Convention Coverage

I’ll be completely honest, I was pretty well spent after TempleCon.

Painting every spare minute for almost a month and a half will do that, though.  Additionally, it feels like there’s been some family or friend or work related thing every weekend in 2015, so my usual spots of big hobby time (weekends) have been cut in half.

However, after nearly a month of not painting, I’ve put some time into some commissions that have been patiently waiting for some attention, and they’re finally at a spot where I feel I can show them off.

First:  Madrak Ironhide, Chieftan of the United Kriels

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My client wanted purpleish skin and yellow stones, and everything else was to be whatever fit that.  I found that the GW paint range as the most purples, so we worked to find a 4-color range that fit the look he wanted for the skin.  Madrak sits in the top half of that range, since Troll warlocks are traditionally Albinos.  The Tartan pattern is straight from the Forces of: Trollbloods book.  At first, I tried a green base for the cloth, but it was way too garish with the overwhelmingly purple skin.  Blue fit much better.

This model represents a few firsts for me as well.  I’ve always shied away from weathering, afraid of ruining a perfectly good paint job.  Madrak is a scheme test model, so ruining things was kinda-OK.  Since the colors we’re using are already kinda outrageous, I figured why not throw some verdigris on the brass bits of his legendary Axe, Rathrok.  After washing the Molten Brass (P3) with some precious Gryphonne Sepia (Old GW), I then put some watered down Meredius Blue (P3) into the creases and then splattered it around.  I think it gives it some nice character.  The other really fun thing on this model was doing the marble on the scroll case hanging behind Madrak.  I first painted the base cream with a Menoth White Base (P3) mid-tone and shaded down with Hammerfall Khaki (P3) and highlighted with Menoth White Highlight (P3).  Then, I used watered down Brown Ink (P3) to draw some blob-y shapes, and refined those and added some depth with less watered down Brown Ink.  I’m very happy with the effect on both.

He still has some work to be done, though.  The runes on his axe need a glow (I’m thinking green, perhaps?) and I want to add one more set of highlights on his skin to really push him higher in value (luminosity).  His base will get extra details after he gets sealed.

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Next up are a pair of Player Character models for a Dungeons and Dragons game.  These are the first two of six characters I’m making for the adventuring party.

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Ep108bannerFriends,

I was recently on a podcast!  Listen to hosts G’daybloke and Northblade, along with yours truly, as we discuss our favorite bits of TempleCon!  We regale you with fond memories of trying new games, playing until wee hours of of the morning, drinking, and I discuss a little about my experience winning Hardcore’s Master Craftsman.  Additionally, there’s interviews with some PP Staffers and Ninja Division!

Download the episode by visiting Lost Hemisphere Radio’s feed, here.

 

Wednesday

Man, what a trip.  This was the first time I’d taken the train, and it was a blast.  I traveled with the crew from Advanced Maneuvers, and got to learn all about non-profits from some lovely business folks on the way from Philly to NYC.  I glued grass to bases during the train ride, and took stock of what I needed to finish painting once I got to the hotel (Carnivean, Seraph, Thagrosh and Blighted Bather, mostly).  Wednesday night was filled with fond hugs and cold beverages as I met up with friends from all around the world.

I managed to find respite with Captain Spud, as he finished up his Infinity Terrain.  I got some work done on the Seraph while waiting for the owner of my hotel room to arrive and check-in.  After that, it was more painting in my room after a shower.

Remember the 1-2-3 rule for conventions:

  • 1 shower a day
  • 2 meals a day
  • 3 hours of sleep, minimum, a day

Thursday

Thursday morning kicked off Iron Arena at 10AM, and thus I began the con with my customary first PG Shift.  Since I wrote the software we use to track the 526 players and 946 games that were played in the Iron Arena at Templecon this year.  Once we got everyone registered and playing games, I was able to sneak in some time painting while waiting for the first batch of players to finish and report their games.

One of the highlights of the first Iron Arena shift is that you get to help organize and display all the pretty things that Iron Arena players can win.  There were the customary tokens and widgets from Privateer Press, along with some cool posters.  Additionally, they brought us some amazing color art prints, a few of which we’d never even seen before:

One of the hotly sought after pieces of art on the Iron Arena prize table.

One of the hotly sought after pieces of art on the Iron Arena prize table.

Once my shift was over at 2pm, I kept on painting at the IA desk, keeping staffers company and chatting with whomever stopped by.

Then, I got the notification I’d been waiting for.  My package had arrived at the front desk.  What package?  The one with the…

PLARZOID.COM PATCHES!!!!

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Boy, are these things cool.  They’re peel-n-stick, and all of the embroidery is nicely embossed is actually 3D!  I love having something to give folks when we finish a game, and these will suit that purpose handily.  Special thanks to my art department over at LNWC Design!

Now that I had my swag to give out to folks I played games with, I was ready for Iron Arena.  I played games until almost 3AM, when I finally decided I should go to bed.  After all, I did have a 10AM PG Shift.

But, wait, isn’t 10AM when the Privateer Press Keynote starts?  Did I really put myself on shift during the keynote?

Nope.  I had signed myself up for the 6AM to 10AM shift instead.  So, off I was to get my 3 hours of sleep.

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So, the big reveal for Warmachine from Templecon is a new set of collossals!  Each faction gets one (except mercs…).  They seem to be the same chassis as the originals, but with different weapon load outs and abilities.  See my twitter (@plarzoid) and Lost Hemisphere’s (@losthemisphere) for more details.

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Lost Hemisphere fans likely already know about Faultie’s project for this year’s charity, but in case you don’t, check this out:

Steamin' Sally

Faultie’s always been a fan of the Rhulic nation, and this year, he wanted to do a WWII bomber inspired Earthbreaker! So, he commissioned some “nose art” for the project, and off he went! What’s even cooler than having some concept art to go with a model? Putting that art on the model! Faultie made it into a decal, and it’s on the Earthbreaker! If you like the art, you can purchase all sorts of Steamin’ Sally merchandise, which will help support the charity!

Faultie’s vision called for a customized Earthbreaker, and loads of converting has gone into this thing.  You can read about his project log here and here.

My contributions to the project were minor compared to what Faultie’s done, but I’m pleased I had a chance to assist with such a cool piece.  I took Faultie on a supply run (and found a few goodies myself), painted the faces of the crew, and painted the explosion on the base.

Here’s a few pictures of the base being painted, after I finished the explosion and handed it off for final assembly and glamour shots:

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And here’s some shots with the Steamin’ Sally in action!  Check out the nose art, under his arm!

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Lastly, here’s a video!

 

 I can’t wait to check out the finished piece in person at Templecon 2015!  If you want a chance to win this thing, buy lots of Lost Hemisphere raffle tickets.  If you can’t make it to Templecon, see if a friend will buy tickets for you!