Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cheap forms for terrain building

"Building Blocks"

I haven't written for a while about terrain building, mostly because I have not built much aside from the odd piece for my modular dungeon.  But, I have been considering getting back into making some things, and in a very timely manner happened to spot these fellows in the "Spot" section of Target.

You don't see too many just generic Legos anymore--instead it is all building kits and the like.  Legos, or complete knock-offs like these, are great for creating 90-degree angle forms for assembling Hirst Arts blocks or other things.

Let's be clear--they are NOT Legos.  They are flimsy and soft.  But they are also only a dollar a bag, and for what I will be using them are perfect.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Martian Scout Tripods

I finished my first trio of Martian Scout Tripods for the game All Quiet on the Martian Front.  These guys were such a joy to paint and ended up looking pretty good.  They are going to join some friends' Martian units in a big group game.  Once that's over, I'll see about adding more if the game is a hit.

Anyways, it's nice to be painting again.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All Quiet on the Martian Front

How long has it been since I posted something to this blog? Too long. 

I have had neither the time nor the inclination to do much in the way of miniature wargaming, until of course a friend decided to try to get a bunch of us to put together elements of a British and Martian army for All Quiet on the Martian Front.  I chose to go for the Martian side.

Three Scout Tripods, all ready to bust out of their box.

First one assembled and the next on its way.

All three ready to invade Earth!

More WIP shots to come!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 in Review

What can I say about 2014, when it comes to wargaming?  Not a whole lot.  While I consistently did roleplaying games throughout the year, my wargaming was pretty hit-and-miss.  I played an ACW game and a WW2 game, and did a bunch of casting of miniatures.  I painted 71 figures, which is pretty good for some people, but probably the lowest number for me in five years at least.  I'm not beating myself up too badly about it--that number is more an observation than anything.

But an observation of what?  Well for one thing the kids are growing up a bit and have more going on after school, but can't drive themselves.  That takes up time.

In addition, I really haven't had a project or a goal to work on.  If you don't have a direction, the tendency is to just meander about, which is pretty much what I did all year long.  I got the ACW figures finished and then plateaued pretty quickly.  It's reflected in my frugality pledge, which despite having a lower monthly budget than 2014 I ended up spending even less than last year when it came to coming in under budget.  In theory I could spend $155 today and still come in right at the wire.

But, there is some good news on the horizon, for those who actually like content on this blog.  For one thing, I met up with a wargaming group that has members here in my own town, rather than in the big city.  That means I can get together for some games more often.  Moreover we have decided on a project for the beginning of the new year: All Quiet on the Martian Front.  I need to paint up 500 points of Martians by then, but that shouldn't be too hard.  Having a goal will get me going, I hope.

Thanks for following me into the new  year, and enjoy your hobbies!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chain of Command

Who says its hard to find people with which to do hobby stuff?  I got invited by a member of my church to play Chain of Command, a WW2 game from Too Fat Lardies. We played in 15mm with my friend refereeing four players, two to a side. I got the Nazi infantry. Here's some pics.

As you can see it was a great layout. My dice rolling was terrible and the other side had a ridiculous amount of good luck. The rules were pretty simple to grasp, although it helps I suspect if you have someone navigating the charts for you. 

There's been some discussion of doing a campaign using these rules.  I'm not that familiar with the time period, but 15mm plastics is right in my budget right now, and I haven't painted up an army (or much of anything) in ages.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Geth Prime (sort of)

This is my Geth Prime conversion for my friend's Mass Effect RPG campaign.  It's a Tau Crisis suit painted up to look like the Geth Prime from the video game.  It is, however, missing its head.  That's because he wants me to magnetize it and I can not for the life of me put my hands on the small magnets in my workroom.  They've vanished and I need to replace them or find them or something.

In the meantime, here is the Geth Prime in all its headless glory.  I apologize for the photo as well.  The battery in my digital camera died but now the big box store near me doesn't stock replacements, so I'll need to go find a Radio Shack or something.

Monday, October 6, 2014

My new project blog

One of the blogs on my blogroll for which I have a lot of respect is All Bones About It.  Basically Chris is trying to paint every miniature he got in the original Reaper Bones Kickstarter (265 miniatures).  I also got the Reaper Bones Kickstarter at the Vampire level, only without as many options, just a dragon and Cthulhu, meaning I only ("only") have 242 miniatures.

In the "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" category, after following Chris through the first 100+ miniatures of his own collection, I decided to start my own process of getting through all the Bones I have.  It didn't hurt that I also decided to cut way back on new purchases.  It also didn't hurt that I wanted to paint more.  And finally it didn't hurt that there's a new edition of D&D out, one that I might take for a spin.

Plus, it seems like I need to start a new blog every couple of years, so I started Dungeoncasting.  It's all about making the cast of characters for my Dungeon.  I'm at, well, twelve.  Which is like 5%.  But baby steps, right?


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