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  • Birthday 02/08/79

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  1. Here we go! The first of (at least) 52 miniatures I will paint this year as part of my hobby resolutions. As I was gone out of town the past week I'm playing a bit of catch up with getting these posted here to the blog. I'll try to be more timely moving forward. I dug out my light box and set it up so I could get more consistent/better photos of my work. I think it helps! First up we have this older GW Nurgle Chaos Warrior of some kind (honestly not sure what edition it is from): I built him on a 20mm base and I wish I had gone with a larger (more AoS appropriate) base but oh well. Since I have no idea what I will use him for I suppose it doesn't really matter what the base size is. I painted him roughly in the scheme I used for my Nurgle Daemons and I am happy with hot he turned out. Next up is another Nurgle like mini that looks to be more 40k related: For this mini I wanted to test out a few color schemes for my Skaven Pestilence force and overall I would say it was successful. I'll likely use this guy on the table in TNT if nothing else as he looks a bit mutant. And that's all I have to share this week! Working on a few Dwarves and more Chaos stuff so who knows which will be the first to be completed for the week 3 mini. Only time will tell.
  2. Oskar Blues - Hotbox Coffee Porter Beer Type: American Porter - 6.50% ABV Appearance: Oskar Blues style brown can with green printing. Beer poured a dark pitch brown color with a tan head that left lots of lacing. Smell: Dark chocolate and cold brew coffee. Something a bit brighter as well though I can't place it. First Drink: Roast coffee and malt with a nice tart/acidic flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium with good carbonation. Last Drink: Smoky roasted coffee and chocolate malt are still the main flavors. Reminds me of cola a bit for some reason? Drinkability: Cold brew with some coffee malt basically. Notes: Limited release in my area. A bit pricey as well for just a 4 pack of cans. Verdict: 3.75 out of 5. Fairly easy drinking but not my favorite porter.
  3. New Glarus Brewing Co. - Two Women Lager Beer Type: German Pilsener - 5.00% ABV Appearance: 12oz brown bottle with the brown craft colored label of New Glarus and two women on it. The name is a reference to the two woman owned breweries who worked on this brew. Also something about vikings and sumerians. Beer pours a orange amber color with a thin white head. Smell: Something a bit like apples or apple juice and a bit of grain. First Drink: Sweet malty apples with just a little bit of hops coming through at the end. Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Last Drink: Malty biscuits and grain with more of the floral hops and honey apples. Drinkability: Woah I wasn't expecting this beer to be quite so good! Notes: Another winner from WI that I can't get on a regular basis. Guess I will save it for road trips! Verdict: 4.5 out of 5. A very tasty lager.
  4. I got in a few more games this year! Actually played a bit of both Blood Bowl and some Age of Sigmar. On top of that I did get a bit of painting done as well. First up here are a couple things I painted up for TNT. I've since finished these bloat flies with some additional details and basing but I didn't grab a photo of them yet. Buzzz buzzz this is our trash buzz buzz Also built this Steam Bike from Max Mini which I can't wait to paint up and use on the table! Furry stopped by during a nice little snow storm earlier this week and we played 3 games of a Path To Glory campaign. We went with Death Rattle (Death) vs Bloodbound (Khorne Chaos) because that is what I had the best minis for right now and we wanted to learn the rules for their respective units. We made a couple small alterations in the rules as we went and overall it was fast and furious fun! I started with a Wight King and 10 Skeletons while Furry brought the Mighty Lord of Khorne and 5 Blood Warriors. First scenario we played was a "Find The Treasure" scenario with three searchable objectives on the board. First Hero to find the treasure and leave off the table edge or kill all the enemy units won a Major Victory. Ragnar the Blackhearted and his small but tenacious horde of Skeledudes Blood Warriors lined up and ready to spill... bits of bone!? After moving toward the near by objective Ragnar spots Blood Warriors sneaking around a wall! Skulls and bones for the Skulls and bones god! The Skeledudes managed to get the charge and chop down the warriors. Meanwhile.... this sneaky guy is trying to come kill Ragnar! Ragnar tries a tactical retreat but it ultimately charged by the MLoK and slain by his damned axe. But then the Skeletons come to save the day! Chop chop down goes the MLoK. After the first game Ragnar gained enough fame to lure in another.... 10 Skeletons! Oh boy. Meanwhile the Bloodbound brought the big guns with some Wrathmongers (played by half built Nurgle Knights this time around). The second scenario was to kill the monster in the center of the table and claim his magical weapon stash. It was a very short game with Ragnar's forces taking the initiative and the Chaos Gargant charging at the nearby Bloodbound. In the process it killed almost all of the Blood Warriors and left just one wound on the MLoK who proceeded to slay the monster with his damned axe in one round of combat. Game, set, match! Giant toilet or crumbling tower? You be the judge. For the third and final scenario of the day we completed a "take and hold" type scenario where two comets fell to the battlefield and our warbands had to control them to gain points. It was a close fought and strategic battle but ultimately Ragnar's forces were able to hold out against the Bloodbound and secure a Major Victory. Staring down the Wrathmongers on the flank. These guys are nasty! With freshly devoted followers the MLoK hopes to crush his skeletal nemesis. With some fancy footwork the Skeletons get the charge and contest the objective! "It's just Skeletons you dimwits!!" Meanwhile... the Wrathmongers fall to the Skeleton Warriors. Thanks for the extra attacks! And Ragnar gets a bit broody. Path To Glory is not balanced. If you can get over that and are playing with someone who can see the silly it is actually pretty darn fun and a good way to learn the basics of Age of Sigmar. I'm looking forward to painting up these minis and finishing up this campaign with another 2 or 3 games. Not a bad way to wrap up the year - a few more games under our belts with excitement for gaming in our blood! See you in 2017!
  5. New Glarus Brewing Co. - Fat Squirrel Ale Beer Type: English Brown Ale - 5.80% ABV Appearance: 12oz brown bottle with a fat squirrel on the label in the middle of a bunch of text. Favorite part of this label is the story on the side - "There are some seriously fat squirrels out there. They are running all over the neighborhood. I think I should brew a Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale." Beer poured red/brown/amber color with a good sized off-white head that left lacing. Smell: Malt and just a touch of something nutty. Pretty subtle. First Drink: Kind of chocolate malt flavors up front and something a bit metallic/alcoholic a bit like a winter warmer style. Mellows out to a nice toasty malt flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and maybe a bit on the dry side? Last Drink: A little more sugar and bread flavors coming through now. Drinkability: A mighty fine brown ale good for drinking in cool fall weather. Notes: Can't get this regularly as there is a big lake (Michigan) in between me and WI but its not bad at all! Verdict: 3.75 out of 5. Nice toasty brown ale and no squirrels were harmed in the making.
  6. 2016 This year will be a year that goes down as a fairly bleak one overall. In stark contrast my personal life has been quite good! While I managed very (very) little gaming and hobby time I did accomplish quite a lot in my first year in a new job, made time for creating and playing music, started pursuing a degree in art/illustration, and the bit of gaming and hobby time I did manage to squeeze in was quite fun. I didn't make any specific resolutions last year though I did have a few I kept to myself. They were: Make time for games and have fun while you are doing it: Seems obvious but sometimes even doing the thing you like can seem like a chore or a bother if you are not in the appropriate frame of mind. This happens to me more often with RPG games. Paint as many minis as you can and don't buy more: Well that was a fail. It is truly a disease. I have quite the collection of unpainted but assembled minis now and I intend to start cranking through them in 2017. I'm hoping my new painting setup will help. Attend all three Blood Bowl majors: Done! I did average/bad at Zlurpee and Chaos Cup but quite respectable at Underworld with Ogres. Looking forward to next year with new players and teams/rules coming from GW! This year I have a couple goals/resolutions I would like to achieve: Play games more regularly: I don't have a group of regulars I can pester into playing so getting games in requires a bit more arm twisting of friends and family. Hoping to get at least one solid game in each month of 2017. This seems achievable. Paint at least one miniature to tabletop standard each week: Worst case I end up with 52 painted minis at the end of the year. I am leaving this open as I tend to bounce around on projects and I want to allow myself the freedom to paint what looks like the most fun and fulfilling project at any given time. Don't buy more miniatures than you paint: Best case I won't buy any miniatures but I know that isn't likely to happen. If I can paint quickly I can buy more otherwise... no way. Also have plenty of school work, band time, work, and general life stuff to accomplish during the year but these three goals seem reasonable. Here's to the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017!
  7. The maw has risen! Nice find. Now we just need some Lego Ogors to go with it.
  8. If anyone wants to buy my copy of Blood Bowl 2016 for cheap or trade for something (Silver Tower) I would be up for it. I have too much Blood Bowl stuff already! Message me if you are interested. P.S. That Ogre looks awesome
  9. Happy holidaze are upon us! I spent the last week off from work but got very little accomplished on the modeling or painting fronts. I did go a bit nutty and decided to rearrange my whole first two floors starting with painting setup. Previously it lived in our sun room but I wanted to be able to use that room for my non-mini painting as well as hanging out in (cozy in the fall and winter and fresh in the spring and winter). After many hours of packing up and taking things up and down our treacherous basement stairs I managed this: New basement dwelling for the basement dweller Painting table (desk) all set up and ready to go again after carefully moving my entire miniatures collection. New set up has less (basically zero) natural light but I have a combination of about 6 other lights which keep it from being too dank. Pros No dogs in my painting area (so hopefully no dog hair stuck in my paint) Nice and cool year round (not too hot or too cold like the previous set up) Right next to my 4x4 gaming table (hopefully netting me more painted terrain!) I can talk to myself and not seem to crazy Cons Less human and animal interaction (see last pro) A little basement-troll like No natural light Painting with sunlights and plants My current sun room painting setup is pretty modular (read temporary) with a folding chair and table though overall I am quite pleased with the change. I also rearranged my living and dining rooms to make things more open and easier to have guest over for entertainment (like hopefully playing games!). Speaking of having guest over - earlier last week Furry and I got in a quick Vanguard game of Age of Sigmar. It was his first game of Warhammer (of any kind?) and he did great! Table set up - Khorne Bloodbound vs Skaven Pestilence Plague Monks and Skrolk hanging out with the Plague Furnace So many followers of Khorne! The wolves were stand in minis for Flesh Hounds More rats equals more fun for the Plague Furnace! Shove off! Line of topless barbarians is not impressed. Cute little Korgorath wants a hug? Plague Furnace managed to chew through topless men but got stopped by one with a whip. This is all going according to plan... I wanted to give us both a chance to try out some fun synergies with the two lists. Since I had not played either force there was a bit of guessing as to what would work well and what might just be for laughs. Big winners for Khorne and Furry were the Flesh Hounds. Two units of 5 each managed to chew through almost all of my foot slogging Skaven (Plague Monks and Censer Bearers). Add on their ability to shut down a magic phase and I really can't see why you wouldn't make room for them in any Khorne themed list! For the forces of Pestilence the big winner was (literally) the Great Unclean One. He single handily managed to kill the most units between his magic, shooting, and close combat phases. Of course the Mighty Lord of Khorne probably could have killed him in one turn but Furry realized that a bit too late in the game (and yes I did tell him about his general's fighting skills!). Game ended as a draw on objectives but a win for points taken out (with just my Hero units left on the table and running away). It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to get these minis all painted up and more games going! Meanwhile in a galaxy far far away... Spent one afternoon at the FLGS getting a demo of X-wing from a player who has literally everything that has been released for the game. It was a bit daunting to be honest but I stuck it out and played through a quick tutorial and then short 35 pt game. Ended up just barely winning by taking out the Rebel scum in a desperate strafing run from my star pilot (the either Tie Fighter having been blown away quickly in the game). The game seems like a good time and I can see why it has such a following. The dog fighting and maneuvers are quite cool and the key gameplay of action economy and synergy between ships, pilots, and abilities is well done. Overall I am just not that excited by Star Wars in general and not in love with all the spaceships. A fun game but one I don't intend to dive in to. Now that we are living in a post-XMASSSS 2016 world it's time to dive into my basement painting den and get cranking on some minis!
  10. Sounds like a fun event! I want to play something similar in the new year... hoping to get it going at the FLGS. Seems like the Ogors really brought the hurt at this event. Do you think your lower amount of scoring units hurt you in the long run?
  11. Anchor Brewing Co. - Our Special Ale 2016 Beer Type: Winter Warmer - 6.50% ABV Appearance: Squat Anchor style bottle with a festive tree on the label. Beer pours a dark brown/red color with not much head. Smell: Roasted walnuts and slight banana? First Drink: First up are dark malt flavors. Something a bit spiced as well. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp carbonation on the tongue. Last Drink: Bitter finish is coming out more now. A bit like coffee. Still plenty of malt and nutty banana flavors. Drinkability: Different from previous years? Or my taste is all over? Who's to say for sure? Notes: I reviewed this beer 3 years ago after I moved into this house I live in! A lot has changed in 3 years but I was surprised by how different this beer is from the 2013 version. Verdict: 4 out of 5. It's seasonal without being too in your face with the CHRISTMAS flavors.
  12. Nice! I like that blue. Might have to do something similar with mine.
  13. Beware the blob!!
  14. Looks cold and hungry! A dangerous combination.