Project: I never did get new HAT!!! #3 – This isn’t easy


This is not an easy one. This will probably read like a project plan.

Shrug, I guess it is….



Here are my plans.

I hope to put this on a mud & water (swampy) base. I have a “deep blank” base from Dragon Forge.  The idea is do have ruts the Vault wheels made. Mud on the wheels. Paint the mud, then add water effects to fill in the ruts. The pushing gators will have their feet in the mud and water covering their feet too.

The Vault & Wheels are stone. I am not doing a mono color store. This means I have to detail the wheels at least part of the Vault before gluing on the wheels. I think I need to paint the gator head, snakes & candles totem on the front of the vault first too.   Making ruts in the material I am using for the mud won’t be possible, until the wheels are glued on.

The Wheel skulls and snakes might get a little color too.

The vines are starting out as a light grey. The will have some shading texture added. Leaves on the vines will be a bright green.

There are two sections on the Vault that have textured area. The base has the wheels. The middle and the platform.  There are Runes on every part of the Vault. The will be a yellow or green glow. I will test the color after the stone gets more work.

The Base has vertical panels with a snake design. The panels will be stone and the design maybe getting some highlight color. Between these are skulls. That will have bone with a light green/yellow magic glow in between them. Above the panels are gaps that will be stone with the same glow as the skull areas.

The middle has panels with Runes and spaces in between that look like spirits. The panels will be stone. The spirit area will be light yellow going to green (like the Federalist).

The platform is pretty straight forward. Stone, Runes, Vines. The unique part is the blood gutters and faces connected to them. I will try some of the Rune glow around the face. I’m guessing the sacrifice and blood helps fuel this thing.

.  The upper totem that hangs on a rope will need pins to keep that in place. The dozens of place as desired items will be added at the end.

The witch doctor gator on top will be magnetized for easier transport.

This is big one. A lot of different sections. Part of this is doing things in an order that doesn’t cause anything to get reworked.

I have started to basecoat the Gators. The Pushers are very straight forward. The Witch Doctor is full of details, necklace, feather, bone knife, severed head and on and on…..

Basecoat on the stone is a mix of Coal Black and Gnarls Green. The wheels give you a better idea of the color.

The Vault is wash out by direct light, panels for spirits/skulls and the runes.

I have a choice on what next. The wheels to test the stone concept or work on the Gators.

I’m not sure this counts for work on #HobbyStreatDay, so I guess I need to do some painting.

Till next time…

Just Do It!!!

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #3 – HobbyStreakDay works – Going Home!


After I made the Helga post, I saw a post with #hobbystreakday(number). It didn’t take long to figure out that, it was a motivational trick, do a half hour of painting, assembling or whatever and post it…

So, I started on Monday. A couple of hours on 6 light piggy beasts seemed like enough. Tuesday was more work on the six pack-o-boars. All the base colors are done. Just needs some details and touch ups.

Wednesday was busy, but I got an hour and started basecoating 11 Brigands.

Thursday got the Brigands almost done. Friday the Brigands got Blue Mohawks.

Saturday the Brigands got some brass and touchups, done. Two Gun Boar got done too…

I like #HobbyStreakDay#

“Let’s do the time warp again”…..

That stuff was a month ago. I have painted pigs every day. Here is the list of what I have and it is ALL painted !!!!

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Gorax – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • Meat Thresher – PC: 16
  • Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: 15
  • –    Brine
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 3 Grunts: 5
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • –    Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • –    Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11

There is the full list of Dicewraith’s Pigs. It might get models added down the road, but today I shipped them all back to him. Piggies go home 🙂 Not all of the pigs, but it is enough to play some games with.

Carver got some metal and other upgrades, he was all steel, so I added some brass & bronze. His fur on his shoulder was flat so I added some highlight. Made his talisman look like stone. Carver does NOT have a pink Mohawk. He is the boss, he doesn’t get marked.

Dr. A got more color. I made his three tanks different colors. Metal upgrades and no Mohawk on the  old man.

S&D got a major change. Steel all the time got different metals. The tanks on his back got Pink & Blue. The fur is brown (not pink). Each head has a Mohawk, well kind of, pink & blue.

Midas didn’t need much. He got a Mohawk and so did his weapon.

Helga got painted, she doesn’t like the be bossed around. An independent woman. She has Red cloths not Purple. Well, her Red has Purple accents. She doesn’t like the Mohawk, but puts a little bit of pink in her hair.

Dicewraith already has a Targ that I painted for him years ago.

All of the beast now have pink or blue Mohawks.

The War Hogs didn’t need much more that a touch up, one blue Mohawk and gluing an arm.

Road Hogs got metal changes, pink and blue Mohawks and pinned the broken weapons. Shipping them loose to be assembled later.

Light beasts all needed painting, Mohawks such. I tried to do different skin color on all of them.

Two Gorax for Dr. A had some paint on them, I finished them up and gave them Mohawks.

Razor Boar need pink Mohawks on half of them and some small highlights.

Piggy Roller was assembled and painted. Fun model to do. A lot of metal and some wood. Left the turret loose for dicewraith to glue or leave as is.

Maximus is a pain in the ass to assemble. Those tiny little tusks are so hard to attach without making his face into a glue glob. I’m happy with him and his sword. I fully painted him.

Rorsh & Brine didn’t need much

Bone Grinders got fully painted,

Brigands started with 6 pink ones, I added the UA and painted 4 more. Then added 11 blue mohawks for the second unit.

Slaughterhousers started pretty well done. I made one unit blue mohawks. Then added some reddish bronze all of them to make the metals not so uniform.

The piggies are gone, but have no fear, there will be more. Well, if Dicewraith is happy with them.

Just for the record, #HobbySteakDay is at day #40. I think it works.

Till next time,

Just do it…..

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #2- This makes me happy!!!


It is funny sometimes how life goes in circle.

18 months ago, I picked up these pigs for a very selfish reason. I didn’t want my friend to give up his ‘favorite’ army. Many gamers sell things they do not want to when time get rough.

Recently DiceWraith has talked about getting back into Warmachine/Hordes. After a long and relatively boring conversation, we agreed on him getting his pigs back. I have a month or more to finish the changes I wanted to make and paint a few models I have added.

The list is shorter now. It is just pigs. No need for all of the other Minions as options. DiceWraith can add those if he wants. Maybe that is something I can do as a gift once and a while. Honestly, they work for Gators and Skorne and those are long term projects of mine…

I painted Helga a couple of weeks ago. Why does she only have a little bit of pink in here hair. Do you think she really take orders from Carver? She did a bit of pink to shut him up. Her style.

Six Boar are on the painting table. Two each of Battle, Splatter and Gun….

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  •  Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: – PC: 15 
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5

Motivation changes as frequently as the weather, but now I have a deadline of sorts.

To be honest, I have had these models for 18 months. They have never been mine and returning them to DiceWraith really is the best.

This makes me happy!!!

Till next time,

Just do it….

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #1- kick the tires & light the fires!! Time to get moving..


It has been quite a while without doing anything for this project…

Last Oct/Nov I painted a BUNCH of pigs for a Colorado charity tournament. I painted Targ, 4 Brigands and Maximus for Kater’s Pig too.

There is a lot more work to do ….

The models I have are a random mixture of Blue and Pink Mohawk hair on the units, solos, Warlocks and beasts. I will make this into 50%. Two Road Hogs will be one pink and the other one blue. Units and Beast. Solos and Warlocks will have pink Hair or highlights. Non Farrow solos and Units will have some pink highlights.  I like the secondary purple on the cloths on some models, so that will stay as a painting plan color.

 

Dr Archadius has three tanks on his back and weapon, Strum & Drang has two tanks on his back. These are all blue. I will mix the colors. Dr. A pink, green, blue, S&D blue & pink.

Add some fire/smoke to the Beast Boilers and the same to Strum and Drang. They sure look like there a small boiler that they share.

The current status….

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    Targ – PC: 4
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • Meat Thresher – PC: 16
  • Agata, Queen of Carnage – PC: 5
  • Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: – PC: 15 
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 5 Grunts: 8
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 3 Grunts: 5
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Commandos – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • Farrow Commandos – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Alten Ashley – PC: 6
  • Efaarit Scouts – PC: 6
  • Efaarit Scouts – PC: 6
  • Gudrun the Wanderer – PC: 5
  • Hutchuk, Ogrun Bounty Hunter – PC: 6
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress – PC: 4
  • Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger – PC: 4
  • Saxon Orrik – PC: 4
  • Swamp Gobber Chef – PC: 1
  • Viktor Pendrake – PC: 5

Today I will do some assembling and basing, maybe some priming too….

I am listing the non Piggy Minions as part of this project, but they work Skorne and Gators too. So, they are icing on the cake. This project is about PIGGIES…..

Till next time…

Just do it….

 

 

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Project: I never did get new HAT!!! – SOO update #2 – Packing up


A couple of weeks ago, I posted some goals to paint and take to SOO.

  1. Blind Walker – done
  2. Croak Raiders – two units done
  3. Mist Speaker – two done
  4. Thrullg – two done
  5. Wrastler – done
  6. Trog Harpooner – three done

 

When those goal seemed achievable I added some stretch goals.

  1. Ironback Spitter – done
  2. Croak Hunters – three done
  3. Gobber Chef – assembled and primed
  4. Gobber Tinker – assembled and primed

The Smurfs got done first.

I base coated them with Cygnar Blue Base. Then drybrushed on frostbite to lighten their backs, arms and legs. Exile Blue was used for the dark spots. I mixed up a Blue ink wash. It was a little thin so I applied it twice.

The Bumblebees are different in the skin, the rest the details are the same.

Basecoat in Heartfire, drybrush with Cynus Yellow. Wash with a mix of red & yellow ink. Then Thamar Black on the “front”, his belly, legs and arms. The back of the arm, legs and torso are yellow patches with black spots

I used Gun Corp Brown to start the ropes, grenades and quivers. Then I thinned out Umbral Umber with flow improver and a little Mat Medium to bring out the details. Hammerfall Khaki was the final step on the ropes.

The quivers got some Wurm green for the ropes. It needed some color. Feathers on the darts are Beaten Purple or Sanguine Highlights. I mixed in some MWH to add some high lights. The flames started with Sulfuric Yellow and ended with Khador Red Base. Arrow heads are Greatcoat Gray with MWH for cords. The weapon is Battlefield Brown and the dart shaft is Gun Corp Brown. Bone Jack, a brown wash and some MWH on the bone weapons. Khador Red Base on the crab claws around their necks.

The Blind Walker is a concept piece. I had an idea based on the fluff. This guy would be bleached out from the frog toxin and the rest of the ritual. Bastion Gray base and lighted almost to Morrow White on the skin. Claws, teeth and bones are Bone Jack ->MWH with some shading washes. Beaten Purple and Heartfire for the ropes. Blighted Gold & Brass Balls on the metal. The Fire goes from Sulfurous Yellow->Ordic Olive. The candles are the same colors as the ropes, just mixed them with MWH. Really proud of him, better than I hoped for.

Thrullg are really easy for me. Beaten Purple base. Wash with a thin blue ink wash. Brush with more purple and more purple with some MWH.  Claws, eyes and done..

The Wrastler was based in Battlefield Brown, brushed in Thronewood Green. The add some Rucksack Tan. Rope are Hammerfall Khaki. Pig Iron on the metal. Some Bloodstone for rust.  Nothing exciting.

The Trogs had their skin done with the FoH Minion formula. I did a different color for the fins and rough skin on all of them.

Harpoons have a bunch of metals and armor wash mixes on them. The leather cape also has some claws and hooks. Metal weapons started with Pig iron and Bootstrap Leather. There are a lot of ropes on them, Hammerfall Khaki and a wash did most of that.

Mist Speakers to some work. The kilt/skirt has a net of ropes with what I took to be stones attached. The weapon looks to be a stone axe. The handle looks like wood wrapped up and in between seems like bones and rope/vines. The left hand has a totem? On top is a fish? Below that are bones, ropes, beads, feathers. At the bottom is a bird claw holding a crystal? These details are interpretations. I hope they work. Bones here and there. The other one has a different stone & totem colors.

The Ironback Spitter was based on a painted turtle. Google painted turtle and you can find plenty of picture. Based in Cryx Bane Base. The legs, arms and head are striped with Wurm Green & Sulfuric Yellow. The belly pattern is based on these turtles too.  Khador Red Highlights, Ordic Olive and Sulfuric Yellow. Some Khador Red Highlights on the edge of the shell. A Drybrush of Ordic Olive on the back of the shell and this guy is done.

Three Croak Hunters…  After doing 2o Raider, this was pretty easy. One Blue, one bumblebee and one studio. Weapons are Greatcoat Gray, Bastion Gray and Wurm Green. Turtle shell is Ordic Olive.  Overall, pretty easy compared to some of this stuff.

The gobbers got left for last. Basing was the reason. The swamp bases for amphibious take two days to do 3-4 layers of water effects. The green swirls are from putting a think wash of cooler between the layers. Love these bases and the way the come out. Thanks Jeff, from Dragon Forge.In Mk2, I used to do complete theme lists. Most or all of the legal options. Blindwater looks like it will be my first Mk3 theme list finished to that level. I won’t bore you with what I have painted. I have already done that. Here is what can still add to this.

  1. Bog Trog Ambushers
  2. Victor Pendrake
  3. Gobber Tinker (in progress)
  4. Swamp Gobber Chef (in progress too)
  5. Swamp Gobber River Raider (pirates too) x 6
  6. Raluk Moorclaw, The Ironmonger – why do I want a troll jack marshal?
  7. Feralgeist – would I ever need more than one?
  8. Sacral Vault – Here is the 2000 pound gorilla sitting on the shelf looking at my painting table. I have two of them. I have an idea for a mud shallow water base. I have two 120 mm Dragon Forge deep blank bases waiting for this one happen. I guess  this will get done soon.

They are all coming to SOO and I hope to put them all on the table at one time or another.

Till next time….

Just do it…

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Project: I never did get new HAT!!! – SOO update #1


A couple of years ago, I painted a bunch of Gators. The last time I even pulled any of them out was last June just before Mk3 dropped.

Previous updates #1, #2, #3….

I organize or work conventions more than I play. Simple fact from the last few years. So when Snakeman asked, “you want to go to SOO?”. The hard choice was what model to bring.

My initial plan was to bring Mercenaries. Then the Gator theme list dropped. Well, after a little research and a few messages, I had Maelok and Calaban lists. The next step was to a short list of the models I would need vs what I have painted. Yes, I made a painting list.

  1. Blind Walker
  2. Croak Raiders
  3. Mist Speaker
  4. Thrullg
  5. Wrastler
  6. Trog Harpooner

Not a huge list, two beasts, a unit and two solos. I have two unpainted units of Croaks, so add those in as a stretch goal. Thrullg are mostly purple, so a 2nd Thrullg. What’s another solo, another Mist Speakers. Well, Bog Trogs are easy, suuurrrree they are…  So, another stretch goal of THREE Trawlers (I call them Trog Harpooners)… So my two beasts, two solos and one unit – 14 models exploded into Two beasts, two units and seven solos. 29 models. Of course there are a couple of options that I am not adding to the list, just in case I reach all of the stretch goals….

I had ConCrud after AdeptiCon, so I didn’t even dig out models until 7 April. That weekend it was assembling, priming, pinning and thinking about paint schemes.

Croaks had a solid plan. Blue Poison Dark Frog. A rich dark blue with very dark blue spot on a lighter blue back. Not bad. The other unit was going to be the studio green/orange. Paul called me up one evening. Talking about painting. He said “take a look at bumblebee poison dart frog. Bingo!!! Second paint scheme. Black front and his back is black with yellow/orange patches and black spots.

One hint about building Croaks. The quiver will not glue well unless you glue glob the hell out it. It is a pain-in-the-ASS to pin 20 quivers, but you will never have them fall off if you do that work.

The Trogs will be the same ocher base color I have used before with color on the fins and a ton of details on the weapons cloths and such.

The Wrastler will be dark brown base with brownish green accents.

The Blind Walker!!! I don’t want him to look like a healthy normal Gator. A Blind Walker is created by a ritual. Subjects it to toxins derived from a species of tree frog. Does that sound like poison? Then buried alive for several days. If you bury a body in the ground for a week what does it look like when it come out. I fell back to a saying I have used before.

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!!

I am basing the Blind Walker in Grey. Then lightening it until it is almost white. The ropes, Candle and medallions are part of the ritual. The ropes will be bright colors. The candles will be a muted lighter shade of those colors. The medallions are dark bronze. The fire will be yellow/green. Like the Feralgeist.

By Monday I as into base coating. Have not touched the Trogs yet. I did some gray on the Blind Walker to prove that much would work. I have not touched him since. That scheme is intimidating. Quite different from the other gators I have done. Well, shouldn’t he be?

Base coated the Croaks and quivers (not glued on yet). Dry Brushed on lighter colors. Ink wash to make the shine. Added Black to the bumblebees. The ropes, wow, so many ropes got a light tan and a dark wash.  The quivers started with a dark brown thin wash. That made the details pop. Dry brushed on a lighter tan. Did a green brown on the grenades. Last will be an olive green on the net holding the grenades. Then I should be able to glue them in place. After that, the feathers on the dart will get done. There are some medallions on the ropes, they will be the same colors as the blind walker.

I finished up the Thrullg brothers today. Purple, then are dark blue ink wash. Purple and white drybrush to bring out the highlights. Pretty straight forward. 

Wraster 2 ( I already had one painted) is dark, but not black. Brown base, brown green shading. Lighter shading a mix of brown green and tan.

The new water effect I am using has dried over night. Very smooth too.

I will some green and brown shading to this layer of water. I dried at about 25->30% of the desired thickness. So I will will thin the paint a lot will a mat-medium mix and give it a swampy look…

The bases are from Dragon Forge. They are ‘hollow black” bases and the are not in the catalog. Not sure why. If you want them just ping Jeff. The bases are soaking in dish washing liquid. Something I always do to clean resin.

Tomorrow, we will see….

Just do it….

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The Guild Ball CaptainCon Cup Circuit


CaptainCon is proud to announce the launch of the Guild Ball CaptainCon Cup Circuit.  What exactly is that?  Well, only an awesome year-long Guild Ball Event.

At CaptainCon 2018 the Guild Ball CaptainCon Cup final on Sunday will be open to 16 players vying for the top title.  Eight of those players will qualify during the Saturday tournament at CaptainCon.  The other eight will earn their place throughout the year in the Circuit. Anyone can participate in a Circuit tournament where he/she will earn points based on size of the event and placement in the event.  The 8 people with the highest points total on January 1, 2018 will be automatically qualified for the Sunday CaptainCon Cup tournament at the convention.

Any game store, club, or convention can be part of the Circuit and host up to two games during the year. All you need to do is email us at CaptainConCup@gmail.com at least 3 weeks before the date of your event with the information requested on the second page. We will confirm you’re in the circuit and post all upcoming events on the CaptainCon website. You must also advertise you event as part of the CaptainCon Cup Circuit.

After your event, the Pundit or event organizer must email us his report within a week.  We will take care of posting the results and tracking the leaderboard on the CaptainCon.com website and Facebook.

Players will earn points in the Circuit based on how they place in participating tournaments and the number of people who played in the event as follows:

Number of Players Points Earned by Rank/Place
1st 2nd 3rd Completed
8-16 4 3 2 1
17-32 5 4 3 2
32-64 6 5 4 3
64-128 7 6 5 4
128+ 8 7 6 5

 

A tournament MUST have at least 8 players in the first round to qualify.  If you have eight or more players and players drop, your event still qualifies, but the players who drop get zero points.

In the event that two or more players are tied in Circuit points on January 1st the tie will be broken by looking at the numbers of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes for each.

Game store and clubs can run two tournaments per year, but they must be at least 3 months apart. We would prefer 6 months between events, but let’s see how year one goes. Conventions can designate one tournament as a CCCC event.

You can run any type of tournament you want. We want you to have fun. Different areas enjoy different formats.
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To Register a CaptainCon Cup Circuit Event:

Send an email to CaptainConCup@gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Name and email address of the Circuit Event point of contact that we can share with interested players
  2. Name of your event
  3. Location of the event – physical address and if there’s a web site for info give us that too.
  4. Date and time of the event
  5. Format of the event
  6. Maximum number of players or any other restrictions such as if the event is at a convention or open only to club members or similar
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Plarzoid’s Request #1


lonelymonkavStrange title isn’t it…

Plarzoid is a friend of mine (and a long time Lostie and a friend to all the animals and birds of the forest, even the ones he plans on making stew out of. He’s practical like that. – Gday). He recently mentioned that he saw all the cards from the WMW early releases, but never saw the models. I ordered Zaadesh and I think it is a pretty good idea to let people see the model and have an idea of how it fits together…
zaadesh-01You get seven parts (the two shoulders are identical). My first impression? Has anyone assembled any Nyss Hunters? We have a big Sword with one arm with a separate forearm,  the two parts fitting together to attach to the body. The left arm and sword attach at the elbow., the right forearm attaches at the bicep. Nyss memories. The Sword is long and sticks out a lot – You really need to pin all these together, or risk the weight and torsion on the join causing mishaps.

The body was a very clean casting. His feet are in a very wide stance, the base wedge fitting right in a standard base slot and his feet hang over the lip.

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Zaadesh is well armored, no surprise to anyone who already has some Skorne. Nicely done. The Shoulder armor has some large flat surfaces that will glue well to the body to keep them attached.

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The back banner attaches to the egg shaped hole in the middle of his back. It looks like a good attachment point, but it isn’t very deep – he’s a skinny one. The back skirt has a large contact area that fits perfectly on him butt, and should attach easily.

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The back skirt is an easy fit with a large contact area. I really like that I can paint his legs and then attach the back skirt without it being too fiddly and risking damaging already-completed areas.

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The sword looks really good, though it does seem wide. In this shot you can see the little spherical contact point that would hold this  to the elbow. Pin it for your own peace of mind.

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zaadesh-12The other side of the sword is similarly clean casting, with very little clean up needed. There is a little V shaped notch where the right forearm attaches.

The forearm has a spherical elbow connection (on the right) and a wedge shape at the wrist. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Nothing remarkable, but pretty clean, with very little file work needed to clean it up. The cloth wrapping around his arm is very crisp and clean. Well done.

zaadesh-05zaadesh-13A nice big beautiful banner that connects to Zaadesh’s back with one some half sphere connection point. The contact point is a little delicate for such a big piece. Pin it or consider leaving it off.

The shoulder armor parts are hard to get a good picture that shows the contact point. The top one shows the flat plate that connects to the shoulder. These are good contact points, nice and easy. I will paint the rest of the model and then glue on the shoulders, since they’ll hide his head from the left on right side.

This photo also shows the right elbow contact point, a nice hemisphere contact point (pin it too, because why not at this point. ).

I don’t have a finished model photo, I am up  to my #$%@ in a pink pig project right now and Zaadesh will have to wait a while. In my honest opinion, he will be challenging to build and paint, and if you don’t pin some of the parts he risks breaking frequently. He is a challenge, but a beautiful model…

Till next time

Just do it..

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Dallas Kemp at the PP Studio did a better paint job than I could have….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do I call this one?


This is a long story.

My first painted Pig was a Targ for Dicewraith on a Christmas swap. He requested that it have a pink Mohawk. It was his breast cancer army.

In 2015  I painted a bunch of gator in an effort to motivate the (super busy) Fez to paint his pigs. I got a lot of Gators done, but the motivation didn’t work well.

In 2016 I got Dicewraith’s Pigs. He was going to sell them, so I dropped some cash. I got a solid pig starter army. I have told Dicewraith that it is still his army. When he wants it back, I ship it.

Fast forward a couple of months. The Fez contacted me. I am still looking for a new Hat 😉 ..
He wants to give his pigs away for a Breast Cancer Brawl. He has a metric butt ton of stuff. He proposes a 75 point list. I paint that and get whatever pigs are left over. Not a bad deal. There is a problem, most of his extras are stuff I have or don’t need. Shrug, what the heck, I agree.

So is the part of Chasing the Fez, I want a new hat, Dicewraith’s Pig, Pink Pig Project or a dozen other names? I don’t know.

Here is a link to the event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/172670203181141/

http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?263049-BCB-17-Dec-16-at-Gamer-s-Haven-Colorado-Springs&p=3708072#post3708072

Here is the list…

Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
Targ – PC: 4
War Hog – PC: 15 (Battlegroup Points Used: 15)
Road Hog – PC: 16 (Battlegroup Points Used: 14)
Gun Boar – PC: 9
Battle Boar – PC: 7
Razor Boar – PC: 7
Razor Boar

Maximus – PC: 4

Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4 (G’day did this one)
Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11 (Fez did these)

Green – partially painted
Blue – ready for basing
Purple – done

I plan a simple dirt/grass basing with pink facing marks. Use what I have ……

Here is the exciting part. I am planning on adding more to this project. I have extra models from the Fez. He thinks I am keep all of them. Why, I would rather give them to charity than try to sell them.

Other people have donated models too.

I am painting every day from now till December hoping to finish them all. I just got word of another donation today. Paint, Paint, Paint, Paint….

Question for my readers. Do you want me to post the additional models as they get completed or wait till the end of the project?

If anyone has a Pig Battle Engine……???? If you donate one, I will try to add that to this project too…

This is a fast post, just to get going. I will post pictures in another post very soon…

Till next time

Just do it…

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In 32 months…


A over two years ago we decided to take a chance.

As a reference and maybe some history, I wrote In Five Years.  It was about the events we (NE Privateers) ran and how they grew from 2009-2014.

It was also a lead in to us doing our own convention. In February of 2014, we sat down and discussed how long TempleCon would stay in February. For years there has been rumors newfyof changing the dates, moving to the Spring, Summer or Fall. Maybe moving to larger hotel or convention center.

The New England Team Tournament was like the cute puppy you brought home and it grew up to be a Newfoundland. We had to get a hotel ballroom. Set up in the morning, run a long event and pick up that night. Getting a hotel room Saturday was required to prevent driving while exhausted.

c360_2014-07-24-14-59-15-791We decided to start CaptainCon. A tabletop gaming convention. Over the next two months, we found a hotel. Planned and got a kickstarter rolling. By late April we had the funding. Rushed to find Vendors, Event Organizers and Volunteers.

The venue was a ballroom and one room across the hall for Vendors.

So, in mid July 2014 we ran CaptainCon. First you pack up a big truck full-o-stuff. Then you drive. Meeting with the Hotel. Set everything up. Then you try to sleep.

Friday Morning it was SHOW TIME!!! We had about 265 attendance. It wasn’t perfect, but we had a lot of old friends attend and play games around the clock.

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Sunday night, we took a deep breath. Sat around and made a list of what works and what didn’t. Time to start planning CaptainCon 2015. A years to do a convention seemed like a luxury.

Back to CaptainCon planning. We decided to do the whole floor at the hotel. That is the ballroom and 5 other rooms. We added demo tables in main hallway. An RPG room was supported by a Pathfinder group. Another room for the boardgame Library (which wasn’t big enough). Worked on the food option too.

c360_2015-07-16-19-52-31-429We designed and build a rack system out of PVC to minimize the number of tables we rented. Spend some money now to save money every year. Our biggest problems the first year was unstable tables.

The Wednesday before our convention, I made a phone call to the Crown Plaza in Warwich RI. My plan was to find out the availability for a summer weekend for CaptainCon. The secretary as polite. “The Sales person isn’t in the office today, I can have her call you back later this week. You know the TempleCon is moving to August of 2016.” I almost dropped my phone. I told her “thank you”, but I was thinking you shouldn’t have told me that.

c360_2015-07-11-14-45-19-828We do a program that gives you the map and schedule of events. It also has the Captain’s Log information. Places in the programs to get stamps to track you tournaments, casual games, demos, shopping at all the vendor and much more. Everything we planned and changed, work very well. Captain’s Log was popular. Vendor did well. The hotel was sold out, but not of that was ours. The food options worked well too.

We added a painting contest. They didn’t expect over 75 entries. Captain’s Log does it again. Draconic Awards did a great job, wish they could keep attending.

Happy hotel, happy player, happy vendor is a good measure of success. The numbers looked good too. About 385 player. Good growth.

cc-2015-wm-hd-3There was quite a bit of discussion about what to do about possible date date changes. We didn’t spread any rumors, but internal discussions happened. There was a general, “I won’t believe it until it is announced!!!”.

cc-2015-board-gameSunday, we pick everything up, load the truck and with any luck, find a place for a relaxing dinner. Once again, more behind closed doors discussion after dinner. Not easy finding dinner after 9 PM on Sunday.

11728813_10155782648860705_7223367710111636709_oThe Monday after CaptainCon we drove to Paul’s and unpacked the truck. I stayed after everyone else left. We made a call to the Crown Plaza so we could check on January, February & March of 2016 dates. We found out that  Super Bowl weekend weekend was available in 2016.  Skype calls happened. We had done a convention is 6 months, so we knew the amount of work it would take. In less than 48 hours, I was in Warwich to get the ball rolling with the hotel.

Six months to plan a convention, Arrrggghhh….

captaincon-2016-board-gameWe had done this before, so we pulled out the plan we had for March -> July of 2014 and changed it to August 2015 -> February 2016.

captaincon-d6gWe did a ton of meeting and phone calls in November and December. Tracking down vendors, Event Orgainzers and getting the word out about the date change.

Draconic Awards was double booked. So. we ran our own painting contest.

D6 Generation was able to attend. They ran a game and hung out all weekend

captaincon-2016-gdayFriday we had some snow, but in the afternoon it started. A steady stream of people walking up to one of us and saying Thanks you. A lot of New England gamers plan their winter around a February Convention. “Four of us came down from Vermont, we will bring over a dozen people next year”!!  I had over a half dozen  of those on Friday and I lost count of the total.

Lost Hemisphere can’t do a summer convention. I approached Chris and he agreed to do his Charity Raffle at CaptainCon. Take a look at G’Day report. I still can’t believe we had that much stuff.

captaincon-2016-guild-ballWm/Hd, X-Wing, Armada, Imperial Assault, Guild Ball, Infiniti, Malifeux, Flames of War and many more game had tournaments. Casual games tables for whatever you wanted. Board Game Library was humming. Models got painted at the hobby area.

Once again, happy players, vendor and hotel.  The numbers went up to about 465.

Now it is on to CaptainCon 2017. A year to do it again…

Wrangling Volunteers

captaincon-2016-vendorKeeping Vendor happy…

Ordering T-Shirts, dice, coins, etc ….

Tracking down Event Organizers so we can finish the schedule…

Getting the paperwork for tournaments…

Writing and printing a 2017 handout booklet…captaincon-da-guys

New hardware for Captain’s Log & New Chess Clocks…

Getting demos scheduled so you have new games to try…

Staff meetings on Sunday, with Board Games and Thai food…

Remember, CaptainCon wouldn’t exist without Pad Thai

duckRunning a successful convention is like a duck on a pond.

Stay calm on the surface, but paddle like hell underneath.

Till next time…

Just do it…

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