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Rob Dean

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  1. My club is planning a Renaissance tank game extravaganza next year; I ended up buying a handful of Warlord landsknecht sprues in their recent sale, so we’ll see whether putting multipart plastics together works for me this time...
  2. I don’t know about cost, but it would give the siege engines a target. Some siege engine crews would make sense... I bumped my pledge up today to a level above what I need to get all the stuff I want, being pretty saturated, but I trust additional fun stuff will show. I’m in for that notional ship, for sure...
  3. One of the other club members has been running a monthly Saga session at one of the FLGSs, and I finally made it out to one today. We had three players altogether, so we did two sessions of a scenario involving a falling-out among three bands of raiders over the division of loot. I'd have to check my log, but my Dark Ages (Saxon/Viking/Norman) figures haven't been on the table in a couple of years, so I was glad to have them out.
  4. Yes, my package arrived yesterday as well. As usual, they look great--I'm just so saturated with miniatures at the moment that I don't know what I would have done with more of them...
  5. I'm off to a decent start this morning; bread is kneaded and is rising...
  6. Do we have a castle yet? Did we get some clue as to the really big thing out of yesterday’s show? With all the siege equipment, I’m wondering whether a castle might be somewhere on the horizon...
  7. Well, that’s good enough...as in, that’s sufficient information to remind me to steer clear. While it looks great, and they did manage to scrape together a good booth set-up for Gencon, so did the table company. Discretion is the better part of valor...
  8. I played in a demo session; game play seems plausible enough. My main concern is that the production seems exceedingly ambitious, and I am wondering what the likelihood of Kickstarter fulfillment meltdown is. I’m still smarting from a table project that went toxic about two years back and disappeared with $800+ of my money...
  9. At least we now have evidence that shipping might occur. This is the first Stonehaven since Gnomes where I haven’t been all in.
  10. So, after backing Bones 1-4, I’m feeling pretty saturated. If the Kickstarter were ending today, I’d probably be in for paint, the troll bridge, and the townsfolk. I am still looking forward to the teased Greek mythological expansion. Is it bad of me to hope that it will NOT include hoplite dinosaurs? That said, as usual, the Core would be a pretty good looking set for a starting DM/GM. I’m almost tempted to pick one up and do a Chris Palmer-style paint-through of the whole thing, and then run a 5e game using only the bits. As that would take us out to 2023 sometime, who knows...
  11. The GM behind the wooden figures is Matt Kirkhart, and his presentations are more amazing each year. Last year he did a dungeon crawl featuring the idol from the AD&D Player’s Handbook:
  12. Last month I said I wanted to: Do *something* French Revolution related Finish 4 1/72 scale spearmen needed to base up the last units for one of my campaign armies Work on some vintage Middle Earth stuff  This month I STILL need to: Do *something* French Revolution (besides casting, which I did get done) Finish the blasted 1/72 spearmen Finish a unit of 8 Romano-British spearmen in 25mm home cast Paint some 28mm urban fantasy figures Continue the vintage Middle Earth project; I have 8 orcs and a dozen goblins primed 
  13. Well, it looks like I ended up finishing a group of 7 vintage orcs, and a group of 16 home cast Saxons, for a respectable month. Unfortunately, I still didn’t get back to work on the 40mm French Revolution. I have the first four of a unit of eight Romano-British done (to oppose the Saxons), but they only go into the logbook when based and varnish...so presumably October. That stray Foundry Norman should get based up as well. He’s been on a painting stick and primed since 1998 or so...
  14. Our club is running Barrage, now a two day convention for the second year. Here a group, including Chris Palmer at lower left, are playing a 54mm medieval skirmish game.
  15. Generally speaking, adjusting the subsidy rates seems like a rational idea; quitting the UPU seemed like a massive headache in a globalized world... (And did I mention before, as a stamp collector I felt like I was probably one of the few people around who’d ever heard of the UPU when this first blew up?)
  16. A little antimony in the alloy helps—it expands slightly on cooling, so helps fill the molds better.
  17. This was a good one. My elder son’s wedding started the fun off the 6th of July. We all (brother, SO, both sons) made it to Gencon at the end of July/beginning of August, and I made it ‘home’ for a visit with my parents at the end of August, having just seen them at the wedding. This last weekend of summer, I met with two work colleagues yesterday to do a little biking on the DC bicycle trail system, which we’ve been attempting to schedule for two years. (52 miles; I’m just a little stiff in a few places this morning.)
  18. I spent lunches last week on these two stands of Saxons for the Osprey Game Dux Bellorum, in which each stand is a unit on its own. All of the figures are home cast, mostly Prince August with a few spearmen from Dutkins Collectables. For the Saxon army, I'm doing it all with home cast figures, partly as an excuse for having the molds, partly as an artistic challenge. Practically speaking, there's probably more individualization and detail work than is actually necessary for a mass tabletop unit, but I like to err on the extra side...
  19. So, I have had a digression for two weeks while I worked on some historical Saxons for Arthurian games, but I finally got as far as filing and washing the next dozen goblins, and 8 more scruffy true orcs. That should give me two dozen of the latter all individually based, a convenient number for RPGs and two 12-figures units for Dragon Rampant. My intention is to do a little warpaint on the swordsmen, like the last batch.
  20. Pencils, pens, notebooks and other office supplies. I’m 58, and still not safe to leave in an office supply store... I used to love the Bic 4-color pens; my early dungeons were always done in blue ink with black crosshatch in stone sections and red numbers. Green? Slime... These days my writing implement of choice is a Uni Jetstream 4-color pen PLUS 0.5mm mechanical pencil.
  21. So, at the mid-month check in, I have finished all the Minifig “Mythical Earth” orcs I had primed, but haven’t gotten the next units filed and primed. I’ve gotten distracted by working on some home cast barbarians to be early Saxons which were ready to paint. I should have them based up this week and be ready to grab the next thing, whatever that turns out to be.
  22. http://junkyardplanet.blogspot.com/2013/03/an-introduction-to-nurd.html?m=1 My son has been fiddling with these rules for a good while, it seems. This blog post has a link to the rules on Google Docs. (And yes, parents, it’s every bit as nice as you would suppose to have a child actively involved in the hobby...)
  23. I'll have to ask him how shareable it is right now. The gist of it is that everything is in terms of unit cohesion points; your unit has a series of options each turn, with variable costs in cohesion points from 0 to whatever (say 4), and you can do combinations (say move and attack), but a combinations cost twice the sum of the individual moves. Damage from an attack is inflicted in cohesion points as well, so the skill/strategy is to burn your own cohesion carefully to cause things to happen at the decisive moment. The upside is that each unit's options are clearly laid out on a card; the downside is that one has to create these cards. I think he's hand-creating them now; no formulas...
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