Episode 16: Hobby Love – an Interview with BenSquig from Rad_heim!

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 table which when I encountered it was all about pirates and tropical island plateaus with jagged cliffs, half-submerged buildings, rope bridges everywhere and gibbets, tons of gibbets. Oh and skulls! A skull for every boy and girl I think. I mean, there’s a lot of skulls on this board. The pirate theme really caught my eye and the vast scale of what these guys do was just so inspiring! But once I started talking with Ben it became apparent pretty quickly that there was a lot more to their gaming and terrain and warbands than I initially thought – and even to the spokesman himself! Turns out he worked on White Dwarf for a while, the hobby magazine produced by Games Workshop! There’s lots of surprises in this one!

Bookmarks
00:00:00 – Opening (News & Sundries)
00:06:18 – Interview
01:02:28 – Hobby Progress
01:06:13 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie, where I highlight something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet I shout out an Instagram account not necessarily directly inline with our tabletop stuff. It is directly associated with another interest of mine and maybe yours – it’s an instagram account belonging to a German college student who is bizarrely good at Lego creations! Seriously, just to feel good, grab a breath of fresh air and get out from under all the finely sculpted and cast plastic and resin and metal miniatures and other gaming stuff, head over to Instagram and check out the account jonaskramm. This guy designs all kinds of things in Lego, he recently designed a purchasable custom set for Bricklink.com – it’s an old west saloon and it’s wonderful – and he’s currently doing some kind of series of small vignettes all centered around Jurassic Park. He did some downright amazing MOCs inspired by Game Of Thrones and – you just have to go see his work, just go. It’s awesome. One of the things I really like about his stuff is that most of his MOCs are not too big and many of them are exquisitely small. His creativity makes me want to dig out the Lego we’ve got stashed all around the apartment in containers shoved under tables and desks and couches …
https://www.instagram.com/jonaskramm/

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BenSquig on Instagram
Rad_heim on YouTube

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Show Transcript (not including actual interview)

Welcome to CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy! This is episode 16 and today I want to remind everyone that the color Magenta does not exist! Ponder that and consider what it means for our perspectives and philosophy on life and living! 

Speaking of life and living, I hope all of you out there are having a wonderful week. If not, I hope you’re having a bearable week. If not that either, I hope you’re able to see that there will be a tomorrow and tomorrow’s bring new doors to walk through, new windows to be seen through and vast arrays of the unknown. Open your arms and hearts and accept the possibility that it just may not be as terrible as you think forever. 

So, sequeing from THAT weird bit, I’d like to remind everyone that Tabletop Alchemy is a podcast ostensibly about the tabletop games I’m into, specifically Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer games, other skirmish games like Frostgrave and Kill Team and maybe soon Blood Bowl. We talk an awful lot about the hobbying side of the hobby, including miniature painting and terrain crafting, and overall I just love to share my love of the fantasy and sci-fi genres and all the art that’s associated with them. From books to movies to video games, case in point, this week my girlfriend Kiera has gotten us BOTH to fire up the old Tamriel atlas so we can run around in Skyrim for a bit. We’ve returned to this game probably once ever two years since it’s been out. This time around I’m trying something new – I’m rolling as a straight two-handed, heavy armored tank that only uses healing spells. It’s been a little bit tough, cause Skyrim is not the easiest game to do combat in. This time around we’ve also started to explore mods just a little bit. I downloaded two house mods one called Volgon Estate and the other is the Ebongrove mod. Both are really very cool, they make me want to learn how to create Skryim house mods laughter but after a super quick search on how to do that I realize it’s a whole new rabbit hole. 

All right let’s do the sundries – you can catch this podcast on all the major podcast apps and you can play it on YouTube where I include video of whatever I happened to be working on that week at the painting desk. You can find all the Tabletop Alchemy episodes and their corresponding show notes at cryinmo.com as well as my contact information and links to all my active social media accounts, including Instagram and Facebook. If you’d like to support the show somehow, one of the best ways is just to leave a rating on wherever you listen to the show or drop a comment on the YouTube version. There’s always Patreon as well if you’re so inclined, all support is always appreciated and I always tip my hat to my patrons, they know who they are and so do I! 

All right, 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. That’s rad underscore H E I M. Rad_heim. And rad_heim is how I first discovered these guys and their crazy gaming table which when I encountered it was all about pirates and tropical island plateaus with jagged cliffs, half-submerged buildings, rope bridges everywhere and gibbets, tons of gibbets. Oh and skulls! A skull for every boy and girl I think. I mean, there’s a lot of skulls on this board. The pirate theme really caught my eye and the vast scale of what these guys do was just so inspiring! But once I started talking with Ben it became apparent pretty quickly that there was a lot more to their gaming and terrain and warbands than I initially thought – and even to the spokesman himself! Turns out he worked on White Dwarf for a while, the hobby magazine produced by Games Workshop! There’s lots of surprises in this one, so let’s meet him.

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Dude, thanks again for such a cool conversation, Mr. BenSquig and thanks for sharing all the incredible rad_heim-ness with the rest of us. I really enjoyed hearing just the general support of tabletop gamers and, as he said, all the hobby love that these guys share with everyone and for everyone. I love their philosophy and their openness and again, I thank you sir for taking the time to chat with us. 

Be sure to check their stuff out on Instagram and as always links are in the show notes at cryinmo.com

The whole way the rad_heim group run their games is really inspiring me to get off the computer, get out from behind the painting table and crafting bench and just get some game campaigns going. Throw some dice, sling some spells, chop some swords, bang some shields! I’m really inspired not only to get my own Frostgrave campaign going with my brother but to also get that Dungeons & Dragons campaign started that I keep talking about wanting to do. 

All right, speaking of doing things, how about some hobby progress?

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All right this week I finished up 10 skeleton warriors from Games Workshop, they were a little bit trickier than I thought they would be and as always I constantly discover my penchant for underestimating how difficult some things will be. It’s like a curse. I know that as soon as I think something will be super easy and awesome, that thing is just not going to turn out quite right. This is a real thing – it’s why I tend to always think bad about things at the start because I don’t want to fall into the trap that I always fall into. I though the weathering and general grimy-ness of these little bone boys would be easy-peasy aaaaand nope. Somehow I managed to screw up the verdigris, even tho I’ve done it quite a few times to date. But hey, I got them to a perfectly acceptable tabletop standard and even added a few tiny flourishes to the bases which I originally had no intention of doing. So they’ll be on Instagram (and of course the Instagram posts will show up in my blog along with the podcast episodes et cetera) so you can see ‘em there or at cryinmo.com. I really like the poses they produce just through randomly popping pieces together. That’s definitely a shout-out to the Games Workshop designers, it’s kind of sobering when you think about it. Someone designed not just the aesthetics of the pieces but the aesthetics of how the pieces assemble and not only how they assemble but how they RANDOMLY assemble! Just think about designing something like that! Make 10 figures that can go together 100 different ways but every result, pretty much, looks spectacular! Every result evokes exactly what the designer wants, not only a look but a feeling of animated skeletal movement. Super cinematic. And these guys are an older set, too. Anyway, just things I try to appreciate.

So what are my plans for next week? That is a good question. I have three day job shoots for next week, two of those are all day affairs and so my time might again be limited a bit. And to be honest, at the time of this recording, I’m not sure what I exactly I want to work on next. I shall be taking a cup of tea to sit in front of my Quote pile of opportunity unquote and consider what I might like to paint next. I feel like I might want to paint up another hero player-character type figure but I also feel like I want to splash up some beast men or rat men a.k.a. Skaven. 

Oh, one last thing, I might actually have the opportunity to do a commission paint job! This is something I thought I’d never really do but when the idea came up as an actual possibility, my immediate thought was “why yes, I’d like to try that out”. So we’ll see! I shall keep you informed. Whether you want me to or not, I’m sure. All right, punch it Chewie – section Charlie!

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Where I get to share someone or something I’ve found online that is super interesting or inspiring to me! And today, today is a big one but it is, kind of like last weeks’ Section Charlie shoutout, not necessarily directly inline with our tabletop stuff. It is directly associated with another interest of mine and *maybe* yours – it’s an instagram account belonging to a German college student who is bizarrely good at Lego creations! Seriously, just to feel good, grab a breath of fresh air and get out from under all the finely sculpted and cast plastic and resin and metal miniatures and other gaming stuff, head over to Instagram and check out the account jonaskramm. That’s J O N A S K R A double M. This guy designs all kinds of things in Lego, he recently designed a purchasable custom set for Bricklink.com – it’s an old west saloon and it’s wonderful – and he’s currently doing some kind of series of small vignettes all centered around Jurassic Park. He did some downright amazing MOCs inspired by Game Of Thrones and – you just have to go see his work, just go. It’s awesome. Oh, just to clarify for anyone who doesn’t know, the acronym MOC – M O C – stands for “My Own Creation” and essentially means a custom build that isn’t a design specifically sold by Lego. So you know when you or your kiddo builds a red spaceship out of the Lego firetruck pieces, that’s a MOC. Jonas actually sells instructions for some of his builds so you can build them yourself but you gotta see his work. One of the things I really like about his stuff is that most of his MOCs are not too big and many of them are exquisitely small. And you know me – I love miniatures LOL. All right, link to jonaskramm (two Ms) on Instagram is in the show notes, once you check his work out – cause I know you will, consider it psychological homework! – Let me know what you think of it. It makes me want to dig out the Lego we’ve got stashed all around the apartment in containers shoved under tables and desks and couches … 

All right, that puts a spoon in this bowl of chocolate ice cream, I wish all of you the best week possible and thank you again for listening and hanging out, I hope you all get something done that you want to get done, even if it’s just one small thing. Glue a figure together. Spray some primer. Cut up some foam. Break out the modpodge! Roll some dice! See ya!