Sunday, May 29, 2011
This week we are so happy to give away TWO beautiful Cool Mini or Not Annuals, kindly donated by CMON
for the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Project. Here are some images of the books:
Even if you didn't win, go over to CMON and get your copy. One is 35 bucks and worth it. They have a deal with the Annual from 2008, for about 60 bucks. Very inspiring stuff indeed. Anyway, two readers will get a book in the mail. Here we go:
Maple Shade, New Jersey
Greenville, South Carolina
Remember, in order to get into the mix, make sure to support the Heroes Project with some Paypal money, see the links all over our little blogosphere.
NEXT we are giving away one of the TOP prizes for this drive: an original mini, painted by Simon M, a german master sculptor and painter, who gave us this awesome Space Marine to give to one of you. Simon is currently in the top ten Fantasy at Cool Mini or Not, which is an incredible achievement. Go check out his stuff. Here's a sneak peak of the mini we were gifted to pass on in NEXT week's drawing:
Support the Heroes of Armageddon. We have 6 weeks to go before the armies are finished and 7 weeks before we announce the winners..
Posted by SC Mike at 9:45 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This week I received some wonderful prizes in the mail: two hardbound Cool Mini or Not Annuals with the best models of 2009. The book came out a few months ago and I actually ordered on for myself when it came out. It was the best 35 dollars I spent in a long time. The book is inspiring and the paintwork is mind blowing and it made me excited to try out all kinds of new models and paint styles. I asked Travis from CMON if they would want to help out with the Heroes Project and he gladly obliged. We have TWO books to give away. Here are some views:
If you have never checked out Cool Mini or Not, do it now and sign up and upload your images. It's fun and healthy to get rated by your peers and there are thousands of great models to look at. AND it is all FREE. Here's the link to the current top ten.
I also want to show you this model:
It's a mounted knight painted by the German Painter Simon M. It's currently in the top ten Fantasy and was for a long time in the top ten overall. It's a stunner, right? Well, I asked Simon if he would donate one of his models to Heroes of Armageddon ....and he said YES. Next week we will be giving away one of Simon's models! Here's a picture of that model..more about it next wednesday.
So this week the books and NEXT week this model, a truly cool prize.
Remember, if you want to have a chance winning any of the coming weekly prizes, you will have to have donated to the Heroes Project by this Sunday! See Pay Pal link on the right top.
Thanks and support Cool Mini or Not, it's a great site.
Posted by SC Mike at 7:36 AM
Sunday, May 22, 2011
We are extremely happy with the generosity of readers that contribute to the Heroes of Armageddon. This week we were able to give away THREE prizes, given to us by Covchaser, a philanthropic reader from Conventry, UK. Here are the three winners, drawn at random from all the people who have contributed already to the Heroes of Armageddon:
The Legion of the Damned Box Set:
The Thunderfire Cannon
Medway, MA USA
and the Venerable Dreadnought
Dunedin, New Zealand
All the winners are drawn completely at random, using www.random.org and all weekly winners can still win the BIG ONES as well. It's fun to see winners from all over the world..it's truly a global project.
Please tell your family and friends and let's keep this Heroes Ball going. We need your support!
Posted by SC Mike at 9:21 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Friends, the Heroes Charity has brought about so much kindness and generosity. I get emails every week with readers that want to donate models and services to the project. THANKS! As a rule of thumb, when accepting box sets, we want them either shrinkwrapped or opened but untouched. This way it really makes for a nice weekly prize.
Allright on to this weeks Heroes of Armageddon Prizes: WE HAVE THREE, SO WE WILL HAVE THREE WINNERS!
Who was the generous soul this week?
Carl "Covchaser" Deakin from Coventry in the UK has been a modeler for 20 years and is a firm fan at present of the Black Templars and creating new Vehicle Variants, like the Land Raider Hercules. He specializes in commission work and magnetic conversions. You can find his Youtube video's here. If you want to check in with Carl or just say thanks, do it at c dot deakin2 at yahoo dot co dot uk
Carl emailed us with the 3 kits he want to give away for our cause.
1. The thunderfire Cannon
2. Legion of the Damned
3. Venerable Dreadnought
We won't be able to give winners choices...hopefully you will be happy if you win!
Remember: you can only win IF YOU CONTRIBUTE TO HEROES OF ARMAGEDDON. SEE PAYPAL LINK ON THE TOP RIGHT.
Winners will be announced on Sunday!
Good luck and Thanks!
Posted by SC Mike at 6:06 AM
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We have told you all about the four team leaders building up the 4 armies of Heroes of Armageddon:
-Dave Taylor: Steel Legion
-Thomas "Goatboy" Reidy: Speed Freaks
-Chris "Jawaballs" Dubuque: Blood Angels
-Rob "Spikey Bits" Baer: Ork Hordes
But we have one other surprise up our sleeve: a custom built gaming table, a table that will be worthy of hosting 12000 amazingly painted models during Games Day in Chicago on July 30 this year.
I asked Brian from A Gentleman's Ones if he would do it, since his tables are amazing and the Adepticon one this year was absolutely GREAT.
He said YES. And he lives in Chicago...
I asked Brian to share some thoughts on things: building tables, life, charity and whatever....i suggest you read the whole thing. I added pictures of his work in between..ENJOY!
Brian "Gentlemans Ones" Niro:
"As the fifth
Beatle teamleader of the Heroes of Armageddon project (the one in charge of the tables upon which these forces will be displayed), I admit that my role in all of this may seem modestly marginal or, at worst, completely tangential. The armies are going to be glorious; however, with an event so concretely and historically situated, I am pleased that the HoA team felt compelled to go in for both penny and pound, and to create a suitably ambitious space in which to situate these four massive armies…
That is where I come in. Generally speaking when considering terrain, the casual hobbyist aims for a place, suitably atmospheric, in which vying armies might collide. What is undeniably both challenging and tremendous in the Heroes of Armageddon project is that the tables must evoke the place where these armies fought so desperately. The distinction is subtle, but superlatively important.
Since I was very small, I have been drawn to the 40K universe not only for the dynamic modeling potential of the figures, but also for the expansive complexity of that universe itself. Once upon a time, I stared for hours and hours at the images lurking across the various 40K-related rulebooks and whatnot –the cityscapes, the dark corridors, the gloomy bulkheads, and so on. These days, I consume Black Library material voraciously, but the idea is the same. I like to get lost in the astonishingly complex layers to this reality.
As such, the four individual Heroes of Armageddon tables are an ideal space in which to invoke that narrative, a narrative that must be relevant to the individual army it displays, that must be directly evocative of the larger Armageddon narrative, and must work in conjunction with the other tables to create a single, playable space. The tables must flesh out the reality of this historical moment, and yet stay subtle enough to remain a scenic display, and not the point itself. This is a wild challenge, and (if I may be candid) one that I am up to.
My Curriculum Vitae:
Scenery of this nature has been an integral component of my hobby interest for years now; however, the most ambitious project that I have undertaken to date came to fruition this year at AdeptiCon. Those of you that made it to AdeptiCon and/or those that follow such matters on the web may have noticed the six individual tables that I created earlier this year.
In all, there were six 4’x4’ contiguous tables, which means that this was, in fact, a single 4’x24’ table (pictured here). That is 94 square feet of conjoined gaming glory.
At this point, I should mention that I am a teacher and will have part of June and all of July free from the more mundane stresses of “life” and adulthood, and expect to squander my hobby time on little else but the HoA tables. The weather should be more accommodating than October-March were here in Chicago. As such, I will be quite pleased to be able to work in the open air (did I just jinx that?) rather than my crusty garage for this project.
And before I sound to self-aggrandizing, I should note that my first crack at the AdeptiCon tables was a disaster (you can find some early posts on my blog from late Autumn of last year). I learned, basically, how not to build tables of this stature. Of course, the learning did not stop there.
The second effort, the one you see here, taught me a decent lesson about what I can reasonably expect from the materials, and what parts of the envelope I can still press further. Although I am really quite chuffed with the results for the AdeptiCon tables, I fully intend to make several significant advances, to raise my game by several giant steps, for the HoA tables. After all, it would be rude not to.
Of course, if my trusty companion and carpentry mentor, Tall Paul, has his way, the HoA tables will require their own utility bill –gas, running water, electricity, cable television, telephone, the works. I suspect we will settle for a touch of electricity, but more on that soon enough.
Perhaps the first most relevant lesson we learned concerns the assemblage of contiguous tables that must both interact and stand alone: both in terms of the carpentry challenges, and in terms of the thematic evolution of one table to the next.
And on that note, I will tell you that the preliminary sketches and imaginative drawings are nearing completion; soon it will be time to get the saws spinning once more…
I cannot wait.
Because I can:
--that statement is the simplest answer to the question “why do you want to contribute to this charitable endeavor?” At the end of the day, I do not believe there need be more reason to give to such a worthwhile and significant cause as we find in Doctors Without Borders. I encourage anyone reading to genuinely consider the incredible benefit a simple donation provides for some other human being in, quite often desperate, need.
And yet, the charitable disposition of this project makes it a win-win opportunity not only to feel that one’s work has meaning, purpose, and beneficial relevance in the real world, but also to work in a manner that is entirely more ambitious and grand than might normally be possible. I cannot imagine another scenario in which I could take up the challenge of building a table for 12,000 points of masterfully painted figures. To be candid, I am not even certain I know what 12,000 points will look like all in one place –as it is about twice as large as the most ambitious game of Apocalypse I which I have ever participated.
Of course, there is a third layer to all of this. Although aware that the blind luck of my vicinity to the event had a large part in the selection process, I am nevertheless one measure honored and one measure flattered to get the nod on this assignment because of the other people participating, including some absolute legends from across the hobby, the planet, and the internets."
There you have it Friends, Brian's wonderful essay!
We have no intention in holding on to the table that will be built but are not sure how to proceed. We might donate it to the Bunker in Chicago, we might give it to the Boys and Girls Club in Chicago...but what I would like most: someone emails me and says: "I give $xxxx to Doctors without Borders, we will take a truck to Chicago and take it to a loving home"...get it? Anyone who is seriously interested about taking the table at the closing of Games Day will have to email me: scwarhammer at gmail dot com. We do require a serious donation to take this home.
Become a follower of Brian at A Gentleman's Ones. You won't regret it
Posted by SC Mike at 8:14 PM
Using Random.org we drew a winner for this week's Hero of Armageddon. And the winner is
Congrats to Andrew, he will get this Kromlech set in the mail. And thanks Andrew, for the donation to Doctors without Borders, which is the ONLY way to also become a winner at the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Drive. And YES, Andrew can still win the big one as well!
Next week we will have THREE wonderful weekly prizes, time donated by a very generous gamer in the UK.
THANKS for ALL the SUPPORT. we are breaking new boundaries with this drive!
Posted by SC Mike at 8:51 AM
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
As promised, we offer a wonderful prize EVERY week until July 1st for all you generous readers who have already donated to the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Drive.
This week we are giving away a brand new, wonderful set of FIVE resin Mech Orks designed and cast by Kromlech, the Polish miniatures company who has also donated a very special set of models to the grand prize (but that will be Goatboy's job to post about....). Anyway, here are some of the bitz and pieces:
The brand new head set:
Torsos with little exhausts....very fun
cool bionik legz
and some running legs
With the set some some arms and gunz and other snuff and stuff!
Artur over at Kromlech has been very generous, so make sure to check out his wonderful stuff at
www.kromlech.eu. Support the companies that support good causes!
So This sunday we will announce the winner for this week. Remember, it doesn't matter where you live, we will send it to you anyway. Last week's winner came from Holland, we have already had winners from Norway and the US. Keep donating; you are part of a project never done before; I can promise you that!
Posted by SC Mike at 9:50 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2011
It's nice to announce a winner from my home country, The Netherlands, today who won the weekly Heroes of Armageddon drawing, sponsored by Table Top Fix.
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
won either a Stompa, a Baneblade or a Blood Angels Battle Box
Here it goes:
Gefeliciteerd met je prijs! Zorg ervoor dat je Falk van Table Top Fix een email stuurt met je keuze! Zijn email is
tabletopfix at gmail dot com
Jeroes has of course the duty to email me at mike dot tess at charter dot net just to make sure he will promote the cause in the Netherlands on all the forums.
Friends, thanks again! Next week we will have a special prize to give away, all the way from Poland, so stay tuned! KEEP GIVING, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS IS EXTREMELY ACTIVE IN NORTHERN AFRICA RIGHT NOW, HELPING ALL THOSE PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF THE ONGOING CONFLICTS. Donation button is on the top right.
Posted by SC Mike at 7:04 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Today we are happy to announce another amazing weekly prize in the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Drive. This week Table Top Fix, one of the most important model websites, is generous enough to give away
a Blood Angels Battle Force
an Ork Stompa
a Imperial Shadow Sword
We will draw ONE winner who then gets to choose which kit he or she wants!
If you haven't subscribed as a follower to TableTop Fix, do it now. Falk, the writer, gives you the new releases in the modeling world every day, across a wide spectrum of companies. The site really inspires you to use different models in your 40K or Fantasy games and help you think outside the box. TTF always gets the models and news first!
Who can WIN?
Everyone who has contributed to the Heroes of Armageddon cause can end up with the prize. If you win this time, you can still get one of the four main prizes as well. We will draw the lucky one on Sunday. Please think about donating if you haven't done so, it's all to help Doctors without Borders!
Posted by SC Mike at 6:49 AM
Monday, May 2, 2011
This year all four of the Grand Prize Armies will have custom dice provided by Chessex.
Our four army logos; Blood Angels, Steel Legion, Ork Speed Freaks, and Orks
And as finished dice
Chessex was our first sponsor last year with the Storm Wardens Project, and we are happy to have them back doing custom dice for all four armies.
Storm Wardens Dice from Last year.
I have had custom dice made for both of my finished armies, they are a great way to finish your army off, just provide a logo and choose a color, Chessex will do a great job and all for an amazing low price, so don't embarrass yourself dumping out a bag of miss matched whatever dice when you can design your own to match your army.
My Death Guard and Deathwing custom dice.
You can get some custom dice of your own by winning one of the four armies we are raffling off, or just head over to Chessex and have them whip you up a set for your own army. Be sure to tell them we sent you, and that you appreciate them supporting the Heroes of Armageddon Project.
Posted by SC John at 8:23 AM