Who the hell is Hinge?
My name is Michael Hengl, I live in Oakland, California, and I play with little toy soldiers. Specifically Warhammer Fantasy. A look at the calendar tells me I am 45 years old. Yeah, that puts me in the “damn that dude is old!” category of the hobby. The fact is I have only been playing been playing since 2004. I guess I was a late bloomer when it comes to the hobby!
Old Man of the Sea Hinge
Waagh Paca Jan. 2013.
The beard and 18 layers of clothes are gone now.
Actually I fell into the hobby when I discovered a hobby shop called EndGame on a walk to the farmers market with my wife and 3 year old son. I did play Dungeons and Dragons as a teenager but had dropped it during college. I dedicated most of my time to a career and my other passion, basketball. I played in leagues. I played on the black tops. I played in rented gyms. I played where ever I could find a game and was playing 4 days a week. I loved the competition and the social aspect of the sport. A son and a shattered leg pretty much ended my basketball playing days. So I walked into Endgame in search of something to occupy my free time. Storm of Chaos was in full swing and I bought a couple models and paints. Soon after, I fell in with a club called Leadership 2, who had just moved its base to Endgame. I found a home. They introduced me to tournament Warhammer and it was exactly what I was looking for, competition with a great social element. In the last year, I also became a member of the Hangover Heroes of Texas. Now I have a great group of friends in two different states that share my enjoyment of Warhammer and drinking.
Club Banners-Quake City Rumble Jul. 2013
yes, I like donuts as well as beer!
I have an amazingly understanding wife and a job that allows me to travel to tournaments. Since 2009, I have attended Battle of Beale in Tennessee; Alamo, Lonewolf, Bayou Battles-all in Texas; Adepticon in Illinois; Waagh Paca in Wisconsin; Socal Slaughter and West Coast GT in Southern California; and many, many tournaments here in Northern California. Many of these I have attended multiple times and have earned my share of awards. This makes me a pretty well-traveled tournament player. I also am the chief TO for the Quake City Rumble, a 100+ player tournament in San Francisco. It’s these experiences I want to share in a blog.
I plan to write about the tournaments I attend, the occasional battle report, tactical articles, hobby updates, lists, general tournament topics, running a tournament, and anything that takes my fancy.
So I hope you will find the blog entertaining and informative.