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[WoW Thing] I led a raid and I liked it / hope my guild leader don’t mind it…

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This is exactly how I feel when I put something I painted last week next to something I painted ten years ago. It may not be quite up to the current standards and vogue of ultra-realistic gritty brown bullshit, but there’s a tangible improvement in quality that leaves the newer piece slightly out of place compared to its surroundings.

In the last few weeks before Warlords of Draenor drops, I am (alas) working most evenings, but I have enough time off to have plausible ambitions in ref. heirlooms. Oh yes. Having learned that a piece of heirloom loot is now guaranteed from the final arm-wrestle with Garrosh Hellscream, I’m greenfiring my way through his associates on Normal difficulty, one last time. I could probably do it on a higher difficulty if I had a good group to hold my hand, but I want to try something else. Since I’m organising a group of my own at the times when I’m available, that seems to make me some sort of raid leader by default… and apparently, I’m not that bad at it.

Despite occasionally needing to ask the more seasoned raiders in the party for actual tactics, people… seem willing to listen to me. Mels thinks it’s because I don’t scream blue murder when something goes wrong, which… well, that’s certainly true. What’s that going to achieve? Nothing. It’s like bringing the “how can you POSSIBLY not know this fight by now?” attitude into a group; the attitude that tends to develop when seasoned raiders and regular players forget that not everyone’s as far along the curve as they are. I’ve had to ask one person to leave for coming on board with that kind of mindset and, to his credit, he did so without fuss – which was nice.

I’m still sulking that some post-patch bugs have reset my raid progress twice, so the efforts are currently shelved until Blizzard decides to let me make meaningful progress, but still; this bodes well for the future. I quite like lining up a group of people I actually know, and who aren’t exactly regular raiders, to do stuff together. It’s certainly preferable to the poisonous LFR or RBG experience of random grouping, and I’d feel quite optimistic about leading a cross-guild raid squadron into Draenor. Probably NEVER going to get a similar thing off the ground for PvP, but if I can have a regular arena pal I’ll be happy.

#GamerGate: No More

I had more to say, but this is what it boils down to, really.

Let’s go back to brass tacks.

  1. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder is wrong. (Might be funny, between friends, but that doesn’t make it right, or appropriate behaviour around strangers.)
  2. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games is a) wrong and b) ridiculous.
  3. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games, and doing so on such a grand scale that they no longer feel safe in their own homes, is a) wrong, b) ridiculous and c) so far out of proportion that John Blanche is squinting at it and saying “you know, something’s not quite right here.”
  4. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games, doing so on such a grand scale that they no longer feel safe in their own homes, and claiming that doing all this for the sake of journalistic integrity somehow makes it okay, is a) wrong, b) ridiculous, c) disproportionate and d) absurd, given that i) game reviewing has always been a dodgy business and ii) the journalistic integrity of the entire video game industry is not as important as even one human being’s right to feel safe in their own home and go about their daily business unmolested. This shit doesn’t matter that much.

I’m not saying that there isn’t a conversation we could benefit from having about professional ethics in the games industry.

I am saying that this conversation is less important than basic quality-of-life matters like feeling safe in your own home.

I am saying that the way we’re having this conversation, at the moment, makes me ashamed to be associated with gamers and game culture.

I am saying that, before we even talk about the gender of the people involved, treating other human beings like this is repellent.

If you can’t agree with that, I’m not sure we can be friends any more.

Been Painting: A Cockle Full Of Cryxies



Bloodgorgers are weird. They’re a unit I’d not normally have considered – I don’t like the weird poses they’re in, especially the legs, and while they have SOME neat rules properties they’re not something I’m innately hype about. However, there were four (and Gerlak) in the job lot of Cryx I picked up back in April and so I’ve topped the unit up and made the best of it. Unfortunately there’s not really room for glowy green bits on them, so they really are monochromatic Cryx – but I think the method holds up pretty well.



General Gerlak Slaughterborn. Being a character, he gets actual flesh tones and metallics. I’ve swapped his original head with the Bloodgorger leader because I wanted the aforementioned Bloodgorger leader to be shouting; I have this part-baked idea about doing a blighted Trollkin force down the line, with this fellow as a Trollkin Hero, the Bloodgorger leader as a Fell Caller, the Bloodgorgers themselves as Champions, and then a modest battlegroup featuring either ‘Madrak’ (using the Tartarus model… what? they have the same axe, and Tartarus is a reincarnated trollkin chieftain…) or Doomshaper (because Doomshaper’s cool and either of his models look blighted as fuck – I’d probably go for the epic version and a bunch of Dire Trolls because Dire Trolls are ace).



Bile Thralls in delicate soft focus. In theory these guys are still hot shit, in practice I’ve never gotten on with them because lining up Purges requires a precision that I’m not sure I possess. However, one of them is my favourite line trooper in all the Privateer range:



That’s a six-inch hemisphere of pure death, coming your way.

It’s looking like October’s going to be the month for clearing away dead lead. I work most evenings and weekend afternoons at the moment, and my night off (Wednesday) is allocated to either WFRP or getting some actual sleep. I hear sleep is good. Still, that leaves me with the daytimes in which to paint, and since I have most of the bits for pGoreshade’s Theme Force (I only need a Bane Thrall UA and a couple of Machine Wraiths, plus the man himself – for Frugal reasons I should probably pick up the old model but fuck it, the new one is glorious, even if he does overshadow his epic self to an extent) I’ll probably be working on that after my first payday on Saturday. That leaves Wednesday for the Warlords of Draenor pre-release content, plus some actual sleep. I hear sleep is good.



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