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Thoughts so far.

Only 14 Infinity models left before I move on to my next project. I have really enjoyed this process so far and putting it all on here has definitely helped as a motivational tool. In other news I have decided to just use NYPC as the tag for the painting challenge, nothing more inspirational jumped to mind.

I don’t think the process has caused my painting itself to improve any, I wasn’t really expecting it too, but my ability to be happy with the way something looks on the tabletop has.

Lessons learned so far are;

  • I don’t like painting eyes so now don’t bother.
  • Things definitely look better painted than not.
  • I can just do a little when I have a spare 15 minutes.
  • I actually enjoy it now I’m not stressing about the end result.
  • It’s nice to feel a sense of achievement once a mini has been varnished and photographed.

Thanks for reading these ramblings. More miniatures Monday (if all goes to plan).

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Trying something new.

In my last couple of posts (see here and here) I have added a little bit of gaming background to the write up as well as something about the model itself.

I’m not sure if this type of thing is helpful in getting people interested in the mechanics of the game but I remember the looks on peoples faces when I have given a demo game and told them they can throw grenades, drop mines or any of the other interesting things that make Infinity different to some other sci-fi games.

So for now it will continue and if it makes someone want to try the game out then I will feel like I have done my part for the community at large.

Wyrd how things happen.

The blog got a load more hits today than usual – odd in itself as there wasn’t an update (maybe it’s better when I have nothing to say).

It turns out that someone found a link I put on the Wyrd Malifaux forum years ago about basing my Coryphee and replied to the topic. This Lazarus post has then had people look and follow the link back here.

Crazy I tells you. It has closed up the voting on the poll though with only 2 votes between the first two titles.

Three Steps Forward

Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates. I live in accommodation at my place of work and clearly the NHS think its more important to spend money on patient care than ensuring I have a decent wifi connection. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

Doesn’t it always appear that just when you think you are getting somewhere you end up back where you started or worse. I have an update on my NYE Painting Resolution – this needs a snappy title so suggestions below – with some models from Corvus Belli’s Infinity range.

When we first started playing Infinity I chose ALEPH because I liked the style of the range but, as it was just after the second book had been released, there wasn’t a great deal of choice so I also ended up collecting Nomads.

These space faring travellers appealed to me on both a fluff level as well as the miniatures and I bought loads which have sat around unpainted. For todays update I present to you the Lunokhod and accompanying Crazy Koalas.

Now, although these came in one blister and the Crazy Koalas (which are the cutest mines you will ever see) are tiny models this is three of my Infinity list 22 21 20 19.

Sadly, whilst having a sort out of some boxes I found three unopened blisters containing 4 new models 19 20 21 22 23

Argh, I’m now more behind than when I started. Stupid hobby.

It’s oh so quiet.

After a very promising start to the blogging year it has suddenly gone all quiet.  My apologies for this, my building is currently without the magic of the internet and I don’t have the patience to do this on my phone.

Normal service will hopefully resume next week.

100 posts – But what topic?

When I realised this was going to be my 100th post (well, that is what the stat’s say) I tried to think about a thing to talk about. This may not seem like much of a milestone to some but given my infrequency this is like 1,000 in normal blogger posts.

I cried out on Twitter and to my rescue came Rob (@peppermint_cat) who suggested I talk about him. I decided to wait for the next life raft.

This was Gareth (@EdenBlade) who suggested I talk about Nano, Rob’s dog. Now, I am not suggesting we like Nano more than Rob but it is fair to say that the dog gets way more attention than the Nano delivery device that Rob seems to have become (this may be due to the fact that he never seems to play any more). Here are some pictures of Nano.

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I decided not to make the whole post about Nano but thought I would share the cuteness. The conversation did help me decide on the topic for the blog though – my LGS.

It seems like a long time ago that a colleague at work told me that a game store was opening near to my lab but I still remember the feeling of excitement that I had a nerd home being built for me. My town has a GW but I tend to play a lot of different games and at the time played Confrontation, Warmachine/Hordes, Infinity and Flames of War. Technically, I should say collected as I only had a regular opponent for one of those games, FoW.

I cycled round to the location of the store during my lunch break and stared through the window at the, not yet constructed, interior like Charlie Bucket at a sweet shop and was met, to my horror, by stacks of boxes of 40k and WHFB figures.

I felt cheated, why open another store that sells GW, so I did the decent thing…I sent the owner a terse email. I don’t remember the exact content but I do remember voicing my disgust that an indie store would just be GW Lite not caring that that is probably where a lot of the money lies.

To my surprise I got a reply stating that they planned to sell other products, once established, and what sort of things did I play. My relationship with the store and staff started at that moment with Andy, the owner.

The story now jumps to a few months later and I find out that there is going to be a Summer Open Day, Andy asks if I am prepared to give a demonstration game of Flames of War to help promote the game that they have decided to stock. I jump at the chance to help give something back to both the store and the hobby in general and get building and painting. Bocage, barbed wire and hills are strewn around my painting area along with the brave souls of the 6th Airlanding Brigade who are set to face the might of the 12th SS. Here are some photos from that day.

One picture I loved so much. It seemed to capture the hopelessness of the British defense as the Tiger tanks came bursting through the trees but, if you look carefully, a brave soul with a PIAT hides in the trees to the right of the shot and he managed to take out one of the tanks single handedly. The photo ended up with a background of Normandy roughly photoshopped in, a sepia tint and some aging and it still, to this day, makes me smile when I look at it.

As far as I can recall the next open day I also did Flames of War, a 3000pt epic on a table created by a different Rob (@rob_norman) and Simon (@SJDKEY) and I wish I could find some photos of that as it did look amazing.

My relationship with the store and the staff has continued to grow and I now mostly demo Infinity on the open days providing a small taster of how the game plays in the hope of teaching people about the larger hobby outside one manufacturer. The store is now in a bigger unit with loads more tables and it feels good to be a part of the story of its success.

 

Guest blog

No blog really on here today from me because I wrote one for Docbungle.

Read my Batman Miniatures Game rundown at Miniature Musings of a Bear

A Clever Idea

A fellow member of the Shell Case Forum  has put up a link to a nice article on painting tattoos

http://minimusingofabear.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/tattoo-tutorial/

It has never occurred to me to use the blog to share information in this way – slow on the uptake I know – and as such I would like to share this link I found on painting ethnic skin tones. People have probable seen this already but if it helps one new person who reads it then it was worthwhile.

Ethnic Skintones

Wednesday post rethink.

I realised this morning that if I get suckered in to the games I play I dont really pay attention to what is going on around me at the club.

Example, I am aware last night that Bushido and Anima Tactics were both being played but I have no idea what they were like as I was trying to remember how to play Warmachine.

I played a 15pt game using the Magnus Bad Seeds Tier from No Quarter #36 and don’t know if I like it or not. As a long time Magnus player his epic form is quite different and didn’t seem as useful. I am hoping it will work better in bigger games but if not then I will drop it as an idea.

I also played a 250pt game of Infinity against Dave and his Yu Jing. The game started strongly in his favour with his Onibawan being a beast but then some lucky rolls on my part turned it around. In the end I won 5vp to 2vp.

Maybe these posts will work if I took some photos along the way – we will see how it develops.

Weekend Plans 22/7/11

Well it’s Friday and that means, if I stick to my plan, that I announce my hobby aims for the weekend.

Sadly a bit of an off on my bike has caused me some pain, cut up my hands and the like so I don’t know what I can achieve at all.

I was hoping to get a game in tonight as the wife is on a staff do but that is unlikely as well.

I have started gluing together my Circle 15pt force but have realised that I don’t have enough beasts to generate fury for Mohsar who is a Fury 8 warlock. Back to the drawing board with the list I think.

First Friday post is a bit of a duffer all in all…Arse.

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