What's going on here? Finally got two projects done! Unlike Game: Shadows of Brimstone (which can never be finished because stuff is coming out faster then I can paint), I finished painting the complete final release of Series: The 7th Continent. Next year they are doing a new game which I'm really excited for - The 7th Citadel!
Did a 3rd player miniature and repainted previous minis for Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League.
Also, The Outer Worlds is coming soon! We've been bug fixing like crazy to make it as solid as we can.
I'll probably ramble a bit at the end about various things.
Series: The 7th Continent - Painted Miniatures
I finished painting a game! It's so nice to have a game with a small number of excellent quality minis that were both fun to paint, and not a lot of duplicate sculpts.
First up is the 3 new heroes & goat from The 7th Continent: What Goes Up, Must Come Down.
The Barge miniature.
The balloon. I modified the 2 parts to use powerful magnets instead of the posts which were fragile. The magnets worked amazingly well and hold it securely.
When I backed the first Kickstarter I did not add the Devourers miniature expansion. But added it to the second one so didn't get these painted until just recently.
And the Flying Roots expansion that was added to the second Kickstarter. These were the most boring to paint since it was 6 of the same sculpt.
And a final family photo!
After painting the full set I had to figure out the best solution to store them. The plastic inserts they came in worked okay, but the paint would stick to the plastic and I was fearful it would get damaged over time. Also, the insert for the original 7 heroes was cumbersome to use. I had ordered the play mat and that came in a really nice box. The mat is fine, but had terrible folds in it so wasn't going to use it as storage (rolling it up instead). I found that one of the standard foam sizes available at Battle Foam fit almost perfectly. So designed a custom foam insert in their editor and ordered one. It wasn't really that expensive, about $25 shipped.
Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League - Painted Miniatures
I love this game but one of the problems is it's only 2 player. Fortunately the designer made a 3 player variant. It was great to have but had an issue with having to remove some tech cards to make it work. This caused a balance issue. So a few years ago I made a 3rd player card as a partial fix. Definitely helped and sped up setup.
3rd Player Card Images (sized for Printer Studio)
A few years ago I ordered some miniatures to replace the ship standees that were available on Shapeways. I painted them and we've used them a few times.
But didn't have a ship mini for the 3rd player. Now that we have a 3D printer I decided to model a new miniature to match the 3rd player ship. Spent a few evenings and a print test. I made sure to match the size and base design of the Shapeways minis so they would match.
I then painted it up. After looking at the previous two, I wasn't happy with the old paint jobs so decided to repaint those two. Now they all match and look reasonably close to the illustrations.
STL File: Perry Rhodan Ship 3 Miniature for 3D Printing
Another project done!
Well, mostly. I want to get a bigger box and I might make 3 all new miniatures that are significantly bigger with more detail and accuracy. When or if I do this, who knows! With all the projects I got, don't expect it any time soon.
Game: Shadows of Brimstone - Painted Miniatures
And continuing the eternal project...
About done with the Old West heroes. Currently working on Shadows of Brimstone: Trederran Veteran Hero Pack. Hope to have the male and female done sometime this week. Been slow working on them. After that I want to finally get back to the Harbinger that's been sitting on my desk in pieces as I try to get magnets to work on the wings. I got 2 of them and trying to get the left wing to work so I'm kit bashing between the 2 sets. I sort of screwed up the first left wing so trying to get the 2nd one to work.
After a lot of agonizing I decided to sell my Forbidden Fortress Kickstarter content. It was a really hard decision but because of my slow ass painting speed it was never going to get done. Even with what I have, it will be a miracle if I get it done by the time the third KS content shows up. One of my best buds has it now. It's in good hands and it was actually a relief as I could focus on my current content. I feel like I can actually get it finished someday.
Western Legends - Building Miniatures
A guy on Etsy produced these. I couldn't resist picking up a set. I plan to paint them eventually though I will probably wait until they release the buildings for the expansion. They did confirm they plan to do that since it would suck if only the base game buildings had miniatures.
Of course if I paint these then I have to consider doing the character minis. That's a lot of minis to do and much more time consuming. So not 100% I'll do both.
The Outer Worlds
I'm one of the environmental artists working on The Outer Worlds. An environmental artist is someone that makes the various maps and props for the characters to interact in. Think of us as the set & prop designers. So most of my work has been focused on one of the planet environments. But also got to do some interiors.
When making props, our concept artists would draw what each looked like and we'd build it in 3D to use in the game. So while working on various items like shelves, cabinets, table top props, etc, a concept for bar games showed up on the list. These were all based on various simple board and card games with a scifi twist. We had Tri-Go, a couple generic board games, and a card game with a unique set of cards used for various futuristic variants on Poker, Blackjack, etc. Also got to do a fancy light-up dartboard which was my favorite of the bunch.
Sadly, I can't show any images since the game hasn't been released yet. But if you play it, check them out. They are everywhere in the bars and homes throughout the game. I guess the inhabitants have a lot of free time and not a lot of video games to play!
I'm playing through it right now along with bug fixing. I know I'm biased, but the game is great and having a fun time. It comes out next month, Oct 25. You can play it on PC, available from the Windows Store. And on Xbox and Playstation. Unfortunately it won't be available on Steam for a year because of an agreement the publisher made with another digital storefront. It's also coming out for the Switch but don't know the release date yet.
So we finally got the big BGG revamp. As always there was a transition period getting used to all the changes. Generally it seems fine though I hate the large amount of white space they added. I guess they did it for cell phones. I rarely surf BGG on one since those screens are so small. But I can understand the need to support them. I just wish they'd make a desktop and phone version so those of us that prefer a large monitor can have a more compact design. Oh well, getting used to it. That's kind of the mantra for this site, they make a change and you live with it.
But that new logo. Wow. When the first images came out I thought BGG was trolling us. It was an attempt to shock us into accepting something else by showing us something not good. Well, it was a double troll, it WAS the new logo! It's a shame too, with so many talented artists on BGG, we could have helped. I saw one Universal Head made and it was far superior, but they dug in their heels and kept it. I get it, they got a few complaints from activists and panicked. So rushed to change it. But maybe they should have thought about it a little longer. Oh well, too late now. There is an upside. Now when I browse BGG at work, people have no idea what I'm looking at it. Looks like a generic corporate website now. So maybe a little win?
What the hell is going on with California? I've lived here since mid 80's. I lived and worked mostly in Orange County. Did some work in LA early 90's. But now hearing that LA & San Francisco has got huge homeless, trash, & disease problems? I'm afraid to go to LA now with everything I'm hearing. I mean, LA was never nice, but now it's downright scary. I don't know what the solution is so I can understand city governments are struggling to deal with it. I guess our weather is just too nice. I have an aunt in Iowa that said they have a homeless problem there too. But you can freeze to death in the winter so there's a lot of community support services offering warm places to sleep in the winter months.
Zero Radius Games is currently working on some design ideas for a new project. We've been working on prototypes and themes for our next game. We got one promising idea we're focusing on too. Hopefully we'll be able to talk more about it in the coming months.
As for me, still painting minis. Haven't done much on graphic redesigns or reference card work. I want to update some of my Game: Shadows of Brimstone ref cards to include the new Forbidden Fortress content. I've just been too distracted by other things.
As for movies and TV, not watching much as far as TV. I did watch the final episode of "Killjoys" yesterday. The show is pretty silly and low budget but for some reason I like it. The special effects are pretty marginal, especially the last few seasons. The 3D model work is awful! In space its ok, but even some of that is pretty bad. But I suppose they do the best they can do with what money they have. The show's strength is the cast. The writing is generally interesting, though they started getting a bit heavy handed on the identity politics on occasion. I'm not sad its over, it finished on an uptick.
I picked up "Quatermass And The Pit" on bluray. I remember this movie scaring the shit out of me when I was little. In the US it was known as "5 Million Years to Earth". It's not a slam bang action movie but has some cool ideas. One thing you learn is scientists are smart, maybe everyone should listen to them!
Tonight is the second to last episode of "Preacher". That show is really entertaining. I think I've talked about it before. It reminds me a lot of "Supernatural" but far darker. I'm glad they are giving it a proper ending like they did with "Killjoys".
Watching "Dark Crystal- Age of Resistance" on Netflix. I'm though the first 5. I don't know why, I want to love it, but just not enjoying it like I expected. It's generally entertaining but the characters just aren't that engaging. They have a big cast and its sometimes easy to confuse them. They try their best to make them look unique but a big cast of puppets all dressed similar can be a problem. I never had this problem with Thunderbirds. They had a big cast but they all had unique faces and very unique outfits. I don't know, I'll finish it and hope they do more. Maybe they can work on those issues for Season 2.
Not sure what I'll be watching on TV in the future. I'm kind of done with the CW DC comic shows. I'll probably finish "Arrow" since it will be done this season. I'll watch a few of the first "Flash" episodes and then decide if I want to continue.
I'm having more fun rewatching old TV and movies. I've been rewatching "Black Scorpion" and that show is stupidly entertaining for some reason. It was definitely inspired by Batman 1966. Also rewatching "Space: 1999". About half way through Series 1. Need to finish "Buck Rogers" and recently picked up the original "Battlestar Galactica" bluray set. Might even go back to "Stargate SG-1" and "Babylon 5". So it's not like I don't have a ton of entertainment out there if I can't find anything good on network, cable, or streaming.
Ok, that's enough blathering, see you next time!
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