Episode 25 – King of the Vampires: Interview with Bartek from Borgnine’s Painting blog!

Today we’re traveling to Berlin! And we’re gonna talk with the King of the Vampires – my words, not his – Bartek Stachurski from Borgnine’s Painting blog. He was great fun to talk with and I’m telling you, Halloween is one of the very best times … to wait until midnight … then head over to his Instagram and web site and revel in all the gory glory of his incredibly cool – and massive! – undead army of vampires and zombies and Shadespire warbands and Blood Bowl teams! Also, the other very best times to head over to the blog is … all the times that aren’t Halloween. Bartek is a master of grimdark and conversions and he also conducts world building and storytelling for his army units and characters. We chat about his tutorials on painting and converting models and perseverance and gamer wives and zombie weddings and motivation and just the pure love of the hobby.

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Episode 24 – Grimdark Worldbuilding: Interview with Ana from Gardens of Hecate!

This episode we dial up Croatia to talk with Ana Polanscak from the Gardens of Hecate blog. Ana is a true artist, something of a Renaissance woman maybe – she sculpts and converts miniatures, she paints miniatures and creates stand-alone works of art, she writes stories and her main endeavor currently is using skirmish games to create a fully immersive storytelling experience. My words, not hers.

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Episode 23 – Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: an Interview with Tim @bonus_action!

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, about being new to the whole thing, we talk about being creative and we actually laugh quite a bit during this one. He’s super cool, produces interesting content and has some great insights from his perspective about playing D&D.

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Episode 22 – Never An Evangelist: Interview with Reiner72!

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 week live on Twitch where he’s gone out of his way to cultivate a decent respectful community that is always happy to have new members. We chat about that streaming life and mental health and anxiety, we discuss airbrushing and airbrush maintenance, brush holder stencil painting, burnout, community building, role playing games and even mixology! I told you, he’s the resident party nerd!

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Children’s book for kids dealing with the death of a relative

If you know a child who has lost someone close to them, this book, written from the perspective of a fellow child, might appeal to them in ways they understand. It might help them deal with the subject of death, an inevitable and necessary part of life. Sometimes this subject is difficult to discuss in any truly meaningful way. Maybe my daughter’s story can hep in some small way with that.

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Episode 21 – Rewards For Looking: Interview with TheRealBrokenFingers

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 believe ‘em. He goes out of his way to evoke the gothic grimdark atmosphere of Space Marines in their eternally war-torn environment and on top of his excellent paint work and terrain model-making, his photography is fantastic as well. We talk about sailing the high seas, broken appendages, cinematic photography, world-building with models, chiaroscuro, coffee table books and of course fabricating, painting and displaying amazing dioramas!

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