The Independent Characters - A Warhammer 40k Podcast | Radio

The Independent Characters - A Warhammer 40k Podcast | Radio Podcast

The Warhammer 40k Podcast that puts you in the game! The highest rated Warhammer 40k Podcast on iTunes. The Independent Characters is rated PG-13. Episodes release twice a month. Find more information at http://www.theindependentcharacters.com

Episode 211 - Preparing for Battle
Episode 211 of The Independent Characters brings special guest star Caleb Wissenback into the studio to talk with Justin about how to be efficient in your painting setup. Whether you have a small place with no permenant station, or all the room in the world to build a fully fledged art studio, these two will walk you through some tips and ideas on how to get over your painting speed bumps! We then spend a little time discussing how to get to the table and playing faster. We swear to you this segment was NOT...

Episode 210 - Heroes of 40k: Powers of Chaos 2
Episode 210 of The Independent Characters returns, once again, to our series on Champions of 40k. This time we are looking at characters of the any Chaos factions for Champions of 40k: The Powers of Chaos2! Joining us this go-around is Jody and Justin. As usual we start off with a bit of hobby progress, some discussions about the fires impacting California at this time, and then we move into the main topic! We hope you enjoy the show! Time Stamps: 00:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, and Elite Choice ...

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Episode 209 - Heroes of 40k: Enigmas of the Xenos 2
Episode 209 of The Independent Characters returns to our series on Champions of 40k. This time we are looking at characters of the any Xenos race for Champions of 40k: Enigmas of the Xenos 2! Jody bowed out of joining us this go around as this format with 4 guests would tend to run a little long (I agree with him). But he should be back for episode 210. First we go through a bit of hobby progress, where you hear all about why the Astronomicon has gone dark, and then we move into the main topic! We hope you ...

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Episode 208 - Champions of 40k: Heroes of The Imperium 2
Episode 208 of The Independent Characters returns to one of our favorite series... the last time we did this was January of 2019. In the 41st Millennium there are those who stand out among all others. Shining beacons of light or blackened embers of darkness. In this new series entitled ‘Champions of 40k’, The Independent Characters take an in depth view of several of their favorite heroes in the game. In this episode we return to explore the lore around each of them and what makes them qualified to be cou...

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Episode 207 - Rogue Trader the RPG
Episode 207 of The Independent Characters has us taking a look at the Rogue Trader RPG released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2009. We are joined by Josh, Jody, and Adan as we discuss the Rogue Trader RPG. We take a look at the mechanics and flavor of the game and discuss the advantages and weaknesses of it. We played through a scenario of it prior to recording and have some interesting thoughts and feedback about it. While the game is no longer being published, you can still purchase the PDF versions of it fr...

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Episode 206 - The Greying of Warhammer 40k
Episode 206 of The Independent Characters takes a look at how the hobby is getting older, what the drawbacks and benefits to that are, what we as a community can do to bring new life to it, and how Games Workshop may be approaching an aging player base. A couple of notes however: We obviously had to record remotely, which isn't ever my first choice, but we made the best of it. Once the Shelter In Place orders are lifted, we will go back to recording in the studio while observing safety precautions. I really...


Episode 205 - The Community Warrior Lodge
Episode 205 of The Independent Characters brings you something familiar, but at the same time, totally new. Welcome to the Community Warrior Lodge! In our continuing effort to make people feel like they are a part of our gaming group, we have invited three special guests from our Patreon group to participate in a Warrior Lodge Episode. You will get to meet Liz, Dave and Rob. Three of our most active and engaged community members! As mentioned in our last episode - we are recording all of this remotely as ev...

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Episode 204 - The Warrior Lodge
Episode 204 of The Independent Characters is as late as we have ever been with a show. The current situation around the world has impacted us here as well (as you will hear on the show), but we finally were able to work out a time to record. A couple of notes however: We obviously had to record remotely, which isn't ever my first choice, but we made the best of it. Additionally, we had to pivot away from our initial topic to a Warrior Lodge for this go around. Without the ability to be with each other in pe...

Episode 203 - The Campaigns of Necromunda
Episode 203 of The Independent Characters tackles the subject of Necromunda Campaigns and their various iterations. Now that Josh, our Specialist games Correspondent has returned from his illness, we take a deep dive into this topic. Additionally, we couldn't address this topic without pulling in a couple of experts. Namely Dan and Campbell from the 40k Badcast. They join us for a thirty minute interview about why Necromunda Campaigns are so exciting. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed rec...

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Episode 202.5 - Champions of 40k: Heroes of The Challenge
As Josh, our Specialist Games correspondent is still out sick, we felt we couldn't delay any longer. So we bring you a bit different episode of The Independent Characters. Jody and Carl pivot to discuss The Challenge from Episode 202 and discuss the lore behind each of their creations and how they would interpret their play on the Tabletop. It's a bit short for an episode of The Independent Characters - but still comes in at about an hour and a half of fun discussion. Our intention is to get Episode 203 out...

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Episode 202.5 - Champions of 40k: Heroes of The Challenge
As Josh, our Specialist Games correspondent is still out sick, we felt we couldn't delay any longer. So we bring you a bit different episode of The Independent Characters. Jody and Carl pivot to discuss The Challenge from Episode 202 and discuss the lore behind each of their creations and how they would interpret their play on the Tabletop. It's a bit short for an episode of The Independent Characters - but still comes in at about an hour and a half of fun discussion. Our intention is to get Episode 203 out...

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Episode 202 - Extreme Narrative Gaming
Episode 202 of The Independent Characters takes a look at Extreme Narrative Gaming! We take a deep delve into how we define Narrative Gaming, and why we think it is the best way to play Warhammer 40k. We have a discussion with the Narrative Guys, and then go into how you can get into Narrative Gaming, how to develop ideas, and finally we let our imaginations run a little wild with ideas for taking these things to the next level. Event though Justin was unable to join us as planned, it's a fun episode, and w...

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Episode 201 - Surviving the Apocalypse
Episode 201 of The Independent Characters contains our coverage of the latest version of Apocalypse! The latest iteration of Apocalypse is something both unlike we have seen before AND familiar to long time players of Games Workshop games. Jody and Carl talk about playing through the game, some of the changes and challenges, as well as what their final take on it all is. A solid two hours and twenty minutes of content all about the most beloved... or hated... way to play a game of Warhammer 40k! So sit back...

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Episode 200 - Retrospective & Updates
We have finally reached our 200th episode (although somewhat late), and that means it is time to take stock of where we came from, what has changed, and where we are going. We have spent nearly 10 years (April will be 10!) looking at this hobby and at times have planted our stake in the ground and made either predictions, or taken stances. We will see how many of those have held up over the years. Where appropriate, we will provide some updates on some things that have changed. We will also discuss some of ...

Episode 199 - 2019 Warhammer 40K Year in Review
Episode 199 of The Independent Characters is our year in review episode. Now we talked about this before, but with so many shows out there going over everything that released last year, we felt like a change was in order. We were the first show to take that route and quite honestly we were feeling like it was a bit stale anyway. This year we do something different. We speak with most of the members of our gaming group, local friends, and others to get their insight on what were the highlights, lowlights, an...

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Episode 198 - The Extended Warrior Lodge - Live!
Episode 198 of The Independent Characters is a return to an Extended Warrior Lodge! Unfortunately, Discord was having some issues with Google today and people could not log into Discord servers around the world. This prevented us from pulling in any live listeners during our live Twitch broadcast unfortunately. That's ok though, we WILL do this again! Carl is joined by Justin, Jody, and Josh... the three J's all wearing different name tags just to mess things up further! We have some great discussion and a ...

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Episode 197 - Show of Force: Engines of Faith and Ruin
Episode 197 of The Independent Characters present you with a new Show of Force episode! This time we double stack it and take a look at both the Imperial and Chaos Knights in an episode we like to call Show of Force: Engines of Faith and Ruin. We're sorry, but we thought you said you LIKED long episodes... so this one clocks in at nearly four hours in length! Not only that, we have the return (some would say long overdue) of Justin to the show. After all of that great content, we have an interview with Kat ...

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Episode 197 - Show of Force: Engines of Faith and Ruin
Episode 197 of The Independent Characters present you with a new Show of Force episode! This time we double stack it and take a look at both the Imperial and Chaos Knights in an episode we like to call Show of Force: Engines of Faith and Ruin. We're sorry, but we thought you said you LIKED long episodes... so this one clocks in at nearly four hours in length! Not only that, we have the return (some would say long overdue) of Justin to the show. After all of that great content, we have an interview with Kat ...

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Episode 196 - Moving With Your 40k
Episode 196 of The Independent Characters takes a close look at what happens when you have to move. How do you take your hobby with you? How do you ensure that everything transports safely? And how do you join a gaming group or form one once you arrive? We have our usual Hobby Progress section followed by a solid two hours of discussion around moving with your hobby. Then we launch into an interview with Todd from Tablewar, who is talking about the new Tablewar Charities foundation. We hope you enjoy the sh...

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Episode 196 - Moving With Your 40k
Episode 196 of The Independent Characters takes a close look at what happens when you have to move. How do you take your hobby with you? How do you ensure that everything transports safely? And how do you join a gaming group or form one once you arrive? We have our usual Hobby Progress section followed by a solid two hours of discussion around moving with your hobby. Then we launch into an interview with Todd from Tablewar, who is talking about the new Tablewar Charities foundation. We hope you enjoy the sh...

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Episode 195 - Kill Team: Evolution
Episode 195 of The Independent Characters is back and to celebrate we have three guest hosts! Adan comes into town and joins, Josh and Jody to discuss Kill Team. We take a close look at where it came from, how it has evolved, and where it is going! At least where we HOPE it is going. We return with a lengthy hobby progress section, then launch right into our exciting coverage of Kill Team! We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro, Host Introduction, a...


Episode 194 - The ICs Far From Home
Episode 194 of The Independent Characters is a bit of a train wreck. We aren't going to lie. When Carl was going to be doing so much traveling in September, we expected that he would be able to fit in a couple of interviews. Justin Hill, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, John French, maybe even Robin Cruddace. However, delayed flights, jetlag, expired Drivers licenses... all kinds of things conspired against him to toss those plans right out the window. In the end we wound up with a great interview (with mediocre sound...

Episode 194 - The ICs Far From Home
Episode 194 of The Independent Characters is a bit of a train wreck. We aren't going to lie. When Carl was going to be doing so much traveling in September, we expected that he would be able to fit in a couple of interviews. Justin Hill, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, John French, maybe even Robin Cruddace. However, delayed flights, jetlag, expired Drivers licenses... all kinds of things conspired against him to toss those plans right out the window. In the end we wound up with a great interview (with mediocre sound...

Episode 193 - Resurrection: Using Old 40k Materials
Episode 193 of The Independent Characters arrives delayed by about two days since Carl had to deal with majore work issues all weekend. This episode we are discussing how to get some extra life out of all of your old hobby publications. Be they old campaign materials, old codexes, old mission books, or just old anything - we discuss ideas for how you can look at these things at the changing of an edition and still make them useful in your gaming experience! This episode again comes in at about two and a hal...

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Episode 192 - The Warrior Lodge LIVE!
Episode 192 of The Independent Characters where we run our second ever Warrior Lodge LIVE Episode! For those worried that Justin and Adan had been fired, you can put those rumors to rest as Adan flies into the area to record and Justin finally DOESN'T have to fly somewhere to teach airbrush classes! The episode comes in at a much more reasonable two and a half hours - but it's a solid two and half hours featuring some guest callers from our Patreon as well! We hope you enjoy! (Edit) I realize I neglected to...

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Episode 191 - The Foundations of Warhammer 40,000
Episode 191 of The Independent Characters has us doing a deep dive into the ideas, fiction, fact, and fantasy that spawned the lore of Warhammer 40,000. If you hate long episodes, this one might not be for you as it is over 4 hours of content. But that's what the timestamps below are for! We include our usual Hobby Progress section and then we leap into an interview with none other than Miniwargaming Dave (or Chaos Dave as some call him!). We discuss some exciting things he has done lately and the new Mini ...

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Episode 190 - Show of Force: The Insidious Curse
Episode 190 of The Independent Characters has a return to our Show of Force series - and this time it's all about The Insidious Curse... We take a deep dive into the horror that is The Genestealer Cults! To help us out with this, we have brought in our resident Genestealer Cult player, new guest host, new member to our gaming group, AND new 40k Player (since January!), Matt Bruner! He is a long time friend of Jodys and we think you will love him as much as we do! We kick off the show getting to know Matt, t...


Episode 189 - Adeptus Titanicus: Rise of The God Machines
Episode 189 of The Independent Characters sees us diving headfirst into the incredible game that is Adeptus Titanicus! We include our usual Hobby Progress section and then spend the rest of the evening doing our best to tempt Jody into joining Josh, Carl, Austin (both of them), Thom and a couple others of our group to investing in and playing Adeptus Titanicus. And to help Josh and I convince him we brought out the big guns! Specifically, we invited game designer James Hewitt for an interview. If you don't ...

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Episode 188 - The Warrior Lodge LIVE!
Episode 188 of The Independent Characters is our very first LIVE show! And this time around it is an episode of The Warrior Lodge! Our new equipment (thanks to our Patrons) has allowed us to make you a part of our gaming group more than ever before. This time around we are able to have a few luckly listeners join us to give their points of view on some of the topics we discuss. This won't be the last time we do something like this, so we hope you become just as excited about it as we are! We tackle quite a ...

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Episode 187 - Champions of 40k: Enigmas of the Xenos
Episode 187 of The Independent Characters contains brings us nearly to the end of our Heroes of 40k series with the Enigmas of the Xenos! We include our usual Hobby Progress (or lack thereof) section and then jump right into our main topic of the show. This is the first episode recorded on our new equipment. I'm still dialing in a few things but I think you will already find the audio quality improvements significant! We really hope you enjoy what we have prepared for you. Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro...

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Episode 186 - Exploring The Cities of Death
Episode 186 of The Independent Characters is a deep dive into the Cities of Death rules. These can be found in the narrative section of Chapter Approved 2018 as well as a slightly expanded version in the rule book for the Urban Conquest campaign set. This episode clocks in at a more reasonable two and a half hours. Which is a nice change for us from the marathon recordings we’ve been doing lately. Justin and Adan are back and we discuss what has been going on lately with about forty minutes of ‘Hobby Progre...

Episode 185 - Champions of 40k: The Powers of Chaos
Episode 185 of The Independent Characters contains about four solid hours of great content for you! After a lengthy Hobby Progress and Games Played Segment - we dive into our Champions of Warhammer 40,000. This time we explore some of the Powers of Chaos! When we are all done with that amazing topic, we have a discussion with Dave and Mel about their Kickstarter for Terrain Essentials, followed up by an interview with Dan and Campbell of the 40k Badcast Podcast! We love these two guys and I think you will t...

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Episode 184 - The Extended Warrior Lodge
Episode 184 of The Independent Characters brings back The Warrior Lodge! This is a moderated discussion around topics that are top of mind in the community, our Facebook Group, or just things we generally want to discuss! This episode has Carl joined by Jody, Lars, and Austin… along with a special piped in guest host, Skari from The Skaredcast! Not only that we have a great interview with Dave Taylor speaking about Armies & Legions & Hordes, his book which was originally available through Kickstarter but is...

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Episode 183 - Show of Force: Heralds of Decay
Episode 183 of The Independent Characters contains a massive four and a half hours of content for you. Now we wouldn't normally put out an episode this long, but with the loss of the Astronomicon computer, and the replacement, and scheduling... it had been over a month since we recorded. So you try to think of it as two episodes that are each two hours and twenty minutes long. If that wasn't excitement enough for you - this episode is all about The Death Guard! It's our Show of Force: Heralds of Decay! We g...

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Episode 182 - Champions of 40k: Heroes of The Imperium
Episode 182 of The Independent Characters brings you a new series we are launching… In the 41st Millennium there are those who stand out among all others. Shining beacons of light or blackened embers of darkness. In this new series entitled ‘Champions of 40k’, The Independent Characters take an in depth view of several of their favorite heroes in the game. In this episode we explore the lore around each of them and what makes them qualified to be counted among the greatest of their kind. And in true ICs fas...

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Episode 181 - The 2018 Warhammer 40k Year in Review
Episode 181 of The Independent Characters brings you our 2018 wrap-up episode. Let me just first say that if you do not like our Hobby Progress segments, we apologize, because this one is extra long, coming in at nearly an hour and a half as we talk about our 2018 commitments, where we succeeded or failed, and then make new ones for 2019. There is also quite a bit that was accomplished over the holiday break by everyone and we go into detail about all those... including a few tangents here and there. Then w...


Episode 180 - Show of Force: Agents of Change
Episode 180 of The Independent Characters comes right on the heels of Episode 179 and is set to destroy your ears with four hours of Warhammer 40,000 enjoyment! First we have an in-depth Hobby Progress section with lots of fantastic tangents! Then the fun really starts with our Show of Force covering The Thousand Sons. You knew Carl could talk a lot, but you didn’t know he talks even more when it is his favorite subject! We don’t know if you will want to play a Thousand Sons army after listening to this epi...

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Episode 179 - Clash of The Podcast Titans
Episode 179 of The Independent Characters brings you a somewhat silly episode. We were lucky enough to have three very special guests. Jason Mullins from the Sons of Heresy Podcast, Adam Fasoldt (Loopy) from the Masters of The Forge Podcast, and Robo Ed from Life After the Cover save! Since Carl had all three of these individuals at his house, he felt it would be a travesty not to record an episode with them! So here you go. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll kiss three buck goodbye! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - S...

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Episode 178 - The Warrior Lodge
Episode 178 of The Independent Characters brings you about two and a half hours of fun, laughter, and Warhammer 40k. Not necessarily in that order. We have our usual Hobby Progress and Games Played section which goes on for quite awhile as we have three guests in studio. However, the conversation diverges here from time to time and we bring up some interesting points along the way. Then we launch into our Warrior Lodge Episode - where we have a moderated discussion about several topics close to us personall...


Episode 177 - Show of Force: Executioners of The Emperor
Episode 177 of The Independent Characters brings you nearly three hours of entertainment! As usual we have our hobby progress section in which we introduce our guest host, Austin Lin. Austin is an incredibly talented airbrush painter, a Space Wolf (and Tau) player, and all around good guy. Then we finally get to the meat of the episode - our Show of Force episode on The Executioners of the Emperor: The Space Wolves! Many people have waited a long time for this, and here it is. We hope you enjoy the show! Ti...

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Episode 176 - The Pillars of The Hobby
Episode 176 of The Independent Characters is finally here! We bring you nearly three hours of content... and yes, as some of you had feared, we have a slight echo in the new Astronomicon. We will have that fixed before next episode though and it isn't terrible. This episode we are discussing the "Pillars" of the Warhammer 40k Hobby. These are the components that, in our mind, make up the hobby as Games Workshop sees it. It's an episode full of opinions and deeper thoughts. We hope you enjoy! We then take a ...

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Episode 175 - Chapter Approved 2018 and Beyond
Episode 175 of The Independent Characters brings you over three hours of entertainment for your earholes! After our standard Hobby Progress section, we spend some time discussing Chapter Approved 2017 - and where we think and hope it would go in 2018. Adan did a lot of research on this one so you are in for a treat. We then have a couple of interview for you that we think you might enjoy. Last, but certainly not least, after the final music we have an hour long interview with Black Library Author (and all a...

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Episode 174 - Necromunda vs Kill Team
Episode 174 of The Independent Characters compares two of Games Workshops skirmish game offerings. It's Necromunda vs Kill Team! A lot of discussion has revolved around whether or not Games Workshop has made the right decision in releasing another skirmish game. Is there enough room for both of these games in the 40k Universe? We discuss the ins and outs of both of these games, their systems, and how they are released and give you our final opinions on what GW has done right, and wrong. Carl is joined again...

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Episode 173 - The Warrior Lodge
Episode 173 of The Independent Characters introduce a new guest host, Austin! Carl met Austin at Adepticon just before he moved to the area and has already become a fantastic member of our gaming group. So after we introduce you to Austin, we have Jody and Josh join as well for a long Warrior Lodge episode. For those who don’t already know, The Warrior Lodge is a moderated discussion around several topics. We get various opinions and thoughts on things related to Games Workshop, Warhammer 40k, and the commu...

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Episode 172 - Show of Force: Deathwatch
Episode 172 of The Independent Characters is our Show of Force episode on Deathwatch! We have been unable to schedule time to record for nearly a month so we play a little catch up with each other and see how things have been going on the hobbby front before moving into our lengthy coverage of The Deathwatch. After that, we have a short interview with CK Studios to hear how their trip to the UK (and Warhammer World of course!) went, as well as the class they taught there. We hope you enjoy the show! Time St...

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Episode 171 - Chaos Resurgent: Tzeentch
Episode 171 of The Independent Characters sees us return for the final installment of our Chaos Resurgent series. This time around we talk everything Tzeentch! Prepare yourselves for a lengthy and productive hobby progress and games played section and then prepare to be mystified as we cover the topic of our fourth and final Chaos God in a descent into madness! We hope you enjoy the show! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction 0:06:00 - Workbench and Hobby Progress 1:11:00 - Chaos Resurgen...

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Episode 170 - Adepticon 2018
Episode 170 of The Independent Characters has us discussing Adepticon 2018. It was through the generous purchases of listeners such as yourselves that we were able to make it possible for all of us to go and meet with various guests that you will hear over the next few episodes (including this one!) After a lengthy Hobby Progress section we will move into a discussion about Adepticon 2018. This is followed up by three separate interviews. The first is with Dave Taylor in support of his Armies & Legions & Ho...

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Episode 169 - Chaos Resurgent: Slaanesh
Episode 169 of The Independent Characters continues our four part series looking into each of the Chaos Gods. This episode, we are covering Slaanesh. While this Chaos Gods future is somewhat up in the air at the moment, we have high hopes that GW will embrace the deity for all it is worth, and in all aspects. We think you will enjoy this Chaos Resurgent episode! We also include in this episode two different interviews. One interview is with Colin Ward, from Legalized Mischief Productions and the other is fr...

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Episode 168 - Chaos Resurgent: Khorne
Episode 168 of The Independent Characters brings you the second of our new four part series; Chaos Resurgent. In this series we will discuss all aspects of each of the four Chaos Gods. This time around it's all about Khorne! We will do a 'Deep Dive' into all things Khorne, from the concept of the God themselves, all the way to their worshippers and how they are best represented on the tables of Warhammer 40,000. We hope you enjoy the show! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction 0:04:55 - W...

Episode 167 - Chaos Resurgent: Nurgle
Episode 167 of The Independent Characters brings you about two and a half hours of overdue entertainment! This episode we are focusing on our new four part series; Chaos Resurgent. In this series we will discuss all aspects of each of the four Chaos Gods. To get us started we have Nurgle. We will do a 'Deep Dive' into all things Nurgle, from the concept of the God themselves, all the way to their worshippers and how they are best represented on the tables of Warhammer 40,000. The episode is well overdue as ...

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Episode 166 - 2017: The Year in Review
Episode 166 of The Independent Characters comes in at around three hours as we go back over all of the releases from Games Workshop of 2017 and complete our annual retrospective. During our Hobby Progress section you will get to hear how much of our 2017 Commitments we failed to accomplish and what we did instead. Then it is on to two full hours of discussion around releases and what they meant to the game of Warhammer 40k, the community, and the company. We hope that all of you are having a wonderful holid...

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Episode 164 - The Permutation of Arasys
Episode 164 of The Independent Characters is late. Super late in fact. Let us explain: As you will hear in this episode we have an interview with Steel Wool - a video game company working on a great new game for Warhammer 40k. Unfortunately, we also talked a lot about this interview and its contents. Their announcement was subsequently delayed due to… reasons. As a result, we could not release the episode or even just remove the interview and release it on time, and in fact released it out of order (Episode...

Episode 165 - Show of Force: Champions of Titan
Episode 165 of The Independent Characters is a super-sized, nearly four hour episode! The first thing you need to know though, is that this episode is being released in ADVANCE of Episode 164 as a result of a PR announcement tied to that episode which was delayed. This forced us to delay the release of 164, so we hurried up and released 165 as soon as we could. This episode is our Show of Force covering the Grey Knights! (I know. It's confusing.) To help us through this episode, we have brought on two guys ...

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Episode 163 - The Extended Warrior Lodge
Episode 163 sees The Independent Characters return after a short delay due to illness of one of the guest hosts. When we come back though, we come back strong! This episode is an extended "Warrior Lodge". The Warrior Lodge segments are a moderated discussion about topics which are relevant to the Warhammer universe and community in which we all participate. To help us through this episode, we have three special guests who have joined us on previous episodes. Colin, Jody, and Josh join Carl to talk about top...

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Episode 162 - Multi-System Campaigns
Episode 162 of The Independent Characters takes campaigns to the next level by incorporating other systems into your campaign to represent the different scales of conflict. NOTE: If you are reading this - the times in the shownotes may be slightly off. We will correct that with an update soon. We also have a couple of interviews. First up is a discussion with Todd Kinkade from Tablewar about their new Kickstarter for the GEOMat. We also speak to Greg Rizzer of FanKicks about their Warhammer 40k themed shoe ...

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Episode 161 - Show of Force: The Angelic Host
Episode 161 of The Independent Characters brings you our latest episode in the "Show of Force" series. This time it's The Angelic Host! More commonly known as The Blood Angels. To help us out with this episode, we have brought Chris Morgan from the Forge The Narrative Podcast and Brian Harvey, who is just starting out with a Blood Angels army, from The Splintermind Dark Eldar Podcast! Additionally we have a remote interview with Paul Murphy, Chris' co-host on Forge The Narrative. Be warned that these types ...

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Episode 160 - How to Pick the Right Army (Xenos Edition)
Episode 160 of The Independent Characters covers part 2 of our revisit to the question “What army should I play?”. We hope you are relaxed or have a lot of painting to do, because this episode clocks in at over four hours! Back in Episodes 42 and 43 we ran two linked shows which explored each of the faction (on the surface) and sought to answer just that. At the time, the show notes were so long the hosts decided it would be better to break it up into two episodes. One which was an Imperial Edition, and the...

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Episode 159 - How to Pick the Right Army (Imperial Edition)
Episode 159 of The Independent Characters revisits the question “What army should I play?”. Strap in because this is a long episode with some great pieces! Back in Episodes 42 and 43 we ran two linked shows which explored each of the faction (on the surface) and sought to answer just that. At the time, the show notes were so long the hosts decided it would be better to break it up into two episodes. One which was an Imperial Edition, and the other which was a Xenos Edition. Those are some great episodes, bu...

Episode 158 - Updates from the 41st Millennium
Episode 158 of The Independent Characters see us discussing the evolution of the Warhammer 40,000 lore. We have seen the timeline move forward a bit and we spend some time talking about what that all means. Taking a look at the various factions and what the impact of the changes are on each of them. Additionally, we have an interview with Jay Wilson. He was the original creative director for Dawn of War 1. We spend some time talking about that much beloved video game and how it all came to pass. We hope you...

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Episode 157 - Further Impressions of the New Edition
Episode 157 of The Independent Characters provides you with our further impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000! (aka: 8th Edition) Now that we have had time to play many, many games of The New Warhammer 40,000, we feel a little more qualified to give you our opinions on the game. Recently someone stated on our Facebook page that it seems as though all we do is talk about how much we love Games Workshop. Well if you are that person, and that bothers you, you may want to skip this episode. Once we go through...

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Episode 156 - Introducing Others To Warhammer 40,000
Episode 156 of The Independent Characters continues to explore our early impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000, but the main focus of the show is about how to bring new players into the game. With the release of the new edition, the time couldn't be more perfect for people to join the community. The game is easier to learn than ever, but contains enough depth that older players are returning in droves. After a fairly long hobby progress section, we go over some thoughts and ideas on what you can do to hel...

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Episode 155 - The New Warhammer 40,000
Episode 155 of The Independent Characters provides you with our first impressions of The New Warhammer 40,000! (aka: 8th Edition) While not a totally in depth look at the game, we provide an overview of how it works and what our initial impressions are. We are certain there will be more to come as we get to play more! We hope you enjoy the show! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction 0:14:30 - Workbench and Hobby Progress 1:00:00 - New Warhammer 40,000 (Part 1) 1:37:00 - New Warhammer 40,0...

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Episode 154 - Shadow Wars: Armageddon
Episode 154 of the Independent Characters is all about Shadow Wars: Armageddon! Ok well maybe not ENTIRELY about SW:A, we have a bunch of 8th edition discussion in here as well as a couple of great interviews! Our first interview, is with the Terrafirmer! They have a brilliant gaming table product that you are going to want to hear about and see (See show notes links below!) We then launch into a discussion about Shadow Wars: Armageddon. A tremendous offering from Games Workshop, where the initial run of bo...

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Episode 153 - The Horus Heresy Book VII: Inferno (Part 2)
Episode 153 of The Independent Characters brings you the conclusion of our coverage of Horus Heresy Book 7 - Inferno! To help us out with this coverage we have once again enlisted Josh Sawyer on this episode. Josh is a member of our local gaming group and a huge fan of The Thousand Sons, and has helped us pour over this massive tome and has prepared extensively for this episode! This episode we close out our coverage talking about the forces of the Imperium. Meaning the Space Wolves, Custodes, and Sisters o...

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Episode 152 - The Horus Heresy Book VII: Inferno (Part 1)
Episode 152 of The Independent Characters begins our long awaited coverage of Horus Heresy Book 7 - Inferno! To help us out with this coverage we have enlisted Josh Sawyer on this episode. A member of our local gaming group and a huge fan of The Thousand Sons. Josh has helped us pour over this massive tome and has prepared extensively for this episode! Before we launch into our coverage of the latest Horus Heresy Forge World book, we spend a few minutes talking hobby progress, the latest on 8th Edition of W...

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Episode 151 - Show of Force: Servants of The Star Gods
Episode 151 of The Independent Characters brings us back to our Show of Force format. This time around we talk about the Servants of The Star Gods - or in more common terms, The Necrons! To help us out with this coverage we have enlisted Aaron Nascimento on this episode. He is a regular member of our gaming group who has played Necrons prior to them even having a Codex! Before we launch into our Necron coverage though, we have a lengthy Hobby Progress section, which includes a discussion about our time at A...

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Episode 150 - Adapting to Edition Change
Episode 150 of The Independent Characters is all about dealing with change in the hobby. With 8th edition Warhammer 40,000 right around the corner we are sure to see some people get upset about many of the changes. We talk about some good ideas for how to deal with the upcoming upheaval. We start by taking a look back through changes we saw from 5th to 6th and 7th edition and try to put some perspective around how some changes, that were thought to be catastrophic to the game at the time, really panned out....

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Episode 149 - The Hidden Benefits of Warhammer 40k
Episode 149 of The Independent Characters covers not only the 2 day airbrush class we all just attended, but we also delve into the hidden benefits of Warhammer 40k. A couple of years ago we covered the hidden costs of Warhammer 40k, and this time we look at the other side of that coin. Before we jump into that though, we start off with an interview with Kat and Caleb of CK Studios. We have a discussion about what our expectations are and what the class is going to cover, and then immediately follow that up...

Episode 148 - The Gathering Storm I: Fall of Cadia
Episode 148 of The Independent Characters sees us focusing on The Gathering Storm 1: Fall of Cadia. Before we dive into one of the latest releases by Games Workshop, we jump into Hobby Progress and Adan gives an overview of his experience at the Las Vegas Open last weekend. We then jump into the story of Fall of Cadia and how it compares to the original start of the 13th Black Crusade, the Eye of Terror Campaign. We then go into the details of the story, the characters and the ultimate resolution. Afterward...

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Episode 147 - Show of Force: The Great Devourer
Episode 147 of The Independent Characters returns to our Show of Force. This time it is The Great Devourer! Better known as the Tyranids. First we open with some hobby progress, then a quick interview with CK Studios about their airbrushing class, and then we move into our coverage of our love/hate relationship with one of the most iconic Warhammer 40k Armies. This is a lengthy discussion of where the Tyranids come from, both in fiction and as it relates to the Warhammer 40k game. We hope you enjoy. Time St...

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Episode 146 - The 2016 Warhammer 40k Year in Review
Episode 146 of The Independent Characters goes back to 2016 to discuss the year that was. First we open with some hobby progress, a dip into our plans for 2017, and then move into a quick interview with Teras of Geek Nation Tours to discuss the Geekend out with Miniatures in the UK tour. After that we launch into a lengthy list and discussion about how Games Workshop treated Warhammer 40k in 2016. What a year it was! Not only do we discuss what products came out in support of Warhammer 40k, we also talk a b...

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Episode 145 - Conflict in Gaming Groups
Episode 145 of The Independent Characters takes a close look at conflicts within gaming groups. This isn’t a show about how to deal with ‘that guy’ at a tournament, but an episode we hope helps address problems in groups that have long standing relationships. We have all witnessed poor behavior while gaming. However, when it is friends or communities impacted by this type of behavior when do you say something? And more importantly what do you say? Hopefully this episode shines some light on a complex and di...

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Episode 144 - Variety of Play
Episode 144 of The Independent Characters addresses the topic of the many various ways you can now play Warhammer 40k. We have Justin and Adan back in the studio to record with us this session. As we go through each way to play we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each and talk about our own personal preferences. Of course we have our usual hobby progress and games played, but we also include a very short interview with Doug and Todd of Tablewar who have a short announcement at the beginning of the epis...

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Episode 143 - Show of Force: The Dark Kin of Commorragh
Episode 143 of The Independent Characters brings us back to the Show of Force format. This time it’s Show of Force: The Dark Kin of Commorragh. To help us uncover the secrets of this awesome army, we have brought none other than Brian Harvey (evilspaceelves) of the Splintermind Podcast into the studio. We also give him a chance to unburden himself with his hobby progress. One note: the final thirty minutes of the show has some audio interference that appears to be either from a bad mic cable or a failing so...

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Episode 142 - The Extended Warrior Lodge
Episode 142 of The Independent Characters includes The Warrior Lodge, a lengthy moderated discussion on several current topics. Thanks to our guests for joining us this episode. We are joined by Colin Ward, Justin Keefer and Douglas Neale. You all know Justin by this point. Doug and Colin have joined us on several episodes now and we thought they had some strong opinions on the various topics we cover. We hope you enjoy the show! Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction 0:03:35 - Workbench a...

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Episode 141 - Exploring The Black Crusades
Episode 141 of The Independent Characters addresses the thirteen black crusades of Abaddon! For years people have maligned the leader of Chaos as a failure. We are here to tell you that is not the case. This episode, in honor of the release of Traitors Hate, we take a close look at the 12 previous Black Crusades led by the chosen of Chaos and then take a deep long look at the 13th Black Crusade. We apologize (again!) for the delays in getting the show out, but Carl was in the hospital for dehydration as a r...

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Episode 140 - Show of Force: Disciples of the Machine God
Episode 140 of The Independent Characters continues our Show of Force series. This time it is the Adeptus Mechanicus and Skitarii forces that we cover in depth! To assist Carl, we have brought on two members of our gaming group that play the AdMech and Skitarii forces. Michael and Colin are both very strong painters and players. The wealth of knowledge between the two of them will providde insights that we are certain you will find entertaining. Because we have a new guest on the show, he lets slip with som...

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Episode 139 - Horus Heresy Book VI: Retribution (Part Two)
Episode 139 of The Independent Characters continues our coverage of Horus Heresy 6: Retribution! This is the second of our two-part coverage of this incredible book by Forge World. As you know, last episode Carl lost his voice while recording. This episode we pick right back up where we left off. We complete our discussion around the background and storyline and then move right into the campaign system and description of the Shattered Legions, Black Shields, units and characters. If you liked last episode, ...

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Episode 138 - Horus Heresy Book VI: Retribution (Part One)
Episode 138 of The Independent Characters is a long one... that we end up cutting short due to Carl losing his voice. The primary subject of this episode is our long awaited coverage of Forge Worlds Horus Heresy Book 6: Retribution. This is part one of our two part coverage of this incredible book. In this part of our coverage we discuss much of the background of the book as well as a general overview of what is contained within. In addition to that we have two great interviews! One with Dave Taylor about t...

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Episode 137 - Basic Tactics: Space Marines
Episode 137 of The Independent Characters takes us back to some basics. And by that we mean basic tactics. After a lengthy Workbench and Games Played discussion, we get into a two part segment on Basic Tactics with Jody and Jason. This covers each phase of the Warhammer 40k game as it is played on the tabletop. After that, we figured we would kick off an ongoing segment on Basic Tactics about each army. We of course, start with the Space Marines. For more advanced players of Warhammer 40k, some of this info...

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Episode 136 - So you want to write for Black Library?
Many gamers feel like they have always had that novel inside of them, if they could just get the time to write it all down... Episode 136 focuses on what it takes for your submissions to Black Library to get noticed. Who knows, maybe you could be the next great Black Library author! To help us out with this we have brought in three experts: Guy Haley is probably one of the most prolific authors in Black Library to date. He writes more short stories and novels than just about any other author today. He also ...

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Episode 135 - Speed Painting and Forge World Models
Episode 135 of The Independent Characters is packed to the brim with great content! After the usual Workbench and Games Played segment we launch into a discussion on Speed Painting. Justin and Jody talk about tips and techniques for getting your army on the table quickly. Then, to reinforce that point, we have an interview with Dave of Dave Paints. He is the commission painter that painted the infamous (because they are MORE than famous!) Chelledar to such a great standard. You might think that's enough for...

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Episode 134 - Show of Force: Hammer of The Emperor
Episode 134 of The Independent Characters is is a return to our Show of Force format. This time around we are covering the Astra Militarum, or as they are traditionally known, The Imperial Guard. To help us out we have a couple of guests. First up is Douglas Neale, or as he is more affectionately known, Replacement Geoff. He plays IG as his primary army and has a love for the army. Additionally we have another Doug! Doug Johnson of Tablewar fame! We go over every aspect of The Imperial Guard, from our favor...

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Episode 133 - Carrying, Storage, and Travel Solutions
Episode 133 of The Independent Characters is here to tell you all about the various bags, storage, transport and display solutions available to you. Justin was unable to join us for this episode as being a father takes real work. But Adan and Carl move ahead with hobby progress, games played and some other tidbits of information. Then you are in for over an hour of discussion regarding the various carrying case solutions available to gamers. Some great information here provided by Adan and then followed up ...

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Episode 132 - Salute 2016 and Warhammer World
Episode 132 of The Independent Characters returns after our trip to Salute and Warhammer World The hobby progress section is flowing with all hosts contributing quite a bit of work this last few weeks. This section also contains a lot of good tips and tricks on how you can get more out of your hobby time. Adan and Carl then discuss their recent trip to the UK where they were fortunate enough to attend games at the HATE club, The Overlords, Salute and ultimately Warhammer World! Finally we wrap up the episod...

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Episode 131 - Garage Style Play and Basic Hobby Tools
Episode 131 of The Independent Characters returns with two great topics! After a large hobby progress and games played update we introduce our two guest hosts for our new segments. Doug (aka Replacement Geoff) is joined by Justin to discuss playing "Garage Style" games. What's the difference between this method and others? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages? Then we get in the Boiler Room with Jason and talk about Basic Hobby Tools. The topic only sounds dry on paper though - as we go into ...

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Episode 130 - Paint Choices and Oil Washes
Episode 130 of The Independent Characters continues our return to the Podcast by covering two topics that we find interesting. First we discuss the process and benefits of doing oil washes. We get Josh on to explain how they are done, why they are done, and what the benefits of doing them are. Next up is a discussion between Justin and Jody all about the various types of paints avaiable to hobbiests. What the benefits and drawbacks of each type are, and under what circumstances do you want to use one over...

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Episode 129 - The Return of The Independent Characters
Episode 129 of The Independent Characters marks our return to the microphone after a six month hiatus with Carl, Adan, and Justin. Carl was apparently the only one that wasn't aware we were returning. You will hear all about the reasons for the return and how we have changed our format slightly to ensure quality family and gaming time! After a massive hobby progress and games played update we introduce two new guest hosts for our new segments. Doug (aka Replacement Geoff) is joined by Zach (no not THAT Zac...

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Episode 128 - Not Really An Episode
It's 2016 and we felt like we just wanted to talk with all of you again, so Adan and Carl sit down to just chat a little bit. No specific topics other than what has been going on and what is coming up for us in the near future (Hint LVO, Salute and Nottingham!). It's been a while, but we hope you enjoy....

Episode 127 - The End Times (Final Episode)
Normally we wouldn't release an episode this long, but this massive 5+ hour episode is bittersweet for us here as it is indeed the final episode of The Independent Characters. We want to thank every single one of you for listening to us over the last few years. It has been an incredible journey and we have enjoyed it tremendously. 127 may be a bit self indulgent as we check in with many of the guests that we have had on the show and find out where they are heading. We tried not to be too repetitive, but so...

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Episode 126 - Horus Heresy: Tempest (Part Two)
Episode 126 of The Independent Characters has finally arrived and conclued our two part series on Horus Heresy 5: Tempest by Forge World! Due to scheduling issues, we were unable to get Adan on this episode as originally planned, but Carl is joined remotely by Geoff for a lengthy discussion about the rules, army lists, missions and campaign that make up the Battle of Calth. There is only one episode left after this one, so we hope you enjoy!   Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction ...

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Episode 125 - Horus Heresy: Tempest (Part One)
Episode 125 of The Independent Characters covers part one of our two part series about Horus Heresy 5: Tempest by Forge World! Carl is joined by Adan and Geoff for a lengthy discussion about the background, lore and the tale of the Word Bearers sneak attack on the Ultramarines at Calth. We are down to our final three episodes (of which this is one), so we hope you enjoy!   Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and Host Introduction 0:04:10 - Workbench and Hobby Progress 0:54:35 - Horus Heresy 5: Tempes...

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Episode 124 - Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks
Episode 124 of The Independent Characters covers Imperial Armour: The Siege of Vraks! Carl is joined by Adan and we spend a few hours discussing one of Forge Worlds latest releases. This volume compresses the previous three-volume set into one massive tome. We spend time discussing if that was the right move or if too much was left on the cutting room floor! Clocking in at just over two hours long, this is a relatively short episode for us, but we hope you enjoy the show!   Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Sho...

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Episode 123 - Show of Force: The Green Tide
Episode 123 is finally here. Even though it required a change of topic. This time around we present Show of Force: The Green Tide! This time we do things a little bit differently as we had so many people wanting to be involved in this episode. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we were unable to get an interview in with an author of choice to discuss the Orks. But instead we have three very special guests who all have huge, fully painted Ork armies and embody the entire orkish philosophy. The conversa...

Episode 122 - Show of Force: Faith and Fire
Episode 122 of The Independent Characters covers our Show of Force episode titled Faith and Fire, in which we talk all about the Adepta Sororitas, also known as The Sisters of Battle! Carl is joined by Adan and Jody to discuss as we delve into the lore and function of the Sisters of Battle. We discuss everything about their backstory and how they play in the current edition of Warhammer 40k. Additionally, we have a great interview with none other than James Swallow - the author of three different Sisters ...

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Episode 121 - Adepticon 2015
Episode 121 of The Independent Characters contains three hours of discussion about Adepticon 2015. Carl is joined by Adan and local gamer Cristian to discuss our experiences at one of the greatest miniatures conventions in the world! In addition we have two great interviews for you. First up is Teras from Geek Nation Tours, who we spent a lot of time with during Adepticon. He tells us all about Geek Nation Tours and how it has changed over the years. Then we have Steve from Modcube. This is an awesome new...

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Episode 120 - Joining The Horus Heresy
Episode 120 of The Independent Characters clocks in at almost three hours to make up for the last short episode. Carl is joined by Jason Mullins of The Overlords Podcast as well as Michael Dunsmore from our local gaming group for a lengthy discussion about how to get involved with Horus Heresy Gaming (also known as 30k). We take some time to talk about some of the fundamentals of 30k and what our approaches were to getting into it. We have a pretty lengthy hobby progress and games played segment this epi...

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Episode 119 - The 2015 Las Vegas Open
Episode 119 of The Independent Characters is a short one (at 2 hours long!?). Carl, Adan and Justin spend some time discussing their Hobby Progress and Games Played before we move into the main topic of the show. We spend a good amount of time talking about Carls visit to the 2015 Las Vegas Open and everything it entailed. Additionally we spend a few minutes discussing the current state of competitive Warhammer 40k. We also have a short discussion with James Hakola (aka: Mr Dandy) of none other than Warg...

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Episode 118 - Show of Force: The Angels of Death
Episode 118 of The Independent Characters is our long awaited Show of Force: The Angels of Death! Carl, Adan and Justin spend some time discussing their Hobby Progress and Games Played before we move into the meat of the show. You may or may not realize it, but The Space Marines are a pretty large part of Warhammer 40k (who are we kidding? You know that!), and so this Show of Force takes quite a bit of time to go through. Even with the length of this episode, we are still only scratching the surface of th...

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Episode 117 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part Two)
Episode 117 of The Independent Characters continues our two part coverage of The Horus Heresy Book IV: Conquest! Geoff has returned again to help Carl and Adan with the coverage. We spend time talking about the campaign system, the Solar Auxillia list and the Questoris Knight List. All of this and the usual Hobby Progress and Games Played segments are there for your listening pleasure. With only six episodes left after this show - we hope to bring you the very best we can until the end!   Time Stamps: ...

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Episode 116 - Horus Heresy 4: Conquest (Part One)
Episode 116 of The Independent Characters arrives in your ears to discuss Horus Heresy Book 4: Conquest! This episode is part one of our two part coverage of the latest Horus Heresy book, and in this one we are discussing the background and setting for book four. We will discuss notable battles in the area and the various planets around which the fighting occurs. All of this and the usual Hobby Progress and Games Played segments are there for your listening pleasure. Additonally, at the end of the show w...

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Episode 115 - The 2014 Warhammer 40k Year in Review
Episode 115 is finally here! Bryce and Adan join Carl to discuss the 2014 Warhammer 40k Year in Review. And what a year it was! We had heard late LAST year that Games Workshop was going to be moving even faster than 2013 and we don't see how anyone could have predicted the pace and sheer amount of releases that took place! We cover every aspect of Warhammer 40k releases, from Games-Workshop, Forge World, Black Library, Fantasy Flight Games and others. So prepare yourself, because this is going to be a long...

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Episode 114 - Warhammer 40k from Frugal to Lavish
Episode 114 of The Independent Characters is a lengthy discussion about playing Warhammer 40k both inexpensively and then how to embelish your play to take things to the next level. As usual we have a Hobby Progress and Games Played segment, where we meander a bit and talk about some new developments in the 40k Community over the last week. Namely base sizes and rumors of the 40k End Times. On top of all of that - we have an interview with Caleb Wissenback to talk about how the Las Vegas Open is helping y...

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Episode 113 - Imperial Armour 13: War Machines of The Lost and The Damned
Episode 113 of The Independent Characters is full of Chaosy Goodness! Once we get the hobby progress and games played out of the way we launch into a lengthy discussion and review about Imperial Armour 13: War Machines of The Lost and The Damned! With both Justin and Carl being very excited Chaos players, we take an in depth look at this book. Then, when you think you cannot handle any more Chaos, we open fire with Forbidden Lore: The Talon of Horus! To join us for this coverage we bring in none other tha...

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Episode 112 - The Black Library Weekender
In Episode 112 sees The Independent Characters return from their short break. Carl has returned from Nottingham and The Black Library Weekender and we spend time talking about a massive amount of hobby progress and games played and then spend time discussing The Black Library Weekender and what occurred there. We want to thank you for your patience while we took a short hiatus. But we are back now and we have a ton to talk to you about!   Time Stamps: 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction 0:03:...

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Episode 111- Show of Force: Aspects of The Fallen Empire
In Episode 111 of The Independent Characters has us covering the enigmatic Eldar in Show of Force: Aspects of The Fallen Empire. We will go into great depth about this historic Warhammer 40k force. We discuss the background, and all the support you can get for the Eldar from Black Library, Forge world and elsewhere before we discuss some of the rules that make this army great! As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, where we say a final goodbye to Geoff. In addition to all of that we have a...

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Episode 110 - Mission Design in Warhammer 40k
In Episode 110 of The Independent Characters we talk about the process of building missions in Warhammer 40k. Whether you want to create (or leverage!) the ultimate 40k Tournament Missions, or make a really exciting and fun narrative mission for your event or friends, this is the episode you want to listen to We enlist aid from some of the best in the tournament scene at the moment to delve into their different (but somewhat similar) philosophies on mission design and what makes for a balanced experience. ...

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Episode 109 - From Diapers to Dicebags
Episode 109 of The Independent Characters is a listener suggested topic from our forums titled "From Diapers to Dicebags". In it we explore gaming and having kids. We look at how you can continue to game when you become a new parent and all the way through them leaving. To help us out with this we have also enlisted the aid of several of our kids and a special guest SRM, from our forums! As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, which is quite extensive as we participated in a few events over ...

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Episode 108 - Show of Force: The Greater Good
Episode 108 of The Independent Characters is all about The Tau! We cover it with our patented (not really) Show of Force approach. This time it's Show of Force: The Greater Good. We talk about everything Tau, from the history and details of the race, their reliance on futuristic technology and weaponry. We go inside the background, rules, supplements and excitement of the youngest race in the Warhammer 40k Universe! We will discuss our experiences playing the Tau and how they perform on the tabletop in com...

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Episode 107 - IA4: The Anphelion Project 2nd Ed
Episode 107 covers Imperial Armour 4: The Anphelion Project Second Edition! We talked about the first edition of this book way back in Episode 37 and we are revisiting it now that it has been updated. Get all the ins and outs of the new edition as well as an interview with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming! I would like to take a moment to thank my co-host of many years, Geoff, for all of his service with the show and being a great friend. I will miss you as you move back to Virginia and I wish you the b...

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Episode 106 - Swapping Armies
Episode 106 has us barely standing the heat in The Boiler Room. The Air Conditioning at the studio is broken and things get pretty hot. You can tell we start losing our minds. However, before we do we spend some time discussing Hobby Progress and swapping armies. We also include a discussion Justin and Carl had with Chelle, Carl's wife, about her Eldar (The Chelledar) from Dave Paints. We talk about how she has gotten into 40k, what appeals to her about it, and Justin offers her some advice on playing. Thi...

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Episode 105 - Campaign Redux
Episode 105 sees us returning to the subject of Campaigns. It has been about four years since we discussed them in depth and in that time we have learned a lot about running and playing in them. We have special guest Mike with us to talk about his experiences working at Endgame Oakland and running events there. We of course talk Hobby Progress and games played. We also have a short interview with Dave Taylor about his work for the Nova Foundation Charity Organization (Part of The Nova Open), AND we announc...

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Episode 104 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator
Episode 104 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our Show of Force segment. This time the subject is The Primoridal Annihilator, or demons to those who don't dwell in the dark corners of the galaxy! We go into great depth about Demons, how they play, some of our favorite units, and how they are supported in the game of Warhammer 40k! As usual we have an extensive Hobby Progress and Games Played segment, which has Josh, our resident Demons expert joining us as well. The two interviews we were ...

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Episode 103 - Dataslate: Technology and 40k
Episode 103 is a new format for shows, in which we cover topics that are perhaps not lengthy enough to warrant an episode entirely on their own, but can be strung together into several segments. We refer to these as Dataslate episodes. In this episode we have a discussion of the use of Technology and 40k. From Facebook, Blogs, to apps and tablets. We discuss how we have used these various pieces to improve our gaming experiences. We then have a short review of Games Workshops Altar of War book. We follow ...

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Episode 102 - Horus Heresy 3: Extermination - Part Two
Episode 102 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our coverage of Horus Heresy 3: Massacre for our second part of the two part coverage. First Geoff returns to talk about Hobby Progress and games played with Carl. We will see how that has gone. We also touch slightly on 7th Edition here and our initial impressions. But that's not what this show is about... We spend time discussing the mechanics of the Legions represented in this book as well as an overview of the Titan Legions involved and the...

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Episode 101 - Horus Heresy 3: Extermination - Part One
Episode 101 of The Independent Characters focuses on Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 3: Extermination! This is part one of our two part coverage of the latest amazing book, and conclusion of the Istvaan Trilogy.  In this episode, we go into depth about the lore surrounding Horus Heresy 3. This includes what happens immediately after the events of Massacre and other actions that take place in the neighboring systems. We then discuss the four Space Marine Legions represented in this book. Talking a...

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Episode 100 - The Centennial Special
Welcome to Episode 100 of The Independent Characters! It has been a long journey for us to get here and we take a brief look back on how far we have come over the last four years. We have an extensive Hobby Progress section (which contains a lot less purchased products!) in which even Geoff has a tremendous amount to talk about! We can't believe it either! We spend some time this episode talking about what you should consider if you are thinking of starting a Podcast of your own. Hopefully this is interes...

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Episode 99 - Show of Force: The Unforgiven
Episode 99 of The Independent Characters focuses on our second "Show of Force" episode. This time we are discussing The Unforgiven. We go into great detail about many aspects of the Dark Angels army and how Games Workshop supports them. We have taken feedback from our previous Show of Force episode and tried to incorporate some of that into this episode as well. Even taking all of that into account - we realize some things we can do to improve this format even further for the next time! We want to thank Ken...

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Bonus Content - Dave Taylor Interview at Adepticon 2014
I had some time to sit down with Dave Taylor of Dave Taylor Miniatures and discuss his new business as well as spend some time talking to him about his, very different, approach to assembling large Forge World Models! I think Dave does a great job of de-mystifying these models, and provides some amazing advice. I really wanted to thank Dave for taking the time to sit down and talk with me at Adepticon. He's a very busy guy! Please forgive the sound quality here - I did my best to clean it up. Relevant L...

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Episode 98 - Adepticon 2014 Preperation
Episode 98 of The Independent Characters has the return of Geoff! At least for this episode anyway...  We spend some time catching up with the former co-host of The Independent Characters, talk a little about the feedback from Episode 97, and then launch into our discussion of Adepticon 2014 and what we are doing to prepare for this magnificent event! We also take some time to speak with Matt Weeks, one of the primary organizers of Adepticon, before we come full circle and have a conversation with a couple ...

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Episode 97 - Extreme Forge World Modeling
Episode 97 was supposed to be about how assembling large Forge World models is really not as difficult as you think it might be. However, occasionally a show goes in a direction you didn't expect. What we ended up with is a deep dive into the world of Extreme Model Building! Tim has a background in assembling model cars and trains, but his love of assembling complicated projects has now moved over into the Forge World arena. He is the individual responsible for the incredible assembly work done on Carls Tit...

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Episode 96 - Show of Force: Veterans of The Long War
Episode 96 of The Independent Characters introduces our new special named Show of Force. This Episode Show of Force covers the Veterans of The Long War. We go into depth about the forces of the Chaos Space Marines. From Where they come from, what their objectives are, some of our favorite units, the models, the support from Forge World and Black Library... we attempt to answer the question "Why should you collect this army?". To help us out we bring in John French, Black Library author of Ahriman: Exile (a...

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Episode 95 - Gaming Clubs
Episode 95 of The Independent Characters takes a broad look at Wargaming Clubs. Are they useful? How do you find one? How do you join one? And more importantly how do you go about starting one? To help us with this discussion, since we really knew very little about it to start, Adan has done some research on local Gaming Clubs to us as well as discovered some of the history of a club he belongs to, The 40k Fight Club. In addition, we have conducted interviews from around the world to give us a bit of a glob...

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Episode 94 - Commission Painting: The Full Service
Episode 94 of The Independent Characters takes a hard look at Commission Painting. Whether you are thinking of having a model or army painted by a commission painter or painting service, or whether you think you have the chops to become a commission painter yourself, we discuss the pitfalls you want to avoid as well as the benefits. To help us round out our conversation, we also have interviews with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming and Frankie from Frontline Gaming. These are two distinctively different a...

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Episode 93 - 2013: The Year In Review
Episode 93 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our annual “Year in Review” episode. And if you thought 2012 was full of Warhammer 40k goodness, you ain’t seen nothing yet! 2013 may go down on record as being the most active, and controversial year for Warhammer 40k ever! Between the multitude of Codex releases, the Forge World Imperial Armour AND Horus Heresy releases, the Black Library books and digital content, there seemed to be no end to the constant outpouring of 40k content! Some was fil...

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Episode 92 - IA:2 and The Assault on Escalation
Episode 92 is our final show of 2013 for The Independent Characters. We wrap up the year talking at length about Escalation and Stronghold Assault. In particular we discuss the communities reactions to these two supplements and how we are treating them here in our community.  In additon to that, we have a copy of Imperial Armour 2 (Second Edition): War Machines of The Adeptus Astartes. This is Andy Hoares first IA book since returning to Games Workshop. We take a close look at it and ultimately tell you if ...

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Episode 91 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part Two
In Episode 91 we continue our coverage of Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! In the first part of our coverage we went into depth about the Legions involved in the book and how the story played out. In Episode 91, the second part of our coverage, we are going to talk a little bit about the Mechanicus and Titan Legion Forces, and then go into depth about some of the rules, characters and campaign that round out this book. Our regular segment of The Workbench and Tabletop discussion that takes place as well. And last ...

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Episode 90 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part One
Episode 90 of The Independent Characters takes a very close look at Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! As with the previous entry in this series, the tome is so massive we need two episodes to cover it all. Part one of our coverage will be taking a look at the story that has brought us to this point in The Great Betrayal so far, as well as in depth coverage of the four Adeptus Astartes Legions covered in the book. Namely, The Salamanders, The Word Bearers, The Iron Hands and The Night Lo...

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Episode 89 - The Extended Warrior Lodge
Episode 89 was supposed to be part one of our two part Horus Heresy 2: Massacre coverage, but due to a delay in receiving the copy of the book, we have had to fill some time. Rather than make you wait for this episode, we had some guests come on the show and do an extended Warrior Lodge segment, which includes some prizes for people who have left iTunes reviews towards the end there! Of course we cover hobby progress and (lack of) games played. Last but not least, Carl gives us an editorial on healthy rela...

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Episode 88 - Battlefleet Gothic
Episode 88 of The Independent Characters is all about Battlefleet Gothic. While all of the specialist games by Games Workshop have been cancelled, we have had this on our schedule to talk about for quite some time. So now that it has been cancelled, we figure why not talk about it!? We have played a bit of Battlefleet Gothic lately, and while we are no experts at it, we are happy to share our experiences and talk about some of the ins and outs of the game. As usual, we talk hobby progress and games played...

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Episode 87 – Apocalypse Redux
Episode 87 of The Independent Characters has us revisiting Apocalypse! Now that 6th Edition has come about and the new version of Apocalypse has been released we take a look at how it actually plays. To help us do so, we are having one of the most experienced players and GM’s of Apocalypse in Northern California! Anthony runs Norcon and regularly plays Apocalypse as one of his preferred methods of 40k. He and his group (The G3 Group) have tons of experience with massive games. We spend quite a bit of time ...

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Episode 86 - Double Force Org
Episode 86 of The Independent Characters is full of some great hobby content. With Geoff on holiday, we have Justin stepping in to talk about hobby progress and games played. A recent games-day at Carls house led to plethora of games being played we can talk about! The main topic of the show focuses a discussion around the much maligned Double Force Org. We talk about our experiences and thoughts about it and whether it deserves the negative reputation it has been given. Additionally, we were lucky enough...

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