Monday, August 30, 2010

College is Fantastic.

So, Today was my first day of classes here at FSU.

College is amazing.

Freedom of choice is a grand thing. You just need to make the right ones.

My day consisted of:
Wake Up
Shower
Parking Permit
Loan
Food Lion
Eating
Class
Homework
Class
Friends
Movie
Blog

Jesus, I can get so much done, and I LOVE IT.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Farewell..

I will miss you all.

When I first came here, I wasn't all that thrilled. After time has passed, it has grown on me. I enjoy this place and the people in it.

Good-bye to all of my friends and family. I know this seems rather drastic for perhaps such an inconsequential event, but it really hit me. I love you guys. Really, I do. My life has changed, and I have become who I am now because of all of you. Thank you for being a part of my life.

Thanks for reading this. I don't mean to be a sob story, but I feel much better now. :)

A new chapter begins..

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Capitalism Works!

So, the post office lost my shipment of college textbooks. They claim to have delivered them, but I'll just stick with they remember wrong :P. They told me I had to file a claim and only maybe would I get my money or books.

A quick call to Amazon.com, the company who sent the books, and they have a next day shipment to replace the books.

The difference between the two? A federally run organization who gets paid whether the recipient gets their package or not and a company who requires the shipping for customers to continue to do business. They are motivated to perform to customer satisfaction. Otherwise, the customers will cease doing business.

Forget you, Leftist agendas. The Right is Correct.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Physical Memories

So, in an effort to keep all audiences entertained, this is my first post about something not Warhammer.

As I pack up my entire room, I have across many different items: Trophies, books, CDs, and mostly garbage. Anyway, it led me to think about the need to keep such items that may have some substantial value to me. My baseball trophies, my medals from Robotics, and the other "awards" I have earned.

I decided I don't need to keep them. I think the more important part of the memory is the feeling and sense of personal accomplishment. I didn't do those things for the cute little trophy at the end. I did it for the satisfaction I felt. I had fun, and that is the more important part of the event.

I remember. So I am happy.

We'is Sept Tau

So, along with my Space Marines, I also collect Tau. Interestingly enough, Tau were the first army I wanted to collect, but peer pressure of "They suck at Close Combat" kept me away. After a while, my buddy had some Tau stuff and i bought it from him and have made it my own.

I haven't developed any major fluff for them, but the concept I have in mind is that they are on a planet with a large amount of water, and the Tau, being the Technocrats they are, have learned to exist underwater. The name came from Weis Markets, my first job. The blue I chose for the Tau was strangely similar to the blue of my work polo. So, i named the Sept World We'is.

Anyway here are some pics:





































Monday, August 23, 2010

The Shadow Guard

Here is my brain child of Warhammer 40k: The Shadow Guard

Shadow Guard Fluff




The Shadow Guard chapter is of the 2nd founding. Their blood line can somewhat be traced to Corax and Raven Guard, but the exact link is not clear. The history of the chapter’s Inception is blurred. Their home planet is called Nox, and it is located on the eastern part of imperial space. Nox is a unique planet, due to its frequent eclipses. The people of Nox, however, have sufficient technology to survive, but the darkness still impedes their lives. Most of Nox is covered by hive cities, with few large manors surrounding them. The Shadow Guard have made their fortress in the Black Mountains, a good distance from any other civilization. While they are far away from the people, they do not make a secret of their presence. Often, when Nox is under attack, the Shadow Guard come from their fortress and fight to save as many people as they can. Often, from the PDF and militia, the Shadow Guard choose those exceptional few to come and possible ascend to the ranks of their chapter. There is no celebration or word given, the initiates are taken to the mountain, never to return.

The Shadow Guard follow several of the tenets of the Codex Astartes. But, for the most part follow the word of their founder Drusus, and his teachings stored in the tome pare bellum. In this volume, he includes all of his favored tactics, and gives his knowledge of war. Drusus was not a particular holy man, or even considered those with divine power. Have no doubt, that he revered the emperor for his might and power. He, however, looked down upon those who ruined his name with superstition and fear. The shadow guard, in turn, have little in the ways of battle rites or traditions. Purple, Black, Gray and silver make up their armor colors. Their heraldry is simple, numbers and a skull as their emblem. They fight together as one, and they have faith in themselves and humanity.

Certain qualities were emphasized by Drusus. First, Drusus was fond of the word impunity. To fight with impunity, was to win the fight. So, Drusus emphasized that having the upper hand was key to winning a battle. So, often the Shadow Guard employ more firepower and ballistics compared to most chapters. They can still fight in melee, but prefer to attack with impunity. In terms of weapon loadout, tactical squads prefer a plasma gun/missle launcher combination, allowing for maximum range. Some squads also meltaguns/ lascannon for the tank hunting capability. Often the sergeant carries a power weapon. Second, Drusus emphasized the idea of brain over brawn. A smart fighter always has the advantage over a stupid fighter. Thus, every marine is a philosopher of war in their own right. They hone their physical skills, but hone their mental skills even farther. Every maneuver, attack, and defense is calculated and precise. Third, Drusus emphasized the trait of wisdom. Experience brings about wisdom good reasoning. Therefore, veterans are more heavily used for their increased knowledge. Sternguard, Dreadnoughts, and Terminators are common in a shadow guard strike force. The elites have fought the enemy many times and know their ways. Also, the veterans do not move into their own company, but are spread out into the other companies to spread their wealth of information. Scouts are employed very seldomly.

Perhaps the most famous company of the Shadow Guard is the 1th company led by Brother-Captain Anias. They are known for the defense of Ioune against the renegade Death Serpents. They also have repelled several different Waaagh!s from Nox, and other surrounding planets. The 1th company also destroyed a necron tomb world, and prevented the awakening of more Necron forces. This is their story…



Battle of the Ruins- Brother-Captain Anais and his forces almost completely destroyed by Ork forces. 1st Company Terminator Squad withstood the charge of the warboss and his boys and managed to survive until Anais could lend aid. Anais holds his ground, keeping the Orks from a key location, until reinforcements arrive, killing almost 10 Orks single-handedly. (Opponent- Seth Rinker. 2/21/10, Hobbytown. 1000 Battle line, Control Ground. Result: Draw)



Hill 72- Forces destroyed by Chaos rebels. Unfortunately, Abaddon the Despoiler, curse his name, joined the forces and almost single-handedly destroyed all forces. Chaplain Minos was also killed. Anais barely escaped with his life. (Opponent- Sean, 5/1/10, Hobbytown. 1000 table corners, Annihilation, Result: Defeat)



Battle of the Grox- Furious battle fought over important Grox farms. Warboss Curbstompa led small band of orks against the farm near the Shadow Guard fotress monastery. Majority of Grox survived leaving a few to the ravenous orks. Large Portion of orks destroyed. (Opponent- Sean, 7/13/10, Hobbytown, 1500 Pitched Battle, Secure and Control, Result: Victory)



Necron Ambush- As Brother Captain Anias and his company were searching through a possible tomb world, a necron scout force attacked them. The Captain quickly rallied his forces and annihilated them. But as they continued on, the awful C’tan known as the Deciever brought a secondary force. Brother Captain Anias quickly called for a retreat. (8/13/10, Brandon Stenger, 2000 Ambush Necron Battle Mission. 2 Games Victory and then Defeat)



Black Crusade- Cursed Abbadon called for another crusade attacking Nox. Forces were prepared for the onslaught and fought viciously. Casualties on both sides were taken, the skirmish ended in a retreat by the Shadow Guard. (Opponent- Sean 8/17/10, 2000 Black Crusade, Defeat. [By one kill point!])



Victory Lane- Abbadon strikes again. Forces completely destroyed by superior armor. Tactical decisions are needed. (Opponent- Sean 8/21/10, 2000 Victory Points, Corners, tabled [Sean’s first tabling of me, of which I am rather happy for him])

Shadow Guard Marine

So, in an effort to learn this user interface and to delve into my Warhammer exploits, here is a picture of the first Space Marine I painted for my DIY chapter, the Shadow Guard.

The First Post

Hello, everyone!

My name is Dobie, and this is the start of my blog. I decided to make this blog for my occasional random thoughts and interests. This includes Warhammer, Theatre, Video Games, and other general topics of Nerdom. As to the title of the blog, my "big break" was being Dobie Gillis in my high school production of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. So, I thought it would make a good alias.

I will probably post army pictures, battle reports, advice (what little I can give), questions, and just random thoughts. Like I said, all realms of Nerdom will be covered :)

I love to write, and I intend to major in English. So, I will likely be writing quite a bit. The only way to get better is to practice.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If I haven't bored you yet, you should definitely follow me.

-Dobie