Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Giving the blog a face lift

Hi All,

You may have noticed that the blog looks different today. I feel that it's been long overdue for a change up/ update.

In the coming days I'll be noodling around with things and trying to update the various pages with, hopefully, more useful information.

As I do these things I'll try to share them with you as a source of ideas for you, should you want to try them.

The changes today were from a simple template to an Awesome Inc one. I changed the widget display to a single column, and adjusted the width of the blog to 1000px to fit my 900px standard pictures.

I'll be working on the banner and a photo gallery next.

In other news, I joined the Oldhammer Forum, and noticed that A Tale of Several Gamers Blog is gone. I'm sad about the second thing, as I think that a collaborative project blog to inspire painting projects was a great idea. I feel like I'm responsible in part for its demise because I forgot to update it with my Oldhammer USA prep stuff.

I'm hoping to get more stuff painted for Oldhammer in the final part of the year and I'm thinking a lot about going to more cons or ways to play more Oldhammer.

I think it's time to revisit my mighty empires campaign and consider how to do some remote games in it.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Oldhammer USA Weekend - Remember the New Alamo - (Last one)

Hi All,

My fourth, and final I think, comic book report from Oldhammer USA Weekend. Although  I did not actually participate in this game, I checked in with it from time to time. My pictures were just quick snaps and many of them are a lot blurrier than I'd like. As it was there was enough interruption of game play for pictures as we all were trying to post to facebook or record for our blogs.

Comic Life 3 was particularly buggy during this one and crashed multiple times. I did learn how to modify things in pre-made templates using the Inspector feature. It allowed me to use Urbana template but ditch the image filter. I also got a chance to re-acquaint myself with editing panel shapes.

(Right click and open in New Tab/Window to view in more huger size)

I also tried to add more comic booky elements such as price, comic code authority badge and logo to it. I figures if Airborne was Oldhammmer Comics, then I would be Chaos Steed Comics.

It looks to me that the logo gets a little lost when it is smaller on the comic. The text is definitely too small. I spent way too much time on it last night. It still needs some work, but I'll let it rest for now.

As always, thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Oldhammer USA Weekend - Battle at the Tower of Ytsur

Hi All,

My final battle of the weekend saw my orcs fielded once again with Dustin as my co-general against VT Chris's smartly painted Bretonnians.

Once again we decided to forego Magic except for magic items. We tried to use formations and had a very relaxed conversation about various rules as we played. It was a really great way to continue relearning this game.

For the report I used the Blue - Orange template in Comic Life 3. The program is still saving in a weird place but I'm able to save the jpegs where I can find them.

If you have trouble seeing the individual panels, try right clicking on the images and opening them in a new window/tab. I try to make them as big as I can, but the page and the light box are only so big. I need to overhaul the blog's design, perhaps how it displays images should be a priority.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Oldhammer USA - The Battle of Rusty's Farm

Hi All,

This was the first Warhammer 3rd Ed. battle that I had fought in about 24 years. I tried to make an army list, but all I had was infantry and no real clue what I was doing. A big thank you to my co-general Richard "Orc Lord" for putting up with my wonky deployment and organizational choices, and our opponents Andrew, Dustin and PA Chris for helping me muddle through a game.

For the following Comic I used Comic Life 3 (as per usual) but without a template. I learned how to texture the page in the program and played round with the formatting of the panels. Lettering (the sound effects things) are still a challenge, let me know if I went too heavy handed.

I chose not to do filters on the images, except for the first one. I find that most filters make the images impossible to make out.


Next up, my orcs scrap with VT Chris's Bretonnian's

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Paint Table Saturday - Week 33 - Aug. 15th 2015

Hi All,

Nothing on the paint desk for the last two weeks as I went to Oldhammer USA Weekend last week. I am taking a break from the painting desk to work on various household/ home improvement projects.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the figures that placed in the retro figure category. The idea was a figure that you either painted during the "Oldhammer Era", was from that era but perhaps painted more recently, or captured "the spirit of Oldhammer". (My memory may be faulty. Read Airbornegrove26's coverage of the event here.)

1st: Citadel Gnome Jester (Lissanne Lake); 2nd: Grenadier Dwarf (Fredrick Kober); 3rd: Citadel Orc (yours truly)
I remember being quite pleased with myself when I finished painting the unit this guy was in. Part of the problem I had then, and still have, is that I paint every figure to the utmost of my ability and level of detail. I don't seem to have a speed painting or rank and file approach. I'm not saying that my level is great, I'm just saying I spend way too much time per model. I think that the more I paint, the better results I can achieve in less time.

Not sure where I'm going with that? I guess just to say that I'm still trying to evolve as a painter. I feel like I've finally painted enough that I've gotten the basics back and have started to develop my painting style 2.0.

Thanks for looking and happy painting.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Oldhammer USA Weekend - Frog Hunt

Continuing on with the games from Oldhammer USA Weekend, here is Brian's Frog Hunt scenario.

Lisanne (Lisanne Du Lac) came in from the Northwest, PA Chris (Christophe De La Foret) from the Southwest, Tom - then Jeff & Hannah - (Thomas Geoffroy D'Hannah) from the Northeast, and myself (Hugues Du Gros Baton) from the Southeast.

We used cards from the Triumph and Treachery set, but I forgot to play mine and it cost me the game. Oh well.

I used Comic Life 3, Super Retro template. It has only one style for the image filters so I set the filter level to it's lowest to keep the images from blowing out. Let me know what you think.

All French terms in this report have been created using an internet translator and should be read aloud with an "outrageous accente!"

There you have it. It was a great introduction to the weekends gaming and Brian really helped those of us (ok, me) who hadn't played in a very long time.

Next up, my O&G army gets a game in for the first time since 1991.

And welcome to Whiskey Priest of The Leadpile. It's been awhile since I've checked in with his blog, but if memory serves he has some truly awesome Rogue Trader scenery and game write ups.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Oldhammer USA Weekend - Overview

Hi All,

Sorry for the delay in posting. I have been having bad shoulder problems since I got back from the event. I saw my chiropractor, who also does soft tissue work, yesterday and feel a lot better today.

Here is my comic report overview of the weekend.

I'd like to thank the organizers and all the other attendees for a really great weekend of game playing and shooting the shit about the hobby. Although the airfare is daunting, and my emergency flight reroute through Philly and Atlanta, notwithstanding, I'm really looking forward to next year.

I think this song by GWAR really sums it up:

Well maybe not really, but it was nice to know that there were some other GWAR fans in attendance.

I'd also like to welcome two new followers to the blog:

Robert Locklan who has many linked blogs but I can't figure out if he writes for all of them. My Followers widget is acting very wonky and I can't read everything or follow the link to his blogger profile. I'll try and sort that out.

Bulldoglopez of He of Three Names, an excellent painter and terrain builder among many other talents. And he has at least two more names ;).

More to follow  as I write up my WFB 3rd Battle reports.



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