Friday, January 22, 2016

Life is a Highway

Prototype of a paved, two-lane highway :

Made from black foam sheet.  I scrubbed on some gray craft paint and carefully painted the line. Not too bad for freehand, eh? Not really...I used a straight edge ruler as a guide and then went back over it with a Sharpie pen. Once again, good enough for government work.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Finished Bridge

I was a bad boy today. Instead of working on syllabi and other equally exciting stuff, I stayed home and finished the last bridge.  There were plenty of house chores to be done, and if it wasn't raining for much of the day, I would have done some needed outdoor work  (it got up to about 50°F today).

Here it is:

South African Samil trucks from Scotia Grendel 
View of other side with river segments added
Of the three, I am the least happy with this one only because one side warped. It was probably due to the air dry clay, but it didn't warp the previous bridge. But, it's not awful like those hexagonal river segments turned out. I also managed to knock out several more dirt roads. 

Here are the three together :

Papa Bridge,  Momma  Bridge, and Baby Bridge
I am done with bridges for the foreseeable future.  Now, I need to get some paved road segments done and maybe a few more dense forests.  I move ever closer to the day of battle!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

One More Bridge and More Forest

Backstory: I didn't realize it until finished but the last bridge I built was for a wider river section...did you hear this story already? No matter.  I bought a nice truss bridge from GHQ, but it's for a much narrower river. So, I set forth building my own. I made a template in a drawing program that was a lengthened version of the GHQ bridge. I was going to be ambitious and make it out of styrene strips. After much cursing and superglue everywhere but where it was supposed to be,  I said fiddle it, glued the template onto thin cardboard, and carefully cut it out with an Xacto knife. I glued glued styrene strips to the top and bottom and declared it done. Here it is so far:

Good enough for government work. I'll post another picture when it's all done.

Onto forests. I made my next big forest using the same technique but this time with  1" roofing nails for trunks. Its the bigger of the two in the box:
Box O Trees

I slathered the nails with caulk and the points stick into the ground to try to make them less obvious.  To me, they turned out ok, but a little thicker than I wanted. I suppose I could try thinner nails, but I might as well use the dowels.

Something that I noticed that bothers me is that the flocking of some of my trees have turned a sickly pale much like what happens to  broccoli when you leave it in the refrigerator too long. My models and terrain stuff are stored by a window, but these trees are in boxes and I have a bunch of trees for my 15mm games that are totally exposed to the light and show no discoloration, so it can't be due to UV light. I am not sure why this happened.  Any thoughts?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Thoughts for 2016

Good-bye 2015, hello 2016.

I can't say I'll miss 2015 too much, particularly the later part. It was not my most productive year. I had a bunch of big plans, but few got realized.

For 2016, my main focus will be on my modern microarmor campaign. Its been my main focus for quite some time, but I want to sprint to the finish. My goal is to get all scenery done to have my first land battle by end of January and have some sort of solo rules in place for land, sea, and air battles around that time.

Additionally, I plan to cut down on spending. Much of my spending last year went to rules...enough already with the rules! Unless GHQ finally comes out with the M103 heavy tank, I have no real plans to buy any figures for the foreseeable future. I've even been toying with the idea of selling some lead on ebay, but that is just a hard paradigm for me to shift to.

The end of the old year and beginning of the new year is a time of reflection. I have been rethinking my various projects. I have not done anything with the 15mm sci-fi for awhile. Do I want to continue it? That might be the first to sell off, at least the unpainted ones. Same goes with my post-apocalyptic/zombie/sci-fi/whatever 28mm skirmish game.  My15mm fantasy is a sacred cow, but I do have a lot of unpainted that I really don't need. Naval gaming keeps calling me, but with he exception of buying GQ III, I've been holding that at bay. Starting up either ACW or AWI keeps popping into my head, but like a temperature convection cell, they rise to the top, cool down, and then sink back to the bottom.

For too many years I've made big promises and plans to accomplish X, Y, and Z but then it ends up that I'm lucky to have gotten X done. I will see what unfolds and be content with what is accomplished.