We bring you a special report from Sabaton Open Air, covering a lot of heavy metal and Swedish cake specialities.
Fab, Dave and Mike are in a hotel room in Falun, Sweden with a gang of crazy Danes on the second day of Operation SOAP, our trip to Sabaton Open Air. It’s Mike’s birthday, so we have Prinsesstårta, booze and board games and we’re reviewing our festival experience thus far as well as the ride up from Copenhagen to Falun.
Fab and Mike talk about Heavy Metal, Warhammer 40K fiction, female Space Marines and the changes that are being wrought upon our hobby.
We start the episode with a preview of Operation SOAP, our trip to Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden. Fab will take his motorbike and meet up with Mike and the boys in Copenhagen and then we’ll drive up together. Mike reviews the bands we definitely want to see – aside from the almighty Sabaton, of course.
Mike then goes through the Black Library books he’s read recently. This includes the Eisenhorn short story collection The Magos and the latest Gaunt’s Ghosts book by Dan Abnett: The Warmaster. He’s also read The Devastation of Baal by Guy Haley. Currently, he’s reading Wolfsbane which was also written by Guy Haley.
Fab and Mike then dive into the fray of the discussion around female Space Marines. Especially Fab is not OK with this prospect and we try to analyse why that is. This ends up being a quite thorough discussion about contemporary changes to fictional universes we’ve loved since we were kids.
Who needs consistency within a fictional universe, right?
It's time for a fictional universe set in a dystopian fascistic government to get with the current times. pic.twitter.com/GgY7bNbKDp
Meanwhile, Dave has bought a drone and is very worried the battery might explode.
The meat of the show is made up of all the Warhammer 40,000 related topics Mike brought along.
We talk about Mike’s Knights of the Crimson Grail as well as the books Old Earth by Nick Kyme and Black Legion by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Aaron has a blog that is well worth reading.
Black Library has a new submission window open at the moment. This might be our chance to get published by Games Workshop and we ponder that we might make this the next challenge for the Vier Feldherren. The BL Bolthole might be of use here.