Friday, October 4, 2013

This! 'Free Mars' 30mm Models!

Holy moons of Jupiter! From the extremely talented Chris Borer. Coming soon to you (if you were a Kickstarter supporter).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gen Con 2013 in Review.

It was just after 6:00 pm on Saturday. I had spotted two Daenerys Targaryens, three Stormtroopers (including one Snowtrooper), one each of the last two Doctors, and even one Hunter S. Thompson Cthulhu. I only had a few more costumes to check off on my Cosplay scavenger hunt list. I needed a Poison Ivy and/or Harley Quinn and then the Holy Grail himself- a chubby, bearded gamer with glasses, flip-flops and a backpack. Where would I find this elusive creature? The game was afoot; the race was on. My compatriot, Joe Orteza, was still ahead of me in points - he had collected a full house of Deadpools. But I wasn't about to give up. That's when I spotted HER. Gozer the Gozarian. Gozer the Traveler and Lord of the Sebouillia. I knew the only way I could beat my metro-sexual Filipino friend was with a photo of a god. Many Shubs and Zuuls would know what it would be like to be roasted in the belly of a giant Sloar that day, I can tell you!
The author with the Destroyer, at the Marriott.

Gen Con 2013. Another one for the books. I'm hearing now that there were almost 50,0000 unique attendees, which it mind-blowing. Though I think most of them were ahead of me at Starbucks. All in all it was a great con. 

I taught a couple sessions of my Liber Metallica (True Metallics) class. They went very well and I was happy to spread my unapologetic propaganda against non-metallic-metals (sorry, Jim and Zach). Of course, for me, Gen Con is really about getting to see people that I, unfortunately, rarely get to see. Dennis Smith, Joe Orteza, Chris Borer, and Tom Schadle are some of the best people I know - in or out of the hobby. And getting to spend a little time with Gin Fritter, Michael Stubbs, Zach Lanier, and Gozer is just the proverbial cherry on top. 

And I finally made the leap back into serious competition painting. By that I mean that I painted a piece specifically for a contest. In this case, the Privateer Press P3 Grandmaster Painting Competition. It has been some years since I did something competitive, so I had been feeling a little rusty. I don't really play WarMachine, but I have loved a lot of their models over the decade they're been in business and I had collected a pretty decent collection of Cryx figures. So I started, a month back, on the Iron Lich (2010 remix version).

I didn't expect the PP contest to be so tough, to be honest. But it was. The Single figure category was intensely competitive and I was lucky to medal with a silver. When I was first told about the "Open" system, I figured that it meant most everyone would get some kind of medal, like Little League. But this was decidedly not the case. Privateer takes their contest very seriously. Of maybe 40-50 entries in Single, there were three gold, 4-5 silvers, and 4-5 bronze coins awarded. I noticed one category didn't even have any gold winners. So, again, I was very satisfied with a silver coin. And a laurel and hearty congrats to Dennis Smith and Michael Stubbs who both "coined" in their categories, with a special "well played" to Chris Borer who won his category (diorama) with my favorite piece of the competition. As I pumped gas at a particularly strange DQ/gas station in rural Indiana, I vowed that I would try again next year for a gold.

Anyway, that's Gen Con. I picked up some Malifaux models and almost bought some Heavy Gear stuff. But I actually spent very little. I have so much to paint already. 

Another good thing about painting this Iron Lich was that I now feel like I'm back in a good painting rhythm again. I will be updating this blog more regularly, I suspect. I have some SAGA plans I'd like to see come to fruition. And I think I better start working on Adepticon stuff now. Because if there's one thing I've learned about Adepticon is that you can never start too early.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adepticon 2013 Debrief

And just like that another Adepticon is in the books. 2013 was another very successful convention, in my opinion. I enjoyed teaching two session of Liber Metallica (I'm doing three more at Gen Con, then retiring the class for a while). My demonstration piece (Otherworld Orc) turned out okay.

Another highlight was our Guns of April demonstration Gettysburg game. Over 1,000 models on the table - pretty incredible. As always, a huge thanks to Dave Taylor for providing the organizational impetus behind this endeavor. Hopefully we'll have news shortly on next year's project(s).

Finally, it was just great to see people who I, sadly, get to see so infrequently. I also realize that I must immediately start on any projects I plan on seeing finished for Adepticon 2014. Heresy-era Death Guard, I'm looking at you...

Finished Liber Metallica Orc
Gettysburg Day 1.

Old Friends Catching Up
Some Old Friends and New Friends

Post-Adepticon Trip to Mesoamerica


Mayan Sunset

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Neutral Zone Infraction

Furry Cosplay?
Here's another project I'm slowly building. I've always been a "spaceship game" fan, and I've played just about everything. From the salad days of FASA's Starship Combat Simulator to GW's Gothic offering, I've collected a lot of spaceships. My newest incursion into the space gaming sector is, in part, thanks to Mongoose Publishing's A Call To Arms: Star Fleet.

Now, I'm not the biggest Star Fleet Battles guy. It's a lot of math, and if there's two things I'm not good at it's math. Also, I'm a Paramount/FASA fan when it comes to Star Trek gaming. The Star Fleet universe isn't quite the same. Imagine Star Trek stuck in neutral, never quite making it past the cartoon (which certainly had its own charms). No, I always liked the movie-era designs, as portrayed by the now out-of-print FASA game*.
The 'War Witch', Klingon Dreadnought.

However, all that said, Mongoose has done a remarkable job with the new game and models, in my opinion. The game isn't hex-based, which is cool. It's smooth and fast-playing. Sure there's already pages of errata, but what game doesn't have errata? Anyway, my goal is to paint up two opposing fleets, Klingon and Federation. Then, later this year, I hope to run a large convention-style game at our monthly meeting. In the meantime, I have a couple friends painting Romulans and Kzinti, so I should have some battle reports up soon.

So, here's another thing I'll update as I go. Not only do I have to paint the vessels, but some planets and a starbase (Epsilon IX?).
Princess V'leth Suun, Captain of the 'War Witch'.
* We actually hope to revive the FASA game in our group with newer 1/2500 scale models.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Otherworld Orc: an end to a painting slump?

I've been in a bit of a painting slump recently. I have plenty of excuses, like a toddler and SW:TOR. But the fact remains: my painting output has been shoddy at best. Now, I've finished a few things, mostly gaming models I've used to practice airbrushing. But I need to do something to end the slump, something display-ish. I think I found the model. An Otherworld Miniatures Orc. This sort of "retro" AD&D Orc has been taunting me for some time. I love the old-school pig-face Orcs of olde.

I also think that he'll provide a nice step-by-step for my metallics class at Adepticon, since he's almost 80% armor. At the time of writing the base has been airbrushed a few coats and Orc is primed up. I'll keep posting WIP pics here.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Grav Tank.

I'm going to give this hobby blog thing one more try. I am absolutely ready to guaranty that I will post at least twice a week. My early attempts at posting consistently met with results ranging from poor to abject failure. But not this time. The content here will vary, from WIP miniatures painting pics to discussions on the retro Star Frontiers game I'm gonna to run. If you remember the Sathar, then you know what I'm talking about. I will probably post stuff about my Adepticon/GenCon metallics painting class, as well, in hopes of some pre-event feedback.

I'll also try and post coverage of Adepticon and GenCon, along with some battle reports (should I find myself actually playing any games).

The first real project I hope to cover here is a re-paint of the very detailed Fantasy Flight Slave I, for the X-Wing miniatures game. I finally got a chance to play here in Chicago at the Dice Dojo (great store). The models are really well done, for pre-painted ships, so there's not a huge motivation to do much "rennovation". That said, I knew right away that I wanted to do SI in its original Jango Fett-style scheme. Maybe piloted by Boba's foster-mom, Aurra Sing. I know I'd be messing with the time-line of the game, but you can send complaints/comments to Tim Zahn. Anyway, more on that later this week.

Until then, here's a few shots of Khurasan Miniatures' super-heavy grav tank. I did this in a couple days (read: rush), for a 15mm Hammer's Slammers game my group was running. It was really just another experiment in expedited airbrushing and weathering. I think it came out alright, like a 6.5/7. I do think with every use, I get more proficient with the airbrush. Oh, and this tank will also end up as a proxy for a Pacifican metro heavy grav, commanded by the infamous Outlander, Scythe. But more on that in a few weeks....