A plunge into the unknown

I might be totally in over my head but I did it. You might ask what I did and I am going to tell you – because now that I think more and more about it, I might just cave and run otherwise…

Last year I supported a campaign from Mini Master Works for a mobile miniature painting station and travel case on Kickstarter. It will not be delivered until March this year but it is already looking great as far as I can say from the pics in the campaign. Last week they informed us that they will be hosting the Brush Beast miniature painting competition – an online miniature painting competition for anyone willing to join.

I always wanted to participate in a painting competition but I was scared to not being good enough and therefore used the fact, that hardly any in-person competitions happen close to where I live, as a nice excuse to never give it a try. In a moment of insanity I thought it would be a great idea to enter myself in that competition though and posted the pics below in the corresponding Facebook group as my entry. It’s the mini “Lea and Belshazar” from the board game Etherfields by Awakened Realms. It’s a miniature with lots of details that will be a lot of fun to paint.

Only afterwards I googled a lot about painting competitions and checked out my competitors stating their entry mini in the group. I’m so gonna loose that competition – no way that I can compete against some of those awesome painters! So after plunging into the valley of despair and a lot of hair pulling, I am back to the phase of “I will do my best not matter what” and “I am not in it for winning”.

Now I have time to paint the miniature to the best of my possibilities until end of May. But I also need to calculate some time to shoot really great pics for the competition entry as the quality of pics will highly effect my changes on anything. Just because I might not have a high probability to win, does not mean, I do not want to TRY to win….

Etherfields – The dream begins

At the beginning of this year I somehow got hooked on Kickstarter projects related to innovative new board game concepts (especially co-op) and great miniatures. So no wonder that, when I first stumbled over Etherfields and their amazing miniature concepts, I just needed to back them. Everything just screamed “shut up and take my money” to me. Over the whole campaign it became obvious that not only were they planning to produce some insanely amazing minis but also a great game with some twists and mind boggling riddles. We even had to solve riddles to unlock content for the campaign – amazing customer interaction!

Now last week I got my first wave shipping delivered to my doorsteps. Thanks to our second Corona lockdown I was at home and did not have to pick up that 17kg (!) heavy package myself.

My hubby and I spend 2 1/2 hours sorting through the stuff, checking that everything was delivered correctly and sleeved all the cards (except the very secret ones that you just open during the game). And then I was off priming some of the minis of the Creatures of Etherfields box to paint them as soon as possible. The amount of detail on the minis is just INSANE! They are such a joy to paint even though some concepts really make my head spin – but you know, it’s a dream, so also some nightmarish creatures will roam the game board.

So now you might count me out for the next two years – I have tons of minis to paint (especially with the expansions and the alternative Creatures of Etherfields still coming with Wave 2) and more than 300 hours to play. Work or household chores are highly overrated anyways 😛

Havana CAL and getting ready for painting

The Havana CAL is keeping me pretty occupied at the moment. With the increase in size it is really not so easy to fall behind too much. I finished part 1 in the middle of the week and now still need one more repeat of part 2 before heading to the next pattern. I love the colour transition and how the pattern transforms between parts though. Today I saw a preview of Tinna’s new pattern from her testers and I really need to do that too. Probably not a blanket but there was one cool idea of a table runner with that design.

Additionally I finally cleaned up my miniature painting area. It is getting cooler now, so it’s the perfect time to do some serious painting again. The table however is some kind of different universe where a black hole seems to dump all the crazy stuff. Usually whenever I want to paint, I am not able to do so without getting rid of all the chaos first. So this time I hope I will be able to fend of entropy long enough to finish some long runner projects.

My running practice is coming along well too. I have been practicing with my hubby this week as my running buddy was ill and this gave me some serious push. My hubby is much faster than I am but even though he was holding back really good, I was able to slightly increase my average speed and still be able to chat with him. I don’t even have sore muscles after my long runs at the moment. I think that if I am able to continue my practice that way, I might seriously hit some personal bests in the races this and next year.

Catch-up time

IMG_0423This week I have been busy with catching up on my Stardust Melodies CAL. Actually the border patterns have been released already and I had not even finished all 24 squares once. Until  now I didn’t even know how big my blankets gonna be. It’s the first time that I actually did not have a plan layed out in detail right from the start but kind of went along with what came. Now that I have three rows already joined, I am able to get a feeling on how big it already is and how big it might be by adding my chosen border. IMG_0424

The only decision open was, if it’s going to be a blanket for one person or  if I am going to snuggle underneath it with my hubby. You have to know that my husband is quite a lot taller than me, therefore needs a longer blanket or his toes will stick out. I was not keen on adding additional squares to make it longer so I decided that I might be able to adjust the length by adding to the border instead.

IMG_0425It’s not easy for me to have the picture of the finished blanket in my head but still needing to create the second half of the squares. Luckily there are a lot of nice movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix and the weather is usually not that good on weekends. It always seems to me that there is a unknown law of nature that the weather is nice and sunny during the week when I have to work and is rainy and cold when I am off….

51 Shades of Grey

When I was much younger – yes, that was quite some time ago – I loved to play games like Heroquest. To stroll through a dungeon with your heroes – be it fighter, mage, rogue or elf. Slaying orcs and goblins and other badies. Coming out in the end dead or alive – that took quite some amount of my spare time. Luckily I have found a husband who also liked to join me in my adventures – in the end it is always more fun if you actually have a living opponent :).

So I was more than happy when last year Games Workshop published a new and shiny version of Warhammer Quest, a game similar to Heroquest but with Games Workshop miniatures. Games Workshop boxes are never cheap but on the other hand the company has increased the quality of their miniatures over the years considerably. The details are amazing and their designers create stunning new creatures every year.

So when I saw Warhammer Quest Silver Tower in the shop and after having read several reviews which were very positive overall, it just joined our board game hoard (which actually is not as big as that of one of our friends but this is another story and should be told another day).

img_0165It’s always fun to open boxes – you never know what you gonna find. But this time there was not a very bright future shown to me when I opened the box. Do you know what it looks like to see 51 miniatures all in bits and pieces? No? Take a look ….

Discouraging, isn’t it? Well, you might say, I brought that on to myself and you are right. So no time for moping around. Push up your sleeves and get to work! It took me one evening and a considerably amount of the weekend to put them all together. But then, finally, my army was ready to fight – and so were the bad guys too. Well, they were mostly ready, as I left attaching the bases for later. I just want to have certain freedom in base creation. Silver Tower is a two player board game – so if you are lucky to know where another board game geek lives or if you can force someone to play with you in order to get some dinner, you could start to play right after assembly.

But of course it’s only half the fun. The second half is painting the miniatures with as much intricate design as possible. Especially if you want to brag with them on the internet. But only if you do not get totally ashamed of your work after taking a peek at some really amazingly crazy artistic paint jobs like this Chaos Warrior or this Gaunt Summoner.

So I will be starting with the most annoying work of all soon – priming. This means painting all figures with a thin layer of black primer to which further layers of paint stick more easily. So in case I play at night with my lights turned off, this little fellows will be well hidden and can easily sneak in and out of the dungeon 😛