This episode I talk to a dude named Tim and who’s instagram handle is @bonus_action. Tim is an artist and designer and he produces for Instagram and his Patreon materials for use in Dungeons & Dragons, specifically custom magic items, traps and flavor tables. We have a fun conversation about both running and playing D&D, … Continue reading "Episode 23 – Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: an Interview with Tim @bonus_action!"
This episode I have a conversation with your friendly neighborhood party nerd! That’s right, Twitch streamer, miniature painter, Dutch daddy insomniac Reiner72! Steve is a fantastic miniature painter, you can check his stuff out on Instagram of course, but to get the biggest bang for your buck, you can catch him a few times a … Continue reading "Episode 22 – Never An Evangelist: Interview with Reiner72!"
This week I have a conversation with a guy who is a bona fide adventurer (he might dispute that) and a bona fide artist. He goes by the Instagram handle TheRealBrokenFingers and yeah, that name ain’t facetious. His work on Instagram is Warhammer 40k oriented and he creates massive dioramas, you gotta see ‘em to … Continue reading "Episode 21 – Rewards For Looking: Interview with TheRealBrokenFingers"
This week I just ramble about four fantasy authors and my favorite of their books. I chat about Frances Hardinge, Nancy Springer, Jeff Smith and Joe Abercrombie and what I like about my favorite books of theirs and not only just how good they are for reading but also how they might be inspirational for … Continue reading "Episode 20 – Some Fantasy Books I Recommend!"
This week I interview the wonderful Shoshie of ShoshiesMinis; she is a miniature painter with a mission and a classical art background. She’s also a highly respected commission painter. She’s super fun to talk with and she’s also great fun to hang out with on Twitch where she chats with viewers and works on whatever … Continue reading "Episode 19 – Art Is Medicine: an Interview with ShoshiesMinis!"
This week I interview the awesome Kelsey Dionne of the Arcane Library. The Arcane Library is a publisher for best-selling Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition third-party content and printable card-based gaming aids. Kelsey is the writer of the Arcane Library’s D&D 5e adventures and it’s her writing chops and layout skills as pertaining specifically to … Continue reading "Episode 18 – Endorse Your Make-Believe: an Interview with Kelsey Dionne of the Arcane Library!"
This week’s episode is a pretty interesting conversation that did not go at all like I thought it was going to. The conversation I have with miniature painter and music producer MalevDaShinobi flows, kinda like music, from one topic to another and back and intertwines different threads and all in all I was totally surprised … Continue reading "Episode 17 – DaShinobi Flow: Interview with MalevMinis!"
This week I’ve gone all the way down under to chat with a gentleman about a table. Not just any table and not just any gentleman. He goes by BenSquig on Instagram and his gaming group is rad_heim – also on Instagram. And rad_heim is how I first discovered these guys and their crazy gaming … Continue reading "Episode 16: Hobby Love – an Interview with BenSquig from Rad_heim!"
In this episode, I have a very special guest, he’s an artist of extraordinary talent. I met him briefly at San Diego Comic Con a few years ago where he had a pile of his sketch books at his table and I was able to just sort of stand there and flip through actual cracked … Continue reading "Episode 15: Mileage – An Interview with Artist Daniel Landerman"
In this episode, I am super stoked to bring you a wonderful interview with a wonderful tabletop artist, this gentleman has perfect Rally English, he dreams in grim darkness and he hails from IronSleet … dot com. Also, he hails from Finland. Kari is his first name, I shall not butcher his last name out … Continue reading "Episode 14: Interview with Kari – @Koltti – from Ironsleet.com"
In this episode I interview my very good friend John Hoffman, the guy I went into the Hollywood special effects industry with and who still to this day manages to work in film and television as a model maker. He’s worked on films from James Cameron’s Titanic to the stop-motion Kubo and has even worked … Continue reading "Episode 13: Interview With A Hollywood Movie Model Maker!"
In this episode I answer a question from one of my patrons – how do you get started in these hobbies when you are starting fresh, have no materials or resources? I offer simple tips for purchasing miniatures, paints, tools and where to get the best deals. Because it can be pretty daunting to try … Continue reading "Episode 12: How Do You Start (or Get Back Into) the Miniatures Hobby?"
In this episode I interview Steven Vu a.k.a. Houndstooth Miniature Painting. We have a long conversation about all kinds of cool and interesting things, from favorite movies to favorite painting techniques. We especially learn a lot about the creative business and work of running a high volume commission painting service. In Section Charlie, where I … Continue reading "Episode 11: Interview with Commission Miniature Painter HoundstoothMinis!"
In this episode I give some un-solicited advice to first-time Dungeon Masters (and Game Masters) to help you get through your first game and make it a success for both you and your players. Being a first-time DM myself, none of my tips are necessarily ones you should listen to, but they might be helpful … Continue reading "Episode 10: First-time Dungeon Master Advice from a First-time Dungeon Master"
In this episode, I conduct my first interview with the awesome miniature painter Darcy Bono who I met on Instagram after coming across her amazing Games Workshop Beastmen! We talk shop for almost an hour, finding out how she got into the hobby, painting and commission work. In Section Charlie, where I highlight someone or … Continue reading "Episode 09 – My First Interview: Meet Miniature Painter Darcy Bono!"
This episode’s topic is all about the first wargame match I’ve played since getting back into the hobby! My brother Alessandro and I played our first game of Frostgrave, the skirmish game from Osprey Games and author Joseph A. McCullough. We had a great time and are slowly learning the rule set. We used all … Continue reading "Episode 08 – Played My First Wargame in 25 Years!"
This episode’s topic is just a big wide meandering ramble on quality vs price. I compare two model sets from Games Workshop and Northstar Miniatures, their quality vs cost and how and why we appreciate some things that cost more than others and when cheaper can be better. To be clear, I really like both … Continue reading "Episode 07 – Cheap, Fast, High Quality – Choose Two!"
In this episode I ramble about whether or not miniature painting, terrain crafting, D&D adventure writing (and playing!) can be considered art. TLDR; yes, of course lol. I also chat a bit about my weekly hobby progress, which I’m happy with this week, putting together Reaper Bones Black Iron Golem, 4 Reaper mummies, 1 Reaper … Continue reading "Episode 06 – Is Our Tabletop Gaming Hobby Art?"
In this episode I ramble about the struggle some of us have with getting down to work with our hobby stuff! Have you ever had a problem with motivation? Have you wondered why sometimes you can imagine doing your hobby work but just can’t quite physically get over to the work bench, the painting table, … Continue reading "Episode 05 – Brute Force Your Motivation"
In this episode I talk about how getting hired to create models for Hollywood movies killed my hobbies (due to how much work I was doing and how little time off I had to pursue gaming and miniature painting and model-building)! I also discuss my current week’s hobby progress with tabletop wargaming terrain and I … Continue reading "Episode 04 – How The Movie Industry Killed My Hobbies"