Saturday, June 30, 2012

NOVA Build session for June 30 2012- Canceled (16)

Currently there is no power at the NOVA home base.Since most of what we need to do today requires power (Airbrushes, wire cutters et..) The Management team has decided to make the call and Cancel today's activities. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. a reschedule date will be announced and I hope that you will be able to make that session.

Thanks for understanding,


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Road To NOVA 15

Raging towards our goal!
The Rage does not have time for a puny airbrush!
Hello All,

This blog entry details the build session from Saturday, June 16, 2012.

We put a huge emphasis on getting people to show up to this one, as we wanted to make a big push towards completing the required terrain for the 2012 Nova 40k GT. I’m pleased and proud to report that we had a record number for folks show up to help out.

It was a lot of fun, especially meeting the new faces. Some Nova volunteers brought friends who were not previously connected with the event. This was a welcome surprise and is much encouraged for the future. *hint, hint*

I started off the day by running a mold making class for several of the volunteers.  We made three large, one-piece molds that will be used for a special table at the Nova. (I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so that’s all I’ll say.) I also discussed the types of rubber that can be used to make a mold and I had everyone take a turn at mixing and pouring so they could get a feel for the viscosity of the mold compound.

It may look like yogurt, but feels like stirring sand. This could though someone off if they aren’t ready for it and I wouldn’t want anyone to be taken off guard when they go to do it alone. More classes make take place at future build sessions depending on interest.

A major advance in mass scenery building took place last Saturday. We’ve been discussing it for weeks, but we finally broke out the house painter to spray on the black primer and the grey base coat. It’s like an airbrush on steroids! By hand, it takes about 10 minutes to lay down a coat. With an airbrush, it can take half that (depending on the brush), but you have to stop frequently to deal with clogs. With the house painter, it took less than a minute to complete a single coat on one piece, so a fraction of the time.

We totally should have thought of this sooner!

I have several pictures of people using the paint sprayer. Those of you who have seen the Nova Video may recognize The Rage in the picture at the top. Next, we have Mike who’s marveling over this time-saving innovation.

Just a taste of what got done.
In case you were wondering we also had a large selection of airbrushes and (loud) compressors going for the 2nd and 3rd highlights as well as a station for drybrush highlights as needed.

A hill getting that "Special " touch

Working hard or hardly working? ;p

The last highlight makes all the difference.

 Even while all that was going on we managed to get several more of our "Center pieces" built.  Take a look at the example below.

This is going to look so Cool!
I would like to end this with a shot that will give you a sense of the accomplishments the NOVA build team have made since we started down this road so long ago...

This is just the tip of the iceburg
So to everyone who was there Thanks!  "You have our Gratitude"

Oh yea, and Lastly a Huge thank you to my wife Adrienne, who wrote/edited much of this post because she types SO much faster than me and I told her she couldn’t have my attention until I finished this. Thanks honey!

Till next time


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Most folks who see this will know what it's about and will have an Evite in their mailbox. (this is the message where you click YES)  Those that don't, but want to know more please add a comment and I will get back to you with more information. As for the rest of you... There is always June 30th

There will probably be a LOT of speculation talk about 6th and what the NOVA is going to do about it so this will be a good time to show up in person and voice your opinion to the powers that be.

I hope to see you there,


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Road to NOVA Party!!! (14)

Hello all,

This past Saturday (June 2nd)  The NOVA crew put down their paint brushes and picked up their dice for a day filled with outdoor gaming, pool antics, great food, and an affirmation to make this the best NOVA yet!
The day began with gaming and snacking.  Three 40K and 1 Warmachine/Hordes table were set up in the outdoor studio (The driveway) Take a look at some of the action.

3 tables set up for gaming

Some folks never made it past the 40K tables

Food was served to the hungry gamers outside

Warmachine/ Hordes made a showing as well

We broke for food and watched the NOVA Open video again. It gets funnier each time I see it! What Video? If you have not seen it take a look *here* (Link to video) Go ahead I’ll wait…

Do you see the error?

After food and movie time our leader the “Triple threat” (40K Champion, Nova founder,  and now Actor) Mike Brandt called us together to pay homage to his greatness…

"Kneel before Zod"
In reality Mike wanted to give us a heads up on the latest and greatest of what is going on with the 2012 NOVA  for those whose lives have precluded them in the last few months.  For the latest check out Mike’s Blog *Here*

"And it was this big"

Mike Telling it like it is

Once all the serious business was concluded it was POOL TIME! Several of the party guests dressed out in Swimwear hit the pool hard. Games included Volleyball (with no net), 2 on 2 water football, keep away and Wave pool.  There are videos in existence but they will be released at the discretion of the guests involved.

"Down! Set! Hike!"
Force Perspective (They are actually 10 feet away from each other.
"Unnecessary Roughness!  five yards!  down over!"
Send in the mascot to put things in order!

In all it was a fantastic day and it looks like folks are charged to the final push. NOVA Here we come!



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