SmogCon VI 2017 Live Blog: Day One


Come and join us for SmogCon in Birmingham (UK) as we run you through three days of awesome gaming fun surrounding Warmachine & Hordes alongside Privateer Press.

SmogCon VI 2017 Live Blog: Day One

The event is held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, a new venue for the event, and will feature some fantastic events including…

We’re looking to get our peepers on as much as we can over the weekend so watch this space for news, awesome armies and more.

You Could Win!

If you comment on the Live Blogs this weekend you could win a Convention Goodies Bundle…

  • Ripper Plushie
  • Privateer Press Casino Dice
  • Limited Edition SmogCon Pin
  • Limited Edition SmogCon Hollowman Miniature

Enjoy the weekend!

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dignity
Friday 17
10:30

We’re going through the various areas that SmogCon occupies here at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham (UK).

As we wander through the rooms we’re going to be taking in loads of gaming across the weekend as well as some cool reveals of what lies ahead from Privateer Press for Warmachine & Hordes.

Don’t forget to COMMENT TO WIN over the weekend as we’re going to be giving away an exclusive Convention Bundle!

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brennon
Friday 17
10:38

We wandered around the main hall here at SmogCon and looked at some of the games going on this morning.

All sorts is coming together including a look at some pick up games as well as some proper tournament style action that Warmachine & Hordes is famous for.

Painting Tutorials This Morning…

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dignity
Friday 17
11:49

We stop off with Jason to find out about the various games which are going on today here at SmogCon as we look at the different types of games open to those playing Warmachine & Hordes.

For example they are focusing in on Masters, Steamroller and more today including Who’s The Boss which we’ll see more on later.

Con Exclusive prizes – Plushie, Casino Dice, Pin & SmogCon Hollowman!

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brennon
Friday 17
12:12

We spied some of the cool models that have been painted up for a number of different factions in Warmachine & Hordes. I was particularly taken with these mossy and bearded Circle Orboros Golems!

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dignity
Friday 17
12:30

We’re stopping off with some of the gamers and doing a little bit of a walk around to talk to the different competitors as they get stuck into their events and open gaming opportunities.

As you can see they are delving right into stuff and enjoying the scenarios outlined in the SmogCon booklet which all attendees have with them.

Getting To The Grind!

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dignity
Friday 17
13:16

Follow along with Justin as he helps the first few Who’s The Boss competitors get stuck into their games.

This is a pretty wild format and it would be fun to see how this one turns out! We’ll be catching up with some of the folks involved in this later on in the day.

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brennon
Friday 17
13:43

We had a look at what Dallas was painting up over in the open gaming area. He’s so far been teaching people about wet blending and general techniques to use when bringing your model to life.

Watch out for a video soon with Dallas as he looks ahead to the rest of the day and tells us what’s great about teaching people to paint.

Mountain King Smash!

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dignity
Friday 17
14:14

We catch up with the jovial Dallas from the Privateer Press crew and find out more about what he’s been teaching.

You can also see some of the painting competition entries included in the mini-gallery below.

We also talk about airbrushing versus traditional brush painting plus maybe even get a little out from him about the new faction…ah, well…maybe…

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brennon
Friday 17
14:44

There are some cool goodies to be won across the weekend for simply playing games. With that in mind we dive into some more of what’s happening here at SmogCon.

Watch out later as we’ll be catching up with what’s been happening in the various events and delving into how the Who’s The Boss format has continued to expand.

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dignity
Friday 17
15:18

We sit down with Aaron, one of the Press Gangers, to talk about some of the games of Iron Kingdoms being played out over the weekend.

These intro games serve to get you stuck into the world and show off how the mechanics coming together. Have you tried Iron Kingdoms?

Is That A Hollowman I See Before Me?

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brennon
Friday 17
15:49

Warmahordes has quite the reputation for being one of those games where the players don’t paint their models. Well, here are some fantastic looking pieces which buck the trend.

See what you think and maybe we’ll be able to delve more into their armies.

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dignity
Friday 17
16:10

How have things been going when it comes to the Who’s The Boss format? Well, we stop in to find out more and learn about the weird combinations that have come to life.

Some of them are decidedly more interesting than others and crucially deadly!

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brennon
Friday 17
16:28

Some of the Press Gangers are running their way through Grind, which gets an update from Privateer Press this year.

The game is looking great and we’re looking forward to sitting down with Will Hungerford to talk about the games development cycle over the weekend.

Watch this space for more…

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dignity
Friday 17
16:52

Could there be something awesome happening later tonight around 7:30? We think there might be…

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brennon
Friday 17
16:54

…check back with us later and you’re going to be sure to find out. We’re going to be checking out the new Hordes Faction Reveal and then on Saturday delving deeper into their world.

For now enjoy the teaser!

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dignity
Friday 17
17:15

We catch up with Harry and find out how the tournaments have been playing out.

So far it seems like everyone is really settled in terms of MK III and we can’t wait to see how it wraps up tomorrow.

Deep In (Painting) Thought…

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dignity
Friday 17
17:45

Battle Foam are here giving some options to the Warmachine & Hordes players as they want to keep their models safe.

They are also offering up some epic support for the competitors who can walk away with some great Battle Foam gear.

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dignity
Friday 17
18:16

As the day winds down we talk with some more of the gamers about what they have been getting up to.

One of the interesting things is finding out about what they think of the scenarios and where they want to go with MKIII next.

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They are getting ready for the awesomeness of the reveal in a little bit!

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brennon
Friday 17
18:43

The games are coming to a close for today ahead of the big reveal from Privateer Press.

With the focus switching over to the news of the new faction for Hordes the gaming hall is packed.

Will Settles In For The Release Announcement…

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brennon
Friday 17
20:11

Here’s the new Hordes faction reveal from Privateer Press!

We sat in on this and it’s got quite a fantastic look to the faction. The models look great with a really fascinating aesthetic.

The new leader models all have some brilliant abilities and there is a vast array of interesting models coming too.

Watch this space for a discussion tomorrow about the faction with Will Hungerford!

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dignity
Friday 17
20:18

Don’t worry as there’s more to come…let’s let John explain a bit more about what’s happening with SmogCon, well, the future of SmogCon next year!

See You Tomorrow!