Idle Speculation

Musing on Basing

I’ve always been a fan of basing. I’m not sure why – maybe because basing responds really well to thinks like washing and dry brushing and those early techniques you […]

What is "Balance" Anyway?

This blog – and the mini wargaming community as a whole – talks about “balance” a lot. Is the tournament scene balanced? Is the new Killslayer Deathskull Codex balanced? Is […]

40K in 2017

You thought you had escaped, hadn’t you? Surely, by the 22nd, all the various New Year introspectives would be over. Oh no my friend, you vastly underestimate my ability to procrastinate. […]

Saying Goodbye to 7th...

It’s a matter of weeks now before 8th Edition rolls out, with many, many changes afoot. It also happens to be close to the 3rd anniversary of Variance Hammer getting started. […]

After a very calculus-heavy last post, I decided I could use some levity. My mind has been on designing Space Wolves lists recently, as I’ll be playing them in the […]

The Math of a Meta

Or: What Variance Hammer actually does for a living. I’ve made a number of posts about “the meta” – what’s currently hot the game, what the distribution of forces are, […]