|Flying into Chicago|
|My first taste of Chicago deep-dish pizza.|
|Watching a beautifully painted Tzaangor army in an Age of Sigmar game.|
I decided to not enter a piece in the Crystal Brush, since I didn't want to apply that pressure on myself. Not the pressure of competition, mind you -- just the time-pressure to paint something to my highest standard. It's a been an intense year at work, so I didn't want my free time to feel strained. Instead, I made it a goal to paint a warband for Confrontation.
|Inspiring terrain in the Warmachine/Hordes room.|
|A late-night game of Frostgrave.|
ConfrontationI still have a little more work to do on my Orcs of the Behemoth (I hope to post a pic of the finished warband in my next post), but I got them to a good enough level to make a good impression on the tabletop. I was even torn whether to play with them, as planned, or maybe enter them into Crystal Brush, after all. Luckily, when I saw the Crystal Brush entries, my decision became an easy one! My guys are definitely tabletop standard, next to the Crystal Brush entries in the 'Unit' category.
|My Orcs of the Behemoth (bottom) face off against the evil Dwarves of Mid-Nor.|
The Facebook group, 'American Confrontation EVO Society', organized a proper Confrontation tournament for Friday night. I swung by the tournament to meet the players and introduce myself, in the hopes of arranging a pick-up game later in the weekend. Luckily for me, the gents were patient and accommodating, and they squeezed in a game with me on Sunday.
|It's always a pleasure to see such well-painted miniatures across the table.|
|My gracious opponent kindly offered me tactical advice on how to roll up the flank and isolate his command group.|
|This Warrior of the Wind weakened the Mid-Nor leader so that my leader, Kolghor, could finish him off.|
Crystal BrushCrystal Brush was astonishing. What an amazing forum to attract such a bountiful sampling of the best artists in the world for our hobby. Sure, Monte San Savino and the other European shows have more panache and participation, but they're pure art shows. One unique aspect of Crystal Brush that sets it apart from the European shows is more general accessibility to the artists by the gamer population -- the opportunity to mix and mingle the professional artists with everyday gamers and hobbyists.
|By Raffaele Picca of the Massive Voodoo studio and blog.|
|The Hobby Lounge. Where masters and novices could paint side-by-side.|
My two favorite entries
These were my favorite two pieces at Crystal Brush, due to their powerful theme, original concept, expert sculpting, superb composition, brilliant color theme, and masterful technique.
Original sculpture by Michael Kontraros, painted by Francesco Farabi.
|"Deus Ex Machina"|
Scratchbuilt and painted by Fabrizio Russo.
- The Gallery (continued)
- Next Year!