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Wahoo!  Triple digits!


To celebrate, I’m giving something away to one of my loyal followers!  

First, I did some research into how to be 100% sure I was randomly selecting a winner.  I stumbled upon www.random.org, a group that uses atmospheric noise as a source for it’s algorithms.  Exciting, eh?


I took a list of all my followers, and after dropping the few that I know wouldn’t want a miniature (my mom, wife and a friend who doesn’t game) and I plugged it into random.org’s list sequence randomizer thingy.  But since when is one ever good enough?  So I made 9 more lists, giving me 10.  Here’s a link to the google doc with the lists: link(Let me know if that link doesn’t work)

Now that I have a sufficient amount of randomness, it’s time to randomly pick the random list for the random winner!


Tossing 1-10 into their random number generator resulted in using list number…
And then I asked for a random number between 1 and 17, and I got…

So who’s number 7 on list 3?  Why it’s… 

The Brotha!

The Brotha (of Can a Brotha get a Six), you are the winner of a magnetized plastic warjack kit*!  Let me know which faction you’d like and sooner than you can believe it, you’ll have a magnetic masterpiece!  Congratulations!!
*If you only play Hordes or don’t play Warmachine, we’ll figure something else out.

Wow, it’s been a week since I last posted!  I feel terrible!  I’ve been swamped with stuff this past week, so at least I have a good excuse reason.  We had to get the apartment ready for visitors!  That took a while since we have way too much shit.  Once the unpacking and sorting was done, we had visitors.  Since the office (computers and hobby area) is also the spare room, I didn’t have any time to work on anything.  Bad for the blog, good for my sanity.

Speaking of sanity, here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:
  • Finish painting Cygnar Battlebox
  • Skorne Army painted up to 50 pts
  • Gatorman conversions (a commission currently in the works)
  • Retribution Conversions
  • More trainboats and flying saucers (Yay Naval games!)
  • Tutorials
    • Brass Rodding (Iron Fang Pikeman style)
    • Press Molding (with Instant Mold)
    • Jeweler’s Saw Basics
    • … your suggestions?
Despite my current slacking off, I do have news!  

As you may remember, at Templecon I had the privilege of participating in a Dystopian Wars demo run by the fine gents over at D6 Generation.  During that demo, I was pummeled by my opponents and had the worst luck imaginable.  As a reward for being such a good sport, I was given to Spartan Games to be turned into a character in their next Dystopian Wars rulebook.  The artist did an amazing job (given what they had to work with) and finally, here I am!
I’m not yet sure which faction I will belong to, or what my story is.  I’m not wearing any known uniform, and there aren’t any easy to spot insignias.  But, aren’t I a dashing fellow, with my pistol and monocle?  I look dangerous…  Grrrr…
I s’pose I do owe a hobby related update as well, eh?  Since last time I was able to get Gore Red on the second Savage, and block out the metallic areas in Boltgun Metal on one of the savages.  I need to go over it one more time to be sure I haven’t missed anything, and then I’ll block out the brass areas on top of the Boltgun Metal.  Putting brass over silver like that usually helps the brass which tends to be a bit transparent.  Once I get the brass on there, it’ll actually look Skornish, and picture worthy.
Since I love seeing comments on here, tell me what you think of the portrait!  What sort of tutorials would you like to see?  Also, if you could see any conversion, what would it be?

I typically allow myself about $20 a week to invest in my models.  Three weeks ago it was the Blazing Sun Frigates.  The week after that I picked up the Battleship.  Last week, I picked up Lord Tyrant Xerxis.  He’s not put together yet though, sorry.  Maybe next time?

Mr. Clean ain’t got nothin’…
I bring this up because this week, as much as I want mechanics for my pStryker Theme Force, I bought some hobby supplies instead.  Primarily, I was happy to find Master’s Brush Cleaner.  
As I understand it, this stuff is amazing.  Here’s a Youtube video explaining how to use it.  When I get a chance, I’m planning on spending some much needed time with my brushes and this stuff.  It will be good.
But wait, there’s more!
I also grabbed two new brushes.  The first was a #2 Chisel Blender that I’m going to use for covering large areas.  The other one was a #10/0 Spotter for detail work.  Yay for cheap-but-still-(hopefully)-really-nice-and-will-last-a-long-time paint brushes!  And, now, if I mess them up, I have the magic soap!
So far so good.  My other big problem with painting are my old paints.  They’re a bit dry and need some attention.  So….  I picked up some Liquitex Acrylic Flo-Aid.  It helps the pigment separate for even coverage but it also increases water tension.  Thus, it makes the paint want to even out into a smooth coat, but if it’s not diluted enough, the paint will pool into drops on the model and not lay flat like it’s supposed to.  I’m a bit skeptical, yet optimistic.  We’ll see.
Enough about random stuff, here’s what you’re really here for.  Some pictures of models!  
Firstly, Morghoul.

I realize it’s fairly unimpressive right now.  Sorry.  All that’s down is three or so coats of diluted Gore Red.  Most of Morghoul’s armor is the lacquered red over gold style, so there’s not much at this stage.  There’s actually a nice tutorial in the Skorne book on the lacquered armor.  I’m hoping it turns out for me as well as it did for the studio.

The Cyclops Savage on the other hand has lots of red armor…

He’s looking pretty good.  There’s a fair bit of regular old red armor there, so there’s lots to block out.  I’m thinking aqua for the accent color… or is that too Everblight?  Perhaps some jade green?  Thoughts?
I’m thinking I’ll be doing my reds via glazing.  It involves mixing paint and transparent medium to achieve a see-through-yet-tinted layer of paint.  You then layer this on over and over again and the more layers there are, the stronger the original color.  I’ll cover it in more detail, but it worked decently well on my Firestorm Armada Directorate Frigate.  
Oh, I didn’t show you?  Check it out:
Yay spaceships!  Now, before you scrutinize the little guy, remember…  the model’s just a little larger than a quarter.  The white dome doesn’t work, so that needs a change.  Suggestions?

Firstly, Burb1996 had his prize drawing.  Since Burb got his 40 followers in less than 48 hours, he’s giving away an Extreme Scuplt!  He cut out everyone’s name, put them in a hat and had his son pick out a name.  The little dude’s my new best friend, because he pulled my name out of the hat!

On it’s way is an Extreme Juggernaut.  Why?  Because it’s the base for an Extremoth.  I’m super excited!!  You should be to, because if you’re reading this, you’re likely a fan of conversions – and that one’s killer!
Next, I need some input.  I snagged some lights from Home Depot on the cheap.  They aren’t terribly bright, so I think I’ll need some new bulbs for them.  I did take some pictures though, so let me know which you like better.  

New lights
Old lights

Oh, and what do you think of the addition of some Naval Camouflage?

And now… the results of last time’s dilema:  What faction to commit to?

Overwhelmingly, you all wanted to see Skorne!  Of the six of you that posted your thoughts, five wanted Skorne.  Good enough for me!  Skorne it is.

I was able to get primer on my Skorne Battle Box, a Cyclops Brute and Razorworm.  That gives me a nice 15 pt Tooth and Claw list to learn with:

Points: 15
Master Tormentor Morghoul (*7pts)
* Cyclops Brute (5pts)
* Cyclops Savage (5pts)
* Razorworm (4pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)


I also picked up Xerxis last week at the LGS, so I’ll need to assemble him.

I haven’t found a 35pt list I’m happy with, so I’m open to suggestions.  I like the idea of a brick, but I also think a combined forces type army could be fun.  Show me some lists!

I’d post more, but I kinda want to get painting!  I’ll have pictures of some Skorne next time, I promise!

Yes, it’s a very serious problem.  Every time I see a cool painting thread, or hear about an epic battle, I want to play that army.  For instance, despite the fact I have six factions already, threads like this and this make me want to pick up some constructs…  They look so foreboding and ominous when done in darker colors.  I do need another Hordes army to offset my Warmachine army count…    No!  I must not give in!

What I really need though, is help from you!  There’s a big event in September, over at Blob’s Park and it’s going to be a 35 or 50 pt event.  Possibly both  Its looking like there will be door prizes for everyone, and bonus goodies for a tournament winner, a fully painted raffle, and other awards.

So, with this as incentive, and September as a goal, I need to choose a faction for, basically, the rest of the year…

Being the dorkus I am, I’ve tried to assemble a Pro / Con list for the factions I already own a significant amount of models for.  (Only mercs aren’t included since I only have a battlebox and extra Heavy.)

Legion of Everblight:

Pros

  • Most Familiar
  • Already own lots of models
  • Scheme is already set
  • Fair chunk of models are painted already
Cons

  • Bad track record – haven’t won a game with them in ages
  • I’ve been playing them for about a year now, time for something new?
  • No idea what list to build.
  • Looking at them makes me a bit sick.  Lots of repairs to do, and not many good memories recently.

Skorne:

Pros

  • Have a small core of models
  • Fairly excited about running a Xerxis Brick
Cons

  • Don’t have a ton of models, need to buy stuff (why isn’t this in pros?)
  • Lots of detail on the models means long painting times
PG_spacecadet’s Xerxis Skorne Army @ 25 pts

Cygnar:

Pros

  • Have a good core of models
  • I seem to do better with Warmachine armies than Hordes
  • Have all the models for pStryker T4
Cons

  • Really need to strip and re-paint some models
  • Mostly just units left to paint, going to be a chore
  • Do I have enough to make it to September, or will I run short on models?
  • I painted them blue.  Everyone does blue.  Should I do a different scheme??
Bases and details are all these guys need…



Khador:

Pros

  • My first faction
  • Have a good core of models
  • I seem to do better with Warmachine armies than Hordes
  • Several versatile lists with minor model substitutions
  • Only two models from pVlad T4
Cons

  • Pre-rodded Iron Fangs need to be stripped and looked at.  EEK!
  • EVERYTHING needs to be painted.  Will I make it?
Kris Aubin’s 100pt Vlad T4

Retribution of Scyrah:

Not being included.  
I have a plan for my Ret, and it’ll need time to make it happen.  Sorry.

Now that you’ve read the lists, what do you think?  Comment below and convince me to pick the faction you think I should.  The more convincing the argument, the better.  Prizes may be involved.