Crystal Brush Winners Announced

Adepticon has many fine tournaments and contests that take place over the course of the show. But only one of them gives away $10k to the winner. That’s the Crystal Brush Awards, the culmination of a year-long painting contest process that ends up in Chicago. Well, the overall winners have been announced, and we’re here to give them to you.
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Geek Nation Tours Booking For Adepticon 2017

I like going to Adepticon. Mostly that’s because it feels like going home. That’s because, in a way, it is going home for me, since I was born in Chicago. Plus, it’s just a really cool show. It’s filled with all sorts of tournaments for all sorts of systems. Plus, there’s some of the coolest army boards I’ve ever seen. Well, as good as the show can be, Geek Nation Tours can make it even better with their packages for the show. The tour is booking now.
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Podcast Roundup

Well, Monday was quite a whirlwind of news. It was quite a thing to keep up with all of it. I’m sure it’ll all be talked about for quite some time. So you can expect many podcasts to have those as topics. Well, we’ve got our podcast roundup today. There’s some Gamer Goggles vidcasts in here, too.

This time around we have: Primecast Episode 30, Game Classy 111: Games We Hate, Through Gamer Goggles Wreck-Age Demo From Adepticon, Through Gamer Goggles Words with Hyacinth Games, Through Gamer Goggles Words With Ronnie Renton, Through Gamer Goggles Words With Steamforged Games, Through Gamer Goggles Demo This is Not a Test From Adepticon, Epic Gaming Night Ep 50 Guest Exstraganza!, Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 168 – Bad Squiddo Games: Women of the Red Army, Man Battlestations Podcast Episode 5, and News of the North – 2016-04-12.

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Crystal Brush Awards Ceremony and Interview Videos Posted

This past Sunday at Adepticon, the Crystal Brush Award were handed out. Painters from all over the world submitted their entries, all with the hopes of being the one to go home with the $10,000 top prize. We’ve already posted up the winners, but now we’ve got the video coverage from the awards ceremony as well. Plus, there’s interviews with the three overall winners.
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There and Back Again, a Polar Bear’s Tail

Or tale, or something.
I’m a bit sleep-deprived at the moment. After working all morning and early afternoon at Adepticon yesterday, my carpool buddy, Blackstock, and I drove all the way back from Chicago to Atlanta. Upon arrival here, I got about 2 hours of sleep before my brain said, “You’re awake now” and so I’ve been working on unpacking my suitcase, starting up laundry, and other such things that, thankfully, don’t require a lot of brain power. Regular news posts will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, in case you missed out on the Adepticon coverage:
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Crystal Brush Awards Winners Announced

Well, it’s been a long road. Crystal Brush Qualifiers have been held. World-renown painters have submitted their pieces. The judges and you have had your say. It’s now time to reveal the winners for this year’s Crystal Brush Awards.
And the winners are *drumroll…….*
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More Some More Adepticon Photos

It’s early Sunday morning, and that means packing things up here in the room. It’s the final day of Adepticon. If you’ve been here, I hope you’ve had a good time. If you’ve not been here, I hope the photos have helped you live vicariously through my lens. To help with that, here’s some more galleries of events from the show.

And stay tuned this afternoon for the results from the Crystal Brush awards.
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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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Some More Adepticon Photos

It’s day 3 here at Adepticon. It’s been a wild day… and I’m not even talking about the gaming. We woke up to some lovely weather. And then, just about 10min. ago, for about a minute, the lights all went out in the dealer’s hall/gaming area. I just missed snapping a photo of everyone gaming for a moment via cellphone flashlight.

Anyway, what I did grab photos of were… a bunch of things.
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Dark Deeds Demo Report

Andy Chambers and Mark Gibbons.
Those are two names that really don’t need an introduction for the people that tend to frequent this page. But just in case you didn’t know, Andy has been writing game rules for… oh… forever. And Mark has been doing artwork for those games just about as long. They worked together back in the day for Games Workshop and there’s a very good chance that you’ve had a codex in your hand and both their names were on the credits page. Well, they’re teaming up again, this time with Games & Gears to bring you Dark Deeds. It’s a brand new card game and they’ve got it here at Adepticon. Ruxton from G&G was nice enough to give me a demo.
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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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More Photos From Adepticon

Man! Today sure has been busy! I’ve gotten a bunch of photos taken. I’ve talked to a lot of really cool people. I’ve gotten a demo of a brand new game (demo report forthcoming). And I’ve had Portillo’s. Can’t get any better than that, really. So if you’ve not been following the coverage over on the TGN Facebook Page, here’s what you’ve been missing:
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Arena Rex Adepticon Sale Happening Now

One of the best things about conventions is usually the companies will have special convention pricing for items. Well, what if you can’t make it to the show? A lot of companies will run sales online during the show as well. Red Republic Games is doing just that this weekend.
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First Photo Galleries From Adepticon

Hey everyone! It’s been a very busy morning here at Adepticon. I’ve already seen some awesome armies, some cool, new models, and talked to some great people who obviously love our hobby. If you’re not following our Facebook page than you’ve been missing out.
What sort of things have there been? Well, there’s…
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Sweet Home, Chicago

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been in my home city (I was born just right over there *points towards Alexian Brothers hospital). But here I am in Schaumberg, ready for Adepticon.

I’ll be updating what I can here, but be sure to check out the TGN Facebook Page for regular photo updates. I’ve already scheduled a demo of a brand new game from Andy Chambers, so be on the lookout for that as well.

It’s gonna be a great show. If you’re here and see me roaming around, feel free to say hi.

CoolMiniOrNot Event Registration Open for Adpeticon 2016

This Con Season may be over, but it’s not going to be long before next year’s starts up. With how wide the “Con Season” is, it barely ends at all. Besides, you gotta plan ahead for these things. You can’t just wake up the day before an event and think, “Yeah, I’ll go and get into all the events I want.” Well, sometimes you can, but it’s not a very good idea. Anyway, event registration is open for CoolMiniOrNot’s events for Adepticon next year.
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Geek Nation Tours Booking for Adepticon 2016

Geek Nation Tours has started booking for their Adepticon 2016 tour. AdeptiCon is one of the world’s largest wargaming tournament conventions, in one of the greatest cities in the world (I miss living in Chicago). If you want the full, posh treatment for an event, Geek Nation Tours is the way to go. They basically take care of everything so that way all you have to do is go and have fun.
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Crystal Brush Ceremony And Winner Interview Videos Posted

Crystal Brush is one of the biggest painting competitions of the entire year. Painters from all over the world work long and hard to create their masterpieces that they hope will net them $10k in prize money. You can check out all the winners in all the categories here, in case you missed it. Well, now we’ve got the awards ceremony video, as well as video interviews with the winners. Check them out below the cut.

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Adepticon Day 4 and Crystal Brush Ceremony Photos

Adepticon is here and gone. I hope everyone had a great time and everyone made it back safe. The only thing is that it seems Con Crud is going around the office now. Here’s to hoping I miss out on catching it as people make it back into the office.

Anyway, we’ve got the final batch of photos from the show, including photos from the Crystal Brush Awards Ceremony (video will be up soon as well).

Go have yourself a look-see.


Crystal Brush 2015 Award Winners

On Sunday, March 22 at Adepticon 2015, painters and fans of the hobby gathered around for the fifth annual Crystal Brush Awards. The first place winner walked away with $10,000, second with $2,000 and third with $1,000. Doing what you love can really pay off! So who won big? Check out the winners after the break. Continue reading

Crystal Brush 2015 Awards Voting Now Open (Updated)

The fifth annual Crystal Brush Awards are now open for voting! This celebration of talent in the world of miniature painting gives equal choice to users and judges. So don’t miss your chance to see some of the hobby’s best talent in action and award them for it. Winners will be revealed at the Adepticon awards ceremony later today.

Head here to place your  votes!

Update: Voting looks like it is closed, but you can still check out all the great entries right here.

Adepticon Day 3 photos

Adepticon rolls on through Saturday.
Did it go by too fast? That’s because we were all having too much fun!
Although one could say “too much fun” is like “being too ethical.” Wherein, there’s no such thing.

Anyway! Jonathan continues his photo canvasing of the event. You can check out shots form today over on our Facebook page.


Privateer Press Reveals Skorne Desert Hydra Model

In February at SmogCon 2015, Privateer Press showed a sneak peek of the next wave of gargantuans for the Hordes line. One of those massive minis was the Desert Hydra for Skorne. Well, today, the team brought along the actual model to Adepticon 2015! That’s right, it does exist outside of the teaser video. And it look gorgeous, especially with Matt Diepietro’s paint job. For more about the Desert Hydra and pictures of the model, check after the break!

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Adepticon Day 2 Photos

Adepticon continues on and Jonathan continues to get great photos of the event. Here’s another batch that we just got uploaded to the Facebook page. If you recognize anyone at the show, be sure to tag them.

We’ve got some shots of Dark Age, Privateer Press (including the new Desert Hydra), Aetherium, some stuff from Impact! Miniatures, and, of course, more GW armies.


Photos from Day 1 of Adepticon

Adepticon is underway! If you’re in or around the Chicago area, I highly recommend you stop by, if nothing else, than to see all the cool armies on display. Speaking of display, Brandon Palmer has a new display he’s showing off at the show.
And even though I’m still in Atlanta, I’ve got my intrepid cameraman, Jonathan, at the show. We’ll have Jared there this evening (flying direct from GAMA) for updates from the festivities.
We’ve got the first set of photos up on our Facebook page for you to check out.


Forge World Shows off Adepticon Products

Forge World will be at Adepticon this weekend (will you be?). And, seeing as it’s sort of the “GW event of the year” here in the US, they’ll have plenty of goodies with them. Check out all they’ll have in store for the show.

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Deadline Coming Up for AdeptiCon Pre-Orders from Forge World

AdeptiCon 2015 will be here before you know it. Forge World will be there with a plethora of new minis. They’re a popular place for gamers to go to, and they can only bring so much stuff with them. So if you want to make sure you get the figures you want from them, it’s best to pre-order. But you have to hurry. Get your orders in by the 20th (I.E. – Friday) to make sure they have what you want.


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Victoria Miniatures Previews Adepticon LE Miniature

Victoria Miniatures is showing off the Limited Edition mini that will be available at Adepticon next month. Not able to make it to the show? There will be 100 available on the Victoria Miniatures website as well. So if you want one, you’d better be prepared.


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AdeptiCon 2015 Event Submission Now Open

Adepticon will be here before you know it. Event Submission has just opened up over on their website.



From the announcement:

In conjunction with the move to the new venue, development has begun behind the scenes as we prepare to kick AdeptiCon 2015 planning into full gear. One of the more significant changes in the coming year will be regarding how we handle demos, event games and smaller tournaments. In the past, space restrictions forced us to micromanage these events so that they all fit within the hotel and made sense with regards to the schedule. We will no longer have this problem at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center…we have the space…and we need more games! We are looking for a few good game masters to run demos, historical events, specialty games, board games, and anything else that makes sense!
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Geek Nation Tours booking for Adepticon 2015 trip

Geek Nation Tours has started booking for their Adepticon 2015 tour.

Geek Nation tours


From the website:

Geek Nation Tours is very excited to present our tour to the world’s largest tabletop wargaming tournament and convention – AdeptiCon. Here discriminating wargamers from around the world find a multitude of gaming experiences – from tournaments using a variety of different wargaming systems to the very best in gaming and painting seminars. AdeptiCon is also a wargamers’ shopping paradise with a huge amount of vendors waiting to show you their wares. It is a spectacle to be seen and experienced. Game with the best, meet friends from around the world, and roll dice all night long!

The Wargamers Consortium Talks with Frontline Gaming

The Wargamers Consortium had a little chat with Frontline Gaming while at Adepticon and figured they’d share the video with you.


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We pulled Reese aside at Adepticon to talk a little about Frontline Gaming and LVO. Check it out!

Crystal Brush 2015 Finals announcement

Crystal Brush has posted up the details for the finals to be held at Adepticon 2015.

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Join us from March 19th to the 22nd for the biggest AdeptiCon yet! We’re excited to be holding the Crystal Brush Awards in a new and larger venue, the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. More space, more games, more food, more fun! The AdeptiCon hotel block is open for booking now, and event registration is expected to open in November.

The Crystal Brush Awards for 2015 will take place over this weekend, with entry submission opening on Thursday, March 19, and closing at noon on Saturday, March 21. Competition categories, rules, and judging/voting procedures have all been updated for 2015 on this site. There are a few minor changes from previous years, so please check these pages if you’re thinking about submitting entries.

We look forward to seeing everyone–especially all our qualifier winners–in March. Watch some of the best modelers in the world compete for the $10,000 grand prize!

Interview with Soda Pop/Ninja Division at Adepticon

Wargamers Consortium still has some Adepticon coverage to post here with their talk with Soda Pop/Ninja Division.


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We got to hang with the peeps are Soda Pop Miniatures/Ninja Division at Adepticon and here’s what they had to say!

The Game of Twisted @ Adepticon 2014

Wargamers Consortium continues their Adepticon 2014 coverage with a chat with the fellas from Demented Games about Twisted.


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The Wargamers Consortium stops by Demented Games booth to talk about their new game Twisted. A really cool looking Victorian Steam Punk upcoming game.