Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mantic Elf Dragon Lord WiP: Part 3

In this post, Ryan paints up the light brown on his dragon, adds some freehand on the wings, and paints the eyes of his Mantic Dragon Kindred Lord and gets it ready for his rider.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mantic Elf Dragon Lord WiP: Part 2

In this post, Ryan paints up the red of his Mantic Dragon, as well as the dark brown he will be using for the top scales and top sides of the wings.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tournament Recap: Alamo 2015 paint contest

  As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite parts of being a TO is getting to add events that I want to see on the Grand Tournament scene. 
  Since 2011, I've hosted an individual painting contest at the Alamo - the only paint contest at a GT in the south. Mierce Miniatures agreed to sponsor the event for the fourth year in a row, and the winners get to take home a wicked trophy as well.
  All the entries, after the jump!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Army in a Weekend challenge!

About six weeks back, Rob Phanulf from the Countercharge podcast reached out to the members of The Beer Phase and asked us if we wanted to take part in a little challenge. Follow the cut to see how I cranked out a 1000 point Herd force (which doubles as a 1498 gold Darklands force) in three days!

Friday, October 30, 2015


In the past, a few people have asked what kind of setup I've got for my painting system. I thought that today I'd take a bit of time and show how I do my hobby/model work.
Shall we see what kind of goodies are inside?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Army Showcase: Avatar inspired Wood Elves

The year was 2010. Warhammer: 8th Edition had just come out. Avatar was wrecking the box office. I decided to combine the two. It's a Throwback Thursday edition of the Beer Waaaagh! #TBT

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A look forward!

In today's post, Ryan discusses what you can look forward to on this blog in the weeks and months ahead.
A Texas sunrise. Not the drink, the actual one. With sun.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thundertusk conversion

I was cleaning out my phone and found a couple of pictures of a project I did for my Ogres of Ulric - a wolf-headed Thundertusk. While there's no step-by-step, I thought I'd share them with you guys and expound a bit on the process I use when I'm converting models.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Shaaroc the Reviled

In this week's bonus post, Ryan goes back in time to March, when he painted Shaaroc the Reviled and then ignored the post for seven months. Now, in this remastered version with commentary, you can see how he did it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mierce Miscast Bags: Part 2

Last time Mierce offered Miscast bags, I couldn't resist and ended up picking up a couple. When they recently offered up more of them, how could I resist again? Spoiler alert: I couldn't. Follow the jump for a look at what was in my Norse, Albiann, and Norse Wings bags.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wolf-Vore Part 2 - painting

 In this week's post, Ryan finally shows off how the Wolf-Vore sculpt ended up getting painted.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Darklands Battle Report: Brythoniaid vs. Khthones

Rather than a painting showcase this week, I've got another Darklands battle report for you! My regular sparring partner, David Sweatt, brings his Khthones against the matchup requested by the Darklands: Savage Hordes Kickstarter comments page - the Brythoniaid!
Can the dragon-men repel the serpentine invaders? Will the Khthones get to bring moustached slaves back home for their torment? How will Ryan proxy the models he doesn't have yet? How many rules will we get wrong? All this, and more, after the jump!
A small taste of things to come

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Mierce Miniatures miscast bags

Some time ago, a number of Mierce's Kickstarter backers started clamoring for Mierce to sell their miscast bits, rather than just throwing them away. Mierce started obliging us this year, and I was fortunate enough to grab a couple from their initial run. After the jump, check out what I got out of the first batch, and whether or not I'd buy each one again!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wolf-Vore Part 1 - Sculpt

In this week's post, Ryan dabbles with FIMO, greenstuff, and produces something out of his bits box.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Model Showcase: Skrag, Incarnate of the Great Maw

In this post, Ryan takes a gorgeously hideous Kromlech model, reviews it, then sculpts some extra bits on it and paints it up to create a unique Skrag the Slaughterer: Incarnate of the Great Maw.
Making this... ... from this.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Some musings on the Death of Warhammer

In this post, I take a break from my typical painted model pictures to offer a bit of musing on Age of Sigmar, the Indy GT scene, and the future of competitive fantasy wargaming in the US.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tournament Recap: Alamo Paint contest

  One of my favorite parts of being a TO is getting to add events that I want to see on the Grand Tournament scene. The first one I've been able to add has been individual painting contests. For the past three years at the Alamo, Mierce Miniatures has sent me prize support that we use to run a paint contest. We run three categories: Best Unit (5+ models, any size), Best Small Model (any model on a 50x50mm base or smaller), and Best Large Model (any model on larger than a 50x50mm base or with the Large Target rule). In addition, we award a Best in Show to the best entry among the three categories.
  In addition, Alamo is restrictive about awards and tries to spread the love around; if a player submits a model from his army and that army wins a Best Painted award, his model is excluded from these awards. Judging this paint contest is one of the best parts of my job as TO.
All the entries, after the jump!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Model showcase: Blood-Maw

In this post, I display one of my favorite models of all time, Blood-Maw for the Norse kindred, by Mierce Miniatures. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Every Mierce Kickstarter Model Ever


 I have relocated this information to a Page, rather than a blog post, because it's a lot easier to maintain. 


  Someone on one of the Mierce Kickstarter comment pages requested that someone make a single page that has all the sculpts that have been funded in Kickstarter. Since I did something similar for Darklands: First Edition, and have been keeping track of a lot of this data anyway, I figured I'd take a shot at it!

  This post contains (to the best of my knowledge) all the miniatures that Mierce has funded through their Kickstarters. It contains information on more than 500 models (as of May 2015), everything they've funded through Kickstarter since they switched to the Kickstart business model. Since there is just a staggering amount of data on here; please be understanding in the next few weeks as I propogate images and data into it, and let me know if I've missed anything.

  This post was last changed on August 21st, reflecting the August 21st updates.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Angedern and Daarkan - Demon Prince/Giant and Chaos Lord

Two posts in consecutive days? This is getting out of hand! Below the cut, I paint Angedern, the Prifdyndraig from Mierce Miniatures, and throw in an infantry model just for good measure.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mag Ap Mag, counts-as Chaos Spawn

Howdy! Here's a WIP thread of another Mierce model I worked on a few months ago: Mag Ap Mag, a dynwocor of the Brythoniaid faction. It was a fun sculpt to paint, and I enjoyed knocking it out!