Episode 17 – DaShinobi Flow: Interview with MalevMinis!

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 at the sort of depth we explored on topics that I thought were going to be fairly technical but ended up being more philosophical than anything else, all driven by Malev himself. Some broad highlights from our conversation are: discussing his music and how poetry and music and miniature painting all kind of flow together while trying to produce an emotional response in people; we talk about freelancing and making a living as a commission painter and how that feels relative to working a “9 to 5” type of gig and we talk about the psychological impact of viewing insanely good top-tier miniature painting works of art at contests like the Crystal Brush. All of that in addition to chatting about his paint style and his twitch streaming and tabletop gaming.

Bookmarks
00:00:00 – Opening (News & Sundries)
00:04:26 – Interview
01:17:30 – Hobby Progress
01:20:23 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie, where I highlight something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I share the youtube channel The Crafsman SteadyCraftin. That’s right, no letter T in his YouTube name. This channel is great for kids as well as adults. This guy – and I don’t know who he is (you’ll understand that comment if you check him out) – he’s in the Bob Ross vein for me. He does crafts with casting resin and stop motion and other just strange little weird toys and things but the real draw for me – you guys’ve heard of ASMR? Like the legit ASMR, not the whole I’m-a-cute-girl-with-a-tight-shirt-rubbing-my-microhpone-with-a-feather-duster thing, like legit ASMR where someone with a particular voice or very particular quiet sounds can sort of calm your psyche? Well, if you haven’t, you can read up on that stuff. The Crafsman is like ASMR for my soul. I find some of his crafting techniques pretty informative but the whole reason to check out the Crafsman, for me anyway, is for THE CRAFSMAN himself. The more you watch of his stuff tho the more you’ll realize how genius the guy is.

SHOW NOTES

MalevMinis on Instagram
MalevMinis on Facebook
MalevDaShinobi on Facebook (music)

TheCrafsman on YouTube

Some of my favorite videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgUXYpeC1tU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKRTrsV4yXY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOObM28s4vc

Saul Williams
RelicBlade
Sean Sutter on Instagram
paletton.com
Vinyl Digital on Facebook

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Show Transcript (not including actual interview)

All right, welcome to another episode of Tabletop Alchemy! I am your host CryinMo and this is my podcast about miniature painting, tabletop gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, other skirmish games, terrain crafting, art and all the other things we love in this hobby that’s centered around interactive storytelling. Or straight-up tactical warfare on a miniature scale.

This is episode 17 – shoutout to my girlfriend, who somehow fell through the trap door that is apparently this whole K-Pop phenomenon and 17 is her … what’s it called? Not her bias, that’s an individual band member that you fan-girl or fan-boy after – see, what do I always say? Life is all about learning. And today we learned I’m learning all about K-Pop. Whether I wanna or not. But anyway, 17 is her favorite K-Pop band.

So how is everyone out there doing this week? You rolling with the punches? You hanging ten in the tubes? You biting the dust, you wiping out, or skating free, keeping just out of reach of that run of bad luck you keep expecting? Hey, I’m raising a beer to all of you today, cheers and good on you, remember what we say? Keep yer chin up, fake it til you make it, never show ‘em you sweatin’ cause it ain’t none of their business … and tomorrow’s another day anyway, you never know what’s coming.

I assume my silly pop-psychology nonsense comes off worse and worse every episode but I can’t help it. Sometimes I gotta remind myself what life is really like, that there are ups after the downs, and if there isn’t, well, then that’s just an opportunity to fly like you’re in a wing suit, devil be damned, seat of your pants screaming down canyons at breakneck speed – I gotta stop now. I apologize. King of the tangents, that’s me. Sometimes I feel like my whole life is a tangent haha but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

All right, let’s get the sundries out of the way – you can find this podcast on all the regular podcast apps, from Spotify to Apple to Google, you can play it on YouTube where it’s accompanied by footage from the paint desk, and you can find all the episodes and their show notes at cryinmo.com which is also where you can find links to all my social media and other ways to contact me at any time. If you’d like to support the show in some capacity, the best way right now is to just share it with your friends or anyone you think would get a kick out of it, drop a comment on Youtube or a rating on whatever podcast app you use, that goes a long way in helping me find an audience. I do have a Patreon set up and as in every episode I like to remind my patrons that they are making a huge difference for me in my life and they are never not appreciated!

So today’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 at the sort of depth we explored on topics that I thought were going to be fairly  technical but ended up being more philosophical than anything else, all driven by Malev himself. Some broad highlights from our conversation are: discussing his music and how poetry and music and miniature painting all kind of flow together while trying to produce an emotional response in people, we talk about freelancing and making a living as a commission painter and how that feels relative to working a “9 to 5” type of gig and we talk about the psychological impact of viewing insanely good top-tier miniature painting works of art at contests like the Crystal Brush. All of that in addition to chatting about his paint style and his twitch streaming and tabletop gaming. You can find his excellent instagram feed at malev_minis – that’s M A L E V underscore Minis and of course you’ll find links to his Instagram and both his MalevMinis Facebook page and his MalevDaShinobi music Facebook page in the show notes at cryinmo.com. Let’s see what you think of the ninja himself!

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Dude, thank you once again Mr. Malev Da Shinobi, we actually talked for over 2 hours and I had to make some cuts just to sort of keep the podcast manageable, but tip of the hat to you sir for taking the time to chat.

What did you guys think? There were some definite points he made about certain things that really resonated with me – BUT I know that sometimes I think about things in a weird way, I kind of feel my way through life rather than analyzing or being analytical, and I think Malev is both, which is a trip. But I hope you guys enjoyed the conversation and as always you can drop me a direct message on Instagram or email me at cryinmo@gmail.com with any comments, questions or suggestions, I’m always down to chat about stuff!

All right, let’s do some hobby progress!

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This week, I’m kinda riding on the coat tails of those ten skeletons I finished last week, I got them all matte varnished and photographed and put away in the display case, but I did do one extra little batch of miniatures, which are on Instagram already. I had purchased a set of treasure tokens from a company called Tiny Furniture on ebay a while back for use in Frostgrave and they are really nice little resin casts. There are seven bases in total, six of them are probably standard 30mm size and there’s one larger 40mm size. They have like little scrolls on them and leather pouches spilling over with gold coins and maybe a potion bottle on one and a couple of books, et cetera, the details are really nice, I really enjoyed painting them up and I think they turned out just fine. 

So I talked briefly last week about how I was going to select the next miniature to work on and I kinda did that, I went to my online gallery of miniatures to paint -it’s literally titled miniatures_to_paint – and I just looked through all of them. Whenever I purchase a miniature nowadays, I grab a production image, say box art or something, from online, rename it so it’s somewhat trackable and dump it into an online gallery I keep just for this purpose. Once I’ve painted a figure, I delete it from the gallery of course. So I ended up choosing a miniature from Privateer Press, a Trollkin Shaman, he’s got this great big fur cloak and a really cool gnarly staff and like a bone beard, I don’t know, I just really like the character in this character model. I haven’t figured out a paint scheme yet for this guy but I’m looking forward to starting on him this week. I have not painted any troll kin before but I do own a handful of them because I got a few on sale at different times and I think they’ll be useful in D&D and Frostgrave.

I also did a fairly heavy amount of blog reading this week trying to prep for an interview I’m trying to secure. It’s up in the air at this point, so I can’t say who or what blog, but my immersion into the blog really really inspired me to maybe try some conversions in the near future. That’s like a whole episode worth of conversation – well, jeez, that’s why I’m hoping this artist will agree to chat with me haha ‘cause it will make for a supercool bunch of topics that I want to tell you about but cannot. Yet. We’ll see!

All right, let’s do Section Charlie!

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This is where I get to highlight someone or something I’ve found on the internet that I think is supercool, interesting, inspiring or otherwise energizing. So this week, I’ve been debating on whether or not to put this YouTube channel in Section Charlie. There are reasons for my hesitation: one, just last week, I highlighted someone who isn’t in our specific hobby of tabletop gaming stuff, and neither is this week’s Section Charlie candidate; two, I’m guessing most of you will probably not get a kick out of this YouTube channel for reasons that I am fully aware of. BUT … I’m doing it anyway.

This week I have to share the youtube channel The Crafsman SteadyCraftin. Let me spell that for you. THE Crafsman – that’s C R A F S M A N. That’s right, no letter T in his YouTube name. This channel is great for kids as well as adults. This guy – and I don’t know who he is (you’ll understand that comment if you check him out) – he’s in the Bob Ross vein for me. He does crafts with casting resin and stop motion and other just strange little weird toys and things but the real draw for me – you guys’ve heard of ASMR? Like the legit ASMR, not the whole I’m-a-cute-girl-with-a-tight-shirt-rubbing-my-microhpone-with-a-feather-duster thing, like legit ASMR where someone with a particular voice or very particular quiet sounds can sort of calm your psyche? Well, if you haven’t, you can read up on that stuff. The Crafsman is like ASMR for my soul. I find some of his crafting techniques pretty informative but the whole reason to check out the Crafsman, for me anyway, is FOR THE CRAFSMAN himself. Again, I preface this with the huge disclaimer that I understand that a lot of you will probably not appreciate or “get” what I dig about the Crafsman. But for those of you who happen to click with his persona, you’re gonna thank me. I’ll link to his general YouTUbe channel in the show notes as well as highlight a couple of my favorite videos of his. The more you watch of his stuff tho the more you’ll realize how genius the guy is.

All right, that puts a dagger in this back and I shall look forward to hanging out again next week, I have another great interview all ready to go, it’ll be D&D-centric and focusing on writing! So, have a great week, put on that ring of +10 persistence and go paint something! Or play something! Or say something! That just happened to rhyme so I went with it. See ya!