Episode 28 – Watch Out For The Devil: Interview with Vince Venturella!

This episode’s conversation is one of my favorites so far, it’s definitely full of surprises for me and has some pretty in-depth conversation about role playing games from a gentleman I had no idea was so into rpgs! Our guest today is none other than the creator of the YouTube series Hobby Cheating, the worldwide award-winning miniature painter and hobby guru Vince Venturella. To kill all of your expectations right up front, I specifically invited Vince onto the show to NOT talk about his miniature painting. His entire YouTube channel is dedicated to miniature painting and Warhammer wargaming. I asked him to come on the show to discuss his love of Dungeons & Dragons and I’m telling you, I had no idea what I was getting into. It’s an awesome conversation, we talk about movies and books, oysters, running D&D marathons, how being fired from his first job had a significant impact on his life, we discuss genre-mixing, rpg horror campaigns while playing adolescent characters, writing and publishing his own games, mind-blowing collaborative character creation rules, pump up the volume, being a positive force in the hobby at large, loving the act of teaching and just loving the communal artistic hobby we all share. And all kinds of other stuff!

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Time Stamps
00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries
00:06:28 – Interview
01:21:50 – Hobby Progress
01:27:00 – Section Charlie

In Section Charlie where I highlight someone or something interesting I want to share, I shoutout another podcast – the Havoc Cast! It’s an excellent, laid back, entertaining and informative podcast featuring hobbyists from the wargaming and rpg gaming worlds and I love Dan’s “20 Odd Questions” format.

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

Show Notes

Wuthering Heights
Brent Weeks
Ryan Dancey article on taking over TSR offices
Ventureland Games
Pump Up The Volume

Show Transcript (excluding interview content)

BEWARE THE DEVIL: Interview with Vince Venturella

All right, welcome to episode 28 of Tabletop Alchemy, my podcast about D&D, Warhammer, miniatures, skirmish games and all the cool stuff that has to do with the miniature-based or role playing-based tabletop hobbies! How is everyone doing today?! I hope this episode is finding you in good spirits, feeling strong, feeling inspired, feeling creative, feeling positive about the future. 

Let’s talk about change for a minute, and fear. That’s right, we’re jumping right in. So my little pre-ramble – to borrow a technical term from Dan Adam over on the Paint All The Minis Paint Ramble – is inspired by my current situation, which isn’t at all remarkable, but still, it brings up certain notions. Fear, as the philosophers tell us, is just the experience of experiencing the unknown. Change, as in change in our lives, our daily routine, et cetera, induces fear sometimes because change creates situations where you don’t know the outcome, the expectations that you have are subverted or flat out wiped off the table. You’ve stepped into new territory. A lot of times, this can be exhilarating, no doubt. Experiencing something new can be awesome. A lot of times, experiencing something new can be awesome only AFTER you’ve stepped through the fear – like a D&D mist-walker, stepping through shadows to appear on the other side. At the particular moment in time that I’m recording this, I’m taking on a new job that can potentially help pay my bills, it’s desperately needed, as jobs usually are LOL, but while it’s certainly the type of work I’m generally good at, there are definitely new things involved in it that I have not done before. It also requires a fair bit of travel, which is problematic in its own right especially when you have to tote a pile of production gear around airports and ubers and hotels, and it requires a significant investment of my own funds up front in new gear. So it’s a weird head space to be in – confidant … yet worried. 

We all deal with this type of thing in our own ways. As much as I try to be zen about things, it’s hard to put a lid on that creeping sense of panic. I’m sure you all know what I mean. But academically-speaking, we all know that we get through this stuff.  Everyone does, one way or another. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? I fail miserably and … and what? At least I’m not a surgeon, any failure on my part isn’t gonna cost anyone their life on this planet. So I should relax, focus on what needs to get done, and then … step through the shadows. See what life is like on the other side.

This bit here is just meant as a pep talk. Also, self therapy, of course but hey, most jabber on the internet is some form of that anyway. But what changes loom large in your lives? How afraid are you … ostensibly of change? And can you imagine being on the other side, regardless of the outcome? This sort of thinking can be scaled to apply to all sorts of situations, from life-changing decisions to deciding to paint a new miniature in a completely new way. To try something new. To jump out of that plane with a parachute and hope it opens.

All right, I’m all over the place today, let’s do some sundries and get this show on the road!

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All right, today’s conversation is one of my favorites so far, it’s definitely full of surprises for me and has some pretty in-depth conversation about role playing games from a gentleman I had no idea was so into rpgs! Our guest today is none other than the creator of the YouTube series Hobby Cheating, the worldwide award-winning miniature painter and, as you’ll see, hobby guru, Vince Venturella. To kill all of your expectations right up front, I specifically invited Vince onto the show to NOT talk about his miniature painting. His entire YouTube channel is dedicated to miniature painting and Warhammer wargaming, he does his own monthly artist interview video podcast, he offers critiques and runs a live weekly or monthly hobby Q & A, everything you want to know about his miniature painting and Warhammer stuff is all there on his YouTube channel, which of course is linked in the show notes for this episode in the unlikely case that you’re unfamiliar with Señor Venturella. 

I asked him to come on the show to discuss his love of Dungeons & Dragons and I’m telling you, I had no idea what I was getting into. I’m famous for being unprepared right, I’m the CryinMo you know and love. It’s an awesome conversation, we talk about movies and books, oysters, running D&D marathons, how being fired from his first job had a significant impact on his life, we discuss genre-mixing, rpg horror campaigns while playing adolescent characters, writing and publishing his own games, mind-blowing collaborative character creation rules, pump up the volume, being a positive force in the hobby at large, loving the act of teaching and just loving the communal artistic hobby we all share. And all kinds of other stuff! 

Let’s do it!

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All right, thank you, sir, one more time, for taking the time to hang out and chat with me about all this stuff, I hope to meet you in person one day at a con maybe or something and shake your hand. Let’s hear for Vince Venturella, a hell of a scholar and a gentleman. As always, head over to cryinmo.com for the show notes which have links to most of the things we mention in the show and of course go and enjoy Vince’s amazing miniature work on his various social medias.

All right, how about some hobby progress?

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All right, I got some work done! Woo-hoo for me! Yes, I feel good about finishing up the first six figures from the undead blood bowl team for Kiera. And one way that helped me get back to the table was Kiera and I had discussed the possibility of listening to an ebook together while we worked on our projects (she has art commissions and a freelance animation project she’s producing art for at the moment) so we downloaded the Stephen Fry-narrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! And it’s been pretty cool to listen to while painting up the blood bowl team. Which has all been basically art directed by her, the color scheme is very nice and the only thing that freaked her out is the color I put on the grass, or turf. Way back in episode number 9, the actual first interview I ever did, which was with Darcy Bono, we laughed about how when we first started painting miniatures we would base them with just grass flock and white glue and then paint over that with green paint and dry brush it so it always ended up looking like miniature golf grass … yeah, that’s what I’m doing for the blood bowl miniatures! I always imagine they are playing on some kind of artificial turf or something and I like to add in little portions of white painted scrimmage lines and yard markers and anyway, it’s just my sort of uniform go-to basing for blood bowl figures. But yeah, I got six figures done, they are all the skeletal figures, two wight blockers and four skeleton linemen. The only thing I have not done is apply some kind of numbers or markings to tell them apart and I may not bother. If I find that necessary while playing a game, I might add markings to the rim of the bases. We’ll see. I just don’t trust my ability at freehand painting to go so far as to attempt numbering their armor or jerseys or whatever. I should look into some decals or transfers, that’s really what I should do. 

Well, having said that, I just went to check and the Shambling Dead set came with a sheet of transfers! So that’s probably what I’ll do at some point after the team is complete.

So, it’s on to the zombies and ghouls and mummies, we’ll see how those go. 

Let’s do a Section Charlie!

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Where I highlight someone or something I’ve found online that I wanna share. This episode, I wanna share another podcast that I recently discovered. I’ve only listened to a couple of episodes so far and as of this recording I have not reached out to the podcaster himself yet but I plan on sending him a message if I can. It’s called The Havoc Cast and it’s hosted by another Dan! He’s essentially doing a better job than me at what I want to do. If I had heard the Havoc Cast before I started Tabletop Alchemy, I would have either not started or I would have stolen his format. I’m being slightly facetious – but his format is pretty awesome, he’s got a list of 20 Odd Questions and each guest goes through all of them one at a time. He’s very conversational with his guests, moreso than I am I think and the content is pretty entertaining and informative. I’ve only listened to the last 3 or so episodes, but I’ll be working my through ‘em all soon enough. You can find the Havoc Cast on Spotify for sure and probably all the other spots, Spotify is just where I do all of my audio listening, but of course I’ll post links to the Havoc Cast website and Facebook group in the show notes for this – episode 28! Of Tabletop Alchemy.

All right, that puts thumb in this plumb, I wish everyone the best in their hobby endeavors for the week, this time next week I’ll have mist-walked through one of my coming shadows and I’ll be somewhere a little bit new and I’ll have more experience and I’ll have learned some lessons and I’ll be closer to the next, bigger shadow-step … go do the thing! See ya!