Saturday, May 14, 2016

Adepticon 2016 Recap

Hey all, long time no post, kids work house blah blah blah.  Anyways, even though everyone else covered their Adepticon trip a a few weeks ago, I wanted to get my annual post up here.

This year I headed to Adepticon with Funderhammer & Bill - I had just formally met Bill a couple of weeks earlier despite seeing him around our FLGS, but Funderhammer assured me that he probably wouldn't axe-murder me in my sleep, so we were good to go.  (Just kidding - Bill was a great guy & about as nice a guy as you'd ever meet.  For a 9th Age player, anyway)).


We wanted to get to the hotel ASAP, since they were sending emails offering convention goers a $50 credit if you gave up your room - apparently they massively overbooked the hotel.  After a last-minute revision of babysitting/work plans, we got on the road Thursday morning and had a rather uneventful drive.  Funderhammer got us upgraded to a suite, and I have to admit I've had worse rooms:

After getting checked in & picking up our badges and swag bags, we headed over to a Chicago institution, Portillo's, for some dinner:

When we got back, Funderhammer & I headed to our first class, Army Speed Painting 101 with Aaron Lovejoy.  I've taken classes with Aaron at GenCon before, but usually they were geared towards competition painting or basing, not speed painting.  Aaron actually has a pretty interesting approach - were I'd consider working on a squad and doing stuff like "just paint the pants on each miniature, then just paing the boots, etc" as "speed painting" Aaron gets WAY more granular - like "just paint the front left toe of the boot" then move on to the next model in the squad.  Basically, if you're spending more than a few seconds on each "section", then you're not breaking it down far enough.  To demonstrate, Aaron assigned everyone in class a TINY fraction of a model, then started shoving identical minis into our "assembly line":

...the point being, while they weren't going to win any contests, they were definitely of passable "tabletop" quality. Later, due to the copious amounts of coffee I needed to consume to make it through the con, I converted my mini:


The next day, we headed to the dealer hall and the shopping began in earnest.  One of my first stops was the Secret Weapon Miniatures booth, were I chatted with Justin for a few minutes and picked up some weathering powders & a few of the new paints to try:

Next I stopped by the Ironheart Artisans booth to pick up a custom order that Alex was gracious enough to let me pick up at the con.  I also picked up a new set of brushes to try out:

I had also been thinking about painting a bust, and he had a pretty cool one on sale:

One of the coupons in our swag bags was a postcard to fill out with your email address that said "Bring this to the Privateer Press booth for a prize!" I was expecting a sticker or a cheap trinket, but they were giving out faction books!

(Granted, know we know that they were offloading old stock in preparation for Mk3, but it was still a nice surprise).

Next I stopped by the Battlefront booth and picked up a container of MDF blanks (I'll be doing a write-up using these soon):

Funderhammer was chatting with the guys at the CMON booth, and lamented while he'd like to try Wrath of Kings (VIG's got a starter box in their swag bags), he didn't have anyone to play the game with.  They passed along another starter box for me!

While trying to identify what the "new hotness" would be at Adepticon this year, it quickly became apparent that it was skirmish game Arena Rex.  We all bought a starter and will be trying it out more in depth in the not-too-distant future:

I made so, so many trips to the Reaper booth for paints this year - I don't think this is even close to all of the ones I picked up:

Found a guy tucked away in the corner of the concourse selling homemade chapter banners & purity seals - while I haven't thought about Space Marines in a loooong time, these were too cool to pass up:

That night, Funderhammer & I had a couple of classes, the first of which was Painting Smoother Blends with Rhonda Bender.  This was one of those types of classes that I take every year, swear that I'm going to incorporate it into my painting, then get home and remember that I'm lazy.  But no, it was great info and Rhonda really broke it down into easily understandable steps, and I was fairly pleased with my results.

From here, we went to our next class, Painting Realistic Faces with David Powell.  David had some amazing examples of his work on hand:

Despite being hampered by several, um, "beverages" I made before we left the room, I was pretty pleased with my progress:


The next day, my first class was Basic Technique in Finishing, Including Airbrush Technique with Caleb Wissenback.  I really haven;t kept up with my airbrushing, and have resolved to do better in the coming year.  Caleb had a lot of good advice & tips.

My next class was Airbrush 102, Airbrush Cleaning & Maintenance with Ken Schlotfeldt, the president of Badger Airbrush.  I was pleased to learn that I was doing everything (mostly) correct, and afterwards I picked up one of these cool airbrush maintenance kits from the Badger booth:

After my classes were over for the day, Funderhammer, Bill & I headed to the Privateer Press Iron Arena to get some games in:

Oooh, swanky new focus tokens!

After we were done, we realized it was our last night in town to get a "fancy" dinner, so we headed over to the Weber Grill restaurant.  When we got back to the room, Bill broke out a copy of Gloom, which was a lot of fun:


Sunday we packed up the car and made a few trips around the convention center, where we bumped into Robe Guy:

...and while waiting for the raffle drawing, we checked out the Crystal Brush entries:

After the drawing (none of us won anything), we headed out, another Adepticon in the bag!


  1. xender for pc
    xender for windows
    xender for windows 7
    xender for windows 10
    xender for windows xp

    After we were done, we realized it was our last night in town to get a "fancy" dinner, so we headed over to the Weber Grill restaurant.

  2. Thank you so much for your post. This post really help me a lot and I have learnt some new things from your blog. I am bookmark your blog for future visit.
    industrial tools

  3. Thanks for posting. Keep it up.

  4. I made so, so many trips to the Reaper booth for paints this year - I don't think this is even close to all of the ones I picked up. gold necklace wholesale france , gold necklace wholesale uk

  5. whoah this weblog is great i like studying your posts. Keep up the great work!


  6. pleasant piece of writing and fastidious urging commented at this place, I am genuinely enjoying by these. 바카라사이트

  7. Found your post interesting to read. I cant wait to see your post soon. Good Luck for the upcoming update. This article is really very interesting and effective.


  8. This paragraph gives clear idea for the new viewers of blogging, Thank you .


  9. I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read . I learn new information from your article , you are doing a great job . Keep it up 마사지블루

  10. It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info. I’m glad that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing. Feel free to visit my website; 먹튀검증

  11. Thanks for sharing the tips. Amazing post and interesting work. I like this post. I am impressed with your post. 토토

  12. Thank you for this wonderful post! It has long been extremely helpful. 메이저사이트I wish that you will carry on posting your knowledge with us.

  13. What’s up, yup this piece of writing is actually fastidious and I have
    learned lot of things from it concerning blogging.

  14. What’s up designer all, since I am genuinely eager of reading this web site’s post to be updated regularly. It includes nice stuff.

  15. What your declaring is entirely genuine. I know that everyone need to say the exact same factor, but I just believe that you put it in a way that all of us can comprehend. 중국야동넷

    Please visit once. I leave my blog address below

  16. Superbly written article, if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a far better place 메이저사이트

  17. I found out about this place after looking around several blogs. It s a great luck for me to know this place. 먹튀검증업체

  18. There are a lot of writings, but I think it s so good to have some information that I really need from time to time. 메이저사이트

  19. You made some good points there. I did a Google search about the topic and found most people will believe your blog 메이저검증업체

  20. Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. 파칭코

  21. You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to searching for more of your fantastic post.

  22. How can I fix my Printer not printing black ink?

    The users often get stuck and so they put up questions like why is my Canon Printer not printing black properly? Now, to fix it, you are supposed to check out the latest drivers which are installed for your printer. If you wish to resolve it, you must check out the latest drivers which is installed on your printer, then try to uninstall and then reinstall it and then you should try to change driver settings. Now, try to reconfigure the printer. Once you do follow the steps, you would be able to fix your issues without any fuss.

    Yahoo email is not working?

    If yahoo email is not working then Look through your filters. Yahoo Mail has a function that allows you to categorize messages automatically as soon as they arrive. It's a useful function, but much like spam, it's conceivable that a filter you set up can catch emails you didn't intend. Check the Filters section of your Yahoo Mail settings before going through all of your folders. This will assist you in identifying and fine-tuning any faults with the rules you've established. To assist limit down your search, check your filters to see which folders they utilize.

    Accessing Recall Feature in Outlook Email App

    The application versions of any software makes it easier for the user to access it. You do not have to login or sign in again and again. It seems organized in your phone. We will see how you can use the recalling feature of Outlook app in the app version. You have to login to your account and go to the sent folder for Outlook app recall email. Then select the email you want to recall by double clicking on it. Then, click on the option or recall this email from the menu.

    What is two-factor authentication Facebook 2022?

    Facebook Two-factor authentication is very beneficial in securing and protecting personal information without question. Read more to know how to achieve two-step verification on Facebook. First of all, open the Facebook App. Then select Menu and scroll down to ‘Settings and Privacy.’ Then select the settings option and click on the ‘Use Two-Factor Authentication’ link to complete two-factor authentication facebook 2022. Then click on the Continue button and choose your security methods. You’ll be ready to sign in as soon as you have two-step verification.

    How can I get my Yahoo email to automatically refresh?

    Users do witness technical problems like Yahoo Mail not syncing with iPad. Now, if you are stuck and want resolve the issues, you are supposed to follow and apply few important instructions. To fix, you must click the curved arrow icon which is in the inbox line in the left panel of your page. Now if you do hover your cursor over this icon, you can click the inbox it self. You can simply fix it, by applying the steps. If you want to resolve the issues, you would be able to troubleshoot the issues without any fuss and chaos. Have a look at the steps to resolve it.