Monday, September 27, 2010

Upcoming Charity Auction


Hi all, For any new to this site, my  name is James Craig and I have won a smattering of awards for my painting.  This has allowed me to meet hobbiests from far and wide over the last several years.   One of the absolute finest people in the hobby that I have met to date is Dave Taylor who used to work for GW and now works for Wargames Illustrated (though he continues to paint and build GW kits as well).  His blog can be found at his blog he posted the following message calling on friends to give people a heads up on some charity auctions that are upcoming. He hopes that the more word gets out the more likely someone with deep pockets and the long arms to reach into them will want to bid.... So on behalf of my friend Dave and the cool thing he is trying to do - "heads up" : So, after having a completely great time working with a team of wonderful bloggers on the Storm Wardens Project, I sat back and thought about some good that my toy soldiers could do closer to home.
Recently two friends (and co-workers) suffered some very tragic occurrences in their lives. One friend was body surfing and was dumped by a wave. He hit the bottom and broke his neck. Not only was he fortunate enough to not drown, but he was also not permanently paralyzed. He did, however, have to take a chopper ride to shock trauma where he underwent three emergency surgeries to save his life and future mobility. He is currently undergoing the early stages of his long rehabilitation process (and painting some Wood Elves as a dexterity building exercise). The real tragedy here is that he was "in-between" employer-supported insurance programs, and has some pretty big bills to pay.My other friend was fortunate enough to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. Less than a week later, his wife passed away from a pregnancy-related complication that really could never have been spotted. It took the coroner two weeks to determine the cause. That's how obscure and hidden it was. My friend is now back at work and raising his son. As any of us with spouses and kids know, that is really tough - emotionally, physically, and financially.

A bunch of us from the Battlefront office will be engaging in a series of events and activities over the coming year, all based around raising money to help these two guys. Keep an eye out for other things I'll be plugging. Hopefully soon we'll have a schedule of stuff to present to you.So, where does the Legio Custodes army come in to it? Well, I figured that the least I could do is sell off a couple of armies that I don't really play with anymore. If I was going to do that, I really should sell off a couple of armies that have a pretty high profile in the gaming world.

To that end I'll be selling off:
• my Legio Custodes army (some pics shown here, full coverage in an old US WD)
• my Hive Fleet Kraken Tyranid army (pics of which can be found on pages 216-217 of the Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook)

Over the next month I'll be taking plenty of photos of the armies, plugging their sale, and most likely selling them on eBay.

All proceeds will go to these two guys.
Please let your friends know.
More news to come.

More pics of Daves army can also be found in the friends folder of my galleries HERE

When the formal Auctions go live (on SUNDAY OCTOBER 3rd) I will post it ASAP.

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