Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Road to the NOVA 2012 Part 5


(Picture Above is of my check list prior to heading out into the cold on Saturday)

Well We did it!- 3 sessions in January.

The third installment for the NOVA terrain project went off well despite the cold weather and Ice. We had a pretty good turnout of around 7 people. We even had two folks show up before Mike or I arrived!

Much was accomplished and we learned several valuable lessons. for example: Painting in really cold weather is a bad idea. This happened when we decided to texture paint some of the projects from last week. The projects are OK they just took forever to dry.

With texture paint unavailable we moved to good old household Spackle to give the buildings a "stucco" like appearance. This worked out well as you can see below.

Once everything from last week was prepped for painting we tackled some new projects. The team decided to forgo painting until the weather warms up and instead concentrate on building as much as we can in January and February.

We only had one working foam cutter as the other seems to have died. Even that did not stop our group of diehard volunteers who managed to build even more scatter terrain than they did the week before.

(The pink pieces above were from week two but you get the idea!)

On the building front we managed to get somewhere around 12 more buildings ready for texture!

At the Sunday Staff meeting our illustrious leader Mr. Brandt stated that we have managed to get somewhere around 80 pieces of terrain built in just three Saturdays along with the 80+ tables prepped this is a hell of a start for 2012!

Thanks to all of you.
Keep up the great work!


Monday, January 16, 2012

The Road to the NOVA 2012 Part 4


Buildings and scatter- Here we go!!!!

Good Morning all,

Saturday was build session 2 for the NOVA 2012. I am happy to report that it was a roaring success. We had around 8 to 10 folks show up. We started the day finishing up the last tables (18 I think) then went straight to work on the terrain.

BTW- Everyone signed the last table and those who were at session 1 but not 2 had their names added by the staff. Just giving credit where credit is due. :)

We broke the group up into 3 teams.

Team 1- Buildings
Team 2- scatter terrain
Team 3- MDA board bases

Using my favorite building material (foam board) team 1 was able to construct 13 buildings from concept to constructed. Not bad since they only had around 4 hours to work on it.

Team 2 used the hobbyist's best friends, pink foam and and (2) hot wire knives, to make a staggering 22 pieces of scatter terrain. This was the team I was lucky enough to be on. I will say that close proximity to wire knives can get you light headed even with good ventilation. so be careful. :)

Team 3- had the most unrewarding job of the three and will get first choice next time for jobs! These guys cut and shaped over 80 12X12 MDA boards for bases. Then the rounded the edges with sand paper. They did this out in the cold while the rest of us were warm inside.

I salute you team three.

in all over 80 boards were prepped and 35 pieces of terrain are ready for sand and paint. Not to mention the 18 tables that were completed.

Buildings ready to paint

Lots of Scatter Terrain


Once again the food was killer. We had tacos and taquitos- Not really sure where but I will post it when I find out.

Well that's it for now



** Image used without permission- for amusement only

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Road to the NOVA 2012 Part 3

15mm scale model of US capital found at the WARDMAN PARK MARRIOTT- in Washington DC

Hello All,

Happy New year to all. Today marked the first of the NOVA open build sessions. These sessions are intended to get us ready for NOVA 2012 only 8 short months away. in this session we felted tables. LOTS of tables! I did not get a complete count but by the estimates provided we completed 36 6X4 Tables and 35 4X4 tables

Here is the board we were using to keep track of this process

Here are a few of the finished tables loaded into the truck.

With a new year comes new faces and this year has been no exception. Several new volunteers showed up and were quickly put to work. There was some grumbling about labor laws and stuff but Mr. Brandt could not be moved. In all seriousness these new guys hit the ground running and did not stop till the work was done!

"Labor laws be damned!" says task master Mike (seen entering the shot on the left)

Tables Tables and more tables- We needed someplace to put all those Buildings and hills!

That is not to say that NOVA veterans did not do their share. Quite the contrary, as Several members of the famous 2011 team made appearances or at least made their presence felt.

Beware of the Man in the Black hat!

Dakota doing her best statue impression

It true Brandt style lunch was served and was , as always, a hit! Thanks L. :)

Lunch is served! (If you were not there you really missed out!)

So to wrap up- Felt attached to around 70 tables: DONE! Make New Friends:DONE!, Great Lunch: DONE!, and Good Time Had By All: DONE!!!

Till Next time...