Miniature Mondays: Vanquisher, Heavy Warjack (Finished)

Miniature Mondays: Vanquisher, Heavy Warjack (Finished)

This model was fun to paint and easy to assemble. The pose was a little awkward but it makes it easy to distinguish when it’s on the battle field. I tried to employ some edge highlighting and two brush blending but only one came out okay. I had to repaint the black a few times because my two brush blending didn’t go well. I need to read up on how to highlight black or flat surfaces. I like how my Vanquisher turned out and I want to touch up my older warjacks as well. Check out the pictures below and let me know what you think.

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): September 4 – September 10

Thursday

3 Position Power Clean – Find a 1 Rep Heavy

I haven’t done heavy power cleans in awhile, especially a three position clean. The last time was about two months ago with a final weight of 85 kg (187 lb.). My max has been 215 lb., about a year ago. I wasn’t super confident about the weight so I decided to focus more on technique.

Working up to a heavy set felt good and muscle memory took over. At 205 lb. the hardest lift was the hang power clean because of grip issues. The power and high hang positions were relatively easy. I failed the hang clean about twice before completing one. I was able to do the high hang clean easy which means I need to work on more grip and more hang cleans.

WOD

Chipper – For Time

25 wall balls (20 lb.)
10 hang power cleans (95 lb.)
25 wall balls (20 lb.)
10 power cleans (95 lb.)
25 wall balls (20 lb.)
10 squat cleans (95 lb.)
25 wall balls (20 lb.)

I hate wall balls! Which is why I should be working on them more. 100 reps is going to suck but like all workouts, I’ll just have to power through. The cleans looked easy but the wall balls were going to make them miserable.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to break up the reps for the wall balls. I was thinking, 15 reps and then 10. If I start to die out, I will switch to three sets of five with a minimal rest. At the start of the workout, I was able to hit my wall ball sets. The hang power cleans were fast, under 20 seconds. The second and subsequent sets of wall balls were much more difficult. I had to break them up and took much longer breaks in between. My legs and shoulder were on fire which made the cleans that much harder. It was tough and I didn’t do as well as I wanted. I was looking at eight to nine minutes but I finished in 11:18.

Friday

Back Squat – Find a 5 Rep Heavy

The coaches advised me to work up to 75% of my 1RM which would be around 275 lb. I haven’t done much squatting in the past few months and I knew I was going to be rusty. I started to warm up and worked up to 240 lb. I felt different during my squats. My form and movement felt off. I focused on keeping perfect form which helped. I was hoping it was rust and I could shake it off with the next lift. I added 265 lb. to the bar and started my set. It was a lot heavier than I thought but thankfully I had a lifting partner giving me encouragement. I finished the last rep and decided to stop there. Hopefully, my strength comes back in the coming months.

Partner WOD – AMRAP 25 Minutes

25 sit ups
3 rope climbs
Run (400 m)

This workout was going to be tough on the legs. 400 m is not a long distance but it was going to hurt after that squat session. We decided to split the reps in alternating rounds. Sets of five for the sit ups and alternating reps on the rope climbs. One round, one person would do five more sit ups and rope climbs and then alternate between partners. I decided to do the rope climbs while my wife decided to scale.

Our goal for the workout was to finish at least five rounds, A pace of five minutes per round was achievable but we would have to push the run. The first round went well, we zipped through the movements fairly easily. The second round went the same but we started having trouble on the the third round. The sit-ups were quick but I had to take a break on the rope climbs. I have a slight fear of heights and I had to catch my breath and calm myself before attempting the reps. We also took more time on the run, taking a break after 200 m. We would walk for about 10-15 seconds before finishing the run portion.

This continued into the fourth round as well. We started our fifth round at four minutes to time cap. Finishing the round was going to be hard, but we were going to try our best. We breezed through the sit ups but I had to take a minute before the rope climbs. We finished our reps and started the run with about a minute left. We were exhausted and tried our best but we were short of our five round goal. We hit the time with only 100 m finished. It was a great workout but that run killed us.

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Japan 2017: Osaka Video

 

Japan 2017: Osaka

I finished the video for Osaka a few months ago and forgot to post it on the blog! I’m using my trusted GoPro Hero 3 with a Feiyutech G4 Gimbal. This was my first video after our European Honeymoon. I tried to incorporate some transitions during filming which didn’t come out too bad. I did mess up the recording format for the video. I didn’t choose the correct recording format which is why it might look different from my other videos. Osaka was a great place to visit and I hope we go back in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments below or leave one in video comment section.

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Miniature Mondays: Yu Jing: Ninja with Tactical Bow

Yu Jing: Ninja with Tactical Bow

Infinity is the new Wargame that our gaming group has decided to try out. With some of the factions taken, I settled on Yu Jing because who doesn’t like space ninjas? I know that the Infinity painting style is different. It has a lot of edge highlighting and a lot of contrast. It’s going be an adjustment for sure but thankfully I have a few YouTube channels I can watch for some inspiration. I hope I can get it done quickly.

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): August 28 – September 3

Wednesday

Hero WOD – Manion

“First Lieutenant Travis Manion, 26, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, was killed by sniper fire on April 29, 2007 while fighting against an enemy ambush in Anbar Province, Iraq. He is survived by his father, Colonel Tom Manion, mother Janet Manion, and sister Ryan Borek.” – Source: CrossFit.com

7 Rounds For Time

Run (400m)
29 back squat (135 lb.)

I knew I would not be able to do this workout Rx. 135 lb. back squats are not too heavy but 203 reps is a lot. I talked to my coach and he suggested scaling to 115 lb. After doing a short warm up, I was ready to start this workout. My goal was to keep a steady pace and finish each round under five minutes.

During the workout, the run was consistent. I was able to keep a steady pace, even into the later rounds. It wasn’t the run that was giving me issues, it was the back squats. I started to first round at 115 lb. and broke up the sets into 10, 10 and 9. This worked well for the first two rounds but by the third, I had to take off 20 lb. I was able to sustain this for two more rounds until I dropped the weight altogether and did air squats. The time cap was coming up and I had to scale in order to finish. At this point I was breaking up the air squats into sets of 10, 10 and 9 and I kept up this pace until the end of the workout. I finished the workout at 44:00.

Friday

Alternating EMOM: 6 Minutes

15 wall balls (20 lb.)
15 burpees

This was a fun warm up. I was able to finish all reps under 45 seconds and get 15 seconds of rest. Started to get very difficult around the last two rounds.

WOD – For Time

5K Row

This was my first time rowing a 5K. The longest I’ve done in one sitting was a 2K and I didn’t know how it was going to go. I started off slow, keeping a pace of 2:10/500m. The first 1000m was not bad and I was able to finish it under 4:20. As I moved closer to 2,500m I could feel my legs start to fatigue. I eased up my pace to about 2:20/500m and tried to keep my pulls consistent. At 4,000m I could feel the energy slowly drain away. I tried to stay focused and keep steady pulls as I watched the monitor increase. I was able to hold on and finished at 22:28. Now I have a goal to shoot for in the next rowing session.

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Miniature Mondays: Vanquisher, Heavy Warjack (Classic)

Miniature Mondays: Vanquisher, Heavy Warjack (Classic)

I picked up a small warjack lot that included the classic Vanquisher. I assembled and painted two plastic Vanquishers but this will be my first metal heavy. I’m not a fan of working with metal, especially when I have to pin arms and legs. I like the weight of the model and it should look cool on the table. I can see why these models were re-sculpted in plastic/resin. The arms are stuck in one position because of the joint slots. The legs are one metal piece as well. Despite the lack of poseability, I’m excited to paint one of these since it’s one of the original Privateer Press warjacks. Check out the pictures below.
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Barbells & Boxcars ep. 27 Still two guys doing stuff

New episode of Barbells and Boxcars

Barbells and Boxcars

Hello and welcome to another episode of Barbells and Boxcars. We improved on the sound quality this time around so its bearable this time haha. This week we talk about our usual crossfit adventures and we sum up our Epixcon experience over the week we had. We hope you enjoy this episode.

You can listen here

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My Week As Rx (Probably Scaled): August 14 – August 20

After writing about highlights for the week, I decided to go back to writing about each workout. I wanted to read about a previous workout but I didn’t write about it. This has inspired me to document all the workouts like my previous posts. I’m going to skip over the previous weeks since I only went once. If you want to see my workout week, check out my Beyond the Whiteboard profile.

Monday

Overhead Squat – 6×2 at 80% (185 lb.)

Lately, my hips have been feeling really tight. I haven’t been doing much mobility at home or after class and I think it is catching up to me. I took a long time warming up my legs and hips but I felt a lot better after. 135 lb. and 155 lb. felt heavy but at least my legs were holding up. I was able to keep a good form. At 185 lb. it started to get tough. My first set was not strong. After finishing two reps, I wanted to drop the weight to 175 lb. but I decided against it. I did a few quick mobility drills and did my second set. This set felt a lot better than the first and I went through it quickly with good form. I felt a bit shaky but it was not too bad. I was only able to complete four sets before time ran out.

WOD

CFG Open 11.4 – AMRAP 10 Minutes

60 burpees over bar
30 overhead squats (120 lb.)
10 muscle ups

This was my first time doing this workout. Immediately, I knew the burpess were going to be difficult. I’m still slow when it comes to burpees. The 120 lb. overhead squat would not have been too heavy but I was not that confident. I was predicting maybe two to five muscle ups.

The workout started and I tried to find a rhythm. It was smooth for the first thirty reps but I started to feel winded. I started slowing down on each rep but I kept going and pushed through. I was exhausted but I was able to start the overhead squats. I snatched the weight and started to do five reps. In hindsight, I should have cleaned and set up for the overhead squat from the back. My wrist was giving me problems and I could only do a few reps at a time. At time cap, I only finished 20 reps.

Friday

Partner WOD – AMRAP, 16 Miniutes

20 handstand push ups
30 box jumps
400 m row

I walked into the box at 1645 and decided to start some mobility drills as I waited for the 1730 class to start. While warming up, my father calls me over to his overhead squat stations and asks me to be his partner for the workout. Working out with my dad is always fun so I agreed and started warming up for the workout. I would do the overhead squats at the beginning of the next class.

We decided to split the reps in half. 10 handstand push ups, 15 box jumps and 200m on the rower. Our goal for this workout was to finish four rounds. Dad was a little skeptical that we would finish and I wasn’t sure if I could keep the pace. Regardless, I was going to do my best.

Not doing the overhead squats helped me get through this workout. My shoulders and legs were not tired going into it. I was able to do the handstand push ups and box jumps unbroken. Also, I was able to keep a 1:40 /500m pace on the rower. My dad was also able to go unbroken on his reps. We pushed hard and finished 4 + 25 reps at the time cap.

After the workout, I did not have the energy to complete the overhead squats. Also, my hips were a bit tight so I decided to take a rest.

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Miniature Mondays: Deliverer Sunburst Crew (Finished)

Deliverer Sunburst Crew (Finished)

After months of sitting on the shelf, I finally finished painting the Sunburst crew. I still have to do some touch ups on the metals but I’m happy with it overall. I finished the unit in time for EpixCon! Check out the pictures below.
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Limitless Fails Gaming Group at EpixCon 2017

Limitless Fails Gaming Group at EpixCon 2017

The people at EpixCon 2017 have approved our exhibitor application for this years EpixCon. It has only been four months since NeoCon 2017 but we are excited to have a space to display and demo some games.

Game Demos

Warmachine
Guild Ball
Gundam Skirmish
Infinity

We will be holding a demo of these games at different times during the convention.

Miniature Displays

We will have displays of Warmachine/Hordes some Warhammer 40,000 and some other small games.

Painting Display

We will also have someone doing some miniature painting.

If you’re going to attend this convention, check out our booth. Feel free to ask us any questions.

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