Alright, so writing aside... one of my other major hobbies is tabletop war gaming. Specifically, the grim-dark 41st millennium of Warhammer 40,000.
The Imperial Guard (pictured above) -now known as the Astra Militarum- is my current army of choice! One of the things that drew me to them, was the fact that they are un-enhanced humans just like myself! In a world where you have 8 ft tall Space Marines, or giant alien bugs, or super high tech space elves... it is nice to have the common man to relate to.
The Imperial Guard relies on millions upon millions of soldiers to assert their dominance over the galaxy and protect the humans from the xeno threats that abound.
I built my army around being an urban fighting force... a liberation front... seeking to free an oppressed city from its rulers. So "ignores cover" weapons are in abundance, and my choices in units were made from fluff and feel rather than looking to be as competitive as possible -the competitiveness was back in my Eldar days!
My current list is 2 for 2 so far! It is made up of:
1 Company Command Squad
1 Platoon Command Squad
2 10-man guardsmen squads, ran as a blob squad with a commissar
1 Heavy Weapons Squad w/ Missiles
1 Veteran Squad with Chimera and 3 Meltas
1 Militarum Tempestus Platoon (Tempestus Command w/ Plasma guns, one squad with 2 meltas, one squad with 2 volley-guns)
1 3-man Bullgryn squad with slabshields
1 Hellhammer - the "Heedless"
1 Aegis Defense Line (I scratch built it with sandbags and such to make it urban) with a quad-gun
That's pretty much it so far! Looking to add in some tanks and be able to switch the Hellhammer out for a full compliment of Leman Russ.
Do any of you play Warhammer 40k or any other table top games? Comment below and let me know what armies you play! Or if you have any questions on anything! I may post up some pictures of my models if people are interested! Let me know!
Keep on writing and reading folks,
I post on this blog rather sporadically as some of you may have noticed! As I balance out writing with "the day job" I will do my best to post more consistently.
I am also posting my latest novel "Traitor's Games" piece by piece on Wattpad. Revision 3 is almost finished but reader feedback is exceptionally valuable and wattpad offers a good way to get granular comments and polish improvements on the manuscript! See the link at the bottom of the site under my connect info for more ways to view content.
In the future I plan to have a set schedule for posting about other writing-related things, or topics in my interest field such as Table Top War Gaming and Video Games.
Thank you for your support and feedback!
Matthew Taylor was born February 13, 1991 in Simi Valley, California. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands, where he served as treasurer and briefly President of one of the campus's two political clubs. While earning his degree he continued to write and hone his craft, eventually releasing an initial few short stories on Kindle.