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Something Different

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Last week, I learned that one of my local stores, Books, Comics and Things, is holding a painting competition. In a move completely uncharacteristic of myself, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. One of the stipulations of the contest was that any model entered was to be purchased from the store and entered into the contest at the time of purchase. And so I took a look at the stock they had, quickly ruled out anything GW, and eventually landed on an Infinity model, a Haqqislamite Khawarij.
I've never participated much in Infinity, even though, according to my love of complex rules and Necromunda, it seems Infinity should have been my next logical step, rather than Malifaux. I would probably have picked up a Malifaux model instead, but I thought it might be nice to paint up something quite a bit different from anything I've been painting lately. I also didn't have time to order in a Malifaux model I wanted. 

With the deadline for the contest just a day or two away, I w…

February: A Neutral Month

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This month, I have been getting tired of two things; the cold weather, and painting beige. Well, maybe tired isn't exactly the right word, but I've certainly been getting apathetic about it. As I looked over my workbench this morning, I realized that every model I am currently working on is very heavy on the neutrals. I've probably used more Bleached Bone this month than I have in a very very long time.  The SDE project continues with the Angry Bear and Deeproot Druid. I decided to paint them side by side not because I have a love of beige fur, but because I wanted to make sure that the two models looked good together (which, as I type this, doesn't make as much sense as I thought, as they will never be in play at the same time). As a palette cleanser, I picked the first Puppet from my collection, which just happened to be the Zombie Chihuahua (also beige fur). And finally, my 'random' project of an Infinity Haqqislam Khawarji, which I am going to be entering in…

Breaking the Mali-Fast

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A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that the local Malifaux groups has been on something of a hiatus recently. In fact, it seems that, over the last year or so, there has been a pretty steady decline in the group.I'm sure there are a number of things responsible for this and the local Henchman and I had a discussion over the weekend about what we thought those things may be.

As the leader of the group, his natural inclination was to see himself as the common denominator, but I don't think this is the case at all. The truth is that, with the vast array of miniature games out there nowadays, I believe that the only way a game can hope to survive is for it to have a vocal, active and enthusiastic group leader, like a henchman. Without an active voice keeping the game interesting and active, there are just too many distractions.

I use the word distraction there, which I think is another key to the problem. Maybe this is only my perception, but it seems like most gamers, at least m…