The Man Cave… Patron of the Arts

A long time ago, someone very dear to me gave me advice. Part of which was basically ‘At some point in your life have some kind of art made for you, it doesn’t matter what it is’.
Now as a self confessed geek/ nerd, I’ve always gone for things that have resonated with me, on one level or another. Whether that was toys, what I read, games, art, etc.
When I was in my early 20’s I got a tattoo, to always remind myself of what ideals and principles to strive for (my scrawny arms just happened to come free with the tattoo).

Recently I learned that an artist I know, thru my love of all things geek, was accepting commissions. As I have been a fan of his art style,  I jumped on that chance and had a piece of art commissioned of my 3 favourite characters from the Marvel universe.

The artist, was Wayne Talbot. One third of the Irish Pubcast crew, Whovian, contributor to geekirelandonline, and alround nice guy.

With his permission I grabbed a couple of his works, and thru them together to showcase some of his talent.

**Disclaimer- the first piece of art featuring ‘Dark Wayne’ was by another very gifted artist, Lisa Marie Farrell, and was commissioned by Ciaran Marcantonio. **

If you like Wayne’s style, then good news. He’s accepting some commission work at the moment.
You can contacting him on Facebook, on Twitter (@waynetalbot) or by Email (wadetalon@gmail.com)

The secret life of a Wargamer…

Every once in a while a certain image/ memes will show up on one of the facebook groups i’m a member of.

Typically, when i try to find it, to use in this post, its nowhere to be found.. So i’m just goning to throw this one in.

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If you are a tabletop gamer you are bound to see it at some point.

Its basically an image of someone’s tabletop army displayed in all its glory, with the tag line ‘My greatest fear is that my wife will sell my models, for what I told her I paid for it’.

The image/ memes has always made me giggle secretly to myself, because for myself it’s true. I have at times ‘shaded’ the truth a little concerning the cost/ origins of my ‘toys’.

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I have been playing tabletop games for a good 20 years at least.

I have played different gaming systems. I have collected different armies/ factions/ models from Space Marines + Necrons of Warhammer 40K, PanOceania’s Military Order for Infinity, Menoth + Convergence for Warmachine to the newest, The Morticians of Guildball and Gundam’s.

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I just did a quick grab of some of the rule books/ army books i have lying around the house. I dont know if your like me but I tend to leave my books all over the place. One could be beside my chair, another in the kitchen and i’m not against leaving one in the bathroom.

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As you can see, i play a few game systems.

Some times i myself wonder where i got the money for all my toys cause lets face it, armies/ factions arent cheap.

Sure, my other half gives me money come christmas or my birthday for my ‘toys’ but an army/ faction doesnt come from that.

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May be i’m a Plastic Crack Addict, or suffer from Shiney Penny Syndrone, but there’s always that new something on the horizon that i want.

As a matter of fact, i recently received a bunch of new models from Miniature 13, that i backed on Kickstarter (on the sly), i’ve backed Hawk Wargames Kickstarter for Dropfleet Commander and i’m after getting new toys for Hawk Wargames Dropship Commander.

I have a misses and 3 kids, and my wages only go so far, so i have to be alittle ‘inventive’. At times i’ve ‘won’ models, a friend ‘gave’ them to me but usually i just sneak them into the house. If asked about them, the usual answer is ‘They’ve been sitting out in the shed for ages’

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At the moment i have 2 boxes of Malifaux models (Rasputina + Sonia Crew boxes if i remember) and the starter box of Star Trek Attack Wing hiding in my mothers house for the past year or so, cause i havent sneaked then in yet and have been distracted by other ‘toys’.

What about you guys? Have you always been honest about where your ‘toys’ have come from?

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Gundam Ez-SR to be exact)…

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So after having so much fun assembling and playing with my Powered GM Cardigan I had to get another Gundam. After all I didn’t want him getting lonely.

Now i might reference or use some terms that you might not be familiar with but dont worry.

Normally i dont like the ‘classic’ Gundam look (i dont like the colours basically). Although shape wise the Ez- SR is based off the RX- 79 (G or Ground type, the classic looking gundam) it doesnt have the ‘classic’ Gundam look or colours.

The Ez- SR is an evolution in design. So basically there is:

* The ‘classic’ RX- 79(G)

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* Then the RX- 79(G) EZ8

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* Then my new Gundam, the RX- 79(G) Ez- SR

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The box contains enough parts to build one of the three Gundam Ez-SRs used by Team SRSC in the animated series Team Try Fighters.

The first variant is the Ez-SR1 Intruder, designed to directly engage the enemy unit in close range combat while RX-79(G) Ez-SR2 Eliminator
 and RX-79(G) Ez-SR3 Shadow Phantom provide artillery fire and support functions. If your interested in details about the Ez- SR’s more info on them can be found here.

Of the three variants my personal favourite is the Ez-SR1 Intruder although due to the amount of parts and pieces you get in the box, this model is crying out to be customized. Mix and match the parts in the box, add parts from other kits, let your imagination run wild.

My local Gundam club is running a competition for customizing a High Grade Hi- Mock kit at the moment and I have an idea for a custom so be sure to check back soon to see how it works out.

– from The Man Cave