You may have noticed a new blog header up there! I got tired of the old one... it was time for a change! This one comes courtesy of Dario J who I worked with on the Bellower webzine and have been following ever since. He makes some great fantasy art and you can see it here on his Facebook page!
I've posted a few examples of his work below. Thanks for the fantastic artwork Dario!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Well I meant to get to this earlier in the year. Time flies when you buy a new house, change your job, and start having a social life with friends and playing games!? Since we are 31 days from the end of this year I thought it would be useful to see how I have fared in the "Hobby Resolutions" department.
Here is the list I came up with for this year way back in January:
Here is the list I came up with for this year way back in January:
- Update this blog at least twice a week all year: Did pretty dreadful at this. I updated at least twice a month!! Does that count? Part of the lack of updates comes from me spending time on my radio show(s) and the blog I run for that. Part of it is just not getting around to it.
- Finish painting all of the Blood Bowl teams I have started: Hah! Nice one. Actually I did okay at first - got my Orc team painted, still haven't finished my Lizardman team, then went and added a Halfling team, some Elves, some Skaven, and got minis for an Underworld or Chaos Pact or something team down the road. In short. Nope.
- Play some WHFB somewhere, somehow: Even the new WoC book couldn't help me with this one. I did make a new space in my new home for playing games like this!! Does that count?
- Attend as many Blood Bowl tournaments as possible: Again not so great here. Missed out on Zlurpee Bowl and a few other close by events I had planned on attending (including the second Jingle Bowl coming up this weekend). I think my count for the year is... 3. Terrible!!
- Win an award in Blood Bowl league or tournament play: While I still haven't won any awards at a BB tournament I did manage to take the 3 season Chaos juggernaut the Khorne R'Backs to the KUBBL 5 championship and win. It was a close fought thing at times but the powers of Khorne paved the way in blood.
- Complete 12 monthly painting pledges at the Ogre Stronghold: I have managed to do this quite nicely! Except I didn't post my pledge in Novemeber I did complete it.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Errr. Feel like I am getting into a rut here on the old Drinkin' and Modelin' blog. No real posts of content and then WHAM-O the month is over!! To be fair I haven't spent much time painting due to work and a back injury which put me out of commission for a couple weeks. The one thing I did manage to sneak in is a commission for a deathroller driven by a gingerbread man for a local Blood Bowl tournament coming up next week. Here it is in photos (from WIP to mostly finished).
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Beer Type: Herbed/Spiced Ale - 6.00% ABVAppearance: 12oz brown bottle with the spooky man eating pumpkin in a field with a scarecrow and bats! Very Halloween. Beer pours a pumpkiny-orange color with a thin beige head.Smell: Spices! Something sour! No "pumpkin" exactly but lots of assertive spice and malt aromas.First Drink: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a bunch of spices with some bitter hops and malt coming through.Mouthfeel: Kinda thin but also sharply carbonated? If that makes sense?Last Drink: The spices are still dominating but I get the hints of pumpkin pie too.Drinkability: I don't love this beer by itself but I do like it mixed with other dark beers.Notes: Not a bad pumpkin/fall brew and it's great mixed with Loch Down (Loch-Jacker) from Arcadia or Old Chub from Oskar Blues (Chub-Jacker).Verdict: 3 out of 5. Good enough to get you in the mood.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Beer Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale - 9.50% ABVAppearance: 12 brown bottle with a freakin' VIOLIN MONSTER on it!! Some kinda werewolf looking dude playing a violin under a dark red moon. Awesome. Beer pours a dark pitch brown with hints of red (like the red moon AROOOWWWW) with a thin light brown head.Smell: All kinds of sweet spices. A melange of autumn beer smells. Sweet brown sugar, malt, and all kinds of warming spices.First Drink: Nutmeg and clove come through strong with a nice brown sugar malted backbone. A little bit of booze on the finish.Mouthfeel: Not as sticky as you might expect from the sweet nose and flavor. A nice full bodied big beer.Last Drink: A bit more yeast and alcohol coming through now. Still plenty of spice. Where is the pumpkin!!?Drinkability: Not sure if this is a new seasonal brew or not. Never seen it until this fall but I dig it! A nice change of pace from the pumpkin ales.Notes: I really love this label and this is a great selection from the ABC catalog of brews. Now to try it on tap!Verdict: 4 out of 5. Big spice, dark flavors, and a kick ass werewolf on the label.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Yowza! It's almost the end of October and I haven't managed to paint much at all. Let's see what this nerd tally says about my productivity:
- Started a Streetbowl pitch.
- Lost my first Streetbowl league game.
- Saw Obituary play live.
- Spent a week recording new SEPLOPHOBIA stuff.
- Played a live show.
- Painted a commission piece.
- Played an Arena of Death scenario in the D&D 3.5 campaign and killed 7 of 9 PCs.
- Played another Pathfinder Society module and saved the party from a couple ugly situations.
- Painted up a cool They Live mask for Halloween.
- Drank a lot of beer.
- Started working on two more commission pieces.
There you have it. Very little in the way of proper "miniatures" painting but plenty of gaming and other nerd related stuff. Between my games and radio shows I find less time to paint all the damn time! Working hard to give myself at least 15-30 minutes each day. Here are a few photos of my progress from the last few weeks:
|Started off with this mask made of two masks, paper mache, and a bit of sculpty.|
|Blocked out the main colors.|
|Added some washes and layers (stuck on the eyes here for a quick look)|
|Highlights on the exposed areas and mouth/jaw.|
|Final highlights on the skin and glossy bits on the exposed areas.|
|Rawrrr shirtless warriors are go!|
Monday, October 21, 2013
|Not my image! It is a nice shot of the beer though.|
Beer Type: American IPA - 6.70% ABVAppearance: Another unique looking label in what I now think of as the Greenbush style. 12 oz brown bottle with the beer pouring a cloudy reddish brown. Just a little bit of head but it left some nice lacing.Smell: Pine and resinous hops, a bit of grassy smell, something a bit spicy and citrus? Smells good.First Drink: Malt up front then a bit of sour citrus followed by a little of the grassy flavor I smelled in the aroma. Not bad!Mouthfeel: A little oily and sticky for me, but the overall feel is medium bodied, and the carbonation is nice.Last Drink: More of the same just bigger! More sour citrus, more sweet maltness, and a hint of peppery/grassy flavor with a solid bitter finish.Drinkability: Oddly drinkable but not particularly memorable. We're spoiled for tasty Michigan IPAs here and this would not be my go to any time soon.Notes: Second been I have had from this brewery and I am still not "wowed". It's not bad but I'd take some Short's over this right about now.Verdict: 3.75 out of 5. Love the theme and look of this brew but the price is a bit steep for this level of complexity.