Wednesday, February 20, 2013

AdeptiCon 2013: Tables (1)

Last year, I did not post many photos of the work in progress as the AdeptiCon tables came together. In part, that was because of a peculiar time crunch. In larger part, it was because I presumed that few people cared. And then, quite a number of readers (thank you for reading) approached me during the weekend to ask why not. Funny that. I thought readers would find the slow-motion assemblage and photos of raw lumber rather technical and, well, slow. We live, after all, in an age of immediate and insatiable gratification. I was wrong. It seems there is a real interest in how these monsters come together and so, this year, I intend to correct my error. Here is the first installment in what will be an ongoing and ongoing and ongoing series. Enjoy.

58 days until AdeptiCon – a lifetime.

Ok. Maybe not.

I refuse to panic (and I always know where my towel is), but time is getting rather tight. It doesn’t help that it is -7 F with the wind outside here in Chicago today (-22 C for those who prefer). That is cold. Very. And we are expecting a few inches of snow this weekend.

On the one hand, that is to be expected in the windy city; on the other hand, I sure wouldn’t mind a few days above freezing (just above, that’s all I ask) so that I could get some proper work accomplished.

Still, there has been some movement forward. The foundations for each of the 13 boards have been assembled and we have started proper work on the “shapes” for the Zone Mortalis interiors. I intend, basically, to ape Forge World’s basic approach and compose a variety of modular boards with the added benefit of specific items of interest to make the whole matter a bit more compelling than a jigsaw puzzle. I hope you’ll agree in the end.

The real prize here, and indeed the feature of these very early photos is our new saw blade: el Diablo. She has been working wonders for us thus far. You might also note, tucked behind the action, a series of the old tables –long since sold off but still waiting patiently to be delivered to their rightful owners. We have made arrangements for a handoff at this year’s Con. Later is better than never.

Ok. So there we are. Not much, but the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.  


Ghostin said...

Actually - the most useful posts are the ones that get into the nitty gritty of HOW to make things that look as amazing as the tables you've done in the past. Keep on being motivating ;) I know it's hard to take the time out to take the pics - but please don't ever think the effort is unappreciated or uninspiring.

Porky said...

I'm glad you're doing this. Beyond the pure pleasure and specific points of interest for those of us following now, it will make a very good reference series and echo down the years.

xNickBaranx said...

I'm a fan of "the process". Though, I haven't been documenting my work well enough the last couple weeks. The crunch has me stressing. Haha.

Brian said...

@ Ghostin. thank you very much. There's a lot more to come for certain.

@ Porky. What a pleasant surprise to see you here again. thank you very much for your attention and consideration.

@ Nick. Cheers. I will miss your process shots, but I know the feeling. In the thick of it, the camera seems to be the last thing to think of; however, I have committed myself this year.