Archive for June, 2013

These have been sitting on my painting desk half-finished for ages – but now they’re all done and ready for the battlefield. Here’s the completed Hunter support:

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The Munitions Factory now has paint on its walls as well, but it will be a little while before it’s ready for prime time. I’ve just picked up a bunch more styrene rods and shapes for more buildings. Watch this space.

While my painting has been delayed a bit, I’ve been spending lots of time this past week working with SketchUp. Just a couple days ago I received a package from Shapeways with some 3D-printed Epic parts I had ordered as an experiment, and I’m quite impressed with the outcome. Right now, 3D design seems like a tremendous opportunity for the miniatures hobby, and one I’m now working to take advantage of. While expensive for large items, using a company like Shapeways to prototype Epic-scale or similar models and use just one printed example to cast a mold for reproduction looks like a fantastic way to produce new miniatures. This project will be a bit more long-term but one that I’m really excited about. I’ll be posting more information and pictures as things develop.

Lastly, I’m very glad to say that both my home and the store have been unaffected by the terrible flooding that has hammered Calgary and the rest of southern Alberta in the last couple days. Sentry Box is now open again (we were closed Friday as we couldn’t reach the store) so if you’re looking for a break from the bad news come on down and hang out with us. My deepest condolences to those affected – I’m not sure where some of our regular gamers live in town so I hope you’re all OK. If any of you guys get a chance, please drop me an email and let me know.

Stay safe and thanks for reading.

-Chris

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Yesterday I finished construction on another building square for my Epic terrain collection. This one has a bit more bulk to it, and should help give some of the larger models something to lurk behind. Take a look at the Munitions Factory:

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No, I mean it’s a Munitions Factory

I’m quite pleased with the result, but in future buildings I may try a different technique for constructing the ‘bulk’ of the structure – even with careful sanding and use of filler, keeping the pink foam blocks square and straight is almost impossible.

A shout out to Tom Friell for the spent brass. More pics to come once it’s painted up.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

More progress on Epic terrain! I’ve completed the piece pictured a week or two ago. I may go back and add a few little patches of static grass for weeds, but here it is finished and painted:

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Seen here picketed by protesters from the “Occupy Industrial Hellscape” movement

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I’ve also gone back to one of the work in progress shots and added labels showing all the weird crap I used building it. So far this project has been remarkably inexpensive, mostly thanks to all the little bits and pieces I’ve found for almost nothing. The fact that styrene tubing is pretty cheap helps, too. I’ve been buying up a bunch of styrene rods, tubes and shapes for more Epic buildings.

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And as always, thanks for reading!

-Chris