This post will be the last for some time with regard to these fine tables, and marks a return to the more manageable scale of our fair hobby. Between you, me, and the fencepost, I am looking to painting 30mm at a time once again for a stretch. So what next, and what of those tables?
In reverse order.
Karitas (who, by the way, has just begun his own already stunning bit of tabletop glory. go check it out) and others asked before the weekend of AdeptiCon what I intended to do with 24 feet of sequential table after the event. The simple answer is that I did not have the foggiest notion whatsoever. Well. Maybe the foggiest of fogs, but really I just needed to build the things first. The rest, I hoped, would sort itself...
Pure folly. I know.
How is this for blind luck? While the suburban hobby world flourishes, those of us inside the Chicago city limits are often hard-pressed to find a strong, viable FLGS. Most of the ones I once frequented over the years have either perished ignobly or become prohibitively far after the additions of babies 1-2. Indeed, before the arrival of my beautiful little zillas, I would often travel 50+ minutes to various stores that included some tremendous gaming folk (in fact, the crack team of hobbyists that ran the events this weekend were pulled directly from these individuals –Joe and Chris in particular).
Anyway, an hour without traffic (and there is always traffic) is a long way to travel for a game in a city that should be able to support more for the humble hobby enthusiast.
As it turns out, a (previously card-centric) games store nearby has made a bold move toward miniature hobbies, specifically including 40K and so on. By pure happenstance, I was playing an informal game with Chris and Joe on the Saturday when I met Andy, one of the fellows responsible for that same store. It's a small hobby world sometimes.
By Sunday Andy and I struck a deal. Tables 1-3 now live at Galactic Force Games 1121 W. Belmont, Chicago… less than a mile from my house. Brilliant! If you are in the area, stop by Galactic Force Games for a romp across these bad boys. They are perfectly suited for Killzone, obviously, but account themselves perfectly in a more standard game of 40K. Enjoy. I certainly will be from time to time. (if you are wondering, tables 1 and 2 are pictured above, while numbers 2 and 3 occupy the left and center of the image below).
Now. What is next? Two things.
1. Heroes of Armageddon, naturally.
Because I enjoyed the process so much the first time, I will be making four brand new tables for Games Day. These splendid tables will entertain four unique and beautiful 3000pt armies. I can barely contain myself with enthusiasm and ideas on this one. Right now, I am only in the sketching stage, but will need to work closely with those responsible for building these armies in order to pull this monster together properly. You will be updated as that happens. In sum, I intend to raise the bar by several steps for the demands of this noble project. If you liked the Killzone tables, you are going to adore these. If you adored the Killzone tables, then... well, it will probably be intense. More will trickle in soon, but expect quite a lot on this in the run-up to Games Day (ie: July will most likely be another “table wip month”).
2. Killzone at AdeptiCon: The Sequel
That is correct. Special Operations: Killzone is less than one year old, and we fully intend to gather what we learned at this first outing and improve the dynamic significantly. Moreover, we will be taking the zone back to the main floor at AdeptiCon next year for a proper romp.
That means even more new tables (I may have found a niche if not exactly a vocation). And again, I am already in the sketching stages on this one as well with this basic idea: from Hulk to planetside. The Special Operations Groups battle both on a landing field and a transporter room planetside as well as a cargo bay and transporter room (and the obligatory corridors, etc) upon a Hulk in orbit. I have to thank Ty from Milwaukee for inspiration on this one. In all, these tables should have a significantly more claustrophobic feel than the predecessors and, once again, raise the standard considerably from the ones you have come to know thus far.
So. Many. Ideas.
See you in a couple of days for a return to 30mm. Finally.