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Hobbying on the weekend?! A tabletop update.

What madness is this?!

For various reasons (mostly burnout and time), I haven’t been the most active on the hobby front.  Especially not near what I was in the beginning of 2013.

This weekend I think was one of my most productive hobby-wise in awhile, even with everything my wife and I had going on…

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[Cool Stuff] Convergence of Extraordinary Mechanical Gentlemen

I haven’t been on the Privateer Press Forums in months, but today decided to pop back in for a bit.  The parts I hate are even worse now. Blech.

But my fave subforum, the Painting and Modeling section is still pretty good.  Case in point, check out this thread.  The genteel thing has been done before (Faultie’s Gatorfolk come to mind as one of the best examples), but it wasn’t until I came to this picture that my interest was fully piqued:

“Good day Madam, might you spare a few moments for the Maiden of Gears?”

A geniune LOL was had.  Check out the thread.

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Making My Own Scenic Bases

VoltRon:

A great basing tutorial here!

Originally posted on The Wayward Warcor:

Once upon a time, I wanted to base my Infinity models on some fancy scenic bases. I looked around online but couldn’t really find any I liked enough to justify the price (even for a low model count game like Infinity), so I eventually decided to try putting some together using terrain supplies I had laying around.

Not bad for a first attempt, if I do say so myself. Or, rather, I think it at least looks better than my usual application of PVA glue, a layer of coarse sand, and calling it a day.

Meanwhile, here’s the step-by-step guide on how I did it.

First, the list of materials:

  • Tacky Glue -Relatively quick drying and provides a solid hold.
  • Standard hobby knife – For slicing up the plasticard.
  • A basic hobby paint brush – Helps spread the glue around.
  • Bases - The things your models will be mounted to.

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The NOVA Open Infinity: It’s Probably Worth The Trip

VoltRon:

I think it is too for whatever your poison may be!

Originally posted on The Wayward Warcor:

Well, more or well just because I’m the TO for it, it’s time for a sales pitch about why you should attend this year’s NOVA Open on August 28th-31st. Ready for it? …You should go because I’ll be there. :)

That not good enough? Aw, swallowing my sadness. In that case, maybe a rundown of the event will better convince you. I won’t try to convince you that it’s the best four days in gaming, but I certainly think that it’s probably worth the trip. :P

When And Where

The NOVA Open takes place during Labor Day weekend, August 28th-31st.

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It is being held in the event halls of the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Virginia. The hotel is shuttle accessible from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and is metro accessible. It is located just a few blocks from Interstate-395, just south of the bridge into Washington DC.

The Infinity…

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The Basics Of Foam Board Terrain

VoltRon:

Certs is an Infinity WarCors and on WordPress now! Here he shares his knowledge on working with FoamCore!

This pairs well with the foamcore building plans from ComboSmite I shared a few months back…

Originally posted on The Wayward Warcor:

When making your own terrain for Infinity, there’s a number of different mediums available to use, but foam board has almost always been one of the main materials used in any of my projects. I’m no Rembrandt with the stuff, but I find it very easy to use and very effective for its purpose. It just requires a little bit of practice to get use to.

Here’s a bit of a tutorial on different techniques you can use to build your own terrain out of foam board.

Materials

  • Pencil – To mark where to cut when measuring.
  • Metal Ruler(s) – To both measure with and use as a straight edge while cutting. I use 3 different sizes (6″, 18″, and a 24″ T-Square) for convenience.
  • Cutting Mat – There’s the superb self-healing mats available at any craft store, but the back of certain sketchpads and notebooks will due as well…

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[Review] TableWar MegaMat Gaming Mat

I recently picked up a 4′ x 4′ Barren Wasteland gaming mat from Tablewar.  This is part of my move to focus more on the parts of the hobby that interest me most: Cool models playing on a cool table with cool people. This is part of the ‘cool table’ plan and my general slow, slow push to get nice terrain and things.

I caught their original kickstarter a little too late to take part in it, but after seeing one of our locals’ mat who did, I knew I wanted one! Let’s have a look shall we?

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Quick Base Pic & Tutorial!

The last post didn’t really show off the base inserts that came with the Kickstarter so here’s a better shot.

Quick, fast, and easy. Also not too bad on the eyes if I say so myself...
Quick, fast, and easy. Also not too bad on the eyes if I say so myself…

These were very easy to paint:

  1. Basecoat in VMA Gungrey
  2. I washed various parts in different washes, all from Secret Weapon. I used Dark Sepia, Blue, Yellow Snow, Green, Armor Wash, and Amethyst.  Don’t wash the entire model in the same wash, vary when you place the different colors.
  3. Drybrush VGC Silver.
  4. Finally I dusted Earth pigments all of them, again from Secret Weapon, this time their Dry Earth Pigment kit.  I affixed the pigments with 93% alcohol (the highest % my corner drugstore sold).  Basically, you let a brush soak it up and then just let it flow all of the base.  It’ll dry in about an hour or so.
  5. Finished them off by painting the lips black.  I went back and forth on whether to keep the purple bases, but ultimately felt the black lips made the rest of it ‘pop’ more.
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[Relic Knights] Leopold Magnus & Static

Following on the heels of last post as promised, here is the first Relic Knights’ pair of models: Leopold Magnus and Static!

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Magnus is a Questing Knight (sort of like a junior Knight) for the Black Diamond faction and Static is his Cypher. I haven’t got a game in yet, but just by looking at his abilities, he seems to be geared towards Control type tactics with Esper stealing and knockback abilities.  Also I’m not quite sure what he is?  A robot?  Alien in a suit? So I’ll just put what’s on the back of the box:

Leopold Magnus spearheads Black Diamond’s research and development.  Naturally the best place to test his fiendish creations is on the field of battle.

While I’m not really super proud of the paintjob (it’s pretty much a tabletop speed job special), I do really like how his cape came out:

Crappy picture is still crappy though.
Crappy picture is still crappy though.

The bases also came out really good and they are the kickstarter extras that were included.  It also gave me a chance to break out my Secret Weapon pigments! I also think that the bases are a better plastic that the actual models!  Jeez, I really hate the type of plastic used on the models (same can be said about Privateer Press plastics too)…

Sigh...I need a light box...
Sigh…I need a light box…

The rest of the starter box models are incoming! Just as soon as I figure out a paint scheme, although I’m leaning towards making them all purple to match Mags here.  Kinda like his personal guard…

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[Relic Knights] Black Diamond Starter Unboxing

Ah Relic Knights…the kickstarter many thought would never arrive…

Many of our locals that went into in have begun to actually recieve their rewards!  One of those locals is Plarzoid, which means by extension, ME!

I jumped onto Plarz’ pledge (does one man really need four factions?), picking Black Diamond as my faction of choice. I didn’t really go as over board as some of our folks, only adding a box of Black Dragons to my order.  But we’ll get there. First let’s start with want comes in the new Starter box Soda Pop Miniatures has made for the game…

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But time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time…

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