Thursday, October 30, 2008

Better Pictures of items for sale

While I'm on the picture kick, I might as well take some decent pictures of some things I have for sale. Here are the painted figures of my WarMachine Khador and some resin GZG vehicles I have available.

More Redone Pictures

I retook some more pictures using these newfangled ideas...

Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Okay. Well. I recently complained about how much I hated photography. I have taken some good pictures in the past, it's just always been a huge hassle-- set up a light tent, remember all the friggin' settings on my camera, muck about with lighting, loading each picture in some complicated program like GIMP, etc... It just wasn't worth it to me. However, reading that post from Wee Toy Soldiers, I really thought he made it sound manageable, so I took another crack at it-- and was suitably impressed. It's still a bit of a hassle, but something I'm willing to manage to get pictures that look like this. I think the key thing I brought away from the article was using Picasa. It was simple and had all the tools I needed ready and easily available, as well as letting me have quick access to all my different photographs. Win! So, I went ahead and took pictures of my Orlock Necromunda gang, something I've been wanting to do for a while.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

As though to mock me

Yes, as though to mock me, my surfing around today alighted upon the very interesting and informative article entitled You Don't Need A Fancy Camera (To Take Great Photos of Your Miniatures).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Recently Painted

Finished up some more figures I have been working on tonight-- some Necromunda figures and Pulp Figures U.S. Rocket Corps. I have also decided that I detest miniature photography more than anything else on the planet. I couldn't take a decent picture to save my life.


sixtwentyeight has some very nice pictures of his modern Israelis for CWC, as well as other really beautiful 6mm figures.

Playtest Rules from GZG

Jon Tuffley from Ground Zero Games, makers of Full Thrust, Dirtside 2, and Stargrunt 2, is working on a new set of rules called Stargrunt: Assault Company. They are geared to reside between Stargrunt and Dirtside in terms of scale, with multiple 15mm figures per base. I'm sure the rules will be great, just like all the other GZG rules, and I will probably buy them just to have them, but I just don't see myself playing them. I've never seen a single multi-figure base Sci-Fi game in the US. I've seen pictures of a few in the UK, so maybe they're more common there. Jon seems to be gearing rules towards his better selling 15mm line, and after 14+ years, FMA Skirmish seems to be officially Jon's lowest priority, which makes me quite sad and disappointed.

Guadalcanal Game Report

Brian of our historical gaming group ran a Check Your Six Guadalcanal campaign. I had so far missed every single game in this campaign, but managed to make it out for the very fun finale. Two of my three Zeros were shot down, and the third accidentally flew off the board, which is pretty typical of my flying skills; however, in this game I did manage to down Brian's American veteran and run another American off with engine trouble-- three Americans were damaged and two crashed instead of making it back to base. The campaign ending was a razor-thin win for the Japanese. Check out the pictures, Brian runs beautiful CY6 games (well, all his games look great).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

CD Tower Terrain

I've mentioned picking up 40k with Mik and some others, and we've bemoaned the fact they while we all (now) have fully painted and nice looking armies, we don't have the terrain to match. So, this is my first effort to try and bring the table up to speed with the figures.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cheap Sci-Fi Buildings

I spent some time tracking down this informative thread on Sci-Fi buildings and wanted to record it somewhere for posterity.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More Painting From the Kids

More painting from the kids (and a few by me)...

Are Ya Ready for some BLOOD BOWL?

It's BLOOD BOWL TIME in Tennessee! I just finished up my Orc Blood Bowl team. This surpasses my Ogryn Genestealer hybrid in the length of time to finish...neigh unto 15 years in the making?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Painting Vehicles

I got these 25mm Ground Zero Games Stargrunt vehicles in trade a while back. I had intended to trade them up for the 40k rules, but procrastinated-- a good thing, since the new version was coming out. Anyway, the main reason I held off painting them is because I just don't paint vehicles. I've never been any good at it, and was frankly hesitant to do it. I took them as a challenge, and I think that the results of my attempt are good. See for yourself how I did it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

40k 5th

I started my miniature gaming with Epic and Blood Bowl back in the day. I still play Blood Bowl, but have never been a fan of the mainstream GW games. I got tired of the rules complications and contradictions. I also complain a lot about the prices, but the fact is that have bought a large number of 40k models, just because I liked them (and could, typically, get them at a discount on eBay or where ever). The fact remains that I never cared for the 40k rules much and have stayed away for a long while. Until last night...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cold War Commander

Today being Yom Kippur, it is somewhat appropriate that I have broken out the Cold War Commander rules and my old Yom Kippur War micro armor and given it a go. I really like the rules so far. They are fairly simple, which is a plus for me any more, and seem to give a fun, relatively quick and reasonable game.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The AIW Reader

I must have had my head down a while, as I missed the creation of the AIW Reader.

The Pound is Getting Cheaper

If you've been holding off buying any UK figures because of the poor exchange rate the last few years, things have rapidly been getting better for you.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pictures of My Kids' Figures

Some pictures of my kids' painted figures.