Category Archives: Photographs

Not my painting… Warmachine Wednesday

A while back, Chad (of a couple of podcasts fame) won a tournament he was running, where the prize was supposed to be the winner would get a model painted by him. Since he won, he agreed to paint something for everyone!

I had originally selected one model, and it had sat with Chad a while, apparently neither of us very excited about it. Well, it came back to mind and we swapped out what he was painting… and it was definitely worth it!

He sent me some work-in-progress pictures as he went along as well, so here we go!

Captain Gunnbjorn

Getting started!


Almost done! At this point, the Bazooka was left.

Legit Bazooka!

So many details! Extra rockets on his belt, obviously.

Well, now I’m going to have to play more Gunnbjorn! This turned out great. And the red tartan is looking good, excellent proof of concept.


Doing some magnetizing!

So I totally had this one planned, and then apparently my phone failed to take/save the first picture… oh well. Suffice to say, I was trying to do something new in my hobby work with my Trollbloods!

Here’s the Bomber model that my friend Chad helped put together. It comes in a three-pack of models, with 3 different heads, 3 sets of hands, and 3 forearms even so you can choose which two to go with. Oh, and 2 backs, with three different sets of things to sit on the back. The missing picture would be all sorts of various pieces laid out ready to start assembling!

Of those pieces, the back seemed right out – too tight a fit to be putting on and taking off again regularly. Really, all that needs to be different to represent the three different models it could be are the hands, and the back attachments somewhat. For instance, we can tell this is a Bomber because of the two powder kegs in his hands – easy! On his back is a pygmy troll (Pyg) with a torch, to light them up… on another model (the Blitzer), it’s a machine gun with a Pyg gunner on the back.

Chad had said the magnetizing on this one was pretty easy for the hands, because there was enough spare space in the joints to put the magnets in without having to drill them in to fit. Well, that seemed easy enough, so it was time to give it a try.

It turned out pretty well! We went with a fixed head (glued on) for the first one, so I chose a different head for this second. I also changed the positioning of the arms. Meanwhile, the magnets in the arm sockets did indeed turn out easy enough!

I was worried about how I was going to keep all the polarity going the correct direction, but that turned out to not be a problem. The tiny rare earth magnets used are strong, but the epoxy that I used to hold them in place turns out to be stronger – so I could have the magnets attached (and thus pointed the right way), then use epoxy to attach the pieces to the model, then I could actually separate the magnets. Easier than I could have hoped.

From this point, it’s a work in progress. I got a custom base for the new one to stand on as well, so that’ll be nice. And then it’s time for chucking a lot of explosive barrels.

Bonus picture!

I got started building something of the Circle Orboros models that we picked up for Holly to paint and potentially play a bit of. She likes the idea of the ancient powerful sentient tree, Wurmwood, who also happens to be crazy good to play. Anyway, I got the tree built!

Yeah yeah yeah, pretty easy. It’s past time to get some painting going, but it’ll be nice for Holly to maybe have some to paint too – and it’s been nice to do a bit of hobby work to get me back into the swing of things.

Meme Monday – Magic!

I may have been talked into trying out the mobile game Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest, which is a combination of mana gem matching and a bit of a game of Magic. It’s fast paced and maybe it’ll help fill the void as all my Ascension and Lord of Waterdeep games have dried up…

But it also reminded me that, when it comes to memes, there’s an entire subset of memes out there: fan-made Magic cards. From concepts, to fandoms, to politics, to whatever else – the stuff of other memes, just expressed as a Magic card. When done well, it requires getting clever about the abilities, the color, the cost, the flavor text. Many of them just leave me scratching my head at some of the elements, though to be fair some of that is the fact that I don’t know a number of the newer rules. Like… what’s a Planeswalker?

I thought I would share a few just for a bit of flavor…

I seemed to find political Magic cards for all persuasions. I do have to say that the every turn there’s more useless tokens about the emails is a nice touch… But yeah, not sure I get all of that one, really. The first card is simple and elegant.

Well played.

That sounds about right.

But my favorite I came across for this post:

I like the visual of the first ability, in particular, as you just pick up and head to another game, already in progress. Which is, indeed, the start to most Doctor Who episodes…

How about you – any favorite Magic Card memes? Has this made you run off to Google to find more? Share any good finds with us!

Ask And Ye Shall Receive… Meme Monday

Last week I asked for memes, and memes I got! However, by then posting that I got memes, I… got memes. There was a feeling of further need to send me memes, so I thought I would share a few!

Hehehehehe I love these!

I had read the headlines for this one… this was absolutely my mental image. Being provided the meme to go with it just seemed right! The Saturday Night Live was great as well…

I received this one before I saw it making the rounds on social media, so… props on that! One of many potential candidates. I had my own thoughts on the matter…

Pat agreed.

There was one other meme that got some talk this week for me on Twitter… the number one meme and spoiler I’ve been seeing from Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Not a big spoiler, and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense out of context…

One of a great many of these.

And yes, it makes more sense with context.


The Nine Alignments of Guardians of the Galaxy – Throwback Thursday

Taking a break from other throwbacks, I have Guardians of the Galaxy on the mind! We’re hoping to see the second film this weekend, and I guess we’ll see how the below alignment grid holds up! For more on Guardians of the Galaxy, here is my LitFlix from the first film, and here is my analysis of music as a character in the first film. For an introduction on the main characters, we have you covered here.

On our poll of what we should do for an alignment grid, the top result was the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, I tried to come up with one for the MCU, but that is a tough nut to crack. A lot of characters, so how to pick?

I didn’t pick yet. Instead, I did one just from Guardians of the Galaxy. I hope you enjoy.

For more of an explanation of alignment grids (and for several examples), please check out this post. And if you have comments on this one, or ideas for a Marvel Cinematic one, let us know in the comments below!