A Site for Sore Eyes

by on Apr.13, 2012, under Fiction, Misc.

Well, clearly, I haven’t been doing much with this site for some time – campaigns that’ve required other armies to pop up have pre-empted work here. No promises on when/if updating will resume (much as it’s ever existed…), but there’ll be one hell of a makeover for the occasion.

Anyway, it’s been known for a bit that the Aurora Chapter – along with several others – would be getting a set of official decals from GW, and now they’ve arrived! More, they’ve taken over the GW home page today! Fun little thing to see. Between this, the newly-available Storm Eagle and a big expansion of greens in GW’s new paint range, it’s a pretty good time for anyone looking to play the Boys From Firestorm.

One more tidbit – the Aurora Chapter has a cameo in Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Void Stalker, which was just released in e-book form, and will be in bookstores soon. Besides the Aurora action, it’s the closer to one of the most amazing pieces of fiction to ever be set in the 40K universe. Cannot recommend them enough, and the same goes for A D-B’s other works.

Stay green, boys and girls.

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But It Was A Beginning…

by on Apr.18, 2009, under Misc.


As you may have already noted from the extensive coverage elsewhere, Adepticon 2009 came and went a couple of weekends ago, and with it, the flurry of tournaments, schwag, promotion and general geekery that comes with the event. The event seemed successful by any measure, and the crew and I pulled out of the Westin Lombard parking lot sore, more than a little exhausted, and gorged with three days of uninterrupted amusement.

Ours was a trip of observation, rather than participation, in the main events. The tournament scene’s still one we avoid, though there’ve been promises to return and test our mettle against the various participants in of at least one event next year.

For mere con-going cleti, we made out fairly well. Besides the legendary Adepticon swag bag, two of us won various items at the Adepticon Raffle, including memberships to the 40K Radio Freebootaz program. I also managed to walk away with a free copy of the Dark Heresy RPG Creatures Anathema book from the game’s lead developer as a prize for knowing a particularly fiddly bit of background from a twelve-year old game.

So, why, you might ask, am I kicking off an Aurora Chapter website with a post about Adepticon? Well, besides the copious amounts of schwag and winnings, Adepticon left me with a really positive feeling towards the hobby as a whole. Like many cranky old grognards, I’m known to get twisted up into a foul mood over certain aspects of the game that just don’t seem as vital as when I was a youngblood, but the con really helped me get into a pretty good headspace as far as my attitude towards the game. Less complaining, less stewing, less nostalgia, more doing. That’s my outlook these days.

In that spirit, I’ve decided to focus on an army and do it, something that’s been a problem for some time – mine eye, she wanders. New armies spring up and replace the old well before they’ve had time to prove themselves. No more of that. My pledge, here and now, is to make a reality out of the Aurora Chapter army that’s been whirring around my head for so many years now. No promises on a schedule, but there’ll be no other armies or distractions – all my painting and modeling efforts will go towards the Aurora Chapter, until I’m well and satisfied with the army.

With that in mind, it’s time to get some painting done!

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The Aurora Chapter