A year in the trenches

October 16, 2009
Group shot. Location was our awesome waiter's idea. Seriously, Ben kicked ass!

Gencon 2009... after the show.

Oct. 16 marks my 1-year anniversary as a member of the Press Gang. It will remain a bittersweet day for me because shortly after finding out I had been accepted into the gang, I received word my grandfather died.

The email from Biggie proved a great comfort to me that day. I was going to be able to officially run events for my favorite game, hang out in the PG forum and do… cool stuff.

Looking through my Purple Tourney Notebook o Doom, I ran two events before I was “official.” In the past 12 months, I’ve run 10 events, not including a ton of Monsterpocalypse stuff. Some tourneys have been small, some large, some better than others. From what I can tell, folks are having a good time and they’re still playing the game, which are the most important things. I’m fortunate to have an awesome store to operate out of and a great group of players.

From my standpoint as a PG, the past 12 months have been gamer geek heaven. In February, I was able to attend Templecon in Providence, RI. As my first convention, Templecon will always have a special place in my heart. That’s where I met Kevin and Biggie and had my first meeting with Devilsquid, Tamwulf and CptCaine — PGs who became my friends and running partners at future shows.

I didn’t play many games, but that wasn’t the point. I was traveling across the country to be at a convention with 56 hours of Warmachine and be surrounded by folks who love the game. It was great, and I can’t wait until Templecon 2010.

Fast-forward to May and the Privateer Press Invitational, an event that is highly anticipated by the Gang. This was our shot to visit the Mothership, our chance to meet the folks who make the game we love. And it didn’t disappoint. More friendships formed, bombing down the road in the Walkaway Insurance Van… the stuff of legend. From a gaming standpoint, Theater of War Live was insane. It was my first time meeting Chris Walton, Michael “Scrappers” Faciane, PPS_Jack, Matt and DC.

At this point, I figured I was done with cons for the year. I knew PAX was in September, and figured that would be doable. Then I got the opportunity to go to Gencon. So of course I went! Even though there was tons of stuff to see, I had plenty of fun working the Privateer booth and running events with Kevin. I got the chance to talk at length with Doug Seacat and Chris and Mike. I got to see Ron Kruzie paint up close and work with PPS_Dave, PPS_Ed and PPS_Jack. I was able to hang out with Simon during some of the tournaments, and he gave me a cool messenger bag. 🙂 Of course, there was more wreaking havoc with CptCaine and Devilsquid and the insanity of painting models for Tamwulf’s Retribution army for Hardcore. It was a hectic show, but well worth the trip. Breaking down the booth with no A/C was a little rough, but it was a lot of fun. Of course, the real fun was the dinner afterward.

With about two weeks to recover, it was time to hit the road with Dicewraith and attack PAX. While Gencon is older, PAX is nuttier. So many people, so many gamer geeks and the Privateer booth was in an awesome spot where those folks walked by everyday. Another long, hectic weekend, but this time there was a great deal more rum consumed, Rock Band (with me buzzed enough to sing!) and more Retribution. There was also a great deal of hilarity with Dave, Mike and DC, plus dinner with Biggie and then dinner with the gang after tear-down.

I know there’s a lot of name dropping in this post; that’s not the intent. Part of what makes me so passionate about promoting Privateer’s games is knowing the people who make those games. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. When I can tell a player, “DC said this about model X,” that carries more weight than reading something on the forums. Or if I can say, “Scrappers is fantastic, I beat the guy who made the game, ” they might be interested where they weren’t before. The thing I love about Privateer Press is how hard they work and the fact they make time for their players. Really, all anyone needs to do is write an email and chances are, you’ll get a response — you don’t need to be a PG. Hell, you can call if you want; you will talk to someone who can answer your questions, just ask. And believe me, asking goes a long way.

Every time I look at the Breast Cancer Brawl: Boise artwork, I’m blown away. It’s a stunning piece of work that Chris Walton has donated to my event that will be on our shirts, for starters. This whole thing came about through a few PMs on the forums, some discussions at Gencon, and then some followup PMs. I didn’t meet Chris until the Invitational in May. I certainly didn’t expect him to stay late at work a few weeks ago to make a logo for the event, but that’s what he did. In all honesty, my feelings wouldn’t have been hurt if he said “no” because those guys are super busy. But he didn’t, and in eight days, I’ll show off the art and you’ll be able to see why I’m so excited about it.

I’m very fortunate to be where I am right now. I’ve made some lifelong friends and met the people responsible for the game that’s been my hobby for the past 4 years. I’ve traveled to places I never would have considered visiting, I’ve met cool people and done some crazy things. If my second year as a PG is even a quarter as fun as my first, I’ll be a very happy ‘Ferret.

Thanks for indulging me on this one. I’ve been thinking about this a lot and figured this was as good a time as any to write about it. Chances are, I’ll be scarce for the next week or so.

~ Jen

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BCB: Boise update

October 13, 2009

BCB logocBreast Cancer Brawl: Boise is rapidly approaching. The added wrinkle to all of this is that the LGS is also hosting an ‘Ard Boyz semi-final due to some issues with communication. But we’re gonna make it work — BCB gets the gaming area at the store, the WHFB guys get one of the vacant store fronts. We’ve got room for 20 tables, which means a maximum of 40 (forty!!) Warmachine/Hordes players!

The good news is, I’ll have help running tourney ops (thanks, Scott!). I’m dragging the Powerbook with me and I’ll be running the tourney software we used at Gencon (thanks, Shav!). That will make my life a lot easier. The other good news is we’ve received two donations already and my players sound like they’re ready to open their wallets for the cause. Shirts are at the printer’s, and Project: Rabid Wombat is under way. Just a few more  details to finish with that. I’ve got to find a few more things to include in the player packets, but some of that is stuff I can do at the last minute.

Prize support has been ordered — we’re getting in the gorgeous Steamroller trophies for the top three finishers. And we’ve also got autographed prints from Matt Wilson for our most generous donors. Khador for the Cure will be ready, and I’ll post pics over at Project: Paint Pink. Cygnus of Awareness will be there too, there’s a pink-themed Circle army and an Ashlynn-led Merc force done up in pink. All will be available for auction locally first; the stuff that doesn’t go to locals will be put on eBay. Stay tuned for details.

No word on if we’ll have visitors from Seattle. I’m hoping we do, but if we don’t, it won’t be the end of the world. It just means I’ll have to mail off thank-you gifts (I’m talking to you, Chris Walton). 😉

On the painting side of things, I’ve been juggling several deadlines and I’ve managed to meet two of them. The first was painting the Retribution “boxed set” which was shown in an earlier post. The other was painting up a model for the PG mini exchange. Here are pics:

Paladin of the Wall

Paladin of the Wall

I've gotten pretty good at painting cloaks.

I've gotten pretty good at painting cloaks.

I blame Graham 100 percent for my new inclination to paint armor as … armor. His insistence that I paint his Sword Knight and Stormguard in full plate isn’t a bad thing, and I think it works well on the paladin. In fact, it works well enough with the Menoth White Base/Highlight that I’m seriously considering repainting my Protectorate. After all, three armies done up with gray as a base is a bit much. So we’ll see.

For the record, it was *very* difficult to put this guy in the mail. I really wanted to keep him. That doesn’t happen too often with commissions for me. But this was the fist paladin I’ve actually completed — I own four. Vilmon and his boys will look like this one. Then I’ll decide what to do with the rest of the army. 😛

And now better pics of the Angry Elves™.

Pink-haired, pointy-eared, anime assassin!

Pink-haired, pointy-eared, anime assassin!

Kiki the Chimera

Kiki the Chimera

Merv Griffon

Merv Griffon

Monty Manticore

Monty Manticore

The whole gang

The whole gang


Retribution boxed set

October 2, 2009

It took me a little, but I got the Retribution boxed set done.

To clarify, it’s not an actual boxed set, it’s just the models that fit in that level of play. This is a group shot I took real quick. I still need to seal the models and take something with what passes for studio lighting for me. 😛

I like my color scheme, I'm not 100% crazy about my execution of it. I rushed and it shows.

I like my color scheme, I'm not 100% crazy about my execution of it. I rushed and it shows.

I’d like to add freehand to the Myrmidons eventually. My hands just aren’t steady enough and I have too many models I need to get painted in the next few weeks — namely the Khador. But there’s also the Ultramarines commission, and I still need to make time for Cryx commission stuff.

I need to remember that I can wait to the last minute if it’s a writing project. Not so much with painting…


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