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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.

 
Check out all BL books at www.blacklibrary.com !
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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Bad Dice @baddice_podcast
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Track of Words   http://www.trackofwords.com/

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

Episode 193

The no-longer-cursed episode appears! Though we are working on getting back our usual recording software we had to redo this episode due to a horrible glitch in the replacement software. Trust us, this was a tedious yet kind move. 🙂 We talk news, hobby, games played and then have 3 segments. 1st we look at the release of info on 40K 8th ed with the daily info drops since Saturday and give our (very excited!) thoughts.
Then David Annandale returns to discuss his new epic book Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine. Finally, expert painter Myles of Lil’ Legend Studios instructs us on painting all types of Gold. Join us again next week as we look at the new Kharadron Overlords.
Enjoy!
time stamp:
00:00 – 00:50   intro
00:50 – 01:12 David Annandale on Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine
01:12  – 01:43  Myles of Lil’ Legend Studios tells us how to paint all types of Gold!
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Pete @geekjockpete
New 40K website:  https://warhammer40000.com/

Episode 192

We talks GW news plus some Andy Chambers. Kenny and Robert played games, there was much hobby to be had. We discuss the new, exciting Shadow War: Armageddon release then Tyler Mengel joins us to discuss his baller new unofficial battletome project for the Endless Deserts (Tomb Kings).

Enjoy!

Tyler Mengel @mengelminis

Episode 191

Ep 191 – TANKS! w/Guy Haley & 40K Narrative w/Paul Murphy

We talk news, hobby, some AoS games played and then what a 40K-packed episode! First, Guy Haley returns to chat about his tank books (Baneblade, Shadowsword, and e-books) then Paul Murphy from Forge the Narrative joins us for a chat on the evolving 40K narrative and where we are now, and where we think/hope they might be going.

Enjoy!

@GuyHaley
Forge the Narrative   http://forgethenarrative.net/

Episode 190

We talk recent post-Adepticon news/blues, hobby and some games played. Look for our contribution to the global Heresy campaign soon. The long-awaited Black Library audio interview is here, with producer Matt Renshaw and actor John Banks. This is a hoot and very interesting! It even includes a reading of part of The Long Night by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and discussions of what’s to come and what could be. Then Tyler from Scruby & Wells joins for a brief chat about the developing community of Age of Sigmar.

Enjoy!

www.blacklibrary.com search “John Banks”
The Binary Sucession
Pharos
Aenarion
The Path of Heaven
Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine
Eye of Terra
The Tranzia Rebellion
The Soul-severed
Primogenitor
…and so many more!
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Episode 188

We talk loads of GW news, hobby and games played. TL;dr: Adepticon prep panic final days. Kenny WON his first event, and with old/current pointed Fyreslayers! Robert’s Malifaux pales in comparison.

Finally….while many of you make the trip to Chicago for Apdeticon please enjoy this interview with excellent author Peter Fehervari who discusses Genestealer Cults, Fire Caste, Mechanicus stuff and more.
Hachisnaxreads blog interview

Episode 187

We talk news, hobby, games played and then guests as Kenny prepares for Adepticon next week.
First (Stay in your lane!!!) Ryan from Radio Free Isstvan joins us to help Heresy fans make lists and play on the table. We range from those reading the books who are TT curious to 40K players dipping into 30K to existing players. It’s not all about being competitive–this magnificent manly man can make your list do anything you desire. Check out their weekly Heresy show as well!

Then Ian St. Martin discusses his books, a baller 2016 advent Lucius the Eternal audio as we prep for his book Lucius the Faultless Blade coming later this year, with a fun and unique look into the mind of this immortal? degenerate and what we may expect.

Enjoy!
Radio Free Isstvan –  http://RADIOFREEISSTVAN.com/
Calth show – https://m.soundcloud.com/theforgottenlegion30k/radio-free-isstvan-so-you-just-bought-a-calth-box
Ian Sr. Martin @ianrunshispen