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  1. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    I finally finished my blogger write up for the event. There are a few more pictures (and a lot more words). http://zoxes.blogspot.com/2018/08/gencon-2018.html
  2. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    From Left to Right. Those with the asterik (*) are first run collector's edition w/ signed card. TOP ROW: Dark Elf - Variant, Dark Elf*, Sci-Fi Savior* BOTTOM ROW: White Knight, Ringtail Fox Survivor*, Death High Whitespeaker* I had actually assembled my White Knight the evening before we departed for Gencon and loved him so much I bought another. Will be a really great model to paint.
  3. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    @tgpumpkin Here are some pics! You asked if we were headed to Grandcon, but alas the answer is no. We're going to Reapercon later this month and then PAX Unplugged again. Looking at my haul, I realized I didn't really buy any new games (technically a couple of expansions for SoB). However, I just got my copy of ROOT, Founders of Gloomhaven, and VAST delivered to the house within the 2 weeks prior. PICTURE 1 Dropfleet Commander. I didn't intend to buy much at this booth.... on my list was a Battlecruiser, the new Destroyers, and 1 Battleship to fill out my collection. But, they were selling some of the webstore-only and residual Kickstarter Exclusive stock. Everything that's in a plastic bag is exclusive in some way. The scourge ships are for Mrs. Zoxe's army. PICTURE 2 Shadows of Brimstone and Broken Token. I really like the BT paint stands that we got at PAX-U and wanted more. The Brimstone goodies were offset by winning my painting category (the Depth Track and Trederran Raiders were covered by the prize pool). PICTURE 3 Kingdom Death - Spent more than I intended. This is a mix of gencon exclusives, models I think are cool and wanted duplicates of, and resins that are hard to get. The brown box Ringtail Fox Survivor (lower row, 2nd from right) has been scalped on eBay from $65 to $100. I paid $20 and is part of the initial collector's run of 500 (mine is #498).
  4. Ok, get a cup of coffee and get comfortable, here's the reply! A couple of notes up front: Wherever I say 'MM' that means Miniature Monthly. I should also point you at my KDM Summary Page so you can see my individual builds. I try to give an overall process map for each figure. 1. Why the spare hose and filter? From what I'm seeing there is already a filter on the air compressor - so why do you need a second one "between hoses"? This is a bit of insurance, and is probably overkill unless you live in a very humid environment. The trouble is that if you don't have a tank on your compressor, the air hitting the first filter is still fairly hot and the water may not condense out immediately. That means it may condense out up your hose - bad news! During a long session, you can get water in the hose and then SPLAT onto your mini. Aaron at MM recommends the secondary inline filter to be placed away from the compressor. A 'long' hose was about the same price as a shorty, so I just got the spare Badger hose. With my setup, I did see some (minimal) condensation in the added filter but can't say that it would have averted a disaster. I've since upgraded to a tanked compressor and don't notice condensation at the 2nd filter at all (see #5). 2. Have you tried the airbrush that came with the kit since you posted this? If so - thoughts on it? I have not actually shot anything through it. The trigger pull feels very clunky compared to the Badger brushes I've used. I kept it as a spare, and intended to shoot varnish out of it, but honestly once I got the Patriot I never thought about it again. To be honest, I'd be afraid to use it for detail work - some of the work I'm doing now really needs a smooth trigger pull or I'm going to BLAT out gobs of paint where I don't want them. 3. It sounds like you're using the Patriot for your base coating as well. A lot of what I'm reading seems to suggest a siphon feed for basecoating rather than a gravity feed. Why did you make the choice you did? I won't be able to find the source/citation now, but I remember reading at the time that siphon feed airbrushes tend to clog up with our high-pigment, fairly thick mini-paint. Why the Patriot 105? As I was shopping for an airbrush, I signed up for MM (see link above) and watched Aaron's starter video on airbrushing. In it, he walks through a teardown, reassembly, and minor adjustment of a 105. I figured that having the very same airbrush would come in handy - and I was right. When I got in a bind, I went back to that video and re-watched the parts I needed. Today, I could take the 105 apart without looking, and by extension probably any Badger airbrush, but when I was getting started having that safety net was worth it. I could also point out that Aaron paints for a living; he could own any brush he wants and his well-worn 105 is what he uses. Lastly - for all Badger stuff, try to catch them at a convention. The prices Badger was selling at Gencon were pretty nuts. I could have gotten a Sotar2020 and Patriot bundle for the same price that I got the Sotar for. I had to walk away from the booth before I got sick. 4. Follow up on that is that one reason I see quoted for the siphon feed is because of the small cup capacity of most gravity feeds. Basically for doing a larger model like the Phoenix or the Dragon King - how much did the airbrush cover when basecoating / how often did you need to refill it? You can cover a surprising amount of surface area with the little gravity bowl. I don't recall how many times exactly for the Phoenix, but maybe 1 or 2 refills. Really not bad. When I'm doing detail work, I'm using just 3-4 drops of paint and can get a lot done with that. When priming or basecoating multiple figures at once, I'll of course fill the brush to capacity. I've also found that for me, 1 full bowl of paint is about the amount that I shoot before I want to pop a little cleaner through the airbrush anyway. So, if I have a lot of figures to do (like my recent Dropfleet Commander work), I mix a the amount of paint I think I need in a disposable shot glass. I fill the airbrush and snap the lid onto the shot glass (it will begin to dry and skin over very quickly). Spray airbrush until empty. At this point, I fill and dump the airbrush to get any dried chunks out of the bowl, and then refill and spray 1 or 2 bowls full of cleaner into my cleanout trap. Then I grab the remaining paint, refill, and continue. Sounds more complicated than it really is; with the squeeze bottles I linked above it's pretty quick to do a cleanout. This is overkill, but I don't have much trouble with clogging or dry tip this way - except maybe with white primers or very light gray basecoat. 5. Are you satisfied with that kit air compressor, or are you thinking of upgrading it? If the latter - why? Yes, considering what I paid for it, it worked great! I do have to add that I couldn't get the regulator to actually change the PSI. But, it defaulted to about the PSI that I wanted to shoot at, so I shrugged and moved on. I don't paint high volume so can't speak to its longevity. It's not very loud and pumps up fast. I did upgrade to a Badger Aspire Pro earlier this year, but this was driven by the fact that both me and Mrs. Zoxe would be taking airbrush classes together and I needed to outfit her with a self-contained kit. At the house, we now share the Aspire Pro and the generic kit compressor only comes out on class days. The Asprire is actually about the same loudness, but has a tank so the PSI is more consistent (but I do have to pause and wait for it to pump back up if I'm really going to town). 6. Do you prime with the airbrush as well? Yes! This was actually the reason I got the airbrush - I was totally done with any form of rattle can priming. After even the first session with airbrush priming, I knew I would never go back. That was almost a year ago. Each project I've taken on since then has added a little more airbrush work. At the time that I'm writing this, here's what I'm doing (this is in the order that I started doing it): Priming - I use Vallejo Surface Primer and thin it a bit, usually black. Basecoat - I thin down ArmyPainter or Reaper paint Directional Spray / Zenithal Highlighting Highlighting and Shadows (i.e. going back over a hand-painted mini that's otherwise 'done' and adjusting highs and lows) Masked details / stripes Weathering with Inks
  5. I'll do a proper reply, but these are all great questions. Am on the phone while on a work trip.
  6. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    I saw your apology above, but it's really not necessary. We totally set you up, and I should have immediately waived you off. But I do LOVE the sentinel box, so wanted to hear what you had to say. 😉😉 I had a brief hint of the crud on Saturday morning but was able to thwart it. Still on vitC while here on business travel. How distracting/irritating was it to be situated across from the cosplay deviants? Do you get any hint who your neighbors will be?
  7. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    Yes, I played through both of the new KDM demos. Both have some really interesting mechanics. The Black Knight has some smashable terrain and pillars that you bounce off of when the boss throws you. I ran him twice. For gencon this was intentionally overtuned and both runs ended after the 2nd round with lots of grisly deaths. The screaming god encounter took a long while for us to play. The scenario mimics a footchace as you run after your target. There's a horde of angry antelope stampeding behind you, so if you fall and don't get up you're done. The movement is simulated by sweeping terrain walls past you (6 spaces at the start of each round), which if you run into you get knocked unconscious and get trampled. The whole thing ends up feeling like it's on a conveyor belt and you have to navigate it like Frogger to avoid annihilation. I died gloriously but our group was triumphant.
  8. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    @tgpumpkin I haven't taken pics yet, but will. I did my greatest hits tour and got stuff at Kingdom Death, TTCombat (Dropfleet Commander), Flying Frog (Shadows of Brimstone) and Broken Token. Honestly, the idea of spreading it out scares me... I have waaay too much to paint and I came home with armloads more. 😉
  9. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    I kept looking out for you but didn't spot you! We had a great GenCon. Friends from out of town, a big group dinner with too many margaritas, late night gaming (well, 'late' by our definition, hah), some really fun demos, and yes - much acquired loot. We did the Q&A with the keynote authors - James S.A. Corey of the Expanse series and got front row. Separately got them to sign some books. I am in a rush this morning - I need to leave for the office in an hour and then will be away on business - but will try to gather my thoughts and post a follow-up later. I will say that one of the comical events of the weekend was our first visit to the DMG booth. I spotted Zoe and shouted at her and we chat for awhile. I then ask about a specific product I meant to look at in person. She didn't see it in their collection and then called Konas over. Konas had no reason to recognize me in person - we've met once, almost a year ago - and started into the full-on overview of the Sentinel box. I'm smiling and nodding along, but over his shoulder, Zoe is horrified. I lip read from her, "Does he know who you are?" to which I shrug and say "no." Konas is really getting his momentum now, but Zoe taps him on the shoulder sand says, "Konas... Konas... this is Zoxe." Konas deflates. Extends his hand. "Hi." "Hi! I'm really sorry, but you were doing so well I didn't want to interrupt you." I'm pretty sure Konas was mentally wanting to kick me in the shin but he held his composure. We stopped in several times throughout the weekend, and the booth always looked pretty busy and money was changing hands. I truly hope DMG had a great 'con and had a safe trip home. I'm maintaining my Vitamin C regimen this year - maybe this time I won't come down with the 'Con Crud.
  10. Zoxe

    GENCON 2018!!

    Super busy. My head hit the pillow last night at 1:45am. DmG booth has been busy when we've checked in. Thursday we shopped and yesterday we demod and played. Today had been a day of floating aound. Full recap to follow!
  11. Here's a public service announcement!* GENCON STARTS THURSDAY. In case you forgot, hah. Dog Might Games will be in booth 1941. That's a few rows from where they were last year - more towards the center of the hall and a lot further "back." If you can't find them, look up - all the rows are numbered from 100 to 3000. (Now, I just need to get through 3 days of work. I was going to cut out early on Wednesday, but the twerps scheduled me to deliver a briefing that starts at 3:15 and runs until 4pm! Gah! The humanity! The travesty! Don't they know it's Gencon week??) *Zoxe is not employed by DMG, he just really enjoys GenCon.
  12. This will become an unboxing post on my blog, but here's some pictures of Founders of GH. The art, look, and feel will be very familiar to current GH owners. So far I'm happy with the quality, though I'm curious if the tokens will have the same de-laminating problem that my box of Gloomhaven seems to have. I don't recall if he switched factories. All in all it looks pretty good and I'm happy so far.
  13. Shadows of Brimstone, Forbidden Fortress (FoFo) got an update this weekend after months of silence. Flying Frog is 9 months behind schedule on an ~18 month total fulfillment timeline. Just now finalizing the tooling for the last 2 figure molds, which is where they were supposed to be at before the end of the last calendar year. They are also going to be selling advance copies of the KS content at Gencon to non-backers. Neither revelation is a huge surprise to me personally. I was aware of their "performance history" from KS1 before I pledged. I also expected them to do what they need to do to stay solvent as a company and I will (eventually) get all the loot that's owed. The quality of FoFo and other expansions has increased dramatically since the original core boxes, and I do love this game. I went in simply to take advantage of the KS discounts. Talking to them over the years, I think they're good guys that just make for really poor project managers. The commenters are tearing them apart, though.
  14. @RomyCat I enjoy writing instructions and slipping stuff like that in. Thank you all for the positive feedback so far. Even though I didn't make the GenCon cutoff, I'm still working through these ships and made some decent progress this weekend. The capital ships are now basecoated and shaded. MOST IMPORTANT, I declared the small ships (Frigates and Corvettes) to be done! #donenotperfect More pictures here: http://zoxes.blogspot.com/2018/07/hot-off-desk-dropfleet-commander-ucm.html
  15. Founders of Gloomhaven is now in hand! Too tired to do an unboxing tonight, so I will leave the shrink wrap intact and just stare at it from this prone position.