Chronicles of Thor #3

Chronicles of Thor #3: The Cold Hard Slap of Reality

This is only the third entry in this little series I’ve got going and it’s not all fun. However, let’s start with the fun stuff, shall we?

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After getting my Thorns of the Briar Queen painted, I was able to take them out for a spin and played a few games with them against Farstriders.

Thorns of the Briar Queen #3

My first game saw me get completely smashed as I struggled to use a warband that wasn’t all, “Rawr! I’m going to punch you in the dick!”

It was fun though and I applied some lessons learned to my second game where the tables turned and I took a solid victory.

It’s going to take some getting used to, it really is a far cry from my usual, but I really like how the ghosts function. Lots of free and easy movement, decent speed for the warband considering, models aren’t complete trash in combat, and some decent spells to play with – I like it. I can definitely see this warband as a top-tier one competitively.


You may have also seen that I got some terrain built and painted for my Nightvault boards.

Warhammer Underworlds Terrain

I haven’t had the chance to use them yet in a game, more on that below, but I will tonight. As I said in the showcase for these, I’m really happy with how they came out and I feel they’ll add another level of fun to the games.

Speed Freeks

Just a short little blurb about how I got to play Speed Freeks last week. I went over to Kamui’s place, occasional author here, had some Scotch and played Speed Freeks.

The game was more fun than I expected it to be. I feel that a lot of times GW phones it in with their board games and they ultimately end up as that thing you buy just for the models. However, Speed Freeks was fun, played quickly (once we got the rules down), and I can see playing some more.

I don’t see myself buying the game, however, I’ll gladly play with anyone who has the game.


Those of you who follow me on social media, or of course know me in real life, know that last week was terrible. For the rest of you, on Nov. 20th, 2018, my father passed away at the age of 64. He had diabetes and suffered from heart diseases as well. While we’re not 100% sure on his cause of death, he did pass away in his sleep. He wasn’t feeling well, went to lay down for a nap, and that was it.

The silver lining in this is that my father is with my mom now. See, 12 years ago my mother passed away at the age of 50. Every single day since her passing my dad has wanted nothing more than to be with her. You ask anyone who knew him and they will tell you he wanted to be with my mom. He’s now with her finally.

Mom & Dad
Sorry for the picture of a picture, scanner is busted, but here’s my parents getting married on April 24th, 1976.

So, as expected, the result has been a whirlwind in my life. The only “day off” I’ve had since is Thanksgiving, and that wasn’t really a day off considering. Trying to take care of all that goes with a family death, more you didn’t expect, work, and maintaining sanity has been a struggle.

I don’t normally talk about real life here, but the idea with these chronicles is to blog and be real, so there it is.


A short chronicle today for obvious reasons. Next week some time, things should return to a more normal routine.

I will get out to play some Nightvault tonight, so that will be good.

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Cadian Shock

Oh man, that sounds rough. I hope you’re doing as well as you can be – big hugs – Jake.

Carl Finch
Carl Finch

So sorry to hear about your dad buddy, sending love across the pond to you


Tough but as you say, he’ll be happy now – but equally may be sitting on other side a little sad as he’ll miss you too. Maybe he gets to watch over you more – who knows. Anyway, concentrate on IRL and we’ll be here to read your ramblings when you can return.


So sorry for your loss Thor.

Grieve when you can, do what you need.

Adam Jones

Hugs from our family to yours. As you say, he’ll be happier now reunited with his wife.


My condolences. Even when long-expected, a loss like that is hard, and even more so when you’re the one who has to deal with all the follow up arrangements. Best wishes that things might go as smoothly as possible.


Hey bud, sorry to come late to this post. It’s really rough when someone you love passes on, no matter the time or circumstance, so I’m really sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that as time goes on it becomes a little easier, and the good memories you had with your dad are remembered, without the rawness of grief, but as a joyful remembrance of the time you had, even though the sadness of his departing will never leave, time willl dull the sharp edges of that grief

Jack Shrapnel

So sorry to hear of your loss Thor. Take care.