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About kristof65

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    Captain of the Sky Pirates
  • Birthday 03/12/65

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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. Kristof65s Tycho AFV

    And with the silver undercoat
  2. Kristof65s Tycho AFV

    Final coat of primer for the Tycho, and a coat of Brown Liner for the Sarge and his old legs. The Tycho will be getting a light coat of silver or aluminum (depends on which colors I can find at the local Ben Franklin), followed by a coat of blue. The idea is to selectively pick away/sand/remove patches of the blue to reveal the silver underneath.
  3. Kristof65s Tycho AFV

    3rd round of sanding done. As you can see, I've sanded almost all of the black off. Where it's left is highlighting two types of spots - 1. Where it's hard to reach and 2. Where the black is filling low spots. My son asked what I was going to do with the Sarge's legs, and I joked that I was going to paint them up like the cowboy villain at the end of that cheesy 80's movie Timerider. He, of course, didn't get the reference because 80s movies are ancient history to most 14 year olds these days. Once I explained that the cowboy gets chopped up by the rotor of a helicopter, he said I had to do it. So I guess that's what I'm going to do with them. Here I have suitably chopped up the stumps.
  4. Kristof65s Tycho AFV

    Primed black, getting ready for another round of sanding.
  5. vehicle highlighting

    On the subject of camouflage, I think it's biggest modern day/future use is most likely going to be to misidentification, particularly in terms of intelligence gathering. If you're using untrained or civilian sources, or having to do long range and/or quick "drive by" surveillance, some clever camo can make it a lot harder to identify exactly what your enemy has. Sure, you may identify right off the bat they have 50 tanks gathering in a staging area, but it might take longer to determine what kind of tanks those 50 are. In a fluid and fast paced combat environment, you go for every micro advantage you can get. That's why car makers are using it - it doesn't stop the spy photos, but it slows down the reporters talking about their new cars:
  6. Kings of War: Vanguard

    that ice elemental ALMOST tempted me.
  7. Kristof65s Tycho AFV

    Here's what it looks like after a round of priming and sanding. The primer I used (Rustoleum Sandable Primer) is pretty much the same color as the PLA plastic it was printed in, so visually, it doesn't look all that different than my previous WiP pic. But it is a lot smoother than it was. I've decided that my next coat of primer will be black, so that there is a more pronounced difference when I sand. I realized as I was working on this last night that I haven't painted a vehicle for 28mm minis in over a decade. And the last time that I did, I just threw colors on it. So not only will this one be my first one in a while, but it will be the first one ever that I've tried to do any sort of weathering or highlighting/shading on. I am painting it for table top, though, so don't expect anything too spectacular. For example, right now, the pictures highlight a lot of things I'd have to address if I were painting for competition, but it actually looks pretty darn good from two feet away.
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Thanks Zink and Shadowraven. Besides hoping for good karma, I'm also treating this like a test run for the drive to ReaperCon next year.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Right now, I'm lamenting that my RAV4 doesn't get over 20MPG, especially when pulling a trailer. Next week I am driving down to Dallas to help a friend of ours pack up and move to Detroit. Her husband walked out on her with his mistress. Not only that, but he hid money, cleaned out their bank account, and failed to pay the rent for months, so that they were evicted. Packed up his stuff, left and texted her with basically "I'm not coming back, BTW, you're being evicted." So I'm going to make a 2600 mile round trip to help her get to her brother's house, so she can start a new life. That's a lot of gas at 20Mpg - but still less than a plane ticket and moving truck.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    One of the nice things about my job is that because it's a niche industry, not only am I on a first name basis with most of the people that I do tech support for, but that many times, they will need more of my time and attention than I have to give and they have few other choices for good help. Most of them realize that, or learn pretty fast that they have to be reasonable, if not nice, otherwise they find themselves bumped down the queue. I understand that people get upset, and I understand and can sympathize with some level of frustration. Everybody gets mad at some point. What I won't stand for is bad behavior repeatedly. One of my favorite customers is a guy who ripped me a new one one day, in a bout of frustration. I was pretty pissed from that encounter at first, but 20 minutes later, he called back and seriously apologized. We worked through his problem, and he re-apologized for that for like the next 5-6 times I had to talk to him. We now know each other well enough that we can tell when things are getting testy at the other end, and take steps to defuse the situation. He's a good guy, he just had a bad day, and he felt bad about it. He's one of the few customers of my client who has my direct line these days. The ones that really piss me off, though, are the ones who do that over and over, never apologize and then still act like they're entitled to my time. Had a guy a couple months ago who went off on my client's dispatcher over the billable status of a call I did (self inflicted problem on out of warranty equipment). He went off on her over that, and left her so pissed off she went home for the day. It wasn't the first time he'd gone off over something, he'd done it to me before. It was the last straw though, and he was told by my client's CEO that he'd have to direct all inquiries through his nearest distributors, both of which are over a fifty miles away. So now instead of getting tech support for simple problems, he has to schedule a service call with a distributor, which means he has to pay a trip charge and minimum service charge for ANYTHING he wants done. The real kicker is that I found out after my client sent the letter to him and the distributors about his black list status is that he has pissed off both the distributors in the same manner. Which means that he'll probably have to use a third distributor, who's over a hundred miles away. If he pisses that guy off, the next ones he can use are 400 and 600 miles away respectively. Most of them don't get that bad - they get relegated to email only tech support for awhile. It's hard to yell over email.
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    It helps that I get to work in a home office far removed from the fools I have to deal with. There has been more than one occasion where I've hung up the phone after talking to one of these people and yelled obscenities at the phone until I feel better. So far I've managed to actually hang up every time, too.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Oh don't even get me started on that site owner. That's exactly how we (the distributor and I) explained it to him, and he agreed, and asked us to write a quote for how much that would cost, including all new equipment. He got the quote, and said "OK." But when the time came to actually write the deposit check, he started waffling, and kept asking for multiple requotes that "remove just this part" until we eventually ended up at option 2. Which has already cost him 20% of the original full replacement quote for about 10% of the work. He's even wanted warranty coverage on a failed part AFTER he signed a document stating he was waiving warranty until the wiring was replaced. My distributor stresses out if you even mention the guy's name. Unfortunately for me, as the manufacturer's rep, I have to deal with the site no matter what fumble fingers the site owner finds to do the job. I FINALLY got permission from my client to only have to deal with the site if it's a) through the distributor, b) through email, and/or c) if the site owner agrees to fly me out to site. But that's part of my job, and after doing it for 15+ years, I know how to deal with them. That reminds me - I owe my distributor a Christmas present this year for dealing with the guy.
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I once had a boss (my best friend now) tell me "You should be glad people break stuff, it keeps you employed." That was 25 years ago, and I'm still not sure I agree. At least not on an emotional level.