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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Painting the PP Way

That there, is Matt DiPietro. Someone had just asked him a question about painting, and he immediately put down the Bloody Barnabas studio model he was painting, and started getting into the nitty-gritty. When a guy puts out such ridiculous quality painting, and is more than happy to drop what he's doing and demonstrate things on scrap models for your amusement while the hues he had so carefully mixed dry in their palette wells, you listen to the man.

Here's Matt: "I don't use layering, I always 2-brush wet blend" Say what now? "It's sort of the Privateer style" he explained. I was asking him about how the smooth blends on the red Skorn armor was achieved when the areas were so small and surrounded by gold trim. His answer sounded impossible to my ears.

When I first started painting models, I was surprised by how quickly the paint dried, and found that I couldn't make smoothly shaded areas as easily as I would have with oil paints on a canvas. Then I learned from veteran miniatures hobbyists that people use layering, glazing, and dry brushing to get nice gradations. What Matt was telling me was essentially "just work faster". I was floored.

I also noticed, the man licks his brush like crazy. Every time he washes the brush, he puts it in his mouth. And I swear, sometimes in between strokes, with paint on it. It was weird at the time, but now it makes sense to me. What you're doing is you're using one of the most sensitive areas of skin on your body to make a nice point on your paintbrush. You're also able to feel how wet the brush is.

This is really getting to me. I can't even look at my models anymore. I want to dump them all in a bucket of Simple Green and start all over. But the rational side of me, the one that is thinking about Templecon Hardcore, says "try it on some new models first".

So that's what I'll do. And I'll be bringing it to this blog, step by step documentation of my attempts to paint like a pro. Tears will be shed, oaths will be uttered, and I'll document it all in stark detail for your amusement. Stay tuned.

Blink Blink... Ack, where am I?? (A Gencon Recap)

Hello all, now that I've finally recovered from my completely devastating first Gencon Experience, I thought I'd finally recap my amazing weekend by cobbling together a bunch of blurry iPhone photos! Only the best for my readers! ;c)

My Gencon started in my room Tuesday night till early Wednesday morning, frantically touching up what painted (Skorne) models I had, then Dullcoating them in an effort to protect them from the carnage that lay ahead (more on that later).

Then, after a short nap, I was off, carpooling with 3 excellent dudes.

The drive from New York City to Indianapolis feels like a lonely trek out of civilization and into a desolate waste. Then, once you're out of New Jersey, it's miles of beautiful American corn fields for hours on end. (Ba-ZING! Sorry New Jersey, but I'm pretty sure there was a healthy dose of sarcasm when you were named the Garden State)

I was running on very little sleep by the time I got to Gencon, and I'm pretty sure my mind was just processing bits of information serially. For example, "Oooh, Gencon Flag! Because we are at Gencon now, I get it! We should go in!"

While I waited for the exhibitor hall to open, the Rio Grande demo room was in full effect right across from the queue, and I decided to dive right into demoing games from the get-go. I'd heard so much about Dominion, and I must say, it lives up to the hype! This is deckbuilding on the fly, in a not overly analytical game full of combos upon combos! It's a testament to the game that in my addled state, I immediately grasped it, and by the time my 1v1 game ended, I was moving just as quickly as the veteran was, buying cards, playing actions, and wrecking his hand :c) Love it, and I'll have to buy it soon!

My first sight of a 2-point sensitive dynamic gaming table. It looked good, but without miniatures standing on it, the experience lacks depth ;c)

And finally, the most important booth at Gencon! I was promptly told to wait in line if I wanted to buy anything, but before I did, I quickly thumbed through the FoH: Skorne book. Boy was I glad I did! Surprises Galore! Of course in my previous post, I missed quite a few entries, but what I did notice was very interesting. Deciding on what to buy proved to be quite a challenge. My Gencon trip was made possible more by the good will of my friends than by my financial resources, so I had to closely consider each purchase. In the end, my PP haul consisted of an Extreme Titan Gladiator resin kit and the Discordia Character 'Jack conversion kit.

You ever fancy yourself pretty good at something, say basketball, or studies, and then you go to a new park, or transfer to a new school, and get your world turned upside down? That's what happened to my entire painting career when I saw the PP studio models. I knew they would be impressive, and I was expecting to be impressed. What I saw knocked the air out of my lungs, and I stood transfixed in dismay, horror, and rapture for a long long time. My painting is crap. This is the real deal. After leaving a nose-shaped smudge on the display case, I looked to my left, and saw Matt DiPietro in the act of painting! I think his painting area was one of the major highlights for all the PP fans at the booth this weekend, and I'll join the chorus in extolling his greatness and all around helpful attitude. More on that later though, time to actually have a productive Tuesday. Cheers, all!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Early scouting for the Empire! ( Gencon Report )

So I'm standing in line waiting my turn to give pp my money, but I've had the chance to peruse some of the skorne stats from FoH:Skorne.
Aptimus Marketh
Warlock attachment
He collects souls which he can spend to pay the warlock's upkeeps
He can cast one of the warlock's spells up to 3 cost.

1 point more than the AG
2 attacks, same weapon strength characteristics
Can use the souls
Can advance and attack out of activation if skorne friends dies nearby.
Can swing both weapons a la manticore

Avg mat, speed
Unlucky def and arm
Reach, halberd type p+s
If it kills, it wants to kill again.
(no more rules, very straightforward unit. That's right, they are not masters of their sword wielding arts)

That's it for now

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Skorne are BACK (baby!)

With my new Skorne deck, and as of yesterday, my new Hordes Primal MKII book, I'm setting aside my unwashed (and mostly unpainted) mass of Khadorans, and jumping back into Skorne!

I'm forcing myself to stick with the new and improved MKII pMorghoul for now, as he seems like a perfectly good warlock on paper. (Early results have been discouraging however, albeit against some nasty Cygnaran gun-lines). With his ability to shut down focus spending and forcing within a small area, he is excellent at mitigating counter-charges by warbeasts and 'jacks. This seems to counter tar-pit strategies very well. Meanwhile, with Overtake and Sprint, Morghoul can do a lot towards whittling down the opposition's infantry. I can go on, but without any painting or game reports, I really can't justify such a long post.

'Till next time, be generous: give a little pain!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Beast On Ice!

Well I've been sitting on the Beast for a long time. Ok, not literally, but I've left this guy unassembled forever. I guess the thought of bringing a nasty warjack with reach, Thresher, and high-P+S to every fight always sounded unimaginative. Or super awesome, I get confused.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Painting Update: More 4th Assault Legion!

Aaaaand I'm back! It's been a while since I last posted, and a lot of craziness has befallen my life -mostly bad, I'm afraid. But, my fellow immorites, life is starting to stabilize again, so let the posting begin! And if you're a newcomer, welcome!

For now, here are some photos of some of the other assets of my army: the infantry!

Still sticking with this dulled-down GW Camo Green and Purple scheme. It's got a nice Decepticon-ish look. All the better to frustrate all those goody two-shoes!