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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:

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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!

Holy cow, it’s a How-to Tuesday.  It’s been forever, right?  Libby and I are both very excited!  Ok, maybe she’s just excited about the peanut butter…

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As the Nova Nomads club grows, we wanted to focus on what we had to offer our members and the other nearby play groups around us.  One of these things is a positive and fun gaming experience.  For the longest time, players have owned and maintained their own terrain sets because up until our current store, we couldn’t store anything at the shop.  Given our new home store will allow us to do so, and we have club funding from dues (which also go towards club t-shirts, chess clocks, awards for events, etc), we wanted to get some club terrain.

In order to make this fun and exciting, and make sure we got the best looking terrain out of the time put into the project we made a competition out of it.  Club members were encouraged to group up into teams of two (or solo or threes) and com up with a concept for a table’s worth of terrain.  Lots of members had donated their personal sets to the club, so teams were free to take anything from that cache to use for their tables.  Teams were given a tupperware bin for their terrain to fit into, and each team had a $25 budget on top of whatever the club purchased for them to use.

Most of our existing tables use forests, hills and linear obstacles.  That’s great, but it leaves out lots of other fun terrain pieces like rough terrain, large obstacles, trenches, etc.  Not to mention, the terrain rules support custom combinations of things, like rough terrain plus concealment might be brambles or long grass; something that slows you down and also obscures your position, but doesn’t offer nearly the same advantages as a wall or building.

I wanted to tackle trenches, because moist of our tables look like the random countryside with hills and forests and no buildings or signs of civilization.  However, the Iron Kingdoms is full of battlefields and entrenched positions that nations feverishly defend and assault.  I wanted a real battlefield.  Since I had a ton of Khadoran bits laying around (mostly spare shields), I figured that faction was as likely to have trenches as any.

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So, here’s how I went about building an entire table’s worth of terrain from scratch, in about three weeks.

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Here’s a photodump of stuff from the First Annual Feat of Service, hosted by the Nova Nomads.

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Bold strategies on the battlefield, a humble work ethic in the workshop and a shared love of good ale has earned Katya the respect and undying loyalty of the soldiers under her command.

Katya grew up and an orphan on Elsinburg’s streets. Her fate changed when she was selected to be a blacksmith’s apprentice when the man she would eventually marry fixed the stove in the orphanage she stayed at. Her affinity for metalworking and mechanikal design led to her apprenticeship being years shorter than any the Khadoran Mechanikal Assembly had heard of. She aced the Assembly’s entrance exam at the age of 15, and still holds the record for the youngest person to pass.

Her path through the courses at the Mechnaiks Assembly left an exhaustive trail of broken records. Ending with her graduating a year earlier than the rest of her class. During her time there, Katya’s ability to control and commune with warjacks surfaced, and soon it became clear to the instructors that she had warcaster potential.

Katya charged head first into her Warcaster training, spending most of her time among the soldiers of the Unbreakable 11th, stationed at Ravensgard on the Khador-Cygnar border. There, she practiced commanding warjacks in border skirmishes during the day, and spent her nights in the Supply Depot, repairing destroyed Warjacks, Man-O-War armor and anything else she could get her hands on. In exchange for her extraordinary repair services, Katya made an arrangement with the Supply Officers of the 111th that kept her detachment well stocked on beer and ammunition.

Katya is often seen leading a pack of warjacks from the front line, protecting and guiding her forces. Her custom suit of Man-O-War armor sacrifices speed in favor of armor and strength. It is equipped with a massive Mechano-Wrench that doubles as a weapon, and Welding Torch that can be quickly configured to act as a flamethrower. Katya’s arcane gifts and extensive intellect help her use these tools to orchestrate complex battlefield repairs on destroyed and damaged warjacks, effectively resurrecting the war machines.

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Here’s the stat cards for my Custom Warcaster for the Feat of Service Charity Event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project this weekend.

If you want to donate to this great cause (and you should), then donate here.

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Parts for her model came from four different kits: Bombshell Bombardier, Battle Mechanik Officer, Assault Kommando Flamethrower, Man-o-War Kovnik.  See if you can spot the parts in these WIP pictures.

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And here she is, all painted up!

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Yes, that’s the NOVA Nomads‘ club logo on her beer mug.  We did design the logo to be beer label-esque, after all…

 

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