Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pushing my Boundaries with Green Stuff Sculpting

Originally this was going to be the final Adepticon Coverage report. Considering this is more of a synopsis of one single class I took at Adepticon instead of overall coverage of an event or something larger, I thought I'd separate it out and really dig into not just this class, but sculpting in general to some degree.

My forays into sculpting started back in 2006-ish, with my Black Templars, teaching myself ways to sculpt wild fur to somewhat match the Fantasy Chaos Warriors, and capes/cloaks. Fast forward to about 3 years ago, and I hadn't gone any farther in my Green Stuff skills. Not because I didn't want to, but more because I was intimidated by sculpting. So in 2011, I took a class by Joe Orteza at Adeption to learn some basic Green Stuff Sculpting skills.

Turns out I never needed to be intimidate. Why?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MayaCast: A New Podcast for Infinity

MayaCast is a (kinda) new podcast for Infinity the Game, by Corvus Belli. It's run by Tom Schadle and Kip Parcell. I say "kinda" because they were the hosts for a previous podcast, and have moved on to start their own. Their first episode posted yesterday, and while a little rough, something they admit themselves, they are vets and I expect them to refine their format quickly.

Okay, so typically I don't advertise or review much on here. I've got to really be behind a product or site to give it some time on this blog. Not because I'm special or anything, but because most of you don't come here to read stuff like that, and I want to make sure when you do come to my little corner of the interwebz you kind of know what to expect. However I do now, and will always, support those who try and better the hobby community through their own efforts for others,and that's essentially what a podcast is folks.

Lately I've been diving head first into Infinity. Honestly ever since I painted that Tohaa Soec Ops figure. I've already got a fairly substantial Yu Jing collection I'm chomping at the bit to assemble and paint, and have been learning the rules. Definitely expect some Infinity content in the future. That being said. When MayaCast launched, I immediately listened to their first episode and enjoyed it immensely. I only see good things on the horizon for this podcast.

Check out the links to their blog and Facebook page below, and show them some love and support.

- Tim


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Coverage: Adepticon Titanicus!

Ever since 2007, I've been tempted to buy a Mars-Pattern Warhound Titan. Tempted so far, in fact, as to bring enough money to buy one not to 1, not to 2, but to 4 events where Forge World was selling. 2 Games Days and 2 Adepticons, respectively. And yes, this past Adepticon was one of those times.

This time around though, there was a greater temptation than most, as they ran an Adepticon Titanicus event, based on the old Adeptus Titacnicus rules, only in 28mm scale! That's right, the field was littered with Reavers and Warhounds galore! Imperial god-machines raged against Chaos possessed engines of destruction in a cityscape inspired by the buildings from the old game.

Take a gander at the in-game shots and make sure to wipe the drool from your chin as you do.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Coverage: Crystal Brush Entries

With Part 2 of my 2014 Adepticon Coverage, I thought I'd gather all the Crystal Brush entries I took pictures of, and gather them up for everyone to drool over. Kind of like I did in person. Just as much as the army shots are inspiration for large-scale projects, the Crystal Brush entries are inspiration for competition pieces, paint schemes and conversions all at the same time.

While I didn't enter anything this year, purely as a result of my own procrastination with my Salamanders, that certainly didn't make me spend any less time at the display cabinets. Every chance I had to make an excuse to see what new entries had popped up since the last time I had checked, I took.

Now it's time to share all the entries with you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Coverage: Army Image Dump!

You can't go to an event like Adepticon and not take pictures of the amazing projects that you see there. You can't help but soak in everything you see and just let your mind revel in the sheer glut of inspiration from around the world that you have to pull from. So many hobbyists, so many new ideas that you wouldn't have thought of until seeing them in person!

It also tends to drive my own hobby ambitions with thoughts of "I wonder if I could pull that off…" and "Oh that's awesome, I bet I could work that idea into project 'x'…". Even though I've driven myself to exhaustion with my Salamanders, seeing all of these armies makes me want to work on the hobby even more.

The downside to an event this size is that you just can't hope to capture everything. There are just so many!! I've grabbed as much as I could, though, and have piled them all here for you to glean as much joy, awe and inspiration out of them as I did.

On to the pictures!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Coverage: The Calm Before the Storm

You've been following my prep for Adepticon for the past month or so now, and finally all that work has come to fruition. Last Wednesday I left St. Louis for more windy pastures, and landed in Lombard IL for my 8th Adepticon. I've loved each and every one of them so far, and this trip was no different. Yet at the same time, in some ways it was completely different for all the best reasons!

And so starts the beginning of post-Adepticon coverage!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Heresy-Era Salamanders: COMPLETE!

Yup. Upon writing this, it's 2am, Central time, and I'm staring at a field of green. With a spot or two of red and blue, of course. And no, this isn't some rule April Fools joke I'm Playing on myself thank God. They really are done!

They are based and ready to be packed away for an amazing weekend full of friends I don't see enough of, and two intense days of gaming with three of my closest friends in the team tournament at Adepticon,

I knew if I went to bed without snapping some quick pictures and tapping this out, I'd never do it tomorrow night, and I did promise photos of the finished models before I left!