Neat Content on Badly Painted Minis!

Hey folks, a quick update today. While I have an article ‘in the wings’ for you guys, I did a write up over at Badly Painted Minis if you guys are interested. Go have yourself a look, if you’d like!

And a preview of whats to come later…

Charge! More Royalists, on the way!

A Return to Warhammer, and(not related) a whole lot of Blackshirts…

Oh Boy! One copy for me, one for an unlucky friend who got beaten by several hundred bots on pre-order day.

For those of you new to this blog, it may surprise you to hear that this started, originally, as a 40k-centric blog. While over time this has evolved, I always did play it, in the background, as well. I just get very focused on my passion projects of the moment, presently Zona Alfa, Very British Civil War, and many more.

That never diminishes my love of the lore of the distant future, but while 8th Edition was a great time, it had started to wear me down with constant FAQ’s and meta shifting. While my Clubhouse peers are not an overly competitive bunch, we do like to play hard with what we have, and we do have a fondness for shiny gubbins, which means a lot of Forge-World. Which, let’s be frank, hasn’t been always the most balanced of toys. So a new edition, promising balance tweaks, new Forge-World indexes done by Games Workshops own rule team, not the chaps who ought to be writing Horus Heresy stuff, and a spiffing new Crusade system that promised a lot of narrative goodness, was obviously going to cause a bit of a local hype-fest. My local store, the Giddy Goblin in Hanover, Ontario(No, I am not sponsored LOL) was awesome, and managed to secure a copy for everyone that wanted one.

My Clubhouse hosted(socially responsibly, in a low Covid-19 area, I’m talking one case here, and fully masked at all times…) Launch Party, which kicked off at 12:01. The boxes were dropped off by our friendly local store Manager.

A whole lotta boxes, for a whole lotta people. No one left unhappy!

We did a quick overview of the rules, then jumped fully into the new Crusade system. As a Narrative gamer, this makes my heart jump for joy(Or, is it the 3 Monster energy drinks coursing through my system….) and I am very happy to report my Vostroyans, Praetorians, and new Black Templars, which I purchased more then a Crusade’s worth from two people in December, will be seeing the table, and covered in more depth later.

My buddy, defiling my new rulebook. Disgusting.


While I was mostly busy building my new models, I did take time to do several things. Firstly, I took a few action shots of the games in progress, shown above. One guy was the painter for the stores demo copy, and thus had Marines from that set ready to go. However, they stayed in their Impulsor(think a weird floating Rhino if you haven’t been around 40k in a bit…) and thus I got no pictures of the dang models in action!

Trevor, a friend of mine, filling out his campaign roster post-game. This whole new mechanic is awesome! I can’t wait for later today when I head out again to have a go myself.

My part of the workstation, temporarily abandoned while I scarfed down donuts and drank a frankly unhealthy amount of caffeine.  The new models look great, and will be covered in greater detail in a longer post later today.

Of course, work continues on Zona Alfa. While I personally didn’t get much done, my friends have made excellent progress on 3D printed monsters and terrain. Some truly disgusting horrors await in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone…

But, as I am very easily distracted by my most recent project, I was reminded by a certain picture in the Clubhouse….

Salutes-God Save the Queen?

And remembered I had a veritable horde of Fascists for A Very British Civil War show up the other day, and that the faster I paint them, the faster I can play that game.

A whole lot of Blackshirts looks a lot less imposing when they are in silver…


I had brought along the whole lot to paint at the Clubhouse, so after priming them all black, I decided, while we counted the hours until 12:01, to paint something to pass the time. A Sergeant model was selected for the honour, and I set to work.

His Enfield arrived broken, and beyond repair. I gave him a spare Bolt Action Thompson, and a magazine pouch so he had a few reloads.

Of course, this makes the bandolier entirely useless. Think of it as full of random utensils, cigarettes, and a picture of Mosley in a compromising position that he keeps for those long nights alone….

A good comment I got on the guy online is that I should increase the contrast between the bandolier and belts with the black uniform, as they are too similar. I’m inclined to agree, after seeing it on camera.

Not perfect, but I now know what to improve for the full batch painting run. Of course, this does mean I have Zona Alfa crews, Canadian modern in…wait, didn’t talk about those did I!

For my Canadian Zone project, I needed modern Canadian military. A company in Canada called Full Battle Rattle Miniatures does a line of them! Representing ISAF forces in our countries foray into Afghanistan, they will do great work representing a uniquely Canadian Cordon Defense Force…


Of course, this means I need to paint CADPAT, which is going to suck. A lot. I hate painting camouflage, and this is one of the hardest to get right. I sure do pick em, right?

To finish the thought, I have Zona Alfa, Canadians, Black Templars, Praetorians, etc to paint. But I like to be too busy. These days, any distraction is welcome, and if one painting project bores me, I can simply paint something else!

But as I’m pulling an all nighter, and possibly longer, to fully cover the release of the Indomitus box for our Badly Painted Minis website, I should probably drinking a nice calming up of peppermint tea, and steady my nerves for a long day of hopefully eventually fruitful tabletop Journalism. If you guys want to check out what I did over on the other site, here is a link!

The Era Indomitus: Bringing in the new Edition!

For now though, Happy War-Gaming, wherever you might be! From the distant future of a galaxy at eternal war, to radiation sunsets in the Ukraine, to rainy ole England in the throes of an abdication crisis, may you enjoy any hobbying you do today! Have a good one folks!

A Blogging Update: What I’ve been up to!

Hello there! Lately, I’ve gained through either blind luck and timing or sheer serendipity a staggering amount of views lately. I’ve even finally broken the ten subscriber wall, and honestly? It is really nice! I never intend to make money off this blog, or to publish anything I have zero interest in.

I’ve heard of a global audience, but this was crazy to see! Thank you everyone! Sweden, I don’t know what I did but I promise to buy more Ikea.

This was actually a blog I “started” in college for my Print(Oh, yeah, that didn’t exactly work out) Journalism diploma. After realizing that career path didn’t have long term legs, I scrapped it. However, some of the writing and interviewing(more on that later) skills I learned I didn’t want to lose, and a couple of years ago I decided to start this blog again. And it will remain a space for me to post my own, personal projects.

However, last year I was asked to help write for a venture my local Clubhouse had started, a website and multi-media project called Badly Painted Minis. This I was happy to do, and I was initially brought as pretty much a writing guy; I post the things, maybe cross post from here occasionally, and basically help add content. It took a lot of time to launch, and it did so a few weeks ago.

However, I now find myself as pretty much the head website guy, based primarily around my knowledge, however limited it may be, of the WordPress platform. I’m also the Editor, a grandiose title that means effectively herding several nerds around to write things I think may work; They are worse then cats!

Daisy would know. She’s a cat.

Of course, I say that affectionately. The Badly Painted Minis team are a great bunch of folks, and we are all gunning to make it succeed in the ways we know how; We have as well a Podcast Team and a Battle Report Team. We are all just a bunch of crazy nerds with delusions of grandeur, a spring in our step, and stars in our eyes.

What does this mean for this site? Let’s get this out of the way. Absolutely nothing will change, I will post here whenever I want, and while I might occasionally cross-post an article from here to the Badly Painted Minis site, it won’t be done all the time. My focus here is on what I personally find fun; Games that may not be Clubhouse staples, or are games I play in the Big City with my group of friends there. I also like to wax philosophical on a lot of stuff mainline audiences will be bored to tears over. And I want to maintain that creative safe-space.

So for those of you who like my content, feel free to check out my content over at my other hangout,

I absolutely did not draw this. I can craft a sentence, not a work of art. For more of that, come visit the other site!

Of course, you don’t have to. This isn’t meant to be entirely a shill for the other site (It, of course, is, but hey) but merely to let you know that you can find more of my nonsensical ramblings elsewhere on the world wide web. There are also other writers, and tutorials, and even Fanfiction to peruse at your leisure. If you choose to instead stay here? No worries, pull out your pipe, fine Virginia leaf and a good scotch and I will aim to keep you entertained.

I will keep to my schedule of posting whenever the mood strikes me, as scattershot as a hunter’s shotgun.

Now, I did mention I had interview experience? I decided last week to give that a try again, and last Sunday I conducted an interview with “Uncle” Atom of Tabletop Minions(apparently he is not actually an Uncle, the scoundrel!) We talked about how he got into the hobby, skirmish war-gaming, and how the industry might evolve given the global pandemic. Oh, and I ask him about the Fez. That’s important.

As you guys are fans of this page, I felt the need to give you a heads-up. It goes live at 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time, today, on Badly Painted Minis. It is in Podcast format, runs for about an hour, and went reasonably well as one could expect a relative amateur to do; I have much to learn.

Hear that Yuri? Someone thinks they are getting pretty important. Better send him to clear Anomalies with his face, right Comrade?

The last few months have been a roller coaster; I’ve been a lot more active on Facebook, doing self promotion, something I hesitated to do in the past. However, my primary aim remains the same; I simply want people to read my ramblings, so that I am engaging in conversations, not yelling at the clouds, be they as interesting as they may. I’ve talked to some cool people on Facebook, getting over my anxiety of talking to people online.

There will be more Zona Alfa, Team Yankee, 40k and more on the way, all on this site. I’d like to thank anyone who has stuck with me so far, all the new folks I’ve picked up in recent weeks, and those who just now found this page somehow through the wonders of the internet. I promise you that just because I write in two places now, that the content here will not suffer for it.

I hope to see you on the other site and here as well, and for now, Happy War-gaming wherever in the world you might be! The best is yet to come!