Thursday, 29 August 2013

On being an idiot and forgetting to take pics + escalation league sort of starting

I would have posted up a brief battle report of my 250pts game, my Chaos Dwarves vs my friend Carls Dwarves... but I only realised I hadn't been documenting it/taking pics, when it got to the last turn...
I managed a win... just.
Chaos Armour... all the cool kids are wearing it...

hopefully get more than one game in before roleplay this week, sort of depends on what times people get to my friends house where we meet.
Still not sure what Jonah is using through this escalation game... but the list as follows (depending on if people turn up/get involved) Is
Me! - Chaos Dwarves,
Carl - Dwarves
Micki - High Elves
Pete - Dark Elves or Wood Elves? (not sure what they decided...)
Craig - Chaos Warriors of Tzeentch
Jonah - ??? (probably, nightgoblins, empire, orcs or chaos... or maybe elves... yeah aka, something...)
Greg - Orcs and Goblins
Dave - Vampire Counts (away on holiday for a few weeks)
James - Lizardmen (also away in is home town, then visiting relatives in canada)
Wayne - Ogre Kingdoms.

So a good number of us, although there is the general competitive HAA! I WON! kind of thing,
we don't seem to have had any plans beyond that for this 'league' of escalation, other than using it as an excuse for a few of us to get some of our armies painted up and completed to a reasonable points bracket, currently going by the 3 colours and based thing (where possible... even in that ruling we are being a bit open)

hopefully I'll get some photos to share this weekend. =)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

So... YouTube and Facebook... (and warhammer at the weekend)

So, I've taken to starting up a channel on youtube (Jessica Pink - Neon Pink Apokalypse) predominantly focussing on roleplaying, and now have a page on facebook (Neon Pink Apokalypse) where I share both my blogger and youtube content as well as other bloggers and youtubers content and other odds and bobs from around the internet.
During my bouts of activity I hope to provide interesting ideas, show off anything I think is cool I manage to do, and track my progress completing projects and playing games. looking forward to some warhammer this weekend =) probably going to be using my chaos dwarfs as we (me and my games group) restart the escalation league we started awhile back. first points bracket, 250 points =) hope people are having fun gaming =) - Jessica.

Monday, 19 August 2013

DIY Paint Station/Hobby Board.

Yay! Finally got something done to post about. My old board that I use to paint and construct my miniatures on started life as a sort of temporary coffee table/display stand that was made to sit on top of a keyboard (musical, computer) stand. (click on pics to enlarge)

It gets a bit crowded and messy and I wanted something specifically for the task of making and painting things, with a neutral colouring as opposed to the bright pink and silver and black splodges that are on the board above.

My friends Micki and Jonah (his blog over @ meanderingshade) have had the GW paintstations for a few years, I liked the idea of them but found them not wide enough for my liking and too deep (dimensionally, not philosophically) but I liked the idea of a shelf, perhaps higher off the base to have more room for things to go under, without the silly (in my opinion) brush stand and water pot holes.

So a fair number of years the above board has suited me, but to get something more appropriate to the task and that would perhaps feel neater to work at, that I could still just put away on a shelf when finished with I set to making my own!


Main issue I've had in this project, is the inability to locate my tape measures... or my tape for measuring fabric... so (in truly oldschool fashion) I used a piece of string to measure the lengths of certain things, such as the base, which is pretty much the same dimension as my old one.

I did mess this up as I was going on with it, but have managed to bodge it together fairly well thankfully... such as evidenced below, marking out the frame for the board to be screwed and glued to.

As you can see, I cut and glued the short length pieces first, when I should have done the longer width pieces, that were meant to be the main supports... oops...

Also... Due to the wood being these thin slats from an old bed I had to double them up as the screws were too long for a single piece. 

When I picked this up whilst drying, the board bent so much the middle sections popped off. 
They should have run the full length of the base, but as I said, I got the order wrong, only realising at this point, which is why I added the feet to it later, to help give it back some structural strength and also give room for fingers to get under the board to aid in picking it up =)

Marking out the feet.

The one at back came out a 'little' rough... but it does the job!

Again I glued then screwed these in place, positioning them so they joined the gap and secured the structure of the board better, joining the side lengths of the frame to the width pieces.

You can just see the feet here... unfortunately the shot that showed the feet better and didn't have the clutter on top was corrupted somehow, so I have to post this one. =(

Onto the shelf! It took me a week to remember to buy the brackets and some shorter screws, but finally I could complete the project. first getting the sides to the shelf positioned and screw holes marked out, then screwing bracket to each of the side pieces, before screwing them in position on the base board.

Side pieces + brackets

Screwed into position

I forgot to take pics of gluing and screwing on the shelf and the back, but I screwed the first (one nearest base/at the bottom) back piece on, then the shelf itself followed by the rest of the back pieces. I screwed the top back piece into the middle of the shelf too for added support.

I did say it looked rough... but it'll hopefully serve me well =)

And heres how the funky mess looks populated with my soon to be better organised clutter. For a start I'm going to be putting the paints I don't need out back into their tub.

Hopefully be getting back on with things miniatures wise in the coming days, and this weekend if I get over to Micki and Jonah's early enough, be having some pre-roleplaying session warhammer, as we (us and our group) are meant to be starting up our escalation league again... Now to decide... chaos, chaos dwarves or empire?

Happy gaming! yours, Jessica.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Brief Review of Theater of the Mind immersive roleplaying magazine / ezine

Theater of the Mind magazine! (currently two issues available) is a recently started bi-monthly venture initiated by one Alex Guillotte (critical hit publishing on rpgdrivethru and youtube channel - Captain Gothnog

The magazines goal or prime directive is to get more people into immersive roleplaying and have articles about setting the mood and atmosphere, a few short stories, setting nonspecific campaign/scenario ideas and interviews with people from the youtube and gaming community at large.
The first issue starts with something of a respectful remembrance of a gaming friend of the editor who passed on this year.
Following this is an introduction to the magazines manifesto as mentioned previously, it aims to inspire and inform people about immersive role-play predominantly, as well as have interviews, reviews, a few short stories and adventure/encounter ideas.
It is very well laid out and in full colour with some excellent graphics. This first issue kicks off with a couple of articles on immersion and what it is, to get the point driven home to readers who may be unfamiliar to the idea of this particular style of play. 
An excellent article about creating memorable locations, giving them atmosphere and history that you as a gm can utilise to get your players to better see and feel with their minds eye, where they (as their character) are.
A few features of inspiration for creatures and employing secret symbols and gestures. A couple of amusing comic strips and an in depth chat with several key members of the vtmyte vampire the masquerade experiment game.
One of the hopefully regular features that interests me as I have friends with kids, is the feature called 'Small Beginnings' with an adventure written for 1-4 players using the hero kids system, though it would be easy to adapt to any other system.
Again, it is nicely laid out and has some excellent little maps supplied, as well as some pre-generated characters.
Alex Guillotte (the editor) ends the issue with two quick articles, one a quick intro to himself and his partner/co-editor (ending with thanks to the various article contributors), the other, is a cantrip he has created called preserve (he has published several volumes of cantrips for D&D/pathfinder).

The second issue, continues with the quality and format of the first. but adds a theme to the issue (from this point on, each issue is going to have a theme or specific mood it will focus on) this issues theme being, becoming lost. 
relating to the theme are a few articles, Limbo, under the bed, getting lost in a dungeon, taking the rules literally - travel and getting lost, and, lost and loving it. 
The feature for Small beginnings this issue is about violence in childrens games and is a very good read.

follow the links above to get the magazine and click the following link if you are curious to check out the magazines Facebook page.

Happy gaming, smiles and stuff, yours Jessica.

(the image banner at head of this article is by Alex Guillotte and all credit for it goes to him, image used with permission)