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  1. Reapercon contest entry. Started assembly about 10d ago, airbrushed basecoats last Friday and hand detailing on Sunday. I should have kept track of my time, there's a reason I've been a lot quieter on the forums. First pic is the nekkid model. Still a WIP and under crappy desk lights. Need to fix some highlights, do another pass on the blades, adjust lighting with the airbrush and wash and detail the base.
  2. 5.5 Hrs for us to Madison. Would be fun to meet everyone and I love a good road trip! But, big disclaimer: we have a busy fall with family commitments. I may have missed a post, is there a month in mind?
  3. Shovel Knight relaunched yesterday. New campaign gives an option for standees instead of minis. Hoping to see a lot of stretch goals. Disclaimer: lead designer is the husband of Liz Beckley, who we're friends with via Miniature Monthly (she is a MM instructor and the studio painter for Kingdom Death and others). We've over the shoulder demod the game, and it looks pretty fun.
  4. Between gencon and a Saturday delivery from CMON, I can cross 3 more entries off the list. Both of the Freeblades pledges are now in hand, via gencon pickup (and they fulfilled months ahead of schedule!) and Z:Invader arrived this weekend. I spent a good portion of the weekend assembling my Freeblades army. Hoping to have it sorted by Labor Day.
  5. Did all of the above. Got the plague anyway. 😷
  6. I'm proud to say that the color shift scorpion won first place for Best Monster in the Shadows of Brimstone painting competition at Gencon. I was greatly humbled by the response to the figure. Picture below is in the case at the show floor, followed by a couple of glamour shots in my light box. I painted a pair of them, but the category is for best single figure, so I picked the one I liked better for the entry (the one with the ram horn skull). Middle of the weekend, I was at the booth buying stuff, and noticed a guy with the scorpion kit box in his hand. He brought his wife to the case, pointed at the box, then my figure, and back again and gestured excitedly. She smiled and nodded, he pulled out a phone and took several pictures of my figure. That one exchange was better than winning anything. My other entry was greatly enjoyed by the people I talked with, but rightfully didn't place. There were some wonderful entries in the diorama category. I painted up two sets of bad guys in the Ghostbusters vs. Slimer theme. The backdrop was out of a hot wheels set that I repainted. The little Ghostbusters shoulder patches were free hand, my first real attempt at something like that. Had a ton of fun, will put the Ghostbusters on the gaming table proudly.
  7. Gencon has come and gone. I'm sitting here on the couch with a pretty good case of gencon plague (double sinus infection). Gencon was super cool, and we had a great time. I'll be heads down over the next few weeks getting ready for reapercon. Trying to get a diorama done and maybe a Freeblades army to play there.
  8. Shhh, not so loud. 😉 My visa starts to vibrate and jump around every time it hears the M-word campaign mentioned. (So far, I've been strong).
  9. Sorry to hear, but I had a mentor that used to say, "First things first." Best of luck in your search!
  10. I will be heading straight to the KDM booth when doors open! Depending what he has and what mine line position is, I might or might not stay. Last year I was in line for over 2 hours - got some cool stuff, but nothing I "needed." The Gencon promos won't sell out in the first morning, so I can waltz up at my convenience later in the 'con. What's weird, is that I don't have a lot of other stuff to go shopping for; most of my weekend will be seeing people I only get to spend time with once or twice a year. Events: 6 hour Dropfleet Narrative event (Thursday), and two Freeblades narrative events on Friday. I don't have any events on Sat or Sun.
  11. Zoxe

    Game Organizers

    I am really happy with the BT insert for KDM, but I went into it with the full expectation that I would overwhelm it with all the stuff I have (or have pledged). I wish that I had the option of buying a 3rd upper tray (I can easily store my rulebooks elsewhere), but alas the parts are spread all over the laser cut frames, so I'd have to rebuy the entire insert to get the extra token storage I need. Honestly, I was disappointed with the "new and improved" plastic insert that was showcased on the KDM 1.5 kickstarter. As @Barb Bliss mentions, not many designers consider the sleeving/storage/expandability aspect of their product, and I had high hopes that Poots would be the exception with KDM. During the campaign the insert looked really awesome, but he failed with a fundamental flaw. Setting the tray height so that all the card tabs would get smashed is simply not acceptable; I know volume/costs add up, but for a $400 MSRP product he should have made the box another 1/4 inch taller. (And that's my single biggest gripe with KDM, so now I'll be back to fanboy mode).
  12. Starting a thread for the 3rd party addons/extras that help make sense of a confusing box layout. I'll admit, most of my games are box stock. We don't get enough replay on most purchases to warrant an organizer or sleeving. But there are a few exceptions.... 1) I've spent a lot of time trying to make sense of Shadows of Brimstone, which is a crazy expansive game. I ended up going to scrapbooking boxes and a wooden briefcase for the cards. It's still Huuuuuge. 2) For Zombicide Black Plague, I recently upgraded to a pair of Feldherr foam boxes (generic boxes, not specifically for Z:BP) and I came away a little disappointed. Feldherr is a fine product, but for the amount I paid, I didn't actually save much shelf space. 3) For Dropfleet Commander, I went with the Battlefoam option. But that's a game that needs to travel to conventions and they stock precut foam options. 4) For Kingdom Death, I found the Broken Token organizer, and on a whim this weekend put it together and finally reorganized my core box. I really like it! I know there are a few KD fans here; I'd endorse the BT option. 5) DMG for dice storage, dice sleeves, and keeping our table under control with COCOs and my custom KDM gear grids. Soon hope to be using the DMG dice tower as well!
  13. GENCON GENCON GENCON GENCON That's all for now. (PS: Gencon is less than 2 weeks away!)
  14. Work in progress shots from yesterday. The UCM dreadnaughts are pretty close, just need to paint and shade the engines and apply weathering. Call it an hour's work to go, not counting drying time. The blue ships are the convention exclusives I had shipped from the UK. Not as fancy of a paint scheme, am playing with some ideas to speed up a couple of pending projects. I wanted something a little more subtle for them, in game play they need to be sneaky. I have maybe an hour in them. I just inked the engines and the yellow stripe after taking this picture, will apply some weathering and engine glows and be done. Maybe half an hour to go.
  15. My mom spearheads a family gathering under the Christmas in July banner, which I outright refuse to participate in (much to her dismay). But that's more about passive aggressive family dysfunction than any dislike of the holidays. On the other hand, in recent years we've taken some long road trips around the holidays (most notably to PAX Unplugged) and listened to Holiday Traditions on our satellite radio in the car all the way there and back. A few weeks ago we went to my brother's house (5 hrs away, mostly the same route we'd take to PAX) and since we were on the same road I was itching to switch to the holiday channel and sing along for awhile. I've also been known to toss in some of my favorite holiday movies out of season (White Christmas, A Christmas Carol). On the other hand, when Home Depot was advertising "Spring Black Friday" a month or two ago, I wanted to throw the remote at the screen.
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