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10th May 2020: The United States Of My Armies

<Old Stuff>

Since I changed the "feel" of my site last year, these next few pictures have not existed online. However, I want them out there as a method of shaming me into actually pulling my finger out.

These pictures show the state of all my wargaming armies, or at least, how they looked the last time I lined them all up for photos. Not a great deal has changed for most of them, which indicates just how much of a task I still have in front of me in order to get them all done.

Here are my 6mm Epic armies. It's one of my deepest gaming regrets that I have not really shown this game any love for the last decade. I mean, I used to really enjoy playing the old Epic Space Marine, and my later botched attempts at reviving it. Plus, I have so many models, including some Andrayada from Dark Realm Miniatures that I was working on making up my own rules for.

A lot of the models that I have painted for this game were done back in the 1990s, so are really crappy and in dire need of being updated. Therefore nothing is really up to my current standard other than the Khorne and Nurgle parts of my Chaos army, while hopefully the Tyranids will be done at some point sooner rather than later.

Epic Andrayada army<br />Photo taken July 2009

Epic Andrayada army
Photo taken July 2009

Epic Chaos army<br />Photo taken February 2015

Epic Chaos army
Photo taken February 2015

Epic Imperial Guard army<br />Photo taken August 2010

Epic Imperial Guard army
Photo taken August 2010

Epic Ork army<br />Photo taken February 2015

Epic Ork army
Photo taken February 2015

Epic Space Marines army<br />Photo taken March 2018

Epic Space Marines army
Photo taken March 2018

Epic Space Wolves army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Space Wolves army
Photo taken December 2010

Epic Titan Legions army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Titan Legions army
Photo taken December 2010

Epic Tyranids army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Tyranids army
Photo taken December 2010

Here are my 40K armies. I'm further along at getting these painted compared to my Epic armies, but that's not really saying much. All of my Tyranids are done, and the vast majority of my Space Marines. I've just got to paint the other Marines that I added to the army a while back.

That only really leaves 3 armies, though I only count them as 2. All the way back from when I first started to collect them, it has always been my intent for the Eldar and Tau to be one allied army. Of course, as is typical of me, I didn't play anything of 6th or 7th editions, when these two were actually allowed to ally together and were supposed to be quite powerful. But hey, I don't care. If I do get round to using them in 8th I'll probably still throw them together, even if it means losing a lot of their special rules.

I do also have a small number of Orks and Sisters Of Battle, but they're nowhere near full armies, and I don't intend on making them so. Got enough to get through already...

40K Eldar army<br />Photo taken June 2019

40K Eldar army
Photo taken June 2019

40K Imperial Guard army<br />Photo taken April 2011

40K Imperial Guard army
Photo taken April 2011

40K Space Marines army<br />Photo taken August 2018

40K Space Marines army
Photo taken August 2018

40K Tau army<br />Photo taken June 2019

40K Tau army
Photo taken June 2019

40K Tyranids army<br />Photo taken December 2019

40K Tyranids army
Photo taken December 2019

Of my 40K armies that are not yet fully painted, only a few models are even slightly worthy of having their picture taken. And here they are:

Eldar Farseer

Eldar Farseer

Howling Banshees

Howling Banshees

Ork Warboss

Ork Warboss

Imperial Assassins

Imperial Assassins

8th March 2020: Some Old Battle Reports Rest Here

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Finally got around to completing my transfer of all the old battle reports from the old site to this one, something I started a few months back. As there are so many of these battles, they are stored on their own pages, which can be found below:

Warhammer 40K Battle Report Archive Epic Space Marine Battle Report Archive

7th March 2020: Musical Misadventures

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I was fairly late getting into music, as I didn't pick up my first guitar until I was leaving college in the mid-late 90s. Since then, I've flip-flopped in and out of the subject every few years.

Initially, I started jamming and writing simple songs with my mate Craig, before joining a band called Cruiser with work colleague Chris. The only gigs I've ever played were with Cruiser in 2000 and 2001, unless you count 2 songs Craig and I performed during a Sixth Form Variety Show when I was working at a high school in December 2002, about a year after I left Cruiser.

Over the next couple of years, Craig and I tried recording some of our songs, along with a few jams with the former Cruiser lads, but after this I dropped out of making music for the next 6 or 7 years.

For a few years, starting in 2011, I got the bug again when Chris asked if I wanted to help him work on some of his songs. While we were jamming and recording Chris's stuff, in the background I revisited my own songs, and tried to record some of them to the best of my ability. However, the very long process of recording and mixing those songs, only to have them come out sounding nowhere near as good as I wanted them to, absolutely burnt me out. Soon after their completion, I threw all my music stuff in the loft, where it has remained for nearly 4 years.

When I started writing songs again in the early 2010s, most of my inspiration came from the computer game League Of Legends, which I was playing a lot of at the time. Here are the songs I completed that are based on the game's setting and characters:

Not All Angels
Not All Angels

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed October 2014. Updated May 2016.

Youtube link
Soundcloud link

Lyrics:
Never wanted sibling rivalry. Never foresaw such a tragedy. They never paused to explain why, they just ripped her from the sky. Branded fallen for her life, and now it's her purpose to kill again and again at the rift. Shattered wings and immortality. Keeps her hands warm though it's sinfully. Tormented soil, she's breaking waves. She will bind their souls someday. Kinda likes how she behaves, 'Cause now it's her purpose to kill again and again at the rift. Her graceful time was stolen from. All she wanted was some fun. Now exposed, the scars of war. Her world enslaved, it seems so far. Fractured by tyrannic lies. If they'd just seen things through her eyes. Missed the chance for sense to see. She'll never welcome back her kin. When they stripped her chance to soar, they made her seek forbidden lore. Blackest thorns, death on command, in this land of Valoran. Never mind her skin so fair, as all her torment she will share. When it's time she'll spill their blood, because not all angels are good.

The Chosen Two: Diana Vs. Leona
The Chosen Two: Diana Vs. Leona

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

Youtube link
Soundcloud link

Lyrics:
CHOSEN OF THE MOON: Let night steal away the sun. By the moon let fools be frozen. Now your end it has begun. Say goodbye to your kind's chosen. Traitors. Miscreants. Fakers. Ignorants. Heed the night. Embrace the dark. Or a crescent blade will still your heart. Power imbued beneath the silver light bathing the ground. Blind to the truth - denying lunar might will bring you down. You say revere the sun but we are lied to. You say it lights the way instead it blinds you. You can't face the scorn, can't save them all, can't stave your fall. It's time to shatter the dawn. CHOSEN OF THE SUN: Rise. Here comes the sun. Skin warmed by the golden rays that show with daybreak. Stand strong behind shield and blade, and glow, radiate. When first light comes show no fear when the heat of battle calls because here comes the sun, to save everyone. Here comes the sun. The night's on the run. Live life upon mountain high and show devotion. Inspire all to stand up and bestow protection. It's poetic - the chosen will clash and the heretic will know.

Crowd Control
Crowd Control

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

Youtube link
Soundcloud link

Lyrics:
Initiate. Make a dive for the middle. Pick a mark, get involved, give 'em trouble. Move out to the flank, prep 'em for a gank all the lanes. Bring the hurt floor the carry. Make them wish that they weren't adversaries. Time to hard engage. Time to make 'em rage. Gonna bring the pain. Gonna change the game. Team needs aggression. Objectives first. Foes need a lesson. Prepare the burst. So bring perfection. Set up the show with crowd control. Achieve the goal with crowd control. Rock and roll with crowd control. Retaliate. Make 'em pay for their trouble. They think they're gonna bring the pain? Give 'em double. Gonna stamp around. Gonna shut 'em down on the rift. Play it calm, turn to savage. Gotta counter swift prevent all their damage. Block 'em with a wall. And then stun them all. Gonna lock 'em up. Gonna land a hook. Team needs protecting. With crescendo. Skill interrupting. Weakness exposed. Offense deflecting. Now bring them low with crowd control. Now dominate. Serve them up on an arrow. Tidal wave leaves them all feeling sorrow. And with a nether grasp, put em on their assassinate, apprehend, slow with zephyr. Land a bind, terrify, taunt their effort. See hatred in their eyes. When you pulverize. Gonna score an ace. Gonna wreck their face. Team fight injection. It's time to shine. To bring conclusion. Support divine. Such an obsession. The world will know your crowd control.

Evelynn
Evelynn

A parody of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, written by Dave Grohl.
Evelynn lyrics written by Stebloke.
Performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

Youtube link

Lyrics:
Shadows, she's sneaking up on through. Evelynn. Delight, she throws herself into. Her prey's up ahead. Rage will be fed. They're damned. Come now. Embrace the agony. Time to feed. Run now, but it won't help to flee. Hate spike through the leg. Soon they'll be dead. They're damned. It's all over. She loves when they scream on cue. There's no escape when she impales them for her pleasure. There's no escaping and her frenzy brings the end. And she won't stop until they're torn in two. They'll find no solace when she lets her fun begin. They're damned. Scream out. It wakes her beast within. Death begins. Ends now she draws their essence in. Ground painted red. Now they are dead. They're damned.

In addition to the songs I wrote about League Of Legends, I also updated and re-recorded two of the songs Craig and I originally wrote in the late 90s and early 2000s. Those two songs are here:

With A View Of A World
With A View Of A World

Written by Stebloke and Craig Williamson.
Performed by Stebloke.
Completed May 2016.

Youtube link
Soundcloud link

Lyrics:
ALIENS: Look at this world, this beautiful world. A miracle. A paradise. But under the sun their damage is done. If only they'd just open their eyes. So they can see their majesty, potentially. All over this world, cries can be heard, littering all of history. Is it too late to rid them of hate, as making a change could set them free? It's theirs to lose, so can we choose? Are they all fools? Will the last hope for this planet come from their own? Will their actions be organic? Will they atone? Will time and space bring their amends? Or will they face their bitter end? Is this the one? What can be done with a view of a world? HUMAN: The stars say so much. What's so wrong? Longing to feel I belong. I fear all hope's in vain. So tired of all this pain, because I can't find peace of mind. I need to leave this world behind. 'Cause I'm crying, trying, needing, bleeding, as I'm watching, waiting for a sign of redemption. I live my life, waiting for an intervention. What can be done with a view of a world?

Fantasy World
Fantasy World

Written and performed by Stebloke.
Completed July 2011. Updated May 2016.

Youtube link
Soundcloud link

Lyrics:
Don't pull me out from where I hide. I'm lost in thought where I confide. I'll dream away, this place I'll stay, until this world decides to pay. My head's full of what should be. A dreamscape home made just for me. Sun shines warm but rays don't burn. And you keep all of what you earn. Living, living, living in a fantasy world, where everyone is happy now. Living, living, living in a fantasy world. People lie chilled on their backs. No politicians feed their crap. Crime is down, dance music's dead. If only this was not my head. I stay at home and dream of you. A dream I know that can't come true. The people out give me a miss, 'cause where I go does not exist.

Chris's Songs

And for completion, here are the recordings of Chris's songs that I played bass on, all on Chris's Youtube channel:

Tangle With The Dead Everlasting Show Us Your Scars Go To Sleep Softly Softly Burn Up Go Go Fantastico

Back when I used to play guitar, most of the time I played along to professional songs, rather than work on my own stuff. Often, I had to work out how to play the songs I liked, as I found a lot of the tabs I found on the internet were completely crap and sounded nothing like the song they were supposed to be. Some of these tabs, I typed up for posterity, and I've decided to re-upload them here.

These tabs are all downloadable pdf files. Right click the tab(s) of your choice, and select the relevant download option.

When We Stand Together, by Nickelback. Tabbed April 2015.

Get Jinxed, from League Of Legends, by Riot Games. Tabbed April 2014. I play my Get Jinxed tab (Youtube).

Collecting Casualties, by Running The Risk. Tabbed March 2014.

Here Comes Vi, from League Of Legends, by Riot Games. Tabbed December 2013. I play my Here Comes Vi tab (Youtube).

Fly On The Wall, by Thunder. Tabbed August 2013.

Burn It To The Ground, by Nickelback. Tabbed October 2011.

Ring Of Fire, by Def Leppard. Tabbed January 2010.

Too Much To Dream, from California Dreams. Tabbed October 2008.

Low Life In High Places, by Thunder. Tabbed September 2007. Note this is the intro only.

Four Letter Word, by Def Leppard. Tabbed August 2007.

16th November 2019: Blood Bowl Catch Up

<Old Stuff>

Since nearly all of my wargaming pages were lost in the switch to the new site, I've got plenty of old images and information that I can re-upload whenever I want. Or when I can be bothered.

I figure bringing this site up to speed with the state of my Blood Bowl teams and their adventures is the best and easiest idea to begin with.

Up first are the documents. These documents contain the results for all the Blood Bowl games that I have ever played with my mates over the years, with most of them containing match reports of varying levels of detail.

The following links are to downloadable pdf files.

Seasons 1-4 (1994-1998)
Game Report: Lightning Screws Vs The Stompers (9th August 1996)
Season 5 (2010-2011)
Season 6 (2013-2018)

Following on from the info are the images. This is a gallery of the seven teams I've fully painted so far, with my Skaven, Dwarves and Lizardmen teams still to finish.

Bloodknights Chaos Team

Bloodknights Chaos Team

Constructicons Human Team

Constructicons Human Team

Ellyrion Fantasy High Elf Team

Ellyrion Fantasy High Elf Team

Heat Wave Amazon Team

Heat Wave Amazon Team

Ladies Of The Might Dark Elf Team

Ladies Of The Might Dark Elf Team

Rotting Chimps Undead Team

Rotting Chimps Undead Team

The Stompers Orc Team

The Stompers Orc Team

30th September 2019: Resident Evil Maps

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By far the most popular things on my old site were all of the Resident Evil game maps that I made. My Resident Evil 1 Directors Cut maps were made in August 2011, which was a few months before I started doing my original computer gaming blog, and therefore they were never included in it.

It makes sense that they are the first things I bring back as part of my <Old Stuff> series of blog entries.

I got the Director's Cut of the original Resident Evil for the PS1 back in the 90s, but back then I only got to the underground section, and never actually finished the game. For some reason in mid 2011, I made up my mind that I was finally gonna get through it. And not only that, I was gonna make some detailed maps as I went on the adventure.
I started with Jill in normal mode, as that's what I tried way back then...

These maps were used by JPTR when making their Resident Evil mod for Skyrim called "The Evil Mansion", which can be found on Nexusmods and Steam Workshop. You should check it out. It looks freakin' awesome.

Jill standard mode, mansion 1st floor, 1st visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 1st floor, 1st visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 2nd floor, 1st visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 2nd floor, 1st visit

Jill standard mode, courtyard

Jill standard mode, courtyard

Jill standard mode, guardhouse 1st floor

Jill standard mode, guardhouse 1st floor

Jill standard mode, guardhouse basement

Jill standard mode, guardhouse basement

Jill standard mode, mansion 1st floor, 2nd visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 1st floor, 2nd visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 2nd floor, 2nd visit

Jill standard mode, mansion 2nd floor, 2nd visit

Jill standard mode, mansion basement

Jill standard mode, mansion basement

Jill standard mode, underground

Jill standard mode, underground

Jill standard mode, lab B1 & B2

Jill standard mode, lab B1 & B2

Jill standard mode, lab B3 & B4

Jill standard mode, lab B3 & B4

After going through Jill's normal mission, I decided to go through the Chris advanced mission, just for shits and giggles. Though it was more challenging (yes I'm talking to you, Hunters!) I much prefer this mode as it forces you to go to a lot of the parts of the mansion you could just skip passed during normal mode.

Chris advanced mode, mansion 1st floor, 1st visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 1st floor, 1st visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 2nd floor, 1st visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 2nd floor, 1st visit

Chris advanced mode, courtyard

Chris advanced mode, courtyard

Chris advanced mode, guardhouse 1st floor

Chris advanced mode, guardhouse 1st floor

Chris advanced mode, guardhouse basement

Chris advanced mode, guardhouse basement

Chris advanced mode, mansion 1st floor, 2nd visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 1st floor, 2nd visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 2nd floor, 2nd visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion 2nd floor, 2nd visit

Chris advanced mode, mansion basement

Chris advanced mode, mansion basement

Chris advanced mode, underground

Chris advanced mode, underground

Chris advanced mode, lab B1 & B2

Chris advanced mode, lab B1 & B2

Chris advanced mode, lab B3 & B4

Chris advanced mode, lab B3 & B4