Year In Review

Episode 93 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our annual “Year in Review” episode. And if you thought 2012 was full of Warhammer 40k goodness, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

2013 may go down on record as being the most active, and controversial year for Warhammer 40k ever! Between the multitude of Codex releases, the Forge World Imperial Armour AND Horus Heresy releases, the Black Library books and digital content, there seemed to be no end to the constant outpouring of 40k content!

Some was filled with controversy and others celebrated for their achievement, but no one can argue that we weren’t ALL kept very busy!

In our first episode of 2014, we discuss 2013 as it relates to Warhammer 40k. We have a tremendously large Hobby Progress and Games Played section as well. I want to thank Adan and Justin for joining me on this episode and we welcome your feedback!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:05:30 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:11:05 – 2013: January to June in review
  • 2:12:10 – 2013: July to December in review
  • 3:09:50 – Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_93.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm PDT
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Episode 92 - IA:2 and The Assault on Escalation

Episode 92 is our final show of 2013 for The Independent Characters. We wrap up the year talking at length about Escalation and Stronghold Assault. In particular we discuss the communities reactions to these two supplements and how we are treating them here in our community. 

In additon to that, we have a copy of Imperial Armour 2 (Second Edition): War Machines of The Adeptus Astartes. This is Andy Hoares first IA book since returning to Games Workshop. We take a close look at it and ultimately tell you if we think this book is worth buying or not. We end that discussion with our patented "Bang for your Buck" rating of the latest release from Forge World. 

What they heck, we also include our regular segment of The Workbench and Tabletop discussion. Now with more Hobby Progress!

Speaking of Hobby Progress. Don't miss signing up for the 2014 Hobby Progress Challenge! It starts soon and all details can be found in the links below.

Have a Happy Holiday and an Amazing New Year! We will see you in 2014!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:09:05 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:34:50 - Stronghold Assault and Escalation
  • 1:21:00 - Imperial Armour 2 (Second Edition): War Machines of The Adeptus Astartes
  • 1:47:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_92.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:22am PDT
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Episode 91 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part Two

In Episode 91 we continue our coverage of Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! In the first part of our coverage we went into depth about the Legions involved in the book and how the story played out. In Episode 91, the second part of our coverage, we are going to talk a little bit about the Mechanicus and Titan Legion Forces, and then go into depth about some of the rules, characters and campaign that round out this book.

Our regular segment of The Workbench and Tabletop discussion that takes place as well. And last but not least, we bid a fond and thankful goodbye to Geoff as he leaves the co-host responsibilities behind. This won’t be the last we see of him of course, but he will no longer be the second chair of the show going forward.

We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:
  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:09:50 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:48:50 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 3)
  • 1:20:20 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 4)
  • 2:00:50 – Titan and Mechanicus Forces, Final Thoughts, Farewell Geoff and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_91.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT
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Episode 90 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part One
Episode 90 of The Independent Characters takes a very close look at Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! As with the previous entry in this series, the tome is so massive we need two episodes to cover it all. Part one of our coverage will be taking a look at the story that has brought us to this point in The Great Betrayal so far, as well as in depth coverage of the four Adeptus Astartes Legions covered in the book. Namely, The Salamanders, The Word Bearers, The Iron Hands and The Night Lords.

Word of Horus’ treachery escapes Isstvan III and now the Legions loyal to the Emperor mobilise to make Horus and those who follow account for their crimes. However the depth of the betrayal is yet to be revealed. 

Aside from our usual Workbench and Games Played segments, we have an interview with Reece Robbins to discuss The Las Vegas Open Tournament as well as his Kickstarter with Tablewar called The MegaMat!

Time Stamps:
  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:07:00 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:10 – Interview with Reece Robbins
  • 0:59:10 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 1)
  • 1:58:25 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 2)
  • 3:00:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_90.mp3
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Episode 89 - The Extended Warrior Lodge

Episode 89 was supposed to be part one of our two part Horus Heresy 2: Massacre coverage, but due to a delay in receiving the copy of the book, we have had to fill some time. Rather than make you wait for this episode, we had some guests come on the show and do an extended Warrior Lodge segment, which includes some prizes for people who have left iTunes reviews towards the end there!

Of course we cover hobby progress and (lack of) games played. Last but not least, Carl gives us an editorial on healthy relationships and how they intersect with your 40k gaming.

It’s a short episode this time around, clocking in at just about two hours. But our Horus Heresy 2 coverage will begin with episode 90 in two weeks!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:07:00 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:00 – The Warrior Lodge
  • 1:53:20 – Editorial, Final Thoughts and Show closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_89.mp3
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Episode 88 - Battlefleet Gothic

Episode 88 of The Independent Characters is all about Battlefleet Gothic. While all of the specialist games by Games Workshop have been cancelled, we have had this on our schedule to talk about for quite some time. So now that it has been cancelled, we figure why not talk about it!?

We have played a bit of Battlefleet Gothic lately, and while we are no experts at it, we are happy to share our experiences and talk about some of the ins and outs of the game.

As usual, we talk hobby progress and games played. But in addition to that, Geoff has a very important announcement at the beginning of the show that all our listeners should hear.

We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro and Special Message
  • 0:18:20 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:59:30 – Battlefleet Gothic: Part 1
  • 1:46:30 – Battlefleet Gothic: Part 2
  • 2:17:30 – Show Closing and Final Thoughts

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_88.mp3
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Episode 87 – Apocalypse Redux

Episode 87 of The Independent Characters has us revisiting Apocalypse! Now that 6th Edition has come about and the new version of Apocalypse has been released we take a look at how it actually plays. To help us do so, we are having one of the most experienced players and GM’s of Apocalypse in Northern California! Anthony runs Norcon and regularly plays Apocalypse as one of his preferred methods of 40k. He and his group (The G3 Group) have tons of experience with massive games.

We spend quite a bit of time talking about the rules changes for this new version and the Fires of Sidonia Apocalypse game some of us participated in at Endgame Oakland a few weekends ago.

In addition to that, we finally release our Forbidden Lore Segment for Death of Integrity with Guy Haley!

But wait, there’s more! Even with all of that, we have a new edition of The Warrior Lodge, with a whole new host of topics to discuss. This episode is not only about Apocalypse, but it is Apocalypse sized!

We hope you enjoy!

Time stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:15:30 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:20:20 – Apocalypse Redux
  • 2:12:50 – The Warrior Lodge
  • 3:02:50 – Show Closing and Final Thoughts
  • 3:07:00 – Forbidden Lore: Death of Integrity with Guy Haley

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_87.mp3
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Episode 86 - Double Force Org

Episode 86 of The Independent Characters is full of some great hobby content. With Geoff on holiday, we have Justin stepping in to talk about hobby progress and games played. A recent games-day at Carls house led to plethora of games being played we can talk about!

The main topic of the show focuses a discussion around the much maligned Double Force Org. We talk about our experiences and thoughts about it and whether it deserves the negative reputation it has been given.

Additionally, we were lucky enough to have both Jason and Jon from The Overlords Podcast while they were out here in California visiting. We took Jon on a tour of the local game stores and then Carl has a discussion with them in which we focus on the differences and observations between US Gaming (or at least California!) and gaming in the UK.

We had originally intended to have our Forbidden Lore with Guy Haley this episode, but we are moving that to Episode 87 due to a scheduling conflict. We know you were waiting for it, so were we. But it will be available soon!

Time Stamps

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:14:25 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:55:05 - Double Force Org
  • 1:26:30 - The Overlords visit The Boiler Room
  • 2:16:00 - Show Closing and Final Thoughts

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_86.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:32pm PDT
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