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Rob Dean

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  1. I’ve got a similar goal, helped along by the fact that my latest computer operating system upgrade finally eliminated my ability to play Civilization 4, so I have no games on my computer. There are still forums to read, etc., but so far it’s resulted in a lot of book reading rather than minis painting. My other overarching year goal is to keep the painting desk cleaner; if it’s more inviting to sit down and work, more should get done. For January, I need to work on the French Revolution, and I’d like to work on my retro-Middle Earth project, and the 1/72 scale Portable Fantasy project. Three is really already too many to use the word “concentrate”, but that’s what I feel like doing now. By the 31st it will probably change...
  2. ...and all based and ready to go. The next three units (2 dozen more goblins and a dozen “true orc” archers) got cleaned and are being primed.
  3. Well, that took rather longer than expected: Here are those figures from September, finally tacked to their bases. I hope to get all the way to the final varnish coat today... That clears the desk of this project for the moment, so I expect to get back to scraping and filing sometime today, and perhaps spray some primer; at least by the weekend.
  4. I can’t type 60 words per minute at the best of times, so jamming for that cause shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, I did get a case with it, in nice shape other than being pretty musty, so I need to decon it a bit. I was amazed to find that the ribbons (black and black/red, at least) appear to be readily available on the big river, so we’ll see if I can get the colors to work. The positioner attached to that lever seems to be doing what it is supposed to do. I went off to college in 1978 with a Smith-Corona electric portable which didn’t need to be struck so forcefully, so the strength need to whack the keys is going to take some work as well as some calibration. I feel like old secretaries must have been able to crack walnuts with their fingers after a lifetime of that, but, realistically, they probably had a special category of repetitive stress injuries...
  5. Although I took my portable painting kit with me on our Christmas trip, it didn’t get used. Assuming that I don’t finish anything today or tomorrow, which seems likely as my first hobby priority is to clean off my desk rather than paint, that leaves me with a rather modest 6 figure 1/72 scale archer stand and a Bones rogue for December, which is somewhat better than a slap in the face with a dead fish. For the year, scattered across at least 6 projects, it looks like I did about 98 25/28mm figures, 51 1/72 scale figures, and 18 40mm figures. Apparently I’ll do anything to avoid painting horses, since only a handful of the 1/72s were mounted (or a horse-drawn cart). That ends up being about 1 tabletop figure every two days, which doesn’t sound that bad, really, but the distribution was by no means anywhere near that regular. Next year’s resolution: Do more better.
  6. Well, we’re back home after the road trip to Michigan. It was a good year; my parents were glad to have the whole family together. There was endless feasting, and I’m almost ready for some fasting to make up for it, but that will wait until we go back to work on the 6th to get too serious. Today is the recovery day, with laundry and some grocery shopping as the main goals, but I also need to start clearing my hobby desk so that I can actually get something done again. As mentioned in Acquisitions, I had a large box of siege equipment waiting for me when I got home, and a castle kit arrived just before we left, so 1/72 scale fantasy warfare is about to step up from raids and get to seizing and holding some terrritory...if I can build the pieces.
  7. I was back to the ancestral home in Michigan for Christmas, and had time for one miniatures game. My brother had been wanting to play Chaosium’s 1978 Perilous Encounters, so we borrow a table from Pandemonium Games in Garden City for the afternoon on Monday. I brought two boxes of appropriately vintage miniatures which don’t see action often enough... Unfortunately, we think that we have a good idea of why this game is not remembered. There were some serious peculiarities with monsters/heroes, and with morale, so I don’t suppose that we will be rewriting them to our satisfaction. At that point it would be easier to play the old Heritage Knights and Magick rules which we used since 1980. Still, it was good to see these veterans on the table. Here, my McEwan lizards ridden by early Ral Partha riders advance against my brother’s Heritage Lord of the Rings cavalry, supported by a handful of Broadsword rangers on foot.
  8. We got home yesterday evening after a week-long visit with my parents. My older son and his wife made the road trip with us, and my brother drove up to Michigan from Indiana. My younger son is already in the area, for grad school. So we acquired lots of good memories. Also, though, when I got home I was very pleased to find that a package delivered on Thursday was still on my porch, containing: That’s three sets of rams, two of smaller artillery, a trebuchet and a siege tower, in 1/72. The 2020 goals include siege actions in 1/72 scale fantasy, and I can stop watching the Bay of Ease for this stiff now, at least until this lot is built and painted. Also in the accumulated mail was a small package with The Quest of Thane Tostig, a little 1977 set of fantasy rules (rather specific to a single scenario) sold along with the figures from Minot’s Miniature Armory. I’ve managed to assemble a set of those, including all the personalities. I suspect the building will be more entertaining than the playing, otherwise they wouldn’t be so obscure. I also had a retro impulse when visiting Ann Arbor on Friday, and came home with a 1938/9 Smith-Corona Silent portable typewriter, in good working order. I expect to puzzle the young people with considering why the # and @ are on a machine that has no Internet capability. Happily, the manual was findable online; there are quite a few levers and settings that have become less intuitive since I last typed on a regular basis, around 1981 or so.
  9. Not this year...I have two sons and a brother who are in the hobby, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility, but I certainly didn’t ask for anything this year. I gave miniatures rules to the sons this year, so it wasn’t a hobby-free Christmas.
  10. I haven’t used any of those companies, but I’ll pass that along when I see him again later this morning...
  11. My son’s traditional hand-drawn watercolor cards were genre-bending this year; Frosty the classic Greek snowman and ringwraith in Whoville were stellar this year...
  12. Merry Christmas (or generic non-sectarian winter festival of your choice) to all! I do hope that those of you with difficult families will reach a place of peace; I’m grateful for another year together with my own parents, now both in their 80s. This year we have my brother, both of my sons, and my new daughter-in-law, who was kind enough to leave her own ancestral festivities to join us.
  13. Things being what they are, I’m giving geeky presents to my sons this year, but don’t expect anything along those lines. However, we had a little time yesterday between Christmas activities, and took a field trip to the Michigan Toy Soldier Company, where I picked up a newly released box of 1/72 scale centaurs from Red Box/Dark Alliance, and a few other things to thicken up the painting waiting list for my 1/72 scale Portable Fantasy Campaign.
  14. The figure? No, although I have one waiting, who is expected to be part of my Winter Festival Village someday. The day? Not this year, but sometimes. I have stayed at my aunt’s house the past couple of years, and am usually up well before anyone else, so I have my travel paint kit. I brought 1/72 fantasy/medieval figures this year, but haven’t been making any progress. No, not that either, although my stocking from Reaper this year included Santa, so we’ll see...
  15. If you could pick out a subgroup that looked distinguishable, 12 would allow you both a hearthguard and a warrior unit...
  16. Go for 2 more... Dragon Rampant, in particular, likes cavalry in 6s, and even as one unit, 12 gives you more formation options.
  17. So, here we are at mid-month plus. Fantasy Solstice Festival Village got shelved for another year. I finished a handful of 1/72 plastics and a single Bones rogue early in the month, but Christmas preparations took over after that. I did actually do the necessary greenstuff work on *1* 40mm French Revolution cavalryman, so that goal is non zero. But, now I am off for the rest of the month to use up all my use-or-lose vacation time, so I expect that there is more to come. Probably 1/72s...
  18. It should; I usually use this with handfuls of 1/72 scale soft plastics rather than Bones, but the mold release should work the same way. Boil them once cleaned, if necessary.
  19. Put them in a closed container with surfactant (ie soap) and shake them up periodically for a couple of days. Change the water if it is partially working...
  20. We managed to get most of them packed into gift packages before we adjourned, but, yeah, a little out of hand this year. We used something more than 15 pounds of flour and 8 pounds of butter... But having done about as much Christmas as I can handle already, I’m ready to get back to painting.
  21. My son and his wife came up this weekend; when we were done with the baking we had ~90 dozen cookies in 14 varieties. (“Marzipan cookie” strawberries not shown here.) Between us we had done 6 in advance, so 8 in two days, cut a little short by a Ghost Archipelago game on Saturday morning.
  22. She’ll look fine at tabletop ranges, and the pink part came out well. Personally, for lining around the hand in the back and so forth, I’d have gone with something a little less contrasting, more like you lined the neckline with on the front of the figure.
  23. Now I need to build the ones from the first set, and the Halflings expansion...
  24. So reducing the picture size has left the actual minis pretty hard to see. Any interest in closer up shots? I was interested to note that I don’t get distracted by the differences in depiction across the companies too much en masse; the use of related color schemes ties them together more than I expected...
  25. What I usually do before adding foliage, which will certainly do a lot toward rendering the integral bases inconspicuous, is to fill the rest of the base with white glue and sand. The glue holds the sand in place, and the sand doesn’t shrink when it dries. Then add the foliage...
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