Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This year was the first time I've played in a large scale Tourney, I've been playing 40K since 1990 but have never played anything to the scale of the Nova Open. I've played in local Tourneys and what not but nothing with the amount of people that were there. I had some trepidation going into it, there are a lot of good people out there but there are a lot of tools too. One bad experience can ruin it all. Thankfully everyone I played was either very cool or at least cordial. I finished rank 96th out of 223 people which isn't half bad (literally and figuratively haha) which was cool but the best part of the event was getting to see some awesome armies and talk to a lot of people. I built my first display board for the event and was pretty happy with it. I got a lot of great comments on it and my army, that is always very cool. I busted my butt getting everything done for the event and was nice to know it was well received.
Evan from FTGT which was very cool as we chat a lot on our blogs. Having two little ones makes it tough to get out there and just have a fun adult (wait does playing with little plastic dude mens count? hmmm my wife would probably say no) weekend with no obligations. It was like the old days, went down with Sean from L33tlike.us and besides playing we hung out with Evan and some of the Beltway Gamer guys. Was a very fun time though tiring and even a little rough with the stomach battle we fought thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings .. sheesh. I'll be going back in 2014 but unsure what I'll be playing..(event wise) was hoping to do the Trios but sounds like Evan won't be able to be our third so not sure what will be the plan. Either way I'll be there and hopefully able to enter a few things in the painting contest as well. 8) No expectations just would be cool.
I also painted a ton this year past. Getting ready for Nova was like I was on a mission and well.. I was. I wanted all my Dar done and done to a level I would be happy with. I know it wasn't a requirement but if I'm going to be out there I want my Dudes to look cool. I had no expectations to be the Champion but my guys could at least look good in their defeat. Some of the things I got done this year..
Work space, I have moved around and built a lot of stuff this year. From different rooms to how I have everything setup. It seems that it's ever evolving and with the growing family it starts to limit the available space in the house. I'm hoping that within two years we'll be able to move and getting a house that can better accommodate the family and my nerdy endeavors would be nice. I can always hope right haha..
The blog is doing well and traffic has increased a good bit and I have posted over 220 posts this year. The most so far for me for sure, that is a pretty good amount. I'm still thinking about making a full blown site that isn't blogger based but it really just comes down to time. I don't have the free time I did starting a new job and if I get the free time I usually just want to paint or lay on the couch reading or watching a movie. We'll see how it goes down the line..
So what does 2014 hold? We've seen GW pump out Codexes fast and furiously and I have heard some rumors of Blood Angels coming this year sometime. So that is pretty cool.. and I have a bunch of models still sitting in boxes. A good bit of Orks plus some Marines I've been saving to start a Codex Chapter but do I really need to do all that? I sadly have more plans then time and money these days. Which also leads me to another thing. My friends think I should start doing commissions but I really don't know if I want that kind of stress. As I said my time is shorter now and do I want to use that time to paint stuff that I will then ship out? hmmmm maybe I should just start building display boards and selling them haha ..
I said the same thing last year when looking forward to the new year.. I want to focus more on painting whatever I want instead of what I need to put on the table. But that never seems to happen, I always seem to get an idea for something and then start to paint what I need to play it. I want to relax more this year and paint what ever calls to me when I go out to paint but I can already see that not happening. I want to go to Nova again and have plans for another display board. So for 2014 I better keep it simple, keep improving my skills and having fun building little dude mens...
Monday, December 30, 2013
But now on to some of the fun bits.. I got a good bit of hobby stuff for Christmas..
I got a case of bottles, never seems like I have enough and will be nice not have to flip back and forth as much with the tops.
New Files - they are nice but wow they are bigger then I thought they were going to be. Oh well, a bigger set it's so bad. Buildings will not be quick work.
Stainless Steel Tweezer set - No more battling with magnets, non magnetic for the win!
Sprue Cutting Tweezers - um ... that's what they are alright
Mini Drill Chuck - Allows you to use ultra bits in a standard drill.
And metal bending plyers - I have a few ideas I want to try and I'll need these (not pictured but I also got some metal pipes for bending)
I got a lot of cool toys, now I just have to get the room all ready and get back to using them!
Another update on the room, the work light I bought I mounted yesterday. I took off the base on the light and then built two sections with sliders so the light can be slid in and out without issue. It's about 1000% brighter then it was so I'm pretty happy. Now I'm excited to test it out and see what I can see.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Here are some of the shelves closer up.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
While planning out the base I was thinking the spider thing should be upside down with it's legs all curled up and while that sounds good it wasn't really looking as cool as the carapace up. So now I'll be cutting and chopping some bits of the spider to make him look worse for wear.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Are you starting up an army and are thinking about the color combos you want to go with? The wheel is your friend. Right now I'm thinking of what colors to paint my Aleph models so I broke out the color wheel to go over what colors would compliment what other colors. If you don't feel like painting a model over and over again the color wheel can be a great help. It will give you a good idea what multiple colors will look like together. I had a smaller one back in the day for drawling but ordered a really nice one to match up some colors while painting. They aren't expensive and are worth having, even if it sits in a drawer for months. I always pull it out when I'm painting something new, I like knowing what I'm going to get before I even put brush to model.
So my recommendation is to get one.. they really can help.
Here is a --> link <-- on using the color wheel. It's not based off modeling, but the idea is all the same.
Hopefully I have some new stuff for tomorrow, it was another busy weekend past so very little got done.
Friday, December 13, 2013
The other ones I bought to make the converted wings, typically I need two sets to make one. It's a pain to make them cutting and trimming the metal wings so the molding process might be the way to go and think I'll give that a shot. We'll see how it goes haha
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sadly last night I had to bail on my game with Evan, my daughter got sick again. She has had a rough month and it only really seems to happen when I have something planned. So maybe I need to stop making plans haha..
Had my boys all packed up in the car and ready to hit the table but they unfortunately just did a tour down to DC and back. My wife was hinting that she wanted me to cancel but wouldn’t ask me to, I guess she didn’t want to say it but she wanted me to come home. My daughter just laid on the couch with me and we watched Christmas movies. Her birthday is tomorrow so I hope she is feeling better for it.
I was going to test out a couple of units last night, mainly the Swooping Hawks, they look good but I really want to see how they perform. I think I realized the night before that I only had eight Hawks built and painted (mostly bad, they are very old (1991)and had limited paints back then). I really wanted to field test them and see how they did but alas it will have to wait for another day. Either way I think they will be the next unit I finish up. I probably have 15 sitting ready to be built but I want to convert all the wings like this guy.
This was one of the first conversions I did back in 93 I think. Tough using metal wings haha. I went on eBay and bought a bunch of them for cheap waiting for the day I’d start converting all of them to run the spread wings. I was thinking about making one more set and trying to mold them so I wouldn't have to build at least nine more of them haha..
I also wanted to try the Fire Prism, I know a lot of people are running them and for the points they got a big boost. So far the Night Spinner has been doing well when I used it, nice to have a barrage weapon to hide and drop some pain on people.
I haven't been able to get to the painting table in a couple of days, I'm hoping tonight I'll actually be able to get something done!