Friday, February 28, 2014

Something Different

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 was able to complete the Khawarij and get him entered in the contest today. While I do not think he is the best model I have painted, I think he does show considerable improvement over comparable Necromunda models. I'll take this as a sign that I am continuing to move in the right direction, in terms of painting skill.

More to Come,

-Nick

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February: A Neutral Month

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 into a local painting contest.....more on that later. 

The good news...well, it's news at least, I suppose, is that I am almost done with all of these models and will have some good posts coming in the next few days. In the meantime, however, it is back to beige, bone and khaki and beige and bone and khaki. I don't know...maybe it's not so bad...Oh and there's another 6 inches of snow coming this weekend...Meh.
More to Come.

-Nick


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Breaking the Mali-Fast

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 most of them I have met, tend not to have a single game that involves 80-90% of their hobby. It seems that everyone has an old 40k army, or a Fantasy army they are working on, as well as one or two WarmaHordes factions, a Malifaux crew or two and growing collections of X-Wing, Dropzone Commander or, I don't know, Deadzone? For most gamers then, these other games are not distractions, they are simply other games. This means that, when they have gotten bored of Malifaux, (or are left want more from Gencon, or aren't sure about the revision to the rules), they simply move on to the next game.  This means that those of us gamers in the minority, such as our Henchman and myself, start to wonder what happened to the group. It hasn't gone anywhere except on to the next game.

So how does a henchman, or those few left in a group, rekindle the flame?

The obvious answer is to make sure to play the game. My own Malifaux hiatus is slowly coming to an end, as we managed to get a good game in on Sunday. I say good because it is good that we played. However, it was immediately clear that I've been away for quite some time and my memory, particularly when it comes to those small changes between editions, is rusty at best. Fortunately, my opponent was somewhat rusty as well and forgave my multiple mistakes.

While I came away with a win on this one, I need to mark it with a large asterisk. This was a refresher and, before I can start claiming real victories again, I need to get back in the habit of playing.

In the meantime, I'm going to do what I can to help get the local group going again. The nice thing about Malifaux is that it has a large and supportive following, both on the forums and facebook groups. I'll probably turn there for some more advice about re-energizing the scene, but regular, scheduled games will probably go quite a long way...here's hoping anyway.

More to Come.

-Nick