A friend of mine went up to Chicago this past weekend. In a twisted, evil moment, he sent this image in a text to myself and some of our friends.
Mmmm… Portillo's Italian Beef.
What does this have to do with the hobby, you ask? Well, this is where we eat pretty much every lunch while we're up at Adepticon! Then it hit me…
CRAP! Adepticon is only 4 and a half months away!!!
Why am I panicking, you ask? Or more specifically, "Tim, you've got about 30 Grey Knights to paint, you have no reason to panic."
Well, you'd be right, except for the fact that I'm going to venture into the the waters of what is arguably the most competitive painting competition since Golden Demon, The Crystal Brush. So not only do I have to worry about painting my Grey Knights to at least my typical standard, but I have to plan out and begin my entries for the competition as well. Each entry should take about 80 hours from start to finish, including the building, converting, sculpting, basing and painting. I'm planning to enter at least two pieces intuit he competition.
What are my entries you ask? Good Question!
…I don't know…
See, I'm also planning on entering the Golden Demons in Chicago next year too, so I'm planning entries for that as well. Those are coming to me fairly easily, at least the concepts are. But for the Crystal Brush in April, I'm drawing a blank. Do I stick with my comfort zone and play it safe with GW-based miniatures as a starting point? Do I brave new waters and try out other systems, or manufacturers figures for this? Do I keep it simple, and do the figures I chose justice with just the paint job, or do I flex my converting muscles and increase my time investment as well?
I'm finding myself perusing CoolMiniorNot's store and looking at figures there, and attempting to think outside that safe comfort zone for some entries. I'm even considering some more modern or historical 54mm range figures. Maybe a tribute to the men and women who protect my freedom to paint little plastic army men?
So here's a call to the Blogosphere. Who's going to participate in Crystal Brush at Adepticon? Do you know what you are bringing? Heck, do you know what I should bring?