25 March 2012

Tékumel naval, part 6

One of the projects collecting dust (but not forgotten!) on my hobby desk is this little guy:

No, I have not made any actual 'progress' on the Qél, mostly because something was bothering me about it.  Something just did not look right.  Actually, it is several things...  First, the 'castle' as seen in the mid-deck seems very small - it could hold two maybe three marines at most.  Second, the steering oars near the stern of the vessel do not seem to be as prominent in the drawings of Tékumeli vessels in Qadárdàlikoi.  Third, the masts seem a bit close together.  But, that is just a symptom of another issue - the Xyston miniature is not quite the right length:

The piece of balsa is the average length of a Qél according to Qadárdàlikoi.  

So, what to do?

Despite the issues, I like the Xyston ships, but future builds might be slightly modified.  I'm thinking of omitting the steering oars and the foremast from the Qéls built after this one.  The Qél above will be kept in this configuration, and will be an archaic design kept around because it was some Tsolyanú admiral's first command.


19 March 2012

The prize has arrived!

As mentioned over at Big Lee's blog, I won a nifty DVD in a prize drawing.  And it has arrived!

Kudos to the Imperial War Museum for making the product 'All Regions' - yes it does work on my Region 1 machine; and many many thanks to Big Lee for the give-away!  I am going to give it some thought and see if I can come up with something around here that I can give-away in a similar fashion...


17 March 2012

Farewell, M.A.R. Barker

As noted at The Tékumel Foundation website, Professor Barker has passed from this mortal realm.  I never had the pleasure of meeting the man in person, but his passing is still a bit of a shock to me.  Later today, after doing the necessaries around the house, I will remember the Prof in the only way I can:  by starting to re-read, for the uncountable time, his first novel The Man of Gold, pore over his army lists and magazine articles, and maybe even put a little paint on some of the Shén miniatures waiting patiently on my desk.  It is the only way I can honor the man - by keeping a tiny part of his legacy alight.

Thank you Professor Barker, for sharing your creation with all of us.


11 March 2012

I'm a winner!

Color me shocked and amazed, but I have won a prize draw for a nifty-looking DVD.  Big Lee over at his blog posted a contest for a prize give-away last week.  The steps were simple - be a follower of his blog (if you do not already follow along there you should) and post a comment.  So I did, fueled by my recently renewed fascination with AFV's due to my involvement with World of Tanks.  Lo and behold, I was chosen as the winner!


08 March 2012

Still here

Progress has been lacking here, but I hope to rectify that shortly.  I've been busy with work and distracted by online computer games, but two things should help that:

1  -  Setting up a schedule.  I seem to need an actual schedule for my hobbies; a bit weird I know but if I do not then it is all too easy to slip back into web surfing and game playing

2  -  A hobby budget.  It will not be huge, but having an amount set aside every month for hobby expenditures will make a difference.  Typically I just wing it and hope to get stuff 'when I can.'  One stipulation set on the budget by the household CFO (my lovely wife) is that the amount does not carry over into the next month - spend it or lose it.  That does not seem to be the most economical way to approach it, but the amount should be enough to purchase a fair amount of miniatures, and my slow painting pace is not conducive to mass quantities.

Hopefully this all works!