Thursday, December 29, 2016
First is a 76MM m4 Sherman from Trenchworx. It's just a superb model and a joy to paint.
Perry line and are wonderful sculpts but required a good bit of effort in the clean up. The tank is another Trenchworx kit and (again) is just superb. You may not have noticed but I've become a huge fan of Trenchworx and the quality product they put out.
Back to the painting workbench....
Monday, December 26, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
There's an on/off switch on the base and the water valve acts as a dimmer (that was a bit of pain to figure out how to do!). Technically since the bulb can be controlled via a phone app (and it's a blue tooth speaker), it really doesn't need a dimmer. I just thought it would be cool and a great excuse to pick up a few rotary switches. Amazon can be a very "bad" thing.
If you try this project please read up on switches and good safety steps in building something that mixed electricity with iron pipes.
I doubt I'll wrap this present but I'll think he'll like it.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
The next step will be to wire in the the toggle with on the base but that's pretty easy. Well it's easy if I remember to unplug the cord. If I don't then.....
I was thinking of using the the valve as a dimmer but after reading the Sengled light bulb instructions it the bulb doesn't need one as it is controlled via wireless and a phone app.
I'll test the blue tooth speaker out tomorrow and then finish the project up.
hardwood scraps that is one of the best buys I've every made. I've gone through a third of the box on 6 different projects.
This was a fun project. I stole the idea from Steve Ramsey's YouTube channel. His videos are really corny but fun and the projects he demonstrates are very accessible by beginners and people looking for something quick. I really like the channel.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
I think I can use a rotary switch to let the red handle act as the on/off.
sengled pulse light build which also acts as a bluetooth speaker and can be controlled from a smart phone - pretty cool.
Hopefully I can get it done in time!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
That's about all I have to get ready for the challenge - whew.....
Saturday, December 10, 2016
There are even some Japans light tanks in the lower left (well the Marines need something to shoot at!)
Paul O'G made a request that at first I was dismissive about but am now reconsidering. He suggested making the tracking of the coveted "GIMP" award dynamic so that we can all see the ebb and flow as people battle for painting challenge immortality.
The calculations behind the GIMP award are both arcane and astonishingly complicated. In fact they are likely beyond the grasp of you mere mortals. Yes, it takes a mathamagician years of toiling at our trade before we can even grasp the very basics of the calculations in their terrible beauty and exquisitely painful exactness. I worry that some of you who are not "Math-Hardened" may be driven insane by the exposure to the thinking of the gods.
That said, this year has seen very divisive level of political discourse and I think the watchword going forward should be "HUUGGGEEEE Transparency" so I am reconsidering. What do you think, Dear readers? Do you want to peak behind the curtain? Can you handle the truth?
Friday, December 9, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Anyway, rather than waste this new found time enemy schedule, I used it to prep more figures for the Challenge - in this case a 15mm US Marine Infantry platoon for FOW. You may see some more of these fellows and their associated transport over the next few days.
The challenge is up to 100 participants this year, which is pretty amazing. I've also finished rebuilding the tracking spreadsheet and I think we're ready to go.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Legatus Hedlius. In fact I now know one of the greatest secrets in the gaming world - Legatus's real name. Sadly I am sworn to secrecy... We had a very nice dinner and I appreciate him taking the time to meet with me. I will try to lure him across the pond to attend a US Gaming convention.
Other than a few day trips next week, I'm done traveling for the year and can return to more important things such as prepping and priming figures. Oh yes and spreadsheets to - mustn't forget those!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
This round of prep work totaled:
- 40 28mm infantry figures
- 231 15mm figures
- 25 15mm vehicles
Not bad for a few weekend mornings.
Friday, November 25, 2016
All hail the Turkey - the epitome of evolution's magic - turning a dinosaur into a tasty flightless ball of meat with legs.
But its all worth it for a dinner of
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Roast Turkey
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mandarin Orange Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Steam Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
- Greek & Spanish olives
- Crescent Rolls
- Pumpkin Pie
In addition to the gluttony experience, the day also reminds of what we should be thankful for. For me that's my family and I'm a very lucky man indeed.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The red line is my current plan, which totals just under 2,300 points for AHPC-VII. That's a good bit lower than the previous two years but still respectable output. As with past challenges this years effort will be focused on both figures and terrain for my upcoming Historicon game.
I'll also be helping Curt out as a minion by keeping track of the whole event in a spreadsheet (Hey, Ladies....) and providing insightful and stimulating statistical commentary. If you thought Algebra class was boring in High School, well you 'aint seen nothing yet!
Last years point total of 3,306 will be hard to beat - it represents painting 46, 28mm infantry figures a week for 13 weeks. Thats a lot of figures but we shall see how this year plays out.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Yes, that fan-favorite of the painting world is back again, with all it's exciting thrills (who will be this painting champion?) and spills (will Mr Millsy retain his title of "GIMP"?)
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Sunday, November 20, 2016
Anyway, I needed to clean up the work space in anticipating of the challenge so two birds with one stone as they say.
To be honest, I was very surprised she took the drastic option over the more reasonable "shotgun sentry" option - it's not like I would have a live round in the chamber....
* We never really know how many guests will show up - most are my wife's students and their significant others. I always remember one of MB's sediments from China who exclaimed on seeing the turkey being served "That's a beautiful Ostrich!"
Sunday, November 13, 2016
We had planned to run a Guild Ball tournament but never got around to playing. Too many other distractions.
Each player controlled 2-3 ships and we used the basic Trafalgar rules. I thought the game went really well - the guys seemed to be having fun. It was great to get the Langton's on the table - they've been on the shelf was too long.
All in all a grand weekend. It was a pleasure to host it and I'm looking forward to another one in six months or so.