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  1. Hey Everyone! Another week has come and gone and I bet you're sitting at home, or perhaps sneaking a quick read in at work, or possibly commuting home and passing the boredom with today's post. However, if you are reading this I bet you are similar to me with your passion for our Hobby and the ever present thoughts of painting, building, and playing games are within you. Sadly, not all of us are can count our Hobby as our profession, and sometimes it might be best to keep it separate. How do we strike that balance between our Hobby Life, Home Life, Social Life, and Work Life? I hope to share with you today my thoughts and how I attempt to obtain Hobby Balance. Picture of me doing my best to not think about Painting a model (Shortly after I went and painted a model) As I write this I think about the hectic time I am having this evening. I drove home from work after a nine hour day followed by household chores and cleaning my gutters before tomorrow's rainstorm. I won't lie and say this post has been crafted over a few weeks as I am writing it the night before it goes up. After all the chores are completed I plan to cap the night off with dinner and build some Blades of Khorne while relaxing with my wife. I am no pillar of hobby balance as you can see. I do my best to keep it all portioned appropriately and despite tonight's imbalance, I will be back on track shortly working toward balance. I do not believe a true balance will ever be reached as it's an ongoing process that we as hobbyists must be aware of as we paint those armies and squeeze in those games. Just as I will never be satisfied with my latest paint job I will never feel as if I have given enough time to each aspect of my life, including Hobby. It's great to catch up with friends on life even during games Work is a necessary task, the hours of toiling can be broken up with Hobby. List building in your head is a fun past time of mine. I do take a peek on Twitter as the day goes on and chat with the fellow hobbyists to give myself short mental breaks. Even on lunch I head to the gym and put on the recent podcasts or an Audio Book to ensure I keep up to date with what's going on in the Lore or Community. Likewise, your commute home is an excellent time to catch up on Audio Books and Podcasts. At home, the hobby time may seem close at hand, but we have families to spend time with and responsibilities to clear off our plates. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife who acknowledges and encourages my enthusiasm (obsession) for this hobby and I can spend the night relaxing with her while building or painting. While I keep true to one hour a night for my hobby there are times when I put the hobby away to give her my full attention. In turn, she lets me take nights, especially before and event, to hide in my hobby area and let myself get lost in all the madness. Building a fence and visitng the Warhammer Store are both parts of Hobby Balance My friends and family know about my hobby and understand that my blank stares while we are at a local coffee shop or dinner usually means I am thinking about the Hobby. They laugh and ask how my latest project is going and from time to time join me in painting on group hobby days! It wouldn't be fair to expect my friends to always let my hobbies take precedence so when they suggest a night of fun or an event to attend I use it as a break from the hobby. While constant immersion in Warhammer is a great way to live it is necessary, I believe, to set it aside completely in order to keep it fresh and prevent burnout. Besides your friends and family are the ones who will keep you grounded while building you up in areas beyond the hobby as well as in the hobby. Even with your friends who partake in this hobby, I find it important to spend time with them specifically not doing anything hobby related. After event hangout where Hobby talk mixed with Non Hobby Talk Despite our best efforts times will arise where we might have to put a part of our Hobby aside in order to focus on the other parts of life that demand our attention. We have seen it within the community when hobbyists are getting married, having children, or taking on more responsibilities at work. It is a hard decision to step away from part of or all of you Hobby, but sometimes it is necessary. We saw it recently with Dan Heelan and Wayne Kemp taking a break from Podcasting. I have a lot of respect for those two for making that call as they could try to push on and keep putting their podcasts, but over time the demands elsewhere would see them put out a show that is not up to the quality they expect of themselves. The flip side is they might continue putting out a great product, but other aspects would begin to suffer. My friends, family all know I build, paint, and play with Toy Soldiers and love to immerse myself in the stories. They encourage it and in turn, I must do the same for them and their hobbies and interests. While work may be a grind from time to time it is okay to take a moment to chat on twitter or think about your next project in order to keep enthusiastic about our hobby. Give time to your Hobby and squeeze every spare moment of the day, but keep in mind this world is more than painting and building models. Spend time enjoying the world outside the hobby, but it never hurts to keep an eye out for the next project inspiration while you do so. Keep you Hobby with you, but don't let life pass you by. Some Potential Sylvaneth inspiration from a rcent trip I hope some insight can be squeezed out of this post, but I would be happy to continue this topic either on Twitter or in future posts if you all think it would be worth exploring. Please let me know and until next week, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  2. Happy Wednesday everyone! It has been a flurry of Hobby lately and most of it #New40k. I am very happy to be jumping back into the Grim Dark of The Far Future as well as playing in The Mortal Realms. I remember the fun-filled times of days gone past when I played both systems and I am glad those days are back! While the 40k break has been nice, especially after putting a lot of time and effort into Coalescence, I am very excited to jump back into more of a Sigmar Focus in the next few months to prepare for Nova Open. With the 40k edition dropping, I let myself get swept in all the fun. I haven't really played since 6th edition, but the changes to both Games Workshop and to Warhammer 40,000 I couldn't resist letting the Dark secrets of The Dark Angels run rampant in my head once again. I picked my index and my Starter box and got to work. After a long day or rebasing and building this past Sunday, The Sons of The Lion are up ready to hit the table while receiving a fresh coat of paint. It was fun to loose myself to an entire day to the hobby. It has been quite a while and while drained, really motivated me to move forward with the Army. My plan for the Army is to have the majority ready to go for this Summers Campaign, Fate of Konor. I really enjoyed last years Season of War for Age of Sigmar and cannot wait to see what is in store for us at the end of July. I haven't forgotten about Age of Sigmar during all of the 40k hype. My Blades of Khorne Army is being assembled and getting ready for painting. Hopefully, I will be priming by Saturday. Originally my fall to Chaos was part of a Path to Glory campaign with a few of my Club Mates. We all chose a different Chaos god and set to the task, but as life does it can prevent us from gathering to game as much as we would like and the campaign went by the wayside as my army grew. Thankfully, the announcement of a standalone Path to Glory Supplement for Age of Sigmar has reawakened the call of Chaos for my club mates and come July we will be picking this up to start a new campaign! I would love to see what you are working on as well so please let me know either int he comments or by finding me on Twitter. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  3. Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to run down the Coalescence event I ran at my local club last Saturday as part of the Global Narrative. It was a great day of wargaming with a room full of players really getting into the setting of the event. The tables were full of smiles and friendly banter all day as well as exciting games and stories being created! We ran the event at our local library which is our usual club hangout. We play in the basement where we can be as loud as we like and there is plenty of space to set up all the tables we need. I set out early to grab some coffee and relax a bit before all the madness began. It was a great time to reflect on what I needed to do to ensure everyone had a great time. The local Library where the event was held I was very lucky to have some players show up early to help set up the tables and the terrain. In about thirty minutes we had everything set up right now time as the players began to roll in with their armies and excitement for the games to come. I called everyone together and gave a brief rundown of the day and encourage everyone to play within the spirit of the event. The calm before the storm This was my first real go at being a true Event Organizer. I have run small events with my club, but never before have I branched out across the region to get as many players as I could for the event. It was a lot of work even for a one-day event and even though it was nerve-wracking it was one of the most fulfilling experiences within this hobby and I fear I might be hooked to T.O.ing. I want to give a shout out to the Steel City guys and the Rend 4 crew from Ohio who made the trek out for the day. Being able to play different people is the best way to grow as a war gamer both socially. These players brought fantastic hobby, great attitudes, and really helped make the event. Game 2 in full swing When the dice began rolling we had 11 players show up which meant I had to play the ringer so no one was sitting. I worked my ringer army into the fluff from my event and brought Tyrion and Teclis to the table. I paired players off with the goal of players playing at least one person they have never played before at least once in the day. The great part of the narrative event structure was I could freely choose who plays who throughout the day. The Event Pack was very nicely written and I had one minor questions throughout the day which was great considering I had to play along with everyone else. After game one we saw Chaos in ascendance and due to the player mixed Chaos was the favored to win the event, but Order saw things differently and fought back every step of the way. Destruction and Death were out in force, but could never really foothold on the other two Alliances. The FLGS owner Norm choose to Photobomb After the dice were down everyone pitched in to help clean up the tables and rest the Library basement back to how it was when we had arrived. After three games the last thing anyone wants to do is moved heavy tables and put terrain away, but many hands make light work and it was done in no time. We all gathered at the FLGS The Toy Soldier Gallery. I calculated all the results and handed out the awards. Thankfully we had some great prize support so most everyone went away with some models and an award, but the real winner of the day was the Game. Everyone knew they were part of something bigger with this event. They all fought to have a piece of the global narrative. The winners of the day! As is customary we all gathered at the local bar to share stories and talk about our next hobby projects. After a long day of gaming, no matter how fun, it is great to unwind and just talk about our games and what they are inspiring us to do next. I couldn't have asked for a better group of players that day and a lot of friendships and group connections formed that will mean bigger events for us all in the future. Relaxing afterwards In the end, Order managed to upset Chaos in the final round. While Chaos led the way all day they managed to drop the ball in the last game while Order came up big for the upset. Tyrion and Teclis would be proud to see the Shard attuned to Order and safely in the hands of Sigmar. Order attuned The Laurel Diamond in the end I hope you all enjoyed this brief recap of my Coalescence 2017 event. It was a great success with lots of support assistance from the NEON team to help me confidently run my first larger event. I can safely say I will be running more larger events in the future by working with other Club leaders in the surround region. I hope to have a continuation or a new story for Coalescence 2018 as you can be sure it will be bigger and better. As always have a great weekend and feel free to follow me on Twitter. Until next week, Happy Hobbying! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The story of Coalescence 2017 Tied to my local Story set in Hysh View the full article
  4. Hey Everyone! Time for my weekly Wednesday hobby post. It was a fun and exhausting weekend with Coalescence, but there is no rest for the weary, especially when there is so much exciting hobby on your painting desk. Be sure to come back this Friday for a recap of the Coalescence event I ran this past Saturday that was part of the bigger global narrative! I finally have been able to pick up the books by my nightstand and managed to work through this novel, Blood of Asaheim by Chris Wright. While a bit slow to start it really kicked into high gear near the final third of the book. The concept of a Space Wolf trying to reintegrate within his pack after spending time in the Deathwatch created a fun story that set up for a sequel nicely with Stormcaller that I plan to pick up soon. My very good friend Matt gifted me this lovely gaming mat this past weekend. Frontline Gaming recently got into the gaming mat business with FLG Mats, but they knocked it out of the park. The quality is exceptional and I look forward to playing my future games on this great product. I began salvaging some bases I received with my recent acquisition of some new Dark Angel Models. I have never been a fan of quark so off it goes! Speaking of Dark Angels and #New40k I pulled all my Dark Angels from their dusty shelf and brought them down to the hobby desk. I plan to rebase all the Marines to 32mm as well as give them all either a fresh coat or some touchups. I will be working on this project alongside my Blades of Khorne army so expect Green alongside the Red very very soon. As always feel free to follow me on Twitter and until Friday, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  5. The hobby doesn't stop. I am glad to have helped. Let me know how it goes for you.
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  7. Hey Everyone and happy Friday. It is no secret that I have been traveling quite a bit for my job recently. While it is fun flying across the country and seeing new places once the work day is done it can eat away at your hobby time. Today I wanted to share some tips for keeping your hobby going strong even when traveling. I tend to travel a lean as possible be it for work or pleasure. I enjoy not needing to check a bag when flying and being able to make just a single trip to my hotel with my luggage. A single bag is all I ever take and as such, I need to make sure I can fit what I need for my hobby in a small and durable case. Only a few months ago I would put everything into a small sturdy box packed as nicely as I could with tissue paper to prevent items from moving. While this method worked in the short term I knew it wasn't and ideal solution for the long term. Thankfully my solution came to me while I was at Adepticon this past March. I stopped in at the Battle Foam booth and found their Pack Mini. I grabbed the case and 3 different foam layouts. One being the standard pluck foam so I could create my own travel layout. I cannot recommend these bags enough. I plan to switch entirely to Battle Foam within the next few months as my only foam and bag brand to transport my models and you can expect a review when I do. While having hobby to enjoy at your leisure in the hotel room at night you cannot forget to have some books and podcasts ready to keep your hobby mind working during your flight or drive. I listen to a fair number of Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks so that is my usual preference during my travel. It also allows you to stay light by downloading the podcast or audiobooks to your phone for convenience. It may be tempting to bring a lot of models to try and crack through them in the hotel at night, but I would recommend against this train of thought. We all have one of models or units laying about that we promise ourselves we will paint one day. When you are traveling this is the perfect time to fulfill that promise yourself. It is a chance to paint something different while keeping to the thought of painting light. Recently I chose to bring and paint the event model from Adepticon 2017. I typically paint armies or more recently terrain so this was a nice escape and a chance to experiment a bit. Also since it was a one-off piece I didn't stress about recording my paint recipes and simply let my creativity flow. While it may seem as if you will have a lot of downtime in your hotel I found it more common that I had less time than usual to hobby at night. I was either out with a vendor or exhausted from the day of travel so a few nights I barely managed an hour, but I planned for this to be the case. I decided I would only to the color blocking and a bit of blending. Holding off on any Washing or Highlighting until I had returned home allowed me to stay lean. I was able to pack fewer paint pots and brushes to keep the eventual security stop at the airport to a minimum. It also gave me the piece of mind that I wouldn't open my bag at my destination to find a pot of Nuln Oil spread through my clothes. For this same reason, I typically do no build models while traveling due to possibility issues with Super Glue leaking. The one time I have built on the road it was a short trip in a car and only a few infantry models to stay lean. It is also worth noting that hotels will often have a few of the necessities such as a desk to hobby on, cups to wash your brushes, and paper towels or tissues to keep your painting area neat and clean. The one item that varies the most from Hotel to Hotel is the lighting as you can see in a few pictures above. This reinforces my thought to avoid washing and highlighting on the road. I don't plan to travel with any lighting soon and keeping to the basics on the road will prevent any frustration due to any poor lighting. When you arrive home it is time to fix up any missed mistakes and finish the piece. It is very satisfying coming home from traveling and spending only a short while more to wrap up a model. If you packed lean like I typically do then there isn't much to put away either to get your hobby base back to normalcy for the next, and probably, more in-depth, project. I hope my insights are helpful if you have any travels coming up and your planning on hobbying while abroad. Stay lean, keep it simple, and take something different to work on. I find it a good way to keep my hobby flowing and motivate me to dive back into army projects back home. Let me know if you have any tips or if you go in a completely different direction to Travel hobby. As always feel free to follow me on Twitter. Also, one of my local Groups Steel City Sigmar has planned their next event on July 9th so come out and join us! If you're participating in Coalescence this weekend I hope you and your group have an excellent time crafting a great story! I will be covering my Coalescence event as well as the global view on the event next week so until then, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  8. Hey everyone! It is Wednesday so it is time for my weekly hobby update. My Hobby hasn't slowed down despite a lot of work travel lately, but the more hobby the better. From Club Days to Coalescence preparation, and even my Youtube Debut it has been frantic and fun. I was lucky enough to be brought on as a guest on last weeks Warhammer Weekly Hosted by Vince and Tom. We did a review on the "New" Stormcast book and I was honored to join them and hope to be back on in the future. Check out the video here and be sure to catch his live talkss every Wednesday. This past weekend my club held its second Barter/Buy day and lots of minis exchanged hands in a fun filled day. Some of my gains can be seen below. I was able to round out a full 2000pt Blades of Khorne list with a few recent additions. It isn't my ideal list, but I can finally begin painting these guys soon and a new project is always an exciting feeling. Also, I got my hands on an unwanted Unforgiven army. I will be stripping it to ready it for a new paint job for my #New40k army. I am currently debating on stripping my older Dark Angels for a fresh coat of paint as well, but time will tell with that endeavor. Last on my table has been my final preparations for Coalescence this Saturday. Packs are printed, the terrain is painted, and the players are excited so it will be a great event for everyone. The prizes and awards will be fun to track and hand out. I will be doing a follow up to my event next week as well. As always feel free to follow me on Twitter to see what I am working on in more depth as well as letting me know what you have going on. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  9. Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk about Steel City Sigmar's Second event. Sadly I was unable to attend, but one of the local club members Mike S. was gracious enough to write up his games and thoughts from the second event. I met Mike at the local Warhammer store and he has been part of the scene since the first day. He admittedly is a bit of a Meta Chaser, but always a fantastic gentleman to play and have a beer with after the dice are done rolling. Check out his game recaps below as well as pictures from the event! ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 1: vs Dave D. and his Iron Jaws Blood and Glory Great opponent and friend. His experience in 40k really made him a difficult opponent even when it was his 5th game of Sigmar and never played against beast claw. I let him come across the board figure I play the movement game with another Destro army. There he got 3 Gore Gruntas into combat with my Thunderstusks on turn 1 but wasn't enough cause the 12 mortal wounds coming out a turn are just too overwhelming to deal with for some armies. I was lucky to table him basically by turn 4. He was doing really good dmg but just couldn't keep up with 1/2 dmg stone horn. 1-0 Game 2: vs Alex W. and his Kharadron Overlords and Stormcast mash up. Border wars I made tactical blunders and turn 1 he killed a Stonehorn in the shooting phase. Never seen an army do that before. We played all the way to turn 5 and it came down to an initiative roll.. who won the roll off wins the game. I lost. I am not used to these shooting armies in Sigmar. I left my 2 big guys in shooting range and it was a bad idea. Even though 1/2 all wounds still wasn't enough. 1-1 Game 3: vs Grant and his Kunnin Rukk (X2) Escalation Grant was working hard for a top spot and I decided with 460 shots a turn I have to do something unorthodox to get a victory. So... I basically fed him 2 units of moon clan grots. This gave me time to get my big guys into big charge range on turn 2. I got my Stone horn and thunder tusk into combat buffed with bellowing tyrant and battle brew. I killed like 60 out of 80 orcs in 2 turn and on the other side I killed another 25. I ended up tabling him for max points and a major victory. 2-1 I got 2nd place overall and a bit of prize money that went right to Tyranids for 8th ed 40k! I had a great time at the event, rolling tons of dice is awesome. Very good times! Final Standings from the event! ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am very happy to see the day went well and fun was had by all. It is great to see the scene growing and a strong regular turnout to these one-day events. I will be looking to join the Steel City Sigmar Club in their next event and hopefully do better than my first outing. Until next week everyone, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  10. Hey Everyone! It is Wednesday and time for a brief update on what I have had on my hobby desk. It has been a light week as I prepare for the upcoming coalescence and I am currently in the midst of a lot of travel for work, but I always try to squeeze some hobby in every. You will be able to see my Travel Hobby in an upcoming Friday in a few weeks. I was able to complete my first model that wasn't terrain in quote a while with my Knight-Venator Conversion. I am very excited for the New 40k and have taken a few more recently painted of my Dark Angels and removed the basing in preparation for my new (and second) Unforgiven Force. The awards are all set for June 10th to go along with the prize support I received my FLGS. After June 10th I will have a full run down of event! Last I have begun my attempt at NMM - Gold. It is not much yet, but it is a start! Let me know what you have been working on and as always feel free to follow me on Twitter! See you with Friday's Post. View the full article
  11. Hey Everyone! This past weekend my club held a very important event in place of its standard gaming days. We had determined at our Town Meeting that our terrain was in need of a facelift and we committed to repairing, repainting, and if needed replacing terrain from our club collection. I also committed to painting up all of my terrain so when I am running Age of Sigmar events such as Coalescence I can also bring a few extra tables of quality terrain as well. I went to this project with the mindset that if I am unwilling to paint my own terrain how could I possibly motivate others to fix up our community terrain? While painting my own terrain was motivating for the club as we came up to the club terrain day it really began to stretch my endurance. While some terrain like the new Games Workshop has a lot of fun little detail to spend some time on other proved to be monotonous with priming and dry brushing becoming the standard. All that said it was educational going through the process on my own terrain. I also spent time using a hot foam wire cutter and some sharp knives creating hills along the way. I cannot express how easy these were to create and very friendly on the wallet as well. If you are needing some simple terrain to get on your or your clubs table I can honestly say you could have a table full of line of sight blocking hills done to a decent standard in an afternoon. Our local library which is our normal meeting location was completely booked through the month. Thankfully we had another FLGS nearby with a lot of space who was willing to host us as we got to the task. I picked up the clubs terrain early from our club FLGS and headed over to the hosting FLGS. I arrived and one of our younger members Luke had already arrived and was eager to get going so we began unpacking and setting up shop. Over the next hour or so more and more club members became coming in to help out. It was great to see every rally around a single task to improve the club as a whole. There was a wide variety of hobbyists as well. The hardcore gamers, the high-level painters, and the casual group all joined it. The time really passed quickly as we all chatted hobby and upcoming releases. It was a real bonding experience for those who were able to attend. I think the key detail of the day was who showed up to begin taking our club to the next level. While it is worth noting that a few members who let me know there were schedule conflicts and they couldn't attend I noticed that those who showed up were the younger players. I feel I was able to relay to them how important they are to the future of the club as it will be them leading it one day. They are enthused about what I have been pushing with taking the club to a higher level and growing once again. It wouldn't be possible without the support of the entire club, especially the younger players. The fruits of our labor paid off as we managed to repair and repaint all of the club terrain in about six hours of hard work. It was great seeing the looks of accomplishment on everyone's face and the care with which everyone put the terrain away in its boxes to be transported back to our FLGS. The club showed up and took ownership and they will see the fruits of their labor during our next game day when we play with the terrain. If your club is in needs to up their game tables I can recommend dedicating a single day to repairing and even building new terrain. It is a great way for everyone to take ownership in the club as well as bond as a community. If you do have a day like this coming up let me know as I would love to check out some pictures or offer any advice I can. Follow me on Twitter if you would like to see pictures from the next club game day where we will begin using the freshly updated terrain. Until next week Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  12. Happy Wednesday everyone! Over the past week, I have finished all my terrain in preparation for my Coalescence event. I have also been working up fun teasers for my event to hint at what my places could expect during as the narrative unfolds. My Club also held a terrain build/repair day that I will dive into more detail during my Friday post. I also received a nice surprise from a local commission painter and club member! Teasers for my Coalescence Story! A Club mate who goes by BrushForHire painted this up for me. Finished all my personal terrain in preparation for Coalescence. My Local club showed up and put in work! Let me know what you have been working on and follow me on Twitter. I have some travel coming up for work so the Travel Hobby will be in full force along with pictures from my travels. See you with Fridays Post and Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  13. Hey Everyone! This week I wanted to take the time to discuss the value that I have found in using a Hobby Journal. Earlier this week I also put out a Poll on Twitter to ask the question "Do you use a Hobby Journal" I will dive into the results, but while there was a lot of votes for no it seemed those who did use a Journal were passionate enough to discuss how they use this handy tool. Hopefully, by the end of the post, you will run out and start a Hobby Journal of your own! When I first picked up a Hobby Journal it was with the intent to be a painting journal. A place to record paint mixes, army color schemes, and even order I apply different layers to my models. For a while, that was its one and only purpose. After a few months, I started using it to write down ideas for my blog. In fact, the ideas and concepts that lead to the creation of my blog are in the journal! Later it became a notebook for conversion ideas, custom scenarios, army schemes, and community building ideas. While it has begun serving other duties it still serves as a painting journal. More recently my Journal became a place to record games played. So far I have only used it for Larger events and not simple friendly games, but I might change that in the future as I playtest armies for events such as Nova, and Adepticon. I try to keep it simple otherwise I would get so absorbed into tracking the game I would forget to play. I jot down the opponents name, their army, any formation they might have in their list, and I put highlights from the game. A failed charge or a 12" charge could be huge to the outcome of the game and those are the moments I write down during play. After the game, I will record if I won or lost and by how much as well as any comments that might be more important in hindsight. I ran a Twitter poll this past week regarding the subject on whether or not people used Hobby Journals. Near the end of the poll it was 40% yes and 60% no. It was a much closer split then I immediately expected. Looking through the comment threads it seems most people are using them solely as a place to record paint recipes and paint schemes. While I have combined my Journal to be multi-purpose I think a lot more people will split their journals to be more dedicated and focused if they are choosing to have journals for different aspects of their hobby. For example, Ben Johnson keeps two separate hobby journals as he expressed on twitter. One is for painting and the other is games played. You could easily have as many journals as you feel you need. There are plenty of options as to what journal to buy? You could get a large book that will last for years to come or you could get something slimmer that might only contain your thoughts for a short span of time or perhaps a single project. I have gone with the humble pocket journal for ease of carrying. Going with a pocket size has allowed me to carry it with me everywhere. Going out with friends, working at the office, or sitting at my hobby desk I always have it with me in case a hobby related idea strikes me. It is great to always have a piece of your hobby with you and I feel you cannot go wrong with a pocket Journal. I hope you consider picking up a journal of your own soon as this tool will be a great way to look back on past hobby and help plan out your hobby future. Feel free to follow me on Twitter as always and until next week. Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  14. Hey Everyone. This past week of hobby saw more work on painting my Terrain in preparation for Coalescence as well as finally getting back to some gaming. Outside of that, I have been planning out my posts for the next few weeks as I have a lot of travel for work coming up, but you can still expect my usual Wed and Fri posts along with some nice pictures of my travels and travel hobby. My Garden of Morr made its way from The Old World into The Mortal Realms Some Classic Terrain pieces I touched up My recent purchase of a Hot Wire Foam Cutter has paid off Small and Large practice games were had this past weekend Let me know what yo have on your Hobby Table and follow me on Twitter to see my future Travel Hobby Projects. See you on Friday. Happy Hobbying! View the full article
  15. Hey Everyone! Today I will be following up from my Guest Post on the How to Neo Blog on TGA and will be discussing how I plan to run the event itself on the June 10th. The best way to prepare for a large event is to take time the day before to set up the gaming area. I am currently planning to head down to the Library the evening before to set up tables as well as lay the mats and terrain. The quicker I can get to the venue in the morning and the lighter I am able to travel the better. I have been asking players for my event to register with me via email and a good number have done so, but it is inevitable that some local players will show up without having registered which is not an issue but this eventuality needs to be part of my preparation. Hopefully, I will have enough tables set up for the day without eating up any extra space for the other game systems going on that day at the club. So I am all set up and get to the venue early. Now it is time to lay out all the prizes and set up a small space for myself so I can lay out any documents to hand out to the players. One of the best parts of any event is the excitement right before it all begins and if I am fully prepared I can spend some time chatting with everyone before we kick off the first game. I also plan to have the players sign in and determine what Faction they are fighting for within the event as well as note their army. Once the players are settled it is time to begin and in most events, I would set up random pairing followed by Swiss pairings for each round in most events, but most events I run are matched so I can have a bit of fun with this step. I plan to look at the players and their armies and mix them up so everyone can play someone new in each round as well as pair players up based on general skill or army capability. This may seem like a bit of micromanaging, but with a narrative event focused on story over winning I think it could lead to some exciting moments with not much additional work on my end. One item I am currently planning out is game time length and this is a bit tricky as each game is of different point sizes but with a narrative focus, it is hard to predict how long the games could take. Finding the happy medium is key as I also need to allow time for lunch and judging of Armies and painting. Do to the venue we must wrap up by 4:30 to give ample time to put tables away and store the terrain. Being a narrative event the awards are also based around the narrative and as such the judging is a bit more involved. Some of the awards will be player chosen, others will be chosen based on impartial judges, and a few will be determined by myself. I will be asking players to track some statistics on their sheets, but the best way is always to be around the tables. One to answer any questions and to see the stories develop myself! Each player will be experiencing their won story, but I have the fortune to watch the overall narrative develop as all the games are being played. This will let me see who could be best suited for some of the awards being given out by myself at the event. Another possibility to be ready for is to play the ringer. Typically it is best to have a second person help you be the ringer, but with a narrative setting I will be the ringer myself if needed After clean up, we will head over to the FLGS to hand out prizes. Norm who runs the shop (The Toy Soldier Gallery) will be helping me present the winners their awards. This is what it is all about! The excitement of announcing the winners and explaining what each award represents is the fulfillment that makes running events worth it. Expect to see pictures posted on my Twitter from the event as well as going Live on Twitter to hand out the awards! When the awards are all handed out, there are only one thing left to do. Head over to the local bar to share a drink and talk about our victories and defeats of the day. This is a great time to ask the players what they enjoyed about the event and what they did not. The info you gather at this time is paramount for the last step of any event. Planning for the next one! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with any questions you may have. Until next week Happy Hobbying! View the full article