September 30, 2005
Silly Contests

As if the results were in doubt:

As embarrassing as it is, this is probably on target:

Posted by illovich at 03:51 PM
September 27, 2005

...but I'm getting better. The last game was a draw!

Posted by illovich at 10:03 AM
September 19, 2005
'appy talk like a pirate day, matey!

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

And just so's ya knows:

You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.

What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!


Posted by illovich at 09:30 AM
September 18, 2005
Lighting for my workstation

These Microfluorescent T4 Low-Profile Ultra-Slim Linkable Light Fixtures (T4, T5... whatever it takes) look perfect for lighting my work desk in the living room.

At "only 0.75in wide by 1-3/8in high" and with bulbs that will illuminate my workspace with 6400k light, they are perfect for adding more light to my painting area.

Am I a commercial yet?

Posted by illovich at 10:16 AM
September 15, 2005
looks like a cool book

On the scratch building tip, Andrea Press puts out a book called Conversion and scratch building of model figures E that looks pretty good.

Posted by illovich at 10:30 AM
no dear sir, just the skeleton please

Reaper makes these cool Starter Level Sculpting Armatures for sculpting your own figures with green stuff.

Neat. Makes me wish I could do that.

Posted by illovich at 10:21 AM
September 14, 2005
a want ad I can get behind

From: spiked-risk | Article | What's so extreme about extreme sports?

Men wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. -The advert for Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic expedition

Posted by illovich at 01:43 PM
September 08, 2005
a word about scale

From Design at the Necromundicon:

GW's models are about 30 millimeters in height for the average man- and bases only make them look taller. The figures are not proportional though- everything's much chunkier, especially weapons. If you plan to use real models for anything (particularly military models), be aware that although 1/48 scale is most accurate, it is extremely hard to find- you're better off starting with 1/35 scale and selecting smaller vehicles (World War I and II tanks are smaller than modern tanks, for example). Ideally, an unarmored figure(Imperial Guard or Necromunda) should look good in one of the doors or hatches of a vehicle. You may have to replace the existing doors or hatches with your own (the hatch on the Vehicle Accessory Sprue is great for this job!). You will almost always want to replace personal weapons with 40K bolters, etc, and bulk up vehicle weapons with larger tubes to make them look right. For accessories like gas cans and oil drums, 1/35 is slightly oversized, but it looks great (and provides more cover!).

 SCALE METHODS:Historical FiguresModel TrainsMilitary Models
WARHAMMER, WH40K30MM (not 25!)"O" scale is almost perfect1/48 (hard to find though).

Posted by illovich at 04:36 PM
more sites about buildings and grues

Necromundicon is awesome, but you might not see why at first. Beyond a nice collection of Terrain How-To Pages, there's also a lot of great inspiration to be found on the Gothic scenery (don't miss the effects page) and Industrial scenery pages.

Tehnolog is a Russian gaming company (cue Yakov: "In Russia, wargames play you!" ) that makes games that are warhammer like I think), but they also make really cheap terrain sets for wargames. Nice bits. They're available at the The War Store for pretty cheap (small boxes US$10).

Posted by illovich at 10:48 AM
September 07, 2005
they are nothing without buildings

Bunch of terrain and wargaming stuff I don't want to lose. Anyone smell some burnt geek?

Hovels is a really nice collection of resin buildings (supplied unpainted, of course). The main downside of the collection seems to be their pricing scheme of HH and D (with the chart telling you that HH = US$30.99 & D = US$3.19 on another page). 25mm scale sets include Various European, American Civil War, Middle Eastern, "Oriental," and more.

The Miniature Building Authority seems like a similar deal. The buildings are a bit more expensive, but they have a lot of pictures. I'm not sure if they come unpainted or not. The Town Church would be a nice model for my Witch hunter army, once I crazy inquisitionized it up a bit. is a (perhaps/unfortunately) dead web magazine about military modeling and making dioramas of battles, etc. Lots of relevant stuff there for terrain makers.

Posted by illovich at 12:32 PM