Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Nerd Kingdom


As the long ordeal of “the move” unfolds, I have found it imperative to get my new, dedicated nerd space into relative shape on the proverbial hop. I did this knowing that it would not exactly be in “good shape” for quite a while yet, but there has been something quite therapeutic about getting the basic layout in order.

looking north

Granted. It will take time to find where everything belongs, and I imagine that there will be a major revision or two before I genuinely feel sorted and situated but, in the mean time, I am reveling in the space, space, space. This room in the basement has no other purpose than to allow me an opportunity to exercise my hobby impulses, with another area for storage of all sorts adjoining. This might be quite handy.  

looking south

And it has a sofa.

Low-ceilinged basement or no, I feel I’ve landed in the very lap of luxury. The dog agrees.  

As importantly, this has meant a return to building and to painting –for the first time absolutely in months. I simply cannot wait to have a brush to hand once more. Will I have forgotten how to blend, to wash, to overbrush, and generally to trim all the little tricks that I have gathered in these last ten years or so?

We shall see.

Naturally, I have strategically situated a modest collection of my current favorite models to help me find inspiration and encouragement as I get back into the painting groove.

So what’s first?

Dystopian Wars – Compliments of Roberto Vo5.

And then some random Cowboys that I picked up from Black Scorpion Miniatures a while back… for the love. Black Scorpion has some lovely stuff on offer -very cool indeed. 

These should be two decent endeavors to get me back into the swing.   

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tale of Three Painters: I won something

Dark Templar, who you will know from his eponymous blog, is a legend.

First let me say that I have been absolutely gagging to get these images out onto the blog… but I needed the camera first. so. very. frustrating. As a matter of principle, I refused outrightly to post any image of these beautiful, beautiful models with anything less than my real-deal camera. No phone images here. To do anything less would have been a sin –an egregious sin.

Even as it stands, I do not think that these photos really do the models justice. The appearance in person is really quite breathtaking. These are, without hyperbole or doubt, the best-painted models I have ever held in my hand. Mike (the Dark Templar whom you might also remember as the Imperial enemy from the Hailed vs. Hated series of yore), Andy (the Lair of the Breviks), and Michael (28mm Victorian Warfare) have made an extraordinary set of models in a wonderfully worthwhile effort for charity.

The Tale of Three Painters, as you will see from the links above, was a tremendous project orchestrated by the Dark Templar for Cancer Research UK. What better way.

For my part, I submitted what I believed to be a suitably ambitious bid rather early, and then crossed my fingers. As a rule, I never win anything. Again, I am not even exaggerating in that statement. I just don’t win much if ever. So despite my bid, I had every reason to expect that ebay would boldly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again. Bitter experience has taught me.

I was stupefied to receive an email declaring me a winner. I was tempted to extend the exclamation to other facets of my existence. Me. A winner. How about that. 

And so these beauts have a new home in my evolving basement of glory (topic of next post). I have yet to play a game of Malifaux, but look forward to the experience in this golden age of hobby brilliance. The cards system, in particular, looks like something entirely within my wheelhouse. I am intrigued.

But all the more so on account of the fact that Dark Templar has put together such a fine, fine project from top to bottom. In fact, these models only represent the surface of Dark Templar’s brilliant auction. There will be more on this topic for certain: bases, brushes, carrying cases. I feel spoiled. Much more to come. A sample:

In closing, I must thank the 3 Painters in question. Having given away more than a few items near and dear to my heart in the past, I fully sympathize with the unfocused hope that any bit of hard work on model or project (to which I invariably grow quite fond in the process) might find a happy and loving home.

Never worry, fellas. These pieces of gold are in great hands!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Unpacking: back to glory

I am (we are) still unpacking box after box of randomly assorted goods that we would have been more sensible sorting before the move. Having said that, the spirit of true, mature organization would have denied me three distinct but related pleasures:

First, finding my camera (significantly one month after the move) in a box misleading labeled “lamps.” To be fair, there was a single lamp in the box… but imagine my delight at finding that essential piece of machinery at long last. I was giddy, and work should resume to something like its usual character immediately.

Second, rediscovering my fledgling Bretonnians after having stowed them in a clearance sweep months and months past. I was necessarily forced to put these aside in order to make the house seem significantly less cluttered and generally less nerdy (tut tut) in the vain hope that this might help sell the old place. Nothing yet. Still, I had not forgotten my mass of Brets (perish the thought), but I had certainly placed them far, far away from my attention. It is singularly good to have them back in the fresh air of my hobby basement.

Third, That Guy James (until recently of that guy james fame) had sent me a lovely gift after the AdeptiCon and Killzone mayhem of last year. Behold James’s wondrous Bretonnina Knight.

Along with all the other Bretonnian goodness, he had been packed away for safe keeping until a better time arrived. He is the centerpiece of the army and would be the envy of his peers if he had any. I will be working on this imminently.

I have said this before, but James is an ace individual. As mentioned, this model followed on the heels of the work he did for Killzone at AdeptiCon (and specifically for all the brilliant cards he designed –none left… sorry). Those cards were an artistic triumph in their own right, but James is not one to rest passively on his laurels.

To commemorate the gloriousness, James included all kinds of beautifully executed details:

Notice the B, which I would like to believe does not stand for Bretonnia. No points for guessing.

Behold the Chalice image, which works splendidly with the character and mission of a Bretonnia in general, and my conception of the Brets specifically, but also quietly nods to one of the “suits” James developed for the Killzone cards. That’s just classy.

James nailed it again with the sword hilt that once more invokes the glory of the Killzone suits he designed, but that also remains utterly relevant and appropriate for the Brettonian force.

In sum, it is a tremendous model and a blinding gift. Thank you, James!

I might also mention as a kind of teaser trailer that James has been helping me out by lending his extraordinary talents to a number of other very cool endeavors. Some of them I can discuss with you… some of them I can’t.

More on one and the other soon enough.