Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Life Challenges and Changes

A few years back my buddy Jeff and I stated a live stream, Whats New with Mike and Jeff.  This was a weekly news stream talking about new products, industry news and events taking place in the local area.  Neither one of us knew what we were doing and we just had fun with the show.  It was especially exciting for me because I was learning how to live stream and do some basic video editing.

We were going strong at the start of 2019 however all good things come to an end.  Jeff missed his family back in Maryland and decided to move back home.  Since the show was pigeon hold for just him and I we decided to put the show on hold.  We have talked about doing a remote show between us however nothing has materialized as I write this post.

After we stopped live streaming and I sat looking at all the equipment I had purchased and everything I had learned, I decided to start a YouTube channel.  I took a new approach with this channel and it became my online hobby identity and I would be dropping Dagreenskins.  My new channel was going to be a mixture of subject matters from unboxings to how to videos.  So I launched my new YouTube channel, Tabletopin.

Things were moving along slowly and I was learning a lot more about video editing and how YouTube worked.  My goal with the channel was to create an active community and get the channel monetized.  I wanted to use the funds to help offset the cost of opening and running a small hobby store.  You have to understand my life is going through some changes right now.  I will be eligible to retire in 6.5 years and the reality hit me that I would have to get another job to afford my health care.  The thought of getting another job and having some kid telling me what to do all day just made me sick and it still does.  I wanted to take a risk to do something that I would be passionate about.  I know this all sounds childish however it was really motivating me and gave me some purpose as I moved closer to retirement.

As my channel grew I continued to work on my business plan for opening a hobby shop, not a game store but an actual hobby shop with a verity of different interests.  Well it turns out YouTube was breaking the law and got themselves in some serious trouble.  If you have not heard do some searches for COPPA and YouTube and spend hours listening to what is going on.  At the end of the day, YouTube broke the law and they are throwing the content creators under the bus.  As of writing this YouTube is refusing to create a General Audience category protect the content creators and we have to decided if our content is meant for children or not.  The other challenge is the Federal Trade Commission does not understand how YouTube operates and they are stating they will be holding content creators responsible.  So this left me in a situation I was not sure what direction to take.  I could just mark my content for children and it would stall the growth of my channel and I would not be able to really monetize it due to the new restrictions.  If I marked my content for children I would also have to change the type of videos I did not to include anything a child could hurt themselves with, like using a razor knife or glue.  The other option is to mark my content not meant for children and have the Federal Government decide if it is or not.  I am willing to fight anyone when it comes to what I believe in but not the Federal Government.  I have no confidence in the Federal Trade Commission to make these decisions and am not willing to take a risk moving forward. 

I have decided to delete Tabletopin form the internet and rethink my retirement goals.  I know opening a hobby shop is not a viable business plan without some additional source of revue coming in.  I have a feeling that YouTube is going to me making a lot of changes come the first of the years and it might not be the giant it is today.  Maybe a new video platform will rise up and take the place of YouTube, who knows.  Right now I'm just going back to blogging my hobby progress as Dagreenskins.  I have also created a Facebook page for my blog so that it will be easier for people to find and read my blog page, Dagreenskins

Life is full of challenges and this is one that I am faced with today.  I am getting closer to retirement and have no clue what I will be doing.  I would like to do something in the hobby or gaming industry but the reality is I will be an old guy creating you at Walmart.  

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Adeptus Titanicus Warhounds

Finished a pair of Warhounds for Adeptus Titanicus.  I magnetized all the weapons so I have options.  I will get this game on the table soon really looking forward to playing. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Adeptus Titanicus

I finished my Warlord a few weeks back and now I have enough models to start playing the game.   I used some new painting techniques and did a lot of work magnetizing the weapons.  I didn't document all the work I did however will do better next time.  I have a few things taking place over the next few weeks but soon I will be getting this game on the table.  I do have a few Warhounds on my desk and hope to have them done next. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Blood Angels

When I was at the LVO I took a painting class with Peachy from GW.  The class was about getting Space Marines battle ready.  It was a great class and Peachy is a fun instructor and rated the model I painted in class.

We were the last class for the LVO and he gave us a few more extra models so he didn't have to take them back home with him.  When I returned home from the event I wanted to finish all the models.  I purchased new bases for them all because I am going to use them for Kill Team Arena.  I had to do a few conversion due to them all holding the scanner.  I just cut the hands off and replaced with other hands in my bitz box.  I am real happy with how these models turned out and I could see myself running a Blood Angel army. 

What we were taught was nothing new and exciting however sitting in a room with other painting models is always fun.  This was the paint by numbers that GW normally teaches on the videos just doing it live.  The most important part was just controlling the washes and not flooding the model.  This just made painting the model faster and and the colors were much brighter.  I am going to add a Captain next to finish off this elite Kill Team. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Las Vegas Open 2019

I'm back home from an amazing weekend spent at the Las Vegas Open.  The photo above is the view from the room and it was great to see every night.  I took a lot of great painting classes over the weekend and did a lot of shopping at the Forge World booth. 

This is my score from the event.  The swag bag had a box for Stormcast for Shadespire and a starter team for Guild Ball.  We received two novels one from GW and the other form Privateer Press that I will gift to someone.  There was a verity of laser cut bases, base markers and other hobby items.  It was a good swag back with some useful items to add to my collection of stuff. 

I purchased book 5 for Hours Heresy and a reprint of Realm of Chaos.  I also picked up shoulder pads for my 30K Death Guard army, Telemon Heavy Dreadnought with all the weapons and the decal sheet for the Custodes.  I also found the unit boards for Adeptus Titanicus Knights and some house decal sheets.  Something cool that GW was doing was getting rid of old dice that were not selling or they just didn't want anymore.  Most of the dice were from Blood Bowl and Necromunda and some of the factions from different game systems. 

 I was able to pick up cool dice for my collection and even a few scatter dice. 

Speaking of dice my friends Clint and Yeji gave me a gift of some custom dice from Misty Mountain Gaming.  These a metal dice with enamel color and are very nice. 

I also purchased a verity of paints and other gaming items but nothing real exciting.

I spent most of my time taking painting classes with great artist.  The first class I took was on painting faces with Lyn at MetalHead Minis She is an amazing artist that I have known for years and it was great to finally take one of her classes. The model below is what I painted during her class and I am really happy with the results. 

I took two classes with CK Studios however no photos for these classes, one was just a lecture and I lost the model that I worked on during the class.  The classes were full of good information however the subject matter was too much for the time we had in class. 

The best class I took was with Peachy from Games Workshop.  He taught us how to get Space Marines ready for the table.  This was not a speed painting class it was getting your models to a good table top standard.  I had a blast painting in his class but I got the thumbs down from Peachy.

We received a few models form GW for taking the class and I will use them for a Kill Team.  I really like the results of the GW paint style and once I finish the unit I will post up proper pictures.

The best part of the event was that my wife went with us and she even had an amazing time.  The organizers have activities planned during the day for people that want to get away.  My wife took advantage of these activities and she had a blast.  She had so much fun and made new friends she wants to go back again next year.

I regret never going to the LVO before now however I plan to make this an annual trip moving forward.  They had a lot of different game systems being played and even casual gaming.  I can see the LVO growing and becoming just as amazing as Adepticon in the future.  I am now more excited to get Adeptus Titanicus finished so I can get some activity built around this game at LVO 2020. 


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Las Vegas Open 2019

I'm packed up and ready to hit the road to Vegas, unfortunately I don't leave till tomorrow.  This is going to be my first time at the Las Vegas Open (LVO) and I don't know what to expect.  I can't recall the last time I was at Las Vegas and I know the Stripe has really changed over the years.  I am excited to hang out with friends and make new friends that enjoy the hobby as much as I do.

We all will be leaving tomorrow around noon and should be at the hotel around 4:00 p.m.  We want to make sure we have enough time to check in, register for the event and get in line for the GW preview presentation.  After the presentation I will be hitting the vendor hall and planning out what I want to purchase during the event.  I have to be careful and I don't want to spend all my funds on day one.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I have painting classes scheduled to keep me busy.  I am only signed up for one game and that is the Knight Joust on Friday night.  This is a fun event and I am taking my Morkanaut for this battle.

I have been looking forward to this event for months and can't wait to get started.  I be posting photos on Twitter and Facebook and when I return I will write up a blog post.

Vegas Baby 

Friday, February 1, 2019

40K OG February 23, 2019

If you live in AZ and want to play in a fun tournament come join us at the 40K OG.  I have finished my Adeptus Custodes for the event and can't wait to play them. 

I had a lot of fun painting up the Shield Captain on Jet bike.  It is a great model and when I take this army to 2000 points I will be adding a full unit of these bikes.  I did try something new with this model.  The armor of the Shield Captain was painted gold using artist inks.  I have been experimenting with inks through my airbrush and I am still learning.  Inks are like water and I have to be careful not to shot it out to fast. 

Can't wait to see everyone at the 40K OG and roll some dice with my friends.