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Episode 200

We talk news. Coalescence and pre-Gen Con news, hobby and games played. Tonight we celebrate 200 episodes (WOW!) by walking down 30 years of wargaming and what we mean when we say this is the golden age of wargaming.

Enjoy and thanks for your support for 201 weeks! (ep zero)

Kenny’s email interview with Darius Hinks

  1. Who are the Blood Angels (BA) to you? 
 
DARIUS:  I’ve always loved those duality/repression kind of themes you get in gothic literature and I think that’s what makes the Blood Angels so interesting. They’re like Dracula crossed with Dr Jekyll – remote, cerebral, aesthetes, bottling up a wild, terrifying, id that they can’t (maybe don’t want?) to escape.They’re pretty messed up, basically.
  1. What do you think the appeal of the BA is for the fanbase?
DARIUS:  I think it’s that dichotomy that makes them so appealing. They have such a long, complicated history. The Blood Angels revere Sanguinius, of course, but they also know that he’s the source of their great flaw. So how can they best be like him? The Blood Angels are tormented but determined at the same time and I think that’s a great springboard for fiction.
  1. Talk about Mephiston as a character first. What singles him out as a subject?
DARIUS:  To my mind, Hades Hive didn’t free Mephiston of all his dangerous Blood Angels duality, it threw fuel onto the fire. I think of him having a dual consciousness – a cool, scholarly side that barely recalls/understands his wild, warp-fuelled excesses in battle (the Mr Hyde part of him). The scholarly side of him needs to understand and harness the wild side, or he’ll become a force for destruction rather than good. He’s hoping to be a good guy, and working hard to achieve that goal, but it could go either way.
  1. What happens in your novel?
DARIUS:  I had a lot of fun exploring Mephiston’s corner of the Blood Angels’ fortress monastery on Baal. A lot of this stuff hasn’t been written about in much detail before and I was lucky enough to work with the (much cleverer than me) Guy Haley. We bounced a few ideas around and, while he thought about Baal and the Arx Angelicum in a wider sense, I delved into the darkest recesses of the Librarium. It’s not all crypts and sacred vaults though – Mephiston and a strike force of Blood Angels get drawn into an internecine bloodbath on a daemon-infested Shrine World and fun times are had by all.
  1. Given the exciting advancement of the narrative where do you see Mephiston and the BA in general in the Gathering Storm and what aspects might we hope to see going into 8th edition and beyond, beyond just the Shield of Baal (Tyranids)?
DARIUS:  If Hades Hive threw fire on Mephiston’s split personality, the Cicatrix Maledictum has added even more fuel to the flames. Mephiston’s got half a foot in the Warp anyway, so a bloody great tear in reality is going magnify things to an insane level. I’m writing more about Mephiston and it’s exciting ramping his problems up to even more extreme levels. Blood of Sanguinius is set before the events of the Gathering Storm, but the next book is set after. If Mephiston can harness this influx of new warp energy he could turn the tide of the war and prove to the rest of his Chapter that they are worthy, that they can defeat their ancient curse and make their long dead daddy proud, but if Mephiston is consumed by the Warp, or if he’s wrong about source of his powers, he could be the final nail in their (admittedly quite fancy) coffin.
  1. How was it for you writing a 40K novel? You’ve contributed to Architect of Fate and several amazing Fantasy and AoS books. What stories would you like to tell?
DARIUS:  It’s always daunting writing Warhammer fiction because you know how much love there is for these characters and what strong opinions people have about how they should be portrayed, but… My favourite part of 40K is the weird stuff that spews from John Blanche’s head: the strange, surreal, twisted, pseudo religious, mythical, gothic, claustrophobic, bloody creepiness of 40K and, writing about a Librarian, specifically Mephiston, was a great excuse to delve into that stuff. It was loads of fun. I’d like to push the horror even further in the next one though. If there was ever a bit of 40K that should be scary to read about, it’s this. I’d like to write something that keeps me awake at night.
  1. Did you have any favorite parts of Mephiston?
DARIUS:  I always enjoy writing messed-up Chaos daemon scenes, and I managed to squeeze some of that in here. There is a daemon-birth scene that properly freaked me out as a wrote it, so I was particularly pleased with that. Does that sound weird? Am I weird? Why are those people pointing at me and whispering?
  1. You brought your unique, dark take on demons and alien entities from Fantasy into Mephiston. How did you envision the opening enemies (the first battle)?
DARIUS:  I’m really freaked out by those electron microscope images of dust mites. They’re so bloody horrific and alien. I suppose I was thinking of them. Now I’m thinking about them again. Do they live in eyebrows? I’m getting itchy.
  1. We must give a nod to your other BL books. Sigvald won me over and I was so pleased to see your name on the Orion Trilogy. Any fun moments in character development in the World That Was? In your AoS work?
DARIUS:  Sigvald was such a gift – a thrill-seeking hedonist in such a bonkers a setting. I kind of feel like I should have paid BL for the fun of writing that book. (Don’t tell them though.) My AoS novel was great fun too. At the time of writing, nothing was really pinned down about the Stormcast Eternals or the new Warhammer setting, so I had a lot of leeway to invent stuff. I’d like to do more stuff in the Mortal Realms at some point.
  1. Do you have anything coming up we can know about and/or can we expect to read more of your work? 
DARIUS:  I’m working on more Mephiston and I think he’ll keep me busy for a while. If the first book does well and BL like the idea, I’d like to do quite a few books about him. Other than that, I’ll just be busy trying to get all these microscopic insects of my skin. I wonder if you can buy a cream for that?

Episode 199

We talk news, many games as we delayed again unfortunately as we switched recording programs (again…boo!) so here’s our Blood Angels special with James Swallow, Andy Smillie, Guy Haley, Darius Hinks (text interview), and Paul Murphy from FtN podcast.

 
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time stamp
00:00 – 00:32 – Intro
00:32 – 01:20 – James Swallow
01:20 – 01:36 – Andy Smillie
01:36 – 01:55 – Guy Haley
01:55 – 02:20 – Paul Murphy
Ep 152 Women in Wargaming
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Guy Haley @guyhaley
Paul Murphy @warmaster_tpm

Episode 198

Paul Murphy of Forge the Narrative joins me as a guest host this week.

We talk GW news from Warhammer Fest, a bit of sad news with the passing of FW’s Legend Alan Bligh, and some hobby and games played. Ben Curry of Bad Dice joins me to chat Chaos Dwarfs in AoS (Legion of Azghor), TGA & his upcoming Blood & Glory event. The Track of Words takes the stage. Check them all out and enjoy!

Time stamps
00:00 – 00:27 – intro
00:27 – 01:05 – Ben Curry of Bad Dice: Legion of Azgorh (Chaos Dwarfs) in AoS & Blood & Glory
01:05 – 01:37 – Track of Words
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Track of Words   http://www.trackofwords.com/

Episode 197

We talk news about 40K 8th ed reveal of dates and content released today before some hobby and playing of Hordes, Batman, Dystopian Wars and Heresy. First Robert and Kenny give thoughts surrounding the big announcement of 8th ed 40K pre-order June 3rd, in-hand 17th, then Laurie Goulding returns to chat the body of work on Scythes of the Emperor from Black Library. Finally, Vince Venturella graces us again for another Ask a Hobby Expert session on Zenithal highlighting. A bit of background hobbying apparently as we recorded. 🙂
Enjoy!

time stamp
00:00 – 00:46  – intro, thoughts on 8th ed release reveals
00:46 – 02:03  – Scythes of the Emperor w/Laurie Goulding
02:03 – 02:21  – Ask a Hobby Expert w/Vince Venturella : Zenithal Highlighting
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Scythes of the Emperor Black Library http://www.blacklibrary.com/Home/Search-Results.html
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Episode 196

We talk news, weekly update with #New40K updates and reflections, hobby and games played. In our discussion we look at game mats for your wargaming hobby, regardless of game. We’re joined by Reece at Front Line Gaming to chat about their amazing mats (and more!) after Rob from Gamemats.com, a new mat producer, chats with Kenny. Don’t forget to check out the SoCal Open in gorgeous Southern California.
As always see below for contacts and discount codes for our listeners and enjoy!
We’re aware the last episode was running audio in headphones to only one track so we’ve fixed that and hopefully the tech gremlins are finally done with us. Internet boosted, new headset/mic, but can’t do much if noise on a guest’s side. Soon all pre-recorded interviews will be out and all the audio will be current and consistent. We appreciate your patience. 🙂
time stamp
00:00 – 00:52  Intro
00:52 – 01:11  Gamemats.com
01:11 – 01:36 Front Line Gaming
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Episode 195

We talk news, more 8th ed 40K analysis discussion, hobby and games played, including SW:Armageddon campaign. Although we have new recording equipment and theoretically faster internet, Mark and Carl join Kenny (interviews before these recording updates) to chat about their experiences playing solo Fyreslayers at SCGT and Ask a Hobby Expert with an extremely talented painter from Italy on how he painted a beautiful Fyreslayers Lodge.
Time stamps
00:00 – 00:46 – intro
00:46 – 01:30  -Mark
01:30 – 02:09   – Carl
02:09 – 02:25   -Eugenio