Giving your unpainted armies a ray of hope.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

So Many Contests!

Yesterday I talked about the Wyrd Miniatures contest I will be entering. Today I found another contest that I have a hard time saying "no" to.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Can Dreams Come True?

Several days ago I made a post about my goals as a painter. Well today I found an opportunity to pursue one of those goals!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Feeling Sick and I Still Feel Good

When I started this blog-a-day thing, I wasn't sure how it'd go. Friends had been nagging me last year about posting more content.

"It's coming" I'd say, and that was the truth. I had content to write, but I don't think anyone would want to read it. But you guys have shown me that maybe I do have something worth saying.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dreaming Big - Building a Gaming Table

Several months ago, a friend introduced me to the idea of Realm of Battle Gameboards. Essentially, these are 2x2 boards with grass and hills build in to them. They're great because they are an easy-to-store gaming area that adds a greater sense of immersion than a green felt cloth draped over a table.

Since $300 is a bit high, we started talking about "do it yourself" options. We found several guides, but it never left the "what if" stage for us. However, since then I've always dreamed of having an elegant board to play games on.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Coat of Paint Battle Reports - Which Style?

With the possibility of a camera in the near future, I thought it was time to talk about the details of my Coat of Paint Battle Reports.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Great Rayzini Predicts Gatecrash

Gatecrash releases for Magic tomorrow. Odds are good that I won't make a release event, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the different guilds and how I think they'll stack up in Limited play.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Everyone Loves a Rant

I really wanted to paint today. But since our furnace was being replaced and the house never got above 50 degrees, I thought it best not to completely ruin a model with paint splatters. Instead I decided to assemble some Grey Knights that have been sitting around my shelf for awhile. And boy oh boy, did they remind me of what I hate most about this hobby...

Freaking. Mold. Lines.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kraken Ain't Easy

I came down from my euphoria and found ways to improve the Kraken's base.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Swamp Thing Better Run!

Things have finally picked back up with the Kraken! With his body all painted up, it was time to move on to the base.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Is It Drafty In Here?

My Return to Ravnica draft is done. This is the second draft I've ever done, so it was a bit intimidating going in, but my experience was much different than my first time.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Back to the Motherland?

After being honest about my feelings for Khador, I decided to throw myself in to a painting project to see if I could re-ignite my love for the big red machine.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Giveaway #1 - The Results

The results are in. Who's the lucky winner of the $5 gift card to Miniature Market?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dreams of a Painter

Everyone loves lists! As I've been jotting down ideas, I've also noted things I'd like to accomplish that don't exactly fit in to a blog post. Random ideas have started turning themselves into lists, and I'd like to share some of them with you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Commitment Issues

I glared at her from across the room. She sat there quietly, as she always did. Nothing about her had changed. Same clothes, same hair, same skills. Heck, I'm pretty sure she hadn't even gained any weight. But I just couldn't stand to look at her anymore.

Maybe I'm the one who's changed. When we started out, I had no idea what I was doing, and she was safe. I never worried about surprises, and it was nice. For a time. But now I've outgrown her, and I'm ready to move on.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pride Before a Fail... and Upcoming Content!

While waiting for the stuff to arrive for the Kraken's base, I could hear my Behemoth begging for some TLP (that's Tender Loving Paint, naturally). While I was working, I couldn't shake the feeling that he was too clean. I think spending so much time beating up the Kraken has altered how I like my models to look.

I decided to add some battle damage, but I was confident I remembered the steps for painting it on. I was wrong.

Monday, January 14, 2013

That Randy Newman Song About Friendship

This isn't related to gaming, nor is it necessarily aimed at geeks. But I found a new take on an old movie, and I wanted to share it with you guys.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lore? A Bore? Nevermore!

I love fictional history. I'm not talking about made-up history that says that Lee Harvey Oswald, not aliens, assassinated Kennedy. More like what makes a fantasy world tick. While there's nothing wrong with this, today I found myself bordering on the obsessive, simply because of some Magic card art and a single line of flavor text.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Go Make Some Friends

Tonight is game night, and I'm stuck home being sick. I'd like to preach to the choir tonight and discuss my feelings on gaming with friends.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

To Grime or to Slime?

Does being sick make you better at dirtying up a model? Today I put that theory to the test.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Going Green

Today didn't feel like grime time. Instead, the Kraken decided to balance some awesome airbrush work with equally frustrating inks.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I'm not sure where I'm going, but I hope you'll come along.

I started this blog not really knowing where to take it. The stated goal was a general blog focused on geeky things I enjoy.

But with this Post A Day commitment, I'm finding that I need to have something with a bit more depth to it. What follows is a jumbled assortment of musings. Tread with caution.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Paying Admission to Have Fun

It's 2013, and money is a thing. Most of us have uttered the phrase "I"d love to buy that, but..." at least once this week. We have to cut corners and closely monitor every penny we spend, and it can really get us down.

So go put your wallet somewhere out of earshot, because I'm going to encourage you to spend money on yourself.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Great Airbrush Adventure

No paint on the walls. No missing digits. I have used my airbrush and survived!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Setting Goals and Giving Swag

I hate New Years resolutions. I've always believed that if there's something you want to do, do it now; why wait for an arbitrary start date to start eating healthy or quit smoking? While I still maintain that the right time to improve yourself is always now, I'm going to have to recant a bit of my ravings I've made to friends, because I've found a good reason to use January 1st as a start date.