(2016) In the grim darkness of 2016 there is only …

That’s an interesting list you’ve got there. Nothing from Forgeworld?



Nah. It just doesn’t fit the theme of the army that I’ve got in my head. Where’s the rest of yours?


Off the table, Mo. Not surprised that you don’t know anything about the meta.




…Nevermind, hon. Don’t ever change, alright? 🙂



Why a 40k game?


Well, I’m gonna let you figure out about what the allegory here is. Florida the loaded power-gamer veteran who has every army ever casted, versus little Missouri on the other end who’s managed to cobble together the oddest little group of fellows and put all of them together in a list that’s uniquely “hers.”


In other news, for this upcoming primary election, the GOP spent 88% of all of their attack ads (out of three states) in Florida, attacking the one man who they thought was a joke – until he wasn’t. Millions of dollars are being spent to attack someone running as the candidate to represent their own party, and it remains to be see whether or not the ads have any effects.


A lot has happened in America just over the weekend.  Thursday. A debate that was civil happened over on the Republican side. Friday. There were riots and arrests in St. Louis, and Trump abruptly cancelled a rally in Chicago citing concerns about the safety of both his supporters and his protesters. Saturday, Rubio offered Kasich an alliance, in which Kasich – in an entirely predictable but at the same time, political – maneuver, flatly rejected. It also happened on the same day that a “peaceful protester” who once dragged a US flag through the ground in protest decided to bum-rush the Republican front-runner by leaping over a barrier (that’s putting it really gently). This is to say nothing of the alleged and/or questionably threatening content found on his social media, or the fact that a major TV network decided to give this man a spot on national TV despite the fact that, oh, I don’t know, what he did could obviously have been interpreted as trying to attack – or assassinate – a man currently running for president of the United States of America?

这个周末美国发生了太多的事情了。周四的共和党辩论意外的安静。周五圣路易斯就开始暴动(因为特朗普的降临),然后某金闪闪本来在芝加哥的活动被取消(因为对抗议者和支持者都有危险)。周六,水哥向州长伸出橄榄枝(因为俄亥俄和佛罗里达州是州长和水哥的大本营,所以理论上来说是有本地优势的) ,而州长这个精明的政治家很无情的落井下石,选择了否认他的联盟。


美国最大的一家电视台既然把这家伙送上了国家级别的电视节目。我想吐槽说美国疯了吗?这家伙你看看视频的话,我要是保安我也肯定认为他是要攻击 – 或者直接暗杀 – 美国目前的总统候选人其一啊。

Recent events have made it incredibly hard for me to not inject my own personal feelings and emotions into the matter. I am doing my best to stay fair, but being fair doesn’t mean being neutral. At its core, these pieces are meant to be fun and educational – especially to the half of our audience that don’t speak English. When I first embarked on this journey, I was hoping to cover contemporary American politics in a lighthearted manner, where we could look, laugh, and learn a little about the great and the silly parts of my country and our unique idiosyncrasies.


But we’re at a point where I can’t just pretend to be neutral anymore. To do that would be ignorant and disrespectful. People should not blame everything on the left or the right. I sincerely encourage each and every one of you to consider the other side. There is no reason that you can’t read the New York Post and the New York Times at the same time. If you’re conservative, go read HuffPo or Politico. If you’re liberal, go check out Breitbart or the Federalist. If you’re used to getting all of your news from CNN or FOX news, go OFF the beaten path. We’ve got twitter and facebook now. Hear directly from the candidates themselves. See for yourself what they’re actually saying. Don’t let anyone tell you what the truth is. Find that out for yourself.

但你知道吗?目前问题已经到了一个必须要说点什么的阶段了。我如果再无视下去,这是对你们的不负责任以及不敬。我认为大家不应该完全怪左边或者右边。我真的,真心恳请你们每一个人都去考虑考虑另外那边的观点。纽约时代和纽约Post(一个是极左一个是极右的报纸)都是可以看的。如果你比较保守点的话,去看看Huffington Post或者Politico。你如果比较民主党的话,去看看右边的联邦者或者Breitbart。你如果只是从CNN或者FOX(这俩都是美国的大媒体,类似于中国的新华社的地位)得到新闻的话,去看看民间的信息散播。我们现在是有社交媒体啦。你可以直接去听听那些候选人,看看他们真正在说什么。


Head over to r/the_Donald (EDIT: Someone emailed me and suggests r/askTrumpSupporters instead. This post has been up for like, ten minutes!) if you’re curious about Trump. Find those Facebook groups that genuinely support Madam Secretary and find out why these people are supporting her. I’m not even going to waste text telling people how to learn more about Bernie because, well, if you’re at all on the internet there’s no way you haven’t been approached by a friend wanting you to feel the Bern at this point, but start with Bernie Sander’s website. That’s a good place to begin.


(注:Bernie Sanders的名字是Bernie嘛,Feel the Bern (burn)是美国文化梗。大概就是燃起来吧!本来是两个意思。我小学的时候这个意思是你被耍了。当我到大学的时候,变成了…燃烧吧,肌肉(主要在体育馆里面听到的)。现在一改,成了老爷子在年轻人里的口号。)

Ted Cruz. John Kasich. Marco Rubio. All of these candidates have their own people and their own presence online and offline, and I would strongly and seriously recommend that you give everyone a fair shot. Don’t hide away ideas that are unsettling or discomforting. Confront them. Because you know what? If your beliefs are worth it, then it deserves to be tested. The other day I learned from our Chinese friends a proverb, “That of which is true gold does not fear fire.”


… Er, actually, interjecting a scientific comment, gold does kinda fear fire, I mean it, like, melts and has a low melting point and everything –

(那啥,不好意思,我感觉金还是蛮怕火炼的。熔点蛮低的嘛,然后 -)

You get the idea. My point is, we live in a digital age now. An age of information, where the internet is empowering you for the first time to honestly open your eyes up and decide for yourself who’s telling the truth and who isn’t.


Go look.

Okay, the actual artistic inspiration for this one. In no particular order:


Florida was a harder shipgirl to conceptualize than we had first realized. Trust me, once you get to see her in her full glory, you’ll definitely agree that she’s worthy of the nickname “Sunshine.” That being said, when Sima asked me what’s Florida known for, I instinctively answered, “Orange juice.”


Yeah… So she’s got orange hair now. Sorry. >_<


The girl to her right is Missouri. This is not at all me trying to prod November to actually let us post her. She’s been drawn for like, five months now. xD Our overall design is actually a fairly sweet and innocent “midwestern” girl. She wears flowers in her hair because the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country, and we wanted to give a nod to that.


Now, fairies. First off, yes, that’s Hillary and Bernie duking it off in the back. Someone forgot to tell Ari that this is the 40k and not the Fantasy – I mean, AGE OF SIGMARINES table. We’re still looking for a better Hillary meme, so again, if you have ideas for an outfit upgrade, let us know. 🙂

然后轮到精灵了。后台是希拉里和老爷子在拼杀中。大家忘了告诉雅莉这桌是战锤40000而不是奇幻 – 好吧现在已经改成西格玛战士之锤了。我们目前仍然在寻找更好的希拉里梗,所以如果你们有主意的话,请尽管跟我讲。


Then, on the GOP side, we have Governor Kasich. Congrats to the gentlemen writing in from Ohio. Yes, it is a reference to Kasich’s home state. He’s got a bunch of tools in his apron because Ohio (to this NJer, anyways) is widely known for being a center of industry. Off the top of my head I can think of steel, automobiles, aircraft and defense matters, and other manufacturing (wiki says rubber, though I seriously also didn’t know that Ohio had a big agricultural component). Kasich has also been fairly low-key, and we wanted him to keep his suit-and-tie (at least for now) throughout our series. You can tell that a lot of people’s came a long way since.


You know why Rubio’s looking like he’s operating a Dreadnought? A Dreadnought, in 40k lore, is basically a giant robot housing a dying Space Marine so he can return to the battle once more. Look to Rubio’s campaign, now. Florida is going to be his last stand, and while miracles do happen – like in Michigan, I have an honest feeling that we’ll be saying farewell to him (at least in Pacific’s 2016 series) come March 15th. No idea whether or not he’ll be joining –

你知道为啥水哥这次在战斗机器人里吗?战锤梗里,如果星际战士(吐槽:我看你们翻译Space Marine怎么这么别扭啊)得到致命伤害后可以被装进这种铁壳里面来维持生命,靠战斗机器人来最后的为帝国付出。看看水哥现在众叛亲离的情况吧,佛罗里达基本上是这位的最后一战。虽然奇迹也许会发生,但我认为我们15号的时候,至少会在美舰本这个2016系列中,跟他说再见。我不知道他会不会遇见老 –

Yes, that is Jeb. Jeb has yet to endorse anyone at the time of us drawing this piece. At least, since the battle is ostensibly over Florida, he deserves a cameo.


Front-and-center is Ted Cruz. He presents himself as the “true conservative.” I mean, if we’re really going to go back to the conservative “roots,” might as well put him in something more period-appropriate.


That’s more or less the visible folks that the GOP is fielding. The crowd in all black? That’s up to you to interpret what it is. Hopefully I’ve made the reference to that particular piece of cheese abundantly clear – I haven’t played 40k in years, but I remember well when our Spiritual Liege decided to break all semblance of balance with one of those codex updates…

那,那边就是目前老共和党的盟军啦。他们背后的黑衣无脸群众?你可以自己脑洞想想他们是什么。总之我希望这个梗是比较明显的。我已经多年没玩桌游版战锤了,但当我们的Spiritual Liege选择更新某书的时候…那一刻,就是打破本来没有平衡游戏的平衡中,我仍然记得。


Now, the legions of the Man-Emperor of Mankind…


(战锤一般的玩笑是全人类不朽皇(God Emperor of Mankind)。这个梗有点太冷门,暂时就先不解释为啥叫这个了。)

Seriously, we flip between Gilgamesh and the Big E from 40k. He honestly works as both, and it works. Chris Christie you’ve already seen. The two guys that are new to this side are Dr. Carson, who just recently decided to endorse Trump, and a certain fabulous, fabulous man known to just speak his mind and isn’t afraid of anything.

Hey, if you still want to find out more, the internet’s right next to us. Don’t be shy. Dive in! Go! Read!





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