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NOVA Charitable Army Build

You have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!

This year's Nova Open Charitable Foundation army build is turning out to be a scorcher!  I was just looking at some of the other models painted and I am blown away. Last time I showed you John Stiening's beautiful knight, well, go look now!  VISIT HERE. But here are some sneakies.

Calgar and Honor Guard

Beautiful Tactical Squad

Dave Taylor's Centurians

And if I get this right, John Stiening actually repainted a Dave Taylor Raider... It is gorgeous! He continues to blow me away. There is so much more to see at the Nova site. GO NOW.


Now for my humble additions. Here is my Tyranic War Vets almost complete. Forgive the terrible lighting and camera, it got run over by my car! But it keeps ticking so I keep using it. :)







And here are my Sternguard. 



For the Sternguard I need to give them all a final highlight on the armor then go over any other details, varnish, and add snow on the bases.  For the War Vets, much the same. My models are struggling to hold their own with some true masters of blue though!  I would dare say that this army project rivals the Battle for Armageddon a couple years ago!  I could spend the rest of summer adding touches here and there, but I will be sending these boys out tomorrow.  The Nova will get some proper pictures taken and posted for all to see.

In case you don't know what this project is, you can WIN THIS ARMY. That is right, you can win one of four armies by visiting the NOVA SITE and purchasing entries. For every dollar you donate, you name will be entered into the drawing once.  If you donate 100 dollars, you name goes in 100 times.  All proceeds raised by this army will go to Doctors Without Borders.  What a worthy cause! You get a chance to do some good in the world, AND win one of the most beautiful armies in the land. 

And don't wait, getting your name into the pool enters you to win additional prizes every week.  The Nova is giving away lots of loot to random people who have donated and it does NOT affect your chances of winning the grand prize.  It is bonus!  I am very proud of being part of this organization and I hope you all donate to the cause and win this army!

Jawaballs

Blood and Honor: The Defense of Macragge A charity army build

Well this year's charity army build is gearing up!  Lets start with extreme eye candy courtesy of John Stiening. You have to visit his blog HERE. His work is just gorgeous. I personally need to get down to see him again soon to learn a bit of how he does this yellow.

John Stiening

John Freaking Steining. This model is outstanding. I am almost considering pulling out of the paint team just so I can enter to win this army!

You can purchase entries HERE. All proceeds go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.




As I posted before, this year's charity project is actually FOUR armies. Deathwatch, Tyarnids, Ultramarines and Man Eaters. It is my honor to be taking part in the Ultramarines army painting a squad of Sternguard Vets and a squad of Tyranic War Vets.

Here is my WIP on the Sternguard Sgt. It pales in comparison to what I just showed you. John humbles me. But it's ok. I do my best!


Sternguard Sergeant
I am building up the blue very slowly. I started with John Stiening's recipe, 50/50 Kantor/Black, then layers of Kantor, Macragge and Calgar blue. He is still very dark and I need to do many more layers to bring the blue up to the level of some of the other marines in the project but that will come. I wanted to do some of the details to give me an idea of where I need to bring the blue.  Of course it would not be a Jawaballs model without my own touch! One thing that I feel I do rather well is grey and of course red. You can see both taking shape. The red helm for the sgt. and the plasma pistol grey. I am even going to dip into the last few drops of my secret red varnish to finish the helm. The stuff I used on my old Blood Angels army.  Oh I am going to miss that pot of stuff! I have some video going up today continuing the step by step of this project.

Want more eye candy?

Here are more WIP shots from the DEFENSE OF MACRAGGE home page.



Truly beautiful work!

Oh and a charity army post would not be complete without linking to Dave Taylor!  Visit his blog HERE to see his updates on his Centurians he is painting.

Dave Taylor's Centurian


Of course, you have to be In it to Win it!  VISIT HERE to get tickets. For every ticket you purchase, you name will be entered once into the drawing. If you purchase 100 tickets, your name will be entered 100 times. So get on it!

Jawaballs

Where to game in CT?

40k is a social game. It is meant to be played by groups of guys. The hobby is meant to be shared. You get better at painting and playing by being around others, learning from them and sharing that experience. You can't get this in your basement alone, (trust me I know) or sitting around with that buddy you always pound on. My brother, who lives in Vermont is a great example. I helped him build his list, and he brutalizes his buddies over and over playing in his basement, but it was not until he finally went to a gaming store up there that he encountered some one who could beat him, and he truly started learning the game. The only way to  get the full experience of 40k, or any table top game, is to go to a gaming store and join the community.

So where do you game in CT?  I get asked this a lot seeing as I live in CT and all.  The truth of it is that there simply aren't many places to go with thriving 40k communities. Sure there are my friends who game at Battle for Salvation in Westchester, NY. But we all know the wonderful CT traffic. I just can't get there very often.

So where?

The answer is The Battle Standard! Located in Manchester, CT it sits right in the heart of Connecticut making it an easy trip for any one in the state. 



What makes The Battle Standard great?  

Well for one, the owner Jared is a down to earth and supportive guy. He truly cares and wants his gamers to love their experience. I have chatted with him several times, and he is the type that not just talks to you, but listens and responds to what you have to say. A rare breed in our egocentric world!

I have played in a few tournaments there and as far as game stores go, it is large, clean and organized.  They pride themselves on "Raising the standard of gaming" and it shows. Each table has great terrain and the lighting, often times dark and shadowy in some stores, is bright and vivid, making your models look great on the tables.  But more than that is the little things.  Each table has stools... yes I know, a place to park is often overlooked. But even better, and more often overlooked, is the need to place our drinks so that we don't leave moisture rings on the tables... The Battle Standard tables have drink holders!  Coat hooks too. How many times have you gone to a game store and had to stuff your coat into a corner some place.  Or worse carry it around with you or leave it hanging on the back of a chair.  The little things!

Yes, funny, but it is the little things that matter when raising the level a step above every one else. And TBS gets those things right.  But one of the best touches, and perhaps most unnoticed, is the environment. Have you ever been in a stuffy game store during a tournament, late in the day on a hot afternoon?  We have all embraced the gamer funk!  Well The Battle Standard has an air filtration system!  Yup, no need to shower there!  (Joking please shower.)  

Seriously though, it is a place set up for gamers to play.  And that is what it is all about.

What else makes it special?  It's location is great, just off a major interstate in a strip mall. So there is plenty of parking. Right across the parking lot is a KFC and Taco Bell, along with a deli next door. Food? Check. 

That is it for now.  I will talk about events, painting competitions and the community there next time. My friend Alex Fennel, one of the top ranked 40k players in the world plays there and is always willing to give tips.  

I will leave you with one of the more important aspects of a good gaming store...


You cannot put a price on a good restroom when there are dozens of gamers about. And this one is large, comfortable and has a working flushing toilet!  (Trust me, I have seen some restrooms that were less than standard.)  It even looks like an ork outhouse!  Heh I should do an article on game store restrooms. 

So get out of your basement and get into the game at The Battle Standard!

Jawaballs 


So far removed

I have been so far removed from 40k of late that I honestly had no idea that we are just ten days from a new edition!  HOLY CRAP!

Even further, I got a tickle in my belly as I started reading the rumor mills about what is coming, and found out that Blood Angels are rumored to be on the cover and featured in the new box set.  Might this be the love that the Sons of Sanguinius have been searching for?

It makes sense in a way.  Orks and Angels, two of the GW mainstays, have been neglected in 6th ed.  I don't know much about Orks, but Blood Angels have been neutered and reduced to the level of combat ineffective. The 6th edition rule set completely and totally opposed them from the start and every one knew it.  So why no new codex?  I guess we have our answer.

New editions are not just hatched over night. If they are launching a new edition now, than it has been in the work for some time.  That explains why we have not seen a new BA book.  They set the plan into motion that BA will get the love in 7th long ago. The digital update was meant to placate us. I bet we can assume that was the date that the decision was made for 7th.

Whatever.  So what is coming?  What I have read makes me happy.  Orks are due out on he heels of the new edition. Then a new box set will come out, presumably containing Orks and Angels. Then Angels will drop shortly after.  I have seen rumors about a new unit of veterans who have come back from the Rage. Sweet. I have seen rumors of a limited edition starter kit with a Sanguinary Priest model... Ive been asking for that for years!

In all, it is looking like this is going to be the year of the Blood Angels. New rules, new models, new codex. Can I say new army?

It is amazing how my interest in this game was instantly and immediately rejuvenated. Thank god. I miss 40k.

Jawaballs

New Charity Army Build Project

It is my honor once again to be part of a force for good and participate in this years Nova Open Foundation charity army build.  For info and to enter the drawing visit HERE.

What is going on this year?  Well there are four great armies being produced by some of the biggest names in the business like Dave Taylor, Gabe Dobkin and so many more.  One of the themes is the Battle of Maccragge. We will be painting two armies for this project, Tyranids and Ultramarines.

What am I painting specifically?


I will be painting some veteran models. A squad of Sternguard and a unit of Tyranic War Vets.  I wish I could do more but my time is spent this year doing graduate school.

So what is going on this year?

The NOCF will be sponsoring weekly drawings of prizes donated from some great names like Secret Weapon Miniatures and Thewarstore.  Each week they will give away a prize to some one that has bought a ticket. You have to be in it to win it!  Winning a weekly prize has no effect on your chances to win the ultimate grand prize. It is just bonus!  The earlier you get in the more chances you have to win great stuff.  Check the FOUNDATION WEBSITE every Sunday to see what great prizes are being given away!

If you are the type that prefers video, take a look!



I will be doing many updates as I work on this project. Stay tuned!

More to come.

Jawaballs

I live yet!

Sorry folks for my prolonged AFK.  Taking three grad courses while teaching full time and raising a four year old definitely was more work than I thought it would be.  But the good news is the semester just ended! This past Saturday I just submitted my final research paper for the semester. Now I have a couple weeks before my two summer session courses start up... :(

But enough of my woes.

I have a couple of projects coming up. First is my most recent charity endeavor. If you like Ultramarines, than this one is for you!  I will be painting two groups of veterans for The Nova Charitable Foundation painting project. Other members of the team are none other than Dave Taylor and John Steining!  Two outstanding people and painters.  I will do a full post on the project later this week with links and info. Stay tuned.

Another project I have in the works is my Eldar.  They have been shelved for a long time, but I think I am going to bust them back out this summer.  Once I complete the Veterans I will be working on them. I have a butt load of Wraithguard to do up.  I think I am going to do them traditional Iyanden though.

Hopefully soon I will be receiving the first wave of Robotech models from the much delayed and hotly anticipated Robotech kickstarter.  Yes they are now over six months late, but they promised that they will be releasing the first wave of models soon to all backers.  I am looking forward to painting these guys!

Also I will be doing a few more banners for Dropzone Games soon too.

I havn't heard from Battle for Salvation in a while, so I don't know what is up with the "Best Painted" invitational I promised you, but once I hear from them I will let you know how that stands.

Ok so the first official charity project post in a couple days. Stay tuned!

Jawaballs

It's been quiet... time for a Charity Army!

I have been buried with going to graduate school full time, and taking a break after painting my Lamenters army, but that is soon coming to an end. A lot has been happening lately with so much new stuff being released, and yes I have opinions. I will share more on that later. For now, I wanted to make a big announcement!

It is time for another charity army project! This year the Nova Open Charitable Foundation is taking the reigns again with running the show, and they are helping to organize the completion of FOUR armies for charity. HERE is a link to the NOCF site where you will find all the info you need.  I personally will be painting a couple squads of Ultramarine veterans. More on that soon. For now, here is the press release:



DONT WAIT!  You can buy your tickets to win the Space Marine army HERE. You know the drill.


The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) will open its 2014 charity army fundraising raffle season
tomorrow, April 1, 2014. Visit www.novaopenfoundation.org and join the “Compassionate Force” by
taking chances on winning one or more of the amazing armies being offered this year and supporting
deserving charities in the process!

BACKGROUND:
The NOCF was created to assist international miniature painters and artists who produce armies as
fundraising vehicles for charitable causes. Recognizing the immense generosity of the worldwide
tabletop wargamer, the NOCF was formed to bring this “Compassionate Force” together under a single
banner with a broad international outreach. Every raffle ticket purchased in support of these charity
armies will contribute to causes which address the needs of humanitarian emergency relief, children’s
concerns, medical research and the military.

In 2013, the worldwide tabletop wargaming community’s support of the NOCF charity army raffles
raised over $10,000 which was donated to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, The
Fisher House Foundation and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The three charity armies from
2013 were shipped from Washington, D.C. to winners in Washington State, Missouri and as far away as
Tasmania, Australia!

2014 CHARITY ARMY RAFFLES:
*A Consortium of professional and award-winning artists from within the tabletop wargaming
community has come together in support of the NOCF Macragge Project. Learn more about each HERE.
The proceeds from these two armies will support Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The NOCF expanded the work of the Consortium to two separate armies in 2014, representing Battle of
Macragge, the epic clash between Tyranids of Hive Fleet Behemoth and Ultramarines led by Marneus
Calgar. Both of these armies are full 1850-tuned armies, including numerous extra models for force
flexibility.

● ARMY #1: Battle of Macragge Ultramarine List
o Marneus Calgar and Honor Guard
o Chief Librarian Tigurius
o Chaplain Cassius
o 5 Tyrannic War Veterans
o 1 Drop Pod
 o 30 Tactical Marines with a variety of weapon load outs
o 10 x Scouts: 5 w/ Sniper Rifles and Camo Cloaks, 5 w/ Bolt Pistols and Close Combat Weapons
o 3 Storm Talons with Skyhammer Missiles
o 3 Thunderfire Cannons
o 1 Knight Titan
o 3 Centurion Devastators with Hurricane Bolters and Heavy Graviton Cannons

Some of the models I will be painting.


● ARMY #2: Battle of Macragge Tyranid List
o Flying Hive Tyrant w/ 2 Twin-Linked Devourers
o 5 Tyranid Warriors w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
o 1 Tyranid Prime w/ Norn Crown, Magnetized Weapon Options
o 60 Termagants
o 2 Mawlocs
o 1 Carnifex w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
o 20 Gargoyles
o 2 Lictors
o 1 Deathleaper
o 1 Venomthrope
o 3 Tyrant Guards (expected magnetized options for either tyrant guard or hive guard)
o 2 Hive Crones
o 8 Genestealers

*Stiff Neck Studio, under the leadership of Capt. Wesley Cogdal, is once again donating an exceptional
army for the NOCF charity raffles. This year, they are expanding our army range to include the first NOCF
Fantasy army, lovingly entitled “Man Eaters of the Great Maw!” The NOCF proudly donated funds from
last year’s Stiff Neck Studio army to The Fisher House Foundation, and we hope the Compassionate
Force will come together in 2014 to double those funds for this charity.

● ARMY #3: Fantasy Ogre Kingdom List

o 1 Ogre Tyrant
o 6 Ogre Bullz
o 5 Ogre Iron Gutz
o 4 Lead Belcher's
o 1 Stone-horn
o 1 Scrap launcher

*Built by a combined force of hobbyists associated with the Penny Arcade forum, the Deathwatch Army
has been donated to the NOCF with the request that it be raffled as a fundraiser for Child’s Play Charity.
Forty pages of forum posts followed this army from musings on a “general 40K” thread to each model
being painted by a different person over the course of a year, culminating in the most recent post which
announced, “The army is in the care of the Nova Open Charitable Foundation. . . .” The handler, who
wishes to remain anonymous, recognized that a lot of people had given of themselves to create this
Deathwatch Army, and it had a lot to give back to the community. A staff member of the NOVA Open
Tabletop Wargaming Convention, Martin Bagley, has agreed to take on the task of repairing and
restoring this army to its original grandeur over the next few weeks.

● ARMY #4: Deathwatch Army List
o Full List Can be Found HERE





2014 Sponsors:
Remember to check the Foundation website ( www.novaopenfoundation.org ) every Sunday between
now and August 17, 2014 to see which of our amazing sponsors is offering a gift certificate for the
weekly Saturday drawings!

KR Multicase is once again donating customized KR transport cases to safely nestle each of our amazing
charity armies for their travels.

 TheWarStore contributed dozens of models to the two large Macragge armies and the Ogre Kingdom
army this year.

Secret Weapon Miniatures stepped up again in 2014, providing all bases and Masterclass scenic
products for the Macragge armies.

Powered Play Gaming joins the NOCF charity efforts in 2014 to offer products for the lighting of models and, more particularly, for the full-on 4’x6’ Macragge Project Terrain Table being created by Michael
Frazier.

NOVA Open also donated the dozens of models necessary to complete the Macragge and Ogre Kingdom armies.

Special thanks to the 11th Company who will podcast the drawings internationally during the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention, August 31, 2014.

More to come!
Jawaballs

Lamenters from Templecon 2014

As promised! This is VERY pic heavy folks. Sorry for the long load time but it is worth it!

Yes there is still a lot of work to be done. I am very unhappy with the basing, and some of the models are unfinished, such as the sergeant terminator with the unfinished power sword.  But when you look at the army as a whole, and the layers upon layers of yellow it took to accomplish the appearance than you can get an appreciation for this army.

This army won Best Painted and Players Choice (Though I had to give that one up, I could only have one) at Templecon.

This was just the first wave of painting though. I will be completely unveiling this army in October at The Battle for Salvation Best Painted Invitational. (I have no idea what they are really calling it, we will go with that.)  The invitational is a full GT that will run alongside the competitive BFS GT.  However, in order to get into this one, you need to have won a Best Painted at a major tournament!  I was already in for having won Best Painted a couple years ago at BFS, but this just cements the deal.

Why is this awesome! Because it should be about the funnest tournament I have ever played in.  First of all, in theory, I should be up against other dudes like me, who care more about the hobby than the game. And I should be facing other lists that won't table me 4 out of 5 games!  The event should be an eye candy extravaganza and loads of fun.  I can't wait!  

What do I have to do now? I need to remake my display.  There is a lot I am unhappy with on this one, from the layout to the execution. I don't think there is any salvaging this one.  In that process, I will rebase most of the models.  With that said though, I think this display was a huge success. (we are our own worst critics)  I have been promising for years a display with lights, motion and sound and I finally delivered.  I did learn a thing or two here.  I won't get too into it, but there should be fast improvements for the October display.  Until then enjoy! There is video at the bottom.












































Here is some video.




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