Sunday, February 22, 2009

Progress Report - 2/22/09.

Has it really been twenty days since my last update?! My poor neglected Warhammer and drinking blog! Let us rectify this situation with a quick update (with more to come I promise).

In the past twenty days I have been fairly busy with modeling and the hobby in general. I completed the assembly of my Vampire Counts battalion (with the exception of the Corpse Cart as I was saving that for last), as well as a box of Dire Wolves I received for Christmas. This was done just in time as I have a slew of additional VC models on the way from some cheap eBay auctions I won. I will soon be awash in Skeletons, Ghouls, and Zombies! It is a variable undead cornucopia around here I swear.

I also received my Tyrant model in the mail from one Mr. Warplock Monkey. He is just as big and glorious as I had hoped, even with a few broken bits from the dirty post office workers pitching his box around. I have already completed the necessary repairs and I am hoping to have him based and primed this week.

Played a bit of Warhammer as well, getting in a few 1000 point games with my VC, two "Paradigm" games for the Beer Gut Tribe,more WoC TROLLS, and some practice games with Dwarfs for an upcoming tournament at BattleForge here in Austin.

I had planned on taking Dwarfs to the tournament next weekend, but I have decided to go back to the Ogres in the hopes of at least having fun while I lose to the myriad of Elves, Vampires, Chaos, and Daemons I am sure to face.

And that is about the long and the short of it! I promised (oh so long ago) better pictures of my painted models posted here, but I am still working out the kinks in my photo taking setup. Here are two (mostly not blurry) photos of my Bangstick Butcher to ease the pain.

He is more or less done. This was the fourth model I have ever painted so I feel pretty good about the final product. The gore on his cleaver looks a bit more layered and filthy on the table, but you can't really see it in these two pictures. Once I sort through the blurry pictures of my Ironguts I will add more pictures here. Look for those later this week.

In the meantime here is a review of a beer I had recently after my trip to Fort Collins, Colorado.

Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte Porter

Beer Type: American Porter

Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with basic Deshutes label (painted art in the center of a plain looking wrapper). Beer poured a dark reddish brown with a thin white head which faded with little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and just a hint of coffee.

First Drink: A little more of the "dark" flavors in the taste, a bit of coffee and chocolate. A nice hoppy finish and a little sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth finish and just the right amount of carbonation.

Last Drink: A lot more roasted malt now and the floral hops are coming through stronger.

Drinkability: This is a damn fine porter.

Notes: We have just recently gotten the Deschutes brews in the Austin area and this is one of the three I have seen locally. I don't often think of myself as a Porter fan but I really haven't tried a Porter I didn't like. Something about the faint "dirty" taste just gets my taste buds going. Makes me want some kettle chips or a sandwich.

Verdict: 4 out of 5. Really well done and a great example of the style.

Links: Beer Advocate and Deschutes Brewery.

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