March 20, 2018

Hordes: Trollbloods Pyre Troll (Warbeast)

I enjoy painting Warbeasts, maybe with me getting up in age, they are easier to see.  I had this model the ‘Pyre Troll’ sitting in my bin of Trollblood models and just decided to open him and get him painted.  I believe I know only have one unpainted Warbeast left and that one is suppose to be in my blue scheme, but we’ll see, maybe he’ll be green also.  I know when my sone visits in a few days for AdeptiCon, he will be bringing me the Warbest ‘Rok’ so that one will keep me busy for a bit, and then I will have to get to painting some Units, though there will be a few items I will need to get to for my Minions army.  Like I mentioned yesterday, after AdeptiCon I’ll have to re-prioritize my queue a little bit.

This the second model I am posting with a different camera setting that I used for the lat year, so far I am liking it.  I amy look for a better back drop at AdeptiCon on Thursday.

Pyre Troll

Pyre Troll

Painting Points: 2

March 19, 2018

Daily Chronicle: NOVA Open 2018 Registration

With the rumor of SteamCon US being in Nashville, TN late September, early October, it does not look like I will be able to attend SteamCon.  For some reason I was thinking it will take place again in December, but I should have realized that the World Championships will be taking place this year at SteamCon UK and that is in November so SteamCon US needs to be before the UK.   I had already made plans with my wife to visit Willamsburg, VA the first week in October, so there is no way I will be able to do both.

So bring on the NOVA Open 2018.  Nova Open 2018 will be taking place August 30th - September 2nd in Arlington, VA (just outside of Washington DC).  Nova Open is in it’s 9th year and has become the largest East Coast miniature wargaming convention.  I am already attending AdeptiCon (probably the largest and in the Midwest) so why not the largest on the East Coast.  The drive is not too bad, about 9.5 hours.  So the plan woud be to leave Wednesday night and drive throough the night so that way we only need a hotel room for Thursday-Saturday night.

The hard decison now was what events do my son and I want to play in.  NOVA Open has a 3 Man Team Tournament for Warmachine/Hordes.  I asked my friend here in Michigan if he would be interested in playing on a team with us and he was excited.  So the Team Tournament took care of our Thursday events, now I had to decide on Friday-Sunday.

I spent this past weekend looking over the schedule of events and descriptions and trying to decide what we want to play in.  I was going back and forth and finally came to a decision this morning and registered for our events.  The Thursday Team Tournament is scheduled to end around 1:00 AM Friday morning, so I was thinking I did not want an all day event or one that started too early on Friday.  I was thinking maybe Breakfastmachine on Friday and then Champions for WM/H on Saturday, but I elected to enter in the Guild Ball NOVA Open Championships Qualifier on Friday.  Then we will do Breakfastmachine on Saturday and finally Speedmachine on Sunday.

Thursday 8/30
WM/H 3 Man Team Tournament

Friday 8/31
Guild Ball NOVA Championship Qualifier

Saturday 9/1
WM/H Breakfastmachine

Sunday 9/2
WM/H Speedmachine

If we have any downtime and feel like playing more games, we can then do some Iron Arena games for Warmachine/Hordes.  I feel most of the downtime may be spent in the Vendor Hall though.

I decided on Guild Ball for Friday for a few reasons.  1. We will be missing SteamCon US.  2. I am sure that when my son moves here in June we will be partaking in some WM/H leagues and local SteamRollers, so a different game for variety would be nice.  3. Again when my son moves here we will also be getting some more Guild Ball in, it will be nice to look forward to a Guild Ball event and prepare for it.  4. Finally, it will probably be our last Guild Ball event for Season 3, Season 4 will start up in November at SteamCon UK.

So NOVA Open will be our next big event after this weekend AdeptiCon.  Once we get back from AdeptiCon, it will be time to priortize my painting queue for what I need done for the NOVA Open.

Weekly Chronicle 2018 #11

Wow! Only 3 more days until I leave for AdeptiCon 2018 and I am really excited for it.  One of the benefits (actually probably the only benefit) of moving back to the Midwest is that I am now in closer driving distance to many more Conventions.  When I lived in Arizona, it was the Las Vegas Open and Kingdom-Con were the main conventions (California does have a few more but not as big as these two).  Though I have never made it out to Kingdom-Con in San Diego, I did make it to the Las Vegas Open twice and may plan to return to the LVO in the distant future.  Now living once again in the Midwest there are a lot more choices within a days drive with the obvious one being AdeptiCon.  Now it is just a matter of having the funds to attend all these events.

As we are getting closer to AdeptiCon my assembly of models has slowed down recently and once I get back I will have to sit down and look at my queue and priortize my models again.  Most of my assembly/painting are tied to future events that I am attending and need to see what army lists I am thinking about bringing.  Then once those models get completed that is when I throw some models down that just look fun to paint or the model impresses me.  I know that at AdeptiCon I may be bringing some new models back with me...hopefully not any new games, but we shall see.

I am all packed and ready to go for AdeptiCon, I spent yesterday getting all my armies together and gathered in one location.  Best part of driving is that I have a little bit more room in my trunk and can bring my entire gaming bags instead of condesing models into one bag...the drawback to that is that I am still undecided on what list I want to play in the Warmachine/Hordes Team Tournament and may decide last minute.  I thought I knew, then I circled back and spent the weekend thinking about using some other casters.  More than likely I will go with my original list just to give ‘Barnabas 2’ some more playing time.

Here is a recap of the models completed last week.

Week #11

Models Completed: 4
Trollbloods: Mulg the Ancient
Trollbloods: Troll Axer
Trollbloods: Stone Scribe Elder
Blacksmith’s Guild: Cast

Games Played: 1

March 17, 2018

Guild Ball: Blacksmith’s Guild ‘Cast’

I decided to change it uo a little bit from the recent Trollblood’s and Minion models and paint up another Guidl Ball model for the Blacksmith’s Guild.  Here is ‘Cast’, an Apprentice Winger for the Guild.  On the charge or with some support, she can really put out some damage.

I also decided to try a different camera for my next few models, instead of using my iPhone like I have been the last year, I will be trying a standard Nikon digital camera.  I am still playing around with different settings and trying to figure out what looks best.



Painting Points: 1

March 16, 2018

Hordes: Trollbloods Stone Scribe Elder (Command Attachment)

I have one more Trollblood model for the week, and today it is a ‘Stone Sribe Elder’.  The ‘Stone Scribe Elder’ is a Command Attachment model who is used with a Unit of ‘Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes’.  Each turn the ‘Stone Scribe Elder’ can use one of three effects that can benefit your army.  The one that I am liking is called STONE STRENGTH which is while within the Protective Aura, friendly Faction models gain +1 STR.

Since I am counting down the days...only 6 more days till AdeptiCon...

Stone Sribe Elder

Stone Sribe Elder

Painting Points: 2

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