Archive for August, 2012

Gen Con Booty 2012

I’m back from Indianapolis and just want to touch base and mention what stuff I brought back with me, booty-wise. I remember thinking to myself on Thursday night, as I was drifting off to sleep in my hotel room, that it didn’t really seem like I’d be buying much this year. As usual, I was wrong.

This year’s haul

Starting in the upper left, there’s an Iron Kingdoms messenger bag from Battle Foam, then three starters from MERCS (ISS, USCR, and Texico) across the top. Below them, you’ll see some cool terrain / flying bases from Micro Arts Studio, some random terrain bits I found around the convention, and three embroidered patches (I’m always a sucker for embroidered patches) from Off World Designs. Next comes the new Dark Age Devastation book, and finally at the top in the upper right is a sweet MERCS bag, also made by Battle Foam, with more cool embroidered patches from the lads at MERCS Games.

Starting again on the left but in the middle this time, you’ll see some bags of Games Workshop bitz from the fine people at The War Store, and then a blister with some cool gas mask helmeted heads from Kromlech. Dead center of the booty pile is taken up with three different colors of “tuft grass” from Army Painter and five bottles of washes from Prism Paints, along with a cool gaming ruler, too. Still moving to the right, we enter the Games Workshop zone, including the new Psyker cards, the hard to find Aegis Defense Line, a squad of five Space Marine Assault Marines, and the big daddy: The Space Marine Storm Raven. All of these pieces were significantly discounted, between 20-25%, so I had to pick them up.

Along the bottom, we have the long-awaited Leviathans from Catalyst Game Labs. I’ve been waiting for that for nearly three years. The yellow t-shirt was free with my purchase of Artemis: The Spaceship Bridge Simulator game for the PC (it came on that cool flash drive sitting on the shirt and the game is awesome) and the other two were Cthulhu-related, so I had a hard time resisting them.

Overall, I had a good time again this year and got to touch base with people that I generally only see at Gen Con. I also did a ton of interviews for Beasts of War, and they should be hitting the website soon. As a matter of fact, the first one is already up and you could check it out, if you were so inclined.

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Realm of Battle Board Finished and Gen Con

So, after nearly a year of not very much getting done, I finally finished and sealed my GW Realm of Battle terrain board this weekend. The weather was nicely non-humid, so I was confident that the Dullcote matte spray sealer I was going to coat the board with wouldn’t get all weird and ruin the whole project.

A four-by-six foot patch of desert wasteland to call my own

I mostly like how it turned out. There’s one panel of the six that seems to be slightly darker than the others (and it the above photo, it looks much more different from the others than it does in real life) but otherwise, it turned out well. Using the camouflage paint from Krylon worked great for several reasons: it was the right color for my desert theme, it sticks really, really well to the plastic, and the ultra-flat finish makes the board less slippery, which means that models don’t slide around on it.

A few of my Chaos Space Marines enjoying their new play area: “There’s so much room for activities!”

I finished it off by using two cans of Testors Dullcote matte spray. Do this outside, do it on a dry day, and expect that one of the little cans of this stuff will cover three of the six panels. I coated it pretty liberally, and now it’s just as flat as the Krylon paint was before, but also coated with a clear finish, which should protect it from the wear and tear of war in the 41st millennium. I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I’m leaving for Gen Con in less than 48 hours. This will be my third year in a row doing interviews and videos for Beasts of War, so I’ll be a busy badger during the convention. I’ll try and post here during the convention, but I can’t promise anything. However, I’ll be live tweeting for Beats of War, so I’ll throw that info up here tomorrow as soon as I get it all figured out and such.

Black Templar Progress and My 100th Post

So it’s that time of year again when my blog posting slows down due to a combination of a super-busy work schedule immediately followed by being very busy at Gen Con. We’ll all just have to cope and try to soldier on.

In other news, this is also my 100th post. That would almost be impressive to some degree, except that I started this blog over three years ago, which puts my average of posts per week just a touch north of one and a half, which I don’t feel is too impressive. I should try to do better, but at least today creates a nice round milestone.

So what have I been doing besides working and not posting on my blog? Building Black Templars, that’s what.

The Templar army is slowly mustering for war and painting

There’s the first of three Razorback / Rhinos I have (however, vehicles are now much less useful in 6th edition, so who knows when the other two will get built), two dreadnoughts, five tactical Terminators, an Emperor’s Champion and a smattering of standard Crusaders, both of the close-combat and “shooty” varieties. I’ve been using Black Templar shoulderpads and other bitz nearly exclusively on these models, and even some special Forge World Black Templar bitz have found their way into the mix. When I add in a few proxy figures (mainly from my Chaos army) to act as a few last figures I need, I can field a 1500-point Black Templar army, so that’s what I’ve been doing for my last few games. I’ll have another game tonight and another on Saturday, so the Templars will be getting a workout.

I’ll probably keep building for awhile longer and then try to figure out the paint scheme I’m going to use for these figures. It’s obviously black armor with white shoulderpads, but it’s actually so much more than that, and it’s best to have your painting “recipe” figured out earlier versus later. More on that when I get to that point, I guarantee.

Lastly: Anyone going to Gen Con? Maybe I’ll see you there.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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