Posts Tagged 'MERCS'

My First Beasts of War Videos from the Nerd Bunker

I’ve mentioned them on Facebook and Twitter and Google+ and lord-knows-where, but I neglected to link to them here, so I’m fixing that right now. If you don’t know: I have been doing video reports for gaming site Beasts of War for two years now, mainly from Gen Con and Adepticon. Now, I have built a video set in my basement (known as the Nerd Bunker) and I’ll be doing videos for the website on a semi-regular basis, hopefully.

A screenshot from the MERCS CCC Faction unboxing episode of "What's in the Box"

It’ll start mainly with unboxing videos (“What’s in the Box” is the segment name) as that’s currently the intro graphic assets that I have access to. I’m doing all the editing myself, to help take the pressure off of Lloyd at headquarters. I enjoy doing it, and I’ll get better at working within their template as it goes along. Hopefully I’ll be doing some other spotlight videos, maybe some tips and reviews as well.

Anyway, here are a few links:

Check out the Nerd Bunker! Our new set in the USA – This is a short intro video for the Nerd Bunker set. Just explaining who I am and what’s going on.

Mercs CCC Faction Unboxed – This is the first full-blown video from the Nerd Bunker. I show off the six models from the CCC faction for the skirmish miniatures game MERCS. I take them out of the packages and show off the parts, then do a quick commercial and come back and show them all put together. This video is just under 15 minutes long.

There will be more to come, I’ll be shooting two more episodes this upcoming week. I’d tell you to stay tuned, but that metaphor no longer works in the day and age of web video. Hmm. I’ll have to work on that.

Starting on MERCS Minis and Surviving OshCon

So another OshCon has come and gone. We had 237 attendees this year, up 17 from last year. This is exactly what we like to see, so we were pretty happy with the turnout. Everything went smoothly and everybody seemed to have a good time.

Some OshCon 2011 gaming in the big room

The day after the convention I traditionally take the day off to recuperate and get my voice back and such. This year was no exception, so I slept in a bit, hung out at the coffee shop a bit, and then came home and did laundry and worked on some minis projects.

Left is not highlighted, the right is highlighted with airbrush

These guys are from the USCR (think corporate Neo-Soviets, I guess) faction from MERCS. I primed them with the Khaki color of Krylon Camouflage spraypaint last week when the weather was still agreeable, and then I highlighted them with my airbrush from above to give them depth. I’ll admit, the shadows are pretty harsh in the above photo, so you can’t really see the effect, but it’s there, and it speeds along the painting process by leaps and bounds. I also used the airbrush to highlight some terrain I had bought from Miniatures Unlimited at OshCon and I primed my Nurgle Chaos Lord conversion. Being able to prime models in the house with my airbrush is going to increase my output greatly.

Anyway, I’ll post again soon with some progress on the tubby little Nurgle Chaos Lord and the USCR guys, and hopefully I’ll have more progress to show off on my Realm of Battle board, as well.

Realm of Battle Board: A Busy Weekend

I purchased a Realm of Battle board from Games Workshop a few years back. I knew I would eventually paint it and get it all set up, but I didn’t have a table to put it on, so it sat in a case, in the closet, for A Long Time.

You’ve heard a story like this before.

Anyway, this summer I did finally build a gaming table with the help of friends, so now I really had no excuse: I had done all of the research, figured out my plan of attack, my materials and how I was going to make it happen and I just had to start. And a few weeks ago, I did start… but only on one of the six 2×2-foot pieces. I looked at it as a test.

And then on Saturday, I woke up and decided that today was the day.

A dusty, sandy wasteland sitting in my driveway

I’ll be honest, it’s still not finished. There’s all kinds of little rocks and details and skulls and skulls and skulls (if you’ve seen this thing close-up, you know that the planet it represents seems to be made of skulls) so those things still need to be painted, and there’s a little bit of airbrush shading and highlight drybrushing I want to try, and then there’ll be the Dullcote clear varnish spray to protect it. But then, it’ll be completely done. I would say I’m at 70% at this point, maybe 75%.

Also this weekend, I primed a daemon prince and my entire USCR faction (six models) for the skirmish game MERCS. I’ll have blog posts about those things as they move along, I assure you. I’m really looking forward to painting the USCR guys. The daemon prince is a little scary because he’s so big and detailed.

On Sunday, I built a Nurgle Chaos Lord that I had picked up at Chimera a few weeks ago and converted him to make him work for Warhammer 40,000 instead of Warhammer Fantasy, which is what he was designed for. I like the way he’s turning out so far:

He seems to have a little problem there... and there... and there...

I mainly just added an old Chaos Space Marine backpack, a Nurgle shoulderpad on his right shoulder, a bolt pistol on his hip, and of course the bayonet he seems to be perplexed by, but overall not too concerned with. I’m really looking forward to painting him (as I do with nearly any kind of figure with the words plague or nurgle in the title) and will probably prime him and basecoat him with my airbrush some time after OshCon, which is coming up this weekend. If you can, you should attend and play some games. It’s a good time, if you’re a gamer. If you’re not a gamer, then you might want to make other plans.

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.

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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