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.

@bonus_action on Instagram
Bonus_action Patreon

Time Stamps
00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries
00:06:36 – Interview
00:57:12 – Hobby Progress
00:59:03 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight a previous Section Charlie alumni! A while back I mentioned a blog called Borgnine’s Miniature Painting and the dark artist behind that blog of nightmare Warhammer armies and warbands, Bartek Stachurski (apologies for my mispronunciation), has finally jumped full-on into the Gram! So check all of his grimdark stuff out @borgnines_painting (link below), and as an added bonus, expect an interview with him sometime before the end of October! Cause this is the Halloween month and there’s no better time to feature Bartek’s horrific conversions of vampire lords and zombie armies and custom rusted fallen stormcast, oh it’s a smorgasbord of epic grimdark proportions!

https://www.instagram.com/borgnines_painting

Watch the YouTube version of the podcast which contains time-lapse footage of working at the paint desk!

Show Transcript (excluding interview content)

Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: Interview with Bonus_Action

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, this is episode 23 of CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy. I’m CryinMo and this is a podcast about tabletop rpgs, skirmish games, miniature wargaming, miniature painting, terrain crafting, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Frostgrave, fantasy and sci-fi art, and interviews with people who create and play in this tabletop gaming arena. Welcome to the show.

How are you guys doing this week? I am treading water, doing the zen thing, trying to regulate my breathing, trying to force that panic down – I know you know what I’m talking about. We’re surfing Life, people! We’re surviving! We’re going toe-to-toe with existential angst and creative blocks and we’re overcoming those demons of sloth and temptations of Lazy-Boys, we’re mental warriors sparring with those rat bastard creative geniuses who keep making stuff that looks sooooo good! You know of whom I speak, those who launch their attacks via email with big beautiful graphics showing all the new products, the new sculpts, the new rule books, the new terrain, the new vehicles and models and dice and the dice’s esoteric, magnetically enhanced, gorgeously carved wooden vaults and the kickstarters and paint-makers and game table crafters – you and I, we lock blades with them every single day and I hope you are faring as best as you can against that incredibly cool onslaught of … to be frank … incredibly cool and awesomely artistic merchandise.

The pile of Opportunity grows, my friends, it grows. Well, put up your swords, rest a while, let’s chill out together and get some hobby work done! That’s the hopeful purpose of this podcast at any rate, to keep you company while you work your hobby stuff, or, as I often like to say, as you wash dishes, or sweep the house or drive to work or even drift off to sleep – because I have it on certain authority that Tabletop Alchemy might be an especially good sedative or hypnotic (these are fancy words for sleep aids lol). I jest, I jest. I’m just having fun with, you know, hyperbole! Okay, speaking of hype – yeah, I know that’s not what I said, but it makes a good segue anyway – lemme do the sundries.

You can listen to Tabletop Alchemy on most of the major podcast apps, including Google, Apple, Spotify, Overcast, Tune In, et cetera, and you can stream the YouTube version as well where I include footage of my hands and, uh, miniatures being painted at the paint desk! At cryinmo.com you can find all the episodes and show notes that include links to websites and social media accounts for the folks interviewed along with links to any items of note we discuss in the interviews. Also at cryinmo.com you can find links to the podcast listening apps, my social media links and my email, which is cryinmo@gmail.com

Here’s my weekly tip of the hat to my patrons over on Patreon.com, those folks who’ve been generous enough to support me and the show with a few hard-earned dollars. If you’d like to support the show, you can head to patreon.com/cryinmo or you can drop a rating or a comment on whatever app you use to listen and as always, sharing the show with your friends who might dig it is always much much appreciated.

So, any news this week? Not for me personally. The only thing I really have to mention is I finally spotted a trailer for a movie that I am looking forward to seeing in the theater in November! It’s Ryan Johnson’s new flick and regardless of what anybody thinks about The Last Jedi, his body of work is pretty awesome, from Brick to Brothers Bloom to Looper, I’ve enjoyed everything he’s done and I’m now looking forward to this Knives Out movie! It looks very fun, almost like a Coens Brothers meets slapstick Agathie Christie. It just looks fun and sometimes, fun is all you’re looking for. Check out the trailer if that intrigues you, again, the title is Knives Out. Okay, onto the main event!

All right, this episode, I dial up a place called The Netherlands! One day Kiera and I hope to take a trip to Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, we’ve been planning that for a while. But yes, this episode I talk to a dude named Tim and who’s instagram handle is bonus-underscore-action. Usually I would describe for you briefly what is on his Instagram feed but we cover that pretty thoroughly in the interview, so I’ll just give you a brief overview of what to expect. 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. What are flavor tables? I made that term up, but as you’ll see, it fits. But we have a fun conversation about Dungeons & Dragons, both running the game and 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. As always, you can find links to his Instagram and Patreon in the show notes, let’s meet him!

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All right, I would offer my typical post-interview thank-you to Tim for taking the time to chat with me and for being a really cool guest, I really had a great time chatting with him, but when I let him know I’d be dropping his episode this week, he immediately responded with: that’s great! I won’t be listening to it but I’ll share it! Lol  – totally understandable, he feels uncomfortable listening to himself. I assured him he provided some excellent content, I didn’t want him to feel weird. Anyway, if you know Tim, let him know if you liked his interview. 

That said, be sure to look him up on Instagram and Patreon where he goes by bonus_underscore_action and direct links to his profiles will be in the show notes at cryinmo.com.  

All right, hobby progress!

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Okay, so I said last week I said would finish the Reaper dragon kin figure and I did not, I finished it this week instead! So now I get to choose the next miniatures to paint. They should be blood bowl figures but I may only get around to assembling them and maybe priming them, cause I’ve gotta build up at least two full teams. So for paintwork I may take on the Reaper brand female effreet character or I may choose something else entirely from the Pile Of Opportunity! Each time I mention the Pile of Opportunity, I should add the legalese: trademark Dan Adam. Because that’s who I learned it from. 

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Oh, okay. I guess we’re doing Section Charlie. The interstitial sound has spoken, so be it! All right, this episode’s Section Charlie shoutout goes to a previous Section Charlie alumni! A while back I mentioned a blog called Borgnine’s Miniature Painting and the dark artist behind that blog of nightmare Warhammer armies and warbands, Bartek Stachurski (apologies for my mispronunciation), has finally jumped full-on into the Gram! So check all of his grimdark stuff out at borgnines_underscore_painting, and as an added bonus, expect an interview with him sometime before the end of October! Cause this is the Halloween month and there’s better time to feature Bartek’s horrific conversions of vampire lords and zombie armies and custom rusted fallen stormcast, oh it’s a smorgasbord of epic grimdark proportions! Links to both his blog and instagram are in the show notes at cryinmo.com!

 All right, that puts a squash in this pumpkin, let’s see what we can do this week. Get a figure painted, get some terrain flocked, get some dice rolled, and remember: always be really up front about your weird hobby! See ya!