Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stability breeds prosperity

Paraic and I are working tirelessly to realize our dream and our efforts are having a profound effect!

Not only are we in the final stages of acquiring a SBA loan, the location of our future retail hobby shop and tournament center is finalized!

In just over a month, Knight Watch Games, LLC will be the newest tenant in the Mission Oaks Shopping Center, located at 16350 Blanco Rd., just north of Bitters. Our new neighbors are welcoming and have already suggested cooperative efforts between our stores. One neighbor, X PC Gamer, offers products and services related to High Performance Gaming Computers and is owned and operated by a charismatic fellow named Roger who suggests hosting a LAN gaming day at our location. While our store will focus on tabletop role-playing and board games, we welcome the opportunity to host video gamers.

On a similar note, our new business relationship with Dungeon Crate is keeping us up to our elbows in plaster and paint. Dungeon Crate "went live" on January 7th, offering customers a monthly subscription box featuring products specific to tabletop gaming. In just 5 days, they have already acquired 300 subscribers! For Knight Watch Games, that means mass-production-mode. Balancing the production of our normal orders and 500 miniature fountains for the Dungeon Crate box. What a great problem to have! 

Having recently perfected the art of mold making, we are confident we can produce our most popular terrain creations in a more efficient manner. Not only does making a mold of an item expedite the building process, it increases the durability of the item by reducing the number of pieces held together by glue. 

Another benefit of creating our own molds is that it unleashes our creativity! Innovation has always been our passion and custom molds mean endless possibilities in the realm of miniature terrain making.

Our latest endeavor is to reinvent the flat, cardboard gaming tiles included in the Fantasy Flight game Imperial Assault. Our vision is to create 3D tiles using the Sci-fi molds from Hirst Arts Fantasy Architecture, Inc. Our designs will include the spaceship interiors, urban buildings, forest and desert exteriors. Terminals, crates and and removable doors will be standard. We will also make radar stations, gun emplacements, and command stations. Every Imperial Assault tile will be reproduced with full fidelity to the original.

Another project is building terrain for our GEEK campaign, which is similar to the soon-to-be released Fantasy Flight game, Rebellion, and would include buildings, shield generators, radar stations, garrisons, docking stations and more.  We're excited to introduce the extensive rules for the campaign soon .  We are currently looking for someone to paint our collection of Imperial Assault miniatures as well as our D&D figures. If you know an artist, please send them our way. 

It hasn't all been work and no play...We both attended the latest Magic:TG pre-release and met some really cool people.  Paraic went on to get 5th place with a record of 3-1.  I won't mention how I did. (ed: 0-4)     We also entered a X Wing miniature tournament and our play records were more in my favor.  I won fourth with a record of 3-1 while Paraic held his own at 2-2.  Again, we met awesome people and had a great time.

Ohh, and we watched Star Wars, the Force Awakens for the second time.   Good Times.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Leprechaun Hideout

In our family, we have a secret.  If you are lucky, and we like you a lot, we'll let you in on it. A Mulgrew secret.....   we have leprechauns in our house!  There are two: Fergus and Finnegan and they are never up to any good.  They are rarely seen and never caught.  But, we finally found their hideout -- complete with a pot of gold.

This project was aimed to provide our father with a keg to accompany his leprechaun figurines.  

We purchased an unpainted large keg from Terry Thomas of Tabletop Plus. His kit arrived unpainted and disassembled. It can be seen here: Tabletop Plus This gave us the opportunity to customize it and make it something dad was not expecting.

We furnished the inside of the barrel with a desk, chair, pitcher, mug of ale (Hirst Arts) and a key. A mirror, a tapestry and a working light adorn the walls. A rug (homemade) and a pot of gold rest on the floor.

Terry's product is designed to allow the top half of the barrel to be removed, as well as the front and back.  An ingenious hinge is incorporated to allow the front and back to swing open.

We wanted the barrel to be sealed closed, and to improve on the structural integrity, we glued the back lid in place. This also allowed us to permanently attached a working light to illuminate the inside of the leprechaun hideout.

 Here is the finished project as presented to dad:

Knight Watch Games is constantly looking for new projects to expand our crafting skills.  If there is something you would like built, please consider us.