Online Voting for Crystal Brush Awards Now Open

As you saw in my gallery the other day, there’s a lot of fantastic models in the Crystal Brush this year (the cases filled up a lot since then). Every entry is absolutely awesome, but only one will be able to take home the grand prize. And you can have a help in deciding which model that will be.
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Photos From Crystal Brush Awards

One of the big draws to Adepticon is the Crystal Brush Awards. Every year, painters from all over the world gather together in order to try and get the $10k grand prize. I elbowed my way through a crowd in order to get you some photos of some of the entries submitted so far.
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New Update Posted For CMON Expo

We’re less than 2 months away from CMON Expo 2016. Things are really starting to get busy over here. Lots of buzz around the office as preparations are solidified. Being Friday, it’s time once more for an Expo Update. This time around we’ve got info about a new contest, a new event, and a new guest.
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Exclusive one week commission deal from EZPainter

A lot of us have a lot of figures sitting around that we really want to get painted, but we just can’t seem to find the time for it. Or we have the time, but we can’t get ourselves motivated to actually do the painting. Thankfully, there’s people out there that will happily paint your figures for you. One such is EZPainter and they’re having a special sale.
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Figure Painter Magazine issue 34 Out Now

Over the weekend, as I’d mentioned, I inventoried and took photos of a lot of old gaming stuff I’m going to be selling. I… am not good at painting. Even when I was doing it a lot, I wasn’t really better than “randomly throwing paint around.” Too bad I never read Figure Painter Magazine back then. Maybe my figures being painted wouldn’t seem as a liability anymore when trying to sell them. No, if I knew all the tips and tricks from inside those pages, the models would probably be worth a lot more. Well, Issue 34 of the magazine is out now. I should read it so I can get better so the new figures I get will look a lot better.
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The Campaigner – Terrain Crusade competition Happening Now

As if one competition wasn’t enough, here’s another one. This time The Campaigner is looking for those that paid attention to Owen Top’s terrain-building tutorials in their magazine. They’re giving away the piece created for the Terrain Crusade issue, and only by showing you learned the skills can you get the prize.
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Sign-Ups Happening Now For This Year’s Iron Painter

As I have mentioned on numerous occasions before, when it comes to painting contests, you need not worry about me swooping in and taking the prize away from you. My talent for the application of colorful goop is “barely passable” at best. So it’s all the other great painters out there that you have to worry about, such as for Iron Painter, which is now taking sign ups.
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Steamforged Games Announces New Paint Line

Well, it’s always good to have options. This certainly is the case with paints. I remember doing editing on Ravage US painting articles. The painters always used a variety of paint brands. Some liked certain shades that the company made for somethings, but liked the coverage given by another for various other things, and sometimes shades and washes from a third or fourth company. So for those that want more options, Steamforged Games has announced they’re coming out with their own paint line.
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Secret Weapon Miniatures Announces New Paint Line

For quite a while now, gamers have enjoyed the different washes available from Secret Weapon Miniatures. There’s also been the weathering pigment powders, too. Both of these sets of products really has helped pro and amateur painters alike really step up their painting game. Well, now Secret Weapon is helping step up even more.
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Friday Snippets

Oh, hello there, Friday. Didn’t see you come in. No, no, it’s fine. Have a seat and stay for a while. You know everyone’s pretty happy to see you around. Here, why don’t you have a snack? I’ve prepared a platter of bite-sized gaming stories for you to nosh on.

What’ve we got? Well, let’s see.

It appears that we have: Virus Board Game Coming To Giochistarter, Dark Sword Miniatures acquires all rights to both Hot Lead Miniature Painting DVD Sets, Play testers needed for Nine Dragons “The Wedding Banquet” introductory adventure for Honour RPG, Kaptin Orc Available From Kromlech, New American Revolution Figures from All the King’s Men, New Xin Trade Fleet Troops Available From the Ion Age, Topside Minis Releases Battle Off Samar Set, Legendary Metal Coins is Live on Kickstarter for Season 2, Brigade Models Releases New 6mm SF Infantry, and New Releases Available From Hitech Miniatures.

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Tabletop World Painting Competition Happening Now

Are you a master colorful-goop-slinger? I’m… certainly not. I’ve not painted anything in quite a long time, and I wasn’t very good to start out with, so I’m sure right now if I did paint something, it’ll look like I did it with a paintball gun at 25 yards. But, if you are more practiced than I am, maybe you can win the Tabletop World painting contest.
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Midweek Snippets

Time ever-marches onward! Well… as far as we know, anyway. I guess time could stop for a while and if we were stopped along with it, we’d never really know it’d happened. Unless you were some sort of 4th dimensional being like in Slaughterhouse Five or something, we’d never realize it.
Ok, well, this took a really quick turn to the metaphysical. Not really intended, but there we are, then. Let’s just move on to today’s heaping helping of bite-sized stories before I begin to discuss other laws of physics of which I have a tenuous knowledge grasp on, at best.

In this installment we have: Metal King Studio Posts Thief Episode 1- Concept Art, Model Dads’ Ost-Front 15mm Decals Out Now, Heroines in Sensible Shoes female dungeoneer minis Kickstarter, Khurasan releases Vespulid Queen, MidKnight Heroes Super Chibi Miniature Line Kickstarter now Live, Kickstarter First Look: Granny Grating Armies, Kromlech new release – Morbid Beast Araneaeman, Khurasan releases 28mm scale “Los Viejos”, Lands of Ruin Kickstarter launch is set to 19th of February, and Circle of Chaos: Oldhammer metal miniatures for your warband On Kickstarter.

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New Bundles and Slides/Etchings Available From Forge World

Forge World is making it easy to pick up some of their collections over on their website by bundling together some popular items and offering them at a single price. Makes it a lot easier to just click a couple buttons and order like-items than to have to hunt around for each one individually. Also, they have some new waterslide transfer sheets and etchings that you can use to decorate your minis.
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Figure Painter Magazine issue 32 Out Now

I really should get off my lazy butt and paint something again. I honestly can’t remember the last figure I painted. … Maybe some Ice Caste for Dark Age? Maybe something for the Prefecture for Bushido? I forget. Needless to say, when I do finally pick up a brush again, my skills are going to be weaksauce. However, I can still read up on techniques that’ll help me when I do once more put colored goop to mini in Figure Painter Magazine, issue 32 of which is available now.
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EZPainter New Year New Deal Sale Happening Now

Raise your hand if you got some new models in the past month or so.
*watches lots of hands go up*
Keep your hand up if you know, 100%, that you’re going to have plenty of time to get all those minis painted in the near future?
*watches most of the hands go down*
Just as I suspected. Thankfully, EZPainter is here to help.
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Flying Frog Productions Running Painting Contest

Many people have time off around this part of the year. What better time to grab your paintbrushes and maybe win some prizes for doing so? Well, that’s what Flying Frog Productions is hoping you’ll do, anyway. They’re running a Shadows of Brimstone painting contest over on their website.
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Figure Painter Magazine issue 31 – Out Now

I actually painted something recently! Crazy, right? Granted… all I did was paint the tops of my Betrayal at Calth troop bases. Ultramarines got Ultramarine Blue (yes, I still have a pot that’s called that. Citadel Paint is bulletproof) and the Word Bearers got Blood Red. Since they’re all Marines, I needed a quick and easy way to tell the difference while playing. So… really, it wasn’t much in the way of painting. But if I were going to really get into painting, I’d want to look over Figure Painter Magazine for tips and pointers. Issue 31 also just came out.
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Wamped VI Painting Contest launches

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll probably want to start staying inside because it’s getting cold out. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll probably want to stay in because it’s getting so darn hot. Either way, you shouldn’t be outside. You should be inside, painting. For extra incentive, Wamp has Wamped VI happening now.
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West Wind Productions Launches Legions of Rome Kickstarter

Rome.
Just the name, itself, conjures all sorts of thoughts. More than just a city, Rome was one of the greatest empires the world had seen, famous for turning the Mediterranean into their own, private lake. So much myth and history surrounds Roman culture, much of it focused on the military. And what a military it was. West Wind Productions is looking to bring new 15mm Roman soldiers to your tabletop in their latest Kickstarter campaign.
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Figure Painter Magazine Issue 30 Available Now

You know, the world of hobby gaming is a rather broad topic, when you think of it. Card games, board games, miniatures games, dice games, and even various dexterity-based games. Such is the world of painting. It certainly overlaps a lot with our hobby gaming world. Most noticeably in the miniatures games, but a lot of board games have figures more-than suited to a coat of paint. But painting also has its own less-seen aspects. It’s some of those that are covered primarily in this issue of Figure Painter Magazine, available now.
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Anniversary Deal Happening Now at The Army Painter

The Army Painter is going all-out with their 8th anniversary celebration. They’ve got their Anniversary Prize Draw going on, but they’re also having a special deal over in their webshop for those that want to pick up some paints and get some more paints for free.
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They Army Painter Giveaway Happening Now

It’s always great to have a birthday party. It’s fun to get together, hang out, swap stories about the person having the party. Just generally a good time. Well, The Army Painter is turning 8 years old and so they’re holding a party. But it’s not them that’s getting the presents, it’s you.
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Friday Snippets

We have made it to Friday, ladies and gentlemen. Rejoice!
And, like, go eat some candy or something because of Halloween. Have yourself a good time.

Speaking of bite-size items such as those “fun” size candies (never did quite figure out what was so “fun” about them, but there we are, then), we have our usual platter of stories for you. These, however, know exactly why they’re fun.

In this batch we have: Free 15mm personality figure: Gaius Marius in Baueda Indiegogo Campaign, Final Day for Anarchy Models HD Stencils Wave 2 Kickstarter, The Prang by Eli Arndt moving to The Ion Age soon, Arena Rex Faction Dice Now Available, New Modern Adventurers & Mercs From Warhansa, and Plaid Hat Games Posts Halloween Downloadable Content for Mice & Mystics.

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Friday Snippets

Welcome to Friday, ladies and gentlenerds. We’ve made it here once more. Congratulations!
It means the weekend is just about here. Time to rejoice.
It also means we have a batch of bite-sized stories to bring to you now. Let’s dig in.

Today we have: Arena Rex new release: Hagal, Dead of Winter Roberta Plum Promo Available From Plaid Hat Games, New Black Plague Zombicide Paint Set From The Army Painter Coming Soon, New Dawrves from Scibor, Kromlech New Release – Gentleorc Heads, New Maneuver Dials for X-Wing From Fantasy Flight Games, Dragon Queen finally available From Kabuki Models, Little Orc Wars: Human Troopers Available From Skirmisher Publishing, New Wild West Exodus Previews Posted, Cul-De-Sac Conquest Kickstarter Campaign – Week in Review, and Relicblade: Adventure Battle Game Inbound.

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Issue 29 of Figure Painter Magazine Now Available

As I’ve mentioned recently, my painting could be considered mediocre at best. My figures have a 3′ paint job. That’s to say that if held at arm’s length, then they look alright. That’s as opposed to a 3″ paint job, where you have the figure right up to your face. If you want to turn your 3′ paint jobs into 3″ paint jobs, Figure Painter Magazine can help. Issue 29 is now available.
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Add-Ons Added On to HD Stencil System Kickstarter

My painting skill is… mediocre at best. I base coat. I add some highlight colors. I drybrush. Pretty much done at that point. My figures look fine on a tabletop, but I’m not going to win any competitions with them. I’m certain those skills have faltered some, since it’s been a couple years since I’ve picked up a brush. However, if I were to, I’d want to help out my caffeine hands some and add some cool detailing in one step by picking up some of the stencils from Anarchy Models. Their Kickstarter took off like a shot and they’ve got some new add-ons available.
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TGN Sunday Edition: Sunday Snippets

And we’ve made it back to Sunday. At least for me, the day to get stuff done around the apartment and prep for the oncoming week. I might get in some electronic gaming later on, though. Hey, you can’t make it out to the LGS every day (try as some might). 😉

Since it is Sunday, we’ve got some bite-sized stories for you, as usual.

In this batch is: HS Stencil System – Wave 2 – from Anarchy Models on Kickstarter, New render for Wild West Exodus, Dragonborn – Symphonic Album for Table RPGs on Kickstarter, Another World Miniatures: Magnus The Witchhunter Is Online, Tabletop Adapters releases unique 32mm Adapter, Yay Games To Release Sandcastles at Essen, Vengeance Oct Releases Posted, and The Book of Starry Wisdom: Apocrypha of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu on Kickstarter.

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Wyrd Announces Rotten Harvest Painting Contest

Days are now darker than they are light. The leaves are turning and getting ready to fall from the trees. Temperatures are dropping (it’s only supposed to get to about 67 here in Atlanta, if that tells you anything, which it might not if you don’t know US geography that well). Wyrd Miniatures figures it’s the right time for a painting contest.
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Midweek Snippets

Hello and welcome to the middle of the film! Err… I mean, week. Welcome to the middle of the week. It’s Wednesday. It’s also the start of Autumn (or Spring). Pumpkin spice everything! That includes today’s bite-sized stories.

This batch includes: Pathfinder & Q-workshop Metal RPG Dice Set on Kickstarter, Avatars of War: Amazon Warrior Princess Released, Hardwood Dice Accessories from Three Tree Studio, ArmiesArmy 15mm Pegasus VTOL preorders, The Army Painter Announces New Warpaints Zombicide Black Plague Paint Set, Wild West Exodus previews from Outlaw Miniatures, Serious Poulp To Launch ‘7th Continent’ Board Game on Kickstarter 9/29, Arc Markers Coming Soon From Tabletop-Art, Eaten by Zombies expansion coming to Kickstarter, Vengeance Miniatures, a New Line From Dark Art Studios, and The Lowry Agency Announces Their New Quick Sell Video Series.

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Figure Painter Magazine Issue 28 Out Now

I haven’t painted a figure in quite some time. It’s sad, really. But then again, I’ve not had much time to really play a minis game regularly in a while. And I’m not really one to just “paint for the sake of painting.” So if/when I do pick up a brush again, I know I’ll need all the help I can get with tips and tactics for painting well. Thankfully, there are magazines like Figure Painter Magazine to help. And issue 28 is available now.
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PHD And Coqui Hobby Distribution Running Painting Contest

Game distributors PHD and Coqui Hobby Distribution are looking to get some people some motivation to paint up some minis. They think that giving away some prizes for The Army Painter would be a good idea. I certainly agree. As such, they’re running a painting competition where hobby stores can win a prize as well.
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

And we find ourselves once more deposited here on the weekend. With any luck, yours includes gaming of some kind. Be it CCG, LCG, RPG, Minis, or something else (hey, someone out there might still be playing with POGs, you never know…), may the odds be in your favor.

As it is Saturday (most beloved of days), it’s time for another Review Roundup.

This week we have reviews/previews of: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Dungeons & Dragons: Out of the Abyss, Citadel Air Paint, Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep Booster, Halfling Feast, Sentinels of the Multiverse App, Ubongo, Traders of Osaka, VS System Card Game, The Undercity, Arcadia Quest, Clockwork Wars, Codenames, Privateers: The Golden Decade, and Neuroshima Hex.

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Midweek Snippets

Our week is halfway over, dear TGN readers! For many, it’s been a shortened week. That must be nice.
And hopefully you have some gaming planned for the weekend. I’m not entirely sure what my plans are going to be yet.

Anyway, as it’s Wednesday and it’s 2pm (here in Atlanta, anyway), it’s time for our Midweek Snippets post.

In this batch of bite-sized stories we have: New The Army Painter Hobby Set Announced, Hero sheet for Nova Aetas from Ludus Magnus Studio, and Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm August Releases Arrive at PicoArmor.

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