Friday, November 8, 2013

Oldhammer In The New World: An event for the USA and a Thank You!

Well, I have been lucky so far to get in touch with many of the Oldhammerer's in the USA (and at least follow some of the Canucks! - darn Skaven...;) ). And there are plans afoot to have our first event. Unfortunately for me, most of the group seem to be on the East Coast, which means lots of driving. But so far we have a small core of about 10 of us who are looking for an event in Late Jan or early February, and have a possibility of having a few stores host this event for a weekend. This is likely to be in Virginia, so some of us will have more driving, but it has a core of 5 guys right there. Hopefully if you are on the East Coast, that will be somewhat convenient for you as it is more central.

I think it will probably be a bit of "if you build it they will come" (if they are able), so we are going to try to get this set, and then announce it in the near future. If you have not talked to me (through phone or emails or messages) get in touch, and I can let you know what may be going on or firm up what you can do as well.

So far the plans are for me to do a nice siege battle, and I have some help on the buildings (Thanks Rusty!), so I it should look incredibly sharp. I'm thinking good guys in the castle, bad guys outside, and it will be large enough for several people to add to the game. I know of two others who are planning games right now (though details will have to be forthcoming), and I also think Orclord from Stuff of Legends is hoping to run something.

Obviously our challenges for events are a bit more difficult then our brothers in the UK, as we just have so much more closet space! I'm thinking we are going to have to have several events, possibly an Oldhammer Tour, so that we can get more people that can come and enjoy. So get in touch with me if you are in the Midwest, South, West, etc. I'm hoping to get a list together so I can pass anything along if I hear of a group or event that is upcoming!

I know UK is about to have their second, and I know I'm extremely jealous of their events (and that they'll have Mr. Ansell there as well!) So let me know if Jan or Feb could work for you on the East Coast, or possibly when would be better for you!

Also, I'd like to thank everyone who has visited this site (especially with the lack of posts recently!). I think I had just over 1750 pageviews in the first month! That was great, considering I was expecting more like 200! But Orylgg was kind enough to mention me on his blog, and I'm sure it drove a lot of you here - so Thanks Orylgg! And thank you to everyone who has check this out - hopefully some of you are in the US, and we can meet each other soon!

So "Watch This Space" - we will hopefully have some info for you soon on the first US event!

Hobby Update - Progress, Regress, and new techniques.

Man. can't believe how much time has gone by already. First, I'll apologize for not posting more. But after our Hot Water Heater went and poured water all over, we had to get it replaced. While we were attempting to replace it, we found out that we had a bunch of "bad" mold. This clean up involves bagging your entire house, having walls completely taken out, and then to our dismay, we found out that the mold had spread under the house, so it involved floors too. Needless to say this can put a huge cramp on any hobby time (being barred from your home is never fun), but more importantly to me, I have two young daughters (1 and 3!) so their health and safety has kinda been my number one priority. We have a few more minor bits, but the mold is gone and dead least the guy in the devo suit told me so. Too bad he did not look like Doc Brown, it was more of a Butkus look to him.

Anyway, I also had the fun of my camera dying. (well being dropped at a soccer game). So I am going to show some WIP shots of the Ruglud's. I've tidied them up a lot from here (and had to learn the new inking technique. - Note to self - try to get some advice before exploring a new technique). These are very rough, and with the old camera before it got bounced down a bleacher. So I'll follow up with some more shots later.

The green starts going on - Just curious, I was always told to paint models like you dress them (at least with brushes and not airbrushing). Is that how you paint them? I know a few who paint all the metal first, and then anything opaque. So what is your method?

Believe this is the first extra layer of green, little more ink added on these.
In a row, just easier to paint, glass case of minis (one of them) to the right....

Amazed at how chalky these look in this photo, not too happy with the green so far, but at least progress....
First bit of metal, applied liberally....
After bit of metal, one last green before I start in on the yellow....
 So at least they are coming along, though incredibly slowly. Having small kids can be a challenge to get some time for hobby, but with the help of my better half, I tend to do better on that regard then most. Unfortunately, I had to pack up a lot of my gaming desk (just about the only thing I have in the house for gaming) So progress has been incredibly slow.

But I should be unpacked and ready to go again, so look for more hopefully this weekend....