Loot Crate February 2016 Theme: Dead

Taken from the Loot Crate email.

Awesome! I can’t wait for the exclusive stuff. I’ve gotten items from Deadpool and Walking Dead in past crates and I hope the newer items are better. Hopefully the t-shirt is better than last month.

If you want to sign up use this LINK, also use the promo code SAVE3 for $3 off any subscription. I also get credit towards more Loot Crates if you use the link. If you have any questions, leave a comment at the bottom.

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Wargame Wednesdays: Warmachine Team Battle Report

Hello Wargamers! The video below is from a 50 point Warmachine game. The scenario was Close Quarters from Steam Roller 2015. The teams were composed of two 25 point armies, Mercenaries/Protectorate of Menoth and Convergence of Cyriss/Cryx. The humans vs the soulless! The teams were split based on experience. Rodel and I were the veterans and the new guys Roland and Ronald were the new players. The newer players took a bit longer than the vets but that is expected since they’re still learning the game.

We had a lot of fun especially since we were playing with two casters. Coming up with cool combos was exciting and a made the game more casual than competitive. I hope we get to play another team game soon, I had a blast. If you can’t see the video below, head to (http://youtu.be/w2be2a9jDPU).

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My Week As RX (Probably Scaled): January 11 – January 17

Monday

Back Squat

 

10 at 50% (195 lb.)
6 at 60% (225 lb.)
5 at 70% (255 lb.)
5 at 80% (275 lb.)
ME at 80% (275 lb.)

After last Mondays back squat episode and a few days of recovery, I was ready for heavy back squats. I didn’t make the same mistake and warmed up with a few non working sets. The weights through all the percentages felt great. The last two sets were a bit tough but I was ready for it. On the max effort set I stopped at five reps to be on the safe side. I didn’t want another repeat of last week.

WOD
Alternating EMOM – 15 minutes

8 – power cleans (135 lb.)
10 – burpees
12 – wall balls (20 lb.)

This workout was tough. I wasn’t able to complete all reps of the cleans and wall balls. I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with heavier weights. The last two rounds were the hardest. I was gasping for air and trying to find the second wind but it never came. I only finished six reps on the the cleans and eight reps on the wall balls.

Tuesday

Gymnastics Skills
3×6
Strict toes to bar
Strict ring dips
ME chest to bar
3×60% of chest to bar workout
I couldn’t do strict toes to bar so I scaled to three second v – ups. I was able to finish the ring dips but I need to work on form. I tend to lean too far forward and my legs come up like a L-sit. I was only able to do six chest to bar pull ups because I couldn’t find a rhythm on the kip.
WOD
 
FGB Style – 6 rounds
Row (cal.)
Power snatch (75 lb.)
Double unders
My goal for this workout was to find a good pace and stick with it. Eighteen minutes of work was rough but I paced myself well enough to finish and not quit during the last two rounds. I would finish the row with about five to ten calories, about ten power snatches and about twenty double unders. It was tough, I tried to increase reps but as the rounds went on, I spent more time trying to catch my breath. I was able to stay consistent throughout the workout but I need to work on my stamina. My final reps were 38, 58, 38, 30, 38, and 46.

 

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Miniature Mondays: Anson Durst

After sitting on my desk for a few months, I finally decided to start assembling Anson Durst. Thankfully, it was an easy build, with not a lot of parts. I had to pin a few things together and I’m a bit worried about the shield. I’m also putting him on a brick base to match the other paladins in my army. I’ve played two proxy games with him and I’m excited to field him in the coming months.

I’m not abandoning the Reznik 2 build. I just finished assembling parts of his chariot and I need to prime them.  I will try finish him before I start on painting Durst.

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My Week As RX (Probably Scaled): January 4 – January 10

Monday

Back Squat 
10 at 50% (195 lb.)
6 at 60% (225 lb.)
5 at 70% (255 lb.)
5 at 80% (275 lb.)
ME at 80% (275 lb.)
We started a new squat cycle this week starting with back squats. I haven’t done squats in awhile and I was excited to get back into it. I based all my weights off of my one rep max of 355 lb. The weights were a little higher than my actual percentage since I was working with other people. The weights are about 4% higher.I felt a bit awkward during the warm up and during my set of 50%. After warming up a bit, I started feeling more confident. I was focusing on being more explosive coming out of the bottom but I think I may have overdone it. My last set at 80% I managed to finish seven reps and failed on my eighth rep.

WOD

21-15-9, 7 minute time cap
Power cleans (115 lb.)
Strict ring dips
2 minute rest
-then-
5 rounds, 7 minute time cap
10 burpees
10 deadlifts (135 lb.)
2 minute rest
-then-
Max effort double unders, 2 minutes

This workout was terrible. I had a lot of fun, but I was laying on the floor for a few minutes after. I decided to scale the power cleans and strict ring dips on the first part of the workout. The original weight for the power cleans was 135 lb. and I did push ups instead of ring dips. Despite my scaling I wasn’t able to finish the workout under time cap. I was about to start on the power cleans on the round of nine. I was confident in finishing under time cap but I hit a wall after the first round of 21.

During the second workout I was only able to finish three rounds. The two minute rest helped but it wasn’t enough to give me that second wind. The burpees and deadlifts were a grind. I wanted to go faster but my arms were weak from the cleans and push ups. The deadlifts were not too bad since I broke them up into sets of five.

The two minute rest was not enough but thankfully the workout was almost over. I wasn’t able to keep a consistent number of double unders going. I would complete a few then break. I was tired and couldn’t keep a consistent jump. I completed 60 double unders in two minutes. It’s not a great result but I did my best.

Tuesday

Gymnastics Skill
 
Worked on the same set of handstand skills as last week. Progress has been slow but I’m getting the hang of some of the drills. Need to work on the free standing handstand and should taps.
WOD
Tabata Fight Gone Bad
Wall ball (20 lb.)
Sumo deadlift high pull (75 lb.)
Box jumps (20 in.)
Push press (75 lb.)
Row (cals)

Tuesdays workout was tabata Fight Gone Bad. The last time I did this workout was two years ago. I did not Rx the weights and I had a total of 24 reps. I decided to do all the work Rx to gauge my progress. I started on the sumo deadlift high pulls, which were not too bad. I’m still a little awkward with the movements but after the first round I was getting the hang of it. I was able to finish six reps per round. The box jumps were okay, it was only 20 inches which made it a bit easier. I also finished the box jumps with at least six reps per round. I was able to keep a constant pace of seven reps per round on the push pres and five calories per round on the rower. My legs were dead when I got to the wall balls. I was only able to complete at least three reps. I was able to PR this workout by three reps and Rx the weight. I’m excited by how much I’ve improved over the years. I can’t wait for the next repeat workout.

Friday

My legs were sore and my knee was also giving me trouble over Wednesday and Thursday. I went crazy on the squats and I paid for it. I’ll be sure to warm up longer and increase the weight gradually.
Back Squat 
10 at 50% (135 lb.)
6 at 60% (165 lb.)
5 at 70% ( 195lb.)
5 at 80% (225 lb.)
ME at 80% (225 lb.)
This was the same workout as Monday but I decided to take it easy. I dropped the weight by 50 lb. since I didn’t want to risk more injury. I stretched out before class and did a longer warm up before I started. My legs were still sore but I was determined to finish a few sets. I was able to finish all the sets with the reduced weight and complete five reps on the last set.
WOD


“Fast n Furious” – Every two minutes 

400 m run
Max effort wall balls (20 lb.)
400 m run
Max effort American kettlebell swings (54 lb.)
400 m run
Max effort push ups
400 m run
Max effort sit ups
400 m run
Max effort double unders

“Slow and mild” is a better description of how I performed during this workout. My goal for this workout was to finish the run under 1:30 and have at lest 10 reps on all max effort movements. The first round was okay. I finished the run at 55 seconds and that’s when I knew, the next four rounds were going to suck. I finished the runs gradually slower with the slowest run time being 1:40. I was almost able to complete 10 reps for all max effort movements. I came up short during the sit ups since I only had 15 seconds left in the round. I hate running but it’s a great skill that I need to work on. If I lose weight, I’m sure my times would be faster as well.

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My Week As RX (Probably Scaled): December 28 – January 3

Happy New Year! Still catching up with some posts but at least this one is recent.

Monday

Gymnastics Skill
 
Worked on some gymnastics skills. Started out doing some handstand drills, 3 x 20 seconds each. Started with freestanding handstands with help from a spotter and shoulder taps. The shoulder taps were scaled to trying to lift each hand off the ground. I don’t have the strength or the balance to do shoulder taps while hand standing. The next set of skills were 3 x 10 seconds each of handstand t’s and handstand walks. Handstand t’s are entry practice for handstand walks. Next up were actual handstand walks. I’m not able to do many steps on the handstand walks and decided to use the wall for assistance. I would be a few feet from the wall and then try to walk to it. I’m still horrible at it but I’m getting better.
WOD  
 
Loredo – 25 minute time cap
6 rounds:
24 air squats
24 push ups
24 walking lunge
400 m run
This was my first time attempting this hero wod. I was worried about the run but it was everything else that killed me. It didn’t hit me until the second round how much the air squats and the walking lunges were going to work my legs. The run wasn’t too bad, since I kept a constant pace. My legs were on fire after the second round but I tried to stay consistent. It was tough, I had to break up everything. The air squats and lunges were done in tens and the push ups were broken up into sets of five or six. Surprisingly, I didn’t walk during the run. I finished the workout with only four rounds completed at time cap.
I was only able to workout one day this week. I did a few hobby stuff with the guys from LFGG and I took some time off during the new year holiday. I hope everyone had an enjoyable new year!
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Wargame Wednesday: Natural 1 Podcast

 A few guys from the Limitless Fails Gaming Group (LFGG) and a few people from TigerBrewed Gaming have teamed up to start a podcast. The podcast is called Natural 1, and it will be focused mainly on wargaming, the hobby and some board games as well. We started this podcast as a way for us to share our experience wargaming on Guam. We also want to spread awareness about wargaming to other listeners currently living here.

This is our introductory episode where the hosts introduce themselves. We talk about how we started wargaming and the games we like to play. Any feedback will be appreciated. I will also be posting links to new episodes as well.

Link: http://natural1671.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/natural-1-podcast-ep-0/

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): December 21 – December 27

I’m still trying to catch up with all the posts so bear with me. This was a shorter week since I took a few days off to enjoy the holidays.

Monday

Sumo Deadlift – 7×5 at 70% (225 lb.)
My main focus was trying to find a better grip and to be more comfortable. The first few sets were good. I was able to maintain good form and the wider grip made it easier to stabilize the weight. The last few sets I tried to focus on doing some touch and go reps. The weight wasn’t too heavy and I was able to string two to three reps.WOD 1



EMOM – 10 minutes

15 wall balls (20 lb.)

This workout is Karen but EMOM. The last time I attempted Karen, I had to scale Karen the last time and it took me around 13 minutes. I was able to keep the 15 wall balls during the first five minutes. after that the reps would drop from 15 to 10 and then to 8 the last round. I could have finished all 150 reps if I had more time. I’m happy with my results.

WOD 2



AMRAP – 7 minutes

7 – chest to bar pull ups

7 – shoulder to overhead (115 lb.)

My biggest worry for this workout was the chest to bar pull ups. I’m still working on my gymnastics skills and my pull up skills are not great. I’m able to do a chest to bar pull up but I get tired fairly quickly. The shoulder to overhead weight was set at 135 lb. for Rx, but I scaled down to 115 lb. I was tired after the deadlifts and the wall balls so scaling seemed like a good idea. The workout started off okay. I was able to string five chest to bars together and finished with two more. I decided to do push jerks instead of a push press. I was able to finish the rounds unbroken. The last two rounds of chest to bars were slow. I had to do singles or at most sets of two. I finished with three rounds.

Tuesday

Strict Press – 7×5 at 65% (115 lb.)
I haven’t done strict press in awhile and decided to go a bit lighter. The movement was hard on my wrists but I was able to get through it. I need to work on warming up my wrists a bit more before class.
WOD
 
Alternating EMOM – 15 minutes
15 ring push ups
15 box jumps
150 m run

I liked this workout but I under estimated the ring push ups. I thought I would be able to recover in time for the next rep but I was wrong. The last two rounds of ring push ups I was only able to complete eight reps. The other movements were okay. I was able to complete the box jumps unbroken and the 150 m run wasn’t too bad, finishing in about 45 – 50 seconds.Buyout



Tabata – Burpees

I was exhausted by the time we started the buyout. My triceps were on fire from the ring dips, and my legs were sore from the box jumps and the run. I was only able to do two to five reps each round. I tried to push myself to do more but my body couldn’t keep up. At least I pushed as hard as I could.

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