a stone bridge large enough for a car or carriage

The stone bridge is FINALLY done!!!!

Hi all,

Minicannuck here.  It has been a hectic couple of weeks up here in Canada.  With the average temperature being around -20, I was not able to make use of the studio I created in my garage.  The poor space heaters just couldn’t keep up.  I think I will have to invest in a wood burning stove if we continue to get weather like this.  In the mean time, I had to find space in the house where I could.

The good news is that I got the first stone bridge done!  I’m pretty proud of this one as I took the time to make sure that the top and bottom was detailed out with stonework to make your painting of the bridge as easy as possible.  This sculpt will love quick techniques like washes and dry brushing to bring out the detail.

a stone bridge large enough for a car or carriage
a stone bridge large enough for a car or carriage

The chicken coup was done but, after some consideration, I am redoing the roof section.  The sculpt came out fine but the proportions compared to the main part of the building just didn’t look right.  I will just have to keep the roof for some other project.

I was away last week in Lancaster Pennsylvania attending the HMGS convention Cold Wars.  It is about a 6 hour drive from where I live.  Traveling wasn’t too bad.  We only had issues with the last 20km or so as the area around Lancaster was hit by a storm earlier in the day and nothing had been done with the roads.  Apparently these road conditions were minor as attendance was down due to the rough travel conditions if you were coming in from the east of south.  Regardless, we got there safely and had a great time.

I just want to thank everyone who took the time to play test Turbo Joust over the weekend.  It went over very well and you helped me tweak the rules to make it a better game.

one of the competitors in the Turbo Joust
one of the competitors in the Turbo Joust

We didn’t get much of a chance to play many games down at the convention.  We signed up for Civil War game but since we were the only people to show up, it didn’t happen.  Too bad because it had an interesting premise.  The scenario was that the Zulus were pissed off at the Confederates for putting people into slavery.  They convinced the British to sail them to America where they enlisted freed slaves to fight back against the army.  The table looked great and i hope that he brings it back to another convention.

Things get pretty rough for the slave owners in America when the Zulus are able to invade and seek revenge
Things get pretty rough for the slave owners in America when the Zulus are able to invade and seek revenge

The big game we got to play was a Space 1889 themed event.  It had different national factions from Earth exploring Mars and trying to claim the land for themselves.  Each team of two players controlled a faction.  You got victory points for exploring the table and fighting the other factions.  My team were the Russians and, although we didn’t win, we had a great time fighting the Americans and French.  The rules were a little clunky at times but the fellows running the scenario did very well keeping the game going.  Considering that the were 16 people playing, this wasn’t an easy task!

forces from Earth are vying for control of the Red Planet
forces from Earth are vying for control of the Red Planet

Of course, no HMGS event would be complete without a Gnome Wars Jousting Tournament.  Our friend Jim Stanton runs these events at every convention.  It is silly, fun and much wagering is to be had.  You can check out all things Gnome Wars on his blog Stout Gnomes.  Another great blog about Gnomes and other odd little miniatures can be found at our friend Eric’s page Gaming with the Gnomies.

That’s it for this blog post.  I’ll be spending the weekend getting more sculpting done and doing more painting tutorials for our products.  I hope you have a great weekend and get some gaming in.

Peace out, eh?

MiniCannuck

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