27 April 2008

Empire Greatswords, part 2

As I was working on these minis, I noticed that they appeared to be advancing to an angle when placed in the typical GW slotta base. So, I clipped the trailing foot off of the slot in order to reposition the mini on the base.

In the pic you can see the effect of the repositioning. On the left is the original configuration, and it is (in my opinion) advancing towards the corner of the base. On the right is the modified version, and is advancing toward the front. Hopefully, the mini will stay glued to the base after the modification.


More great Tékumel pics

Here is a link to some awesome pics of Tékumel minis in action:

Chirine ba Kal's Photobucket gallery

Look for the menu on the left of his page for folders containing a nice variety of pics of battles.


20 April 2008


(Bet you thought about a camera and pics, eh.........)

I have written about this before, but I really need to start to focus on just ONE project. Sometimes, it is really hard, especially with all of these companies releasing such nice minis in such fascinating genres in so many cool scales...

So, a condensing of projects is needed. 40K, for now, is moving back - actually, I have not done anything with 40K for a long time other than thinking about Orks, so it is already out of the line-up; I just need to send the Tau off to a new home, hopefully in trade for minis that match up with the main project.

Song of Blades and Heroes is going onto the back burner. It will see more effort than 40K as I can do work on it concurrently with the main project.

The naval project is returning to the back burner - it would be simple to polish this off, since I only want a handful of ships for a convention-time game, but... focus focus focus.

Warhammer - I simply have too many Empire minis to ignore, but it is dropping down to a distant second.

Which leaves just one - Tékumel.

I am becoming more and more fascinated with the genre. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of minis currently in production - despite Eureka's fine efforts - to even partially cover my wants. And there is always the question of rules.

So, it becomes a three-pronged project:

1. Rules
2. Minis
3. Painting & playing

I have some ideas for rules; I just need to obtain the ones that I do not have yet and play them.

I have some minis, but only for Tsolyani forces. Yan Kor are available from Eureka. But, I want more, so I am beginning to look at converting other minis to use for Tékumel forces.

I have also made some subtle additions to this blog, which some of you have already noticed. I am compiling a list of Tékumel web sites and they will be listed separately on the left. Who knows - I might even get so wild as to change the format of the blog itself, but that is asking a lot!


17 April 2008

Another Tékumel blog

Here is another great blog about the Tékumel genre:

Clanless Barbarians of Pupol-Sua

It is a journal of the adventures of foreigners in the Tsolyani empire... not miniatures-based but a great read with many details of life on Tékumel.


06 April 2008

Where o where...

Been gone for a bit, haven't I?

This has been the year of the great computer upgrade, which is why I have not been around much since mid-February. Our previous computers were getting way long in the tooth, and Feawin and I decided to make a great technological leap from the architecture of 5 years ago.

I spent a great amount of time reading and searching for the parts that would be better and still work together for these new systems, and when our income tax refund finally arrived in early March, we went shopping. Good thing too, since Feawin's computer died right after we ordered the first parcel of parts.

The builds went smoothly enough, although it was a bit of a learning curve to climb. Feawin figured everything out software-wise, since she was having severe problems running WoW with the new hardware. But, some 'Net searching a download or two later, she solved the problem, and the systems are running smoothly.

Now that the computer issues are solved, I am finally able to put that behind me and concentrate on minis! There will be a new release of Tékumel minis from Eureka soon, which brings up my old debate on a rules set again. I dug up my old copy of Fantasy Rules! by ChipCo and will look into it more closely. I also want to get a copy of Hordes of the Things.

One thing that I have yet to try with the new system, though, is uploading pics from camera... cross your fingers!