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A stressful week! Spent most of it sick and very tired. After much rest I went back to work... or tried to before I got a flat tire on my car!! Argh!
Needless to say I got very little done of the hobby front. But I did manage to get one Dwarf adventurer painted!! Here's Boozehammer 2.0





Drunk, angry, and ready to hit things with a hammer until they behave. Just the way a Dwarf warrior should be! 
Speaking of warriors I also spent some time building some Avatars of War "not Nurgle Chaos Warriors".
The command - "musician", standard bearer, and champion
Group with axes and blades
And the ones with the bashy bits

Overall I like the looks of them. I did add a few GW bits here and there to help tie them in more with the rest of my Nurgle forces. The kits were not easy to put together and have legs, torso, arms x 2, head, and then weapons. It was very challenging to get the two handed weapons lined up with the arms and much swearing was done in the process. 


This week was spring break. I had hoped to get lots of painting done but it turned out to be a very busy week of work and my evenings filled up with other activities. I managed to get a little bit of painting done but it was just finishing up some Nurgle models I had yet to complete. 


It's the first day of Spring and this lot is bringing things back to life... in the Nurgle way!





The herald. Bringing back the funk with his collection of bells, guts, and mummified heads!





His back  up band leaders, aka the command group. Heads a plenty! 




Roadies. Can't they just clean up their act a bit? This puts my total at something like 20.




And a group shot just for fun. They look gross, funny, and monstrous which is pretty much exactly what I wanted. The bases are not 100% finished and I have yet to add the final goo and gore which will come after I seal them up. Thinking about playing some form of Nurgle in a local escalation/narrative campaign in the works so I figured it was time to crank these guys out.




Arcadia Ales - Mango Suprise IPA


Beer Type: American IPA - 7.00% ABV


Appearance: Classic Arcadia (new) art on the bottle with a tasty looking mango on it. Beer pours a light golden/straw color with a white lacy head.

Smell: Soapy mango chutney? Does not smell like an IPA.

First Drink: Initial taste is more like an IPA with hops but it is quickly followed by tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Good carbonation.

Last Drink: More sweet tropical flavors and a very bitter finish.

Drinkability: I think these tropical flavored beers are the current trend. Kind of like sodas from the late 80's/early 90's. It's okay but gets old.

Notes: Not a bad beer though I am not sure why they spell suprise without the additional "r"

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5. Good for one or two but outlasts its welcome beyond that.   


Gotta have it. Gotta have more of that sweet, sweet, MALAL!!







I haven't really finished any backstory or fluff for this particular Chaos Warrior of Malal. He was a weapon snip/ex-Blood Bowl mini I saved from the pewter graveyard and gave new life. Added his sword and shield and painted him up in a decidedly black and white style to honor his patron deity. I really like the hidden layers of character on his mask and behind the shield. Menacing! 





Here is the group shot as it stands in the current progress... but we have some new additions on the way!




I picked this Chaos Chariot up in a trade some time ago and have struggled to find the right project for it (it doesn't look good with the newer Chaos minis). I slapped on a few extra bits and presto! We have some deadly wheeled reserves coming in for Malal. 
And what Malal force would be complete with out THE Daemon Prince. A mini I have been coveting for quite some time now...




You know him, you love him, but we won't use his name... because this will be a Daemon Prince of Malal and I don't know his name yet! This was the first larger "finecast" GW mini I have built and it went together very smoothly. The details look good though there were a few areas I had to clean up (on the tail mostly). 


But it's not all Daemon Princes around here! I'm running a game of Pathfinder tomorrow and felt inspired to bang up a quick mini for one of the players in the group. Behold... Frodsak the Half-Orc Ranger! 





Still finding ways to use my pile of Bones minis from a few years back. Added a couple small touches to make him more WYSIWIG and add some toughness. I've slapped a bit of paint on him since this photo but I don't have a new image to share. You'll just have to come back next time to see it all finished! Til then...




Stone Brewing - Ripper Pale Ale


Beer Type: American Pale Ale - 5.70% ABV


Appearance: Stone in a can! Got the stone devil with some bright surfer type colors on it. Beer poured a copper/amber color with a beige head.

Smell: Dank hops aroma with pine, grapefruit, and resin. Doesn't smell like a pale really.

First Drink: Something a bit soapy? Otherwise it's pretty much like it smells only with more malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a bite from the carbonation.

Last Drink: A bit more tropical fruit flavors coming out of the hops and malt combo now.

Drinkability: It's a bit odd for a pale ale and not what I was thinking it would be.

Notes: Hard to follow up my last pale ale review with this one. Not even the same.

Verdict: 3 out of 5. Too malty and dank for my pale ale needs.  


Another week means another painted mini! Well... sort of. I re-based and added to three minis I had previously painted the last time I started working on a larger Malal themed Warriors of Chaos army (back in 2012? 2013??). So here are three of the newly touched up Horns of Malal! 






I touched up the warpaint and added a bit more black to make the contrast a little starker. I may go back and add a few more detail highlights on some of the hair but overall I'd say these are done. 


Spent a bit of time this past week transforming two different toys into one bad ass Chaos Lord on Manticore stand in model. Here are a few WIP photos of where that project is at:





Scale is pretty much perfect for a Manticore but it looks cooler I think. This plastic is glow in the dark which I was thinking of keeping in some areas but I am undecided as of yet. Got it for $15 and it's got a lot of detail. Added a few bits and presto! Just need to get it on a base next...




The Chaos Lord was some old DC toy of Darkseid. I chopped off his head and added some bits to make him a bit more "chaos" but I wanted to keep his folded arms and "I really don't give a shit.." pose. Seems to work well on the back of a big monster! 


Speaking of monsters... I built another Exalted Hero/Chaos Lord for the footsloggin' and choppin' needed in a world gone mad. 





Started with a very cool Reaper Bones mini and added a different head and shield. Wanted to make him slightly WYSIWYG so I threw on the sheathed sword to represent two hand weapons. Very excited to get this mini painted up in a suitably Malal style!  





Another chaos warrior of Malal. I didn't like the head this one came with so I put on one I had left over from the Blightkings box and I think it is a great fit! 




And lastly I wanted another decrepit magic user of chaos to have as an option so I based up this custom Blood Bowl mini from a Chaos Cup (I think?) - was originally meant to be a Wizard or Coach I guess. Not easy to see here but he has a shield strapped to his back as well. 


Less painting this week but plenty more prep for the painting table was completed! Assuming I can get through my piles of homework I hope to get some more done this week so tune in next time..




Lagunitas Brewing Company - 12th of Never Ale


Beer Type: American Pale Ale - 5.50% ABV


Appearance: Cans man. Cans! I think the name refers to never putting beer in a can. Beer poured a clear straw color with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Hops at the front with some citrus, floral, and pine aromas all at once. Not in a bad way.

First Drink: Similar to the smell but not as hops forward. A nice malty flavor comes through as well as some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation.

Last Drink: More hops funk coming out now. Citrus comes through nicely.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Notes: Kind of hard to find this in my area. Hoping it becomes more widely available.

Verdict: 4.75 out of 5. Very well done pale ale that doesn't skimp on the flavor or aroma.   


It has been a slow week of painting and a busy week for basing and terrain building. But... I promised something special... and it's time to deliver the goods! Behold! The first of what will hopefully be a decent sized force dedicated to Malal!! Building something I can use in AoS28 for fun. 





This Priestess/Sorceress of Malal was a lot of fun to paint. I'm working on a gritty/grimy look with plenty of contrast and I think this mini fits the bill. I've added a larger base (from 25 to 35mm) but otherwise I call it done! More worshippers of Malal are in the works... coming from the shadows near  you soon...


In other Chaos news check out these massive slugs! They will be used as Beasts of Nurgle. 


Coming to eat your cabbages

These guys are really gross looking though it's kind of hard to tell from this photo. I added a few boils/blisters/eyeballs to the back of their heads as well. And while we're talking about Nurgle here are a few Chaos Knights!








Lots of small modifications here mostly in the heads and bodies. I put them on a 40mm base which is probably too small but I like the look of it. If it drives me or my opponents crazy I will stick them on a 50mm base later on. 


And what update with Chaos would be complete without a bit of Khorne?





Two more Heroes join the fray (of unpainted by black shiny primed miniatures for the Bloodbound/Mortal Khorne)! I can't wait to paint up the Lord on Juggernaut. Really cool mini and the Slaughterpriest is a good looking one too. 


Next week expect more Chaos or maybe I'll sneak in a few more Dwarves instead. You can never have too many Dwarfs. 




Dark Horse Brewing Company - Crooked Theratree Black Ale


Beer Type: American Black Ale - 8.50% ABV


Appearance: Label is a variation on the classic Crooked Tree only dressed as a therapist. Beer pours a jet black color with a decent tan/light brown head. Looks more like a porter.

Smell: Roasted coffee malt, something a bit piney/resinous, and in general just really good smelling.

First Drink: Rich flavor with a lot of roasted malt and grain coming through right away. Hops kicks in more towards the end with a pleasing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium bodied brew with nice carbonation.

Last Drink: The lighter citrus hops come through a bit clearer now.

Drinkability: This is a balanced black ale and you can't really taste the higher ABV.

Notes: Not sure how widely this is available as it was a limited IPA sampler selection.

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. A nice departure from other black IPA/ales out there.  


Well I didn't get this update up last week but here is the mini for week 6.... another Dwarf adventurer!





I don't have a name for this fella yet. He looks like a miner/self sufficient type individual. I imagine him being a bit of a loner who teams up with others when duty calls. Happy overall with how he turned out. 


And while I didn't paint any other minis I did spend a bit of time completing my bits extension version of three Blightkings! Here they are in their WIP state. 


Quick group shot!


Some kind of snail butt monstrosity


His buddy is more of a waddler


And here's Mr. fly faced ogor shoes!

While they didn't turn out quite as cool looking as I had imagined (always learning more about how to sculpt well with GS) I think they will fit nicely with my other minis. Plus they weren't doing me any good sitting around in a bits box or on a sprue! That means I managed to squeeze 8 (possibly 9) models out of just the one box! Granted I had some other tasty Nurgle bits left over but not a bad little value!


Speaking of bad... picked these guys up cheap to add a bit to and use for Beasts of Nurgle.


It's a giant slug conga line!

They look gross enough to avoid already! Later this week I will update with some more WIP of them on bases as well as the next painted mini! Here's a hint... some say there is no malice in Warhammer. 




Blackrocks Brewery - Starman Pale Ale


Beer Type: American Pale Ale - 5.60% ABV


Appearance: Black space art on a shiny can. Beer pours a hazy straw color with plenty of off-white head.

Smell: Not a lot coming out but I can certainly smell a mix of hops.

First Drink: Same as the aroma. Early hit of hops followed by just a bit of sweetness then back into a mellow citrus/hops bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner and crisp. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

Last Drink: More complexity with the different hops coming through now.

Drinkability: Nice easy drinker for those times when you just want a pale ale.

Notes: Just became available in my neck of the woods but it's brewed way up in the UP eh.

Verdict: 4 out of 5. Blast off into the hops zone.   


January is over!!? Oh man... time moves a little too quick sometimes. This week I spent very little time with a paintbrush or glue. Between work, class, and homework drawings I have had very little time for hobby stuff. But that didn't stop me from finishing a miniature for this week!!





Meet Greybeard the old Dwarf Barbarian. He's been around... seen a thing or two... has a couple scars to prove it. This was a fun little miniature to paint. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted this to be an old man barbarian. He has the sinew and leather kind of build going on. 


I've also been building various minis for more of my This Is Not A Test collection. I can't seem to find my photos of the Cannibal Mutant warband I have been putting together but I did find this photo of their dogs!




Probably managed to break off their chains and are running around looking for fresh meat right now. I better get back to the basement and see if I can keep them from getting loose! Until next time...




Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Rosie Del Barrio Wild Ale


Beer Type: American Wild Ale - 8.20% ABV


Appearance: Bomber with some art of a cat jumping off a building in an alley. Beer poured a hazy golden orange color with a thin but frothy beige head.

Smell: Mostly just sour and wild yeast aromas. Wild ales always reminds me a bit of sweet tarts candy.

First Drink: Sour (of course) but pretty diverse hits of flavor - berries, lemons, something a bit woodsy and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Last Drink: A lot of stuff going on here. More ripe fruit flavors (stone fruit?) and something a bit floral as well. Complex.

Drinkability: This is a sipper if ever there were one!

Notes: I believe this was a one off special beer (says it was made for the rare beer club). It was given to me as a gift.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5. A nice wild sour with quite a bit going on. 


Didn't accomplish much this week in the realm of games or painting. I'm hoping to spend a bit more time this weekend at the desk but homework is always looming...


This week we have this Chaos Sorcerer looking guy in a stitched up skin cloak. Not sure what edition of WHFB or 40k he is from. Another random from my acquisitions. 






I had fun painting the various shades of skin color in his cloak and the magic runes on his skulls. The stuck on dead skin mask was a bit of gruesome joy to paint as well. And even though I didn't plan on it I finished up another Dwarf adventurer while I was at it!





No name yet for this grizzled bear clad warrior. I imagine him as being a bit of a veteran... he's seen some things. I tried to reflect that in his slightly battleworn gear. Pretty happy with how he turned out overall. If you have a name suggestion throw it in the comments section! Next up on the painting table... more Dwarfs!?


Here we go... it's week 3 of (at least) 52 minis for the year. Hey look it's a Dwarfess!





Some kind of rune wielding blacksmith? Or runesmith? Or just a badass Dwarf woman? Either way I was really excited to get my paintbrush on her. For some reason the ink wash I used looks very glossy in this photo. Hopefully it will look less so with a bit of dullcoat applied. 


This is the first mini painted for my Mordheim Dwarf crew or alternatively for Frostgrave perhaps? (Oh yeah I kinda bought that rulebook during the holiday break... but haven't played yet)


In other news this last week was good with a bit of Pathfinder Societies play with my group (who hadn't played since Feb of last year!!) and also my first week of a new semester. This time around I have two separate drawing classes 4 days a week which has really kicked my lazy drawing butt into high gear. Probably drawn and sketched more this week than the past 15 years combined!! 



Random sketch of a random person in public.


My Ben Templesmith/Police Sketch self-portrait

The week of drawing has been a good reminder that like any art drawing takes practice! Same with mini painting and painting in general! Don't get down on yourself for doing something and it not being "the best" - getting yourself going is at least half the battle.



Kevros the Half Orc Monk about to Grapple a Stone Giant

Last year before my last session of PFS I re-created my Monk with the Unchained Monk. Best choice I could have made! At level 9 he has 27-30 (potentially up to 48) AC without armor, 2d6 damage per hit (with up to 3 per round in his Flurry of Blows), the ability to follow up and strike opponents who miss him in combat (thanks to Snake style!), and he can generally sense and perceive the hell out of things. Of course he is dumb as a bag of rocks with about as much charisma... but that's okay!


Potentially playing a bit of Bloodbowl or AoS tomorrow and I have plenty more drawing to do as well. So until next time....




Noble Brewer - Red Hot Mama Ale


Beer Type: American Strong Ale - 9.00% ABV


Appearance: Noble Brewer bomber bottle. Beer pour a dark brown-red color with a thick beige head.

Smell: Sweet toffee banana like malt with some spicy hops aroma too.

First Drink: Caramel malt followed quickly by the spicy bitterness and a slightly soapy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a good amount of fizz.

Last Drink: Sticky high ABV syrup time as this warms up. Still bitter.

Drinkability: Not super complex but not exactly what I would expect out of a strong ale either.

Notes: Like all Noble Brewer beers this is a seasonal/limited release.

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. It'll getcha drunk.  

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.




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. 




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. 

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!




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.



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! 
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. 




  • 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
  • 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!



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. 




Alaskan Brewing Co. - Heritage Coffee Brown Ale


Beer Type: American Brown Ale - 7.00% ABV


Appearance: 12oz brown bottle labeled in the normal Alaskan style. Man I really dislike their font logo. Beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin head that didn't hang around.

Smell: Mostly I am getting a lot of malt as you would typically expect of a brown ale. Maybe just a bit of coffee in there too.

First Drink: Malt and sweetness followed by a slight coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin but smooth and a bit sticky.  

Last Drink: More sweet malt flavors with very little coffee.    

Drinkability: Reminds me of another popular brown ale out there... *coughNEWCASTLEcough*  

Notes: First time I had this was on draft and I have to say I liked it much better. It had a bit more creamy body. Bottled it seems a bit thin and bland. Easy drinking though. 

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5. If you enjoy brown or coffee ales give it a try. 

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