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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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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!

This is what’s on the painting table right now.

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I’m trying to get everything to the same level (base coated teal, sanguine and skin, at the least) so I can assembly line with shades and highlights. It’s going well so far, but I keep getting distracted and adding models to the list. Like the Raek, Aby2, the Blight Wasps (OMG THEY’RE ADORABLE) and a pair of Strider Deathstalkers. Most of the extra additions are there to give me something else to play during the weekend, and to help give me something else to use one Templecon is over.

While I paint, I’m watching Supernatural.  I’m mid-way through Season 2 right now, and it’s pretty good.  I can see why they’ve made it through 9 (10?) seasons.

Notable things in the picture above:

  • The Blighted Bather is literally bathing in Blight.  Rather than try to paint water, I figure she’ll just take a dip in the blighted ooze.  There’s not a lot of room to get the bright teal on that model, so this is a solid place to get the color down.
  • Aby2 – Holy cow, what a blast to assemble, and I’m really enjoying painting her, too.
  • Seraph.  I ran a tournament over the weekend, and cleaning and assembling him was what I did when I wasn’t doing round pairings and getting rules questions wrong.
  • Spud’s Succubus.  Yerp, she’s getting paint!  I don’t think I can use her in the Hardcore event itself (thus the official PP model right next to her), but she’s just such a gorgeous model that I made she she got in the queue.
  • Raek – it’s been one of my favorite Legion models ever, and may, in fact, be the model that made me take up Legion.  Why it wasn’t one of the first ones painted, I don’t know.  I understand it’s pretty decent at jamming, and does a good deal of infantry killing, especially when backed up by the Strider Deathstalker twins.
  • Speaking of, see the blurry Strider Deathstalker in the lower left corner?  Notice anything different, compared to the studio model?  Yeah, since I’m running two, I need them to not be the same.  It took almost an hour and a half, but it was worth it.
  • Blight Wasps – These released last week, and I couldn’t help myself.  I have a second unit coming, and can’t wait to see how they fare as a second line counter punch, hiding behind Legionnaires.  Plus, they’re about the cutest things ever.

 

Whenever there’s a con, I try and get together with some friends and doa combined bits order.  We get to snag whatever odd things we need to repair models, and we get to order some of the awesome, limited edition models that Privateer Press makes available.

Tis go around, during Warmachine Weekend, I’ll admit that I was upset that the Blighted Bather didn’t make an appearance.  She had sold out before out order was filled during Gen Con in August, ad my group missed out on getting ours.  Those misaligned feelings were quickly disregarded when I saw this beautiful lug:

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Not only is he a fun alternate sculpt, but he’s one that gives a nod towards one of the often disregarded (by manufacturers and event organizers) and my favorite part of the wargaming realm: the hobby.  Of course, I ordered one.

So, let’s have a look at what comes in the blister!

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