I had a lot of fun with the Governor General of Sector Six Blog Crossover project earlier this year, so when an opportunity to engage in a slightly different sort of cross-blog project with Tales From the Maelstrom came up, I took it.
Andy at Tales From the Maelstrom and I will each convert and prepare a model to an intentionally loose, identical brief. We will then then exchange the models by post and each paint the model received. Lastly we will incorporate our newly painted models into a local game and each publish a corresponding blog report.
Its a straightforward plan. Thats a good thing, I like achievable goals. I am certain that the process will be a bit of fun too, which is obviously important. I also hope to use the project as a catalyst to work on some models that I have been promising myself since 1990 or so and if that side of things works out then all the better. The CCC wont rely on that element to be a success, but it is yet another positive about the project from my perspective.
Andy is pretty good at the miniature conversion lark, with this recent Ordo Malleus conversion being one that I particularly like for a number of reasons. I also rather blatantly ripped off an idea from his Rogue Trader conversion when putting my own Sensei Ramirez together last summer. Can you spot which element I sincerely flattered him via? Yeah, I thought so.
One of the more enjoyable elements of the Clutches of Chaos Crossover will likely be comparing the two different interpretations of the theme. I have a few ideas, but I plan to let the cogitators cogitate on the matter further before I commit, so I wont be revealing any plans just yet. Andy intends to track his progress via posts over on TftM too, which based on previous form will surely be worth checking out.
Keeping the conversions linked thematically keeps options open to associate the game narratives in some way if desired. Decisions about the actual scenarios are a while away for me yet though: I would rather see what models we end up with and then design scenarios around them, to have the narrative model driven. Therefore Step One will be to lock down my interpretation of the brief and Step Two will be to chop up a load of model parts and then stick them all back together again. More news on those issues as it develops.
Heres a hint regarding the theme:
The Tales from the Maelstrom blog has been quite influential regarding how I approach the hobby over the last few years, so its enjoyable to be getting involved in something collaborative with those guys. I am looking forward to it 🙂