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!
00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries
00:04:13 – News
00:11:43 – Interview
01:18:57 – Hobby Progress
01:26:35 – Section Charlie
In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight the incredible Instagram account HVMWorkbench. This account features incredible miniature photography, you gotta check it out, there’s a lot of Star Wars on there and Lord of the Rings content. I don’t know if this is a studio with multiple artists and craftsmen working on things or if it’s an individual, but the work is awesome. The painting is fantastic but the photography is really special. From photographic backgrounds to practically-lit miniature sets to really immersive terrain, I just love the art. And it’s not just miniature painting but visual storytelling as well.
Watch the YouTube version of the podcast which contains time-lapse footage of working at the paint desk!
Show Transcript (excluding interview content)
All right, welcome to Episode 22 of CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy! How are you guys doing this week? I hope the best you can be, ‘cause, you know, that’s about the only thing you can strive for – strive for the ATTEMPT to do your best. Do your best in the attempt to do your best. I’ll be honest, 99% of the time I am definitely a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do sort of guy, for which I feel constant shame of course and I try … I try to follow my own advice, I try to remember those things I’ve read here and there, snippets of philosophy that are designed to help explain life and the universe in a way that makes living a somewhat worthy endeavor – today I feel like it’s all about powering through.
I talk a lot about faith on this podcast – nope, not that organized religion kind of thing – just the whole way our hologram of a universe seems to work, the way we gotta have faith in life, a belief that there will be something happening tomorrow that makes today worth the struggle. Okay, okay, okay, before I get going on tangents before the show even starts, I do want to remind everyone that they are indeed at the right place, this is Tabletop Alchemy, my podcast about hobbies I love, including Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, Frostgrave and other skirmish games, miniature painting and terrain crafting, fantasy art and literature, sci-fi action adventure, all the cool stuff I used to be into 25 years ago! Every show has four main sections, just a refresher: Opening news and sundries, main topic or interview, hobby progress and section charlie.
Speaking of sundries, let’s get those out of the way: you can stream this podcast on most of the big podcast apps, Google, Apple, Spotify, etcetera, and if you use one that doesn’t have Tabletop Alchemy available on it, drop me a note at email@example.com and I will do my best to remedy that. You can also catch a video version of each episode on YouTube where I include footage of whatever miniature I’m painting at the moment. All episodes, show notes, links to my social media and any other content I create are all available at cryinmo.com and here’s to my patrons who support me and the show at Patreon.com with a few of their hard-earned dollars per month and for whom I am eternally grateful. Other ways to support the show, if you are so inclined, is to just drop a comment or a rating on whatever app you’re using or to send it to a friend who you think would enjoy it, these two actions are what help the show grow the most and are always much appreciated. Follow me on Instagram for photos of my miniature painting results and both the podcast and I have pages on Facebook if you frolic upon the Zuckerberg platform. That’s right, frolic! You frolic with the Z? Oh boy, this is a weird one, I apologize.
I just want everyone to know that I do personally feel weird doing the sundries every episode, when I did my YouTube Let’s Play series, I never asked for a like or a subscribe, it’s irritating that almost every single YouTube channel I watch does that – not all! – The reason I blabber what I call “the sundries” every week is because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not sure how to advertise/promote the podcast (outside of paying for Google, Facebook or Instagram ads of course), uh, I’m just not sure how to promote a podcast. On YouTube, you have an algorithm that is sort of automating a bit of promotion for you, so, well, whatever, I apologize for the constant repetition of the sundries every week but I feel like I gotta put them out there for potential new listeners.
Ok, let’s see if there’s any news.
Yes, there are a few noteworthy items. First, my final installment on the Paint All The Minis Paint Ramble podcast will go up this week, Dan and I wrap up his series on Sustainable Gaming with a discussion regarding the topics of Social Health slash Playing More. Altogether I think we talked for about 8 hours of total content and I had an awesome time.
And check this out – Mr. Adams sent me a package last week, it came out of the blue. When I opened it, I was floored! Like seriously, I was shocked. He addressed it to Ignautical Fishman, at which my girlfriend has yet to cease laughing. I admit, it is one of the most fun and original slaughterings of my name I’ve heard yet. I took a picture of it, you can find it at cryinmo.com, seriously. So what did he send me? This guy, this seriously cool and generous tabletop enthusiast and fellow podcaster – I kinda cringe at that, I shouldn’t say ‘fellow’, he’s rolling up on over a 150 episodes, I’m rolling up on … 22 – anyway, Dan sent me a brand new copy of Games Workshop’s Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl!! Can you believe that? That’s insane. Insanely cool, insanely nice. After I talked for three or four episodes about the fact that I’ve wanted to get back into Blood Bowl but have had the game in several wish lists and an Amazon shopping cart for months, Dan put me out of misery. I was shocked. Dan, if you’re listening man, thank you again, so much, for the game of course, but also and maybe moreso for inviting me onto your podcast to hang out and have fun conversations. Thank you, sir.
And, if the stars stay aligned, he and I will be doing an episode here on Tabletop Alchemy, where I get to bring up questions and topics to vex him with! That’s right, it’s October, the season of vexing! So find someone to vex. Tell ‘em I sent you.
Okay, last bit of news, this is a weird one and maybe not relevant to you guys – which of course makes it perfect for this podcast, right? – So, something like seventeen years ago, my ex’s father passed away while we were living next door to him. My oldest daughter, Katerina, was five at the time and she was very close to her grandfather. She used to get up in the mornings and walk over in her pajamas to his little trailer he lived in and have breakfast with him, they hung around the house when he wasn’t working, he was very cool. When he passed away, my daughter told us something, she kind of just told me this series of ideas she had and I turned those into an children’s picture book. So I wrote down most of what she told me, added my own bits to it and then I wanted to illustrate it and I don’t have much talent in drawing anything so I illustrated it the only way I could think of to do it – I used a like 1 megapixel digital camera to photograph my daughter in different poses and scenes and then I constructed – yeah, that’s word for it – I constructed the art in Adobe Illustrator. And I basically had to teach myself Illustrator just enough to get the art done. This was all before print on demand or ebooks and stuff like that. About ten years ago I uploaded it to a company called Smashwords that offers free ebook formatting, so they put it in all the different digital formats and I thought back then that they listed it on the various services, but apparently they did not, so a couple days ago I finally got this little kids book up on Amazon. As I mentioned it’s specifically for kids probably 4 – 7 years old and their parents or grandparents, just for if they experience loss of a close relative or family friend or whoever. Anyway, I’ll drop a link to the Amazon page in the show notes at cryinmo.com in case you wanna check it out, it retails for the cheapest Amazon lets you price books, which is $1.99 US and I think you can download half the book as a free preview. So, if you know someone who’s got kids that could benefit from another child’s perspective on her own grandparent’s death, maybe it’s worth checking out.
Well, that about does the news here, let’s get into our main topic!
This episode I have a conversation with your friendly neighborhood party nerd. That’s right, Twitch streamer, miniature painter, Dutch daddy insomniac Reiner72! I hope he doesn’t take offense to any of that, I mean it all in good fun, even though – and this is something we touch upon briefly in the interview – insomnia is not a laughing matter, not when you’ve experienced it for real. But 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! Maybe that’s party geek. I don’t know the nuances with all the nomenclature, what do you think I am? Younger than 45? C’mon – let’s meet him!
Absolutely dude, thank you again to the wonderful Reiner72, that was a great conversation and I especially liked getting into the weeds a tiny bit on the psychic toll of streaming and content creation and community building and of course all the great shop talk about airbrushes and paints and all that hobby goodness. Be sure to check Steve out on twitch at twitch.tv/reiner72, that’s R E I N E R 72 and of course pop on over to cryinmo.com to check the show notes for links to all of his social media.
Time for some hobby progress!
All right, got some work done this week, I finished up the Bushido female monk figure – I say “monk” cause that’s why I picked this figure up, to represent a female monk in Dungeons & Dragons, there should be pics of her on Instagram soon, I also finished up the Star Wars Legion speed bike and scout, I have to be honest that figure was a little bit frustrating for me because of two things – size and the color white. I’m just not used to painting vehicles or things like that and yeah, there could have a been a lot to this thing but I chose to go for a weathered, sort of dirty look and I even made use of the finger-flicking brush paint splatter technique for the first time! I had the scout all painted up with his white ballistic armor and stuff and then I decided, yeah, let’s spray this guy with some muddy water. I think for the second one I’d like to actually weather him up even more, actually a lot more, but we’ll see, who knows when I’ll get to that second model. I’m actually planning on finishing up the speeder bike’s base today so theoretically this guy will be on Instagram soon as well. I’ll be moving onto the Reaper dragon kin figure, I should be finishing him up this week and the rest of this week I’ve decided I’ll be building Kiera’s Blood Bowl Team the Shambling Dead! She’s picked out a color scheme of dark green, black and pimento (which is her favorite color). When she said pimento as the splash color I was like, yeah, that’s gonna look sharp! At least, it does in my mind, it’ll be much crappier when I actually get to painting. But I’mma do it anyway cause I like painting! And I’m pretty sure I’m building up the Orcs as my first blood bowl team to start as well, but I did venture over to the Forge World site to check out the special player figures they have and some of them are pretty cool! I almost want to start a Dark Elf team just so I can use the Swift Twin from Forge World! The skaven booster figures are very cool too and actually these figures are all fairly reasonably priced. A lot of Forge World stuff is what I would say is a tad bit expensive, but their Blood Bowl catalog is definitely worth a peek.
All right, Section Charlie!
Where I highlight someone or something I’ve found online that I think is super cool and I wanna share. Today, I’m calling out a rather incredible Instagram account. I believe there is also a website for this person, and I’ve actually sent off at least two messages asking if they would be ever interested in talking to me for the podcast. I would LOVE to chat with them about their work, their artistry in miniature painting, terrain crafting and photography, all that stuff! The account on Instagram is HVMWorkbench, no spaces, h v m workbench. This account is full of incredible miniature photography, you gotta check it out, there’s a lot of Star Wars on there and Lord of the Rings content. I don’t know if this is a studio with multiple artists and craftsmen working on things or if it’s an individual, but the work is incredible. I’ve said that twice now and it just is. The painting is fantastic but the photography is really special. From photographic backgrounds to practically-lit miniature sets to really immersive terrain, I just love the art. The photography makes me feel good to look at, I know for sure you guys will all dig the lightsaber shots, hundred percent. It’s an awesome way to appreciate not just miniature painting but visual storytelling as well. So, everyone do me a favor and flood HVMWorkbench with request for he/her/they to come onto Tabletop Alchemy so we can find out how and why they do what they do! I’m just kidding, don’t do that … or if you do, be light-hearted about it hahaha! And if you happen to listen to this HVMWorkbench, hit me up on Instagram! Please!
All right, that puts a lightning bolt in this reanimated corpse, I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful week, remember, Halloween is coming up, this is October, the beginning of fall, the days growing a little bit shorter, the temperature hopefully cooling off a little bit, you get to wear your cool jackets and coats, you get to have hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace and it just seems to be one of my favorite times of the year. This coming from a Californian, who knows nothing about rain and mud, so there’s that. But take care, get some good work done, or at least a little bit of work so you can feel good and I will catch you next week with another interview, I think it’s a Dungeons & Dragons centric episode and then after that, I’ve got a couple of definitely Halloween-themed content creators, miniature painters and grimdark storytellers ready to drop. Good night and good luck … see ya!