Friday, May 29, 2020

Does Anybody Actually Like The "New Blogger" ?

I hate it.  They have deleted a couple things that I use, given me a lot more junk that I don't, and make it take up more space on my screen (Meaning that I have to take more time scrolling around).  Replacing buttons having actual words, that tells you what the button does, with buttons like the big plus sign to post new posts strikes me as just plain goofy.  Why be clear, when you can make it tedious and confusing?

Oh, and I don't use a phone to blog.  That would be like eating dinner out of a thimble.  If was starving to death, I might do it out of desperation, but I'm not starving.

Sorry for all of the negative, and no gaming content, but this sort of improvement and progress drives me nuts.  If you don't like it, let Google know, because in two months we're stuck with this goofy thing.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Crawling Out of the Rubble

I guess it is somehow appropriate that my "return" to working on the hobby after my debacle last week, was to complete some debris and junk for the post apocalypse.  Not much of an accomplishment really.  But still, I got my mess in the basement sorted out, and managed to paint a few bits.

I'm continuing on more post-apoc junk today, figuring the more that I paint, the more that I can put away.  And, the sooner I put away figures and whatnot spread across my table, the sooner I can get to repairing my flood-damaged terrain.

The final toll from the water damage by the way, is that I need to do some repair work to about 150 square feet of terrain, and probably discard or completely rebuild about 80 square feet, which is much less than it looked initially.  More than a third of what was drowned, dried without any permanent damage.

The biggest loss is to my 20mm Vietnam and Victorian/colonial adventure (Pacific Island/Ponape) terrain.  So those figs will set on the shelf for awhile, but there wasn't much going on right now with those periods anyway.  So I'm painting again; things aren't in too much disarray, and I'm enjoying the Holiday.

Stay well out there.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Kind of a Rough Week

Major changes at work (not virus related), and a little flooding in the basement (with loss of much of my terrain) has me considering joining the Foreign Legion.  Do they take middle aged recruits?

I need to regroup and try to find my mojo, as right now, I'm running on empty.  I also need to decide which gaming periods to drop, as I won't live long enough to replace everything that has been lost.

Still, I turn on the TV, and see what others are dealing with right now, and it helps me keep it all in perspective.

Stay well out there.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Stepping Back (or Forward) Into the Post Apocalypse

After spending several days gathering all (or most) of the stuff that I have collected for my post-apocalypse, near future, and (old) fantasy projects, I have decided to start working primarily on my post-apoc project, with some work on near future stuff that may overlap into my PA games. 

By this time, I expected to be a lot farther along in developing my post apocalypse campaign.  I've got notes, sketches and information filling a bookcase shelf for dozens of factions and all of the buildings, vehicles, and assorted bits for each of them.  

My goal in the short term is to paint remaining figures to existing factions, and to reduce the unused clutter around the basement where possible, by completing various general items, like tabletop clutter such as utility poles, fire hydrants, crates and barrels, junk heaps, etc.

Once I make some headway with that, I'll move on to bigger items like buildings, villages, and new factions.  

For now, I've started to gather and work on some of these "clutter" items.  Hopefully, by the end of the week, I'll have a bunch of these knocked out.

Most of it is just hydrants, tires, stacks of ammo boxes, and barrels. But there are a few oddball items.

The odd looking things in the lower left are individual track links that I cast, when making a 1/10th scale model of a tracked hole drilling some years ago.  I figure they will make nice junk at an industrial site, The big gear was a drive sprocket from the same model with a road wheel above it.

Top left are three different sized scratch built-dumpsters that I was originally going to cast, but I think it will cost more than it is worth to cast them, so I may just build a few more or maybe cast one of them, still not sure yet.

The transformer, top right, is an HO scale model railroad kit.  A very nice model really; it will make a nice chunk of junk.

In front of the transformer are a couple of 1/60 scale scratch-built commercial air-handlers, and resin cast some wood piles from Wizkids.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Switching Gears (or Projects)

Well, due to businesses not currently trading because of Covid-19, I can't get the miniatures that I need to finish my Cold War project, so I need to put it on hold for a little bit, and find something else to work on.

I've still got all kinds of hobby mojo going, and am thirsting to continue work on my hobby.  While finishing up the last batch of 6mm vehicles this week, I've been trying to pick a project to move on too. But to be honest, I'm completely psyched about the Cold War, and nothing else is really grabbing me.  WWII would be okay, but it is in the same boat as my Cold War stuff;  I need figs that I can't currently get.

Given that my 6mm and 15mm projects are all, more or less, dead in the water, my remaining options are 28mm  projects that have been ignored for some time; post apocalypse, fantasy, or near-future sci-fi/adventure.

Despite the lack of activity on these, I've continuously picked up a lot of stuff for these over the years, much of it tossed into boxes on shelves for that day when I finally get around to working on it.  

In recent days, while waiting for Cold War miniatures to dry, I've been pulling stuff from shelves, sorting through boxes, and discovering a few long lost treasures.  Here is the heap as it stands at the moment:

Men, monsters and machines for the three projects 
(among other things) pulled from the their hiding places

28mm Post apocalypse - This is the only one of the three that has been on the table top in recent years.  Right now, the main thing that I need is a ton of buildings, both ruined, and reclaimed,  and a number of very specific figures.  This project will involve a lot of very detailed, and quite tedious model-building to move forward.  It will be quite a change of pace from the type of stuff I've been working on in recent months.

28mm Post-apoc stuff  (mostly) with hundreds of painted figs 
in the red boxes.  Vehicles mostly are at the other end of the
table in the cardboard boxes, visible in the first photo above.

28mm Fantasy - This has been an itch over the last couple of years that just won't go away.  I have dwarf and orc armies consisting of old GW figs (though not actually Warhammer armies), an unpainted elf army, and a mix of other odds and ends from days past.  This project will need a ton of work, starting with building most of the terrain, and figuring out what figures to buy.  The goal is to have an adventure game, more than just fantasy battles, so a large portion of my painted figs will likely be of little use.  Of the three projects, this would involve the most work, and be somewhat dependent on current figure availability.

Fantasy figures, mostly older GW, a bunch of Tom Meier Elves, 
and a small mix of others.  My 40 year old Grenadier dragon got 
clipped out of the pic.  Painted orcs are in the bins mostly 
clipped out at the top. 

28mm Near future sci-fi.  This is envisioned as a mixed setting, blending a contemporary landscape with that of the not too distant future, and accommodating a wide range of subjects/adventures, including cops and robbers, espionage, gang fights, alien invasions, zombies, etc.  I have a lot of figs, many painted, and bunches of partially completed terrain, buildings, and clutter for this project.

Most of the figs are painted for this in the little drawers, 
and in some of the red bins.  There is a lot of terrain and 
buildings to be finished for this though.

I intend to sort miniatures, vehicles, war-machines, and other bits into their various armies, factions, and groups, and hope that one of these projects just takes off in the coming days.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Reclaiming Old Battle Casualties

I'm in a little bit of a holding pattern, as I've done all that I can on my 6mm infantry, until H&R reopens their  shop, and I can order the missing figs that I need.  So, I decided to clean up some of the odd 6mm models that I have setting around.

Over the past few decades, I have acquired and accumulated a number of damaged and incomplete 6mm models from various sources, occasionally receiving a pack missing a part or models damaged more often in transit than during an actual game.

This weekend, I repaired, matched up parts, and fabricated missing parts for a about 40 models.  A few were just old models that needed repainting, but that I had kept out of nostalgia, but I finally decided to repaint to match my current models.

Several tanks had lost barrels, which I replaced with brass rod, making the fume extractors with thin wall brass tube.  A bunch of old BRDMs had lost roof/covers which I remade with styrene strip, and nearly a battery of BM-21s needed mounts for the rocket launcher to be fabricated.  They were received without the part, and a friend just built up a blob of super-glue on the chassis, and then glued the launcher onto the blob.  They looked a little wonky, so I finally fixed them.

Anyway, hers a few pics of the them as they await painting/repainting:

Brass gun tubes on a T62, T64, and two T80s

BM-21s and BRDM/AT3 with styrene parts.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Perma-Grit Files

I've mounted maybe a 1000 6mm infantry over the last couple of weeks, and probably the most tedious step in mounting them, is cleaning the underside of the bases of the castings.  As I was doing this earlier today,  it occurred to me that the tool that I was using made it a much easier and faster process than it had been in my early days of gaming. 

Years ago, I would have cut off the nubs or shaved the base with a hobby knife, occasionally breaking off a figure from the base, and probably nicking myself with the blade occasionally.  A tedious and precise business in any event.

Now, I use a tungsten-carbide grit file made by Perma-Grit Tools.  I've mentioned these a few times before, but they are one of the most useful hobby tools that I've found.  They last forever; I've only replaced one in over 25 years of use, and that was because I gummed it up severely, not because the grit wore off.

Anyway, here are couple of pics of the nubs that I'm cleaning off of the infantry and of the Perma-Grit tools. 

You can see the nubs on these H&R 6mm Modern Soviets 
above.  The nubs are most visible on the underside of 
the base on the middle figure, laying on its back.  

Some of my Perma-Grit files.  The angled 
one the left is probably the one I use the most.

For this task, I mostly use the Fine Angle File.  Several of my files have both fine and coarse grit sections, but I don't think those are available anymore.  The fine grit attacks soft metals quickly, while the coarse grit makes shaping plastic like styrene a piece of cake, and both grits work well for various tasks associated with resin.

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