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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The April WAAAGH! continues through May!

"Warboss Grubak Skulzbusta has threatened me with much bodily harm if I do not extend the April WAAAGH! thru may as well. It seems I have not assembled and readied a large enough horde for Grubak's liking; and since I am not dumb enough to argue with an Ork Warboss, I will have to extend the WAAAGH! and double my efforts or face the consequences that come from angering Grubak."

Unfortunately April has come and gone and I have got no where near what I wanted to accomplish with my Orc and Goblin army. I had a few things come up like some commission work for some friends and then moving the "Man Cave" out of the garage and into a spare room.

While I haven't done a whole lot with my models this month, I have played a bunch of games with my Greenskins and recently decided to attend the Alamo GT for Fantasy Battles. So I am going to be focusing on my Orcs and Goblins for another month to get as much of the models finished as possible.


" If you didn't believe in the Creator before, you will today."

A Month of Menoth - June 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Award of some kind? and Gyro... mentioned a check!

Wow was all I could think as I read an email I received from Gyro (aka Mik) from Mik's Minis notifying me that he was giving my blog a 'Stylish Blogger Award'. Needless to say I am gracious and humbled that a great gamer, blogger and pod-caster like Gyro thinks my little blog deserves this honor.

The Stylish Blogger Award given from one blogger to another one might say, is like a pat on the back for a good job. It's definitely a viral, zombie-like spread of good will so it's too good to pass up. I was awarded mine earlier this week and now have the time to post about the award and those blogs that I wish to nominate.
There are four rules:
  • Thank and link back to the person giving you the award
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Select 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award
  • Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award
First and foremost I have to thank Gyro of Mik's Minis for nominating me.  He was one of my first followers when I opened up my blog originally called Extremis Diabolous and has been a constant source of inspiration as my blog has grown from an 40K blog to the gaming blog that it is now. His blog is such a great resource for all types of gaming and his blog combined with the Minions of the Monster Master podcast (Which Gyro is part of) have really opened my eyes to all of the various types of gaming there is. My favorite thing about Mik's Minis is you never know what you are going to get from one day to the next, but it is always something interesting. I have learned more about Legos than I could have possibly imagined, gotten food recipes, and seen info on games I never even knew existed. If you are looking for a blog that covers the vast world of gaming then head on over to Mik's Minis and tell him Meatball sent you!

Seven Things About Me!
  1. I am a Medic in the United States Air Force.
  2. I have actually had my hand inside another mans chest and manually pumped his heart.
  3. The name of my blog comes from my playing of RPGs not mini war-games :-)
  4. I watched my very first Episode of Dr. Who last year and now I am hooked on it as well as Torchwood.
  5. My favorite meal is Lemon Pepper Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and my wife's Zesty Green Beans.
  6. GI Joes were my favorite toys as a kid.
  7. The Original Dragonlance Trilogy are my favorite books of all time.
Ok now onto the blogs I am going to nominate. This was by no means easy as I follow a ton of great blogs, so I tried to limit myself to the blogs I frequent most often. These are in no particular order other than what popped into my head while writing this. Naturally I have already talked about Mik's Minis so I will leave it off this list but it definitely deserves to be there.

1. Order Minoris -Chris has a well rounded gaming site. While the blog's name might have a slight 40K lean don't let that fool you as I have found articles on WHFB, Malifaux and even boardgames and the Dark Hersey RPG. The blog looks clean and is easy to navigate, all big pluses for me.

2. Galaxy in Flames - Big Jim does an excellent job with his blog that specializes in 40K. It features everything from DIY rules and Fandexes to converting and painting. I make it to his site as often as I can just to see what is new and what else I can dig up in the archives.

3. diceRolla - Papa JJ runs an awesome gaming blog, besides how can you not love a blog when the owner describes himself as a sci-fi and fantasy nerd. Seriously though Papa JJ has a very well rounded gaming blog and his articles are top notch. He covers many topics and is a pretty darn good painter to boot. diceRolla is a must read on my blog roll.

4. Nesbet Miniatures - Painting, sculpting, converting, hobby tips, Nesbet has it all on his wonderful blog. Need I say more?

5. Inquisitor Lord Aki - Excellent 40k related gaming site with a crap ton of content. Home of The Basement Gamers Cookbook as well as info on campaigns, tactics and tutorials not to mention plenty of pics of minis.

6. Troll Tales - Troll tales is one of the best WHFB blogs out there. The site itself is beautiful and the content is amazing. My three favorite aspects are the painted mins, the tactics and the battle reports. This is a must see blog for all WHFB fans.

7. I See Lead People - Not only do I like the blogs catchy name but the content is pretty darn good as well. The crew at I See Lead People churn out articles on a large variety of topics including but not limited to war-gaming, terrain, and RPGs. If you don't follow their blog you are missing somethign special.

8. Musings of a Metal Mind - Mark is an incredible painter and to be honest I go to his site just to be blown away by the painting as well as get inspiration to become a better painter myself.

9. The Grumpy Stunty - Kuffeh runs another excellent WHFB blog as well a founding the Trading Post hub for all WHFB blogs. His blog is a really nice mix of painting and modelling mixed in with tactics and army discussions with some tutorial and hobby articles to add to the mix.

10. Drinkin' and Modelin' - What more needs to be said the blog title alone should make you want to read it. Seriously though Randroid has an amazing blog with plenty of articles on painting/modeling and even reviews of beers. It is well worth checking out!

Well that concludes my list of blogs that I consider worthy of the 'Stylish Blogger Award'. I couldn't get past 10 because there are just so many excellent blogs I follow and it was hard enough deciding on the ten above over others. I would like to once again thank Gyro for nominating my blog, I am not sure it deserves it but I am happy someone enjoys reading about my gaming exploits.

Until next time.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Motivational Monday: Hit Points

This week our motivation comes to use from a very important aspect of most RPGs, Hit Points!

For more Motivational Monday goodness check out Ottawa Gamer's Motivational Mondays !

Remember, if you have made or found a cool gaming motivational poster, send it to and I will add it to one of the next Motivational Mondays!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Crazy Dice!!!

My buddy and I were playing a game of WHFB today, his Ogres against my Orcs and Gobbos. He was crushing my army the first two turns until one of his dice ended up like the picture to the left.

The fact that the dice landed and stayed in that position was pretty funny in and of itself, but what happened afterward is truly hilarious. His dice just completely abandoned him afterward. I was able to pull off a close victory thanks to his bad rolls and me making 4 different snake eyes leadership rolls at opportune times in the game.

The game was still a total blast and it confirmed to me that I will always have a 40 strong night goblin mob with netters and max fanatics. This unit has yet to let me down in a game. I also used Gitilla Da Hunter and Da Howlers; they managed to take down the giant with their bow shots.

The Ogres are a really hard nut to crack, and playing my buddy a few times now, I am starting to get Ogre fever so I may be doing a new Fantasy Army in the future.

I have included two crappy pics from the game, I always forget to take photos I managed two this time but I am sorry for the quality. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Warmachine: New Menoth Models

Saw two new releases announced for Menoth and I am liking them both. First up is a new Warcaster, Thyra, Flame of Sorrow.

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 Next up is her personal Warjack, Blood of Martyrs

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I will be picking up both of these models as soon as they are released. I have been wanting to use my Daughters of the Flame and it sounds like these will be perfect to run them with.

Feel free to leave me a comment discussing these new models.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My new Man Cave!!!

Well last week my 19 year old daughter decided that it was time to leave the nest. I was a little down with that news as she is the first of my children to leave but I was glad to see her taking her life into her own hands. Then my wife really improved my mood when she asked me if I would like to move my man cave from the garage into the now vacant bedroom. "Hell Yeah" was my reply. We are already hitting the 90's in South Texas and I was not looking forward to hobby time in the over 100 degree San Antonio summer. So I have spent the last few days moving into my new Man Cave.

The room itself is not huge by any means, but I was easily able to get my 6X4 foot gaming table to fit in as well as some shelving for unfinished minis and a painting desk. All of my hobby stuff fit in the closet including all of my terrain as well as my city fight board.

I was able to hang up my Notre Dame fathead stickers and still have room for some gaming posters first of which will be the RIFT MMORPG poster that came with the game. I will just need to pick up a few other posters to give the cave walls sufficient decor.

Well I hope you have enjoyed this little look at my new man cave, I know I am looking forward to being able to have hobby time in the sweet air-conditioning of the house.

As always thanks for stopping by my blog and please feel free to leave me a comment.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon: First Weekly Prize Announced

The Heroes of Armageddon Charity Drive is having their first weekly prize drawing. All proceeds from this charity drive go to support Doctors Without Borders. So head on over to the site if you haven't already and check it out!


Motivational Monday: Rules Lawyers

Today's motivation comes from some thing that sucks across all gaming systems and genres, Rules Lawyers!!!

For more Motivational Monday goodness check out Ottawa Gamer's Motivational Mondays !

Remember, if you have made or found a cool gaming motivational poster, send it to and I will add it to one of the next Motivational Mondays!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Porject Update: Cygnar Arcane Tempest Gun Mages

I finished my buddy Shane's Arcane Tempest Gun Mages for his Cygnar army. I must say these have been my least favorite modes from Privateer Press. I don't like some of the poses at all and this really made it take longer to paint the unit as I just wasn't into them. I am hoping the new Plastic/Resin set has better poses. Anyway have a look and let me know how I did.

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and look around, Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the minis.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April WAAAHG! : 2nd unit of Boyz and Orc Shaman Updated

 So April is almost half over and my painting progress has not been stellar on my O&G, but I have assembled all the kits I hadn't taken out of the boxes yet and got another unit of my of my old Orcs updated with some washes and new bases as well as a new movement tray to go with them.

Like the last unit this ones shows my painting skill from about 10 years ago, but I was able to get it looking better so that it will more easily fit in with the new models I will be painting.
I also got my Orc Shaman finished with the updating as well. One of the big reason I got behind is I have actually been playing my Orcs and Gobbos and so far they are running at 50% win/loss ratio.  I have also posted my Orc and Gobbo page where I will be posting the pictures of the entire army once it is finished, it can be found here!

As always thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment.


My Armies: Orcs and Goblins

 Warboss Grubak Skulzbusta

This post is to showcase my Orc and Goblin army. This post will be a living document that changes and evolves as I write up the fluff and add more miniatures to the army. At this time it will be just pictures but in the future fluff will accompany the models.


Warboss, Grubak Skulzbusta on his Wyvern, Ironmaw.

Snazz Bigbuum Orc Shaman

Drok da' Bannawava

Savage Orc Shaman on Boar

Jabba da' Nutta Savage Orc Shaman

Norag Rotgut Night Goblin Warboss

Urig Snotflinga Night Goblin Shaman

Goblin Shaman


da' Madd Boyz

 da' Butchas

Grubak's Ladz

da' Stikkas 

da' Flingas

Night Goblin Fanatics



da' Smasha

da' Wrekka

Moranga's Klan

Savage Orc Boar Boyz

Goblin Wolf Chariot

Goblin Spear Chukkas

da' Nutters

Drog's Herdas


'ard Skinz

Doom Diver Catapult

Well that is it for now, check back as I update the page with my fluff and any other new miniatures I get.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Motivational Monday: Khorne Motivates!

We turn once again to Khorne for today's motivation!

For more Motivational Monday goodness check out Ottawa Gamer's Motivational Mondays !

Remember, if you have made or found a cool gaming motivational poster, send it to and I will add it to one of the next Motivational Mondays!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Heroes of Armageddon Charity Project has Launched!

The below information is copied directly from Santa Cruz Warhammer.


In the last 4 months our world has seen some extraordinary disasters, both natural and manmade. The people in the Middle East and Africa have been battling their governments and each other for a different and hopefully better future. many, many people died and got hurt and this is still going on today: in Lybia, in Ivory Coast, in Syria and in many other places as well.
And then the tsunami that hit Japan...seeing the footage of that wave gave me the chills and I have not been able to revisit it, realizing how much carnage and hardship this wave caused...

Storm Wardens
We cannot change any of these things by ourselves. But we can help support organizations that go to Africa and Japan, people that risk their own lives to better the life of a stranger. One of these groups is Doctor without Borders. An amazing organization and I am asking you all to check out their news feed here.
DWB go to places where most organizations have left and try against odds to fulfill their oath: to help people in need, really really in need.

And they need money. And thats where we come in...last year you all raised over 16,000 dollars for this amazing charity with the Storm Wardens Project. Here's the link, the page is still up.

And yes, it was all YOUR success. We just opened up a PayPal account and built 2500 points of models. But you all showed that our community can come together and do something amazing.

Well, this year the world seems way worse off and we have decided to do another Charity Project:
Heroes of Armageddon
John and I thought it better to raise the stakes and create a much larger project: we're giving away FOUR 3000 point armies. We hope that you will all pitch in and let your heart speak. This is the change we all can make, instead of ignoring the news.

How does it work?
Every dollar that you support the project with gives you a chance to be one of the lucky four at the end of this drive. So 10 dollars of donations buys you 10 chances. 100 dollars means....right, you got it.
At the end of the drive, in July, we will randomly choose the winners.
Then, the armies will travel to Games Day in Chicago, where they will be displayed. After that the winners can take their army home or we send it off.
In short: the more you donate, the better your chances. More importantly, the more you donate, the more you  help all of us to make the world a better place.

Heroes of Armageddon
Our Games Day Diorama will depict the 3rd battle of Armageddon with 4 armies: Steel Legion, Blood Angels, Ork Hordes and Speed Freaks.
We have expanded the all star build team from last year with a handful of Golden Demon winners and we also hope to go bigger and better by reaching out to more of you and the industry and collecting even more than we did last year for Doctors Without Borders.

Here are the team leaders for the 4 army projects

Dave Taylor: Steel Legion
Jawaballs: Blood Angels
Man Boy Genius (Spikey Bits): Ork Hordes
Goatboy (BOLS): Speed Freaks

These four wonderful modelers were so kind to say yes to us and have commited to finishing up these armies in an amazing way: creative, fresh and with a great paintjob. Through these guys, we have been able to lock down 3 Golden Demon winners to paint the centerpieces of the armies and have created a total build team of close to 20 to 25 people, all of which are wonderful artists and gracious with time and effort for this cause. More on all of the participants next week.

Our main site for the finished units and more info is

There is more
Just like last year, as our way of saying thanks for your help, we will enter you in a weekly prize drawing once for every dollar you pitch in so not only will you be helping a good cause, but you might just win something amazing for your trouble. Everyone who has supported the project up to that point will be eligible to win. The prizes will be really, really nice.

What can you do?
Put this button on your page with the link above. 
You can help spread the word and link to the heroes site and the site of the bloggers involved. Why not create a special blogroll for this? That would help immensely.
You can hold a local event to raise money or just post some flyers at your favorite gaming spots.
You can send in prize or model donations and be part of the many sponsors that help us out.
You can talk to family and friends and tell them about the help that they can give
you can send us models that we then distribute to the teams that need them. A list will go up soon with requests.

Last Years winner
Last year's Army winner Jacob, watch a video of him at Games Day receiving the Storm Wardens Army Grand Prize.

Are you ready to make a difference?
Are you ready for 4 awesome armies?
Are you ready for Armageddon?

John & Mike

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Tomb Kings Images

I was browsing the blogs this morning when I found Images of the new Tomb Kings over at Drinkin' and Modelin'. Go Check them out here!

I just stumbled across more Images!