Giving your unpainted armies a ray of hope.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

For Your Listening Pleasure

Something that's helped maintain my sanity during painting sessions is podcasts. I know it's nothing new, but it's one of those things I just can't recommend enough for anyone with free time and a desire to learn more about a subject. Tonight I'd like to share a few of my favorite Warmachine podcasts that you may also enjoy.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

You Vex Me, GW

Games Workshop is notorious for making decisions that seem to go directly against their customers' best interests. Price increases, power-creeping codices, and short-sighted policy changes have pushed many gamers out of the hobby, while many more are at the breaking point. There is gobs that could be written about their company, but I saw something today that was positively head-scratching.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

All Painted, All the Time

Last month I started the Play It Painted 2013 challenge with Muse On Minis. After getting bitten by the painting bug (again), I think I'm ready to take the plunge and only field a fully-painted army.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Know Your Role - Rules Lawyer

Every group has "that guy." That guy who memorizes all the rulebooks, or that guy who hardly tries to remember the basics. That guy who paints, and that guy who plays an army of bare metal and plastic. That guy who plays to relax, and that guy who plays for blood. This new series will take a look at several of "those guys" and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each, and some tips on peacefully coexisting with (or as) them.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What Do You Want?

With a giveaway (hopefully) coming up in about a week, I'm trying to figure out my giveaway prize. I thought I'd turn to the people looking to win something and ask what you think would make for a good giveaway prize.

I really enjoyed doing the free painted model. The only downside to that is that it's only appealing to a few. My xbox/ps3/etc was fairly popular, but it also seems the least inventive. So I'm looking for input - what are some things you think would motivate you to enter a giveaway? Is something broad like a gift card the most desirable? Do you like more relevant prizes like painted models or the book giveaway I just did?

Sound off anywhere. You can email me at Ray [at] RayofPaint [dot] com if you'd rather keep it personal, otherwise here and Facebook work as well. Seriously, give me ideas. I want to give you guys stuff you like!

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Milestone Giveaway - 5,000 Views Results

Only two entrants this time, but I used to adorable representatives to decide the winner!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

More Airbrush Love

It's been awhile since I've publicly declared my love for the airbrush. But seriously, I love this thing.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Countdown to Cyriss: Week 2

Last Wednesday I got pretty excited about the Convergence of Cyriss info that PP gave us. Since it's going to be a weekly thing until the faction releases at Lock & Load, I think I'll continue spewing my excitement right alongside them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So Much to Work Toward!

Often times I like to think that I'm growing as a hobbyist. I'm learning new techniques rather often, and I'm at least decent enough for people to pay me money to do it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Peace, Love, and Harm.

Tonight is the night. Circle Orboros is going to put a stony smackdown on some dirty Cryx or gun-loving Cygnar!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Comfort Zone Shmomfort Zone

Sometimes commission work can be mind-numbing. Painting 10 of the same tri-color troopers, especially before I discovered podcasts, is enough to suck the life out of you like you're vacationing in the Pit of Despair. But sometimes I get a project that really gets my paintbrush moving.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Painting Tips - Painting Black

One of the harder parts of painting is figuring out how to do black. You can't really do shadows, so the only thing left is to make highlights that don't look weird.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Charity Army - Ribbons!

As promised yesterday, here's the idea I'm working on for my Clash for a Cure donation.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Clash for a Cure

As some of you may remember, I've been excited about a big charity event I'll be taking part in this year. I've been talking to Richard Courtney, the man who heads up Clash for a Cure. He graciously agreed to take time to answer a few questions, and his answers were so good I'm just going to give you the Q&A.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Is WAAC Wack? Pt 3 "Finding Balance"

In part 1 I discussed my tendency toward being a casual player, and what I've found wrong with that. In part 2 I confessed how extreme my WAAC attempts took me. In this final post, I'd like to talk about the balance I've tried to find.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Looks Aren't Everything

When anyone is interested in a wargame, their first question is often "which army should I choose?" To which many respond "whichever army looks best to you!" Unfortunately, this advice rarely comes with a footnote.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Losing Steam

With most of the painting out of the way, my competition piece for Wyrd Miniatures is starting to stagnate.

Monday, March 4, 2013

IKRPG Side Quest - Thievin' Pigs!

Last week I only had one player interested in IKRPG, so I decided to run a one shot, one man adventure for another character he'd created.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Is WAAC Wack? Pt 2 - "What is WAAC (to me)?"

Here is part 2 in my series that looks at my experiences as a casual and "win at all costs (WAAC)" player. Although I've spent less time trying to be competitive, I think many can still relate to being "that guy" who will do anything it takes to get that W.

You can read the other posts of this series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Rest Time Reviews - A New Series

I've been trying to come up with a weekly or bi-weekly series for the blog. After some brainstorming, I think I may have come up with a good one.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blogging Giveaway - February

Another month of flawlessly posting flawed posts can only mean one thing... free stuff!