Episode 5: Party Crashers
Once again we open to the crew around the table in the lounge aboard The Carl. Winston explains how he has sifted through the massive amount of data the crew liberated from the Cortex relay station. Using dates and information supplied by Celeste he has narrowed down communications traffic and file transfers to and from Townsend’s office and home.
Unfortunately it is all encrypted with protocols even more advanced than those Winston worked with in the Navy. The decryption algorithms are stored in physical key devices. Based on the destinations for Townshend’s communiques he’s narrowed down a list of facilities and people that must have the keys that the crew need to make sure Townshend can never hurt Celeste or Zenith again.
One of the few potential key holders that isn’t deep in a military facility is Lukas Thatcher. He operates a Security Consultation firm that provides personal guards and anti-intrusion technology for the Prime Minister’s home and interests that are outside of his official government activities.
Bobbi immediately latches on to the idea of catering Rhonda Thatchers upcoming birthday bonanza. Rhonda is a famous socialite and unlike her secretive and reserved husband she loves entertaining at their mansion.
Dr Yuan-Qi takes Joleen to meet his mother, rightly assuming his well connected family can get them much coveted invitations to Rhonda’s birthday party. The Dowager Yuan-Qi’s only concern is the family name. Provided the doctor is on his best behavior and doesn’t plan to stay on Londinium long she is happy to help. She will even contribute additional resources to his research. She knows this is an excellent motivator her son and often provides large financial returns for the Yuan-Qi family. Upon obtaining the invitations the two crew members begin a classic shopping montage while acquiring appropriate party clothing.
The rest of the crew will be disguised as caterers. They aquire two large vans, filling one with small but powerful speeder bikes for the inevitable get away.
Having survived the wolf attack, our party bandaged their wounds and then decided to split up in search of Baba Lysaga. This acting as a convenient explanation in world for why so little of the party was present for this session. This also marks my first attempt at running a game through Discord.
Episode 4: The Ark of the Cortex
Young Zenith and her mother Celest have a big problem and they need help. Fortunately for them, the majority of our crew have soft spots for children in trouble. As well as an assortment of very useful skills and experience.
Celest reveals that the mysterious father is none other than the Right Honorable Crispin Townshend. He is a long time member of the Parliment and rumored to be the power behind the current Prime Minster as well as some previous PMs. He is the linchpin for the current majority political alliance and the architect of many major government policies going back decades.
2016 was an interesting one for me hobby wise. While for a lot of the year I felt like I wasn’t getting much done when I look back I realize I did a whole lot more than I thought.
After seeing this post about painting and depression I had some comments about how I frequently paint when I’m frustrated or angry because it forces me to focus. This works because I keep multiple projects going so I’ve got a project I can work on regardless of mood. All the projects I tackle fit into one of three categories, a detail project, a troop project and a large project.
The detail project is a single model where I’m trying to paint to my top level. This usually requires substantial focus, a steady hand and time to dedicate to it. Examples are my Death Company and Blood Angels Captain. My current detail project is a squad of Assault Terminators.
The Troop project is for lack of a better word an easy project. These are units that I try to paint well but I’m not overly focused on. These are models that are more impressive for the number of them instead of standing out individually. The great part of these units is that I can’t paint them in any mood, minor stray marks and individual details and highlights aren’t as important. Examples are my Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard troops, or my Genestealers. Currently I’m working on some Catachan Veteran Troops.
My last type of project is a large project, these can be terrain pieces, monstrous creatures or vehicles. These I tackle at different levels of detail but the common thread is that any given step can take a substantial amount of time due to the scale. Examples of these are my Baneblade, the Sanctum Imperialis, and the Dreadnought. I haven’t decided on my next large project yet, I just finished the Baneblade but I’ll come up with something soon.
The other part of my 3 project method is I try and do something every night. Some nights I’ll paint a whole model or weather a large model. Other nights all I get done is painting a boot on a troop. The truth is I don’t know how much I’ll get done any given night until I try. Sometimes I think I won’t get much done and find I start painting and get quite a bit done. Other nights I just get a little bit done. The nice thing about getting a little bit done is if you get a little bit done every night, you find you finish a project anyways.
Looks like Battlefoam will have a sale on the 4th of July. I don’t know the full details yet but I’m an advocate of their cases and foam being a great way to store your army!