Your Bi-Weekly Update #16

1. While I'm finishing-off my family's move into a new house, I've been in "talks" regarding Swords and Space Radio's new home. My good friends Stephen Heiner is planning on starting a new radio station that, consistent with my view of Swords and Space, is a station hosted by Catholics but not necessarily a Catholic radio station. I hope to hit the ground running with the new arrangement starting with a couple shows on The Hobbit (the novel and the film). Stay tuned!

2. Last night I co-hosted the inaugural show of a new history series on the Restoration Radio Network. This episode we spoke with Charles Coulombe about the Papal Zouaves and his book The Pope's Legion. History buffs that read Swords and Space should check it out.


Moving and Other Administrative Matters

For those of you who read the blog and don't follow the Facebook page, I just wanted to let you know that I'm in the middle of moving so likely won't have much new up until April. Hopefully a few sporadic posts here-and-there for your reading pleasure.

Also, I forgot to mention earlier that the Hobbit radio episode has been moved to 9 April (for now) while we figure out what to do with the programme. It needs to be separated from Restoration Radio but I'm trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to do that. The free package on Blogtalk Radio only allows for 1/2 hour shows which isn't quite long enough I don't think. Any suggestions on alternatives to Blogtalk Radio would be appreciated.


Sanguinary Guard

Some Toy Soldiers on display this week for my artistic accomplishments of late. These chaps do likely represent something on the order of 40 hours of work so I suppose it's not an insignificant accomplishment, completed over the course of three months working a half-hour here and an hour there of an evening. As always, click on the picture for a larger image:

So what are "Sanguinary Guard"? Games Workshop, in its typical over-the-top style describes them as "the uttermost elite of the Blood Angels. They fight with wrist-mounted Angelus boltguns that leave both hands free for the wielding of crackling power glaives. The Sanguinary Guard are a brotherhood of mortals-become-gods and their deeds the stuff of legends." Their elite status is the reason for all the "bling" and why I love their look so much. The utter impracticality but aesthetic awesomeness makes them the epitome of a lot of what I love about Warhammer 40,000. Here are a few close-up shots:

The glowing blue weapons, "crackling power glaives" are weapons that can ignore all but the strongest armour making these guys a dedicated close-combat unit. Their fancy armour is also strong in its own rite, tough enough to withstand their own weapons (except the big fist directly above which makes mush of everything). The checkerboard shoulder pads are part of my army's unique heraldry since they're not actual Blood Angels but a successor chapter.
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