Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wednesday Workbench

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Those drones are a cheat: they’re done; I just need to get ’em in the lightbox and photograph them for real. I’m pleased with them.

I’m also bangin’ out a Saga warband.  Not sure what’ they’ll be, but that’s Red Box’s Captain Whistlelock (by way of his still-suffering Kickstarter) as the Warlord and and some Gripping Beast Saxon Thegns and Dark Ages Warriors as Hearthguard and Warriors (respectively).

Finishing out the warband has to wait: my number one hobby goal is to assemble and paint a Bloodletter with Instrument: the one model I need for my NOVA army to be good to go.

Historicon 2013

Historicon was this past weekend!

This was my first historics convention.  Although I’d originally planned on making it down for the bulk of the event but ended up only making it down for the Saturday.  In retrospect, that’s a bit of a shame, because I had an amazing time.  I’ll definitely be going back next year, likely for more than the one day, and am eyeballing both Fall In! and Cold Wars.

I got there early, despite traffic on 95 being unusually 95-like for the early hour.  I kicked around the exhibition hall, checking out the club tables being set up.  When it opened, I cruised through the vendor hall, which was pretty cool, and dropped off my painting competition entries.

I did have to dash off mid-conversation, though, because I’d signed up for a 10AM game (“Stow on the Wold” a 28mm English Civil War game).  Since that’s a period I’ve really wanted to get into, I expected it to be the highlight of the day.  Unfortunately, 20 minutes after the event was intended to start, I found out that it’d been cancelled; the organizer had had a death in the family and was (totally understandably) dealing with that.  So, I can’t complain… but somehow it hadn’t gotten onto the list of cancelled events (which I’d made a point of checking a couple of times that morning), which meant that not only did I miss out on the event I’d been looking forward too, I wasn’t able to sign up for another event in its place. That was vexing.

On the bright side, it did open up my morning to touch base and spend most of the day with friends Ashley, Casey, and JC.

I got to sit in on a Bolt Action demo game (technically, I played it, but I was content to roll dice the once and spend the rest of the time letting a kid play the game while I grokked what was going on mechanically) that was surprisingly a lot of fun.

Also, there is a special joy to be found when looking at the face of someone who clearly has renounced Games Workshop and all its works as they explain a rule and you go, “Oh, so exactly like 40k!”  Because really: Bolt Action is soooo much like 40K.

Then, after lunch, I was off to the other event I’d signed up for (“Black Death at Leningrad” a Bolt Action game, conveniently enough).  This was a lot of fun: Soviets defending a railyard against Germans; 3 people per team; I was on Team USSR.  We got lucky early on and seized sente, and Team Bad Guys were never able to overcome that.

On reflection, I really should have taken some pictures of the game.

Although I’ve long maintained a discomfort about playing certain periods (of which WWII is second only to ACW), I really enjoyed the way the game plays; enough so to really overcome that.  So, I ended up picking up the rulebook, the Armies of the USA book, and a US Army Starter.  No clue what I’m going to do with them: the family I know the most about served in the Pacific (in the USN and USMC), but I’ll come up with something.

I might have to reread some Alan Furst books (oh, darn!) and see if I can’t come up with something rad out of one of those; I dunno.  (Likely not using anything from the USA box, though, given that all of his stuff is well before US involvement.)

On that subject, I also successfully talked myself into picking up Saga (which has the worst webpage I’ve ever seen).  I grabbed the rulebook, a box of Saxon Thegns, and splitting a box of Dark Ages Warriors (a kajillion decent-to-good minis in each box); no dice, though: all of the Saxon dice were sold out.  I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about this game, and I’m looking forward to playing it: not a lot of minis involved, and everything should paint up relatively quickly if I can get a free moment.  Heck, I’m about halfway through assembling them.

When I dropped by to collect my entries to the painting competition, I was more than pleasantly surprised: of my four entries (which I literally expected nothing of: I only brought them to help contribute to the competition being successful), one was a finalist and two took second place!

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That was a delightful surprise!

(And, so I can remember what the entries were six months from now: they were the Deathwing Techmarine, Dark Angels Dreanought (2nd Place), Skaven Warlock Engineer w/ Warlock-Engineered Weapon and Ruby Ring of Ruin (Finalist), and Skaven Warlord on War-Litter (2nd Place).)

Anyway, I had an excellent time at Historicon, and I’m absolutely down for more.

(I suppose this means I’ll finally have to trek up to Huzzah Hobbies.)

Historicon / NOVA Open

I’m going to Historicon this weekend!

I’m pretty excited; this’ll be my first historical wargaming.  It’s a long event: Thursday through Saturday.  Not sure how I’m going to spend all of my time… I’m signed up for two events right now, both on Saturday (“Stow on Wold”, a 28m ECW game and “Black Death at Leningrad,” a Bolt Action game), and I’m considering dropped one of them (that Bold Action game lists “Bolt Action experience preferred” and I’ve never played it.)

I figure I’ll bop around and see if anything looks interesting to just hop into.

I’ll also be answering Dave Taylor’s call to participate in the painting competition.  I won’t have anything new painted for it (I’d have to be painting for that. :/ ) but it sounds like it can’t hurt to schlep a few models down to help the competition be successful.


I’m having the damnedest time figuring out what I’m doing at the NOVA Open this year. I definitely plan to be there, but I don’t know what I’m going to do there.  I’m in a 40K playing mode… except 1) I haven’t really been playing it much, so I don’t know the rules very well, and would be One Of Those People, 2) I don’t think I have an army GT-ready, and 3) I don’t think I’m up to the schedule (#1 doesn’t help that much, either).

My best bet would maybe be my Khornate Daemons, but I haven’t even finished reading the new codex, much less updating my list… so who knows what I’d have to scrape together model-wise in the next few weeks (several of which are going to be spent out-of-state for work).

Which means I probably should play Fantasy.  I’ve always had a great time playing Fantasy at NOVA, but… I’m not really feeling Fantasy right now. Not enthusiastic about it.  Plus, I’d be taking basically the same dang army for the third year. For some reason that feels tacky.  I’m probably overthinking things.

So, I don’t know, but I’m running out of time to figure it out.

Strategic Asset Cards



My Apocalypse order showed up today, which is great: normally when I preorder stuff it shows up on the Monday after release.

Only just starting to dig into everything, but I wanted to mention: these Strategic Asset Cards? Suuuuuuper cheap. I’m really shocked by how poor quality they are.

If you were thinking about picking them up, and haven’t already ordered them, you should probably pass.



So, I’ve been slowly grinding away at some Fire Warriors with what little painting time I seem to have nowadays.  Most of this time has been cycling through different arrangements of turquoise, trying to get something worked up that I’m happy with.

Somewhere along the way, I remembered that I painted up this Demigryph using a turquoise that I was exceedingly pleased with, so I checked my notes, and included it as one of the test schemes. 

That got me this guy:

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I’m pretty happy with the result (especially after settling on a better approach to the Fire Caste symbol).

So, I basically redid all of the other in-progress Fire Warriors: another basecoat, more turquoise, etc.  This process has felt interminable: not enough time to paint, going back over stuff I’d already painted, too many minis (7) in the batch, etc, etc.  But I was blessed with some time Friday so I knuckled down and powered through the bastards: washing them before turning in Friday night.

Then, Saturday morning, I realized I used the wrong wash.  I pulled my mix from some notes I’d kept… but not the right notes.

This is what I’m talking about:


It’s noticeably more blue and not-at-all green here. I assure you, the difference is even more significant to the naked eye.

So, that’s the last, what, month? down the drain. I could repaint these guys, but given that most of them already have two full coats of paint on them, a third isn’t going to do them any favors… nevermind the psychological difficulty involved in painting them again.

So, I’m shoving these guys to the back of the table.  I’ll probably finish them at some point (they’re, like, 75% there) and maybe use them as test models for weathering or something. Blargh.