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Damn, the Wordpress Dashboard got dusty while I was away.  Sheesh.  I’ll have to be better about that.

Anyway, I’ve been doing things and stuff, and didn’t have anything worth sharing for a long while.  However, recently I’ve painted some things and thus I finally have something that I can share!  Yay!

Here, pictures:

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I started Aby2 way, way back as a model I wanted to include in my TempleCon prep at the beginning of the year. She was a fairly new model then, and she ran beast heavy like Thag1 does, so she was a natural sub for variety in iron Arena. She made the trip, and flew around the hall with me, but never saw table time.

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Well, she’s been seeing a lot more table time around the LGS. I’ve really enjoyed playing her, but I’ve yet to really master her. I’m planning on playing her as a primary choice for the near future, so keep a look out for a battle report, perhaps?

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Ok, so her hands are huge. I can’t not talk about her hands. THEY’RE MASSIVE. Massive, oversized man hands.

Yeah, I get that she’s an abomination. She’s part beast. But seriously. Those hands are larger than her head (minus the horns).

Oh, here’s a flying family shot of the other guys that shared the painting table with her. Aren’t they adorable? Cute lil’ bumbleblights!

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ADORABLE I TELL YOU.

Go ahead, you tell them any different.

It turns out that when you’re sick, you can get some painting done. I’ve been fighting a flu like thing lately, and managed to finish up some of my own models while I wait for the next commission minis to arrive.

I’m working my way towards expanding my Legion of Aquablight. My one fully painted list is fun, but diversity and variety would be awesome.

Learning from past experiences, I find that I get more done when I only have a few items on my desk, so I only worked on three models. They do give me an extra eight points to play with though…

First, the cuddly dragon-infused kitten, the Raek!

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It’s that time of year again!  Around Memorial day for the past two years, my gaming club has put on a fundraising event called Feat of Service.  The purpose is to raise $$ for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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I participated in the Custom Caster event, which is aimed at more casual players (there’s a 50-pt ADR Masters event for the more competitively minded).  The general idea is to create a new, custom Warcaster for your chosen faction and then play several 35-pt games all day trying for achievements much like a book release event.  It’s effectively a mash-up of Who’s the Boss, Spell Draft and Summer Rampage

The process itself is pretty simple.

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This post has a ton of pictures.  Be warned.  Also, you can click on any of them to see a picture roughly 8 times larger.

I know TempleCon was three months ago. I’ve waited this long to show off the army because PP took photos of it for No Quarter at TempleCon, and they haven’t printed them in the last two issues, so I assume they’re not going to.

My warcaster of choice was Thagrosh, Painter of Everblight. Not only is he a fantastic center scenario caster, the alternate sculpt that emphasizes the hobby is fantastic. Plus, he’s a pretty new sculpt, and judges like seeing the newer models. To represent Thagrosh’s FURY, I glued rubber shredders from the Blighted Bather model to some washers and quickly painted them in my grey and teal. They then got a serious protective coating of gloss.

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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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