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Painting Warmachine

People do not change, they are merely revealed.  ~Anne Enright

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Kyle modeling a drawstring book bag for Thrill of the Hunt c. 2012

Kyle’s newest interest is called Warmachine.  Warmachine Tournament  It’s a game that young and old play, whereas the players purchase an army of models and battle each other in tournaments and in fun games.  Even though it’s more in depth than that, that’s my boiled down version.

Warmachine consists of model figures, some plastic and some metal.  The players not only glue their pieces together to reveal the creature or warrior, they also paint them and add embellishments for a desired effect, depending on the army.  There are actual competitions for best artwork!  Yep, in the Warmachine world, these model pieces are a really BIG DEAL!  Participating in the actual game holds no interest to me, unlike Kyle’s Aunt Nikki, but I sure can get into painting.  Kyle knows it!

Last weekend, Kyle wasn’t feeling his best.  He was all congested and just plain miserable.  As the weekend progressed, Kyle was starting to heal and come back to the land of healthy.  As a result, he was feeling a little bit crafty, which in turn made me a bit crafty.  Only because he recruited me to help him paint his Warmachine figurines.

Because Kyle was Pushing My Buttons a few weeks ago, I took away his new Warmachine models as punishment.  A threat that resonated with him BIG TIME.  He didn’t get these game pieces back until last Saturday.  Since he was being so good, and he really was, and I felt bad for him being sick, I buckled and returned his models.  Boy was that chicken soup for his soul, he lit up with pure excitement!

I love doing activities with Kyle, some more so than others, but this one I will admit I do enjoy.  We both sat in the living-room with his chess size figurines that he had previously glued and primered, and began adding color and accenting armor weaponry.  Kyle dictated the color schemes for each, and I gladly followed his instructions, enjoying our quiet time.  After all, it’s his game and I’m just a worker bee.

While painting with a very fine paint brush, trying to use a steady hand, Kyle admitted to me that this was his least favorite part of Warmachine.  In a way I had that feeling, for Kyle is not much of a crafty kid, nor was he ever into coloring and painting.  Even as a youngster, I tried to get him interested in art, drawing and painting with him and taking him to gallery shows and museums, but nope Kyle is genetically designed for other interests, and I guess that includes Warmachine.

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Kyle’s Warmachine figurines 11/2014

My family and I support Kyle’s interest in Warmachine one hundred percent, in moderation of course.  I’m truly glad he found something he enjoys and is not mind numbing or troublesome for the soul.  From what I’ve seen and experienced, Warmachine is an interactive strategy game that is a challenge for all players and requires the use of the brain and pure thinking.  Basically it’s a board game, just a little unconventional, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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