January 30, 2014

Building the Blood Angels' Sanguinary Guard

 
With the weather being totally crappy outside and cold, so very cold, I’ve decided to start working on a few Warhammer 40K models I’ve had off to the side.

The first choice I made was to build the Sanguinary Guard, starting with the one holding the Chapter Banner. This particular set goes with my Blood Angel collection.

These models are very dynamic and Citadel makes some very detailed models. The only bad thing is that they are not cheap. The box set for this particular set was around 30 bucks for the 5 models.

Here are a few pictures of my model in its first stage. All I’ve done so far is assemble the model and getting it ready to be primed for painting.


 



 

January 25, 2014

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

 

For the past couple of days I’ve been playing the open beta of Blizzards new game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. And I’ve been enjoying it.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is basically a digital customized card game. You create your own deck and battle AI heroes to get practice in, but the heart of the game is when you go online to battle other players. 


The game has level progression and achievements. And as you play you unlock new cards that you can use to build more decks or modify your already created favorite deck. 

The online play is not to bad either. The game, when you go online will match you up with an equally skilled opponent so your not playing someone that is ridiculously over powering. The longest I’ve had to wait to get a match started was about 20 seconds.
 
The Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Game Board
 
The graphics have the standard cartoon staple that Blizzards gives their games. It’s pretty and elegant, but simple. The way the cards attack each other is entertaining. It’s very animated with a great soundtrack and sound effects. 

In the end, it’s a simple premise, but has a complicated base that is very entertaining and challenging to play. I would recommend it if you have a battle.net account.

My 2014 Royal Rumble Predictions

 

Aside from the Money in the Bank, The WWE Royal Rumble is one of my favorite Pay Per Views of the year. It’s one of those events that are just ripe for surprises, plus it’s the signature PPV that begins the Road to Wrestlemania.

So I’ve been looking at the line up for the Royal Rumble Pay Per View and it got me thinking about what my predictions would be. So here goes:


 
The 30 minutes kick off show that leads into the Royal Rumble Pay Per View is a Tag Team Title match between the team of Goldust and Cody Rhodes and the newly returned New Age Outlaws.

My prediction for this match is a win for the New Age Outlaws. I believe that this is going to be the time for the Rhodes brothers to split. The loss of their tag team championship will bleed over to their participation in the Royal Rumble Match with one eliminating the other, beginning a feud.

Last year Goldust made his return in the #8 slot, but was eliminated by his brother Cody Rhodes. Maybe history will repeat itself, or Goldust could be looking for some kind of revenge. Especially if they loose the Tag Team Titles earlier in the night.

Winner: New Age Outlaws
 
 
We will find out if the strength the Big Show has been demonstrating on Brock Leaner will continue in their match. The past couple of weeks have shown Big Show throwing Brock Leaner around like a rag doll. This included picking him up and throwing him over the top rope and onto the floor. Big Show looks like he could handle Brock Leaner without much trouble, but Leaner has an ace up his sleeve named Paul Haymen. I believe that Brock Lesnar will win this match, but with Paul Haymen’s help in a very significant way.

Winner: Brock Lesnar
 
 
Bray Wyatt has made an oath that he will make Daniel Bryan pay for his betrayal to the Wyatt Family when he joined them, then betrayed them two weeks later. Bray Wyatt made it known that whatever happens now is going to be Daniel’s fault. They may be settling more then just a score when they meet at the Royal Rumble Pay Per View. Bray may have a few surprises for Daniel that may go further then just a wrestling match. I think that if Bray Wyatt can break Daniel down he will get the win. This one is a toss up, but I’m going with Bray Wyatt.

Winner: Bray Wyatt
 
 
After their TLC match last December for the Unification of the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, John Cena has been focused and ready to conquer. And I believe it will come Sunday night.

Randy Orton has been struggling with petty loses to different superstars as well as arguing with the Authority. He’s on an island right now and I personally don’t think he can handle it. This one has John Cena written all over it. The only way that Randy Orton will leave Sunday night with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is to get disqualified. And that’s where the problem lies. And that is what I think will happen.

Winner: John Cena by Disqualification

 
Now let’s get to the bread and butter of the Pay Per View, The Royal Rumble Match. Two superstars start the match with another one appearing every 90 seconds till all 30 Wrestling Superstars have entered the ring. The only way to get eliminated is by being thrown over the top rope and both feet hitting the arena floor. It’s an intense match with a lot of action all over the place. It’s the match each year that has the most surprises. This is the one night when each countdown hits zero and you have no idea who’s coming out.

Rumors run rampant each year over this match. And this year is no different. Everyone speculates on who’s going to make a surprise appearance during the match. As of now there are only 20 official entrants in the match. That leaves 10 spots open for anyone from past legends and returning superstars that have been absent for a while like Batista (who has announced he‘s going to participate in the match).

Will Sheamus make his return finally after the injury he sustained during one of the Money in the Bank matches back in July? Will we see one of the entrants be a wrestler that had a match earlier in the night like Brock Lesnar or John Cena?? Or will we see the Icon String returning to the WWE after his contract with TNA expired this past week? It’s anyone’s guess, and that‘s the biggest part of the fun.

The Royal Rumble Match is also the official start of the “Road to Wrestlemania” with the winner of the Royal Rumble match earning a guaranteed WWE World Heavyweight Championship title shot at Wrestlemania. It’s a big match with a big reward. And who’s going to be its winner this year? I’m biased, but I’m going with CM Punk. The fact that a storyline has been going on between him and Kane resulting in Kane announcing that CM Punks entrance number in the Royal Rumble Match will be #1, screams going the distance. The only thing I think that could stop CM Punk is if Kane enters the Royal Rumble Match with the purpose of eliminating CM Punk.

Winner: CM Punk

Those are my predictions. Now I wish Sunday would hurry and get here so I can sit back and enjoy 3 hours of good entertainment.