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My desk is usually pretty organized—in a very disorganized way. What appears to be messy clutter is really a well-thought-out layout of the materials and tools I need to keep ready to use at any time.

Most of the clutter I have on hand is made up by my various sculpting tools, from simple needle points to custom-made rivet makers and hole cutters. Here is a picture of the tools I use the most. It’s a pretty standard set for sculpting.

Organized play in 2013 is going to rock your socks off!

I know that’s a bold statement, but with all the awesome new stuff coming up, it’s a statement I feel confident making.

For our casual tier of play, we’ve got some really great opportunities on the way. You can expect to see an update to Journeyman this year that will include new battlegroup box set equivalents for nearly every faction. Book-release and single-day casual events are also going to be available throughout the year, including a special 10-year anniversary event later in 2013. Then there’s Machinations…

Now that the staff Painting Challenge is over, I’m happy to show you my finished Bloodstone Marches Oasis Gatormen. The Swamp Gobbers are extra, but it's always nice to have an extra point hanging out. This was a fun project. I kept it super simple and used my airbrush to lay down all the base coats of the gators, followed by washes, some highlights and hitting the details. I was mostly happy about the time it took to paint. I did them over three day weekend while channeling the spirit of Bob Ross. If you would like to see the step-by-steps please check out the forum thread found here In the thread you can some of the other staff's challenge armies, including Meg's Popular Pink Soap Monsters.

I have always had a soft spot for Minions, so I was very excited for the opportunity to paint up a Blindwater Congregation army for the recent Painting Challenge we had at the office. I have a bad habit of committing to an army, then falling in love with another army, then turning my first army around in the display case so it can’t watch me work on my new army. I thought this would be a good lesson in discipline to finally get a project completed, start to finish.

Order of the Rose Stone Druids

I have been eager to play a new HORDES army lately, but I only want to play with painted models. Of course, that meant I needed to make time to paint an army. What better opportunity than participating in a Staff Holiday Bundle Painting Challenge!

The holidays are upon us, and that means more time for gaming! In the last few weeks my Iron Kingdoms RPG group, the Penitents of Mardun Abbey, haven’t had a chance to adventure much. However, we have just had our first real session, and in the spirit of the season I thought I’d share the story our first adventure—a test of piety and empathy in the face of the most insidious of terrors.

Khador is my second WARMACHINE faction; I began collecting them back in 2004, shortly after I started playing the game. I even won a tournament with them in Baton Rouge, Louisiana run by Privateer’s own Lyle Lowery. This was long before either of us were Privateer Press employees. Unfortunately, in all that time I haven’t painted many Khador models. So when I started painting the 2012 Khador holiday bundle I had a grand total of two warcasters, four warjacks, and Yuri the Axe painted. Not too impressive.

No Quarter Presents: Iron Kingdoms Urban Adventure releases today, allowing players to expand their adventures into the dangerous, intrigue-filled streets of the Iron Kingdoms’ great cities. In celebration of this release, I thought I’d give you a little insight into the book’s contents.

I suffer from Faction Attention Deficit Disorder, and when it came time to pick one of the 12 holiday bundles for the painting challenge I spent a good while pondering choices. Initially, I almost grabbed Cygnar, thinking I’d paint them up to match my Fort Falk lists from Lock & Load GameFest 2012. Ultimately, I decided to jumpstart my hobby efforts with something different and self-contained before jumping back into the grey and yellow shades of Fort Falk.

When Lyle asked if I wanted to participate in this blog series, I agreed without even blinking. Like I’ve said before, deadlines help me get stuff painted. The only difficult decision was which holiday bundle to pick.

I thought about going with Skorne since that has always been my main HORDES faction, and it would motivate me to paint more stuff for my army. I also thought about Circle Orboros since I’ve always liked wolds, and the Circle bundle looked like fun to paint. My third option was Thornfall Alliance, and I finally decided to go with the Farrow for a couple reasons. First off, I really like the look of the Farrow. Then there are the Razor Boars. I really like these models, and I can’t wait to add a bunch of them to my army later on.

As Steamroller 2013 nears completion, it’s time for the staff to gather once more and partake in another tournament using the beta rules. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this Saturday I’m proud to present to you Staff Steamroller II: Arcantrik Boogaloo.

Eighteen staffers will gather this Saturday to throw down, and we’ve got some new combatants entering the arena to prove their mettle. Let’s run down the list shall we?

While it may be a little early to bid a fond farewell to 2012, I must admit that 2013 can’t come fast enough for one very special reason.

By now, most of you reading this have spied the back cover of No Quarter #45, which begins a pretty momentous occasion. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of checking out the latest issue, we’ll be celebrating the ten-year anniversary of WARMACHINE throughout 2013.

I love playing WARMACHINE and HORDES, but I typically spend more time painting models than studying gameplay. I like to take my time on each model, so painting an entire army can take a while. Combined with my aversion to playing with models that aren’t painted, this means I need extra motivation to get a new army quickly assembled, painted, and on the table.

For the Holiday Bundle painting challenge, I chose to paint the Legion of Everblight. Some of you might remember I already have a Legion army, but I’ve been thinking about repainting it for a while. I’m not particularly happy with the original paint job, and this seemed like a perfect time to re-start my Legion of Everblight from the ground up.

It was my privilege this past summer to write and manage the production of our first Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game adventure, “Fools Rush In.” Since then, most of my time was spent working on our second core book, Kings, Nations, & Gods, during which time our esteemed No Quarter Editor-in-Chief, Aeryn Rudel, took the helm of our second adventure, “Spirit in Steel.” Needless to say, it was a great opportunity to collaborate with Aeryn on the production of the next Iron Kingdoms adventure, “Friends in High Places”!

As you’re probably already aware, we have new 25-point WARMACHINE and HORDES army bundles available in the Online Store. If you ask the people around the office, they are the perfect subjects for a staff painting challenge! So we decided we’d see who was up to the task of painting one of the army bundles before Christmas.

The holiday season is upon us, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to sneak in a little preview of the holiday deals we’ve got coming your way starting Cyber Monday, November 26!

First up, DC and Will Hungerford put together some 25-point army bundles that make the perfect WARMACHINE and HORDES gifts. There is a bundle for every faction, so no matter what army you’re interested in starting, or getting a friend started on, there’s a bundle for you. But on top of the armies themselves, we’re including in the bundles some great bonus items.

As you are no doubt aware, No Quarter has been supporting the new Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game with new and original content since issue #43. We’ll continue to do that in the issues to come, providing playable material in the form of new careers, equipment, monsters, adventures, and a much more. That amounts to a lot of RPG content; however, we wanted to end the year with something really special.

The last staff Steamroller has come and gone, and it’s already time to start thinking about the next one. What lessons did I learn from our staff Steamroller? Well, first, don’t kill box yourself. Moving past the absurdly obvious, the lesson I take away from my first in-house tournament. Practice makes perfect.

The errata and FAQ for LEVEL 7 [ESCAPE] were posted recently. If you haven’t seen it yet, it can be found here. As I was putting the errata together, I tried to cover all the important questions I had been asked in person or had seen around the Internet. One big question that has come up a few times but wasn’t included in that document is: “How do I play the scenarios as a campaign?”