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  1. In my gaming group I try to foster a sense of community involvement. I'll humble-brag a little about what we do. We run a few "Painting bounty" events a year, where the first new player to finish painting a playable force of tourney size (2000 pts for AOS or 40k, 75 pts for Warmachine, etc) wins a prize. The veteran members chip in and we get them something nice. The most recent winner got a fancy hard case Battlefoam bag, with foam, and a couple of Phoenix Lord models for his winning Aeldari entry. I also have a friend who runs an after school program for at-risk kids of middle-school age, using gaming as a means of socializing and giving the kids something to do in the hours between school letting out and their parents coming home from work. This guy is my personal hero, he's volunteering his time to do something actually meaningful for kids, and that's about as awesome as it gets. Each year we do a donations drive and send him a couple thousand dollars in boardgames, miniatures, old Magic collections, RPG books, and so on, to help stock his after school program for the coming year. And finally, we have a lot of new players who are on serious budgets, and maybe can't afford to buy what they'd like, or can't get the essential non-essentials, like army bags or paints. But the rest of us have too much stuff, like most veteran gamers. So we pick someone in the group who's contributing, but maybe doesn't have the deepest pockets, we hit up places like Bartertown and eBay, and we put together armies and supplies for them. This past year we gave away a 3000 point World Eaters army, put together a 2000 point Thousand Sons army for a guy and sold it to him for like $100, and gave away smaller armies: Wanderers, Darkling Covens, Nighthaunt, Astra Militarum, and Death Guard. Feels good to help others, and it builds some pretty great bonds in our group.
  2. If Slaanesh/Malerion isn't the next big narrative development, I'd love to see a big, multi-Realm, Skaven incursion. Skaven Gnaw-holes showing up in all the different Realms- maybe tie it in to the books when Skaven get the rest of their Battletomes. I could imagine Moulder stuff based in Ghur, Skryer stuff based in Chamon, all being really awesome. Like... all the Realms start having rat problems at the same time, but the Skaven aren't after any one thing in particular; they've just built up their numbers and are finally extending their tunnels and gnaw-holes to all corners of the Realms.
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    Sharknado Balewind Vortex

    I'd use these. Just use pins, going all the way through the vortex column, and mount the sharks at angles on either side. They paint up just fine, if you give them a good coat of primer. https://www.amazon.com/Safari-Ltd-697104-Sharks-TOOB/dp/B000BR9DPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540730402&sr=8-1&keywords=Animal+toobs+sharks
  4. Definitely less impact that way. Being in Belgium, no chance of running into you at Pennsic, eh? I'm in PA, in the US, so it's local to me.
  5. AOS is about as period as anything else going on at Pennsic these days. LOL Out of curiosity, where do you fight?
  6. Who else here is a SCAdian, and going to Pennsic? Would anybody be interested, if there were some space set up for AOS? It always kind of puzzled me that very few people there set up for minis gaming. It seems like the perfect opportunity to meet new players and play games. (Or maybe it is happening, and I just don't know about it) For anyone who doesn't recognize the acronym, SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval combat & recreation group. Pennsic War is the big premier event, held in the US each year.
  7. Yo. This. A million times, this. Players who enter the infamous "Scoop Phase" as soon as things start going against them. Or who claim that everything in their army is under powered trash, and everything in your army is "bull****"..... It's like... Yeah, guy... your Stardrake is clearly underdog trash, and I'm the ****** for putting my Sourbreath Troggoths on the table. Message received. LOL
  8. 1. Smelly gamers. 2. Guys who feel they have a right to your gaming supplies/ tools because they forgot their own. Like grabbing my dice off my side of the table, or my tape measure, or taking my battletome without asking, while muttering "i forgot mine", or "this ok, right?". 3. Picking up hits, or speed - rolling dice without declaring what the roll is for. Unclear play, I guess, in general. 4. Most of all (guess this should have been number one...) the guy who didn't bring a rulebook, doesn't have the PDF on his phone, doesn't own a battletome, admits that most of his rules knowledge comes from Reddit or d4chan, and then has the audacity to question every stat, rule, move, and phase that my army does. While proclaiming with conviction that he knows every rule inside and out for his models, but then stares at me when I explain how battleshock works like all of a sudden he no longer speaks English. That guy.... oh man. That guy tests my patience something fierce. LOL
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    Ulf's Painting

    The color balance was off... it needed some red in there to even it out, and give the heads more definition. Now I really like it.
  10. Going to be painting some random AOS models, and a Sylvaneth army. First up is my test model for a speed - painted color scheme. It's mostly airbrushed, drybrushed and washed, so it's crazy fast to get it to this point.
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    Stories of the Awesome

    Agreed. We heard about this guy Brandon (the teacher) and decided to reach out to lend a hand. It's all well & good for us to support one another within the hobby community, but he's helping care for kids, doing something actually worthwhile. It's pretty awesome. People who do that, without expecting anything in return, are exactly the people who deserve something in return.
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    Stories of the Awesome

    I run a small gaming club. We put a lot of focus on bringing new people into the hobby. I make trades online and coordinate within the community to gather up minis, books, and supplies, and then give away starter armies, or even full-blown complete armies, to those new players who might otherwise struggle financially to get into the game. The whole "stone soup" community approach has worked really well. It's pretty amazing how generous people are willing to be. We also support a guy we know with charitable donations of gaming materials. He's a teacher, who runs an after-school program for at-risk kids who might otherwise spend their time on the street until their parents get home from work. And he does this through gaming. It's not limited to AOS, but they do play that as well. This guy is my personal hero. He runs the program on his own 5 days a week after school, volunteering to do it, and funds it out of his own pocket. There's like 20 or 30 kids involved. It's pretty awesome to be able to help out with something so worthwhile.
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    Gnarlmaw Dimensions

    Thank you so much!
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    Gnarlmaw Dimensions

    Hi all Can anyone help me out with something? I'm sculpting a Demons army from scratch, and I want to add in a Gnarlmaw or two. Nobody in my local group owns one, though, and I'm having trouble sizing up the dimensions of the model from just pics online. Could someone take a pic of one of their Gnarlmaw models next to something with a standard size, like maybe a ruler or a 100mm round base, and post it here? Or maybe measure the actual model's height and the dimensions of the base? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
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