This year, we decided to fly. By we, I mean my two buddies and I - who are registered for the 40k Team Tournament. My hopes are this format of tournament will be more to my liking than your average 40k tournament - which I have grown to dislike. Gaming with buddies against other buddies sounds about right.
I'm taking a bunch of classes including Roman Lappat's class and Jenifer Haley's. I hope to learn new things and chat with some of the best artists in our extended nerd family.
Adepticon is a weekend of fun and community. Everyone is either nerdier than you or just as nerdy - but also a friend. Complete strangers chat like old pals and everyone gets to show off their works. I got a great feeling from being their last year and hope this year holds the same feeling in store for me.
It's an interesting time to be a wargamer.
GW's dominance on the scene is being challenged. There are now tons of miniature lines, games and avenues to explore your own nerdiness. It's actually quite insane how many miniature games are now on the scene - it was never like this when I was younger. Not only are there others - but certain others are producing miniatures that rival the quality that GW churns out - and GW is getting lazy about it. Sure they are still unrivaled in their scope, but Wyrd Miniatures has just started producing quality plastic miniatures and that means business.
There are weak ones in the midst too and I doubt they will last. Defiance Games, who I once painted a single set of minis for, is now shut down. Mantic is in trouble - they just don't have the originality and vision that some of the others have and I am afraid they won't be missed when they flip the switch on their molding machines.
Corvus Belli just seems to be growing and growing in popularity. Their figs, while composed of soft metal, are simply beautiful. My hope is that they one day have enough capital to delve into quality plastic figs, though this will get harder and harder as the earth turns. Plastic is made of oil, but I won't go into all my secretly held conspiracy theories and predictions about that subject.
Dust Tactics seems to be on the up-swing as are others that I fail to mention here. (Warmahordes)
Of course, I really doubt that GW will go under anytime soon. They are the perfect gateway drug and their space marines and wide range of plastic will never go out of style. I see them as a healthy company but I am glad to see the breadth of miniature games growing successfully.
Personally, gaming is becoming less and less interesting, while painting remains ever the pull on my nerdy heartstrings. I think I want tabletop wargaming to do things for me, that other mediums do better - like telling a story and creating atmosphere. Perhaps I need to let go of my expectations and just enjoy it for what it is and can provide. Contrary to GW's insistance on "forging a narrative" - this medium just isn't as good as others.
Struggling with how to close this wall of text...so I'll just close it. If any of you will be at adepticon and want to share the great models you've been working on - I'm going to try to have a neat Tau of War t-shirt made so that everyone can identify me - I'm a rather chatty person, if a little rough around the edges and generally unkempt and unshaven. I plan on bringing models with me and I'd love to see your works of art - even if they are just conversions.
In the meantime, check out the latest on this Paulson Games battlesuit I am working on. I really like these parts that Paulson sells. The assault cannon arms really fits well with the existing Tau theme and the missile launcher is just a beast. Can't wait to finish this guy.
Then it's onto a new squad of them, using an airbrush to start the next time...should make painting them quicker.