Posts Tagged 'Gen Con'

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.

Gen Con Booty

So I’ve been back from Gen Con 2011 for awhile now, and I’ve been going through all the cool stuff (or ‘booty’ if I was a Buccaneer-American) that I purchased or was given during the convention.

The aforementioned 'booty'

Starting from the left, I broke down and picked up a few t-shirts just before we left on Sunday. Like I need any more t-shirts, but these are really cool. Then, going along the top from left to right: a P.A.C.K. ‘Mini’ case from Battle Foam, which is a great little case for skirmish gaming; a bunch of FCC figures (and cards) from the MERCS sci-fi skirmish game; then two starters (Skaard and Forsaken) and the core rules and forcelist books from the post-apocalyptic skirmish game Dark Age. Below that, there are rules books for two sci-fi skirmish games (do you sense a pattern here?) Rezolution and Vortex, both which I demoed during Gen Con and both which I enjoyed. Now moving right to left, you’ll see some bitz from the seller that I frequented at Adepticon and some cool heads from Maxmini; the Death Angel card game from Fantasy Flight Games; a copy of the brand new Dwarf King’s Hold: Green Menace from Mantic Games; another box of Shock Troops from Wargames Factory; and some Games Workshop terrain that I picked up for cheap from The War Store booth. The bottom row is a Buckaroo Bonzai patch and pin, some dice bags and two molds from Hirst Arts for making fieldstone ruins.

I was a pretty good convention, and it had the highest attendance of any Gen Con ever (36,000-plus people) according to the press release that came a few days after. I have to admit, it did seem awfully busy, even on Thursday.

I filmed a big bunch of interviews and wrap-up videos for Beasts of War, and even tweeted live from the convention, with pictures and everything. It was really busy, but a lot of fun. I’ll talk more about it soon.

Now, I’m mainly just getting back in to my routine and planning out the schedule for all the miniatures painting I have to do. However, I have to remember that OshCon (the gaming convention I run here in town) is coming up soon, so I have to properly plan for that, too. After that’s over, then I’ll be able to coast and paint all the way to the new year.

Washing the Lost and Gen Con 2011

So work had me being pretty damn busy the last few weeks, so I didn’t get to much, if any, painting. I was able to work on a construction project (which I’ll start to show off next week at some point) a little bit, so the week wasn’t a complete loss. However, I did get a little bit of painting done in the form of a few quick wash layers.

A washed lizard guy on the left, and an unwashed one on the right

In the mornings before going in to my long days at work, I was able to do some quick washes on these primed Lost figures. I used Delvan Mud from Games Workshop. Washes are semi-transparent inks that you can use on figures to bring out detail. The solution is put on with a brush, and it collects in the nooks and crannies and makes them darker so they stand out. These Lost figures are covered in detail (and scales) so I figured this would be a great first step. I’ll post more on them as they progress.

Also, I’m in Indianapolis this weekend at a little thing called Gen Con, America’s largest gaming convention. I’m here covering the con for Beasts of War again like last year. I’ll link to some videos once they start going up, but if you’d like to follow me ‘up to the minute’, then you can check out the Twitter feed I’ll be updating at @beastsofwarlive and see info and photos from the show.

Big Plans for 2011

2010 was a good year for me overall, and I feel grateful for it. As it related to hobby gaming, however, 2010 could have been better. Without spending too much time looking back, I’d like to look forward to 2011 and touch upon the things I’m planning to accomplish this year.

GAME MORE
I got an ‘okay’ amount of gaming in last year, but I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked, due to the move to a new home in the later part of the year and all the packing and unpacking and whanot that that entails. Therefore, I plan to do more gaming this year and hopefully I’ll be able to do that in my Nerd Bunker, once it’s completed. I want to play plenty of skirmish games (Song of Blades and Heroes, Flying Lead, AE-Bounty and a few other small indie games) and more Warhammer 40,000 this year, the latter which has already occurred in 2011 (albeit not in the Nerd Bunker) which is a good start. Plus I plan on going to several conventions this year, including Fire & Ice, Adepticon, Chaoticon, GenCon, OshCon (natch) and maybe even RockCon.

A Random Grouping

PAINT / MODEL MORE
I didn’t paint quite as much as I would have liked in 2010, again, due to the move later in the year. However, I did get a good number of Tau Firewarriors done and I have some Pathfinders and a dozen Kroot that are very nearly done. Also, I got a bunch of my mercenary unit for use in skirmish games finished, and even some Reaper fantasy minis at the beginning of the year. But again, it wasn’t quite enough, and I can do better.

One way I can hope to do better is to make it easier for me to paint, and to that end, I’ve purchased an airbrush and a compressor. I’m really hamstrung at this time of year because it’s too cold to spray figures outside, and I won’t use rattlecans in the house because of the propellants. However, once I get the little room under the stairs in the Nerd Bunker turned into a proper spray booth, I’ll be able to prime minis down there and do basecoating and highlighting with the airbrush, which will allow me to paint larger armies (like one plays with in Warhammer 40k) quickly, and absolutely breeze through smaller squads for skirmish gaming. The only difficult part about getting this room set up (besides moving all of the books and other debris out of there) is getting the ventilation system installed, so that the propellants can be blown outside. I’m thinking a bathroom fan should do the job. Hopefully this won’t be too big of a deal, and I’ll be able to start working in there soon.

Lastly, I didn’t complete any terrain projects last year, and I really have to be better about that this year. If I’m going to be gaming in my basement I’m going to need to make more terrain. The upside to gaming in the Nerd Bunker will be that I won’t need to lug all of my stuff around as much to play in other venues, so larger terrain pieces won’t be such a problem.

CREATE MORE
I want to blog more this year and do a few more feature articles and tutorials instead of just the run-of-the-mill ‘this is what I’m doing now’ check-ins that I’ve usually done in the past. I’d also like to start some sort of outlet (a webzine PDF, a podcast, a collaborative website, etc.) to talk about skirmish miniatures games. Even though I’m getting into Warhammer 40k, my first love is still skirmish games, and there are so many indie games in that market that I’d have plenty of topics to talk about. So I plan to do more of those things in the coming year.

Also, I’ll be working with the lads at Beasts of War some more, including videos and interviews at Adepticon 2011 and GenCon 2011, if not more. I might even be able to make a recurring video segment about the creation of the Nerd Bunker that’ll show up on Beasts of War. That would be cool.

BASEMENTATION
So yeah, I’ve been mentioning the Nerd Bunker a lot on my blog, but that’s because it’s going to be a pretty big project. I’m only really working on the cleaning and the painting at this point, but after that’s all done, there’s a lot more work to do, and plenty of it that I’ve never done before: adding lighting, adding wall switches and electrical outlets, and then building the 4×6-foot gaming table. So my main goals this year in the basement are to get things done as quickly as possible so that I can build the gaming table as soon as it starts getting nice outside, which around here usually means April at the earliest. It gives me some time. Then will come the organization and setting everything up, and then will come the sweet, sweet gaming.

IN CONCLUSION
I have a lot to look forward to this year, including many new opportunities, including building my Nerd Bunker and paint spray room (things I’d never be able to do while still renting), learning more about airbrushing and Warhammer 40k, and hopefully doing more work with Beasts of War. All in all, I’m really looking forward to 2011.

Gen Con Booty Report

So, as I’ve mentioned, I was at Gen Con in Indianapolis a little while ago. It’s not just a place to get together and play games and demos and tourneys, it’s also a place to buy things. Many, many things.

Stuff I bought home from Gen Con... and a cat

The black case at the top of the photo is from Max Protection, and it was billed on the packaging as a “Miniature Case 2.0” and the photo showed a troop-style foam cutout inside. I found when I got home an opened it that it did not have that kind of cutout inside, it had spaces for card decks. Maybe I can fit warjacks in those holes, we’ll see. Otherwise, I’ll have to see if Battlefoam can cut me a custom piece of foam for it, which will cost more than I paid for the bag, but it’ll be worth it.

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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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