Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RIP Wayne England, and some other news.

Hi All,

Sad tidings from yesterday. If you haven't already heard, Wayne England has passed away. Here is the Google search and I recommend the image search to get some idea of the scope and breadth of his work.

The boy chose to wear his Dwarf Oldhammer shirt to school today.

I changed my facebook profile to this rather poor picture of the Goblin Oldhammer shirt.

I did not know Mr. England personally but I enjoyed his work and appreciated his support for the Oldhammer community. He will be missed.

On to other news.

The Circle of Chaos Kickstarter has just six days left and has added the Rhinotaur. I splurged because I can't help myself.

The Effin Cool Minis Halfling Kickstarter also has six days left and they have put out some stretch goals for more Drew Williams sculpted ponies that are within spitting distance. So check it out. I haven't decided if I'm going to up my pledge, order a la carte units or just sit with my initial pledge.

My latest painted figure is up on the Painting challenge blog here. I'll post up the pictures here and on the Oldhammer facebook page tomorrow after 9AM my time. I tried not to be provocative on the challenge site. I may be more so here.

In running news, the boy and I ran our first race together. I was a very proud dad as we finished the 5K with a time of 22:24 and 7:13/mile pace. I thought he did great for his first time running that distance and I enjoyed trying to give him some racing strategy while we were out on the course. I even came in 4th in my age group. I probably could have run faster, but I would also probably still be regretting it if I had.

I've also decided that I'm going to try and focus on the positives this year, rather than nit pick all the negatives, like I usually do. We'll see where that takes us.

Oh, and I had a dream about playing Oldhammer over a video conference so I'm going to work more on making that a reality.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I won Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau!

Hi All,

Not much to report. I did win the 1988 Rogue Trader adventurer figure I bid on.

As far as the picture goes he doesn't look like he's in too bad a shape. I'll strip him and paint him up to be Qui-gon Hercule Marple. We'll then try to design a scenario to play Rogue Trader with the Sci-Fi figures I paint up.

The price was ok, the shipping made it less of a bargain but what can you do?

The Pre game show for Superbowl 50 is about to come on. I'm going to clean miniatures while I watch the game.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Failure to submit, but my mojo is returning.

Hi All,

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm not back to 100% but I've turned the corner and am just painting what sparks my interest right now and not worrying a lick about points or schedules.

I'm too lazy to show pictures but I've got Psycho Sam and some Colony 87 on the table right now and a bunch of Orc Boar Riders on deck.

One thing that occurred to me was that I've been waffling to much with what I want to play. When it comes to the 40K universe I was waffling about with RT, Inquisimunda and even Inquisitor. Then I read the Inquisitor section in the RT book and it all made sense. Draw on subsequent Inquisitor fluff, but learn RT to play fun, bad ass games with the Oldhammer in the New World Gang. Sounds like a win win.

So I'm now on a quest to get the 1988 Inquisitor figure, to be my version of Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau, none other than Qui-gon Hercule Marple. Borborygmus Prime must be cleansed!

So that little bit of hobby clarity has occurred.

I've also noticed that sitting in front of the computer is giving me splitting headaches so I'll try to moderate that a little.

Off to make dinner. Have a great day.

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the Strongest Hard copy, explosion graphic resources, track and malaise

Hi All

  Sorry for the wordy title, I've got a lot on my mind.

  My hard copy of To the Strongest came in over the weekend. Simon Miller had a special and threw in some laser cut chits. I've had the PDF's for awhile, but have been sitting on this game for too long. What I envision doing with it is playing out a War of the Roses campaign using the old Avalon Hill board game Kingmaker as a campaign map. My dream was to make it a play by blog, but I don't have period specific figures or recognizable personalities painted up. I'm also not sure if it would be better to try and have participants play on their own and report back or try to live play via video conference. I'm not sure if that would even appeal to people.

  Over on face book people were talking about ipad apps for putting muzzle flashes and explosions into their 40K battle report pictures. I don't own an ipad, but have done a fair bit of photo manipulating for my comic reports in both GIMP and Comic Life 3. Following is a list of resources from deviant art:

I felt like FrostBo in particular had a lot of good resources on his profile. Lots of useful Photoshop and GIMP brushes that I didn't list here.

The boy ran his first races of the season on Saturday. 3:10 800m and 6:29 1500m just about dead on his average for both races last season.

I've been even more quiet than usual on the bloggisphere as I'm feeling a tad nihilistic at the moment. I'm just trying to soldier on and not let the amount of work undone paralyze me. Right now I've lost my mojo for the painting challenge. I'll try to get it back but I think I'm done with trying to put out bulk units. It was never my forte and the thought of it right now is putting me off painting altogether.

Bye for now.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Finished Ogres and Rat from last Saturday

Hi All,

They are up on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VI here. As usual I am posting all the same pictures here on the blog.

In the main I like how these came out. I used the Reaper Golden skin tone set, but only the shade and mid colors, followed by a wash with the shade. Looks okay but I think it needed some dark lining for some of the transition areas. I didn't see it at the time.

I'm also not liking the yellow skirt with his skin color as much. The greens were a couple of new colors I bought at the craft store.

I really liked the faces on these two. I thought the picture was sharper than it is.

This giant rat was a fun sculpt. The various spaces between his legs and under his head were a little tricky to paint though.

I don't like how his fur came out but the flesh and boils are nice. This figure proved to be rather popular on the challenge.

So here are the four 20mm scale Ogres from Splintered Light and the 28mm scale Giant Rat from Reaper.

Here's a shot of how I'm trying to play with off camera flashes to get better lighting. I feel like all my shots are under exposed so I'm trying to figure out different ways to light them up. These shots still needed some level adjustments in GIMP, so they're not where I want them to be yet.

I'd like to welcome Kitrock aka Robert Kurcina to the blog. I don't see a blog link in your Google friend profile so let me know if you have one and I'll link it.

And on a final note I've started seeing a slow bleed off of followers over the last couple of days. About 7 so far. I'm wondering if this is what some of you were talking about. I have resisted G+ integration of comments and circles on the blog because they insist on forcing so much integration. I personally like to compartmentalize my life and am not particularly interested in bombarding my non hobby friends with pictures of little men. Call me weird.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Paint Table Saturday 116 - Ogres nearing completion

Hi All,

Nothing completed as of yet, here's what's on the table.

These four boys are very close to being finished and you can make out a bunch more 20mm fantasy in the background. I should be doing more Sci-Fi too. I'm taking an absolute beating in the side duel.

Not much else to report here, I survived the laser tag birthday party.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Zero points this week, and what's up with Blogger?

Hi All,

Well, after burning the midnight oil to get my Bonus theme entry in, I came up with a big goose egg this week.

As you can see, not only am I off my weekly goal of 77 points, I'm also failing at my secondary goal of no weeks with zero output. I'm close to finishing a couple of things but mostly I've just been flailing about starting new projects. So pretty much the usual around here.

If you haven't had a chance yet, do yourself a favor and go over to the bonus round blog. Make sure to vote for your favorites [mine, ;)] before 11:45pm Regina time on Saturday night Jan. 23rd.

Now that it's been confirmed that we won't be counting bonus points in the Sci-Fi duel I probably won't be doing too many more bonus rounds. Honestly I was trying to stay out of them altogether this year as it's an added layer of stress that I don't need.

I don't know if y'all have noticed, but my blog started looking wonky sometime around the time I posted up my Leman Russ and Squig Katapult crewman. The back ground went white so I changed it to this weird abstract one and some of the link text is now a a color that I can't see. I'm not sure what happened.

Maybe "Web Services" and "I am Psychiatry" paid me back? Probably not, but who doesn't like an internet conspiracy theory.

Hopefully  I can boot strap my way back into productivity. My jaw hurts less today and I may even let people hit me tonight. I'll let you know how it goes.


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