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"Grimdark" means different things to different people. To some (but definitely not all) 40k players it's a realization of their fantasies ... of being the Defender Of All That Is Normal and getting to shoot up those icky, scary outsiders.

For us, it's like an allegory of the world that we live in. Where we have a small bubble of safety and interestingness surrounded by people who want to make us disappear.

See, the great thing about the Tau isn't just their anime mecha.

A model of a large Tau battlesuit, on our desk surrounded by pieces of work-in-progress miniatures.

Its name is "Cat." Short for "Cataclysm."

It's that despite being small and "insignificant," they keep winning. Against the fascist, blood-and-skulls-loving Imperium. Not because they are better at dealing death, or because their technology is more advanced, but because they value diversity. They make friends out of their enemies, and work together to make things better for everyone.

Also, we like acting out fantasy lazor battles with our miniatures. Battles which are about as far removed from actual warfare and gun fetishism as magical girl anime is.

Now if only there were a magical girl minis game.

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Remember the mech on the cover of the Tau codex? We got a boxed set of three of them several months ago, and have finally managed to assemble our first one!

A gray plastic model of a mecha, about 10 centimetres tall, standing on top of a six-sided dice cube.

"Oh, I'm sorry ... is the camera already on?"

I love how the tiny head and the little folded-back antennae make XV8s look. Isn't it cute? Sort of like the Games Workshop dice cube and all the little d6es in it are. ^^;

Anyway, we still need to assemble the other two, clean and trim all the weapons and support systems, then prime All The Things for painting and magnetize them so we can swap out the add-on gear.

There's a lot of other stuff that's been going on that we wanted to write about, but we just thought we would post this first. ^^; We also modified our sidebar text, uploaded our CSS tweaks to Microsoft's code-hosting site, and have been trying to figure out a perplexing mobile layout bug in our website's theme.

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We just finished assembling the unit of Blighted Ogrun Warspears, for the Legion of Everblight half of the Hordes 2-player box. Lylyth and the Shredders (great name for a rock band BTW) are already finished, which leaves only the Carnivean heavy warbeast to trim and assemble.

It's about a third of the kit by volume, though, so that might take awhile. >_o

Afterwards, we have a surprise project to work on for yet another miniatures game ... although it may not be a surprise to some of you!

A photo of the corner of Jewelfox's small work table, where five models of fearsome-looking Ogrun are waving spears around menacingly.

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It snows, like, once a year where we’re at. And this time it decided to do so right when I went to the store. My coat got covered in big fluffy puffs of snow, which was a lot more inconvenient and less cute than it sounds like but danged if it didn’t look awesome in the streetlights.

This is such a weird event that they have to put up signs telling people how to deal with it.

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