Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Grim Cheapness

I don’t have the same internet access that I used to. I work on a bit of a rolling shift, so I can start anywhere from 8 am to 10:15 am. My wife starts work at 8 am. With dropping my wife off in the mornings, I often used to have a couple hours on most days, plus my lunch and breaks, when I could watch videos and surf the net.
They had tightened up on internet access earlier this year. We are no longer able to browse while on breaks. This means that I am now way behind on the youtube videos that I was following, the online comics, as well as the sites that I was watching.

That’s how I came to miss that one of my favorite blogs has stopped updating since January. TheGrimCheapness is a good site for ‘paperhammer’ – or papercraft templates that you can build for stand-ins for Warhammer 40K vehicles, especially the titans. He also had a good writing style, which is well as it turns out that he is a now-published author. He’s taking an extended break from updating but will leave the site up.

If you haven’t been in before, it’s still worth a look.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Figure Painting Total - May

In the Deathwatch: Overkill box they list 50 figures. But they also have two marker figures that they don’t count toward that total. I have included them in my count below.

Deathwatch: Overkill - 52

May figures bought - 52, figures painted – 0

Running total 2018 – figures bought 59, figures painted 0

Friday, May 25, 2018

A bit of a shakeup

My wife has had a bit of a shakeup at work. She will be ‘retiring’ at the end of October as they are closing her department. She was thinking about retiring in a few years but that would have been on her timeline. Any changes to her plans always throws her a bit off, but she is coming to terms with it. We should end up being okay.

This will have two direct gaming-related impacts on me. First, she will be home and prone to cleaning through my stuff. I keep putting off doing a good sift and will need to make that a higher priority. Secondly, the storage locker becomes even more of a hot button than it currently is. We are hanging on to a lot of stuff. Some of it was stored in haste and we really need time to go through it properly again and repackage it and decide if really does need to be kept. I had done a bit of a sift a while ago, and we repackaged the 11 bins of models model kits into 6 boxes.

I have been meaning to go through a bunch of the games and maybe passing them along. Especially with the games that I had picked up when it seemed like we were getting an expansion on the house. A lot of those I am not particularly attached to and could let go. It’s also time to take another look at the books and comics. This was all stuff that we were going to do anyways.

This just puts more of an impetus on this.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Deathwatch: Overkill - acquired

I was finally able to save enough to get a copy of Deathwatch: Overkill. It took a lot longer than I had hoped due to the spike in gas prices cutting into my discretionary funds. In the meantime, Gangs of Commorragh has been discontinued and has disappeared from the shelves and online.

I was in the area, so I had popped in to the local Games Workshop. I would have picked up the Gangs set now and pushed back the Deathwatch but they no longer had the Gangs set. The Deathwatch: Overkill had been boxed up to send back to the main office but he dug it out for me. It had a bit of shelf wear on the corners but at least it was here.

Gangs of Commorragh was going to be the next on my list but, if it’s out of print, I may try to save up for the Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero or get some of the other Blood Bowl teams. Or I might try to get some more figures from Knight Models for the DC Universe Miniature game.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Books read January - April 2018

Jan
Rogue Stars by Andrea Sfilogoi
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and other Magical Tales by Penn Jillette
Dark History of Hollywood by Kieron Connolly
Gaslands: Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Combat by Mike Hutchinson

Feb
Warzone – A Fast and Furious Miniatures Battle Game by Bill King
Diablo III: Book of Cain by Flint Dille
Dracula’s America: Shadows of the West by Jonathan Haythornthwaite
The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game by Alessio Cavatore & Matthew Ward
Old Sword Play: Techniques of the Great Masters by Alfred Hutton

Mar
Future City edited by Roger Elwood
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Queen’s Doll House by Lucinda Lambton
Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
American Pickers – Guide to Picking by Libby Cullaway, with Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and Danielle Colby

Apr
The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun by Ken Denmead
The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones
Small-Scale Modelling by Caroline Osborn
Handmade Book: Binding, Folding and Decorating by Heather Weston
Haynes Star Wars Millenium Falcon: Modified YT-1300 Corellian Fighter Owner’s Workshop Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, and Chris Trevas
The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming by Gillian Conahan

Sunday, April 29, 2018

spring spray

With spring being delayed a bit this year, we haven’t been able to get outside and start the yardwork. We did have a nice weekend so I was able to get outside and spray some foam.

In an effort to make our house a bit less mouse-accessible (or mousessable), we bought some of the low-expanding Great Stuff foam. I have heard of people using it for terrain and props/costuming but have never used it before.

I had concerns about how much of a mess it would make but it seemed pretty well contained. In addition to some of the gaps around the pipes and windows, I also used it to spray some foam into the chicken wire we have on the tree in the front yard. It puffed up pretty nice. It will to be painted to blend the yellow color and may need to be trimmed a bit. I will also need to get a second can to finish the job.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gaslands compared to Car Wars

Gaslands is much simpler than Car Wars in some ways. The record sheets for the cars are much more streamlined, it doesn’t have the bloat of components that are available, it uses special dice, and it has templates instead of a turning key.

Instead of the detailed record sheets from Car Wars with the armor locations by side and all the components represented with hit points, the Gaslands sheets seem very simple. They have Hull Points which replaces the armor and components, and the weapons are simply noted.

The Gaslands rules allow for 11 vehicles and 21 weapons. This isn’t far off of where the original pocket boxes were for Car Wars. Car Wars soon added all the Uncle Al’s Catalogs, and later editions for more variations in components by weight and spaces. In the pre-spreadsheet days, it was a bit more of a challenge to fine-tune a car.
One simple rule that Car Wars always had (in the first and fifth edition rules) was the ‘drop the counters from a foot off the board’ rule for collisions. I hated that rule. I much preferred the (granted more complex) rules from the Car Wars Rules Screen. Gaslands has rules for collisions that are simpler than the CW screen but still have enough meat on them to still satisfy.

Where Car Wars just used regular six-sided dice, Osprey has six-sided dice with special faces. You can purchase them directly from the author, make your own, or even use regular D6s and consult a chart. Considering the amount of dice rolling in this game, I recommend buying or making the specialty dice.

The original Car Wars had a turning key to make maneuvers. It took a little bit to get used to but it was elegant once you learned it. Gaslands has many multiple templates for maneuvers but people may be less intimidated as they are now familiar with this from X-Wing, and Wings of Glory. These can be bought or made but are definitely needed in order to play. There is a copy in the back of the rulebook and can be printed out from the website.