2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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For Sale/Trade Page Update

I’ve updated my for sale/trade page to include more items I’m wanting to sell or trade off.  Please visit the linked page to find out what I’m looking for. (Strange Aeons game, hint, hint!).

For sale/Trade:

Fields of Glory

  • Fields of Glory main rulebook
  • Wargames Factory: Ceasar’s Legions new in box
  • Wargames Factory: Roman Cavalry, new on sprue

Firestorm Armaday by Spartan Games

  • Sorylians Starter

Warmachine by Privateer Press

  • Protectorate of Menoth starter (metal)

15mm Model Comparison

I’ve seen a few people ask about comparisons of the Heavy Gear Blitz models by Dream Pod 9 in use as models for Tomorrow’s War by Ambush Alley Games.

So, I took a few photos for reference of the models I have, which are as follows:

Micropanzer Wargame Studios
15mm alien
15mm sas
15mm scout walker

Rebel Minis
contractors
riot police
skateboarder zombie
Earth Force Gila buggy
SAS in decontamination suit (zombie hunter)

Dream Pod 9 Heavy Gear
South General Purpose Gear
Northern General Purpose
Southern King Cobra (Large by HG standards)

And on to the images:

Finally, the last image.

If you want any specific shots, please let me know.  Like a Heave Gear Blitz model next to the Gila, or Micropanzer Studios Walker, etc.

Thanks!

Prague Astronomical Town Square Clock 600 YR Anniversary Performance

Not necessarily gaming related, but I found this video from one of my educational links.  It’s of Prague’s Astronomical clock built in 1410.  On its face was displayed an amazing light show- Not your typical lasers, but this was simply astounding.  The wonders of technology continue to amaze me as well as the skill and artizanship of those working centuries before.

Those of you heavily into role-playing can use this as a great location for some adventuring, or some Cthulu-esque horror story.

More Updates: Airbrushing, Precinct Omega, and Hell Dorado

I received my new airbrush and compressor a couple of weeks ago and found using it is fairly simple- However, learning the technique to control paint is another story.  I did some of the practice steps, then couldn’t wait any more to try laying some paint onto a model.  I used a WM model and layed down some good transitions, but when I switched to the smaller of the three needles, the paint wouldn’t spray.  My guess is the paint was too thick.  I stopped at that point as it was 1am in the morning.  The compressor didn’t work out of the box, but a quick ship back to Paasche got me a new compressor.  In addition, they comped me an in-line water trap and air brush cleaning kit for my troubles.  Good customer service.  The original business who sold me the supplies weren’t very understanding.

The Precinct Omega minis are on hold.  I won one of their minis and ordered the second one, but the review is on hold until I finish the two painting projects listed below.  I really would like to do them justice, so they wait in line.

Finally, my review of the Hell Dorado core book is a work in progress.  I just need to finish going through the book and writing up the review to post here.  I have several of Cipher’s Hell Dorado minis now, and I need to really get some paint on them.

Plastic Polyhedral Precinct Omega Giveaway- Winner!

I was fortunate to be browsing some blogs in early March and came across Plastic Polydra (PP) website running a free mini giveway on the Monday Mini review.  The Monday Mini was about Precinct Omega’s new line if miniatures.  The contest involved identifying additional characters not mentioned on the PP website.  A little sleuthing and I found my answer, which was quickly submitted.  I was notifed that I was the winner, and asked for the Capt. of the Swords and went ahead and bought their Fairy Emissary.

I’ll be posting a mini review of the two models that I received earlier today when I can.

Off Topic: Netflix Raises Prices and Adds New Pricing Plan- Loses a Customer

I made it home this evening and read this email from Netflix:

Dear Robert,

We want to let you know about two important changes to the Netflix service.

. The price of your current plan is changing from $16.99 a month to $19.99 a month. This new price will be effective with your next billing statement on or after January 2, 2011, and will be referenced in your Membership Details. With your current plan you can both instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV and receive unlimited DVDs by mail.
2. We now also offer a new $7.99 a month plan which lets you instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV. This plan does not include any DVDs. All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly. This new plan is available immediately – if you’d like to switch to this new plan at any time, simply visitYour Account.
Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited movies and TV episodes two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price change will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly. The $7.99 a month price reflects no DVD shipping costs on this plan. We hope you’re enjoying great TV shows and movies from Netflix, and that you’ll continue to enjoy Netflix on whichever plan you choose. We realize you have lots of home entertainment options, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-715-2146. –The Netflix Team

With that in mind, I chose to cancel my Netflix account.  I didn’t want a price increase for “unlimited movies and tv episodes two ways” that has grown dramatically.  I want my previous service for my previous price; which I was happy with.

Well, I’m no longer a Netflix customer.

Unofficial Munchkin Dice Get Made, Shipped- SJ Games Concerned

From the Daily Illuminator by Steve Jackson Games

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Daily Illuminator For Oct.  6, 2010: These “Munchkin” Labeled Dice Are Not Official!
http://www.sjgames.com/ill/a/2010-10-06

We have learned that the Polish company Q-Workshop, which produced the “Wicked Munchkin Die” and the “Munchkin Cthulhu Dice of Doom” under license, has shipped at least four other dice sets with the Munchkin (http://www.sjgames.com/munchkin/game/ )  trademark and images, and with rules advertised as for use with Munchkin ( http://www.sjgames.com/munchkin/game/ ) . None of these four sets went through our approvals process, let alone GOT approval. They sent me a photo of one prototype die in December of last year, and I commented . . . and apparently they asked one of our European MIBs for rules suggestions. That seems to have been it. But now we have found out that they made them and SHIPPED them.

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