Friday, December 28, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Now who doesn't love a little Snoopy on Christmas?
Merry Christmas to everyone...to those who are defending out country in foreign lands and your loved ones, a very special thanks and Merry Christmas. To those of you celebrating this holiday with a loved one absent, for whatever the reason, remember them in your heart and in the joy that you shared, Merry Christmas. To those of us whose 5 year old, or whatever age, will be waking us up at 6 in the morning, Merry Christmas. This is a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones.
I don't typically bring any socio-political or religious topics to this blog. That isn't what you folks come here to read, nor is it what this blog is about. However, I celebrate this wonderful holiday in remembrance, reminder, and thankfulness of something that means more to me than words can explain. If you want to know why, ask me, and I'd love to have a talk about it.
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming later this week, but in the meantime, enjoy the holidays!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
"I don't care if the paint set is 6, 12, 72 or 144 paints, I would rather buy a core set of colors and then build out from there."
I was very quickly asked what I would consider a "core set of colors", and to give suggestions on what exact paints and from what ranges I would pull from.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Community is what being a blogger, and reading said blogs is all about. Well, Dark Future Games is stepping up along this line of thought and action...
Friday, December 7, 2012
"If money wasn't a factor, would you buy the Citadel Ultimate Paint Set?"
I actually had to sit there and think about it for a moment or two before I answered with a solid, "Nope, not worth it. In fact, I'm not sure any Paint Set, Ultimate, Mega, Small or Mighty is worth it."
"But Tim, I said not to take into account the money…"
And I didn't. So why isn't it worth it, you ask?
Friday, November 30, 2012
Then I got this email the other day from a reader...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Now that we're past that, on to the review!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
...you may get a rude awakening.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Of course, escaping civilization has the adverse effect of putting any posts I could concoct on the back burner until I could get to a wifi location, or home. Yes, I could have planned a post with a delayed publication date, but I didn't...
So what did I do? Do you read Dark Future Games' blog?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Who knows, I haven't stopped doing this for the past 5 years. But the Vindicare is finished! Lets take a look at my take on this unit, styled for a pure Grey Knights force.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
So why Feast of Blades?
Friday, October 12, 2012
Well, it's my buck…what if I don't want to?
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Well guess what folks...I'm published!!!
Yeah, yeah. I know the heading of the post kind of gave that away, but stay with me here.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Well, it looks like White Dwarf is turning over a new leaf in design and philosophy, so I decided to give it another shot...lets take a look and see if I can stomach it now.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The new Chaos models are no different, but for the first time in a long time, the new models haven't triggered my "Ooooh, Shiny!" response...
Friday, September 14, 2012
So what do we do about it? What can we do about it?
Friday, September 7, 2012
Either way, you can't ignore the fact that auctions and our hobby don't just exist together, they live together. What we should be talking about is whether or not auctions are a detriment to our hobby.
*Note: After some amazing comments made, please consider the full article to INCLUDE the comments. OST, Mordian7th, KrautScientist, Humie Stompa and Frontline Gamer all have made excellent points and well written views, and I encourage you to take it all into consideration for this topic.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Now. There, that was simple, thanks for reading!
...I should know by now that I can never get away with the short answer. Let me go into some specifics that include not just when to buy better brushes, but what to buy and how I use each size and style brush.
Friday, August 24, 2012
The big question though, is do we pay thought the nose for Forge World models that reflect that time period in our favorite universe's history, or do we go our own way with conversions and third-party bits?
Friday, August 17, 2012
"No, really. What have you been doing in the hobby lately?"
...why don't we take another look at the picture above, and then we'll talk about the 'Necessary Evils' in our hobby.
Friday, August 10, 2012
There are gobs of techniques and work philosophies that we can cite for helping us achieve a wonderfully painted force without spending the next decade on it. Let's dive in.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A little over a year later, my wife decided I needed to readdress my organization of my hobby. The picture above should give you a decent reason why.
Did I stick with my tried and true Bitz Box from a year ago?
The short answer is "no". But what to replace it with, and how?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Yes that's right, I said the day was a blast. Was it the type of Games Day that we remember from yesteryear? The kind where it used to be a two-day event of a GT and a Games Day event? The kind where the were some great sneak-peek seminars, and more? No, no it wasn't. We've already established that so long as GW's philosophy doesn't change towards events, we won't have those types of events back.
So what made it so great?
Friday, July 27, 2012
Games Day has always been fun for me, for various reasons throughout the years past. Everything from the old Grand Tournaments to now actually participating in the Golden Demon competition, meeting game designers, authors and sculptors, I've always enjoyed a trip up to Chicago for a day of pure Warhammer.
This year, I'm looking forward to it for yet another reason...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Why the !$?& do I keep doing this to myself?! I mean, seriously, do I hate myself?
Okay, okay...I'm better now. Let's see what I've accomplished in the first 2 days.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
While a novel, or series of novels, from our favorite grim-dark universe can give us some amazing conceptual inspiration, what if those stories happen to be about the factions or armies we are actually building? Is it possible to use those same books for more specific details?
The basic answer is yes, but let's elaborate with some examples.
Friday, July 13, 2012
So what am I working on? What's with the barrel above?
Friday, July 6, 2012
“But Tim, you’ve always said that you aren’t going to dive much into rules and tactics in this blog, right?”
Right, and I still won’t today. No, this is going to be about how Allies is a game-changer in how we can model and customize our toy soldiers!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Right. Did you read the title of this post?
Crystal Brush, the Adepticon competition at least, has come and gone, Golden Demon North America is in 1 month and the local voting for Armies on Parade is TOMORROW. And that doesn't even begin to touch on the numerous tournaments that require fully painted armies to participate in.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Come on people, the new rulebook isn't even out yet!
I'm seeing three major divisions of opinion when it comes to the new edition. Let's have a little fun, and break them down.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Why spend the time to actually prep your toy soldiers before assembly?
I don't suppose you'll let me off with just a basic "Just do it, cause you should", will you? No? Alright fine, let's dive into 3 key prepping procedures and find out why your time is well invested.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Okay, so there's no chicken involved, but there are three boxes of plastic crack for someone to win! Midnight GMT happened sometime around 7pm my local time yesterday...and I quite frankly let it slip right by without noticing. Dangit.
So who won?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Enter the newly received White Dwarf article on how to paint an Ultramarines Storm Talon, and why I think it's a perfect example on how NOT to write a painting tutorial, starting with the picture above. I do promise that this will be a informed critique of the article, and not just a troll bashing.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Holy crap…it's been a year already?!?!
Monday, May 28, 2012
I tend to have a different perspective.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Back then, while there were miniature companies to choose from, typically your game of choice had you buying from one manufacturer, especially if it was a tabletop wargame. That time period instilled a certain kind of brand-loyalty in gamers. Not to mention games who's figures were exclusive to one manufacturer such as FASA's Batttletech and Ral Partha, and our ubiquitous GW and Citadel.
But what about now? Is there competition worthy of killing Brand Loyalty? Is Brand Loyalty already dead for other reasons?
Friday, May 18, 2012
So what's a wargamer to do, just go online and buy some? No, I say!
Umm…well okay, you could, but where's the fun in that?
Friday, May 11, 2012
To kick off the series, we're going to take a look at the most basic of the materials we base with, ballast, and how simple it can be to go above and beyond the norm.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
"Okay fine, so there are a ton of paints at the home improvement store, thanks Captain Obvious. What does that mean for the hobby?"
Read on, my friends, read on...
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Needless to say, I jumped at the chance!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I can also state that this Adepticon was the best experience I've had in the past 6 years of attending the convention! This is going to be a comprehensive article on the weekend, so let's have a little play-by-play, shall we?
Spoiler: While this is an abbreviated article about the weekend, it's still a long one. If you're wanting to skip ahead to my picture links, as well as links of everyone I had the pleasure of interacting with, just hit "Read More" and scroll to the bottom. It's okay, I understand.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Have I mentioned how much I hate pushing projects down to the wire like this? Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with how these last 8 figures came out on the whole. I just wish I had been painting them back in December as I should have been.
Ah well, no use crying about it now. A weekend with little to no sleep in order to have gotten these done isn't going to hurt. Besides, I can sleep when I'm dead, right?
Thursday, April 12, 2012
As of 3 am this past Sunday, the three Dreadnoughts in my Grey Knights force were completed. I was tired, and darn near falling asleep in my static grass as I put the finishing touches on, but they are done! I can honestly say that it was an interesting experience batch painting multiple Dreadnoughts at once.
Notice I said interesting, not fun, but interesting none-the-less.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The closer Adepticon gets, the closer the Grey Knights move towards completion! This time around, the Interceptors and the singular tank in the army is complete.
If a Rhino can really be called a 'tank'. A mobile pillbox, maybe?
Wait, no, that's a Chimera.
Ah well, on to the update!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I know it's been a while since I've posted about any progress on the Grey Knights for Adepticon, but while I may have been silent on them, I have not been idle! In fact, the Rhino is now 95% done, the Interceptor squad is about 75% done, and the three Dreadnoughts all have their steel and armor complete.
I've already posted paint schemes on the Armor, Reds and Whites/Cloth, as well as the tutorial on the Force Weapons. Now we'll dive into the finishing touches.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
With the imminent release of the new Citadel line of paints, I thought this might be a good time to go over some basics of color theory and how it relates to painting our little toy soldiers. What better opportunity than now, especially with the new color charts I found on Miniature Wargame Conversions, right?
I promise to leave my soapbox for this particular topic in the corner and approach this from a rational perspective.
Well, I'll try at least.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I was beyond impressed with the quality of the paint itself. The pigment saturation, the flow and the ease of use were all wonderful. I ended up sidelining the main Citadel paints, though I kept the Metallics, Foundations and Washes. I changed a paint loyalty that measured nearly a decade in the space of a 4 hour class.
Now, a year later, Citadel goes and throws a curve ball at me with this newly remained paint line of theirs.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
40-ish days until Adepticon and it feels like I am still in second gear with my Grey Knights. While I'm about 95% done with the first 10 infantry models, I still have 18 more, and then the Dreadnoughts and the Rhino. Yes, of course I have plenty of time, and plan to have it all finished by the end of the month. Vehicles tend to be a bit of a stumbling block of rme at times, though, and that singular Rhino could have been a bit of a troublemaker for me...
COULD have been. Key word here, Could.
Enter the experiment, Tamiya Color For Plastics Spray, Light Gunmetal
Friday, March 2, 2012
As a sister-series to my "Pushing Around Green Stuff" articles, I'm starting my painting tutorials this year. I'll be diving into how-to articles for some of the painting effects and techniques that I've either learned how to do from others, discovered for myself through trial and error, or a combination of the two.
To kick off this series, we're going to go through something I've struggled with in the past, power and force weapon effects.
Oh come on now, like you didn't see this coming? I'm painting Grey Knights, fer Pete's sake!