Monday, August 20, 2012

Progress Report 8/20/12 - Rot on!

Nothing new or exciting to report. Still not spending much time painting and even less time gaming. Hoping to reanimate the old BB league next month or give up and find a new gaming group (a few likely candidates in the wings...) but I hope it doesn't come to that.

Here's the mostly finished Nurgle Warrior for the Chaos Cup 2012 Nurgle Legacy team. Gotta seal him and add the final shiny details before it is "done". Pardon the somewhat shite photography:

I like how the eyes turned out.
#13 on my Nurgle team the Nurgland Germs died almost every game I played.
I'm also planning on doing up this Rotter for addition to the team. Here's the kit-bash with some patented "shitty priming" added for effect. 

Tried to give him a Nurgle mutation of one eye and a horn.
More to come! Later! Now I am off to the comic book store to drool over boardgames I can't play!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Beer Review - Big Sky Powder Hound Winter Ale.

Beer! Here's one from the archives... don't forget to look me up on Untapp'd! User name is the same as this blog - Randroid. 

Big Sky Brewing Company - Powder Hound Winter Ale

Beer Type: American Amber/Red Ale

Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with a big hairy dog illustrated on the label. Big Sky has a unique style of label that seems to always feature a woodland animal. Beer poured a reddish-amber with no real head to speak of.

Smell: Hops, orange zest, sweet malt and a bit of grain all come through with a good sniff.

First Drink: A little caramel malt on the tongue that is quickly followed by the citrus and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a nice carbonation and a dry finish.

Last Drink: Hints of dark chocolate or ripe fruit come through at the end, especially once the beer has gotten a bit warmer.

Drinkability: Really easy going down - this beer makes me feel good about winter.

Notes: This is different from most "winter warmer" style beers I have had but I like it just the same. Too bad it is a seasonal item! Reminds me a bit of the Alaskan Red Ale.

4.5 out of 5. Damn fine flavor with a lot going on in between.

Links: Beer Advocate and Big Sky Brewing Company.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Progress Report 8/6/12 - One model at a time...

It's that time again... time for photos of one WIP model! That's right. In the month of July I didn't manage to complete painting even one model! I am not proud of it but I also don't hate what I have gotten done on this Nurgle Warrior for the Chaos Cup 2012 Legacy team. Here is where he stands as of today:

Nurgly frontage.
Nurgly backsides.
Hoping to have the finishing details and basing complete this week. What do you think? I noticed the "up close and personal" shots make him look a lot grungier and sloppily painted. The reality looks a bit better I think. Of course I want him to have some grungy gunk... so it's a fine line.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beer Review - Great Divide Belgica.

Hey! It's my birthday! That's pretty cool. It's also national IPA Day! Who knew!? In other beer related news, be sure to check out the website and application Untapp'd ... and friend me! My user name is Randroid there as well. And now on to a review...

Great Divide Brewing Company - Belgica

Beer Type: Belgian IPA

Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with a goldenrod colored label sporting the Great Divide design style. Beer poured a pale yellow/straw color with a big fluffy white head that left tons of lacing.

Smell: Smells like a Belgian brew! Probably comes from the yeast and hops used. Also a bit of spice in the nose...

First Drink: A mix of light fruit flavors (apples and a bit of grape) followed by something a bit clove like and ending with some citrusy bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little light on carbonation but perhaps that is what they were going for here.

Last Drink: I'm getting a lot more of the sweetness from the malt now and not as much of the hops.

Drinkability: Not bad overall but I kept waiting for it to really come together to blow my socks off.

Notes: This beer was quite expensive at the FLBS (friendly local beer store) and I was expecting a little more bang for my buck.

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5. Not quite Belgian and not quite IPA enough to really get me going.