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I painted a mini for a BattleMech that has a laser weapon.  Does that count?  (Doesn't glow though.)  It was already assembled and primed but no paint was applied until Friday evening.

Definitely counts. Is BattleMech different from BattleTech?

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On 7/14/2017 at 1:58 PM, TGP said:

 

Weekend Questions: July 14/15/16...

Forget unlikely Sci-Fi things like phasers, what do you think near-future weapons advances will consist of?

 

Sci-Fi minis and models, do you have any? How many? (answers may use goblin, elven, wizardish, or Arabic maths; we're not picky.)

 

Bonus Quest: (to complete by the 16th) paint something that looks like it has a Zap-beam, Death-ray, Phazer-bank, etc. 

Double bonus: make it look like it glows somehow. 

 

 

Future weapons:

 

Drones and mass surveillance. I foresee some countries conscripting autistics into intelligence services to find hidden things in satellite and surveillance data. There's already more surveillance data than can be analyzed by traditional methods and machine learning combined. Which will lead to strange and unique methods for defeating mass facial recognition software: weird hairstyles, body mods, fiber optic jewelry, cyberpunk fashion finally happens in real life. It's the Shadowrun future!

 

Oh, you meant weapons against hostile powers, not a country's own civilians? Ah. Sorry. There you're looking at the fading of conventional warfare and the rise of cyberwarfare. Bots, AIs, trojans, viruses. Also EMPs. Mertvaya ruka will not be impressed, she might just launch missiles to get people to shut up.

 

Sci Fi Models:

 

I found this box of Star Trek ships while unpacking. Also I have an Aquan Prime fleet for Firestorm Armada. People are trying to get me into Star Wars X-Wing so I have access to a communal bookshelf of Star Wars ships, dunno if that counts.

 

Painting Challenge:

 

Nope. I'm still unpacking from the move. My painting table is covered in stuff.

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A battlemech (big robot) is what you use to play Battletech (the game). I got into it just after they had to change the name from Battledroids because Lucas didn't like it. Sad part is I only own a few mech models because I was a poor kid then. Keep thinking I should buy one of the new boxes with the plastic mechs but not sure if I really want to get back into it.

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

Definitely counts. Is BattleMech different from BattleTech?

To expand on what @Zink said, a BattleMech is a type of unit in BattleTech, like, for example, a warjack is a type of unit in Warmachine.  There are different kinds of BattleMechs with their own properties and appearances.  The mini I finished painting is an Uller (or Kit Fox, depending on your faction and how much you care) painted in the colors of Clan Diamond Shark's Gamma Galaxy ("dark green color scheme with blue and silver accenting").  


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Ok, so mass painting didn't happen but I did finish the test figure for all the Space Marines I just finished assembling. I haven't sealed it yet nor have I decided on how I want to do the base.  Here it is though in it's almost finished state.

 

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On 7/14/2017 at 10:58 AM, TGP said:

 

Weekend Questions: July 14/15/16...

Forget unlikely Sci-Fi things like phasers, what do you think near-future weapons advances will consist of?

 

Sci-Fi minis and models, do you have any? How many? (answers may use goblin, elven, wizardish, or Arabic maths; we're not picky.)

 

Bonus Quest: (to complete by the 16th) paint something that looks like it has a Zap-beam, Death-ray, Phazer-bank, etc. 

Double bonus: make it look like it glows somehow. 

 

Part one: no idea. I'm hoping they figure out magitech soon though.

 

Part two: um, 20? :unsure:

 

Bonus part: did not do.

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Question for July 15: Does Warmachine count as Science Fiction?

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That is: Warmachine®, the game, from Privateer Press, with the clanky, stompy, steam-puffin' robots (called Warjacks in the gameverse).

 

Credit to @Gargs for suggesting today's question. 

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2 hours ago, TGP said:

Question for July 15: Does Warmachine count as Science Fiction?

I know nothing if the seemingly voluminous literature behind Games Workshop's ridiculously expensive minis. 

 

Well, okay, I know they have a thing for space marines. And that they seem to hate their fans (judging by the complaints).

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I'm a idiot.
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1 minute ago, redambrosia said:

I know nothing of the seemingly voluminous literature behind Games Workshop's ridiculously expensive minis.

Happily Warmachine® is a totally different franchise from an entirely different enterprise. 

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4 minutes ago, TGP said:

Happily Warmachine® is a totally different franchise from an entirely different enterprise. 

:cough: Indeed. Yes, I see. :consults the google: The privateer press thing? Wouldn't the question then be, is steampunk sci-fi?

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4 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

:cough: Indeed. Yes, I see. :consults the google: The privateer press thing? Wouldn't the question then be, is steampunk sci-fi?

That would (or might) be a more General form of the question. So related questions:

 

...for July 15: Does Warmachine count as Fantasy rather than pure Steam Punk?

 

...for July 15: Does all Steam Punk count as a subset of Science Fiction?

 

 

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