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Kicking it!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2013 by BrentS

I know that Kickstarter is nothing new to the Hobby Blog community but I thought I’d do a post about my experiences with Kickstarter since last year.



My first Kickstarter was Zombicide! by Guillotine Games and Cool Mini or Not. One of my hobby friends sent me a random text message about this this cool looking zombie game that has Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory as a miniature. Well, I’ve never been a big “Zombie” guy but I was still intrigued. He sent me the link and that was my first taste of Kickstarter. What a interesting concept… well, I pledged full in on the “Abomination” level which covered the base game and then a host of extra survivor (and ultimately zombie-survivors) models as part of the stretch goals. The game delivered on time and I’ve had a load of fun playing with my son and his friends! I thought to myself, that this kickstarter thing was pretty cool and I really felt like a got a good value for the dollars I committed. We are still expecting the second wave shipment later this year – looking forward to all the new survivors. In the meantime, I’ve been slowly cracking away at painting my zombies. Next time we play a game, I’ll try to break out the camera and get some game shots!


Reaper Bones

Well, I really got caught up in the excitment over this Kickstarter. So many models for such a “small” dollar investment. They sucked me in pretty good with all the stretch goals and in the end, I even pledged to get the paints as well. I’ve always been a fan of the reaper paint line and the painting sets offered as part of the kickstarter stretch goals were cheaper than retail so why not… Having said that, my experience with this kickstarter was a bit more dissappointing. We are still waiting for everything I pledged to be delivered. I knew the models weren’t due until later this year but they failed to deliver the paint sets in November as they were orginally promised. Reaper was very up front with this with several email communications – basically they were overwhelmed by the success of their kickstarter and couldn’t deliver on the demand. So I’m still waiting for the paints to be delivered. Oh well, there are lots of goodies coming… though I have no idea what I’m going to do with most of the models.

So that ending 2012 and my Kickstarter pledges. I spent a considerable amount of time watching several other Kickstarters but ultimately held off on pledging.

Now in 2013, I’m getting sucked in again…

Rivet Wars


This is a 2 player game set in a WWI/Steampunk era. The models look like so much fun and the game play looks to be pretty solid. This is another KS from the CMON team so I’m very confident they’ll deliver. The KS is a little over a week old and it is already funded now we just watch it grow as the stretch goals roll on. They are already delivering some pretty cool cameo “Special Edition” miniatures – some of the movie references are beyond me (though Nick Fury was easy to identify). This KS is about to cross the $200K mark. At $225K things will get pretty crazy. I’d encourage anyone reading this blog to check out the Rivet Wars Kickstarter!


The Painting Pyramid

Painting Pyramid

The last Kickstarter I’m backing right now has a local connection. Uber painter – James Wappel is running his program to publish a huge series of miniature painting DVDs. James is an amazing artist and his models consistently win prizes in every competition he enters. He played in my Bilbo’s Birthday Bash Tournament this year and ran away with the Best Appearance awards. Anyway, very happy to support a local guy and get some good advice on miniature painting too. Make sure you go check James’s Kickstarter.


Wyrd Hobby Services

Finally, not related to Kickstarter but Blog worthy… A good friend of mine has started his own Hobby painting and converting commission business. You should definitely check out his site. He’s one of the best painters and I know and he’d love a chance to work with your models! Go check him out at Wyrd Hobby Services!

Well, that’s all for now… I’ve got a lot fun Hobby things planned for this year and with any luck I’ll actually get some blog posts made…

Sign Up Now! Two Different LOTR:SBG Tournaments

Posted in Bilbos Birthday Bash, Games Day, GW Tournament Circuit, LOTR:SBG News, March to Mount Doom Madness, Tournament, Uncategorized on July 4, 2009 by BrentS

I’ve been meaning to update my blog with this information for some time.  I’m involved with the running of two very different Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game Tournaments coming up in the very near future.

Event #1:  The March to Mount Doom Madness – July 26, 2009 at the Chicago Games Day Convention


The March to Mount Doom Madness is a Single Elimination Tournament that will be a FREE event at the 2009 Chicago Games Day Convention (did I mention this was FREE once you get through the GamesDay doors?)  This tournament will feature a unique “bracket-style” pairing system and players will play their way trough a single elimination tournament during the course of the day.

Space is limited to the first 12 players to sign up.  If you want to register either post a comment here (I’ll email to confirm) or the better option is to send me a Private Message over at the AWC Forums.

Army Requirements are 500pts following typical Legions of Middle Earth rules with the following exception:  MAXIMUM model count is 15. So bring out your heroes for this clash as you fight your way to the top of Mount Doom.  Army lists will be checked for accuracy the day of the event so be prepared with extra copies of your army list.  All models must be painted to a minimum three-color tournament standard.  All games will be limited to 50 minutes in length so prompt play is required.  Games will kick-off at 10:30 and the winner will crowned at around 4pm.

In addition to the tournament, the AWC LOTR club will also have some extra space throughout the day for pick-up games for LOTR:SBG as well as host a demo table showcasing the SBG.

I hope anyone thinking of attending Games Day will help support the club by coming over to these events.

If anyone has questions, feel free to leave a comment or head on over to the AWC Forums and post your comments.

Event #2:  Bilbo’s Birthday Base, and Independent Grand Tournament – August 22-23, 2009 at the Chicago Battle Bunker

Come join your friends as we celebrate Bilbo’s elventy-first birthday at an Indy Grand Tournament for the Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game.

Tournament Logistics:
Location: The Chicago Battle Bunker (1524 Butterfield Road, Suite A, Downers Grove, IL)
Day 1: Saturday August 22nd 10am-8pm. 4 Games
Day 2: Sunday August 23rd 12pm – 6pm. 2 Games plus Awards

Entry Fee: $40 (Pre-registration before August 2 gets a $5 discount)

Tournament Format:
Each player will play a total of 6 games – three games with each army. All match-ups will be arranged as good versus evil only. All games will be 90 minutes in length with pre-set terrain.

Army Requirements:
Each player will be required to bring TWO armies with them, one representing the Free Peoples of Middle Earth (Good) and on representing the Forces of Darkness (Evil). Each army much be no more than 350 points and must follow the normal army building rules outlined in Legions of Middle Earth (LOME). Army Lists must be selected from LOME or any subsequent sourcebook. Profiles for heroes and warriors published in White Dwarf (up to and including Issue 354, July 2009) may be included in your army following the rules in the relevant articles. All players are expected to bring copies of the rules and profiles for their own armies (including extra copies of White Dwarf articles).

A note on painting…Both armies must be painted to a minimum standard of 3 colors plus a base.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Best General, Best Appearance, and Best Sportsman. Depending on the number of pre-registrations, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards as well as some additional categories may be added.

Tentative Schedule of Event:

August 22nd, 2009

10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Check-in
11:00 – 12:30 Game 1
12: 30 – 1:30 Lunch – Paint Judging
1: 30 – 3:00 Game 2
3:00 – 3:30 Scoring Break
3:30 – 5:00 Game 3
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner – Paint Judging
6:00 – 7:30 Game 4

August 23rd, 2009
12:00 – 12:30 Check-in
12:30 – 2:-00 Game 5
2:00 -3:00 Lunch
3:00 -4:30 Game 6
4:30-5:00 Scoring Break
5:00 Award Ceremony

Note: We are still working out the final details on the schedule of events. These times might change but we don’t expect to fundamentally change that we are playing 4 games on day 1 and 2 games on day 2.

To Register for this event, go to our event website:

Bilbo’s Birthday Bash.  If you pre-register, your entry fee will only be $35. Pre-Registration closes on August 2nd.

March to Mount Doom Madness

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2009 by BrentS

Following up on my post from yesterday… I was fooling around with Photoshop trying to create a “Splash” image/logo for the event. Here’s what I came up with.


Warriors of Harad

Posted in Armies, Harad, Painting, Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 by BrentS

As part of my evaluation for various Chicago Games Day armies. I’ve decided to take a crack at some Haradrim Warriors to use in conjunction with my Mumak.

Here’s a few shots of the WIP Models

Haradrim Warriors 


Harad Mumak Commander


Watchers of Karna


All of the Haradrim were painted using basecoats and then ‘dipped’.  Some of the models were straight dipped into the varnish while others were actually brushed on with the dip.  After trying both, I think that brushing the dip on is much more effective in that you really can control the application of the varnish.

I converted the bow armed models by adding bow-strings to the model.  The Harad warriors with hand weapons were also conversions using parts of Haradrim spearmen, Corsairs of Umbar, and some greenstuff. 

The Watcher of Karna were painted using a non-standard paint scheme.  I went with a purple color on their robes.  I chose the purple as I knew I’d rarely find a model that I could use the Foundation Purple color!!  I also wanted to use the new Citadel Washes on these models.  They were shaded with Purple, Brown, and Black washes. 


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