"Paint a single character model, yeah no prob I'll do that right now"
"What do you mean my flight leaves tomorrow?!?!"
In about 5 hours (from when this was typed) I'm heading out to the airport to spend 4 days with not only one of my bestest gaming buddies but clearly my brother-from-another-mother Darren Bolton in scenic Vancouver BC. Darren and I haven' t been in the same room together for over 7 years now (living on opposite sides of a country the size of Canada will do that) but a couple of months ago he just said out of the blue "you should come out here to play some games and drink some beers" and now that's what I'm doing.
We decided on how much gaming (and beer, don't forget beer) we could cram into three and a half days and it feels like alot.
Age Of Sigmar
This is what got me off my butt and re-basing my older Vampire Counts stuff all of a sudden.I've re-based about 7 warscrolls worth of stuff and it's all heading out to Vancouver with me so I can FINALLY try the game for myself. As a follow up, I have no intention of any of the models I'm taking with me making the return trip so I will be fielding an all new Vampire Counts army a few weeks after I get back.
My first true hobby gaming love. Back in the day I played a ton of Car Wars and most of the group I played with were super-serious about it. After taking a break from the game for a few years I came back to it with a new less serious attitude about it and it's been like rediscovering the fun I never had. Love this game and I'm looking forward to sharing how it goes with everybody.
Dungeons & Dragons
As much as Car Wars is my first gaming love D&D is where it really started for me. It's also where the story of the secret hobby shame I need to confess to tonight started.
You see when Darren proposed this gaming (and beer, don't forget the beer) based excursion I needed to paint exactly ONE model to be ready to rock; my character for D&D. I picked a pre-generated character that is an Elf Ranger/Druid, no problem except three of the things I've generally never had an interest in playing in D&D are; Elves, Rangers and Druids so my on-hand selection of figures was pretty weak. After talking myself in and out of a number of figures I would have had to have gotten off my butt to buy if I was going to paint them I dove into the box of Reaper Bones figures my buddy Mark generously donated to Zoe and I about a year ago. It took me a surprisingly long time to find a woodsy-looking elf that wasn't female but finally I found one.
So this is my character. I don't have the sheet in front of me but he's a Elf 6th level Ranger 6th level Druid who primarily fights with a bow (its on his back). The base coats all went on last night and I did some detail work and washes on my lunch break today. He's quick and dirty but he's a one-off model for a one-off game so I'm okay with that.
When I get back I expect to have lots of games to talk about and I'm also venturing out into three new miniature games when I get back. I just got my first pack of miniatures for the Batman miniatures game (they look AMAZING by the way), I'll also be picking up Frostgrave this weekend while I'm out Darren's way, and I've decided to dust off my Fallout themed miniatures from a couple of years ago and give This Is Not A Test a try.
Lots of hobby going on, hopefully I'll end up in front of a computer to tell you about it more regularly!