August 31, 2005
green stuff casting

It is so simple, I can't believe it didn't occur to me. You can use greenstuff to make molds for shaping greenstuff.


Ahhh, Drunk Dwarves are funny.

Posted by illovich at 12:06 PM
August 25, 2005
Saint Demiana, Sistah of Bizattlle

Saint Demiana, the chaste and fighter virgin. If that doesn't qualify as a Sister of Battle inspiration link, then I don't know what.

God, I'm such a geek.

Posted by illovich at 04:08 PM
August 24, 2005
the Mayne point about painting

Mayne Thiele, a professional miniature painter (it's amazing to me that this exists, but cool) has a nice tips & tricks page on his website.

Posted by illovich at 10:49 PM
psyched for greenstuff

Games Workshop has a really nice Working With Green Stuff tutorial.

Green stuff, by the way, is actually Kneadatite, which is also known as Sculptors Epoxy Putty. It's the standard material for doing "conversions" of miniatures. Which is cool. I think my favorite tip in the GW tutorial is the making purity seals page.

Posted by illovich at 10:47 AM
August 18, 2005
what makes people gay?

What Makes People Gay?

I know it matters, I guess. If we really know the answer, then a lot of people on one side or another will have to shut up, largely. And probably it will be nice to have the little extra peace and quiet.

But on the other hand, isn't the real question whether or not people are allowed to do what they want to do, no matter the root cause? I mean, I want to be married to my wife, not because I feel like I have to be married, but because I want to be with her at the exclusion of any other possible options.

I don't even really care about being married, per se. I mean, it's nice and all. The small celebration we had for family and friends was lovely, and it was a nice ceremony. But being married is really secondary--even tertiary--to being able to live with her the way that makes us happy.

Which ends up being the point for me with any "gay" issue. The real issue is whether or not in the 21st Century people really have the freedom to do what they want to do (assuming an ethic of social responsibility, i.e. that your actions don't do some sort of measurable harm to others).

Posted by illovich at 11:51 AM
as if I didn't know it already...

spelling mistakes cost lives.


Posted by illovich at 11:25 AM
August 14, 2005
Latin Notes

For my Warhammer Army, total fluff. Utterly geeky. Move along, lest ye be blinded by my proclivities.

From: Carl Schmitt, the Inquisition, and Totalitarianism

"This he compares to the Latin motto noted by Goethe in Dichtung und Wahrheit, “nemo contra deum nisi deus ipse”—only a god can oppose a god."

Tertullian: De praescriptione haereticorum (On the prescription of heretics).

Heresy has the following characteristics:

* Heresy, he proclaimed, like persecution, tests men's faith.(2.8,3.6,4.5)
* It was predicted by Christ, and condemned by Paul, who uttered a warning against philosophy and vain deceits.(4.1ff, 6.1ff)
* It is caused by boundless and unfettered curiosity.(8.1ff)
* The heretic, therefore, can be easily discovered: since he seeks endlessly without ever finding, he must always try to doubt the 'regula fidei' which genuine Christians believe without question.(12.5f)

Tertullian's argument relies on two texts and a definition: 'seek and you will find' (Mt. 7.7), 'Your faith has saved you' (Lk. 18.42) and that 'faith' by definition means 'faith in something', and hence involves assent to a credal formula. Since the heretic still seeks, he cannot have found; since he has not found, he cannot believe; and if he does not believe, he is no Christian.(14.10)

From Latin Quotes, Latin Phrases, Latin Mottos and Latin Quotations at

Auribus teneo lupum - I hold a wolf by the ears. (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)

Aut vincere aut mori - Either conquer or die

Belua multorum es capitum - The people (Belua) are a many-headed beast

Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei - The heavens declare the glory of God

Congregatio de Propaganda Fide - Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem - It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)

Delenda est carthago - Carthage must be destroyed

Deus vult! - God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)

Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae - Cherish justice, o judges of the earth

Dulcius ex asperis - Through difficulty, sweetness

Dum excusare credis, accusas - When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)

Dura lex, sed lex - The law is harsh, but it is the law

Ense et aratro - With sword and plow. (citizen-soldier, one who serves in war and peace)

Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis - Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)

et Iesus dixit illi respice fides tua te salvum fecit - And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Exitus acta probat - The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus - Outside the Church [there is] No Salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)

Fax mentis incedium gloriae - The passion of glory is the torch of the mind

Fiat lux - Let there be light

Fiat volvntas tua - Let Thy will [be done] (Biblical)

Fidei defensor - Defender of the faith

Fides punica - Treachery. (Livy)

Fides quaerens intellectum - Faith seeking understanding

Fronti nulla fides - No reliance can be placed on appearance. (don't judge a book by its cover)

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo - The drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. (Ovid)

Imperium - Absolute power

In omnia paratus - Prepared for all things

Ite, misse est - Go, the Mass is finished

Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes - Our thoughts are free. (Cicero)

Liberate te ex inferis - Save yourself from hell

Magnus frater spectat te - Big Brother is watching you

Me iudice - I being judge; in my judgement

Memento mori - Remember that you will die

Mors ultima ratio - Death is the final accounting

Mortvi non mordant - Dead me don't bite; Dead men tell no tale

Nemo malus felix - No bad man is lucky. (Juvenal)

Nemo sine vitio est - No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)

Nihil declaro - I have nothing to declare

Omnes vulnerant, ultima necat - All (hours) wound, the last kills. (inscription on solar clocks)

Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum - Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)

Qvae nocent docent - Things that hurt, teach. School of Hard Knocks

Qvi bene amat bene castigat - Who loves well castigates well. Spare the rod and spoil the child

Salus populi suprema lex - The safety of the people is the supreme law. (Cicero)

Sic semper tyrannis - Thus always to tyrants - a statement often accompanying a regicide

Stultorum infinitus est numerus - Infinite is the number of fools. (Bible)

Transit umbra, lux permanet - Shadow passes, light remains (On a sun dial)

Uberrimae fidei - Of the utmost good faith

Ultima ratio regum - The final argument of kings

Vae victis! - Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)

Veritas Lux Mea - The truth enlightens me / The truth is my light

and some more....


a cruce salus - from the cross comes salvation

AMDG (ad maiorem Dei gloriam) - for the greater glory of God

Haereticus (Latin for The Heretic)

mortifera : deadly things
mortuus : dead, deceased, passed away, gone West, departed.

monachus : monk.
Monasteriense : Munster.
monasterium : monastery, abbey, convent.

militaris -e : of a soldier, military, martial.
miles militis : soldier, warrior, knight.

meretrix meretricis : prostitute, whore, harlot.

malum : evil, misfortune, misdeed, crime, injury, damage.
malus peior pessimus : bad, wicked, evil.

salve veritate - saving the truth
semper fidelis - always faithful
semper paratus - always be prepared

uberrima fides - utmost good faith
urbi et orbi - to the city and to the world

vae victis - woe to the conquered

verbatim et litteratim - word for word and letter for letter

(verbum sapienti sat est) - a word is enough to the wise
veritas nunquam perit - truth never dies
veritas vos liberabit - the truth will set you free
via - by way of
Via Crucis - the Way of the Cross
Via Dolorosa - the Way of Sorrow

vivat rex - long live the king

Posted by illovich at 10:56 AM
August 13, 2005
all your base are belong to DFD

Dragon Forge Design has a decent tutorial called Welcome to Base Work 101 which explains how to make high quality figure bases

Posted by illovich at 01:01 PM
August 11, 2005
totally me, yo

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

Congratulations! If your mission in life
is not already to preserve the English tongue,
it should be. You can smell a grammatical
inaccuracy from fifty yards. Your speech is
revered by the underlings, though some may
blaspheme and call you a snob. They're just
jealous. Go out there and change the world.

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Posted by illovich at 04:48 PM
Masami Teraoka's Art Theater

Masami Teraoka's Art Theatre is totally gorgeous, terrifying and hilarious. The work references well known paintings (Botticelli's Venus) or styles (Medieval Tryptichs) and incorporates modern body horror/splatter/S&M characters.

Posted by illovich at 11:40 AM
August 10, 2005
install java 5.0 on mac os x

Apple released Java 1.5/5.0 (whatever) a while ago, but curiously if you install it you'll find that java & javac are still the 1.4.2 versions.

huh. It turns out that you need to read the Java 5.0 - The Missing Installation Instructions over at the JavaRanch Big Moose Saloon.

Silly Apple!

Posted by illovich at 12:03 PM
August 04, 2005
craziest blog in the world

If you can decipher, does it mean you can understand it? He has the craziest blog software in the world, either that or he spends a lot of time assembling posts made up of gifs of individual letters.

Judging from the
music instruments
he invents, maybe he does just sit around making posts of individual pictures of letters.


Posted by illovich at 11:56 AM
August 03, 2005
the dawn of household microfabrication

CraftRobo is, if I understand this right, an inkjet that also has a paper cutter in it, so it cuts out the shape of what you print.

That is so money. Unfortunately, the currency is Yen only at the moment.

Posted by illovich at 01:21 PM
August 02, 2005
it's not warhammer, but I know what I like has a proverbial boatload of miniature gaming tutorials, from using basic tools and techniques (like priming, pinning, glazes, washes, etc.), in depth specific tutorials (e.g. how to shade a cape, or paint realistic metals), to modeling tips and very in-depth articles on how to paint specific miniatures (geared towards Warmachine, I think).

Tons of photos, very clear explanations. Fantastic. They use Vallejo paints tho, so... well, I don't really know what difference that makes anyway.

Posted by illovich at 02:06 PM
August 01, 2005
The Warhammer Pundit's Wargaming section has a number of articles about the Warhammer hobby that seem to be pretty fair (but critical) looks at games workshop.

Posted by illovich at 10:03 PM