Beer Review 138 // Nebuchadnezzar by Omnipollo


There are some special beers in the world that when I drink them I am taken back to a moment in time. Today's beer does just that. Whenever I drink a Nebuchadnezzar, I am transported back to London UK and working one of my first shifts at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, where one of my co-workers introduced me to Omnipollo and changed my life forever. With this in mind let us enjoy a Nebuchadnezzar together.

“Neb” is a homebrew recipe that has been scaled up with no consideration to economies of scale. Some say idiotic, and as an economist, I would have to agree. Get fresh or die trying.

Awards: Gold medal and "Best of Show" at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2012. Best Swedish Beer 2013 according to Ratebeer. Best Swedish Beer 2012 according to the readers of Allt om Öl. Best Swedish Beer according to beersweden.forum. On the list of 30 great IPAs to drink before you die at http://firstwefeast.com/drink/30-great-ipas-to-drink-before-you-die/

Henok

This version of the beer was brewed in Canada near Toronto and was sold through the Craft Brand Co. team. The pour is a beautiful hazy orange colour, with a beautiful thick white head. The aromas coming off the beer are strong on the malt front, with some bold fruity hops, a big hit of juicy mango. Not going to lie this is also giving off a boozy note, but damn does it all smell delicious. The taste is bold west coast styling, it's bitter and sweet, the fruits are in your face, lots of grapefruit pith, passionfruit and some sticky pine notes. This is a big beer that has a lingering bitterness, coating the mouth in the wonderful hoppy taste. The booziness hits and it is such a wonderful beer, I can't wait to crack the can that is in front of me.

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Comic Review 133 // Strontium Dog: Traitor to his Kind


Well, I had a lot of fun with Glimmer Rats last week. I found myself missing Strontium Dog, and I felt I had to get back to it. I have completed the official Johnny Alpha arc, but the creative team Wagner and Ezquerra felt like they still had stories to tell. So they managed to squeeze out a few more for us fans. This leads us nicely to the first novel Strontium Dog: Traitor to his kind.

Johnny Alpha – the mutant bounty hunter with the X-ray eyes – has been given his toughest job to date. The mutant underground has kidnapped King Clarkie The Second and the British government want Alpha to secure his release.

Finding himself working for the norms, Johnny must venture deep into the mutant ghetto and deep into his own past. As Johnny unravels a plot to start a new war with the mutants he must ask himself the toughest question. In order to save his own kind can Johnny Alpha betray them?

Written by John Wagner (A History of Violence) with art by Carlos Ezquerra (Preacher), this Thrill-packed tome brings you 2000 AD at its very best!

Right where to begin? The action in this graphic novel seems to take place after The Kreeler Conspiracy. These comics were published between 2000 and 2009 and lucky for us are all written by John Wagner and drawn by the talented but sadly past Carlos Ezquerra. Also with it being a modern piece, it is all fully coloured and a real treat to the eyes.

There are a lot of tales and characters to take in with this book, but rather than break down every story I am just going to go over the highlights. The first tale starred Kid Knee. This is a model I have been eyeing up from Warlord Games, so to read his story was a true highlight for me if a little sad and you can't help but feel a little down after this story. Good opening piece and a telling example of how the theme of this book will go.

The next tale is a prison break job, with our duo coming to the aid of Headly Foot, an ex- SD agent with an ankle and foot on his head. Having been found guilty of crimes he faces prison time until Johnny and Wulf rescue him. But are they being honourable or do they have other motives. Solid enough tale but nothing that really gripped me or inspired me.

Then we hit the title tale - Traitor to his Kind. In this story, King Clarkie has been kidnapped by a group of mutant terrorists. Due to his connection to the English government, Alpha is called in to assist in finding the missing king. This is such an enjoyable read with Johnny Alpha placed in a no-win scenario. If he helps the government he will be forever titled a traitor by his own kind, whilst if he chooses to not help he will have to watch another mutant vs norm war take place. Unsurprisingly Johnny chooses to save the king and become branded a traitor. There are a lot of twists in this comic that I won't reveal, but it is hard to watch it all happen, at times you find yourself wanting to slap people and wake them up to the tragic happenings around them. Amazing story and well worth the price of the issue alone.

We are treated to a fallout story, showcasing how Johnny is treated in the aftermath of the main story, it is a sad state of affairs, to be honest. It didn't really add much and felt a filler piece, but at the same time felt very Strontium Dog. With the duo heading off to claim a bounty with no epicness about. It is a very straightforward bounty job that gets messed up along the way.

The last story; The Glum Affair. Actually feels like a true follow-up to the Traitor to his kind story. As we revisit Glum, who is now in prison awaiting to be executed for killing a policeman. In an attempt to speak to his old friend, Johnny is meet with poisonous contempt and is forced to rescue/kidnap Glum to help prove his innocence. During their time on the run, Glum begins to realize his error and by the end of the story is praising Johnny Alpha once more. The true highlight of the story is the trio visiting a space station that is built as a Las Vegas in space, lots of gambling and criminals are aboard here and the bounty hunting fun soon takes over again, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. This was a very strong ending for the comic and second only to the main story.

Overall the comic made a good job of showcasing Johnny Alpha as a stand-alone character, even when around his own kind. It comes across as aloof and arrogant but is in fact just a lonely lifestyle for the bounty hunter. We then watch what little life he has crumbled away, before getting the redemption tale that was needed. It is a great reworking of the Strontium timeline and I am excited to dive into the Blood Moon graphic novel next.

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Miniature Monday // Warlord Games Judge Dredd


Hey, time for a Judge Dredd miniature post. This model is from Warlord Games and was a great miniature to paint. For this post, I am going to start by showing the unboxing video.


If you are still watching I thank you for your viewing. Now into Judge Dredd. You all know his story we all love the legend and it was such a joy to paint. As you would have seen I based with grey primer, then extreme highlighted with white. Then I worked through a load of contrast paints, to achieved what I feel is a great look on the model. It feels very comic book style and was a blast to paint. I hope you all agree with me and I am excited to get more miniatures painted up soon.


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Audio Review 29 // Garro: Sword of Truth by James Swallow


Racing through the Garro adventures with us now on story number three. Garro: Sword of Truth.

Nathaniel Garro, knight errant and agent of the Sigillite, returns from the battlefields of Calth to find a new mission already waiting for him – a ragged fleet of Space Marines from several Legions lingers at the edge of the Terran system. With the presence of World Eaters and Emperor’s Children causing concern among the loyalist defenders and drawing a grim parallel with his own frantic flight, Garro must look beneath the obvious if he is to determine friend from foe...

This tale sits between Oath of Moment and Legion of One so I have listened to them out of order, which for me led to spoilers. There is a lot to enjoy with this tale, up first it is a longer tale (over two hours) giving Swallow more time to build out the story. The characters are a lot more varied in backgrounds and legions, with us seeing Deathguard, World Eaters, Ultramarines, Emperor Children and White Scars.

This is a very character-driven story. With Garro having freshly returned to Luna with Rubio, they are both soon called back into action. In the outskirts of the Solar System, a fleet of ships has appeared seeking refuge in the wake of the civil war. The only problem is the ships are made up of the traitorous legions, it is up to Garro and his friends to decide if they are loyal to traitors.

Overall a great story, full of action, intrigue and twists. The whole who you can trust narrative is greatly acted out by the writing of Swallow and I highly recommend purchasing it. If you are new to the series go back and listen to Oath of Moment first.

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Book Review 126 // Azrael by Gav Thorpe


Welcome back to another Dark Angel novel. This time we delve into the Chapter Master himself and his rise into the role of Chapter Master. Azrael is 192 pages long and written by a favourite author of mine by Gav Thorpe.

The Dark Angels Chapter sprang from the First Legion of Space Marines to fight and die at the Emperor's side. But over ten thousand years, even the most staunchly loyal warriors of the Imperium can fall from grace, and the Dark Angels guard their own murky secrets most carefully - only Supreme Grand Master Azrael knows them all. A legend among Space Marines, he has fought for centuries and ever at the forefront of battle. Now, with the enigmatically alien eldar as his uneasy and unlikely allies, he must tread the fine line once more between the pursuit of victory, and keeping the Chapter's past safely buried...

Author: Gav Thorpe
Page Count: 192
Publisher: Black Library

Unsurprisingly Azrael is all about the Chapter Master of the Dark Angels. We go back in time to watch him be promoted into the position of Chapter Master. During this time we will see him as the leader of the First Company aka the Deathwing. In this opening act, we have the Dark Angels facing off against a traitorous World, corrupted by the Night Lords. In this action, the previous Grandmaster is slain and Azrael steps forwards as his replacement. He is then put to the test within the Rock to see if he is worthy enough to lead.

There is plenty of action, which I have come to expect of any Space Marine novel. A surprise twist for me is the inclusion of Eldar in the final battle, but it would seem they had a common enemy in the form of the Painted Count. But overall this book should be viewed as a lore filler, it shows how the new commanders are chosen and the role the Watchers in the Dark still play within the chapter. I do find it intriguing that they should show Azrael his past as a way for himself to decide if he deserves to lead or not.

Overall a solid read and I enjoyed it, so it's a win for me. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it and use the links provided to support me and the blog.

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Youtube // Batch painting video



A bit more shameless promotion of my youtube channel Adventures with Peps. My little hobby corner is slowly building up some traction as I close in on 50 followers. If you haven't ready go check out and give me a follow, every little bit help.

Today's post is a Youtube video of me painting a few figures, I have in no particular order I paint Warlord Games Judge Dredd and a Strontium Dog: Lowdown McPhee, a Mongoose Games Perp and two uglies. Enough of the writing here's the video:


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Beer Review 137 // Maz by Omnipollo


Got to love a beer by Omnipollo and recently Craft Brand Co. from Toronto made a new to Canada brew. Title Maz this beer used to be called Mazarin, the original brewer Henok calls this the thinker's beer. He wanted to produce a beer that is not over the top complex, and instead is a calm hop palette that doesn't confuse the mind too much. Sitting at 5.6% this Pale Ale is hopefully going to become a good to brew for the summer.

Let us dive into the beer. The beer pours a beautiful bright orange colour, that is stunning in its hazy appearance and has a lively, white bubbly head. The beer is aromatic with a hit of classic citrus notes, gentle melon and a malty caramel backbone. The taste matches the aroma, with a bit more of a hit of tropical fruits and a slightly grassy finish. The lingering finish is mouthwatering and slightly bitter. Overall a great Pale Ale, would definitely buy it again!

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Comic Review 132 // Glimmer Rats by Gordon Rennie

Last week when I completed Strontium Dog: The Keeler Conspiracy, I posted on Instagram and offered up three opinions of what to read next and it seemed like the vote sung slightly to Glimmer Rats. With this in mind let us dive into this one-shot comic.

Glimmer Rats

Author: Gordon Rennie

Artist: Mark Harrison

Commercial Fluff: Under the autocratic rule of a federal Europe, all prisoners are press-ganged into the military to fight an incredible war against an unbelievable enemy: unearthly monsters from another dimension known as the "Glimmer." As the reluctant troopers soon learn, the Glimmer is ruled by the "Geist" -- the malevolent spawn of hell that can rend, kill, and destroy humans in a thousand different ways. The only way to survive is to be meaner, fight dirtier, and kill faster than the Geist...

Page Count: 64 Pages

Review

A crazy sci-fi horror, which is brought to life by the artwork of Mark Harrison. This story captured my imagination like the Alien movie and Warhammer 40,000. Gordon Rennie really produced a mind-bending tale, full of action, horror and otherworld terror.

Within the tale you are introduced to only a few main characters, I really like the fact that the cast list is pretty small. Each character is someone you don't want to like, murders, rapists, traitors and terrorists, but you can't full for them and even care for the odd character. The plot is straightforward - a terrorist/freedom fighter is arrested and shot into a dimensional rift to fight other-dimensional monsters. Here we discover a broken and defeated team that is seeking redemption. Whilst the newbie is learning the ropes we find out about a possible way to escape the rift, but can the exit be truly real?

It is one of the best comics I've read in 2021, enjoyable, short and has left me inspired. I highly recommend it to anyone in the sci-fi hobby, if you can't find inspiration in it then you should unfollow me. In all seriousness give me a follow or comment below I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Miniature Monday // Craftworld - Arach-Qin


This week I am working on the next Craftworld Project. Craftworld, Arach-Qin has very little info on it and seems to just be a random snippet in a codex paint guide. Now there seems to be a lot of homebrewed lore, which though interesting seems to lean too heavily on Dark Elf lore from AOS/Warhammer, which though fun, doesn't seem to really fit. With this in mind here is all that is known.

Arach-Qin is an Eldar Craftworld. Little is known about Arach-Qin, other than its existence. It is most likely an extremely minor Craftworld.

Main colours: Black body armour. Red faceplate, beige details.

Got to be honest a very dull paint scheme, didn't enjoy this, but glad I got it done. I would love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments and if you wish to support the blog hit subscribe or use one of the following links:

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Audio Review 28 // Garro: Legion of One by James Swallow


Look at me, I managed to continue a series for once. If you didn't see last week's review click here. Let's do a quick refresh. In story one: we joined Garro as he travelled to Calth in search of an Ultramarine, whilst searching Garro ends up assisting in a battle against the traitorous Word Bearers. This was a great intro and I am hoping the stories continue to be of this high quality. Let us dive in and see what the commercial fluff has to say.

Nathaniel Garro continues his mysterious mission in the latest Horus Heresy audio drama.

Nathaniel Garro, loyalist Death Guard, and hero of The Flight of the Eisenstein has found a new calling in his service to the Emperor. Surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, Garro travels the galaxy in pursuit of his new goal. His quest will lead him to the heart of the most destructive warzones and reveal a secret that will change the course of the Horus Heresy itself.

Legion of One was once again read and acted by Toby Longsworth and was so enthralling. We join Garro and Rubio from the first tale, Oath of Moment, travelling with Macer Varren of the World Eaters. The trio is travelling to the Istavaan system in search of another Space Marine, one who has fallen far and taken on the name Cerebrus. Throughout the story, we get to experience some of Garro's own ghosts of the past and his regrets of the Istavaan massacre. As the trio searches through the ruins of a gutted city, the trio is surprised to discover humans have somehow survived the battle and fallout. The ragtag survivors inform Garro of a Beast that hunts them at night and wishing to protect the people Garro and team go off to confront the Beast.

Comically Garro chooses to leave Varren defending the survivors (a task not suited to a World Eater), whilst he and Rubio explore the Beast's lair. Soon the pair are ambushed by the beast and in the following combat, a krak grenade is used to collapse a building upon them. Varren in a state of shock is left alone to face the creature and is only saved when a remerging Rubio drives off Cerberus with a psi-attack. With Garro recovered the trio realizes that Cerberus is the goal of their mission and though in the grip of madness it is plain to see he is still loyal to the Emperor.

Then the story takes a bit of a plot twist, the dead refugees rise as plague zombies of Nurgle each marked with a triple pox mark. With the trap sprung, Garro now understands why Cerberus was killing the refugees. Soon the Marines are outnumbered and fighting for their lives, it is only by the timely reappearance of Cerberus that they are saved. But the action doesn't end there, with the last zombie dead Cerberus turns on Garro and blades clash once more. It is during this battle that the big reveal happens but no spoilers of that, you will have to listen for yourself.

The new character Varren is really interesting, he comes across as an intelligent and likeable World Eater rather than just a blood-thirsty killer. It's like the early versions of Kharn, a warrior with noble attributes and controlled restraint. This is how I would have liked the World Eaters to have been portrayed in general, only becoming blood-thirsty once combat is joined. A claim outer shell with an inner boiling rage.

This was a great follow-up tale, well written and amazingly read/performed and it helps move along the story in an interesting way. I can't wait to get into the next story Sword of Truth soon. As always cheers for checking in and feel free to sign up to get notifications and use any of these links to support me.

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Book Review 125 // Angels of Darkness by Gav Thorpe


Continuing on from The Purging of Kadillus, comes Angels of Darkness, by Gav Thorpe. We are reintroduced to Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas once more and delve into the Dark Angels' murky past.

Commercial Fluff:

The Angels of Darkness, the God-Emperor's most dedicated servants, harbour a dark secret that stretches back to the great Horus Heresy, a time when humanity was torn apart by intergalactic civil war Now the horrific events from this era threaten to be unleashed as Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas gets caught up in the murderous plots of an enemy from the Chapter's shadowy past...

Author: Gav Thorpe

Page Count: 256

Review

As with most Black Library stories it helps to know a little Warhammer 40k lore. It's not needed knowledge but is definitely helpful. The story follows two characters and jumps back and forth between the two. The first is Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas, a Space Marine of the Dark Angels Chapter. Whilst the second character is Merir Astelan aka one of the Fallen, aka a member of the Dark Angel Legion, circa Horus Heresy era. This group of Fallen is a renegade group of Dark Angels who turned on their Primarch during the Horus Heresy which happened 10,000 years prior.

The chapters jump back and forth between these two, but it is Boreas's piece that you need to pay attention to, set in the current-ish timeline. In this arc, a small garrison lead by Boreas discovers a plot by the Fallen and must decide what action to take. Do they chase their traitorous past or defend the world on which they garrison? While this story is happening, the Astelan chapters help to explain the decision-making that is taking place in the Boreas arc. As the story progresses you are left wondering who is right and who is wrong, do both marines have a valid viewpoint? This story really helps build up the grey areas of right and wrong and we are left wondering how far from the original path has the Imperium fallen. This seems to be the focus of the story, who is truly following their duty, who is lost to lore and stories and is Astelan actually a sane voice in a galaxy gone mad? As Boreas's tale nears completion he seems to start seeing the error in his Judgement and is left wondering who's goals is was actually following and was it for the good of the Imperium?

Overall an enjoyable read and it created a ton of questions for me to think over which is great. It has also sparked interest in the Dark Angels once more, though I feel like I want to collect a more standard Chapter rather than that of the Dark Angels.

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Beer Review 138 // Nebuchadnezzar by Omnipollo

There are some special beers in the world that when I drink them I am taken back to a moment in time. Today's beer does just that. Whene...