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About kristof65

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    Captain of the Sky Pirates
  • Birthday 03/12/1965

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    Winterset, IA
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    Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, most Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Wargaming, RPGs, racing.

    Right now I'm keen on starting a regular mini's gaming group.

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  1. Check. Check. So that implies to me that the odd # of figures rule is more about how asymmetry often looks more visually appealing. Um, sort of. Oval base, and the figure placement ended up being odd. I think it works, but we'll see what you guys think at RCon (if I finish it). But that leads to my question below. Check - that was a major factor in my placement of the figures on the base. What about having a "dead space" on the rear of the base? With my placement of the knight and dragon, and the build up of the terrain to make a scene, I have this dead space at the rear of the diorama. Visually, from the front 270 degrees, you don't see it, but if you turn it around to the rear, there is this dead space. I call it dead space, because there is nothing going on there, other than the rear of the wall the dragon is sitting on and some flat terrain. I couldn't back the dragon up any further on the base without it looking wrong (placing the dragon further back would have ended up meaning the two figures were opposite each other on the oval, which didn't look right.) I will still detail/paint it so that it doesn't look unfinished, but it is definitely the rear. In retrospect, I should have positioned my wall differently, but at the time I thought my dragon was going into a different place. My reasoning for it is this piece is that at my house, it will be sitting on a shelf where it can only be seen from the front side, but I'm wondering how that would affect it at RCon where it would be seen 360 degrees. I'm wondering if I might be better off putting a small Easter egg there. Oh, and that leads me to another question. What about details that hang over the edge of the base? One of my dragon's wings is going to hang over the side of the base, and I'll be building out a little bit of detail underneath that that will also hang over. I felt that would be more visually interesting than trying to contain the whole scene upon a larger base. Other than the issue of making the piece more fragile, is there any reason I shouldn't do this? ETA - thanks for your input.
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    Ittie Bittie Kitties...Again

    Most excellent - I will have to show this thread to my kitty crazy daughter.
  3. @Heisler Over on giyomuSan's WIP thread, you said: I have one I'm working on that includes 2 figures - a knight fighting a dragon. Based on this rule, it seems like I should add another figure, but that seems like it would detract from the story I'm trying to tell.
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    Kristof65's new painting/gaming area

    And my miniatures gaming table is finally done. Next up is putting everything away, building more terrain, and collaborating with my wife on a stained glass light shade for the lights I am mounting above the table. Oh yeah, and gaming.
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    Siri's Dragon Types

    Love your Dragons Siri!
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Mine arrived about 5 hours after I left on vacation. It was here waiting for me when I got back. Quite pleased. Between Bones, this and my 3d Printer, i think I'm set on dungeon scatter terrain for a long, long time.
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    Kristof65's new painting/gaming area

    got back from our trip yesterday, last day of vacation was today, so I used the day to work on the table top. Got multiple coats of Polycrylic applied today. Getting closer to being able to attached the tabletop.
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    Talae Upgrades His Office/Hobby Space

    You're moving pretty fast. I've been working on mine for 6 months!
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    Kristof65's new painting/gaming area

    Thanks. A few reasons for using MDF. One was cost of a smoothly finished panel. Another was the fact that the plywood was a maximum width of 48", and I knew that my back to back cabinets were slightly wider than that. And while I've had similar experiences with MDF, we played on unsealed MDF table tops for years in at my best friends house in the 90s with little issue. I've also got some decent experience in sealing it MDF from another project, plus MDF is used for laminated countertops all the time. I've already used 2 coats of oil based primer to seal it - including the edges under the oak trim, two coats of latex house paint on top of that, and that's being topped off with multiple coats of polycrylic. Finally, this table top will have a strict "no drinks anywhere near it" policy. There are plenty of areas nearby for people to put drinks out of the way. But honestly, that's more for protection of my terrain and miniatures than for the table top. You know that saying about when you have a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail? Well, yeah, for me, my 3d Printer has been the same thing - "I can print a solution!" I wasn't even going to try and find something premade that would work. I'll likely just grab some standard pegboard hooks, then design an adapter to snap them on with, and print that on my 3d printer. Completely custom - since acquiring the 3d printer, I've done similar things for other projects. But I think I will have a look at some of those gridwall hooks to give me a better idea of what I want to do.
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    Talae Upgrades His Office/Hobby Space

    That before picture won't seem so bad about 25% of the way in. At least not if you're anything like me - it always seems to get worse before it gets better whenever I attempt to organize anything.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    I got the shipping notice for mine, and it's going to be delivered about 8-10 hours after I leave for vacation.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    More plausible than many other conspiracy theories I've heard...
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    It sounds like Paizo may be doing exactly what WotC did with 4e - listening to a subset of very vocal fans.
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    Kristof65's new painting/gaming area

    Here's the next stage of my gaming/craft area - a custom table for miniatures gaming. I bought two unfinished 60" sink base cabinets, and finished them to match my painting desk. I also took off the front false drawer panels, and am working on converting them to real drawers. I put some 4x4s with furniture slides underneath the cabinets to act as feet, and then bolted them back to back. I had left the end finishing panels off because I was originally going to get fancy and do some designs using wood burning and colored stains, but I gave up trying to decide what those designs would be. So the end panels are currently in the garage getting stained and Polycrylic so I can attach them before I put the top on. On top of the cabinets will be a piece of 3/4" MDF cut to 4x6, and trimmed with 1/2 x 2" Oak finished to match the cabinets. The board isn't exactly 4x6 ft. The MDF I bought was really 49" wide, so I cut the top to 48.25 x 72.25", giving me a quarter inch of play, plus better matching the width of the two base cabinets bolted together. I'll be using some GeoHex like terrain I'm making myself for land forms, so I decided to paint the table top as water. When the terrain is on top of it, depending upon density and placement, it will make it look like streams/rivers and/or islands I just used some house paint I had left over from painting my office. When I was choosing paints for my office, I had picked up three different blues in sample sizes. The base coat of the table is the color I ultimately used on my office walls, and the other colors are the left over samples. My daughter (age 7) helped me sponge on the colors. I'm probably going to have to build her a play table so she can paint a table herself. The biggest thing that stunk about painting the MDF was having to prime it with an oil based primer so I could use the latex paint on it. I put the compass rose on there for some of the ship games I play, such as Pirates of the Spanish Main, Pirates!, and Galleys & Galleons. Figure it will make the games look more visually interesting, and provide a helpful place for a wind direction marker. I toyed with the idea of putting some magnets underneath it, but that would require yet another delay. My delay in assembling everything right now is putting the Polycrylic on the table top. I toyed with the idea of using some of that pour on countertop resin, but I'm already over budget on this project, and my wife would likely hurt me if I asked for $150 more it when I already have a gallon of Polycrylic. So one coat down, and another 5-6 to go. I was hoping to be done with taht before we left on vacation, but I don't think I'm going to make it now.