2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Owen » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:45 pm

If you’re okay using non-GW minis then you could use these:

Not-Rhinos: https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/shop/n ... arta-apcs/
Not-Marines: https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/produc ... es-troops/
Not-Land Speeders: https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/shop/n ... mmer-wing/

They have numerous others and also have ranges that cover Guard, Mechanicus/Mechanicum, Orks, Eldar, Dark Eldar and even Squats. They also have stuff that covers Tau and SoB but those wouldn’t work for Heresy era.

Haven’t bought off them so can’t vouch for them quality wise, but I am considering looking into it at some point so would be interested in seeing them if you did grab some to decorate your bases.

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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Kevin » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:29 pm

Managed to pick up a fair few Epic Marines (MK 7 Armour), including Sargent, devastator, assault, officer and terminator figures. Will need to strip them off the square bases, but that's not an issue, as most will go straight on Titan bases.

Fortunately, Vanguard also do strip and circular bases, so might be picking so of these up in the future (HH Word Bearer Legion to make the Titans look even bigger).
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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Kevin » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:25 am

Well, end of another month - 15 models finished (and my gods, it's October), so around 200 for the year so far. Not bad, as I'm not basing them on size, just finished models (so a Titan is '1', as is a 3mm tank base).

Waiting on Warhound Pre-order now, as expected around the £45 for 2 RRP price point, so around £40 on pre-order. And I'm wondering about a second Reaver, even though I haven't even taken anything off the sprue yet.

Work continues on prep for the table sale on the 20th. I've just built 50+ 28mm plastic models I had that I don't really want/need, so that's a pile of models for the table, and am due to start going through rules and reference books shortly. Definitely have less stuff than usual, but that maybe a good thing as it means the various mountains are being mined effectively.
Just have to see if any of it moves on - I'm not the selling machine that is Kris, but I usually do alright.

Dragondaze on Saturday - really is worth a looksee if you haven't been. Not a gaming show like Crusade (for which I haven't found any information in regard to 2019), but more an 'everything' meeting (Cosplay, RPG, Board games, the odd miniatures game - sometimes live music, the speed folk band a few years back were excellent), and a very good if expensive (£1 a ticket) raffle for charity - the whole events for charity).

And now a discussion point - Do we really need this site at present?

Not a call to abandon this site, it's just it's got 'very' quiet on here since the move toward the Facebook group. Now, I'm aware that i don't use the FB Group much, though i do check it, and it des tend to be more for 'Hobby Streak' entries at present than anything else, but the level of usage for this site has dropped dramatically since that went into effect. With the decision to try to book games through FB, that removes another point for the site. FB does make our 'online' presence greater (says the man who never really attends group), so all well and good, but some people don't use FB.
Also, the discussion side of the hobby (on this site), something which i always enjoyed, seems to have dried up - not totally, discriptions of it's death are premature, but that generally seem to be the case.

What do people think :?:

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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Richard » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:26 pm

Although no longer a member, as I still occasionally post on the site and nobody else has responded, I just thought I’d respond to your question about needing the site Kevin.

To be honest I can’t remember when I last read or contributed to a genuine discussion on here so if the site is primarily here to promote discussion then I can’t say it is working. I may be looking through rose tinted glasses but I think there has been much more discussion on the website in the past, albeit a considerable time ago, probably before the club had it’s own FB Page. The membership currently seems to prefer FB for messaging (whether that message is part of a discussion or not) and people are not going to post on FB and then log in to the website to make a duplicate post. FB also notifies members when new posts appear so they are more likely to respond on FB, thereby generating further messages which, after all, is the mission of FB. It appears to me that FB has made the website virtually redundant for discussion.

However, looking at the wider issue of whether the club still needs the website then I notice that it still seems to be a popular forum for announcements, whether these are of a forthcoming event, new range of models or Kickstarter appearing or something for sale. I don’t know about anyone else but I also find it a very useful forum for keeping in touch with people via personal messages.

Something quite interesting (for me anyway) that came as a total surprise to me was that when I logged in post this, the information section at the bottom of the page stated that, based on the activity of the previous 5 minutes, there were 2 members online but there had been 24 (yes 24) visitors! I have no idea whether this is accurate but I was quite amazed to read this information.

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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Liam » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:29 pm

Richard wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:26 pm
Although no longer a member, as I still occasionally post on the site and nobody else has responded, I just thought I’d respond to your question about needing the site Kevin.
Cheers for the reply here Richard. I must admit I’ve tried a couple of times this week to put a response together but ended up tripping over myself on my thoughts regarding the forum.

I think you both raise valid, and interesting, points. I like the forum but I have struggled to use it in the past due to difficulties posting pictures. I’d love to set up a proper project log but having to link pictures in from an outside source really put me off for some reason. That could have changed by now as it’s been a rather long time since I last attempted, but I have found Facebook so much easier for that aspect of the hobby.

That being said, I find the forum much better for open discussion around different subjects, and it would be a shame for that to die. Perhaps we need to change the way we approach the forum as a group? It’s certainly something that needs discussion so thank you for raising it as a point.
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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by Kevin » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:43 pm

Thanks for the replies - all is not wind and dust balls on here then.

Liam, - I think I agree with you point that project blogs are better on FB, as they tend to be picture heavy and not much text. It's whether we currently have the impetus within the group to maintain open discussion over all things hobby, or just to post 'what am I painting now' threads. The move to mentioning gaming on the FB site (to which I'm a part, but mostly lurk) has removed another use for this (though people are still using the thread).

So, the (another) main question, - are we now focused more on the gaming and less on the meta/theory than we used to be as a group. Alerts, flyers for activities and events and planned meeting are handled extremely well through FB, but long discussions not so much. I also believe the group pays for this site, does it also pay for FB?
With the groups possible decline in income as fewer of us arrive weekly to boost funds (I know I still pay by DD/SO, but rarely if ever attend as currently I work Sundays most weeks - but I have thought about dropping this on several occasions as I'm really paying for something I don't use - never have, £12 is less than 3-4 pints, and I like the ability to drop in without worrying over cost - and as it's a DD/SC I don't miss it, it's part of my monthly expend). I didn't get to attend the AGM, so not sure how sound the funds are (though last time I came I did chat with committee and all seem within limits), but that could be another expense to look at.

I like the site, enjoy doing my Blog (of sorts) and the discussion/views of others that arise from time to time, and would be sorry to see it go if it did. But things evolve. Thinking about it, really only the General Discussion and Blogs and Musings are directly relevant, with possibly the buying/selling/wanted thread as well (FB groups can be funny over that). All other stuff 'could' be handled on FB, though it would be harder to track as posts are date related and not sectional.

Hopefully others will add there 2p to this - whilst Liam did reply, I think part of my point is made by the first comment on this being from someone whom is no longer directly involved, just keeps 'up to date' with things through the site.
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Re: 2018 - New Year, New Ramblings

Post by John » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:46 pm

As someone who uses the Forum a lot(Don't do much painting so no piccies to put up), I think I would miss it. also very rarely use FB, so don't go on it much. But I think the Forum pages could be cut especially as we are not putting game arrangements up any longer. Am unsure why people no longer use the site as much as before.
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