Monday, July 30, 2018

Community All-gates : 7-30-18

Hey Everyone!  Welcome to the "Community All-gates", a new weekly feature on The Realm Gate Blog.  Every Monday I plan to highlight something or someone from around the Age of Sigmar and Miniature Painting Community.  It might be an Event, a YouTube Channel, Blog, Army List, Model, Hobby Project, or anything else that catches my eye.  I also want to give a shoutout to the great hobbyist who gave me the idea for this new weekly feature, Paul Wagner (Pjschard) The Spider King Himself.  Thanks for the great idea!

Friday, July 27, 2018

What Model is your All-star?

Hey Everyone!  Today I wanted to talk about those special models in your army who always seem to punch above their weight class and you cannot play the army without them as part of the force.  Sometimes it can be a mighty Hero who leads your force through acts of valor and fantastic deeds.  Other times it might be a member of a basic Battleline unit who stubbornly makes every armor save and holds dragons in combat and holds a flank on his own!  We all have these favored models in every army we play and they can appear when we least expect it.  While I have a few All-Stars from the older editions of Warhammer Fantasy I want to focus on my models who have stepped up to the plate since the release of Age of Sigmar.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update : 7-25-18

Hey Everyone!  Another week has gone so its time for another Hobby Update.  My time has been spent with a bunch of small and quick projects over the past few days as I prepare for upcoming events and sharpening some of my hobby skills, specifically drybrushing.  One of the more interesting projects is in preparation for Realms at War this October.  I decided to create a journal for my Aethermyst to detail out her story as well as a place for her experiments to be documented.  Although being an Aethermyst means you are a little bit off so I started tossing in fun little bits to show that she isn't quite stable and as a member of a Witch Cult that is saying a lot.  She seems to have an innocent crush on a certain dead god.

Friday, July 20, 2018

NOVA Open Charitable Foundation - 2018 Raffle

Hey Everyone!  Today I invited Sean from BrushforHire to talk a bit about the NOVA Open Charity Raffel happening this year at NOVA Open.  Each year the raffle sees a plethora of talented artists donating time, models, and skill in order to help raise money for different charities.  It is also a great chance to win beautiful painted models and armies and the best part is you can purchase entries and win even if you are not attending NOVA in person so be sure to give it a look and buy a few chances to win!  Let's see what Sean had to say.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update : 7-18-18

Hey Everyone!  We are less than forty days from NOVA Open and with the Age of Sigmar Pack out and the GT selling out you would guess that I can kick back and rest for a bit.  You would be wrong as I am diving into more projects to have completed sooner rather than later.  I really enjoy keeping busy and pushing myself which is why I finally got some primer and a quick zenithal done on the three pieces I am planning to enter at the Journeyman's level for Capital Palette at NOVA this year.  I have never tried to be a competition painter and have always been focused on painting my next army, but army painting is very comfortable for me at this point.  As you all know I advocate getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and painting models for art is not in my comfort zone, but I am excited to try my hand at it.  That's not the only project on my desk.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Traversing the Realms - Local Narrative Campaign

Hey Everyone!  Today I wanted to chat about a local campaign that is starting up this weekend.  A little while ago my club mate Luis asked about running an Age of Sigmar Campaign for all of us right after the new edition dropped.  I was very excited to see one of the club players eager to try to run an event.  For my local club, Ligonier Legions, I always head up the Age of Sigmar games with the hope to inspire others to want to do the same.  That desire has finally come to fruition and I get to take a step back and simply play the game and enjoy all the fun of the event from a players point of view.  Considering NOVA Open is fast approaching and a lot of my Hobby effort is toward running its Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament and Doubles Event I welcome the break a bit as well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update : 7-11-18

Hey Everyone, I hope you are doing well!  We are fifty days away from this year's NOVA Open and I am happy to announce the Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament and Team Doubles Event Packs are out!  Go check them out and get some practice in before the big event!  There are still a few tickets left as well if you have been on the fence.  Yesterday I also released my second episode of Strength Hammer over on my YouTube channel.  I have been getting a lot of feedback and I have plans to improve everything from sound to longer content before the next one is due out.  Please check it out and Subscribe to get all my updates.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Coalescence : Desolation of Eristrat Impressions

Hey Everyone!  This past weekend saw the release of the new edition of Age of Sigmar and I ran this year's Coalescence event for my club.  The event was one week behind the official date due to some venue conflicts, but having so many people enthused about Age of Sigmar together on release day rolling dice really made for a great day.  I am happy to say that by the end of the day we had eighteen total players battling over the future of the god-beast Eristrat's fate.  I really appreciate everyone who came out as we had people from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey together.  We were using the new core rules for the event and everyone picked up the changes without issue making my job as T.O. very easy as I got to enjoy everyone's games and hobby throughout the day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Weekly Hobby Update : 7-4-18

Hey Everyone!  Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday Sigmar!  It has been very exciting over the past week with the launch of the new edition and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone building their new armies, playing games, and diving into the changes.  This past week saw a lot of hobby for me, running my Coalescence event, and finishing the event packs for NOVA Open.  The packs should go live on the NOVA website shortly so go check them out and consider joining us on Labor Day weekend as the first National Level U.S. event using the new edition!