30 April 2007

April 2007 in review

1. Projects line-up re-arranged

2. Tested undiluted white gesso as primer (might need to be diluted slightly)

3. Back into EQ2

4. Finally bought some minis!!!

I'm hoping to keep to a minimum the amount of 'stuff' on the painting table. I would like to keep one unit from each project and one terrain project on the table, with all excess going into a nearby storage bin. So far, so good, but how long will that last?


29 April 2007

Tekumel, the first steps

Well, now I'm quite jazzed up. I received an e-mail from Rob at Eureka Miniatures USA, letting me know that my first Tekumel minis were finally in and on their way to me. These are the first minis that I have purchased for 12 months!


Projects: status report

OK. This is a summary of where everything is now...

Painting table - I am finally to the point where the table can actually be used for painting!

Mini project #1: Tau (40K) - Still in boxes from the move. Now that the painting table is ready, I'm going to unload one unit and get it on the table.

Mini project #2: Reptus (Warlord) - These are going to stay in their box for now. The unopened blisters will be sold off. The ones that I have started will most likely be finished sometime in the distant future.

Mini project #3: Renaissance - This project is in a state of flux. I love the pageantry of the period, but I am torn between the many ways it could be represented. Part of me wants to keep it historical, and part of me wants to make an Empire force for Warhammer Fantasy. I am even now entertaining thoughts about using 15mm, especially for the historical bent. I do know that, if I go the route of Warhammer, I will be using Old Glory historical minis as proxies for the expensive GW minis.

Computer gaming: World of Warcraft has been replaced by our return to Everquest2. And, we are having a lot of fun so far even though we are starting from scratch without much coin or equipment. One of the biggest problems with EQ2 - tradeskills - has been greatly simplified, and the continuing slide of WoW into universal PvP (player vs. player) is a turn-off.

Hot new topic: Tekumel, the Empire of the Petal Throne - This is replacing Warlord in the mini line-up. The launch of the great new line of 28mm minis from Eureka Miniatures - link - really has me jazzed. I was able to find excellent copies of two of the Tekumel novels - Man of Gold and Flamesong - for reasonable prices. I first read these novels 20+ years ago in college, and brought some of the other gaming-related pamphlets also. I do not remember what fate became them; they probably were lost during the divorce. Much of the printed items are still available, of course for a premium price! I do want to find the pamphlets that covered the armies of the period, for they contain painting guides for those units.


27 April 2007


Once again, I have been remiss in posting. Hmmm, what can I say... I've been busy.

Things, they are a'changin here.

First off, we have moved back to EQ2. Both of us were tired of the recent change to the realms that made all NPCs targets, without penalty. If we wanted to play on a PvP realm we would not have picked a RPG realm. Simple as that. And it is really frustrating to find that the quest NPCs (and all of the others) have been killed by some bored chump.

Second, because of our switch to EQ2, I've been on the computer more than usual. So, the painting table has been sorted out much more slowly than expected.

Third, after Reaper's latest change to their packaging of miniatures, the Warlord project is most likely being abandoned.

I am going to post here more often. No, really, I mean it this time! I do need to get the idea of a pic-filled blog out, and just start posting...


01 April 2007

March 2007 in review

Big changes this month really had an impact on the rate of progress of my projects. Fortunately, I have found one of the mounts for a lamp for the table! It is not my usual lamp, but it works and will be used.

There is also another big change in the works... When GW finally came out with their new 'newest' Wood Elves army book, Feawin (my wife) took a liking to it, since she is all about elves and stuff. She also has been looking to collect an Elven force for Reaper's Warlord game, and has a few minis for that. Well, yesterday, I purchased a copy of the Wood Elves book for her. Now, whether an army for Warhammer Fantasy comes out of that, I do not know, but it does have strategic implications. First, I have definitely decided to mount my Renaissance minis singly to 'Warhammer' standards so they could spar off against her force and the armies my sons are collecting. Second, I'll need to coax her into collecting proper minis for the Wood Elves - she prefers the elves produced by Tom Meier and Thunderbolt Mountain to the GW minis. They are nicer and less expensive. We will need to hunt around for the more specialized minis for the army.

GW has opened two new stores in my area, making a total of five. One of these is in the neighborhood that my sons live in, and they are regulars down there now. My youngest (code name Vahll) has taken up collecting a Dark Angels force for 40K and a Vampire Counts army for WFB. Taeklonn (previously known as 'No. 2 son') is still hard at work on: Black Templars, Orks, Thousand Sons, and now Eldar for 40K, and Dwarves for WFB. I'm glad I'm not footing the bill for those armies!!! (other than the occasional gift)

Now, I'm going to finish with some boring stats. I'm hoping that by keeping a record of important stats I will be more motivated to continue making progress.

Minis purchased: 0
Minis painted: 0
Minis sold: 0

(the 'Minis Sold' part is only important in the fact that much of my budget is going to be funded by the transfer of other parts of my collection into the hands of those desiring to purchase them (mercenaries if you will!))