Friday, December 30, 2022

Monday, December 26, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 12.26.22

 Merry Christmas everyone!  We are in the middle of the holidays with Christmas yesterday and a new year ahead of us!  I must admit my prior week of hobby was a dull one so I hope you are having a great time with family, friends, and pets.  Check after the break to see my hobby from he last week.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 12.19.22

 Happy Monday and Happy Holidays everyone!  Christmas is less than a week away, but there was lots of hobby fun to be had over this past week and into this week as well.  From Events to secret Santa gift exchanges, as well as your standard usual hobby it was a fantastic week.  Check out more after the break, including what I received in my #HoHoHobbVices package that you see below!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Tayrathi - The End Times Era

Hey Everyone!  It is time for some new Tayrathi Lore!  With my Invitational event, The Tayrathi Classic 2022 kicking off this weekend I wanted to share with you the first bit of Old World Lore I wrote for the event all about Tayrathi.  If you follow my Tayrathi lore you will know she was reborn in The Mortal Realms, but at the time she was not a character in my Fantasy army, but with the open-ended way I brought her into the realms, and the way old souls have crossed game systems, I decided to create Tayrathi within The Old World (specifically during The End Times) and play with her as a character within that setting and eventually more detail about how she crossed into the Mortal Realms.  I hope you enjoy this bit of lore and look forward to what is to come in the future/past!

Monday, December 12, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 12.12.22

 Happy Monday everyone!  Time to crush another week, but first a recap of my hobby and fitness from last week!  You heard right, I plan to begin touching upon my fitness more in these posts so strap in, and let's get into it starting with a quick header picture of the #HoHoHobbyVices package I sent out over this past weekend to my recipient!  I hope they enjoy the gifts and they bring them much hobby joy.  Now I wait patiently for my package to arrive!

Monday, December 5, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 12.5.22

 Happy Monday my friends!  Another week has gone by and I have much more Warhammer Hobby to share with you all (as opposed to last week).  My event, The Tayrahi Classic, is happening in a few short weeks, and as such preparation has been in full swing as the date draws near (Dec 17/18).  Awards are made and prizes are purchased, but that is not all I have been up to the past week.  Check it out after the break!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 11.28.22

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you have had a good week of Warhammer Hobby as well as a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving with your friends and family.  After coming home from the recent Warhammer US Open and Grand Narrative Finale I have been very busy so while I did get a bit of hobby in hindsight it was a lighter week for me without a doubt.  Check after the break to see all about it as well as some fun pictures from the Us Open.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 11.21.22

Happy Monday everyone!  As you read this I am flying home from the Warhammer US Open Grand Finale and Warhammer 40k Grand Narrative!  I didn't want to leave you all high and dry so while you wait for a full recap of the event itself here is the tiny bit of hobby I was able to accomplish before I headed off to the event last week!  Check it out after the break!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Product Review: Gray Matter Gaming - Gaming Mats

 Hello everyone!  Welcome to a very special review of a new product on the market from Gray Matter Gaming.  Andrew over at Gray Matter reached out to me to ask if I would do a product review of their new neoprene gaming mats and I jumped at the opportunity.  As a regular user of the FLG mats and having used the Tablewar mats at NOVA Open I was curious to see firsthand the innovations with this kind of product that has become a standard in the gaming community.  Check out the full review after the break and be sure to visit the Gray Matter Gamings Website and Twitter!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 11.14.22

Happy Monday Everyone!  Another solid week of Warhammer has come and gone and as I prepare to head to the Warhammer Open Grand Finale and 40k Grand Narrative I wanted to give you the usual update on my week in the hobby of Warhammer!

Monday, November 7, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 11.7.22

 Happy Monday and Happy November everyone!  Another week has gone by and I feel as if I have had a ton of hobby and no hobby done during this past week.  First and foremost I was at the Warhammer US Open Kansas City TOing Age of Sigmar with the great and mighty James O'Brien and Jon Baramore as we wrapped up the US Open series for 2022.  There is still the Grand Finale to go, but it is always surreal to see this second year of US Opens come and go so quickly.  Head after the break to see more!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 10.31.22

Hello Everyone!  It is time for my weekly hobby round up, but this time it is a bit shorter than usual due to my travels to the Warhammer US Open in Kansas City this past week.  As this post goes live I will be traveling back home from the event just in time to hand out candy for my towns Trick or Treat!  So happy Halloween and check out the hobby after the break!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 10.24.22

 Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had another excellent week and are going strong with the start of this fresh one.  If you need a pick me up then join Morathi-Khaine, Tayrathi, and all the Daughters of Khaine in listening to Taylor Swift's newest album, Mightnights...seriously I love the album and it's a solid listen.  Even so please enjoy the meme below and jump below the break to see actual Hobby Updates!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 10.17.22

Happy Monday everyone!  It is that regular time for a quick hobby update to start the week!  It was a much calmer week than usual, but still, plenty of fun to be had with the Darktide Closed Beta, more Mordheim practice, and Horus Heresy continuing full speed ahead!  Jump after the break to check it all out!

Monday, October 10, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 10.10.22

 Happy Monday everyone!  Another week has passed as Autumn's grip takes hold in my local area which means it's time to prime those models before winter!  Thankfully I didn't have much to build and prime this week, but I did need to get some pewter built while missing my friends and co-workers who were at the Warhammer US Open - Chicago.  Head after the break to see more as usual!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Kraith: One Hundred Games in Khaines Glory

Hello, my fellow Khainties!  Today's post is a bloody good one and is very close to my heart as it revolves around the best of the Daughters of Khaine subfactions, The Kraith!  Granted it is not the best in regards to doing well in a Grand Tournament, but if you love a small game of chance where your opponent is on the toes waiting to see the result then The Kraith is the place for you!  You may ask why I am writing about this specific topic due to my recent 100th game playing this very subfaction.  You read that right, 100 games with the Kraith ruleset across all versions of the Battletomes existence.  Head after the break to see more thoughts on this accomplishment!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Big M's Mega Minute - Episode 1


Weekly Hobby Update 10.3.22

 Hey Everyone! I am a day late posting my Weekly Hobby Update, but I hope you can forgive me as there is some exciting stuff below after the break!  From Middle Earth, to the Mortal Realms, to Horus Heresy, to Mordheim itself, and even historical I have been very busy as always!  Directly below you can see my completed Rivendell army, painted by my FLGS owner Norm, which I gave some fresh flock to kick it all off!  Jump after the break to see more!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 9.26.22

Happy Monday everyone!  It has been another fantastic week of Warhammer with mostly Horus Heresy on my Hobby table, but a few side projects and more Mordheim board work also snuck their way in as well. I am incredibly excited to begin my 30k Dark Angel project, but keeping to my word I am not rushing it and making sure to take my time with each model and give them all the bits and bobs!  Jump after the break to see it all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Product Review: Mini Mag Trays (Part 2)

Hello Everyone!  Today I have a mid-week post for you all in the form of a Product Review.  Recently Mini Mag Tray reached out to me to review some of their newest products and if you are a long-time reader you will likely have seen the initial review I did for their products a while ago.  I loved their unique take on movement trays and how well they fit into the game of Age of Sigmar despite not being a game that needs movement trays.  I would suggest checking out that last review before diving into this one, but if you have then please carry on after the break below!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 9.19.22

Hello Everyone and welcome to the Weekly Hobby Update!  This past week was staring at unopened Horus Heresy, Painting up a classic Orc model, tons of work on the best Mordheim Board on The Easter Sea Board, and a Club Day.  Check out more after the break!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 9.12.22

 Hey Everyone! It's been another week so, as usual, here is another weekly hobby update.  While it may not seem like much this week it was a flurry of activity!  A nice gaming night of Warhammer Ancients with my usual Wargaming club and the completion of The Warhammer US Open Ringer Army for use at all the Warhammer US Events!  Check out plenty of more pictures after the break.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 9.5.22

 Hey Everyone!  Happy Labor Day to those in the U.S.A!  It has been another fun week full of Warhammer hobby from a new Age of Sigmar Army on my hobby desk to Warhammer Reveals at NOVA Open and even an over-the-top Mordheim project with my weekly club meet-up.  Check out everything after the break as always!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 8.29.22

Hello everyone!  As I mentioned in my last Hobby Update I am moving these weekly posts to Mondays to better separate them from the weekly podcast you can find on our YouTube and your favorite podcast feeds.  While these Hobby Update will be shorter than most, it gets everything lined up much better for all the content I wish to bring to you.  Check out my week in Warhammer after the break.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Strength Hammer Podcast Episode 27 - A Fresher and Focused Format


Weekly Hobby Update 8.26.22

 Happy Friday Everyone!  It is time for another Weekly Hobby Update about my week in Warhammer.  As a quick heads up, I plan to move this regular post from Friday to Monday.  This move is twofold to allow my weekend gaming to be fresher in my head for some small write-ups and because The Strength Hammer Podcast is returning!  The reformatted Strength Hammer Podcast will be posted on Fridays starting later this very day so please look forward to it.  Until then enjoy the hobby update after the break.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update 8.19.22

 Hey Everyone!  Welcome back to another Weekly Hobby Update!  It was a surprising whirlwind this week with lots of building, painting, and gaming!  Wood Elves to Dark Elves, even a Roman Pig crossed my hobby desk this week!  Check out it all after the break!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Weekly Hobby Update - 8.12.22

 Hey Everyone!  Today marks the return of my Weekly Hobby Update where I take you through my week in Warhammer Hobby!  You can expect these hobby updates every Friday going forward in time to read through the post with your morning coffee.  This past week has been all about Warhammer Fantasy Battles as the old bug has bitten me and more than a few locals.  From touching up my old armies to some unexpected acquisitions.  My Daughters of Khaine, fresh off their hobby win last weekend, looked on all week as I played with square bases, as shown in the picture below. Check it out after the break!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Steel City Grand Tournament 2022 Event Recap

 Hey Everyone!  This past weekend I was able to attend a local Grand Tournament here in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Steel City GT 2022 was a great success in one of the best Hobby Shops/Venues in the area, The Fabricators Forge.  The Event was attended by 26 players who were both local and from cross the country to create an excellent weekend of Age of Sigmar.  Congrats to Bill Souza for The Event Win and Jake L'Ecuyer for taking Best Painted as well as all the winners!  I am thankful to be counted among them for earning 2nd Best Painted and Best Display Board at the event as well!  Check out my games below after the break and see how my Daughters of Khaine faired in the current meta!

Friday, August 5, 2022

On Wings of Blood and Miracles

Hey Everyone!  Today I am very pleased to bring you a new chapter in the saga of Tayrathi with some new lore all about her newest recruit into The Tayrathian Cult!  Liliia Blood-Bonded as you see below is an Anointed on Flamespyre Phoenix as far as rules go, but in lore, she is a Sorceress on a Blood Phoenix.  This model was an idea I had for my model to bring to Realms At War: Aethermy so long ago but was not brave enough o do it at the time.  The timing finally felt right as I head to the Steel City GT Tournament and wanted to create something truly unique.  I hope you enjoy the lore below and happy hobbying!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Return of the Strength Hammer Blog

 Hello everyone!  I am finally coming back from my content break and I am happy to say you can expect regular blog posts once again!  During my break I really started to miss writing for my blog on a regular basis (not to mention returning to older posts to fix all those broken images as I find the time), but didn't want to overcommit my time, but I believe I found a balance of regular content that is enjoyable and quick to do mixed with more in depth articles you have seen here before! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Army Lore: The Scions of Strength

 Hey Everyone!  I have yet another Army Lore post for you today!  This one is very special as it is for my very first Age of Sigmar Army which has had a bit of rebrand since their original lore was put out long ago.  Now dubbed The Scions of Strength they are led by not one, but two mighty heroes of The Mortal Realms!  Usually, I find a Pop Queen to represent the leader of my faction and while looking and asking others for input I stumbled upon an even better idea.  Having just finished painting a Knight-Draconis I decided to paint her up to represent my wonderful queen of a wife and after pulling out my favorite model in the Stormcast Range, and touching it up a bit, I also have myself finally represented on the table as a Lord-Castallent!  Halauren Stormblossom and Charliamh Brawnhammer have an eternal bond and will see Sigmar's foes vanquished across The Mortal Realms.  Only The Faithful!  As always Stay Stormcast Strong and Happy Hobbying!

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Army Lore: Lanissa's Rebellion

Hey Everyone!  I recently completed my Anvigard army the centers around my Souldbound Character Lanissa Bloodparch.  Enjoy the video and as always Happy Hobbying and Stay Stormcast Strong!

Army Lore: Fleet Maxa-Va

Hey Everyone!  Today I have yet another Army Lore post for you.  I recently completed my Kharadron Overlords fleet and after choosing a suitable pop star, Ava Max, to represent the army I decided to get to work and write a short piece of lore.  My flagship The Maxa-Va has a bit of mystery attached to it after its most recent journey.  I hope you enjoy this lore and as always Happy Hobbying and Stay Stormcast Strong!

Army Lore: WAAAGH Eliish'ia!

Today I have a very special post as I bring you some more Army Lore.  I have been building a Path To Glory Roster using Orruk Warclans over the past few months and while it is still a small army I wanted to write up a bit of background for it as well as incorporate my usual Pop Queen into it all.  My Ironjawz force is "lead" by Arch-Revenant Elish'ia based on Billie Elish.  It is a bit of fun in making it work, but that is what I love about The Mortal Realms and crafting your own Narrative!  Enjoy the lore below and as always Happy Hobbying and stay Stormcast Strong!