After a long absence….

Well, it is hard to get a following on a blog when you never write.  That is my fault, and, again, I will try to amend this.  My friend started a blog a few years ago, and through consistent posting, he has a good following (and he has good stuff to say).

Ghengis Con 2015  has come and gone.  This year was fun for me as I taught for the first time.  It was a bit stressful as I worried about how to fill 2 hours.  I taught 3 classes this time around (2 basic and basic basing).   I was worried most about basing, and that one went the best for me.

But, Ghengis.  I entered two figures this year.  A Dark Sword miniature and a Gimli.  I entered them both as single miniatures, but at the last moment, I moved Gimli to diorama/vignette as only your best mini will get consideration per category, and I felt the mage was best.

As expected, I didn’t place in single miniature, but from what I understand, I did make first cut, and that is progress!  So I am happy. Plus, I am very happy with that figure.

Here she is….

 

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I am very happy with her, but I got feedback from a fellow painter after the competition, and I have a LOT to improve on.  But with each successive year, I have improved, and that is all I can hope for.  It is weird being a state now with  my painting that I am becoming happy with projects.  It is a nice place to be in.

 

Now on to Gimli.  Gimli took 3rd in its category!  Yeah!

Gimli

 

 

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Finished Work — Gimli on Urak-Hai

Here is Gimli, finally done.  Of course, there are things I would fix, but sometimes you just need to be done.

 

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Gimili on a Uri-Kai

Here is the current progress of Gimli (via camera phone).  He is close to being done, but I have still a good amount of work to do, but I see the end near.  I have also just started the base, but it still has a long way to go.

 

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To Challenge Myself

While at Ghengis Con this year, I learned one thing.  I no longer need painting classes (basic ones).  What basic ones I took, I knew what was needed.  I am a decent painter in need of practice.  All painters need to practice to get better, and that is what I need.  Michael, a local painter and great guy, points that out to me fairly often.  I just need to paint more.  So, I am going to try and do that. So, my mini-goal for next Ghengis is to enter each category:

Single Miniature
Large Miniature
Vehicle/Ordnance
Unit
Diorama/Vignette

It is a very ambitious goal for me, but if I happen to do it, good things will happen.  I will become better at what I like to do–paint.  I may or may not get an award, but at least I will have tried.

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Current WIP

Here is a couple of photos of my current WIP.  The face needs a bit more shading, and the cape just has a basecoat.  I am still working on how I want to approach the cape.

 

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Ghengis Con (The Gaming)

My gaming this year at Ghengis Con was a bit light.  I have learned that 2 RPGs a day is about  my limit.  Three in a day I can do sometimes, but lately, I want a break.  I have given up long ago playing board games there.  For boardgames, I just never can find what I want to play, and often when I do, I see it is with whom I normally play, but I have to pay a fee to play with them.  This year, I only did three different RPGs.

First up was Deathwatch (FFG):

DWLast year, I played this at GC with Jacob Burgess as my GM.  It was quite enjoyable, I decided to sign-up again this year.  Funny thing, last year, after the game, Jacob sought me out, couldn’t find me, and I was relayed the message that he had come by and said that we had gone to high school together.  I had NO recollection of him.  After the con, I pondered it, and then called my brother.  Eureka!  He had gamed, painted with my brother who was in his class (a freshman).  At the time, I was a senior.

Once again, Jacob put on a great game.  This adventure had us investigating a “minor” problem on an isolated planet in the quarantine zone.  As expected, not was all that it seemed, and we were drawn into a large battle with the greenskins.  In the end, we were successful saving the planet’s citizens and let the nobility die in a horrible, green death.  In all reality, we should have all died a valiant death saving the citizens, but Jacob let another player use my last fate point for a re-roll, thus allowing us to survive and fly off into the warp storm in our slightly damaged Thunderhawk.  I think I would have preferred the glorious death.

Next up was Call of Cthulu (5th, modern era):

CoCAnother enjoyable game, but with a few annoyances.  We were all scientists, or crew, in a South Pole research station.  Suffice it to say, people starting behaving oddly, we investigated, finding a mysterious new building in our immediate area with the aurora borealis being funneled down into it.  Truly, I enjoyed this game, but there were a lot of annoyances.

First off, the GM was good, but he spent the first 20 minutes of the game just expalining the layout of the base, and how things were connected to each other.  It was neat, but not needed.  He had just gotten back from the South Pole, and clearly loved it, but that level of detail is not needed.  Secondly, he often pushed characters with “idea” rolls when we were not “getting” something that he wanted or needed.  I think, in the end, that his mystery was just a bit too complex for the time we had.  Although, the crowd he had did not help.

The folks will show up again.  There were 4 friends (a couple and 2 friends) who always game together, and I must say, they are some of the most un-enthused RPGers I have experienced.  The female was given a character that is paranoid and sees conspiracy everywhere.  Perfect for CoC?  Yes!  Did she play it that way?  No.  She played her as logical, straight-laced scientist who required proof before action, so she never embraced the crap that was going down in our adventure.  Her husband, the medic, did nothing the entire game.  He did not even heal until the GM would prod him that way.  And a third of the group, did nothing the entire game that I can recall.  The last did well.

Lastly, this is something that I have noticed in all my games of CoC.   There is always one player who will act crazy, tittering the game to almost failure simply because they want to.  Now, in CoC, you can go insane.  You should go insane.  But your character shouldn’t do so just because you feel like it.  You need to to be affected by something first, and in each my games that i have played over years, someone just decides to got nuts almost driving the game off the rails for the GM.

Next up was Legend of the Five Rings (4th edtion):

L5RRPGI have been wanting to try this RPG for a long time, but it never seems to be at cons.  I have played the CCG, and have always enjoyed that game and the world that it is in.  I had heard it was due to it being overly complex and difficult to run at con, but I didn’t see that as an issue.  What may turn-off folks is that it can be just a game of court intrigue, and that was basically our game.
We were all courtiers sent to a Lion clan stronghold to hold negotiations with the Lion clan to stop them from taking back lands that were supposedly Lion holdings that the other clans had taken from them.  In our game we had players playing Scorpion, Unicorn, Crab, and Phoenix (myself).  While there for the negotiations, the Lion clan leader was assassinated, we were tasked to solve the mystery of who killed him.

This game was great.  There was no combat, just mystery and court.  Loved it.  In the end, shockingly, it ended up being a conspiracy involving the Scorpion clan (who had an internal schism going on).  I would easily play again, and I would love to see what the combat is like (very deadly I have heard).

And, lastly, another game of Deathwatch:

DWAnother mixed bag.  The game was great.  The players were not.  I was excited for this one as the GM was the designer, Ross Watson.  As you would expect he was a great GM.  However, the 4 from the Call of Cthulu game returned, and like before, they were as blah as before.  It did not help that none of them had any knowledge of the 40K universe.  I understand that is a risk in a con game, but they just didn’t seem to care or try.  The icing on the cake was the medical doctor in the last game.  He was a Blood Angel, and Ross explained to him that they are drawn to blood.  So, he was drawn to drink it as to opposed to fighting that urge so he didn’t succumb to chaos/temptation.  However, that wasn’t the worst of it.  He decided to write haikus the entire game about his love of blood and battle.  Once, was fun, but 4 hours?  Not so.  the worst part was that Ross LOVED it.  It could have been a nice addition to his character, but it is really all his character did.   I would easily play again if Ross GM’d again.  Great game aside from the 4.  Only 2 of us had any knowledge of the 40K universe, and it showed in our gameplay.

And that ended my Ghengis Con for 2014.  I will be back next year I am sure.

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Ghengis Con 2014 (The Painting)

Well, another Ghengis Con has come and passed.  Again, a good time was had.  This year I think I spent more time helping in the painting room than gaming.  I entered my dwarf that I have shown off in this blog a few times.  I can’t say I was happy with myself for not getting another miniature done in time for the con.  I had a full year, and I managed only one miniature.  I need to paint more.  I really do.  I enjoy it, but like all folks, I need to learn to let go, and stop comparing myself to others.  It doesn’t help that the CMPA is full of amazing painters.  We have a GOOD painters here.

I took 2 classes this year.  Skin and Faces and Leveling Up.  The classes were suppose to be with Rhonda Bender, our painting GOH at the con, but sadly she got stymied by the bad weather.  Lyn Stahl and Michael Proctor stood in and did great jobs.  I did learn that I really no longer need classes.  I just need to paint.

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At times, I wonder if am good at what I do.  I think I am, but need more practice.  My dwarf, which I was happy with, did not make the cut at any point for Single Figure.  It was dismissed quickly.  I wish it had, but I completely understand why it did not.  The eyes were terrible.  The armor was ok.  The blending on the cape was ok, but could have been better, and some of the prep needs work.  Also, while looking at it before entering it, I actually found a section (well-hidden) with no paint on it.  GRRRRR!!!  I would have fixed it, but fixing it would have been quite hard on the base, and just would have cascaded into more fixing.  You just have to let go and move on.

The dwarf is better than my entry last year.  That is good.  The one thing I am still very happy with him is the beard.  It was good work.  I am proud of that.  Now I just need practice.  Currently I have a couple minis in progress.  I have these in progress:

gimlionuri beyondthewallSo far, with the Beyond the Wall (Kingdom Death), I am happy with what I have done.  The armor is coming out good, but I had to pull the legs off again last night due to them just not sitting right, and I could not putty them in the state that they are in.

The other mini, Gimli from the GW Collector Range (at the time I bought it), I don’t know.  I have painted the skin, and I just don’t see the paint as being smooth.  It may just be my imagination (probably is), but when I look at a my friend’s posts, I see smooth paint, and I see not smooth on mine.  I will post pictures later.  I am currently working on the eyes.  For someone who needs to get better at eyes, I really need to paint something other than dwarfs.  Small eyes!  I am not happy with them right now.  One is good, another one needs a touch-up.  The hair has a basecoat, and that doesn’t look good either, but it is just the base.

Practice makes for a better painter.  I am not as bad as I think I am.  That is what I need to ingrain in myself.

 

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The New Year

Welcome 2014.  Sadly, I was very good about blogging for a a month or two, but I have slackened off.  Hopefully, I will change that.  The desire is there, but I just often don’t get to it.  Well, here’s to trying harder.

Ghengis Con is coming up very soon, and, sadly, I doubt I will have a new entry.  I probably will enter my dwarf I finished awhile ago, so I have something, and I will try to finish the figure(s) that I am currently working  on, but I don’t expect that.  I have, like many painters, painter ADD.  I have way too many projects going at once, and I don’t seem to finish any of them.

For Ghengis, I wanted to enter the Alice in Wonderland contest that Hangar 18 is sponsoring, but my Alice that I wish to try has many issues (came broken at the foot is the main issue), and I don’t expect to finish that one.  However, my biggest obligation is for ReaperCon and the CMPA’s group entry.  I have a cowgirl to start and finish.  I will be starting her very soon.

I will update later with pictures, but I have been making some decent progress on some Super Dungeon Explore Caverns of Roxxor figures….

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Thanks to a Friend….

I know it has been a long time, but I will blog again.  As you may have noticed, since I finally posted, I have a new banner across the top.  A friend from high school did this for me (gratis).  Isn’t it great?  Personally, I love it.

Take a gander.  Admire it.  Love it.  It is a dwarf.  He is painting.  What isn’t there to like?

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I am alive….really.

A post will be coming.  I got busy with real life, and mini painting has fallen on the way-side.

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