X-Wing Tournament Tomorrow

X-Wing Tournament

Tomorrow we will be hosting our final X-Wing tournament of 2015!  Join us for a crack at the new OP Kit as well as an additional special prize!

When: Sunday, December 27th, 11:00am (Registration at 10:30am)

Entry Fee: $10.00 ($8.00 for Stronghold Members)

Format: 100pts, 3-5 Rounds, FFG Tournament Rules, 75min Rounds, 3’x3′ play area, Old Damage Decks

Prizes: This will be the first crack our players will have at the brand new Winter OP Kits from FFG!  In addition, one random participant will win a truly epic Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber Umbrella (provided by our friends at Lion Rampant).  Each Player will get a ballot for the Umbrella, and will earn an additional ballot for each ship they blow up!

 

2015 Xwing Winter

ObiWan

 

 

Boxing Week(end) Promotions

Boxing Day Deals

While Black Friday has become pretty popular in Canada, Boxing Day has long been our biggest sales time.  Black Knight Games has several Boxing Day deals that extend past just the 26th of December, so have a look at some of the great options you have to spend those BKG Gift Cards on!:

Bonus Points Weekend:

Any purchases made on the weekend of Boxing Day (December 26-27) will be worth 50% More Stronghold Points!  This includes any other promotions that you might take advantage of.  Any purchases that qualify for Stronghold Points will automatically earn you more of them!  (Stronghold Members will get 7.5pts/dollar spent, non-members will get 3pts/dollar spent).

Boxing Week Deals:

We have five special deals that will be available for Boxing Week (December 26-December 31):

MTG - NewMagic Deal: Spend $50.00 or more (on sealed and/or singles) and get a Hero’s Reward with your purchase!

 

Force of WillForce of Will Deal: Buy any Starter Deck and get a FREE Booster Pack of your choice!

 

WMH 2Warmachine & Hordes Deal: Buy either of the Two-Player Starter Sets, or any Battle Box, and get 50% OFF any Book!

 

Warhammer 40KWarhammer 40,000 Deal: Make a $150.00 Purchase and earn 3 Extra Ballots in our Holiday Draw!  The perfect way to join in to the Call to Arms or pad your existing force!

 

Warhammer AoSWarhammer Age of Sigmar Deal: Buy the Age of Sigmar Starter Set and get an extra $50.00 worth of miniatures for FREE!

Holiday Bundle Deals:

Throughout all of our Boxing Day Deals you are always eligible for our Holiday Bundle Deals including the 12 Games of Christmas as well!

 

Merry Christmas!

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We would like to wish all of our amazing customers a wonderful Christmas.  Thank you all for your friendship and your business during this busy Holiday Season.  We are closed today (the only day we close all year!), and we intend to spend our day off relaxing with friends and family, letting the stresses of the season slip away through fun and games and good food – we hope you do the same.

Merry Christmas

-The Black Knight Games Team

40K C2A: Tim’s Blog Entry 2 – Easy Painting

The Particular Judge

At this point many of you have seen my posts on the BKG Call to Arms Facebook group (If you’re signed up for the C2A and not in the Facebook group, ask a staff to add you next time you’re in).  I wanted to talk a little about what I’ve managed to paint so far, and what colours and techniques I used to get it done quickly and easily.  This won’t be the blog post that tells you how to paint beautiful non-metallic metals or get realistic source lighting.  My paint scheme is quick, easy, and it looks okay.

Group Shot

 

DunecrawlerWhen picking my colours for an army I plan to paint quickly, I am careful to focus on simple, primary colours and bright metals that take a wash well.  Because it’s easy to apply red over almost anything, but difficult to apply anything over a red, I primed my models in the second most common colour in the scheme, Army Painter Platemail Metal.  One can was lots for my entire army.

Before moving on, I’d like to make a few quick points about priming.  Normally with a primer the goal is not 100% coverage.  With regular primer, I just want to dust a model lightly to avoid losing any detail and to allow paint to stick nicely.  With the colour primer, this is my basecoat.  Because I’m getting most of my tone and depth from washes, my basecoats need to be applied without leaving gaps.  Good rules for priming start with a lot of shaking.  I shake my primer bottle for a full 5 minutes, which is a long time.  When I go to apply paint to a model, I start by just spraying the air, in short bursts, to confirm it isn’t sputtering and get what might be a little bit of dried up paint out of the nozzle.  Next I continue short bursts of paint, starting pointed at open air, moving across the model about 12 inches from it, then ending pointed at open air about.  It’s best to do multiple quick passes then to leave your spray pointed at the model.  I move the model, either in my hand (with a glove or a plastic bag) or on a surface that’s easy to move around.

After priming and letting my models dry, the next step is adding the basecoat of red.  I plan to highlight this once, so I picked a dark red for lots of contrast.  Army Painter Chaotic Red Warpaint takes a few thinned down coats to apply evenly over a large surface.  Typically I don’t worry too much about this colour spilling over to other areas, and use a large brush to get as much paint on in a short time as possible.  Next I touch up any uncovered areas with the Army Painter Platemail Warpaint a colour-match for the primer.  This is also when I’ll carefully go back over any red that should have been metal.

Imperial KnightThe longest step in the entire process, and the most soul crushing, is the brass.  I use Army Painter Weapon Bronze to pick out any details I would like to be brass.  It’s important to use this colour to break up the silver of any otherwise plain looking model.  At this stage of the process the model tends to look quite unfinished and it’s easy to lose faith.  I throw a mostly audio series on Netflix and just grind it out.

Pictured here: I’ve just started the brass on my Imperial Knight, but haven’t gone back and cleaned up the red yet.

After the brass is complete, I apply a liberal wash with Skitarii VanguardCitadel Agrax Earthshade.  This is a warm wash, to match my warm colour scheme.  One of the easiest mistakes to make with a wash is using an inappropriate temperature.  Models washed like this can often look dirty or not used as part of a larger technique.  After applying this wash, while it’s still wet, I go back and wick away areas where the wash has pooled excessively.  The effect makes the metal look deeper and more blended, and adds a dark recess to the red.  Pictured to the right: my Skitarii Vanguards after a wash.  The effect looks reasonably clean and passes the arm-length-test.

Ironstrider BallistarusAfter letting the wash dry, the next stage is highlighting the red.  I used Army Painter Pure Red Warpaint and used the way the wash had settled as a guideline for the high and low places on each model.  In highlighting, I focused on spending a little extra time in one place, like a hood or a cloak edge, and then being quick with the rest of the model.  These coats of red are thinned down considerably, and I’m not as focused on getting a coat that covers the whole surface.  The effect is nice and striking with the Ironstrider Ballistarus pictured here, to the left.

Basing is a critical stage of making a model look good.  For my bases, I decided to Citadel Blackfire Earth Texture Paint.  The textured paints are a new part of the citadel range and basically combine the gluing sand stage with the base coating stage.  The blackfire had a nice Martian orange look, so I only added to it by giving it a light Citadel Seraphim Sepia wash.

On the larger models I plan to add some Citadel Mordheim Turf to add some dried out grass and break up the larger spaces.

I painted the base rims with Citadel Dryad Bark.  Black rimmed bases tend to have an unfinished quality to them.  I wanted to avoid that, stick with my warm tone, but still base with something dark to add contrast.

The last step in the process, and one I’m certainly not finished doing yet, is adding Sicarian Inflitrators“that little bit of extra” to models to supply extra contrast or pick out a cool detail.  With the Sicarian Infiltrators pictured to the right, I added a Citadel Guilliman Blue Glaze to the tasers, the energy coil on their backpacks, and the vent of their blasters.  With everything else on the model being bright, warm colours, the small bit of blue stands out sharply without much effort.

For my HQ, I spent a little extra time on the details.  P3 Menoth White Highlight for her discoloured, unhuman flesh.  TTech-Priest Dominushis warm, cream coloured highlight gives the impression of age warts with a quick wash–not a bad end result for an aged technomage.  Once again I used a little bit of the blue glaze to add some glowing power weapons.  I added a little bit of drybrushed Menoth white to the base, used conservatively, to distinguish a could of the rocks and make the model pop a bit more.

And that’s it so far!  I plan to add some freehanding, a few decals, and maybe even a small allied force.  What do you think so far?  How have you been progressing in the C2A?  Next time you’re by the shop, feel free to challenge me to a 1500 point game.

December Events Calendar

December 2015

Demo Day 2015

Demo Day 2015

Our annual Demo Day is always one of our most popular events of the year.  This Saturday players will drop in and get a great Goody Box full of samples, coupons, and giveaways for over a dozen different games.  We will have a ton of volunteers around to show them how to play all kinds of different games.  Basically it’s the best time of the year to try new games, because you can try a bunch at once, then you can use the coupons and goodies in the Goody Box to help you get in to the games you like the best!

When: Saturday, December 5th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $10.00

You Get: The BKG Goody Box (filled with awesome samples and goodies), a free ballot for the Demo Day Draws,  and access to all of the demonstration games.

Demo Day Draws: We will be drawing for a free $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card, as well as some other fun prizes.

Game Demonstrations:
We will have several stations where a BKG staff member, Standard Bearer, or volunteer will be running a games demonstration.  Simply go up to them and ask to play and they will teach you the basics for the game.  In addition to that they will give you another ballot for the Demo Day Draws!

You Can Help!:
If you would like to volunteer to teach a game that you love to those attending Demo Day contact Jay and let him know!

The 12 Games of Christmas

12 Games of Christmas

This December we have selected twelve games that we will be featuring as our 12 Games of Christmas!  These games are games that we intend to keep very well stocked, and that make great small gifts for the gamers in your life.  They are excellent stocking-stuffers, and perfect for Secret Santas, or gifts on a budget as none of the 12 Games of Christmas are more than $29.99.  They have also been selected as games that most gamers will enjoy, and include many of our own favorites.

In addition to just being great games that should be in stock, these games will earn you a ballot for our Holiday Draws where 4 winners will get a $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card!

Lastly, all twelve games will be available to try out, with an open copy easily accessible at the front of the shop.

So give the gift of games and fun this year with our 12 Games of Christmas!

The Black Knight Games Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Guide 2015

If you would like to print your own copy you can Download our Holiday Gift Guide in a pdf format.