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10May/100

The Crunch Time Cometh

It's already that time of year again. In a few short weeks Privateer Press Weekend at DieCon X will be upon us.  This year the event will feature another Hardcore event again - the first ever official one for Warmachine MkII.  There's not much time left, but I'm behind on getting prepared.  This feels oddly familiar.

Hierophant WIP

Hierophant WIP

I have a few lists I'm tossing around to play, but I haven't even really settled on if I'm playing the Protectorate or Legion.  The Legion models I'd want to use are already painted, but there's still a few key Protectorate ones - like the Hierophant and Covenant - that I needed to get to.

It's been a while since I last picked up the brush; maybe even a couple months.  Painting has always been an enjoyable hobby for me, but lately it's always seemed like there's something else I rather do with my free time.  Still there aren't many chances to play in a Hardcore event, so it's time to buckle down and get to work.

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12Apr/104

Terraformation

Lately I've been neglecting my painting table - cheating on my models with a different craftform.  I put down the pewter in exchange for styrofoam and traded in my paint for some spackle.  With a little advice from Ulf of Dice-Speak and Game Fusion Studio, I've made an initial foray into the realm of terrain making.

Hills

A few initial attempts at hills (and Niska's Skyplex on TV)

I've been painting models for years now but I hadn't really spent any time on the terrain side of the hobby - there's always been terrain to play on locally and I preferred painting models to fabricating scenery.

Sites like TerraGenesis have taught me the basics of terrain making but I didn't have any real hands on experience.  But over the course of a few nights with a hot wire foam cutter I put together some basic hills.  Nothing major - and still in need of some greenery - but after I was happy with the results I decided to move up to something else I've been wanting to build for a while now.

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22Mar/100

Holy Plate Mail Ninja, Batman!

Exemplar Errant Seneschal

I was expecting to see the Exemplar Errant UA in the new No Quarter, but not a new synergy solo for the unit.  Granting Hunter to Errants, as well as having both Hunter and Pathfinder himself, really makes him feel like a Strider Deathstalker type model... but clad in white heavy armor?

Don't get me wrong, I think this guy has some very nice rules that can be especially difficult for an opponent in scenario play.  He can sit just out-of-sight behind/in forests and take pot shots, and since he can sacrifice Errants when he dies, stay in an area far longer than a single 5-wound solo would normally be able to.

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15Mar/102

Some Basic Brush Care Tips

I had a request as a comment on a previous article to talk about some basic brush care tips.  I'm no expert on the topic but I've ruined more than enough brushes to know there are a few traps to avoid in order to keep your brushes in working condition as long as you can.

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18Feb/10Off

I’m Jinxing it

Exemplar Errant Unit Attachment

Exemplar Errant UA

That's right; I'm doing it.  Even after the last two disappointing Protectorate previews I'm going to talk about my hopes for the upcoming Exemplar Errant Officer and Standard Bearer.  Errant themselves are solid, and if the Temple Flameguard are any precedent their UA will boost them into the realm of teh win.

In Mk I, Errant were known for their outrageous point costs but now a Protectorate only pays a whopping 5 points for a minimum unit or 8 for a max.  For that point cost you can field an efficient jack-of-all-trades unit with at least one ability to help them fill any roll on the table:

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8Feb/105

Workhorse Brush

When I upgraded my brushes to Winsor & Newton Series 7's a few years ago, I started paying more attention to brush care.  With the brushes' higher cost, I wanted to get as much life out of them as possible.  For me that meant keeping an older brush around to do my painting dirty work.

Before I started using the S7's, I was pretty rough with my brushes.  I was guilty of all of the brush sins, including things like stabbing at models sometimes with the brush and letting paint get into the ferrule regularly.  While this wasn't a big deal when I was spending a buck a brush, I knew I had to change my habits with the new brushes, but doing so would slow me down.  Lets face it - when you're base coating, dry brushing, or otherwise just trying to lay paint down quickly, doing things right takes more time.

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1Feb/105

¿Qué pasa con todo el azul?

My painting has been progressing slowly but steadily.  Nowadays it seems like I can only spend so much time with the brush before I need a break.  But I recently made progress on a handful of miniatures so I figured it was time to add to my (lacking as of late) collection of WIP shots.

Rhoven & Honor Guard

Rhoven & Honor Guard

First up is Rhoven and the Honor Guard.  I posted some initial WIPs of the Honor Guard a while back and since then I've made some pretty good progress.  The Honor Guards have actually been sitting mostly done for a little while now while I worked on Rhoven himself.

I'm most happy with the lower portion of Rhoven's robes so far, but there's still some work that needs to be done.  I'm going to repaint the stole for starters; the highlights were pretty borked when I did them the first time.  That and some more general cleanup work should make him ready for sealing.

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25Jan/100

St. Louis Privateer Weekend III: June 4th – 6th, 2010

Ye be warned... For the past 2 years the best players from around the nation have descended on St. Louis to participate in one of the most intense and grueling Warmachine and Hordes competitions known to man and beast, including the first official MkII Hardcore tournament. The St. Louis Riverdogs are pleased to announce our third annual Privateer Weekend at DieCon X June 4th through the 6th. This will be the premiere event for the Midwest prior to Gen Con 2010. Privateer Weekend consists of 3 days of spine crushing, cortex smashing fun coursing over more than 7 events. The terrain is amazing. The competitors are top tier in both skill and personality. Here lies the ultimate in gaming. Featured events over the weekend include a specially designed train event by the Iron Agenda podcast, two Steamroller 2010 competitions, an ongoing Tide of War competition, Iron Kingdoms knowledge tests hosted by Capt. Saultydog, and our main event, the first official Mark II Hardcore tournament on Saturday. If this wasn't enough, the weekend will also feature various painting competitions and a diorama competition.

Complete schedule and details are available on our site,  or keep up to date by following us on Twitter. See all the fun-filled convention activities and preregister at the DieCon home page. Registration for DieCon X is only $26.00 until April 15th. After that, registration increases to $31.00 – still an amazing bargain. Online payments will be accepted via PayPal. Those particpating in Hardcore will have an additional 5 dollar fee which goes towards a personalized 2010 Official Hardcore dogtag. Remember to select "PP Hardcore" under the list of Saturday events to reserve your spot today and enter your requested personalization at that time. Our schedule is listed below…

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19Jan/104

Packing Away the Cards

With the release of Prime MkII, I finally went through my MkI faction decks and gold card collections.  They've all been packed away into a three ring binder.  I'm not sure what use I'm ever actually going to get out of the collection again but my packratitis makes it so I can't just toss 'em.

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28Dec/094

The Fallacy of Risk vs. Resource Resource Management

Most of the time when an experienced player is trying to explain Warmachine and Hordes to a potential new player, they'll use a common phrase to compare and contrast the focus and fury mechanics that drive the two games:

"Hordes is Risk Management, where Warmachine is Resource Management."

I cringe every time I hear that.

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