Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stresa WE recap and Warhammer Fest news

The blog has been quite silent lately!

Well, if you think about it, it makes total sense. These past couple of weeks have been all about World Expo and its wonders, and I thought it was just better to lay low and wait in shame... XD

This doesn't mean I'm not going to talk about World Expo, but since I wasn't there, I think it will be just be much better than you head up to the sites of those who did. So here is a small collection of places where you will find reports and impressions on what has probably been the best miniature event in history!

And now links only in Spanish (for those who might know the language or do not might translating!)

Not being able to go has been very depressing... but World Expo is done now and it's time to look to the future!

The other day we woke up with the news that GW is going to organize some new kind of event, called Warhammer Fest. As you may already very well know, Games Workshop has decided to slowly kill Games Days to the point that in the year 2014, they have completely vanished from existence. Not even GD UK is going to happen, after about 30 years of history.

Apparently, this doesn't have to be the end of their flagship events (or even Golden Demon?). Warhammer Fest has been announced to take place in Coventry (strange, but cheaper I guess) for the month of October and it could be like a GD but different, or maybe more of the same "huge store" kind of event that GW has punished us with in the last few years. Who knows! There's certainly not a lot of information right now about this, but it seems like it will be a 2 day event and that Golden Demon will be held on Sunday. We certainly do not know much more about it but as soon as I hear anything I will certainly tell you all about it here!

It coincides with Scale Model Challenge in the Netherlands, but with so many Open format contests all around the calendar, here's me hoping for the rebirth of Golden Demon! Fingers crossed!

Monday, July 7, 2014

I am going to miss World Expo 2014 in Stresa :(

Quite some bad news for me this time. :(

I'm going to miss Stresa World Expo! :(

I was planning to go but last minute change of plans in the logistics of the trip have made it impossible for me to go, and I can't really make it happen anymore since it will be too expensive for me at this date. Very bad planning on my part it seems, I will learn the lesson the hard way!

So this means that sadly there won't be any photos or report about it on the blog. And of course, the worst part is that I won't get to see this great event and all of my friends who will be there! :(

I will try not to think too much about it. I hope everyone who goes has a great time! Please have some drinks to me in my absence! :(

And with the more than sure death of Golden Demons in 2014 it seems like it's going to be a very poor year regarding contests for me. But this is not the end of course. I will attend Monte San Savino before 2014 ends...

...and I am also thinking about Hussar...

...wouldn't that be cool? I'm loving my recent visits to Warsaw so I might make that happen!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Do Not Miss: June 2014

To compensate for my lack of activity this month (so many trips!) the list of Do Not Miss June 2014 is unusually long! Enjoy:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Back to Warsaw and Berlin, and see you later Fallen Frontiers

I just arrived from South Africa on Saturday, and I am already thinking about leaving Madrid. I'm going to Warsaw again tomorrow!

I hope to be able to meet again with painters like Bohun and the rest of the Polish guys from Warsaw, and have some nice vodkas and perogis. Also, this time I'm going to make a stop in Berlin on my way back, since I have to stop there anyway to fly to Madrid, and spend the weekend with my good friends from Painting Buddha (Michael, Ben, Mati and Matt). Can't wait!

I'm going to use some space in this post about my travels to comment on the weird cancelling of the Fallen Frontiers crowdfunding campaign, which, as you already know, I was very keen to see ending successfully. Being as I was travelling back and forth, I suddenly found that they had decided to cancel the campaign, and apparently, from what I have read and people have told me, it seems like there have been doubts surrounding the capability of Scale Games of making the project happen, and also about the size/scale of the miniatures, some people even say that Scale lied on this matter. (Mi thoughts regarding this last part: ¿?¿?¿?)

If I remember correctly, before starting the campaign, this photo was published, where we can all very well see what the size/scale of the miniatures is. I have seen comments saying that Scale mentioned in the campaign that the size was 32mm and then people said that they were 35mm, and because of this some part of the audience started accusing them of liars. I am personally amazed by all of this. Talking in terms of "x mm" to refer to a scale is a commonly extended technical mistake in the miniature world. The scale is really indicated by, for example, 1/30, 1/40 o 1/50, and no one is correct when talking about scale when this is not mentioned in this way. GW for example says that their miniatures are 28mm, when if they were truly 28mm in size, they would be smaller than what they are, and on the other side, their miniatures do not maintain the proportions between them. As an example, think about a Space Marine and an Imperial Guard: the miniatures are basically the same height, when an Imperial Guard represents an average human 6 feet tall, while a Space Marine is supposed to be around 9 feet. Considering all this, I don't understand where the problem is. The photo is very clear! A whole different thing is that people want to use the miniatures to be proxies for other games. That is great, but I don't think that was the point of Fallen Frontiers. I personally think that the size that FF was proposing is great (slightly bigger than the typical 40k size for example), and proportions in this case are properly maintained, so are they relative sizes between miniatures. Therefore, I don't understand why the hate campaign against this project!

Apart from this, apparently there have been doubts whether Scale would be able to produce the miniatures complying with quality and time frames. I can't say much about that because I'm unaware of how that was going to be handled, but I know first hand that Fallen Frontiers has been developed for two years now, it hasn't just appeared out of nowehere, and its a very serious project with the support of a miniature company that has been producing not only miniatures of very high quality, but also paints, and they also have the possibility of producing the miniatures themselves (a possiblity which I believe not all companies have). I was a backer of the project because I firmly believed that they would make it happen without problems, and I do not really understand very well why all the negative comments I have been reading all around. Crowdfunding, like any investment, has its risks, it's all a question of trust, but trying to actively destroy a project? That's a whole different thing!

I don't know, sometimes I feel like there have been dark interests behind this hate campaign against Fallen Frontiers. In Dakka Dakka apparently there was people convincing others to take their money out of the Kickstarter, I have never seen such a thing, inexplicable for me. If you don't like the initiative, do not participate. But trying actively to go against it? It seems weird to me. Dark motives, hidden interests, other companies, personal vendettas...? Certainly a very interesting and weird story that makes me think about a lot of things! Who knows!

So, basically, this is a big loss for all in my opinion. I really wanted to get those miniatures! I'm pretty sure anyway that all the work done will not be discarded so easily (especially the artistic part, which I know first hand that is top-notch) and they will probably make it happen one way or another. This will only delay the release, so I'm sure we will be able to get them in the end.

All that's left is the wait. They will come sometime! I have Siklas Feen at home in the meantime! :P