Birthdays and BoLSCon

It was my birthday yesterday, but I've decided I'm not middle-aged for another 5 years or so.

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As an aside, the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) also celebrated his birthday this weekend, though I believe his birthday is today, the 26th. I never realized he was a Leo: that explains a lot. He's got one of those great wives who make more money than their husbands but love them enough to buy them expensive stuff.  Check out his present here, and support his blog if you have a mind to.  My hope is he's not a flash in the pan, so encourage his ADD already.

How does this relate to BoLSCon - er, sorry: WarGAmes Con?  Because I've got a pretty great family too.  My wife purchased my ticket and hotel room for this weekend's event months ago and yesterday mom gave me a new Gucci wallet stuffed with beer money for the trip.  (Her hope is I'll finish my graduate degree and decide to actually make money again.  I've been in my post-adolescent shorts and sandals phase since my ex-partner cleaned out my bank account and made an irony out of a decade of hard work and savings.)

Okay, the picture... what's everyone's thoughts on basing?  I used to keep the edge of the base black but transitioned to a 'painting it brown' period a few years ago.  Based on Lauby's advice, I went back to black for the Not-So-Super-Secret Army, which you'll see tomorrow.  I think the black edging makes the sand and flocking pop.

The MM(esno) has a process he shared with me this weekend, but I'll let him share it on his blog.  What does everyone out there prefer?


Chumbalaya said...

I like the black trim myself, helps everything above it stand out.

Happy birthday to both of you.

Dethtron said...

happy belated birthday

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

Happy birth day! Now the question I have is have you really stooped to stealing post content from new guys?

Shame shame!!!

Brent said...


What's the question?

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

None I guess!!! Keep whorin out my blog.

Anonymous said...

I like the black lining.

CounterFett said...

I go with black lining. In addition to the above benefits, it also helps you see more clearly the base edges for judging distances, base contact, etc.

The_King_Elessar said...

Happy B'Day to you both.

As regards bases, I tend to do them a shade or two darker on the sides, but largely the same colour as the top.

I have considered going all Space Crusade and painting different squads with different rims (lol) but have never done it.

Jwolf said...

I paint edges, generally to match the army theme, and I like them better than way - I can either contrast the basing, blend with the basing, or use the rim to help generate the proper visual dynamics. God, maybe I should try to get a show on HGTV.

A birthday, eh? Sounds like a good reason to drink beer.

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