Sunday, April 25, 2010

The New Style (Epic Haley vs. Stryker 35pts)

Well, here at SteamPoweredTV I have recently made an evolutionary step that has needed to be made since YouTubers such as Iron Bear and Trybeinganihilist raised the bar a year ago. I have completely changed the structure of how I'll be doing my battle reports in the future. Currently, this new structure leaves little room for making jokes or conveying the fun that me and my friends have while playing Warmachine and Hordes, but as I slip into a routine that will come back.

As I had stated in a recent vblog, with each video I make I learn more and more about the video editing process. And, so it was time to try something completely different. When I first started making videos nearly three years ago I didn't know how to splice clips, hack audio, or edit a narration. Now that I know how to do this, and have the proper software and hardware to make it all work I can "work on my Morgan Freeman skills."

In addition, taking on a more narrative approach means that my battle reports are now easier to follow. Let's face it guys - you all know that I can start rambling or easily find myself at a loss for words. Especially when I'm doing something I love (like playing Warmachine). Those who have offered good constructive criticism in the past have made mention of this, and I have taken steps to improve that aspect of the videos. My earliest videos the clips were made at the end of each round, and then latter I started doing the clips at the end of each turn so that the battle reports became better detailed. The next big step after that was the use of note taking so that at the end of each turn I knew exactly what to say and thus the video quality became that much tighter (which can be seen in Epic Nemo vs. The Butcher 50pts). While I was editing this video I realized it worked great as an audio only battle report as I didn't even need to look at the screen in order to know what was going on.

The last issue is actually a minor one, and that's the issue of ambient noise during the videos. Many of the haters out their have made an issue about "extraneous noises" in the video. Generally my friends and I play during our scheduled Warmachine night and so there are other games going on next to us. There are also a couple RPG groups that meet up and play on the same night. And in the FPLGS we all laugh, joke and have a good time. It was never a big deal because the microphone in my camera always did a better job of picking up my voice than picking up what was said in the background. And, this was never an issue for me. On the other hand, when I whip out my camera and start doing my "sports announcer" thing it can be a tad bit disruptive at times. So this next step means that I don't have to distract others from their game.

Now this newest video is rough and many of the visuals are not even close to being in synch with what's being said, but it is a step in a bold new direction. And, I'm already thinking of ways to make the next video better.

Epic Haley vs. Stryker 35pts:

Friday, April 16, 2010

IRON PAINTER is Back (May 15th, 2010)

IRON PAINTER the 6 hour "Overnight" painting competition is BACK!

Where: Paladin's Game Castle
When: Saturday May 15th, 2010 from 6pm to MIDNIGHT

Rules: Bring one miniature that is primed and ready to paint, and bring the paints and gear that you use to get the job done. Only one entry per contestant. Entries will be judged based on three categories: Privateer Press (Warmachine, Hordes, Iron Kingdoms, Grind), Games Workshop (Warhammer 40K, Fantasy, LotR, Specialist Games), and Other (Reaper, Wyrd, Battletech, ect). Entries will be judged by paying customers and those who participate in tournaments (such as FNM) throughout the week. The figures that get the most votes in each category will be declared the winner.

Prizes: TBA
Entry Fee: TBA

The Fun: This isn't just going to be a competition - This is gong to be a PARTY! As in punch and pie!

FLASHBACK: I ran an event like this back in June of 2008 and it lead to my first "real" video for SteamPoweredTV!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arena Combat!

For the better part of two years I've been running a "free-for-all" scenario and alternative tournament format that I called "The Arena." The idea is that entry points or "gateways" are placed on the table top and battlegroups spawn from these points and enter the battle. The player with the most Caster-kills by the end is declared the winner.

I explain this all in better detail in the following video:

I'll be sure to do a proper write-up sometime soon.

IK Snaps

While wargaming my friends and I like to joke around a lot, and I found myself trying to think of a few snaps (or Yo-Mamma Jokes) from the Iron Kingdoms. Here's what I came up with:

"Yo Mama so fat that she inspired Mulg The Ancient to go on a diet!"

"Yo Mama so fat that a bloat thrall got one look at her and said 'Damn! What did they fill her up with!?"

"Yo Mama so ugly that Absylonia gave her a brown paper bag and said, "here - you need this more than I do!"


"Yo Mama so old that she used to babysit Zevanna Agha!"

What do you got?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Getting Into Warmachine (Video)

Thorn535 recently did a brilliant video about getting into Warmachine, but it quickly became a buried treasure. It's essentially all about what somebody needs to get into the game of Warmachine. It's such a good video that I wish I had the idea first. Thorn535's YouTube channel also features a "how to play Warmachine" video as well as some battle reports for Warmachine, Hordes, Space Hulk and Malifaux.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Trencher Commandos!

Currently working in my Trencher Commandos who will be featured in a future battle report. I got to say that I like the way Privateer is now giving us all 10 troops in a single box. In the past I've always had the dumb luck of buying the unit box and the blisters would be on backorder with the distributer or vice-versa.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Working on the B13 again

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

It's nice to have the time to finish these guys properly. Hopefully I'll have these guys fully done in the for Tueaday Night Warmachine. I'm also working at finishing my Tharn Bloodtrackers.

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