Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

And the World Turns

My ex-wife, the mother of my two sons, passed away last night. She has been battling cancer for sometime now. While we have been divorced for a long time this is hitting me harder than I expected.

Here is the way I prefer to remember her, a happier time with her first born. Be at peace.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bringing Organization to Your Desk - TGJ Hobbies Kickstarter

I don't push Kickstarters very often but I have seen this product in person and met the guys who are involved. We all go through various permutations of organization on our workbenches. My current iteration uses paint racks and drawers from Basius in Australia (that was a hefty shipping charge). Had TGJ Hobbies been on the scene when I was looking into this they would have gotten all my money.

While these racks are actually to deep for my main workbench they would fit well on my secondary workbench which is considerably deeper. What I really like about these racks is that they are constructed from finished plywood rather than MDF and can be stained (I recommend before assembling them). They are quite sturdy and the modular design allows you to create a variety of configurations to fit your horizontal and vertical space as well as choice what you need to accommodate your various brands of paint.

See get on over and check out their kickstarter: TGJ Hobbies Kickstarter

This is an example of every thing but the kitchen sink

An example of a custom cut. They did these as an exclusive item available only at ReaperCon. This is an initial test run, The logo came out quite a bit darker on mine.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Favorite ReaperCon 2015 Entries

Last year I was feeling a little over whelmed with the number of entries we had to deal with. We doubled in sized last year jumping from 200 to a tad bit over 400. This year we added another 100 to that total ticking just over that 500 mark in the closing 15 minutes of the Saturday deadline.

500+ entries from 137 entrants, I couldn't be happier with the turnout. There were some truly stellar entries too, sometimes it makes it really hard to sit down and judge these things. Kind of evaluating where those levels between bronze and silver or silver and gold are can be really difficult. Which is why I track the scores of all our judges so I can pick up on trends and make sure Michael and I can keep the teams balanced out for the show.

Anyway here are some of my favorite entries from the show this year. You can find a complete gallery of images on the ReaperCon.com website

Justin McCoy - Gold

Mary Proffit

Mary Proffit

Jason Anaya (This is an incredible conversion of Reaper's Grudge bust)

Jessica Rich

Aaron Lovejoy

Marike Reimer

Marike Reimer

Michael Proctor

Michael Proctor

Glen Phillips

Erin Hartwell

Erin Hartwell

Martin Jones - I love this concept it just feel a little short for me

A scratchbuilt Borg Queen

A Scratchbuilt Sophie

Cutebutpyscho - I did a variation of this a number of years ago (actually longer than I think)
Here's mine, I'm thinking 2009. I think Erin's is better, smaller more compact although the posing is a bit awkward

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ReaperCon 2015 - Day 4

I was pretty pleased with my performance in the competition this year. Although disappointed with my showing in the ordnance category.

Bulletproof Ghost (Trenchworx) - Ordnance Bronze

Sentry Duty (Hasslefree) - Painter Silver

Steady Lads (Reaper) - Diorama Gold (And was in the top six for Sophie consideration)

Shopping II (Hasslefree) - Best Hasslefree Entry ($200 GC from Hasslfree)

Sunday is the final day and the show ends with my auction. The auction is unique, Reaper puts up stuff on the auction table and attendees donate items and then I sell them off for the ReaperBucks that folks have been accumulating over the course of the convention. Its a blast and its by far my favorite auction to do. Unfortunately I never have the chance to take pictures on Sunday.

Its Tuesday and I have come down with a major case of convention crud and I'm sicker than a dog at this point. Just want to get home and curl up and sleep right now.

Monday, May 4, 2015

ReaperCon 2015 - Day 3

Saturday is the big event day at ReaperCon. While there is a small flurry of entries being entered for those that can only be there on Saturday 95% of the judging has been completed and we are busy trying to figure manufacturer awards and Sophie Trophies. There is a banquet at 6 and the awards ceremony in the main hall at 8.

The vendor hall is quieting down as people move over to the stage area

Some last minute checks of the entries in the competition room. We ticked over 500 entries this year from 137 entrants.

Jennifer Haley's spot, she must be off teaching at this point

The crowds begin to gather. The monitors in the center have been displaying the entries in the contest over the weekend.


Ali Bailey, Jessica Rich and Erin Hartwell prepare to pass out the awards as they are announced.

A bit of cheering as Anne Foerster takes the stage. Oh and the BONES III kickstarter was announced Friday night.