Saturday, March 25, 2017

Painting Contests

I've been utterly neglecting this blog; not intentionally, it's just sort of happened.  I'm going to try my best to pick things back up here.  The biggest news is that the 7th Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge has concluded, and I met my goal of 500 points (scoring 507) despite a bout of painter's block and dealing with some medical concerns of Atticus'.  Additionally, Just Games, my FLGS, has begun a series of monthly painting contests, and the March contest was judged today.  I had decided to participate, and my entry (and the entry of most other people; it was a choice between this and some sort of Pathfinder goblin dog-rider) was Reaper's "D'kuhl M'Broon," a "Bathalian" (to differentiate from the legally-protected "Mind Flayer" of Dungeons and Dragons).  I had painted a copy of this figure years ago for my friend Rachael, and was excited to give it another go now that my skills have matured some.

I entered him in the Intermediate category (the guys in the Advanced category are using airbrushes to highlight their figures, and I'm just not there) and came in second place, scoring myself a set of ultrafine tip brushes as my prize!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Catching Up

Haven't done a whole lot on the gaming or painting front lately; a couple weeks of painter's block kept me from putting brush to figure.

I did finally break through and painted Reaper's Griffon, from their Bones line:

Tom and I have played two games of Kings of War now, with my half-finished Teutonic Knights serving as a Kingdoms of Men army.  Last night we played a 1000-point game, with my Men barely eking out a victory over his Dwarves.  His Brock Riders (dwarves mounted on giant badgers) were brutal, and his Organ Gun could have dealt out a lot more damage if the Griffon (the "Winged Beast" part of my "General on Winged Beast") hadn't taken it out on the second turn.

Finally, I've checked out another hobby shop in my area - we have four that I've been in now, which stay in business through careful niche specialization - this time the Warhammer store in Victor, NY, an official Games Workshop outlet and, heaven help me, I've bought into Age of Sigmar.  There seems to be a thriving population playing it so I should have no shortage of games ahead of me.  I picked up the "Start Collecting: Slaves to Darkness" box and an additional box of Chaos Warriors (8th edition packaging, so 12 to a box instead of 16).

The store is running an escalation league, with monthly meets and each month the point total of our armies goes up by 250 points; so for March we're playing with 500-point forces, then in April it'll be 750, in May 1000, etc.  I've assembled a 500 point force (two squads of Chaos Warriors and a Chaos Sorcerer Lord make 500 exactly) and got them primed.  Painting begins tomorrow, and I'm thinking I can probably have them done in time for the league to begin on the 19th.