Thursday, September 18, 2014

Project Alchemy: An AMAZING charity fundraiser (with uber cool mini prizes)

Signed by John Blanche
Project Alchemy is raising money for the UNICEF through a shared love of old-school tabletop wargaming between Monday 15th September and Sunday 9th November.

Shadowsun Studio Resin
Myself (James Craig), Jon Boyce, Tony Mansfield, Steve Casey and others have been working over the last 6 months on a charity fundraiser. We've collated a fantastic pool of 30 prizes, including unreleased figures, original artwork, studio resins and signed books.

Donors to the project automatically get entered into the prize draw, with £1 = 1 ticket.

All you need to do is check out the website and donate some cash and you could win some pretty amazing stuff: Project Alchemy - An Oldhammer & Collecting Citadel miniatures charity project

Here is some info straight from the site:
Unreleased Warhammer Warrior Priest Unit
What is Project Alchemy?
The aim of this project is quite simple - to raise money for the charity
UNICEF through a shared love of old-school tabletop wargaming.

Project Alchemy is a virtual raffle of some fantastic and unique prizes - if you fancy winning a piece of original Games Workshop artwork, classic signed rulebooks or unreleased models, then this is the charity project to donate to!

Each £1 pledged through our JustGiving website enables you to qualify for a virtual raffle ticket. If you would like to be entered into the draw for the prizes on offer, you must tick the box that allows Project Alchemy (Jon Boyce) to contact you.

Project Alchemy is being co-ordinated by a team of people from the Oldhammer forums, Oldhammer Facebook group and the Collecting Citadel Miniatures Yahoo group.

Original Warhammer Art by Tony Ackland

The charity project is not affiliated with and does not represent any of the companies whose products are being offered as prizes, and no challenge to their legal rights is intended.

Project Alchemy will (we hope!) draw donations from around the world. We have selected UNICEF as the charity to support as it meets our key criteria of both being an internationally active charity and of its high external ratings for the effective management and use of its funds; the money gets spent where it should be! UNICEF was also selected simply because it helps kids...and who better to benefit from a charity project centred on toys?!

Signed Prints

What is JustGiving?
JustGiving is a widely used online donation platform, specifically created to support charitable fundraising. For details on how JustGiving operates, visit the
JustGiving homepage.

The Project Alchemy team have selected JustGiving as the platform for processing donations as it is secure and transparent.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


Monday, September 15, 2014

A fresh new start AND Gen Con 2014 !

Hey Folks,

Me painting my GenCon entries after folks went to bed while
we were staying in a cottage in PEI this summer
I am back and have a great series of articles either done or nearly done so that I know my blog will stay on track for a good long time. It looks like I should be back to a  schedule of posting almost every week though I am going to take a decidedly relaxed approach to this (not gonna freak if I miss one of of 6 or 8).

This past year has been a real rollercoaster for me with new classes and responsibilities at work, trying to keep up with two growing at home, and working to organize my new house and still find time to show my wife that I love her (hi honey!).

Paint and hobby time were stretched pretty thin and in that time the blog had to be in hiatus.

As the school year drew to a close and I could see a tiny smidge of breathing room coming my way, my incredible wife told me to make painting/hobby work my priority during the month of July so that I could have something I was proud of to show at GenCon this year.

It had been several years since I competed (and TBH a few more than that since I showed up with something genuinely finished to a true competition level) so I really worked my butt off to see if I could even still be relevant, let alone competitive, in a showcase filled with some of the finest painters from across North America and around the world. Heck I was still painting in the hall on the day of competition just to get one of them done to enter! (the other having been finished in the hotel room the night before ;P )

And then, against all odds and reason, I actually won.


!!!Hot Dang!!!

So among the other things I had intended to show over the next months I have been working on preparing a series of articles on the creation of my GenCon Machines of War category winning model and my Privateer Press Grandmasters Diorama Category winning scene.

I find myself totally reinvigorated. This is a fresh new start, for my blog, my painting, and my competitive spirit.

I look forward to seeing what this new chapter brings.

Below is a slideshow of some pictures from Gencon - including some shots of really cool models that I saw. Thanks to all the people who shared their work, who talked and who listened to me and who made for a truly memorable 4 days - and most of all to my wife who supported my return to competition and apparently to form!

LostInTheWarp's Gen Con Indy 2014 album on Photobucket