Mass Effect Legendary – some notes

I have a few games to review in my personal queue of "essays I plan to write long after a game has been released so that any review is meaningless": Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Control, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. I decided to bump Mass Effect Legendary Edition to the top of the queue because this isn't a review. The…

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Hades

On the surface, Hades sounds exactly like the kind of game I wouldn't enjoy: you fight a lot; you die a lot; it looks like another pointless arcade game. It wasn't until I saw Felicia Day play the game on a YouTube video from her Twitch stream that I became interested: So what makes Hades different from…

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Tainted Grail Wave 2 – shaded zenithal, contrasts and washes, and Metal Color

Let's shift to an interesting topic, with lots of fun pictures: Painting the miniatures that came with the second wave of Tainted Grail. What's a "Tainted Grail Wave"? Tainted Grail is a massive role-playing board game published by Awaken Realms. The game was funded as a Kickstarter project. The overall game was so massive that Awaken Realms…

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Mini painting wrap-up – Etherfields Wave 1

In my last post, in which I talked about shading Etherfields miniature figures, I ended by saying that I'd have to wait until the the weather got warmer and dryer before I could go outdoors and spray-varnish the minis. Then I discovered a varnish made for airbrushes. I applied four light coats to each mini, spaced at…

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More miniature-painting goodness: Citadel shades and washes, zenithal primes, and Etherfields

It's been almost a year since my last post on painting miniature figures. Therefore, I'm going to review the style of mini painting I use before I show lots of photos. I'll begin with why I started painting minis again. Etherfields Etherfields is a board game that I backed on Kickstarter. After a wait of about 1.5…

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Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

This is a review of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion by someone who didn't care for the original Gloomhaven. Let's step back a bit. Gloomhaven was published in 2017. It created a bit of a stir. At $140, it was among the most expensive board games published (though that price point has been exceeded since then). It…

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GreedFall

Right now, the PS4 game that everyone is talking about is The Last of Us, Part II. So I'm going to talk about GreedFall. GreedFall, published by the French game company Spiders, is a story-based role-playing game in the same vein as Bioware's Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises. The flow of GreedFall is the same: -…

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Tainted Grail, the End of the Dwarves, Bugbear Warriors, and Colorshift

When I switched Wordpress providers, many of the pictures did not import properly. You may want to view the old site's post instead. Tainted Grail If you've been following the saga of my experiences painting miniature figures, you may remember that a big incentive was to paint the elaborate miniatures that I knew would come with the…

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Contrast Paints, a Golden Dwarf, and Contrast Medium

When I switched Wordpress providers, many of the pictures did not import properly. You may want to view the old site's post instead. This post is a continuation of a previous post in which I compared some contrast paints on my favorite test miniature, the Dwarf Brewer. More contrast paint colors In that post I separated the…

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