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Life Intrudeth

Been busy with non-hobby fun lately. Work’s been keeping me occupied, just returned from a 4-day trip through mid-Cal visiting college campuses with a great bunch of students from Irvine Valley College (I’ll post some pix later), my kiddo turned 10 recently, tax time, and so on. So, not much hobby to post in the hobby blog. However:

  • Finally received my Brimstone 1.5 Kickstarter package, post to come on that monster
  • Picked up Star Wars Rebellion from FFG, lots of fun, will review
  • Was exposed to and love Guild Ball, posts to come
  • Reintroduced to Dropzone Commander

So, not without some hobby mixed in, but not much painting time for my “10 At a Time” project. Will have to work on that so I can update it. ūüėÄ

Lead Mountain Painting Challenge – Weeks 4-8 in Review (6MMRPC)

Greetings all! Long time, no talk.

As you may glean from Darth above, I haven’t completed much in the way of tackling the mountain. A combination of work, summer heat malaise, and spending waaaay too much time reading up on and debating the merits of Age of Sigmar have steadily chipped away at my available time. I did pick up the Chaos models from the AoS boxed set, more because I think the minis are some of GW’s best work to date than I’ll be playing AoS with any regularity.

But an AoS review is for another blog post.

Part of what I’ve been working on is a late spring cleaning in the office/playroom at the casa. It’s taking longer than I’d anticipated, mostly because I’m doing it right for a change. Here’s where things were about a week or two ago:


As you can see, very much a WIP. This isn’t all of my mountain, just what wasn’t sorted/fitting into the office closets. I still have the garage work area and shelves to clean up. Part of the cleanup was to figure out what I was missing (for example, which Malifaux 2e Arsenal decks did I need and which had I duplicated because I wasn’t paying attention), what needs painting (too much), what needs to be sold off/etc. I’ll shoot a couple pix of where things stand now for the next update.

So, now that those things are tidied up I feel better about moving on to Phase 2 (garage) and while that’s getting handled, painting. Our big summer Apocalypse game is slated for August 22, and I have several greenskins who still need some paint!!

Lead Mountain Painting Challenge – Week 1 (6MMRPC)

Today starts the next Lead Mountain Challenge series (the 6-month mountain reduction challenge – or #6MMRC on Instagram). It’s a six-month informal¬†group that’s intended to keep us on track and get¬†all those minis painted.¬†Here’s the rules for this edition of the Challenge:

2nd Annual 6MMRPC

The pre-season has begun! David at Spiderweb of History has taken the lead on burnishing the rules and started the collective dash of lemmings towards the mountains of lead. It’s simply easier to copy and paste his informative post here:

Alright everybody, it’s time for the 2nd Annual 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge or 6MMRPC. ¬†We’ve changed up the time frame – it’s going to run from June 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015. ¬†This avoids Christmas. ¬†There have also been a few rules changes, and some exciting additions IN BOLD.

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker. ¬†You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase. ¬†Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure…you can’t splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.

1.1 – There is an¬†opportunity to “earn” additional jokers. ¬†If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker.¬†

2. ¬†Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you’re given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.

6.  Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice.  Judging will be by an un-biased person.  Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win. 

It’s a lot of fun. I participated in the first one, but with Real Life¬†commitments and challenges couldn’t keep up with my own promises. This time I aim to behave.
Below is a list of the blogs of the participants that I’m aware of at this time, check them out and see how¬†they’re progressing as we go:
Flames of Nerd
Tactical Craft
Spider Web of History
The Mad Tin Hatter
Hall of Legends
20mm and Then Some…
Tower of the Archmage
Pimp My Pewter
Saturday Mornings
As far as what I’ll be painting during this challenge…well, that’s a bit of a tossup. Here’s what I initially plan on working on:
First project: Completing the Shadows of Brimstone models I was working on (see past SoB posts!) before Kublacon. All have color, some need detail work, most need some final TLC or cleanup. Cranking out 64 models in a couple weeks was a good start back into painting, but now I can take a bit of time finishing them up.
Second project: Paint up my Pulp City collection. Love the individuality in all the sculpts, looking forward to getting them done.
Third/Ongoing project:¬†Intermingled through all of this will be working on my 40k Orks and possibly Chaos/30k Word Bearers. There’s tons of all of that, so rather than commit to it all I’ll do each unit/entry¬†as its own sub-project. We have an Apocalypse game planned for August, would like all the Orks on the table finished by then.
Fourth project:¬†Either complete my 15mm forces or my Yu Jing¬†Infinity. Will depend on what’s getting played next.
I have plenty of other things to paint as well, but for now these are on the docket as we should be gaming with them.

LOOONG Time, no Posts

Way back when I wanted to create a blog using WordPress. I had a couple failed attempts at getting one running (mainly user error on my part) and had completely forgotten I created this account. I was using TMBLR to ‘blog’ about my hobbies: but I have long preferred a more traditional blog style. After hearing that the new dashboard and software (dunno how new) for WordPress were very easy to use I thought I’d come back and give things a whirl. I’ll be changing the style, etc here in the upcoming days/weeks and posting with more frequency. For now, here’s the latest post I put on the TMBLR feed for SPM.



So I just noticed the last time I’d updated this thing was late in 2012. Unacceptable! 2013 was a whirlwind of activity for me in my professional life, not leaving much time for painting/etc. I plan on changing this in 2014. I’ve been posting updates about projects and items on other forums/Facebook groups, but will do a far better job from now on posting here. For example, in 2013 I got hooked on 15mm sci-fi gaming with the GRUNTZ ruleset. Not only does it allow for customized lists, it doesn’t limit you to one model company’s miniatures. Since then I’ve been collecting and working up details on a force and posting the progress on the GRUNTZ forums. Here’s a link to the current thread:

I’ve also been cleaning and assembling my collection of Pulp City miniatures after the Kickstarter hullabaloo and am getting ready to start painting cops, yakuza, and martial artists for one of the Osprey game titles: Fistful of Kung Fu. More on all that later. Hope you’re all doing well!!