I thought it would be interesting to do a recurring themed post about some of the various personalities I run into at all these gaming "events" I go to. I try to hit up at least one a month, whether it is a major GT or a small tournament. At all of these things there is always one thing that is the same. People! If you go to enough of them, you start to see the same guys depending on where you go. It has gotten to the point that I am happy to pack up and travel any where alone because no matter what I will have some one there to chill with. A great example of this was my recent trip to Mechanicon. It is just outside of Philadelphia and a good 3.5 hours from me. The price tag excluded most of the guys in my club and Fritz was unable to cool the wife agro. So away I went... Lobo-Jawa for the second year in a row. But all was cool because I knew people would be there that I met the year before, or that I had met at other events. I hung out with cool dudes the entire weekend and at no time did I feel alone.
The point of this is that the 40k tournament scene is a very small little family of guys who take time out of their separate lives to gather, play, drink and chill. It is our privilege to be surrounded by great people and we should take advantage of it. One such dude is Ted Nagel. I first met Ted at Mechanicon 2009. He is a super friendly, personable and interesting dude. But also, he is a great painter with no ego to speak of (unlike a certain Jawa :P ) and smacks face on the tables.
He was there again this year and we got to speak more indepth. Not a single negative word left his mouth the entire time. It was refreshing to talk to him and inspiring in a way. I challenge you to try it some time. Have a conversation with some one for five minutes and not say something negative. Did you do it? Well try it for a day. Then a weekend. Not so easy!
The guy joined the military right out of high school, married his high school girl friend to whom he is still married, left the military to take a related career which he served for quite a long time, retired from that one and has another where he is the boss and instructor. (Intentionally vague to protect his privacy.) He did all that and still looks like he is in his 30s. Maybe he still is. The only reason why I think he is not is that he has teenage kids and has retired from two careers... Not the point! The point is that in talking to him you get a sense of a truly happy guy. Granted, you could not catch him the entire weekend without a beverage in his hand... But isn't that part of why we go to these things to begin with? But better, if you do catch him without one, it is mere seconds before he is offering you one too and running up to the bar, or coming up to you and pushing one into your hands. Social skills 101 guys. He is the professor.
Ted is a Space Wolf player with a beautiful, and simply painted army. He does not spend hours on blending, but instead has a method of painting that is so simple it is hard. And his stuff looks fantastic!