Survey Ends in 15 days!

The online survey for my academic study of tabletop wargamers ends on January 7, 2013.  If you are over the age of 18 and are a citizen of the United States of America, and if you have not already taken this survey, please take it!


I will be posting the results and analysis of the survey in the Spring semester.  Feel free to spread the link around, tell your friends, post on other blogs and forums, and so forth.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the survey and who has helped spread the word!

Academic Study on Tabletop Wargamers


I am a graduate student at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  This year I managed to create an independent study to pursue the first academic research about tabletop wargamers in America.  The main part of this study is an online survey.  This survey opens today (Nov. 19, 2012) and closes in January 2013.  Here is the link:

Please take this survey (but only take it once) – and feel free to pass it on to any wargamers you know, repost it, etc.   The main purpose of this study is to find out general demographic information about the specific subpopulation (American Tabletop Wargamers).

Would you like a little Campaign, my dear?

Well, of course I know people are out there, but the question is where? Ian and I were talking about it, and we may well run a campaign if anyone is interested. Thusly, if you live near Milwaukee or East Central Indiana, leave a comment here, and we’ll work out how we’re going to do things.

Also, since so much of my traffic comes from BFG searches, if you’re near Milwaukee and want to play BFG, I can dust off my rulebook and try to find all the pieces to my ships.

Of course, if there is no interest, we won’t bother, but if there is…

The campaign would take place in two different systems. Once we have played it for awhile and have built up forces on both sides, we may try to find a place to meet in the middle, and play an apocalypse game. Everything would be posted here, to people informed and hopefully draw more interest. The more the merrier, right?

So let us know. Like, now.


P.S. Don’t forget to see Ian’s “contest,” as well as all the work he’s done over the summer. Stay tuned for more!

Emperor Class Battleship: Centerpiece

I thought I’d do a spotlight on my Emperor Class Battleship, as seen a few posts ago as part of my fleet.  It didn’t take very long at all to paint, but it is still definitely the centerpiece of my Imperial fleet and indeed me entire Battlefleet Gothic collection.  

The painting scheme was the same as the rest of the fleet, with a little more embellishment and detailing.  Over a black undercoat, I dry brushed Shadow Grey over all raised areas of the ship.  The launch bays and a few other details were done with a solid layer of Shadow Grey.  Weapon batteries, lance batteries, turret guns, and sensor arrays were picked out with Boltgun Metal.  The prow and angelic statue were first layered twice in white, then dry brushed lightly with Boltgun Metal, then given a solid layer of yellow and a highlight of Bleached Bone.  White was also used to help pick out a few minor stacks/sensors.  That is more or less all it took!

The ship is named “The Knight of Dankrat” for reasons I can’t recall specifically, and I purchased it several years ago because it was on (substantial) sale.  It’s good to be part of the Imperial Navy.

majormcnicol’s Fleet

About 5 years ago I ordered the BFG boxed set, and built it up and played some games with the unpainted fleets I had built.  Then at a local hobby store I bought an Emperor Class battleship for 35% off. I undercoated them all with black spray paint, and then they sat in my model cabinet, unused, next to my Imperial Guard and Space Marine armies.  This last weekend, gearing up for a summer of painting madness, I pulled them out and decided to paint them up quickly.  After 20 hours, including breaks, sleeping, and eating, I had finished both fleets.

The paint job was actually very simple.  On the Imperial Fleet, I dry brushed Shadow Grey over the black undercoat; certain areas, then, I painted a solid Shadow Grey, like the weapon battery gun decks and the fighter bays.  The armored prows were painted first with a layer of Skull White and then with two layers of Bleached Bone.  I used Boltgun Metal to pick out all the weapon batteries, lances, nova cannons, the thrusters and the edges of the prow.  Little bits of Skull White were used on the tips of masts and sensor arrays as necessary.  The Chaos fleet went by even faster; dry brushing with Blood Red on the top half of the model and Bestial Brown on the bottom half, the detailing was also done in Boltgun Metal.  The models aren’t masterpieces, but I am very pleased with the results.  The dry brushing worked so well, I think, because the level of detail on the models.

My fleets are as-follows:

Imperial Battlegroup Ascalaphus

+Emperor Class Battleship “Knight of Dankrat”

+Mars Class Battlecruiser “Adepta Justicarus”

+Dominator Class Cruiser “Invulnerable”

+Dominator Class Cruiser “Invincible”

+Gothic Class Cruiser “Hyperion”

+Lunar Class Cruiser “Cerebus II”

Chaos Fleet Kilroy Incursion

-Styx Class Heavy Cruiser “Ändernlieben”

-Slaughter Class Cruiser “Czernobog”

-Murder Cass “Fratricide”

-Murder Class “Brollachan”

Not having any experience at all when building these fleets, and also not willing to spend much money on expanding it (barring the battleship, which I think was a steal), the ship choices was based on what the boxed set suggested in it’s getting started materials.  I also chose a good bit based on what bits were available to me.  In the end, when I was more aware of the rules and all, I fell hard for weapon-battery focused ships, notably the Dominator class, hence the two sister ships.  I would have preferred a Retribution class battleship over an Emperor class, but I don’t mind the ordnance assistance.  Also, the Nova cannons on the Dominator class are a substantial benefit…

Happy New Year!

Okay, okay, I’ve been a bad blogger.

So I’ve been promising pictures, but am too lazy to take them. I’ve been promising new pieces on BFG and the Space Marines, but I haven’t been keeping up on those either. I drop a little gem about a new Librarian in Terminator armor and leave him hanging.

I’m sorry.

But here’s the fun, good news: I got the Masters of the Chapter for Christmas.

I was excited. I still am. In fact, I was so excited I painted one up. (No pictures yet, but hopefully soon.) I was going to try to paint him “clean” – minimal inking, etc… but it didn’t happen. I got that nice basecoat of red down and thought, “I just don’t like clean looking marines.” So he’s as dark and gnarly as the others. Still a good looking model though, so I’ll post pictures when I can.

That terminator? Still not painted. Not sure how I want to go about it yet. I also have the other Dreadnought arms to worry about. No rush on those though.

So in my plans for 2008:

Getting the 500 pt. army settled.

Paint the rest of the MotC.

Play more. (I found a nearby game store that hosts weekly events. Exciting!)

Get a tank or troop transport.

Work on scenery. This is a big one, the gf and I talked a bit about this. It’s sounding good, but it’s going to take time. Oh well.

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading. If you have anything you’d like to submit, leave a comment saying so, and I’ll contact you on the email address you provided to wordpress. I’ve gotten a few exciting comments, some pictures linked, and some great ideas coming down the line. Come back soon!

Battlefleet Gothic: Emperor Class Battleship

Today’s post is of my Emperor Class Battleship. Unfortunatly, I did not get to prime the Dreadnought yesterday as I thought I would, but rest assured it’s already been done today, and the painting will begin tomorrow. (I always let the primer set for 24 hours… it saves a ton of headache.) This ship was painted years ago, when I first started playing such games. It was the centerpiece of my fleet and usually the largest ship on the table. It was a frequent target of the enemy ships, even though it was not the deadliest ship I possessed. (That would be the Dauntless. I’ll be sure to post about the joys of having them on the table.) Despite all the attention it recieved, it was only destroyed once.

Emperor Class Battleship

It’s actually fairly simply painted, just drybrushed Mithril Silver, Shining Gold details, and the odd touch of Red Gore to match the rest of the fleet. If I had more colors at the time, I would have done more. However, it is still a beautiful piece, and quite intimidating on the board.

 Because I’ve actually used this in many games, I could write quite a bit on how to use it. And I will. In another post.