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I’m a firm believer that there is a difference between excuses and reasons. Excuses are what you tell someone to cover up for your own laziness or forgetfulness – ie, it’s a lie you tell to shift the blame off yourself. A reason is simply an explanation for why something happened.

It’s been a few weeks since I last really put paint on a model, and there are a few good reasons for why it’s taken this long for me to write an update.

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First, I’m semi-paralyzed by my choices and ideas for the NOVA Open Painting Competition.  I’m not sure what I want to do.  I have several diorama ideas, but they all feel too big or ornate to do in as much time as I have (about two months).  Honestly, though, I’ve never made one before, though, so I’m also not even sure if my time estimates are accurate.  That said, I usually like to err on the side of caution, so I;d prefer to just not do a diorama than spend time on one and then not get it done.  Because then I’ll get to play the “I could have gotten something else done with that time game”.

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Second, Steam Summer Sale is a thing.  I just finished Bioshock 1, and am about to start Bioshock 2 (fantastic setting, story and gameplay, WOW).  I also picked up a few other games which will no doubt eat into hobby time.  I shouldn’t make that sound so negative – I enjoy playing games.  But they’re less constructive ways to use my free time than painting models.  Boy, is it fun finally playing all of these games that were massive hits when they released.  I totally understand the hype.

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Third, D&D.  I started watching Critical Role on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch, and boy has it made the RPG itch a billion times worse.  For those who are RPG fans and haven’t seen the show, it’s awesome.  Nine professional voice actors play D&D, and it’s live streamed / recorded for YouTube.  It’s pretty amazing.  They’ve been playing these characters for over two years, and are pretty invested in their well-developed characters.

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With three other gaming buddies living less than a mile from me, I’ve asked all of us to bring our wives/girlfriends into a D&D game.  We live so close and should hang out, so why not give it a try?  All of our ladies are geeky in their own way, and it should be a really fun way to get everyone together for good times.  Plus, with seven players, as the DM all I need are 4-5 for them to be available for a game and we’re good to go.  Thus, when I’ve not been playing video games, I’ve been designing the first city along with loads of NPCs, villains and encounters the party will be seeing.

I met with four of the players this weekend to help them design their characters and discuss the general idea for how I’m building the world, and whatnot.  They’re all very excited, as am I.  I’m trying to find time to meet with the other three players, and we’re scheduled to play early next week (since the next several weekends are rife with vacations, holidays and whatnot).  We’ll see how it goes!

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to, and why there hasn’t been anything posted of late.

I’ve been asked a lot recently (in the past 3 months) about my thoughts on airbrushes, and what someone getting started should look for.  Rather than re-type my thoughts each time I get asked, I figured I’d make a blog post of it!

Before I get started, check out the Plarzoid.com Store.  It has an Airbrush section, and there are links to Amazon for everything I use.  I didn’t put the store together to make money or try to sell you on things.  It’s just a very convenient way for me to put stuff in one place when it comes to answering the “What do you use?” question.  Take a gander, support your local hobby shop if you can.  If you can’t, buy through Amazon.

For the impatient (Spud), here’s an index of what I’m going to cover:

  1. Compressors
  2. Hoses
  3. Airbrushes
  4. Starter Setup

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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.

 

Last year, I had widgets and business cards.  This year, I still have loads of business cards, but I wanted to do something different from widgets (which loads and loads of people do).

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Privateer press is on a big pin kick lately, which is cool, but those are really only feasible in quantities of 300+, putting them firmly outside my budget (this year…).  Everyone loves a patch for their gaming bag though, right?

So, I played with GIMP and came up with a few ideas.  I got frustrated by the overly simple designs I was coming up with, and turned to my art department.  She immediately had great ideas, and this was the result.  It’s far more colorful and fun than the ones I had come up with, and bounces off the 8-bit-esque nature of the Plarzosaur logo by bringing in elements of one of our favorite classic video games, Tetris.

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How do I get one?

Excellent question!  There are three ways:

1) Find me at TempleCon and give me $5.  (I can only take cash or Paypal.)

2) Find the New England Privateers booth, and buy one along with your Lost Hemisphere pins, Templecon goodies, Midnight Madness shirt, or Games & Gears stuffs.  (I’m not sure what payment methods they can do, but you will have to pay state tax on the patch if you buy from the store, a whopping 35¢).

3) Play me in an Iron Arena game, and see if you can pry one from my blighted claws!

Depending on how many I have left after Templecon, I’ll make them available to everyone at home who couldn’t make it to Rhode Island.  There are only 100 being made, though, and several will be reserved for NOVA Open.

The lads over at Lost Hemisphere have worked with the same company that produces pins for Privateer Press, and will have a pair of pins for sale at TempleCon! Being the goody-two shoes they are, the proceeds from the sales will help go to charity!

You can read all about it on their recent update, just click the picture of their awesome new pins, below!

Awesome Astrolobe and LH Logo pins!

I’m working on some Plarzoid.com swag as well, but it’s not quite ready to show you yet, give me another week or two.

In the mean time, if you’re planning on attending Templecon, what armies are you bringing and what events are you looking forward to?